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NOPH’s overflowing corridors & hallways

Hospital Central Block Building: Nothing but 4 giant posts, as pointed by Dr. Dante Domingo, DOH provincial head. Spent are P25M from the European Union and P3M from Sen. Pia Cayetano. The rest are all-talk talk.

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Mayors lament P14M scrapped LGU projects BY DEMS DEMECILLO

traight from the horse’s mouth, Dep’t of Health hospital provincial chief officer Dr. Dante Domingo confirms that the ever-growing hospital population of poor patients makes it imperative to build a central block building for them and the cost is P400 million, minus the cost of personnel and hospital equipment.

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unicipal mayors concerned criticized Capitol’s Executive Committee of the Provincial Development Council for pulling out projects worth P14.2 million from them without consultation, even if this is in line with a DBM circular.

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QUESTIONS IN MY MIND ATTY. SALETO J. ERAMES BOARD MEMBER, SECOND DISTRICT

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uring the “surprise” appearance of three representatives from DOH Central Visayas led by Engineer Stella Renee B. Bacay before the Provincial Board in its regular session on

Projects not allocated and programmed but not started on time will be realigned, indicating the disinterest or unpreparedness of the LGUs concerned,

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NHA makes history: Buys land, ups houses for Sendong victims

MISS DUMAGUETE 2012 bets dropped by for a station call and interviewed by DJ Mitch. L-R: Jedannah Rivera, Claire Vintola, Irish Marchan, Gayle Nardo, Czarina Manalon, Theriz Kilat, Vice-Chairman Naddie May Orillana. Not in photo are Chairman, R. Dicen, M. Bartsch, M. Merced, and A. Zabat.

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he National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Social Welfare Department have made history here by extending a special heart in the purchase of both land and the building of initial 397 for homeless victims of Typhoon Sendong of December 17 in less than a year after it happened.

Usually, NHA only purchases the land, but for the first time, building cost was included. NHA will be dishing out

Dagsa not to replace Sandurot fest he next city-wide festival called “Sandurot” will now shift major participation from the barangays to the academe and the public schools. Primarily due to low turnout of participation among the 30 barangays, the City government will now make the Sandurot Festival a must for public schools. On the other hand, Dumaguete City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. clarified that “Dagsa” will NOT replace next year’s Sandurot Festival, which has been staged to mark the city’s fiesta. Maquiling clarified that “Dagsa” is an independent plement the city’s fiesta celebrations with the end view event organized by Tao Corporation of Junjun Sy, son of harnessing local singing talents. of business tycoon Julio Sy. The event is a music For this year ’s Sandurot, only Barangays festival that will feature Original Pilipino Music. A bigBajumpandan, Tinago and Calindagan have confirmed ger Dagsa Festival will also be held next year to comTo page 15

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CVRAA: Palaro dry-run

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he Central Visayas Regional Athletics Meet slated on December 2-8, 2012 shall provide the province and the city administrations the opportunity to experience anew on how to host a major sports event in anticipation of the bigger national Palarong Pambansa next year.

Some 7, 000 athletes, sports officials, coaches and support from 19 school divisions in Region 7 will be participating. All public schools shall be used as

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“VIGILANT AT ALL TIMES AND PRAY, THAT YOU MAY HAVE THE STRENGTH TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN.”

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

ow convinced that, indeed, the Department of Health has allocated the sum of P100 million as aid for the construction of the Central Block Building of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, the governor has formally requested DOH Secretary Enrique Ona to realign the amount for the purchase of hospital equipment.

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However, his critics pointed out that the Governor cannot claim to have secured the authority from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for the planned P350 million. Firstly, this was disapproved by the SP but later approved but without the needed majority vote. Quoting the November 5, 2012 letter of the Governor to Sec. Ona, a member

of the Provincial Board said that it is presumptuous of the Governor to say that the “provincial government has decided to secure a substantial amount of loan from a local bank for the completion of the Central Block Building” as if he already secured the authority from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. The provincial board

has still not decided with finality whether or not to grant the governor authority to secure the P350M loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines. Another board member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the province, which is merely a recipient of the aid, must not dictate the Department of Health on how to utilize the

P100 million financial assistance. Even if the Governor succeeds to convince Sec. Ona, realigning the amount from its original appropriation for infrastructure support to purchase medical equipment would require a long and tedious process with no assurance if the amount can be realigned at To page 19

TOP OF THE WEEK

BY DEMS REY DEMECILLO

Comelec urged to Mayors League Prexy disqualify Teves lauds Gary’s politics

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ith two Boy TEVESes in the Tanjay local elections, there is a big chance that the Comelec might opt to disqualify such that will confuse the people’s mandate.

Tanjay City Mayor Lorence “Boy” Teves has formally sought the intervention of the Commission on Elections for the disqualification of Luca

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ayors League President and Jimalalud Mayor Dodoy Tuanda, is the latest figure to publicly commend Former Finance Secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves for his brand of politics and for refusing to be drawn into mudslinging even as he scored some political commentators who resorted to “name-calling and slander just to make their candidates look well.” As expected, Tuanda a stalwart of the Liberal Party also has kind words for 1st District Congresswoman Jocelyn To page 15

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he Commission on Elections has scheduled the next Election Registration Board (ERB) hearing on November 19, 2012 to determine if the additional applicants have the qualifications and none of the disqualifications, under the law.

Guihulngan City election officer Atty. Jerome Brillantes disclosed the ERB hearing is simultaneously undertaken in the election offices of the cities

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and Transportation Office (LTO) Dumaguete chief Roland Ramos stressed he had to clear the highway from tricycles plying the Dumaguete-Sibulan route and the Dumaguete-Bacong route starting on Monday, November 12, 2012.

Ramos issued the statement as the dry-run for the use of the terminal inside Robinsons will also commence for public utility vehicles, multicabs and Garage to Terminal (GT) vans-

for-hire in Dumaguete. Ramos said, as the guardian of the highway, the LTO’s mandate is road safety and order and that he has orders to implement To page 15

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he family of an Overseas Fililipino Worker (OFW) from Banilad, Dumaguetge City has sought the assistance of the city government in going to Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after a bombing incident on All Saints Day necessitating immediate surgical intervention. Mercedes Rallustiana, mother of OFW Anthony Rallustiana, 32 years old, single, was accompanied by the elder brother of the victim, Alan, to the city mayor’s office to ask for help. Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria immediately instructed the Public Employment Service Officer Socorro Mira to prepare the necessary documents to be faxed to the embassy in Manila in order for the victim’s brother to fly to Riyadh. On the other hand, the City Legal Office also assisted the family in preparing for the To page 19

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he fight was bitter (in words) and the language was close to being brutal and frank. But before the U.S. election was over last Wednesday, Manila time, the debate abruptly ended and the election smoke virtually disappeared in a zippy. Instead, people rallied for support to the reelected president of the United States, Barak Obama. -o0oThis is election civility and democracy in its highest order. We, Filipinos, proud to be the freest people in Asia and titles et cetera, have a long way to go in gaining political maturity and learning from the American way of handling elections, which we have chosen to adopt. -o00While yet midway in their brand of electoral count, the defeated American candidate, in front of his huge crowd of supporters, was already speaking, congratulating, and conceding defeat to the victor. It was not only Romney who did that, but all former defeated American presidentiables down the line. As if there were no pre-election squabbles, everything just returned to normal after the voting ended. -o0oHow nice would it be if we can even approximate the political maturity of the Americans. Since we adopted the American model, we should also adopt their behavior and culture during and after elections. -o0oBut look at our pre and post election scenarios: The fiesta atmosphere and the grandiose media blitz as if elections were to be held the next day. NO, it’s still on May 13 next year and the campaign period hasn’t even started. Just imagine when the campaign period formally starts on March 29. It’s still a long seven months to go and just listen to the lies and propaganda aired over some radio stations. -o0oAmericans also experienced democratic upheavals. In the movie “Gangs of New York,” we can approximate that time when and where the Philippines is today. Gangsterism, corruption, murder, extortion, you name it, society has had it. The Americans also passed that way where we Filipinos are today. -o0oIt cost them a civil war, a bitter cleansing process, before the States could be united. Our archipelagic demography makes it hard for civil war to prosper. Our virtual unlimited stretch of shorelines broken down to 7000 islands makes civil war doubly difficult. And because of this and among other reasons, these and more, make our growth as a nation quite retarded. -o0oThe longest protracted war against communist rebellion although how irrelevant it has become, and how communist nations have become big capitalists, we are still struggling as if stuck to the past. The roots of rebellion and insurgency are still here and our leaders have not become part of the solution yet. That is why rebellion and secession movements are still alive. -o0oWe are indeed a unique people by ourselves. Small wonder, this is how slow our pace of development is, has been and will be.


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Divorce recognition expanded in PH t is not correct to say there is an absolute ban on divorce in the Philippines. Truth is, there are instances where divorce is recognized here. The trend seems to expand divorce recognition. This is contained in Article 26 of the Family Code. “Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law.” The family code justifies that if the foreigner is able to procure a divorce abroad, and as a consequence of the divorce the foreigner is allowed to remarry, then it is only fair that the divorced Filipino spouse left behind should also be allowed to remarry. Lately, the Supreme Court has expanded and made this law applicable even to former Filipinos who become naturalized in other countries and subsequently procures a divorce. This was the ruling of the Supreme Court in Republic versus Cipriano Orbecido (G.R. 154380). In that case, Cipriano and Lady Myros, both Filipinos, were married in Ozamis City. Later, Lady Myros left for the United States. While in the United States, Lady Myros became a naturalized American. Thereafter, as an American, Lady Myros procured a divorce from her marriage to Cipriano. In this case, the Supreme Court said the Family Code provision on divorce can be applicable. The point of reckoning is the citizenship of the divorcing spouse when the divorce was procured, and not the time of marriage. Thus, the Supreme Court expanded the application of Article 26 of the Family Code, this time covering former Filipinos who are naturalized abroad. If you look at the letter of the law, it only applies to foreigners who were such at the time of the marriage. But the Supreme Court examined the spirit, not the letter of the law. Let’s tweak the facts a little bit. What if the divorce was obtained by the Filipino spouse abroad, BEFORE the Filipino spouse became naturalized abroad? The answer to this question, applying simple logic, is that Article 26 will not apply. Therefore, the Filipino spouse left behind cannot remarry, even if the Filipino spouse abroad obtained a divorce (before being naturalized), and then remarries there. The explanation is that since the divorce was obtained while the Filipino spouse was still a Filipino, then the spouse abroad is still subject to Philippine laws, which does not recognize the divorce. But what if the Filipino spouse abroad, after obtaining a divorce and then remarrying, subsequently becomes naturalized (becomes a foreigner)? Will the naturalization have a retroactive and curative effect on the previously obtained divorce, such that the Filipino spouse left behind can also remarry?

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Editorial Go ahead, people: build it!

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he whooping tunes of P100 million and P350 million for the construction of the central block building of the provincial hospital has sadly disunited our leaders inside the Capitol. But surely, no one can deny by looking straight into the eye that the holding of the coming May 13 elections next year has a direct or indirect relation or interest in this gargantuan and ambitious project. Even the funding of a building intended and designed for the poorest of the poor is still being fought out by our provincial Capitol dads. We are reminded of how the Roman soldiers fought among themselves to gain the robe of Jesus in Calvary. We never knew who won the grab. After so much debate, one sensible suggestion which rang a bell, was to simply go ahead with the construction of the central block building for the poor at the provincial hospital regardless of who will be its implementing agency: the Dep’t of Health (DOH), the Dep’t of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) or the Capitol. As if these three sectors cannot seem

to agree on the issue, we cannot help but suspect that some elements might be interested in kickbacks of this huge amount. It is hard to pinpoint who because the interest is simple, and it is suspected that the grand plan is intended to partly fund the next local elections. In short, the project is doomed if this is the sinister scheme behind the scene. Otherwise, why is everybody seemingly interested as to who will handle the project? Those who were born yesterday will certainly not understand the obvious. So go ahead, people of the Capitol legislative and executive branches, please let the interest of the poor and the sick at the provincial hospital prevail over and above pecuniary interests of otherwise healthy bodies, and which we know will not make them win in the coming elections. Mind you, the people are now getting angry and impatient at your divisive stand on the issue. Careful because the very same people might be the ones who will just topple down your political career by May 13 next year.

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nited States President Barack Obama believes that the Middle Class should be the drivers of the economy. In contemporary society, the Middle Class is supposed to be the group between the “upper class” and the “working class.” Strictly speaking, though, that it is not so. The Middle Class is basi- Class (not the rich) of which serve their class interest. cally the educated profession- Steve Jobs and his Apple is a A Filipino- let’s call him a als and mid-sized entrepre- prime example. Yet it is the Reluctant Patriot (RP)- gave neurs who are more or less Middle Class that sustains the his thoughts on the need for a “secure” with their source of Upper Class such that CEO strong Middle Class in the Philincome -compared to the Henry Ford “had to pay his ippines but did not want to be hand-to-mouth existence of workers enough so that they identified.  He has businesses the proletariat “working could buy his cars.”  in the middle stream and his class.” Obama had feared the comments might cause the ire Being less dependent on weakening of the Middle Class government dole-outs and pa- as he said that the share of their of the modern Zaibatsus in the tronage, it is the Middle Class income to the whole slipped country. Here are some of the Relucwho demands for reforms from from 52% to 47% over the dectant Patriot’s thoughts: government and was at the fore- ades while the super-rich inMany of the Government front at the battleground that creased theirs from 9% to 23%. ousted two Philippine presi- He is fearful that an outsized projects, including the PPP, are dents: Marcos and Estrada. class (numbers) would speak a designed so that only the big conRobust entrepreneurship bigger voice in society--muffling tractors and developers can To page 11 had come from the Middle reforms and twisting policies to

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DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS Notice is hereby given that Antonia Grapa Garingo; Rolando Grapa; and Samuel G. Maraon Heirs of the late Felipe Grapa and Basilia Grapa have executed a Deed of ExtraJudicial Settlement and Waiver of Rights on a parcel of Land located in Lonoy, Bais City Negros Oriental covered by OCT NO. HV 51, that they do hereby Waive all their inherited rights over the described property unto and in favor of Antonia G. Garingo, her heirs, successors and assigns, free from all liens and encumbrances; per Doc. No. 387; Book No. XXX; Page No. 78 Series of 2009; duly notarized by Atty. Elizur M. Umbac. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 11,18 & 25, 2012

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Those pesky proverbs o Imelda Marcos and Ferdinand, Jr. use the same dictionary ordinary Filipinos work by?  Read the senator’s delayed reaction to the $354-million contempt judgment slammed by US Court of Appeals (9th circuit) against them. With Mama, “it is my duty to tax-free share, the court found. administer the estate’s assets That  would sandbag an injuncproperly,” he said Marcoses tion against tapping estate aswould be decisive when this sets while the jury deliberated. case is “filed in the proper  “Contumacious concourt.  (We’ve)  always  wanted duct,” the US magistrate closure to issues of ill-gotten fumed. It “caused direct wealth and human rights viola- harm” to Martial Law victims. tions… Our family also wants the The court whacked the country to move forward… But Marcoses with a daily fine of (we) would like to see the proc- $100,000 dollars. When the ess done according to law.” contempt order expired, the Ti aramid ti mangipakita ti tab totaled $353.6 million.   kina siasinom, an Ilocano Peanuts for the Marcoses? proverb says. “Deeds tell who Yet, it could wrest for this penalty you are.”   a Book of Guinness Record The Marcoses tried to se- slot.  If so, it’d be a homecoming cretly ship out of the US paintings of sorts for Imelda. Until the early and other artworks from the con- 1990s, she and Ferdinand Sr. tested holdings for a 25 percent Turn to page 16

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he concept of proportional representation in this country gave life to the so-called PartyList Representation. This was intended to minimize the influence of elite rule which only represented the narrow sectoral interest of the politically entrenched oligarchy, the object of attack in the sixties by student activists and the left. A knee jerk reaction of constitution after EDSA was to allow the so-called marginalized sectors of society to participate more directly in the political process by electing partylist candidates. On hindsight, it seems that the medicine was worse than the disease!

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(E-mail: juanlmercado@gmail.com )

It seems that we have succeeded in making a mockery of the process when we allowed the very elite which was the very object of the concept to hijack the process. Today, we have the sad spectacle of professional politicians or their relatives representing the “descamisados.” In fact, it is ironic that the Party List System has only succeeded in reinforcing the ranks of the

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roverbs 3:5-7: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”

Inside the brightly lit operating room of Chong Hua Hospital, I felt the slight pokes of needles in my spine like timid ant bites, sending small amounts of electrifying sensations to my feet. I was aware of the reassuring voices, becoming fainter and fainter, until there was only silence. Everything went black, then sweet oblivion. Drifting into nothingness is something that I got used to as a five-year breast cancer survivor. It was six on Saturday morning of November 13 when I underwent a four-hour surgical procedure, first, a D&C, then followed by a total removal of uterus and ovaries. I had pelvic endometriosis,

endometrial polyp that caused pain and bleeding. The result of the biopsy was not malignant, and I praise God for another miracle. Few days earlier, I worried about many concerns, from my heart, diabetes, to finances, teaching loads, surgery results and procedures, and many more. Until I gave up and let go. I told God, “I can’t handle this anymore God, but you can.” And sure He did, with trimmings of increased faith. During these past weeks, I found out through the cardio tests that God healed my heart. There was no more mitral valve prolapse (MVP), as To page 9

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he Spartans at Thermopylae knew they faced certain death but they never wavered. When told that, “…Persians’ arrows will blot out the sun,” the Spartan commander Leonidas responded, “Good; we will fight in the shade.” These warriors faced five to one odds, yet slaughtered tens of thousands before being betrayed and butchered. Their sacrifice is a tribute to courage and honor and is respected around the world. There have been two ma- enemy before they were over jor blockbuster movies about the run and butchered. Their sacgallant battle for freedom at the rifice is a tribute to courage Alamo. Two hundred eighteen and honor and is respected Texans held Santa Anna’s 6,100- around the world. man army mired in blood and There has never been a battle for thirteen days. Those movie about the Battle of Tirad thirteen precious days gave Sam Pass. A young 24-year old FiliHouston time to gather an army and eventually defeat the Mexi- pino boy named Gregorio Del Pilar commanded a sixty man can invasion. The Texans at the Alamo platoon of volunteers. His misknew they faced certain death sion was to prevent the 3,000but they never wavered. The man troop 33rd Infantry Regicry “Remember the Alamo” ment (Texas) from capturing has been an American call for President Aguinaldo and crushbravery and courage ever ing the Philippine struggle for since. These warriors faced freedom and independtwenty seven to one odds yet ence.          Turn to page 9 slaughtered thousands of the

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there will be no sin either. This is actually what some people, the professed atheists and practical non-believers, view the world and all. What they consider sin would be what goes against their will, not God’s will. Faith is what God, our Creator and Father, gives us to start and sustain our life with him, which is how our life ought to be since we have been made in his image and likeness. Our life is not merely a human, natural life. It is a life called to the supernatural order, to participate in the divine life, because that is how God made us. We have been empowered for it, endowed with the spiritual faculties of intelligence and will so that we can receive his grace Turn to page 13

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“Tradpols.” Against this background, perhaps, we should consider revisiting this constitutional provision and adopt an honest-to-goodness system of proportional representation that adheres closer to its origins now, as practiced in the mature democracies in the west. To start of, these parties Turn to page 12

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his little sharing came to me over the net from an unidentified sender. It is a wonderful reflection on what is really important in our life – the relationships we have with one another. That is why I decided to share it with you, my friends and readers. Here it is… “My mother used to ask me “Mommy, sight is very imporwhat the most important part of tant to everybody, so it must be the body is. Through the years, our eyes.” I would take a guess at what I She looked at me and thought was the correct answer. told me, “You are learning When I was younger, I fast, but the answer is not thought sound was very im- correct because there are portant to us as humans, so many people who are blind.” I said, “My ears, Mommy.” Stumped again, I continShe said, “No. Many peo- ued my quest for knowledge, ple are deaf. But you keep and over the years, Mother thinking about it and I will ask asked me a couple more times you again soon.” and always her answer was, Several years passed be- “No. But you are getting fore she asked me again. smarter every year, my child.” Since making my first atThen one year, my father tempt, I had contemplated died. Everybody was hurt. the correct answer. Everybody was crying. So this time I told her, Turn to page 9

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Sunday Thoughts REMEMBERING THE CATACOMBS (Part I) Romans 12:1-2: Cor. 15:50-58 When one travels around the world in thirty days seeing some historic places as I have done, the important word is “remember.” It was Howard Thurman, the black preacher, who founded the Fellowship Church of All People, who wrote in his book Deep is the Hunger: “How poor we would DR. PROCESO UDARBE be if we did not have the gift of remembering!” Well, there is a lot to remember—St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Tower of London, Pearl Harbor in Honolulu and many other historic spots. Those of us who are older will recall the cry after the war—“Remember Pearl Harbor” —the scene of shame and ignominy which led to World War II in the Pacific. But today, I choose to remember the Catacombs in Rome with you. For there is something about the Catacombs that call us back to the origins of our faith. It is calling back the past to confirm our faith in the present and to bring richness to our hope in the future. It was most appropriate that our association—the International Association of Mission Studies— held its closing worship service in the Catacombs. There in the damp, solemn, silent atmosphere of a little old basilica underground, we held our communion service and pledged to one another and to God that we would be instruments for the fulfillment

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of God’s mission towards the end of this millennium and the next. So when I invite you to remember the Catacombs with me, what is the content of our memory? Primary, the Catacombs were graveyards deep inside the earth. Christians buried their dead there. Today, you can still see the traces where the bodies were laid. And it is interesting to note that servants were buried beside their masters— a wonderful testimony to the inclusiveness of the Christian fellowship. But the whole point here is that the Christians buried their dead there far removed from the pagan cemeteries because of their belief in the resurrection of the body. In their theological outlook, they felt that, in death, Christians must be separated from the unbelievers. So in the Catacombs, you see all kinds of inscriptions in Latin that reflect their passionate belief in the continuity of life beyond death. By contrast, you go to the ancient Roman cemeteries where some of the tombstones have inscriptions on them which read (again, in Latin): non fui, fui, non sum, non curo ( I was not, I was, I am not, I don’t To page 12

ur St. Joseph Seminary College has just turned fifty three years old.  We continue to campaign for vocations to the catholic priesthood.  What are the qualities of a potential priest? On Spirituality, a potential priest is committed to and passionate about the FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG Catholic faith. He cultivates a strong sense of the sacred which is the place of Christ in his life. He has an eye and a love for the Word of God and seeks to live out the Gospel in daily life.  He participates in the celebration of the Mass actively and regularly. We were taught before during our seminary days that priesthood is eucharistic and the eucharist is priestly. So I can’t imagine one who says he wants to become a priest but does not love the mass. Added to this love for the Eucharist, a potential priest should have a growing commitment to personal private prayer. On top of these, he understands baptism as the first vocation of the faithful. Academically, a potential priest who wants to enter St. Joseph Seminary College should have completed secondary school or the equivalent of Senior.  He has to be intelligent and exhibits an eagerness to learn. Personally, a potential priest maintains a strong sense of individuality, demonstrates a generosity of spirit and private integrity yet balanced with a commitment to community, family, and Church.  He enjoys a healthy capacity to live and value life with an equally healthy capacity for asceticism, selflessness, and discipline. A potential priest has a deep appreciation for sexuality and is able to defend its goodness, coupled with an equally strong defense of purity and chastity. He must also have consciousness of the world community, considering other nationalities and cultures.  He lives a responsible and independent life with an unabashed love for this world, for its joys and its sorrows. Ministerially, a potential priest develops an openness to what is new, what’s different, what lies out of the comfort zone-even while To page 13

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Lord God of hosts s former professor of several courses in the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the eternal city of Rome, he was the first Filipino Benedictine monk to be chosen as the President of the Institute and Rector Magnificus of the Ateneo d’ San’t Anselmo. Dom Anscar J. Chupungco now further explains:

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“Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest...” 1. What it is. The new English version translates the Hebrew Sabaoth or “Lord of armies” (Is 6:13), which the Latin liturgy retains in the Sanctus: Dominus Deus Sabaoth. The 1973 translation avoids the martial nuance of the word “hosts” by the non-military, neutral phrase “God of power and might.” But it fails to communicate the prophet Isaiah’s vision of Yahweh Sabaoth, the Lord of the heavenly armies. The 2010 version “God of hosts” is closer to the mark. “Hosts,” meaning an army, is archaic, but it possesses literary quality. Its meaning may not be obvious to many. “God of heavenly hosts” could be a neat solution, except that it would not pass for a literal translation. Be it as it may, the phrase should be seen in the broader picture of Holy Mass in which the earthly liturgy is joined to the heavenly in the presence of an array of angels and saints. 2. What it is not. For Catholics, the word “hosts” refers more often than not to the Eucharistic bread. Obviously and humorously, children should be advised that there is no reference in the Sanctus to the bread for Holy Mass. By sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall “You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the To page 13


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(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: dejaresco_ely@yahoo.com – EDITOR)

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The most ... (Catan)

INJECTION. A fully packed clinic: Patients line up for their injections at the Center. Tucked away towards the west of Dumaguete City is the Talay Mental Rehabilitation Center. With an average census of 65 to 70 staying patients, resources in the facility is stretched to the max. As these are indigent patients, the government supplies almost all their needs, from food,

medicines to medical and administrative personnel. As with overcrowded facilities, the help of private volunteers is always welcome. Today, the daily breakfast served in the Center is donated by members of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor and some local donors to augment the lim-

LAW EACH WEEK SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY A public service of the Sen. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development

PLEDGE, MORTGAGE AND ANTICHRESIS 1. What is pledge? Pledge may be defined as an accessory, real and unilateral contract by virtue of which the debtor or a third person delivers to the creditor or to a third person movable property as security for the performance of the principal obligation, upon the fulfillment if which the thing pledged with all its accession abd accessories, shall be returned to the debtor or to third person. 2. Define pactum commissorium. What is the rule with regard to pactum commissorium? Is there any exception? It is a pact or agreement in a contract of pledge, mortgage, or antichresis by virtue of which if the debtor cannot fulfill his obligation, the creditor can appropriate or dispose of the thing given by way of pledge, mortgage, or antichresis. It is prohibited by law. The only exception is in the case of contract of pledge, but even then, certain conditions should be complied with. In pledge, if the debtor is unable to pay his obligation, the creditor has a right to have the thing pledged sold at public auction for the payment of his credit. If the thing is not sold, a second public auction should be held. If still it is not sold, then he may appropriate the thing. 3. What are the effects of the sale of the thing pledged? The sale of the thing pledged shall extinguish the principal obligation, whether or not the proceeds of the sale are equal to the amount of the principal obligation, interest and expenses in a proper case. If the price of sale is more than said amount, the debto shall not be entitled to excess, unless it is otherwise agreed. If the price of the sale is less, neither shall the creditor be entitled to recover the deficiency, notwithstanding any stipulation to the contract. 4. What is real estate mortgage? It is an accessory contract whereby the debtor guarantees the performance of the principal obligation whereby the debtor guarantees the performance if the principal obligation by subjecting real property or real rights as security is case of non-performance if such obligation within the period agreed upon. 5. Is registration in the Registry of Property necessary for the validity of a contract of rem? It is not necessary for the validity of the contract between the parties. However, it is necessary for the purpose of binding third persons. 6. What is antichresis? It is contract of which the creditor acquires the right to receive the fruits of an immovable of his debtor, with the obligation to apply them to the payment of the interest, if owing, and thereafter to the principal of his credit. 7. What is chattel mortgage? By a chattel mortgage, personal property is recorded in the Chattel Mortgage Register as a security for the performance of an obligation. 8. Is the registration of a CM in the Chattel Mortgage Register essential for the validity of the contract? Yes, registration is essential for the validity of the contract of Chattel Mortgage. If there is no registration, the contract is void or inexistent (Ihra Faith C Magno, Contributor).

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ited budget from the governement.  Over  a  decade ago, Dr. Malou Benemerito, wife of Outstanding Negrense Awardee Dr. Eusebio Benemerito, donated funds to purchase beds for the men and women’s wards. Today, the beds are broken and filled with bed To page 16

Let Go ...

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From page 6 diagnosed earlier. They say that if we worry about tomorrow, we are borrowing in the future, and if it doesn’t happen, we worried in vain, and even if it does happen, we have worried twice. It is hard to trust God when we don’t see the whole picture. It is human to doubt, and to worry can be a way of life. But how can we not trust the One who laid the foundations of the earth? The God who made the clouds its garments and the treasury of snow and hail? The same Creator who has given the mind wisdom and the understanding of the heart, who is beautiful beyond words? How can we doubt His love? If He has given His most precious Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, so that those who believe in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life, surely He cares so much. Have you tried so hard to solve your own problems? I did many times, but my solutions failed. I think and do things my own way, until I just let go, and let God.

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My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final goodbye to my father. She asked me, “Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?” I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me. She saw the confusion on my face and told me, “This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you were wrong and I

have given you an example why. But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson.” She looked down at me and threw her head to my shoulder and hugged me. I saw her eyes well up with tears. She said, “My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder.” I asked, “Is it because it holds up my head?” She replied, “No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a

shoulder to cry on when you need it.” Then and there, I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one. It is made for others and not for yourself. It is sympathetic to the pain of others. People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.” The origination of this letter is unknown, but it brings a blessing to everyone who passes it on. Good friends are like stars...You don’t always see them, but you always know they are there.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Holy Spirit, Thou who make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideal. You, who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me, and who are, in all instances of my life, with me. In this short dialogue, I want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. AMEN. Pray this prayer 9 times for 3 consecutive days. Ask for 3 favors or wishes to the Holy Spirit as intention for this prayer. Your favors will be granted no matter how diffi-

Courage (Kojak)

From page 6 Facing certain death, Gregorio wrote in his diary, “…I realized what a terrible task that has been given to me and yet I feel this is the most glorious moment of my life. What I do is done for my glorious country. No sacrifice can be too great.” There were no thick walls or any narrow pass. The “boy general” and his men gallantly held off the invading army on an empty hill top for six hours. Eventually, he was shot in the neck and died amid the bodies of his fallen comrades.

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umaguete has, of late, become a favorite hub of highly enterprising individuals whose passion for food has been expanded for it to be shared to many people, at the same time establishing a niche for themselves in the bustling business climate in the city. One such establishment the dish and the hospitality, that is attracting the palates of the couple gave Alfredo their local and foreign denizens is autographs, which he had enPasta King right in the heart of graved on a golden spoon and the city. Although that particular kept it for many years. neighborhood has a number of It would not be the end of places where people can dine that initial visit because the couand while the time away, Pasta ple likewise told their many King, which has Café di Roma friends about the restaurant who, on the side, is able to hold its in turn, visited it in Rome. Hollyown fort amid the convivial com- wood stars came and dined in petition in the city. Recently Alfredo’s restaurant, among opening its doors to the public, them were Ginger Rogers, Rita the structure likewise carries a Hayworth, Edward G. Robinson, full-service travel agency for the Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Bob convenience of its growing clien- Hope, Sophia Loren, Cary Grant, tele. It has provided a means of John Wayne, Danny Kaye, Yul living, too, to its workers, many Brynner, Frank Sinatra, Dean of whom are either fresh gradu- Martin, Johnny Carson, Ava ates or are working their way to Gardner, Sidney Poitier, Kirk finishing college. Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Donny But what makes Pasta Thomas, Perry Como, Jack King an interesting piece of Benny, the tenor Beniamino conversation is not just its Gigli, the pianist Arthur authentic Italian cuisine, but Rubinstein, boxing legend Rocky moreso the background of the Marciano, businessmen like man behind the emergence of Henry Ford II and Conrad Hilton, this latest addition to US Speaker of the House of Dumaguete’s favorite spots. Representatives Tip O’Neill, and If Pasta King is a character two future American presidents, by itself, wait until you get to Dwight D. Eisenhower and John meet its chef-owner, Andreino F. Kennedy. Even the Vatican De Santis, who was born at Rieti church leaders broke bread at in Abruzzi near Rome, which is Alfredo’s. said to be a land of great chefs. In all these, Andreino was Early on, Andreino knew that he in control and helped his unis proficient in cooking but he cle whip dishes to his heart’s wanted to get more ideas and delight. He perceived that experience. His monicker today, serving great food knows no the “chef of the stars,” did not bounds and can transcend come overnight, but through barriers, bringing together the sheer hardwork, perseverance rich and famous, as well as the and determination. ordinary folk. His uncle, Alfredo, owned “This enjoyment and cela famous restaurant in Rome, ebration of life must continue. I and at that time, it was start- wanted to establish my own resing to get noticed by its inter- taurant and also wished that cenational visitors. Andreino lebrities will visit my restaurants was considered by his uncle in America,” Andreino says. as his family and taught him So, at 22, he flew to New the ropes and rigors of the York to make a name for himbusiness. Luck came to them self. He visited his mother’s when a Hollywood couple, relatives in Philadelphia, but Mary Pickford and Douglas it was in New York where he Fairbanks, discovered worked at Romeo Salta’s midAlfredo’s restaurant and loved town Manhattan establishhis signature dish, “Fettuc- ment, the most demanding cine Alfredo.” Enthralled with restaurant market in America, according to Andreino. It was there where he learned to speak English. He then went to St. Louis, ISUZU – Brand new Missouri and started a restaurant Units: Crosswind/ that became one of the most Sportivo, Dmax sought after restaurants in MisPick-up, Alterra, souri. After spending 20 years in Ivan & IPV easy that area, he went to southern terms California to start another restau0933-2731-973/ rant in the city of St. Clemente, 0915-8263-261 where the White House in the

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West of then President Richard M. Nixon was located. “I served President Nixon as his official chef and I was very honored doing it,” he beams. His friends, incidentally, followed him wherever he went to relish his food and cooking. Andreino has been recognized for his cuisine. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, through radio and television critic Elmer Dills, wrote of his restaurant: “This is a very special and unusual restaurant. Andreino De Santis himself makes it that way. The restaurant is his personal statement, the way it should be with a good restaurant.” He also received an award as one of the United States’ top seven restaurants with Spago’s Wolfgang Puck paying him to create a pasta buffet for his catering business, winning for Andreino the Holiday Magazine Award for Excellence in five consecutive years. He has likewise been featured in inflight magazines with his standard favorite dish, fettuccine. Andreino says it best when he describes himself today: “On the eighth day, the Lord said, ‘Come, let us eat and enjoy a good life.’ That is exactly what and who I am today. Thanks to God, I am alive. God bless America and the Philippines!”

Comelec ... From page 2 Edwin “Boy” Teves fears of sabotaging his re-election and even intimated that Vice-Mayor Neil Salma of the Liberal Party, his closest rival, has consented for the candidacy of the independent bet just to dilute the number of votes the incumbent can garner as some of these will be declared invalid. To further boost his claim that Edwin “Boy” Teves is working for VM Salma, Mayor Teves accused his namesake of purposely resigning the chairmanship along with two others of the Election Committee of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative, resulting in the cancellation of the elections at the behest of Jordan Salma, then the in-

In defense (Bingo)

From page 4 participate. There has to be segmentation of opportunities. The big dams are built- often to overprice- to keep our rice fields healthy. But the small impounding water irrigation units have been found to be both more cost-effective and efficient. Reluctant Patriot believes in Land Reform but only on idle lands, and those that are productively cultivated should stay where they are. Without government subsidy and market help- the “landed” farmer of 3 hectares would only end up surrendering his lot to usurers as he does not have capital. Besides, it seems the Government does not really have the funds to execute Land Reform with the DAR for all the identified places. As of now, only 32,000 hectares of the end 2012 target of 180,000 hectares have been distributed with P 41 billion from the Land Bank given to erstwhile landlords. Cagayan representative Rufus Rodriguez is readying a bill to cumbent member of the cooperative’s Board of Directors, who is also the brother of the vice-mayor. Comelec provincial supervisor Eddie Aba said that Mayor Teves has to prove that Edwin “Boy” Teves has no real intention to run for the position for which his COC was filed and that his candidacy would bring chaos to the elections. He said that the matter is now under scrutiny by the Comelec’s second division, but admitted that the matter can be decided next year, considering that the commissioners are very busy attending to the preparation of the May 2013 polls plus the fact that similar complaints earlier filed are also pending before the poll body for resolution. (By Dems Demecillo)

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extend the Land Reform Program to 2019- due to budget constraints. Maybe , he should? Manila should be decongested, and it is only Imperial because people from the rural areas flock here. If they were not here there is no need for jumbo flyover projects connecting the SLEX and the NLEX. And think about the enormity of the menace of criminality in congested, disorderly sitios or slum districts. The living standard in Metro Manila is so high that many poor families had to do additional income generating schemes to make ends meet many of them going into drug dealing, prostitution and child trafficking. Poverty brings with it an enormous social burden. Schools and universities should be out of Manila - and automatically, some giant malls, restaurants and juvenile stores will follow them. There is no reason

to have oil depots and manufacturing companies still inside Manila- for the fire and health hazards they present. That, too, will take the workers out of Manila. Clark in Pampanga (worldclass), as the main airport in lieu of NAIA, and making the Batangas and other ports improve would make the rotting piers in Navotas and Tondo irrelevant- and the slums and dredge that they create there. Why not bring the Department of Agriculture up North- so the rich region will lead in the country’s food production? Why not Cabinet satellite offices in Cebu (Visayas) and Davao (Mindanao) so that not every local bureaucrat clogs Manila for transactions and official business while everybody screams “Traffic!”? And why not a Federal System of Government, we may add- if Goverment can as much be liberal with the Bangsamoro agreement?

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE AMONG HEIRS AND SALE

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT ESTATE OF BIENVENIDA P. SEMPIO

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 ages, herein referred to as heirsvendors, have Executed a Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate Among Heirs and Sale, in favor of ANTONETTE E. PARTOSA a parcel of Land, Lot No. 1264, Pls-759 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. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 4, 11 & 18, 2012

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. The Negros Chronicle Nov. 4, 11 & 18, 2012


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should have a political agenda, a mission/vision to explain their raison’d’etre. Secondly, the threshold should be raised to at least 5 percent of the electorate. On the issue of Political Dynasties, it is clear that these are the politically entrenched economic elite. When we thought that the old money which financed the political ambitions of the siblings has dried up, we now have the phenomenon of the new money (including Manny Pacquiao’s and that of the Taipan’s) taking on where the old money left off. Of course, it can be argued that there have been and there are still the benevolent dynasties,

truly appreciated by their constituents for their spirit of service, but it must be said that these are more the exception than the rule. At the end of the day, dynasties perpetuate because they cater to the penchant for instant gratification of our immature electorate. By selling their birthright for a measly mess of potage worth a few hundred bucks per vote during elections and voting for kamag-anaks, cumpadres and “yung mga madaling malapitan.” Will development that will usher higher incomes and employment change the flawed political culture of which political dynasties and the scandalous party list representation are simply symptoms of? Perhaps, but the question is do we have the luxury of time?

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care). So the ancient Romans buried their dead with no glimmer of hope in eternal life whatsoever. And what was worse, they did not care. So when we visit the Catacombs, what do they say to us from the early centuries of the Christian era? They affirm our belief in life everlasting. We don’t say about destiny beyond death, “I don’t care.” We say with Martin Luther, ‘He lives, he lives, and because Jesus lives, we shall live also.” The resurrected Lord not only dwells within, he leads out ahead of us into life eternal. So we look at life today from the perspective of our final destiny. There is nothing to fear now. There is nothing to be hopelessly anxious about. As someone has put it, “we have life without limits.” Listen to the Book of Revelation 21: 3-4. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying: Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.(To be Continued)

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and thus enabled to enter into God’s life. We actually have a natural tendency for this, a tendency that, sadly, these days is often frustrated by a willful rejection of God in spite abundance of elements that lead us to him. Children, in their innocence, are naturally oriented to God. And even adults have that longing as evidenced by those famous words of St. Augustine: “Despite everything, man, though but a small part of your creation, wants to praise you. You yourself encourage him to delight in your praise, for you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” It’s for this reason that we have to see the original connection between everything human and natural and God. We just cannot go on discovering things and constructing all sorts of knowledge through our sciences and arts without acknowledging that they all

come from God and continue to be governed by him. We need to correct this deeply embedded error in our thinking. We can never have basis to presume that things are just the way they are without any reference to God as their Creator and therefore their designer and original and constant “administrator.” This is the secularist mentality that excludes God from our affairs. This is an unfair distortion of reality that calls for a massive correction since it is also a vast and massive distortion. This secularist mentality is not anymore in the hidden, informal aspects of our life. It is even now becoming formally adopted in politics and our judicial systems. The Year of Faith is a good occasion to make a major effort to correct this anomaly. We can always start by giving more attention to the study of basic but complete doctrine of our faith as contained in our catechism, as well

as deepening and enriching our practices of piety. Truth is we have a lot of men and women who are highly trained in the sciences and the arts but poorly grounded in doctrine and piety. I have met such persons, with long lists of credentials but who cannot finish the “Our Father” nor enumerate the Ten Commandments or the seven sacraments. And in church, they behave like fish out of water. We also have a lot of men and women who publicly profess their faith but cannot defend it in their working places and especially in public forums where issues involving the faith are discussed. We need to reenergize the people in their life of faith and piety. We should talk a lot about the need for cultivating a theological mind and the different elements required to attain that goal. Playing a crucial role here would be the family, school, the church structure. They all need to be in the best conditions.

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Swiss national is accused by a Filipino citizen for alleged violation of provisions of RA 8491, otherwise known as “An Act Prescribing the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coatof-Arms and other Heraldic Items and Devices of the Philippines,” before city prosecutor Ely Escorial. The complaint for vio- Atty. Mercado expressed standing, including the rest lation of Sections 38 and great dismay and disap- of the foreigners to show 50 of said Act was filed pointment on the their respect, Sager and before the city prosecu- actuations of the foreigner Samane had remained tor ’s office by Atty. and his girlfriend during seated, and in a disrespectRaymund Jorge A. the first screening of the ful, discourteous and arroMercado, former officer of movie “Skyfall” at gant manner, were talking the Intergrated Bar of the Robinsons Cinema 3 on quite loudly and eating Philippines-Negros Orien- Sunday, November 4, likewise intermittently. tal chapter and a practicing 2012. Mercado believes that lawyer, against a certain Customarily, since it the national flag and anPedro Sager, and his was the first screening of them should be respected Filipina girlfriend, Jenny the movie, it was preceded with more emphasis on Lyn Samane, both residing by the playing of the na- foreigners, as they are visinear El Dorado beach in tional anthem as provided tors in our country. Dauin, Negros Oriental. for under RA 8491. How- “Surely, the foreigner In a sworn affidavit, ever, while everybody was To page 14

Lord God ... (Sagun)

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dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The phrase is found in the epiclesis (invocation of the Holy Spirit) of Eucharistic Prayer II. It translates the Latin Spiritus tui rore (literally, “dew of your Spirit”). Dove and tongues of fire are popular symbols of the Holy Spirit. Less known, though rich in meaning, is dew or dewfall. Some ancient Christian writers, like Saint Peter Chrysologus (Sermon 60: “Let the Spirit come like dew”), use this symbol to signify the revivifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In this Eucharistic Prayer, the symbolism of dewfall conveys the life-giving and transforming power of the Holy Spirit whom God sends down on the bread and the wine so that they may become the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Catechesis is needed in order to familiarize the faithful with this sanctifying and transforming role of the Holy Spirit. The three symbols of the Holy Spirit easily evoke the three basic elements of life: air (dove); fire (tongues of fire); and water (dewfall). Note that the word holy is in capital letter (Holy) because the Latin is Vere, Sanctus es... As it stands, the word “Holy” in the phrase: “You are indeed Holy, O Lord” is an adjective and should not be in upper key. But because the Latin has capital letter, it is not used as an adjective but as a substantive, which should be translated: “You are indeed the Holy One, O Lord.”

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Vocations ... (Tulabing)

From page 8 being grounded in the familiar, in the routine, and in what conserves.  He has an eagerness for the prophetic, a sympathy for the marginalized, a challenging voice for the excluded, and a hunger for social justice.  He must help in giving justice to whom justice is due.  He recognizes the importance of authority and institution and helps nurture the sacred within the family, the Church, and in

tradition. He is focused on the Kingdom of God — stretching from this life to the next. When young men (including the not very young) think that they have these qualities of a potential priest outlined above, and if they feel they have a special calling for the Catholic priesthood, they should discern on it and ask for guidance on how to go about entering St. Joseph Seminary College. Indeed, we need more workers in the vineyard of the Lord. St. Joseph, pray for us.


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POLITICAL REFORM BILL

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Taxpayers to fund political parties soon?

From page 12 would not like if we Filipinos would act that way he acted in their country,” the Dumagueteño lawyer stressed. “It would have been understandable if the foreigner was a person with disability but he was not.” He is physically able

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he only way to stop politicians who are running for elective positions in an election to be blindly beholden to their donors and benefactors’ interests is for the government to pass a law mandating that the taxpayers themselves provide the necessary funds for the operation of political parties in an election period. -o0oThis is new in the Philippines, especially so if the Political Party Reform Bill will pass both houses of Congress. One of its drastic reform provision is to penalize political turncoats and those who defect from one party to another for political expediency. Political turncoats under the proposed law and proven guilty will be banned from running for public office in the next elections. We favor this, and we hope this will pass the crocodiles oath. -o0oThis means that we all should support the political party reform bill of Sen. Ed Angara, which, if approved by Congress, should in no time be operational before the 2016 presidential elections. Why should we taxpayers fund the political parties? -o0oThis is to avoid political parties and politicians from soliciting money from vested private interest groups and after elections will be beholden to the interests of their political donors. Just a simple example is when a rich store owner will donate funds to all political parties so that whoever wins will listen to his interests in promoting his or her business, like making a road a one way street so that the people will be forced to shop and park near his store. -o0oSecond, the main reason why Congress should pass a law providing, among others, that taxpayers should fund political parties, is the simple reason of making political parties avoid rich donors and people from funding political parties and after elections will even inditate the drafting of ordinances and policies favoring the business interests of political donors. Such act may not be wrong, but immoral. -o0oThis government’s multi-million P350M proposed funding for political parties in an election is certainly a buffer for vested interests which could tend to rule-over the policies of the Congress, provincial boards, or even city and town councils. -o0oIf approved, the election campaign funds should be kept from government usage and could be used for continuing education for voters and candidates alike in order to further professionalize and enhance the operations of political parties. It can be used for poll campaigns and projects in the interest of the voters instead of that of politicians. This bill, if passed into law, is very relevant in an election nationwide. -o0oOne excessive expense during election day is for candidates to feed people with packed lunches so they will vote for them. By providing funds for political parties, the state provides for the packed lunch and baseline support and develop our brand of politics of independent voting, which can be made an equitable share in the advocacy of real democracy in action.

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as Mercado have observed him walk after the movie ended at past 2:00 in the afternoon. Section 38 provides that when a national anthem is played at a public gathering, whether by a band or by singing or both, or reproduced by any means, the attending public shall sing the anthem. The singing must be done with fervor.

As a sign of respect, all persons shall stand at attention and face the Philippine flag, if there is one displayed, and if there is none, they shall face the band or the conductor. At the first note, all pesons shall execute a salute by facing their right palms over their left chests. Mercado said Section 50 provides for the penal

provision.   He  has  executed the affidavit in support of his complaint for violation of RA 8491 and for such other laws, to include immigration laws. Mercado is requesting the City Prosecutors Office that a preliminary investigation be made and if evidence warrant for the filing of the information in court.jg

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 1 their participation to the street parade competitions. The three entries can already consider themselves winners with the competition now being reduced to mere ranking which group takes the 1st, 2nd and 3rd spots with cash prizes at P50,000; P30,000 and P20,000, respectively. There are seven other groups participating but have opted not to compete. Glenda Descuatan, the usual fiesta committee chair from SKYCable, disclosed that the civic-military parade will no longer require the participants to dance in the streets. Beauty Queen Miriam Quiambao has been invited to be part of the panel of judges to the Ms. Dumaguete pageant on November 23, 2012. City Administrator William Ablong also said that the City Fiesta and Charter Day Mass will be held on November 25, 2012, which also happens marks the Christ the King celebration.

From page 1 ince and the city can be considered as the co-hosts of the event, with the city being the site of most sports venues and facilities. For next year ’s Palarong Pambansa, both Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City shall also co-host the event, although certain provincial officials maintain that the sports facilities and venues committed to the national meet are owned by the Capitol and none by the city. Seventeen regions will be sending delegations to compete in 10 events in the elementary and high school levels. Provincial Treasurer Danilo Mendez said that the Capitol has already appropriated P10 million to repair the facilities and billeting areas, improvement of water supply and sanitary toilets. Provincial School Division Superintendent Salustiano Jimenez expects 15,000 athletes, officials and guests to attend the national meet slated this February 2013. Negros Oriental, through the Governor, won the rights to host next year ’s edition of the Palarong Pambansa by defeating Negros Occidental. (By Dems Demecillo)

From page 1 Ayungon, roads, drainage canals and flood control programs in other towns. Municipal mayors affected by the realignment of some 31 infrastructure projects worth P14,290,378.96 under the 20% Development Fund decried the lack of consultation by the members of the Provincial Development Council Executive Committee. This is the effect of the replacement of their projects with those deemed in harmony with DILGDBM Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2011-1. Valencia Mayor Enrique Gonzalez said that if the P 3.5 million appropriation under the 20% Development Fund for the completion of the town’s gymnasium would run counter to the said circular, then the most prudent thing to do for the Governor is to consult him first whether it shall be realigned to another project like road concreting within Valencia. “The amount P3.5 million must be realigned not to fund another project for another town but must be appropriated to a project of our mutual choice still to be implemented in the town of Valencia,” asserts Gonzalez. Ayungon Mayor Edsel Enardecido also voiced the same sentiment, even as he expressed hope that the Governor will not deprive his town of the four projects initially appropriated worth P750,000 that includes the development of a new public cemetery. “The Governor must call a full-body PDC meeting to make these realignments legal and valid for while the EXECOM has the power to realign but its decision must be affirmed by the full body,” Enardecido stressed.

Mayors ... From page 2 “Josy” Limkaichong, his party mate and gubernatorial bet. Tuanda warned that the present political mudslinging and name calling is harming the image of the Oriental Negrenses known to be as intelligent voters and has poisoned the minds of the young who may be gullible to the propagandists’ assertions of self-serving facts and opinions. Tuanda asks the media authorities in the province to rein in the unnamed propagandists and to restore discipline and civility among the ranks of the journalists. He deplored the fact that while the media’s role is to tell the truth, it must never be used and twisted for partisan consideration.(By Dems Demecillo)

Dgte-Sibulan ... From page 2 provisions of the law whoever gets hurt. This means that outof-line operations will be dealt with accordingly. Ramos, however, said this excludes the highways that traverse the city of Dumaguete. Earlier, transport groups had a meeting with the Traffic Management Council (TMC) presided by Lily Raymundo to discuss the month-long using the P25-million terminal inside Robinsons, both for north and south-bound routes. According to Ed Du, TMC member and president of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI), PUV’s, PUJ’s and multicabs were given designated routes to traverse inside the city in order to decongest traffic. He stressed the issue against tricycles had been there even before the ter-

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From page 2 voters in Negros Oriental is placed at 722,265 after which 51,809 more applicants have availed of the last few weeks of the continuing registration. To be taken up in the next ERB hearing is the matter of additional 51,809 voter applicants. The highest number of additional applicants are in Dumaguete City with 5,598, followed by Bayawan City with 5,532 and Guihulngan city with 3,579. These figures, however, can change depending on the outcome of the ERB hearing. In the event of disqualifications, somebody has to file a protest action which will be treated during the ERB hearing, Brillantes said. (By Choy Gallarde)

minal was established. Du said the petition was unconditional, nothing was said about pedicabs, and using the unresolved issue of pedicabs plying the routes of the multicabs can be described as a deception, while the terminal was already constructed to the tune of P25 million and to be used free-of-charge with only P10 as terminal fee for maintenance. LTO chief Ramos made it clear that since a legal terminal is already established, all illegal terminals inside the city can be removed. The terminal at Robinsons is sanctioned by the city and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).jg

League of Mayors President and Jimalalud Mayor Dodoy Tuanda strongly criticized the provincial administration for its perceived bias in the implementation of infrastructure projects and the lack of consultation among the members of the Provincial Development Council. In its August 6, 2012 meeting chaired by Governor Roel Degamo, the members of the PDC Execom, upon the motion of 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), Sibullan (1), San Jose (2), Zamboanguita (4), Sta. Catalina (4), Valencia (1), Bayawan City (2), Guihulngan (1), Dumaguete City (3), Tanjay City (3) and Bais City (1) and appropriated the reverted amounts to projects mostly for road improvements, construction of flood control and drainage canals for Bais City, Tanjay City, Sibulan, Siaton, Sta. Catalina, Bindoy and La Libertad. It was learned that pursuant to the circular, the 20% Development Fund shall no longer be used for the construction of auditoriums, barangay halls and other facilities. The League of Mayors is reportedly planning to meet next week to define their stance and make a united appeal for the Governor to reconsider and retain the appropriations of the 31 projects to the same recipient towns and cities prior to the realignment for projects not only to ensure that they are in accordance to the circular but must also be mutually agreed upon by the Capitol and the LGUs concerned.(By Dems Demecillo)

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random drug test was conducted recently against ten police officers who were participants of the ongoing search and rescue training being spearheaded by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

The surprise drug test is an answer to a letter signed by a civilian who identified a policeman in the north of being a shabu user. PNP Deputy Provincial Director for Operations P/ Supt Alet Virtucio said they took advantage of the situation   because  the  policeman who was reported to be engaged in shabu use is a participant of the search and rescue training. If found positive, con-

firmatory tests will be conducted after which administrative and summary proceedings will follow if subject policeman is indeed found positive of the illegal drug substance. So far, three policemen were dismissed coming from the Negros Oriental police command for illegal drug use, Virtucio said, one from the Dumaguete police and two from the PAIDSOT.jg

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he Department of Education in Negros Oriental is assessing the conduct of a standardized personality assessment on all teachers in the division.

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Dr.  Jimenez said he is always looking after the welfare of his colleagues in the profession and prevent a situation that would ruin their standing in the division. He said the results of the personality assessment is treated with strict confidentiality. Workshops and trainings will follow on how to address, tame or control their behavioral problems. The expense of P500 per teacher is charged to the maintenance and other operating expenses of the district and not to the teacher. Dr. Jimenez said some districts may have a little allocation for MOOE because they also have few teachers and students. Jg

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filing a complaint against a softdrink company and the distributor for malicious mischief and an administrative complaint before the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

PO2 Francio Villagonzalo, who is assigned with the police station in Guihulngan City, narrated that on October 28, 2012, he bought several cases of softdrinks from a distributor in Jimalalud to be consumed during the birthday of his 2-year old daughter, but not all were consumed on that day. On All Souls Day, Nov. 2, 2012, Villagonzalo claimed that after drinking one bottle, he noticed a plastic sachet inside and later identified as that of a deodorant.  Hours later, his stomach crumbled. He was admitted for one day at the Gov. William Villegas District Hospital in Guihulngan and was diagnosed to have acute gas-

troenteritis by the attending physician, Dr. Maynard So. Villagonzalo said he went to the Bacolod plant of the softdrink company to refer the incident and was told by the plant manager, Jaime dela Crom, that they are going to validate and investigate the report and to take this up with the distributor, Monicar Marketing, in Jimalalud. The policeman brought the softdrtink sample to the Bureau of Food and Drug Administration and DTI for immediate action. Villagonzalo said he is doing this to prevent a situation like this in the future considering that millions of softdrinks are consumed daily.jg


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were a yearly feature in the Guinness section on theft. Ban bannog ti agdil-dillaw, no cadcadduan ti agtactacaw, an Ilocano maxim says. Would Ferdinand Jr. please help citizens who cannot follow? “It is useless to criticize if your companion is the thief.” And theft, on a grand scale, is what the unanimous Supreme

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Court decision  of July  2003 was all about (G.R. No. 152154 ). It directed that Marcos secret Swiss deposits, amounting US$658,175,373, be “forfeited in favor of petitioner Republic of the Philippines.” The Swiss government earlier returned the loot. Until that decision, Philippine National Bank held the boodle in escrow. Imelda, Imee MarcosManotoc, Irene MarcosAraneta and Bong-bong

tried —but failed— to add that to their fortunes. Imelda is Waray and may not be familiar with the Ilocano adage, ti cuarta isu ti naimbag nga agservi, negm dakes nga mangiturong (“Money is a good servant but a bad master.”) Imelda, earlier this year, bitterly complained she’d been robbed. “The Presidential Commission on Good Government stole my jewels. They should return them, instead of

From page 16 bugs and the patients in these wards sleep on  flattened cartons over the cold cement floor. They buy cartons downtown at 20 pesos each to cover the cement floors they sleep on. One can imagine the discomfort and the accompanying cold these patients suffer, specially with the coming cooler months. Head Nurse Teresa appealed for bedbug-free beds and suggested leatherette wrapped foam mattresses as a temporary solution; twenty five mattresses are needed for the two wards. So with apologies to Editor-Publisher Ely Dejaresco, I am writing here to appeal to kind-hearted readers if they could help. Many of these patients have been abandoned by their families; they are unable to care for themselves and only the support of the government and the community sustains them. Interested donors can send in their donation to Dumaguete City Habitat for Humanity office at Sta. Catalina Street or call telephone number 2259028 to pick up their donation. All donations will be receipted. Dumaguete Habitat, through its Special displaying them in a National Musuem exhibit,” before the Aquino government auctions them off. The lady wailed about three batches of confiscated gems: (a)

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Men’s Ward. Male patients sleeping on cartons over cement floors. Needs Committee, is actively involved in the daily breakfast program in the Center, and I have asked Committee Chairman Leo Elmaco permission for the committee to be involved in this bed project. Donors can choose to give for the urgent need of mattresses, medicines or food. Currently,

some local donors are giving to the food support for Talay  through Habitat.   Giving is actually thanksgiving or acknowledging that we are blest to be able to give. In giving, we give of ourselves to comfort those in need. As John Bradford said: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

Women’s ward the Malacañang Collection, (b) the Honolulu Batch, and (c) the Roumeliotes Set. People Power demonstrators stumbled across 300 gems in Malacanang closets

hours after the Marcoses scrambled aboard Chinook escape helicopters. In Honolulu, the Marcoses kept what they declared: bearer bonds, cash.


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AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Real St., Independence St. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-31, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lupega Bldg., Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —-------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Dumaguete V Branch Ang Tay Bldg., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Aldea Bldg., San Juan cor. Perdices St., Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Magallanes St., Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER

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PAWNSHOPS Quezon Street, Bais City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS H. Villanueva St., Siaton, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Guihulngan Branch Quezon St., Pob. Guihulngan, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sta. Catalina Branch P. Villanueva St., Sta. Catalina, Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon Branch Blk. 3 New Bus Terminal Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Corner Pinili & Mabini Sts. Dumaguete City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on

November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS North Poblacion, Jimalalud Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office —---------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Tanjay Branch 2 Nono, Limbaga Drive Tanjay City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Sibulan National Highway Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Manjuyod Branch Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Manjuyod All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Nat’l. Hi-Way Poblacion, Zamboanguita All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion, Mabinay

Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bais II Branch, National Highway Barangay Hangyad, Bais City, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office --------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Bayawan, Branch II Tangente Building, JP Rizal St., Barangay Boyco, Bayawan City, Neg.Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Canlaon 2 Branch FATC Bldg., Mabini St., Brgy. Mabigo, Canlaon City All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office -------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Poblacion Pamplona Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWN-

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SHOPS Tayasan Branch Fabugais St. Pob., Tayasan All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office

----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Basay Branch Valencia Drive Pob. Basay All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Robinson Branch South Road Calindagan All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Valencia Branch South Pob., Valencia Neg. Or. All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Siquijor Branch Poblacion, Siquijor, Siquijor All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ------------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWN-

SHOPS Larena Branch Magsaysay St., Larena, Siquijor All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lazi Branch Tigbawan, Lazi Siquijor, Siquijor All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Amlan Branch Poblacion, Amlan, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS Lumbangan Branch Lumbangan, Mabinay, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office ----------------------------AUCTION SALE M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS La Libertad Branch Poblacion, La Libertad, Negros Oriental All unredeemed pledges from June 1-30, 2012 will be sold to public auction on November 15, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at this office


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Question ... From page 1 November 6, 2012, my mind was hopelessly confused, bewildered and disturbed after I conducted clarificatory examination on the guests. I would like to share some questions and concerns which still dwell in my mind.

1 – Since the appearance of the guests in the session was not in the agenda, what was the purpose of their attendance? Who told them to come? 2 – The guests from the DOH revealed themselves when they told the Board that the Provincial Engineer and the Provincial Governor were unable to submit certain documents to the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas in connection with the construction of the Central Block Building of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, impliedly blaming the LGU of Negros Oriental for the delay in its construction. Upon whose request or directive did they make such accusation? 3 – Be that as it may, was the accusation true and just? Apparently not. I showed a receipt dated September 16, 2011 signed by Engr. Bacay showing that the documents were received by her on that date, more than one year ago. 4 – Engr. Bacay admitted the authenticity of the receipt. However, she said a document called “ Scope of Work” was not submitted, which gives credence to the suspicion that if the scope of work would be submitted, DOH Central Visayas would require another paper to be submitted. Why?

Terrorist ... From page 2

unconditional consent and authority to the officers and staff of the National Guard Hospital (NGH) in Riyadh where the OFW is confined to proceed with all the necessary surgical operations. The unconditional consent, in effect, waived any civil, criminal or administrative recourse on their part against the NG. Rallustiana sustrained a fracture in his cervical spinal column, which requires an immediate medical and surgical operation, after a vehicular accident involving a tanker that has also claimed the lives of a number of workers who were on their way to work. Mayor Sagarbarria has assured the family it will shoulder the round trip ticket expenses of the victim’s brother in coordination with the office of 2 nd Dist.  Rep.  George  P. Arnaiz. This developed as representatives of OWWA in Manila arrived this afternoon to assist the Rallustiana family of Banilad.jg

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5 – Apparently, DOH would not want the Province of Negros Oriental to implement the project. If this were so, why require the Provincial Engineer to submit the plan, specifications and scope of work, when the best entity to prepare those papers is the implementor of the project? 6 – Who is the “anointed” implementor of the P100 million for the Central Block Project? 7 – If the principle of local autonomy is respected by those in whose hands the powers of government are for the time being, the logical implementor should be the LGU of Negros Oriental since the functions and the accompanying responsibility and authority on matters concerning health are devolved to it. 8 – However, national officers do not want to let go centralized authority as they want to water down its devolution to local governments, as is the case in the present situation. 9 – Because of the power struggle at the top, especially that “construction” money is involved, there is confusion in the Department of Health as to who should handle the P100 million (which is not even enough). Secretary ONA of the DOH issued several amendatory Memorandum Circulars. First, there was a circular directing that the DOH itself would implement the P100 million project in the year 2012. However, the Circular further provides that in the following year 2013, the appropriation of P100 million will be “downloaded” to, and the project will be implemented by the DPWH. 10 – The compromise policy of “dividing the pie” was, according to the testimony of Engr. Bacay, recently changed. For current years 2012 and 2013, the sum intended for the construction of the Central Block will be solely downloaded to the DPWH. 11 – DPWH won. Secretary Ona’s confusion is cleared by the Executive Department, because in the Presidential System of government, Secretary Ona is only the alter ego of the President. The President’s will is the secretary’s command. Apparently, the President directed the confused Secretary to give it all to DPWH. 12 – Who influenced the President to make the DPWH the sole implementor? The answer is the same answer to the question, “Who has seen the wind?” Neither you nor I. 13 – In the meantime, the impoverished patients at the NOPH suffer.

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NHA makes ... From page 1

for the building of houses. This was confirmed via cellphone from a DPWH official. Initially, the NHA has released 30% of the lot purchase only. The balance will be forthcoming, according to Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, who caused the initial release. Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said he was assured by the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Manila the full payment of the cost of the land where low-cost housing units for Typhoon Sendong victims will rise in Barangay Banilad in two to three weeks. The mayor said compliance of requirements is being fast tracked so construction can immediately commence, and that before the year ends or on Christmas day, flood victims will have decent homes they can call their own. Already, NHA had turned over P6 million to the family of Soledad Tale, representing 30% of the total amount, as advance payment of the 3.7 hectare lot where 397 units will be constructed. Sagarbarria said the project is different from the rest because it is only in Dumaguete where NHA is responsible in the acquisition of the lot and shares in the construction of the house, the total cost of which is P110,000 per unit, P70,000 to be shouldered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and P40,000 by NHA.jg Meanwhile, Sagarbarria admits funding is its biggest problem in terms of pursuing the housing program of the city. According to the mayor, it is eyeing on the purchase of additional lots for donated housing units of San Miguel Corporation, which is coursed through Gawad Kalinga (GK). SMB director Margarito Teves had earlier said 250 housing units is a commitment for Dumaguete and is waiting for the city to provide the counterpart lot where it will be constructed. At the same time, the Caritas housing project in Bajumpandan is expanding. It wants to construct additional 100 housing units in Dumaguete, provided the city can provide the counterpart lot. Sagarbarria explained it is making arrangements with GK to rehabilitate affected housing units in Candau-ay and hopes to add 25 more units for flood victims.jg

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all since the nature of its appropriation under the DOH program from which it is derived is construction/ infrastructure support and not for procurement of hospital equipment. (By Dems Demecillo)

The Local Government of Bindoy received a check worth P961,250 from PhilHealth, equivalent to two quarters worth of per family payment for the provision of primary care services to NHTS-PR sponsored members. Mayor Valente Yap (far left) and Municipal Health Office incharge Vergie Panabang (second from right) received the check from PhilHealth Region 7 vice-president William Chavez (far right). Rosabella Rosel (second from left) represented the Department of Health (DOH), who sponsored the PhilHealth premium of NHTS-PR sponsored members.

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DR. DANTE DOMINGO ally is enough or has the DOH fund to be complimented with a P350M loan from the DBP by the provincial government for the provincial hospital, Dr. Domingo said both funds are not yet even enough to make the central block building operational. They need funds to buy equipment, otherwise, they will resort to recycling of sub-standard and old hospital equipment. Impartial quarters observed that, the more the politicians continue their debates, arguments and agenda, the longer the project will be realized, the higher the cost of materials will rise, as more and more poor patients will be denied the needed hospital services. The cost could almost double next year, a contractor estimated. The CHRONICLE’s ocular inspection, Friday, with Dr. Domingo of the site of the controversial building (See photos page 1 above) indicated that only FOUR LARGE POSTS as the basement have been accomplished by about P20 million from the European Union source out fund initiated by the late Gov. Macias. The picture shown earlier was the outpatient building, which is not part of the controversy, Dr. Domingo clarified. Another set of about P4M was spent from the congressional fund of Sen. Pia Cayetano. The rest are still all-talk, said Dr. Domingo.

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The DOH is said to have P100M ready at its regional office in Cebu. Site of bidding and management is still rocked with controversy between DOH and the provincial capitol. Despite the urgency because of overcrowding of patient population, nothing is yet resolved. NOPH is only capable of accommodating 250 patients, as against its usual 500 or more patients lodged in beds and cots along the hospital hallways (See page 1 photo). IS IT VIABLE? Dr. Domingo told the CHRONICLE that the NOPH earns around P130 million annually. If the P350M loan with DBP is approved, NOPH can still pay the projected P28M yearly amortization. Without any loan, this amount of P28M will still be reverted to the provincial coffers as savings. It is better to be put to use for the poors’ central block building, Dr Domingo, a neurosurgeon himself, asserted. This was also confirmed by the provincial treasurer, Danny Mendez. DOH INSISTENCE In fairness to DOH as to why it is insisting that bidding and management be with Cebu DPWH is probably because DOH, under the new PNOY administration, might not have known that NOPH is now totally a devolved health facility. Devolution means NOPH is now self-supporting and is not dependent on DOH dole outs, which is still welcome though. Under the late Gov. Macias, who is also a surgeon, the NOPH strived to be independent so that it can flex its administrative muscles to the fullest, even opening primary, community and district hospitals in the hinterlands. This cannot be done under a centralized DOH program. Before, NOPH used to have an income of only P90 million annually until it has reached the P130 million mark.

CENTRAL BLOCK Under this central block project, it is expected to accommodate more poor people. The architect is Mr. Sobere Yu, Domingo informed. Matiao Construction did the initial baseline construction. Now, it is the administration’s favorite contractor, Legaspi and company of Bicol, who has raked most of the construction works here. One critic said that if the government wants a contractor to win the bid, all that is to be done is to look for loopholes in the compliance of all legal requirements by other contractors, who by then will be usually disqualified, but with legal basis. -o0oCONTRIBUTED: M e a n w h i l e , “ K ARUM ALD UMAL!” This was the ugly word used by NOPH Chief Dr. Dante G. Domingo in describing the equally ugly condition of admitted patients at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital. Dr. Domingo testified during the regular session of the Provincial Board on August 7, 2012. He and hospital co-chief Dr. Felix Sy said that the maximum bed capacity of the hospital is only for 250 patients while the number of admitted patients exceed 500 at any given time, making the congestion unbearable. It has been observed that patients sleep on the floor and under the bed just to be accommodated. Cases of near violence among relatives of patients who vie for a few square feet of space for their sick children, etc., have been reported. Dr. Domingo said, “. . . borrowing money is the fastest and the easiest way to build this building (Central Block) and we really badly need this building now.” Dr. Domingo further said that the income of NOPH is more than sufficient to pay the proposed loan of P350 million, emphasizing that there will be no additional burden to the people of Negros Oriental.


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