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VOL. XXIV NO. 313

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Police to probe involvement of foreigners in kidnapping

NEWS

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5,000 policemen to be deployed during ‘Undas’ in Eastern Visayas
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Icot says he’ll first review 20-year energy dev’t plan
BY JOEY A. GABIETA
Staffwriter

AS NEW DOE SECRETARY

REYAN ARINTO
Correspondent

Hot logs recovered in Kananga
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Northern Samar to have new provincial hospital
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TACLOBAN CITY—Leyte governor and incoming Energy secretary Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla said he would first settle down and assess the scope of his work before he decides on important issues in the Department of Energy (DoE).
“I will first have a briefing with (outgoing) Secretary [Jose Rene] Almendras even if I am already the Energy secretary. I will still go back to him because I will
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Century–old lauan tree poached in Kananga
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St. Therese devotees get blessing
CALUBIAN, Leyte -- There are two occasions that bring to life this sleepy town in the northernmost tip of Leyte. One is the feast day of its official patron saint, Our Lady of the Assumption every Aug. 15, and the other one is the feast day of St. Therese of the Child Jesus every fourth week of October. The 26th and 27th of that month are important dates for Calubian, being the site of St. Therese Diocesan Shrine. Hundreds of devotees, some coming from Cebu and Manila, make a beehive to the shrine under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Naval in nearby Biliran province.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 86F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.

These are red letter days for this remote town that is isolated by an underdeveloped road network. Calubian is only about 53.8 kms. from Ormoc City but the grueling three-hour trip on dirt roads make it seem so far away. Its nearest commercial center is Naval across the island which can be reached by a half-hour motorized boat ride costing P160 per passenger. Calubian’s remote location makes it the cliché backward town that is almost left untouched by
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Police to probe involvement of foreigners in kidnapping
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is conducting a research on the involvement of expatriates and other foreigners in kidnapping activities in the Philippines. On instructions of PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome, the anti-kidnapping group under Senior Superintendent Renato Gumban will try to establish any pattern of syndicated kidnapping in all previous cases involving foreigners linked to the kidnapping of their fellow countrymen. Bartolome’s order was prompted by the arrest on Thursday in Cebu City of a South Korean believed to be the prime suspect behind the kidnapping of another Korean and his Filipina wife in the southern city. Based on AKG records, this is not the first time that a foreigner was involved in the kidnapping of his countryman. “We need to look deeper into kidnapping cases of similar nature to determine if there is a pattern of syndicated crime operation of transnational dimension,” Bartolome said. Three Filipino henchmen of the arrested Korean suspect are also under police custody for direct involvement in the kidnapping. On Saturday, Korean Song Sung Heum, 33; and Filipinos Gregorio Dealagon, Richard Dealagon, and Leonardo Bolabon were presented for inquest proceedings before government prosecutors for the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of couple Jun Hyun Chung and his Filipina common-law wife Charisse Santiago. AKG records indicate that the couple was snatched by the three Filipino suspects from their home in downtown Cebu City late morning of October 24, shackled, shoved into a car and driven around Cebu suburbs. On the evening of the same day, Cebu City police and AKG operatives arrested the trio and rescued the couple while the suspects were attempting to withdraw cash from the victim’s account at an auto-teller machine. The suspects readily admitted to be acting on orders of Song who reportedly demanded P4 million from the victims. Hours later, Song was arrested upon arrival at the Mactan International Airport from South Korea.
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5,000 policemen to be deployed during ‘Undas’ in Eastern Visayas
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte — The Philippine National Police in Eastern Visayas will deploy more or less 5,000 policemen during the observance of the “Undas”, the highest police official in the region told reporters in an interview at his office here. Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PNP-8 regional director, informed reporters that out of the more than 6,000 police force in Eastern Visayas more or less 5,000 policemen will be deployed to the field starting Wednesday, October 31 to Friday, November 2 for the observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. PCSupt Soria informed reporters that the entire police force in Eastern Visayas has been placed on full alert to provide maximum security coverage and public safety services to motorists and commuters who will be traveling in the region going home for the “undas” and at the time when people will flock to cemeteries throughout the region to observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day to ensure traffic management, maintain peace and order during the massive convergence of people and vehicles all headed to and in the cemeteries. PCSupt. Soria said deployment of police officers throughout the region is part of the Eastern Visayas police implementation of the “Oplan Kaluluwa” which is focused on overall task to ensure that traffic management and the peace and order is maintained especially in cemeteries during “undas.” He said that most of the policemen deployed in the field are at the same time manning the police assistance centers who will extend assistance to the traveling public which includes security assistance along highways and major thoroughfares and traffic management along routes leading to cemeteries and other places of convergence. The police official disclosed that security marshals are also deployed along major routes and set up assistance hubs in land, air and sea terminals, malls, resorts and other places of convergence to ensure the safety and security of the public.

Soria also told reporters that most of the police officers who will be assigned to the filed will be determined by the field commanders as they will come from the provincial and municipal police stations all throughout Eastern Visayas. (Restituto A. Cayubit)

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TACLOBAN CITY – Filipinos are known to be fun loving people and always love recreation activities to include sports. Among sports, it is basketball that tops the most among the list of popular ball games. Reason why most towns and even barangays have basketball court; some are concrete, halfcourt and other are just improvised. This made Uniliver Philippines through its product Alaxan to implement a project that would not only promote sports but also revive the volunteerism spirits of Filipino, which we call “bayanihan” or “pintakasi” in local term. The bayanihan concept that Alaxan through its tag line “Alaxan Galing Mo!” is implementing is called “Court of Inspiration.” Ten selected areas in the Visayas and Mindanao were chosen by the company to become beneficiary, among which is Brgy. 95-A in this city. Last Sunday, representative from Uniliver and Geiser Maclang, their promotional firm, launch the project in this city through a groundbreaking ceremony participated in by barangays officials and more than 70 male volunteers. For 21 days the full court basketball court is expected to be finished through a shifting schedule of volunteer workers. “We want to revive the spirit of bayanihan, this beautiful trait of Filipinos that is slowly forgotten by most of us,” said Gerry Pacled, program media coordinator. “We hope that after 21 days or less, the construction would be finished so that residents of the barangays would benefit it immediately,” she added. Pacled added that once the basketball court is finished four PBA legends are to grace its inauguration, will conduct basketball clinic and a chance to play basketball with some barangays residents. The land where the basketball court of Alaxan is to be constructed according to Brgy. 95-A Councilman Engr Rogelio

Obiña was donated by the family of their incumbent barangays chairman. “He did not hesitate to allow and donate the land to Alaxan for the implementation of this project because according to him this is an early gift for us in the barangays,” the councilman said. He added that, they had long been looking and waiting for anyone who could give them founds in construction a basketball court for their barangays, and this was answered through the Uniliver. He added that this would inspire their constituents and make them become active in sports that could result to a healthier lifestyle. (roel amazona)

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hot logs recovered in Kananga

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TACLOBAN CITY — At least 19 pieces of illegally cut lumber in assorted sizes are now in the municipal grounds of Kananga, Leyte under the custody of the local police after the logs were recovered in the upland village of San Isidro in the said town. Responding police officer SPO1 Dindo Casas told Leyte Samar Daily Express over a phone interview the logs were recovered on Thursday afternoon, October 25. Leading the responding team was Kananga Police chief Inspector Antonio Angcay Jr. The lumber was left abandoned in the area when we arrived, Casas said. “ We also found another lumber around 40 feet long and already being designed or sawed as a hull for banca. We just left it in the area under the custody and watch of the village captain,” officer TA C L O B A N Casas added. CITY- Governor Paul He, however, said Daza of Northern Sathat hot logs recovered mar said that his provin their towns are not ince is soon to have a happening periodically. new provincial hospiCasas said they are tal expected to have waiting for the turnover of the recovered better equipment that logs to the custody of will cate to the health the Department of En- needs of his people. Daza said that the vironment and Natural Resources (DENR) of- proposed new Northfice after actual scaling ern Samar Provinof logs was conducted. cial Hospital is to be Sizes and numbers largely funded by of assorted logs include: the Department of 1 pc. 6x6x14; 2 pcs Health. 6x6x10; 4 pcs 3x6x14; According to the 6 pcs 2x3x10; 1 pc governor, the new 2x2x14; 2 pcs 2x2x10; provincial hospital is 1 pc 2x2x8; and 2 pcs to be located inside 2x2x14. As illegal logging the vast compound continue to proliferate of the University of in the country, DENR Eastern Philippines has been planning also (UEP). of adopting a barcode The UEP comas a strategy to dis- pound is about five courage the transport hecaters with the proof illegal logs. (GERARD posed new provincial

Northern Samar to have new provincial hospital
tare. According to the governor, the proposed provincial hospital is to be constructed at a cost of P400 million. He said that about P200 million would be shouldered by the Department of Health as well as a fund source from Deputy House Speaker, Rep. Rau Daza. The proposed new provincial hospital will be a 200-bed capacity, the governor said. With the consruction of a new provincial hospital, this would mean the current bed-capacity of Northern Samar Provincial Hospital will be doubled. At present, the hospital to be con- provincial hospital, structed at one hec- which is located within the town proper of Catarman, has only a 100-bed capacity but reaches to 150 due to big number of patients. It has about 56 personnel and now on its 56th year in operations. The construction of new provincial hospital for Northern Samar is part of his plan to reform the health sector in the province, Daza said. The construction of the new provincial hospital is expected to start before the year end. Constructing a new provincial hospital is part of the reform on the health sector in the province, Daza said. Earlier, Gov. Daza has entered a contract with a private drug company,the Planet Philippines, with the latter running the pharmacy at the provincial hospital. Based on the agreement, the said drug company will run the pharmacy at a lower price and with medicines always be available. In return, the provincial goverment will be paid by the Planet Philippines for the rental and a five percent share of its monthly gross. “Our dream is to develop a hospitalcontract management. The entire hospital will be run on a private private partnership. That is our goal,” Daza said. He said that with a government-owned hospital to be run by a private company, this would result to “zero

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tolerance for politicizing health care.” “There is even color coding among patients. If a doctor learns that his is from the opposite camp, the patient will not be given proper medical attention,” Daza said. “That’s how cruel sometimes our doctors are,” the governor added. According to the governor, with a government-owned hospital to be run by a private company, the delivery on healh services would improve. He, however, assured the people of his province that while the pharmacy and later the entire provincial hospital would be run by a private company, they could still expect of not paying much.(JOEY A, GABIETA)

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OPINION

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

OBSERVER
By: Alvin Gz. Arpon

Corona Slamming PNoy (to my mind) Boomerangs on his face
The recent tirade of impeached Chief Justice Renato C. Corona thrown to President Noynoy Aquino relative to his (deserved) fate is obviously a desperate attempt to “cleanse” his damaged reputation aimed at diverting attention of opinion leaders and the media to veer away from their belief and perception about his unquestionable sullied reputation. -oOoCorona who was impeached last December 2011 for “culpable violation of the Constitution; betrayal of public trust for misdeclaring his wealth”, and others more in the charge sheets filed in the Impeachment Trial has besmirched his reputation. He occupied that high seat supposedly to preside over cases of lawbreakers of the land whose cases are elevated to the Supreme Court – the court of last resort, so to speak. -oOoAware of this significant function in our Philippine justice system, it behooved upon the Impeachment Court to apply the law to every and anyone – the low and the high in the bureaucracy and society for that matter, and having been proven based on authentic evidences of documents to prove his guilt Corona was impeached. The public welcomed the decision. -oOoRenato Corona’s public outbursts, targeting a wellmeaning President about his

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Evening of hallows
In Mexico, however, November 1 is Day of the Dead where family members gather and say prayers for their departed loved ones. In the Philippines this tradition is called All Souls’ Day. People across the globe observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day practically in the same manner – visit the graveyard of loved ones and friends, light candles and pray for the soul of the departed who could yet be in purgatory believing that the dead need prayers, too. Others have the pagan tradition of bringing “offerings” to the dead. Protestants believe otherwise, though. If Catholics acknowledge three classifications of churches (people) namely the triumphant church or those in heaven, militant church or those still living and suffering church or those who are in purgatory, Protestants believe only one destination for the dead – either heaven or church. For them, purgatory does not exist, thus prayers are of no effect in bringing souls to heaven to those who
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rick or treat!” Thus yell the children outside the door on the eve of All Saints Day. This tradition is famous among neighborhoods in the Western states. There certainly are some high-end villages in the country and even malls that are into this custom. Basically a pagan practice, celebrating Halloween in the evening of Hallowmas in the very secular way is not at all doing the justice to the holiday’s purpose. In the Roman Catholic Church, All Saints’ Day is a holy day of obligation where the faithful should hear the Holy Mass and receive the Holy Communion, unless restrained for valid reasons. The day is intended to commemorate all those who passed away and have attained the beatific vision in Heaven or otherwise called saints. The day before that, October 31, is generally an ordinary day which makes it even more bizarre to think that the evening before All Saints Day has got to be spooky as commercially practiced these days.

Editorial Editorial

Foulshot
By: Al Ellema

Scouting
One great if not the greatest movement in the world, the one founded by Lord Robert Baden Powell, will close its monthlong activities today. The scouting movement which is well integrated into our schools system had the entire of October as its month. Various activities are held in public schools and in some private schools as well. This movement that is worldwide is well established in our country and is made part of the schools’ extra-curriculum. Scouting affords boys and their gender counterparts, the opportunity for significant experiential learning that are often not taught at home and in the

four corners of the classroom. It brings boys and girls to develop scouting skills that would make them better persons. It molds their character so that these young children will become upright citizens of society. They hone their undiscovered talents and skills. They discover their true self by interactions with their fellow scouts, in ways that are lively and fun. The movement teaches young individuals the basics of life’s survival which include cooking, first aid, communications skills through semaphore flag signaling, live saving, knot tying, trail signs and orienteering and many more. These skills are taught by way of friendly competi-

ing and fun. Many children are able to discover their talents and skills through the activities of scouting. Apart from school encampments mostly in public schools, the scouting month went without much notice. It may be due to the apparent lack of scoutmasters who can handle the scouts in the various activities and trainings. We know too well the great gender disproportion among our teachers, the male being outnumbered in most cases, resulting in female teachers taking the cudgels for the boys. But there is apparent lack of scouting activities at the council level as people notice the absence of scouts doing community volunteer
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deserving sad fate therefore now is out of sync and goes beyond the bounds of legal ethics. Why? First: He brazenly disparaged the integrity of our justice system, like saying that this verdict on him was influenced by President Aquino; short of saying that officials sitting in the impeachment court don’t have minds of their own. Second: He unreasonably scoffed at PNoy’s battle cry – “matuwid na daan” of his administration. He should realize that his appointment as Chief Justice has been dubbed by some legal sectors of the land as a midnight appointee and a clear indication of running smack into the “matuid …” battle cry, a violation of our constitution and so he rightfully deserved to be booted out. -oOoCorona has been impeached. The next step is to charge him in court employing the same strong evidences used during the impeachment trial that eventually found him guilty and therefore was thrown out of office. He should therefore, at this point in time, simply prepare his defense during the hearings in the Sandigan Bayan to be scheduled soon. -o0oHis penchant in few occasions at prejudging the case in his favor via media interactions speaks clearly of a doubtful legal “expertise” he has between his ears. Is this not sub-judici?

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OPINION
Benedict XVI’s approval for Calungsod’s canonization came after Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, who initiated the process, retired. However, Jose Palma, newly-installed archbishop of Cebu , chose to quietly slip below the radar screen. Instead, he asked his predecessor Vidal to complete the work . “In life as in dance,: grace glides on blistered feet”. Was it only yesterday when we watched JPII”s body interred, in a Vatican crypt? Even then, people chanted: Santo Subito (“Declare him saint ---- now!”)? Like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the 264th successor of Peter. was swiftly beatified in May 2011. “One felt something authentically human about this smiling man who… treated the world as his parish,” wrote Melba Padilla Maggay of the Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture. “Yet there was, in this Pope, a rocklike intransigence, that baffles those warmed by his passion for social reform but turn cold stiff at the hardline conservatism of his theology.” JPII beatified and canonized more than the combined tally over the last five centuries. He visited 129 countries,..At the 10th World Youth Day at the Luneta , he rocked with the kids. Would JPII’s beatification occurred, if an “accidental fire” in a Pasay apartment didn’t uncover an Al-Qaeda plot to assassinate the pontiff?. On Jan. 6, 1995, firemen broke into Room 603 of Doña Josefa Apartments,. They stumbled across stockpiled chemicals for bomb-making. A computer revealed a plan to blow up 10 US airlines and kill JPII. A suicide bomber, garbed as a priest would detonate his bomb when JPII would pass on the way to the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City. But then, “even the very hairs on your head are numbered,” the Galilean assured us. Ruiz, Calungsod, Mother Teresa and ordinary mortals like us form the “Communion of Saints,” the Nicene Creed tells us A community of believers, share across the divide of death, grace that surges into eternal life. “Today, you will be with me in paradise”, the dying thief was assured by his cocrucified. The Samaritan woman had a tutorial “water surging into eternal life from a thirsty Stranger at the well. Paul addressed his letter to “the saints” at Ephesus . There are capital “S” saints. Their names ring out : Mary, mother of Christ, with Joseph; Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Ignatius Loyola, Therese of Lisieux; Lorenzo Ruiz --and now Pedro Calungsod” . There are small letter “S saints”: maids, teach-

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ers, barbers to nuns and market vendors. Despite flaws, these obscure men and women serve God in neighbor. “Here comes everybody”s feast,” author James Joyce wrote“ of All Souls Day.” Like Ruiz, was Calungsod an “overseas foreign worker” His canonization comes to a country of OFWs but “no longer a nation of believers.” Only 21 percent of urban students believe in life after the grave, a survey by McCann Erickson and Philippine Jesuits found. . Majority ( 88% ) believe in a Supreme Being. But only 15% were instructed in their faith. ““Their doctrinal foundation and catechetical instruction (are) faltering,” notes Wind-

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Commentary
By: Juan Mercado

“Small Letter” Saints
“We stood next to John Paul II when we sang at Lorenzo Ruiz’s beatification,” our maid from Cebu wrote. .ering opted to remain in Rome when United Nations reassigned us to Bangkok. JPII canonized the catechist from Binondo at the Luneta. Benedict XVI will canonize Pedro Calungsod of the Visayas October 21 Will the wife and I glimpse Tering from cameras that pan crowds jammed into Piazza di San Pietro? In our first Christmas midnight mass at St Peter’s, Tering clutched passes from the Vatican for the family. That allowed 200, among thousands, to receive communion from John Paul II. On March 2000, JPII beatified Calungsod with 43 other martyrs. The 17-year old Filipino’s canonization comes 340 years defended his half-blind Jesuit mentor from machete attacks in Guam. Saints Lorenzo and Pedro underscore that the kid next door can summon up similar grit. “He who is mighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name,’ as the village housewife’s “Magnificat” puts it.” There are echoes of Tering’s excitement in friends who’re attending rites that will include Calungsod and five others in the roster of saints. The Filipino Karilagan Choir sang “Aba Ginoong Maria” and “One More Gift”, at a Circo Massimo concert, for San Lorenzo . The Mandaue Youth and Children’s Choir will sing, for San Pedro: on the canonization’s eve, at October 21 vespers and thanksgiving mass. Their songs are: “Mga Pangamuyo”, “Litaniae Sanctoron Pedro Calungsod” by John Pamintuan and Wa’y Sukod ang Pagmahal ( “There is no limit to love

hover. magazine “The phenomenon of bursting churches is misleading.” ”. Our houseboy clipped Calungsod’s photo, from the Inquirer, pasted it on cardboard, propped on a makeshift stand. With his wife and two young daughters, Airen says they pray for Blessed Pedro’s intercession. x Isnt’ that the “communion of saints?, we planned to ask when he watches live coverage of October 21’s rites in Rome with us. But since our first Christmas midnight mass with Tering, the years have slipped by. So, we’ll just request Airen: “Please turn up the volume knob a bit” . (Email: juan_mercado77@yahoo.com ) “

The Sower
Wednesday of the 30th Week Eph 6: 1 - 9; Ps 145; Lk 13: 22 - 30

THE NARROW DOOR; SALVATION AND REJECTION

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will nott be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, `Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, `I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, “We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, `I do not know where are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

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led ignominious life on earth. While Christians vary in thought on the need of prayer for the dead, they could ironically be agreeing on one thing – that October 31, particularly the night before All Saints’ Day is Halloween where the pagan “fright night” tricks and gimmicks are commonly held in public places. There is practically nothing despicable in too much commercialization of the celebra-

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tion of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, especially in deference to universal right to freedom of expression and free enterprise, the people should not forget that this holy day of obligation is not meant to honor the undead or the living dead and the supernatural and other elementals in the environment, but the dead who need nothing better than prayers and remembrance. Besides that is where the word Halloween is derived – even of All Hallows (All Holy).

THE NARROW DOOR

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PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR THE DIAMOND JUBILEE OF DIOCESE OF PALO Almighty Father, you never fail to please your people. In preparation for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the creation of the diocese of Palo, we thank you for your loving care and for showering us with countless gifts. We acknowledge your guiding hand through the teachings and the admonitions of our superiors and those who have gone before us; and we plead that you awaken hearts and minds so that many will choose to remain with you without any hesitation by following your teachings and by walking your path. Bless our bishop, priests and religious sisters and all who have offered their lives in witness to your kingdom and to whom you have entrusted the care of your people. Bless our families, the children and the youth, our lay faithful who share their time, talent and treasure for the growth of your Church. Bless our government leaders so that they will give witness to you in their humble service for the progress and welfare of all. Bless our parishes and small communities that strive to live your life and reveal your presence in their assemblies. Help us al to fulfill our promises So that with the prayers of the Blessed Mother, your chosen people will ever grow and be renewed in You. We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, never harming, always charming! Is he so? Perhaps it is the picture occasionally painted in a child’s Sunday school lesson, but it is not the exact picture of the historic Christ. Jesus threw so many hard teachings at his disciples. It is little wonder they got miffed. He once said, “If you try to save your life, it will slip through your fingers, but give it away, and you will find it.” In today’s Gospel he says, “Strive to enter by the narrow door” (Lk 13:24). What is a narrow door like? St Paul says to children: “Obey your parents” and “Honour your father and mother” (Eph 6:1). This requires on the part of the children humility and acceptance of discipline. That is children’s narrow door. He says to parents: “Do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (v.4). This requires on the part of the parents unselfish love and patience. That is their narrow door. Through such teachings, the Lord invades into our comfort zones. He tears aside the curtain of our easy-going consciences, and throws open the locked door, and if we do that, we can enter into new pastures of peace, and happiness. (His word for today by: Vima Dasan, S. J., published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St. Tacloban City. Tel # 321-31-95) (Sower’s Seeds: “What reward they reap those who keep watch over their heart! What merits! If they go to pray they pray in earnest; if they work they do it energetically; if they study they study lovingly and to please God.” -Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family

Prayer for the Nation and for Those who Serve in Public Office
God, our Father, you guide everything in wisdom and love. Accept the prayers we offer for our nation; by the wisdom of our leaders and integrity of our citizens, may harmony and justice be secured and may there be lasting prosperity and peace. Almighty and eternal God, You know the longings of our hearts and You protect our rights. In your goodness, watch over those in authority, so that people everywhere may enjoy freedom, security and peace. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (Courtesy of Daughters of St. Paul)

Pray the Holy Rosary daily for world peace and conversion of sinners (The family that prays together stays together)

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long time ago, and this is believed to be more than 100 years old. Some 1,000 board feet of illegally cut Lauan species has been already sliced as boat keel locally known as kasko while at the distance, near the barangay proper some 19 pieces sliced lumber with estimated volume of 220 board of Lauan species was also seized. The kasko has a width of 10 to 15 inches, thickness of 20 to 25 inches, and a length of 40 feet. The big portion of the tree has not been sliced yet, which consisted of the half-log and the tree’s branches, all in all has 1,200 cubic meters. Only the 19 pieces sliced lumber were brought to Kananga Police Station since the boat keel or kasko is presently under the custody of barangay officials of San Isidro. Sources from the MENRO said that the kasko and the remaining half log is still in the site, since it needs more than 20 persons to haul it from the land in traversing rough and muddy mountain trail. The team led by P Insp Antonio Angcay Jr. together with SPO1 Dindo Casas and PO3 Melvin Cellar proceeded to the said barangay, upon receiving an information from reliable sources through text message. At around 2:00 PM upon arrival at said barangay they immediately coordinated with Brgy. Officials specifically to Brgy. Kagawad Jaime Calino, Brgy Tanod Remond Diao and Apolinario Cabasi. The claimant of the undocumented lumber is one Godofredo Sumodlayon,

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works. Where before, boy scouts are seen in city thoroughfares aiding in directing traffic, the same had not been noticed this year. Maybe there is good reason to enhance the activities so that our young school children can be exposed to the scouting skills that they need to learn. Comments to alellema@hotmail.com

Century–old lauan tree poached in Kananga
KANANGA, Leyte - An estimated P 40,000 worth of undocumented lumber was apprehended by authorities here last October 25, 2012 at Brgy. San Isidro, this town. According to reliable sources from that barangay, the trees has been there former Barangay Captain of San Isidro, and is known to be an ally and supporter of Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez and mayoralty candidate Matt Torres. It was Sumodlayon who insisted to the police that the said logs/ lumber have necessary permits. But MENRO Gerardo Reyes Jr. of Kananga LGU denied this. According to Reyes that they have not issued No Objection Certification (NOC) to a certain Godofredo

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Valeriano M. Badidles and son/heir late Wilfredo Badidles as represented by sole heir Erlinda A. Badidles extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over 2 parcels of land, both located at Bo. Tagporo, Tacloban City, Leyte described as: Parcel 1, Riceland, under Certificate of Title No. T-964 and Tax Dec. No. 18243, Lot No. 4543, containing an area of 27,621 square meters, more or less; Parcel 1, Riceland, under Certificate of Title no. T-965 and Tax Dec. No. 4582 Lot No. 4547, containing an area of 34,599 square meters, more or less and hereby appoint, name, constitute Reynaldo D. Badidles as true and legal representative to act for and in their name and stead and to perform as an Attorney-infact; per Doc. No. 20, Page No. 02, Book No. 1, Series of 2010 of Atty. Manasseh S. Bastes. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2012

Sumodlayon for the purpose of the cutting of said lauan tree, neither that Mr. Sumodlayon applied for NOC at LGUKananga. He further explained that issuance of NOC from LGU-Kananga is part of the procedure and he is certain that Sumodlayon has not applied at his office for NOC. NOC from the Municipal Mayor and the MENRO is needed in process-

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late PIO ADVINCULA extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of agricultural land, Lot 280, under Tax Dec. No. 00038, located at Poblacion, Tolosa, Leyte covering an area of 1,660 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Nelia M. Stynes married to David Stynes as vendees for a portion of 1,107 square meters, denominated as Lot 280-B, CSD-08, from the above-described property including all the improvements thereon, per Doc. No. 184, Book No. VI, Page No. 37, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Asterio A. Villero. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2012 NOTICE is hereby given that WE RODOLFO PLAMENCO married to Venancia C. Plamenco; BARTOLOME PLAMENCO, represented by his co-heir LILITA PLAMENCO, widow; NELSON PLAMENCO, single; CATHERINE PLAMENCO, single; MARIA PLAMENCO-BALDADO, married to Alvin Baldado, ROSARITO PLAMENCO, single; RICARDO PLAMENCO, Jr. married to Christy B. Plamenco; all of legal age and heirs of the late spouses RICARDO PLAMENCO and NATALIA T. DE PLAMENCO who are both deceased have adjudicated unto themselves a parcel of land (Lot no. 149 of the Cadastral Survey of Catbalogan, Samar) with the improvements thereon, situated in the Poblacion Municipality of Catbalogan, Province of Samar covered by TCT No. T-612 containing an area of three hundred and sixty six (366) sq.m. more or less, per Doc. No. 541, Page No. 110, Book No. 13, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Edilberto G. Morales. LSDE: Oct. 24,31 & Nov. 7, 2012

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 12, Ormoc City -oOoIN THE MATTER OF THE INTESTATE ESTATE OF RAMON C. OMEGA, SR.-PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION, LOLITA M. OMEGA, Petitioner SP. PROC. NO. 3667-0 LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION x- - - - - - - - - - -x NOTICE OF CREDITORS
Letters of Administration having been issued in the

above-entitled case in favor of Ramon C. Omega, Sr. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that notice be and the same is hereby, given to all persons having claims for money against the decedent Ramon C. Omega, Sr., arising from contracts, express or implied, whether the same be due, not due, or contingent, for funeral expenses and expenses of the last sickness of the said decedent, and judgment for money against her, requiring them to file their claims with this Court at the RTC-OCC within a period of 200 days from the date of the first publication on this Notice. SO ORDERED. Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines, October 10, 2012.

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Estrella Trani Solis extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City, Lot No. 4297-D-10-A, covered by TCT No. 58788, containing an area of 250 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 1200, Page No. 45, Book No. VII, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Paulino A. Cabello. LSDE: Oct. 17, 24 & 31, 2012

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Genaro Casio extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land Lot No. 8, Pcs-32199, situated at Bo. of Abucay, City of Tacloban, containing an area of 476 square meters, covered under T.C.T. No. T-52332. That heirs Crispina, Noel Lorenzo and Allan all surnamed Casio hereby waived, quitclaimed, relinquished and forefeited their proprietary and hereditary rights over their respective share and hereby adjudicated in favor of co-heir Ranulfo B. Casio, the above-described property; per Doc. No. 340, Page No. 99, Book No. I, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Ambrosio B. Lacaba, Jr. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2012

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE

(Sgd.) CARL A. MAGSOLING Branch Clerk of Court
LSDE: Oct. 17, 24 & 31, 2012

Republic of the Philippines Supreme Court REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 12, Ormoc City -oOoCHARRY A. GIVA, Plaintiff, -versusJAMES OTIS THOMAS III, Defendant CASE NO. R-ORM-1000041-CV FOR: NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x- - - - - - - - - - -x DECISION xxxxxxxx DISPOSITION
WHEREFORE, the instant action for declaration of nullity of marriage between Charry A. Giva and James Oris Thomas III hereby GRANTED. Their marriage contracted on 03 December 2009 is hereby declared void ab initio pursuant

to the provision of Article 36 of the Family Code of the Philippines and ordering further the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Quezon City as well as the Civil Registrar of Ormoc City to cancel the marriage contract between the parties. For the purpose of attaining finality of the decision pursuant to A.M. No. 02-11-10 SC, let the dispositive portion of the decision in this case be published at the expense of the plaintiff. No pronouncement as to costs. SO ORDERED. In Chambers, Hall of Justice, Ormoc City, Philippines, 26 June 2012.

(Sgd.) CLINTO C. NUEVO Presiding Judge
Copy furnished: Pros. Gorgonio P. Encina The Solicitor General The Local Civil Registrar, Ormoc City The Civil Registrar General, NSO Atty. Edgar C. Cordeño Charry A. Giva LSDE: Oct. 17, 24 & 31, 2012

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, Branch 7 Eight Judicial Region BULWAGAN NG KATARUNGAN Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (HDMF), Tacloban City, rep. by Paulino C. Talacay, Mortgagee, -versusVERONICA G. BATUD, Mortgagor, EJF No. 3535 EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OR REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE UNDER ACT 3135 AS AMENDED BY ACT 4118 AND PD 385 x- - - - - - - - - - -x SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALE UNDER ACT 3135, AMENDED
Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for sale under act 3135, as Amended filed by the HOME

DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND with office address at corner MH Del Pilar and Lopez Jaena Streets, Tacloban City, represented by Paulino C. Talacay against VERONICA G. BUTAD, of legal age, Filipino, married with postal address at BINOLHO, JAVIER, LEYTE, to satisfy the Mortgage indebtedness which as of JULY 23, 2012, Amounted to SIX HUNDRED FIFTY THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SEVENTY SIX PESOS & 00/100 (Php653,876.00) Philippine Currency, excluding Penalties, Charges, Attorney’s Fees, expenses of the Foreclosure, Sheriff’s Lawful Fees, and expenses for conducting the PUBLIC AUCTION on NOVEMBER 21, 2012, at 9:00 in the morning or soon thereafter, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City, to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine Currency, the following Real Properties/Personal Properties, with all the improvements thereon, to wit; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-49625 A parcel of land designated as lot 41, BLock 6 of the subdivision Psd-08-009496-D, being a portion of lot 2186, Cad. 220, situated in the Brgy. of Naga-Naga, City of Tacloban, Province of Leyte, Island of Leyte. Bounded on the; NW., along line 1-3 by lot

22, Block 6; on the NE., along line 2-3 by lot 40, Block 6; on the SE., along line 3-4 by Road Lot 3 (8.00 m. wide); and on the SW., along line 4-1 by lot 42, Block 6 all of this subdivision. Containing an area of FORTY TWO (42) SQUARE METERS, more or less. Registered in the name of VERONICA G. BUTAD, of legal age, Filipino, married to EDGARDO P. BUTAD. PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS AND BUYERS MAY INVESTIGATE FOR THEMSELVES THE TITLE AND ENCUMBRANCES, HEREIN ABOVE-DESCRIBED REAL PROPERTIES IF ANY THERE BE. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on NOV. 28, 2012, on the same time and place without further notice. TACLOBAN CITY, September 12, 2012.

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Eustaquia Jardio, extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated in Brgy. Tabunok, Bato, Leyte, Lot No. 1479, under Tax Dec. No. 06003000230, with an area of 368.78 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Roldan Rubio and Lucy Vasquez Rubio as vendees for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 435, Page No. 87, Book No. XXV, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Josenilo Marquez Reoma. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2012

AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION
NOTICE is hereby given that Nueva Labareño Vanhefflin, heir of late Keth Vanhefflin executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over one half (1/2) portion of a parcel of land, situated in the Bo. of Sagkahan, Tacloban City, Leyte, covered by T.C.T. No. T-53614, containing an area of 292 square meters, Lot 4, Pcs-14315; per Doc. No. 265, Page No. 53, Book No. 10, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Samuel C. Lagunzad. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2012

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Iluminado Cubico extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land 1) Agricultural land, located at Brgy. Tabunok, Isabel, Leyte, Survey No. 6273, covered by Tax Dec. No. 170021-00464, containing an area of 2,042 square meters, more or less and Parcel 2, Nipa Land, covered by Tax Dec. No. 0517021-00491, containing an area of 1.8331 hectares, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Edgar Magno Donayre and Christine Donayre Tonino as vendees; for the abovedescribed property; per Doc. No. 377, Page No. 78, Book No. XXV, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Melinda C. Domael. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2012 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Ma. Isabel Ramos Kratz extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over 2 parcels of land; Parcel 1, situated at Di-it, Tacloban City, Lot No. 4218-E, Psd-083747-00795-2D, containing an area of 14,382 square meters, bearing TCT No. T-40755; Parcel 2, Lot 2485-B, Psd-08-004236, situated in Brgy. Utap, Tacloban City, containing an area of 2,121 square meters, more or less, bearing TCT No. T-36701 square meters; per Doc. No. 235, Page No. 97, Book No. VII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Leodegario Alimanguhan. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2012

EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION

FOR THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF: (Sgd.) ELIAS N. ACOSTA Sheriff IV LSDE: Oct. 17, 24 & 31, 2012

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manding view of Calubian Bay and the mighty mountains of Biliran across the island. Going up the place, one will marvel at the aweinspiring life-size statues of the Stations of the Cross. The place also has a hermitage house run by the Franciscan Order. Devotees are drawn to St. Therese of the Child Jesus because of the miracles manifested in their lives. One of them is this year’s Hermana Mayor, businesswoman Marilou Galenzoga who credits the healing of her youngest sister Carlyne Anne from left temporal sclerosis to the intercession of St. Therese. Galenzoga has since devoted her life to the saint and has become active in civic work for which she earned The Outstanding Philippine Leadership Excellence Award in Philanthropy in 2011 given by Rotary Club of Cubao East and Philippine Jaycees Senate. The shrine in Calubian itself has witnessed some miracles, one of which is the apparition of the Blessed Virgin in a photograph. A photographer took a photo of Calubian Bay on top of the New Way of the Cross in Aug. 17, 2008. An image of the Blessed Virgin appeared on the photo which inspired the erection of an image of Our Lady of Fatima near the spot where the photographer stood. Another miracle happened on the night of Oct. 10, 2009 when workers rushed to finish the expansion of the chapel to be used the following day for an important occasion. Work was snagged because the scissors for cutting galvanized steel was misplaced. The situation seemed hopeless when a dog approached the workers with a pair of ordinary scissors on his mouth. Somehow the workers managed to make do with the tool and finish the work on time. Naval State University President Edita Genzon who was the Hermana Mayor that time framed the miraculous scissors which is now displayed on her office wall. The Church teaches that the Lord works in unexpected ways, unimaginable circumstances and unlikely places. In this case, St. Therese has chosen the humble town of Calubian to pour her blessings and highlight to her devotees the virtue of meekness. (Felix N. Codilla III)

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modernity. And this is being said without any hint of mockery considering its charm actually lies on that nostalgic feel of the golden years. An eatery named Dood’s Carinderia retains its crude interiors including the wall-painted liquor advertisements from 60 years ago. All the post-war buildings in the town center have not been altered and are in even in a state of near neglect, including the dilapidated wooden municipal hall and the rundown fire station complemented by a vintage fire truck. The town seems to have run in a standstill. Thanks to the St. Therese Diocesan Shrine, Calubian comes to life for two days as devotees flock here. The celebration this year began last Oct. 26 with a fluvial procession starting

past 2:00 pm at the town port. A motorized boat carrying the patron saint’s image led the flotilla of more than 10 vessels in sailing the calm Calubian Bay. The lead boat carried this year’s Hermano Mayor Dr. Marlo Maamo who is running next year for congressman in Cebu’s northern district and Hermana Mayor Marilou Galenzoga. They were joined by Mayor Jose Emery F. Roble of Hilongos, Leyte who chairs the fiesta executive committee. The boats traveled about five nautical miles for 40 minutes and docked at Lotus Beach in Brgy. Abanilla to unload the image and passengers. The image was then loaded at the back of a Mitsubishi Strada pickup for a land procession back to the shrine in Brgy. Obispo more than a kilometer away. Located on a hilltop, the shrine provides a com-

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sidering factors such as a 10.0 percent target energy savings across all economic sectors – transport, industry, residential, commercial and agriculture; an increase in the number of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-fed buses and possible introduction of CNG taxis, electric vehicles; and higher application of biofuel blends (biodiesel and bioethanol), the press statement added. Petilla said he would probably take his oath as the new DoE secretary on or before Nov. 5 after President Benigno S.C. Aquino III officially issues his appointment papers within the week. Petilla admitted he will have to study carefully his new job but said he will prioritize the rising oil products prices and issues in the energy sector. “The first thing is to asses who are the players. They’re only three of them—those in the power generation, transmission and distribution. Along that line is a multi-sectoral environment where there are several problems that need to be addressed. That in itself is already a lot of work, so I really have to examine the energy sector and that goes the same with the fuel prices,” Petilla said. The governor added he also needs to be acquainted with the 20-year Philippine Energy Plan that outlines the government’s programs of the energy sector to fuel

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not re-invent the wheel. I will have to continue what has been started by my predecessor,” Gov. Petilla told Leyte Samar Daily Express shortly before leaving for the United Kingdom for a personal trip. Petilla said that he would also review the 20-year energy plan of the department. “Seriously, before I do anything we should review the organizational structure first and then the budget of all the attached agencies then be updated with pressing issues and finally review the 20 year energy plan,” he said. The so-called Philippine Energy Plan(PEP), covers the years 2012 to 2030, which is to be formally launched December, this year in time for the annual celebration of the National Energy Consciousness Month. Based on a press statement issued by the DOE, the Energy Plan highlights the policy vision of an economy which will become largely decarbonized with the development and utilization of renewable energy – hydro, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass and ocean energy and with DOE taking the lead in promoting energy efficiency as a lifestyle, and advocating the use of alternative fuels for the transport sector. The DOE has also simulated the energy needs of the country over the next 20 years by con-

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