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VOL. 38

No. 15

Dumaguete City,

SC upholds Josy’s natural born status 02


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Some NegOr Mayors off to Malaysia 02


FU is Visayas futsal champ15

Gen. Manuel Lim from Customs to Senate?


PD Lawas welcomes his relief! everal prominent names of private citizens in the community were hired as “consultants” by Governor Roel Degamo whose services are contracted every six months with a total emolument of P3million annually in people’s money, including four new tourism officers.


Without much ado, and in keeping with “tradition,” these consultants under contractual services were approved by the provincial board in giving due courtesy to provide the gov-

ernor with “advisers” in their various fields of “expertise”. They are not required to report during office hours and reportedly will render service at their own time.

Among these consultants and contractual service workers include 2 former city and provincial administrators, a former division superin

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rovincial Police Director S/Supt Rey Lyndon Lawas took in stride his sudden impending relief as the top police officer of Negros Oriental , saying that like a good soldier, they are bound to obey all orders without question anytime. It was only last week that President Noynoy Aquino pressed DILG Sec Jesse Robrido for the speedy results on the investigations of 20 extrajudicial killings, rampant drug peddling and the illegal Suertres numbers game in Negros Oriental. Call it political maneuvering, but civilian police head S/Supt Rey Lyndon Lawas will move up as re- S/Supt. LAWAS gional intelligence chief for Central PD, NegOr. Visayas, while the R-7 comptroller P/ Sr Supt Eduardo Caranza, is set to take his place as PNP provincial director. But will reshuffles solve our problems, Or just prolong its solutions? This was the question raised by civil society stakeholders, as if the major crime problems in Dumaguete city and province are solved by sudden reshuffles. To page 19

To prosecute six, drug raps readied (PHOTO BY JAMIE TAN)

Biz’men howl on soaring power rates By JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ


he Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) has asked the Negros Oriental 2 Electric Cooperative (NORECo 2) for an explanation as to why the sudden surge of its electric rates.

One firm said that from a P27,000 monthly bill, his current power billing is now close to P70,000 as of the last report. NOCCI president Ed Du lamented what he considers as To page 18

Macahig NORECO2 OIC: Obar applies for mgr


egros Oriental 2 Electric Cooperative finance Dionefred K. Macahig was chosen by the board to act as office in-charge to take the place of To page 18



ity prosecutors, headed by city fiscal Elizer Escorial, have recommended the filing of information before the regular courts against six prominent persons for violations of the comprehensive anti-drug law.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) provincial director Rayford Yap said that the joint resolution of at least three assistant prosecutor and approved by city prosecutor Eliezer Escorial, allayed fears of a whitewash in the investigation against five suspects, who are sons and scions of prominent persons in the community. Director Yap wanted to clear his name against accusa-

tions that he made money out of the drug raid in Tugas, Piapi when the suspects were released three days after their arrest on July 10, 2011. Yap explained that they were released after a lapse of the reglamentary period within which to file the information before the city prosecutor’s office.  And that because of so many paper requirements and lack of enough logistics, they To page 18




September 18, 2011

Mayors of non-smoking towns to Malaysia critical reporting everal mayors in Negros Oriental are off to Malacca, Malaysia for a 3-day workshop on local implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), October 26-28, 2011. Participants will train, discuss and share experiences of good practices on tobacco control and to recommend specific actions to strengthen local implementation of existing laws.


In its communication to 20 mayors in Negros Oriental, WHO representative Dr. Soe Nyunt-U has acknowledged efforts of several mayors in the province to become smoke-free local government units with more LGUs replicating the same. Amlan Mayor Bentham dela Cruz who was MAYOR BENTHAM DE LA CRUZ among the first to ban smokAmlan, Negros Oriental ing in public places in his

municipality said most of the mayors have signified their intention to join in the international confab. Malacca is the first state to go smoke-free having passed a statewide legislation to ban indoor smoking. As world heritage site, Malacca is a good model for local tobacco control policies and actions. It has a natural ban on advertising,

TOP OF THE WEEK SC upholds Josy’s natural born status


he Supreme Court on Monday ordered Rep. Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong of Negros Oriental to stay put as member of the House of Representatives after it was ruled that she is a naturalborn Filipino citizen. In a 15-page decision that Limkaichong was not penned by Associate Justice disqualified as member of of Jose Catral Mendoza, the the House and can claim High Tribunal en banc af- victory in the May 2010 firmed a March 24, 2010 polls. decision of the House of The ruling stated that if Representatives Electoral found “sufficient basis to Tribunal(HRET) declaring Turn to page 14

promotion, sponsorship, among others. Dr. Soe said one of key challenges to national legislation that is compliant with the WHO FCTC is interference of the tobacco industry in public policy processes and enforcement. Malaysia and the Philippines are examples of countries that have made greater progress through Turn to page 10


Ex-rebel general to run for senate ne of the few generals in the Armed Forces of the Philippines who led an uprising during the previous administration has just gotten his official appointment from Malacañang as deputy commissioner for intelligence in the Bureau of Customs.





he hot pursuit of 20 armed men believed to be red militants continues this week, following the burning of a sugar cane loaded ten-wheeler owned by a Guihulngan businessman William Antepuesto of the city’s Bgy Buenavista. The incident happened thorities because they were past 3pm in Bgy. Villegas, either influenced or under So Ilihan in Guihulngan threat. city. It is said to be a rebel Truck driver and ten infested or influenced area. other farm laborers on board This means that the people were asked to disembark there did not forewarn auTurn to page 17

he president and chief executive officer of Clark Development Authority is working on the possibility of having direct flights from Clark to Dumaguete and other areas in the country as part of efforts to bring investors to the countrysides.

Former Dumaguete City Mayor and now the president and CEO of Clark Development Authority (CDA), Atty Felipe Antonio Remollo, said he has made initial talks with Air Asia, a Malaysian airline company that has a hub in Clark and Air Philippines Express to service the provincial routes like Dumaguete for business missions, road shows and the like. Remollo said at present more passengers from Luzon are taking flights from Clark because it is

more accessible and more economical. With less than 40 dollars you will be in Hongkong back and forth, the CDA official pointed out. For now, Clark is catering to international flights for Hongkong, Singapore, Macau, Seoul, South Korea, Guam, among others. Remollo further said there are about 500 corporate foriegn investors in Clark and with direct flights to Dumaguete it can easily bring in business missions for possible investments



WikiLeaks reports on insurgency credible


lthough authorities on both sides may deny if not keep mum on WikiLeaks reports on the protracted insurgency war in the Philippines, this longest rebellion in Asia today will not be neutralized because a major stakeholder, which is the Local Government Units LGUs are not doing their part enough.

- o0o The No. 1 propagator of insurgency is the failure of most local government units LGUs to foment enough programs and funding to promote and protect justice, and the welfare of the poor in their own hinterlands. The lack of LGU presence in the hinterlands is the best fuel to continuously ignite the protracted fuse of insurgency. Many mayors do not know, or may know, but avoid and deny, this sad truth. - o0o This was the main gist of the WikiLeaks report by the US Embassy to the White House which did not get fair reactions from the government. But of course —what can you expect.

Why insurgency continues

And he is running for the Senate in the next election. His customs powerful posi- lature. He is in the customs to tion virtually becomes his try to curb the bad image of this jumping board to the legisTurn to page 19

BMs table P4.5M Rx; Ten wheeler torched; Gov’s veto ok, unless red-pattern says PA

he provincial board has “laid on the table” the governor’s request of P4.5Million to fund the DILG requirement for LGUs, for the monitoring of disaster-prone public buildings in order to prevent any damages to lives and property in case of calamities. But the governor has cial board needs 2/3 votes vetoed this item resolution which is 9.3 votes or 10 of disapproval by the pro- votes to muster an over ride. vincial board. But in order Since no such number for the veto to be overrid- has emerged to over-ride the den, the l4-member provinTurn to page 19


here. He said that even before President Benigno Aquino III went to China, a billiondollar Chinese car company Foton  had  already signed up with Clark because of its trust and confidence in the new administration including the biggest steel company HLD, Korean companies like Samsung, Atty. Felipe Remollo American companies like Texas In CEDA, Executive Officer To page 16

Above the military might is much politically motivated while the leftist comrades marching in the hinterlands is well-motivated. Our mayors need yet to master the state of insurgency to be able to solve the problem correctly.

From the Lambat-Bitag campaign in 1989 out of the 7,400 rebels and 140 guerilla fronts, vis-avis the military’s 250,000 strong foot and ghost soldiers, to the present, the corruption in the military have greatly contributed in the perpetuation of rebellion. Money and efforts are not effectively channeled to where it should have been. That is why the war continues. Are you surprised why military guns are found in rebel lairs? There you are, you got the answer. What common tao would love the likes of the Ampatuans who are a-plenty in many towns all over the country. - o0o Definitely the Arroyo government has failed in it is To page 19

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Wanted: Tougher anti-hazing law e strongly support the move to adopt tougher provisions in the antihazing law, in the wake of the physical brutality among private and even government organizations. We suport the move of Senator Aquilino Koko Pimentel III to initiate in the Senate a review of the country’s anti-hazing law to see if tougher penalties can be instituted. It is lamentable that sixteen years after the passage of Republic Act 8049, known as the anti-hazing law, physical brutality still happens in the recruitment of members to organizations among schools and even recruitment of future law enforcers. Hazing is a violation of human rights that must not be tolerated. At the same time, we call on the Commission on Human Rights to intensify its campaign against hazing activities and prosecute violators of the law. The Commission on Human Rights should adopt a system to encourage complainants to come forward and grant them appropriate protection, and even immunity to whistle-blowers. Hazing is performed mostly by close-knit organizations that observe an unwritten code of secrecy. A way to break this code of silence, is to ensure the immunity from prosecution of those who would reveal evidence of wrongdoing. It is within the constitutional powers of the Commission on Human Rights to grant immunity from prosecution to any person whose testimony or whose possession of evidence is necessary in any investigation involving violation of human rights. Hazing is a condemnable act because it violates a persons dignity and promotes a culture of violence. Even with penalties already placed in the law, it has not deterred the incidents of hazing. Tougher measures must be instituted so the law will no longer be violated with impunity.



Maturity among legislators


t seems that it would take until the next local elections in 2013 when we will gain some politically mature members of the provincial board because by then, new and fresh provincial leaders shall have been chosen by the electorate. The perceived political immaturity among some members of the provincial board could yet be the ripple effect of the sudden hiatus in both the governor and the vice governor’s position with the sudden, almost simultaneous, demise of the two top provincial heads leaving a major vacancy in the provincial board, and putting political neophytes in their stead down the line. So it would seem that the present provincial board will just have to contend with the inadequacies and limitations of the present brand of legislators in view of the exigencies of the times. But don’t worry, the 2013 election is sure to come and if there will be less vote buying which we doubt, the best leaders should by then emerge. Over at city hall, notice the marked contrast in the improvement in the composition of our city council .We say the old patronage politics is slowly shifting into a more mature brand of city legislating, with less grandstanding this time.

We are noticing a no-nonsense management by a city presiding officer whose position has long been wanting of better professionalism. Now we seem to be having an improved presiding chair. We say Dumaguete chose good legislators, and good and credible fiscalizers who without them would make another rubberstamp city council. Thanks to our fiscalizers , city legislators are now on their toes, and are coming to the sessions better prepared . By the way, may we quickly add that in fairness, the city vice mayor, in full barong, attended the first national state funeral at the Dgte Memorial Park last week. This is in response to one comment that the state funeral of Dr Edith Tiempo did not have any representative from city hall, much more from the capitol. Well, there was, Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, but who disclaims having been advised to represent city hall at the state funeral. Well, maybe all is well that ends well. So be it. We know, its just a matter of getting used to the job before some members of the provincial board will ,in the future, become better quality legislators. Given this time until the next elections, they still have enough session days to improve and prove that they deserve to be retained as trustworthy provincial law makers, and not as noise mongers.

The Gospel according to wikileaks he Philippine media and social network went agog on September 1 when Wikileaks, the brilliant global hacker, released 2,000 stolen “hot” cable copies regarding the country. Wikileaks said the then First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo was the most corrupt-King Midas himself, who wanted to turn everything he touched into gold. He was into jueteng (illegal gambling) and big-time smuggling, among others.

T Dateline Manila by Bingo P. Dejaresco

Though this eroded her political capital, President GMA could not contain her husband- for he was “Mr Campaign Manager” of the 2004 elections and had to source and pay his dues to supporters for what is now generally admitted to be a “rigged presidential election”. GMA “won” by a slim margin over favorite (the late) movie star Fernando Poe Jr, amid allegations of widespread cheating bannered by the “Hello Garci Scandal.” The illegitimacy of the GMA crown was the fountainead of dissent that started with the resignation of

GMA’s Hyatt 10 Cabinet and a series of military and political attempts (impeachment) to depose her. Big Brother America supported GMA mainly because of her staunch anti-terrorism posture (which Washington loved)-despite her issues of wide scale corruption, human rights violations and links to the dreaded Ampatuans. In exchange, GMA forged a “secret” MOA ceding Ancestral Domain to the MILF, which America favored reportedly in return for American oil companies mining the hidden oil beds in Mindanao. The Supreme

Court, however, scuttled the deal. America’s public stand on a de facto “status quo” for GMA saved the latter from political obliteration during the 2005 “Independence Day” crisis. GMA was grateful and gave Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney the Gold Sikatuna Award. The Catholic Church through the CBCP-allegedly with cue from the Vatican to stay neutral politically-also helped Gloria keep her Throne by the Pasig. So did FVR and Joe de Venecia -in the usual To page 17



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Generation fissures

Improving healthcare services


ou’re a   fool,”  former Evening   News desk editor Carmen Hernandez- snapped over  a Palo Alto restaurant  dinner. “You’re“returning to   all  that  corruption and double-dealing back home”?    The wife and I   gave up “our  U.S. “green  cards”, we  told  “Mameng”. To  break   free  of  Ferdinand  “In my experience, many first  Marcos’  “New  Society”,   we  generation immigrants — homejoined United Nations. But after sick  elderly or  established profesPeople   Power, we  opted  to  re- sionals, tend to return,” The conturn.   There were over 300 in the sul  said, after processing our requeue, seeking visas. We were quest. “All your children are U.S. the only ones signing INS from I- citizens.   Visit   them,  now  and 407: “Abandonment of Lawful Per- then,” he added..”Pick up your vimanent Residence Status.” That sas tomorrow.” skewed  pattern   hasn’t  changed Did we regret, in the lady since. . editor’s words, “returning that An average of   3,568  Fili- all  that?.”  Yes and no, we  pinos  leave daily today.  told “Mameng at  later  Palo They  work  in  over 180 coun- Alto dinners.  There were occatries. Given half  the  chance, sions, in-the in-between  years, 19 out of every 100  would  go  we  fretted::   “Why should for good, earlier  Pulse Asia anybody want to stay?”, surveys state. The  “backlog”  One was when Eduardo for  immigrant  visas  is huge. Cojuangco’s “Brat Pack” tried to Applications  filed in the late impeach  Chief  Justice Hilario 1990s are only being processed Turn to page 16 now. 

shortcoming of public health services in most developing countries, like this country, relates to the balance between” preventive” and “curative” services. Since, as we have seen, curing all the sick is beyond the means of many poor countries, the possibility that sickness and death can be reduced more cheaply through preventive measures deserves careful examination. Measures such as inoculation campaigns, mosquito spraying, and rat killing have produced dramatic improvements in health conditions in some low income countries, most notably in China. Many developing countries, most notably in China, still spend too much on curative services relative to preventive activities. It is thus evident that inad- opment of service patterns equate, maldistributed, and inap- more appropriate to the health propriate medical services in needs and resource availabilpoor countries are themselves ity of a developing country. contributors to sickness and pre- Many experts believe that a mature death. What can be done reformed health system would about it? include: Improved medical serv1) active and continuous ices depend on the extension promotion of community health, of coverage to the entire instead of intermittent treatment population and on the develTurn to page 16



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A Journey Through Cancer




perhaps that we can taste life and all it brings. We have faith that tomorrow, we will see each other in the same workplace and continue a project we have started today. We have long-term plans for our children, for our properties, and for our professions. Faith is the substance of the things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. If we can trust people and machines, how much more God who is the greatest Provider and Creator God?

nyone who has read my column or discussed politics with me knows I am not a fan of President Obama. I consider him to be the personification of the “Peter Principle”. He is a threat to America, more dangerous than Saddam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden. But in his defense, I have listed just some of the lies circulating in the internet. None of these things are true. *Obama’s trip to India costs $200 to talk to a group of million per day? elementary school *Obama was the first president students.                    not to lay a wreath at the *Obama nominated Ms. Kagan Arlington National Cem to the Supreme Court for etery.                      getting 9 eligibility chal *Obama snubbed wounded sollenges dismisse *Obama diers at the National Naval signed an executive order Hospital.                           to lend $2 billion to a *Obama refuses to sign Eagle Brazilian oil Scout certificates? company. *First President to miss an *Obama apologized to Great Army-Navy game Britain for the Declaration of *First President not to attend a Independence. Christmas religious service.   *Obama plans to freeze the *First President to stay on pay of active duty military vacation after a terrorist personnel. attack *Obama wants military *Obama changed the decor in members to pledge loyalty to the Oval Office to a ‘Middle the President, not to the Eastern’ color scheme. Constitution   *Obama used teleprompters Turn to page 10


e operate by faith everyday. We breathe the air without seeing it. We presume that the sun shines tomorrow. We are certain that the buds we see today will open. We know that our internal organs continue to work and the glue-like substance that binds our cells together will allow us to sit, walk, run and do hundreds of functions daily.

If we drive a car, we have faith that we will reach our destination without being bumped by another. We know that if we step on those breaks, we can pull over any corner we want. We sleep soundly at night believing that our house beside the road will not be hit by a drunken driver of a tenwheeler truck. They say that cancer may recur, it is just a matter of time. But we can’t sit, sulk and wait until death comes. We have faith that there will always be another chance, another year, or months




Footsteps and Fingerprints

VERYONE has an opinion about almost anything, and it’s good that we foster this attitude and habit, for it can mean one is trying to contribute something to society. Obviously, everyone has to realize that opinion-making has its standards and requirements that should be met as strictly as possible. At the very least, opinions our society’s developments. The give everybody else an idea of Government and other instituhow one thinks and feels with tions, like the media, should build respect to an issue. They give up the appropriate structures and us a picture of the situations and mechanisms to foster opinionpredicaments of people, since making. For sure, there are inthese get reflected in their views. In the end, they can give us a stances when we need to be sigood reading of a society’s pulse lent for a while. Prudence and discretion require that. But in and culture. For this reason, we should normal circumstances, we encourage everyone to ex- should be quite free to say what press their opinions and teach we think and feel toward a parthem how to do it. With our ticular issue. Our life, both pernew technologies, this con- sonal and social, is so dynamic cern should not be hard to at- we just cannot keep its developments in total silence. tend to. We just have to make sure We should make the mentality of not making any opinion that the views and opinions are exor keeping our views to our- pressed with due sense of responselves a thing of the past. We sibility. They should be meant to Turn to page 10 need to be more participative of

We are not God!!!


re you God? Am I God? NO should be our unequivocal answer. Now, let us ask ourselves and answer sincerely and honestly from our hearts: Who am I, who are we, to arrogate ourselves equal to God by legislating whether a God-created, God-given life should live or die? This is exactly what we are doing if we favour the Reproductive Health Bill, now under deliberation in Congress. The future of our society sonal, family, and community depends on the rediscovery of relations, but also distorts rethe innate human and moral val- lations between peoples and ues that promote and strengthen nations. It is in direct opposithe Culture of Life. At the same tion to the Culture of Life. time, we need to fight against The basic feature of this Culthose values that promote the ture of Death is the noticeable influence of the Culture of Death. absence of God in a growing secuThis Bill is, in the view of lar lifestyle, influenced by a flood our faith, is a prime example of distorted and hedonistic values of the “conspiracy against where pleasure is maximized and life” that is subtly encroach- pain is minimized. Having and ing on the sanctity of life in hoarding become more important today’s milieu. This con- than “being”. spiracy takes the form of a Sexuality is depersonalized “culture of death” and dam- and exploited. Turn to page 11 ages us not only in our per-

JAMES “KOJAK” HUGHS U.S. Army, Cpt (ret)





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Covenant friendship And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. – I Samuel 20:17

he relationship between Jonathan and David was no casual acquaintance. It was deep, committed love relationship between powerful men. In fact, Scripture says more than once that Jonathan loved David as he loved himself (see I Samuel 18:1-3, 20:17).



ou are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32

Jesus himself is the truth that sets us free. He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. He frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deception, and from Satan’s deception. He shows us clearly the

The rule of necessary implication


would like to continue sharing with you our readers ExSenator Kit Tatad’s takes on the controversial RH bill.  The Philippine Constitution protects the family and life against the RH bill. This is the clear and necessary implication of its FR. GAMMY TULABING JCD, VG duty to equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. For how can the State be a protector of the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception if its first assigned task is to prevent women from conceiving? There is every attempt to muddle this issue by provoking a debate on when conception takes place and life begins. To the best of our knowledge, culled from centuries of medical science, conception takes place upon fertilization, when a spermatozoon enters the male secondary oocyte, resulting in the formation of a viable human zygote. REDEFINING THE BEGINNING OF LIFE Fertilization is completed within 24 hours from the time of the sexual intercourse. Four days later, the multicellular human embryo known as blastocyst moves across the uterus for two days and anchors itself to the surface lining (epithelium) of the endometrium (the mucous membrane lining the womb which thickens during the menstrual cycle in preparation for the possible implantation of an embryo.” At least seven medical textbooks agree on this definition. And it is a long settled fact. However there is a strong ideological effort to redefine when life begins. The anti-reproduction lobby says it begins upon implantation rather than upon fertilization. The obvious intention is to allow women to use abortifacients without being seen to commit abortion, even after “fertilization” has been completed, and before implantation has occurred.  UNCHANGING STATE DUTY But no matter when human life inside the womb begins, it is not material to the point I am Turn to page 16

way to eternal life with God. Thus, Jesus does not give us freedom to do what we want but freedom to follow God. As we seek to serve God, Jesus’ perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be. HISTORICAL NOTES

A footnote to mission plan (3)


he Royal Decree approving the mission plan of Negros will see the light of day next Sunday. The following profile of the barrio in Basay is the final installment of the plan: BASAY. – Dista de Bayauan 26 kilómetros y cuenta con 1400 almas. En este barrio se calcula que hay 12,000 indocumentados y en REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN, JR. los llamado Sangque, Bulad, Bongolunan, Agutoy, Manaul, Malangcanay y en el de Tayabonan, nombre del gran río al O. de Basay de mucha profundidad y en que pueden penetrar embarcaciones de gran calado, habrá 10,000 infieles y unos 2500 indocumentados, procedentes de algunos pueblos de la Costa Occidental y de las provincias de Antique e Iloilo. Los productos de dichos barrios son principalmente palay y maíz y algunos tubérculos, pero la tierra es tan feraz que en ella se produciría la caña dulce, el tabaco, el café, el añil, el cacao y el abacá, pues sus terrenos se prestan a toda clase de cultivos. En sus bosques seculares se producen maderas muy buenas que sirven para toda clase de construcciones. Tiene una hermosa iglesia de materiales ligeros de 12 varas de ancha por 36 de larga y 4 de alta, así como también un tribunal regular, convento y una escuela para niños y niñas, pero dichos edificios estan algo descuidados por la dificultad de ir allá el misionero, pues en la monzon del sur es imposible la comunicación por mar y por tierra, y en la del norte solo se hace fácil cuado hay calma. BASAY – Some distance from Bayawan, it is 26 kilometers away and reckons up 1400 souls. In this barrio, it is estimated that there are 12,000 undocumented persons and in those places known as Sangque, Bulad, Bongolunan, Agutoy, Manaul, Malangcanay and in that of Tayabonan, the name of the big river, west of Basay with much depth where big vessels can be harbored, it has 10,000 infidels and some 2500 undocumented, originat Turn to page 16

The depth of their commitment to each other was dramatically illustrated by Jonathan’s gifts to David, which symbolized the deep level of respect, humility, trust and loyalty inherent in their relationship. Jonathan took off the items of clothing that symbolized his royal status as son of the king of Israel and gave them to David. He literally handed over the outward evidence of his status in the world to his friend. This is not something a man does lightly. It is even more amazing that Jonathan also gave David his weapons, his means of defense. Even today, men have strong attachment to their weapons. Men who own guns seem to have no shortage of stories and praises to relate about their favorite pistols, rifles, or shotguns. Boys rarely forget the first knife or .22 rifle they receive. When a boy receives such gift, he feels as if he has


GOSPEL Matthew 20:1-16a Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’ So they went off. [And] he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o’ clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’

gained recognition that he is more than just a boy. When he carries a knife around his pocket or walks through the woods or fields with his rifle, he feels as if he belongs in the world of men. He imagines himself as a man, fighting off bears, mountain lions, and bad guys with the weapons in his hands. Can you imagine how much stronger a great warrior’s attachment to his weapons would be? This interaction between Jonathan and David is beautiful, Jonathan’s gifts not only communicate his deep commitment to David, but David accepts these symbols of commitment without protest. He does not say, “Oh, Jonathan, you shouldn’t do this. This sword is too valuable to give to me.” It is not easy for a man to accept a gift of such depth from another man; yet the gift of covenant friendship is a gift all men need in their lives.

When it was evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ When those who had started about five o’ clock came, each received the usual daily wage. So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’ He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or I am not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Sunday Thoughts Hostility (Part V) MT. 5:21-26, 44-45

One of the best prescriptions in the Bible that has to do with creative response to hostility is given by St. Paul: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live DR. PROCESO UDARBE at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it

is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

September 18, 2011

Supreme Court: LIMKAICHONG is natural-born Filipino Republic of the Philippines Supreme Court Manila EN BANC RENALD F. VILANDO, Petitioner,  - versus  




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This is a petition for certiorari under Rule 65 of the Revised Rules of Court assailing the March 24, 2010 Decision1 [1] of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) dismissing the petitions for quo warranto and declaring private respondent Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong (Limkaichong) not disqualified as Member of the House of Representatives representing the First District of Negros Oriental and its Resolution2 [2] dated May 17, 2010, denying the motion for reconsideration. In the May 14, 2007 elections, Limkaichong filed her certificate of candidacy for the position of Representative of the First District of Negros Oriental. She won over the other contender, Olivia Paras. On May 25, 2007, she was proclaimed as Representative by the Provincial Board of Canvassers on the basis of Comelec Resolution No. 80623 [3] issued on May 18, 2007. On July 23, 2007, she assumed office as Member of the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, petitions involving either the disqualification or the proclamation of Limkaichong were filed before the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) which reached the Court. The petitions, which questioned her citizenship, were filed against Limkaichong by her detractors: Louis Biraogo (G.R. No. 179120);4 [4] Olivia Paras (G.R. Nos. 179132-33);5 [5] and Renald F. Vilando (G.R. Nos. 179240-41).6 [6] These three (3) petitions were consolidated with the petition for certiorari filed by Limkaichong (G.R. Nos. 178831-32) assailing the Joint Resolution issued by the COMELEC which resolved the disqualification cases against her. On April 1, 2009, the Court granted the aforesaid petition of Limkaichong, reversed the Joint Resolution of the Comelec, dismissed the three (3) other petitions, and directed the petitioners to seek relief before the HRET by way of a petition for Quo Warranto. On April 21, 2009 and May 27, 2009, petitioner Renald F. Vilando (Vilando), as taxpayer; and Jacinto Paras, as registered voter of the congressional district concerned, filed separate petitions for Quo Warranto against Limkaichong before the HRET. These petitions were consolidated by the HRET as they both challenged the eligibility of one and the same respondent. Petitioners asserted that Limkaichong was a Chinese citizen and ineligible for the office she was elected and proclaimed. They alleged that she was born to a father (Julio Sy), whose naturalization had not attained finality, and to a mother who acquired the Chinese citizenship of Julio Sy from the time of her marriage to the latter. Also, they invoked the jurisdiction of the HRET for a determination of Limkaichong’s citizenship, which necessarily included an inquiry into the validity of the naturalization certificate of Julio Sy. For her defense, Limkaichong maintained that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen. She averred that the acquisition of Philippine citizenship by her father was regular and in order and had already attained the status of res judicata. Further, she claimed that the validity of such citizenship could not be assailed through a collateral attack. On March 24, 2010, the HRET dismissed both petitions and declared Limkaichong not disqualified as Member of the House of Representatives. Pertinent portions of the HRET decision reads: By and large, petitioners failed to satisfy the quantum of proof to sustain their theory that respondent is not a natural-born Filipino citizen and therefore not qualified as Representative of the First District, Negros Oriental. This being so, their petitions must fail. WHEREFORE, the Tribunal DISMISSES the instant petition for lack of merit and declares that respondent Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong is not disqualified as Member of the House of Representatives representing the First District, Negros Oriental. As soon as the Decision becomes final and executory, notice of copies thereof shall be sent to the President of the Philippines, the House of Representatives through the Speaker, the Commission on Audit through the Chairman, pursuant to Rule 96 of the 2004 Rules of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal. Let a copy of this Decision be furnished the Chairman, Commission on Elections, for his information and appropriate action.  SO ORDERED.7 [7] The petitioners sought reconsideration of the aforesaid decision, but it was denied by the HRET in its Resolution dated May 17, 2010. Hence, this petition for certiorari filed by Vilando anchored on the following  GROUNDS: THE ONE-SIDED RESOLUTION OF THE SUBJECT PETITION FOR QUO WARRANTO AND THE UTTER FAILURE OF THE HRET TO DISQUALIFY LIMKAICHONG AS MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DESPITE MANIFEST EVIDENCE THAT SHE IS NOT A NATURAL-BORN FILIPINO CITIZEN IS WHIMSICAL, CAPRICIOUS AND ARBITRARY BECAUSE: 1.  THE PETITION FOR QUO WARRANTO DOES NOT OPERATE AS A COLLATERAL ATTACK ON THE CITIZENSHIP OF LIMKAICHONG’S FATHER FOR THE REASON THAT HER FATHER’S CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION IS OF NO FORCE AND EFFECT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, HENCE, THERE IS ACTUALLY NOTHING BEING ATTACKED OR ASSAILED BY THE SAME. 2.  LIMKAICHONG CANNOT DERIVE PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP FROM HER MOTHER GIVEN THAT AT THE TIME OF HER BIRTH, HER MOTHER IS NOT ALREADY A FILIPINO CITIZEN AS A RESULT OF HER MARRIAGE TO HER FATHER AS PROVIDED FOR UNDER SECTION 1 (7) OF COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 63 IN RELATION TO ARTICLE 2 (1) CHAPTER II OF THE CHINESE REVISED NATIONALITY LAW OF FEBRUARY 5, 1959. 3.  HAVING THE PLENARY, ABSOLUTE AND EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION TO DETERMINE, AMONG OTHERS, THE QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE HRET CAN LOOK INTO THE ELIGIBILITY OF LIMKAICHONG EVEN IF, AS AN INCIDENT THERETO, IT WOULD MEAN LOOKING INTO THE VALIDITY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION.8 [8] It should be noted that Limkaichong’s term of office as Representative of the First District of Negros Oriental from June 30, 2007 to June 30, 2010 already expired. As such, the issue questioning her eligibility to hold office has been rendered moot and academic by the expiration of her term. Whatever judgment is reached, the same can no longer have any practical legal effect or, in the nature of things, can no longer be enforced.9 [9] Thus, the petition may be dismissed for being moot and academic. Moreover, there was the conduct of the 2010 elections, a supervening event, in a sense, has also rendered this case moot and academic. A moot and academic case is one that ceases to present a justiciable controversy by virtue of supervening events, so that a declaration thereon would be of no practical value. As a rule, courts decline jurisdiction over such case, or dismiss it on ground of mootness. 10 [10] Citizenship, being a continuing requirement for Members of the House of Representatives, however, may be questioned at anytime.11 [11] For this reason, the Court deems it appropriate to resolve the petition on the merits. This position finds support in the rule that courts will decide a question, otherwise moot and academic, if it is “capable of repetition, yet evading review.”12 [12] The question on Limkaichong’s citizenship is likely to recur if she would run again, as she did run, for public office, hence, capable of repetition. In any case, the Court is of the view that the HRET committed no grave abuse of discretion in finding that Limkaichong is not disqualified to sit as Member of the House of Representatives. Vilando’s argument, that the quo warranto petition does not operate as a collateral attack on the citizenship of Limkaichong’s father as the certificate of naturalization is null and void from the beginning, is devoid of merit. In this petition, Vilando seeks to disqualify Limkaichong on the ground that she is a Chinese citizen. To prove his point, he makes reference to the alleged nullity of the grant of naturalization of Limkaichong’s father which, however, is not allowed as it would constitute a collateral attack on the citizenship of the father. In our jurisdiction, an attack on a person’s citizenship may only be done through a direct action for its nullity.13 [13] The proper proceeding to assail the citizenship of Limkaichong’s father should be in accordance with Section 18 of Commonwealth Act No. 473. As held in Limkaichong v.

Comelec,14 [14] thus: As early as the case of Queto v. Catolico,15 [15] where the Court of First Instance judge motu propio and not in the proper denaturalization proceedings called to court various grantees of certificates of naturalization (who had already taken their oaths of allegiance) and cancelled their certificates of naturalization due to procedural infirmities, the Court held that: x x x It may be true that, as alleged by said respondents, that the proceedings for naturalization were tainted with certain infirmities, fatal or otherwise, but that is beside the point in this case. The jurisdiction of the court to inquire into and rule upon such infirmities must be properly invoked in accordance with the procedure laid down by law. Such procedure is the cancellation of the naturalization certificate. [Section 1(5), Commonwealth Act No. 63], in the manner fixed in Section 18 of Commonwealth Act No. 473, hereinbefore quoted, namely, “upon motion made in the proper proceedings by the Solicitor General or his representatives, or by the proper provincial fiscal.” In other words, the initiative must come from these officers, presumably after previous investigation in each particular case. Clearly, under law and jurisprudence, it is the State, through its representatives designated by statute, that may question the illegally or invalidly procured certificate of naturalization in the appropriate denaturalization proceedings. It is plainly not a matter that may be raised by private persons in an election case involving the naturalized citizen’s descendant. Vilando asserts that as an incident in determining the eligibility of Limkaichong, the HRET, having the plenary, absolute and exclusive jurisdiction to determine her qualifications, can pass upon the efficacy of the certificate of naturalization. True, the HRET has jurisdiction over quo warranto petitions, specifically over cases challenging ineligibility on the ground of lack of citizenship. No less than the 1987 Constitution vests the HRET the authority to be the sole judge of all contests relating to the election, returns and qualifications of its Members. This constitutional power is likewise echoed in the 2004 Rules of the HRET. Rule 14 thereof restates this duty, thus: Rule 14. Jurisdiction. – The Tribunal is the sole judge of all contests relating to the election, returns, and qualifications of the Members of the House of Representatives. Time and again, this Court has acknowledged this sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the HRET.16 [16] The power granted to HRET by the Constitution is intended to be as complete and unimpaired as if it had remained originally in the legislature.17 [17] Such power is regarded as full, clear and complete and excludes the exercise of any authority on the part of this Court that would in any wise restrict it or curtail it or even affect the same.18 [18] Such power of the HRET, no matter how complete and exclusive, does not carry with it the authority to delve into the legality of the judgment of naturalization in the pursuit of disqualifying Limkaichong. To rule otherwise would operate as a collateral attack on the citizenship of the father which, as already stated, is not permissible. The HRET properly resolved the issue with the following ratiocination: xxx We note that Jocelyn C. Limkaichong, not the father – Julio Ong Sy, is the respondent in the present case. The Tribunal may not dwell on deliberating on the validity of naturalization of the father if only to pursue the end of declaring the daughter as disqualified to hold office. Unfortunately, much as the Tribunal wants to resolve said issue, it cannot do so because its jurisdiction is limited to the qualification of the proclaimed respondent Limkaichong, being a sitting Member of the Congress. Evidently, there is no basis to oblige the Tribunal to reopen the naturalization proceedings for a determination of the citizenship of the ascendant of respondent. A petition for quo warranto is not a means to achieve that purpose. To rule on this issue in this quo warranto proceeding will not only be a clear grave abuse of discretion amounting to a lack or excess of jurisdiction, but also a blatant violation of due process on the part of the persons who will be affected or who are not parties in this case.19 [19]  Thus, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) wrote that “a collateral attack against a judgment is generally not allowed, unless the judgment is void upon its face or its nullity is apparent by virtue of its own recitals.”20 [20] Under the present situation, there is no evidence to show that the judgment is void on its face: As to the Order of the CFI, Negros Oriental dated July 9, 1957 and September 21, 1959 that were offered in evidence, far from proving an invalid oath of allegiance and certificate of naturalization, being public records, they do in fact constitute legitimate source of authority for the conferment of status of the father of respondent as naturalized Filipino. Absent any contrary declaration by a competent court, the Tribunal presumes the validity of the CFI Orders of July 9, 1957 and September 21, 1959, and the resulting documentations of Julio Sy’s acquisition of Filipino citizenship by naturalization as valid and of legal effect. The oath of allegiance and certificate of naturalization are themselves proofs of the actual conferment of naturalization.21 [21] The HRET, therefore, correctly relied on the presumption of validity of the July 9, 1957 and September 21, 1959 Orders of the Court of First Instance (CFI) Negros Oriental, which granted the petition and declared Julio Sy a naturalized Filipino absent any evidence to the contrary. Records disclose that Limkaichong was born in Dumaguete City on November 9, 1959. The governing law is the citizenship provision of the 1935 Constitution, the pertinent portion thereof, reads: Article IV Section 1. The following are citizens of the Philippines: xxx (3) Those whose fathers are citizens of the Philippines. (4) Those whose mothers are citizens of the Philippines and, upon reaching the age of majority, elect Philippine citizenship. xxx Indubitably, with Limkaichong’s father having been conferred the status as a naturalized Filipino, it follows that she is a Filipino citizen born to a Filipino father. Even on the assumption that the naturalization proceedings and the subsequent issuance of certificate of naturalization were invalid, Limkaichong can still be considered a naturalborn Filipino citizen having been born to a Filipino mother and having impliedly elected Filipino citizenship when she reached majority age. The HRET is, thus, correct in declaring that Limkaichong is a natural-born Filipino citizen: Respondent Limkaichong falls under the category of those persons whose fathers are citizens of the Philippines. (Section 1(3), Article IV, 1935 Constitution) It matters not whether the father acquired citizenship by birth or by naturalization. Therefore, following the line of transmission through the father under the 1935 Constitution, the respondent has satisfactorily complied with the requirement for candidacy and for holding office, as she is a natural-born Filipino citizen.  Likewise, the citizenship of respondent Limkaichong finds support in paragraph 4, Section 1, Article IV of the 1935 Constitution. Having failed to prove that Anesia Sy lost her Philippine citizenship, respondent can be considered a natural born citizen of the Philippines, having been born to a mother who was a natural-born Filipina at the time of marriage, and because respondent was able to elect citizenship informally when she reached majority age. Respondent participated in the barangay elections as a young voter in 1976, accomplished voter’s affidavit as of 1984, and ran as a candidate and was elected as Mayor of La Libertad, Negros Oriental in 2004. These are positive acts of election of Philippine citizenship. The case of In re: Florencio Mallare, elucidates how election of citizenship is manifested in actions indubitably showing a definite choice. We note that respondent had informally elected citizenship after January 17, 1973 during which time the 1973 Constitution considered as citizens of the Philippines all those who elect citizenship in accordance with the 1935 Constitution. The 1987 Constitution provisions, i.e., Section 1(3), Article [IV] and Section 2, Article [IV] were enacted to correct the anomalous situation where one born of a Filipino father and an alien mother was automatically accorded the status of a natural-born citizen, while one born of a Filipino mother and an alien father would still have to elect Philippine



citizenship yet if so elected, was not conferred natural-born status. It was the intention of the framers of the 1987 Constitution to treat equally those born before the 1973 Constitution and who elected Philippine citizenship upon reaching the age of majority either before or after the effectivity of the 1973 Constitution. Thus, those who would elect Philippine citizenship under par. 3, Section 1, Article [IV] of the 1987 Constitution are now, under Section 2, Article [IV] thereof also natural-born Filipinos. The following are the pertinent provisions of the 1987 Constitution: Article IV Section 1. The following are citizens of the Philippines: (1)   Those who are citizens of the Philippines at the time of the adoption of this Constitution; (2)  Those whose fathers or mothers are citizens of the Philippines; (3)   Those born before January 17, 1973, of Filipino mothers, who elect Philippine citizenship upon reaching the age of majority; and (4)  Those who are naturalized in accordance with law. Section 2. Natural-born citizens are those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship. Those who elect Philippine citizenship in accordance with paragraph (3), Section 1 hereof shall be deemed natural-born citizens.22 [22] Vilando’s assertion that Limkaichong cannot derive Philippine citizenship from her mother because the latter became a Chinese citizen when she married Julio Sy, as provided for under Section 1 (7) of Commonwealth Act No. 63 in relation to Article 2 (1) Chapter II of the Chinese Revised Nationality Law of February 5, 1959, must likewise fail. As aptly pointed out by the HRET, Vilando was not able to offer in evidence a duly certified true copy of the alleged Chinese Revised Law of Nationality to prove that Limkaichong’s mother indeed lost her Philippine citizenship. Verily, Vilando failed to establish his case through competent and admissible evidence to warrant a reversal of the HRET ruling. Also, an application for an alien certificate of registration (ACR) is not an indubitable proof of forfeiture of Philippine citizenship. It is well to quote the ruling of the HRET on this matter, to wit: An alien certificate of registration is issued to an individual who declares that he is not a Filipino citizen. It is obtained only when applied for. It is in a form prescribed by the agency and contains a declaration by the applicant of his or her personal information, a photograph, and physical details that identify the applicant. It bears no indication of basis for foreign citizenship, nor proof of change to foreign citizenship. It certifies that a person named therein has applied for registration and fingerprinting and that such person was issued a certificate of registration under the Alien Registration Act of 1950 or other special law. It is only evidence of registration. Unlike birth certificates registered pursuant to Act 3753 (The Civil Register Law), and much less like other public records referred to under Section 23, Rule 132, an alien certificate of registration is not a public document that would be prima facie evidence of the truth of facts contained therein. On its face, it only certifies that the applicant had submitted himself or herself to registration. Therefore, there is no presumption of alienage of the declarant. This is especially so where the declarant has in fact been a natural-born Filipino all along and never lost his or her status as such.23 [23]  Thus, obtaining an ACR by Limkaichong’s mother was not tantamount to a repudiation of her original citizenship. Neither did it result in an acquisition of alien citizenship. In a string of decisions, this Court has consistently held that an application for, and the holding of, an alien certificate of registration is not an act constituting renunciation of Philippine citizenship.24 [24] For renunciation to effectively result in the loss of citizenship, the same must be express.25 [25] Such express renunciation is lacking in this case. Accordingly, Limkaichong’s mother, being a Filipino citizen, can transmit her citizenship to her daughter. Well-settled is the principle that the judgments of the HRET are beyond judicial interference. The only instance where this Court may intervene in the exercise of its so-called extraordinary jurisdiction is upon a determination that the decision or resolution of the HRET was rendered without or in excess of its jurisdiction, or with grave abuse of discretion or upon a clear showing of such arbitrary and improvident use of its power to constitute a denial of due process of law, or upon a demonstration of a very clear unmitigated error, manifestly constituting such grave abuse of discretion that there has to be a remedy for such abuse.26 [26] In this case, there is no showing of any such arbitrariness or improvidence. The HRET acted well within the sphere of its power when it dismissed the quo warranto petition. In fine, this Court finds sufficient basis to sustain the ruling of the HRET which resolved the issue of citizenship in favor of Limkaichong. WHEREFORE, the petition is DENIED. Accordingly, the Court affirms the March 24, 2010 Decision of the HRET declaring that Limkaichong is not disqualified as Member of the House of Representatives representing the First District, Negros Oriental.   SO ORDERED. JOSE CATRAL MENDOZA Associate Justice WE CONCUR: (No part) RENATO C. CORONA Chief Justice     (No part) ANTONIO T. CARPIO PRESBITERO J. VELASCO, JR. Associate Justice Associate Justice   (No part) (No part) TERESITA J. LEONARDO-DE CASTRO ARTURO D. BRION Associate Justice Associate Justice     DIOSDADO M. PERALTA LUCAS P. BERSAMIN Associate Justice Associate Justice   (No part) MARIANO C. DEL CASTILLO ROBERTO A. ABAD Associate Justice Associate Justice MARTIN S. VILLARAMA, JR. JOSE PORTUGAL PEREZ Associate Justice Associate Justice     (On Leave) MARIA LOURDES P. A. SERENO BIENVENIDO L. REYES Associate Justice Associate Justice CERTIFICATION Pursuant to Section 13, Article VIII of the Constitution, it is hereby certified that the conclusions in the above Decision had been reached in consultation before the case was assigned to the writer of the opinion of the Court.     RENATO C. CORONA Chief Justice * No part – former chairman and members of the HRET. ** No part – former counsel of private respondent.   1[1] Rollo, pp. 55-91. 2[2] Id. at 92-94. 3[3] Adopting policy guidelines of not suspending the proclamation of winning candidates with pending disqualification cases, without prejudice to the continuation of hearing and resolution of the cases. 4[4] Petition for Prohibition and Injunction with Preliminary Injunction and/or Temporary Restraining Order, filed on August 24, 2007. 5[5] Petition for Quo Warranto, Prohibition and Mandamus with Prayer for the Issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order and/or Writ of Preliminary Injunction, filed on August 28, 2007. 6[6] Petition for Certiorari and Injunction with Preliminary Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order, filed on September 5, 2008. 7[7] Decision dated March 24, 2010, Annex “A” of Petition, rollo, p. 88. 8[8] Id. at 30-31. 9[9] Mendoza v. Mayor Villas, G.R. No. 187256, February 23, 2011, citing Fernandez v. Commission on Elections, G.R. No. 176296, June 30, 2008, 556 SCRA 765, 771. 10[10] Id., citing Gunsi, Sr. v. Commissioners, The Commission on Elections, G.R. No. 168792, February 23, 2009, 580 SCRA 70, 76. 11[11] Limkaichong v. Comelec, G.R. Nos. 178831-32, April 1, 2009, 583 SCRA 1. 12[12] Integrated Bar of the Philippines v. Atienza, G.R. No. 175241, February 24, 2010, 613 SCRA 518, 523, citing Funa v. Ermita, G.R. No. 184740, February 11, 2010, 612 SCRA 308. 13[13] Co v. Electoral Tribunal of the House of Representatives, G.R. Nos. 9219-92, July 30, 1991, 199 SCRA 692, citing Queto v. Catolico, G.R. Nos. L-25204 and L-25219, January 23, 1970, 31 SCRA 52. 14[14] Supra note 11. 15[15] G.R. Nos. L-25204 and L-25219, January 23, 1970, 31 SCRA 52. 16[16] Limkaichong v. Comelec, supra note 11, citing Vinzons-Chato v. Commission on Elections, G.R. No. 172131, April 2, 2007, 520 SCRA 166; Cerbo v. Comelec, G.R. No. 168411, February 15, 2007, 516 SCRA 51, 58, citing Aggabao v. Commission on Elections, 490 Phil. 285 (2005), among other cases. 17[17]Co v. Electoral Tribunal of the House of Representatives, supra note 13, citing Angara v. Electoral Commission, 63 Phil. 139 (1936). 18[18] Id., citing Lazatin v. HRET, 250 Phil. 390 (1988). 19[19] Annex “A” of Petition, rollo, pp. 73 and 75. 20[20] De la Cruz v. Quiazon, G.R. No. 171961, November 28, 2008, 572 SCRA 681, 695, citing Arcelona v. Court of Appeals, 345 Phil. 250 (1997). 21[21] Decision dated March 24, 2010, Annex “A” of Petition, rollo, p. 79. 22[22] Id. at 86-88. 23[23] Id. at 81. 24[24] Valles v. Comelec, 392 Phil. 327 (2000); Mercado v. Manzano, 367 Phil. 132 (1999); Aznar v. Comelec, 264 Phil. 307 (1990). 25[25] Id. 26[26] Co v. Electoral Tribunal of the House of Representatives, supra note 13, citing Robles v. HRET, G.R. No. 86647, February 5, 1990, 181 SCRA 780.



September 18, 2011

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f you need manpower services right in the heart of people, get it soon from the barangay data base center which will soon be established in pilot barrios here. Aside from Dumaguete and Bayawan Cities, the two other pilot areas in the Region is in Mandaue City and in the municipality of Liloan in Cebu province. These two cities in Negros Oriental are being piloted in the implementation of the National Manpower Skills Registration System (SRS), through a series of orientation seminars on how to accomplish the registration forms by concerned barangay officials who are the best persons to validate the information given. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provincial director Atty Jose Ogang said orientation briefings have been conducted in Bayawan and Dumaguete Cities on the SRS, the main objective of which is for the establishment of a data base of manpower skills in all the

barangays for easy access when these are needed. The registry of skills is a roster of active manpower supply that shows information on the qualifications and skills of registrants which are either formally acquired in school or gained through experience. In Dumaguete, it was the concensus of all the barangays that said list of manpower skills will be placed in a data bank at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) headed by Socorro Mira, until such time that the barangays are ready with their encoding system. With a computerized system, the data base of manpower skills can be readily accessed by clients or interested parties through an information highway that is available all throughout the country. In addition, a database on job postings of employ-

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uphold the common good and not just to reinforce one’s individuality or showcase one’s talents and other advantages through wealth and power, an exercise of lording it over others. Precisely because of that, these views and opinions should be preceded with due study and reflection, considering the different aspects involved and anticipating also the positions and points of view of others. Our views can never be one-way streets, unilateral in character or isolated in a vacuum. In fact, we should welcome reactions and responses from others, no matter how different and even in conflict they may be with ours, as long as these too are done with due study and reflection, and with sincere intention to contribute to the common good. Thus, we need to understand that opinion-making has to be firmly anchored on God, the source of all good things. We need to know and follow his commandments, his will, designs and ways, since it’s in these where we can ultimately find the elements of the genuine common good for us. We just cannot follow our own ideas, without relating these ideas to God. No matter how brilliant they may look and sound to us, if they are not based on God’s will, they are bound to give trouble to us sooner or later. Views and opinions not inspired by God’s love would most likely be contaminated with envy, hatred, greed, pride, vanity, and these have no other effect than discord and division. As St. James said, “For where envying and contention is, there is inconstancy and every evil work.” (3,16) It’s when opinion-making is infused with a religious sense, with a clear reference to God’s designs, no matter how mysterious these may be, that we can have a better chance of serving the cause of objectivity and fairness better. Our views would be respectful of the those of others. We can practice restraint , moderation and courtesy, and avoid falling into the pit of bitter zeal. We can develop broadmindedness and shun rash judgments and undue biases. And when we commit mistakes, it would be much easier to rectify. The autonomy we enjoy in exercising our freedom of expression should never be understood as putting God aside in forming our views and opinions. If anything at all, that autonomy should make us feel more urged to go to God, to pray and ask for enlightenment, so that even in the midst of many legitimate and

From page 2 implementation of local strategies, she said. Meanwhile, Usec Manolo Quezon III, of the communications group in Malacanang said that President Benigno Aquino III is supporting policies of the Department of Health and does not encourage anyone to smoke. Usec Quezon issued the statement while in Dumaguete as advance party of the President in his recent visit to the province.  He said the president supports smoking ban in public places and even proposals to increase sin taxes and similar proposals. President Noy does not anymore smokes in public, sometimes he smokes to remove stress, Usec Quezon said.jg even conflicting opinions, we can still manage to serve the common good while respecting everybody. That is why, professional opinion-makers, who express their views in public, should consider the importance of prayer and contemplation when they do their job. They have to realize that they are accountable before God and men for every word they make. Theirs is a very delicate job. They should avoid knee-jerk reactions and reckless shooting from the hip. They also have to clear up the air when it gets dirtied due to unavoidable conflicts. AFFIDAVIT OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE AND DEED OF ABSOULUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that Hilaria J. Mercado widow; Teresita J. Mercado, Patricia J. Mercado, Arsenia M.Balasabas and Claudio Mercado have filed and executed an Affidavit of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate and Deed of Absolute Sale on a parcel of Land covered by Original Certificate of Title No. FV 31557 and known as lot 506, Pls 790-D located in Alangilan, Sta. Catalina Negros Oriental.containing an area of 2,503 sq. m. per Doc. 16, Page No. 5 Book No. 54, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Jaime Ro. Miraflor The Negros Chronicle Sept. 18,25, Oct. 2, 2011

ATTY. JOSE OGANG DOLE Director Negros Oriental ers shall also be maintained and be made available to indicate the current demand for labor. Other databases of DOLE agencies such as the POEA, OWWA, TESDA AND PRC shall be in harmony with the Phil-Jobnet databases to facilitate interchanges of information about the Philippines’ labor demand and supply. Ogang said the skills registration program would address the recurring problem of skills mismatch in the hiring of job applicants..jg AFFIDAVIT OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE, PARTITION AND ABSOLUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the late Bernabe Pajares namely; Gavina Pajares-Jañala, Paz Pajares Francisco, Basilio Pajares, and Isidro Pajares all of legal age, have filed and executed an affidavit of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate, Partition and Absolute sale by heirs of Estate of Deceased Person on lot No. 1879, Pls-659-D under OCT. NO. FV. -7465 situated in Siaton Negros Oriental containing an area of 46,489 sq. m. per Doc. 208, Page No. 42 Book No. IX, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Kim Diocos The Negros Chronicle Sept. 18,25, Oct. 2, 2011

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*Obama stopped wearing his wedding ring and wristwatch for Ramadan *Obama received college finan cial aid as a ‘foreign student from Indonesia’ *Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the U.S *Obama canceled the National Day of Prayer *Obama’s Hawaiian Certification of Live Birth is a for gery *Obama surrendered his law license for questionable reasons *Obama did not graduate from Columbia University *Obama does not qualify for a security clearance due to his relationship with Bill Ayers *Obama will legalize marijuana if one million people call a designated phone number *Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981 using a non-U.S. passport *Obama uses a Social Security number belonging to man born in 1890 *Obama announced plans to ban recreational fishing in the U.S *Obama’s education & house were paid with money obtained from questionable sources *Obama is a ‘radical Muslim’ who ‘will not recite the Pledge of Alle giance *Obama does not place his hand over his heart when the U.S. national anthem is played *Obama’s presidential cam paign being funded by Hugo Chávez *Obama was a Black Panther None of these things and many more just like them are not true. Why is it important that you know this; because while we focus on false trivia, we miss the real issues. We miss the lies, the broken promises, and the failures. Like a used car salesman, everything President Obama says sounds good, but the “car” is not running properly and it could fall apart. Let’s elect someone who can get the job done. Forty million people are out of work; we need to “change” that. If America fails, Filipinos hurt right along with us. There are 43 thousand Filipinos in New York alone. Many Filipinos are US citizens and eligible to vote. Bank of America just cut 30 thousand jobs. Obama’s “job czar” just closed an American plant and spent 5 billion dollars moving it to China. Time for a REAL change; time to get someone who can fix the problems not make them worse.



AMENDED ORDER A verified petition for Adoption having been filed with this Court by the petitioner, thru counsel, alleging among other things that the petitioner is of legal age, divorced, and a resident of Barangay Poblacion 3, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, Philippines, Carlos Thirdy E. Rosales was his nephew, the son of his brother, Carlos A. Rosales. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, it is hereby ordered that the said petition be set for hearing on Oct. 19, 2011 at 9:30 in the morning at the Session Hall of Branch 43, Capitol Area, Dumaguete City, at the date, time and place, any person may appear to show cause why the petition should not be granted. In the meantime, the Social Worker of the Regional Trial Court of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental is directed to conduct a case study of the person to be adopted and well as the petitioner and to submit a report and recommendation on the matter to the Court on or before the scheduled date of hearing. Let this Order be published in the news paper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and in the Cities of Dumaguete, Tanjay, Bais, Canlaon, and Bayawan at least once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks on or before the scheduled date of hearing. SO ORDERED. GIVEN in open Court this 31st day of August 2011 at Dumaguete City, Philippines. (Sgd.) WINSTON M. VILLEGAS Judge The Negros Chronicle

Sept. 18, 25, Oct.2, 2011

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25-yr old habal habal (motorcycle used in the hinterlands to convey passengers) driver apparently high on drugs, killed his wife with ten stab wounds leaving a one yearold orphan with an uncertain future. The suspect reportedly purchased the illegal drugs from Looc slum district of the city. After the fatal thrusts, the Police is set to file parricide charges against one Rodel Degloria of So. Campisa Bgy Apolong, Valencia. The suspect without provocation repeatedly stabbed his homebody wife past 6:30p.m. Wednesday.

wife managed to shout for help but was declared dead on arrival at the provincial hospital. The suspect who voluntarily surrendered to the Valencia police is facing parricide charges which will be filed shortly.

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The Anti-Rape Law (RA8353) 1. How rape is committed? a. By a man who shall have a carnal knowledge of a woman under any of the ff circumstances: i. Through force, threat or intimidation; ii. When the offended party is deprived of reason or otherwise unconscious; iii. By means of fraudulent machinations or grave abuse of authority; iv. When the offended party is under twelve (12) years old or is demented, even though none of the circumstances mentioned above present. b. By any person who under any of the circumstances mentioned in par 1, shall commit an actual sexual assault by inserting his penis into another’s person’s mouth or anal orifice of another person, or any instrument or object into the genital or anal orifice of another person. 2. Is there a crime of frustrated rape? No. Rape is only committed in attempted and consummated stage. From the moment the offender has carnal knowledge of his victim, he actually attains his purpose and, from that moment also, all the essential elements of the offense have been accomplished. 3. Is the character of the offended woman material in rape? No. The fact that the offended party may have been an unchaste character constitutes no defense in a charge of rape, provided that the illicit relations were committed with force and violence. 4. When is rape punishable by death? ( Pursuant to RA 9346 prohibiting the imposition of the death penalty, the penalty of reclusion perpetua without eligibility for parole shall be imposed, in lieu of death.) a. When by reason or on occasion of the rape, a homicide is committed. b. When the victim is under 18 yrs old and the offender is a parent, ascendant, stepparent, guardian, relative by consanguinity or affinity within the third civil degree, or the common-law spouse of the parent of the victim. c. When the victim is under the custody of the police or military authorities or any law enforcement or penal institution. d. When the rape is committed in full view of the husband, parent, any of the children or other relatives within the third civil degree of consanguinity. e. When the victim is a religious engaged in legitimate religious vocation or calling and is personally known to be such by the offender before or at the time of the commission of the crime. f. When the victim is a child below seven (7) years old. g. When the offender knows that he is afflicted with HIV AIDS or any other sexually transmissible disease and the virus or disease is transmitted to the victim. h. When committed by any member if the Armed Forces of the Philippines or paramilitary units of the Philippine National Police or any law enforcement agency or penal institution, when the offender took advantage of his position to facilitate the commission of the crime. i. When by reason or on the occasion of the rape, the victim has suffered permanent mutilation or disability. j. When the offender knew the pregnancy of the offended party at the time of the commission of the crime. k. When the offender knew of the mental disability, emotional disorder and/or physical handicap of the offended party at the time of the commission of the crime. (Ihra Faith Magno, Contributor)

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Salamat sa inyong pagsalig kanunay akong nangaliya sa labaw”ng makagagahum nga hatagan kitag higayon nga makatigum ug kantidad aron pag tubag sa dinalian nga panginahanglan sa mga pasyente sa NOPH.hangyuon ko ang inyong pag-ampo aron ang atong gimbuhaton magpadayon Pasyente: Janica Eve Pundoyo, Jaidals Canillo, Jade Chaves Catacutan Siton, Bernardo Laborte, Cherry Rose Salvana, John Paul Bismanos, Kathleen Duran Barabas, Krizzel Tag-at, Chassy Flores, Weinegy Manduyog, Jessa Gomez, Jeaneth Acebes, Ricardo Sarming, Rey Maquilan, Tony & Leonita Conchas, Maricar Kilapkilap, Rhea Jean Delacruz, Amparo Barro, Narciso

Adriano, Efren Bacong, Therese Ventula, Alex Secheco, Jomari Taclobos, Johnloyd Saguban Lumayag, Hilariio Adolfo, Reneboy Capena, Aninon Randy, Sharmaine Manandic, Daneil Lope, Cervando Repe, Jr., Ejyan Faburada, Esther Villarmente, Roselyn Lumayag, Maria Angela Ledesma, Roberto dela Cruz, Generoso Omaya, Edgardo Lingcong, Jaime Baroy, Hermenia Gaitera, Jane Silaya, Marilyn Quinto, Jerelyn Yanoc, Absalon Culi, Edjie Torres, Fernandito Landisa, Merjun Benting, Boy Regala Dicen, Godofredo Magbiray, Mely Cardiente, Christine Ypanto, Marrieta Suminggit, Lisa Facturan, Mark Anthony Lariosa, Lito Ledesma, ug Cervando Repe.

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ness of life. It is in embracing the Culture of Life that helps us build our families as the basic life unit of community and society. It is in strengthening this Culture of Life in our families that the integrity and sanctity of the family as the domestic church, the basic unit of Christian life and cornerstone of society, is truly realized. We urge you, as responsible and concerned citizens and children of God, to familiarize yourselves with the various aspects and concerns surrounding the Reproductive Health Bill by reviewing the 11 NEWS articles from both church and nonchurch sources, and two videos that are posted on the BCBP website And then take appropriate action!!! I thank you in advance for standing up for the Culture of Life. May God bless us all.What Should Be Our Response to the RH Bill – by Bobby Atendido, BCBP BOT Chairman (posted on 10- 04-10) No Place for the RH Bill in Our Law – by former Senator Kit Tatad (10-10-10) Talking Points for the RH Bill Dialogue – by Loyola School of Theology and the John Carroll Institute on Church Social Issues (10-11-10) Mother, Let Me Live! – video (10-21-10) Let Us Renew Our Commitment to Life – by Bishop Jesse Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Paranaque (11-22- 10) Pope Benedict and the Con-


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The so-called right of women to decide whether or not to kill their unborn child due to various reasons usually in support of their personal life-style is highlighted and the right of the unborn to its God-given life is being ignored. This is the modern tragedy: the eclipse of the sense of God and man, and the resulting distortions wherein society refuses to accept and care for any life – the sick, the aged, the dysfunctional, the weak – that interferes with its “progress”. We are gradually but inexorably losing the sense of the sacred in our society. Life as designed by God is always “a good”. It is the seed of an existence that transcends the very limits of time, for God himself has planted eternity in the human heart. Human life has always been sacred to God, and to proclaim Christianity is to proclaim life. Therefore as a “people for life” we need to view life in its deeper meaning, and to look for God’s living image in every person, in the unborn person as well as in the birthed. By seeing Christ in every person we meet, we can experience a God-given, everyday – or we could say, an every-person – epiphany! This is the Culture of Life. It is this Culture of Life that promotes and enables us and others to live in dignity and full-

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dom Question – Vatican news (1123-10) House Bill 13: Safety and Protection of Life – by Nancy R. Catan, Portal Editor and Columnist (12-12- 10) “Watch, Laugh, and Learn” or Are We Really Overpopulated? – video (12-15-10) A University of the Phils. Position Paper on the RH Bill – (1218- 10) Choosing Life, Rejecting the RH Bill – CBCP Pastoral Letter (201- 11) Consolidated RH Bill – 15th Congress – (2-01-10) Choosing Life Video: the Official Stand of the Catholic Church on the RH Bill – video (2-14-11) The RH Bill: Losing the Sense of the Sacredness of Life (2-2411)


he Caring Hands to Inspire and Link with Differently-Abled Chil dren (CHILD) project of GPRehab marked its 7th anniversary last September 17, 2011 in Dumaguete City. The celebration kicked off with a Thanksgiving Mass which was participated in by GPRehab staff, Local Care Givers (LCGs), Differently-Abled Children’s Parents Association (DACPA) members, and GPRehab community stakeholders. A motorcade around the city of Dumaguete was held right after the mass with the objective of raising the awareness of the people about disability issues. The motorcade ended at the GPRehab center and different fellowship activities with the children and parents which followed right after. Part of the anniversary’s matrix of activities is the celebration of the National Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week under Presidential Proclamation No. 588. This celebration generally aims at raising the awareness of the community about cer-


ORDER Petitioner, in her verified petition, alleges that she was born on July 10, 1992 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, her sex was entered as Male instead of Female. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on October 17, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time and place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive week at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO OREDERED. Given in Chamber this 15th day of August 2011 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) ANANSON E. JAYME Executive/ Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Sept. 11, 18 & 25, 2011

ebral palsy. CHILD is the only children’s rehabilitation project in Negros Oriental. Implemented by GPRehab, it was started in Metro Dumaguete in 2004. Currently, more or less 140 children are its beneficiaries receiving free physical therapy, occupa-

tional therapy, and education services. Aside from the aforementioned services, CHILD has also been implementing the Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBR) and Inclusive Education Sub-Program.



*City Planning & Development Office Conference 11:00am- 5:00pm Jordan 1 * Happy 80th Birthday Miss Lourdes C. Grapa 6:00pm- 8:00pm Jordan 1& 2 *Dgte. Agape Chinese Christian Academy Dinner 6:00pm- 8:00pm Jordan 2 -------------------------------------------------------*Bethel Guest House Spiritual Enrichment 7:00pm- 9:00pm Jordan 1 -------------------------------------------------------*Negros Oriental Medical Society Fellowship Night 7:00pm- 9:00pm Jordan 1 & 2 -------------------------------------------------------*Dok Alternatibo Seminar 8:00am- 5:00pm Joshua 1 -------------------------------------------------------*Fushion Excel 6:00pm- 8:00pm Joshua 2 -------------------------------------------------------*Negros Oriental Medical Scientific Symposium 9:00pm- 4:00am Jordan 1 & 2 *NORSU Hospitality Management Seminar 1:00pm- 4:00pm Joshua 1 & 2 -------------------------------------------------------*NORSU Hospitality Management Seminar 8:00am- 12:00pm Joshua 1 *RN Tutorial 9:00pm- 12:00pm Agape *Family in Christ Ministry 3:00pm- 5:00pm Agape *Living Word 3:00pm- 5:00pm Jordan 3 *Solidrock Worship Service 5:30pm7:30pm Jordan 3

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Miss Silliman 2011 Alexis Dawn Masangkay tanding proud with her regal bearing, 20-year-old Computer Engineering junior Alexis Dawn Masangkay, the first Miss Silliman from the College of Engineering and Design, gasped when she was crowned this year’s fairest and brightest among 11 hopefuls: “Thank you, God!”


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For a reluctant candidate like Alexis, winning the prestigious campus beauty event in the country, now on its 65th year, was “more than what I had bargained for.” Earlier told by her dad Ariel, who comes from quite a conservative family in Sibulan, Negros Oriental, to just do it her own way and have the least of expectations calmed her throughout the hectic and rigorous preparations for the big night. And, even if she may not be the stereotype beauty queen material (barely 5’2”, she was one of the shortest candidates and she wears braces), she romped off with being Miss Professionalism, best in talent, and best speaker – awards she considers as the most essential and significant in any beauty pageant. It was not until this year that Alexis finally relented to her college’s clamor for her to represent them. As she shares, “I’m really afraid to face pressures. Pageants usually have their standards and I am worried I might embarrass myself. To top it all, my family is rather conservative when it comes to competitions like this. But, considering the encouraging words of my friends, classmates, and my teachers, I also did not want to have regrets later on. I did not want to dwell on the what-ifs, so I decided to immerse myself, just as I always do in other things, and thought that I might as well do it my own way.” For someone who has had no prior experience in beauty pageants, Alexis took to the stage very naturally and

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impressed the judges and the audience with her grace, élan, and poise. Her candid and witty replies to questions, starting from the pre-pageant where the candidates presented their platform speeches and their talents, emphasized her being articulate and fluent. Being a dancer helped her with her confidence, making her “feel at home” onstage. A member of the Kahayag Dance Troupe of Silliman University, she has brought honors to the university and to Dumaguete through the dance competitions she and her dance partner, Linwell Bungcasan, have joined. According to Alexis, it is not enough for a dancer to simply perform – “you


have to move to another step, and that is, to compete.” Early last year, Alexis and Linwell emerged fifth among 32 pairs from different countries in the World Dance Championship Philippine Star Ball held in Makati. Then, in July 2010, in the midyear ranking and competition sponsored by the Dance Sport Council of the Philippines, Inc., they came out seventh among 28 pairs. In September 2010, Alexis and Linwell were ranked third among 19 couples in the International Dance Sport Fes-


tival World Dance Open held at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City. In March this year during the first quarter ranking competition similarly sponsored by the DSCPI, the powerhouse duo came out second among 22 pairs in the twodance category and third among 13 pairs in the threedance category. Next month, specifically on October 1317, Alexis and Linwell will again join their fellow dance sport enthusiasts as they have been invited by the DSCPI to participate in the 15 th National Dance Championship to be held in Malate, Manila. Being an achiever is second nature to Alexis. Coming from a family of engineers, Alexis’ parents, Ariel and Consorcia Lerion Masangkay, have tried to hone the physical and artistic sides of all their five children. This is not to the detriment of the curricular side as Alexis, just like other members of their family, is a consistent honor student, having graduated third honorable mention in the elementary, salutatorian in high school, and a dean’s lister now that she is in college. When asked how she could reconcile her being an engineering student and being a dancer, she replied: “My being in the field of engineering can be attributed to my left brain or my logical side, while my being a dancer satisfies my right brain or my inclination towards the arts and the creative aspect.” Last summer, she found great fulfilment when she taught ballet to children and the youth, “a very rewarding experience.” Her advocacy is anchored on her greatest passion, which is dance, and she hopes to do this during her year-long reign when she ventures into To page 14

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ORDER Petitioner, through counsel, Atty. Dax Malony Montealegre filed a verified petition for correction of entry appearing in her birth records in the office of the Local Civil Registrar of Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, praying that after publication, notice and hearing, the National Statistics Office-Manila and/or through the Local Civil Registrar concerned be ordered for the correction of petitioner’s Certificate of Live Birth particularly in the entry of her date of birth (in item No. 4) from “September 17, 1968” to “September 17, 1969”. Any interested party is hereby directed to appear on October 25, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court and show cause why the petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. August 16, 2011, City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Sgd.) FE LUALHATI D. BUSTAMANTE Acting Presiding Judge The Negros Chronicle Sept. 11, 18 & 25, 2011 Republic of the Philippines 7th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 64 Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental SP. PROC. NO. 11-14-G FOR: CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE MATTER OF CORRECTION OF ENTRIES AS TO SEX FROM FEMALE TO MALE AND DATE OF MARRIAGE OF PARENTS FROM JUNE 27 TO JUNE 27, 1981, IN THE BIRTH RECORDS OF JESSIE VERGARA YAP IN THE CIVIL REGISTRAR OF GUIHULNGAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL JESSIE VERGARA YAP, Petitioner, – versus THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF GUIHULNGAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL Respondent. x—————————————————————/

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ORDER Petitioner, through counsel, Atty. Maria Theresa V. Rizon filed a verified petition for correction of entry appearing in her birth records in the office of the Local Civil Registrar of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, praying that after publication, notice and hearing, the National Statistics Office-Manila and/or through the Local Civil Registrar concerned be ordered to change the following corrections to wit: 1. The entry on Petitioner’s Sex which states “F” should be corrected and/or changed to “MALE”; and 2. The entry on Date of Marriage of Parents which only states “June 27”, must be corrected and/or changed to “June 27, 1981”. WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, and in compliance with the jurisdictional requirement of publication, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks before the date of hearing, at the expense of the petitioner. Any interested party is hereby directed to appear on November 22, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court and show cause why the petition should not be granted. SO OREDERED. August 16, 2011, City of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. The Negros Chronicle Sept. 11, 18 & 25, 2011

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JOSY: natural ... From page 2 sustain the ruling of the HRET which resolved the issue of citizenship in favor of Limkaichong.” Records showed that Limkaichong won over Olivia Paras and was proclaimed on May 25, 2007 by the Provincial Board of Canvassers on the basis of a Commission of Elections (Comelec) resolution. Several petitions involving either Limkaichong’s disqualification or proclamation

Miss Silliman ... (Genova)

From page 12 a partnership with a local private institution whose work includes children with disabilities Alexis may have been a reluctant candidate, but she has truly made her college proud, as well as all Sillimanians as their goodwill ambassador. As she philosophizes: “God has been throwing opportunities my way, which I have not foreseen at all. As they say, opportunities are often disguised as hard work, that is why most people do not find them. It would have been easy for me to say no, I did not want to join the pageant, but will this same opportunity ever come my way again? We just have to face it and learn to live in the moment. As my aunt, who is also a Sillimanian, would say, life is too short to worry.”

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were filed by her rivals Paras, Louis Biraogo and Renald Vilando before the Comelec which eventually reached the High Tribunal. Two separate cases were also filed by Vilando and Jacinto questioning Limkaichong’s eligibility over her citizenship, alleging she was Chinese. Limkaichong maintained in her defense that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen, adding that the acquisition of Philippine citizenship by her father was regular and in order, and attained the status of resjudicata , which is the latin term for “a matter [already] judged.” Also, the High Court in its ruling stated that “in this case, there is no showing of any such arbitrariness or improvidence.” It held that the “HRET acted well within the sphere of its power when it dismissed the quo warranto petition.” Concurring with the decision were Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Martin Villarama, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Portugal Perez, and Bienvenido Reyes while Chief Justice Renato Corona.


September 18, 2011


Foundation U SPORTS Dumaguete Adventure Marathon preparations in full swing


rganizers of the Dumaguete Adventure Marathon (DAM) promise a real adventure to sport runners who are tired of pounding the concrete and asphalt roads. “We have expanded the race into a full 42K marathon but most of the running will be in the scenic mountainous terrain surrounding Dumaguete,” said Dr. Aparicio Mequi, former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission who is now director of the Institute of Youth Sports for Peace at Foundation University. For weeks, varsity athletes of Foundation University have been running the Dumaguete Adventure Marathon trail in the hills of Valencia and Sibulan towns in order to identify areas where water and food stops as well as rest rooms may be needed. The thrill of running “off the beaten path” has attracted runners from as far as Manila, Bacolod, Cebu and some parts of Mindanao, who joined the previous two DAMS.

FU is Visayas Futsal champion


he Foundation University Futsal teams brought home the bacon by winning the championship crown in the Men’s division and 2nd place in the women’s division in the Futsal League Visayas Eliminations held in Iloilo City last Sept. 6-11. The FU teams, led by Giles Roxas, assistant university athletic director, proved to be a surprise to the other teams who had been lording over this sport in the past years. “Our opponents were veterans and they all looked like seasoned players. We were the dark horse in the tournament,” Roxas said. The FU Men’s futsal team, with Most Valuable Player John Carl Tuballa, defeated much older and more experienced players from Sta. Barbara, Roxas City, Barotac, Jaro, Bacolod and the Central Philippines University. The CPU and FU were the only universitybased futsal teams.

FU beats SU in Gov’s Cup elims


he Foundation University basketball team came out of a 15-point disadvantage and defeated the Silliman University Stallions 7360 in the elimination games of the Governor’s Cup held last Tuesday at the Gov. Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center. The game was a see-saw battle between the two varsity teams. The FU team led the first quarter and added to their lead in the second quarter, ending with an 11-point lead. But the SU Team rallied in the third quarter, narrowed the gap and eventually cut FU’S lead to only one point. In the fourth quarter, however, the SU players appeared to have lost steam and committed several blunders, which gave FU the chance to recover. “It was a very thrilling game,” said Engr. Marlon Tanilon, dean of student affairs of Foundation University, who watched the game along with Pres. Mira Sinco, Vice Pres. Victor Vicente Sinco and some FU students.

With that victory, FU is in second place among the eight teams that are participating in the Governor’s Cup. The teams from the Negros Maritime College Foundation, Inc., AMA Computer Center, COSCA and St. Paul University Dumaguete have been eliminated, leaving only the teams of FU, SU, NORSU and ACSAT to play for the semi-final round on Monday, Sept. 19. Giles Roxas, asst. sports director for Foundation University, said that the semifinal rounds on Monday will be between NORSU and FU and between SU and ACSAT.

Foundation University athletes run the trail of the 42K Dumaguete Adventure Marathon which will be held on Nov. 20 which starts and ends at the Robinson’s Mall Dumaguete and takes runners through a scenic, mountainous terrain in the towns of Sibulan and Valencia. Futsal players from FU tackle the ball past an opponent to win 2nd place in the Futsal League Visayas Eliminations held last week in Iloilo City. (photos by Alma Alcoran and Hersley Ven Casero)



Improving... (Romero)

From page 6

of specific conditions in individuals; 2) management of the system of non-physicians; 3) training health care auxiliaries recruited from the community to diagnose and treat simple ailments; and 4) limited referral to difficult cases. The health care system evolved by socialist developing countries such as China and Cuba sometimes are taken as models by those interested in similar reforms. In 1976, China reported spending over 60 percent of its health care budget in rural areas and sending half its medical school graduates to assignments in the countryside.

Generation ... (Mercado)

From page 6

Davide  for   leading the  Supreme Court to crack down on the   notorious   coconut   levy   .  The shady  accused  the unblemished, to cheers of hacks, in Congress and the press. This was perversion.  But does this  depravity  persist across generations?  And do we have a monopoly?  The  Arroyo  Supreme Court  anointed  Cojuangco’s  pocketing  of 16.2 million SMC shares. These were funded by levies, wrung from small farmers. But the tribunal decision steamrollered smallholders. It’s the “biggest joke to hit the century”, then Justice, now Ombudsman, Conchita Carpio Morales wrote. To  reclaim  the 27 percent Coconut Industry Investment Fund for small farmers,  House Deputy Speaker  Erin Tanada  filed. House Bill   5070..  CIIF SMC   shares are  worth P56 billion..   Now, watch  today’  predators  chomp   into yesteryear’s loot. Dagdag-bawas  entered  our vocabulary in the mid-90s. . Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. saw his votes shaved as Juan Ponce Enrile’s tallies ballooned. Years later,   Pimentel’s  son  Aquilino Martin  waged  this battle  again,  to claim the remaining 23 months of a senate term. Nene’s grandchildren   watched   “Koko”sworn in.  They  underscore an injustice

Like other developing countries, it has experienced difficulty in getting health professionals to live in rural areas. China has countered this tendency, however, and though its well known system of health auxiliaries, for the first time it is providing decent health care to its enormous peasant population. As of 1976, official sources reported 1.5 million “barefoot doctors” were working in the country, doing preventive work, treating patients at home and in the fields, assisting in mass health and sanitation campaigns, and disseminating information on family planning and maternal and child health care. In addition, some 3 million parttime health auxiliaries were said to be assisting in these activities. that spanned almost a full senatorial  term. Imelda  and family flew the dictator’s  embalmed body from  Hawaii  straight to Laoag International Airport 18 years ago. President Fidel  Ramos approved return, on condition  of a   Sept. 10  burial. That pledge  was not kept.   Instead, construction of  a museum at the Libingan Ng  Mga Bayani  started.  House Bill 1135, bearing  signature of  214 congressmen  surfaced  prodding President Benigno Aquino III  to authorize Libingan  interment of Marcos. Two families, separated by a generation, are deadlocked on historical  revision.. Since his rise from PMA Class ’71 to national police and senate,   in  over  a  generation, charges dogged Panfilo Lacson:   Dacer-Corbito murder,  Kuratong Baleleng   massacre,  rub  out  of   Red Scorpion gang relatives, a 20 year old woman and an eight-yearold girl -dumped from a helicopter off  Corregidor, etc.etc. Senator Jinggoy Estrada worked all  that into Senate records. Lacson  surfaced   after 14 months on the lam..He is now abrasive Senate prober, not  fugitive with a fake passport. . He pledges no  harm on  Mary “Rosebud” Ong, who asked  for continued Witness Protection  Program  sanctuary. She ’linked Lacson  to drug  deals. All in a generation. 

September 18, 2011

The rule of ... (Tulabing)

From page 8

making. What I am saying is that the State has no business getting involved in any program of contraception or sterilization, precisely because its duty is to protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. How can there be any “unborn” to protect if the first business of the State is to do everything to prevent any “unborn” from entering the reproductive system? A PRACTICAL ANALOGY This point is clear enough. But to make it even clearer, let us draw an analogy. Someone is being hunted by assassins. The police learn about it, and tell the target individual to take refuge inside a police facility. There he would be absolutely safe. But as soon as the police chief has assured the individual, he orders all police personnel not to allow the fellow to enter the facility. So he gets killed. Will you now accept the statement of the police chief that he had agreed to protect the victim from his assassins inside the police facility, but that unfortunately he never got inside the facility? WHEN IS THE STATE BLAMELESS We are not to blame the State if nobody gets pregnant after everyone has decided to contracept or get themselves sterilized either on their own or upon the prodding of an individual or institution. But the State would be doing violence to its duty under the Constitution if it tried to play tricks with the Constitution by undertaking its own program of contraception or sterilization. This would be rank travesty of the law.

A footnote ... (Sagun)

From page 8

ing from several towns of the Occidental Coast and the provinces of Antique and Iloilo. The produce of the cited barrios are principally rice and corn and some tubers, yet the land is so fertile that in it might grow sugar cane, tobacco, coffee, añil, cacao, and abaca, as the terrain lends itself to crops of every kind. In their centuries-old forests are found excellent timber products that can be utilized for all classes of constructions. It maintains a beautiful church of light materials with a width of 12 yards by 36 in length and 4 in height, just as it too has a government building, convent, and school for boys and girls, but said structures are a bit neglected because it is difficult for the missionary to go there, and besides when the southern monsoon comes, it is impossible to make a journey by sea and land, and with the northern (monsoon), it only gets easy when it is calm.

Anti-dengue TK force pushed, and opposed


oard member Liland Estacion, main propo nent of the proposed measure stressed the need to form the task force due to increasing cases of dengue in the province. Records show that in 2009, there were 893 dengue cases in the province, it went up to 1,061 in 2010 and more are recorded this year due to the onset of the rainy season. However, a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is vehemently opposed to the creation of a provincial anti-dengue task force because according to him it is a waste of money and a duplication of the duties of the Department of Health whose mandate is to ensure the promotion of public health Estacion said it is imperative that a provincial anti-dengue task force be formed at this point in time  rather than wait for an epidemic to come. During a public hearing, it was the concensus of participants including doctors from three hospitals in Dumaguete, private sector, nongovernment organizations and different agencies in government to pursue the creation of the antidengue task force to be headed by the governor. The opposition came from 3rd Dist. Board Member Arnolfo Teves Jr. who stressed there was no need for the anti-dengue task force because such is already

From page 2 struments, among others.

Petitioner, in her verified petition, alleges that she was born on May 21, 1986 at Bayawan, Negros Oriental and her fact of birth was duly registered before the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. However, her sex was entered as Male instead of Female. Thus, this petition. The petition being sufficient in form and substance, let the same be heard on December 01, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court along Severino “Nene” Martinez Street, Bayawan City. Interested parties are hereby enjoined to appear on the aforesaid date, time anad place and show cause why the petition should not be granted. Let this order be published immediately, at the expense of the petitioner, for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five component cities. Furnish copies of this order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, the petitioner and her counsel. SO ORDERED. Given in Chamber this 19th day of August 2011 at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.


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Why not ... In fact, Remollo said that during the visit of the President last week, he brought along with him some investors from Clark for an observation trip. Aside from investments, Remollo is also selling Dumaguete and the province as a retirement destination.  In  fact,  little did we know that the president of the Clark Investors and Locators Asociation in the whole of Clark is an Australian retiree who lives in Bantayan, Dumaguete, a certain Mark Cupet, Remollo pointed out.jg

covered by the activitries of the DOH including the awareness and information campaign. Teves further stressed on awareness campaign against dengue is already in schools, children are taught how to dispose of breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitos.  The  most  important thing is for the continuous and massive information campaign through the media, and the involvement of the barangays, including barangay health workers, barangay tanods and the community as a whole. “I was surprised there was no representative from the barangays in the membership of the proposed antidengue task force,” Teves observed.  He  said  in  any undertaking that is of public interest, if done without the participation of the


September 18, 2011

Arnaiz backs ...

the CIVIC circle From page 16


(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: – EDITOR)

The faces of a celebration


ugust is a special month for Dumaguete residents; it is that time of the year when many alumni, guests, friends and relatives come here to celebrate Silliman University ’s Founders Day to commemorate the founding of the university. Founders Day, though celebrated on August 28, is part of a week long celebration held by the Silliman community with many Dumaguete residents involved in its many activities. The celebration includes various class reunions that start way before Founders Day, opening of the various fraternity and college booths, concerts, exhibits and the Outstanding Sillimanian awards. One highlight of the celebration is the ”Parada Sillimaniana” where city residents turn out to watch the returning alumni and the floats of the different colleges. The most awaited float carries the year’s Miss Silliman and her court. For the local residents, Founders Day is the time to bond with visiting alumni during their free time from their Silliman activities. The alumni are treated to rounds of parties with their reunioning classes and friends. Local alumni and their families go out of their way to welcome former classmates and schoolmates. The Girl Scouts of the Philippines Negros Oriental-Siquijor Chapter tendered a welcome Silliman University President,  luncheon special Council Board Meeting for its former Council Executive Zenaida Duran Bennett Dr. Agustin A. Pulido and  wife Doris who is the president of the Silliman UniversityAlumni  Council  of  North a former student and bank colAmerica (SUACONA) and who came for the league, Elmer Garcia, who is now based in Phoenix Arizona here for Founders Day celebration. Silliman High School Class 51 celebrated its the celebration; bumping into 60th jubilee this year. Their class members include Former Silliman President Dr. Juanita Dy Amatong, former Secretary of the De- Agustin A. Pulido and wife Doris

Class 51 President Engr. Jose K. Quiambao, Eufrocinio Piñera, Euligio Dayday,  Rodrigo  Pepito, Engr.Alfonso Teves Jr., Engr. Cesar Concepcion, Brig.Gen Emelio Ferolin, Engr. Porferio Loo and. Servando Chua. Seated are : Mr. Eulogio Dayday, Ms. Rhoda Pepito, Mrs. Lilia Concepcion, Ms. Thelma Aquino- Garcia, Ms. Juanita Dy- Amatong, Mrs. Lilia Barot- Bulado, and Mrs. Sonia Chua. partment of Finance and First Filipina Executive Director in the World Bank Group. This class has been meeting every SU Founders Day. During the Silliman Centennial Celebration in 2001, the class gave a P 100,000 cash donation to the University. This 2011 Founders Day, the class gave P 60,000 commemorating its 60th jubilee. Other classes and Alumni have also made sizable donations to honor their Alma Mater on occasions like Founders Day. The Founder’s Day week, the one week leading to Silliman’s Founders Day is a busy week for local residents and the Silliman community.  Most of our activities that week center around friends and visitors who are here for the celebration. A surprise visit from

during the Tipon Dinner at the Silliman quadrangle were some of the highlights for me that week. It was good to see friends and acquaintances again. Every year, Dumaguete City lays out the red carpet to welcome the alumni and guests celebrating Silliman University ’s Founders Day. One has to see the enthusiasm of the different generations of alumni from this 110 year old institution to appreciate the joyful and festive atmosphere of the university campus and the city at this time. They come from all corners of the country and from foreign shores to once again experience the Silliman spirit and show their love for their Alma Mater, Silliman beside the sea.

GSP Negros Oriental-Siquijor Council Board Members led by President Dr. Profetiza Lim, Past President Atty Luisa Villegas and Vice President Mariant Villegas with special guest Former Council Executive Zenaida Duran Bennett.



Community’s effort against criminality “The real significance of crime is its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind.” – Joseph Conrad


n every growing city it becomes inevitable that crimes will go hand in hand with its progress. There are socio-economic and psychological factors involved in this. It is therefore, the prime duty of the government and its constituents to find ways of curbing this evil menace.

DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA Fellow, Phil. Psychiatric Association Diplomate, Phil. Board of Psychiatry

Here are some feasible suggestions: · The Role of the Police (PNP): To maintain peace and order by enforcing STRICTLY the laws at any cost surprise of unplanned check points at night is very effective indeed. · The Role of the NBI: Their most important role is to assign and dispatch detectives to sensitive areas in the cities, towns, or barangays where most criminals prowl. Places such as night clubs, motels, piers, wharfs, or any point of entry like Tampi or bus stations, etc. Detectives or plainly clothed men can easily penetrate and raid suspicious areas of hide-outs of criminals. Government should increase their numbers more. · The Role of Brgy. Tanods: To patrol and guide

The Gospel ... (Bingo) From page 4

calculated last minute allegiance to a party mate in GMA. On June 13, 2005 - controversial FG Mike Arroyo took a leave of absence from Congress to further diffuse the tense situation. At that time, the country really had no alternative to GMA. Vice president Noli de Castro was an intellectual lightweight and though charismatic -did not have the executive experience of even an Erap who was mayor, senator and vice president before becoming president in 1998. De Castro was known merely to be just an excellent broadcaster but a non-performing senator, to merit a second look as president. Republicans like American presidents Ronald  Reagan (Marcos) and George W. Bush (GMA) supported the vile, corrupt and oppressive Philippine regimes because  they  were  canine devotees to the Star Spangled Banner. But when GMA at some point considered to declared Martial Law –to avoid her unseating from power-Washington stared her down to submission. GMA, reportedly, growled silently with looks that could kill.

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important public and private areas. They should enforce strictly the curfews of youth loitering in the streets at night. Tanods may join buy-bust operations or raids with the police or NBI agents. · Owners of Motorcycle (Rent) Center: They must keep a logbook for suspected renters to write down legibly or print clearly correct personal data (name, age, home address or work address, birthday, civil status, religion, education, signature, etc.) Owners are required to secretly contact the detective in their hotline to come to the center and must copy or take a picture of the written data for verification or authentication of whether the renter is telling the truth or not. If not, then he must be a scalawag. · All Lodging or Boarding Houses or Houses for Rent: Will also be required to have a logbook for verification by the detective or police. Owner must call the given Hotline for surveillance of these strange lodgers. · Isolated Houses: Houses near beaches, farms, rivers, forested areas, etc are potential secret hide-outs of criminals. Concerned neighbors should report these fugitives for identification. · Commercial Stores Sellers: Must look out for buy-

ers purchasing tools that could be used in robberies like acetylene, drills, iron cutters, etc. Secretly report the suspected buyer to the police or detective for surveillance especially if the person is not a licensed constructor. · All City Residents: Must be vigilant for any “new faces” or strangers who may be looking for a place to rent. These strangers are posing to be too friendly and quite inquisitive. These criminals prefer to stay in houses besides pawnshops or jewelry store, bank, etc. Please report these suspected individuals to the authorities secretly. All adult city dwellers must put the Hotline in their cell-phones for easy contact. Know how to describe a person.

Ten wheeler ... From page 2 while the suspected rebels torched the cane truck with gasoline. That they were ready with the fuel indicated that the attack was planned. The most probable reason is failure to pay revolutionary tax, which the Army abhorred, said Col Ramil Biton, 11th IB comdr and Col Carlos Lacuesta, city chief of police in Guihulngan.


ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth Record of FLORIE F. NARCISO, filed through counsel, Atty. Wilhelmo M. Degamo on July 5, 2011, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, an order shall issue directing the office of the Local Civil Registrar of Ayungon, Negros Oriental, to correct the entry of his birth certificate referring to his gender from FEMALE TO MALE and to direct herein respondent to make the necessary correction in its office. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the court sets the initial hearing thereof on October 3, 2011 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this court at which date, time and place, all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its component cities once a week for at least three (3) consecutive weeks, before the date of hearing. Petitioner is hereby directed to furnish the Local Civil Registrar of Ayungon, Negros Oriental of this order with a copy of the petition and its annexes and to the Office of the Solicitor General with address at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City and show proof of service thereof. SO ORDERED. Bais City, Philippines, July 11, 2011. (Sgd.) CANDELARIO V. GONZALEZ Judge The Negros Chronicle Sept. 4, 11 & 18, 2011


12 consultants ... From page 1 tendent of schools; a former board member; a former insurance manager; a former city councilor, a former IBP president, a dean of Silliman University, and a former provincial attorney among others. Neither the provincial board, the capitol office of personnel, nor the governor’s office has released their respective job descriptions, or duties and responsibilities. The provincial administrator promised to release to the CHRONICLE their respective job descriptions as soon as the provincial board will make their hiring official, and in writing. FUNDS AVAILABLE: The provincial board secretary noted that before the provincial board approves a request for the governor for hiring, it is made sure that funds are available. The fact that the steering committee has approved their hirings, mean funds are available. The steering committee of the Sanggunian is composed of: Gov Degamo chairman; BM Rodrigo Alanano, vice chair; BMs Liland BustamanteEstacion of Guihulngan, Angelo Teves of Bais, and Rotelio Lumjod of Dumaguete as members. HONORABLE CONSULTANTS: The capitol released the names of the governor’s bevy of advisers and consultants under contractual services, as the following, and with their respective monthly honoraria: (Neither the provincial board, the capitol office of personnel, nor the governor’s office have released their respec-


tive job descriptions, or duties and responsibilities.) For P26,000+ monthly for six months renewable are the first five: Licerio Napao, ex division schools superintendent, for sports development; Atty Arturo Umbac, former board member, for disaster preparedness management, relief and mitigation; Ma Cecilia Gamo, tourism officer; Dominador Dumalag Jr, former city administrator, on development management; Juvilo Napao, former Tanjay councilor and insurance manager, for social marketing; For P22,214 monthly for six months renewable: are 4 community affairs officers III: former mayor Emil Vincent Arbolado; former city and provincial administrator Paulino Honculada; former provincial attorney Atty Erwin Vergara; and Silliman dean and director of extension program, Dr Nichol Elman who is also a For P18,292 perofficer; month is tourism provincial community affairs officer II former city councilor Atty. Rommel Erames; However, late Friday night Atty. Rommel Erames announced that he was declining the appointment if only to “satisfy his detractors and protect the honor of the Erames family.” The Erames family head BM Sal Erames issued a statement on this issue. Read Istory below. For P14,189 monthly , one Andrew Amaro as community affairs officer I; and David Bryan Cortes, community affairs assistant for p11,636 per month. Our (4) new tourism operations officers for P14,198 monthly each are; Woodrow Maquiling Jr, son of the former city vice mayor; Celia Gamo, (who is also paid as consultant on tourism at P26,000+) Rowel Gabo a former sheriff;

September 18, 2011

and former IBP president Atty Herbert Timtim, brother of Glynda Descuatan, regional manager of SkyCAble , who was also lately heading the management board of the provincial convention center/hotel and the Lamberto Macias Sports Center. Except for Descuatan whose honoraria (if any) was not disclosed, the total emoluments of these people for six months reach P1.5Miliion in six months and P3.03M in one year, if their services are renewed at the pleasure of the governor. According to the governor’s office, these positions are the ‘privilege’ of the governor who has the power to hire consultants. While working under the pleasure of the incumbent provincial chief executive, other people have also been occupying similar consultancy under the past governors of the province. These are legal positions, allowed by law, and approved by the provincial board, who are the duly elected representatives of the people. SAL AND ROMMEL LAMENT UNFAIR CRITICISMS….. Board Member Sal Erames and his lawyer son Rommel Erames have expressed their lament over a black propaganda aired over the radio that father Sal is expressing tilted erroneous opinions favoring Governor Degamo in consideration of son Rommel’s appointment as gubernatorial consultant. Sal Erames stressed that never in his life has he expressed his opinions for a consideration, material or otherwise. He said that his opinions are always made in good faith and on the basis of what he thinks is right. He is embold-

Macahig ... From page 1 general manager Ephraim Taclob who retired at the age of 65 on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Meanwhile, prominent lawyer and pro-consumer advocate Atty Joel Obar is applying for the post of Noreco2 manager in his desire to promote transparency in the electric cooperative. He said every bona fide consumer has the right to apply for such a position so long as he is qualified, he informed the board. OIC Macahig who rose from the ranks from ordinary lineman to the top echelon said, that among the priorities of the electric cooperative is the replacement of a busted power transformer in Bayawan City and the upgrading of the substations in Dauin and Dumaguete, which is part of the capital outlay projects worth P85 million. The old 10 mva power transformer got busted few days after it was installed in Bayawan, as a replacement of the 5mva. With this development, the old 5 mva is being reinstalled. Macahig also reported that the Dauin sub-station has been energized on September 8, 2011 two days before the fiesta of the municipality. As OIC, Macahig is rec-

ened, he says, when he is on the side of the people. It will be remembered that he criticized Marcos for declaring an unconstitutional martial law. Rommel Erames, on the other hand, said that to satisfy his detractors, he is not accepting his designation as consultant to protect the honor of the Erames family and to celebrate the integrity of his origin as family of poor fishermen.

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were not able to beat the 36-hour deadline to file the necessary complaint. The PDEA provincial director was asked by his superiors in Manila to explain reports he received P100,000 in exchange for the temporary liberty of the suspects. In a joint resolution, assistant city prosecutors Angela Czarina Cortes, Jose Ramon Nakao and Leah MedinaNazareno had recommended the filing of violations of Section 5 against Raul Villiran for selling shabu, Section 6 for maintaining a drug den, and Section 12 for possession of illegal drug paraphernalia with no bailbond recommended. A separate information for violations of Section 7 or visiting a drug den, Section 12 and Section 15 of RA 9165 were also recommended against Adrian Pete Dy, Farrel Catan, Jason Bandoy, Mc Daniel Villaranda and Angel Enrique dela Pena.///jg ommending an officer-in-charge to take his place as finance manager, in the person of Edmund Tia who is presently the meter reading and billing division chief of the cooperative. This developed as a consumer who had been lobbying for the opening of the books of accounts of the cooperative is applying for the position of general manager of NORECO 2. Lawyer Joel Obar said every consumer-member in good standing has the right to become manager, subject to the approval of the board. Obar said if given the chance to become manager, every consumer-member can open the books of the cooperative//.jg

the most expensive power rates per kilowatthour in the whole country which is pegged at more than 10 pesos per KWH. Du explained that in last year’s power summit, the issue was the recurring brownouts, and so the chamber poses no objection to buying power direct from Green Core and did not mind paying a little more as long as it can offer a reliable power. NOCCI was made to believe that if there’s an incremental increase it will not go beyond P1 per kilowatt hour. The problem is that it has gone from P6.50 to more than P10. pkwh. The chamber president said Dumaguete and Negros Oriental will have hard time in inviting investors with this present rate and that call centers are already complaining. For his part, city mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said the city’s regular monthly consumption of power is P1.4 m to P1.5m, but on Thursday morning he signed a cheque of P1.8 million to pay for the monthly bill or an increase of P300,000. The mayor said the city was not prepared for this because the budget set aside for electric consumption is only P18 million for the whole year. In earlier interviews, finance officer Macahig explained that Green Core’s application of rate adjustments was approved one or two months ago, and that the increased rates which was supposed to be billed in the previous months was carried to the present billing. But normal billing will resume to what was approved by the energy regulatory commission, Macahig pointed out.jg


September 18, 2011

PD Lawas ... From page 1 This even as Lawas could not finish his two year term as chief of the Negros Oriental police force. Three other police colonels are reportedly in the list, namely, PSrSupt Petronelli Baldebrin, SrSupt Randolph Delfin and SrSupt Caranza. Baldebrin would have been the choice of Gov. Degamo, but is prohibited under the law, because they are cousins. It was still unclear as to the reasons for Lawas’ sudden reassignment to the region, but observers are quick to speculate, it has to do with unsolved crimes in the province as well as the proliferation of illegal numbers game. During the visit of President Benigno Aquino III in Negros Oriental last week, the president told reporters he wanted results and convictions. Sources at Camp Francisco Fernandez in Agan-an, Sibulan said Lawas is a victim of too much politicking and bickerings in the province among high officials.  Lawas  will  be  one year  as  provincial  commander on September 16, 2011. In a CHRONICLE interview last Friday evening, Col Lawas displayed the attitude of a good soldier saying that his assignment anytime anyplace “is part of my territory,” meaning, he has been trained to obey orders and expect to be assigned anwhere., But what is strange about Lawas sudden reassignment revolve around the following observations: 1. The spate of unsolved homicide and murders has shocked the President who came over last week; he could have pressed DILG Sec. Robrido for a reshuffle which is the most

convenient traditional way to spur renewed efforts vs crime prevention; 2. The continued proliferation of illegal drugs and illegal numbers game could have developed a mistaken notion that some law enforcers are on the take, thus the reshuffle; 3. Some politicians “hate” the aggressiveness and nononesense attitude of Lawas in that some big shots-violators of the law could have influenced his transfer; 4. That reshuffling top echelon officers is not a solution to the problem; Lawas being married to a local family clan knows the terrain more than his predecessors and replacements; why was he transferred? 5. Once there is a reshuffling, there is always a drastic paradigm shift and changes in policies in that the momentum in the efforts to enforce the law could be impeded and obstructed, thus results into nonsolution to the problem; 6. Finally, what appeared strange is for the governor to tell Lawas when they met that his transfer is good for his career since he is being promoted. Why was Degamo more concerned of Lawas’ career over the nonsoluition of various extrajudicial killings, illegal gambling and illegal drug trafficking right in his own jurisdiction?

Ex-rebel ... From page 2 flagship of corruption department. Gen. Danilo Lim (ret.) said his track record in the fight against corruption could be the reason for his deployment in one of the very controversial institutions of government.But , can he clean up the customs which is considered one of the flag-


promise to end the insurgency war in two years before the GMA reign ended. It failed. And the war is still, and now going on. And worse, corruption in the military hit its peakexpose just when the Arroyo government exited. Whose timely or, untimely demolition job was that then? Aha… - o0o Funds were not wanting. But its rightful usage was. P400-M was set for the purchase of more attack helicopters. Instead where did the money go? the helicopter corruption issue included; P300-M was to build more police presence, personnel, arms and outposts in the hinterlands; did you see them there? Hardly. - o0o P300-M was for the campaign for the “hearts and minds” of the mountain people. The army did it here well in Linantuyan, Guihulngan rebel lair, and it improved the situation. This was the 500- barangay project of the military. Surely, the Army image in NegOr improved in the mountains. Thanks to the initiatives of Gen. Yano and his team that followed. - o0o The US embassy report as exposed by WikiLeaks

said that “leftists were concerned that the military and police could go after local farmers already squeezed by revolutionary taxes, thus the increase in extrajudicial killings allegedly involving security forces.” This scenario was not totally absent in NegOr, per news reports from the field. - o0o The US embassy reports exposed by WikiLeaks also cited government concerns about the need for the LGUs and the barangay councils to help in the anti-insurgency campaign. Is this happening? No , generally. - o0o Many mayors and barangay officials still do not know how to handle the state of insurgency even in their own jurisdictions. So how can they lick the problem? —with the apparent neglect of some LGUs seemingly emerges to be the problem! - o0o Bottomline: the LGUs and barangay governments are the KEY players who have not rightfully played their roles in ending this longest rebellion in Asia. Thailand and Combodia seem to have ended theirs. Why not in the Philippines (as of yet) but if ever, —- when? - o0o From the beach one weekend, I wore tattered clothes and a buri hat, entered a lowly town PNP office and pretended to seek some assistance, and was treated shabbily and discourteously until I identified myself. See? This kind of dis-service to the common tao by LGUs are the main breeders of insurgency. - o0o Why don’t some mayors, exchange places with other mayors, and wear tattered clothes, enter another police office and try to pretend seeking assistance. The mayors then will finally know the answers, as I just did.

ships of corruption? He said going into the stigma that the institution is being viewed from has crossed his mind a thousand time, in stressing that with or without doing anything, the perception is not something to be proud of. Gen Lim, however, said he will try to make a difference in the Bureau of Customs because he cannot say no to a president who wants to get rid of graftors in government. As a soldier, you give me marching orders, and

the P4.5M is approved, we believe. Under the Local Govt Code, the governor or mayor can veto an item resolution. No official reason was advanced why it was tabled except that the steering committee (which the governor himself heads and vice chaired by BM Alanano) claim it was for further study. The members of the steering com are BMs Liland Estacion, Angelo Teves and Rotelio Lumjod. The governor was quoted as saying that he is determined to implement the P4.5 m requirement of the DILG to



WikiLeaks reports ... (From page 2)

BMs table ... From page 2 governor’s veto, then, the veto stands. Within l5 days if the measure is not over-ridden, then it is deemed passed, and I will obey, Gen Lim told a press briefing while in Dumaguete. “Kung ang ginto ay ginto pa rin kahit ilinublub sa putik,” I will try to be like a “ginto” even if Im with the Bureau of Customs, Gen. Lim pointed out.jg

monitor dilapidated public buildings. But ciritics say, the P4.5M could be mis used in hiring unqualified building inspectors, besides, each town has its own building officials, so why still waste money for such purpose which can be attained without much spending. The bottomline is that critics of Gov Degamo suspect that this money might be used to gain more supporters over and above this noble purpose. We have no evidence nor any comment on this particular speculation.



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The Negros Chronicle September 18, 2011 issue  

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