TIME TO WALK THE TALK IN DAYOYO: The provincial government threatened to arrest those collecting toll fees from motorists using private properties as detour branding this as plain and simple extortion. Well, based on the accounts of motorists, this calls for the provincial government to expropriate and pay just compensation to the owners of the detour road, naturally.
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Projects realigned not scrapped: Guv BY CHOY GALLARDE
he Provincial Development Council has defended its decision to realign 31 projects worth some P14.2Million or P14,290,378.96 charged against the 20% Development Fund for 2009, 2010 and 2011. This move has affected the economy of 5 cities and towns to the consternation of some mayors. A member of the PDC Executive Committee, who refused to be identified, said that the decision to realign the projects,
he fiesta committee is in the process of verifying and going deeper to really determine if there is truth to reports one of the candidates for Miss Dumaguete has two kids. Several agencies, including the City Social Welfare Office, was tasked to make another background check of the candidate, whom Maquiling described as very pretty, has the brains, and has the height. However, Maquiling had To page 17
Mla, Bcd OPM bands to open fiesta salvos!
umaguete City braces itself for the forthcoming fiesta celebration with a music festival featuring OPM bands from Manila and Bacolod during the opening salvo on November 9, 2012 at St. Paul University and November 10 at the boulevard.
Dubbed as “Dagsa,” the music festival features the group of Ryan Cayabyab, who will bring in
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P150M earnings eyed in 5 nat’l palaro days BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
which remain unimplemented since 2009, is in accordance to DILG-DBM Joint MemoranTo page 17
What? This Ms Dgte bet has already 2 kids? City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr., who chairs the beauty pageant committee, has received an unconfirmed text message urging him to investigate the real status of all the girls, in saying one of them may have fallen short of the requirements in terms of status.
he city and provincial leaderships believe that by hosting the Palarong Pambansa , accommodating some l5,000, athletes, officials and visitors alike, even for just five straight days to a week, the local economy can generate a huge income which is estimated at P150-million in terms of food, accommodation, travel, tours, tourism, sightseeings, shoppings, and the like. This is now the second hosting of the country’s biggest sports event in Dumaguete since the late l960s. It was bidded then by the late Gov. Mariano “Tsila” Perdices who built the Perdices oval for the first time. Then the late Gov. Macias rennovated it to the present multi-million rubberized track oval. Then Gov. now Rep George Arnaiz finished the multi million Provincial Convention Center and Hotel.
“There will be 15, 000 athletes, sports officials and guests that are expected to come to the city and if each of them will spend just P 1,000 a day in the 7-day event, then some P 150 million shall have been infused to the local economy,” the mayor stressed. The guests are expected to spend for their food, accommodations, transportation, shop for clothes and other necessities and patronize our entertainment joints, resorts , travels and visit tourist sites.
Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City in particular won the right to host the 2013 edition of the Palarong Pambansa against Negros Occidental by securing 11 of the 19 votes of the board composed of officials mainly from the Department of Education. The board is apparently convinced despite the serious reservations by the Philippine Sports Commission, that Negros Oriental is ripe in hosting such a national event. Critics of the province, mostly officials from the de-
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or the thousands of people who failed to beat the deadline of the voter’s registration last Wednesday, the Commission on Elections is no longer in the mood of extending the listup, not only to avoid upsetting its own timetable, but also to teach the deadline beaters a lesson.
To page 2 As expected, thousands of voters turned up at the Comelec offices across the province on the last day of registration. Hundreds were also no longer accommodated by the staff by nightfall.
“STAY AWAKE FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE SON OF MAN WILL COME.”
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(From page 1) Provincial Commission on Elections Supervisor Atty. Eddie Aba acknowledged that hundreds, if not thousands, were not able to register on October 31, 2012, supposed to be the last day of registration, across its field offices in the 25 cities and municipalities. However, he faulted the attitude of many Filipinos who ignore the reminders of the Comelec to avoid the rush and register early, only to turn up and join the queue on the last day. “This must serve a lesson to all, unless they change their attitude, no amount of extension would suffice for these people, it will be useless,” stressed Aba. Based on the initial report, it appears that the total number of registered voters of the province has
breached the 730,000 mark. However, the final figure could not be ascertained until the last Election Registration Board meeting in Comelec Manila for the last batch of registrants shall be concluded. He said that the provincial Comelec office has already finished delisting deceased voters, double registrants, and those disqualified. In 2010, the total number of registered voters was 698,337 with the capital city of Dumaguete registering the most with 66, 397 voters. By his reckoning, the final number of voters for the May 2013 elections can be established within this month. This will guide the poll agency as it starts producing the pre-printed ballots this December. (By Dems Demecillo)
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Provincial Comelec Supervisor Atty. Eddie Aba deplored the attitude of the Filipinos to wait until the last day just to register when the list-up has been ongoing for several months already that included weekends. BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO
City bares 2012 Cardenas to retake Fiesta activities Canlaon from ex-ally
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lose allies claim that even former Canlaon City Mayor Judith Blanco Cardenas never thought of this to happen: that she will have to run against the very person, a long-time aide, and whom she groomed for years to succeed her, just to teach him a valuable lesson that in politics, there is no substitute for loyalty.
It reportedly took long hours of introspection and consultation before the matriarch of the Cardenas, foremost political family in the city, before she decided to
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Beautician’s 14-yr Tuanda to resign in jail term for drugs protest from PDC
egional Trial Court Branch 34 Presiding Judge Rosendo Bandal recently sentenced a beautician to a maximum of 14 years imprisonment for illegal possession of shabu.
Casiano Divino, a resident of Boloc-boloc, Sibulan, operator of “Daming” beauty parlor at Building 3, Dumaguete City, was found guilty of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 as amended for illegally possessing one heatsealed transparent plastic sachet containing an aggre-
gate weight of 0.01 gram of shabu. Divino was slapped with 12 years and one day minimum to 14 years and one day maximum jail term and a fine of P400,000. The accused was arrested by Barangay Kagawads Dandy Catada and George Balongag last April 2011 in To page 9
eague of Mayors Negros Oriental Chapter President and Jimalalud Mayor Dodoy Tuanda has been boycotting the meetings of the Provincial Development Council for the past four months and may resign from the body in protest of the alleged insincerity and inequality of the provincial administration in implementing projects funded under the 20% Development Fund. Administration allies frastructure projects that were also heard as com- have appropriated but menting “good riddance.” never implemented, I will “Unless I am con- continue to boycott the vinced that there is impar- meetings and may resign tiality and equality in the from the PDC Executive implementation of the in-
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BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
ursuant to its goal of reducing the nationwide shortage of teachers in all public schools, the Department of Education has allocated 1,186 new teaching positions for Negros Oriental. There are about 1,186 teachers allotted for Negros Oriental next year, 550 for kindergarten, 83 for the elementary, and 553 teachers for high school. Meanwhile, Department of Education assistant regional director (ARD) for Region 7 Dr. Caridad Labe asserts that “there is no such thing as ranking basis in the hiring of teachers in the public schools.”
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Dr. Labe was in Dumaguete over the weekend to grace the launching ceremony of The Entire Nation Moves (TEN MOVES), where she clarified that the civil service law does not provide for the
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TOP OF THE WEEK umaguete City braces itself for the forthcoming fiesta celebration with a music festival featuring OPM Bands from Manila and Bacolod during the opening salvo on November 9, 2012 at St. Paul University and November 10 at the boulevard. Dubbed as “Dagsa,” converge in Dumaguete the music festival features are Grupo Tribali, Tropical the group of Ryan Depression, Sandwitch, Cayabyab, who will bring Pedicab, Quest, Great in a lot of contemporary Soul, among others. This OPM bands and stars like will be in coordination Rico Blanco. Expected to with Video Republic and
ranking of teachers before they are hired. She said the topmost qualification for an applicant is to be a licensed teacher, competent and has merit and fitness. However, because of
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t is not unusual that we hear comments that we are biased in one way or the other in the handling of public issues; there was even that comment that one politician or two are financing our media outfits; and that we’re just dummies mouthing the thoughts of others. Excuse me, we are not! Never been and never will be. -o0oOne businessman, lawyer and entrepreneur last week wanted to dissociate his disbelief and asked us, as a friend to friend: Is blank the financier of your newspaper and radio station? We replied: Excuse me, what did you say? He repeated: Kasi, it’s been a silent rumor that blank is your financier. Is it true? We repeated: Goodness, of course not. I think blank is the one instigating his pawns in circulating the false rumor because we know his secret activities, and we never subscribe to his political whims. Friend replied: Now, I see. -o0oLadies and gentlemen, for the last 40 years, since we founded this humble media outfit, we have been paddling our own canoe. Never missed a single issue. We branched out to the airlanes in 1980 as the first FM station in Negros Oriental. We have refused countless times bribes of politicians, directly or indirectly, because we believe that once we succumb to their whims, we will forever be indebted and can no longer be independent in our editorial stand. -o0oTakes years to build up credibility. Takes only seconds to lose it. Let me assure you, our readers, advertisers and friends, including our thousands of radio listeners, that we hold close to our hearts this precious legacy of our forefathers in media to be as independent as we can in our editorial stand. -o0oOf course, these rumors are revived nowadays that the age of radio blocktimes are again an active form in preparation for the elections next year. -o0oIn this province, the local elections of 2013 is unusually hotly contested. This is because of the twin demise of two of our top provincial leaders and the aging of another. This is a unique and rare situation in local politics. Happens only once in a lifetime, perhaps. The era of political coalitions are over. -o0oBut thanks to our brand of politicians in Negros Oriental, rival politicial clans are known to stick to issues. Some may be personal, but there is no record of political violence among rival factions here. Not like Bohol or Cebu, in which areas we also covered in the past. -o0oWe say thanks to our great educational institutions here from whom most of our leaders come from. Their co-alumni and friends and peers will ostracize them in society if they misbehave and do below-thebelt tactics. This does not exclude misbehaviors within big family clans. The Biblical reap-what-they-sow teaching always applies to all, rich or poor. -o0oWe can recount countless stories of attempts to compromise our editorial stand. Thank God, we have emerged to be on the side of TRUTH and justice. Our corporate motto is: “Service is our motive, and Truth is our only Guide.” -o0oOur media business is to sell printspace and radio airtime. Our sales policy is to afford each side the right to the same and equal opportunity to buy airtime and printspace. That is why you always hear disclaimers from us when the program content and advertising space is sponsored. -o0oSorry to say, our media staff are as credible as the institution that most sponsors invite them as talent announcers and anchors. Well, that is the business of free trade. This is a free country. When To page 5
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Act of God: Defending God
W Editorial Good work, everybody!
he successful bid of the province to host the nex t Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete should be credited to all who made it possible. First, of course, to the governor, who burned his midnight candles so to speak to beat the other bidders, Cebu and Bacolod; second, to the late Gov. Macias, who had this vision of making expensive “toys and hobbies,” like the Lamberto Macias Cultural and Sports Complex and the Aqua center, which have boosted our reputation as a quality host of big games, including the PBA and the national swimming fest plus the last national games. Thanks, too, to the vision of then governor now Rep. George Arnaiz, who made sure that the plush convention center and the hostel are finished. The late Gov. Toting Perdices has also cemented most of our main streets. Now mayor Sagarbarria must fix and cover those street patholes which indicates deterioration hopefully not official neglect. In short, it was the incumbent governor who collated all the years and years of preparation and finally declared that we are ready for the big games. We should not discount the role of the academe and the state university whose sports facilities have more than ably provided the venues of other games.
The reputation of Silliman University, for instance, in producing world class Olympic athletes in archery, is a pride not only of Silliman but of the entire country. It is only fitting that our SU archers become undefeated champions anywhere anytime. Our SU and FU swimmers, too. In short, this successful bid of hosting the next Palarong Pambansa all started with the burning passion of our leaders and their financial capabilities to put up expensive counterparts just to gain the honors of being the national host of a sportsfest of such magnitude. Finally, a boost in our tourism program. This is an opportunity to show our thousands of guests the beauty of our province. The Capitol and City Hall should now mobilize the tourism travel and tours departments of the PRIVATE SECTOR to organize cheap tours just to show off our tourism potentials. Attention RR and Myla, this is your ballgame, too. Make sure you will cause the private sector to bring our guests to the right destinations so that they will promise to come back, and not the other way around, please. This is the time to rectify the big tourism bungle some people made in that embarrassing video presentation of waving hands and faces. And so, we, taxpayers, should pat each other on the back because without our taxes, all these would have been an exercise in futility.
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radio caller in sister radio Station dyRD frankly told the listening audience recently that his foreigner-guest likes to always come back to Bohol because of the presence of “fresh, young and inexpensive prostitutes.” It is a shocking revelation that people no longer come to the province for the things we advertise to them that we are proud of: Chocolate Hills, beaches, river boats, churches, tarsier, culture and waterfalls. Will we be going the way of Thailand, where the flesh trade prospers like a fish market? We asked them where their parents were --and why they allowed them to beg for alms under the rain, did they not have a conscience? Totally without self-worth and dignity, it took some time before the tiny girl said “patay.” We couldn’t tell if they were literally dead or she considered them dead for abandoning them. She said they were staying with some folks. With the money, they went off to buy bread. Those last two wretched
This is unfair because it creates a mis-impression that everytime there is a natural disaster, it is a result of God’s intervention. We— as Christians— believe that God does not desire to harm His own children. Besides, if there is a natural calamity, there is no evidence, nay eyewitness, that God really was the principal by direct participation in causing such calamity. Neither can there be evidence that God masterminded the perpetration of such calamity. So, blaming natural disasters and human sufferings to “acts of God” is a product of human imagination. It is hearsay. It is a conclusion that has no basis. So I do not know why human sufferings resulting from natural causes like volcanic eruption, lightning, landslides and flooding are attributable to “acts of God.” The phrase “acts of God” is even accepted as part legal language. The Supreme Court recognizes the phrase acts of God. For example, the case Philippine Bar Association versus Court of Appeals (October 3, 1986) defines an act of God this way: “An act of God has been defined as an accident, due directly and exclusively to natural causes without human intervention, which by no amount of foresight, pains or care, reasonably to have been expected, could have been prevented.” I disagree with this. In the first place, if it is an accident, then how could it be an act of God? To legally recognize the phrase “act of God” is, to my mind, illegal. Even the Bible clearly states that God’s plans are not for man to suffer but to prosper. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares
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Children of a lesser God?
The double shock comes in the fact that we are no longer “clean fun in Bohol” for some and that the flesh trade is getting younger. That the price of prostis, we call them, is inversely related to their price- the younger, the more expensive. Recently, while buying sweet mangoes near the Cathedral- a thin girl, about six years old, carrying a thinner two-year-old boy, begged for alms. They both wore dirty, ragged clothes and suffering from colds --and mighty hungry.
hoever invented the phrase “act of God” must hate God. The inventor refers the phrase “act of God” to natural calamities, disasters, mayhem, perils, damages.
beings (by circumstance) form part of the statistics of 1.5 million street children in the Philippines. They are classified into (a) those who live permanently on the streets (2) those who stay 616 hours on the streets for various “occupations” and go home to rest. They are probably one of the most pitiable sector of society because they are too small and frail to fend for themselves- and are forced to be hardened by the brutality if life on the streets. Many of To page 16
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hilippine Airlines (PAL) will hold a series of job fairs in the next leg of its Visayan recruitment tour, covering the cities of Dumaguete, Bacolod and Iloilo.
After its successful Manila and Cebu job fairs, PAL resumes its search for male and female cabin crew, as well as pilot-applicants for the positions of Captain, First and Second Officers. PAL will set up its job fair at Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn, Dumaguete City on November 9-11; at Sugarland Hotel, Bacolod City on November 16-18; and Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City on November 23-25. Registration starts at 8AM. Applicants from the Visayas who have natural service orientation and pos-
City bares ... From page 2 Tao Corporation of Jun Jun Sy. City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. said the whole stretch of the Rizal Boulevard will be closed to traffic from La Residencia going south, where an open stage will be placed in the center. This is going to be a real street party with food and beverages in the center of the road, including the tempura vendors, Maquiling said. The city tourism officer said the concept is for people to converge with the coming of the stars from Manila, get together, have fun, and experience the night with original Filipino music. According to Maquiling, this year ’s Dagsa is a teaser of a big-
sess the minimum criteria should apply in person in any of the three job fairs. They should bring their resume with two 4R photos, one close-up and full-body shot. PAL cabin crew applicants must be Filipino citizens, not more than 27 years old, and must be college graduates. Females must be single and stand at least 5’2 ½”; males must be preferably single and at least 5’6” in height. Applicants must be in business attire: For women, corporate blazer, inner
blouse and knee-length skirt and high-heeled closed shoes. Hair must be tied back in a bun and they should be in full make-up. For men, long-sleeved polo with necktie, black slacks and leather shoes. Pilot applicants should submit their resume with latest picture and record of flying hours logged in any of the abovelisted recruitment venues. For more information, please visit the PAL website www.philippineairlines.com.
ger Dagsa Festival next year, as promised by JunJun Sy. Meanwhile, the fiesta committee is in the process of verifying and going deeper to really determine if there is truth to reports one of the candidates for Miss Dumaguete has two kids. City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. who chairs the beauty pageant committee, has received an unconfirmed text message urging him to investigate the real status of all the girls, in saying one of them may have fallen short of the requirements in terms of status. Several agencies, including the City Social Welfare Office, was tasked to make another background check of the candidate, whom Maquiling described as very pretty, has the brains, and has the
height. However, Maquiling had refused to name names, in saying until today, she is still considered a finalist until proven otherwise. In the event the report is true, the committee will then conduct a wild card screening, giving another chance to candidates who failed to qualify as finalists. The fiesta committee is taking the report with outmost concern, considering that the winner will represent the city as a role model and to a higher beauty pageant like the Binibining Pilipinas. Besides, it doesn’t look good to know one of the candidates is a single mom. The 10 finalists for Miss Dumaguete will be presented during the opening salvo of fiesta activities on November 9 at the Quezon Park . (By Juancho Gallarde)
The members of the Fiesta 2012 Executive Committee conducted a meeting, Monday afternoon, held at theCity Session Hall and lined up activities for the whole month fiesta celebration of the city of Dumaguete
t’s all systems go for the 64th Charter Day Celebration, said organizers from the different offices of the City Government of Dumaguete led by Mayor Manuel T. Sagarbarria.
The members of the Fiesta 2012 Executive Committee conducted another meeting last Monday afternoon led by Glynda Descuatan, co-convenor, to check different committees ongoing preparation. Descuatan said the Dumaguete City Government has prepared commemorative events starting on November 9 until December 1, 2012. The one-month celebration will kick-off with a Fiesta Grand Opening featuring the Miss Dumaguete Fashion Show at 7:00 PM on November 9, 2012 at the City Quezon Park Stage. On November 8-10, 2012 will be a three-day Farm Family Congress that starts at 9:00 AM at Quezon Park sponsored by the City Agriculture Office and various families from different barangays. November 10, 2012 activities will be the Fiesta “Kick-Off” Fun Run that will start at Sta. Catalina Street (Kiwanis), Dagsa Music Festival at 7:00PM at
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When both ... (From page 2) a station-produced program is sponsored, then we cease paying the staff and let the sponsor take over, plus the airtime cost. The sponsor now becomes the producer of the show and holds themselves responsible for the content of their show, not media management. -o0oOn print matters, if the space is sponsored, especially if the content has political advocacies, then we print a space underneath that such is a paid printspace. That is the ethics of media. -o0oIdeal, too, is the appointment of a media ombudsman, who will be our self-critic. We have our own group whom we consult and hear admonitions on issues that concern our coverage on public interest. Most of all, the Holy Bible is our most powerful consultant for this is our ministry and we will continue to serve God, man and country in accordance to the teachings of God Almighty. -o0oSo when both sides accuse us of being biased, we are glad because we know that we are in the middle and have given both sides the opportunity to be heard. We have played rightfully our role as MEDIA as the medium of communication to the mass of people.
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the Rizal Boulevard (Tempurahan Area), and by 8:00PM will be a Flashback: A Benefit Concert with Level-Up Band at El Pueblo Genivino Ballroom. Another anticipated activity for all sports enthusiasts is the Fiesta OpenInvitational Basketball Tournament for all basketball buffs that will be held at the Dumaguete City High School from November 10 up to November 21, 2012 and a Karate Competition on November 11, 2012 at the City Hall Quadrangle. The Miss Dumaguete Talent Night Competition at Robinsons Place Atrium will be on November 14, 2012 at 6:00PM followed by Globe Street Party/ Mobbed Dance Competition on November 16, 2012 at Perdices Street in front of Lee Super Plaza. On November 17, activities are Birik-Birik Fishing Competition at Rizal Boulevard at 6:00AM, Sandurot Festival
Street Dance at 3:00 PM and the showdown competition inside the City Hall Quadrangle at 6:00PM. It will be followed by the RobBee Talent Show featuring the Sandurot Fashion Show at 8:00PM in front of Bethel’s Guest House, Rizal Boulevard. The first ever Dumaguete Zombie Fun Run Competition will start at 6:00PM at the Quezon Park. November 17-18, 2012, a Children’s Football Festival will be held at the Silliman Ballfield with GUD Moto “Sapnay-Tukag Binaryo” Volleyball Tournament at Quezon Park Ballfield. November 18, two sports activities will be held at the Rizal Boulevard. A Paddled Banca Race will be held at the Rizal Boulevard Beach at 7:00AM while the Sandurot Mountain Bike Race will be at the Rizal Boulevard grounds at 7:00AM, as well. Another first in celebrating the Dumaguete To page 16
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Political autonomy must be accompanied by an economic road map
ill there be a next time?,” Roberto asked as we pulled up before the Rome hostel. We had returned from Tuscany. In Poggio village, we lit candles at the grave of Peter, a fellow UN officer killed in an autobahn accident. The next day, we’d fly back to our Bangkok station. “Let me give you an abrazo,” Roberto said, “just in case.”
All Souls’ Day is marked Friday. We’ve added Roberto’s name to the list of departed kin and friends for the requiem mass. He just died from pancreatic cancer. “Life is changed, not taken away”, the mass preface will say. “Death is not the extinguishing of life,” 1913 Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote. “It is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.” Araw ng mga Patay (Day of the Departed) is celebrated November 2. The day before is what our grandparents called
“Todos los Santos.” All Saints’ Day is when people flood into cemeteries for rites of remembrance. Like the year before, “decajon” reports swirl about traffic snarls, pickpockets, karaoke blasting in overcrowded vacated by squatters. Don’t put up posters depicting your faces, the church warned 2013 candidates. We’ve brushed up the family niches. One holds the ashes of our mother and two younger brothers. A line from Turn to page 12
atching the Malacañang ceremonies celebrating the so-called Peace Agreement between the MILF and the government of the Philippines from the easy chair of a senior citizen, I felt a little uncomfortable at the repeated mention by the MILF representative about the Peace Agreement between the Moros and the Filipinos, unless I heard him wrong. Since when are the Moros nonFilipinos? I thought we were separated only by religion. I also wondered whether Murad is speaking for the Moros or the separatist armed forces under his command. As I gazed at the event, I under one roof? What a great was looking out for my friends, nation the Bangsamoro could like the Masturas and Rasuls be! and the Muslim intellectuals and I always have a soft spot for academes, the Muslim leaders the Muslim minority. I remember in congress. Why did they not clearly my nanny, who became take center stage or at least the spouse of Ambassador share their innermost thoughts? Pulong Arpa, my colleagues in Can you imagine if the the Lakas-NUCD-UMDP former Bangsamoro can bring to- Senator Santanina Rasul gether all these great Muslims Turn to page 14
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The Message was sitting at a fast food restaurant at the mall. Across the courtyard came a nice-looking man and his family. From his appearance, he could have been the CEO of a business, a politician, a lawyer or a priest. Only one thing was wrong. He was wearing a t-shirt that said, “Nice boots; want to frak?” The word “FRAK” is American slang for having sex. I cannot imagine a successful grown mature man knowingly wearing that message on his shirt while escorting his wife and certainly not while escorting his young children. The only explanation I could find was he did not know what FRAK meant. This is not the first time I appearing effeminate. But I have been shocked by t-shirt suspect more often than not messages on display at the mall. that the men simply did not One beautiful young girl had the know the real message they message, “Is it alright if I take this were sending. snake on the plane?” There was One sweet-faced girl also an arrow pointing to her around fourteen years old was crotch. Obviously, this shirt was wearing a shirt which proudly designed for a man to wear, and proclaimed, “Give me some love just as obviously, the young lady and I will give you the pink.” I did not get the joke. The shirt seriously doubt this young girl highlighted her lack of under- knew she was offering to give standing rather than her beauty. sex for a little love. Even if she I often see grown men knew what she was advertising; wearing shirts obviously de- I know her father and mother do signed for women. Now one not. explanation might be that they I am not the “sharpest are “bayots” and not afraid of Turn to page 7
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the truth that applies to each one of us and all of us together. November then highlights the need for us to be more aware of our responsibility for one another. We are a people. We are a family. We are the Church, the mystical body of Christ, whose members we are, members who need to be vitally united to him and to one another. We have to realize more deeply that we have a great task to preserve the unity and identity of this family of God. This task falls on everyone of us though in different ways. And one very important and indispensable aspect of this task is to carry out a lifelong work of evangelization. Evangelization can be described as the vital transmission of the lifeblood of truth that
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Footsteps and Fingerprints
OVEMBER may rhyme with somber, and in a certain sense, it truly is, what with its commemoration of the dead that in our country, thanks be to God, is still widely celebrated and regarded very seriously, if sentimentally.
It’s also the month when the liturgical calendar ends with readings revolving around the end of time, thereby casting a pall over it. Indeed, it’s the month when we are encouraged to consider the socalled Last Things—death, judgment, hell, and of course, heaven. But it actually is a happy month, because it also brings with it the celebration of solemnity of all saints, and somehow brings to the fore this truth of faith about our communion of saints—the reality that we are all united in Christ, those in heaven, those still purifying in purgatory, and those still struggling here on earth. We are one people of God, a family with ties more intimate than what flesh and blood can achieve. And that’s because we are, by God’s will, children of his, created in his image and likeness. That’s
JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS
Our weekend respite
T FR. ROY CIMAGALA
his last weekend, October 26-29, Jun, my husband, and I spent relaxing in Dumaguete from the stresses of business and life in general. It was a welcome weekend respite spent amidst nature and friends.
What did we do? To begin the unwinding process, we journeyed to Lake Balanan, the lovely mountaintop lake in Siaton. I had stayed there several times before, but this was Jun’s first visit there. He was amazed and awed by the peacefulness, serenity and natural beauty of the lake nestled among verdant hills. The lake was like a mirror, reflecting the sky and clouds overhead with only the occasional ripple when some fish came up for air. We took a banca ride around the circumference of the lake, marveling at the variety of plants and trees hugging the rocky shoreline. We
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walked along the pathways and explored the hidden niches, each with its own picnic table. We marveled at the giant, age-old trees along the paths. Jun cooled off in one of the three swimming pools fed by the cool fresh waters of the lake’s overflow. The food was home-cooked and delicious; the service attendants were always smiling and anxious to please. We wished we had more time to stay for several more days. Oh, yes, they have installed an added attraction for the adventurous – a zipline from the top of one of the hills across the lake to Turn to page 10
NANCY RUSSELL CATAN
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November ... The Message (Cimagala)
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comes from God and meant not only to sustain us, but also to lead us to our ultimate perfection and salvation. It’s truth that brings us not only some worldly benefits, but rather nothing less than heaven. It’s truth that these, definitely, are not simply abstract ideas or mere intellectual affairs of ours. It’s truth that comes always with charity, that addresses us in our whole being as body and soul, and as children of God, and brothers and sisters to one another. This truth is nothing other than our faith that gives us the ultimate meaning of everything in our life. We have to be clear about the fact that nothing in our life is outside the purview of our faith. It’s faith that gives us the whole picture of things, the ultimate purpose of our earthly concerns. We should disabuse ourselves from the tendency to think that we can arrive at the ultimate definition and understanding of things through our reason alone and our human sciences. Yes, they are necessary, but always together with faith. Let’s always remember what St. John said: “This is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.” (1 Jn 5,4) The final victory cannot be in any other. Evangelization, therefore, can be a very demanding task, because it frowns upon any attempt to make shortcuts that can achieve a certain degree of efficiency and convenience, but can sacrifice the demands, especially the finer demands of charity. It demands nothing less than truly internalizing our faith, making it flesh of our flesh, so to speak, so that everything is viewed and understood
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From page 6 crayon in the box” (smartest person around), but I would never wear a message on my shirt that I did not understand completely. It makes you look foolish and it could lead to a terrible misunderstanding. Make sure you understand the message you are sending. always in terms of our faith and not just of our reasoning, no matter how brilliantly logical and appealing our reasoning may be. But it’s also an easy task, because, first of all, there’s God’s grace that is never wanting. And we are already given all the means to make this evangelization ever new and fresh, ever relevant and effective. We have the doctrine now well-articulated and systematized. We have the sacraments, etc. What is needed is our correspondence that is supposed to be generous and unstinting. In this regard, it would be good that those who occupy positions of great influence in our society—our politicians, teachers, people in media, celebrities, etc.—be well formed in their Christian faith and give consistent witness to it, not scandal. The effort to highlight the original and perennial link between faith and reason should be made always. The modern mind, immersed in reasoning, the sciences and technology, needs to see and be convinced of this connection. Those more intellectually gifted should lead the way in doing this— of course, in all humility, lest they repel instead of attract others.
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xpressing impatience over the delay of the return of the CCTV camera containing the footage, which captured the October 19 robbery and shooting to death of a pregnant clerk inside the LBC office in Sibulan, the Philippine National Police has already demanded from the LBC management the return of the CCTV for use by the investigators.
Cardenas ... From page 2 The fallout between the two erstwhile allies began as soon as Clerigo, thanks to the all-out support of the Cardenas family, assumed the mayorship. It was a very personal and harmless request by Judith, which Clerigo failed, purposely or otherwise to grant. Clerigo, no doubt, is a
Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Deputy Director Supt. Alet Virtucio said they saw no need for the decision of the LBC management to send the CCTV to Manila for possible footage enhancement by its supplier to establish the identity of the suspect. Virtucio claims that there is an establishment in the city which could adequately accomplish the same task using its own IT expert and equipment.
“We have repeatedly asked the LBC management for the CCTV’s return as the PNP is also trying to wrap up its investigation that would hopefully give justice to the slain clerk, which, unfortunately, was 4 months pregnant during the robbery that cost her life,” Virtucio added. The victim, Jeneveb Rosales Villafranca of Tanjacy City, was shot by the lone suspect using a .45 caliber pistol in a 10-second
robbery, but which took the local policemen 15 minutes to respond due to an alleged breakdown in communication. Meanwhile, the investigators of the October 22 shooting to death of businessman Aries Christopher Bejar Alvares have already established computer-generated facial illustration of the suspected gunman as described by the eyewitnesses under police custody. (By Dems Demecillo)
creature of the Cardenas. He was appointed as City administrator and groomed to become mayor as Judith wanted her son, Jose Chubasco Blanco Cardenas, to earn more experience in public administration before gunning for the city’s highest elected post. The Cardenas family has dominated Canlaon’s politics, especially after Judith’s husband was slain in an ambush during a campaign sortie. The fallout between Clerigo and Cardenas wors-
ened when the former allegedly joined the Liberal Party without consulting Judith or their grassroots leaders, most of whom are in favor of supporting former Finance Secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves of the Nationalist People’s Coalition. That served as the last straw, thus, she decided to return to the political scene by challenging Clerigo under the banner of the United Nationalists Alliance. The Liberal Party has fielded 1st District Congresswoman
Jocelyn Limkaichong as its official candidate for governor against Teves and the incumbent Roel Degamo. Judith’s son, Batchuk, and his slate are said to be LP in name only, but are expected to join the Cardenas matriarch in campaigning, not only to defeat the incumbent mayor, but to deliver votes to Gary Teves, whose family has been associated with the Cardenases for decades. (By Dems Demecillo)
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Standing up for the Gospel of LIfe
BCP Pastoral Statement on Reproductive Health Bill “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Human life is sacred because from its beginning, it involves the creative power of God (CCC 2258). The Church carries FR. GAMMY TULABING out the mandate of the JCD, VG Lord to go and proclaim to all the nations the Gospel of Life. The protection and preservation of human life and the preservation of the integrity of the procreative act of parents are important elements of our mission from the Lord. It is our fidelity to the Gospel of Life and our pastoral charity for the poor that leads us, your pastors, to make this moral stand regarding Reproductive Health Bill 5043 that is the object of deliberation in Congress. The Bill makes a number of good points. Some of the issues that it includes under reproductive health care, for instance, are the kind of things no humane institution would have any reason to oppose—maternal, infant and child health and nutrition, promotion of breastfeeding, adolescent and youth health, elimination of violence against women, etc.; but the Bill, as it stands now, contains fatal flaws, which, if not corrected, will make the Bill unacceptable. It is our collective discernment that the Bill, in its present form, poses a serious threat to life of infants in the womb. It is a source of danger for the stability of the family. It places the dignity of womanhood at great risk. The Church has always concerned itself with the poor. It has innumerable institutions and programs meant to help the poor. Our objection to this Bill is precisely due to our concern that in the long run, this Bill will not uplift the poor. “The increase or decrease of population growth does not by itself spell development or underdevelopment”. (CBCP Statement, July 10, 1990) Even as we recognize the right of the govTo page 9
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The Creed orn on November 10, 1939 in Cainta, Rizal, the Philippines, Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco became a Benedictine monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat at age 19 and was ordained priest in 1965. Having earned the licentiate in philosophy and theology from the University of Sto. Tomas, he was honored with REV. FR. ROMAN C. its Outstanding Tomasian SAGUN, JR. Alumni Award in the year 2000. As a man of faith, he throws clear light on the tenets of the Catholic Church in this changing world:
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth... I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God... I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life... I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church...” 1. What it is: It is the final segment of the Nicene (Constantinopolitan) Creed. The original Greek uses the plural form “we believe” (hence the 1973 translation “We believe”) because it was recited at Synods as communal profession of faith, unlike the Apostles’ Creed, which is part of the baptismal liturgy. Theology carefully distinguishes the different structures of the verb credo: credo in with accusative, credo with dative, and credo followed by accusative without preposition. Credo in with nouns in the accusative case is reserved to the profession of faith in the Holy Trinity: credo in unum Deum; credo in unum Iesum Christum; credo in Spiritum Sanctum. But when the object of credo is the Church, theology uses the accusative without preposition: credo Ecclesiam, that is, “I acTo page 11
GOSPEL 1 Peter 2:11-24
New International Version (NIV) 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those
who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your To page 17
Sunday Thoughts GRACEFUL COURAGE CREATIVE SERENITY FEARFUL WISDOM (Part IV)
Prayer for All Seasons God, grant us the graceful courage to change what can be changed, the creative serenity to accept what cannot be changed, and the fearful wisdom to know the difference.
DR. PROCESO UDARBE
ne word which our prayer focuses on is the word wis O dom. “Grant us the wisdom to distinguish between what can be changed and what cannot be changed”. In other words, we ask God to give us wisdom to know the highest good for human life. God says to Joshua: “Meditate on the Law day and night, so that you may be careful not to depart from it.” Wisdom, as we often use the word, is not very uncommon in our world of intellectually smart people. Wise people are crawling all over. But the prayer of Niebuhr speaks of fearful wisdom. For according to the Book of Proverbs, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” It is wisdom on bended knee, wisdom that
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is obedient to the summons of the divine. It is the kind of wisdom the Apostle James speaks of: “If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him.” You see, we do need intellectual wisdom, but fearful wisdom is essential to go with it. It was the English critic and essayist William Hazlitt who said: “The seat of knowledge is the head, but the seat of wisdom is the heart. We are sure to judge wrong if we do not feel right.” There are all kinds of news these days about misguided wisdom or the absence of it. Millions go to pay homage to a fake miracle; some have committed murders in Switzerland and Canada in the name of piety; there have been one thousand marriages in Manila under the supervision of a cult that has victimized millions of young people around the world. In the kind of world we live in, we need to distinguish To page 17
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BY LELE MARTINEZ
(Civic clubs and organizations are welcome to submit their articles and pictures about their services and activities. It is free of charge. Deadline for submission is Wednesday. You may send by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org – EDITOR)
Due to some technical issues, last week’s issue should have had this picture of the 50-ft. Statue of the Divine Mercy standing in a vast garden overlooking the ocean in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental as it was the highlight of the article. My apologies.
REMEMBERING AND BEING REMEMBERED
his week ushered in the month of November that starts with two special holidays that Filipinos hold dear: All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Even the malls close on November 1 to celebrate this day of Remembrance.
On these days, the cemeteries all over Dumaguete City are filled, coming alive with people 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 celebrating the cycle of life. The dead is remembered lovingly; stories are told of events and happy memories; and family history and 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. I hope you will enjoy this poem by Michael Josephson.
Divine Mercy statue at the Divine Mercy Shrine, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental
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. 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. 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 learned, but what you 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.
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Barangay Looc together with some barangay tanods who were conducting foot patrol late evening. The court also finds the crime of the accused as attended by an aggravating circumstance, as he was also found positive with the presence of methamphetamine in his urine as examined by the crime laboratory. Bandal, time and again, said that an alibi, is a selfserving negative evidence, which cannot be accorded greater evidentiary weight than the declarations of credible witnesses. (By Choy Gallarde)
Committee,” said Tuanda. He criticized the decision of the PDC-Execom chaired by Governor Roel Degamo to realign some P14.3 million worth of projects in 12 cities and municipalities allegedly without consultations of the affected mayors and barangay captains. “These projects, all deemed beneficial to the public, were appropriated in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and yet the present administration failed to implement them. Former Governor Jose “Petit” Baldado even managed to proceed with the construction of a
is already a human life renders it imperative that it be accorded the rights of a human person, the most basic of which is the right to life (Evangelium Vitae, #60; cfr. Declaration on Procured Abortion, Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, November 18, 1974). When there is doubt whether a human life is involved, it is immoral to kill it. This is not just specifically Catholic Church teaching but simply natural law ethics. Freedom of Conscience By mandating only one Reproductive Health Education Curriculum for public and private schools, the Bill could violate the consciences of educators who refuse to teach forms of family planning that violate their religious traditions. This provision also could violate the rights of parents to determine the education of their children if the proposed curriculum would contradict their religious beliefs. The Bill mandates that employers should ensure the provision of an adequate quantity of reproductive health care services, supplies and devices for their employees. This provision could be a violation of the conscience of employers who do not wish to provide artificial means of contraception to their employees because of religious reasons. The Bill’s provision that penalizes malicious disinformation against the intention and provisions of the Bill (without defining what malicious disinformation is) could restrict freedom of speech by discouraging legitimate dissent and hinder our mandate to teach morality according to our Catholic faith. The Bill does not
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ernment to enact laws, we also reiterate that there must be no separation between God and Man. We appeal to our legislators to state in the Bill in clear categorical terms that human life from the moment of conception is sacred. We appeal to our legislators to insure that the Bill recognize, preserve and safeguard freedom of conscience and religion. The Bill must inspire parents not only to be responsible, but to be heroic in their Godgiven and State-recognized duty of parenting. Without these conditions, the Bill, if enacted into law, will separate our nation from Almighty God. Sacredness of Life from Conception The current version of the Bill does not define clearly when the protection of life begins. Although it mentions that abortion is a crime, it does not state explicitly that human life is to be protected upon conception as stated in the Constitution. This ambiguity can provide a loophole for contraceptives that prevent the implantation of the fertilized ovum. The prevention of implantation of the fertilized ovum is abortion. We cannot prevent overt abortions by doing hidden abortions. It is a fallacy to think that abortions can be prevented by promoting contraception. Contraception is intrinsically evil (CCC 2370, Humanae Vitae, 14). Even in the case of doubt as to the precise moment of the beginning of human life, the mere probability that the fertilized ovum
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senior citizens building in Manjuyod when he was only in position for just 17 days in 2010,” Tuanda added. He demanded that a full council meeting be called to consult the affected mayors and seek their comments. The PDC-Execom explained that the projects needed to be realigned to be in accordance to the provisions of DILG-DBM joint Memorandum Circular No. 2011-1 dated April 13, 2011. Pursuing the projects would run counter to the circular and may subject the executive to sanctions. (By Dems Demecillo) mention any consultation with religious groups or churches, which could be interpreted to mean that religious and moral beliefs of citizens are not significant factors in the formation of policies and programs involving reproductive health. Heroic Parenting Family health goes beyond a demographic target because it is principally about health and human rights. Gender equality and women empowerment are central elements of family health and family development. Since human resource is the principal asset of every country, effective family health care services must be given primacy to ensure the birth and care of healthy children and to promote responsible and heroic parenting. Respect for protection and fulfillment of family health rights seek to promote not only the rights and welfare of adult individuals and couples, but those of adolescents’ and children’s, as well. We admonish those who are promoting the Bill to consider these matters. It is the duty of every Catholic faithful to form and conform their consciences to the moral teaching of the Church. We call for a more widespread dialogue on this Bill. As your Pastors, we speak to you in the name of the Lord: Choose life and preserve it. Stand up for the Gospel of Life! May Mary, Mother of Life, who carried in her womb Life Himself, guide us to the Truth of Life. For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines +ANGEL LAGDAMEO, DD Archbishop of Jaro President, CBCP November 14, 2008
Our weekend ... (Catan)
From page 6 the shore on the other side! Back in Dumaguete, we attended the St. Paul’s Alumni weekend activities and renewed friendships. During a late breakfast one morning at Bethel House, Jun happened to meet a former classmate of his ’53-55 batch from Silliman. He and his wife were there making arrangements to move back to Dumaguete next year, leaving their long-time Nevada USA residence; they were so looking forward to their “homecoming”. Jun celebrated his birthday
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on Sunday, the 28th. He remarked that it felt so good not to have a big celebration, but just to relax, not to have any ‘must do’ schedules, and in the language of today, just ‘chill.’ After the 7am mass at St. Paul’s Chapel, we had a leisurely breakfast/brunch at Bethel with his brother, Joseph. Then, we returned to our lodgings at Florentina for a long siesta. In the late afternoon, we exercised by briskly walking the entire length of the Boulevard back and forth three times, enjoying the sea breeze and people watching, and after a light supper of lugao and salad, re-
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tired for the evening at Florentina. Monday morning, we condoled and prayed with the family of Vencia Dales, who joined her Creator on the 28th. Venz was our friend and long-time chief accountant in MAPECON Manila. We then visited Valencia friends and passed by Jun’s Lola Soleng and Lolo Marcelino at the cem-
etery. After lunch at Jo’s, we rested in our Dumaguete MAPECON office before checking in for our afternoon flight back to Manila. Both of us have agreed to schedule and enjoy a weekend respite in Dumaguete and at Lake Balanan more often. Truly, the province is a wonderful place to unwind and to energize oneself for what lies ahead.
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P.E.P. (People, Events, Places)
Outstanding Oriental Negrenses ighlighting the recently concluded 10-day Buglasan Festival was the conferral of this year’s Outstanding Oriental Negrense Awards for Excellence on two illustrious individuals, who, despite their remarkable achievements, have remained unassuming, thus, truly worthy of the honor that was accorded to them by the province through Gov. Roel Ragay Degamo.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan, through Resolution No. 768 authored by Board Member Dr. Liland Bustamante Estacion on October 16, 2012 during its regular session, confirmed the nominations of Col. Cirilito Elola Sobejana in the field of government/public service and Dr. Fe Sycip Wale in the field of rural development and community service. Col. Sobejana, a native of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, holds the rank of a colonel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
COL. SOBEJANA He is at present the Group Commander of the Philippine Army’s Civil-Military Operations Group, whose mission and function is to conduct civil affairs, psy-
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chological operations and civil-military operations activities, as well as related courses and trainings in support of the Philippine Army mission. He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1987. The 47-year-old Col. Sobejana has garnered a number of awards and medals in the pursuit of his military duty. Topping these awards is the Medal for Valor, which he earned while he and his platoon and troops form other units fought against 150 Abu Sayyaf members at Sitio Caro, Barangay Lower Kapayawan, Isabela, Basilan in January 1995. Cut off from supporting units, then Capt. Sobejana continued to hold his ground, biting the thumb of his dangling right arm when he sustained three gunshot wounds while directing and inspiring his men to continue fighting despite being exposed himself to gunfire. His severe pain and being unarmed notwithstanding, he directed the battle and maneuvered the radio until reinforcement arrived. After several operations on his right arm, he survived the ordeal. He was assigned, among others, to the 11th In-
umaguete City will be home to Dagsa, a two-day festival of fresh Filipino music and fun on the first weekend of November 2012. The two-part music celebration is part of the city’s annual Sandurot Festival, which runs from November 9 to 15, 2012. Dagsa kicks off on November 9 at the Father Louis Chauvet Hall, St. Paul University-Dumaguete with Muchikahan Live with hosts Ryan Cayabyab and Jay Durias headlining the show. Day 2 unfolds at the Rizal Boulevard, which will be closed off by 4pm to accommodate an all-night dance and music fest. It will feature live music spanning all genres from some of the finest in Original Philippine Music today. Cool beats and
live tunes, will be provided by DJs Red-I and Soulflower, Tropical Depression, Gruppo Tribale, Artstrong, Quest, Pedicab, Sandwich and Rico Blanco. The festival will be capped off with a pyrotechnics show.
Dagsa is organized by all-OPM livestreaming site Radio Republic: www.radiorepublic.ph. It is made possible through the cooperation of Kopiko, Globe, Lenovo, Energen and the city of Dumaguete.
2. What it is not: Catechesis should neatly distinguish faith in the three Persons of God from belief in the authority of the Church. This theological nuance, which is unambiguously expressed in Latin, is not clearly translated in most modern languages. Our faith in the Holy Trinity is absolute subjection of creatures to the Creator. This, obviously, is not what we mean when we declare that we believe in the Church.
ern languages generally do not have this Latin precision of ac and et. The Latin text affirms that at Holy Mass, there is only one sacrifice, the sacrifice of Christ, which is sacramentally offered by the faithful through the hands of the priest. According to the teaching of Vatican II (SC 48), quoting the Council of Trent, “By offering the Immaculate Victim, not only through the hands of the priest, but also with him, they [the faithful] should learn to offer themselves as well.” There is only one sacrifice, but there are two roles in its offering: that of the priest who offers as ordained minister, and that of the faithful who take part in the offering through the ministry of the priest. 2. What it is not. The phrase “my sacrifice and yours” is ambiguous, should not be interpreted as if there were two sacrifices, one offered by the priest (Christ’s own), and the other by the faithful (the spiritual offering of themselves), which they unite with that of Christ. Such interpretation is not warranted by sound theology. There are not two sacrifices but one. However, in order that the sacrifice of Christ may bear fruit in the lives of the faithful, they should join their daily sacrifices with his.
BY CECILE M. GENOVE email@example.com fantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division from 1987 to 1991 in the island of Negros. His stint with the battalion saw him engaged with an undetermined number of armed terrorists in several occasions at SitioBalic, Barangay Malasibog, Escalante and at Barangay Canlusong, E. B. Magalona both in Negros Occidental, inflicting a heavy toll against the enemies and liberating the people from the control and influence of the enemy. His victorious engagements resulted in a debt of gratitude from the people of Negros. Moreover, he was able to convince a great number of rebels to return to the mainstream of society with his “OplanPagbabalik” program. In his response, Col. To page 13
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knowledge the nature and authority of the Church and accept its teaching,” or in the case of the Nicene Creed, “I acknowledge that the Church is one, holy, catholic and apostolic.” In the Latin text, the infinitive esse is implied: Credo Ecclesiam esse unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam. The basic grammatical structure of the Creed should consist of the following complete sentences: I believe in one God…; I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ…; I believe in the Holy Spirit…; I believe the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church; I confess one baptism…; and I look forward to the resurrection…
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AFFIDAVIT OF EXISTING HEIRS AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS Notice is hereby given that Estela Saycon Cuello; Mercia Saycon Smeets; Editha B. Saycon; Gideon B. Saycon; Samuel B. Saycon; Galileo B. Saycon, represented by his oldest son, Glenn R. Saycon; legitimate heirs and successors-in-interest of the late Rico B. Saycon, an account holder of Metrobank Dumaguete City; have executed an Affidavit of Existing Heirs and Waiver of Rights; and that above heirs mentioned and Glenn R. Saycon, except for Editha B. Saycon, hereby voluntarily renounce and waive all their rights in favor of Mercia Saycon Smeets whatever monies, dues and dividends and other things of value of whatever nature or kind as may now be or may hereafter become due, owing, payable or belonging to RICO B. SAYCON, with the METROBANK; as per Doc. No. 217; Page No. 44; Book No. III, Series of 2012 duly notarized by Atty. Ricarte R. Valencia.
Notice is hereby given that Estela Saycon Cuello; Mercia Saycon Smeets; Editha B. Saycon; Gideon B. Saycon; Samuel B. Saycon; Galileo B. Saycon, represented by his oldest son, Glenn R. Saycon; legitimate heirs and successors-in-interest of the late Rico B. Saycon, an account holder of Banco de Oro have executed an Affidavit of Existing Heirs and Waiver of Rights; and that above heirs mentioned and Glenn R. Saycon, except for Editha B. Saycon, hereby voluntarily renounce and waive all their rights in favor of Mercia Saycon Smeets whatever monies, dues and dividends and other things of value of whatever nature or kind as may now be or may hereafter become due, owing, payable or belonging to RICO B. SAYCON, with the Banco de Oro; as per Doc. No. 214; Page No. 43; Book No. III, Series of 2012 duly notarized by Atty. Ricarte R. Valencia.
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“Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father”. 1. What it is. The Latin text says meum ac vestrum sacrificium. The conjunctive ac (or atque) in Latin joins together verbs, nouns, pronouns, adverbs and adjectives in order to say that they are one and the same: mea ac vestra domus means “my house, which is also your house” or in short “our house.” On the other hand, the conjunctive et enumerates: mea et vestra domus means “I have my house, and you have your house.” ModDEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE AMONG HEIRS AND SALE
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Notice is hereby given that the heirs of ELEUTERIO BAJADO namely: FE B. SOJOR; ELVIS A. BAJADO; PAUL A. BAJADO; DANNY A. BAJADO; ROMY A. BAJADO; ROSA B. TUBIO; JOSE A. BAJADO; LEONOR B. BULINGOT and ALAN A. BAJADO, all of legal age, herein referred to as the vendors, have Executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate Among Heirs and Sale, CEDE, TRANSFER AND CONVEY in favor of ANTONETTE E. PARTOSA over a parcel of Land, Lot No. 1264, Pls759 covered by OCT No. FV-34814 containing an area of 5,936 sq. m. situated in Magsaysay, Dauin, Negros Oriental as Notarized by Atty. OBDULIO GUY D. VILLAHERMOSA III per Doc. No. 114; Page No. 23; Book No. V; Series of 2012.
DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT ESTATE OF BIENVENIDA P. SEMPIO Notice is hereby given that the heirs Bienvenida P. Sempio namely: RAUL R. SEMPIO; KARR M. SEMPIO; and REZEL MARIE SEMPIO LAGOS have filed and Executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement against Savings Deposits with Metro Bank Account No. 110302930218-9 and UCPB Account No. 301-120673-7 Notarized by Atty. Jose G. Hernando, Jr.; per Doc. No. 2435; Page No. 326; Book No. 01; Series of 2012.
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HEALTH IS WEALTH
From page 6
John has carved in the headstone: “I am the resurrection and the life.” The wife and I reserved the next niche for ourselves. “When thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers.” We’ve still to decide what to etch into our headstone. Death plucks my ears and says: “Live – I am coming.” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote on his 90th birthday. All Souls’ Day confronts with the sheer messiness and pain of human existence. Who hasn’t cried at funerals of kith or kin? Before the tomb of his friend, Lazarus, “Jesus wept.” “We’re in the twilight of life,” we recall telling Press Foundation of Asia officers. “Don’t say that,” publisher Eugenio “Geny” Lopez, Jr. gently remonstrated. “We still have plenty of time.” Before the year ended, Geny was gone. “Presume not to promise yourself the next morning,” Thomas a’ Kempis counseled. “In the morning, consider that you may not live till nightfall… Many die when they least think of it... A man is here today, and tomorrow, he is gone. And when he is taken out of sight, he is also quickly out of mind.” It is a wholesome thought to pray for the dead, says the Book of Macabees (100 B.C.). Some 2,500 years before Easter’s empty tomb, Job exulted, “My Redeemer lives...and will stand forth upon the earth. After my skin shall have been destroyed, yet in my flesh, I shall see God.”
The Healing Power of Honey and Cinnamon “Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.” - H.B.BOHN
recent study from abroad claim that honey combined with cinnamon powder in proper doses can heal a number of common illnesses that have been afflicting people. These researches were conducted in the universities in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and some parts in Europe. Basically, our knowl- colds, etc. edge about honey was in the • HEART DISEASES biblical history when God It reduces cholesterol in sent His wandering and cho- the arteries and saves the pasen people to the “Land of tient from heart attack. Inmilk and honey” in Cana-an. struction: Make a paste of Old folks have been using honey and cinnamon powhoney as an antidote for peo- der, spread it on the bread ple who have ingested poi- (instead of jam or jelly) and sonous substances. eat it regularly for breakfast. Let me cite some factual Honey revitalizes the arterfindings of honey and cinna- ies and veins. mon powder in its curative • LONGEVITY effect on some common disTea made with honey eases. and cinnamon powder, • IMMUNE SYSTEM when taken regularly, arDaily use of honey and rests the ravages of old age. cinnamon powder strength- It keeps the skin fresh and ens the immune system and soft. It prolongs age. protects the body from bac• CANCER terial and viral attacks. It also Research in Australia strengthens the white blood and Japan have shown that cells (where DNA is con- advanced cancer of the tained) to fight bacteria and stomach and bones have viral diseases, like influenza, been taken care of success-
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fully by taking one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month. • ARTHRITIS In Copenhagen University, patients who suffered from chronic arthritis were relieved from pain and were able to walk and move around after taking a mixture of one tablespoon of honey and half teaspoon of cinnamon powder before breakfast. Arthritis patients who took daily (morning & evening) 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder were cured. • BLADDER INFECTIONS Take one teaspoon of honey and two tablespoons To page 13
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From page 11 Sobejana took time to remember his late father, a pilot, and which he would have wanted to become if he did not enter the army. He also acknowledged the two significant women in his life – his wife, the former Edna Iturriaga of Isabela, Negros Occidental, by whom he has five children, and his mother, Eustaquia – who both attended the solemn awarding ceremony at the Freedom Park, Capitol Area, Dumaguete City. He finished at Zamboanguita Elementary School and at the Negros Oriental High School. Like her fellow awardee, Dr. Wale never thought of equating her work as a “doctor of the barrios” as a form of achievement where she could be rewarded later on.
According to Dr. Wale, who is a scion of an opulent family in the province, you should not expect a reward for something that you feel passionate about and love to do. She related that early on, in her marriage to fellow medical doctor Sebellon Wale (who passed away two months ago), people would accuse them of being “communist rebels” because of
their penchant of serving the grassroots through their community service. The 77-year-old grandmother of five (from daughter, Mercy, and son, Japheth) has never wavered in her commitment to serve the less privileged. Perhaps, the word “retirement” is not in her vocabulary as she continues to this day to be acting project coordinator of the Silliman University Marina Mission Clinic, a project of the university’s Extension Program in Dauin, Negros Oriental; project manager of the Dumaguete City Women in Prostitution assisted by the Gottingen Church in Germany; and treasurer of Tuburan Foundation, Inc. Her expertise includes general pediatrics, community organizing in health, training of barangay health workers and family health workers, youth peer
educators for HIV/AIDS and traditional birth attendants, and basic acupuncture. Dr. Wale is a member of the Silliman University High School Class of 1951, proceeding to U.P. Diliman for her bachelor of science degree, then to Far Eastern University for her doctor of medicine. Ever the unassuming worker that she is, oftentimes shunning publicity or any trumpet-blowing, her father was the late Don Daniel Sycip, who was a model employer as the manager of Sycip Plantation in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental and a philanthropist. It was her father who built what is now known as the Marina Mission Clinic in Dauin, Negros Oriental. The Outstanding Oriental Negrense Awards for Excellence was started in 2004, producing recipients from varied sectors or disciplines henceforth, except in 2011 when no one qualified for the award. The nominees are initially endorsed, then goes through the preliminary qualifying committee, then to the sectoral-discipline screening committee, and finally to the executive screening committee. Chair of the preliminary qualifying committee is Dr. Rosela Cid and chair of the executive committee is Dr. Victoria Dinopol.
The Healing ... (Somera)
From page 12 of cinnamon in a glass of lukewarm water and drink. It destroys germs in the bladder. • WEIGHT LOSS Even the most obese person can reduce his weight when he drinks regularly in the morning, halfhour before breakfast with an empty stomach, and at night, before sleeping, one tablespoon of honey mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder in a cup of boiled water. Other diseases like colds, sore throat, stomach upset, pimple and skin infections can also be cured by taking the right dose of honey and cinnamon powder. This discovery is amazing indeed, especially in the advent of very prohibitive medicines now. But look first for the genuine honey preparation to be effective and be assured of healing.
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DOUBLE INSURANCE, OVERINSURANCE and REINSURANCE 1. What is double insurance? A double insurance exists where the same person is insured by several insurers separately in respect to the same subject and interest. 2. What is the test in determining the existence of double insurance? The test in determining whether an interest is doubly insured whether the insured, in case of the happening of the risk insured against, can be directly benefited by recovering on both policies; if he can, there is double insurance. 3. Is a prohibition against double insurance valid? The provision in a policy to the effect that the policy shall be void if the insured has, or subsequently procures any other insurance on the property or any part thereof without insurer’s consent, is reasonable and valid and a breach thereof will prevent enforcement of the policy. 4. What is over-insurance? There is over-insurance whenever the insured obtains a policy in an amount exceeding the value of his insurable interest. 5. What is reinsurance? A contract of reinsurance is one by which an insurer procures a third person to insure him against the loss or liability by reason of such original insurance. 6. When is reinsurance compulsory? It is compulsory in the following instances: a) When a non-life insurer insures in any one risk or hazard an amount exceeding twenty per centum of its net worth, the insurer needs reinsurance of the excess over said limit so that retention of the insurer will be reduced to a maximum of twenty per centum of its net worth. b) When a foreign insurance company withdraws from the Philippines, it should cause its primary liabilities under policies insuring residents of the Philippines to be reinsured and assumed by another insurance company authorized to transact business in the Philippines. 7. What kind of contract is reinsurance? It is a contract of indemnity against liability, and not merely against damage. As a consequence of this rule, the reinsurer is not liable to the reinsured for a loss under an original policy if the reinsured is not liable to the original policyholder. But when the reinsured becomes liable under the original policy, he may obtain payment from the reinsurer even before paying the loss of the original insured (Ihra Faith C. Magno, Contributor).
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF NEGROS ORIENTAL 7th Judicial Region Branch 34 Dumaguete City IN RE: PETITION FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN OWNER’S DUPLICATE ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE IN LIEU OF THE ONE LOST, CAD. PLEADING NO. 2012-4006 PETRA P. PEPE, Petitioner x - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - — - - - - - - - - - - -/
ORDER A verified petition was filed before this Court by Petra P. Pepe, thru counsel, praying that the Court issue an order directing the Registrar of Deeds of Dumaguete City to issue a new owner’s duplicate copy of Original Certificate of Title No. 256-A, in lieu of the lost one. Petitioner alleged that she is one of the surviving heirs of Ciriaca Pinol, who, at the time of her death, was the registered owner of a parcel of land known as Lot No. 3481, of the Cadastral Survey of Dumaguete City, containing an area of 343 square meters, more or less, and covered by Original Certificate of Title No. 256-A; that sometime in the 1990’s, the duplicate copy of the said certificate of title was turned over to her for safekeeping; that she kept the title inside a drawer in her house, along with other important documents, that sometime thereafter, she discovered that the envelope containing the owner’s duplicate copy of the certificate of title was missing; that despite diligent efforts to find and locate the same, it can no longer be found and considered it beyond recovery and forever lost; and that she executed an affidavit of loss and submitted the same to the Register of Deeds of Dumaguete City for annotation on the original copy of the said certificate of title. WHEREFORE, finding the petition sufficient in form and substance, the same is given due course. Set the initial hearing of this case on November 28, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. Any interested party may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published at the petitioner’s expense, in a newspaper, duly selected by raffle, of general circulation in the province of Negros Oriental, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. The Sheriff assigned to this Court is directed to post copies of this Order at the entrance door of this Court and in the bulletin boards of the Capitol Building and the City Hall of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. SO ORDERED. Given this 8th day of October 2012 at Dumaguete City, Philippines. (Sgd.) ROSENDO B. BANDAL, JR. Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Nov. 4, 11 & 18, 2012
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(From page 6) Undersecretry Ching Ali, the Muslim legislators I worked with in congress and Muslim colleagues in academe. Have they relegated the deepest aspirations of the noble Moro race to field commanders like Al Haj Murad Ebrahim? Why did they not take center stage? Are they convinced that, perhaps, these can only be obtained by the threat of force? Knowing them, I do not believe so. But then as Theodore Roosevelt used to say, speak softly but carry a big stick or at least let the MILF carry it. Mao would put it another way - victory comes from the barrel. Others still would say negotiate from a position of strength. To be sure that they will not be short-changed, our MILF brothers are not willing to give up the stick and asking the government to try and get. I speak as an Honorary Datuk of the order of Kiram family, which has not stopped claiming their Sabah property annexed unlawfully. According to them, by Malaysia, which is now turning out to be the patron of the Al Ha j M ura d Ebr ahi m, which is probably responsible for his recent assertiveness and the aura of confidence that he exudes. Malaysian interest in the ARMM is obviously driven by both geopolitical and economic motives. This will not necessarily be harmful for the ARMM, which could evolve into sprawling palm oil plantations which will be wholly owned and managed by Malaysians under the new Bangsamoro Basic Law, which will be stripped of the protectionist articles contained in the Philippine Constitution. This is not to mention the vast fisheries, marine and mineral resourced, which will be developed by our rich ASEAN neighbor, who can now own these natural resources 100% under the same liberal constitution. The Basic Law above could also accommodate US military bases, which a present law of the land does not allow. All these could dramatically increase levels of productivity, income and employment in the area, as in the case of Sabah. Theoretically, the Bangsamoro military, generously equipped by Malaysia and the US, in exchange for basing rights and economic concessions, could make the Philippine Armed Forces pale by comparison. This all depends, of course, on how much leeway the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be given by Congress and the Supreme Court. Stoking too much the rising expectations of our Muslim brothers carries with it some dangers. Disappoint-
“What is happening to our City of Gentle People?”
ith the recent killing of Aries Alvarez as the 40th murder victim in Dumaguete City, the City of GenBY: tle People has become the “Murder Capital of the Philippines.” ATTY. FRANCISCO D. YAP This has encouraged the impunity, just like killing any criminals to kill any resident of stray dog. Dumaguete City because it What is happening to our seems they can kill with impunity. City of Gentle People? thousands of pesos every In 40 assassinations in Almost all candidates prom- month even if they are not Dumaguete City, NOBODY has ise that they will consult the peo- consulted? What qualifies yet been arrested and convicted. ple in the barangay as to what them to be paid consultants, This has encouraged they want and what their prob- because I am sure you and I, more assassinations in the lems are so that they can help in is as qualified as any of them? future, so NOBODY IS SAFE in solving their problem. Dumaguete City has now Dumaguete City. Anybody Then why hire so many become “The Murder Capital of could be killed anytime with consultants and pay them the Philippines.” ments and failure of leadership in the area to place competing sectors of the area on the same page is an invitation to sectarian strife, which could easily derail the process. Already discordant voices are heard from those who perceive themselves to be marginalized. As long as levels of poverty in the area remain at these high levels, we fear that no political arrangement can solve the problem of violence. It is the fact that the Bangsamoro is the poorest region in the archipelago with a per capita gross regional domestic product of only P3,433 in 2005, which is 75% below the national average of P14, 186. Indeed, it is at the bottom of the country’s 17 regions. In fact, the income of the region is only a third that of Manila. The poverty incidence of the region involves almost half of its population and double the national average of 25%. Indeed, the biggest threat to the region is the presence of the armed unemployed. Despite its much celebrated autonomy, the fact is that the ARMM region receives approximately 98% of its operating revenue. Its spending for education and infrastructure is the lowest in the country. Even if given full fiscal autonomy, money still has to be raised through taxation and levies, which may not be an easy task, given the experience of our very own central government. The irony of it all is that the region is rich in natural resources. It is one of the country’s top producers of fish and mineral resources, with fish dying of old age, so the joke goes. It is the top exporter of carrageenan, an important raw material that goes into the manufacture of toothpaste, cosmetics and paints. Its large deposits of such min-
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eral deposits, such as copper and gold, are the envy of other regions. So why is the region so poor? The stock answer is the exploitation of the neocolonialists from the north. While this is not exactly the case since the Muslims have also been milked dry by their own kind like the Ampatuans. Admittedly, the central government can also be faulted for benign neglect of the region, principally because of the cycle of violence which has created a no-man’s land in the region, where both public and private sectors fear to tread. As a result, these developments have created a vicious cycle of poverty which has bred violence. So where do we go from here? Will the piece of paper signed in Malacañang increase the levels of productivity, income and employment in the region to allow the Moros to fend for themselves? Clearly, three years is not nearly enough to launch a Bangsamoro Economy to selfsustaining growth. Raw materials, by itself, does not increase the gross regional product without other factors of production, such as capital, entrepreneur-
ship and skills. With an almost 100% budgetary dependence on the national government, can the autonomous government produce fiscal independence in just three years? The reason why these questions have to be addressed now is because no less than an economic roadmap to accompany the political settlement must be produced to give substance to the autonomy provision. We recall that in the case of this country, the Philippine Independence Act was accompanied by the Philippine Trade Act, which clearly spelled out how the country could be weaned from its economic dependence from Uncle Sam. Speaking of Comprehensive Development Plans for ARMM, will they allow the NEDA to do this for them or will it be crafted by their patrons, Malaysia or the Organization of Islamic States. Secondly, how will their Socio-Economic Development Plan complement that of the republics? As we wait with bated breath for further developments, we pray for the success of the peace process.
November 4, 2012
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BEACH LOTS FOR SALE 250sqms, Cangmating, Sibulan Neg. Or.,beach front, along the road, tax declaration @ P450K only 500sqms, Cangmating, Sibulan Neg. Or., beach front, along the road, clean title @ P3M only 2,000sqms, Bacong Neg.Or., beach front, w fence, along the road, clean title @ P6M only 1,763sqms, Bacong Neg. Or., beach front, clean title @ P5M only 2,425sqms, Zamboanguita, Neg. Or., beach front, along the national highway, clean title @ P2.3M only 3,444sqms, Bacong Neg. Or., beach front, along the cemented road, clean title @ P1,400/ sqm only 11,585sqms, Tayasan NegOr., beach front, along the highway, clean title at 1500/sqm. 353sqms, Bacong NegOr., beach front, with road right of way, clean title at 1.3M only 1,300sqms, Jimalalud Neg. Or., fully fenced, with cottage, along the road, clean title at 4M only
Beach House for Sale Cangmating beach, 430sqms, 2BR w CR and bath, shower rooms, CR and bath outside, w car garage, spacious lawn and playground, along the road, clean title at P4.5M only
Residential Lots for Sale Total Lot Area 1,310 sqms 305 sqms 6,998sqms 1,400sqms 1,000sqms 845sqms 425sqms 135qsms 198sqms 2,884sqms 2,004sqms 120sqms 295sqms 296sqms 300sms 477sms 280sqms 300sqms 500sqms 1,000sqms 600sqms 1,000sqms 415sqms 498sqms 500sqms 629sqms 630sqms 417sqms 1,000sqms 332sqms 320sqms 340sqms
LOCATION Motong, Dgte. City Fatima Village, Dgte. City Bong-bong, Valencia Neg. Or Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg.Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Jawa, Valencia Neg. Or. Bong-aw, Valencia Neg. Or. Talay, Dgte. City Junob, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Junob, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City Batinguel, Dgte City Bagacay, Dgte City West Balabag, Valencia East Balabag, Valencia East Balabag, Valencia Pob. Valencia Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Bacong, Neg. Or. Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City Daro, Dgte City
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GARY TEVES: On hosting the Palarong Pambansa “We are pleased to learn that Negros Oriental, for the first time, will host the 2013 Palarong Pambansa. “This bodes well for our province, which will be expecting more than 12,000 athletes and coaches in the week-long competition nex t year. Negros Oriental’s economy would also benefit from the arrival of around 20,000 more visitors who will watch the annual multi-sport event.
Gary “We thank Secretary Armin Luistro and the Department of Education for believing in Negros Oriental’s capability to host such a big event despite our limited hosting experience. We also acknowledge the great support that Governor Roel Degamo and the three congressmen, namely Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong of the 1st District, Rep. George Arnaiz of the 2nd District, and Rep. Henry Teves of the 3rd District, have given to make our bid for the Palarong Pambansa a success. “In this regard, we encourage everyone to p articip ate in this prestigious national event. To the athletes, best of luck in your respective sports event. Take this rare opportunity to excel as an athlete and as a Negrense. To our local spectators, let us cheer our own athletes to victory and give all the support we can give. “Let us not waste this opportunity to shine as a province. Thank you.” –– GARY B. TEVES Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012
OCEAN VIEW LOTS FOR SALE Balili, Valencia Neg. Or. 20,575sqms, w more or less 130 fruit bearing sweet mango trees, w electricity and water access, along the road, clean title @ P500/sqm only Liptong, Valencia Neg. Or., 911sqms, w 2-storey cottage, situated 650 feet above Dgte City, overlooking, w electricity and water access, along the brgy road, clean title @ P1.2M only Liptong, Valencia Neg. Or., 910sqms, situated 645 feet above Dgte City, overlooking, w electricity and water access, along brgy road, clean title @ P900K only San Antonio, Sibulan Neg. Or., 16,279sqms, located 700 feet above Dgte City, ocean view, with road right of way, w electricity and water access, clean title @ P400/sqm Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 975sqms, located 700 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, with water, electricity, internet, cable and phone access, along the road, clean title @ P2M only Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 1,111sqms, situated 780 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, w electricity, water, cable, phone and internet access, along the road, clean title @ P1,500/sqm Palimpinon, Valencia Neg. Or., 2,220sqms, situated 780 feet above Dgte City, near Tiera Alta, ocean view, w electricity, cable, water, internet and phone access, along the road , clean title @ P1,500/sqm Ugahong, Valencia Neg. Or. 3.2hectares, located 400 feet above Dumaguete City, along the road, two sides attached to the road, w electricity and water access, clean title @ P500/sqm only Ajong, Sibulan Neg. Or., 1,000sqms, overlooking, along the national highway, clean title @ P3,000/sqm only
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Dumaguete ... From page 5 Charter Day is the Skate Exhibit and Competition at the Quezon Park on November 23, 2012, the Miss Dumaguete Coronation Night at 7:00PM at the Macias Sports Complex, and by 9:00PM will be the Pepsi Night at the Quezon Park. On November 24, 2012, A Charter Day Thanks Giving Mass will be celebrated at the Dumaguete Cathedral at 9:00AM together with all the Dumaguete City employees, department heads and Dumagueteños all over town. At 2:00PM, a Grand Civic Military Parade will be held starting at the Quezon Park followed by FilProducts Pa-Showdayag at 6:00PM at the Quezon Park Stage. On November 25, 2012, Dumaguete Fiesta will start with an activity at 7:00AM with GUD Moto Motorized Banca Rally at the Rizal Boulevard Beach followed with an event sponsored by the City Social Workers Development Office, which
Children ... (Bingo)
From page 4 them are victimized at home and outside of it- the boys beaten, the girls raped at a feeble age. The psychological damage could be forever. The beating becomes so
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acute that comes inevitably- the one day too late syndromewhen the boys learn to become criminals to have food and security. The young girls become too hungry and feeble to resist the advances of the sex offenders. In a state of drug and alcohol, the boy kills someone. Or he or she gives up- and kill them-
selves. The condition of youngsters going to prostitution in this province is engendered by too much poverty, broken homes or absentee parents that also characterize that same environment that street children bloomed and prospered into great numbers -at
geometric speed. The street children need help, but not the kind of alms that we give to assuage our sense of pity and guilt of having possessed too much while so many have so little. Some, like broadcaster Noli de Castro, never give money as alms fearful that many of them are just runners, fronts
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of an all adult syndicate- using the youngsters’ unfortunate circumstance to lure other people’s pity -so they will part with their hard-earned money. Noli always brings in his car sandwiches, biscuits and water for the child-beggars. Not a bad idea. But the best thing to do is to bring the attention of the
is the “Social Welfare Day” at the Quezon Park, while the People’s Day/Awarding of Outstanding Dumaguetnon at the Convention Center at 3:00PM. Another sports-related activity will happen on November 27, 2012 at the Dumaguete City High School Gymnasium, which will be the Fiesta Open Volleyball Tournament, and on the 30 th of November at 6:00PM at the Quezon Park Stage is the Kopiko Night: Entertainment Show. Also, for all those who would want to attain or renew their passports, there will be a DFA Mobile Passporting at Robinsons Place Atrium on November 30 to December 1, 2012 at 8:00AM. The celebration will end up on December 1, 2012 at 7:00PM with the Closing Ceremonies/Human Peace Sign that will be held at the Quezon Park/Grandstand. **November 9 to December 31, 2012, Trade Fair and Food Festival, Quezon Park **November 9-11, 1625, 30 to December 1, 2012, SMB Nightly Entertainment, Quezon Park DSWD (social welfare) or NGOs caring for street children. They are now undertaking tasks to give these children decent shelter and teaching them alternative learning while their parents who cannot support them are To page 17
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What? this... Mla, Bcd ... (From page 1) refused to name names, in saying until today, she is still considered a finalist until proven otherwise. In the event the report is true, the committee will then conduct a wild card screening, giving another chance to candidates who failed to qualify as finalists. The fiesta committee is taking the report with utmost concern, considering that the winner will represent the city as a role model and to a higher beauty pageant, like the Binibining Pilipinas. Besides, it doesn’t look good to know one of the candidates is a single mom. The 10 finalists for Miss Dumaguete will be presented during the opening salvo of fiesta activities on November 9 at the Quezon Park . Jg
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given livelihood. Let us also remember that the conditions for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) is that the recipient family must send their kids to school and the mother to do maternal check-ups with the barangay or town clinic. The P1,500 per month - which could at least buy a family of five a sack of ordinary rice and viand should be incentive enough for the parents to send these otherwise street children to school, as well (since elementary and high school public education is tuitionfree). We must help ensure that the family of these sea urchins fall into the graces of the CCT, because the best way to get the kids off the streets - is to bring them to school. But the saddest tragedy of street children is when some of them lose all hope - and commit suicide- the ultimate expression of despair. Of course, the growing disillusionment with the youth about the whole rat race and way of living dies not just affect the poor children; it can happen to the rich, as well. A youngish scion of a prominent family from Cebu, two weeks ago, jumped off the Vivere bar in uptown uppity Alabang in Manila. This was reportedly the same site when a youthful relative of a Guingonas and another prominent young lady took their young lives. Why? The young scion was reportedly on training for a major job, but was taking care of a brother special child. Too much pressure? Meantime, these young wayward prostitutes in this city, the street children everywhere, and the young suicide victims are they children of a Lesser God, to borrow a dramatic film’s title? That is not possible. There is only one true God who created these little children and once rebuked the apostles who wanted to take away these pesky creatures as they may get in the way of the Master’s work. But Jesus loved them and said: “Suffer not the little children to come to me.” Another anecdote was
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(From page 1) Blanco. Expected to converge in Dumaguete are Grupo Tribali, Tropical Depression, Sandwitch, Pedicab, Quest, Great Soul, among others. This will be in coordination with Video Republic and Tao Corporation of Jun Jun Sy. City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. said the whole stretch of the Rizal Boulevard will be closed to traffic from La Residencia going south, where an open stage will be placed in the center. This is going to be a real street party with food and beverages in the center of the road, including the tempura vendors, Maquiling said. The City Tourism Officer said the concept is for people to converge with the coming of the stars from Manila, get together, have fun, and experience the night with original Filipino music. According to Maquiling, this year ’s Dagsa is a teaser of a bigger Dagsa Festival next year, as promised by Jun Jun Sy.jg once said by Fr. Rocky Evangelista of the Don Bosco order about a “Stunning Senior Moment.” A brash young freshman was telling his senior father: Your generation can never understand us as you belong to a primitive age. But we, today, live in a world of jet planes and space travel, TVs, cellular phones, computers with the speed of light and iPhones and iPads.” Challenged by the audacity of the claim, the father said, “That’s right son, we did not have those things when we were young, that’s why we invented them. Now you, on the other hand, what are you doing for the next generation?” The question stares us in the face, as well, today: What are we doing for the next generation so that they do not fall into the oldest profession (prostitution), become youthful gangsters and drug addicts or potential suicide victims? Much too often, we make no time or drive away children who want to ask us parents about the facts of life and the elements of depression. Very often, too, we are more moved by the sight on TV of victims of disasters from other areas, and we are quick to the draw to send them money and kind contributions. Yet, daily, we shoo away in a condescending manner street children tapping our car windows, selling something or begging, and we look the other way. We see them much too often that we are no longer affected by their misery- like familiarity breeding contempt? But we must do our share in order to prevent them from taking that dreaded last step before their perpetual ruination as human beings. They are not Children of a Lesser God.
150M ... (From page 1) feated Occidental side questioned the capability of the province to host next year’s Palaro. But the governor and Mayor Sagarbarria have assured DepEd of the LGU’s commitment to ensure that the venues located within the 12-kilometer radius are of international standard, well-secured but accessible to the public, availability of hotels and other billeting areas with adequate facilities for the delegations, efficient means of communication and transportation, steady supply of water and power, outstanding peace and order situation, and presence of quality hospitals and clinics. Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Deputy Director Supt. Alet Virtucio also indicated the readiness of the Philippine National Police to secure all the sports venues and hotels. The PNP will augment the organic force of the Dumaguete City Police station with elements from the Provincial Public Safety Company and the Regional Public Safety Battalion based in Mabinay and Sibunga, Cebu. A Memorandum of Agreement will be signed by the Province of Negros Oriental and the Department of Education spelling out their respective responsibilities and financial counterparts for hosting a successful national Palaro in 2013.
Projects ... (From page 1) dum Circular No. 2011-1 dated April 13, 2011. The PDC Member did not elabo-
Gospel ... From page 8 credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[e] 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins”in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[f] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
rate. In its August 6, 2012 meeting chaired by Governor Roel Degamo, the members of the PDC Execom, upon motion by Atty. Arturo Umbac duly seconded by Vice-Governor Apolinario Arnaiz, Jr., resolved to revert the aggregate amount of P14,290,378.96 from the 31 identified projects in Mabinay (4), Ayungon (4), Sibulan (1), San Jose (2), Zamboanguita (4), Sta. Catalina (4), Valencia (1), Bayawan City (2), Guihulngan City (1),
Sunday... From page 8 between the fake and the genuine, between what destroys human life and what enhances, fFor there are those who promise instant heaven, instant new birth, instant piety, and these are often found to be cloaks for a multitude of wickedness. So in the prayer of Niebuhr, we ask for wisdom, yes, but it is fearful wisdom, it is wisdom from the Lord. For the word of Jesus is: Thou shalt love God with all your mind, with all your strength, with all your heart, with all your soul. Why don’t we conclude this meditation on a great prayer by placing the adjectives in Niebuhr’s prayer? God, grant us the graceful courage to change what can be changed, the creative serenity to accept what cannot be changed, and the fearful wisdom to know the difference.
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The Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA), Negros Oriental and Cebu Chapters will jointly hold the first Bipartite Summit on Mental Health on November 10 at Negros Oriental Convention Center. The summit with the theme “Depression: A global crises” will start at 7:30 a.m. Dumaguete City (3), Tanjay City (3) and Bais City (1). The biggest losers are Valencia, which was sup-
DepEd... From page 2 regarding the Padrino system in hiring applicants. Dr. Labe stressed it will now be test of character of the division superintendent to religiously follow the results of the ranking system under DepEd Order No. 12, series of 2012. The ARD explained the selection process starts from
posed to get P3.5 million for the completion of the municipal gymnasium; Dumaguete City, P3 million for the establishment of a sub-depot (Phase 1); and Sibulan for the completion of the auditorium worth P1.3 million.
the school level with five signatories, another five signatores in the district sub-committee level, and another five in the division selection committee. Dr. Labe said if the 15 signatories will stick to its decision, the division superintendent of schools cannot alter the ranking results.
Act of God...
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the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) On the other and, and to be fair, I think reference to an “act of God” is equated with an event caused by natural causes, as opposed to events attributable to acts of man. But this is no excuse; we should not bring God into the picture as a cause when natural disasters occur. There are other more appropriate words like “force majeure” (fuerza mayor) or “fortuitous events.” Kawawa naman si Lord. The Supreme Court should be the one to remove the phrase “acts of God” from the annals of jurisprudence. God must be rolling in anger everytime a natural disaster happens, and people refer to it as an “act of God.” It’s unfair to God.
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