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BORONGAN CITY -- Ms. Stephany Dianne Stefanowitz, Ms. Philippines Earth 2012 along with other beauties of Ms Earth 2012 urged Eastern Samareños to be serious for the government campaign for the protection of environment. In a symposium held Friday at the Filature building of the Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), barangay Maypangdan, this city, Stefanowitz said See BEAUTIES page 3...

Senate, House OKs RH bill in final reading

The government declares 18-day ceasefire members of the CPP/NPA. Urged the latter to go home for Christmas. (Online Grab)

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CATBALOGAN CITY -- The Philippine government has declared an 18-day unilateral truce with t he N e w P e o p l e ’ s Army (NPA) from December 16 until January 2 for the peaceful observance of the Christmas holidays. The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines See GOVT page 3...


DepEd releases P3.8-M for Catbalogan, Calbayog classroom construction By NINFA B. QUIRANTE SWE Contributor

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BASEY, Samar -- After more than a decade of public debate, both the Senate and the House of Representatives approved its third and final reading of the controversial bill and scheduled it for a bicameral meeting soon. In Congress reading on December 17, by a vote of 133 “yes” versus 79 “no” votes with seven abstentions, congressmen approved House Bill 4244 which provides for a “Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development.” Presided over by Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III (upper left photo) and under the watchful eye of See SENATE page 2...

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CAMP RUPERTO K. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The intensified crackdown by the Philippine National Police against the proliferation of illegal drugs in Eastern Visayas has netted a sizable number of drug suspects and the seizure of a significant amount of illegal drugs as the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) vowed to make the area free from the drug menace. “The campaign against illegal drugs remains to be one of the PNP Eastern Visayas’ top priority with the aim of making Eastern Visayas illegal drugs-free,” Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, Eastern Visayas regional director said. Soria said that from January 1 to November 30 this year, intensified anti-illegal drugs operations conducted by the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (AIDSOTG) of PRO8 resulted in the confiscation of P21,024,242.90 worth of illegal drugs in 152 anti-drug operations across the region. Soria added that a total of 169 violators of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were rounded-up by the police in drug buybust operations, raids and searches, and marijuana eradication operations, resulting in the filing of 150 drug charges in different courts regionwide. He explained that geographically, Eastern Visayas has wide coastal areas with several ports and terminals that could serve as the entrance and exit points of illegal drugs. On the other hand, EV’s reputation as one of the fastest growing regions attracts both legitimate and illegitimate businesses. Moreover, Soria said he has already discussed the matter with his counterparts in the Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Coast Guard, and Philippine Ports Authority during the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council (RLECC) conference, for the activation of anti-drug councils and intensification of security measures in seaports and terminals in the region aside from soliciting support from the members of the community. “An intelligence driven information will make any anti-illegal drugs operation successful,” Soria said.

SENATE from page 1 ... Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. (second from left, lower left photo), the bigger chamber, after a series of marathon and heated debates watched closely by thousands of anti and pro supporters, tackled the measure principally, each of the congressmen defending their votes in emotional speeches. Meanwhile, the Senate has also passed the bill on third and final reading with 13 “yes” votes, eight (8) “no” votes and zero abstentions. The 13 senators who voted in favor of the bill were Edgardo Angara, Joker Arroyo, Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Teofisto Guingona III, Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Loren Legarda, Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos Jr., Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Ralph Recto. The eight who voted against it were Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile, Senate Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Senators Gringo Honasan, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Manuel “Manny” Villar, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV. Senators Serge Osmena III and Lito Lapid were absent during the voting. The bills will now go to the bicameral conference committee to unify both versions in January 2013. Earlier, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III declared the bill as urgent, paving the way for solons to speed up voting process. The Palace, dismissed reports of having “pressure” to congressmen who were against the RH bill. (Ricky Bautista)

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for the construction of classrooms in two premier cities of this province. Giselle Gomez of DPWH-Samar said the budget came from the Department of Education (DepEd) Calendar Year 2012 building allocation amounted to P3.799 million for Catbalogan and Calbayog cities. The projects, Gomez said, cover the construction of one classroom school building elevated type measuring 7.00 meters x 9.00 meters for the two cities. Recipients of the projects in Calbayog City Division include Dawo Integrated School with a P677,000 budget; Roxas I Primary School with 658,000 and Cogon Elementary School in the amount of P644,000. Meanwhile in the Catbalogan City Division, Curry Elementary School, Sta. Margarita, Samar is funded with P616, 000 while Marcos Primary School in Gandara, Samar will have P616, 000 and Rizal Primary School in Matuguinao will have a classroom at a cost of P615, 000. The implementation of the projects will answer the lack of classrooms in the elementary schools in said divisions.

Children speak of MDG during English Month culmination

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BORONGAN CITY -- Mayor Ma. Fe Abunda rejected a check purportedly intended for a twoyear occupational fee of a Chinese corporation that applied for a mining operation here. Mrs. Abunda admitted the information in a recent Climate Change Symposium held at the Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), this city. According to her, she did not take the check be-

cause she cannot afford to accept money at the expense of her constituents. The Taft River, according to her, is still dead up to the moment, as an ill-effect of a mining operation that operated in Bagacay many years ago. The mayor said she will not allow the same to happen to the people of Borongan. “While I am the mayor of this city, I will do all my best to protect this land

where I live, because I am not going to Mars,” Abunda stressed. Ex-Mayor Javier Zacate recalled that as a young boy who lived near the river of Sulat, the town next to Taft, it was easy to gather shrimps and crabs for the day’s viand. Today, it is hard to find an edible living organism in their river, he said, due to siltation of Taft River. Zacate likewise appealed to the public to sup-

BORONGAN CITY -Some children gave meaning to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as they see it during the English Month celebration here. The activity was held during the Department of Education (DepEd) City Division’s Culmination Program on December 12, at the gymnasium of the Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School (ESNCHS) which port the advocacy for environmental protection. Similarly, Maydolong Mayor Henry Afable was reported also to have rejected another offer of a Chinese firm to operate mining in his vicinity. Maydolong is known for its lush verdant forest and a green canopy along its national highway. This is believed to offer motorists and travelers a refreshing view. (Alice B. Nicart)

was attended by close to 500 secondary and elementary school children with their teacher-advisers. Expressed in Group Jazz Chants and literary manner were the MDG goals such as eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; promote gender equality and empower women; combat HIV/ AIDS, malaria and other diseases; and ensure environmental sustainability. English Supervisor Lorie Arago said the presentation was made in such a manner that the children can understand and appreciate the MDG goals. It is also most important he said that young children learn to participate in the communities’ efforts and initiatives in order to carry out and realize all these goals by 2015 for better communities and world to live in.

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GOVT from page 1 ... (CPP) has yet to reciprocate the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) call for peace but its political wing National Democratic Front has earlier declared its cadres to stop tactical offensive against military personnel on December 5 until January 2, 2012 especially in ‘Pablo’ stricken municipalities in Mindanao. In Catbalogan City, the 8ID leadership announced they gladly welcomed the truce saying the truce will give both camps a chance to enjoy the yuletide season. “The message of Suspension of Military Operations (SOMO) is peace by giving our NPA brothers opportunity to celebrate the yuletide season with their families and friends, we hope that the meaningful time will enlighten their hearts on the futility of fighting and the beauty of togetherness and peace,” says Capt. Gene Orense, chief of the 8ID DPAO. Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III, the commander-in-chief of the AFP who signed the truce urged the rebels to go down from the hills and spend a meaningful Christmas with their families. AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said “the very purpose of the enforcement of SOMO is for them (rebels) to have the opportunity to spend the Christmas season with their families. Go down and be with your family this Yuletide season.” Under the military’s SOMO, the conduct of deliberate offensives such as combat operations, meant to degrade the armed capability or seize NPA encampments, are prohibited. “These are what the Armed Forces can do like security patrols within the necessary protective radius which is aimed to protect communities, government establishments, investment and economic facilities, vital structures and of course military camps and detachments,” Burgos explained. Peace talks between the government and the NDF have stalled since February 2011 after the latter accused the government of violating the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) with the series of arrests of its “peace consultants”. Recently, President Benigno Aquino III moved again to revive peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF after the government’s initial success in prodding the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to sign the Framework Agreement (FRAG) to end the decades-old armed conflict in Mindanao. The 4,000-member CPP-NPA has been fighting a guerrilla war against the Philippine government for more than 40 years. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has stunted growth and investment in resource-rich areas throughout the country sides.

BEAUTIES from page 1 ... the province of Eastern Samar has a natural beauty that needs to be protected. “You have a very beautiful place (you) must treasure and preserve,” she told her audience composed of students, teachers and residents of Eastern Samar. She added: “You should also help in managing your garbage and (learn) conserving your natural resources, particularly your abundant trees that we saw on our way here.” The Ms Earth beauty shared that by simply using a glass in brushing teeth, one can already help save and protect the environment. “Instead of allowing the faucet to wastefully gush with the precious water, use glass to conserve water.” She said the tragedy hit Mindanao especially in Compostela Valley shouldn’t be repeated anywhere in the country. “Let’s promote good practices in environment protection so that disaster like that would never happen to us.” “When man destroys, nature reacts, therefore, do what you can, while we can,” she said. Four Ms. Earth beauties namely Ms. Princess Lieza Manson, Ms. Philippines Earth Runner-up, Ms. Candice Ramos, Ms. Philippines Eco-Tourism, Ms. Glennifer Perido were in the province last week in response to an invitation of Rep. Ben Evardone.

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WOMEN’S POWER. In celebration of International Day Against Trafficking and the culmination of 18 day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, Plan International Samar Project Unit headed by Manager Ms. Fe Montano and Program Coordinator Ms. Rhoda Ercilla converged partners and students in a forum to heighten the level of awareness and foster stronger commitment. The December 12, 2012 activity was in collaboration of the Samar Provincial Gender and Development Council, Catbalogan City Gender and Development Council, Philippine National Police, government agencies and non-government organizations. (Myra Tambor)

Police probes FAs cache seized in Calbayog City THE Regional Special Operations Task Group is conducting investigation if the firearms cache recovered in Calbayog City belongs to a Partisan Armed Group (PAG) in Samar’s first district even as a member of the Philippine Army was nabbed by police operatives in the city for carrying an undocumented firearm. “I ordered the RSOTG and the police chief in Calbayog to conduct a thorough investigation as said firearms may belong to a PAG or criminal elements in the area,” PCSupt. Elmer Soria, PRO8 director said. The Police Regional Office 8 activated the RSOTG recently to ensure secure and fair elections in 2013 especially in Samar province, which the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier classified as one of the 15 “priority areas” for next year’s midterm polls. Soria informed that at about 9:45 in the evening of December 12, information received by the Calbayog City Police Station disclosed that there were 3 suspiciouslooking men sighted infront of the Baptist Church in Purok 3, Brgy Hamorawon, some two kilometers east from the city proper. Investigation at the scene yielded a black bag containing a KG9 9mm Luger machine pistol model TEC-KG9 bearing serial number 334612 with one magazine containing 26 live ammunitions; one 9mm caliber pistol with serial number 80059 with one magazine loaded with 12 ammo and .22 caliber revolver marked Black Widow with serial number PAT 4824463 loaded with 5 ammunitions. “We are not discounting the possibility that said firearms may belong to a group that maybe utilized in next year’s polls,” Soria added, although he said that it may also belong some criminal groups operating in the city and nearby towns. Meanwhile, an enlisted personnel of

PNP/COMELEC CONFERENCE. PRO8 director PCSupt. Elmer Soria, SPPO director PSSupt. Eusebio A. Mejos, RSOTG commander PSSupt. Edgar Basbas initiated a joint meeting with the Commission on Election in Samar represented by Atty. Ma. Corazon Montallana to ensure the Secure and Fair Election 2012 last December 8, 2012 at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City8. A press conference with the Samarbased media followed afterwards. (Lilith S. Teña/SWE) Philippine Army was arrested by the police in the early morning of December 14 in a nightclub in Brgy. Aguit-itan also in Calbayog City. Acting on a telephone call from a bar owner that a customer was creating trouble and refused to pay his bills, a police team arrested the suspect, later identified as Pfc. Andrew Biron y Ramos, 33, married, residing at Brgy San Pedro Irosin, Sorsogon and assigned at the 8th Infantry Divison based in Camp Lukban in Catbalogan City. Biron failed to show any document of his authority to possess the .357 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver loaded with 5 live ammunition seized from him. Suspect was immediately brought to Calbayog Police Station for proper disposition as appropriate charges for violations of RA 8294 is being prepared for filing against him.


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EDITORIAL Controversial RH bill Recently, both the Senate and the House of Representatives approved the controversial Reproductive Health bill in the second and third readings. Two things can be seen here. One is that representatives of the people took sides with the popular clamor to have this controversial bill passed. Some weeks back respondents in a survey conducted it came out that majority of them favor the RH bill. The voice of the people was indeed heard through their representatives. Of course there will still be another debate to finally pass it on the bicameral meeting come January 2013. Two: The bishops and scores of Catholic leaders present showed their strength by watching the proceedings in a fairly good number having occupied the south wing of the House gallery. They counted more in number compared to the pro-RH bill on the other side of the gallery so that when a viva-voce vote was called, it appeared that the anti RH bill were just as loud even louder that the pro RH bill when they joined in the chorus for the “Nay” which is supposed to be purely legislator’s role. So a nominal voting followed that finally revealed the pro-RH bill won the votes. Did the Catholic Church through its leaders and supporters lose in the battle? We don’t think so. When the bill becomes a law the Catholic Church will continue to influence the Roman Catholic believers not to follow the law. Unfortunately however, some Catholic couples will simply listen to the homilies but the warnings will simply enter one ear and exits its message to the other ear. Many of our Catholic couples especially the rich and educated have been practicing all sorts of family planning methods. Now they are bolder because of its legality. Legislators now should seriously focus on other important measures that need legislation. They have spent so many session days on the RH bill.

Views on News

By Ricky J. Bautista

Election Puppets

PHILIPPINE elections have always been intense political exercises. Voter turnout is high and millions take part not just to cast their votes but also to guard the ballots, campaign for candidates and or the new system of automation, which was the first of its kind in the Philippine settings. No other event can mobilize so many citizens in such a concentrated period of time as elections can. Interest in politics and news in general peaks during the election season. Politicians invest tremendous financial and organizational resources to look good in the media. Campaign strategists spend sleepless nights thinking of news angles and spins. Political spin is churned out daily, as the camps of the different candidates flood reporters and newsrooms with gossip, demolition stories, rumors and even “junk” photos of their candidates, in an effort to influence news coverage. In my case, my inbox was spammed with daily emails from national candidates, party lists, and even local candidates hoping to “buy” their stories which are obviously to ruin their opponents and or to uplift them. Many candidates also used the advancement of the mass media such as using the face book, twitter, and text brigades for the same purposes. The pinoys, much more now than in the past, rely on the mass media in deciding whom to vote and which issues are important. There is a hunger for information, and citizens are much more attentive and “participative” to reports updates happening in their places. Thus, two big television networks launched their “Iboto mo, Ipatrol mo,” and “Youscoop” wherein the citizens was encouraged to send reports, photos and videos to the news agencies, which later on accepted by the public. The continuing restoration of democracy unleashed a free press, revived electoral politics, and let loose a flood of demagogues. The media became particularly powerful See VIEWS p5

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Hints & Traces

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Bumps, setbacks, defeats WE have to learn how to cope with these situations. They are unavoidable in life. As the Book of Ecclesiastes says: “There is a time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance…a time to get, and a time to lose…All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven.” So, let’s just take it easy, and avoid getting upset or afraid or desperate unnecessarily. God is in control. What we have to do is to carry out what clearly is incumbent on us—our ordinary work, our daily duties that should be done with love for God and others. We should avoid extrapolating things out of a misplaced zeal, or self-righteousness, or simply out of fear to lose and desire to win and dominate. God’s all-abiding providence is driven solely out of love and mercy. His justice is included there. And while we can not fully decipher the mystery of God’s ways and providence, we have to see to it that we too are driven by love and mercy in our attitude and reactions to anything that happens in our life. Our sense of justice should be subordinated to love and mercy. Our plans and strategies, the moves that we have to make, should be animated solely by love and mercy. This is God’s way as shown clearly by Christ and the saints who followed him. Remember that time when the disciples told Christ to rain fire on those who did not receive them? (Lk 9,51ff) Christ rebuked his disciples, saying: “You know not of what spirit you are. The Son of man came not to destroy souls, but to save.” It’s good to meditate on the passion and death of Christ, for from there we can get the clear idea of how to

face trials, insults and mockeries, setbacks and apparent defeats and losses in our life. Why did Christ for the most part simply keep quiet during his trial? What is the significance of his reply to Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world…?” Why did he allow himself to be buffeted, crowned with thorns, crucified, pierced by a spear, and finally to die? Let’s consider the lives of some saints. St. John of the Cross, for example. He was really badly treated even by his own confreres who imprisoned him in a dark dungeon for 6 months. If he was not a man of God, he would have gone crazy and died. But instead, he found light in darkness, and a certain freedom of soul in his forced physical confinement. And from that experience, he produced a very lyrical set of poems that savored exquisitely of the spiritual, mystical and supernatural. Now that we are into the RH Bill debate, and it seems that the pro-RH side is gaining headway, we should learn how to keep our cool not just out of tactic but rather out of love and complete trust in the providence of God. But it should not be the cool of not doing anything. We need to intensify our prayers and sacrifices, and launch into a more ardent campaign of evangelization about human life and sexuality, marriage and family, etc. The idea is not to defeat opponents to the faith. It is to convert them. For this, we need to study the doctrine of our faith very well, assimilating them to the extent of making it the flesh of our flesh, and then quietly and continuously going into a personal apostolate of friendship and confidence where from heart to heart, and not through the noise of the world, we transmit the saving truths of our faith relevant to the RH Bill. Let’s not waste time judging the motives of those who are pro-RH. That’s not our task. And in the gospel, we already know the possible motives of those who killed Christ. There was pride, hatred, envy, articulated in a variety of ways that ultimately led to Christ’s crucifixion. But in the end, Christ asked his Father to forgive them—for they know not what they were doing. This is the extreme of charity to which we are also called. But for all that, we have to realize also that we need to defend our faith, the truth in charity. And so, we can also go through the human means available for this purpose without losing the spirit proper of a child of God. Yes, we can enter into debates, join rallies, do all sorts of political maneuvers, but in charity.

VIEWS from page 4 ... and influential in part because of the public appetite for news, which was whetted by the media suppression of the Marcos era. It is with this reason that, most if not all, politicians offer “payoffs” and anything of value to journalists and broadcasters. Most of the offers came from PR or campaign staff of the candidates they were covering. In the previous elections, the survey conducted by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism says only a third of those who were offered accepted the money. The rest said they didn’t. In Catbalogan, a story occurred in the past taught us many unforgettable lessons. A controversial politician here hired two media personalities from Tacloban City, buys an airtime from the local radio here and used two “puppets” to attack all the opponents of their “boss.” These two media men fearlessly lambasted all those who contradicts with their “master” feeding the, reaching to the point that their lives were put on danger. Various supporters coming from these attacked candidates swooped down inside the radio station and attempted to “cut loose” the media duo. Luckily for them, they were able to call security and back ups from their “master” politicians and finally got out from that media outfit. In Samar, the kind of news airwaves being practiced by media men in the various cities such as Tacloban cannot be done here. The people are too savvy, emotionally affected with the news heard over the radio. They even enthusiastically participate in every discussion affecting their beloved province. Given this collective sense that election coverage was more or less okay, it does not seem likely that news organizations will dramatically change the way they were report in general or their mode of election coverage in particular. There is little impetus to tackle the problems at their roots. It is more likely that it will be business as usual in the next elections. In 1998, the Philippine Press Institute took pains to draw up guidelines for journalists in covering every election. To my colleagues, let us at all times abide by these rules governing our organizations. One important lesson we must not forget. Establish credibility! And to the politicians, please be reminded that news is not for sale, and so us!



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“They didn’t only hoard shoes,” Daily Telegraph culture editor Martin Chilton wrote. “Former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and wife Imelda amassed an art collection, paid for with stolen funds”. Today, 146 masterpieces — including works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Rembrandt Cezanne, Magritte and Brueghel the Younger — are missing. The Manhattan District Attorney Tuesday indicted Imelda Marcos’ former personal secretary and two nephews for selling Claude Monet’s “Le Bassin aux Nymphéas”, for $32 million. The London buyer had reservations. Were the real owners Vilma Bautista, now 74, and nephews Chaiyot Jansen 37, and Pongsak 40, both surnamed Navalaksana, the indictment recalls. The Monet sale went through on Sept. 14, 2010. From proceeds, Bautista funneled $28 million into her bank account. Two real estate brokers got a $4million commission and $5 million slab went to the two nephews “Chaiyot… sent an e-mail, after the sale, to a co-conspirator, saying his aunt wanted him to meet with his brother “to give him a bundle of caaaaaaaaassshhhh,” the indictment adds. Bautista, who now walks with a cane, is also accused of peddling: Monet’s “L’Église et La Seine à Vétheuil” (1881), Alfred Sisley’s “Langland Bay” (1887) and Albert Marquet’s “Le Cyprès de Djenan Sidi Said” (1946), known as “Algerian View.” All three face conspiracy raps. Lodged against Bautista and Chaiyot is a charge for failing to report income from sale of the Monet. Released on a $175,000 bond, Bautista faces up to 25 years in prison. Her nephews could get 4 years in the slammer. Authorities were seeking their return to New York from Bangkok. South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, Honolulu Star Advertiser to Brisbane Times reported the indictments “Much of the bounty and privilege the Marcoses acquired in years of power…disappeared with the fog of revolution”, the Australian daily said. From 1966 to 1986, Bautista held a $3,000-a-month first secretary post at the Philippine Mission to the UN. In fact, she served as Imelda’s eyes and ears to factotum for Marcos’ functions at 16-bedroom Lindenmere house on Long Island. She acted as bag lady for “shopping sprees.”. This Oct. 13, 1977 entry appears in “Chronology of the Marcos Plunder” compiled by Charlie Avila “Today, after addressing the UN General Assembly, Imelda celebrated by going shopping and spending $384,000 including $50,000 for a platinum bracelet with rubies; $50,000 for a diamond bracelet; and $58,000 for a pin set with diamonds. The day before, Vilma Bautista, one of her private secretaries, paid $18,500 for a gold pendant with diamonds and emeralds; $9,450 for a gold ring with diamonds and emeralds; and $4,800 for a gold and diamond necklace.“ The US Federal Court (9th Circuit ) whacked Imelda and Ferdinand Jr with a daily fine of $100,000 for trying to secretly ship out of the US paintings and other artworks from contested holdings for a 25-percent, tax-free share. When the contempt order expired, the tab totaled $353.6 million. Where do Vilma Bautista and nephews come from? To understand, browse thru “A Dynasty on Steroids”, written by Jackie Dent, available on the Net. Dry, sleepy, tobacco-growing Ilocos Norte remains Marcos territory, as it has been since 1949. — although the Marcos regime killed more than 3200 people, tortured 35,000 and incarcerated 70,000. That surpassed even the brutality of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet . The Laurel clan runs Batangas; Osmeñas (used to monopolize) Cebu; the López family manages Iloilo, etc. Do the Marcoses merely perpetuate oligarchic politics that plagues the country?, “I always find ‘return to politics’ a misnomer,” Ferdinand Jr snaps. “We never left”. Or, as Imee remarks drolly: “It is nepotism plus plus, a dynasty on steroids.” Does a Marcos have to run all the time? “It’s the whole Filipino system – they really count on you, they have all these expectations,” Imee says. “Your family is taking care of their family, which is taking care of your family and it just goes on and on and on. It’s pretty feudal in the Philippines still, even though we like to fool ourselves.” That includes Bongbong? “He seems to think that his family did nothing wrong and has nothing to apologize for. He says they have either won cases or they have been See INDEPTH p6

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Lawmakers push for Justin Bieber ban in the Philippines

FILIPINO boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said he has already forgiven Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber for the singer’s posts that mocked his loss on photo-sharing service Instagram last week But the Sarangani lawmaker’s colleagues in the House of Representatives still won’t get over the incident until Bieber say he’s sorry for the “distasteful comments” he made after PacquiaoMarquez IV. In House Resolution No. 2962, YACAP party-list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez even asked the House leadership to declare Bieber “persona non grata” should he refuse to issue a public apology to Filipinos. “As his colleagues in this august body, it is incumbent upon us to demand an apology from Mr. Justin Bieber lest, we declare him persona non grata in this country,” the resolution stated. Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing, Palawan Rep. Antonio Alvarez, and Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos co-authored the resolution, which was filed on Monday morning. Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list Rep. Mark Aeron Sambar, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., and Ating Koop partylist Rep. Isidro Lico also signed to support the piece of legislation. They said Bieber should have been more circumspect and prudent in the expression of his views “more particularly because just like the Hon. Pacquiao, he is supposedly also being idolized by the youth.”

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Canadian superstar Justin Bieber will face an appeal for ban resolution in the Philippines by some house representatives after he posted Instagram photos mocking People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao!

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dismissed…We have a judgment against us in the billions. What more would people want? That we open our veins and die before them? Is that the solution?…History will be the best judge of the family.” Benito Mussolini was executed outside an Italian villa; Gaddafi died in the desert, killed by rebels; Robert Mugabe and Castro will probably die in power. “Why are Filipinos so willing to embrace the Marcos family again?”, Dent wonders. Filipinos have a “soft, forgiving culture, notes former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in his book: From Third World to First”: “Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics.” “Your brother [Bongbong] says that politics is the national sport here,” Dent tells Imee. She replies: It’s not very sporting, though. No fair play, no rules, very movable goal posts. Not quite right as a sport. It is better as something else. Vaudeville, maybe?” Spell that as caaaaaaaaassshhhh.


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Now, he wants to build the Pacquiao political dynasty, with himself running for Sarangani governorship, his wife Jinky running in his place as Sarangani congressman, and his brother trying another run at General Santos congressman. Surrounding himself with a mixed bag of political consultants, including former Manila Mayor Atienza and Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, Pacquiao felt confident that— in a political contest marked by traditional rules of politics—he (and his family) will win in the 2013 elections. Alas, it seems that this may happen at the expense of his boxing career. The knockout punch of Marquez has put to doubt his preparedness, nay, even his fierce resolve, to maintain his standing in the boxing world. It also puts to doubt his political career. As the saying goes, a dog cannot serve two masters. Pacquiao may have reached his decision crossroad. (The author Ramon Casiple is a well-respected political analyst. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform or IPER).

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To the Hon. Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General, 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City; the Director, Land Management Bureau, Escolta, Manila; the Regional Executive Director, Region VIII-DENR, Tacloban City; the Hon. Secretary, Department of Public Works and Highways, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila; the Director, Bureau of Mines, Pedro Gil St., Malate, the Director, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, P.O. Box 623, both in Manila; the Hon. Secretary, Department of Agrarian Reform, PTA Bldg., Elliptical Road, Diliman; the Director, Forest Management Bureau, Visayas Ave., Diliman, both in Quezon City, Metro Manila; the Provincial Governor, the Provincial Prosecutor, the General Services Officer; the Provincial Engineer, the Public Works and Highways District Engineer, the CENR Officer, CENRO, Land Management Sector, all in Catbalogan City, Western Samar; the City Mayor, the City Council, the City Treasurer, the City Prosecutor, the City Engineer, all in Calbayog City, Western Samar; Max Medoranda, Leonardo Monteron, Jose Abon, Alexander Alegria, all in Brgy. Trinidad, Calbayog City; Veloso Street, c/o the City Engineer, Calbayog City; Hibatang River, c/o the Director, Bureau of Mines, Pedro Gil St., Malate, Manila; Hrs. of Pacita Rosales, c/o Esteban Rosales, Brgy. Payahan, Calbayog City; AND TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: An application having filed in the above entitled case by HEIRS OF FELIX VELOSO, namely: Hilaria A. Veloso, widow, Thelma Veloso, single, Teresita V. Garcia, married to Chito Garcia, Zenaida V. Miciano, married to Romeo Miciano, Monina V. Bernaldo, married to Eduardo Bernaldo, Erlinda V. Roman, married to Jose Roman, Jr., Ma. Luz V. Tan, married to Eduardo Bernaldo, Erlinda V. Roman, married to Jose Roman,Jr., Ma. Luz V. Tan, married to Serafin Tan, all in Brgy. Trinidad, Calbayog City, Western Samar, all represented by their Atty-in-fact,, Gemma D. Docong, Brgy. Capoocan, Calbayog City, thru Atty. Aileen R. Maglana, Brgy. Capoocan, Calbayog City, praying for the registration and confirmation of the title to the following described land-with improvements thereon. 1. A parcel of land designated as Lot 5423, Cad. 422, Calbayog Cadastre cov-

ered by Ap-08-000898 situated in Brgy. Trinidad, City of Calbayog, Province of Samar. Bounded on the Southwest along line 1-2 by Lot 5422; on the Northwest along line 2-3 by Hibatang River (3.00 meters wide, legal easement); on the Northeast along line 3-4 by Lot 5533; and on the Southeast along line 4-1 by Veloso Street (10.00 meters wide), all of Cad. 422, Calbayog Cadastre. Beginning at a point marked “1” on plan, being North 82 degrees 00 minutes West, 6,080.46 meters from BLLM #1, Cad. 422, Calbayog Cadastre: thence N. 43 deg. 11’W., 20.27 m. to point 2; thence N. 29 deg. 16’E., 22.60 m. to point 3; thence S. 57 deg. 02’E., 23.14 m. to point 4; thence S. 37 deg. 08’W., 27.48 m. to point of beginning, containing an area of FIVE HUNDRED FORTY (540) SQUARE METERS, more or less. Bearing: Grid. All corners are old points Cyl. Conc. Mons 15 x 60 cms. This lot was surveyed by P.G. Lariosa on August 03, 1973 to July 31, 1975 and was duly approved on May 28, 1992 by the Regional Technical Director, LMS, DENR, Tacloban City. This Advance Plan was prepared by the Chief, Technical Services Section on October 14, 2009 and was approved on September 03, 2010 by the OIC, Regional Technical Director, LMS, DENR, Region VIII, Tacloban City. 2. A parcel of land designated as Lot 5429, Cad. 422, Calbayog Cadastre covered by Ap-08-000897 situated in Brgy. Trinidad, City of Calbayog, Province of Samar. Bounded on the East along line 1-2 by Lot 5430, on the South along lines 2-3-4 by Lot 5434, on the West along line 4-5 by Lot 5419 and on the North along lines 5-6-7-1 by Veloso Street (10.00 meters wide), all of Cad 422, Calbayog Cadastre. Beginning at a point marked “1” on plan, being North 83 degrees 04 minutes West, 5,969.81 meters from BLLM #1, Cad. 422, Calbayog Cadastre. thence S. 00 deg. 12’E., 11.47 m. to point 2; thence N. 77 deg. 49’W., 48.86 m. to point 3; thence N. 55 deg. 44’W., 14.00 m. to point 4; thence N. 06 deg. 54’E., 16.40 m. to point 5; thence S. 49 deg. 09’E., 23.00 m. to point 6; thence S. 72 deg. 01’E., 18.95 m. to point 7; thence S. 84 deg. 29’E., 22.00 m. to point of beginning, containing an area of SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY TWO (682) SQUARE METERS, more or less. Bearings: Grid. All corners are old points Cyl. Conc. Mons 15 x 60 cms. This lot was surveyed by P.G. Lariosa on August 03, 1973 to July 31, 1975 and was duly approved on May 28, 1992 by the Regional Technical Director, LMS, DENR, Tacloban City. This Advance Plan was prepared by the Chief, Technical Services Section on June 09, 2010 and was approved



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on September 30, 2010 by the OIC, Regional Technical Director, LMS, DENR, Region VIII, Tacloban City. You are hereby served this notice to appear before this Court at its session to be held at Regional Trial Court, Branch 32, Calbayog City, Western Samar, Philippines, on the 25th day of January 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, then and there to present such claims as you may have to said lands or any portion thereof and to submit evidence in support of such claims and unless you appear in court at same time and place aforesaid, your default will be recorded and the title to the lands will be adjudicated and determined in accordance with the law and the evidence before the court and thereafter

you will forever be barred from contesting said application (or petition) or any decree entered thereon. Witness the HON. FELICIANO P. AGUILAR, Acting Presiding Judge of said Court, on the 24th day of August, 2012. Issued at Quezon City, Philippines, this 15th day of October, 2012. ATTEST: EULALIO C. DIAZ III Administrator Land Registration Authority

(Sgd.) JOEL MARI MARTIN M. BIGORNIA Chief, Docket Division SWE Issue Dec. 4-10; 11-17 & 18-24, 2012



This is a verified Petition

for Correction of Entries in the Birth Certificate of Erlyn Sabandal Uy, Entry Nos. 1 (Middle name), 2 (sex), 6 (Last name of mother), and 14 (name of informant) filed on August 9, 2012 by Petitioner, Dolores A. Sabandal – Yu thru counsel, Atty. Medino L. Acuba, praying among others, that after due notice and hearing, judgment be rendered ordering the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of the Municipality of Jiabong, Samar and the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office to make the proper corrections in the Certificate of Live Birth of Erlyn Sabandal – Yu. The Petition sets forth the following material allegations. Petitioner is the biological mother of Erlyn Sabandal – Yu, is of legal age, married, Filipino, with legal capacity to sue and be sued and a resident of Brgy. Karunungan, Jiabong, Samar where she may be served with notices, orders and other processes of the Honorable Court. Erlyn Sabandal-Yu was born on January 15, 1985 at Jiabong, Samar to spouses Edwino R. Yu and Dolores Sabandal – Yu. When she secured a copy of her Certificate of Live Birth at the National Statistics Office, she discovered that entry no. 2 (sex) is male instead of female, entry no 1 (middle name) was misspelled as Sabandan instead of Sabandal, entry no. 6 (maiden name of mother) and entry no. 14 (name of informant) was misspelled as Sabandan instead of Sabandal. This Petition is filed in order to rectify the abovementioned errors of entries in the Certificate of Live Birth of Erlyn Sabandal – Yu in order to set the records straight and to establish accurate data or facts as regards the identity of Erlyn Sabandal –Yu and to avoid any confusion in her records and not for any illegal purpose. Finding the petition to be

Senate version of FOI bill passes second reading MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Senate passed on second reading Senate Bill 3208, or the People’s Ownership of Government Information (POGI) Act of 2012, co-author of the bill Senator Loren Legarda announced today. sufficient in form and substance and in order the same is hereby given due course. WHEREFORE, promises considered, let the Petition be set for initial hearing on January 10, 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning before this Court at the Hall of Justice, Catbalogan, Samar, on which date, time, and place, any person opposing thereto may file his/her opposition citing the grounds thereof. The Municipal Civil Registrar of Jiabong, Samar is hereby given a period of fifteen (15) days of receipt hereof or from the last date of publication of this Order, to file its opposition or comment thereto. Let a copy of this Order be published at the expense of the Petitioner, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Samar to be selected through a raffle conducted prior to the date of hearing. Furthermore, let copies of this Order together with a copy of the Petition and its annexes, be served to the Office of the Solicitor General at 143 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City; Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, Catbalogan Samar, Municipal Civil Registrar of Jiabong, Samar and the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Manila for their information and comment. Finally, let a copy of this Order be furnished to the Petitioner and her counsel at their given address. SO ORDERED. Given this 31st day of October 2012, at Catbalogan, Samar.

(Sgd) MANUEL F. TORREVILLAS, JR. Acting Presiding Judge SWE Issue 11 - 17; 18 - 24 & 25 - 31, 2012

POGI bill is the Senate’s version of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act which seeks to ensure honesty and transparency in government. In her sponsorship speech, a copy of which obtained by MC, she explained that various controversies in the past decade have left Filipino citizens doubting the capability of the government to do its mandate of serving the best interest of the people. “Under this proposed measure, we aim to feed our people with information about us, the leaders they elected into office, and the businesses our offices deal with. All government agencies will be mandated to disclose information on public interest transactions, documents or records,”

she said. The Senator also said that the compulsory disclosure shall be done by posting the aforementioned documents on government websites for easy access, aside from providing these documents upon a person’s request. Furthermore, vital information will be translated into major Filipino languages and made easier to comprehend. “While the present administration is undertaking efforts to elevate the citizens’ trust and confidence in the government, we must give the people something that they can hold on to that would ensure that honesty, transparency and accountability will always be upheld,” said Legarda, a former TV newscaster.

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In Northern Samar, Ruel Cascano y Laurora, 29, single, jobless was arrested in his residence in Brgy Zone 1, Poblacion, Victoria town in the early morning of December 10. Cascano is ranked number 7 in the list of Most Wanted Persons in Victoria, Northern Samar and wanted for the crime of Qualified Theft in Criminal Case No. A-2522. Judge Manuel F Torrevillas of RTC Branch 23 in Allen, Northern Samar recommended ₱24,000.00 bailbond for his temporary liberty. Soria added that the arrested suspects were turned-over to respective courts of origin for proper disposition.


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In retaliation to Pacman’s loss to Marquez?

The ‘Pinoy flash’ Donaire beats Mexican fighter Arce via TKO MANILA, Philippines – This seems to be a great gift for the Pinoys this Christmas holiday. While others called it a sweet revenge for the Filipinos, the “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. who beat Mexican contender Jorge Arce during a title bout Sunday noon (Manila time), says he’d just did his best at the ring. But prior to his fight, Donaire vowed to knock out as early as possible his

opponent in retaliation to the defeat of Philippine boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez in recent non-title bout. Manny lost to Juan Manuel via TKO seconds before their sixth round ends. The “Filipino Flash” Donaire gave Arce a strong punch that sent the latter into the canvass in the third round. A swift left hook to the jaw finished off Arce in the 2:59 mark of the third

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MANNY Pacquiao got knocked out in the sixth round of his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Speculations, of course, ensued on whether this was a clear sign of aging, or carelessness, or lack of training, or too much confidence or too many distraction. Even people close to him have opined that it was his change of religion that did it to him. I suppose that what happened was that he walked into Marquez’s fist when he least expected it. However, it is also a factor that he fought at a time when he (and his family) is also preparing to run in the political race in his province of Sarangani. The distractions of

round. Arce later announce his retire in a post media interview at the Toyota Center, Houston. The victory was the fourth in as many fights for the 30-year-old Donaire this year, and may have clinched for him the 2012 Fighter of the Year award. The resounding victory also brought back the smile on the faces of Filipino fight fans. Donaire retained his WBO super bantamweight crown and stretched his unbeaten run to 30 fights over the last 11 years.

preparations for a political campaign certainly added to the problems of Pacquiao’s boxing career. When you are engaging in a world-level competition, professional or amateur, it is a cardinal rule (or even a truism) that one has to concentrate on it—sometimes blocking all other unrelated activities. Pacquiao, for the past five years of his professional career, broke this rule almost casually. He launched a movie and a commercial ad model career, he indulged in a frenzied high-living lifestyle, and he invested in numerous businesses.

To top it all, he launched a political career—starting with an ill-fated bid in 2007 for a congressional seat in his native General Santos City. Learning his traditional political lesson, he moved out of the city to the province of Sarangani outside, dealt with the ruling families there and became the honorable Representative Manny Pacquiao. See KNOCKOUT p6


4 Most Wanted criminals arrested, jailed

MANHUNT operation teams of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) arrested four persons, with three facing murder charges, who are considered as dangerous in separate operations in Samar, Northern Samar and Southern Leyte provinces the past few days. Eastern Visayas police director Chief Supt. Elmer Soria said the arrests were made so that suspects will face the crimes they have committed and to ensure that justice would be served to their victims. “Special teams of police trackers have been deployed to go after these wanted persons aside from the Regional Special Operations Group or RSOG,” Soria said. Soria added that continuing manhunt operations will be mounted in 2013 to account for more criminal offenders wanted by the law. In Southern Leyte, murder suspect Joseph Apatan Aluta, 39, farmer, married, was nabbed by elements of Hinunangan Police Station in his hide-out in Brgy. Toptop in the morning if December 12. Aluta was arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant in Criminal Case No. 2120 at Regional Trial Court Branch 26 in San Juan, Southern Leyte. Judge Altone M Miralles did not recommend any bailbond for the temporary liberty of the suspect who was considered the Number 6 Most Wanted Person of Hinunangan. Earlier, in the morning December 10, manhunt operations by same Tracker Team in Brgy. Labrador of same town, Wilfredo Ambos Cantere alias Will, 46, farmer and the Number 5 Most Wanted Person of said town, was arrested also for murder charges. The team was clothed with an arrest warrant issued also by Judge Altone M Miralles of RTC Branch 26 in San Juan, Southern Leyte in Criminal Case 2118 with no bail recommendation. In Brgy. Lapaz, San Jorge, Samar, tracker team arrested a village councilor wanted for murder and ranked Number 6 most wanted person of said town. Romulo Reyes de la Cruz Reyes alias “Mulo”, 61, of Brgy Gerali, Gandara, Samar was nabbed in the morning of December 11 based on a warrant for his arrest issued by Judge Feliciano P Aguilar of RTC Branch 41, Gandara, Samar. De la Cruz is facing charges in criminal case number 12-0545 with no recommended bailbond.

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