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VOL. 35

No. 23

Dumaguete

Neri SSS boss: funds are safe BY DRT DEMECILLO illions of Social Security System members have no reason to worry for the safety of their contributions amid the global financial meltdown. This was the guarantee aired by its own President and Chief Executive Officer Romulo Neri who inaugurated the new office of the local SSS branch in Bagacay, Dumaguete City, Wednesday. SSS has a total fund of about P230 billion broken down as follows: P30 billion loans to members; P50 billion invested in the local stock market; P50 billion housing loans and P100 billion invested in government securities. Neri also explained that unlike the Government Service Insurance System

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George bares how P5M fer tilizer spent BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

econd District Congressman George Arnaiz assured the public that the controversial P5Million worth of fertilizer fund was distributed to where it was intended. He added “not a single centavo went to private pockets.” This was bared in an exclusive CHRONICLE interview with the second district solon Friday.

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The province of Oriental Negros received P5 million which was part of the P728 million fertilizer fund which according to some senators was used primarily for the reelection bid of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004 with former DA Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante as the main architect. With Provincial Agricul-

turist Gregorio Paltinca by his side, Arnaiz, who was governor at that time when the P5 million funds allocated for Negros Oriental was released, presented the documents to show the list of companies that won the bidding done by the local General Services Office and the list of organizations that received the farm inputs and equipment.

Four suppliers won in the bidding to supply a total of 10, 670 bags of organic and inorganic fertilizer worth P 3, 249,960 constituting the first tranche released by the Department of Budget and Management to the provincial government. These are: Green Vet Trading supplying 1,556 bags of organic fertilizer worth

P217, 840; Green-Base Organic Fertilizer, 2,550 bags at P357,000; Bodega Farm Enterprises for 1, 550 bags at P217,000 and Joebon Marketing for 3, 565 bags of commercial fertilizer and 1, 449 bags of organic fertilizer worth P2.45 million. Listed as beneficiaries are the Barangay Agricultural Development Turn to page 19

Romulo NERI

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SSS President, and Chief Executive Officer

FINALLY! ... whew !

Noreco2 OPENS books of accounts n an unprecedented move, Noreco2 finally decided to open in its entirety, its books of accounts for the public and all electric consumers to know, and to lo and behold ! This was the latest The individuals, howmove of management fol- ever, may consolidate their lowing the long and persist- findings as one comprehenent request for decades by sive report to the public . consumers, and now the Noreco2, however, may newly formed Reform contest the consumer’s findNoreco2 Movement spear- ings and both may reconcile headed by lawyer and their figures for the public former law dean Atty. Joel good. Obar who is also former IBP Obar emphasized that chapter president. the fraud audit of the Noreco2 counsel Atty. Noreco2 books by consumSaleto Erames also wel- ers is not a beligirent fault comed the media to cover finding fishing expedition, the marathon inspection, ap- but a positive and construcpreciation and audit of the tive approach on how to imelectric cooperative by pri- prove the services of the vate consumers in their in- people’s electric dividual capacity, not as a group in deference to the coop’s policy. Turn to page 20

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calded by adverse public sentiment over his management style and legal woes, 62year old Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative 2 General Manager Engr. Ephraim Taclob has no more desire to stay in office and may step down before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 65 However, he will only do so if and when he shall be able to clearly answer all the accusations of mismanagement and anomalies in the electric cooperative as well as the resolution of his criminal case for carrying an unlicensed firearm. Taclob also admitted that he was indeed using several service vehicles of NORECO 2 during his travels primarily to his poultry farms in Napingcao, Sibulan and Naiba, San Jose Turn to page 20

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o, the one in dark glasses is not a heavily-guarded suspect like in Congressional hearings. He is DAR regional director Rodolfo Inson who appears to be insecure as he enters El Caranoche— land of the controversial CARP farmer-claimants and the land now known for owners as not being paid just compensation . The issue is simple: if things first, install who is the define who are the rightful only, both the opposite par- rightful owner. Then pay and qualified ties will just cooperate. First him just compensation. Then Turn to page 20

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critical repor ting reporting

Taclob’s arresting officer asked of his reply affidavit

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

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rovincial Prosecutor Mritess Flores-Macarubo (right) on Tuesday has advised 2nd Lieutenant Lusaylo Lunas, OIC of the Bravo Company 79th Infantry Battalion to submit his reply affidavit if desired after Noreco 2 General Manager Ephraim Taclob (left) assisted by his counsel Saleto Erames (second from left) gave his counter affidavit of his case for alleged the illegal possession of firearm during Tuesday preliminary investigation at the Hall of Justice.

Our Mr. Good Guy did his P5-Million homework The request was channeled through Corporal Gerry Diaz (second from right), one of the arresting officers, since the army officer was directing an anti-insurgency operations in southern Negros. Also present during

the preliminary investigation was SP04 Cesar Olasiman of the Firearms and Explosive Security Guard Supervisory Section of the PNP and brought with him the firearms seized from Taclob and company in Naiba, San Jose almost two months ago.

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

Quinta toll: 2 dead, 101 villages affected P2.5M in damages by illegal drugs trade

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yphoon Quinta which battered Bais City and the town of Manjuyod on November 7 claimed two deaths and a total of P 2.5 million worth of damaged property and agricultural products. As earlier reported, a nine-year old girl identified as Emily Baldado, a Grade 3 pupil of Sitio Matamboc, Brgy. Mandalupang, Manjuyod perished when a flashflood hit her community which also destroyed eighteen houses and injuring 2 other persons.

In Barangay Tamisu, Bais City, a 70-year old widow also drowned when a strong surge of water burst through her kitchen and swept her away. Her body was recovered in Lower Tamisu by a certain Raffy

Bulata near his house on Saturday, November 8. Local government and disaster officials led by Governor Emilio Macias II, 1st District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, Mayor Amor Turn to page 14

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rimarily because of Negros Oriental’s long and porous shorelines, about 18 percent or 101 villages out of the total 557 are now affected with illegal drugs menace. Some of these villages are being used to transit these illegal substances in the province and beyond. This was the report is- of illegal drugs. Four of them sued by the Negros Oriental are operating and based in Drug Abuse Council headed Guihulngan while two groups by Fernando Martinez who operate in Dumaguete City. also bared that as of OctoThe most abused drug ber this year, 60 percent of remains to be Methamphetathe 420 drug personalities mine hydrochloride or here have been “neutral- “shabu” with marijuana runized,” some by the Philippine ning second. The newly apDrug Enforcement Agency pointed head of the Provinor PDEA and the others by cial Anti-Illegal Drugs Spethose who eliminated them cial Operations Task vigilante type. There are also six groups that have been identified as the distributors Turn to page 15

Failed families, media eyed in rise of gangs Mayor’s aide mum outh’s fascination to gangs is highlighted as the main rise in the more than 400 percent jump of the number of children in conflict with the law. Based on the statistics from the Dumaguete PNP Women Children Concerns Desk, from just 44 crimes attributed to minors from July to December in 2007 the number has risen to 210 cases. SPO2 Josefa Lakandula of the WCCD noted that the sharpest increase more frequently now by were noted in theft cases gangs to commit certain from 27 to 134; rugby sniff- crimes knowing that they are ing from 8 to 34 and illegal exempt from possible imprispossession of deadly weapon onment under the Juvenile from 1 to 8. Minors are also Justice and Welfare Act. involved in 8 rape cases and So why are these chil2 acts of lasciviousness dren, 18 years old and when it was zero in the previous period. Lakandula believes that the minors are being used Turn to page 15

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ecretary to the Mayor Mr. Rodrigo Lagahit Sr. has decided to keep silent amid a possible investigation over his alleged “arrogant and insolent” behavior shown against Councilor Antonio “Tonyrems” Remollo in a November 7 incident at the office of the City Mayor.

Per Remollo’s account, Lagahit “blocked” his way when he was about to join the dinner in the mayor’s office at the invitation of Councilor Manuel Sagabarria after the press conference of the Miss Dumaguete and Ms Teen Dumaguete candidates. Not contented by just physically jamming him,

Lagahit reportedly pointed his finger at Remollo’s face and yelled in the vernacular: Nakadaot nimo, paisog isog ka, mora ka ug si kinsa!” Claiming he was shocked by Lagahit’s outburst he opted to leave the city hall that night. But now he is urging the city’s Turn to page 20

LGUs want share in mining Mines and Geosciences Officer-in-Charge Regional Director of Central Visayas Roger de Dios (left) explains to League of Municipalities President Jimalalud Mayor Reynaldo Tuanda (right) that the power to grant permits to mining companies rests with the national government particularly at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Looking on is Raul Laput (center) OIC-Mining Operations Officer. Tuanda said host local government units ought to have a share in the proceeds of mining activities.

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t is embarrassing enough to hear that our favorite congressman known as Mr. Good Guy, was listed as among those who received 5 MILLION pesos from the now infamous fertilizer agriculture scam of P728million.

But for Mr.Good Guy George, it was not a scam. It was P5-million in pure fertilizer given and received, by the people of Negros Oriental. He claims he did not receive any single centavo, the money was coursed thru DBM who went straight to the regional DA offic and to the provincial government where it was bidded, awarded and distributed to farmers, who have certifications in writing as recipients. Yes, Congressman George Arnaiz who is an NPC partyman of Danding Cojuangco, is very much an Arroyo man, knowing how Mrs. Arroyo often visited this province more than the other provinces, and that she gave P5M to George being an NPC, yet the man knew how to deliver. Obviously the lady was happy. First, we are not farmers so we do not even know what kind of fertilizers if at all, are fit to be distributed in the month of June. All we know is that it was liquid, more organic than commercial fertilizers were distributed. Now Gov. Macias, the trainor-mentor-guru-idol of now Rep. Arnaiz can check the records at the agriculture department and make public the names of those who received the fertilizers and what kind, if only to clear all doubts.

Reading it like a board exam result

BAIS CITY MAYOR HECTOR TATA VILLANUEVA appears to be amused as he reads Thursday’s Inquirer which depicted the list of those who received the P728-million fertilizer scam. Looking on is Atty Justo Paras.

Of course, there are doubts, especially among those who lived long enough to know that even during Marcos’ time, agriculture funds were the favorite and logical dole out fund, like it was the Masagana 99 that farmers went crazy about but it just went pffftt. So what is new. Money was easy then, for some. They just make sure that there are those who simulated their signatures, All bidding papers complete, the winning bidder signing all distribution items, yet —only distributed a token, and the rest were either sold or turned to cash to buy votes. This Marcos-ian tactic is an old ball game, many among them had the contact and simulated everything on paper, except the real macoy. Was this done during the 2004 fertilizer scam? We will never know. But through the signatures of receipt by farmers it may be acceptable as evidence that indeed fertilizer was distributed. Just to refresh short memories like ours, this Jocelyn JocJoc Bolante former agriculture undersecretary in election year 2004, was said to have directed the distribution of the fertilizer fund of P728-million to backers of President Arroyo during the 2004 presidential elections campaign. But lest it be misconstrued, records show that provincial, municipal governments and congressional districts were the recipients, not governors, mayors and congressmen. In short, the recipient were governments, public corporations. DBM list showed that P265 million was to be allotted to provincial governments; P407 million to congressional districts, and P56 million in fertilizer fund (cash or in kind?) to municipal governments. And the best test of the pudding is whether or not the state of agriculture in Negros Oriental at least, improved with these fertilizer distribution. Is there evidence of growth, or none at all? Second, the list of recipients should be made public so as to confirm whether they actually received the stuff or not, cash or in kind. If in cash, or even in kind, mind you, the National Procurement law requires public bidding otherwise it’s graft plain and simple. Will Gov Dodo Macias be able to bear the records out if only to clear all doubts? Knowing Dodo, we reckon he won’t even dip a finger since he was in the opposition NPC, and so was George. Did George share his mentor any fertilizer at all? That, only Dodo knows, and wont tell anyone. Turn to page 19


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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 43 Tanjay City, Negros Oriental Stationed at Dumaguete City

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CEBU BANT ANGL BANTAAY PPANGL ANGLAAWAS NI UNCLE MAR LOPEZ Dec. 19, 20 & 21, 2008 YMCA, Dumaguete City

IN RE: PETITION TO ADOPT MINOR MAUREEN DOROTHEE Sp. Proc.323 CATAMPO GOMEZ SOFIA GREGORIA TABADA DUNCAN JOINED BY HER HUSBAND GRAEME FREDERICK DUNCAN, Petitioners x___________________________________/

ORDER A verified petition for Adoption having been filed with his Court by the petitioners, thru counsel, alleging among other things that the petitioners both of legal age, married, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, San Jose; that the petitioner desires to adopt Maureen Dorothy Catampo Gomez, a minor; the natural parents of the minor Eugene Urrestess C. Gomez and Marilyn D. Catampo have voluntarily given their consent for adoption. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, it is hereby ordered that the said petition be set for hearing on November 27, 2008 at 9:30 in the morning at the Session Hall of Branch 43, Capitol Area, Dumaguete City, at the date, time and place, any person may appear and show cause why the petition should not be granted. In the meantime, the representative of the Department of Social Service and Development of San Jose is directed to conduct a case study of the person to adopted and as well as the petitioner and to submit a report and recommendation on the matter of the Court on or before the scheduled date of hearing. Let this Order be published in the newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental an in the Cities of Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Canlaon and Bayawan at least once a week for three (3) consecutive week on or before the scheduled date of hearing. SO ORDERED. Given this 30th day of October, 2008, Dumaguete City, Philippines.

Cc; Atty. Felipe Pareja Office of the Solicitor General LCR-San Jose

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Our taxes used for private purpose? n relation to the issue of public funds used for private purposes, I recall a case on this regard: Wenceslao Pascual v Secretary of Public Works (G.R. L-10405, decided Dec. 29, 1960). In the 1950’s, Gov. Wenceslao Pascual of Rizal province filed a case questioning the appropriation of P85,000 to be used purportedly for the construction, repair, extension and expansion of “feeder road terminals” in Pasig. According to Gov. Pascual, these so-called feeder roads were planned subdivision roads that were not yet constructed. Worse, the sites of these feeder roads were located within a private subdivision owned by a Senator, Jose C. Zulueta, and which feeder roads do not connect to a government road or highway. But just prior to the approval of this appropriation law, Senator Zulueta wrote the municipal council, offering to donate the projected feeder roads to the municipality of Pasig.

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nstead of making it hard for credible and influential electric consumers to peek into the books of accounts of their electric cooperative which is a matter of right, Noreco2 in a surprise move made a sudden announcement that without much ado, it is opening its records to all bona fide electric consumers rich or poor, and even provided an air conditioned room where they can have access to any record which any individual consumer may want. It’s like opening the whole barn of haystock and allow any one to look for the needle, instead of closing its doors and making it hard for everyone . Immediately, the expected public reaction to this sudden turn around in allowing books to be open was: ah, so Noreco2 had nothing to hide after all. So why the rush when it has nothing to hide? Indeed, this noble gesture, if not master stroke, diminished the perceived public pressure in pressing Noreco2 to open its books after decades , yes decades, of virtual refusal in every legitimate way possible. Before, this kind of stiff- resistance attitude, heated some more the already boiling pan of curious and eager consum-

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You see, it’s not just the books, but also its general manager who lately was involved with the Philippine Army mountain patrol who caught the GM and his men with heavy firearms some without license, and near GM’s air-conditioned poultry of 25,000 heads. Now the GM is facing charges as heavy as his firearms. Of course, knowing GM, he’ll get away with it, just see. Also on the same week was the revelation of the Noreco2 internal auditor about millions of pesos worth in alleged irregular transaction in relation to the series of multi million peso sub station projects in four major areas from Tanjay to Basay. GM and his cohorts and counsel were able to come up with credible explanations even as this precipitated a public outrage on both incidents namely, the the GM gun incident plus the controversial auditor’s report worth millions of pesos. Now that charges have been filed, and the books of NOreco2 now open with free technical assistance, with the city government openly supporting the fraud audit by sending volunteer government CPAs to help inspect, as individual consumers, the pressure has quickly started to diffuse. You see, reverse psychology, sometimes works, doesn’t it? Let’s see.

The charge

The charge of Gov. Pascual was that inasmuch as the projected feeder roads in question were private property at the time of the passage and approval of the appropriations law, such appropriation of P85,000.00 for the construction, reconstruction, repair, extension and improvement of said projected feeder roads, was “illegal.” In short, Gov. Pascual charged that public funds were appropriated for a private purpose, which is illegal and unconstitutional. The case was eventually elevated to the Supreme Court.

The issue

The issue brought before the court was whether or not the appropriation of P85,000 to construct a projected feeder road upon a location that was privately owned was legal or illegal. The Supreme Court ruled the particular appropriation was illegal and, therefore void. In this case, the Supreme Court laid down the rules and standards in determining whether a certain appropriation can be considered for public or private use. In determining whether an appropriation is for public or private use, consequently it will be determined whether an appropriation is legal or illegal.

What is the test according to the court?

The test of the constitutionality of a statute requiring the use of public funds is whether the statute is designed to promote public interests, as opposed to the furtherance of the advantage of individuals, although each advantage to individuals might incidentally serve the public According to the Supreme Court, inasmuch as the land on which the projected feeder roads were to be constructed belonged then to respondent Zulueta, the result is that said appropriation sought a private purpose, and, hence, was void. Wenceslao Pascual v Secretary is a case commonly discussed in first year law school under constitutional law to find out, and to learn what is public purpose (legal) and private purpose Turn to page 14

The (Lack of) Independence of the Courts ometimes, when teachers in school postulate that there are three independent branches of Government: Executive, Legislative and the Judiciary – some students think that’s baloney. Let’s not even talk of the Lower House’s canine devotion to the Palace – but how puny the Justice System is in this country is and how that explains the dismal record of dispensing justice here. Structurally, the dice is Rights, Comelec and the Civil Ser- ful and public office such a desirloaded against the Judiciary. To vice Commission. Their heads are, able, lucrative profession. start with. Consider that in a of course, appointed by the presiRight there, the economic typical national budget alloca- dent. impoverishment and the politition, the Judiciary, a supposed The recent perception of cal apron strings created a juco-equal branch of government the record of Ombudsman chief dicial abomination that court only receives less than 1% of Merceditas Gutierrez, classmate decisions became predictable the entire pie. The Executive of the First Gentleman, does not in this country where “who one gets 68%, Automatic Debt Ap- inspire confidence of its inde- knows” not “what one knows” propriation 28%, Legislative pendent judgment, to cite an became an overriding criterion Pork 3% and less than 1 percent example. in settling court cases. each for the Judiciary and the In the past, when the salaries Four years ago, Senator Constitutional Commission. and allowances of judges were disThe Constitutional Commis- gustingly low, stories about “fixcals” sions, supposed to be creations of and “cashunduan” littered the histhe Constitution – cannot be re- tory books of the country’s judiciary. moved by any executive and leg- Many of them, likewise, were politiislative act. These include the Om- cal appointees – that power in fact budsman, the Commission on Au- considered as a premium factor that Turn to page 15 dit, the Commission on Human made politicians extremely power-

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I contacted the bank and arranged for a replacement card to be sent by express mail. I borrowed money to live on and tightened my belt. Things were going to get rough. About a month later, I came downstairs to find a strange man and his wife at my door. Father Tulabing ministers to those in greatest need of hope. Every Sunday he has services for the families that live off of Dumaguete City’s garbage. During confession, one of his pa-

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rishioners gave him the empty wallet. Father Tulabing then spent several days tracing me so that he could return my cards and license. I offered to reward him for his hard work but he refused. He is a remarkable man, who after graduating from Foundation University, turned away from a promising career to minister to others in need. The world needs more selfless dedicated men like this

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The Summer Solstice of fading years

“The Gifts of the Seas”

Befriending psychology

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Embracing God’s will and moving on with life

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Already a budding millionaire businessman when he entered politics before turning thirty, he is now considered as one if not the youngest member of the House of Representative, the Vice-Chair of the Committee of Agriculture, and has a life many could only dream of but too few can ever attain. No surprise if one is a scion of the rich and powerful Teves clan. However, God may have a way of showing that even though He loved us we remain at his mercy. One year ago this week November 13, Negros Oriental’s Third District Representative Pryde Henry Teves became one of the casualties of a bombing at the Batasan Complex. Many died, but he lived. It was both a physical and spiritual test which the neophyte solon embraced fully in an effort to find meaning in God’s mysterious ways. Even if some of the physical scars remain visible and to certain degree a source of pain, he showed that his faith and mental faculties remain keen and durable. The incident clearly did not break this young man, quite the opposite happened. He appreciated God and those around him even more and vowed to dedicate his whole life to love and to serve them. He has long ago reconciled that God is preparing him for bigger tests and as it became crystal clear from this interview, he is more than ready to be an agent of positive and progressive change, one which we all want to see. This week, Pryde Henry Teves bares his soul, his enduring love for his family and constituents and frankly discussed his thoughts on social issues. DEMS: What great lessons have you learned from the Batasan bombing incident which you survived a year ago?

national treasury. Third, is the bill creating skills training centers for fifth and sixth class municipalities.

Rep. Teves: One, it takes a few seconds to destroy something; yet it takes months or years to rebuild. Second, anger and hatred will destroy you. Finally, life is so short. We should maximize our time and be productive. Thus, while we mourn the loss of our friends in the incident but we know that they are now happy in heaven. We must move forward for the sake of those who need our love and service.

DEMS: Being the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, what lesson can be derived from the Jocjoc Bolante brouhaha?

DEMS: If you knew the bomber, will you forgive him? Rep. Teves: The first thing I will do is to ask him why he did it. Things happen for a reason. I would like to study him as a person. Maybe he is a victim of injustice which would explain what he did. I will forgive him. I will not retaliate. It will not do us any good. Nobody will win. I will pray for him instead. DEMS: Did that near fatal incident slow down even a bit your drive to serve as a legislator? Rep. Teves: House records will show that I have an almost perfect attendance in all activities at the committees and plenary discussions even if I was then wheelchair bound. DEMS: What are the major pieces of legislation you are sponsoring at the floor? Rep. Teves: First, I introduced a bill expanding PhilRICE to include other cereals to fund for more research and support. Second, a bill amending the NPAS Act so that the revenues derived from the tourism activities in Apo Island will go directly to the local government instead of being coursed through the

Rep. Teves: Decisions concerning the agriculture industry must not be centralized. It should be from bottom up. Local government units must be able to exercise their autonomy and be consulted as to what are their needs to improve food production. DEMS: What is the motive behind the insistence to re-open the Senate investigation on the alleged P728 million fertilizer fund scam? Rep. Teves: The political enemies of the President are forcing the issue. They want to establish that Bolante and First Gentleman Mike Arroyo are close associates and that the latter made the former do it. But as far as I am concerned we used the fund honestly. The opposition merely wants to boost their impeachment drive but I will not support them. Like me, the overwhelming majority of congressmen want political stability until 2010. DEMS: Why choose agriculture as the centerpiece of your incumbency? Rep. Teves: I want the country to be self-sufficient in its food production. I don’t really care if we don’t have too much money in our pockets for as long as we have enough food on the table. DEMS: What are your thoughts now that the Department of Agrarian Reform proceeded to install the CLOA holders in your family’s Caranoche and Villareal properties? Rep. Teves: The family has exhausted all legal means to stand by our principles that the land is ours and we should be justly paid. But the Supreme Court decided in the opposite. I am a lawmaker. We don’t want to fight the government which we serve. Let’s move on. I am bound to help the farmers whom DAR installed to improve their lives. Maybe its coincidence but they were inthe Batasan bombing, which stalled on the I survived. We believe that first year annithe message of the Lord is versary of for us to give more. Life is more precious and more valuable than land. DEMS: Do you favor the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law?

PRYDE HENRY TEVES Representative, 3rd District, Negros Oriental

Rep. Teves: Yes, but with reforms. The government should cease the land acquisition and distribution. There ought to be a five year moratorium so we can observe if indeed the program has improved the lives of the beneficiaries and boosted food production. The bulk of the budget should now be focused in support services at P 15, 000 per hectare from just P 5,000 previously so that farmers can truly plant, cultivate and fertilize their crops

properly. The Philippine Crop Insurance must also be strengthened and given more funds so that farmers will be able to replant if they fail in the first try. DEMS: Why did you enter politics? Rep. Teves: Since I was in high school, I have the notion that I am for public service but my parents discouraged me. They convinced me to venture into business where I became successful. I was supposed to run as a Provincial Board Member in 2001 but my parents prevailed upon me to withdraw. However, in 2002 Board Member Edmund Nalam, who was a native also of Sta. Catalina, passed away. My grandfather, then Congressman Herminio Teves, believed it is my fate. So, I took Nalam’s seat at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. DEMS: How do you find public service? Rep. Teves: It is gratifying although sometimes government bureaucracy tests your patience. It moves ever slowly. But one must be careful and steadfast or the system will eat you up. My goal is to improve the system. DEMS: Do you think you can outdo what your legendary grandfather did? Rep. Teves: My grandfather is a self made man. He ventured into business at the age of 35 and entered politics at 40. In contrast, I went into business at 22 already with a huge capital to start with before I joined politics at 29. Therefore, I should do better than him in many ways and my grandfather will be proud of me. DEMS: What is the enduring lesson your grandfather taught you? Rep. Teves: When you close a door to a person, leave one window open. There should always be a room for reconciliation, to forgive and forget and start all over. My grandfather does not harbor grudges. It is most probably the reason why he is so successful. DEMS: What else do you want to accomplish? Rep. Teves: I have a dream, which my mother shares, to create an all male orphanage with 40 kids where they can be trained in all aspects of public service to become future leaders. DEMS: Who is Pryde Teves to his constituents? Rep. Teves: I would like to be known as someone who dedicated himself to improve their lives. DEMS: Who is Pryde Teves to his political enemies? Rep. Teves: Someone who never does color-coding before, during and after the elections. I would be the congressman even to those who did not vote for me. DEMS: Tell me about your family. Rep. Teves: I have two kids. The eldest, Adrian is currently number two in his class at Don Bosco High School. My second son, Enrique is a Grade four pupil. He is the center

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FOR THE CONTRACT (ABC) 1. PR # 172-08 – a. 1 UNIT – 26’ x 68” Aluminum fixed window 1 ¾” x 4” Rectangular Tabular Alum. Frame ¼” thick bronze glass b. 1 unit – 62” x 68” Aluminum sliding window (S.D. Section) Sliding panels with ¼” thick- bronze glass (includes all accessories) c. 1-unit – 216” x 57 Aluminum sliding window (S.D. Section) (2 – sliding and fixed panels) with ¼:thick bronze glass (includes all accessories) for fabrication of Aluminum Window Panels (free installation) to be taken from The General Fund 2008. P 48,000.00 2. PR # 1254-08 – various hardware and construction materials for Electrification of Sitio Talay-Cambanjao proper (Phase II) Rev. 1 to be taken from the General Fund. 37,150.00 3. PR # 1257 – 08 – various construction materials for Rehabilitation of Bais-Cambaguio Road, Bais City to be taken from the Calamity Fund 2008. 27,330.00 4. PR # 1271-08 – various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Brgy. Lonoy to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 25,025.00 5. PR # 1272-08 – various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Sitio Naasug, Brgy. Cambagahan to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 25,095.00 6. PR # 1273-08 – various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Sitio Katungawan, Barangay Calasga-an, to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 20,375.00 7. PR # 1274-08 - various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Barangay Dansulan, to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 20,495.00 8. PR # 1275-08 - various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Barangay Consolacion, to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 16,620.00 9. PR # 1276-08 - various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Sitio Piaga, Brgy. Dansulan , to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 14,975.00 10. PR # 1277-08 various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Sitio Tabuac, Brgy. Sab-ahan (Ba-ong) to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 18,875.00 11. PR # 1278-08 – various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Barangay Cabanlutan to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 22,825.00 12. PR # 1279-08 – various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Sitio Caluy-ahan, Brgy. Cambagahan to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 7,500.00 13. PR # 1280-08- various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Sitio Tabu-ac, Brgy. Sab-ahan to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 27,025.00 14. PR # 1281-08 – various construction materials for construction of Deepwell at Sitio Nalandan, Brgy. Tagpo to be taken from the 20% EDF 2008. 16,500.00 15. PR # 1293-08 – 1. 30 heads Piglets (Landress/Large White, at least 10 to 15 kls. P 54,000.000 2. 10 heads Heifer (80 to 100 kls. Mestizo not more than 2 yeas of age) 140,000.00 194,000.00 ---------------------------16. PR # 1295-08 – various medical supplies for the implementation of Family planning and Expanded Program and Immunization Of LGU to be taken from the General Fund. 126,710.00 ---------------------------

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Bid documents can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat c/o Office of the City Mayor or Office of the City General Services, this city, Tel. Nos. (035) 402-3182, or 402-8115, anytime during office hours; and can also be inquired for further information or particulars. The bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility, technical, and financial documents each in separate sealed envelopes duly marked as such as in the bid box at the Conference Room at the Office of the City Mayor on Nov. 21, 2008 at 1:30 P.M. at which place, date and time said envelopes shall be opened in the presence of the members of the BAC, the attending bidders, the observers, or their duly authorized representative. Late bids shall not be accepted. The City Government of Bais reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all bids at anytime prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. (Sgd) CARMELINO L. MORALES (City General Services Officer) BAC Chairman The Negros Chronicle Nov. 16, 2008

THE LEGALITY OF THE INSTALLATION OF THE ALLEDGED CLOA HOLDERS IN CARANOCHE AND VILLAREAL IN NEGROS ORIENTAL. WERE THEY IN BAD FAITH FROM THE VERY START OF THE ACQUISITION?

YOU BE THE JUDGE! There are at least three (3) processes that the DAR should do prior to acquisition before distributing the land acquired to QUALIFIED beneficiaries. FIRST Identify the land and identify the landowner. SECOND Identify the qualified beneficiaries with the landowner. THIRD Offer price taking into consideration all the factors. ON THE FIRST PROCESS – DAR already committed an error when they accepted the VOS of Ariston Teves. Did they check if the land really belonged to Ariston Teves? Were there succeeding communications to Ariston Teves? (Incidentally, the name of the MARO at the time was also an Ariston Teves also from Taclobo.) What documents were presented by Ariston Teves, as proof of ownership, for DAR to proceed in processing the alledged VOS? THE VOS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED ILLEGAL AND NULL AND VOID AB INITIO! Several communications were sent to DAR office by Herminio G. Teves, through his counsel, to first resolve the issue of ownership but fell on deaf ears. No one will believe that MARO Ariston Teves, MARO Igmedio Ruelp, MARO Quindo, MARO Bethoven Melodia, MARO Garo were not AWARE of the fact that Herminio G. Teves owned the property. WHY WERE THEY ALL SILENT TO THIS FACT? ON THE SECOND PROCESS - DAR made their own listing of QUALIFIED BENEFICIARIES without the presence of the “LANDOWNDER”. How were they to know who are actually tilling the land? Is this why they listed people who are not farmers? Is it because they took “hook line and sinker” the statement of people pretending to be farmer-tiller of the said land? I hate to think that they were in connivance with these people. I hate to think DAR just made a TABLE SURVEY. Was there a connivance between the alledged bonafide farmer-tiller and the DAR? It is a fact that there are several qualified farm workers but DAR (purposely?) did not include them despite the fact that they are working as tiller-farm workers even during the time of the MARTINEZES. These farm workers never knew where and when DAR made a listing of the “alleged qualified beneficiaries” otherwise surely the real farmers would have asked DAR to list them as well – which makes it apparent that a table survey was done. What is very funny is that DAR refuse to heed their pleas to be included – purely because they want to stick to their original list as stated in the alleged CLOA. WHY ARE THEY REFUSING TO CORRECT THE CLOA? ON THE THIRD PROCESS - To whom did the DAR communicate regarding the price pegged for the property? Let us look at the valuation they made on Villareal and Caranoche property as against the property of Aboitez in Lapay. The valuation was done on the same year – 1989. They valued the Villareal and the Caranoche which is along the highway, a kilometer from Sugar Central, 2 kilometers from the municipal hall and right across Negros Oriental State University, Bayawan Campus at only about P5,000.00 per hectare – a measly fifty centavos per square meter – YET DAR valued the Lapay which is about 45 kilometers (with no road at the time) at P180,000.00 per hectare!!! WHY THE GLARING DISPARITY? Where in the Philippines can you buy a land, beside a National Highway at only FIFTY CENTAVOS per square meter?

Even if others are not. Even if others will not. Even if others can not. “He who walks honestly walks seA message Proverbs 10:9 curely.” Brotherhood of Christian Businessman & Professionals

WHAT BOGGLES MY IMAGINATION IS THIS… IF DAR DID NOT RECOGNIZE HERMINIO G. TEVES AS THE OWNER (in fact they made an offer for him to vacate) HOW COME AFTER THEY ALLEGEDLY ISSUED THE CLOA, THEY STARTED COMMUNICATING WITH HIM AND NOT TO ARISTON TEVES? HAVE THEY DEPOSITED THE MONEY WITH THE LAND BANK IN THE NAME OF ARISTON TEVES – THE PERSON WHO MADE THE VOS? So many news items were written maligning Herminio Teves and Gary Teves – When the truth is that Herminio Teves is the victim here. Not the bogus CLOA holders. Despite the request to first settle all issues raised, the DAR Region VII just became a “Stone Wall” acting like “GOD”. Are we still a democratic country or are we now under the “COMMUNIST”? Note: To all of you reading this item – Please read Section 65 of the RA 6657. My suspicion is that this is the real intention.

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PROMISES TO KEEP

Fatherless No More I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. –– II Corinthians

A “And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life. But many who seem to be important now will be the least important then, and those who are considered least here will be the greatest then.” ––

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Jesus turned the world’s values upside down. In the life to come, the last will be first. Don’t ignore eternal rewards for temporary benefits. Be willing to

make sacrifices now for greater rewards later. Be willing to accept human disapproval while knowing that you have God’s approval.

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GOSPEL Matthew 25:14-30 esus told his disciples this parable: “A man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one – to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’

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THIS IS THE DAY – I WILL REJOICE ! (PART III) “This is the day which the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 f we go by the words of our text, no matter what kind of day it is, we are to accept it with a determined will. For while we don’t attribute to God everything that Dr. PROCESO UDARBE happens in a day, the fact is every single day is God’s day. Pardon me for a personal illustration, but I think my experi- quality, I began to lose hope of ence many years ago is appro- ever finishing it. Finally, I had priate at this point. Like many to go to a psychiatrist who doctoral students, I was sickest helped me go through the depth in my life when I had an extreme of mental depression. Eventudifficulty in writing my disserta- ally, I succeeded in finishing the tion. Due to the demands of my project. Some years later, I was inadviser that it be of superior

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His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering were you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talents in the ground. Here it is back.’ His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the Turn to page 10 talent

vited by my Alma Mater San Francisco Theological Seminary in the US to go and receive my Distinguished Alumnus Award. My former adviser Herman Waetjen, was in the audience when I spoke. After the ceremony, he said: “Proceso, those were indeed terrible days of struggle for you when you wrote your dissertation. But you did produce an excellent one for which you have been honored this evening.” And why did it happen? So that I finished my doctoral studies? Whether I verbalized it or not on each of the excrutiating days of that grim struggle, there were the words: Turn to page 11

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few years ago I went to a meeting that was being conducted by Edwin Cole in Dallas, Texas. Ben Kinchlow, one of the speakers, asked the fathers and sons who were present to come to the front and pray together. As I witnessed this, I began to weep. I had never really had a healthy father-son relationship with my own father. I never learned how to golf, ski, or swim; I never had anyone show me how to do hobbies. I wept because I had never really experienced what it meant to have a daddy, a papa, someone into whose lap I could crawl and not be rejected. I didn’t have that father to say to me, “Son, I love you. Talk to me. Tell me what is bothering you.”

All of a sudden, as I was weeping, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. “I”ll be your Father. I have a desire to be a Father to the an idiot, but I didn’t care because Daddy was fatherless. I will teach you what a father is with me, I went deep sea fishing for the first to be like. I will be your Father. Is there any- time when I was in Australia and I caught the thing you would like to do? I will help you. I biggest fish in the group. I even went water will give you wisdom. I will give you instruc- skiing, not knowing how to swim, and had a tion. I will give you discipline. I will do hob- wonderful time with my life jacket on. Daddy bies with you. I’ll teach you to swim if you was with me. While in Australia, I also went want to learn. I’ll teach you to snow ski and golfing fo the first time. I did a lot of “worm water ski and to do all these things.” burning,” hitting the ball across the ground In my mind I questioned, “How can this rather than in the air. I also hit the same kanbe? How can God do those things for me? garoo twice, but Daddy was with me. Maybe He means that He will bring earthly As I look back on that time, I realize that men of God who will be like fathers to me, God was teaching me what it was like to be a but that is still not the same.” son. He was teaching me what it was like to The Spirit spoke back to me, “No. I have a daddy who cared-no matter what will be your Father. I have heard your cry, struggles, faults, insecurities, and pressure I ‘Abba, Father.’ You will be My son, and I had. He said, “Forget all that and just get will be your Father.” alone with Me.” By the next year I had gone snow skiing for the first time. I’m sure I looked like 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 Ngano nga ang Simbahang 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 Catolico supak sa artipisyal nga 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 pamaagi sa population control? 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234 123456789012345678901234567890121234

(Part II) g karon, ngano man nga ang S i m b a h a n nagtudlo man supak sa paggamit sa mga artipisyal nga mga paagi sa population control? Kining mosunod ang FR. GAMMY TULABING mga hinungdan: JCD, VG 1. Ang aborsyon maoy usa ka pagpatay sa inosenteng kinabuhi; 2. Ang esterilisasyon makadaut ug makaguba sa integridad sa himsog ug baskog nga reproductive system; 3. Artificial contraception creates in the users what is called a “contraceptive mentality” that makes man dependent on means or gadgets, and not on his own strength, capacities and capabilities as man. In other words, artificial means of birth control “dehumanize” the users. Ang mga artipisyal nga mga pamaagi sa pagpugong sa pagmabdos maka-mugna diha sa mga naggamit kanila og usa ka “contraceptive mentality” nga maoy makapahimo sa tawo nga ulipon sa mga kahimanan sa pagpugong sa pagmabdos. Ug tungod niining maong pagkaulipon, mahikalimot siya sa paggamit sa iyang kaugalingong huna-huna, kusog, ug katakos isip usa ka tawo aron i-exercise ang tinuod nga responsible parenthood. Sa ilang pagkasulti, ang paggamit sa artipisyal nga mga pamaagi sa birth control makapawala sa pagkatawo sa usa ka tawo. “They dehumanize the users.” If there is any success that the government has achieved in its population control programs, it is making people animals, if not robots, in the sense that people are no longer using their intellect and free will in exercising responsible parenthood, but people have become so dependent on gadgets; and this is very dehumanizing, demoralizing, and humanly

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ix weeks ago, October 12, the Church celebrated Indigenous People’s Sunday to renew the spirited commitment to their self-determination. They used to have pretty much the run of Island, and this suggested the name BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. Negros. Where have all SAGUN. JR. of them gone? According to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, there are three indigenous communities in Negros Oriental. Two of these are identified as Aetas a.k.a. Ata/Ati and Bukidnon. They are in Mabinay in four of its barangays: Cansal-ing, Himoodongan, Pantao, and Canggunob. In the adjoining town of Manjuyod, the two cultural groups exist in Candabong. A third little-known community known as Magahat is living in two places known as Maglinao and Cabatuanan in Basay. Aside from the towns given above, the Aetas are also in Bais, Canla-on, and Tanjay cities. The list from NCIP office shows that the Bukidnons are scattered in six places in Ayungon; eight in Bayawan city; two in Basay; seven in Bindoy, three in Canlaon; four in Guihulngan; three in La Libertad; also three in Sta. Catalina; two in Tanjay; one in Tayasan; and another in Vallehermoso. Part I of History of Negros by Fr. Angel Martinez Cuesta is entitled “The Coming of the West, 1565-1660.” Writing about the population, the internationally known Recollect historian states: “At the coming of Spaniards, the island of Negros was peopled by three different ethnic groups: Aetas, Buquidnons, and Visayans who roughly correspond to the three great groups of migrants referred (as) Negritos, Indonesians, and Malayans.” Fr. Martinez Cuesta asks these rhetorical

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The Gifts ...

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(From page 5) of Queensland, Australia recently. The Journal Science said that corals don’t have eyes, but they have ancient proteins called cryptochromes which react to blue light. These same protein are also found in mammals and insects where they effect the circadian clock that regulates the daily rhythms of life. The report said, “the finding indicates that the basic means used by mammals today to regulate their daily patterns was in use at the beginnings of multicelluar animals. This also supports the idea that these protein evolved under the blue light of the ancient seas.” These breathtaking Coral reefs take several years to grow, home of thousands of species of fish that feed millions of humans. Yet some people destroy them in minutes. Green turtles are amazing as they swim 2,600 kilometers just to reach a safe island

Change ...

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where they can lay their eggs, away from humans who ate them. Their species are diminishing as they face eventual extinction. But most countries including the Philippines have already laws to protect them. They are usually found in Turtle island here in our country. After the female green turtle lay her 100 to 200 eggs inside the hole she made in the sand, she then covered them and return to the sea. After 45 to 75 days, the eggs hatch during the night, and the newly emerged turtles instinctively head directly towards the water’s edge. This few meter run is the most dangerous part of their lives. Predators like gulls or crabs picked off many turtle hatchlings and they never made it to the ocean. But some reached the water, guided by the moonlight. Seahorses are also very interesting fathers. The males are monogamous and they mate for life. During mating, the female deposits her eggs into the male’s brood pouch, He fertilizes the eggs internally and

Where have... (Sagun)

(From page 5)

(From page 8)

And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright —tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope. For that is the true genius of America — that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.” The same motivation, the same challenge can be a source of inspiration to us Filipinos. For our country also needs a change. A change to end divisiveness, to end animosity and to transform conflict. A change that brings back the glory of the pearl of the orient seas. A change that unites us once more. The end of Obama’s speech best sums up the challenge for us now. Just as he rallied the American people for a new beginning, it is ours as well. As he eloquently put it “This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth — that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.” We are at the beginning of history. Hope can be believed in once more. And change? - that we can do too as well.

questions: “How many Negritos can we find today in Negros? How many were there in the sixteenth century? What points of the island did they occupy?” Published in 1980, the book goes on to relate: “Present research does not tell us how the Negritos came to be almost totally extinct… We have no knowledge of the illnesses which decimated them. Even today Negritos are weak and chronically affected by disease.” “The Philippine Negrito is not black like the African Negro. He is rather of a dark brown color with a narrow forehead, a broad and flat nose, receding jaw, a small mouth and fleshy lips curved slightly. Their faces end in an acute angle like the keel of a vessel. “Only recently, the Negritos were nomads roaming about a definite territory. They lived in groups of twenty to thirty persons who moved about the better for hunting and fishing. They slept wherever they happened to be at nightfall, sheltered by the trees. Sometimes, they had for shelter primitive cabins made of four poles with leaves for a ceiling. A bonfire gave them heat and rid them of mosquitoes … (T)hey cultivated some roots or traded honey, wax and rattan with other plain or hill peoples in exchange for rice or adornments of which they were very fond.” With this background information, there should be growing civic consciousness that indigenous peoples must not to be displaced from their traditional domains if not resettled outside their ancestral domains. It is said that the IPs number about 12 million in the country.

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carries the eggs until they hatch and releases them only when they are fully formed. These miniature seahorses is only 1.5 to 35 cm in height, has a short lifespan of 1 to five years, but they are terrific fathers. These wonderful sea creatures are with us now, just few minutes or hours away from Dumaguete City. They live and breath like us. God made them for many wondrous reasons. Others remind us to be good fathers or parents. Others remind us of God’s faithfulness in any situation. He makes a way where there seems to be no way.

Ngano nga ... (Tulabing)

(From page 8) degrading. Ang atong gipangawhagan mao ang responsible parenthood diin ang magtiayon kinahanglang maghupot og kahibalo sa ilahang kaugalingon. Kinahanglang ang magtiayon aduna’y kontrol sa ilang kaugalingon sa ilang pagtubag sa tawag sa kahimtang sa ilang pamilya, sa ilang komunidad, lakip na ang ekonomikanhong kahimtang sa atong nasud. Anaa sa magtiayon ang desisyon kung puede ba silang magdugang og mga anak, o dili ba, ug ang ilang desisyon kinahanglang himoon ubos sa lamdag sa kahayag sa plano sa Ginoo, ug dili pinasubay sa ilahang kaugalingong paghukom. Ang panglantaw sa Simbahan sa Family Planning mao nga kini maoy mahimong dalan ngadto sa usa ka tinuod nga responsible parenthood, aron nga magiyahan ang mga bana ug mga asawa aron ilang ilhon pag-ayo ang usag-usa, ug aron nga makahimo sila’g mga maayong desisyon ug mga lakang, ug mamahimong responsableng mga ginikanan nga aduna’y pagpakabana sa matag miembro sa pamilya. Sa ato pa diay, ang Simbahan nagatugot sa Family Planning kung ang paagi nga gamiton nahisubay sa mga sugo sa Dios. Mao kana mga kaigsoonan, nga makanunayon sa atong tahas sa pag-amoma ug pagpalambo sa integridad sa KINABUHI ug GUGMA, kita sa Simbahan naga-promote nga gamiton lamang unta sa mga magtiayon nga nag-control ang gitawag nga natural kind of Family Planning, kon NFP. Natural Family Planning is regarded not merely as a means of cutting down the number of children but as a way of life that enhances relationship between husband and wife and enables them to space their children according to their capacity and generosity. It is a process by which husband and wife learn to support each other according to their understanding of themselves as persons related in and bound by love. Ang mga pamaagi nga gigamit niining Responsible Parenthood mao ang mga gigamit sa Natural Family Planning nga Billings Method, ang Basal Body Temperature, ug ang Rhythm Method.

Atong gipangawhagan ang atong pangagamhanan nga tagaan pud unta’g advocacy kining Natural Family Planning. Nganong ang mga advocacies sige man lamang nagtutok sa artipisyal nga mga pamaagi sa population management? Nganong dili man pundohan og kwarta sa gobyerno ang Natural Family Planning, nga parehas ra man unta ang tumong ug tinguha niining Artificial Methods ug Natural Methods, unya napamatud-an pa gyud nga mas epektibo ang Natural Family Planning kay sa artipisyal, ug wala pa gyu’y side effects. Ato usab nga gihangyo dinhi ang mga international funding institutions nga unta tagaan pud nila’g igong budget

ug tabang ang Natural Family Planning Methods, tungod kay “wala nang tatalo pa sa natural.” Ang Department of Health nag promote og natural medicine. Ang mga food companies nag-promote usab og mga natural food supplements; ang mga commerciante nag-promote og mga natural drinks, ug giingon pa man gani sa usa ka komersyal nga “iba na ang natural!” Nganong wala man ipromote ang Natural Family Planning nga mas maayo man gyud kaha ang natural?

Sunday ... (From page 8) “This is the day which the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” By the way, there are uniquely meaning-filled moments that come our way, whether we be in our homes, in our store, in the office, or especially in the tumultuous life of our nation. During EDSA II, there were crucial moments for millions of people, mostly the youth of the land. We know by hindsight that many many people seized the moment for selffulfillment, for love of country, or for responses to the movement of the Holy Spirit. So the Point is: be captured by that moment when it comes.

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HEALTH IS WEALTH

The Power of Tears

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“Jesus wept.” – John XI 35 he above sorrowful scenario happened when Lazarus, the best friend of Jesus, died. This emphasizes the importance of tears in our lives. Definitely, some relief is achieved when one weeps during a grieving situation and carried off by tears which is the “silent language of grief” according to Voltaire.

We, Filipinos, are known to be a sentimental people. We easily cry when we see sad movies, hear nostalgic music or touched by pathetic stories. There are people in our midst who are deeply emotional and could easily burst into tears when they actually experience an unusual or awesome situations, like walking through a valley of beautiful flowers or upon seeing a very imposing and majestic mountain peak or a blue serene lake with birds flying over, or perhaps hearing a perfect rendition of “Moonlight Serenade” by Mozart. What really are tears? According to a reference in the Internet, tears are the liquid product of a process of lachrimation to clean and lubricate the eyes. In literary sense, it also refers to “crying”. Strong emotions, such as sorrow or ela-

tion, may lead to crying. Humans are the only mammals who are generally accepted to cry emotional tears. It is interesting to note that some substance found in lachrymal fluids, lycosyme, fight against bacterial infection as part of the immune system. Here’s a beneficial health finding. People who are afraid to let themselves pour forth their painful emotions to tears can trigger such ailments as asthma, migraine and many other psychosomatic illnesses. Reports claimed that some individuals have died because they repressed their emotions. So, don’t pent up your emotions and don’t fight back your tears, especially in normal grief reactions or intense emotional upheavals, Some patients are relieved with their chronic colds, sinusitis and other respiratory discom-

BY DEMS DEMECILLO NEIL RIO

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA (Dr. Angel V. Somera) Fellow, Phil. Psychiatric Association Diplomate, Phil. Board of Psychiatry

forts because they learn to vent their feelings by crying. I learned by heart a fitting quotation about tears since I was in high school. “Tears are not to be taken as a sign of weakness but, of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” A theologian once said that God is more pleased with a true repentant sinner who weeps than one who just ask forgiveness without any heartfelt feeling at all. So friends, when sorrow or joy overwhelms you, pour out your precious tears to fully express your deepest sentiments for the sake of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC This is to inform the public that MR. EDUARDO L. CORNELIO whose picture appears here, is no longer con-nected w i t h MAPECON, Dumaguete Branch, Door 1 Bldg. 2 De Mira M a l l , Pulantubig, Dumaguete City. In view thereof, MR. CORNELIO is no longer authorized to enter into any transactions for and in behalf of MAPECON, Dumaguete Branch.

The Philippine National Police Region 7 Office acknowledged the courage displayed by 30-year old PO1 Carl Mark Jopillo who engaged the attackers of the La Libertad PNP headquarters last week in a shootout. Joppilo, a native of Guihulngan City who was injured was awarded Medalya ng Sugatang Pulis and Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting at Kagalingan. He also received cash incentive and a spot promotion two ranks higher. Right photo shows the van which was allegedly used as one of the get away vehicles of the NPA rebels and their bandit-cohorts.

Guihulngan judge not the ambush target: PNP

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nvestigators believe that Judge Mario Trinindad of Guihulngan may not be the prime target of the November 7 ambush. Negros Oriental Provincial PNP Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. said that if he were really the target, it would be impossible for him to survive because the assailants were using M16 rifles. Judge Trinidad’s trate in a motorcycle died background check of the bodyguard identified as instantly after sustaining in- victim yield he was allegRodolfo Guzman who was juries in the chest and back. edly involved in the illethen following the magis- Marquez revealed that the gal drugs trade.

Banilad father shoots alleged robber to death n alleged robber was shot to death by the owner of the house he forcibly entered last Tuesday night in Brgy. Banilad Dumaguete City. The victim who sustained a gun shot wound was identified as Renante Peral, with no permanent address. His assailant was identified as 39- year old Felimon Flores, Jr. a resident of Purok Kapitan Ano, Brgy. Banilad, Dumaguete City. The incident occurred enter the latter’s house after Flores shot Peral using his after Peral was reportedly the former managed to climb homemade caliber 38 seen by Flores trying to over the compound’s fence. Turn to page 19

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Tanods disarmed village Kagawad who ran amok ill this spell the end of his political career? Village watchmen had to subdue and disarm their own barangay kagawad who went amok after a drinking binge in Barangay Kagawad Manlingay, Mabinay recently. Forty eight year old Kagawad Marcial Perater, a widower, caused his constituents to flee in terror when he suddenly took a fragmentation grenade and began harassing them. Two tanods namely rived to subdue the Perater. of the grenade Perater Valerio Francis and However, when thy already took with him a shotgun. Hermie Florentino ar- succeeded of disarming him Turn to page 19

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Marijuana suspect Elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency led by SPO1 Allen June Germudo arrested 43 year old Alan Perez, a resident of Calindagan Dumaguete City during a buy-bust operation in Sitio Canday-ong. Seized from Perez were two matchboxes containing marijuana leaves, seeds and stalks and the two hundred pesos marked money.

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Four Dumag at Sidlakang uete artists opened an sponsored Negros Gallery, EJ B art exhibit with the th Amontilladoby Peter De Vos and lanco Drive last Novememe “Gifts of the Sea’ ists are (L-R Beach resort in Bul wife Silke. They are ber 7.The art exhibit ’ ak Dauin, N is ow Gallery hour) Ken Concepcion, Rau egros Orient ners of the famous s is from 8 l am to 7 pm Arbon, Muffet D. Villegaal. The featured Art. s and Susan Canoy.

Rep. Arnaiz:P100,000 aid for livelihood

Local la status rewmakers converg had a h port of the Phil ed in Siquijor ndred per ippine C la Albastrou-D ouncil st November cent Dagupan irector PCL Battendance. Show ors League wh 14 to tackle th Orienta , Jun Ferrer-Na ayawan, Micha n in photo are ere the membe e Antonio l Federation Pre tional President,el Fernandez-Na(L-R) Atty. Chinrs g ti Remollo-C sident, C Q hiquittin uezon City, Pevonal Chairman, oordinato g Sagarb e Ligan-N r and Alm a eg rr ro ia a Moren o-Secreta-VP for Visayas,s ry Genera l.

n of Educatio to epartment and the D maguete in order r c In n, io at fo Du tion Found in Metro e training module ’s Rehabilita inclusive schools ching of th Physician l. GPRehab g The Great rce in recognizin as well as the laun tal Conference Hal of which are day fo 8 en combined Inclusive Education, DepEd Negros Ori apted by 27 schools, tary schools. e ad strengthen November 12 at thclusive Education is and 19 regular elemen st s In teachers la care center Process of

Second District Representative George Arnaiz (with microphone) addresses participants of a livelihood seminar at the Provincial Agriculturist Office and promised to extend a P 100,00 financial assistance so they could start their ventures. The activity was also supported by the Congressional Spouses Foundation Incorporated.

RADIO CLINIC Dr. Milagros Uy, Chair of the Hematology Department of the Holy Child Hospital clarifies misconceptions between anemia and high blood pressure. She also answered queries texted by listeners of DYEM-FM Public Affairs Program “DUMAGUETE TONIGHT” last Thursday. DR. MILAGROS UY

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ay Care children from Sitio Canday-ong, Brgy. Calindagan had benefited the Children’s Fun Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dumaguete South headed by its President Atty. Archer Baldwin R. Martinez last Sunday morning November 9. According to RCDS SecThe children were enterretary Eutropio Ochavillo, the tained with games for chilChildren’s Fun Day was held dren. at the Children’s Playground After the games, the chilof Brgy. Calindagan from dren were given delicious and 8:o’clock until 10 o’clock in lots of vitamins porridge or the morning. “lugaw” from Scoobys The Children’s Play- through Rotarian and City ground of Brgy. Calindagan Councilor Manuel Chiquiting was donated also by the mem- Sagarbarria, pan de sal from bers of the Rotary Club of Angel Buns Bakeshoppe Dumaguete South a few through Rotarian Raul years ago. Villanueva and fresh papaya

fruits from the farm of Ting Matiao Foundation, Inc. Ochavillo said that the Children’s Fun Day is one of the public service activities of the Rotary Club of Dumaguete South. The Children’s Fun Day was supported also by the members of the Interact group of the Dumaguete Science High School led by Rotarian Neri who made some guides in cleaning up the beach in which the playground of Brgy. Calindagan is beside the sea. The Children’s Fun Day

was successful with the support of Rotarian and Brgy. Calindagan Captain Antonio Carino, Day Care teachers, Brgy. Officials and spouses of Rotarians. Other officers and members who attended the Children’s Fun Day are Rotarians Ed Calinawagan, Neil Ray Lagahit, Ely Cabanag, Allan Cordova, Michael Bandal, Jay Nakao, Allan Martinez, Edmund Gonzalez, Willington and Wilkie Matiao, Greg Uymatiao, Ely Escorial, Terry Orbeta and Eddie Tia.


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The (lack of) independence...

(Bingo)

(From page 4)

from the temptation of gold. A Regional Trial Court judge in the 22 courts in Cebu, for instance, gets a basic salary of P25,000 and an assortment of allowances of about P50,000 from the Supreme Court and the Judiciary or a total of P75,000 per month. The good intentions of the Local Government Code permitted city and provincial LGUs to give allowances to the judges. In the case of Cebu – P11,000 total from both the city and provincial governments – to help them resist the temptation to become partial for monetary consideration. Except that this creates moments of conflicts on interest. A Boholano Presiding Judge of Cebu Regional Trial Court No. 58 Gabriel Ingles, brought this to the fore when he wrote both Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Acting City Mayor Michael Rama expressing his desire to indefinitely refuse to accept the P6,000 monthly provincial allowance and P5,000 monthly city allowance. This was apparently in protect over the withholding of the provincial monthly LGU allowance to Judge Bienvenido Sanlel perceived to be due to his unfavorable ruling on the petition of the provincial Government with respect to who should get more board representation in a Cebu Waterworks system. The city had earlier appointed more board seats to the city in the waterworks system arguing that this equitable since the city pays for 60% of the water revenues. The Provincial Government wanted Judge Saniel to issue a “petition for declaratory relief” which he refused because it was not the proper way to resolve the issue since a “violation” has already been committed by the city government. Judge Saniel’s allowance – allegedly from provincial government instructions was then withheld. Judge Ingles, who teaches law at the University of San Carlos and writes a legal column in a regional newspaper, explained his move to rid his function of possible conflicts of interest whenever cases affecting the provincial and city governments would ensue. Judge Ingles said “the courts must not just be impartial but be perceived as impartial, which is almost as important as the first.” Whatever the judges concerned decides – the public will always trace the bias towards the monetary consideration extended

Quintatoll... (From page 2) Baldado and Manjuyod Chief of Police Insp. Loremie Baldado extended relief to the affected residents who are temporarily staying at the Alangilanan

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by either parties. Another judge, Meinrado Paredes, also gave up his provincial government allowance – likewise in protest over Saniel’s case – but kept his city allowance since Judge Paredes presides over a special Drug Court which will unlikely have conflicted cases involving the city Government. Judge Ingles has a sterling record of work ethics and judicial integrity in Cebu and was once considered as a candidate for Comelec Commissioner. He had long dismissed the possibility because the Boholano judge, a product of the College of the Holy Spirit and an SVD ex-seminarian, said ha had no “political backers.” Judges Ingles and Paredes stand today, therefore, as two beacons of hope that the future is not all dim for the justice system in this country. Judge Ingles also told the Chronicle that he deplores the accepted mode of LGUs funding the travel and hotel expenses of judges whenever they go on conferences in Manila and elsewhere – claiming the same uneasy situation of a benefactor-beneficiary relationship would befall on one who often sits in judgment over legal cases. In the local scene, all 30 municipals circuit judges and now seven Regional Trial Court judges, inhibited themselves from handling the controversial case filed by city residents and establishments against the City Mayor et al. for the exorbitant rise in realty taxes without public consultation. The judges claim they are all tax paying residents who will benefit from either ruling on the case, thus their inhibition. That seemed like an ethicallydriven move. But because of the Ingles Factor, taxpayers are now asking how much are the city, municipal or provincial governments giving as allowances to our judges? Or are they not giving any at all? The integrity and independence of our Judiciary is an important cog in the preservation of true democracy in this country. This important criterion becomes more pronounced today as we enter 2009 when seven or even eight Supreme Court justices will be retired – their replacements in the hands of President GMA. How will the shift in ideological mix affect landmark cases expected to be tackled next year? Indeed, how independent are our courts – national and local? Juan de la Cruz is asking. For Comments: email to bingo_dejareco@yahoo.com.ph or bohol-rd@mozcom.com

Elementary School. Barangays Mandalupang and Alangilanan are under the state of calamity which would enable the Capitol and municipal officials to tap their respective calamity funds. (With Neil Rio)

COSCA Alumni General Homecoming On December 6, 2008 Know DETAILS from: Dr. Evangeline AGUILAN – 09178561662 ELSIE UY – 09176656650 CONCES ARMENTANO – 09052571399

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. 7, CEBU CITY CASE NO.: 07-08-4364 (07-03-0135) NELDA BLAZA Applicant/s. x—————————————————/

Our taxes ...

NOTICE Applicant is a grantee a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ service on the line: Bais City – Mabinay and vice versa with the use of one (1) unit which said CPC was granted under case no. 07-03-0135 dated April 11, 2003. Applicant in this application requests authority to extend the validity of her CPC with the use of the same unit and to charge the rate authorized by the Board for this type of service. This application will be considered by the Regional Board on December 12, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. at its office, Kiwanis Bldg., Dumaguete City on which date applicant/s shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least Five (5) days prior on the above date applicant/s shall publish this Notice on one (1) newspaper of general circulation in Cebu/Visayas and served by registered mail, copy of the application and this Notice to all operators affected, as appearing in the attached list. Parties opposed to the granting of the application, must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same applicant/s and if they so desire to appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its record, and the documentary evidence submitted by parties, unless the Board deem it necessary to receive additional documentary and / or oral evidence. WITNESS, the HON. ROMULO V. BERNARDES, Regional Director, this 11th day of November 2008. (Sgd.) ATTY. EVELYN CARMELITA G. MISAL Hearing Officer IV ATTY. JOSE DOUGLAS R. SANSON C.T.D.O.

The Negros Chronicle November 16, 2008

Republic of the Philippines Municipality of Manjuyod BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID The Municipality of Manjuyod invites interested bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the supply and delivery of the following items, for hereunder requirements: ITEM

APPROVED BUDGET FOR THE CON-

TRACT

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1. PR # 100-08-10-834-053 1 UNIT Military Jeep for P 262,000.00 Waterworks Program to be taken from 20% Supplemental Budget CY 2008. 2. PR # 100-08-10-833-052 1 unit Military Jeep for LCE Priority Program to be taken from 20% E.D.F. 300,000.00 3. PR # 100-08-110-864-055 1 unit Backhoe – Surplus Japan Reconditioned to be taken from 20% E.D.F. and additional appropriation S.B. 2008 2,209,579.68 —————————

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P 2,771,579.68

Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. In order to qualify, bidders should conform to the eligibility criteria as prescribed under Sec. 23.11 of IRR-A of R.A. 9184. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary “pass/fail” criteria as specified in the IRR-A of R.A. 9184. As such non-submission of the required documents will result in the disqualification of the bidder. All other particulars relative to the procurement process shall be governed by the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. Bid documents can be obtained upon payment of a non-refundable fee equivalent to the total amount of the ABC of the items in which interested bidders intend to bid, in accordance with the following rates: Below – 100,000 P100.00 100,001 – 200,000 200,001 - 300,000 300,001 – 400,000 400,001 – 500,000 500,001 – 600,000 600,001 - 700,000 700,001 – 800,000 800,001 – 900,000 900,001 – 1,000,000 1,000,000 – 2,000,000 2,000,000 above 10,000.00

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Bid documents can be obtained at the BAC Secretariat c/o Municipal Engineering’s Office, this municipality (035) 404-1136, anytime during office hours, and can also be inquired for further information or particulars. The bidders shall drop their duly accomplished eligibility, technical, and financial documents each in separate sealed envelopes duly marked as such in the bid box at the Function Room, 2 nd Floor New Market Building on December 17, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at which place, date and time said envelopes shall be opened in the presence of the members of the BAC, the attending bidders, the observers, or the duly authorized representative. Late bids shall not be accepted. The Municipal Government of Manjuyod reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the bidding process and reject all bids at anytime prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. (Sgd.) ENGR. ERWIN D. QUE The Negros Chronicle MEO Nov. 16, 2008 BAC Chairman

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(illegal).

Relating to the appropriation for T-shirts

Let us relate this important case of Wenceslao Pascual v Secretary of Public Works, to the insistence of the city government to appropriate funds (reportedly P200,000.00) for T-shirts of city government employees. The city government is inclined to push through with this Tshirt appropriation. The argument, we read, is that anyway the T-shirts are to be used many times over in various activities. The next argument is that the council determines what is necessary, therefore finding this a necessity, it can then appropriate our taxes to buy T-shirts for city employees.

Applying the Supreme Court test

If we follow the test applied by the Supreme Court, the question is: will the appropriation for T-shirts of city employees promote the interests of ordinary taxpayers like you and me? If so, how does the appropriation of funds to buy T-shirts for city employees promote our interests as taxpayers? If city government employees wear T-shirts on parades, how does that promote and advance the general welfare of citizens? Let’s be more liberal. How will the wearing of T-shirts by city employees even remotely or incidentally advance the welfare of taxpayers and the community? Can the city government explain that to us ordinary citizens, whose hard-earned taxes are to be used to buy these T-shirts?

To be used many times

The argument advanced to back up the T-shirt appropriation is that “anyway the T-shirts will be used many times” in various activities. Even if that T-shirt is worn a thousand times, we still go back to the basic question: How will these T-shirts advance and promote the welfare of ordinary taxpayers? Will the taxpayers’ money not be put to better use if the city instead buy more equipment for our police, who until now are still using vintage police vehicles? Which would advance and promote the public welfare? Let’s call a spade a spade: Will the T-shirt appropriation advance public interest, or the politicians’ interest?

Necessity

Another argument advanced by the city to justify the T-shirt appropriation is that it is the council that determines what is necessary or not. This argument is at the height of misplaced political arrogance. The issue is not necessity. The issue is legality. Besides, how has it become necessary to buy T-shirts for city employees? Are city employees walking around naked, that they need to be clothed? Where is the necessity? Are the T-shirts merely for aesthetics? Is aesthetics tantamount to necessity?

Appeal

Hence we kindly appeal to our trustworthy (“kasaligan”) public servants at city hall. We are guided by laws and rules laid down by the Congress and the Supreme Court. We follow these rules so that there will be order and progress in society. That is why there is such a thing as upholding “the rule of law” not the rule of rogue public officials. We hope that those entrusted with our hard-earned taxes will properly use it to promote the welfare of the whole community, not a handful of political supporters. Otherwise, we just have to appeal to the electorate to remember these untrustworthy public officials in the coming election. We, in the press, assure you: We will not forget. Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. 7, CEBU CITY CASE NO.: 07-08-4369 (07-03-3614) NORLITO PAGENTE Applicant/s. x—————————————————/

NOTICE Applicant is a grantee a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ service on the line: Enrique Villanueva – Larena – Siquijor and vice versa with the use of one (1) unit which said CPC was granted under case no. 07-03-3614 dated January 14, 2004. Applicant in this application requests authority to extend the validity of his CPC with the use of the same unit and to charge the rate authorized by the Board for this type of service. This application will be considered by the Regional Board on December 12, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. at its office, Kiwanis Bldg., Dumaguete City on which date applicant/s shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least Five (5) days prior on the above date applicant/s shall publish this Notice on one (1) newspaper of general circulation in Cebu/Visayas and served by registered mail, copy of the application and this Notice to all operators affected, as appearing in the attached list. Parties opposed to the granting of the application, must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same applicant/s and if they so desire to appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its record, and the documentary evidence submitted by parties, unless the Board deem it necessary to receive additional documentary and / or oral evidence. WITNESS, the HON. ROMULO V. BERNARDES, Regional Director, this 11th day of November 2008. (Sgd.) ATTY. EVELYN CARMELITA G. MISAL Hearing Officer IV The Negros Chronicle November 16, 2008 ATTY. JOSE DOUGLAS R. SANSON C.T.D.O.


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Failed families ... (From page 2) below are so attracted to gangs? Mrs. Aurora Flores, Chief of the Philippine Mental Health Association said “there are 101 reasons why children get themselves involved with gangs but the most common reason be that these children are products of dysfunctional families, which drives

101 villages ... (From page 2) Force P/Insp. Edgar Deposoy claimed that from January to October this year, 32 drug pushers and 66 users have been arrested. Declaring that the government is winning the war against illegal drugs, Martinez holds the rising prices of shabu and marijuana in the market as proof of his claim. A gram of shabu, which costs only P 3,000 before is now between P 12,000 to P 15,000. He also noted that close to 70 percent of the inmates at the Bajumpandan City Jail are involved with illegal drugs. However, anti-drugs authorities admit that the

them to find attention and solace in company of gangsters.” However, P/Inspector Virgilio Pineda blames the influence of the unregulated media. He explained that based on the study he conducted, “there are children who are being taken cared of by their parents but who still join gangs. This is because they idolize groups and individuals who are featured in television programs, computer games and movies in violent ways.” To solve this alarming phenomenon, Flores urges the parents to be effective in a way that they raise their children to become “responsible and independent individuals.” Insp. Pineda bats for media regulation of movies, shows and computer games. “Some of our youths live in an imaginary world they must be reminded that they need to study hard and work hard for their future,” he concluded.

campaign against this social cancer remains a daunting task given the chronic shortage in manpower and equipments.

November of Environment and Natural Resources 17 * Department Seminar 8am-5pm Joshua 1& 2

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* Health Solutions Product Presentation 12pm-2pm Jordan 3 * Necy & Kimberly Wedding 5pm-7pm Jordan 1&2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------* Bethel Guest House 12th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service 7am-8am Joshua 1& 2 * Bethel Guest House Anniversary Food Sale 8am9pm Joshua 1& 2 * League of Mayors Meeting 10am-1pm Jordan 2 ----------------------------------------------------------------------* Oval Review for Nurses 8am-5pm Agape * National Power Corporation Meeting 11am-3pm Joshua 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------* GTZ Meeting 9am-1pm Joshua 1 * Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen & Professionals Oratorical Contest 2pm-5pm Joshua 1 * Fresenius Kabi Round Table Discussion 6:30pm8:30pm Agape * Living Word Fellowship 6:30pm-8:30pm Jordan 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------* Oval Review for Nurses 8am-5pm Agape * Pastors’ Conference w/ Bro. Willy Chua 2pm-6pm Joshua 1&2 * Pastors’ Conference w/ Bro. Willy Chua 2pm-6pm Jordan 1&2 * Nestle Philippines Seminar 6pm-9pm Agape * Dumaguete Christian Church Fellowship 8pm10pm Jordan 3 -------------------------------------------------------------------* Pastors’ Conference w/ Bro. Willy Chua 8:30am12:30pm Joshua 1&2 * Full Gospel Fellowship 9am-12pm Agape * Baptism c/o Fortune Mart 11am-1pm Jordan 1 * Zach Andre 2nd Birthday 3pm-6pm Joshua 1&2 * Grefaldia – Carino Wedding 5pm-7pm Jordan 1&2 ----------------------------------------------------------------

Befriending...

(Cimagala)

The summer... (Umbac)

(From page 5)

15 always has a psychological dimension. Every virtue or vice has psychological effects and triggers some psychological dynamics. We should try our best to know them. We don’t talk about it only when there are problems. We always have to take it into consideration in all our dealings with people. That at least would denote a growth in our sensitivity to others. Thus, in the seminary some psychological profiling has to be done of every candidate to the priesthood, noting each one’s strengths and weaknesses in this aspect, his good and bad potentials, etc. And a close monitoring of this portrait, given its dynamic nature, should be made. I frankly believe that not only the use of psychology should be promoted but also some serious effort be made to mainstream the skill and expertise on the part of seminary formators and others similarly situated in this vital field of knowledge. We have to drastically rehabilitate the image of psychology in the minds not only of the Church officials but also of everybody else. We cannot deny that psychology is still treated like a leper in the community or the house fool everyone tries to hide. We have to get out of that antiquated mindset. At the rate we are developing with all the complicating and insanity-tending elements around, there’s no way but for psychology to be duly acknowledged, its need appreciated and its use spread far and wide. Again, insofar as its use is relevant to seminary formation, the document lists down several factors that undermine the psychological health of seminarians and those asking admission. “Those who today ask admittance to the seminary,” it says, “reflect, in a more or less accentuated way, the unease of an emerging mentality characterized by consumerism, instability in family and social relationships, moral relativism, erroneous visions of sexuality….” Just a few months ago, I noted that Pope Benedict said something that today’s youth are a “fragile generation,” and I could not agree with him more. My everyday experience and contact with people more than abundantly validate this observation. There are many people with clearly psychological wounds, some very deep and grave, springing even from their own family environment, not to mention, the usual problem areas: pressures from work, social relations, politics, business, showbiz, etc. I am no psychologist but that does not prevent me from recognizing obvious irregularities in the mental, affective and sexual aspects of many people.

(From page 5) paraphrase – age is a state of mind; we do not grow old by the number of years; we grow old by deserting our ideals. Nice words. Consoling words. But why the apprehensions still? ——————Society has been ambivalent towards the elderly. The age of a person is always factored – either positively or negatively – into society’s involvements and under-

takings. But then the question is – when is one too old? And what is the controlling relevance of age visa-vis the inner quality of a person’s worth? ——————I once had a friend – an old man from one of the barangays in a northern town of our province. He had a small cottage at the back of his son’s home. My friend who was 93 years at the time used to give me counsel and advice as I went through the rigors of managing our electric cooperative. I told him that with his vigor and strength and

notebook where I have jotted down God’s manifestations in my life; it is truly a list of wonderful blessings. Reviewing this list revives my focus on what I have, rather than bemoaning all the things I don’t have. I know that despite all these blessings in my life, I will still have to stretch my year-long savings to have some gifts under the tree for our children, their children, our other relatives and

friends. But now instead of concentrating and looking for the expensive and glamorous gifts, I am going to look for gifts that will remind the recipients in the years to come of what is more important in life than pesos and centavos. I want to include a bit of myself in each gift so that they will remember that I love them and count them as my blessings. Christmas is not just a time to buy and buy. It is a time to remember one’s own blessings. And it is a time to create memories as we give gifts of blessings to others.

These concerns have to be given more effective attention. Of course, the use of psychology should not replace the spiritual and supernatural means that are always indispensable in the formation of seminarians as well as of everybody else. It should be the constant accompaniment of these spiritual means, a tool to express and fathom the

spiritual developments, since these always have some psychological manifestations. Naturally, it should also be an instrument to enhance the seminarians’ personalities and temperaments. Thus, a sound psychology should be learned, since there are many schools of thought in this regard, and not all are good.

Gifts that (From page 5) ... For years I have kept a

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BOSTON CAFE Sta. Catalina Cor. Noblefranca Streets Dumaguete City

MARJORIE’S BOUTIQUE 3rd Floor, EBT Building Rizal Boulevard Dumaguete City, Tel no. 225-7214

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his apparent good health (He had never been hospitalized in his entire life.) he would still be good for another number of years. “No more.” He answered me. “I am so tired. Want to go. I have lived a fruitful life.” One time I went to Manila for a conference and upon my return, learned that my friend died peacefully in his sleep. ——————The ebbing of our lives is a function of the sands of time. And only the good Lord has dominion over every grain of sand in the desert of our apprehensions. How well we live is the bottom line that could contain or aggravate our apprehensions. ——————I remember a poem written by Robert Louise Stevenson as he was waiting for his time in an island in the South Pacific. His poem runs thus – “Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie, Glad did I live and gladly die, I lay me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me, ‘Here he lies where he longs to be. Home is he sailor, home from the sea, and a hunter home from the hill’.” ——————As we journey on, let us not dwell anymore on the things we could not have and did not have. Let us instead take stock and remember the blessings He had bestowed, and is still bestowing on us, despite of our apprehensions.

The wallet week’s... everyday hero.

(Kojak)

(From page 5)

What happened to the money? The young man who found my wallet explained that he thought it was a “gift from God.” After I figured out what had happened, I can not say he is wrong. You see I had done something I had never done before. I had put my wallet on the TV table and it accidentally (?) got knocked into the trash. Out of the tons of trash this young lad found a small black wallet. Who can really say it was not a gift from God. Maybe God wanted the money to help someone and also teach me a couple of valuable lessons. I now have two sets of registration papers, got a system set up to get a new card rapidly if I need it and most important I met a very special man and his lovely wife.


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theCIVICcircle BY LELE MARTINEZ

(Civic clubs and organizations are welcome to submit their articles and pictures about their services and activities. It is free of charge. Deadline for submission is Wednesday. You may send by email to: elydejaresco@yahoo.com – EDITOR)

A Golden Jubilee celebration

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Around Negros Caranoche-farmer claimants BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

here is a place of prayer that is close to the hearts of many Dumagueteños and Negrenses; people from all over the province and from neighboring islands flock to this place, actually a monastery, for solace, prayers and intercessions. This Sunday, November 16, the Carmelite Monastery of our Lady of Maravillas and

St. Joseph will celebrate its Golden Jubilee, 50 years of prayer life here in Dumaguete. From a humble beginning of six Spanish nuns, today the Carmelite sisters have seven Carmelite communities throughout the Philippines . The D u m a g u e t e Carmelite monastery has 19 sisters in its community. The Carmelite sisters are known for their prayerful life. The Carmelite Community: Mother Prioress Sor Angelica with the other Locally called the Carmelite Sisters, postulants and novice. monghas, the sisters in brown garb are an institu- November 8, 2007. It was behind the grilles, they have tion in itself, where parishion- also a joyful reunion for her kept close contact with their ers drop in for a chat with the family who came all the way parishioners through prayers. sisters when the occasion al- from Spain to visit her here. One can see people from all lows. I remembered the times The Carmelites, as the walks of life, the young and I visited the sisters with my sisters are called, belong to a the old, visiting the sisters relatives or friends, with the religious family of the Catho- during different times of the sisters always behind the lic Church; they live a life of year. Today Sunday, there will grilles. There is the Turno prayer and work. Carmel where one calls the nun in at- means garden – a symbol of be a concelebrated Thankstendance before leaving a life and fruitfulness. They are giving Mass to be led by note or announcing a visit. cloistered contemplative nuns Bishop John Du at 2:30 pm, it will be a happy occasion celebrating the 50 years of the prayerful lives the Carmelite sisters have offered for the community and the Catholic Church. 50 years ago the vision of a religious community in Madrid Spain made a difference to The Carmelite Sisters in a joyful mood after the Perpetual vow profession this part of the world. The of Sor Agnes Carmelite Sisters and the The first Carmelite Mon- who live a life of prayer, and monastery are a part of the astery of nuns in the Philip- it is only on special occasions Dumaguete spirit and heritpines and Asia was estab- when they can be visited by age. lished in November 16, 1958, the parishioners and friends. with its first monastery right The Carmelite sisters are here in Dumaguete City . The well loved in the community; first 6 Spanish Carmelite nuns people attend Mass at the came to Dumaguete on Nov Carmelite Church and visit 12, 1958 from Madrid , Spain the sisters on special occa. They were welcomed by the sions. Though cloistered, or Late Bishop Epifanio Surban and they established their first monastery site on what is now the Redemptorist Church area. The sisters later moved to their present site at the Sibulan Airport on May 31, 1964 where they now have a beautiful church, convent and spacious grounds. Five nuns are buried on the convent grounds of which four were the pioneer sisters. Of the original 6 Spanish Carmelite nuns who came, only Sor Angelica de la Eucaristia Verdugo Garcia is still here in the monastery. Today she is the Mother Prioress with 18 other sisters in the monastery. Sor Angelica, the only pioneer from the original group of sisters from Spain , celebrated the golden jubilee of her profession last Our Lady of Mt Carmel with the child Jesus

Sheriff Edwin Arnado read the Writ of Execution to Farmer Beneficiaries who listen to their long awaited installation at the Teves-owned lot in Caranoche, Sta. Catalina, Wednesday. There was a massive police presence during the ceremony to quell any possible disturbance from the aggrieved parties and to ensure the security of DAR officials led by Regional Director Rodolfo T. Inson and PARO Grace Fua.

De Jesus: Legalize marijuana use now

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rging authorities to “keep an open mind and be progressive” Councilor Noel De Jesus, who is also a medical doctor, expressed his desire to see that marijuana use should be legalized or decriminalized here.

“If you look at the statistics based on the studies done as posted in the internet, you will find

out that violent and criminal incidents are primarily caused by alcohol use while marijuana can be found at

the bottom of the list,” De Jesus asserted. He intimidated that the Turn to page 19

San Jose town hosts ‘Halad sa Katawhan’

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undreds of Negros Oriental residents seeking to take advantage of various government medical and non-medical services converged at the municipal gym of San Jose town in Negros Oriental for the Halad sa Katawhan ni PGMA today (Nov. 14).

Long lines of people circled around the gym, with the longest lines leading to the areas of the De-

partment of Health (DOH), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Presidential Assistant for Central Visayas and Turn to page 19

P7 fare rollback sought

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ith prices of gasoline per liter hovering at P44-45, after a series of rollbacks, commuters are again calling for the city government to implement a corresponding .50 centavo basic fare rollback consistent with Ordinance No 92 series of 2008 authored by Councilor Alan Gel Cordova, which established a fare rate adjustment scheme for motorcabs for hire in Dumaguete City. Turn to page 19

Editha Carredo and son

The remains of PNP Special Action Force instructor PO2 Mario Rexel Carredo, who died during training in Silang, Cavite recently in an accidental rifle grenade blast, are being viewed by his wife Editha and 2-yearold son. Carredo sustained wounds in the chest while a dozen others were injured. He has served the PNP for about six years and only got married last December 20, 2006.


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BY REA LYNN D. REAL

THIRTY YEARS AGO

(From the CHRONICLE Files)

Fuel rationing in Negros ovember 18, 1978—Fuel rationing is set to start on December 1, 1978 in Negros Oriental and the rest of the Visayas provinces. This was revealed by Brig. General Luis C. Amor, 3rd PC Zone Commander. Meeting with all national, provincial and allocation of dealers and industry by city department heads of Negros Oriental and 10%. He added that considering this cutsugar planters, Gen. Amor issued this state- back, the same thing happens in ment in the wake of the fuel crisis. Brig. Gen. Dumaguete. With the increased usage of Amor said he met with oil dealers, the may- electric power, it is imperative that we ors and the governors on the adoption of a regulate its usage with a voluntary 17% rationing system to be regulated by his head- reduction of power use by end users and quarters concerning gasoline and oil products. we have to do this if we want to continue He said they are forced to do this because to enjoy its benefits, he disclosed. the oil companies have just cut their monthly

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Mayor’s League scores Macias ovember 20, 1988—Mayors League President Napoleon Camero of La Libertad criticized the administration of Governor Emilio Macias II stating that he has allegedly reneged on the responsibilities of the governor and the provincial board by the removal of public works projects in five towns of the first district. In a memo to Macias citing “munici- not mention. pal mayor’s problems and dilemma”, He blamed Macias for low Internal Camero said that these towns are Revenue Allotments even as it is the naVallehermoso, La Libertad, Jimalalud, tional government that determines the share Ayungon and Bindoy. He claimed that these of LGUs not to exceed 20% maximum. He towns “are left without any public work supported the proposed amendment of Rep. Teves in the 1989 General Appropriaprojects because their public works were Gary tion Act in imposing that the LGUs be given realigned to other three towns which he did the maximum share of revenue allotments.

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Advisory against the illegal use of coins T

he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, as the sole issuer of currency in the Philippines, requests the support of the public in reporting persons who are involved in defacing/mutilating or smuggling Philippine coins. Both are criminal acts punishable by law under Presidential Decree 247 and BSP Circular 98, Series of 1995 in relation to Section 2530 (f) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, as amended. The Bangko Sentral also warns the public against persons claiming that the central bank “buys” certain coin denominations higher than their face value. There is no truth to this information. The Bangko Sentral determines the different denominations of our

money, both banknotes and coins, and the public should accept them at face value, no more, no less. We remind the public that the Bangko Sentral mints

and circulates coins in accordance with its mandate to supply the currency requirements of the banking system and sustain economic growth. EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SIMULTANEOUS SALE OF LAND NOTICE is hereby given that Primitivo A. Silot and Arturo P. Silot, the heirs of the late PABLITA P. SILOT have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement With Simultaneous Sale of Land on one half (1/2) share of Lot 2077-E, Psd-07-02-008745, being a portion of Lot 2077, TCT No. 20183, situated in Camanjac, Dumaguete City, containing an area of 517 sq.m. in favor to Jose B. Batusan, per Doc. No. 426, Page No. 87, Book No. 1, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Alex Andrew P. Icao. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 16, 23 & 30, 2008

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ovember 18, 1998—There are now two giant geothermal power generating plants of the National Power Corporation in Palinpinon, Valencia which are out of commission for the moment. The latest to be reported is the Unit II or 20-megawatt plant at Sigungon, Valencia which reportedly has incurred damage worth P32.5 million the cause of which is still being investigated. The other geothermal plant generating unit damaged by landslide was that of Okoy which generates about 20 megawatts. vibration devices was reportedly burned The damage which occurred last January or damaged without the public knowing 20, 1998 is estimated at P32.5 million with about it. losses of revenues estimated at 30 million a month is causing a major toll in the NPC capital assets. A generator rotor in its anti-

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REAL ESTATE LOTS FOR SALE Contact: 0918-929-6047 REAL PROPERTIES FOR SALE:

LOT-A

1.

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

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

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

Real Estate 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. K-11 6 bedrooms, garage, lawn huge sala, kitchen fence P10M negotiable Clean title

HOUSE & LOT FOR SALE 200 sq.m. P1M Mango Avenue Piapi, Dumaguete City

Contact: 0918-929-6047

FOR SALE Sprawling 4.1 Has. of land Ideal for Downtown Subd., Sulodpan, Bacong Contact:

0918-929-6047

BEACH LLOT OT FOR SALE

LOT-D

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.

3700 sq.m. more or less, with native house, 20 km south of Dumaguete, facing Apo Island. 5.7 m beachfront with a boulder – concrete seawall. Ideal for resident or business place. 40 coconut tress, 11 mango trees, avocado, cashew nut, satellite TV, phone, own deep well.

# 0920-755-2052

WANTED Bookkeeper Part-time Call: Call: 0918-929-6047 0918-929-6047 Submit biodata, resume to: NEGROS CHRONICLE

FOR SALE:

RUSH SALE

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 (M2)HOUSE FOR SALE –FULLY FURNISHED Area: 1132 sqmtrs. Location: Camanjac, Dgte. City Price: P3.7M (M3) BEACHLOT -W/ BEACH HOUSE Area: 1000 sqmtrs. Location: Campaclan, Sibulan Dgte. City Price: P5M

(M4) BEACHLOT

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE STOCKS OCKS Contact 0918-929-6047 NEW ST LOT FOR SALE (K 8) HOUSE AND LOT (K 1) Northern Junob, Area: 4,908 sq.m. Area: 160 sqmtrs. Location: Casa Alicia Subd., Candau-ay, Dgte. City Price: P2.5M Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, with good neighbors.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 2)

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

HOUSE AND LOT (K 3)

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

AGRI LOT

HOUSE AND LOT (K 4)

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.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 5) Area: 1,200 sqmtrs. Price: P 2M Location: Upper, Cantil-e Description: 3 bedrooms, garage, lawn, right of way and good Neighbors.

AGRI LOT

HOUSE AND LOT (K 7) RUSH SALE

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)

D SOL

Area: 365 sqmtrs. Location: Bogo, Dgte. City Price: P2.5M

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT P5000/month Taft Street, Dgte. City

COMMERCIAL BUILDING FOR RENT -1ST Floor Only P20,000/month Taft Street, Dgte. City

BEACH LOT FOR SALE (K 9) 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 (K 11)

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 FOR SALE (K 12) Beach lot : area : 1,000 sqmtrs. place: Bacong, negros oriental , goodneighbor, price 2.5 m, ideal for mini resort, clean title

HOUSE AND LOT (K 13)

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,

HOUSE AND LOT (K 14)

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 (K 15)

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.

HOUSE AND LOT (K 16) 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.

Call:

09189296047

Beach LOTS for Sale Call: 0918-929-6047

(M5) LOT FOR SALE

(M6) HOUSE & LOT

(K 2)

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

(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 Area: 649 sqmtrs. Location: Highway, Camanjac Price: P900T

(K 1)

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

Products: 100 coconut, Hundreds of corn plantation Price: P4.9M. Accept 2 payments, with Clean Title

Code Area B1 B2 B3 B4

3,400 sq. mtrs 1,200 sq. mtrs 1,085 sq. mtrs 1.4 hectare

Location

South Poblacion, Bacong Buntis, Bacong South Poblacion San Miguel Bacong (Near Ducomi) B5 20,000 sq. mtrs Bulak, Bacong B6 40,000 sq. mtrs Boundary Near Beach: of Bacong & Dauin B7 2,100 sq. mtrs South Poblacion, Bacong B8 2,900 sq. mtrs South Poblacion, Bacong B9 3,400 sq.mtrs San Miguel, Bacong, w/House

Price 10 M w/ clean title 1.5 M w/ clean title 2.5 M w/ clean title 15 M w/ clean title 15 M w/ clean title 40 M w/ clean title 2.3 M w/ clean title 3 M w/ clean title 9 M w/clean title


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critical repor ting Ligan awarded as out- George bares ... reporting

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

(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

Our Mr. Good Guy did ... (From page 2)

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The nationwide search is sponsored by the National Youth Commission under the office of the President aims to recognized Local Legislators who are championing the good cause for the youth. HON. PEVE With elections over, with money gone, and two O B A N I A N A - L I G A N more years before the next elections, we venture composes one of the (8) to forecast that nothing will come out of this. Those eight Kampeon ng Kabatainvestigations in Congress are simple opportune an 2008 awardees with her time for presidentiables to catch the prime time authored Ordinance Establishing a Special Scholarship news, for personal exposure. program to support the As to Bolante, he will be just one of those poor but deserving students expendables. His role is over, he can never enrolled at Negros Oriental cause the indictment of his commander-in- State University (NORSO) extension at Sitio Avocado, chief. He will just fade away and retire. Meantime, politicians, stretch your mus- Brgy. Talalak, Sta. Catalina, cles because the next big race is just coming in two years, too short a time to be forgotten.

Wow Philippines! What a nice, but a sad place to stay.

San Jose ... From page 16 Regional KALAHI Convergence Group (RKCG) Chairman Felix C. Guanzon noted that in all 21 Halad activities his office has conducted in Region 7, the services of DOH, DFA and the DA are the most sought after by the crowd. Because of this,

P7 fare ... From page 16 By now, the basic fare should be P 7.00 and P 6.50 for students. Recently, the city council approved the new basic fare from P 8 now it stands at P 7.50 and P 7 for students. However, since the price per liter of diesel dropping at P44 level it merits another .50 centavo reduction.

Tanods ... From page 12 Personnel from the Mabinay PNP rushed to lend assistance but the barangay official evaded arrest.

Banilad ... From page 12 revolver. Peral was rushed to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by attending duty physician Dr. Samuel Tabucanon, Jr. Flores voluntarily surrendered to P/Insp. Rogelio Pineda, Jr., his firearm had one empty shell and five live bullets.

Guanzon said he will recommend to the national government to increase the funds of the departments of agriculture, health and foreign affairs. During the said activity, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has distributed 150 seedlings and 450 seed nuts along with 300 Brendan Trasmonte. bags of salt fertilizer, said Free corn seeds, veglocal PCA Officer in Charge etables and fertilizer coupons were likewise handed out by the Department of Traffic Management Agriculture to local farmers. Operations Officer Mr. The coupons will entitle Danny Atillo said once the farmers to a discount when city government approves they buy fertilizers from lothe new rates, his office will cal commercial dealers. issue a new fare matrix reSan Jose Municipal Offlecting the changes. He ficer Hardy Torres earlier also believes that another said that more than 30 govfare rollback can be ex- ernment agencies that parpected by commuters espe- ticipated will carry out oncially because the price of the-spot services during the oil in the world market is activity. expected to do down draThe Halad sa matically. Katawhan in San Jose town is the 21st anti-poverty drive done in the region and the 6th held in Negros Oriental. (By Rachelle M. Nessia, PIA)

Lecian Grand Carnival Daro, Highway Dumaguete City

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Of course P5M fund fertilized the land!

hilippine Councilors League-Negros Oriental Federation President PEVE OBANIANA-LIGAN is awarded as one of this year’s Outstanding Local Legislator for the Youth.

But by now, four years later, after the fact, this is what we call water under the bridge. The money, if at all there was any given out, is now part of the elements of the earth, and in fact is now organic fertilizer in the soil. Gone. Hungry people ate it up, and is now back into mother earth as organic in the soil.

Mama Mia! so the movie title goes! The story ends without knowing nor proving who was the father. If this is how the Department of Agriculture is being managed, then small wonder, as we even go around Dumaguete we see vast tracks of idle lots, doing nothing. In the mountains, we see vast tracks of CARPABLE idle lands where only speculators and fake beneficiaries dare tread.

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Negros Oriental. Accordingly, the measure has captured the 10point youth agenda set under the Medium-term Youth Development Plan 20052010 (MTYDP). In lieu with the President, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita together with some cabinet members and NYC officials officiated the awarding ceremony last November 8, 2008 at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City alongside with the 7th Youth Parliament held in the area.

De Jesus ... From page 16 government falls behind the great strides of science which in the end will “redound to the benefit of the people.” Besides, “keeping marijuana use illegal is only adding burden to our law enforcement agencies which are short in manpower and funds,” he said. However, this sentiment was met with a chorus of vigorous opposition by his own colleagues in the medical profession and by police officers themselves. Dr. Milagros Uy, Chief of the Hematology Department of the Holy Child Hospital was caught flabbergasted of the suggestion but went on to explain that marijuana should never be legalized simply because it harms the brain and changes one’s behavior and personality. She cautions De Jesus, that being a lawmaker and a medical practitioner, he should not make a sweeping conclusion based only on information coming from the internet, which may not be from the proper authorities. This view is shared by Dr. Kenneth Co, President of the Negros Oriental Medical Society who said he is against the idea. Although speaking in a personal capacity, Dr. Co insisted that marijuana is addictive and removes the inhibitions of an individual which makes him capable of doing violence to others. “I think the councilor has taken the idea from places in Europe and in the US where it is legal, but our country and people are not mature enough,” he said. For her part, Mrs. Aurora Flores, a psychologist and head of the Philippine Mental Health Association admitted she was also surprised when she heard of De

TRANSPARENCY.Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltinca (left) and 2nd District Rep. George Arnaiz presented documents to justify how the fertilizer fund was spent. DA Regional officials have asked for the same papers once they are called to the Senate for investigation. Centers (BADC) that received 8,136 bags of organic and inorganic fertilizers; Federated Farmers’ Association, 1, 157 bags; Cooperatives, 627 bags; RIC Federation, 169 bags; 4-H Federation, 191 bags and the Research Division, 390 bags. When an additional P1.75 million was released by the DBM representing the second tranche of the fertilizer fund, the provincial government decided to use it to buy farm equipments instead. Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltinca identified the recipients as the following: One Hand Tractor each to Francisco Jalbuna of Tabuan Farmers Association, Bayawan City; Felicisimo Saycon, of Obogon Farmers Association, Obogon Pamplona; Maximiano Baydal of Trinidad Farmers Association of Trinidad Guihulngan and Antonio Dunque of Pal-ew Farmers Association, Palew, Tanjay City. Another four recipients of Thresher/ Sheller identified as Adriano Aguilar of Fatima Farmers Association, Fatima, Pamplona; Editho Udani of Inapoy Farmers Association, Inapoy Mabinay; Alicia Beliot of Aya Farmers Association, Aya, La Libertad and Andres Solit of Calicanan Farmers Association, Calicanan, Pamplona. For the four flat bed dryers, the recipients are: Virgilio Cabual of Cabcaban Farmers Association, Cabcaban Bindoy; Jessie Garsula, Omol Farmers Association, Omol Sta. Catalina; Norgen Cabristante of Abis Farmers Association, Abis, Mabinay; the fourth flat bed dryer has no identified recipient yet and is kept at the Provincial Agriculturist Office. Arnaiz challenged the Commission on Audit and all skeptics to “go to the field and verify whether those listed as recipient NGOs and

individuals do exist and are actually using the farm inputs and equipment.” He also clarified that these farm inputs and equipment were released months after the election just in time for the new planting season precisely to avoid linking the program to the 2004 elections. Third District Rep. Pryde Henry Teves, who was then a member of the Provincial Board, asserted that the distribution of the P 5 million fertilizer fund was free from any anomaly. Paltinca declared there was in fact notable increase in rice and corn production in 2006 and this year which can still be attributed to the program. “In 2007, Negros Oriental attained 100 percent corn sufficiency and was 70 percent rice sufficient. The fund gave us a good start, and since farmers’ associations implemented a roll-over scheme, wherein farmer beneficiaries are required to payback the fertilizers used therefore we are still benefiting from the program up until now,” underscored Paltinca. Arnaiz urged the Senate not to focus too much on former DA Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante whom he had “never personally met” and instead ask the recipient governors, congressmen, mayors and DA regional directors to explain how the fertilizer fund was spent. The solon strongly believes that the political enemies of President Arroyo are using this issue in a sustained effort to discredit her and boost their bid to unseat GMA through the fourth impeachment attempt or other means.

Jesus’ suggestion. She said “marijuana should be kept illegal for it harms the brain.We might be trying something which we cannot properly handle.” P/Inspector Virgilio Pineda assures De Jesus that the policemen are not complaining about their job. “I totally disagree with him, while it is true that it’s been made legal in the West yet

they are ages ahead of us in technology which could allow them to properly regulate the use of marijuana but not here for we don’t have the means yet,” he stressed. “We can effectively and efficiently do our job with the cooperation of the community; that is what we need to destroy the illegal drugs trade and bring down the incidents of crime.


20 Finally whew! ... From page 1 cooperative as co-owners. Obar thanked Noreco2 trea sury officer Engr. Jun Macahig for even guiding them on how to, and where to find the records; Macahig also showed them a suitable place by which consumers can view the books of their cooperative. Only lately, the Cooperative Development Authority, the highest body in charge of cooperatives, defined that the right of members to free and convenient access to records of their own cooperative is absolute and with out conditions. One limitation, however, Erames said, is to inspect and appreciate the records as individuals and not as a group since membership to the coop is personal too. For many years, even the city council could not even reach out to Noreco2 , much more open its books in the spirit of transparency. Noreco2 was able to get a

Neri SSS ... From page 1 which can deduct as high as 21 percent of one’s salary, SSS is limited to just 10 percent or an equivalent of P 15,000 of the salary. This is in response to the query of the SSS pensioners who commented that the amounts of their monthly pensions are lower compared to other insurance companies. Meanwhile, Neri also shared his expert opinion on how the country can weather the global financial crisis. He said that the Philippine banks have so much savings sitting on their vaults but these financial institutions do not know where to invest since there are no borrowers.

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Supreme Court ruling that as a co-collegial body with the Sanggunian, it cannot be forced to attend its sessions. But the city council did not pursue the matter like how Obar did, in the form of persistence and with legal basis. Noreco2 management, too, did well in reacting positively because such positive gesture could yet prolong the existence of their board and staff, should the consumers rule otherwise a general assembly already was in the offing. AINT OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER…. The inspection and appreciation of the Noreco2 books will continue until the consumers are able to consolidate all their findings and report to the people and make suggestions on how to positively improve the coop’s services, its corporate functions, its qualification for the board, the term of office of its GM and other issues.

“We are a poor nation because we don’t invest,” stressed the former NEDA chief. He bared that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will soon implement a P100 billion stimulus package which will be pooled from the resources of the Energy Development Corporation, GSIS, SSS, Landbank, DBP and commercial banks for a massive infrastructure projects that will provide jobs and boost the economy in a bid to blunt the effects of a global recession. He reckoned that the country will fare better than the others, thanks mainly to the billions of dollars remitted by overseas Filipino workers and the operations of BPO companies.

banks at the moment. El Caranoche ... from So the land will remain as

From page 1 claimants, no lying. Take possession of claimed area and leave the rest to the owner. Simple. But the issue is now made complicated by groups, vested with their own interests. Firstly, Caranoche is prime land, along the highway. No poor claimant can maximize sugar production costs without crop loan which is not also available

Taclob to ... From page 1 Saturdays and Sundays. While he actually does not find it objectionable yet he vows to cease from utilizing these vehicles to temper public disapproval. The General Manager is at the center of the controversy lately after a post audit report questioned the transactions involving the upgrading of the Tanjay and Bayawan sub- stations. He was also charged by the Philippine Army recently in Naiba, San Jose for carrying an unlicensed firearm. (By Dems Demecillo)

is, for claimants. What will they do with the land? Sell, of course. By five years, when the town is ‘urbanized’ the land reform code says that it can be converted as commercial lot. What is now valued by DAR at a measly P5600 per hectare is ridiculously low. Some CARP given land even costs over P180T per hectare! The worse part is that the owner has not received a single centavo as just compensation. So he is suing. LOCATION: The Villareal-Caranoche land is along the national highway, right in front of NORSU, the Negros Oriental State University, which is a kilometer away from the Tulong Sugar Central , which is 2 kms from the City Hall of Bayawan city. DAR values it at P5,600 per hectare, or unbelievably P.56centavos per square meter! In comparison, in Lapay, 45 kilometers away, is valued by DAR at P180,000 per hectare . Is DAR blind? Or it just refuses to see. The lucky or unlucky part is that the known owner

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who has bought the land from his brother is Meniong Teves, who is now pictured as a manipulator of the poor, and blocking their way to own this priced land. They said Meniong was sleeping on his rights, and has not registered fully this Caranoche land that he bought from the previous owners. Meniong says wrong. As the uncontested owner, he is even offering a better, more suitable lot FOR FREE where farmers-claimants will no longer amortize with the DAR for payment. But he is refused, ignored, snubbed even by DAR officials. So Meniong goes to court for redress, until the final arbiter which is the Supreme Court. So who is benefited? DAR does not recog-

nize the ownership of Meniong Teves of Caranoche, even if the rest of the world has already acknowledged that he has been occupying , tilling, and possessing the land in the concept of an owner, and uncontested–until now. DAR even admitted that this was voluntarily sold (to CARP?) by Ariston Teves who claimed he was authorized by his late father Senator Lorenzo Teves, the former owner who sold it to brother Meniong. So why is DAR not talking to Ariston Teves if he is indeed the land owner? ( Read on Page 7 related story) Why does DAR not sue Meniong as a fake owner if DAR sincerely thinks so? Some things are wrong here. MONEY: OF

Mayor’s aide ... From page 20 Grievance Committee, composed of the heads of departments to “discipline” Lagahit. He observed that if the mayor’s aide can do COURSE. When land speculators jack up its price by just P500 per square meter, once claimed, it can command a whooping P5Million per hectare, to prospective buyers, and a staggering P165-million for the whole 33 hectares being contested, — still relatively cheap based on today’s prime lot prices. So why are they fighting over El Caranoche? Psssttt, don’t say it. Now you know.

such a thing to “a duly elected public official then it would not surprise him as has happened in the past that he (Lagahit) could do the same to the rank and file.” However, the son of Rodrigo Lagahit, City Legal Officer Neil Ray Lagahit has already advised his father to reserve the answers when the committee convenes. The younger Lagahit fears that his father will be subjected to “a trial by publicity.” He wanted his father to answer the accusations in the proper venue “so that the truth will come out.”


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