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Vox Bikol Vol. 28 Issue No. 30

Vox Bikol Vol. 28 Issue No. 30

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Naga Public Market official
 faces malversation raps
Losses of p 1.9- million in revenues to be probed
This 1800 Spanish-period cuartel that eventually becameCamarines Sur’s provincial jail is at the risk of being demolished to give way toa superstore. It that happens, Bicol will lose another relic of its illustrious past.
Photo and Caption: Vic Nierva
The Naga Public Market building is still undergoing renovation after unexplained fires hit it in
previous months.
nAgA City (18 deCeMBer) – AforMer nAgA City
Public Marketsuperintendent is facing multiple chargesof “malversation of public funds through
falsication” with a reported amount of P 1.9 Million, even as a City legal ofcer 
revealed that uncovered documents from thecity market indicated that the lost amount
will exceed what was earlier reported.
 Naga Police Community Precinct 1,Police Chief Insp. Nicasio Garcia said thatformer market superintendent Frederick Ignacio Arias, 44, a resident of MarasiganSt., Sabang in this city, is currently detained
“Dealer of quality home appliances & furnitures”
 MAin: Cor. P. Burgos & gen. lunA sts., nAgA City tel nos.: (054) 473.72.62 / 478.34.58
at the BJMP District Jail at Barangay Del
Rosario here while awaiting arraignmentafter a Warrant of Arrest was served on the
suspect last December 11.
The warrant was issued with “no bailrecommended” by RTC Branch 23 Judge
Operators appealagainst crackdown on
P-Noy appoints Salceda
as Bicol RDC chairman
4Ps aids 85,000
families in Bikol
DENR warns LGUs:
comply or be penalized
nAgA City (15 dcmb) —After the PnP
provincial ofce here hadlaunched a crackdown on illegal cockght-
ing activities on the strength of MarcosAdministration Presidential Decree no.
449, operators of some 33 cockpit arenas in
Camarines Sur province have made a formalappeal to police provincial director, Sr. Supt.Jonathan Viernes Ablang, “to be humanely
considerate” of scheduled commercial cock-ghts to continue until the end of Christmas
legAZPi City, deC. 16– Presi-dent
Benigno Aquino III has appointedAlbay Governor Joey Salceda as chairman
of the Bicol Regional Development Coun-cil (RDC) to ensure continuity of agship
 projects that propel countryside economy
counting on major infrastructure, educa-
free ConsultAtion
Unit D, Aristocrat Hotel Bldg., Elias Angeles St.,Naga City Tel.Nos.: (054) 811.5471/473.4822
legAZPi City, deC. 13 – the
De- partment of Social Welfare and Develop-ment (DSWD) has so far placed 85,395
 poor families in Bikol under the coverage
of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Pro-gram (4Ps), a multi-billion peso poverty
reduction program of the government,
since its inception two years ago.
15 deCeMBer -- the dePArt-Ment of enVironMent
and NaturalResources (DENR) yesterday issued a stern
warning to local governments in BikolRegion to comply with Republic Act 9003
or the Ecological Solid Waste Management
Act of 2000 lest, face class suit for failure toobey the mandate of the law.
13 - 19 december 2010Volume XXVIII
Issue no. 30
M Cma!
Dialogues of the Vanishing
If for a moment God would forget/ that I am a rag doll and give me a/ scrap of life, possibly I wouldnot/ say everything that I think, but I/ would denitely think everything that I say.I would value things not for how/ much they are worth but rather for/ what they mean.
-Farewell Letter ascribed to Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
When Alfred BernhArd noBelestABlished
the Nobel Prizes through his
will written a year before his death on Decem- ber 10, 1896, they had been intended to beawarded to persons who had been adjudged to“have conferred the greatest benet on man-kind.”
Among those
awards, one which is
the most prized, is that for Peace.Despite public denials and subdued pro
-testations of acquiescing to China’s will, the
Aquino Administration did itself, and the
whole nation, a great disservice by snubbingthe awarding ceremonies which we had con-
stantly and consistently attended until this year.We have been bullied into not attending the
awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to detained
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
Brandishing the justication of realpolitik,
the government defended itself from the “hy
- pothetical” snub which it nonetheless continuesto deny. The long and short of it, however, isthat the Aquino government did not want to
antagonize China after the Mendoza hostage
incident in which Chinese nationals tragically
lost their lives. In choosing this path of obse
quiousness, the Aquino Administration mayhave doomed itself from ever rising from this position of subservience to China.It may be objected that our presence (or in
this case, our absence) from Oslo where the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo was awardedis not that signicant to our real and practical
commitment to upholding human rights; nor to
the recipient and the award itself. That may be
true.But the question here is one about the asser 
-tion of our independence from a foreign power which, together with the United States, has bul-lied other nations into towing the line it draws.The Aquino government chose to kowtow toChina with the hopes of averting any aggrava-tion of the “strain” in their relationship. What iteffectively did was instigate further China’s di-
minished respect of the Philippine government
 by demonstrating to the whole world that thePhilippines can and will put its principles asidewhen it is threatened. Or when it is bullied.
This is ignoble.
“siMBAng gABi, siMulA ng PAsko
sa puso ng
lahing Pilipino,” thus goes a favorite carol, which resonatesthe joyous experience of Christmas in our country.Indeed, we greet each other “Merry Christmas.” Not““Happy Holidays.” For with Simbang Gabi, it is back to theChurch where we look for and nd the
true spirit of Christmas: the baby Jesus
who was born in a manger. Everything
else is just to help remind us of that
inexplicable great mystery of God who
 became Man, like each one of us.
And when my daughter was asking
me about Simbang Gabi, I also related a point I got from Fr. James Reuter. Other than the Easter Vigil,
the one time of the year when great grace ows to humanityis Christmas Eve, that is, God’s coming into the world as Man
to save us from sin and death.
Growing up as a child, I remember a small stampita of John’s most quoted words that Papa would put up with our Belen at home. “For God so loved the world, that he gave ushis only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shouldnot perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Notably, we are also completing the rst decade of the 21st
century that has also brought to us even greater achievements
in science and technology. Take a look, for example, at thevarious toys and gadgets now in our shopping list. But eventhen, I believe we would always nd ourselves drawn back tothe simplicity of Christmas that holds far greater wisdom thanall the knowledge that humanity has gained.“[S]cientic activity ultimately benets from the
recognition of man’s spiritual dimension and his quest for 
ultimate answers that allow for the acknowledgement of aworld existing independently from us, which we do notfully understand and which we canonly comprehend in so far as we graspits inherent logic,” so our Holy Father,Pope Benedict XVI, exhorted in hisrecent address to the Pontical Academy
of Sciences.
“Scientists do not create the world;
they learn about it and attempt to imitate
it, following the laws and intelligibility that nature manifeststo us. The scientist’s experience as a human being is thereforethat of perceiving a constant, a law, a logos that he has not
created but that he has instead observed: in fact, it leads us
to admit the existence of an all-powerful Reason, which isother than that of man, and which sustains the world. This isthe meeting point between the natural sciences and religion.
As a result, science becomes a place of dialogue, a meeting
 between man and nature and, potentially, even between manand his Creator,” the Pope continued.For sure, we are all scientists, too, striving for meaningin a world so vastly different and rapidly changing. Christmasis always there for us. And Simbang Gabi even deepens that
Emmanuel. God with us!
there is A WAr going
on. It is almost like the war 
in the minds of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s characters. It is a
war about memory and forgetting. People remember thingsand forget about things. The war is forgotten because it is
madness? The present is remembered and the past relegated
to the past. The wheel continues and wedo not anymore where one end beginsand where the beginning ends.Our city is in this warzone of the
mind.We are all the characters inMacondo trying to remember the past that are in streets and houses fast
disappearing. Here in Naga, the world
on the surface is losing its many marks. The old streets if 
you follow them will not guide you anymore with the sameemblems, now will they carry you to neighborhoods of any of 
your lifetime.This Ateneo Avenue is a mess and maze of stores and
eateries that refuse to follow the notion of sidewalks. Eavesand awnings reach onto the streets and hawkers and buyers of food occupy the already cramped space of what must be theugliest of avenues in the world. The term “avenue” is used torefer to specialized, pretty byway that leads to a monument or any special place. Years back, Ateneo fullled this role: whenyou turn from the cathedral, where the street of Bagumbayan
 begins, you are not afforded a sight of Ateneo de Naga butconfronted by it. The Four Pillars demanded obeisance and
everyone was mortal to its palpable eternity. But that is gone.
Many things are being changed. Where revolutionary
concepts of Equality (Igualdad) used to mark a place wheresocial equality was both present and absent – the marketplace – we now have a name. There will be more streets outthere with names that do not pay tribute to the memories of  politicians and state administrators and they are waiting to
 be named. Legislation in this country, remember, is partly anact of honoring legislators. In the big cities, street signs are
overloaded with names whose contribution to the city is their  being elected and thus being endowed with the power to put
their names on every aspect of our mortal life: public market
and public toilets; waiting shed and ambulances waiting onthe sick; basketball courts and covered courts; and multi- purpose buildings the multiplicity of use of which cancels thevery essence of why it is built in the rst place.I fear for the empty spaces in the city, which soon,I am anxious to write, will be emptied of its silence. The
temporal equivalence of this destructionis pollution of space, a marring of distances and perspectives. Witness thearea around the Metropolitan Cathedral.Mushrooming (literally sprouting
without rhyme or reason) within the
vicinity of our one version of ancientstructure are other structures that haveshattered the symmetry of the place.
I fear for places whose names are not consideredsignicant because they do not carry the purposes of thedriven life of elite gures in our society. Shall Dayangdangremain as such or shall we rename it? Shall Sabang be thator do we have another politico whose corruption has beenobscured by years and whose family name may replace the
native anonymity of that street?
Each time we rename a place, a place disappears. Eachtime we change the conguration of an area, a part of group
memory is dissipated.
The war rages on. There is news circulating that the oldCity Jail along Peñafrancia Avenue, and built around 1840s isgoing to be destroyed. In its place will rise a new and massiveshopping mall, or grocery mall. How many more of thesestores do we really need?
It is already pathetic that one of the rare buildings of antiquity in this city that has remained standing stood for theloss of freedom for many individuals in the past. Troublingly
 pathetic is the fact that we are erasing the very bastion of remembrance for that thing we fought for so that we could build our own city and shelter our own memories.Each living day we destroy a signicant building and
 put up one more unnecessary deceiving source of material
convenience, we sever a link to the past and assure ourselvesa terrible rupture from a future that will have meaning for us all rather than a one-sided contribution to the coffers of agovernment that is local in the limited sense of that word.
13 - 19 december 2010Volume XXVIII
Issue no. 30
cial Welfare Sec. Dinky Soliman has been the implemen
tor of the very same program since the Arroyo adminis
tration.As far as addressing corruption is concerned, Presi
-dent Aquino seems to be encountering a lot of difcul-ties. Sure, he has exposed during his State of the Nation
Address and later to the media, alleged anomalies his
new Cabinet has unearthed, but the publichas yet to see one big sh prosecuted.
His other moves such as the revocationof midnight appointments of the Arroyoadministration and the creation of a TruthCommission have been blocked by the Supreme Court.
Worse, his close friend Interior Undersecretary RicoPuno was linked to jueteng payoffs and President Aquinorefused to have him removed. This was followed bythe bungling of the August 23 hostage-taking incident,which exposed the ineptness and corruption plaguing the
country’s police forces.
President Aquino made his rst act forward con-cerning human rights only this December 10 when heordered the withdrawal of charges against 43 detainedhealth workers collectively called as the Morong 43. Butthis was only after the Morong 43 staged a hunger strike
and calls for their release from local and international
groups were intensifying. Before that, President Aquino
adamantly refused to lift a hand to effect their release bysaying that it is up to the courts to decide. The last time
he was hounded by the issue of the Morong 43, President
Aquino, visibly irked, told journalists to please stop ask 
ing him about the issue.
But the practice of extrajudicial, summary andarbitrary killings continues, claiming the lives of 22
more activists. The military’s latest victim Leonard Co,
a renowned botanist, and his two companions who weredoing a research on tree varieties, were killed just for be-ing in an area where soldiers were supposedly conduct-
ing their operations.As for social justice issues, the attitude of the Aqui
-no administration toward the Hacienda Luisita agrar-ian dispute, which involves President Aquino’s family,speaks for itself. Likewise, the government’s handling of the Philippine Airlines and the ABS-CBN labor disputesshows that nothing much has changed.
President Aquino is still enjoying a net satisfaction
rating of +64, according to a November 27-30 Social
Weather Station (SWS) survey. This, said the SWS,
shows that the Aquino administration is “having a nor-mal honeymoon period,” which was also enjoyed by his predecessors. Another way of interpreting this is that theFilipino people are still expecting a change in their lives.
Pessimism and frustration have not yet crept in.
But if things do not change from the way they are,and the Aquino administration would still take the sametrack as his predecessors, a lot would change next year,
especially because of the impending hikes in toll fees,
MRT-LRT train fares, the continuous rise in oil prices,
and the piling up of cases of human rights violations and
social injustices. And this change would not come from
the Aquino administration, but in the people’s attitude
toward the government and the way the people would
react to issues affecting them.
By BenJie oliVeros
t Pc, a Ca  gaCma l
After suffering for nine yeArs
under the
administration of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Filipino people went out en masse to trashher candidates and reject what she represents when theyvoted last May 2010. When the result of the May 2010elections was announced, a collective sigh of relief was
felt throughout the country.
Who would not feel relief after nine
years of being bombarded by corrup
tion and bribery scandals left and right,after hearing so many cries for justice
of victims and relatives of extrajudicial
killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other hu
-man rights violations, after constantly ghting for our civil liberties lest it be taken away by the Arroyo admin-istration, and after seeing and feeling how the people’sincomes have eroded and poverty has worsened amidthe glowing economic statistics being churned out by the
Arroyo government’s spin doctors?
The trashing could have been sweeter if not for the
 plethora of opposition candidates. Benigno Aquino III
won by a clear plurality of votes from his nearest rivalformer president Joseph E. Estrada. It would have been poetic justice if Arroyo’s chosen one was defeated by a
clear majority of votes cast. Nevertheless, the changing
of guards was a most welcome development.Benigno Aquino III was able to ride on the people’sanger against former president Gloria Macapagal-Ar-
royo. And the fact that his father the late senator BenignoAquino Jr. and mother former president Cory Aquino
were known for standing up to the late dictator Ferdi-
nand E. Marcos catapulted him to the presidency. Aquinodeclared his presidency at the most opportune time, after his mother Cory’s death. Thus, his campaign slogan of 
change and his promise that his administration would bethe direct opposite of the much-hated Arroyo administra-
tion earned him the votes.During his inaugural address, President BenignoAquino III made some bold promises of stamping out
corruption and abuse of power, seeking justice, and of addressing the concerns of the poor, who he calls his“boss.” What was sorely lacking then was a policy dec-
laration concerning human rights. President Aquino even
made a show of making his convoy stop at stoplights and
not use sirens.During his State of the Nation Address, President
Aquino declared his “solution” to the ailing economyand the cash-strapped government: engaging in “Public-Private Partnerships” (PPP). This is no different from the“Build-Operate-Transfer” (BOT) and concession agree-
ments entered into by previous administrations, since thetime of the Cory Aquino administration, or the Financialor Technical, Assistance Agreements (FTAA) provided by the Mining Act of 1995. These agreements merely
circumvent the patrimony provisions of the 1987 Consti-tution to be able to open up otherwise protected sectors
of the economy such as mining, infrastructure, commu
nication and transportation, basic utilities and services,among others to foreign investments.He also unveiled his program to address poverty:Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT). The CCT program
was started by the previous Arroyo administration. So-
This is the rst coloring and activity book on the devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia. It introduces the history, tradition and meaningof the devotion in a way suited to young hearts and minds. It is alsofor parents and teachers to help them share the devotion to the nextgeneration.Devotees have the solemn duty to nourish, preserve and sharethe devotion to all peoples. This book is a means to promote thedevotion not only across borders, but also across age groups. Thefuture lies in the hands of children and what better way to ensure thecontinuous growth of the devotion but through them.The illustrations and activities, specially designed for the veryyoung, invite children to recognize the relationship between one’sfaith in God and the devotion to Ina. The activities usher them to anunderstanding of the devotion’s role in their young lives. Parents’ as
sistance is recommended in some activities.It is hoped that this book assists children to nd the devotionas a way to deepen one’s faith and to appreciate the devotion as amoral compass in their daily experience.Written and published in celebration of the tercentenary of thedevotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia during the episcopacy of MostRev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P., D.D., Archbishop of Caceres.
Kadakol kan mga outreach activities ngunyan na panahon.
Puwedeng magbisita sa mga may kahelangan, o idtong mga nasa presohan. Puwede man na makikawat sa mga aki sa orphanage
o mga gurang sa home for the aged. Kadakol sainda an dai nanakakaibahan an mga partidaryo o mahal sa buhay asin an imbong
nin simpleng pagbisita sainda nagdodolot man nin labi-labing
Makikanta sa para-karol.
Maginsiring sa mga akisa panahon nin pagkamundagkan Kagurangnan.
Puwedeng makisabay
sa pagkanta kan mga
aki sa mga harong. Alagad dai naman maki-amot sa panao o sa
 pisong tinatao kan mga kagharong. Kun matibay ka o hilig mong
magkanta, puwede mo man tabangan magpraktis tanganing dai
 bilot, sala sa tono, sala an lyrics asin siriblagan an mga kanta.
Magtabang sa paglinig asin pagdekorar sa sadiring harong.
Makiheras sa pag-setup kan Christmas tree, belen, mga krismaslights, wreaths, asin manlaen-laen pang dekorasyon. Siguraduhonna de-kalidad an mga de-kuryenteng decors tanganing malikayanan katibaadan sa panahon na dapat kuta nang nag-oorogma. Dai namagpirit magbugtak nin snow ta dagdag saná iyan sa ati sa harong.Mayo man pating snow sa Pilipinas. An pagdekorar sa harong puwedeng magin creative exploration, basta dai saná magin over.
Mag-misa de gallo sa laog nin siyam na aldaw.
Magayon daa
ini sa mga maykahagadan—gustong magka-girlfriend, boyfriend,
foreigner na partner, makapasar sa board, gustong magkacellphone,iPad, laptop, asin huring regalo ni Santa Claus. Kun nasasakitan
magmatá sa maagahon, puwede man makibayle nguna sa mga plasa.
Dai ini required pero tibaad makatabang; kun dai nakakatabangasin nakakaraot pa logod, hare. Hinanyogon an sinasabi kan padi,
maghorop-horop, bakong si kataid na nagpupungâ iyo an pagpasa-
Magbasa nin nobela o ano man na gibong arte.
Huruhalawigan bakasyon sa Pasko, puwedeng gamiton an panahon paramagrelax-relax. Alagad masakit an magbeach o excursion ta
medyo nakakatakig an lipot sa baybayon, orog na masakit kun
mag-uran pa nin makosog. Puwedeng magbasa nin mga nobela.Puwedeng balikan an mga klasik, poon ki Dickens sagkod ki Joyce, puwede man mga maoorag na nobelang Filipino poon ki SionilJose sagkod ki Alvin Yapan. Magayon na igwang nababasa-basa,nakakatuninong nin isip, nakakapa-isip, nagdodolot nin mga bagong
Mag-ala Santa Claus sa mga aki.
Kun may katabaan na arog
ko, puwedeng magpatahi nin Santa Claus outt. Dawa dai nang barabas ta minsan rinarabnot man saná kan mga aki. Mamakal ninmga dulse, sitsiriya, mga kurukawatan, mga librong pang-aki, asiniba pa; puwede ining ipanao sa mga aking nagbabaray-basay. Imbesna kuwarta, mas marhay na gamit o kakanon na saná, siguradong
may padudumanan. Dai na maglusot sa mga chimney. Mayo man pati digding chimney sato. Tibaad mamaluan pang parahabon.
 Ipasyar an mga aki sa harong (o sa kataid na harong).
Puwedeng maghatod kaogmahan sa pirang kaakian an pagdarasainda sa sinehan. Siguraduhon na pang-aking pelikula man andadalanon, bakong si mga baradilan asin horror. Kadakol pang-
aking movies ngunyan ta panahon nin Pasko. Bakalan naman sindanin popcorn and juice, bakong bubblegum ta ipapadukot yan sa
tukawan. Herak man kan masunod na madalan.
 Pasyaran an mga magurang kun sinda dai kaibahan saharong.
Sinasabing an Pasko panahon na magtiripon an mga pamilya. Kun dai kaibahan sa harong an mga magurang o mgakagugurangan sa pamilya, maogmang bisitahon sinda. Nagtataosainda ini nin maogmang panahon. Bako idtong pagmateng garo
nagkarilingawan na. Bakalan nin kakanon, handaán. Siguraduhon
na malulumoy na kakanon, idtong pasil sapaón, ta an makarakan
may-edad na. Ipamate sainda an pagkamoot, minsan saná man, biyo-biyoon na.
Magdalan nin mga feel-good na pelikula.
Tandaan, feel-good. Bako idtong mga pelikulang nakakawara kan espiritu ninKapaskuhan, halimbawa, bako idtong mga pelikula ni Caparas. Puro
masaker idto, mabuyong may eksenang Pasko, masaker pa mangiraray. Pilion man idtong mga pelikulang nagdadara nin magian na
 pagmate, lipot, magaya-gayang disposisyon sa buhay, positibong
 paghiling sa maabot na panahon—idto ining mga pelikulang pagdinadalan kun summer, feeling Pasko pa giraray.
 Paghorop-horopan an mga nangyari sa nakaaging taon asinman an mga puwedeng mangyari sa masunod na taon.
Magbalik-tanaw sa nakaagi. Arin an mga bagay-bagay an muya mongipadagos, arin si mga dai na. Halimabawa, ipapadagos mong mag-
amay sa trabaho, magbalon pangudtuhan, magdagdag kaaraman,magin malinig, asin iba pang nakakatabang sa sadiri. Asin ontokonnaman an pagigin maurí, matumang, pusikit na pakitsismis,
 parapang-atum sa pagtaraid, pag-ikit, asin iba pa. Puwede man pag-
isipan an mga bagong bagay na boot mong gibohon, arog baga kan
 pagtipon kuwarta tanganing makapag-space tour, o makapag-voice
lesson para sa planong youtube video.An mga ini sampolo sana, in fact, daing kaseryosohan. Tinuyo
tanganing tawan nin ganan an kagianan asin gayon nin pagmatengdara kan Kapaskuhan. In short, mag-enjoy kita. Sarong panahonsa halawig na taon saná. Itolod an karahayan huli ta an omboy nanamundag sa Kapaskuhan sarong marhayon na Dios asin tawo.Maogmang Pasko sa gabos!
Si Vic Nierva nagba-blog sa http://aponihandiong.blogspot.com asin minasuporta sa http://lupikontradam.blogspot.com.

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