VOL. 10, NO. 46
JUNE 18 - 24, 2013
Chronicling Events in Samar Island Since 2002
EXPRESS The Exponent of Samar’s Progress
4.6 magnitude ‘quake jolts Samar A MAGNITUDE 4.6 earthquake jolted some parts of Samar on Saturday evening, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). In its bulletin, the agency said the earthquake occurred at 6:08 p.m. Its epicenter was traced some 108 kilometers southeast of Guiuan town in Eastern Samar., while the depth of the tremor was estimated at 37 kms. Phivolcs said that the tremor was tectonic in origin. The agency further said that no damages or casualties were reported and aftershocks were not expected as well. (PNA)
SUPER MOON as viewed from the Port Area of Catbalogan City on June 23, 2013 at about 7:30pm. The lunar show on Sunday – though a monthly ex-NPA leadphenomenon – became an instant favoriteResponding in the social to media such as Facebook and Instagram and was followed by people around the globe because it er's call, supporters surrender showed the closest distance from earth that the moon will traverse this year.en massewith the full moon, the effects were enhanced, making it 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter from the And because it almost perfectly coincided usual full moon. The lunar activity is dubbed as “Perigee”, when the moon traverses its closest path to earth on its elliptical orbit, and in opposite, when the moon is at its farthest is called “Apogee”. The next Super Moon will happen on August 10, 2014. (Photo and text by Rommel L. Rutor)
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SURRENDER EN MASSE Truck falls off San Juanico Bridge; Driver killed
BASEY, Samar -- A sixwheeler truck carrying construction materials en route to Samar lost its brake and fell off on the country’s longest San Juanico Bridge which resulted to the death of its driver Friday afternoon.
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By RICKY J. BAUTISTA SWE News & Features _____________________________________
CATBALOGAN CITY -- A day after a former New People’s Army commander in Northern Samar urged his former comrades to give up the armed struggle, 53 rebel supporters, including members of a local militia, surrendered en masse to the military Sunday afternoon. The 38 “barangay organizing committee” members and the 15 rebel militia members turned themselves in to Lieutenant Colonel Noel Vestuir, commander of the 20th Infantry Battalion, in Bobon town. The mass surrender came a day after Lemuel Moreno, former NPA squad leader, and his wife Nida, a medical officer, issued See story on page 3... their appeal after receiving P50,000 for the two caliber .45 pistols they turned over to the military. The couple surrendered on June 13. At 6 p.m. Sunday, the Morenos’ son Jonathan, an NPA team leader known as Baris and Abon, also surrendered. Vistuir said the elder Moreno headed the organizing committee that organized rebel cells and the NPA militia in Barangay Duran, Bobon. Rebel militias are drawn from NPA mass supporters and provide support during tactical offensives and other
Rep. Sarmiento, Calbayog officials take oath A private-owned truck enroute to Catbalogan City, loaded with construction supplies, fell off the San Juanico Bridge, creating slight damaged to country’s longest bridge that connects the island of Luzon and Mindanao last week. (Photo credits: Odessa)
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Over 1000 gun owners in EV renew permits
CATBALOGAN CITY – Following a warning issued by the regional police to place behind bars those people carrying a loose firearms, over a thousand individuals in Eastern Visayas have renewed the registration of their firearms with expired licenses, an official of the Police Regional Office said. As the gun ban ended midnight of June 12, the police have arrested 186 gun ban violators, 177 of them, were civilians while 3 were members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and 6 were security guards. Of the figure, 22 were arrested in checkpoint operations, 106 were arrested in police responses, 19 during the implementation of search warrants, 7 during the service of arrest warrants and 32 during the conduct of focus police operations. The PNP arrested them for unlawful carrying, possession, transporting of fire-
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JUNE 18 - 24, 2013
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operations, Bobon Mayor Rene Celespara said that the rebel supporters will receive a livelihood package worth P50,000 and their former leaders will also receive P5,000 under the Local Social Integration Program. They are also entitled to cash rewards for each firearm they surrender. (rjb)
DAR pours over P31-M projects to increase productivity of Silago farmers
Leyte governor Mimiette Bagulaya and Philippine Information Agency 8 regional director Olive Tiu led the wreath laying ceremony during the 115th Independence Day celebration at the capitol grounds, Tacloban City, June 12. (Raul S. Tiozon)
DepEd Region 8 advocates for children’s rights TACLOBAN CIT Y -The Department of Education (DepEd) in Eastern Visayas has organized “Pasalugsugan,” an advocacy for children’s rights. Dr. Edgar Y. Tenasas, Tacloban City DepEd Division information officer and coordinator of the Adopt-A-School Program, said the program aims to empower children on their rights for them to be able to resist abuses. He said empowering children is categorized into abuses done in school, community and at home. He added that the activities will focus on preparing children to gain trust and confidence to be able to reveal the abuses suffered. DepEd is joined by several city and national government agencies such as the Philippine National Police, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and non-government organizations like World Vision and SOS Children’s Village. SOS Children’s Village takes charge of children’ cases which is reported to the CSWD. The PNP portrays the role of a friend where children need not be afraid to report abuses and the CHR provides the basic foundation of children’s rights. The program, which was started in October 2012 during the celebration of Children’s Month, will continue in schools in the city throughout the year. The program starts with the elementary level and has the possibility of being undertaken at the secondary level. (Aurora Casimpan)
Provincial Jail Guards did the honor of raising the flag in connection with the Leyte province 115th Independence Day celebration, June 12. (Raul S. Tiozon)
More than 300 cases filed before the anti-graft court based in EV-official TACLOBAN CITY—The Office of the Ombudsman in Eastern Visayas said about 304 cases have been filed in their office as of May this year. Edwin Tabarranza, office,” Tabarranza added. mandated to resolve a case ficer-in-charge of the OmTabarranza, however, in 30 days. budsman in the region, said refused to provide the list Tabarranza said that of of the 304 cases, 153 of them of state agencies with the the cases files against public have been investigated and most number of cases filed officers in the region, only awaiting for decisions. before their office. about 40% are elevated to “We are fast-tracking “We cannot disclose court for trial, while the rest the investigation of all cases the names of these agendo not prosper. filed before our office becies because the persons He cited lack of evicause we are mandated to involved do not represent dence by the prosecution comply the zero backlog the entire office. It does not or the lack of willingness of cases during yearend,” mean the office is already of complainants to testify Tabarranza said. corrupt because one of its during trial as among the “In 2012, the Ombudsofficials or employees is reasons cases do not prosman regional office in Eastfacing charges before the per. (Reyan Arinto) ern Visayas was the only Ombudsman,” Tabarranza office that accomplished explained. the zero backlog policy, Cases against governCATBALOGAN CIT Y considering that we only ment officials and employ– Samar policemen arrested assumed two years ago” ees that are pending before Wednesday a fisherman wanted Tabarranza added. the anti-graft office are for allegedly using prohibited Aside from criminal either administrative or “fishing gears” years ago. and administrative cases, criminal. In a report, Calbayog PNP the Ombudsman in the reThese cases involve led by Police Inspector Eupeniagion also received requests violation of Republic Act no Maypa Monesit together with for assistance, which the (RA) 3019, or the Anti-Graft four (4) PNCO under the superoffice also acted expediand Corrupt Practices Act vision of PCI Marben Manaog tiously. and RA 6713, or the Code of Ordonia arrested the accused “As of May this year, Conduct and Ethical StanRodel Damaso y Aniano, 29, 582 requests for assistance dards for Public Officials. married and a resident of P-2, were received by the ofThe Ombudsman is
The Department of Agrarian Reform recently turned over more than P31-million worth of agricultural support projects to the local government unit (LGU) of Silago, Southern Leyte. Turned over were the communal irrigation system (CIS) with a total project cost of P24.8-million; the potable water supply (PWS) amounting to P4.3-million; and the common service facilities (CSFs) with a combined total amount of P2.2-million, all situated in Barangay Hingatungan, an agrarian reform community (ARC). DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo disclosed that the irrigation system which is expected to supply water to about 153 hectares of rice fields in the area and potable water supply that will benefit more than 2,000 residents, were funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) thru the third phase of the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP-3) under the Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) component of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). Meanwhile, the farm machineries which include four hand tractors; four flatbed dryers; and two threshers were funded under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) for the agri-enterpriseactivities of the Hingatungan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative, the Regional Director added. Director Castillo underscored that with irrigation and the necessary farm implements now in place, agricultural production in this area particularly rice is expected to improve in the succeeding cropping season. Eventually, household income of the farmers where about 500 are agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) will likewise increase, Director Castillo added. These projects will greatly contribute to the National Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture in attaining rice sufficiency at least in this province, the DAR Regional Director said. (PIA 8)
PCG rescues 8 fishermen TACLOBAN CITY -- The prevailing bad weather condition that caused disturbance on Visayas sea waters may have caused a sea vessel to sink off and aground another in Biliran seawaters. In a report filed by Lt. Junior Grade Paul Ryan Gonzales, station commander of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) station in Tacloban City, a distress call was received by their office late Wednesday from a private yacht reporting that a fishing boat sank near Barangay Tucdao, Kawayan, Biliran province. Gonzales said PCG officers rushed to the area and rescued eight fishermen, all unhurt, who were aboard the fishing boat. They were brought to safety shoreline Kawayan town and treated. Recently, another foreign cargo vessel also ran aground in the protected coral reefs in Maripipi, also in Biliran province. The MV Unicorn Lodger of Wisdom Lines, skippered by Captain Nguyen Anh Tuah with 17 other Vietnamese crews on board, ran aground approximately 60 to 80 meters southwest of Sambawan Island in Maripipi town. Gonzales disclosed that the foreign vessel with a gross tonnage of 5,691 and net tonnage of 3,197 was loaded with 1,607 pieces of logs weighing 836 tons and was sailing from Malaysia to Japan. “No sign of oil spill has been detected but it destroyed the coral reefs,” Gonzales said. The owner of the ill-feted vessel vowed to indemnify the local government unit of Maripipi in the amount of P917,000 for the damage it brought to the reefs.
Arrested ‘illegal fisher’, charged with RA 8550 Brgy Rawis, this city. The accused was arrested by virtue of a Warrant of Arrest with Criminal Case Nos. 2006-04 and 2006-03 for violating Section 90 of the Republic Act 8550 otherwise known as The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 issued by Judge Nilo Dela Cruz, presiding judge of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC), 8th Judicial Branch in San Isidro, Northern Samar. The Court’s recommended
bail bond was fixed at P12, 000 at his first case and P4, 000 at his second case for his temporary liberty. The accused is now detained at Calbayog PNP lock up cell awaiting formal trial. Section 90 of RA 8550 prohibits the use of active gears in the municipal waters and bays and other fishery management areas.
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Samar NPA commander urges comrades, followers to yield CATARMAN, Northern Samar – New People’s Army commander Lemuel Moreno alyas Ka Kulas on Sunday appealed to his comrades and followers up in the mountains to give up their “hopeless” armed struggle and return to the fold of law. “It is time for us to return (to the folds of law) because the people that we believe to be our mass base will no longer support us,” Moreno said in the vernacular as he addressed his followers while he was still the squad leader of NPA’s Section Committee 2, Front Committee 2 (FC2) of the Northern Samar Provincial Party Committee (NSPPC). Together with his wife Nida Lugares Moreno alias Ka Mina, medical officer of same underground movement, he contacted the military base and surrendered two caliber .45 pistols, two magazines with four rounds of ammunition last June 13. “It is very hard for us to be living in the mountains, [always] running from the government forces; we barely sleep peacefully,” the NPA leader confessed. On Sunday, 803rd deputy brigade commander Col. Mario Lacurom, in the presence of Bobon town mayor Rene Celespara and other military officials handed over P50,000 to the NPA couple during a simple ceremony at Barangay Trojillo, Bobon, Northern Samar. Lt. Colonel Noel Vistuir, commander of the 20IB, said they are now moving to ensure peace and address the issues that feed
the region’s policemen are expected to boost their visibility, mobility and to lessen
A typical NPA camp in Samar. (Photo from NPA-NDF websites) insurgency in the province. “The government is sincere in bringing peace and development in the barangays; unlike what the NPAs are doing, they took advantage of the people’s hard-earned resources to support their revolutionary struggle,” Vistuir said. Just like Moreno, Colonel Vestuir also called on the remain-
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turned over the new patrol vehicles to police officials representing the three municipal
pound in Barangay Campetic, Palo, Leyte.
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BIR Samar to use new OR starting August
Coast Guard applicants during trainings. tigation; Complete Physical, Medical and Dental Examination; Physical Agility Test and Drug Test; applicants must pass the PRO8 Recruitment Screening Committee Interview. Successful applicants will be appointed to the initial rank of Police Officers 1 (PO1) with a basic monthly salary of P14,834.00 with allowances and non-cash benefits. The police official said the rank of POI in the PNP is open to all qualified Filipino men and women, with good moral character, not less than 21 nor more than 30 years old and holder of any formal baccalaureate degree from a recognized learning institution. PCG slots Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard, an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communication primarily tasked with enforcing laws within Philippine waters is also hiring additional workforce personnel. In an announcement posted by various PCG districts, it said the agency is looking for any Filipino tough men especially
arms or other deadly weapons in violation of the Republic Act No. 8294 in relation to Comelec Resolution No. 9561-A or imposing a nationwide gun ban. “We have been calling those firearm holders to renew their expired licenses as we resume our ‘Oplan Katok’ campaign,” said C/Supt. Elmer Ragadio Soria, director of PRO8. He said commanders in the fields were directed to launch an aggressive crackdown not only against loose firearms but also against wanted persons and all forms of criminality. To date, around 1,094 gun owners out 10,407 owners with expired licenses have renewed their registration while the 9,313 owners who failed to renew their firearm permits will be liable for charges of illegal possession of firearms. The region has 19,713 registered gun holders while an estimated 15,364 loose firearms is the subject of law enforcement operations.
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Police stations in EV has new patrol vehicles Looking for a CITY the crime rate in the region. police stations and of Northtough job? PNP, – InCATBALOGAN a recent turned over Chief Supt. Elmer Soria, ern Samar Provincial Public of brand new police cars in regional director of the Police Safety Company (NSPPSC) PCG offer slots at least four police stations, Regional Office 8, personally last Monday at PRO8 comCATBALOGAN CITY – Are you looking for a job that’s a bit different any other careers? Read and find your role in the wider police family The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) is now started accepting application folders for the calendar year 2013 police recruitment program. Police director Chief Supt. Elmer Soria ordered the PRO8 Police Officer I (POI) Regional Screening Committee to strictly abide by the PNP Circular 2005-008 on the Rationalization and Qualification Standards for Initial Appointment in the PNP Uniformed Service which provides a system of measuring the qualifications of individual applicants. Interested applicants, he said, must have appropriate eligibilities for PO1 which are National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) PNP Entrance; Licensed Criminologist under RA 6506; Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) bar or board passers under RA 1080; Honor Graduates under PD 907 or the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Career Service Professional Examination. “Applicants, however, must not have been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government nor has no pending case in court,” Soria added. Male applicants must be at least 1.62 meter in height and 1.57 meter for females and must weigh not more or less than 5 kilograms from the standard weight corresponding to the applicant’s height, age and sex. Upon completion of the recruitment processes of Neuro-Psychiatric Screening; Complete Background Inves-
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those with backgrounds in any maritime and related courses. Catbalogan-based PCG acting station commander Lowie Palines said regional examinations were scheduled in the following areas: Coast Guard District Central Visayas (CGDCV) June 29, Cebu City, Coast Guard District Western Visayas (CGDWV) June 29, Iloilo City, Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas (CGDEV) June 29, Tacloban City. For the pre-entry examinations and initial screening, applicants must have at least 72 units in college or two-year TESDA training relevant to shipboard assignment; 18-24 years old; 5 ’4” male and 5’ 2” for female; single; and physically and mentally fit for training. Interested applicants may contact any PCG for initial screening bring with them their diploma, transcript of records, NSO birth certificate, Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR), and 2x2 pictures. “Graduates of maritime courses are highly preferred,” Palines said. (Ricky Bautista)
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) through its Revenue District Office (RDO) 78 Samar will implement the new official receipt (OR) starting August 1. Previous invoice and OR can only be used until July 31, 2013. Revenue District Officer Rolando Espina said that most of their clients wait until the due date or the last day of filing, but the officer recommended filing early to avoid penalties. “Now, the district is expecting more applicants since all the business establishments from Marabut down to Almagro will apply for the new OR,” he said. The bureau will implement P 1,000 penalty for those who will apply late or after July 31, Espina said. Espina added that the agency issued a Revenue Memorandum Circular in January this year that implement a new process for accrediting official receipts of companies. Under the previous system, companies need BIR accreditation before they can use their official receipts. But in the new system, the clients will now do everything on web, and the agency will accredit printers. BIR order from the printer and the printer will just send to BIR, Espina said. He added that starting January this year, when a company registers a business, the company will also apply for
Since the start of a police crackdown on loose firearms on January this year, the police have so far accounted a total of 186 assorted loose firearms with 8 confiscated from threat groups, 16 seized from criminal elements and 162 from the general public. Superintendent Soria reported that through ‘Oplan Katok’ campaign, his men was able to house to house visitation to around 20,908 gun holders with expired licenses and advised them to renew or register their firearms or else face charges. Of the nearly 30, 000 visits made by the police, 4,190 addressees cannot be contacted; 1,113 licensees are dead; 405 denied ownership; 570 have transferred residence; 8 owners used fictitious names and 812 owners claimed that their firearms were lost. As of now, the police are now processing the licenses or registration of 1, 649 expired guns while 653 guns were deposited to the police stations for safekeeping. (Ricky Bautista)
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Inspector Romuel Nacar of the Police Regional Office 8 said the driver Dexter Omega failed to escape death when he and the truck he was driving fell off the bridge due to mechanical failure. “Kasama sya sa nahulog kasi di na sya nakatalon pa,” said Nacar. Policemen and rescuers from the Tacloban City Rescue Unit, Tacloban Chamber Emergency Medical Services, Tacloban Delta Volunteers and the City Disaster risk Reduction Management Council rushed to the area to save the victim but to no avail. “The driver, when pulled out from the truck, was already dead,” the police official added. The truck helper, however, identified as Bitoy Areso escaped unhurt when he managed to jump off the truck before it plunged into the water. He was brought to the Tacloban City Police Office for his statement. Sketchy reports said the cargo truck with plate number GSG 738 was crossing the bridge from Tacloban City about 4:30 p.m. when it reportedly lost its brakes. The driver lost control of the vehicle and subsequently rammed more than ten railings of the 2.16 km-bridge before it plunged into the waters on the Leyte side, police said. Probers said the truck fell off about 130 feet in the bridge that connects the islands of Leyte and Samar. The cargo truck was loaded with construction materials such as paints and plywoods was still in the water as of Saturday morning. In 2003, a passenger van also fell off in the bridge killing the driver and one of the passenger’s 12-seater van which was traveling from Borongan, Eastern Samar to Tacloban City. In 1999, a military truck also fell off along the same stretch, killing two soldiers. The bridge, said to be the “gift of love” by then President Ferdinand Marcos to his First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, was finished its construction in 1973. It is the longest bridge that connects Luzon and Mindanao. (Ricky Bautista) authority to print invoice. Espina also shared news that RDO 78 based in Catbalogan City has topped its monthly collection for April that surpassed Php 430,000.00 and in May - Php 1.66 Million. The BIR in Samar aimed to collect Php 777.472 million this year, leveling up from the tax collected by the bureau in 2012. Last year, it collected some Php 612 million, with over 2.44 percent or P14.586 million excess against the target. Espina also appeals to tax payers to pay taxes voluntarily and on time because if the bureau will not reach the tax goal, the services of the government will be affected. Since the sixty five percent of the total goal depends on the second semester of the year, BIR Samar continues to conduct massive tax information campaigns, “Oplan Kandado”, “Oplan Iboto Mo” (revisiting), and tax mapping. (PIA-Samar with BIR)
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If found guilty, the boat captain and master fisherman of the vessels who participated in the violation shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment from two (2) years to six (6) years, while the owner/operator of the vessel shall be fined from Two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) to Twenty. (Lilith S. Tena)
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Conscientious netizenship Recently, Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Director Pedro Noval,Jr. was made prey to the wiles of devious netizens. A bogus Facebook account in his name was opened by someone else posting notes which were not only derogatory for him but were providing misleading information. To stress, as he spoke in an interview, he never maintained any FB account. This is in no way different from the situation that Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, on whom quite a number of fraudulent FB accounts were opened, when in fact he does not have one, except the fanpage maintained by the Jesuit Communications Society for his program “The Word Exposed.” These two incidents are but instances of how some foolhardy users of social media and social networking sites could twist and turn profiles and transform fabrications into near-factual dossiers that dupe people into easily believing in them as truth. The information highway has become congested not only with reliable data but with virtual rubbishes and spam as well. Not only immorality has tainted the invention’s noble intentions, falsehood has effectively reshaped it into an abyss of debauchery. An inspirational speaker who was in Tacloban City during the Holy Week this year for a three-day recollection talked on media as a magnificent tool to effectively scoot across the corridors of information data necessary or not to humankind. Bro. Bernard Factor Cañaberal, quoting a statement of Fr. James Reuter said, “Media is the wildest experiment ever unleashed on mortal man with no foreknowledge of what it will do us.” With the onset of the cyberspace, media extended its arms from three to four that is including the internet from the erstwhile television, radio and print. Youngest though, the internet has fast overtaken its older siblings as effective tool of communication spanning from north pole to south and far east to the farthest west too swiftly and instantaneously vamoosing the message across the information highway without delay, save in case when the communication network signal is weak. Too sad, with less eyes and ears to regulate and monitor the exchange of data upload and download, more and more netizens who are cunning enough to circumvent international and domestic cyberlaws flourish in their vice to the damage and prejudice of oblivious victims. See EDITORIAL p/5...
By Fr. Roy Cimagala Praying with the heart
WE are told that we should avoid praying like pagans, that is to say, just rattling and babbling words, multiplying them and making noise and a show of it, but actually not praying, that is to say, not conversing with God, not experiencing any enlightening and transformative effect, etc. It’s an old reminder that continues to be most timely, since we always have the very likely possibility of praying simply with our lips but not with our heart. This, sadly, is part of our human condition, a consequence of a nature weakened by sin, both original and personal. We also have to consider that our sin, if not corrected, tends to gather strength and create historical, cultural and social structures that can perpetuate sin in time, exerting bad influence on us. We need to be aware of this fact, and skillful in how to tackle this problem. We therefore have to arm our heart properly, wary of its delicate condition especially in its beginning stage, and of the many elements, usually subtle and tricky, that it has to contend with. Obviously, we have to understand our heart not simply in the biological or physical sense, but more importantly as the seat of our thoughts and intentions, our desires, dreams and of what make us excited or concerned. Our heart tends to be unstable at the beginning. Unless disciplined, trained and nourished properly, it can be quite flippy and capricious, going from one thing to another without firm foundations and clear purpose. As the gospel tells us, the heart is where our treasure is. We need to ask what our treasure really is. Is God our true and most precious treasure or is it something else, like something material and worldly—money, fame, power, or just food and drink, fun and pleasure? We need to put more serious attention to the real needs and workings of our heart, so we can treat it properly. At the moment, we seem to take this responsibility for granted, allowing our heart to simply go anywhere, to get attached to what we consider would just come naturally. For this we need to study the doctrine of our faith, since it is there that we get the ultimate truths about ourselves, and not
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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand…” (Deuteronomy 28:32, the Holy Bible). -oooFOREIGN BASES CAN STILL BE PUT UP IN RP: Does the 1987 Constitution absolutely prohibit foreign military bases in the country, so that the plan of the Philippines as announced by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, to give the United States and its other allies access to its existing military facilities could be considered unconstitutional? No, the Constitution does not absolutely prohibit foreign military bases, and neither does it ban foreigner access to its military facilities. Here is what the Constitution says in part about this: “After the expiration in 1991 of the Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America concerning military bases, foreign military bases, troops, or facilities shall not be allowed in the Philippines except under a treaty duly concurred in by the Senate…” Clearly, therefore, foreign military bases, troops or facilities can be allowed in the Philippines, provided that there is a treaty authorizing it. Consequently, not only can the Philippines allow access by foreigners to its existing military facilities. It can also allow the putting up of new bases and facilities, and the stationing of troops, from the US and other allies in its soils. -oooFDA CAUGHT SLEEPING AGAIN: Bacteria inside a can of
HINTS from page 4 ... just passing facts. It’s faith that refers us to God our Creator, the one who designed us, who gave us our nature and the laws proper to us, and besides, who actually keeps us in existence and leads us to our proper end. Because of that, we need to develop a theological mind, that is to say, relying on faith first and foremost, before we make use of our common sense and the knowledge we derive from the sciences and arts. This latter knowledge need to be rooted on faith, otherwise they can just lead us anywhere in some goose chase and can be highly dangerous. We have to disabuse ourselves from our proclivity to rely too much on common sense and our purely intellectual pursuits. We have to learn to pray from the heart, which also means that prayer should be second nature to us. As such, prayer becomes a constant activity. We can and should turn everything into prayer. Even our work and mundane affairs should be an occasion or even means of prayer also. We should end up praying as we breathe, and as our heart beats. Thus, St. Paul once said: “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes 5,17) This is no fantasy. This is no gratuitous claim. If we look at this matter more closely, we will discover that we are actually meant to pray, we have been wired and appropriately equipped for it. But neither is it forced on us, nor does it come to us automatically. It has to be willed, and we also need to be trained for it. With prayer, we keep our union with God, which can mean that we start to share his wisdom and his power. That’s why when we pray properly, we can somehow get to know what is right and wrong, what is fair and unfair, what is safe and dangerous. With prayer, we can find meaning in any situation we can be in, whether we are up or down. With it, we would know how to handle our weaknesses and resist the temptations around. With it, we put into the play the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity that practically comprise the essence of our true life, spiritual and supernatural.
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sardines is being eyed as the cause of death of two minor children from Nabua, Camarines Sur, who were identified as Dianne and Jayan Verano. Dr. Stephen Beltran, the rural health officer of Nabua, is saying in media interviews that the bacteria, known scientifically as clostridium botulinum, can live inside a sealed and airless tin can. Scientific journals confirm that this bacteria can kill. Many will say that the Verano deaths maybe an isolated case, but then, isolated or not, this proves once more the evident laxity of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health in safeguarding the health and safety of our countrymen, especially among the ranks of the poor who are left with no other choice but to eat inexpensive sardines and other canned products, as well as processed food, out of poverty. In the Philippines, there have been hundreds and hundreds of cases of food poisoning from canned and processed food in times past, but the FDA has been found wanting time and time again. Take the case of the instant noodles, chocolates and other food products which have made many Filipinos sick. If only the DFA did its job, lives would not have been wasted and endangered. But FDA is sleeping most of the time. Why? -oooLIFE IS FRAGILE, KIM CHIU: I condole with ABS CBN star, Kim Chiu, with the death of her mother the other day, whose passing is made bitter not only because of the sickness that preceded it, but more so by the alienation between the two of them for quite a number of years before the mother died. This should remind everyone that life is fragile, and that all must strive to be at peace with their relatives and with everyone else, before the time for parting comes. -oooWHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO BENALDO? Just exactly what happened with outgoing Cagayan De Oro City Rep. Benjamin Benaldo last Thursday, June 27, 2013? Did he really attempt a suicide? Or was he a victim of foul play? All along, except for his marital spat with Kapuso GMA talent Daiana Meneses, I thought he was having the time of his life---young, economically well-off, and politically powerful. What would have driven him to attempt to kill himself? This must be really serious. -oooPRAYERS, NOT PNOY’S INTERVENTION, WILL SAVE FILIPINA: Will the appeal of President Aquino spare the life of a Filipina who was convicted and sentenced to die after being found guilty in a drugs case in China? I am hoping it will save her, but the odds are that, once more, the President’s appeal will be ignored. Unfortunately for the Filipina convict, China is not predisposed to listen to Aquino, largely as a result of the on-going West Philippine Sea-South China Sea dispute. The only one that can save her now is God, so we must all pray for her. - Hair, nails and spa services - Specialized on UV Gel Polish - Salon and spa equipments and supplies - Also available: SPA consultancy, SPA treatment demonstration and operational guidance. Contact: MILA
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Alarmed by the depravity happening in the cyberspace, the Roman Catholic Church tries to swerve the paradigm shift back to its original perspective. Underscoring the greatness of information technology in helping build a nation where truth, justice and love reign, the Mother Church, in an exhortation by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI during the World Communications Day last month, labeled social networking among Christians as “new space for evangelization.” The Archdiocese of Palo, in the words conveyed by the director of the local church’s Social Communications Commission Rev. Fr. Amadeo Corpuz Alvero stated: “Social networking is a part of our everyday life today. The Church therefore should also be present for her to reach all people, especially the youth, in her desire to continue the mission of Christ to proclaim the Good News to all.” He added, “Social networking could be a new avenue for us Christians to share our faith experiences through our witness as manifested in the words and images we communicate that are consistent with the Message of Christ. Such sharing and witness of our faith should be rooted in our respect for each other and in our pursuit for the truth that builds our society.” Regardless of religious faith, economic stratum, and political persuasion being a conscientious netizen is a matter for the freewill to act on. Albeit based on one’s own volition, the choice is mooed on how one takes on his values and virtues that will make him decide for what is pure and blameless not causing damage and prejudice to another.
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(“Pope Francis completed his first 100 days as Holy Father., . At a Harvard University seminar, John Carr og Georgetown University was told by a non-Catholic participant: “You have a pope who knows how to pope.” Here are excerpts of Carr’s paper – JLM ) Francis is changing the Vatican, not the other way around. Francis is changing how the pope’s responsibilities are carried out, not the other way around. Whether reaching out to a new council of eight cardinals or washing feet of prisoners, Pope Francis is adapting customs of the papacy to his pastoral manner, Everybody’s pope —..so far: Pope Francis changes how the church is perceived. “Pope Francis Is Good for Jews, Wall Street Journal bannered an article by Francis Rocca, “Pope Francis Is Good for Protestants” wrote Chris Nye, in Relevant Magazine.” He’s Our Francis, Too”, adds revangelical publication “Christianity Today. Symbolism is substance: Symbols are substance in a sacramental church. Where Francis lives, what he wears, stands, speak.. He offered a chair and sandwich to a Swiss guard Do not come for my installation, he told Argentine parishioners. Give the travel money to the poor instead. He washed the feet of prisoners. Power is service: From start, Francis has insisted “authentic power is service.” His responsibility was to “open his arms to protect all of God’s people and, especially the weakest, the least important.” He ha no entourage or guards — and no grand communications strategy. He is a pastor on a new global stage sharing his faith, hope and love. What’s in a name? Francis consistently placed the poor at the center of his service. His priority expresses Pope Benedict’s neglected teaching in Deus Caritas Est and Caritas in Veritate. His strong words about “savage capitalism” and indifference to the poor apply traditional Catholic teaching, delivered with passion of a pastor whose feet walked the slums. simple words carry a powerful message: He is a reporter’s dream. He communicates moral principle thru provocative, sound bites with passion.“The food
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LEGAL NOTICES Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region BRANCH 27 (Family Court) Bulwagan ng Katarungan Catbalogan City, Samar IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF MA. RAMONA VILLA FABRIAG BETIOLA AND TO CHANGE HER NAME IN HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH THE CIVIL REGISTRY, CATBALOGAN CITY AND THE NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE FROM MA. RAMONA VILLA FABRIAG BETIOLA TO MA. RAMONA VILLA FABRIAG BERINGUEL, GRACIANO BABALI BERINGUEL, Petitioner SP. PROC. NO. 8225-3-
18-13 x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -x ORDER
Filed with the Court is a verified Petition by Graciano Babali Beringuel, through counsel Atty. Medino L. Acuba, for the adoption of the minor Ma. Rowena Villa Fabriag Betiola. Said adoptee was born on March 1, 1992 in Catbalogan City, Samar to her biological mother, Vilma Vda F. Betiola, wife of the petitioner. Petitioner prays that after due notice, publication and hearing, a decree of adoption be issued in favour of petitioner to the affect that henceforth the adoptee, MA. RAMONA VILLA FABRIAG BETIOLA be, to all legal intents and purposes, the child of petitioner, and that the surname of said adoptee be changed from BETIOLA to BERINGUEL, the surname of petitioner, or MA. RAMONA VILLA FABRIAG BERINGUEL in full name, which is, and is to be known and registered as such in the
Civil Registry, Catbalogan City. The petition being sufficient in form and substance is hereby set for hearing on July 22, 2013 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at the Session Hall of this Court, Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Catbalogan City, Samar. The Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Regional Office No. VIII, Tacloban City, through its Social Welfare Officer, is hereby directed to prepare and submit its Child Study report on the adoptee as well as her biological mother and Home Study Report on the prospective adoptive parents and indicate a recommendation on or before the date of hearing. The court Social Welfare Officer II Ms. Annie Llauderes is likewise hereby directed to prepare her own Child and Home Study reports and recommendation to the Court on or before the date of hearing.
Let this Order be published at the expense of the petitioners once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a duly accredited newspaper of general circulation published in the Province of Samar, to be selected by raffle under the supervision of the Executive Judge of this Court. Let a copy of this Order and the Petition be furnished to the Solicitor General of the Philippines, Provincial Prosecutor of Samar, Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Regional Office No. VIII, Tacloban City and Ms. Annie Llauderes, Court Social Welfare Officer II, as well as the petitioners and their counsel. SO ORDERED. Catbalogan City, Samar, May 23, 2013.
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POLICE from page 3 ... “These patrol vehicles are meant to improve police quick response to emergencies and enhance the response time to call for police assistance by the recipient police stations,” Soria said. The regional police chief added that aside from immediate response to any crime incidents and continued maintenance of the peace and order, patrol vehicles are also used to ferry victims to the hospitals in times of emergencies and other disaster-response efforts. Recipients of the Toyota Innova Wagon patrol cars were Maripipi Municipal Police Station in Biliran, Villareal MPS in Samar and Catubig
MPS in Northern Samar while the Northern Samar PPSC received one Toyota Hilux patrol vehicle. Me a nw h i l e , o n e brand new Toyota HiAce van will be used in various command activities in the regional headquarters. He said the distribution of new patrol car is part of the continued effort of the Philippine National Police to upgrade the facilities and equipments of the local police forces to support field operations under the Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) of the PNP Integrated Transformation Program – Performance Governance System (ITP-PGS), oth-
erwise known as Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding the Rule of Law or PNP Patrol Plan 2030. The police official further said that this effort in equipping the police force with the ability to fight criminality through the acquisition of these vehicles and other police equipment showed that the PNP organization is sincere in transforming the police organization into a more credible police force as envisioned in the Patrol Plan 2030, its roadmap towards achieving this vision. (Ricky Bautista)
Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region BRANCH 27 (Family Court) Bulwagan ng Katarungan Catbalogan City, Samar IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF THE MINOR, SOPHIA ISABELLE CABONIOS VILBAR, BY SPOUSES ELMER RAGADIO SORIA AND EMELITA TEVES SORIA SPS. ELMER RAGADIO SORIA AND EMELITA TEVES SORIA Petitioners, SP. PROC. NO. 8226-320-13 x- - - - - - - - - - - -x ORDER
biological parents Lea Bacsal Cabonios and Fernando Baladjay Cabonios. Petitioners pray that after due notice, publication and hearing, a judgment be rendered to the effect that thenceforth, the minor child SOPHIA ISABELLE CABONIOS VILBAR be freed from all legal obligations of obedience and maintenance with respect to her natural parent, and be in all legal intents and purposes, the child of the petitioners; that she be allowed to use the surname of the adopters; and that her surname be changed to SORIA which is the surname of petitioners. The petition being sufficient in form and in substance is hereby set for hearing on July 22, 2013 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at the Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Catbalogan City. The Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Regional Office No. VIII, Tacloban City, through its Social Welfare Officer, is hereby directed to prepare and submit its Child Study report on the adoptee as well as her biological parents and Home Study Report on the prospective adoptive parents and indicate a recommendation on or before the date of hearing. The court Social Welfare Officer II Ms. Annie Llauderes
is likewise hereby directed to prepare her own Child and Home Study reports and recommendation to the Court on or before the date of hearing. Let this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a duly accredited newspaper of general circulation published in the Province of Samar to be selected by raffle under the supervision of the Executive Judge of this Court. Let a copy of this Order and the Petitioner be furnished to the Solicitor General of the Philippines, Provincial Prosecutor of Samar, Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Regional Office No. VIII, Tacloban City, and Ms. Annie Llauderes, Court Social Welfare Officer II as well as the petitioners and their counsel. SO ORDERED. Catbalogan City, Samar. June 3, 2013.
Filed with the Court is a verified Petition by Spouses Elmer Ragadio Soria and Emelita Teves Soria through counsel Atty. Gerardo C. Teves, for the adoption of the minor Sophia Isabelle Cabonios Vilbar. Said adoptee was born on October 11, 2009 in Brgy. Bagongon, Catbalogan City, Samar to her
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SAMAR from page 3 ... ing NPA regulars to lay down their arms and access government programs that could help them as they return to the mainstream of our society. “We welcome and help those who choose to live in peace, but we will not hesitate to use the full strength of our forces to those who continue to threaten the people that we are bound to serve,” Vestuir stressed. Meanwhile, Capt. Amado Gutierrez, spokesman of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan City, said the Armed Forces of the Philippines is offering cash incentives and livelihood programs to NPA members who surrender with their firearms under its Guns for Peace Program. Gutierrez said the AFP will pay P200,000 for light machine guns, P60,000 for M-14 assault rifle, P50,000 for Colt M-16 armalite rifle, and P40,000 for M-203 grenade launcher. Besides cash assistance, the rebel returnees may also avail themselves of government livelihood programs and other benefits under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program. The AFP Guns for Peace Program is a transition mechanism that is also open to other armed threat groups. (Ricky Bautista)
Dureza elected PPI head, Macasaet is chair emeritus
Wit h on ly t wo publishers coming from the provinces who were elected chairman and president since 1964, Atty. Jesus Dureza, publisher of Mindanao Times based in Davao City where he also writes a regular column, is now the third one to be elected head of the Philippine Press Institute after Atty. Zoilo Dejaresco Jr. from Bohol in 1989 and Leonilo Claudio from Davao 1993. Dureza was former cabinet secretary during Gloria MacapagalArroyo’s administration. Now on his third year as member of the PPI Board, he was first elected trustee for Mindanao in 2011. He now joins the illustrious list of past PPI leaders such as Ramon Roces, Chino Roces, Raul Locsin, Zacarias Nuguid, Eugenio Lopez Jr., and Isagani Yambot. For his contribution as long-time chairman-president of the Institute, Amado ‘Jake’ Macasaet, publisher of Malaya has been bestowed the recognition chairman emeritus, the first-ever title for a past president. He was chairman and president for sixteen years. He still represents Malaya
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we waste is stolen from those who are hungry.”, he said. “The church is a mother, not a babysitter”… The church is not an organization, but “a love story.” And media is having as ball with the comment that “even atheists” being redeemed by Christ. Francis doesn’t fit: He defies conventional categories. He is not chaplain to particular factions. As universal leader. he urges set aside ideological prejudices. Instead. look anew at challenges through lens of the Gospel. “Savage capitalism” leave too many behind. Relativism empties faith of meaning. It drifts and with those who “wish to turn the clock back” and stubbornly seek to “tame the Holy Spirit.” Society is not measured by what we have or produce. It is gauged by how we care for one another, especially the vulnerable. Identity matters: The church is not just another organization that does good things. It is “ the body of Christ… “We can build many things, but if we do not confess Jesus Christ, nothing will avail. We will become a compassionate NGO, but not the Church.” Christ crucified and the Resurrection are the center of Christian witness. Fundamental principles matter: Pope Francis reminded the Archbishop of Canterbury: We promote “Christian values in a world that seems at times to call into question some of the foundations of society, such as respect for the sacredness of human life or the importance of the institution of the family built on marriage.” Build bridges, not walls: Through dialogue, it is always possible to get closer to the truth which is a gift of God,” Pope Francis said. “We enrich one another.… It is crucial to open minds and hearts.”…. He told reporters for Civilta Cattolica .” It is crucial to open minds and hearts…. When ( the church ) becomes self-referential, gets sick and old.” Don’t clericalize the laity: For years, Pope Francis emphasized the lay vocation to be salt, light and leaven — in the world., “[We] focus on…the sanctuary, rather than bringing the Gospel to the world.” The call of the laity is “to live and spread the faith in their families, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods and beyond…to be a leaven of the love of God in society itself…. [The layperson] is to create and sow hope, to proclaim the faith, not from a pulpit but from…everyday life.” No room for whiners and climbers: Francis has no time for “ “melancholy Christians whose faces have more in common with pickled peppers than joy.” The gospel is “good news. Show it. He has no time for the “dark joy of gossip” or bickering among believers “Do not speak ill of one another. Do not denigrate one another. “In the end “we are all traveling on the same road.” Francis repeatedly warns against clerical ambition: “Careerism is leprosy. Leprosy.” Make connections: Francis links priorities and principles that others divide. On the Gospel of Life weekend he made the case for the protection of the unborn and the poor as tests of our commitment to life. Tthe goal of economics and politics is to serve humanity,” he said . “(That begins ) begins with the poorest and most vulnerable wherever they may be, even in their mothers’ wombs. Every economic and political theory or action must set about providing each inhabitant of the planet with the minimum wherewithal to live in dignity and freedom, with the possibility of supporting a family, educating children, praising God and developing one’s own human potential.” The devil is still around: Pope Francis is a man of hope, but not a utopian optimist. There is evil in the world and in our lives. And that evil has a source in Satan. Francis insists “pessimism, cynicism and calumny come from Satan” . He reminds us: “ The devil always rips us off.” We’ll hear more from this Pope. (Email: email@example.com)
PCIJ begins new round of investigative reporting seminars THE Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has begun a new round of investigative reporting seminars throughout the country, starting with a four-day seminar in Cebu for journalists based in the Visayas. The seminars, conducted with support from the National Endowment for Democracy, will focus on the theme Political Clans, Governance, and Journalists’ Safety. The first training was held on June 27 - 30, 2013 at Montebello Villa Hotel in Cebu City. The seminars aim to introduce national, regional, and community journalists to the basic concepts of investigative reporting. This round of seminars may be followed by another round of seminars on advanced investigative reporting next year. The Cebu seminar will be followed by another one for Mindanao journalists in July, Luzon journalists in August, and journalists from the National Capital Region in September. Nineteen journalists are participating in the Cebu seminar. They include correspondents, publishers and editors-in-chief, and reporters from Siquijor, Leyte, Samar, Iloilo, Cebu, and Negros.
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CATBALOGAN PRIDE. PIA regional director Olive Tiu (right), assisted by PCL president Wilson Uy, puts a sash on Harriet Ayala of Catbalogan City, 1st runner-up of Miss Pintados 2013 during the coronation night held at Leyte High Gymnasium, Tacloban City, June 21. (Raul S. Tiozon)
MISS PINTADOS 2013. PALO mayor and Pintados chairperson Remedios Petilla (2nd from right) Gov. Dominic Petilla and Celebrity Boy Abunda crowned Cynthia Magpatoc Thomalla of Macrohon, S. Leyte as the reigning Miss Pintados 2013 held at the Leyte High Gym. (R. Tiozon)
MISS PINTADOS 2013 WINNER. Ivy Mae De Mesa (center) poses with (l-r) Miss Marirose Veloso, Ayla Amadel Sevilla 2012 Miss Teen Pintados, celebrity and beauty queen Daisy Reyes and Pintados Foundation president Eugene Tan after the coronation of Miss Teen pintados held at the Leyte High Gymnasium Tacloban City, June 21. (Raul S. Tiozon)
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