Dumaguete City, Philippines
looms if Josy goes Gov
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Ombudsman ousts Comelec head 02
Candles for peace light up Capitol 02
BY:FLORENCE BAESA F OTOS BY JAMIE TAN NC
t sundown last Thursday, November 10, in the vicinity of the rest house of Gov. Roel Degamo in his home barrio of Bonawon, Siaton, two persons suspected by the police as guns-forhire, whose police profile indicated various records, were arrested by the Siaton police and found high-powered guns, 2 grenades, bonnets and other crime paraphernalia inside a bag they were bringing. The duo denied ownership of the guns and ammo saying it was planted. They also denied that they were out to liquidate the governor Turn to page 17
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The suspects were presented by NBI and PNP to the media.
Hit-run killer of beach park owner still on the loose
hat hit-and-run motorcyclist who killed Apo Beach Park owner John Kreemers of the Dutch Netherlands last Monday continues to elude police arrest.
Kreemers is the successful owner of the Apo Vista Beach Park, the first full-scale beach subdivision in Negros Oriental. It is one of the most scenic beach front subdivisions as its frontage is the nearest point to Apo Island tourist dive areas. Pursuing leads thru neighbor’s information and description of the suspect, the NBI and the police warned the latter not to make it difficult for the pursuing lawmen, otherwise, it will also be made hard for the suspect once arrested. “It will just be a matter of time,” police said, “when the
supect will fall into the hands of the law.” Plainclothes men are now being strategically posted in the accident prone area of Lipayo, Dauin where the victim, who was on motorbike towards Dumaguete from Apo Vista, was sidewiped by another overspeeding motorcyclist. COMMENTARY: HEARTLESS BYSTANDERS A FOREIGNER who has invested his money, time, and effort to develop the real estate industry in southern Negros was killed by a hit-and-run driver of a vehicle whom witTurn to page 17
overnor Roel R. Degamo has politely declined the offer of the Liberal Party (in power) to run as vice-governor in tandem with its titular head Rep. Jocelyn “Josy” Limkaichong or as congressman of the 3rd District in 2013 by declaring that he has decided to go for the governorship even if it will be a three-cornered fight.
There is a mad scramble for the top provincial post in view of the sudden death of both governor and vice-governor just after the 2010 elections. Degamo was simply catapulted to the governorship following th e unexpected power vacuum in the Capitol. So far, the three likely bets to the highest provincial post are Limkaichong; former finance minister Gary Teves,
eldest son of retired kingmaker Meniong Teves; and Degamo himself. All three ar e er stwh ile po litical p ro tégées o f Menion g Teves himself. Limkaichong bolted from the Teves camp when Lak as-Kampi d eclared Jing Paras as the official candidate in the 2010 1s t District congressional race, instead of herself. The LPs
welcomed her with open arms. Degamo, when he became goverTurn to page 17
“IF A THING IS RIGHT, GOD IS IN IT, AND IN THE END, WILL MAKE ITS MARK.”
November 13, 2011
Capitol dads buck P300M NOPH loan critical reporting
he ques tion as to whether to secure a loan of P300M to complete the 4-storey central block building of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital expected to cos t P460M has pitted anew the Governor and the Members of the P rovincial Board, no surprise, except that this time even his more ardent allies are not even toeing the Lo-
HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO
The right to travel Provincial legislators, even known allies of Governor Roel Degamo are not in favor of securing a P300M loan for the completion of the NOPH central block building.
TOP OF THE WEEK
BY JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ
City bares line-up Ombudsman ousts of fiesta activities poll chief for graft ixteen lovely ladies will vie for the Miss Teen Dumaguete and Miss Dumaguete 2011 on November 23 at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex in Dumaguete City.
City Information Officer Steve Gabriel said the city government has sent an invitation to some showbiz personalities from the ABSCBN Kapamilya and GMA Kapuso Networks to be the guests of honor during the
activities, but the final list will be discussed November 9, Wednesday, during the organizing committee’s meeting. The fiesta celebration will be high lighted with Turn to page 7
e cannot understand how a lady secretary of justice, can deprive this former lady President Gloria Arroyo of the right of every human being to travel here and abroad especially to seek medical intervention for her sickness. –o0o– In contrast, the same DOJ secretary has allowed a very healthy former First Lady Mrs. Imelda Marcos to travel to Beijing and Shanghai, China for nine days, starting today, November 13, to November 22, even if Imelda h as a s trin g of p en di ng g ra ft c as es b ef ore th e Sandiganbayan for so many years now. –o0o– In short, why is it so hard for DOJ Sec. De Lima to grant a sick woman permit to travel, while easy for her to let go for travel abroad, a healthy-looking, but worse suspect of plunder? Arroyo is seeking medical help while Imelda is simply there for a speaking engagement in Shanghai. –o0o– It’s simple: De Lima is unfair and unjust. She is obviously unfit to be secretary of justice, coupled with her blatant vindictiveness which is fit for an immature child. – o 0 o– As an alter ego of the President, it’s possible that she is under PNOY’s orders. –o0o– Former president Gloria Arroyo, 65, is suffering from a degenerative condition of the cartilage and bones called cervical spondylosis. If this were De Lima’s or PNOY’s sickness, would she or he not go abroad for treatment? Will the Philippines crumble without Arroyo now? –o0o–
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he Visayas Ombudsman, after four years of legal battle, has fired the former provincial Comelec chief of Negros Oriental for graft.
In its July 25 decision received by the parties only this week, Ponente Portia Pacquiao-Suson, graft investigation officer, got the approval of her decision by Pelagio Apostol, Deputy Ombu dsman fo r th e Visayas. She said: “By using his o ff icial po sition in th e
Comelec, respondent Atty. Manuel Ad vin cula co nvinced complainant Edgar Teves of Valencia that he can facilitate a favorable ruling on Teves’ disqualification case for a price of P300,000.00. Advincula has obtained financial benefits for himself in disregard of Turn to page 7
Injustice with vindictiveness
7,511 poor families light up Freedom Park enrolled in 4Ps Candles for peace
housands lighted up the Freedom Park last Friday with candles for peace hoping that freedom stakeholders will ignite the initiatives to end the protracted war on insurgency.
The Freedom park, Friday night, was the scene of a thousand candles lighted up by the people from all walks of life in support of the peace process. Top officials from the government, the Church, and the academe took turns in expressing their senti-
ments to attain peace in our land. The inter-faith prayer were led by Bishop John Du; I mam minister Uztad z Maula, an d Dr. Success Kanayo Uchime of Nigeria, Africa. The academe was led by Turn to page 17
ive more local government units (LGUs) have been added to the roster of LGUs covered by the government-led poverty reduction program Pantawid Pamilya in Negros Oriental.
According to Bella Tse, Pantawid Pamilya provincial coordinator from the Department of Social Welf ar e an d Develo pmen t (DSWD) here, the additional LGUs for the program’s Set 5 implementatio n th is year ar e Dumaguete City, San Jose, Tanjay City, Dauin and Valencia.
A total of 7,511 indigent families identified by DSWD are seen to benefit from Pantawid Pamilya in said areas, said Tse. These are in addition to the 53,000 families in 17 towns and cities in the province already benefiting from Pan tawid Pamilya’s monthly conditional cash Turn to page 7
Mabinay still waiting for P3.5M Capitol pledge STILL OPTIMISTIC. Mabinay Mayor Ernie Jango Uy (2nd from left), accompanied by his equally concerned wife, Joeterry, consults with personnel from the Provincial Planning and Development Office the status of the projects pledged by Governor Roel Degamo estimated at P3.5M, which include the repair and improvement of farm-to-market roads of Barangay Old Namangka to Inapoy Provincial Road and Barangay Luyang to Bagtic Provincial Road, and the construction of one administrative building at the NORSU Mabinay campus. Despite the delay, Uy remains optimistic that the Governor will deliver on his promise.
The sickly is not allowed to travel while the very healthy is. She will leave today for a speaking engagement in China. Constitutionalist Sen. Miriam Santiago said that the right to travel is guaranteed under the Constitution and any doubt about it should be resolved in favor of the right to travel. Does De Lima not know this? –o0o– Denying Arroyo the right to travel will merit a petition before the human rights committee of the United Nations. This is now a human rights issue. –o0o– Sen. Joker Arroyo upheld the human right to travel especially for medical purposes. Does De Lima expect Arroyo to go on a vacation-grande with that condition, assuming that she disappears abroad? Can a former president afford to do this, and blacken her legacy? Common sense will tell us: NO. It is PNOY thru De Lima who is vindictive. The people are not hungry for blood. They are hungry for self-reformation in government. –o0o– Has PNOY, at anytime, ordered the arrest of the killer of his father, whom we are sure he knows and is still roaming around alive in Manila? Remember, his father, NINOY, was allowed to travel abroad to undergo a bypass heart surgery by the President. Haven’t PNOY and De Lima read the golden rule? –o0o– Finally, two more pro-PNOY sena tors Ch iz Escudero and Frank Drilon both announced their fav or to let Arroyo seek medical treatment abroad because that is what they will also do if they were sick with a similar, if not worse, disease. –o0o– Do we still have democracy in this country? How long will the Filipino people swallow this kind of injustice under a vindictive government?
November 13, 2011
NOVEMBER 10, 11, 12, 13 Batang Pinoy 11, 12, 13 Food Festival & Live Band 8pm, Quezon Park 13 Sun Opening of Trade Fair Sta. Catalina St. Dgte. City Mayor’s 1st IPSC-PPSA Action Air Cup PPSA Level 2 Match Dgte. Shooters Association Shooting Range, Looc, Sibulan “A Cause to Run” Dgte. Professionals, 5a.m. 15-24 Sandurot Open Invitational Basketball Tournament City Gym 17 Thu People’s Consultative Assembly c/o Sectoral Desk, 1pm-5pm, Sectoral Desk Office, Tinago Baybay 18-27 Food Festival & Live Band 6pm, Quezon Park 18-20 Sapnay Tukag Volleyball Games, Dumaguete City High School or Crossing-Taclobo 19- Sat Sandurot Paddled Banca Race: 4 in a Team 8am, Rizal Blvd. 19-20 Children’s Football Festival c/o NORFA, Dgte. City High School Ballfield nd 19-20 2 Mayor MTS Cup Invitational Shooting Competition, PPSA Level 1 Dgte. Shooters Association Shooting Range, Looc, Sibulan nd 19 Sat 2 Sandurot Birik-Birik Festival 6am, Rizal Blvd. SANDUROT FESTIVAL Paghimamat (Re-enactment) 2pm, Rizal Blvd. Pasundayag (Streetdancing) 4pm, City Streets Pasigarbo (Showdown) 6pm, City Hall Quadrangle st 1 Dgte. Invitational Motard Challenge 20 Sun Dgte. Fiesta Invitational Motorcross Challenge 2011 RUSITRAX, Bajumpandan, FEDUMCODA Gasoline Station, 8am- 5pm DOBLE KARA Revisited Bldg. 1 fronting Mercury Drug, 6pm-10pm Sandurot Mountain Bike Race c/o Dgte. City Cycling Club 8am, Rizal Blvd. (Start/Finish) 20 Sun Sandurot Open Table Tennis Invitationals c/o Engr. Fortin, Convention Center
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1st Sandurot Photo Contest Dgte. Adventure Marathon Fun Run 4:30am, Foundation University Dog Show 1pm-5pm, Robinsons Place People’s Day Forum c/o Sectoral Desk ABC Learning Center Founders Day Parade 3pm Flowerhorne (Fish) Display Robinsons Place Kawasaki Product Display & Services Quezon Park Kiosk Talent Night: Miss Dumaguete & Miss Teen Dumaguete 8pm, Lamberto Macias Sports & Cultural Center Dancesport Competition & Dance Crew Competition 7pm, Quezon Park Coronation Night: Miss Dumaguete & Miss Teen Dumaguete 8pm, Lamberto Macias Sports & Cultural Center Guardians Brotherhood, Inc. 4pm, Quezon Park Kiosk rd 63 Charter Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass 8am, Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria City Parade 1pm GUD Moto Trading Motorized Banca Ralli 8am, Rizal Blvd. Social Welfare Day Talent Presentation Day Care Children 9am-10am Modern Dance Contest, Youth 10am-12nn Parlor Games 1pm-3pm Showcase of Int’l Costumes, Senior Citizens 3pm-5pm Presentation of Talents, PWD 5pm-6pm Folk Dance Contest, Women’s 6pm-8pm Ballroom & Disco 8pm-12mn, City Hall Quadrangle Food Festival & Live Band 6pm, Quezon Park rd 3 Dumaguete Mobile Passporting Services Robinsons Place-Dumaguete NORSU Fun Run 5:30 a.m. Sandurot Open Volleyball Invitations, Men & Women City Gym
November 13, 2011
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Hike IRA to local government
t is high time to increase the share of local government units in the national taxes to further enhance the delivery of basic services to our people.
Senator Koko Pimentel has filed Senate Bill No. 2987 seeking to increase the share of local governments in the national taxes from forty percent to fifty percent.
Guns near Gov’s
he old report of Gov. Roel Degamo that he was under threat of his life became close to real when two persons with powerful guns and hand grenades were arrested while lurking in the vicinity of the governor’s Bonawon, Siaton rest house, Thursday, and incidentally when the governor was there resting. On the other hand, the duo who were arrested denied to be plotters against the governor’s life, but merely merchants selling blankets. So where are the blankets? They also wanted to apply as Suertres collectors. But they had a vicinity map of the governor’s residence written at the back of a Suertes tip sheet. These perceived threats were aborted by the governor’s heavy security elements. But why were their names consistently mentioned in the investigations of the killing of the DAR lawyer, the slay attempt twice of the Bayawan No. l councilor, the killing of an ex-congressman’s girlfriend in Dumaguete, and could be the murder of the former IBP vice-president. Police and NBI are still putting pieces of evidence together for possible commonality. One suspect was heard in the media radio-TV interview as having mentioned
the name of a politician whom he linked as a Suertres king. One of the suspects referred to the man as “bosing.” Do people not know who is this “bosing?” Well, if the governor is serious enough in believing that the suspects were out to assassinate him, and such suspects are now arrested, then the governor should file the necessary charges, otherwise, police and NBI efforts will amount to nothing, except charges of illegal possession of grenades, firearms and ammunition, which is non-bailable in the case of the grenades. Media cannot be used to make conjectures and insinuations. The NBI and police should know better. They are the authorities and enforcers of the law, not the media. Media here doesn’t conduct trial by publicity. We just report the incident, period. So media ends our report here. It is up to our wise crime analysts and task force leaders to proceed with all the legal means to attain justice and peace in our communities, which is now known as a killing field of unsolved murders. We challenge the NBI and police to prove the taxpayers wrong.
Senate Bill 2987 seeks to amend Sections 284 of the Local Government Code on Allotment of Internal Revenue Taxes. “Increasing the share of local governments is consistent with the promotion and enhancem ent of local fiscal autonom y,” Senator Pimentel stressed. Increasing the share of the local government certainly will translate into more dynamic local government units, especially in the area of development of the local communities. Under Pimentel’s proposed bill, the sources of the tax from which local governments will share are enhanced and broadened. There is a need to broaden the share of local governments by not limiting their share merely in the national taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, but to include other taxes. Under the Pimentel proposal “national taxes” from which local government will get a share, will include taxes, tariffs, dues, and fees collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Ports Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, and such other government agencies deputized by the Bureau of Internal Revenue to collect national taxes. Injecting more financial resources to the local governments will boost economic development for the benefit of our people.
Man cannot live without water
ater is essential to life, our elementary science teachers told us. In fact, 71% of the earth’s surface is made up of water; man’s body is 75% water. Ninety six percent of the world’s water supply is found in the oceans; only 2.5% is fresh water, of which 70% of the latter is used for agriculture. Man needs water to survive ous problem which prompted some in Bohol. – without it, in a few days, man the United Nations to make acPoor water and rain manwill die. In some areas like Bohol cessibility to H20 (water) as one agement had caused massive and Iligan, electric power is de- of its Millenium Development flooding and loss of lives and rived from hydroelectric plants Goals globally. properties over the years in this run by gushing waterfalls. Blessed with abundant country. Huge irrigation dams, Water is needed to nour- rain and numerous sources of some of them built with questionish plants and animals needed water, it is ironic that in the able finances, are not as efficient by man as food. Without wa- Philippines, some 24 million as small water impounding rester and the sanitation it pro- or 24% of the population (or ervoirs. The inefficient dams can vides, man can get sick and only 76% have access) do not be found in many places in the disable him from earning a liv- have access to potable water country – a tragedy since agriing and the women from tend- on a sustained basis. If “wa- culture uses about three-fourths ing to their homes because of terless” areas means less sickness. than 50% of the service area of available freshwater. In fact, Sadly, 1 billion people in the that do not have access to 1.5 million hectares of the counworld do not have access to safe water, then 498 municipali- try’s agricultural land relies on water, and 2.5 billion do not have ties and 780 water districts water for productivity. To page 13 water for sanitation. It is a seri- are “waterless” – including
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How Safe is our Food?
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anger lurks everywhere, including in the very food we eat. The thought may seem non-sensical, but studies have shown that there are 250 pathogens in our food that cause illnesses.
It is interesting to note that all these discussions about healthy living only started in the early 1900s when it was found that food, milk, and water can be contaminated. A sanitary revolution then occurred with sewage and water treatment on top of the line, then the pasteurization of milk in 1908, followed by refrigeration in 1913, and more recently, the emphasis on proper handwashing. According to Prof. Michelle Naranjo, nutritionist and dietician, germs need time, moisture, food, and warmth in order to grow and multiply. Thus, there is binary fusion in germs and bacteria as well, which can both be aerobic (bacteria which needs oxygen) and anaerobic (bacteria which do not need oxygen, but can still thrive). However, there is also the facultative anaerobes or bacteria that thrive with or without oxygen. These illnesses caused by bacteria can afflict the young, the old, those who are pregnant, and those who are immuno-compromised or are sick. In short, said Prof. Naranjo, they are the YOPI. Among others, the Staphylococcus aureus is found in the human nose, throat, and skin, and bacteria is also manifested in botulism or improperly canned foods. There are also mycotoxins or poisonous
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chemicals produced by some molds. Thus, there are all kinds of contamination, like physical contamination, chemical contamination, and even natural contamination, including food that may look harmless but may be unfit for consumption, like cassava (certain varieties of cassava may be poisonous, thus, one should know how to cook it well), sea food (but which may be afflicted with “red tide”), and the puffer fish which is supposed to be deadly. Even soil and vegetables contain bacteria through the bacillus cereus. Symptoms of food poisoning, which are becoming rampant today, are diarrhea and vomiting, headache, stomach cramps, and fever. To prevent these, added Prof. Naranjo, food safety is imperative like rejecting contaminated food, observing personal hygiene, cleaning, and disinfecting. Food should also be thoroughly cooked and those that are unfit or contaminated should be disposed properly. On a larger scale, a lot can actually be done by those who are in the food and manufacturing business by ensuring good practices and sanitation standard operating practices. Prevention, or being proactive, according to Prof. Naranjo, is still more effective through the scientifically proven hazard analysis critical control point that was instituted as a food safety management system by ISO standards. It is the contention that food should be safe for consumption starting from “farm to fork, gate to plate, and seed to soul.” The steps may also be followed starting from the
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processor, the packager, the wholesaler, retailer, food service operator, up to home service. The common food safety problems emanate from, among others, mistaken identity of pesticides (unwittingly mixing rat poison with food, for example), too much ingredients (monosodium glutamate and some other food-tasting mixture, which are unnecessary), cross contamination (using the same utensil for raw and cooked food), and improper work ethics (unkempt hair, soiled clothing or dirty surroundings). According to Prof. Naranjo, who was among those who spoke before the 7th Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholars Congress that ended last Tuesday in Dumaguete City, food-borne illnesses account for 5,000 deaths annually in the country. All in all, as a result of the Congress that was participated in by approximately 800 barangay nutrition scholars from Region 7, it was the consensus that it is the people’s willingness to change that truly matters. As Mahatma K. Gandhi had said, “We must be the change we wish to see.”
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Recent Philippine political and economic developments
hat is it about my grey hair, wrinkles, stoop and bifocals that prod friends from all over to offer me copies of “The Senility Prayer”?
From a Filipina secretary in my former office, the Food and Agriculture Organization in Bangkok, comes this “gem.” “Grant me, Lord, the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, in the good fortune to run into the ones I do —and the eyesight to tell the difference.” Sure, I’m now in the youth of my senility. Like Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with her neck brace, we’re learning what the old Pampango proverb means: “Count your age by the number of your friends, not by the years.” So, is that why an economist friend in Kuala Lumpur sent me a DVD of Julie Andrews. On her 69th birthday, she sang this at Manhattan’s Radio City Music
Hall to the tune of “Sound of Music.” “Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,/ Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,/Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,/These are a few of my favorite things,” Ms. Andrew sang to sounding ovation. “When the eyes grow dim,/ When the bones creak,/When the knees go bad,/I simply remember my favorite things,/And then I don’t feel so bad.” Like Ms. Andrews, I’d have felt better if my friend did not remind me: You saw the original play on Broadway in 1962. Ah! But that was when Turn to page 10
(Part 3) Energy Sector
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A Journey Through Cancer
vis-a-vis projected energy demand. Moreover, the usual gestation period to build new electric power plants is three to five years. A 60-percent level in energy independence is conservative given the country’s natural resource endowments. Electricity generated from indigenous and renewable energy sources, however, is more expensive despite being accorded priorities in light of their environmentally benign char-
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he recent tragedy in Japan got me thinking. We sit on the edge of disaster. Going directly under Dumaguete City is a portion of the Pacific Ring of Fire. We have a potentially active volcano in our backyard. Earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and a host of other tragedies could hit us anytime. Most of us are not prepared, and many of us do not even know how to start to prepare for disaster. Here are a few thoughts. a smaller bag, we have First, have a plan. If you have enough food and supplies to prepared in advance, you and survive three days. In those your family have a much greater three days, we can usually get chance of survival. our pre-planned emergency In the U.S. Army Special resupply. A Green Beret never Forces, commonly referred to is voluntarily separated from as the Green Berets, the aver- his weapon or getaway bag. age deployed trooper carries You can create your own around 100 lbs ( 50 kilos) in emergency getaway bag. Take his rucksack. Obviously, it is an old empty suitcase and put impossible to sleep or per- in a change of clothes, some form other menial tasks with non-perishable food, plenty of this much weight on our back. water, candles and matches, Yet if we lay it down, we run possibly even some filter the risk of being permanently masks and other first aid supseparated from the equipment plies. Do not forget the chilwe need to accomplish our dren. They will be terrified, inmission or even just to sur- clude a small stuffed animal-vive. So, we developed what you will be surprised how it is called a “Getaway” bag. In To page 11
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Charity amid differences and conflicts
E have to learn to see Christ in everyone, including those with whom we may have serious differences or are in conflict. We have to go beyond seeing others in a purely human way without, of course, neglecting the human and natural in us. In short, we have to see oth- through his grace. ers in a spiritual way, within the In spite of our differences— framework of faith, hope and race, culture, beliefs, etc.—we are charity. Otherwise, we cannot meant to care and love one anavoid getting entangled in our other. Thus, our Lord told us to limited and conflict-prone earthly “love your neighbour as I have condition. And no amount of hu- loved you.” (Jn 13,34) man justice and humanitarianAnd how did Christ love us? By ism can fully resolve this predica- becoming man and assuming all our ment. sinfulness, dying to it to give us a Thus, we need to develop new life in him. His love was for eveand hone our skills of looking ryone, and especially for those who at others beyond the merely were weak and handicapped not so physical, social, economic, much in the physical sense as in the cultural or political way. While moral sense. these aspects are always to be That’s why he was close to considered, we should not be the sinners, fraternizing with trapped by them. them. He would only show his disThere are many reasons for like to those who were self-rightthis. First would be that we are eous. Just the same, he loved all all brothers and sisters, created as proven by the fact that before by God in his image and like- dying on the cross, he asked forTurn to page 11 ness, and made children of his
With peak demand assumed to grow annually at 4.5 percent for the planning period 2009-2030, a total of 11,900MW is needed for the Luzon grid; 2,150MW for the Visayas grid; and 2,500MW for the Mindanao grid. The liberalized and marketbased power industry put in place by EPIRA relies on the private sector to construct generation plants to meet demand. Private sector investments in power generation, however, have been lower than expected
The getaway bag
Born to Survive t all started with a race. The competition was tough. The way was like a maze of reds and orange, so hazy to imagine. Out of the 100 million contenders, you came out to be the first. You have made it. You are a natural born win- closes. The challenges of life ner. You beat them all. You came began even during concepfrom the cream of the crop, the tion. You were proven worthy fastest and the greatest. You to face the world and all it were not an accident. You were brings. You are a survivor. I meant to be and you have a thank God for that day you wonderful purpose. were born. As you were made in seYou see, you have been cret, God saw your innermost through tough times, even bebeing while you were being fore you came to be. How and formed. As your parents had why you reached this point is the a glimpse of heaven with its greatest miracle of life. billions of stars exploding in You and I were equipped unison, millions of sperms for life. Each one of us has a raced to reach their ultimate gift or many gifts from God. purpose --to penetrate the Not anyone is born without egg. The weaker ones died in one. What makes you think the process and only about twice that you can’t survive 200 sperms survived. The the storm? For every problem, journey goes on until it be- there is a solution, or else, it comes a survival of the fittest. is no longer a problem. You Only one sperm reaches the have been labeled many finish line, and the door Turn to page 11
n mid-2010, the country was again hit by several hours of rotating brownouts because of a power supply shortage equivalent to 185MW. The supply deficit was due to the decrease in dependable capacities of hydroplants caused by El Niño and preventive maintenance schedule of some powerplants.
Taking a Day-Off ast weekend and the weekend before that were long weekends, a good time to de-stress and take time out to “breathe.” I especially enjoyed the breaks since the month of October had been a busy month for us – my birthday, my husband Jun’s birthday, and the 50th year celebration of our company, the MAPECON PHILS. A busy but very fruitful month! How did I spend my week- day. In one of my quiet times with ends? Catching up on my personal correspondence with fam- the Lord, I was reminded of one ily in the states. Beginning to of my readings some years ago clean up and organize the piled on stillpoints and stopovers. up files in my office. Taking naps Stillpoints are life’s little mowhenever I felt like it. Spending ments when we pause for even time out on our “terrace in the just one or two minutes, take a sky” (second floor terrace in the deep breath, focus our attention branches of our mango tree) inward in mindfulness, and rewith a good book and cuppa member what our heart wants freshly brewed coffee. Renew- us to remember. It can be a moing friendships on Facebook. tivating event, an inspiring Watching a few interesting TV phrase, an encouraging word programs and enjoying Disney like “you can do it.” Stop, movies. Spending precious mo- breathe, remember… and be inments of reflection and prayer on stantly refreshed and strengthTo page 10 the Scripture readings for the
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Miss Teen Dumaguete and Miss Dumaguete pageants and the Sandurot Festival, Gabriel said. The fiesta celebration is guided with the theme “Dumaguete Honors its Tradition and Values amidst Modernism and Development.” The highlights schedule of the whole month celebration will be on November 3-5, the 2 nd Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria Cup: Shootfest Competition; November 10-13, Batang Pinoy Sports Competition; November 13, Fun Run, opening of basketball competition; November 19, Job Fair at Robinson’s P lace, Sandurot Paddle Banca Race at 8AM at Rizal Boulevard, 2nd Sandurot BirikBirik Festival at 6AM at Rizal Boulevard, Sandurot Festival Paghimamat at 2PM at Rizal Boulevard, Pasundayag (Street dancing) at 4PM in the city streets, Pasigarbo (showdown) at 6PM at City Hall Quadrangle. On November 21, Talent Night: Miss Dumaguete and Miss Teen Dumaguete at 8PM at Lamberto Macias Cultural & Sports Center; November 23, Coronation Night: Miss Dumaguete and Miss Teen; 3rd Dumaguete Mobile Passporting Services at Robinson’s Place on November 25-26, and many more activities, Gabriel added.
the prejudice he has caused to the complainant, to the image of his office, and public service in general.” The graft court has adjudged Advincula of grave misconduct and was meted the penalty of “dismissal from the service, with forfeiture of all benefits, perpetual disqualification to hold public office and cancellation of all civil service eligibilities.” The ComElec Chairman was directed to issue a compliance report on the matter in accordance with law. This four-year old case was only decided last July. Edgar Teves said that he is giving the Valen cia mayorship another crack in 2013 against the Gonzales brothers who have ruled Valencia for the last decade. Ed gar Teves an nounced that his 2013 running-mate will be Marciano “Bito” Maravillas, the incumbent vice-mayor. As to the disqualification issue against Edgar Teves filed by his own uncle, Meniong Teves, the Ombudsman did not discuss th e merits. As to whether or not the disqualification charges will hold water in the 2013 local elections will be entirely another matter. All the parties concerned will have to wait and see.
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7,511 poor ... From page 2 grants since the program was first implemented in Negros Oriental in 2008. DSWD, the government agency spearheading the implementation of said program, is now holding pre-engagement sessions with the additional LGUs for the implementation of said program in their areas, said Tse. To date, there are three remaining towns in the province not yet covered by Pantawid Pamilya, namely: Amlan, Sibulan and Bacong. “We don’t know yet if there will be a Set 6 implementation of Pantawid Pamilya, but if there is, these three areas will then be covered,” said Tse. Pantawid Pamilya was implemented in seven LGUs when the program first rolled out in the province, followed by three LGUs in 2010 and seven more in 2011. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)
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Mayors: Respect SK autonomy in probe BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
wo mayors, whose respective Sangguniang Kabataan Federations are currently investigating the alleged misconduct of some of their SK officials, appealed for the public to uphold the autonomy of SK and allow it to conduct the probe in accordance to the organization’s own constitution and by-laws. Like the SK Federation officials, Mabinay Mayor Ernie Jango Uy and his counterpart, Bentham dela Cruz of Amlan, lament the negative, often hostile, reaction of the general public to the alleged misconduct of a few SK officials, which marred the otherwise fine hosting of the recent regional SK Congress here. DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo has already asked a copy of the full report of the incident, which has already been forwarded to his office in Manila. The Sanguniang Kabataan, under its Constitution and By-laws promulgated on June 16, 2001, provides for the mechanism in which officials of the SK will be disciplined, suspended or removed from office for offenses involving moral turpitude or an offense punishable by at least prision mayor. Formal complaints have been filed against the offending SK Chairmen of Mabinay and Amlan who were billeted in Bethel Guest House at the time of the incident. The SK Chairmen from Mabinay occupying Room 507 was accused of violating house rules by engaging in a drinking spree while those occupying Room 313, who are SK Chairmen of Amlan, were allegedly caught smoking cigarettes, with inspection by the agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yielded some marijuana seeds, rolling paper and a matchbox hidden beneath
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the lavatory. Mayor Uy personally wants Mabinay SK Federation President Felix Ocay to conclude the investigation and recommend that the offending SK officials be reprimanded considering that this was their first offense and a very light one at that. On the contrary, Amlan SK Federation President Kimberly dela Cruz is tasked to deal with a much serious charge against some of her colleagues. Under the SK Constitution and By-Laws, a verified complaint must be filed only by a fellow SK Chairman of the Amlan SK Federation. Dela Cruz must then ask the respondent to file his verified answer within five days after which the investigation must commence at the usual place of gathering of SK Federation of Amlan to hear, investigate and decide on the said complaint. The investigation shall be concluded within sixty days and a further fifteen days period after the
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termination of the proceedings, the SK Amlan Federation must render a decision through a simple majority vote of all SK Chairpersons present with the complainant and respondent excluded in the count. The decision of the SK Federation can be appealed within thirty days to the SK Provincial Federation headed by President Scott Wayne Husain. Mayor Dela Cruz has already verbally censured the accused SK Presidents but is giving the organization full leeway to conduct an investigation and impose penalties if warranted. Observers agree that it is not only the offending SK Chairmen who are “on trial,” but the SK Federation Presidents Dela Cruz, Ocay and Husain, as well. And the manner by which they shall deal and bring closure to the controversy will determine whether the SK officials deserve the autonomy they have long sought and are now zealously trying to uphold.
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A way through the flood For the Lord, your God, dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord, your God, did to the Jordan just what He had done to the Red Sea when He dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all people of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord, your God. — Joshua 4:23-24
ut the time is coming—in fact, it is already here— when you will be scattered, each one going on his way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33
In these verses, Jesus told his disciples to take courage. In spite of the inevitable struggles they would face, they would not be alone. Jesus does not abandon us
IS HUMANAE VITAE WRONG? x-Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad explains this very well: Some anti-reproduction partisans have accused members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) of unduly trying to pressure members of Congress to withdraw their FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG support for the proposed legislation. Indeed, bishops and priests have asked senators and congressmen to abandon the proposed legislation, but this is not “undue pressure.” This is legitimate moral pressure. Pastors have a duty to provide moral guidelines on serious moral questions. They have a duty to enlighten confused legislators, especially if the latter claim to be Catholic Christians and are in danger of legislating something immoral and harmful. Pastors should be faulted if they do not talk to the legislators at all, and not when they do. Some of the proponents, professing to be “independent Catholics,” whatever that means, have gone so far as to say that Church teaching on the evil of contraception began only with Humanae Vitae, in 1968, and that Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of birth is not an infallible document, and therefore, not to be obeyed at all. They proclaim that one day, the teaching would change because of growing indifference to it. Let us examine the various parts of the statement.
AS OLD AS ONAN 1. Is it a recent teaching of the Church? Scripture does not say so. In the Old Testament, we read of Cain’s murder of his brother Abel on the one hand, and Onan’s sexual misconduct with his brother’s widow Tamar on the other, and how differently Yahweh dealt with each offense. Despite the gravity of Cain’s crime, the Lord said, “If anyone slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who came upon him should kill To page 9
to our struggles either. If we remember that the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of Christ during our most troublesome times. ROYAL DECREE (5)
Birth of the Diocese (1) ere’s the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII creating the Diocese of Dumaguete on April 5, 1955:
Sanctissima ea verba, quae Christus discipulis fecit:”et eritis mihi testes in Ierusalem, et in omni Iudaea et Samaria et usque ad ultimum terrae” (Act. 1, 8) vera omnino per saecula facta sunt, prolatis REV. FR. ROMAN C. Ecclesiae finibus ad omnes SAGUN, JR. populos,communicataque vel cum extremis terrae gentibus Christiana veritate et sanctitate. Those most sacred words, which Jesus gave the disciples: “and indeed, you will be my disciples in Jerusalem, then in all of Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1, 8), were found certainly true over the centuries, when the borders of the Church had been extended, and having been echoed even to the farthest peoples of the earth by the Christian truth and holiness. Quod cum, his praesertim temporibus, in insulis quoque Philippinis evenerit, cumque venerabili Fratri Aegidio Vagnozzi, Archiepiscopo titulo Myrensi et in iisdem insulis Apostolico Nuntio, visum sit ibi terrarum novam condere dioecesim: id enim magnas utilitates rei christianae se afferre censere; Nos, audito consilio venerabilium Fratrum Nostrorum S. R. E. Cardinalium Negotiis Consistorialibus praepositorum, simulque quid hac de re sentiat venerabilis Frater Emmanuel Yap, Episcopus Bacolodensis; post rem magna consideratione reputatam ac suppletum consensum eorum qui in negotio aliquid iuris vel habeant ve se habere arbitrentur, de Nostra summa et apostolica potestate, haec statuimus et decernimus. Whereas, especially at these times, when in whithersoever islands in the Philippines it has come a long way, and when according to the venerable Brother Aegidio Vagnozzi, titular Archbishop of Myrensi and Apostolic Nuncio in the same islands it has been found that a new diocese is to be established: indeed in approving it, it brings the Christian faith’s many To page 9
ave you come to a place in your life where you are faced with a seemingly insurmountable difficulty? You do not know where to turn to or where to go or what to do, and you are looking for a way out. Don’t try to think your way cross over on dry ground… out, because that will only get you This seemingly impossible into more complexities and diffi- circumstance blocked the Children culties. You need Jesus Christ, of Israel from entering the PromHimself, to operate in the condi- ised Land, just as there are hintions of your life and to change drances that obstruct you from enthem. God wants you to believe tering into the very promises of Him, to boldly confess His word God that our Heavenly Father in such a situation and then act wants to give you. upon it. But because Joshua [believed When you do, this impossible and boldly confessed] the word of circumstance will become “a way” the Lord, he knew that the Children so you can march right through of Israel could cross the River Jorthem to victory. This happened for dan, even though it was flooding. Joshua and the Children of Israel, He understood what God said to when God split the waters of Jor- him, just as you can read something dan, and caused them to stand up in the Bible today and know it is in a heap, so that the people could the complete revelation of God
GOSPEL Matthew 25: 14-30 Jesus told his disciple this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave talents; to other, two; to a third, one – to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately, the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.
After a long time, the master of those servants came back and settled account with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him,’ Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were a faithful servant in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come; Share your master’s joy.’ The one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come; Share your master’s joy.’ Then the who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew To page 9
Sunday Thoughts I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING “If in this life only you have hope in Christ, you are of all human beings most miserable.” I Corinthians 15: 19
t is a solemn occasion that brings us together in our church to bring our collective sorrow over the death of our loved one, friend, and fellow church member. And Christ does not begrudge us our tears and the tenderness of our feelings. For did He not say” Blessed DR. PROCESO UDARBE are they that mourn for they shall be comforted”? Besides, the shortest verse in the Bible tells us “Jesus wept” (only two words) at the open grave where his friend Lazarus had been buried. Jesus, as often pointed out, was a “man of sorrows and was not a stranger to grief.” However, I must right away say that we are here also to bring together our collective hope. For we are here to affirm what we keep reciting from the Apostle’s Creed, “I believe in life everlasting.” Of course, we are a peculiar people for believing in life everlasting. Much of the world has not joined us in our collective belief. Much of the world reminds me of my visits to ancient cemeteries in Rome where on the tombs are written the words purporting to be the dead speaking, “I was not, I was, I am, I don’t care.” (The words, of course, are in Latin.) For many people, death is a sheer precipice behind which life drags into nothingness.
Also in ancient Rome, the poet Catullus wrote of his dead sweetheart Lesbia: Setting suns may rise in glory But when little is over, There’s an end to all the story; We shall sleep and wake no more. Still, we Christians cling passionately to our belief, for as Paul puts it, ”If we have faith in Christ only (limited to) in this life, we are of all beings most miserable.” Why do we believe in life everlasting? First of all, we believe in life everlasting because we are able to affirm the truth of what we do not see with the naked eye. St. Paul says that we Christians “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is not seen. The things we see are temporal, but the things that we do not see are eternal.” In other words, for us, to believe in eternal life is to affirm the reality of what we do not see. The unbelieving person will say: “Yes, you believe in heaven, but you do not see it. In our Christian faith, the truth is the other way around: “To believe is to To page 9
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him” (Gen 4:15). Whereas, when Onan went into his deceased brother’s wife Tamar, and spilled his semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother, as commanded by law and custom, he so displeased the Lord that the Lord “slew him” (Gen 38:10). Withdrawal is contraception, and Onan’s death is the first—and harshest—recorded sanction against it. OTHER POPES BEFORE PAUL VI Among the Popes, Pius XI and Pius XII had pronounced on procreation before Paul VI, appealing to Scripture, to the Fathers of the Church and to tradition. While Humanae Vitae itself was not infallibly proposed, it meets the criteria set forth by Vatican II for an infallible exercise of the ordinary magisterium of the bishops throughout the world. For that purpose, four conditions must be met, namely: that the bishops be in communion with one another and with the pope; that they teach authoritatively on a matter of faith or morals; that they agree in one judgment; and that they propose this as something to be held definitively. They have been met. As one theological writer puts it, “the Church has always taught contraception to be gravely sinful; she has never taught that it is good, permissible, or even venially sinful.” PROPHECIES FULFILLED Forty years after the encyclical, no error imputed to it has been proved. What has been proved instead is how prophetic it was when it predicted: • That the widespread use of contraceptives would lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality; • That the man will lose respect for the woman and no longer care for her physical and psychological equilibrium and will come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion; • That widespread acceptance of contraception would place a dangerous weapon in the hands of public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies; • That it would lead men (and
women especially) to think they have absolute and unlimited dominion over their bodies. All these have happened and are happening in many other societies. For all our problems, we Filipinos have so far been spared from the seemingly irreversible moral disorder wrought by the hedonistic lifestyle in those countries. Let us not try to catch up. A TEACHING TO BE IGNORED? 2. Now, is the Church teaching on contraception likely to change soon? A number of non-Catholics, lapsed Catholics, apostates and agnostics have been quite assertive in saying that Catholics should be free to ignore what the Church teaches on contraception, since it is “too conservative,” and is not even supported by all the theologians who had written on the subject. This is pure and simple ignorance, and a Catholic with a true conscience should ignore it. A Catholic believes what the Church believes and rejects what the Church rejects. He is part of his Church and not “independent” of it. There is no sign that what the Church is saying today on contraception it will no longer be saying tomorrow. The teaching has been def initively held; it will stay. But a Catholic must obey Church teaching not because it will stay but because it is Church teaching and his duty is to obey. This is the same rule that every citizen is obliged to follow. The citizen obeys the law not because it cannot be repealed or amended, but because it is the law. It could change the next day, but it must be obeyed for as long as it is the law. Unless, of course, it is an unjust law.
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benefits; having listened to the deliberation of Our Venerable Brothers, the Most Reverend Eminent Cardinals gathered in Consistory Council, and together with what the venerable Brother Emmanuel Yap, Bishop of Bacolod, may perceive about this matter; after thinking over the thing with much consideration and getting their consent who either possess some knowledge of the law on the matter or are believed to have, by Our most distinguished apostolic power, we establish these things and decide.
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see.” In one of the visits of a dignitary to our church when I was pastor, I was inspired by what the German Ambassador said. While I was showing him the sanctuary and relating to him the history of Silliman University church, he took me aside and said: “Pastor, I tell my friends if you are 30 years old and above and you don’t have hope in eternal life, you are not off the hook.” What did Abraham Lincoln say? He said something like this: Since God created man capable of responding to him and capable of spiritual thoughts, there can be no question the human being does have God’s immortality. Of course, we know that eternal life is promised to, and reserved for, all who believe in Jesus Christ. Each of us carries the potential. As one line from a poem we learned in our childhood puts it about Adam, “Dust thou art, and to dust returneth, was not spoken of the soul.” Therefore, for us, a death, such as the death of our loved one, should remind us that visibility is a poor index in reality. The death of our loved one appears to be an end, a kind of curtain falling down upon his life. But, our belief is that death is but a landing on the stairway that leads to God.
Gospel ... From page 8 you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear, I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’ His master said to him in reply, ‘you wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and where I did not scatter? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I return I would have received it back with interest. Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
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he Constitution provides that: Article III, Section 6 of the present Philippine Constitution provides as one of the Bill of Rights, that: “The liberty of abode and of changing the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impaired except upon BY: lawful order of the Court. Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, ATTY. FRANCISCO D. YAP public safety and public health, as may be provided by law.” Hence, everybody has the constitutional right to travel abroad and the only exception is in the interest of national security, public safety, public health, as may be provided by law. Former President Gloria In my opinion, the Secretary be arrested because they will go Macapagal Arroyo and her hus- of Justice, in disallowing the to the countries where the Philipband are going abroad for alleged ARROYO’s from leaving this pines has no repatriation treaty. medical treatment. The Secretary country, may be justified in the in- Hence, the prosecution of the of Health examined former Presi- terest of public safe ty. The ARROYOs could be frustrated. dent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ARROYOs are facing charges of One cannot invoke his right to he certified that there is no neces- plunder and syndicated electoral travel to frustrate the administrasity for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo fraud which is punishable with tion of justice. If the government to seek medical treatment abroad death penalty. Under the law, trial cannot stop its citizen from leavbecause she can be treated here cannot proceed ex parte or with ing this country to escape from the in the Philippines. In fact, after sev- the absence of the accused only law, then no rich man can be imeral surgeries, she is now doing after the accused had been ar- prisoned because they will just alright. The Arroyos will elevate the raigned, that is, after his plea to leave this country after they commatter to the Supreme Court. That the charges against him. If the mit a crime. We, Filipinos believe in would be good so that we can en- ARROYOs will be charged in court rich our jurisprudence. since there are pending charges “GABA.” The closest meaning Everybody can interpret against them, the trial cannot pro- in Tagalog is “KARMA.” What is the Constitution but the FINAL ceed ex parte since they have not happening to the ARROYOs is ARBITER is the Supreme Court. been arraigned and they cannot now KARMA or GABA!
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their odometers,” a retired editor in Indonesia e-mailed. “Not me, I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.” But my wife agrees that our memories are not so sharp anymore. From a niece in California, she got this one last week: Two elderly ladies played cards for years and shared all kinds of activities for decades. “Now, don’t get mad at me,” she confessed. “I know we’ve been friends for a long time; I’ve thought and thought, but I can’t remember your name.”
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ened for the task at hand. I realized that I had forgotten to take advantage of the time of refreshment that happens in these stillpoints, and that was why I was becoming a bit frazzled by all the activity during the last month or so. What I experienced during the long weekends were stopovers. Stopovers are less frequent and are those times that are longer than a stillpoint, perhaps an hour, a day or two, a long weekend. This is a time
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Harmonized laws for barangay frontliners BY JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ
here is a need to harmonize various pending bills covering barangay workers in order to streamline government spending. The senior vice-chairman of the powerful appropriations committee of the House of Representatives is for the harmonization of a number of pending bills that seeks to empower frontliners in the government’s nutrition program. 1st Dist. Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, who was keynote speaker during the regional congress of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) held in Dumaguete on Nov. 7-8, 2011, stressed the need to harmonize pending bills such as the magna carta for barangay nutrition scholars that seeks to empower the frontrunners in addressing the malnutrition problem and providing them with at least P2,000 monthly allowance; HB 1439 which seeks to give BNS along with barangay health workers and barangay public safety officers a monthly salary and health as well as retirement benefits; and HB 3144 which seeks to provide mandatory coverage of all BNS in the national health insurance program under PhilHealth. The 1 st distric t solon their way inspite of very further said these pending minimal honorarium, stressproposals have to be harmo- ing that the government is nized with Senate Bills No. actually saving not only mil9 and 2397 or an act creat- lions but billions of pesos ing the position of barangay because of what they are nutrition worker in every doing in the baranga ys . barangay and providing for Limkaichong cannot imagincentives or monthly allow- ine how much billions govance of P5,000. ernment will spend in the Limkaichong favors the absence of these volunteers consolidation of these pend- in the barangays. ing bills not for “pogi” points The regional congress but because they really de- was attended by participants serve it, referring to them as from Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, unsung workers in the grass- Ne gros Orienta l roots level like the teachers and the overseas Filipino workers. She said the BNS and BHWs have gone out of of getting away from it all, of withdrawing from the busy chaos around, and finding oneself. Its ultimate purpose is to wake up to what is really going on in your life, to keep first things first, to find and remember your ultimate values and the meaning of your life. My weekend stopovers were indeed welcome respites from busyness, a time to refrain from “doing”, a time to just enjoy “being”. Now I am back in the thick of things. For an instance, today, November 13, is full of activity: early Mass with Ruth and family, watching the Pacquiao fight together, seeing the Filipino stage presentation of “The Sound of Music” this evening. Then, it will be time to think about Christmas – decorations, gifts, parties, both for family and at the office. What fun! However, I need to remind myself to take time out for frequent stillpoints every day and stopovers now and then, time out to be aware of the wonder of being alive and being loved, time to remember the real meaning of Christmas. AFFIDAVIT OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF DECEASED PERSON WITH DEED OF SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Victorina Luague namely; REMEDIOS L. PERIGUA widow; ADELAIDA L. CRUZ married to Benjamin Cruz and CIVIC REMADE LUAGUE married to Vemirasol Luague all of legal age, have filed and executed an Affidavit of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate of Deceased Person with Deed of Sale on Lot No. 909 A under TCT. NO. 18444; situated in the City of Dumaguete consisting an area of TWO HUNDRED TWENTY (220) sq. m. per Doc. No. 102; Page No: 22 Book No. 51 Series of 2007 Notary Public Atty. ANDITO ESCOTON The Negros Chronicle Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 2011
REP. JOCELYN LIMKAICHONG 1ST DISTRICT, NEGROS ORIENTAL and Dumaguete City with the theme “Developing Capacities of BNS to Overcome Challenges,” organized by the National Nutrition Council in Region 7 through the Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars Association in Region 7. As member of the ways and means committee of the House of Representatives, Limka ic hong s aid thes e pending bills have no subs ta nc e without funding support.jg
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them, is an accomplishment in interpersonal intelligence. They are usually teachers, managers, politicians, or social workers. While those who have intrapersonal intelligence are strong in their intuitions, they understand their own personality better, and knowing their strengths and weaknesses, they know their reactions at a given situation. Gardner says that most of these people are philosophers, writers, theologians and lawyers. They love to work alone. There are those who have bodily-kinesthetic intelligence who can control their bodily motions and can accomplish things
From page 6 times. But your gifts are weapons to survive. Most people base the intelligence of a child on reading, writing and arithmetic. If a child does not excel in any of these, sadly, some of them are labeled as lesser than the others. Howard Gardner formulated a theory of multiple intelligences that gives emphases to other intelligences. If you are sensitive to other people’s feelings and can feel their shifting moods, knows what makes them tick and can easily empathize and relate with
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better physically rather than reading or hearing about it. They succeed as builders, surgeons, athletes, soldiers, pilots, actors, etc. To those who love nature, like naturalists, gardeners, farmers, these people have naturalistic intelligence. They have a better understanding of nature and are more aware of their natural environment. Others have musical intelligence. They sing, compose and play musical instruments. They have keen sensitivity to pitch, tone, timbre, rhythm. They are good as singers, instrumentalists, disc-jockeys, orators, writers and composers. Gardner also includes spatial intelligence which refers to artists, designers and architects who have the ability to visualize with the mind, translating images from their minds for others to see. Other gifts include linguistic, they are good in written and spoken words, like reading, writing, telling stories, memorizing words and dates. They learn foreign languages easily. While others have logicalmathematical intelligence. These people are good in abstractions, numbers, logic, computer programming, chess, etc. Some intelligence, gifts, talents, whatever you call these, are laid hidden and dormant for years. For some reasons, they wait for a proper time. Others think that they are not good in anything at all. They tend to compare themselves to a brother or sister whom they feel is better than them and shrugs off their shoulder and say, “what for?” Each human being is given so much thought by the Creator, which makes life very precious. You cannot take your own life; it is the biggest blunder and cowardice of all or anyone has the right to take someone else’s life. You are born to finish the race. You have beaten the 100 million competitors. Your presence in this world proved that. God is watching you.
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Remembering and being remembered
he month of November starts with two very special holidays that Filipinos hold dear: All Saints Day and All Souls Day. On these days, the cemeteries all over Dumaguete City are filled to overflowing, coming alive with people in a community of oneness offering prayers, flowers and candles for their dead.
I am specially inspired by the sight of small children and teenagers who may not have seen or known the dead relative, but are in the cemetery in the ritual of the cycle of life. The dead is remembered lovingly, stories are told of events, and happy memo ries and f amily histor ies an d stories are told and re-told. The cemetery also brings in the reality of each one’s mortality, as new graves are added on each year, and familiar names show up along the way. Each tombstone is a reminder of a person who once lived and reminds us that this life is passing. People are remembered by the way they lived. Let me share a poem from Michael Josephson. Live A Life That Matters - Michael Josephson Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
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giveness from his Father for those who crucified him. We have to expand and deepen our attitudes towards others. Are we willing to think always of them, keenly observant of how they are? Are we moved to pray for them and to leap to their assistance when the chance comes? Our problem is that we tend to think always of ourselves, and our view of the others is mainly shaped by purely human motives that cannot reach the level of charity that can love everyone regardless of conditions and circumstances. Let’s remember that as St. Paul said, we have to “bear each other’s burdens” (Gal 6,2). Do we have that kind of outlook? Are we quick to help others even to the point of inconveniencing ourselves? We have to start dismantling attitudes, habits and practices that keep us imprisoned in our own world, mistakenly thinking that these actually would make us happy or are good for us. These past days I have had the luck of meeting simple people who are thinking only of others. I did not hear any negative remark from them about anyone, and frankly, I felt so good talking to them. It was a joy to be with them. Our problem is that we tend to just gossip and gossip, our mouth and tongue quite on their own with hardly any supervision from a higher
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you lear ned, b ut w hat yo u taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what. Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.
agency in our system. We are also affected by our prejudices and biases. Of course, we tend to forget charity when we encounter sharp differences with others. We have to follow the example of Christ who tried to find something good even in those who were doing wrong. For example, one time, he told his disciples to continue observing what their religious leaders taught them, but not to follow their example, because they do not practice what they preach (cfr Mt 23,2). He made that distinction between what was taught and what was practiced, and did not lump up the right teaching with the wrong practice. We should be quick to find the right and the good things that can go together with the bad and wrong things. Even with handling of dishonest money, he showed goodness of heart. Christ recommended that we “make friends with dishonest money,” so that when it fails, we can still be welcomed to heaven. (cfr Lk 16,9) It’s not that we ought to foster dishonesty, but rather to learn how to make do and make use of evil things in this world to do good. This conclusion can be gleaned from the fact that our Lord summarized the whole episode by saying, “No servant can serve two masters...You cannot serve God and mammon.” We need to be proactive in seeing Christ in everyone and in eliciting true charity when we relate to them, regardless of the circumstances.
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will comfort them. Green Berets also use “rally points.” Arally point is a safe place to go and wait for other family members. My south rally point is the cockpit in Dauin. If no one shows up in 48 hours, you continue with your emergency evacuation plan. We have relatives south of Siaton. That is our southern emergency sanctuary. After a natural disaster, there is usually chaos. Food, water and emergency supplies often become scarce. The smart thing to do is stock your sanctuary with everything you might need to survive a month. Be sure to include any medications someone might need. I suggest you reserve your birthday as the day you check or replenish your emergency supplies. Look for any spoiled, damaged or outdated items. The other day, a man was shot in the leg. Before he could be carried to the hospital, he bled to death. That never should have happened. A basic knowledge of first aid could easily have prevented that tragedy. Learn the five life-saving steps, CPR, and how to apply a tourniquet; then teach them to other family members. The life they save may be yours.
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HEALTH IS WEALTH
The Value of a Smile
BY JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ
“A smile costs nothing, but gives much.” – Anonymous DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA
ne of the most beautiful songs ever composed is “Smile” sung by Nat King Cole in the late 50’s. This meaningful song is often the theme song played during weddings, and anniversaries to bring back and reminisce the endearing moment of a lifetime. To most sensible writers – “a smile brings courage, sunshine to the sad, and a good medicine for troubled minds.” Studies have shown that the limbic s ystem of the brain is the center believed to be responsible for our emotional expression. It also produces endorphins, the happy hormones, which induces the happy feelings and the anti-pain sensation of the body. Psychologists say that the effect of a mother’s smile on her baby brings a healthy emotional response of tremendous joy and security, as well as a positive mood and physical development. Generally, a person who readily smiles is often a loving, a peaceful, and a happy person. Some people must have seen an unusual portrait of Jesus smiling that was displayed in a corridor of a convent. Certainly, that pleasant countenance of Jesus depicts the true gladness in His heart
and a most friendly person. In the science of kinesis (body language), a smile is a facial gesture which means – “welcome, agreement, or appreciation.” A real smile gla ddens the he art and reaches up and crinkles the eyes. But a fake smile looks more like a grimace and usually indicates trouble or dishonesty. Only bad people have scornful and sarcastic smiles on their faces. There are various kinds of smiles that are shown to depict happiness. For instance – the enigmatic smile, called as “mystifying smile” of Mona Lisa, as painted by Leonardo da Vinci; the triumphant smile of a champion after a close fight; the smile of a surgeon after a successful surgery of a difficult case; the bright smile of
Dear Mr. Frederick Silliman Dael Hereby, I apologize for any unintentional harm or grief my prior post may have caused you, Guavatel, Inc., its employees, shareholders and customers. Clearly, I now recognize that it was a mistake and I regret the posting and am very remorseful for the situation. After I was given the chance to visit Mr. Dael at his office and had also the chance to talk to some of his technical and administrative staff, I am firmly convinced that Mr. Dael and his staff at Guavatel, Inc. do the best technically possible to satisfy their customer fully in a professional manner to deliver reliable internet connection to close and remote areas in Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Southern Cebu. I am now particularly impressed with Mr. Dael’s impressive background and expertise in the telecommunications field, and in no instance should Guavatel, Inc. be compared with Rolf Reierskog’s IT Outlook, Quest Interact Services, and IT Quest, Inc. and must be 100% differentiated! In the DumagueteInfo website (www.dumagueteinfo.com), I answered earlier in this thread to a member: “Well, if you followed along that topic, you should know my experience with them. As a matter of fact, it goes back to Puerto Galera where the original master-scammer of that company tried to “steal” money the same way he did here.” I understand now that Rolf Reierskog has nothing to do with Guavatel, Inc. and that I had inadvertently maligned Guavatel, Inc. and its president, Frederick S. Dael, when I accused them of stealing money, hence, this heartfelt apology. Guavatel, Inc. may be expensive but they deliver reliable, dependable and professional service to remote locations, and they have nothing to do with any Puerto Galera or Dumaguete incident mentioned in former posts. My sincere apology is also extended to the Dumaguete Info Junior Members: Joseph W. Daigle (Jwdaigle), Peter Ziniker (Peter Wolf), Dr. Florentina Garcia Carre (Maddog), and Brian Waddington (Astroman) which I hereby welcome and invite to share their experience with the DumagueteinfoFamily. Finally, to clarify any further misunderstandings or concessions, my post was my personal opinion and did not represent the management or other members of the DI forum. I do hope this public apology and mea culpa puts an end to this unfortunate situation; and I wish you, Mr. Frederick Silliman Dael, Guavatel, Inc., its employees, shareholders, present and future, and customers all the best and a successful future. Sincerely, Rhoody Brust Dumaguete, November 02, 2011
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a mother after a hard labour; the splendid smile of a student after passing a difficult board examination; and so on. A beautiful saying on smile goes – “If you meet the world with a smile, the world will always smile back at you.” Christians are often reminded to carry their crosses with a smile. But most humans, generally, would rather “cry” than smile when they are carrying a heavy load on their shoulders. But there are few individuals who welcome sufferings; we ca ll “mora l ma sochis ts ” those who can truly endure pain and long fasting. There are saintly or martyrs in this world. So, let us train our lips to often smile like “painting the dark cloud with sunshine.” A smile always adds something of value to our “poker” face and wins the admiration of friends and foes alike. Remember that a smile is an anti-stress element that enhances beauty, health, and longer life.
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he Sangguniang Kabataaan (SK), to be truly part of the legislative sector, have to prove to themselves that they are worthy of their positions and not a useless bunch of rubber stamps and push overs, says 3rd Dist. Rep. Pryde Henry Teves, in view of recent developments where several kagawads and SK chairmen were involved in illegal acts. Teves said that if they continue to do it, they themselves are pushing the image that it should be abolished. He called on them to do what is best and prove that the SK is not something that is useless. DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo with SK Federation This stemmed from an President Scott Wayne Hussain in Dumaguete. incident in Bethel Guest House where some of the (PDEA) RayfordYap recov- Sangguniang Kabataan. SK chairmen and councilors ered illegal drug parapherOn the other hand, the were billeted during the re- nalia in side o ne o f th e rd 3 district solon said that for gional SK federation assem- rooms of SK members SK members who are albly. from Amlan. ready addicted to illegally The hotel management Teves was hoping the was complaining about acts incident in Bethel Guest drugs, the Negros Oriental committed by a few, like House will not gain na- Reh abilitation Center is violating the “no liquor and tional attention, especially open for them if they need no smoking policy,” vandal- with pending bills seeking professional help. In fact, izing, among others. In fact, for their abolition and the among the counselors are his brother Arnie, who is a the provincial director, him- other seeking for reforms. self, of the Provincial Drug He, however, said he is former addict, and Jerome Enf or cement Agency f or r ef or ms in th e Villegas.jg
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The Palafox Formula (after environmentalist-architect MAP president Jun Palafox) includes proper rain water management. He thinks houses should have facilities to store rain water, and communities should each have a huge rain catch basin - both to utilize abundant tons of rain water productively and to prevent them from going to the wrong places and cause flooding. Man has polluted our rivers and lakes – we need to dredge up the filth and make the water potable, or at least good enough for marine life to survive for man’s food. Science is trying to perfect machines that can now efficiently convert salty sea water to safe potable tasteless water. Futuristic authors conjure up ideas that since 71% of the globe is water and population is rising exponentially, future cities can be inside hard glass domes with giant oxygen suppliers for humans under the oceans. The Philippines, as a UN EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS WITH DEED OF ASSIGNMENT NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the l ate I GNACI O M ONTENEGRO namel y; DOLORES ALVAREZ vda de M ONTENEGRO; CRISTINA M. LAMATA and ANGELA M. PENA, all of legal age, have filed and executed an Affidavit of Extrajudicial Settlement among heirs with Deed of Assignment on lot No. 292-B of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-2036-19 being a portion of Lot 292, Bais Cadastre LRC Cad. Rec. NO. 161) si tuated i n Alangilanan, Bais City, containing an area of 1,142,401 square meters, and covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-1625 under TCT. T NO. 1625; situated in Alangilanan, Bais City containi ng an area of 1,142,401 square meters.and a parcel of Lot 2 B- of the subdi vision pl an (LRC PSD -203619 being a portion of Lot 2, 11-12014, LRC Record No. N-16380 si tuated i n Alangi lanan, Bais City containing an area of 746,246 square meters covered TCT Title No. T-16527 per Doc. No. 036; Page No: 002 Book No. VII Series of 2011 Notary Public Atty. ANDRIAN C. BORROMEO The Negros Chronicle Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 2011
signatory nation, is committed to increase the 76% (with access to water) population ratio to 87% by the year 2015, a year before President Aquino steps down. To accelerate this, the DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines), through its President Francisco “Popoy” del Rosario, has offered a P5-billion FPWS (Financing Program for Water Sector) to help households have access to potable water through their LGUs, water districts and water service providers. The FPWS will fund the development, construction, expansion, rehabilitation or improvement of level 2 and 3 facilities. Level 2 means communal or public faucets at strategic locations in the community while level 3 is piped connections to households and commercial establishments. The DBP financing also covers new climate change technologies like development of alternative im-
pounding areas and rain collection means. “Waterless” areas are enjoined to write the DBP branches for financing facilities. Our teeming water sources should not make Filipinos assume a false sense of confidence and to waste water to extinction. It is timely that PNoy has assembled a new inter-agency committee on the water sector to draw out a blueprint for water priorities in this country. There are grim forecasts that by 2025, half of the world’s population will have water vulnerability, and by 2030, developing countries’ demand for water will exceed supply by 50%. It is a terrible prospect. Since man cannot live without water, the program to scientifically manage the economics of water management cannot come one day late.
November 13, 2011
For SALE: House & Lot
PRIME LOT SALE: El Pueblo Genovevo 475 sq.m., clean title, near the new club house, has a good view of Mt. Talinis Two sides adjacent to good neighbors, two sides free, negotiable
Call: 0918-929-6047 NEW LOTS FOR SALE
* Along the road * Aircon, cable-ready * Fenced with Garage * Hot & Cold shower Price: P5M negotiable Call: 0918-929-6047 COMMERCIAL LOT FOR SALE
COMMERCIAL LOT FOR SALE
Banilad, Dgte. City, 2,772 sq.m., clean title, fronting the highway, wide entrance, suited for apartment, gasoline station and commercial spaces, P2,000 per sq.m. only
Airport Area, 1,744 sq.m., clean title, 20 meters from the highway, suited for apartment and commercial spaces P2,200 per sq.m. only
RESIDENTIAL LOT FOR SALE IMMEDIATELY 700 SQUARE METERS, NEAR THE ROAD, NEAR FATIMA SUBDIVISION REASONABLE PRICE, NEGOTIABLE HEDRIANA ENTRANCE, PIAPI, DUMAGUETE CITY IF INTERESTED, CONTACT ELY DEJARESCO, TEL. NO. 0918-929-6047 OR ROSE BASELERES, TEL. NO. (Globe cp#) 0906-457-4857
Bayawan City, located in the heart of the city, near City Hall, 349 sqms at 3,500.oo/sqm Bacong Negros Oriental located at the National highway, wide frontage, 1,308 sqms at 1,500.00/sqm Meciano Road, Dgte City, interior lot, suited for boarding house and restaurant, 525 sqms at 1,500.00/sqm Call: 0918-929-6047
LOT FOR SALE
Motong-4,118 sq.m. @ 1,100/sq.m., clean title, along the brgy. road with 5 0 ful l g rown sweet mangoes, 34m frontage Contact: 0918-929-6047
Residential Lot 2,500 sq.meters at Bong-ao, Valencia, Negros Oriental Price: affordable and negotiable
LOT FOR SALE
LOT FOR SALE 2,297 sq.m. @ P1,800/m2 Junob/residential/ 1 block fronting Silliman Heights
Lot adjacent to SUMC P14M, negotiable 859 sq.m. (CHET)
HOUSE AND LOT FOR SALE Pulangtubig, 360 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR, with garage, a nice lawn and a goodlooking fence @ P3.5M Motong, 359 sq.m., 2-storey, 3BR, 2CR, uses hardwood floor, with garage (newly renovated) @ 4M Junob, 300 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR, with garage and a concrete fence @ 2.5M Junob, 450 sq.m.,2BR, 2CR with a big lawn @ 1.7M Bantayan, 300 sq.m., 3BR, 2CR with garage including a car @ 3M Purok Calubihan, 900 sq.m., 2-storey, 6BR, 6CR with 2 garage and a nice lawn @ P9M Cantil-e, 880 sq.m., 4BR, 3CR, with garage and a nice and pleasing lawn facing the East @ 7M
LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros NEW STOCKS • Mayabon, Zamboanguita, 24 hectares fully planted with gemilina, mahogany, jackfruits and other fruit bearing trees @ P80.00 per sq.m. • Sta. Aguida, Pamplona, 10 hectares @ P30.00 per sq.m. • Bondo, Siaton, 44 hectares @ P4 million • San Jose, 29 hectares with coconut trees and sugarcane plantation @ P50.00 per sq.m. • Bayawan City, 35 hectares along the road near the city @ P350,000.00 per hectare • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P25.00 per sq.m. • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sq.m. @ P1,500.00 per sq.m. • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sq.m. @ P500.00 per sq.m. • Bagacay, Dgte City, along the road with 65 fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,200.00 per sq.m. • Bagacay, Dgte City, along concrete road @ P1,700.00 per sq.m. • Junob, Dgte City, along the road with fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,000.00 per sq.m. • Purok Calubihan, 500 sq.m. @P2,600 per sq.m.
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICiO SHERIFF
NOTICE OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SALE Upon extrajudicial petition/application for sale under Act No. 3135 filed by STA. CATALINA (Negros Oriental) RURAL BANK, INC., against Mr. NICKARTER D. JUMALON to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of June 30, 2011 amounts to TWO HUNDRED SIXTY SEVEN THOUSAND SI X HUNDRED FOUR and THI RTY THREE CENTAVOS (P267,604.33), with dai ly charges of P172.08 excl uding expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on November 10, 2011 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 63, Bayawan City to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine currency, the following real properties: ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. HV-3264-88-15-009-776 A parcel of Agricultural Land situated at Kabulacan, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental bounded as follows: on the North, Lot No.4077; on the South, Lot No. 3237; on the East, Lot No. 3236; NE, 3234; on the West, road containing an area of 2 hectares, 57 areas and 59 centares and assessed at P 6,550.00. ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. HV-3411-88-15-009-777 A parcel of Agricultural Land situated at Kabulacan, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental bounded as follows: on the NE, Lot No. 3258; on the SE, Lot No. 3258; on the SW, Lot No. 3256 and on the NW, Lot No. 3256, containing an area of .9345 hec. And assessed at P1,850.00 TAX DECLARATION NO. 88-15-009-775 A parcel of Agricultural Land declared for taxation purposes registered in the name of Nickarter Jumalon situated at Kabulacan, Sta. Catal ina, Negros Oriental bounded as follows: on the North, Lot No. 4086; on the South, Lot No. 3258; on the East, Farm Road; on the West, Lot No. 3260 containing an area of 1.4241 hec. And assessed at P2,820.00 ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 3966 A parcel of land, Lot No. 3259-B, Cad-074618-004101, of the Negros Oriental Settlement Project, situated in the Barangay of Kabulacan, Municipality of Sta. Catalina, Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros, Bounded on the NE and SE along lines 1-2-3-4-5 by Barangay Road; on the SW, along lines 5-6 by Lot No. 3258, SK-0005-D; and along lines 6-7-8-9 by Lot No. 3259-A of the subdivision plan; and on the NW, along line 9-1 by Lot No. 4086, SK-00056-D, containing an area of NINETEEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED THIRTY NINE (19, 339) Square Meters more or less. This Notice of Extrajudicial shall be posted in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental in four (4) conspicuous places where the above-mentioned properties places are situated and one copy shall be posted in the Office of the Clerk of the Regional Trial CourtBranch 63, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental where the public auction shall be conducted and another copy shall be published in a local newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five (5) component cities. Prospective bidders/buyers may investigate for themselves the Titles and Tax Declaration of the above-described properties and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on November 25, 2011 without further notice. Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, September 12, 2011. The Negros Chronicle Oct. 30, Nov. 6 & 13, 2011
(Sgd.) ATTY. RAY STEPHEN T. LOGRONIO Clerk of Court VI and Ex-Officio Sheriff
November 13, 2011
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Lady legislator turns 51
Marjorieâ€™s Boutique is back 83 w o n n a m s w e N Veteran former
Nonie Viray, f Phil. bureau chief o News Agency in own Dumaguete, sh tique here with his an eUnderwood typ quiwriter. Nonie is is etly enjoying h s with retirement year alencia, his family in V l. Negros Orienta
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Pastor Bernie Morales (6th from right) leads in the blessing and reopening of Marjorieâ€™s Boutique, now located along Noblefranca Street, owned and managed by Marjorie R. Yee-Dejaresco.
16 G-WAVE entry to help Tanjay Vanessa rape raps 38
November 13, 2011
By Juancho Rodriguez rape victim in Tanjay City is getting help from the Gender Watch Against Violence and Explotation (G-WAVE) Commission on Human Rights in bringing her teacher suspect to justice. Police identified him as one Dante Gabas who is supposed to be detained at the Tanjay City jail. on November 1, All Saints with her boyfriend, she will
The victim, Vanessa (not her real name), a 15year old, 3 rd year h igh school honor student of a national high school in Tanjay City— just because they are poor,— felt that they were being abandoned by the Social Welfare Office. In fact, they appeared during the preliminary hearing in the absence of a social worker. The case is now for preliminary investigation u nd er Fiscal Elso n Bustamante after Gabas’ counsel moved for the inhibitio n o f Fiscal Primo Albeza for unknown reasons. ALL SAINTS DAY The incident happened
Day, at a grassy area near the suspect’s residence in Sitio Bogo, O bo go n, Tan jay City where the victim and her boyfriend were allegedly ordered by the teacher to have sex while he is watching. The victim’s boyfriend had reportedly refused to do the sexual act, prompting the teacher to do it himself against her will. The victim said, she was told by the teacher that out of the eight pairs being brought in that place to do live sexual intercourse, she was the only one who resisted. The victim, who is an honor student, claimed that if she refuses to do live sex
FOR RENT 2 Bedrooms, Furnished, Walk to town, with Security Fence, Aircon, and Internet
P20,000.00 09282401672 or 422- 1132 AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —--------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Dumaguete V Branch
PAWNSHOPS Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City All unredeemed pledges from May 1–31, 2011 will be sold to public auction on October 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------
Ang Tay Bldg., Dumaguete City
All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS H. Villanueva St., Siaton, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office
give her a failing grade of 73. G-WAVE ENTRY Atty. Janet Icao o f GWAVE confirmed that the case is now for inquest before prosecutor Bustamante of Tanjay and eventually for tr ial b efo re RTC Jud ge Winston Villegas. G-WAVE helps specially those economically-deprived victims of sexual violence. They are assisted by foreign funding. CHR field investigator Jess Cañete said the commission wants to further take cognizance of the case despite the information being already filed before the City Prosecutors Office of Tanjay City. SEVERAL OPTIONS However, Cañete had suggested for the filing of ad dition al complaints against the suspect Dante Gabas who is an agriculture teacher of that school, namely, for violations of the RA 7877 or being a teacher, as well as violations of RA 7610, aside from the provisions of the anti-rape law which is provided for in RA 8353.//JG
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Guihulngan Branch Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —-----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sta. Catalina Branch P. Villanueva St., Sta. Catalina, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on October 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —-----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Corner Pinili & Mabini Sts.
AFFIDAVIT OF ON EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTELEMENT WITH SALE NOTICE is hereby given that Dionesia Caro Umbac and Anatasia D Caro, co-owner of a parcel of land known as Lot 301-C Psd -07-049894 situated in Barrio of Banilad, Bacong, Negros Oriental covered by TCT No. T-33796, herein called VENDORS have executive Deed of Absolute Sale of Above described Lot to vendees, Sps Nilo Mate and Flora K Mate r Doc. No. 96, Book No. IV, Page 20 Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. ABDULIO GUY D. VILLAHERMOSA III The Negros Chronicle Nov. 13, 20, 27, 2011 AFFIDAVIT OF DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE WITH PARTITION AND PETITION FOR ISSUANCE OF SEPARATE TITLES NOTICE is hereby given that Corazon Duhaylungsod Infante, Gamaliel Ronald Infante, Mitche Duhaylungsod Infante, Bernie Mangibin, Steven Mari Mangibin, and Bervic Mangibin have filed and executed a Deed of Absolute Sale of Real Property to Josephine Leong-Merry, a Filipino married to Robert L Merry, on lot No. Lot 1-B PSD -07-060651 Title No. TCT 38354 situated in Barrio of Talay, City of Dumaguete containing an area of 1,199 sq. m. per Doc. No. 328, Page No. 67 Book No. V, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. RILT RENART G. DORADO The Negros Chronicle Nov. 13, 20,27,2011
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225-4375 / 4228386 Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS North Poblacion, Jimalalud Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tanjay Branch 2 Nono, Limbaga Drive Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sibulan National Highway Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Manjuyod Branch Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Manjuyod All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -------------------------------
Highway Barangay Hangyad, Bais City, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS
Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Zamboanguita All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office
Bayawan, Branch II Tangente Building, JP Rizal St., Barang ay Boyc o, Bayawan City, Neg.Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Mabinay Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bais II Branch, National
AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon 2 Branch FATC Bldg., Mabini St., Brgy. Mabigo, Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from June 1–30, 2011 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at this office
November 13, 2011
Degamo declines ... From page 1 Hired guns near gov’s From page 1 nor by succession, bolted from the Teves camp when he realized he was not groomed for the top post by the party for 2013. The Lakas Party has Gary Teves as their most logical choice and is backed up by Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, 2nd Dist. Rep. George Arnaiz, and 11 mayors. Limkaichong, who hosted a lunch with mayors this week, had only three mayoral absences, which means she could yet claim and muster a possible majority. She boasts of having majority of the barangay captains since she channels most of her congressional pork direct to the barangays. She also claims several mayors have joined LP from the Teves-dominated third district. However, ABC LIGA Provincial President BM Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves refuted her by asserting that the majority of the 1,527 barangay captains are firmly in favor of his uncle, Gary Teves. Despite the differences in their political plans, Degamo and Limkaichong assured that
they will continue to jointly implement the needed programs and projects for the province and the first district. In a further sign that she has all made up her mind except the formal announcement, Limkaichong said in her recent birthday bash that she wants “to be of service not only to the first district but to the entire province.” Her message drew wild applause from an audience joined by political allies Mayors Amor Baldado of Manjuyod, Valente Yap of Bindoy, Vice-Mayor Erwin Agustino of Ayungon, Jimalalud Mayor Dodoy Tuanda, Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes, Vallehermoso Mayor Joniper Villegas, Tanjay Vice-Mayor Neil Salma, Valencia Mayor Ricky Gonzalez, Bacong Mayor Lenin Alviola, Zamboanguita Mayor Kit Adanza, Siaton Mayor Albert Ator and Mayor Winboy Sameon of Tayasan. (By Dems Demecillo)
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Public Works and Highways and the inflation in the prices of materials may cause the construction cost to balloon in the coming months. Sy maintains that based on the feasibility study by the Provincial Planning and Development Office and the Provincial Engineer, the existing OR is no longer safe and must be condemned after the three earthquakes, which apparently rendered the building unstable. Furthermore, there is an urgent need to provide more bed spaces for the hundreds of patients coming from six provinces: Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Zamboanga del Norte, Siquijor and Palawan. Currently, the NOPH, with a bed capacity of only 250, caters to an average of nearly 350 patients, many of whom are forced to occupy the lobby with little privacy and dignity. Sy expects that with the new central block building, the bed capacity of the NOPH will be increased to 450 with the 3 rd and 4 th floors to be utilized as private wards. Signaling that a compromise may be reached, Board Member Villanueva-Koppin acknowledged that there is a need to discuss the proposed loan with the Governor. (By Dems Demecillo)
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cal Chief executive’s line. Gov. Roel Degamo wants to secure the whole amount of P300M at one time while provincial legislators tasked to authorize him balk at the possible high cost of amortization and prefer that the medical facility be constructed phase by phase. Board Member Jessica Villanueva-Koppin stated her objection to contracting such a huge amount of bank loan and presented the following options in last Tuesday’s regular session: wait for the P100M pledge by the Department of Health or exhaust all possible avenues and try to secure grants from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the European Union. It is the understanding of the legislators that the P100M is enough to complete the first two stories of the 4-storey medical facility, which are expected to be used as the OR and OBGyne departments. Another P60 million will be sourced out from local funds. However, the Governor, and Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Felix Sy are pushing for the completion of the whole facility at the soonest possible time considering that the current OR of NOPH has been deemed “structurally unsafe” by the Department of
who was at that time in his rest house, reports said. They told investigators th at they were f ro m Bayawan, and selling blankets in Siaton, and were out to see one Arturo Allabo, a Suertres coordinator, whom they will seek employment as Suertres collectors. Police will dose cold water on their allegations unless they will swear under oath on their statements. When presented to the media, Friday, at the PNP head qu ar tes at Camp Fern an dez in Agan- an , Sibulan, PNP provincial director Col. Ed uard o Carranza filed this report to the media: CARRANZA REPORT : “At about 6 o’clock in the evening of November 10, 2011 along National Highway, Brgy. Bon aw on , Siaton, Negros Oriental, elemen ts o f Bo nawo n Dangpanan Center of Siaton Police Station and PHSU per sonnel, led by SPO4 Reuel Piñero, arrested one Antho ny Eleuerio y Pesalbon, 28 years old, married, jobless and resident of Brgy. Banga, Bayawan City, and one Herman Escora y Lora, 39 years old, married, jobless and a resident of Brgy. San Roque, Bayawan City for illegal possession and control of the following: one (1) ingram machine pistol with two (2) magazines containing thirty-three (33) liv e ammu nition o f cal 9MM; one (1) colt MK IV CAL .45 pistol bearing serial no. 684214 with one magazine containing six (6) live ammunitions; and two (2) PCS hand grenad es. Other co nfiscated items from the duo were two (2) cellular phones, one (1) bonnet, one (1) black lousy hat, one (1) brown bullcap, a handkerchief and a sketch map which indicated the vicinity area of the rest house of Gov. Degamo (see photo). Notably, the map was drawn behind a Suertes tip paper. “Arrested persons were brought to the NOPPO headquarters for temporary detention while appropriate charges of illegal possession of two hand grenades, two heavy firearms and ammunition are being finalized and prepared for filing in court within 24 hours. Hand grenade possession is non-bailable,” said Col. Carranza, PNP director. From the police files, the PNP issued the background of the arrested persons to wit:
Candles for ... From page 2 Dr. Ben Malayang, Silliman University pr esident; Sr. Lucila Baldado of St. Paul University-Dumaguete; Dr. Mira Sinco of Foundation University; and Dr. Henry Sojor, president of NORSU. Brief messages came fr om PCSup t Marcelo Garbo, regional PRO7, and M/Gen Emmanuel Bautista, commanding officer of the 31D, Phil Army.
ANTONY ELEUTERIO - A native o f Br gy. Banga, Bayawan City; - Was arrested and detained at Bayawan City District Jail for robbery and violation of gun ban in 2007 and the case was dismissed; - Another robbery with the use of force and intimidation case along with Richard Quimada committed last March 22, 2011 at 10:25 in the evening at Sitio Tiki, Brgy. Kalumboyon, Bayawan City wherein jewelries and Yen estimated at Php1.7 million were stolen. Complainant Rojel Se, a half Chinese, executed an affidavit of desistance and the case was amicably settled and he was released from jail last September 5, 2011.
HERMAN ESCORA - 39 years old, married - Native of Brgy. San Roque, Bayawan City - Br other Emilito “Emy,” 38 years old, from Cansilong, Bayawan, in the watchlist of suspected gunsfor-hire - cousin Ricky Escora who is also listed in the suspected guns-for-hire MEDIA INTERVIEW: PNP Dir. Col. Eduardo Carranza permitted media to interview the suspects, and these were the highlights of the interview: 1. Guns recovered will be submitted for ballistics with the NBI checking if these were the same ones used in other crimes mentioned; 2. That the DAR lawyer Eliazar Casipong, a Silliman law alumnus, was killed with a 9-mm bullet, while Miss Neri was killed with a 45-caliber; 3. That the suspects wanted to see a Arturo Allabo who might hire them as Suertres collectors; 4. Suspects claim they
DCADAC to hold a walk against illegal drugs and indignation rally
he Dumaguete City Anti-Drug Abuse Coun cil (DCADAC) is scheduled to hold “A Walk Ag ainst Illeg al D rug s and Indig nation Rally” on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 5:30 in the morning. Rosalio Macalip ay, DCADAC Executive Director, said the participants will be coming from the different elementary and high schools in the city, law enforcement agencies, along with barangay officials, city officials, city hall employee’s an d Pr osecutio n group. He said the group will be divided into three groups, the first group will start at th e Ro binson s Place grounds, the second group at Freedom Park, and the third group at the Silliman Ballfield, and it will end up at Quezon Park for a short program. DCADAC, chaired by City Mayor Man uel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria, has resolved that bringing
together all sectors in the co mmun ity fo r rallies against the proliferation of drug abuse could be an effective means in curbing the menace. DCADAC is composed of members representing the youth, barangay officials, law enforcement agencies, NGOs, POs, and the government. This is to ensure that the anti-drug endeavors in the City are achieved to secure a holistic and consistent approach in our war against drugs, Macalipay said. “The problem of drug abuse is everybody’s concern. Unless all sectors in the community rallied together against drug proliferation and abuse, we will To page 18
Hit-run killer ... From page 1 nesses say d id not even bother to stop and take the victim to the hospital. To make things worse, not even the road bystanders approached the victim and gave him whatever aid and comfort after his motorcycle was hit by a speeding vehicle which is now being tracked down by authorities. The sad part is that the victim named MR. JOHN KREEMERS, a real estate sub division o wn er in Zamboanguita, was still conscious for 8 hours and waited for anyone to bring him to the hospital, and not even the eyewitneses along the highway lifted a finger. This is beyond inhospitality, a very bad attitude which must be changed by a constant education that it is our duty to help anyone in distress and bring him or her to safety. Our third point regarding accidents and hit-andruns along the highway is that we now have a privately-run ONE RESCUE emergency medical service team, which is being operated by private businessmen, doctors and other professionals solely to help and rescue people in distress anywhere in this province. But the trouble is their existence has not yet been fully disseminated. That is w hy the O NE RESCUE team, which is equipped not only with an ambulance standing by 24/7, also with
a staff of first aiders, medical technologists and nurses who are on stand by in case of accidents, was not able to be of help. This case of the late real estate subdivision owner, John Kreemers, a native of The Netherlands, who married a Filipina and owns the Apo Vista beach park-- in fact the first beach subdivision in Negros Oriental, could have been easily the beneficiary of ONE RESCUE had people along the highway been informed effectively, and we are not blaming, but are reminding the people behind ONE RESCUE that what they missed so far is effective information dissemination about their services. We interviewed people of ONE RESCUE, and we To page 18
were brought inside the governor ’s house where they were manhandled; this was denied by the governor in a subsequent interview; 5. The two suspects had bruises in their faces but not on their bodies; 6. That one board member was asked to comment on these insinuations but declined to make any statement; 7. Gov.
Degamo believ es that Suertres operators were out to liquidate him because of his strong anti-suertres and illegal gambling stance; 8. A Bingo Milyonaryo collector was shot and killed in Brgy. Salag, Siaton; he was identified as one Momoy Alfie Gaspay, 36, single, from Brgy. Poblacion Uno, Siaton;
JOHN KREEMERS from The Netherlands
November 13, 2011
Hit-run killer ... From page 17 learned that during times of emergencies, the right thing the victim/s’ kins can do is to call ONE RESCUE at tel. 422- 9110 O R 225- 9110 which is very easy to memorize. Then in an instant, they will dispatch an ambulance team with a nurse and a med-tech to institute first aid and prepare the victim and be brought to the nearest hospital. Next is, the ONE RESCUE management should arrange with barangay councils along the shorelinehighway around Negros to alert people and call 4229110 or 225-9110 for an emer gency rescue, ANYTIME 24/7. The headquarters of ONE RESCUE is at the pastoral center of the cathedral compound.
DCADAC to ... From page 17 TAMBOBO BAY AREA—Diver Dirk Haring filed this report: “We dived at Antulang down 18m, after 10 minutes, I saw something hanging in the corals. After arriving at it we, identified it as a fisherman’s net about 50m long and 12m high. It was connected to the corals and we found inside this net many dead sea creatures. Two of this creatures were wonderful sea turtles which are endangered species in the Philippines. I always thought that commercial fishing in the coral area is not allowed in the Philippines; and I hope you can help inform all the people in your area what has happened to your marine ecosystem. GINA DAGOY REPORTS: The net was taken out of the reef so turtles, mollusks, reef fishes do not get trapped under it. One of the two dead turtles, an endangered green marine turtle, was found rotting inside it. The Siaton police and Siaton DENR should investigate. We will bring the carcass to Dr. Alcala, who helped us conserve the reef in Siit, Siaton.
all be losers in this battle. Winning the battle against drugs is just like winning our spiritual battle against evil by getting involved as part of the solution,” he said. Mayor Man uel Sagarbarria will give his inspirational message during the activity, and it will be followed by the awarding prizes of all the winners of the slogan-making and roleplaying contests.