A Historical Novel by Dr. Ed Gamboa
Inspired by a True Story
Chapter 26. Te Raid at Sante Fe
May 2013 Elections
The Dark Nights of Father Madrid
Initial NBI ﬁndings bolster
Nora Lucero, an ac-countant, left SGV to spread God’s word
Edwin Bael (c2002)
he meeting with members of the revolutionary Barrio Organizing Committee at San-ta Fe had been properly pre-arranged. George did not have to do much except showup for the event. His job was to see to it that the committeewent about putting up the “Samahang Nayon” the right way. Thisnew organization, mandated by the government, was to become
the ofcial union representing the local farmers.
Fighting the government up front was not prudent strategy.Know the enemy; recognize who their agents are, their support-ers, and their resources. Bide your time, gain strength. By now, heknew Mao’s words by heart.
by Edwin D. Bael onMonday, 1/14/2013 --
Yes-terday, January 13, 2013, wasthe start of the ban against the bearing, carrying, or trans-
porting of rearms or other
deadlyweapons,in prepa-ration for our May13, 2013Elec-tions for Senators,Con-gress-men,Party-list Groups, and theelective regional, provincial,
city, and municipal ofcials.
It is called mid-term elec-tions as it occurs in-betweenthe election for President and
other ofcials every six years.
Campaign period for senatorsand party-list groups start onFebruary 12, while the periodfor candidates for the Houseof Representatives and local
ofcials start on March 29.
The code for what is de-sired of this election is SAFE:Secure and Free Elections. Inother words, we hope for theunfettered and true expres-sion of the voting citizens'will, neither clouded by undueand improper pressure or
inuence, nor subjected to
the treason and betrayal of "dagdag-bawas" operations,nor prevented by voters listmanipulations, nor distorted
by ying and substitute vot-
ers, nor rendered into a totalfarce appearing real by thesurreptitious insertion of elec-tronic programs that automati-cally "adjust" the votes of oneor two or more candidates inthe tallies, whether at the local
level or at the nal counting
Politicians warned: No cam- paigning in Sinulog
By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News | CEBU,1/17/2013 – Senatorial bets and local
ofcials alike were warned
by Sinulog organizers againstcampaigning during the 3-dayreligious festival that will beattended by at least 4 milliondevotees of the Sto. Niño, ac-cording to the Sinulog Foun-dation Incorporated (SFI).The foundation's executivedirector, Ricky Ballesteros,said their security personnel
will conscate any leaets,
banners, tarpaulins or anyother campaign materialsthat will be dished out to the public during the SinulogFestival."They must behave also,it’s a simple rule to follow,"he said.
Church leaders are looking at cyberspace as
the main arena to
keep the faithful.
Inquirer.net | MANILA,1/17/2013 -- Inthis predominantlyCatholic country, theBible is not only fac-ing stiff competitionfrom romance pock-etbooks, horoscopes,feng shui (Chinesegeomancy), it also is facingthe challenge of the Internet,
an ofcial of the
Philippine BibleSociety (PBS)said Tuesday.Romance pock-etbooks are popu-lar among womenwhile the young patronize moreInternet shopsinstead of read-
ing and reecting
on the Bible, saidPBS general sec-
Inquirer.net | MANILA,1/16/2013 -- Some 172,000 for-eign tourists opted to extend their stay in the Philippines by apply-ing for an "extension of stay" in2012, the Bureau of Immigration(BI) said.BI Commissioner RicardoDavid Jr. said the BI visa exten-
sion ofce approved 172,055
applications for extension of stay by foreign tourists in 2012.“Our country remains a favor-ite tourist destination that manyforeign visitors are opting to stayhere longer not only for vacationor to visit our tourist attractions but also to explore business andinvestment opportunities,” hesaid in a news release.He added that the number of approved visa extensions in 2012was 13 percent higher than the
151,913 applications for exten-
sion of stay the bureau approvedin 2011.Meanwhile, BI visa extension
ofce acting chief Julius Cortez
said non-visa required foreigntourists are admitted for 21 daysupon their arrival in a Philippine port of entry while visa-requirednationals are granted an initial
stay of 59 days.
Cortez said they may thenapply to extend their stay for twomonths and every two monthsthereafter until they reached themaximum stay of 16 months.“All of them may extend their sojourn in the Philippines beforethe lapse of their authorized stayso long as they do not violate theconditions of their stay and paythe required fees to the bureau,”he added.
Peak extension months
Cortez said tourist visa exten-sions were highest in January, July,August, and December when morethan 15,000 applications were pro-cessed.The lowest was registered Aprilwhen only more than 12,000 wereapproved.The BI noted the Department of Tourism had expected to lure asmany as 4.5 million foreign touristsin 2012.In January to June 2012, the DOTrecorded 2.1 million tourist arrivals,mostly from South Korea, UnitedStates, Japan, China and Taiwan.
There has also been a steady inux
of nationals from neighboring coun-tries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).- VVP, GMA News