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Samar Weekly

EXPRESS Chronicling Events in Samar Island Since 2002

The Exponent of Samar’s Progress

VOL. 10, NO. 32

MARCH 12 - 18, 2013



Catbalogan City announces housing project for women CATBALOGAN City -- The local government of Catbalogan City launched the “Women in Housing” during the celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8 at the City Plaza here. Leading the program, City Councilor Stephany Tan tackled pressing issues concerning the urban poor sector and likewise discussed the housing project. She said the city government is determined to provide a comprehensive housing assistance for women. This project is in partnership with the Social Housing Finance Corporation’s (SHCF) Local Community Mortgage Program (LCMP). The city will receive P48 million to fund eight LGU–owned housing projects, according to the LGU website. The amount will be given as part of the SHFC localized Community Mortage Program to be implemented once the city through Mayor Coefredo ‘Tekwa ‘ Uy enters into a MOA with SHFC-an Omnibus Commitment Line Facility. (Avha Ebalde)

VATICAN City – “Habemus Papam Franciscum.” White smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel and the bells of St Peter’s Basilica rang out, signaling the election had taken place after five rounds of voting -- one more than when Benedict was elected. The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have new pope in the person of Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, the first non-European pope on Wednes day after more than 1,200 years of Church history. The 76-year-old ‘Pope Francis’ was elected and emerged smil ing on to the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to cries of “Long live the pope!” as tens of thousands of pilgrims cheered, cried and applauded. He was the first Latin American pontiff ever elected as pope. World leaders, including US President Barack Obama hailed the election of a pope who chose to name himself after St Francis. “He is a champion of the poor and the most

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FUN WALK IN CATBALOGAN. In celebration of women’s role in history and nation-building, the Women of the Nations - New Life Christian Center has organized the Fun Walk ‘13 last March 16, 2013 at the City Plaza. (Photo and text by Stephany Uy Tan)

Former San Jorge councilor arrested for extortion CATBALOGAN City -The Police Regional Office 8 on Wednesday arrested a former town councilor for introducing himself as leader of the elite police team who allegedly committing extortion activities in this city. As this developed, Eastern Visayas police director Chief Supt. Elmer Soria warned the public of many other ‘police character’ that roamed around duping civilians and businessmen in the city. “This tactic of impersonating people with authority for evil purposes is not new,” Supt. Soria said as he called on the public to be watchful and report suspicious people

introducing themselves as policemen to the nearest police station. On Tuesday, the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) arrested a 51-year old former Sangguniang Bayan member who reportedly tried to extort money from local businessmen by threatening them with arrest. Demetrio Bariquit y Simbahon, married, of Barangay Mancol, San Jorge, Samar faces charges of extortion and usurpation of authority after he was caught extorting money from three businessmen in Catbalogan City. Bariquit is a former town

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Army-NPA clash in Samar continue TROOPS from the Army’s 8th Infantry Division engaged the NPA insurgents in a series of armed encounters in Samar and Northern Samar Provinces recently. The troops of Alpha Company, 43rd Infantry Battalion apparently have a firefight with the NPA rebels in the boundary of Barangay Calondan,

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FAKE MONEY. Ms. Loida Cruz (center) Assistant Manager, Cash Department of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas informs the public on basic distinction between genuine and fake Philippine peso bill during a media briefing last Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at PNP National Headquarters, Camp Crame. The PNP warned the public to be vigilant and report any information regarding the proliferation of fake money in the provinces.


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EARTH HOUR. Region 8 Information Director Olive Tiu (2nd from right, first row) signs the memorandum of agreement together with supporters of the Earth Hour 2013 from government agencies, non-government organizations, media, students, academe and other sectors led by the JCI Candahug Liberation, Inc. The signing was held at Robinsons Place Tacloban City on March 15. This is the 7th year that Earth Hour is headed by the JCI Candahug Liberation with the support of PIA. (Raul S. Tiozon/PIA-8)

Villar vows to help empower women TEAM PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar assured to help empower Filipino women because, according to her, 50 percent of our population are women and more than 50 percent of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are also women. In a Women’s Month celebration in Pampanga, Villar divulged that 95 percent of the OFWs who were provided assistance by the Villar Foundation’s Sagip-OFW were women. Villar, known as “Misis Hanep Buhay,” is the managing director of the Villar Foundation, which has been helping our OFWs from different countries in the past 20 years. Some of these OFWs, Villar said, were maltreated by their employers, and worse, sexually abused and raped. Because of this, Villar vowed she would not stop helping women and empowering them to become productive members of the society. She remains thankful to Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda and other local officials for inviting her to the momentous event to recognize the important role being played by women. “The women is the sector closest to my heart being a woman and a public servant,” stressed Villar. She said it is always a pleasure for her to interact and be with her fellow women. “As you know, I personally advocate for the empowerment of women across all sectors. It is my belief that women play an important role in nation-building,” she said. “And I am happy that the leadership of Pampanga under Gov. Pineda share my love for women,” she further said. She said the country needs more empowered women because when “we empower women, we empower families and generations of people”. She related that when she was congresswoman of the lone district of Las Pinas from 2001- 2010, she prioritized legislations that uphold the welfare of women and family. Among these pieces of legislations are the Magna Carta of Women and the Anti-Violence against Women and AntiTrafficking against Women and Children Law. And as managing director of the Villar Foundation, Villar said she has been pursuing programs that would redound to the benefit of women. Her “Hanep Buhay” campaign slogan promises job opportunities for women through her livelihood projects. “Nanininawala kasi ako na hanep ang buhay pag may hanapbuhay,” pointed out by “Misis Hanep Buhay.” (PR)

60 Eastern Visayas ARB groups receive over P19-M farm emplements from DAR TACLOBAN CITY – Officers and members of 60 recipient Agrarian Reform Beneficiary organizations trooped to the Department of Agrarian Reform Regional Office compound on March 7 in order to personally receive the P19 million worth of modern farm equipment from DAR Undersecretary Felix Perry Villanueva. The sudden downpour did not stop the turn over rites as the visibly over joyed ARBOs signed the acceptance documents in front of USEC Villanueva, and Finance and Administrative Director Teresita Panlilio from the Central Office and DARRegion 8 officials, Mr. Jose Alsmith Soria, DAR 8 Information head, informed. These farm implements according to USEC Villanueva, are given to identified ARBOs as capacity enhancement to the latter’s agricultural economic activities under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). Tolosahay Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TOFAMCO) Chairman Balbino Leona explained that with the new equipment given to their organization, land preparation and harvesting of rice would now be much faster and easier. TOFAMCO is one of the two recipients in the region of the P1.2 million combine harvester, which functions as harvester and thresher, Mr. Soria said. Mr. Balbino added that with these equipment, the organization expects to incur less expenses and earn more in their farm operations. DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo disclosed that there are 97 modern farm equipment worth P19.4 million given away to 60 ARBOs regionwide. These include 37 hand tractors; 30 threshers; 10 cultivators; eight water pumps; six flatbed driers; two reapers; two mechanical transplanters; and 2 combine harvesters. Among the economic activities of these ARBOs that get funding support under ARCCESS, Castillo added, are rice, organic vegetable, sugarcane and cassava production and marketing. DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo expressed optimism that with these equipment provided to them, the ARBOs will have higher yield from their awarded lots in the succeeding agricultural years. Eventually, the ARBOs will hopefully have an increased income resulting to a better quality life thereby contributing to poverty reduction and employment generation in the rural areas under President Benigno Aquino’s 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan, Director Castillo added. (PIA 8)

councilor in San Jorge, Samar and is running for the same position in the May 2013 elections. The victims claimed the suspect introduced himself as Inspector Nick and a team leader of the elite RSOG, asked money from them and threatened to arrest them for unknown charges. The 3 victims reported the extortion activities of the suspect to the real RSOG which conducted an entrapment operation against Bariquit. On Wednesday afternoon, the victims agreed to meet Bariquit at Petron Gasoline station in Brgy. 3, Catbalogan City and handed money to the suspect, wherein RSOG under Police Inspector Constantino Jabonete, Jr., immediately arrested him. Recovered from the possession of the suspect were three expired Mission Orders (MO) from the Military Intelligence Group 8 (MIG8), identification cards of CIDG and Police Hotline Movement, Inc., CIDG coordination form, an arrest warrant for Rape, a Suzuki motorcycle and the P1000.00 cash which he took from the victims. The suspect was brought to Samar Provincial Crime Laboratory Office in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City for ultraviolet examination and is currently detained at Catbalogan police station lock-up cell.

CATHOLICS from page 1 ... vulnerable among us,” Obama said in a statement. Meanwhile, Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner wished her fellow countryman “a fruitful pastoral mission.” Latin America is said to be have the highest number of Catholics in the world -- in contrast to the decline of Catholicism in its traditional bastion in Europe, reports said. Francis also publicly thanked his 85-year-old predecessor Benedict XVI, who shocked the world last month by becoming the first pope to resign for seven centuries. The new pope is believed to have been the runner-up at the conclave in 2005 that elected Benedict -- although cardinals taking part are sworn to secrecy on pain of excommunication. The Vatican said his formal inauguration mass would be on Tuesday -- an important date in the Catholic calendar because it is the Feast of St Joseph, patron saint of the universal Church.

ARGO: DA-8’s new website

TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of Agriculture regional office (DA-8) has come up with a new official website called agricultural related on-line (AGRO) project which prides itself as the first of its kind in the country. According to Dr. Wilson Cerbito, DA-8 regional technical director for research and regulation, the AGRO project is a major component of the Matuwid na DAAN or Department of Agriculture Accountability Network. Cerbito said that the Matuwid na DAAN website provides a readily-accessible and fully-dedicated medium for the DA’s advocacy of adhering to transparency and accountability in pursuing food security while promoting public awareness of its community-focused projects and activities nationwide. He also said that among the features in the website are the profiles of all DA projects vis-a-vis their fund allocation, cumulative disbursements, completion period, percentage of accomplishment and other relevant data, including regularly updated photos, which were provided by the attached agencies, corporations and regional field units of DA. Aside from the Matuwid na DAAN section, users can also find the online database of the DA-Leyte National Farmers Registry System (NFRS) and the Inventory System of Agriculture and Fisheries Investments (ISAFI), and the online marketing hub called Agri-Biz Market Place. With this institutionalization of the agricultural related on-line project, the Department of Agriculture expressed appreciation for the overwhelming support from the LGUs and agriculture and veterinary offices in region eight. (Ryan Gabriel L. Arcenas)

Women play a big role in alleviating poverty - TESDA By REBECCA S. CADAVOS

‘Misis Hanepbuhay’ Cynthia Villar

MAASIN City -- Training on different kinds of services is already part of alleviating poverty, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) OIC Provincial Director Rodrigo Lacaba disclosed during the Foot Spa Training held at the Maasin City Livelihood and Training Center March 19. At least 30 inspired women participated the livelihood training, as one of the activities lined-up by the city Social Welfare Services Office celebrating Women’s Month this March. “”Training on different services is part of poverty alleviation program of the government,” Lacaba said being the guest speaker in the said whole-day activity. He said that women’s duties and functions in the community is important just like men, saying that “without women there will be no

progress, since women contribute to the development not only in the community but throughout the country.” Lacaba further said that women has the right to be involved in these endeavor such as trainings in different services like foot spa, manicure/pedicure, massage, and the like where they can help their partners earn a living. “While their husbands are working and their kids go to school, they can also apply their expertise while earning additional income for the family,” he stressed. The women learned the foot spa techniques during the lecture and actual demonstration from the resource persons coming from the beauty salons in the locality. They were provided with the materials like the spa milk salt, milk power lightening lotion, shrub and the foot file, courtesy of the city government.

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San Jorge and Barangay Barayong, Motiong last March 8. Similarly, the troops of 20th Infantry Battalion and Pinarican CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) encounters around 15 NPA rebels in a 15-minute fire fight at Brgy Kailingan, San Jose, Northern Samar last March 7, around 7:30 a.m. which resulted to the recovery of assorted ammunitions of AK47 rifle, M1 Garand Rifle and M-16 rifle. No casualties were reported on the government side but undetermined on the enemy side. The armed encounter is a result of reliable information relayed by the local populace to the military in the area,” said Lt. Colonel Noel Vestuir, Commanding Officer of 20th Infantry Battalion. “These NPA rebels have been harassing the local populace, forcing to give in to their so-called revolutionary taxes in exchange for securing their communities,” Vestuir added. In a related event, the troops of 34th Infantry Battalion and 81st Reconnaissance Company overrun a temporary NPA camp after a 30-minute firefight against 25 NPA rebels in Palapag Complex, Northern Samar last March 4, 2013. The encounter resulted to the seizure of the rebel camp and the recovery two M-16 rifles, two landmines, one rifle grenade, magazines/ammunitions for M-16 rifles and subversive documents. (Lilith S. tena)

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Chief Supt. Elmer R. Soria, Regional Police Director of PRO8, on Tuesday reminded the 75 new police recruits to always uphold the human rights in their police functions as he reiterated that PRO8 is home of the citizen-friendly policemen. (Lilith S. Tena)

DENR vows to protect trees from harmful campaign materials By REBECCA S. CADAVOS

OPERATION “Baklas”, a program of work implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Eastern Visayas seek to secure free, orderly, honest, and credible election without harming the environment. The move of the DENR is the protection of trees from being harmed through nailed posters and stapled campaign materials this midterm election. Manolito Ragub, DENR regional executive director disclosed that their office has implanted “Operation Baklas” since the start of the campaign period for national candidates last

February 12 in various areas in the region. The program will run until the end of the local campaign period. Ragub said that field personnel of the DENR and other deputized agents are going around on a daily basis to remove stapled or nailed campaign paraphernalia. He also said that the DENR will impose penalties to those caught nailing posters, billboards, tarpaulins, or streamers on living trees even inside private properties or along roads, highways or public parks. Candidates were advised by Ragub to advise their supporters to refrain from using nails or staples in posting campaign materials as these could harm the trees.

Philippine Eagle abounds in the rich forests of Taft, Eastern Samar THE ecologically important bird species, the Philippine Eagle with the scientific name of Pithecophaga Jefferyi naturally inhabits the rich forests of Samar. The recent citing of the Philippine Eagle at the Taft Forest Wildlife (Philippine Eagle) Sanctuary confirmed this, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Executive Director Manolito Ragub said. “The sighting of the Philippine Eagle is something which the people of Eastern Visayas must be proud of,” Ragub said. “It is in this part of the country where this important bird species naturally abound,” he added. He said that the presence of the Philippine Eagle is an indicator that there is still an ecologically-balanced forest in Samar. He added that while the government is spending so much money just to propagate this species in captive breeding like what is being done by the Philippine Eagle Foundation Center in Davao, Eastern Visayas has its own naturally breeding Eagles in the forests of Samar. The Taft Forest Wildlife¸ the Philippine Eagle¸ was sighted on March 10, in the forests of San Rafael, Taft, Eastern Samar which is part of the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary, Samar Island Natural Park Protected Area Superintendent Angelito Villanueva informed RED Ragub in a report. The Philippine Eagle was sighted by Ms. Ruth Francisco, a member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines in the course of her bird watching activity. Together with Ms. Francisco was Mr. Joselito Sierra, a local tour guide of the SINP. Ms. Francisco who has been conducting birding activities for two years already, has been to different forested areas in the country like the Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon. Francisco said that she usually sees wild birds in flight and the Philippine Eagle in captivity. At the Taft Philippine Eagle Sanctuary, however, she actually sighted a Philippine Eagle in the wild just about 100 meters away

from her standpoint. Ms. Francisco was on her second visit to the SINP to look for the Mindanao Bleeding Heart, a species of bird in the pigeon and dove family (Columbidae) so named because of a red blotch on its breast, which is endemic to the Philippines. At 7:55 a.m. of March 10, while hiking amidst the forest on a cloudy with occasional rains morning, we heard the call of a Rufus Hornbill, Ms. Francisco excitedly shared to DENR Region 8 Regional Public Affairs Officer Purificacion Daloos. “Expecting that the Mindanao Bleeding Heart will follow, I positioned my camera and was excited to see a raptor… the Philippine Eagle,” Ms. Francisco narrated. “The Philippine Eagle was preening while perching for about five minutes, on a leafless tree on top of a cliff. It stayed there until three Rufus Hornbills flew in and perched on a nearby tree. Disturbed by the noise of the Hornbills, the Philippine Eagle flew away,” Ms. Francisco recounted. She added that other birds seen in the thickly forested area with surrounding perching trees were two Samar Hornbill, two Yellowish Bulbul, one Amethyst Brown Dove, four Red¬-keeled Flowerpecker, four Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, two Philippine Bulbul, and one Sunpride Species. RED Ragub said the sighting of the Philippine Eagle is not only a moment of pride and rejoicing, but more so, a challenge and reminder to every Filipino especially the people of Samar to help protect the remaining forest of Samar. The continued existence of the Philippine Eagle and other wildlife species depends on the condition of the forest, their habitat, RED Ragub said. The Philippine Eagle was first sighted in Paranas, Samar on June 15, 1896 by a British collector John Whitehead. The various sightings of the Philippine Eagle in the forests of Samar prompted then President Joseph Estrada to declare on July 31, 1999, the 3,720 hectares of the said forests as Taft Forest Wildlife (Philippine Eagle) Sanctuary through Presidential Proclamation No. 155. (Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu)


A time to remember, celebrate By VIRNA LUNA N. DE LOYOLA, SWE News & Features ANOTHER year has ended, another year had just begun. For the students who have been struggling and juggling with their studies better known as “working students”, this is the day to sit back, relax and savor the moment. This is day to be proud for after the sleepless nights reviewing for exams, jotting down notes for inspection and familiarizing the thesis’ data for the heart-pounding mock defense. Believe me, ‘been there done that, being a student was not a bed of roses for me, just like any other ordinary student, I woke up early and prepared for school’s demanding schedules of the day. Wikipedia defines “graduation” as the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated, where students become graduates. Before the graduation, candidates are referred to as graduands. The date of graduation is often called “graduation day”. The graduation itself is also called commencement, convocation or invocation. This is the summary of the student’s life, as the downfalls and victorious moments were experienced as a part of the student’s ride to success. Graduation day is the day for students’ to discern and reflect for their future. As well as the day to take a few steps and reminisce the past 4 years where the different phases of learning almost made the students way to give up and not hold-on as the hurdles of learning increases level by level. Graduating from a class is a dream come true for the students, for it is the seal of education that serves as the portal for the next chapter of their lives, this time, as professionals. So what’s life in store after graduation? Enroll in a review center and be ready for board exams or go for a vacation, rest for a moment after the bumpy ride of learning...well, it’s your choice. Earning a degree is an honor for the proud family and relatives. It is their pride to see themselves smiling that after the costly 4 years, their beloved sons and daughters have finally crossed the bridge of wisdom. It is their time to rest and be showered with happiness in return that they deserved. Graduation is not only for the proud family, it’s also for the fellow students that became friends and created good camaraderie while still in the process of learning. The group projects, sleepovers for thesis study and so on...will surely be missed as the time has come to part ways for the future.Well, what’s the use of the social networking sites like facebook and twitter to stay sane and connected, right? As the popular song goes, “embrace it with desire, to fill your life with meaning”, that no matter what and where the voyage of life might lead you, always remember that the gift of wisdom should be exampled righteously, always keep yourselves humbled and grounded after all, you are the captain of your ship.

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EDITORIAL Habemus Papam! Faithful across the world and around the globe patiently waited for the white smoke off the chimney of the Sistine Chapel where 115 cardinals held the conclave to elect the next Pope. The conclave begun with a Mass with the intention of seeking guidance and enlightenment from the Holy Spirit as the cardinals vote for the next pontiff. Speculations were raised as to what observers consider as top contenders to succeed the retired Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who took the painstaking decision to step down from the Petrine seat due to health reasons. The Pope Emeritus vacated the Papal seat to pave the way for his successor who would be physically fit to lead the Catholic Church. The election was different from worldly powers in the different states around the world. There are no formal nominees as everyone is deemed a candidate for the Papal seat. Those who belong to the College of Cardinals are deemed qualified to be voted upon by the members entitled to vote in the conclave. The cardinals are made to take an oath of secrecy as regards the entire proceedings. The sanctity of the process is well guarded, ensuring that results of every voting will remain confidential. Black smoke was emitted through the chimney of the Sistine Chapel during the first voting. It took four more voting before white smoke came out of the chimney, signaling the election of a new Pope to succeed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The election Pope Francis which came after the fifth voting ended the waiting for a leader of the Catholic Church. The choice gave a sigh of relief to the faithful who waited at Saint Peter’s Square and on cable television around the globe. The election was well observed and covered by the media from various countries as reporters covered the proceedings to give updates to peoples waiting for the next Pope. The world witnessed the election which served as an epitome of the kind where the votes are held sacred and the proceedings honest and peaceful. Pope Francis will met the challenges confronting the Catholic Church and the world from the time he accepted his election. Habemus Papam!

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‘Fake money’ this election IN MY previous columns, I have mentioned and exposed the proliferation of fake money in Samar provinces. Especially those time when we conducted our 2010 elections, many of our poor people received and complained about receiving those fake things and in exchange of a fake promises from also a fake candidates. Worst, if you receive those fake money and you don’t have the ability or talent to detect it, you might landed in prison for illegal possession and proliferation of fake money. So better be careful this election, as many of these candidates are reelectionists and they’re reported to be the source of these fake money. On Monday, Philippine National Police warned the public against proliferation of counterfeit 1,000 peso bills. The PNP’s advisory was lifted prior to the arrest of seven persons who were caught in the act of selling counterfeit money on March 4, 2013 in the morning during a buy bust operation which resulted to the recovery of 80 pieces one thousand peso bills counterfeit money. Arrested individuals were caught in the act of selling counterfeit money to policemen who acted as poseur-buyers. Reports said that this counterfeit money was already distributed to the National Capital Region, Ilocos Region and Southern Tagalog Region and in other parts of the region. I am afraid that, it reached already here in Samar provinces as we are the gateways from Manila to Mindanao and vice versa. Accordingly, counterfeit money were believed to be in Maharlika Area, Taguig City and were sold to the group of a certain JR and Roy, both residents of Daang Hari, Taguig City, in the amount of 300 pesos per 1,000 peso bill (counterfeit money) which were used as payments for items they buy. Meanwhile, PNP Spokesperson, PCSupt Generoso Cerbo Jr., urged the public to be watchful in receiving money especially those one thousand peso bills in their financial transactions. As well, the PNP urge to report the activities of common criminal groups or individuals to the PNP Public Information Office thru tel.nos. 7255115 or 7253179, by email at, or thru PNP Hotline “I-TEXT MO KAY TSIP” 0917-8475757 and PNP TXT 2920.

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Hints and Traces By Fr. Roy Cimagala Pope Francis I, of course, was very happy to know we have a new Pope. When I woke up at 4 a.m. last Thursday, there were already 5 text messages on my mobile phone. And they all broke to me the good news. I prayed immediately. A little later, I scrambled to know more about the new Pope. Like everyone else I was also surprised and gladdened to learn about him and his life. The Cardinal from Argentina, a Jesuit, cannot fail but command love and admiration for the way he is, for what he has done, for what he stands. Even in his appearance, there is already a palpable air of humility, gentleness and compassion. His smile and over-all demeanor say it all. Besides, he takes the bus to go to work. He lives in a small apartment instead of the palace reserved for his office. He only has one lung. In short, he avoid perks. Of course, as the day wore on, and more impressions and reactions came in, especially from opinion-makers, some dismay crept in. In hindsight, I should be prepared to know about these reactions. Different people can obviously express what they like. These views can only show from where these columnists are coming in. I noted that many of them had to eat crow after badly failing in their predictions. Cardinal Bergoglio was not in many of their radars. Obviously, the Holy Spirit had something else in mind besides their brilliant reasonings. But not content with that, now they are putting a lot of political coloring in the election of the new Pope. The usual branding poured in—liberal or conservative, prothis or anti-that, etc. Several spins spun wildly. Will he bring the Church to a new direction, out from the ashes of the sex scandals afflicting many parts of the Church and the mismanagement of Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region BRANCH 32 Calbayog City IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION OFPRESUMPTIVE DEATH OF ABSENTE SPOUSE ENOPE CANONOY, ELSA E. LLADOCANONOY, Petitioner Special Proceedings No. 492 x----------------x ORDER

This is a verified petition for Declaration of Presumptive death of Absentee Spouse ENOPE S. CANONOY, filed on October 09, 2012, by petitioner, thru counsel, praying among others, that after due notice and hearing, the Court will render judgment declaring the petitioner’s absentee spouse ENOPE S. CANONOY, presumptively dead and granting petitioner the right to remarry without prejudice to the effect of reappearance of the absent spouse as provided for by the law. The petition reads: That the petitioner is of legal age, married, a Filipino, and with postal address at Brgy. Luna, Tagapul-an, Samar, that she is married to Enope S. Canonoy on December28, 2000 in Brgy. Luna, Tagapul-an, Samar according to the rites of the Church of Bishops of Suga-sa Tuluhu-an officiated by Msgr. Solomon Biore; that Petitioner an Enope S. Canonoy had 2 (two) children namely, John Victor L. Canonoy and Jules Peter Sim L. Canonoy; that upon learning that typhoon ”Caloy” is set to hit their place, petitioner’s husband Enope S.


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Canonoy, something in May 11, 2006 at around 10:00 o’clock in the evening, together with six (6) others, went to the sea of Brgy. Labangbaybay, Tagapul-an, Samar, to safe keep their fishing boat named El John Jules, that while trying to safe-keep the fishing boat in the open seas of Tagapul-an, Samar, petitioner’s husband Enope S. Canonoy and his six (6) other companions, never returned home that evening May 11, 2006, that on May 13, 2006, when typhoon ”Caloy” subsided, any three(3) of the seven (7) persons aboard the fishing boat were able to return, that from the accounts of one of the survivors named Alberto R. Catamora, the fishing boat was shattered to pieces while they were negotiating the sea of Brgy. Luna, Tagapul-an, Samar going to San Vicente. All of the passengers of the boat fell to the sea including Enope S. Canonoy, whom AlbertoR. Catamora saw to have clung to a piece of shattered boat material until the latter vanished from his view; that petitioner and the relatives of Enope S. Canonoy made exhaustive search and recovery efforts from May 13, 2006 up to May 15,2006on the coasts and seas of nearby island towns, and on the following weeks but no recovery of the body of Enope S. Canonoy was had, that petitioner went to the Police Station of Tagapul-an, Samar on May 16, 2006, to report the disappearance of her husband. She also went to DYOG Radyo ng Bayan Calbayog to air the fact of disappearance of her husband, that from the time Enope S. Canonoy sailed on the seas of Tagapul-an, Samar on May 11, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the evening up to this time, petitioner, the absentee’s immediate family and their common children have absolutely no communication with absentee Enope S.

the Vatican machinery? And at 76, will he just be a caretaker Pope? Well, the world will always be the world until the end of time. Its language and logic will often be dominated by passion rather than by reason, and much less by faith. Yet, in spite of all that, the grain of truth and the seed of charity can never be lost completely. And so let’s just be game and try to sort out things as best as we can. Patience, therefore, is the name of the game. In the meantime, let’s remind ourselves some basic, indispensable truths about the Pope and the papacy, and try to craft a plan to educate everyone about how we ought to think about the Pope. The first thing we have to remember is that everything about the Pope and the papacy is a matter of faith. We cannot take them mainly, and much less fully, from an earthly, temporal point of view, be it historical, cultural, political, sociological, ideological, etc. Our attitude should be theological, more than anything else. Not that all the other considerations have nothing to say and contribute. But we need to understand that the directing force of faith should take precedence. Absent this, then the whole exercise will have no other end but doom. We would be missing the whole point about the Pope and the papacy. This is not going to be easy to take, I know, especially by those who are very opinionated about anything that has significance in the national or the world stage. Faith is like asking them to deny themselves, which is a central part of Christ’s teachings that they cannot understand. We have to understand that the Pope, whoever he may be as long as he is elected properly, is the Vicar of Christ here on earth. St. Catherine would call him the “sweet Christ on earth.” As our Catechism teaches us, “The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter’s successor, ‘is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful.’” (882) He has full, surprise and universal power over the whole Church. That description alone should make us realize that we all need to follow the Pope, to be close and united to him in mind and heart, in his teachings and directives, irrespective of who he is. There is a Latin expression which I think summarizes the proper attitude we ought to have toward the Pope. “Omnes cum Petro ad Iesum per Mariam” (all with Peter to Jesus through Mary). This is how we ought to welcome Pope Francis!

Canonoy; Petitioner had earnestly and exhaustively made efforts in ascertaining her husband’s location and existence over the past six (6) years but of to no avail; that petitioner has well-founded belief that Enope S. Canonoy is already dead, such that his being totally unheard of and absent for over six (6) years runs counter to normal course of things for a husband to his wife on one hand, and for his being father to two (2) children on the other, had he been in fact living, more so since the circumstance of his disappearance is such that, it was in danger of death; that petitioner’s ordeal of being bound to her marriage with Enope S. Canonoy despite being and absentee spouse has been recognized by law such that Art. 41 of the Family Code grants the petitioner the right to institute a summary proceeding pursuant to Title XI of the Family Code of the Philippines, for the declaration of presumptive death of the absentee spouse for purposes of remarriage, if the latter had been absent for four (4) consecutive years and that the spouse present has a well-founded belief that the spouse was already dead, and that the lapse of over six (6) years after having last seen her husband in May 11, 2006 and the well-founded belief of the petitioner that her husband is already dead since there was absolutely no communication between them, and the circumstances of his disappearance is in danger of death, gives rights to the petitioner to seek for a judicial declaration from this Honorable Court, of the presumptive death of absentee spouse Enope S. Canonoy, thereby entitling her to remarry under the provisions of Article 41of the Family Code of the Philippines WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, notice is hereby given

that this case is set for initial hearing on May 20, 2013 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon before this Court, at which date, time, and place, all persons who have objection thereto may file any opposition and show cause why the petition should not be allowed. Let this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks prior the above-setting in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Samar and in the City of Calbayog. Furnish copy of this Order together with a copy of the petition and all its annexes to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, the Office of the City Prosecutor of Calbayog, the Office of the Clerk of Court, Calbayog City, the parties and their counsels, for their information and comments.

SO ORDERED. IN CHAMBERS, February 20, 2013, Calbayog City. (Sgd.) FELICIANO P. AGUILAR Acting Presiding Judge SWE March 12 - 18; 19 - 25 & 26 - April 1, 2013 issues


Here’s who we should vote for in May LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6, the Holy Bible). -oooSPIRITUALITY, AND CANDIDATES’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: As part of our voters’ education campaign in this column, we shall continue to write about standards that Filipinos can use to choose who to vote for in the upcoming May 2013 elections. It is my fervent prayer that what we are writing here insofar as electing the candidates that will really work for the best interests of the Filipino nation and the country as a whole will find their mark in the hearts of every voter. I believe that the time has come to choose our candidates well, by looking at their track record over just one particular issue---the issue of spirituality, or their relationship with God, and how well they have listened to, and obeyed, God’s commands written in the Bible. If the candidate has a healthy dose of spirituality and is a known follower of God’s commands---doing them, not simply mouthing them---then he can be a good official likewise. The first guideline therefore is: we must elect a candidate in whom the Spirit of God dwells. -oooGUIDELINES IN VOTING FOR A CANDIDATE: It is only the candidate in whom the Spirit of God dwells who has the fear and love of God that will allow him to discharge his duties and responsibilities as an elected official according to God’s commands, and who will be restrained from stealing and abusing. The second guideline is: we must elect candidates who are able and knowledgeable of the jobs they are aspiring for, and those who hate dishonest gain. These candidates will be competent, will surely produce good results once they are elected, and will uphold the interests of God, country, and people, all throughout. Then third guideline is: we must elect candidates who are willing to be the slaves---literally and figuratively---of the people and their constituents. Too many candidates have acted like kings and queens of the people they have sworn to serve, so that they have upheld only their own personal and political interests once they got elected. -oooBIBLICAL DIMENSIONS OF VOTING: The first guideline is taken from Genesis 41:38 of the Bible, where the Pharaoh of Egypt was looking for a man who would save his country from destruction as a result of a seven-year famine that Joseph, son of Jacob, warned about. The Pharaoh said: “Is there such a man in whom the Spirit of God dwells?” The second guideline is taken from Exodus 18:21, where Jethro was telling his son-in-law Moses about who he should install as leaders of the people. Jethro told Moses he must chose the people who are capable, “men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain.” The third guideline comes from Mark 10:43-44, where Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, was telling John and James, the sons of Zebedee, what a leader should do, according to the will of the Father. Jesus said: “… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all…” -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193 or 0922 833 43 96. Email: DISCLAIMER: Views expressed in the opinion and commentary sections do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of The Samar Weekly Express. The SWE does not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for the views of readers exercising their right to free expression. The publication, however, reserves the right to edit contributions for clarity, as it sees fit. --- Ed.

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Republic of the Philippines 8th Judicial Region OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT Bulwagan Ng Katarungan Catbalogan City, Samar HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (HDMF/PAGIBIG FUND), Mortgagee-Petitioner, -versusELPEDIO I. LABONG, JR. Mortgagor-Respondent PETITION FOR SALE Under Act No. 3135 As Amended x- - - - - - - - - - - - -x SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 135, as amended by Act 4118, filed on January 31, 2013, by HDMF (PAG-IBIG FUND), mortgagee-petitioner, with principal office address at Cor. Del Pilar and L. Jaena Sts., Tacloban City, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the original Mortgage Loan Agreed, dated, March 20, 2003, signed in due form by ELPEDIO I. LABONG, JR., mortgagorrespondent, with residence and postal address at Purok 4, Brgy. Muñoz, Catbalogan City, Samar, in favor of PagIBIG FUND (HDMF), Cor. Del Pilar and L. Jaena Sts., Tacloban City, order to satisfy the mortgage debt of THREE HUNDRED THIRTY EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY TWO PESOS & 01/100 (338,572.01),

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A verified petition has been filed by the Petitioner LEONARD LOYOLA OBONG, through counsel praying that after due hearing, the Court will render judgment ordering the Local Civil Registrar of Calbayog City, to cancel the Certificate of Live Birth of the Petitioner under Local Civil Registry No. 841 (K-76) of Calbayog City.

LEGAL NOTICES The Petition reads: 1. That Petitioner is of age, with capacity to sue and be sued and is a resident of Brgy.West Awang J.D. Avelino St., Calbayog City, Samar where summons and processes of the court may be served; 2. That the respondents, the Local Civil Registrar of Calbayog City, and the Administrator and Civil Registrar, National Census and Statistics Office have its official and postal addresses at the City Hall.Calbayog City, Samar and Metro Manila,respectively, where they may be served with notice and other processes. 3. That PETITIONER is a son of spouses Leticia Loyola and Eufronio Olaes Obong, born on November 14, 1978. The facts of his birth was first registered on November 22, 1976 at the Civil Registry of Calbayog City under local Civil Registry No. 841 (K-76) as per hereto attached NSO copy of Certificate of Live Birth marked as Annex “A”. 4. That by unadvertence Petitioner registered again the facts of birth the petitioner in accordance with delayed registration at the Civil Registry of Calbayog City under Local Civil Registry No. 2000-1723 on May 17, 2000, as per hereto attached NSO copy of Certificate of Live Birth marked as Annex “B”. 5. That the Petitioner, has consistently been using his delayed Certificate of Live Birth under Local Civil Registry No. 2000-1723 in all his official records and

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A verified petition has been filed by the Petitioner REMEDIOS AWAYANTAN through counsel praying that after publication, notice and hearing, letters of administration be issued to petitioner and/ or Vicente Lucero for the administration of the estate of the deceased Vicente Tan upon giving of a bond in such reasonable sum as the Honorable Court may fix and that after all the properties of the deceased Vicente


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Tan have been inventoried and the income from these properties fully accounted for and expenses, if any, duly paid, the said estate of Vicente Tan be settled and distributed among his surviving heirs in accordance with law. The Petition reads 1. Petitioner is of legal age, widow of the late Vicente Tan and a resident of Brgy. Payahan Calbayog City; 2. Petitioner’s husband Vicente Tan also known by his Chinese name Yu Si Tiac was a naturalized Filipino. He died on July 28, 2007 at Calbayog City, Philippines. He was a resident of Calbayog City at the time of his death: Certified copy of his Certificate of Death is hereto attached as Annex A 3. Petitioner and Vicente Tan were married on June 27, 1988 at Calbayog City, Philippines. Certified copy of their Marriage Contract is hereto attached as Annex B 4. The late Vicente Tan died without a will and, so far as known to petitioner without any debts. 5. The names, ages and residence of the surviving heirs of Vicente Tan, including herein petitioner, are the following:

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Branch Manager: ARIEL C. TY Mobile No. 0947.9711.031 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region BRANCH 27 (Family Court) Bulwagan ng Katarungan Catbalogan City IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF KATHLEEN GO PANTALEON & KENJIE PANTALEON GO. SPS. TIMOTHY ROBERT COLLINS and CHRISTINE GO PANTALEON COLLINS, Petitioners, SP. PROC. NO. 82141-3013 x------------x O R D ER

Filed with the Court is a verified Petition by Spouses Timothy Robert Collins and Christine Go Pantaleon Collins, through counsel Atty. Randolph S. Uy, for the adoption of the minors Kathleen Go Pantaleon and Kenjie Pantaleon Go. Said adoptees were born on April 22, 1998 and July 02, 1999 respectively in Catbalogan City, Samar to their biological mother, Christine Go Pantaleon-Collins, one of the petitioners. Petitioners pray that after due notice, publication and hearing, judgment be forthwith rendered ad-

judging that the said minors Kathleen Go Pantaleon & Kenjie Pantaleon Go, for all legal intents and purposes, be the adopted children of the herein petitioners, for them to enjoy all the rights pertaining thereto and that their surnames be changed to that of the latter. Petitione being sufficient in form and in substance will be set for hearing upon motion of counsel after complying with this Order of Publication. The Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Regional Office No. 8, Tacloban City, through its Social Welfare Officer, is hereby directed to prepare and submit its Child Study report on the adoptees as well as their biological parents and Home Study on the prospective adoptive parents and indicate a recommendation on or before the date date of hearing.



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LEGAL NOTICES Name Vicente Lucero

Age 60

Samuel Diomagay Samson Tan Sammy Diomangay Melody Tan

56 39 37 24

Remedios Tan



Residence Brgy. San Policarpo, Calbayog City Brgy.Payahan, Calbayog City Brgy. Payahan, Calbayog City Brgy. Payahan, Calbayog City #5 Sampaguita St.,Filmvest I, Quezon City Brgy. Payahan, Calbayog City

6. That intestate estate of petitioner’s husband Vicente Tan consist of the undivided one-half the following real properties; Description a. Land Improvement TD 99-01086-00859

Location Brgy. Payahan Calbayog City

Assessed Value Php 976,320.00

b. Land Improvement TD 99-01010-01095

Brgy. Balud Calbayog City

Php 43,800.00

c. Land Improvement TD 99-01014-01485

Brgy.Obrero Calbayog City


d. Agri Land TD 49222

Brgy. Trinidad Calbayog City

Php 6,630.00

7. Petitioner posseses all the qualifications and none of the disqualification for appointment as administrator of the intestate of her late husband Vicente Tan. 8. Vicente Lucero, the eldest son of my late husband by Concepcion Lucero, likewise posseses all the qualifications and none of the disqualification for appointment as administrator as is ready, able and willing to serve as such if appointment by the Honorable Court. Finding the Petition to be sufficient in form and in substance, notice is hereby given that this case is set for hearing on May 31, 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning before this Court, at which date, time and place, all persons who have an objection thereto may

file any opposition and show cause why the same should not be granted. Let this order be published at the expense of the Petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks prior the above-setting in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Samar and in Calbayog City. Let copies of the order be furnished the surviving heirs and the Petitioners and her counsel. SO ORDERED Calbayog City Philippines, March 4, 2013.

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 duty 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 the Solicitor General of the

Philippines, the Provincial Prosecutor of Samar, the Regional Director Department of Social Welfare and and Development (DSWD), Regional Office No. 8, Tacloban City and the Court’s SWO Ms. Annie Llauderes, as well as the petitioners and their counsel. SO ORDERED. Catbalogan City, Samar, March 4, 2013.


titioner, ELEONOR TUAZON ILAGAN. The petition reads. That petitioner is of legal age, with capacity to sue and be sued and a resident of Purok 6, Brgy. Matobato, Calbayog City, while respondent are the Government offices/agencies charged with the recording and registration of births and the custodian of the Certificate of Live Birth which is sought to be cancelled by this Petition, that petitioner is the third child of now separated in fact spouses Pablo M. Ilagan, and Remedios A. Tuazon. She was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte on September 8, 1969. However, her fact of birth was not timely registered with the Local Civil Registry Office of Ilocos Norte, that when her parents separated sometime in the year 1999 and her father, Pablo

This is a verified petition for Cancellation of the Certificate of Live Birth of Eleonor Tuazon Ilagan, filed on September 14, 2012, by petitioner, thru counsel, praying among others, that after due notice and hearing an order be issued directing the Local Civil Registry of Calbayog City, and the National Census and Statistics Office, Metro Manila, to CANCEL the Certificate of Live Birth of Pe-


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establish their illegitimate filiation in the same way and on the same evidence as legitimate children, and that under Rule 105 of the Rules of Court of the Philippines Judicial approval of a voluntary recognition made by the parent concerned is necessary in order to establish the illegitimate filiation of the petitioners so that they may enjoy and benefit and rights and entitlement in any kind as provided by law.

That petitioner, BENCHIE EDRAGA ADAMOS is the natural and illegitimate child of Benjamin Adamos, and Chelita E. Titoy, a Filipino, of legal age and residents of Brgy. Rizal II, Oquendo District Calbayog City, that the late Benjamin Adamos is survived by her other immediate descendants namely Wife, Catalina de Vera Adamos, Children namely Edwin Adamos Catalina Medina, Analie Fong, Jocelyn Dionisio Juliana Villaverde ,

Benjamin Antonio and Benjamin Adamos Jr; that the aforenamed descendants reside at 29 Basa St. West Tapinac Olongapo City, that the petitioner is living with her natural mother Chelita E. Titoy who took care and raised her since her birth with residence at Brgy. Rizal II, Oquendo District Calbayog City, that sometime on January of 1986, the petitioners mother met Benjamin Adamos while she was on vacation at Olongapo with her sister and cousin. Thereafter, they decided to live together and on September 1987, both found out that petitioners mother is already pregnant with their daughter Benchie E. Adamos, that on November 1987, Benchie E. Adamos went to the United States to seek for greener pasture while Chelita E. Titoy went back home to Brgy. Rizal II, Oquendo District, Calbayog City that on May 7, 1988, Petitioner was born and named Benchie Edraga Adamos. Since then the Petitioners father constantly communicated with her mother through letters. On December of 1988, a check was sent to the Petitioners mother and from then on, there has been no communication between them. On June 1998, a letter was sent from her cousin that the Petitioners father was already dead; That on June 11, 1988, the petitioner was baptized in the name of Benchie Adamos. However, it was only on April of 2002 that the Petitioner was registered in the Office of the Civil Registrar, Calbayog City, in the name of Benchie Edraga, that the name BENCHIE EDRAGA ADAMOS is consistently used by the petitioner in all her scholastic records as well as in her employment records, that the use of the surname of the Petitioners father was in confidence that she is a duly acknowledged illegitimate child who was born out of the mutual love of her parents, that the Petitioner invokes the provision of Article 175 of the Family Code in relation to Article 172 thereof, that illegitimate children may

M. Ilagan, return to Calbayog City, he belatedly registered the fact of birth of Eleonor with the Local Civil Registry Office of Calbayog City, with an honest belief that he can register said fact of birth in Calbayog City because he is a resident of Calbayog City, that sometime in September of 2011,when Petitioner instructed her sister JOSEPHINE ILAGAN ARROYO, to cause the late registration of her birth with the Local Civil Registry Office of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, the latter discovered that she had an existing Certificate of Live Birth before the Local Civil Registry Office of Calbayog City, that the truth of the matter is that Petitioner was born in Bacarra Ilocos Norte, on September 8, 1969, and that there is a need to CANCEL her Certificate of

Live Birth with the Local Civil Registry Office of Calbayog City, so that petitioner can correctly and properly cause the registration of her fact of birth with the Local Civil Registry Office of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. WHEREFORE finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance notice is hereby given that this case is set for the initial hearing on May 20, 2013 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon before this Court at which date time and place all person who have objection thereto may file any opposition and show cause why the petition should be allowed. Let copy of this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks prior the above-setting in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Samar and in the

City of Calbayog. Furnish copy of this Order together with a copy of the Petition and its annexes to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, the Office of the City Prosecutor, Calbayog City, the Office of the Clerk of Court, Calbayog City, the parties and their counsels, for their information and comments.

This is verified petition for Judicial Approval of Voluntary Recognition of Benchie Edraga as an acknowledged and Recognized Illegitimate Child of the Late Benjamin Adamos filed on September 03, 2012, by petitioner thru counsel, praying among others that after due notice and hearing judgment be entered adjudging BENCHIE EDRAGA ADAMOS, as the duly recognized illegitimate child of the late Benjamin Adamos. The petition reads:

WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, notice is hereby given that this case is set for initial hearing on May 20, 2013 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon before this Court, at which date, time and place all persons who have objection thereto may file any opposition and show cause why the petition should not be allowed. Let copy of this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks prior the abovesetting in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Samar and in the City of Calbayog. Furnish copy of this Order together with a copy of the Petition and its annexes, to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, the Office of the City Prosecutor, Calbayog City, The Office of the Clerk of Court, Calbayog City, the parties and their counsels, for their information and comments. SO ORDERED IN CHAMBERS, February 20, 2013, Calbayog City.

(Sgd.) FELICIANO P. AGUILAR Acting Presiding Judge SWE March 12 - 18; 19 - 25 & 26 - April 1, 2013 issues

SO ORDERED IN CHAMBERS, February 20, 2013, Calbayog City.

(Sgd.) FELICIANO P. AGUILAR Acting Presiding Judge SWE March 12 - 18; 19 - 25 & 26 - April 1, 2013 issues

Pinay-canadian beauty finds way back home By RICKY J. BAUTISTA, SWE News & Features

MARCH 12 - 18, 2013

8 Pages


ORAS, Eastern, Samar -- “I have officially signed with Elite Model Management.” Exclaimed a 17-year old Filipina-Canadian Lisa Lorraine Montallana Leslie who posted online her new accomplish1.) 2,037 sq. m. ment in pursuing her show business goal. Lisa, was in the country, particularly in Oras, Eastern Sa2.) 5, 272 sq. m. mar and interacted with her cousins, relatives, to include this paper’s business manager Ms. Alma Montallana Grafil. P500/sq. m. ONLY! When Lisa made public her latest gigs in the Philippines, friends from Canada and in this country congratulated her with many of them saying, “It is expected” because of the girl’s Clean Papers beauty and brain plus talent features. Location: Brgy. Tingib, One of her photos and videos posted via Facebook was her and her cousin, Aileen, was their exposure and guestings Basey, Samar at “Showtime” and other Pinoy shows. Fronting Tacloban City Back stage, she was able to have chit-chats with local celebrities, among them, was Anne Curtis who looks like the Pinay-canadian. After series of meetings and on-screen TV exposures, she signed contract with the Elite Company which is considered one of the world’s premier modeling agency and fashion academy in Manila, Philippines. Hosted by Elite has a reputation of being the top modeling agency AKSYON GILBERT worldwide that launched the careers of top models such as Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz, Gisele ‘Gibo’ ARTECHE Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Claudia Schiffer, and 5:30 - 6:30 A.M. Naomi Campbell amongst other celebrities. Mon.-Fri. According to her relatives in Samar, Lisa, 17, wishes to Simulcast with enter showbiz entertainment in the Philippines. And the recent signing was considered a “good start” in her career in MSFM 102.5 khz the country. It was learned that, in her younger years, Lisa started her passion for the stage singing, dancing and playing piano, having been recognized for her talents in the Festival of the Arts for many years garnering over 15 plaques and trophies. Lisa is a proud Filipina-Canadian who feels her knowledge of different cultures will help youth understand the importance of equality between cultures. When I first saw the girl in Tacloban City, inside the office of her Tita Alma, I saw the real beauty (inside and outside) in her. She is young, fragile, approachable, and charismatic and seems to be a determined young lady. In my wild prediction, at least, I was correct in saying that this girl will soon succeed in the near future. In fact, her Tita Alma said, Lisa on her very tender age of 17, she already reached the stardom by winning beauty pageant contests, not to mention achieving honor roll status in her academic studies every year. I have noticed in between conversation between Lisa and her kins that she is indeed a good conversant and bilingual. She spoke both French and English fluently. She said, she is on her way of learning the local dialect - Waray. Lisa’s future ambition is becoming a pharmacist. Lisa enjoys photography, writing novels and travelling. Lisa is looking forward to the future opportunities of her interests of modeling and acting. As the reigning Miss Teen Central British Columbia, Lisa intends to use her title to its full extent as an ambitious, positive role model for today’s growing youth. In her recent visit here, she once again reconnected the Pinoy blood in her with high hopes to live permanently in the Philippines. She loves to east most of the Pinoy foods. In the office of Leyte-Samar Daily Express, in Tacloban City, one of the reporters of Express, Mr. Reyan Arinto, was able to interview one-on-one Ms. Lisa Leslie. And here’s some of her revelations: In her pageant sorties, Lisa was “I actually love it. I love and been around this town [Tacloban]. I have been to crowned as Miss Teen Canada World Dulag, Naval [in Biliran]…I have been all over Leyte and of course, Boracay!” Lisa exclaimed. in Toronto and Miss Teen Central “In Manila, I have lots of meetings and I hopefully gonna start my showbiz career there because British Columbia - World 2011. I’m really interested in the culture and I love the language. I want to meet lots of people and just offer myself up to my potential. I’m really excited to work with showbiz in and see what’s in store for me,” Lisa said. “I am half Filipino and it’s a very big part of who I am. You can tell right away from looking at me that I’m not completely Caucasian. I’ve always wanted to come here. I’m here to explore my roots and see the culture and life,” Lisa added. Credits: Center photo by “My mother taught me a lot of things growing up on being a Filipino. Unlike many other races, Nani Ruiz-Banson, atFilipinos are very close to their families. There are a lot of family get-togethers,” Lisa continued. tached photos by Lisa’s fb “That’s one of the special things of the Filipino culture, being family-oriented and respectful. I account and clip t’s something we don’t really have in Canada,” she added. interviews from Reyan Lisa already got her professional start as a teen model. Arinto of Express. “I was a Miss Teen Canada World. I first started with the provincial pageant Miss British Columbia World and I was in the top 16 and I was crowned Miss Teen British Columbia World. After that, after about three months of training, I went to Toronto, to run Miss Teen Canada World, which was an amazing experience. There were around 60 of us girls, all around from Canada. And then I got 20 people’s choice,” Lisa said. Lisa credits her upbringing for teaching her to fully embrace who she is. “I think that just knowing that you are a good person and you try to do things to the best of your ability.” Her homecoming schedule may have been dotted with meetings, meet-and-greetings, pictorials, a sojourn to Boracay, but what does matter to her are family reunions especially her relatives in Oras, Eastern Samar where her mother came from. “I’m just very grateful! But I’m not going to forget where I came from and what I did to get here.”



SWE March 12 - 18, 2013  

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