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VOL. 34

No. 21

Dumaguete City,

Philippines, Sunday

NOVEMBER 4, 2007

International flavor at i-TAX launching

It had all the trimmings of an international convention, an event which the province of Negros Oriental intended to project. The launching last Monday of the Integrated Tax System or the i-TAX was attended by speakers from several nations, and participated in by delegates from various local government units. Foreign speakers posed with President Arroyo in front of the Sidlakang Negros children’s choir conducted by Jeremias Perez at extreme left. LR: Hans-Heiner Fuch, consultant from PERU; Ernst-Dieter Fuch, local GTZ team leader of GERMANY; Sabine Honer, first commercial secretary of the GERMAN embassy; President Arroyo; Cesar Ramirez Luna Victoria, Servacio de Administracion Tributaria from PERU; Jurgen Seelman, chief IT consultant and i-TAX team; and Dr. Herwig Mayer, program manager, GTZ Decentralization program.

Ambush hearing to Manila !

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he Department of Justice has ordered the transfer of the hearing venue for the preliminary investigation of the sensational election-related ambush killing of seven people in Manluminsag, La Libertad last

On the other hand, ex-Rep. Jacinto Paras who is among the principal accused being named by witnesses as the alleged mastermind of the ambush maintained his innocence and defended himself by saying that he cannot get a fair trial or preliminary investigation in

Dumaguete, because he (Paras) had previously filed a case against the provincial prosecutor handling the ambush-multiple murder case. His Manila counsel Atty Alfredo Villamor petitioned the Dept of Justice in Manila to transfer the venue of the

March 9, from Dumaguete Hall of Justice to Metro Manila Dept of Justice main office anytime this month even as poor complainants and victims thru their lawyers called this development as “a travesty of justice pure and simple.” preliminiaries to Manila DOJ and asked for a special state prosecutor to handle the case. This was approved by DOJ acting Secretary herself, Agnes Devenadera who issued the order on Oct 16 via fax to Hermosa. This was also confirmed by Paras’

Dumaguete-based counsel Atty Arturo Dupio. As this developed, the provincial prosecutor Diosdado Hermosa earlier assigned a panel to conduct the preliminary investigation, on the Paras case, but some of the panel members Turn to page 19

PGMA: i-TAX is resident Gloria Macapagal Arbigger than royo Monday told someIRA 1000 par-

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ticipants of the International Conference on Government Financing that the Integrated Tax System or i-TAX for short, could generate more income for the local government subscribers, even exceeding its usual fund sources from their Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA.

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Brgy. Captain arrested; Presidential Comelec bares winners media huddle

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he PhilippineNational Police confirmed the arrest of a barangay captain whom they found to be in possession of a gun during the election ban period, in a rebel-threatened barangay in Guihulngan city. They only

At the same time, the Dumaguete Comelec has bared the names of the duly elected barangay captains of this capital city. (See page 17) PNP director P/Supt Ramon Marvin Buenafe reported that PNP elements in Guihulngan arrested one

elected barangay captain a certain Wilfredo Fuentes of Bgy Banwagi, Guihulngan was arrested with a 357 magnum in his possession. He is now detained and charged accordingly. If convicted, he could lose his elec Turn to page 19

er most comfortable moment with the media family is a close person to person huddle but— without microphones and pens to write what media and the President are talking about in a very informal manner. Yes, they could write about it later. In the presidential huddle

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FOTO BY BHONG TANCO

“THE GREATER ONE’S KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, THE MORE ONE PURSUES HIM.”


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PGMA: i-TAX bigger than IRA (Turn to page 1) real estate sources. Speaking intermittently in Cebuano and English, Arroyo who grew up in Cebuano-speking Iligan City said, “Kining Integrated Taxation System, usa ka dakong kontribusyon sa atong padayun nga paningkamot nga motaas ang atong koleksyon sa nasud ug sa atong probinsya.” President Arroyo is said that the country’s economy is attributed largely to the biggest financial reform which is the VAT or Value Added Tax and strong revenue-making measures such as the i-TAX. “In one bold stroke, the Turn to page 19

BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

(email: elydejaresco@yahoo.com)

Conscienticizing the elite Stakeholders on PTB

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t takes conscience among the elite stakehold ers namely the Silliman aca deme and the top politicial leaders of the province and city to realize that it is the poor sea riding public that they are doing a dis-service with the continued delay of port development particularly the much delayed port terminal building or PTB in the planners parlance.

Listening intently to President Arroyo LR: Mayor Perdices, ErnstDieter Fuchs, Dr Herwig Mayer, Sec. Gary Teves, Sec Cerge Remonde, Rep Henry Pryde TEves, Rep Josy Limkaichong, Rep. George ARnaiz, and Gov. Emilio Macias.

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

People sold votes NPA rebels leave to highest bidder Tamlang Valley? fter initially making their presence felt in Tamlang Valley, the more than sixty members of the New People’s Army have reportedly left the area. They are supposedly from the province of Bohol whose primary purpose is to incite the farmers in Tamlang to block the proposed conversion of their lands into jathropa farms. Negros Oriental Provin- departed maybe only to recial Director Sr. Supt. turn later, he said. Ramon Melvin Buenafe This was also confirmed said there are no more sight- by Samson Velarde who is ing of these armed men. He the provincial chair of Alab believes that the insurgents Turn to page 3

Polls in NegOr quiet, bloodless

Saycon, dismissed cop given life for shabu

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espite reports of massive vote-buying in many areas of the province, the conduct of the barangay and SK elections last week were generally peaceful and violence-free. Prior to last Monday’s noted the opening of the inelectoral exercise, the Philip- ternational conference of the pine National Police placed its Integrated Tax System or Ientire forces on double red TAX. Additional troops from alert primarily because of the arrival of President Gloria the PNP Regional Command Macapagal-Arroyo who keyTurn to page 19

Not because we are not concerned about the future environmental consequence resulting from a sloppy study of the project. We are concerned about the environemental impact for the future. What we are criticizing are three things. First, the apparent, deliberate in-action of the local DENR in sitting on the application of PPA for an ECC on the pier expansion project. Sitting has been for two years! In the private sector, the one sitting on the job has long been fired. Second, the smell of corruption. There is P200thousand peso-budget for the ECC in the coffers of PPA. Apparently, some greedy s.o.b. wants to pocket that money in exchange for a sloppy job. But no can do, we have a very vigilant academe who are quick to point out a sloppy study if done maybe just for the money. So the job got stucked somewhere, and the public who lost taxpayers money was the ultimate loser. This we criticize very sharply.

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erhaps a strong indication that the Filipino electorate has embraced rather than despise the practice of vote-buying as the situation when voters are seen flocking into the residences of the candidates in order to “collect” the cash allotted for them. This is especially true in geothermal barangays of Valencia where candidates If in the previous have no other choice but to barangay elections, the set aside huge amounts of price per head ranges from money to be able to offer the P 20 to P 50 only, this year’s highest cash incentive pos- elec sible to their constituents and ensure poll victory. Turn to page 3

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HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS

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fter more than two years of trial, the drugs court presided over by Judge Rafael Crescencio C. Tan Jr., convicted accused Roy R. Saycon, for selling shabu and was sentenced to life imprisonment along with a fine of Php 500,000. He was also given an additional jail term of 12 - 14 years and a fine of Php 300,000 for illegally possessing of the same illegal drugs. Saycon a dismissed policeman was arrested on June

3, 2005 after selling .10 grams of shabu to an NBI poseur buyer during a buybust operation at the public market area of Barangay Looc, Dumaguete City. Turn to page 10

Briefing on Jetropha NegOr production Pres Arroyo listens to the briefing made by ex-Rep Herminio Teves (center) on the on going jetropha plantation in Tamlang Valley and for bio diesel fuel to be processed in Siaton, with them are Rep.Henry Pryde Teves and some oil processing plant construction executives. The Philippine Jetropha processor can sell crude Jetropha Oil and can earn foreign exchange while generating electric power to supply Napocor or the rural electric coops at a cheaper cost.

AT LAST, they’re cordoning off part of the pier parking lot, indicating that PERRC is about to start the passenger terminal building tomorrow. But will it really start? Let’s see. We wasted so much time and afternoons debating during the consulta, not knowing that DENR was sitting on the PPA application for ECC. Meantime, while Silliman and Cord was shouting No-ECC, No-projeclt, the DENR who was in that room did not even tell all that it was sitting on the ECC application. Third, we criticize our local government units LGUs, from city hall to capitol to our congressmen. We never heard them go out of their way except answer routine media interviews that they want the job done and fast. They never perhaps intervened or wrote DENR calling their attention to do it fast because the sea riding public is suffering from sun and rain without that PTB. We think that they never appeared to be pressed with time. What is fact is they don’t usually ride boats, they ride planes, and their air conditioned AUVs, so they don’t feel what the sea riding public feel when they are soaked with rain and burned under the sun without a passenger terminal. By the way, their trips are cash advanced from the government treasurer, reimbursed later, and they can fly in split second. How can they feel what the poor public feels. They are the elite called public servants. Where in the world… But these elite stakeholders perhaps got haunted by their conscience, or grace poured into their hearts, that they sought for an ECC exemption, and boom, there goes the project PTB. It’s gonna start tomorrow Monday, so they say. Well, remember,P.E.R.R.C. Construction the winning bidder for P59-million for the PTB is not starting unless there is an ECC. All these, despite the word from Silliman president Big Ben Malayang who is himself an ex-DENR Usec. , that an ECC exemption is in order and PPA has in fact filed the same with DENR, which we don’t know if it has already approved PPA’s application for exemption. So where will the P200T budget for ECC go, or, is it still there?


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People sold votes ... From page 2 tions saw it rose from P 50 to P 200 per head. On Election Day, in the so-called geothermal barangays of Valencia town namely, Mala-unay, Puhagan and Caidiocan, candidates tried to outrace each other in fetching hundreds of voters using public utility vehicles which were rented by the candidates themselves. Voters are then delivered first to the houses or “holding centers” of the candidates where they ate their breakfast and got their respective short white envelopes containing cash and sample ballots before they are sent to the precincts. However, the more enterprising voters would then go to the houses of other candidates. There, the candidates would try to match if not surpass the cash given by the other camps. Once the voter yields to their offer, a deal is struck and the former is given a different sample ballot. Conscientious folks argue that this is the main reason why graft and corruption can never be eradicated for how can a candidate recoup his electoral expenses if he or she solely relies on his honorarium. They also fear that since the people have realized that they can sell their votes to as high as P 200.00 – P 500.00, they will no longer settle for less in the next elections.

NPA rebels leave ... From page 2 Katipunan, an allied organization of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayo Brigade or RPA-ABB. He said that the NPA rebels are highly mobile since they cannot afford to stay in one place for long in order to avoid detection by government forces. About a month ago, Board Member Melimore Saycon aired his concern over the alleged recruitment of NPA rebels even among minors in the area aimed at bolstering their strength. “The NPA rebels also have sympathizers in the area, but they are only a few so they move as inconspicuous as possible to avoid being the subject of military operations.”

Polls in NegOr ... From page 2 were sent to the province to augment the security of the polls and presidential visit. Of the more than 557 barangays composing Negros Oriental, 57 barrios particularly in the 1st District were tagged as “election areas of immediate concern.” The assessment was done during a command conference by the Comelec with city and town Chiefs-of-Police in attendance. Also taken into consideration are the occurrences of violent incidents in the previous elections, particularly the ambush-slay of Aya Barangay Captain Lydio Baylon and seven others in Barangay Manluminsag, La Libertad. Meanwhile, Dumaguete City PNP Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that the augmentation force from the Provincial Mobile Group, which was assigned here during the Barangay and SK elections as well as the presidential visit, will remain in the city. Their presence has addressed the perennial problem of lack of PNP personnel in a city that hosts 110,000 residents and a day time population of 400,000.

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P.3M damage suit filed versus Mayor Perdices

Editorial

Barangay polls taught minors how to cheat Dishonesty, disloyalty, vote-buying, manipulation, cheating, broken promises and even shattered childhood friendships. All these dirty tricks in an election were given in a silver platter for the youth of today who were candidates for the sangguniang kabataan SK elections last October 29. From the first hand observation of our reporter Dems Rey Demecillo whom we assigned to cover the barangay and SK elections, he could not have described the situation more vividly thus: “These 15-17 year old innocent minors, full of idealism, were thrust into the electoral arena mostly not on their own volition, but by the dictates of their parents, relatives and ninongs who are mostly traditional politicians in their barrios.” “Unlike school, in the political arena, they learn values where loyalty, honesty and fair play are taboo. Instead they are now in the dirty realm of life, doing all kinds of dirty tricks just to emerge victorious in the SK elections.” “The SK polls saw the destruction of friendships, kinships, close relationship, childhood and bosom friendships , because most of the SK candidates were taught the negative val-

ues of betrayals, false hopes, lies, and broken promises. “All these….in exchange for money, and public position which the kids are not at all prepared to handle. Soon enough, the SK elected official will realize that after winning, they cannot even make their own decisions. It is still their old folks who call the shots and dictate what to do and how to vote on vital issues. “For all you know, the poor innocent SK’s rivals could be their own bosom friends, whom they engaged in honest game of marbles and rubber bands in childhood. But by fate, his SK rival, could be the child maybe, of the mayor’s best friend too. But they had to break that childhood bond because they are supposed to clash in this noble battle of dirty politics.” What a tragedy. People, let’s abolish the SK. It is no longer of any relevance and is only doing our youths more harm than good. Let the PTA Federation or these University consortium of Dumaguete or some parent-orchild oriented group petition our congressmen and senators to abolish the SK because we are only breeding future corrupt politicians, besides wasting millions of taxpayers’ money nationwide. ter.

The sooner, the SK is abolished, the bet-

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t is well that at least once a year we the living should pause from our labors to pay homeage to the dead. By practice, we do that tomorrow, All Saint’s Day, although liturgically All Soul’s Day falls on Friday.

Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

By the manner we live, will we deserve the memory, let alone the love, of those we shall leave behind? This mad rush, this hectic pace, which have become our way of life, where will these lead us to? This lust for power, this inordinate love for self, this greed for wealth, what are all these really for? Stand silent and alone before an ornate tomb or a lowly grave. Think. The answer is there. HALLOWEEN Halloween is usually celebrated on October 31st, on the eve of All Saint’s Day. Different customs have continued in practice while by ancient traditions some believe that during

this one evening, evil spirits are free for a time to do whatever mischief they please. Actually, on this day, witches do not really ride aboard on their broomsticks and ghosts do not actually make people shiver, but it is fun for children to pretend that they do. Halloween is related to an old festival of the Romans when they used to hold a big feast every first day of November, in honor of the goddess of fruit trees known as Pomona. Tradition was observed through the centuries that the observance was also prevalent in England where the priests of ancient Britain, known as dru Turn to page 7

Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin R. Perdices was slapped with a P.3-million damage suit with the local court here last Tuesday.Mercedarius Patrimonio Generoso, a Filipino and Dumaguete resident who writes an opinion for the Negros Chronicle, a 33-year old newspaper in Negros Oriental, filed a civil suit against the Dumaguete mayor for violating his Constitutional rights and freedom to write for the press. He explained that under the Civil Code, any public official who violates another person’s constitutional rights, such as the right to press freedom, can be held liable for damages. This is the second suit of such nature filed in Philippine courts of recent recall. The first was filed by several Manila journalists against First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, which is now pending before a Makati court. Generoso said he has directed his lawyers to prepare other charges against the mayor before other courts for contempt, and before the office of the ombudsman. Generoso said that the suit he filed last Tuesday is the initial salvo of several cases, administrative and criminal, which he is set to file against the mayor with various fora, including the office of the Ombudsman. HARASSMENT. The suit filed by Generoso is in connection with the earlier civil charges filed by mayor Perdices against an Australian citizen, whom the mayor alleged under oath resides outside the Philippines and is not found in the Philippines. Yet, to Generoso’s surprise, the summons was mistakenly served upon him and the court directed him to answer the mayor’s complaint. The mayor alleged later that this Australian citizen he sued “claimed” to be a Filipino and led or mis-led the provincial government into entering a contract of services with him. In the contract of services, this Australian citizen, whom the mayor alleged to have “claimed” to be a Filipino, also procured a residence certificate with the Dumaguete City government and came to the Philippines and appeared before, a notary public, Erwin Vergara, documents show. Then later, Mayor Perdices, in a bizarre twist of his tale, alleged that this Australian citizen and Mercedarius Patrimonio Generoso, a Filipino, are one and the same person. Mercedarius Patrimonio Generoso found the mayor’s sworn allegations ridiculous and contemptuous because he has never been an Australian citizen, and is not the defendant whom the mayor identified under oath in his complaint. ”Contrary to the mayor’s allegations, I am not residing outside the Philippines, and I can be found in Dumaguete City, so I cannot be that defendant sued by the mayor,” Generoso said. Instead, it is Generoso who has been made to answer the mayor’s complaint, not the Australian who according to the mayor, under oath, resides in New South Wales, Australia and is not found in the Philippines. Because of this harassment acts by the mayor against Generoso as a mediaman, Generoso said he has sued the mayor and is seeking damages for P300,000.00.

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34 YEARS OF COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

ELY P. DEJARESCO Editor-Publisher ATTY. JAY I. DEJARESCO Associate Editor GEROME JUMALON News Photographer

MARLEN I. DEJARESCO Business Manager DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO Editorial Assistant

RUBEN G. LABARES Graphics

JENNY B. DECIAR Legal Publications Officer

Pioneer BI-WEEKLY Newspaper in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. Address: E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City. News and Advertising: (035) 225-4760 Fax: (035) 225-4760 E-mail: negroschronicle@yahoo.com Entered as Second Class Mail Matter in Dumaguete City on July 1, 1973.

http://www.negroschronicle.com

Member: Philippine Press Institute National Press Club Dumaguete Press Club


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AUCTION SALE Nuestra Pawnshop & Jewelr Jewelryy Store Branch V No. 54 San Jose St., Dumaguete City

Auction Sale on November 5, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. All unredeemed pledges during the month of May 2007.

AUCTION SALE Nuestra Pawnshop & Jewelr Jewelryy Store Branch V No. 54 San Jose St., Dumaguete City

Subasta sa Nobyembre 5, 2007 sa tanang naprenda sa bulan sa Mayo 2007 nga wala malukat.

AUCTION SALE Nuestra Pawnshop & Jewelr Jewelryy Store

Cor. Legaspi-Bonifacio Sts., Tanjay City Auction Sale on November 5, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. All unredeemed pledges during the month of May 2007.

AUCTION SALE Nuestra Pawnshop & Jewelr Jewelryy Store

Cor. Legaspi-Bonifacio Sts., Tanjay City Subasta sa Nobyembre 5, 2007 sa tanang naprenda sa bulan sa Mayo 2007 nga wala malukat.

HOUSE FOR RENT /SALE RENT/SALE Newly built semi-furnished, air-conditioned masters bedroom. Royal Palm Subdivision, Bagacay, Dumaguete City. Contact: 0920-9265493/ 0917-5004576 / 422-4576.

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* German Tech Cooperation IEC Workshop 8am-5pm Jordan 2 * Tribecca Seminar 6pm-8pm Agape * Jesus Loves You Fellowship 7pm-9pm Jordan 3 * DCC Fellowship 8pm-10pm Agape * ESL Gold Total English Academy Orientation 10:30am-12:30pm Jordan 3 * Oikodomeo Fellowship 9am-12pm Jordan 3 * Jesus Loves You Fellowship 9:30am11:30am Joshua 2 * Herbalife International Seminar 3pm5pm Jordan 3

Sunday Thoughts ... (From page 8 I memorized at age 10 is a string of virtues coupled with the rewards of blessedness. There are many passages in the Bible which show that rewards are a part of the way God relates with his children. I note, however, that generally the rewards are “spiritual” in nature and not material benefits. Even in St. Paul’s acknowledgement of the gifts of the Philippians for his missionary enterprise, the reward is spiritual in nature: And God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Let me put alongside all of these illustrations of reward the inspiring words of our passage from Revelation: “To him, who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna, and a white stone with a new name on it.” (To be continued)


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Everyday Heroes

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MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER

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The World is a Web

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HER story

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A few weeks ago, I watched the movie An Inconvenient Truth – a documentary by former Vice President (and the real President one could say) on the current state of the environment. To say that the movie was an eye-opener is an understatement. Today,we are in the terminal stages of Global Warming. Our science classes have taught us that carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such

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as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and temperatures are rising. The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real, it’s already happening and that it is the result of our activities and not a natural occurrence. The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable. The whole world is seeing changes. Glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forcead from their habitats, and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing.

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Stop the blood lust

If this was the face that could launch a thousand ships – Where oh, where would we be headed for? Is this the face of the opposition kunu?... the face of civil society daw?... or the face of the CBCP raw?... “all the sound & fury of an idiot signifying nothing”… Stop the bloodlust… STOP IT NA! Bati inyu nawing!

by: Dindo Martinez e-mail: dindo_vii@yahoo.com

*Photo courtesy of Phil. Daily Inquirer of November 1, 2007*

FUNERAL WAKE He wasn’t well-liked by the congregation. And they’re having “IF YOU’RE HAPPY & YOU KNOW IT – CLAP YOUR HANDS” Sung at the funeral service! *Photo courtesy of Phil. Mortuary Association Magazine of September 2007*

Footsteps and Fingerprints

Families must form consciences

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If Only . . .

his last week during our family’s visit to the cemetery, I heard many people saying over and over “If only….” as they reminisced about those who have gone on before us. her I loved her… If only … To me “if only” may be the You may have heard the saddest words in anyone’s voexpression “today’s just a cabulary. These two words dress rehearsal; there is alecho the unfulfilled wishes and ways tomorrow.” Unfortuunrealized dreams of times nately, many of us think we past, of words of love left unstill have time to do this or said, of things of importance left that, to say “I love you” or “I undone, of times when we forforgive you” or “please forgot to show our care and congive me for causing you hurt”. cern for the living. If only I had We hold back and think “anyvisited my dad (uncle, aunt, sisway I can do that tomorrow.” ter…) when they were sick in But truthfully today isn’t just the hospital… If only I had ata dress rehearsal. Life, today, tended the birthday celebration at of my aunt; I didn’t know that would be her last birthday. If Turn to page 7 only I had taken the time to tell

BY: NANCY

RUSSELL CATAN

e-mail: nrcatan@i-manila.com.ph


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If Only ...

(Nancy)

(From page 6)

this moment, is the real thing. Time never, I repeat NEVER, repeats itself! Once today is gone, it will never recur. Every morning we wake up to a fresh set of minutes and hours, the first day of the rest of our life. It is up to us to make the most of it, so that the following day, we will not have to say “if only I had done this or that…” We have hundreds of minutes every day to listen to a birdsong, hug our children, gaze in wonder at the shifting cloud formations, inhale the delicious odor of smoke from the roadside barbecue stands, make a list of things to do, take the time to actually do some of these things and delight in crossing them off our list, embrace our spouse in love, thank our God for his abundant blessings. It is these moments of happiness and joy, the small, authentic moments we experience that

Families must ...

(Roy)

MO VING? MOVING? Call: Lipat-Bahay Francis TRUCKING SERVICES 225-2365 0920-779-7378 Colon Ext. Taclobo, Dumaguete City

(From page 6)

such duty now often comes with a lot of distortions. Like, conscience is just a matter of how one feels or understands things at the moment. One’s feelings and frame of mind become the ultimate guide for his actions. Aggravating this is the fact that there’s hardly anything done to counter the bad effects of the mainly materialistic and sensual approaches to today’s questions and issues, prevalent everywhere and especially in the media. Even the news have spins that highlight these values at the expense of the spiritual and supernatural values. You can just imagine what happens in the lifestyle and entertainment sections! As a consequence, the difference between good and evil, between freedom and licentiousness gets blurred. The sense of sin evaporates. Children and the young are the most vulnerable, since they are still without the proper criteria to guide them, nor the proper skills and virtues that should accompany them in their growth and development. We have to understand that our conscience is the most critical aspect of our life. It’s our judgment, like a voice within, enabling us to recognize the moral quality of a concrete act, past, present or future. It links our actions to our dignity as persons and ultimately as children of God. It integrates the workings of all our faculties to make sure our actions conform to our innate sense of goodness. In short, it conforms our actions to God. The Christian understanding of man teaches that God is our last end, our supreme good who reveals himself to us in many ways and in his fullness in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man. The complete and ultimate truth of man is known through Christ who entrusted it to the Church. Our conscience has to apply what it finds in our heart, checking it with the Church’s teaching, before it makes its judgments. This is because God’s law for us in our actions, the natural moral law, is both written in our hearts and revealed by Christ and now taught by the Church. Given our natural limitations, plus the effects of our sins, the formation of conscience has to be undertaken continuously by everyone in all levels and aspects of our life. We need to study the moral law to be on the offensive against ignorance, confusion and error. We also need to develop the virtues to facilitate our inclination to our true good. These virtues, like humility and prudence, help us to navigate through the antipodes of indifference and rashness, to which we are prone. The family, the basic unit of society and our first school, should be the first to fulfill this duty. When it is found wanting, higher entities like schools, government, community, Church, etc., should directly pitch in. Very fundamental in forming consciences within the family is to

bring us contentment and peace. I believe that what is missing from many of our days is a true sense that we are enjoying the lives we are living. We become immersed in the daily routine to the point that sometimes we become unconscious automatic robots. I, for one, don’t want to live unconsciously, do you? We have everything we need in life to make us happy but simply lack the conscious awareness to appreciate what we have. Let’s choose today to wake up to what we have, to open our eyes and our hearts to the good that already exists in our own lives, and to the kindness and happiness that we can bring to others through random acts of kindness. Let us grasp the awareness of what it is that makes us truly happy. Let’s embrace each moment as an experience of happiness and joy. Let’s replace the “if only’s” with “Yes, I did that (or said that) and I’m glad I did for it made my heart sing!”

Lesson from ...

(Bingo)

(From page 4)

ids, used to hold an autumn festival during which ghosts and the dead were believed to come back and roam around the earth to visit their friends and play pranks on the living. While waiting for their coming, people used to build big bonfires during the night to scare away the evil spirits and witches. Later, the Christians observed another feast during the same night to take the place of a pagan feast. Much later, the two feats were merged into one grand universal celebration on teach children to use their reason, guiding their emotions and passions. Then children should be taught to reason with faith, so their consciences could make judgments that relate their actions to God.

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The World ...

(Muffet)

(From page 6)

the world tremble a little. We might think we are too small to make a difference today because we are overwhelmed by our circumstance. Maybe there are huge bills to pay or mountains of clothes to wash. Sometimes we feel like we have not done enough good for our children, and they are lost somewhere…in computer games perhaps or something worse. Maybe we cannot relate with our family or love ones, or the job of our dreams is out of our reach. Or we lost a beloved child, or parent, or maybe our homes were burned down by the fire. Our health may hang in the balance and we fear that death may come anytime. October 31 known as Halloween. In the United States, Halloween is one of the greatest occasions for fun. They carve the famous Jack-o-Lantern to adorn their homes and put up decorations complete with costumes to make the occasion truly lively. Children usually put up a get together party where the Halloween atmosphere truly prevails. The children usually select a big orange pumpkin of the size and shape that would yield the greatest fun. One can make the pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern laughing, gloomy, or scary by choosing different patterns. As the tradition evolved through the years, the celebration is enlivened as great fun is poked on people other than the celebrants themselves. In the Philippines, Halloween fun is achieved by wearing scary costumes with horriblelooking masks. It is part of the

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If you have been discouraged, or you are facing a seemingly insurmountable task today, let your anchor rest on the mightiest rock, whose strength is greater than anything in the universe. God is in-charge and He can do and plan better than we can. We press on and never give up. We might be like the gentle waves whose job is just to kiss the shores and shift the sands, or a spider web whose job is just to create shining threads which are too insignificant to see, yet our Creator sees the Big picture, like small pixels, we fit into His huge tapestry. Nothing is too small or too little if its done for God.

Pls. don’t ...

(Kojaky)

(From page 6) not slip as they walk between hospital buildings. I have never seen Tom drunk or even take a drink. You wont find him dancing the night away at the local disco either. He lives a quiet peaceful life helping other people.So the next time you feel tempted to stereotype someone, be an Everyday Hero and remember Tom. Not all Filipinos are the same. Not all foreigners are the same. Never judge a book by its cover.. Get to know a person before you pass judgement or label them. fun that some people actually do not need masks to scare people. For comments: email to bingo_dejaresco@yahoo.com.ph or bohol-rd@mozcom.com


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HISTORICAL NOTES

IN MEMORIAM

REWARDS OF FAITHFULLNESS “To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna, and a white stone with a new name on it.” Revelation 2:17b Some have stated that the matter of rewards should have no place in man’s relationship with God because we should love and serve God without thought of compensation. However, one of the parables Dr. PROCESO UDARBE of Jesus – the parable of the talents – quotes the master as saying to his faithful servant: Come, my faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. A great anthem that is sung in our churches is “the Beautitudes.” And to me the most stirring line of the anthem is the climax: “Blessed are you when men will persecute you for great is your reward in heaven.” Indeed the Beautitudes (the first biblical passage which Turn to page 9

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acchaeus has the right idea! On realizing that he is a sinner he does all that is within his power to right the wrongs that he has committed and step out on embracing a new life of honesty and justice. If we can, we should repair any of the wrongs we have caused through sin. Let us seek to be righteous in this aspect of our life so that he will one day stand before the Lord with a pure heart, not one that is far distant from Him and His ways. ———————————————————

Luke 19:1-10

BY: REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN. JR.

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n the last quarter of 2007, Sr. Carmen Francis B. Cua, SPC has been propagating a prayer in loving remembrance of the first American Bishop of Jaro: “Dear Bishop Frederick Z. Rooker, please continue to intercede for us, your SPC children.” It is just fitting to say this prayer as St. Paul University of Dumaguete marks the Centennial Anniversary of his death on 18 September 1907.

tion was completed. Scarcely a day after, nothing came as a shock so terrible to the Diocese of Jaro as the untimely demise of the good Bishop. It was a day shy of his 46th birthday on 19 September 1861. The National Library of Manila has a copy of the eulogy in Spanish given by Fray Juan Ignacio, OSA, which appeared in Iloilo’s Nuevo Heraldo newspaper on 30

At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that Turn to page 18 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789

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ast November, 2006 Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo made an urgent and ardent plea addressed to our government officials from the local to the national level. It was also a straight and strong appeal to private individuals and corporate entities involved in the same serious moral issue with socio-political undertones. Please allow me to reiterate the arguments that the good archbishop of Jaro, Iloilo presented:

FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG

1. For those who do not know and those who refuse to admit it, small town Lottery is the legal cover-up for the illegal numbers game of jueteng. The endorsement of STL simply means the promotion of jueteng. We were well appraised that all intelligent computations mathematically show STL will not survive financially without jueteng behind it. 2. We were told both STL and jueteng have the same operators and collectors, the same poor victims and the same influential wealthy beneficiaries. With STL and jueteng, our poor people became poorer while the gambling payola recipients become twice enriched. STL and jueteng together is legal and illegal gambling combined. They are a dangerous and insidious pairing. 3. Is it not enough that there are already millions of poor people

tion. In 1880, he entered Union College in Schenectady, New York, studying civil engineering and Latin. At the end of his junior year in 1883, he went to Rome to study at the American College. In 1887 he spoke in Italian at the polyglot academia in honor of Bishop F. Gibbons.” In her book, Sister Theresina points out that Bishop Rooker asked the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres not only to open a Catholic school in his diocese, but also to open a hospital in the Island of Negros American Bishop Frederick Z. Rooker, whose name already appeared since 2003 in not less than 25 issues of Negros Chronicle, took canonical possession of the Diocese of Jaro on November 2, 1903. On a tragic night of 7 October 1906, a conflagration destroyed the Seminary in Jaro. On 17 September 1907, hardly a year passed, it was inaugurated after 3/5 of its reconstruc-

From the Archives of the Diocese of Albany, New York, we have this additional information on Bishop Rooker who had caused the founding of the Catholic school in Dumaguete in 1904. This is shown in the book Ten Decades of Passover by Sister Theresina of Jesus Santiago, SPC. “His father, Myron H. Rooker was a newspaperman and editor of the Tribune. As representative of the Associated Press, Mr. Rooker brought his family to Albany, New York in 1869. Frederick Rooker attended public grammar school Number 2, under professor Livi Cass, and when the professor was transferred to school 15 he followed him. He lived in the cathedral parish in Albany, New York and was an altar boy. “In September of 1876, Frederick Rooker began a four year course at Albany High School. At graduation, he was awarded the medal for declama-

in the Philippines? Is it not enough that there are men, women, and children in the country who no longer eat what they need, when they have to? Is there not enough poverty in the Philippines that the poor should have even less because of STL and jueteng? 4. It would be hard to find elected officials in the country who did not promise during elections that they would serve the poor, work for human development, and attend to the common welfare. That is why it would be deceitful for them to adopt STL and automatically allow jueteng that exploit their already poor constituencies. We pray: Would that our elected officials do not allow themselves to be instruments of poverty aggravation instead of poverty alleviation. 5. Even if STL is legal, does Turn to page 17

September 1907. Here are excerpts from the moving homily in honor of Bishop Frederick Z. Rooker: “I would speak interminably, even if I only intended to mention in passing the gifts of our deceased Father. I shall only mention that God in recompense for his deeds has made it possible that the following beautiful words of the Beloved Disciple: cum dilexisset suos, in finem dilexit eos (how he loved his own (flock) and loved them

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to the very end) apply to him. If during life he gave them irrefutable proofs of love, as its end he gave them the best, with the erection of this holy edifice (Seminary), hearth of new priests who, when they preach in the countryside the redemptive doctrines of Jesus, will at the same time spread the pious remembrance of the deceased. “Such was your Bishop, your Father, your Prelate, Catholic people of Iloilo. It is useless to ask from you a re-

membrance, a prayer, for in your hearts dwell the most noble sentiments, because that catafalque, the funeral rites, your sorrow, the grief that flooded your spirit, the imposing manifestation that you realize today speak highly of the affection, the tenderness, the love you have for your deceased Bishop.” Sr. Carmen Francis B. Cua, SPC concludes the prayer of remembrance: “Thank you, dear Heavenly Father for Bishop Rooker, your gift to the SPC Philippine Province of the Catholic Church.”

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Proper Use of Prophecy For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God –– (Romans 8:14)

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he Bible says there is only one intermediary between God and a n , and that is Jesus. False prophets and teachers often function like intermediaries. When God sent the prophet Nathan to David, it was for the purpose of bringing conviction in order to establish righteousness. In the church age, bringing conviction is a primary ministry of the Holy Spirit. The proper use of the gift of prophecy would reveal unrighteousness in order to establish people in Christ. Once people are living righteously with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will lead them. False gifts will not consistently promote holiness but often will specify decisions concerning direction in life. That function is the role of the Holy Spirit alone (Romans 8:14) Some churches encourage their members, including the immature, to come into the fullness of the Spirit with manifestations, I ask, “Why not the fullness of the truth?” It’s the fullness of the truth the Holy Spirit has promised to lead us into. I’m deeply concerned for young converts in ministries that push for them to seek total manifestations of the Spirit. Many have not had the time to understand the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets. The church at Corinth had similar problems. They were exhorted by Paul to get back to the basics of faith, hope and love, and govern very closely the use of tongues and prophecies in public worship because God does everything decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40) If a person or church is earnestly seeking the Lord, God will work through the lines of authority He has established in His Word. Father, protect me from false teaching and guide me into all truth by Your Spirit. m


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The City Government of Bais 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 CONTRACT (ABC)

1. PR #

822-07 – 4 pcs. Tubeless rim 6-holes, 15”Æ (31 x 10.50R15) Original for Toyota Hi-Lux double cab 2.8D 2003 year Model to be taken from Gen. Fund P 80,000.00 2. PR # 1130-07 – various materials for Christmas Festival 2007 to be taken from the Gen. Fund. 272,730.00 —————————— TOTAL P 352,730.00

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 the 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 govern 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 P50,000.00 P50,000.00 but not more than P100,000.00 P100,001.00 but not more than P200,000.00 P200,001.00 – P350,000.00 P350,001.00 – P500,000.00 P500,001.00 –P1,000,000.00 P1,500.00 P1,000,001.00 and above

- 0.5% but not less than P100.00 - 0.45% but not less than P250.00 - 0.4% but not less than P450.00 - 0.35% but not less than P800.00 - 0.3% but not less than P1,225.00 - 0.2% but not less than - 0.1% but not less than P2,000.00 and not more than P10,000.00

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. ()35) 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 November 8, 2007 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. 4, 2007

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NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Spouses VIOLA P. VILLANUEVA and GENARO GOÑI have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate on Lot No. 1-E, Psd-94378, being a portion of Lot 1, Psu-106325, LRC Rec. No. 55355, covered by TCT No. T-15007, with an area of 19,974 sq.m.; Lot No. 3-F, Psd-94379, being a portion of Lot 3, Psu106325, LRC Rec. No. 55355, covered by TCT No. T-15017, with an area of 25,535 sq.m., respectively situated in Bagtic, Bais City, Province of Negros Oriental per Doc. No. 119, Page No. 163, Book No. XVI, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Elizur V. Umbac.

The composite team of NBI and Police operatives went to the area after receiving information that the suspect was selling shabu. Special Investigator Chester Aldwin Celon and Special Investigator Arnaldo Fineza were designated as poseur buyers. They were accompanied by Walter Adarna, the informant. The operatives proceeded to the house of the accused and told him they wanted to purchase shabu worth Php 700.00. Fineza then gave the marked money to the accused who handed two sachets of shabu weighing .10 grams. After the transaction, the operatives immediately identified themselves and arrested the suspect. While on their way to the NBI headquarters, Celon noticed that the accused was pulling something under his shorts and upon inspection a black pouch

The Negros Chronicle Oct. 28, Nov. 4 & 11, 2007

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containing four sachets of shabu weighing .27 grams was found. The seized items were then brought to the Negros Oriental PNP Provincial Crime Laboratory for examination by P/Senior Inspector Maria Ana RiveraDagasdas, forensic and chemical officer, who then issued a report confirming that the specimen contained methamphetamine hydro-

chloride or shabu. During the trial, the defense presented Saycon as its sole witness who merely denied the allegations. But the court was unconvinced stating that “mere denials cannot prevail over the positive testimonies of the poseur buyer and the law enforcement operatives.

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Tel. No. 226-1527


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MAYBE HISTORIANS MISSED THIS

Foreigners; no politics pls. BY DEMS DEMECILLO

Alleged shabu peddler Anthony Yu stands before court as a 6-page decision was read where Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. acquits him of the allegation.

Court frees alleged shabu supplier

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rimarily due to lack of evidence and the failure of the prosecution to convince the court that the accused Anthony Yu was guilty beyond reasonable doubt, Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. ordered his immediate release from detention. However, the 9.06 grams of shabu confiscated and forfeited in favor of the govern

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Man indicted for gun raps

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esidents prevented what could be a bloody incident during All Saints Day by sheer grit and cooperation. The incident which occurred in Villa Fortunata, Barangay Batinguel, Dumaguete City started when two men had an altercation. The suspect identified as one Lito Hore, 30, of Bagacay, Dumaguete City allegedly pulled his gun but was struck by his nemesis Benedicto Nio, a resident of the place. The firearm, a .45 caliber pistol fell into the river. In Turn to page 18

Peanut vendor shot, wounded

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nvestigators are still trying to piece the evi dence from a shooting incident along Looc Bypass Road on October 28 which injured a 29-year-old peanut vendor. The victim, identified as Jimboy Jakosalem, a resident of Zamboanga Del Norte was with his fellow vendor when they were fired upon by unidentified male suspects who hid in a dark portion along the road. A witness, who turned over to the responding lawmen three empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol, said that he heard five successive gun shots and saw four uni

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Shooting injures minor, 3 unhurt

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hey all thought they would die, but thankfully they were spared although one of them was wounded. It all started when their group of four friends took refuge inside the chapel of Purok Kalubihan due to heavy

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Wife stabs hubby, surrenders to cop

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heated argument between a young couple resulted to stabbings inside their own dwelling in Barangay Motong, Dumaguete City. The suspect was identified as Thelma Cadalso, 25, wife of the victim Darryl

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id you know here in the Philippines that it is specifically against the law for foreign guests to become involved in local politics? If you think about this, the prohibition makes good sense. Most of us do not even speak the local language; much less understand the nuances or subtle undercurrents that pervade local politics. For us to use our money and influence to obtain our idea of what we think the Philippines needs not only smacks of neo-colonialism but would corrupt a political system already plagued by serious problems. Most people think the prohibition against our involvement in local politics started with the Philippine Constitution and the anti-colonial movement, but its roots are much older. The historical precedence is closer to 500 years old.

Now for the CLINCHER.

REAL ESTATE

FOR SALE Sprawling 4.1 Has. of land Ideal for Memorial Park Sulodpan, Bacong Contact: 0918-929-6047

Most people know that Ferdinand Magellan was killed by local natives in 1521. Few of you know “WHY” he died. To put it simply, he got involved in local politics. When Magellan first arrived in the Philippines, he was greeted with open arms by Rajah Humabon of Cebu . They exchanged gifts and the Rajah even converted to Christianity. From Datu Zula, Magellan learned there was a war going on with Chief Lapu Lapu of Mactan Island . Magellan volunteered to use his superior fire power and vast military skills to resolve this ugly situation. He even invited the Rajah to watch as he destroyed their enemy. Under-estimating the enemy was just one of the mistakes that led to Magellan’s death. His superior weapons were still stuck in the boats off shore when his body and inflated ego was pierced by a bamboo spear. The Rajah tried to rescue his new friend but it was too late. The Spanish retreated in chaos.

(JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS) Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Negros Oriental City/Municipality: Ayungon

NO TICE FOR PUBLICA TION NOTICE PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that MARILOU MAHINAY ESTRADA has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from MARIA LUISA to MARILOU in the birth certificate of MARIA LUISA M. ESTRADA who was born on July 5, 1952 at Ayungon, Negros Oriental and whose parents are Marcial Estrada and Evangelista Mahinay. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than November 12, 2007.

The Negros Chronicle Oct. 28 & Nov. 4, 2007

(Sgd.) JOSEPHINE M. GO City/Municipal Civil Registrar

GORGEOUS GOR GEOUS LADIES INVITED…..

39 year old Chinese-Filipino bachelor wants to correspond with ladies from Oriental Negros for serious, committed relationship. I make my home in a mountain resort town with very few avenues and chances for finding eligible companions. I am industrious, lives closed to nature, not bad-looking, appreciates culture and intellectual conversations, loves good food, sunsets and lighthouses; and a Silliman graduated.

FOR SALE: House & Lot

Along Highway Cadawinonan, Dumaguete City, 115 sq. meters, Asphalted Road, P900T.

DIRECT B UYERS BUYERS 0918-929-6047

Contact:

P105,000.00

My criteria for a suitable soulmate are: • 25 to 32 years old. • Preferably (but not limited to) Filipino-Chinese or Chinese mestiza or a mixed-race parentage. • Preferably a Silliman alumni, and hails from Dumaguete, or other small towns. • Belongs to a Protestant, or Baptist or Evangelical religious affiliation (or willing to convert to a Bible-believing church). • Should never be addicted to television and eschew showbiz & gossips, alcohol, cigarettes. • Comes from a good family, with virtuous, dignified moral values, and able & willing to have children. Please refrain from responding if you’re not serious or fail to meet any of these preferences. Kindly send your most recent photograph and a handwritten letter about yourself. Your response will be duly given the closes consideration and kept in the strictest confidentiality, you have my word. I am willing to fly to Negros at any time to meet you. Address your letter to my secretary: ELLEN L. NARTE, VISTA M., MENDEZ JUNCTION, TAGAYTAY CITY 4120. OR EMAIL TO: CULTURECLUB68@YAHOO.COM DEED OF EXTRA JUDICIAL EXTRAJUDICIAL TTLEMENT AND W AIVER OF SETTLEMENT WAIVER SE RIGHTS

EXTRA JUDICIAL SE TTLEMENT EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF EST ATE AND PPARTITION ARTITION ESTA

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Spouses EMILIANO C. HONGCUAY and SALOME ABRASADO have filed and executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement and Waiver of Rights in on Lot No. 122, Pls-145, covered by OCT No. HV-3457, containing an area of 59,699 sq.m., in favor of their co-heir and sister Jocelyn Hongcuay-Pastor, per Doc. No. 230, Page No. 46, Book No. IV, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Pinky Ho Garces-Itaas.

NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Spouses JULIAN RUBIA and RAYMUNDA SILORIO have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Partition on OCT No. HV-161, (HV31986) with an area of 116,906 sq.m. and Lot 1708, Pls-146, with TCT No. H-T-1137, with an area of 119,617 sq.m., per Doc. No. 240, Page No. 49, Book No. 22, Series of 2006 of Notary Public Atty. Raymundo J.A. Mercado.

The Negros Chronicle Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2007

The Negros Chronicle Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2007

Cuttin’ Loose

Hair & Nails Studio and Training Center

SA VE 15% on Color Chemical & Hair SAVE Treatment Services

Bagacay Branch only Tel. #:. 226-1713


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BY DEMS REY T. DEMECILLO

THIRTY YEARS AGO

(From the CHRONICLE Files)

Codify city ordinances scrap outmoded laws

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ctober 30, 1977 —- Dumaguete City, since its birth 29 years ago has promulgated hundreds of ordinances and a voluminous file of antiquated, inapplicable, and even un-implemented ordinances which render law enforcement in the city quite wanting. Many of our law enforcers, policemen and even city officials do not know the city’s laws by heart. City Mayor Jose Pro Teves has admitted that “because of the cumbersome method, several inconsistencies and duplication of ordinances have been committed. They have also been filed on top of the other until they become voluminous and

unmanageable to handle. Because of this lack of updated information list, the present system is always the butt of criticism. Thus, the necessity for the codification of all Dumaguete’s ordinances.”

TWENTY YEARS AGO

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ovember 1, 1987 —— The existence of a political vacuum in the local government levels during the campaign period might endanger the security of the state. This was the assessment of Pampanga Governor Bren Guiao, National President of the League of Governors. The issue was raised by Dr. Henry Sojor, spokesman of the provincial delegation who feared that should an attempted coup be staged during the 45 day campaign period, local executives are most vulnerable because all aspiring mayors and governors shall have resigned. Gov. Osmundo Rama said that if he was overpowered during the recent coup attempt, how much more municipal development officers who merely act as caretakers. Governor Meniong Teves proposed that administrators be designated to run the affairs of local government during the campaign period. Reps. Mike

Romero and Gary Teves commented that Congress will surely review this pending bill and provide with more adequate caretakers to those local governments which might be endangered during coup attempts.

TEN YEARS AGO

DOLE orders strikers to return to work

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ovember 2, 1997 —- After 52 long days of picketing the main building of the Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative, striking union members and NORECO II management have every reason to talk things over with the assumption of the labor secretary on the cooperative conflict. NCMB Regional Director Dick Yosores personally to bring the assumption order signed by Acting Labor Secretary Crescenciano Trajano. The assumption order carries with it, a return to work order for all striking workers at NORECO II, including those who were given walking papers. The order was received by Noreco II Union President Angeline Villahermosa while General Manager Ephraim Taclob re-

ceived the assumption order in the absence of Atty. Frank Yap. Yosores conferred with Yap later in the day after which the mechanics of the return to work order were discussed in a conference between the striking union members and the management.

EXTRA JUDICIAL SE TTLEMENT EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF EST ATE AND PPARTITION ARTITION ESTA NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late DOMINGO VICHER have filed and executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Partition on Lot No. 1, Psu216029, covered by TCT No. FT-4383 and subdivided into eight (8) sublots, namely, Lot 1-A, Psd-07068141; Lot 1-B, Psd-07-068141; Lot 1-C, Psd-07-068141; Lot 1-D, Psd-07068141; Lot 1-E, Psd-07-068141; Lot 1-F, Psd-07-068141; Lot 1-G, Psd-07068141; and Road Lot 1-H, Psd-07068141, all situated in Poblacion, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental per Doc. No. 268, Page No. 55, Book No. VII, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Dirkie Y. Palma. The Negros Chronicle Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2007

AD PPA AWNSHOP No. 13 San Juan St., Dumaguete City

Unredeemed pledges whose terms have expired will be auctioned on November 30, 2007 at our place of business.

El HAPPY HOURS ALL DAYS OF THE WEEK FROM 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 3+1 Red Horse, San Mig Pale Pilsen, Cali Shandy, & Cali Ice 5+1 San Mig Light & San Mig Strong Ice Great for parties & events…. Good food….. Fantastic music…. Beautiful atmosphere….. Amazing drinks… Cor. EJ Blanco Dr. & Flores Ave., Piapi, Dumaguete City

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

DAL S GENERAL MERCHANDISE DALS

Barangay 9, Magallanes St. Tanjay City Oriental Negros Tel. # (035) 527-1461 # (035) 415-9789 Branch:

DAL S GENERAL MERCHANDISE DALS # 24 San Jose St., Dumaguete City

GOLDEN SUN FINANCE CORPORATION

“Attending to your financial needs is our business.” Offers: Real Estate Loans; Vehicle, Tricycle, Motorcycle Loans; SSS,AFP,US, GSIS Pension Loans; Teachers’ Salary Loans with 1.5% interest rate per month.

Sta. Rosa cor. Mabini Sts.; Dumaguete City Tel #225-9656 Fax No. 225-9658

WANTED: SSecretar ecretar ecretaryy 3

Female Good English Pleasing personality Over 23 yrs. old

Send your biodata to: Jay Rm. 306 Check-Inn Pension House Locsin St., Dumaguete City


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SCHEDULE OF TRIPS AND RATES EFFECTIVE MAY 19, 2007 TOURIST BUSINESS DESTINATION ETD ETA ACCOMMODATION CLASS CLASS DAPITAN 6:00AM 11:40AM TOURIST/BC 1,100.00 1,550.00 DUMAGUETE 6:00AM 9:40AM TOURIST/BC 800.00 1,150.00 6:00AM 7:40AM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 CEBU 9:30AM 11:20AM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 TAGBILARAN 2:00PM 3:50PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 6:20PM 8:00PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 CEBU 12:20PM 6:00PM TOURIST/BC 1,100.00 1,550.00 DAPITAN DUMAGUETE 12:20PM 2:00PM TOURIST/BC 520.00 820.00 TAGBILARAN 12:20PM 4:00PM TOURIST/BC 730.00 1,080.00 CEBU 2:20PM 6:00PM TOURIST/BC 800.00 1,150.00 DUMAGUETE DAPITAN 10:00AM 11:40AMTOURIST/BC 520.00 820.00 TAGBILARAN 2:20PM 4:00PMTOURIST/BC 520.00 820.00 7:15AM 9:05AM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 11:50AM 1:40PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 CEBU 4:20PM 6:00PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 TAGBILARAN 5:30PM 7:20PM TOURIST/BC 500.00 800.00 DAPITAN 8:00AM 11:40AM TOURIST/BC 730.00 1,080.00 DUMAGUETE 8:00AM 9:40AM TOURIST/BC 520.00 820.00 ORIGIN

MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR COMPUTERS PROJECTORSCREENS LAPTOPS PRINTERS/HUBS AND OTHER OFFICE EQUIPMENT FOR RENT FOR INQUIRIES PLEASE CALL 09197079402 * 09183531784

Note: ALL TRIPS ARE UNDER LIBRE BALIK PROMO EXCEPT ROUTES WITH DUMAGUETE AND DAPITAN LINKS. CEB-TAG & V.V ONE WAY TRIP IS P300.00 ONLY TAGBILARAN OFFICE: (038) 235-3562 (038) 501-9023 0922-317-8314 DAPITAN OFFICE: 0918-28a5-9924 0922-692-9618

HILONGOS OFFICE: (053) 567-8010 0918-536-5704 0917-325-6299

DUMAGUETE OFFICE: 0919-744-2648 (035) 226-1085/ 0922-957-6249

CEB-CEBU BAC-BACOLOD DAP-DAPITAN

DUM-DUMAGUETE HIL-HILONGOS ILO-ILOILO

TUBIGON OFFICE: (038) 508-8007 a0917-320-7492 BACOLOD OFFICE: (Super Bullet Terminal) (034) 433-5359

ILOILO OFFICE: (Supercat Terminal) (033) 337-9914

TAG-TAGBILARAN TUB-TUBIGON

AJ Auto Glass & Car Tinting

Door #4 South Pacific Bldg., Perdices St., Dgte. City

Tel. # (035) 226-1834 (035) 422-6866 PRODUCT LINE:(w/ Installation) • Automotive Windshields, Doorglass & Backglass • Automotive Rubber • Acrylic Plastic • Safety Glass • CarTinting (1pc. Windshield- no cut)

Sta. Rosa, Dumaguete City Tel. No. 422-7384

MIA’S BAR & KTV/Billiards Plus Swimming Pool for special occasions Agan-an, Sibulan Neg.Or. Tel. No. 419-6092

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

“Trusted for Fast and Personalized Service” offers: Real Estate Loan * Chattel (Vehicle) Loan * Pension Loan for as

LOW as 2% interest PER MONTH and as HIGH as 60% COLLATERAL VALUATION

no processing fee

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no hidden charges

& , 304 ., Philippines 6200, Tel. No. 225-9625

FREE RICE WITH CHICKEN-SPAG VALUE MEAL FREE COKE UPGRADE FOR YUM W/ CHEESE VALUE MEAL

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

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

HEIDI’S PAWNSHOP “The Pawnshop with a Heart” Along Sta. Rosa St., Dumaguete City Tel. No No.. 225-9841 & their Newest Branch at Silliman Ave., Dgte. City Tel. #422-9002


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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)

People behind the scene

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his Week, the province’s pride, the Negros Oriental Convention Center was the site of the first international conference on Local Government Financing organized by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the province. I- Tax (Integrated Tax System) International Conference brought in international dignitaries and foreign participants, including national and regional participants from all over the Philippines and our province. Speakers, guests and participants come from as far as Africa and Europe . For two days, the Sibulan Airport was buzzing with activities as the international and national participants poured in. The provincial Tourist Assistance officers met and welcomed the guests and dignitaries and escorted them to their respective hotels. Local GTZ Team Leader Mr. Ernst-Dieter Fuchs was on hand to personally meet the guests for the conference. At the start of the 2-day

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umaguete currently has an explosion of internet cafes and nearly all streets have at least one if not more. It is very clear that modern technology is now part of our lifestyle. Computers, cell phones, ipods, super large memory flash disks no bigger than your small finger; you name the electronic tool, we have it somewhere in the car, house, and office, even around your neck. Negros Oriental Governor opens the Exhibit and trade fair at the Convention Center that was held simultaneously with the GTZ conference. Shown beside the Governor is Ms. Carmen Cabrera of the Provincial Tourism Board.

of the province ( all the provincial tourism office officers and personnel led by Ms. Myla Mae Abellana, Chief Tourism Operations officer Dindo Generoso, I Tax Conference Manager Dindo Martinez and the GTZ team led by Mr. Dieter Fuchs) worked very hard to make the conference a success. Ms. Janine F. Lawas, FONTA Chairperson and her team of Local GTZ coordinator Margie Yan is shown with GTZ Africa team leader Steaven Tourist Assistance Dunner, Mercy Brookes from Ghana , Christine Shekidele, Cornel Barnabas and Officers made sure Barari Kingobi from Tanzania upon their arrival. the guests were welcomed and asconference on Oct 29, all par- Sibulan town booth were intersisted properly. ticipants were welcomed with esting. The exhibit was forOnce again, Dumaguete native inspired Muslim style mally opened by Governor sashes made from our very own Emilio Macias II with many City and Negros Oriental is on the tourism and investment woven abaca with vandal or- guests attending. Behind every successful map, this time as a conference chid flowers by the GTZ team led by Margie Yan and the TAO event are the people who work and convention destination ! ladies. The Convention Cen- tirelessly. The tourism family ter, modern and well decorated, was a beautiful site for the first international conference held there, with many of the national and regional guests greatly impressed by the Center. At the time of the conference, an exhibit displaying the province’ different products was also held at the main lobby of the convention Center. Many

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of our local delicacies were on display for sale. Beautiful furnitures and paintings were also on display. The recycled paper items displayed at the

GTZ team leader Mr. Ernst-Dieter Fuchs joined FONTA Chairperson and TAO President Ms. Janine Lawas, FONTA Board member Joey Varela and tourist assistance officers welcome the conference participants at the Sibulan Airport.

C & L Suites Inn

Perdices St. Dgte. City Tel. No. 225-6219 / 422-9671

Residencia Maximo

Along E.J. Blanco Drive, Dgte. City Tel. No. 422-2361 “Ideal haven for visitors to unwind in a

spacious place away from home”

FLYING HIGH TOURS & TRAVEL SPECIALIST Door # 105 Lu Pega Building, Dr. V. Locsin Street, Dumaguete City, 6200 Philippines Tel. Nos. (035) 226-2031/ 422-0207 / 226-2536 Telefax: (035) 422-1509 Mobile No.0920-300-1052 E-mail: flyinghigh_tours@yahoo.com/ annabel_bilonoach@yahoo.com

ROLEX MEDICALTRADE NURSING SUPPLY Rm. M21, 2nd Floor, Twin Arcade Bldg. Perdices St., Dumaguete City Tel. No. 226-3064

Most young kids already know how to navigate computers and other electronic gadgets; even my three year old nephew already turns the TV on by himself! He probably doesn’t understand what it is but he knows which button to push.

local government financing into the electronic world and soon it will require that public officials at the very least have some sort of computer literacy in order to respond to the demands of modern government finance and management.

We have an internet use explosion and a great majority of our urban population can’t go without computers. Computers are now a MUST for everyone living in the modern world.

Are our public officials, specially the elected ones, ready for this modern technology? Let us ask each of our public officials if they know how to navigate computers. If they can’t then we are in deep trouble! We may have governments run by monkeys. Well…almost! Have a nice day!

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Court frees ...

Around Negros

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DAIL Y SAILING SCHEDULE AILY ROUTE

DEPARTURE ROUTE DEPARTURE TIME TIME DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR 6:00AM SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE 6:15AM 11:30AM 7:00AM 1:30PM 12:30 PM 4:30PM 3:00 PM 5:30 PM DUMAGUETE-LARENA 5:30PM LARENA-DUMAGUETE 5:30 AM

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DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR 6:00AM SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE 8:00AM 10:30AM 12:30PM 2:30PM 5:00PM Tickets Sales and Offices DUMAGUETE CITY: Pier 3, Delta Fast Ferries Passenger Terminal Tel. Nos. (035) 420-1111 / 420-0888 P MART Tel. No. (035) 422-9292 SIQUIJOR, SIQUIJOR: Port Area, Siquijor, Siquijor LARENA, SIQUIJOR: Port Area, Larena, Siquijor

Bringing the islands closer to you. DELTA Marine International Pty. Ltd.

PLEASE CHECK-IN (1) ONE HOUR BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME.

Schedules subject to change without prior notice

ment and shall be disposed in accordance with law. Court records show that Yu was arrested after he allegedly delivered some Php 29,000 worth of shabu to Gandailah Jane Molao of Zone 4, Barangay Looc. Molao who was earlier arrested by Task Force 24 for possessing illegal drugs and identified Yu as her supplier. She was then asked to make a transaction with Yu. Thus, on September 26, 2005, they agreed to meet at the Dumaguete pier where an entrapment operation was readied. However, Yu after seeing someone running towards him threw the envelope supposedly containing shabu to the sea. In his 6-page decision, Judge Tan noted the inconsistency of the operatives’ testimonies and the failure of the police officer, who took the shabu as evidence, to testify. AUCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Main Office Legaspi Street In Front of Holy Child Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on November 15, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

AUCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Branch I Noblefranca Street Dumaguete City

Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn Legaspi St., Dumaguete City

Tel. 225-7994

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for GOD ?

I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do, Must hurry off and get to work, For bills would soon be due. And so I rattled a hurried prayer, Jumped up from off my knees. My Christian duty now was done, My soul could be at ease.

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on November 16, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

AUCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Branch II Cor. Perdices & Sta. Rosa Sts., Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on November 17, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at this office. AUCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN

BCBP

All through the day I had no time, To speak a word of cheer. This Breakfast NO TIME to speak of Christ to friends, could yet change They’d laugh at me I feared. your Life. NO TIME, NO TIME, so much to do, That was my constant cry. NO TIME to give to those in need; At last, t’was time for me to die…. And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes, With his hands He held a book, T’was the BOOK OF LIFE. Brotherhood of He looked into the book and said, Christian Businessmen “Your name I cannot find, and Professionals I once was going to write it down But never found the TIME.”

FREE BREAKFAST for First Timers Just cut out and present this invitation to: Bethel Guest House: 1st Saturday 7:30 a.m. Nerisse: 2nd & 3rd Saturday, 7:30 a.m.

Branch III Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on November 19, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at this office. AUCTION SALE AGENCIA BELEN Branch IV Twin Arcade Bldg., Dumaguete City

All unredeemed and unrenewed expired items will be auction on November 20, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at this office.

BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

Who will clean up the mess? After the October 29 fiesta like elections, winners and losers alike are expected to remove their campaign paraphernalia which are mostly mounted in Comelec prohibited areas.

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n general, there are only two kinds of candidates for the Sangguniang Kabataan elections: the clueless and the shrewd. And when they clash, the former can only cry in frustration while the latter laughs sarcastically for his mastery in the art of fraud and deception. Either way, the two are exposed, in their tender age, to the dirt and pain of politics where winning at all cost is everything. These 15-17 year old minors were thrust into the electoral contest not really by their own volition but by the decision of their parents and relatives who are mostly politicians themselves. They will both learn that unlike in

school, where loyalty, honesty and fair play are stressed, the capacity to learn the dirty tricks of politics to emerge victorious is a must. The SK polls saw the destruction of friendships and kinship because of alleged betrayals and broken promises. Indeed contrary to the vision of the SK, the minors are

RPA-ABB to back jathropa farming

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nlike the New People’s Army, the Revolutionary Proletariat Army-Alex Bongcayo Brigade is willing to support the conversion of Tamlang Valley into a vast plantation for jathropa to produce bio-diesel if it will be beneficial to the communities in the area. This was bared by Samson Velarde who is the provincial chair of Alab Katipunan, an allied organization of the RPA-ABB. He said that the position of the RPAABB is to welcome the proposed project if this would really bring economic ben Turn to page 18

inally, after a long wait, former Bais city vice-mayor and de feated mayoral candidate in the May 14 elections Boy Villanueva has received information that the hearing for his petition to nullify the election of Mayor Tata Villanueva will be on Wednesday, November 6 before the Comelec en banc in Intramuros, Manila. Boy’s camp protested the proclamation of Tata as mayor of Bais claiming that only 4 of the 234 precincts were manned by legitimate members of the Board of Elections Inspectors or BEIs.

Outstanding village chief loses poll bid

Daro fire burns three houses

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e was considered to be the longest serving barangay captain of Puhagan, Valencia, which is one of the richest local government unit of Negros Oriental with over one hundred million under its name from the royalty tax remitted by the Philippine National Oil Corporation. Puhagan Barangay Captain Ireneo “Totong” Tuballa Jr, is also the source of pride of Valencia. In his thirteen years as Local Chief Executive from June 1994 to November Turn to page 19

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lements of the Dumaguete City Bureau of Fire Protection scrambled yet again to put out a fire which destroyed some residential houses along Aldecoa Drive, Barangay Daro past 4 o’clock pm, Wednesday. Three houses were totally burned while two more were partially destroyed. No one was killed or injured but damage to property was placed at Php 200,000. Fire Officer 3 Rico Bandiling identified the owners of the three burnt out houses as Dionisio Navarete, Dolores Balansag and Turn to page 19


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Cebu-NegOr close ties must be nurtured . . .

GOV GWEN GARCIA of Cebu and Gov Emilio Macias beam heartily at the i-TAX convention with Pres. Arroyo. It’s about time the two provinces ink and link more progressive ties and help each other achieve their mutual visions.

1st Anniversary:

Kahayag sa Simbahan

Rev. Fr. Romeo L. Sabayton, CRS celebrates the 1st Anniversary of his TV Program “Kahayag sa Simbahan”. He can be seen at Fil Product Cable TV Channel 6 every Monday 8-9 in the evening. Replays at Tuesdays at 12:30 in the afternoon.

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The Sidlakang Negros Children’s choir performs

They come from the Cittadini girls orphanage and the orphanage boys of Casa Miani. They made their debut at the iTAX convention. People believe that under choir conductor Jeremiah Perez, these young voices could make a name for the province. The support is there. It all depends on how well they train and perform.

City Barangay Poll Winners 2007 GTZ STAFF at the i-TAX confab. Poblacion 1 BC: Raul Aguilar BKs: Maturan, Ozoa, Arbas, Dequito, Angot, Aguilar, Mongcopa Poblacion 2 BC:Eliseo Rodolfo Merced BKs: Abringe, Baclayo, Tuble, Alviola, Teves, Las Pinas, Villanueva SK: April Olpos Poblacion 3 BC: Jose Victor Imbo BKs: Limquiaco, Lu Pega, Buenavista, Distrito, Justalero, Rubillos, Imbo SK: Beniza King

Barangay Balugo BC: Nicolas Rivary Buling BKs: Noay, Cadeliña, Tuting, Erolon, Albina M, Albina C, Llorente SK: Jason Nonoy Baro

Barangay Daro BC: Rogelio Siglos BKs: Nocete, Guarin, Torres, Sienes, Valencia, Lumacao, SK: Francis Lazalita

Barangay Bantayan BC: Albert Aquino BKs: Duran, Grapa, Catapusan,

Barangay Junob BC: Jose Isagani Bana BKs: Orillana, Esmeña, Umbac, Angay, Duran, Mapili, Llorente SK: Umbac

Sayson R, Montiel, Rosales, Sayson C

SK: Eyne Paraquilles

Barangay Banilad BC: Jaime Maquiling BKs: Bandian, Mananquil, Bana, Pino, Cruz, Patula, Omoyon SK: Reymund Gerome Cortes

Barangay Looc BC: Rogelio Talavera BKs: Del Mar, Merced, Balongag Ragay, Tamayo, Catipay, Jamorol Barangay Mangnao BC: Ricardo Valencia BKs: Tayko, Unto, Cayas, Eumague Macias, Corsame, Buenavista

Poblacion 4 BC: George Ponce de Leon BKs: Perdices, Calumpang P, Merced,

Cepe, Vilano, Saguban, Calumpang M

Barangay Batinguel BC: Nicolas Ramirez BKs: Salvoro, Patrocinio, Tolentino Espina, Credo, Baroy, Tolin SK: Sinead Tia

Poblacion 5 BC: Dominique Ablir BKs: Ablir, Lapatha, Flores, Martinez, Cadiz, Dizon, Teves SK: John Paul Martinez

Barangay Buñao BC: Lionel Banogon BKs: Elemia, Nillas, Larena, Jalandoni, Amistoso, Samson, Torres

Poblacion 6 BC:Bernardo Sun Jr. BKs: Balog, Somoza, Soriano, Genove, Ontal, Martinez, Flores SK: George Genove

Barangay Cadawinonan BC: Gilieta Josy Binondo BKs: Tabada, Cataylo, Albina, Olivo, Randok, Alviola, Tajada

Barangay Piapi BC: Jose Quitay BKs: Bantilan, Labi, Amor, Piñero, Sanchez, Sayson, Gallarde SK: Hamfrey Balbon

Barangay Calindagan BC: Antonio Cariño BKs: Pasunting, Kinilitan, Gatoc, Villaflores, Paloma, Kinkito, Noay

Barangay Pulantubig BC: Ramil Cornelia BKs: Siliot, Duran, Limpahan, Precioso, Buquiran, Roda, Dolino

Barangay Camanjac BC: Bartolome Aranas BKs: Estrabella, Apenas, Olam, Zerna, Erames, Catarata, Calbog SK: Diez

Barangay Tabuctubig BC: Melito Dionosio Caldamo BKs: Lim, Cual, Cimafranca, Badon, Cafe, Teves, Fausto, SK: Luwid Cual Badon

Barangay Candau-ay BC: Danilo Alcancia BKs: Oira, Funda, Arbas, Janayan, Claros, Duhaylungsod, Patajo

Barangay Taclobo BC: Gregorio Suasin Jr. BKs: Gandola, Aranas, Bohol, Lazalita, Oira, Patrimonio, Cortes

Barangay Cantil-e BC: Alejandra Sanchez BKs: Enquig, Sarte, Ansok, Cataylo, Abequibel, Albina, Patinga SK:Mayen Mohhamed

Barangay Talay BC: Osias Pino BKs: Batalan, Lingcong R, Fat, Villalon, Baga,Pino, Lingcong J SK: Rhinwin dela Cruz

the country? With the adoption of STL, it would be next to impossible to stop jueteng. 6. Just as not to defend truth is to suppress it, so also not to oppose what is immoral or illegal is to approve it. To neglect to fight evil when one can do it is not less a sin than to encourage it. 7. So we make this appeal: Stop

STL, please! It is another case of corruption, another means of exploitation of the poor. The country has enough of these antisocial factors. Whatever economic development our government shall have achieved (Sgd.) ATTY. EVELYN CARMELITA G. MISAL will be diminished or negated by the Hearing Officer IV corruption and exploitation that acThe Negros Chronicle ATTY. JOSE DOUGLAS R. SANSON company STL and Jueteng. Nov. 4, 2007 C.T.D.O. “ If corruption causes seriTurn to page 19 ous harm from a material point of view

Poblacion 7 BC: Louise Maputi BKs: Caballes, Uy, Quisil, Nocete, Delos Reyes, Bandiola, Adanza Poblacion 8 BC: Raul Infante BKs: Cañete, Merced, Laranjo, Amorganda, Sinagan, Mananquil,Tayko SK: Micah Patricia Mananquil Barangay Bagacay BC: Gaudencio Sisneros BKs: Lopez, Perigua, Langcoyan, Corsame, Umbac, Lumjod, Merto SK: Princess Lao Barangay Bajumpandan BC: Teodoro Albina BKs: Enquig, Patrimonio, Vincoy Quillano, Ismil, Retes, Inquig

Stop the ... From page 8 this make it necessarily moral? And when something legal as STL is paired with something illegal, is this not in fact something illegal? And would our local and national officials dare promote any illegal operation in

Barangay Motong BC: Abundio Linao Sr. BKs: Amores D, Baldado Do, Amores A, Catan B, Catan J, Patula, Baldado De

President Arroyo (center) complimented the GTZ STAFF for their efficient management and coordination in the last i-TAX convention. They are LR: Jerson Estur, Charlotte Bajamonde, Margie Yan Kinit, President Arroyo, Lorraine Yam, Ester Yumol, Arnold Tapang and Christine Larena. Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. 7, CEBU CITY CASE NO.: 07-07-0742 (07-02-2829) VIRGINIA ORIL Applicant/s. x—————————————————/ N O T I C E Applicant is a grantee a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ Dual 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. 07-02-2829 dated November 8, 2002. 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 November 16, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. at its office at Kiwanis Bldg., Dumaguete City on which date applicant/s shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least ten (10) 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. ROGELIO V. OSMEÑA, Regional Director, this 31st day of October 2007.

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. 7, CEBU CITY CASE NO.: 07-07-0743 (07-02-2578) GLENN CULAJARA Applicant/s.

x—————————————————/ N O T I C E Applicant is a grantee a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a Filcab service on the line: Dumaguete City – San Jose and vice versa with the use of one (1) unit which said CPC was granted under case no. 07-02-2578 dated December 13, 2002. 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 November 16, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. at its office at Kiwanis Bldg., Dumaguete City on which date applicant/s shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least ten (10) 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. ROGELIO V. OSMEÑA, Regional Director, this 31st day of October 2007. MISAL

(Sgd.) ATTY. EVELYN CARMELITA G. Hearing Officer IV

The Negros Chronicle ATTY. JOSE DOUGLAS R. SANSON Nov. 4, 2007 C.T.D.O.


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Man indicted ... From page 12 an instant, Eddie Landisa dove into the water and recovered the gun, threw it back to the ground and was picked up by Virgilio Agir who gave it to Lanie Landisa and together they hurried to the PNP station where they turned over the gun and sought for assistance. With the help of the residents in the area, policemen cornered and nabbed the suspect who is now charged for illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions.

Peanut vendor ... From page 12 dentified men who immediately left on board two motorcycles. Jakosalem, who is still recuperating at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital after sustaining two gun shot wounds in the arm and upper body, cannot think of any reason why the suspects attacked them.

Shooting injures ... From page 12 rains, Tuesday. After an hour or so, a gray car appeared and its right rear window was pulled down then two gunshots were fired. Unfortunately, their 15-year old companion, a student of Silliman High School was hit in the stomach. His friends immediately rushed him to the Silliman Medical Center for treatment and sought police assistance. However, they had no idea of the identity of the suspect because the car’s windows are heavily tinted. Fear also made them forgot to take note of the plate number when the suspect fled.

Wife stabs ... From page 12 Cadalso who sustained multiple stab wounds in different parts of his body. Police Officer 1 Henry Hapay, who brought the victim to the Holy Child Hospital, also took the wife suspect to the PNP station where she was briefly detained. The wife claims that she lost control of herself after she was allegedly mauled by her husband due to a misunderstanding. The victim is now recuperating from his injuries although it is not clear whether he would press for charges against his own wife.

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Minor exposed ... From page 16 being taught how to lie and cheat just to earn money and position. This was the harsh realization by many SK candidates of a barangays in most if not all whose bitter rival was the brother of her childhood friend and supposedly the bet of the sitting mayor. She has already campaigned and convinced more than half of the registered SK voters in their place. This was coupled with promises of monies, allowances and free meals. Hence, it was too much for her to bear when on the eve of the elections, she saw her supporters taken one after the other by men in their 20’s who were working for his rival. The young voters were then taken to her rival’s house where bigger sums of money and enticing offers were also made. Those who consented were asked to sign something and never allowed to go home until they shall have finished voting the next day. Sensing that she has to do something to avoid impending de-

RPA-ABB to ... Comelec hears ... From page 16 efits to the people of Tamlang Valley. “Despite the efforts of the NPA for the people to oppose the project, the silent majority is behind it, provided that it will not be harmful to their livelihood,” Velarde stressed. “That is why we are trying to work closely with the feat she had no choice but to hide what remains of her supporters. It was easy to determine who won in that contest for the SK chairmanship; it was her rival who managed to herd 7 more souls than she could. But what is hard to determine is the extent of bitterness and the length of time before they and their supporters speak again or their friendships restored.

From page 16 The BEIs of the 230 precincts were allegedly composed of casuals from the City Hall in violation of the law which mandates that only permanent employees from the Department of private company and the provincial government because capitalism cannot be stopped. Instead we are working hard to get as much benefits possible from it for the masa to enjoy.” The RPA-ABB broke away from the CPP-NDF due to ideological differences and has since entered into a peace accord with the government. Although Samson admitted that the implementation of the peace agreement seems to be slow, they remain supportive of the government and optimistic that the lots in Tamlang Valley can be distributed to them.

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way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying. “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood Education, Department of Justice and there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, private schools can sit as BEIs. Meanwhile, Boy Villanueva also and if I have extorted anything from anyone I expressed elation over the victory of shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said 12 barangay captains who are allied to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this with the political opposition. Among house because this man too is a descendant the barangays which saw the defeat of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late RODOLFO CLARO have filed and executed a Deed of Extra-Judicial Settlement on Lot No. 6285-B, Psd-07-03-003192, being a portion of Lot 6285, covered by TCT No. 20924, with an area of 2,352 sq.m. and Lot No. 20, part of Lot 586-E-3, covered by TD No. 99-08-0041-R, with an area of 1,007 sq.m., respectively situated in Buñao, Dumaguete City and Barangay Banga, Bayawan City per Doc. No. 281, Page No. 58, Book No. 9, Series of 2003 of Notary Public Atty. Peter Paul F. Renacia. The Negros Chronicle Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2007

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Brgy. Captain ... From page 1 tive post in favor of the next in rank. This developed as the quest for the ABC slot in the Sanggunian started to grind in the city council. While there are opposition or minority barangay captains, the two groups led by the mayor and city vice mayor are keeping their options open as to who will best serve the interest of the barangay councils in the city council. The ABC president will soon be replaced with a new one. The 30 elected barangay captains will elect among themselves their president who will represent them in the city council like a regularly paid city councilor. (The complete list of winners in the barangay election in the city are printed elsewhere in this issue.)

Stop the ... From page 17 and places a costly burden on economic growth, still more harmful are its effects on immaterial goods, closely connected to the qualitative and human dimension of life in society. Political corruption, as the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church teaches:’compromises the correct functioning of the State, having a negative influence on the relationship between those who govern

Similarly, the Sangguniang Kabataan SK will also have its federation president and will also sit as a regular city councilor. The SK’s status being a minor might be held in question as to whether a minor can hold public office. The SKs are aged between 15-17 years old. Records will show that most of the SK’s performance were products of the proddings of the barangay captains. Thus, SK’s abolition is a relevant issue in that most SK projects lack originality other than coming from the youth sector itself. Reports will show that the SKs were exposed to the dirty habits and tricks of traditional politicians during the last elections such as vote-buying, cheating, hoarding, and influence peddling among others. Many people were demoralized on how the youth, supposedly our leaders of tomorrow are exposed to election anomalies bordering on dishonesty and graft in many but not all cases. and the governed. It causes a growing distrust with respect to public institutions, bringing about a progressive disaffection in the citizens with regard to politics and its representatives with a resulting weakening of institutions’. (No. 411)”. (The fight Against Corruption, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican City, No. 4). We shall continue this plea and appeal to our government officials not to allow Small Town Lottery to operate particularly in the Diocese of Dumaguete which comprises the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Ambush hearing ... From page 1 opted to inhibit themselves allegedly for fear of political reprisals. Most prosecutors and judges are recommendees of big politicians. Prosec. Hermosa assigned 2nd Asst.Provincial Fiscal Rav Rocamora, panel chairman, to handle the preliminary investigation .His members are Prosecutors Maritess Macarobo and Macarietto Trayvilla. URGENT MOTION.. The complainants who are mostly poor people and families and kins of the victims who were killed or wounded during the ambush reacted thru their lawyer Atty Rey Mercado, IBP district governor and Alan Martinez said that this is a travesty of justice because they do not have the money to go back and forth to Manila, amidst a clear maneuver to delay and eventually frustrate the ends of justice. The witnesses and complainants will also be risking their lives in transit during many hearings to come in Manila, they said. Mercado said that they will file their urgent motion for reconsideration with the DOJ tomorrow, Monday on two major grounds. These are: That the transfer of venue of the hearing to Manila is a blatant violation of procedural due process meant only to harass, is inconvenient and may risk the security of witnesses; That the complainants only got a fax copy certified as authentic by the Provincial Prosecutor Hermosa who said he can vouch for the authenticity of the fax order from DOJ having called and rechecked the source. That the USUAL procedure of DOJ in Manila is to send a special state prosecutor to Dumaguete, instead of hauling all the big bunch of poor witnesses to Manila for the hearing.

Mercado commented that most of the people criticized the DOJ for this apparent double standard of justice. Mercado added that they will fight for their rights even up to the Supreme Court on the issue of the unjust transfer of venue. Paras is accused with March 9, 2007 ambush with multiple murder and frustrated murder cases but is not yet filed in court and still pending preliminary investigation. This is in connection with complaints No. I.S. 2007-711 and 712 filed Aug. 28, 2007 by Mercado and Partners Law Firm who represented the wit-

PGMA: i-TAX ... From page 2 passage of the Value A d d e d Tax has raised an enormous amount of new revenue. It sent an unmistakable signal that we are serious in moving the nation forward,” Arroyo said. The President said: “Fiscal discipline, a balanced budget, and the need for long human and physical infrastructure improvement have helped round out or economic gains. “Our efforts are paying off in a strong peso, low inflation, a robust stock market, rapid inflows of foreign investment and over six (6) million new jobs created in the last six years. The unemployment rate is the lowest in a generation, and so is our poverty rate.” She paid tribute to Finance Sec.Margarito Teves, of Negros Oriental, for a record performance in fixing the country’s financial situation. “We have kept our budget under control. We have lowered our deficit, and raised unprecedented amounts of revenue. We do not want to and will never go back to the days of unbridled deficit spending. Our brand of economic reform is proven effective. This means that there is no need for new taxes, just a more efficient generation of new resources and better collection.” The i-TAX system is one way. With a satellite and computer generated figures of real estate tax liabilities, the LGUs can now collect more and accurately nesses and accusers headed b y Jorlan Baylon against Jacinto Paras, a resident of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental for the “crime of multiple murder and multiple frustratred murder as principal by inducement and indispensable cooperation.”

Presidential media ... From page 1 GMA’S left in foto are the CHRONICLE editor-publisher, Sherlyn Abella, manager of DYRM; Jenny Tilos, PIA manager; Bing Aguilar, DYGB news director; Roy Bustillo, DYSR, KBP local chair; Glynda Descuatan, SkyCable manager; Gov Dodo Macias, Edith Vera of all-aboard show; Josy Columna, Asst. Capitol Adminstrator; Aireen Bautista, Sun Star; Edmund Sestoso from Radyo ng Bayan;Florence Baesa, host Dumaguete Tonight; Lyndi of PIA; Judy Flores-Partlow, and Ivan of ABSCBN The semi-intimate conversations could not even be aired over the radio because the contents and tone of the conversation with the President and members of the Dumaguete (working) Press Club last Monday were mostly informal , humorous if not personal. For instance, we all forgot, including herself, that Bato,Cebu is located in Oslob. We were all debating that Bato, was either in Santander, Samboan or Liloan. It was Cebuano Sec. Cerge Remonde who made the correction that Bato was in Oslob. Bato port is set to be the

third alternate route of the Roro vessel from Camiguin, Jagna on to Bato since the former route was not earning enough . She also asked Dodo Macias if the guv dives as a sport. Dodo said no, unlike friend George. It was because daughter Luli was in Apo island a few days ago then, enjoying the magnificent dive site and she told the mother about it. Now mother wants to dive in Apo one of these days, incognito of course. She also got the names of the local working media who were introduced one by one. At that point, we asked her (even if we knew) whether she already voted because it was already close to 3pm,and quickly the woman showed us her forefingers which had an indelible ink in it. She voted early in Lubao, Pampanga, her hometown before flying to Dumaguete. It was when her protocol officer signaled that time was up, and it was time to fly back to Manila, so she politely excused herself, and the local media was glad and proud that the President, despite her busy schedule, took almost 30 minutes to sit down in an informal huddle with Dumaguete’s working press.

computed real estate taxes. There will be no more favoritism in tax assessment. The tax liabilities, billings and collections will be accessible in the website of government, therefore transparent. All delinquent tax payers will be known. Auction selling will be fair to all. IN OUR CASE. In this regard, the province of Negros Oriental with the support of the GTZ-Decentralization Program (DP) through its Fiscal Component adapted software, “Integrated Taxation System” (iTAX), to suit the Philippine setting and to improve the local tax collection. The GTZ-owned iTAX was used as basis for the computerized Local Revenue System. The Negros Version of iTAX is now a modern computer-based tax assessment and collection tool for the LGUs. It answers the specific needs of the municipality/city assessors and treasurers and involves all functions like payment and collection, assessment and tax mapping. The system is jointly owned by the Philippine and German Governments. The Philippine Government has the right to use iTAX anywhere in the Philippines. The GTZ-DP and

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What could Governor Emilio Macias II be telling President Arroyo in such an emphatic manner that the President may or may not have agreed. See, not only pictures but body languages speak a thousand words. the province of Negros Oriental jointly organizes a two-day Conference on Local Government Financing specifically to present iTAX to potential users, both here and abroad. THE GTZ. The German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ), under commission from the German Federal Government, has worked with government and communities in the Philippines, sharing the best in German technology and its wealth of experience in international cooperation.

One of GTZ’s programs in the Philippines, the Decentralization Program (DP) aims to enable the state, economic sector and civil society in the Visayas to act in a framework beneficial to decentralization, in effect helping local governments improve governance and service delivery. Its three components, namely, political, fiscal and institutional decentralization, are meant to reinforce GTZ’s and its implementing partners’ initiatives at making decentralization work by (a) replicating best practices, (b) increasing local government revenues, and (c) improving the delivery of basic services. From page 16

Outstanding barangay captain ... 2007, Tuballa has earned numerous citations for his exemplary service and outstanding performance as a public servant. Beginning in 1995 up to 2003 he was awarded as “Most Outstanding Barangay Captain of the Philippines” a record eight times, which earned him the recognition of “Outstanding Achievements as Most Outstanding Undefeated Barangay Captain and Exemplary Public Servant” a feat that can rarely be duplicated by any of his contemporaries or rivals. Under his leadership, Puhagan was also cited for having produced the region’s Most Outstanding Barangay Secre-

tary and Lupong Tagapamayapa. Perhaps because of his ability to command attention when speaking in public, Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzales Jr. invited him as one of his campaign strategists and spokesperson when he first ran as municipal mayor. It was not long before the two had a falling out, Tuballa would insist that it was because of his obstinate opposition to some of the mayor’s policies deemed harmful to their constituents. He decided to seek reelection for a final term. But this time his opponents based

on the accounts of the villagers there went all out with massive disinformation campaign plus a Php 150,000 war chest to buy votes at Php 200/ head.His closest rival was marketed as the annointed candidate of Gonzales. Finally, when the counting of ballots ended, Tuballa lost by mere fifty votes with over 200 registered voters failing to cast their ballots. At the end of the day, excellent performance does not guarantee victory in the polls, money, like in this particular case, proved to be the deciding factor.

Newsman & son win in bgy. polls A member of the local media won his second term as kagawad (councilor) of Barangay 6 in the recent barangay elections.

Rene Genove, Dumaguete Bureau Chief of the Visayan Daily Star, joins his fellow kagawads – major-

Daro fire ... From page 16 Josefa Baldado. On the other hand, Shirley Antone and Nilfred Vije were owners of the two houses which were partially destroyed. Investigators traced the origin of the fire in Naverete’s house but they could not yet establish the cause. With prompt help from the Silliman University Fire Brigade and the Filipino Chinese Volunteers, the fire was declared under control after about 40 minutes. Like in the past, businessman Albino Solon sent his water tankers to replenish the water supply of the fire engines.

ity of whom are reelectionists – and newly elected punong barangay Bernardo “Boboy” Sun Jr. in ensuring unity and cooperation in activities of the barangay such as the Santacruzan and other barangay-related concerns. Genove is a former sports writer, columnist, and photo journalist of Sun Star Dumaguete and a 2000 Service Awardee of PCI Bank where he was employed for 20 years. Meanwhile, George Michael Genove is the newly elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairman of Barangay 6. The young Genove is a freshman BBA Economics major in Silliman University where he has been a student since early childhood school. He is the current Vice-President of the BBA Economics majors and was Corps Com-

mander of the Citizenship Advancement Training (CAT) of Silliman University High School for the school year 2006-2007. George is active in theater and dramatics, and is into dancing and sports, among other interests. With his deep-rooted faith in God and his strong sense of service, the young Genove believes that by involving the youth, they can make a difference into becoming good and upright leaders of the future, just as what national hero Jose Rizal envisioned the Filipino Youth as being the “hope of the motherland”. The other elected barangay 6 officials are: Boy Balog, Anton Somoza, Boyax Soriano, Delon Ontal, Fernando Martinez, and Munding Flores.


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