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NEWS
Dolores mayor claims politics marred the town’s water project
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Police DG Purisima arrives today
By JOEY A. GABIETA, Staff Writer

SATURDAY JANUARY 19, 2013

P10.00 IN TACLOBAN

Councilor proposes resolution for blood-type ID
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PALO, Leyte-Police Director General Alan Purisima is scheduled to visit today at the regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP)and is to be brief on the accomplishment made by a special task force created to dismantle the partisan armed groups, particularly in Samar province.
The visiting police director general will be welcome by Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria and other top regional officials at the grounds of the Camp Ruperto Kangleon, this town. Senior Supt.Roel Acidre, chief of the police and community relations of the PNP-8, said that during the brief visit of the police director general, former members of a private armed group would be presented to him. Acidre also said that close to 100 loose firearms are also to be presented to the PNP director general. The presentation of

JV, the active “netizen”

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Dettie Panis Salon and Spa to open new outlets
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former PAGs members and that of the loose firearms are part of the campaign of the PNP-8 to ensure a safe and orderly conduct of elections in Samar, identified as one of the 15 provinces in the country as a “priority” or hotspot areas in relation to the midterm elections this year. A special task force, dubbed as the Regional Special Operations Task Group (RSOTG), headed by S/Supt. Edgardo Basbas, was organized with the aim of neutralizing the existing PAGs in Samar and the proliferation of loose or unlicensed firearms.
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Inauguration and Blessing of New San Jose Health Office
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Dolores Mayor Emiliana Villacarillo is being interviewed by LSDE staff writer Reyan Arinto at LSDE office yesterday. (Story on page 2)

Sun and clouds mixed with a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon. High 87F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.

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TACLOBAN CITYA hostage-taking incident that took place inside a government office in Catbalogan City yesterday afternoon ended with the suspect dead and injuring two others.

Hostage-taker killed, two others wounded
Patrocinio Dabucol, a security guard assigned at the Social Security Systems (SSS)-Catbalogan branch, shot his colleague and an employee of the said office during his hostage-taking stunt that lasted for more than two

IN CATBALOGAN

Complaint against Alfred, others “flawed,” says top legal aide
TACLOBAN CITYMayor Alfred Romualdez is confident that the graft charge filed against him and 10 others would not prosper. In fact, his legal officer, Beulah Coeli Fiel, called the complaint filed by opposition Councilor Neil Glova as nothing but an act of a “kulang sa pansin” (lacking of attention). “It’s a very flawed (complaint).The city government was not shortchanged. To me, that was nothing but an act of a KSP,” Fiel said during a press conference yesterday. Romualdez along
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hours. Dabucol, who sustained injuries at his abdomen and both legs, was declared dead by attending doctors at the Samar Provincial Hospital at 4:20 p.m. or more
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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Dolores mayor claims politics marred the town’s water project
TA C L O B A N CITY— Politics got in the way on her project to provide a safe drinking water for her people. So claim Mayor Emiliana Villacarillo of Dolores, Eastern Samar. According to Vi l l a c a r i l l o , t h e municipality of Dolores has acquired a loan for the water system project through the Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO) of the Department of Finance (DoF). “And so I asked and got an authorization from the Sangguniang Bayan to look for funding, commit and appropriate it for the water system project. Eventually, we were allowed by the MDFO to proceed with the bidding,” Villacarillo said in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express. “In December of 2011, I was on leave, and by that time, there was already a schedule for bidding. When I returned in January 2012, I went over the documents and found out some inconsistencies,” she said. But during that bidding, no representative from the Commission on Audit was around reason why she called for another bidding on the same project with all those who joined the first bidding were invited, she said. It was learned that the Richmark Construction, the winning bidder during a previous bidding, did not join in the re-bidding. It instead filed a criminal and administrative case against Villacarillo and members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC). “I was surprised when Richmark Construction filed a case when in fact they were invited to join in the re-bidding of the water system project,” Villacarillo said. However, despite following all the procedures for rebidding, the project was again marred with controversy. “ We a l r e a d y had a certificate of fund availability… puydi na mag-award kay pag-transfer nala han pondo ha [municipal] treasurer. What is needed is a Sangguniang Bayan resolution authorizing the municipality to open a separate bank account, but until wara ako tagi,” Villacarillo said. She added the contractor proceeded with the works but because of not giving her the SB resolution, it eventually stopped because the local government unit could not pay. “You know it is all politics. They are thinking I might rake in a big amount from this project. R i g h t n o w, I a m only dependent on funds that need no authorization from the Sangguniang Bayan because majority of them are opposed to all of my projects in Dolores,” Villacarillo said. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

Councilor proposes resolution for blood type ID
TACLOBAN CITY – The members of the city council here approved a resolution requesting all the national agencies to include the blood type of a person when issuing identification cards. Councilor Jerry Yaokasin proposed the resolution during their regular session held last Wednesday. The national agencies mentioned by Yaokasin include the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS) and Land Transportation Office (LTO). According to him, indicating the holde r ’s b l o o d t y p e i s important during an emergency. “In case of emergency, the holder can donate blood or in case of accident, the medical personnel who will be attending the patient could easily determine the holder’s blood type through his ID,” he said. Ya o k a s i n e x plained that there are times that when a patient is hospitalized, they are having difficulties in getting blood donors for they first need to undergo blood typing. “Many of us usually do not know what our blood type is. This also hinders us in donating blood to our relatives during emergency cases,” he said. (REY GERILLA
GRADO)

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JV, the active “netizen”
Despite his hectic schedule which includes provincial trips and business meetings, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada says he never fails to check and regularly update his social media accounts through his Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad Mini. Ejercito Estrada is considered as one of the most active netizen-politicans in the Philippines today. He loves to connect with his 18,723 followers on Twitter. He also uses the micro-blogging service to see updates on breaking news, thoughts and opinions of media outfits, political leaders, family, and colleagues. The young lawmaker does the same with his Facebook account, where he posts his daily activities to update 5,159 friends on his personal account, and 61,257 friends on his Fan Page. “It is through social networking sites that I get the pulse of the people on certain issues. Twitter and Facebook are currently the fastest and most convenient ways to get in touch with the youth and Filipinos all in other parts of the world. As a youth advocate, he said being an active netizen enables him to be up to date with the latest trends and other developments concerning young people. “Youth development is one of my advocacies as a public servant. So being able to interact with students on a daily basis through Twitter and Facebook allows me to identify their needs and help them,” the solon said. On the role of social media in his campaign for the 2013 elections, Ejercito Estrada said he intends to share his legislative agenda to 30 million active Facebook users and 9.5 million active Twitter users in the Philippines. While some netizens use social networking sites as a venue to rant against politicians, he believes that the government must not be given the power to regulate the online activity of Filipinos. The young lawmaker noted that the Cybercrime Law contains provisions which practically permits the state to suppress freedom of speech and persecute its political foes. (PR)

Best of all, they are free,” he said. Ejercito Estrada admits that he is hooked on social networking sites. “It’s been my habit to check replies and posts as soon as I wake up, during my free time, when I’m traveling, and just before I go to sleep.” Since most social networking accounts of public figures are manned by their staff, several of his Facebook friends find it hard to believe that he personally manages his own pages. “Many people doubt if I really do the posting on Facebook and Twitter. I do it myself because I like being hands-on. Also, after a day’s hard work, it’s therapeutic to share what you’ve done to the online community,” said Ejercito Estrada.

Pili Tree Planting in Calbayog. Mayor Ronaldo Aquino (in black shirt) as he took time to pose with some stakeholders during the official launching of the Pili Tree Planting Program of Calbayog. The said program is a joint undertaking of LGUCalbayog, DepEd Calbayog and the barangay officials and PTA officers and members of selected barangays in the Happy Valley area. It is aimed at both for environment protection and to provide livelihood to the barangay folks in the said area. In photo with Mayor Aquino are (l-r) Tomasa Antivo (DepEd Calbayog District III supervisor), Antonio Eloja (Palayamanan president), Arnold Jaraba (DepEd Calbayog EPS for TLE and EPP), Adela Ocenar (city agriculturist), Atty. Fiel Almendra (DepeEd Calbayog SDS), Marto Calamayo (3D CUPS ass’t director), Lorenzo Ras (OIC of CENRO) and the parent leaders from the Happy Valley area. (CTIO/ Ronald Ricafort)

MGB offers scholarship to future geologists
TA C L O B A N CITY – A scholarship program will be offered by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) for high graduating students who are interested to take geology course. Elmer Billedo, MGB-Manila assistant director, said that this is one of the priority projects of their office which they will implement this year. “Anyone can avail this scholarship program for as long as they will take BS Geology course,” Billedo said. Scholars will be receiving tuition fee, monthly stipend and book allowance. Also under the contract, graduates must render three years of service with the MGB for every one year of government scholarship. They also need to maintain a grade weighted average of 2.0. Fresh graduate, transferees and even returning students may avail the program but they should meet the criteria for the scholarship program and maintain the set grades to continue cover by the program. The purpose of said scholarship program is to increase the number of geologists serving the country, a problem which the MGB is currently experiencing. Most MGB regional offices has only one geologist, this to include Eastern Visayas, Billedo said. “Only Region IV-B has the most number of geologists which count to about four of them,” he said. Geologists are important because they engaged in exploration for mining companies in search of metals, oils, and other earth resources. They are also in the forefront of natural hazards and disasters warning and mitigation, studying earthquake, volcanic activity, tsunami and weather storms. Their studies are used to warn the public of the occurrence of these events. Currently geologists are also engaged in the discussion of climate change as they study the history and evidence for this earth process. (ROEL
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Dettie Panis Salon and Spa to open new outlets
TACLOBAN CITY – Homegrown Dettie Panis Salon and Spa is considering to open new outlet within the city, banking its manpower resource on its growth. Salon owner Demeter “Dettie” Panis said they are still scouting for new sites but opening up a branch in Robinsons or within Marasbaras is a big possibility. “We’re not very aggressive on expansion because it entails a lot of investment. When I put up a new outlet, I see to it that I put my heart into it. It takes time to screen and train our staff to ensure quality service,” PaOrmoc City. Franchised branches are located in Baybay City in Leyte and Borongan City in Eastern Samar. Last year, the company has slowed down franchising, shifting its concentration on overseeing company-owned branches. Outside Tacloban, the nis said when she visited salon is considering to the Leyte Samar Daily establish outlets in MaaExpress office. The salon has been sin City and Catarman, known in investing hu- Northern Samar in a long man resources by sending term. The firm, which opened staff to trainings here and its first branch in 1989, is abroad. Currently, Dettie Panis the only Tacloban-based Salon and Spa has five salon with the most numcompany-owned outlets ber of outlets. (SARWELL Q. in Tacloban and one in MENIANO)

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OPINION

Saturday, 19 January 2013

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Wages of sin
or to the imposition of the sin taxes. This brings the smoker to bear a greater burden on a habit that is too tough to stop but is stoppable nonetheless. Those who are addicted to smoking are in for a tough crisis salivating on cigar that is now twice as expensive or even more that what it used to cost when they decided to get hooked into the habit. But no matter the cost, smokers are a tough lot to stop in their smoking as many would opt to bear the pain of increased prices in cigarettes. The sin tax measure may cause smokers and drinkers to pause awhile and reflect on whether or not to continue with the vices they had lived with. It may reduce consumption of sin products but would never eliminate smoking as a habit upon
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onspicuous in retail stores are the remarkable markup in the prices of cigarettes. The cost of smoke and the nicotine that goes with every smoker’s breath had been upped by every entrepreneur doing business with cigarettes. Government had been targeting to increase its revenues to sustain the operations of government. It too is aiming to decrease the incidence of death that are caused by nicotine inhalation and all the illnesses carried by such vice. So much is spent by government in providing basic services to the people, including its constituents’ healthy existence. The increase in prices due to the added factor dubbed as sin taxes had caused alarm upon the smoking population whose life and system had thus far been dependent if not addicted to smoking. Prices at stick level had been raised twice as much as pri-

Doubtful reason for giving
News erupted of the distribution of Philhealth cards by a mayoralty candidate in the barangays of this city. Numerous reactions could be heard and most were not pleasant. There were raised eyebrows as to the real essence or purpose of the gesture. It just came out of the blue. Its sincerity was even questioned as it did not pass through the right entity that is supposed to facilitate the enrollment in the City. The suspicion rose as the cards were issued by the provincial government and distributed by another, a mayoralty candidate. The former has no jurisdiction in the city; the latter has better areas to focus than Tacloban. It is known in the City that Philhealth registration among the indigent family heads have been

Senses and Sensibilities
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going on since years back, facilitated by the Chief Executive. His move was in consonance with the desire of the national government to enroll all Filipinos in the national health insurance program whose aim is to ensure accessibility of the poor to health amenities. While it is the ideal that all sectors join hands in supporting government programs, ethics dictates that proper coordination and certain protocol must be observed. This way, smooth implementation of programs is assured.

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Without proper coordination from the office in-charge of the program, confusion and double registration could result thereby wasting money and efforts. Instead of being given in areas where people have legitimate need of coverage, the cards are instead given to the wrong hands. There goes thousands of government funds flushed down the drain, all because of political maneuvering by political figures who have no seriousness in what they are doing. There are many of such kind in our midst, reason for the gaps in government programs.
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OPINION
Energy Sec. Rene Almendras. This is it! As newsmen thought of her words in a guesting in the January 12 edition of Express It At The Park, this is the governorship that heaven reserved for her, and to reiterate, “the well-deserved opportunity to be the governor.” The opportunity she calls, the “free seat.” Now that she is in such key post – the highest executive official of the firstclass Province of Leyte, and with only eight months to stay on it till June 30 this year, how does she want to be remembered by the people, especially that the Petillas - from Gov. Leopoldo Petilla to his wife Remedios “Matin” Petilla (who later became congresswoman after three terms) then to their son Icot (who like is mom became a multi-awarded LGU leader), have already put in place the groundworks for Leyte’s progress with their landmark programs and projects? Maintaining “I never plan, I just prepare” referring to how he career run in her years in local governance, Gov. Mimiette Baguto page 7

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The way Gov. Mimiette wants to be remembered
For reason she wants the public to understand, she is pleased of getting the popular vote for member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan representing the third district of Leyte in the elections on May 13 this year. Many would opt to think that her being the governor for 8 months to June 30 when she bequeaths the post to the so-called Governor-in-waiting Leopoldo Dominic Loreto-Petilla is a bonus. As Gov. Mimiette, who first built her name in the society as academician and local TV newscaster, has said, she has no millions of pesos to gamble in an election for the position of governor with no assurance of winning at all. She sincerely wished, though, to be the governor of Leyte one day. The prayer was finally answered when Gov. Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla was appointed in November last year by P-Noy to be the next Energy czar upon resignation of then Dept. of

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Wages...
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She has been in the political limelight since she plunged into the local arena as Tacloban City councilor. Over a decade henceforth, nurturing a name that was not to be undermined and a public service that was beyond sheer advocacies, she won her way up to be the City Vice-Mayor then Vice Governor of Leyte before the City became a highly urbanized city. Sticking it on with the now ruling Liberal Party from the onset of her political career, she finally got into the position which according to Pres. Noynoy Aquino she so much deserved – the governorship of Leyte.

Gov. Ma. Mimietta Satorre Bagulaya of the third district of Leyte is all thankful to Divine Providence for the prize for her loyalty, and steadfastness and dedication to public service and ever challenge that went it on top of a remarkable reputation in good governance. With a litany of citations, recognitions and awards, including a lifetime achievement award as former chairperson of the League of vice Governor of the Philippines, no one would ever think that she could not make it to the governorship in an election. The tie is ripe for her to work on that step of the ladder.

These and similar situations could have been prevented if the Philhealth office did not allow itself to be used in the process. How could such thing happen without the back-up or loose ends on the part of the insurance office? Instead of participating in the political maneuvers of wannabes, the office could do well to improve its services especially in reviewing its capability in taking care of its paying members who get headaches when they get discharged from the hospital after confinement. Insurance coverage is so meager that the patient gets relapse after being shown with the hospital bill whose Philhealth coverage does not even reach 50 % let alone at least 75 % of the total because the ordinary member has to resort to loan sharks to complete payment.

those whose physical system and mindset had been hardened by the sticky residue of nicotine. We do not know how effective is the measure in terms of promoting a healthy lifestyle by the projected reduction of smoke being puffed upon a passive population. The cost of savings that government would keep in terms of reduced expenses in health services would eventually be the wages of sin.

The Sower
Saturday after Epiphany 1 Jn 5:14-21; Ps 149; Jn 3:22-30

FINAL WITNESS OF THE BAPTIST
Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and every one is coming to him.” John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.”

The constant clash
But evil is wrought by want of thought, As well as want of heart! Thomas Hood (1799-1845) British poet and humorist. “The Lady’s Dream” with the wicked force that lurks inside us? Oasis in their song Wonderwall, once lamented “there are many things that I’d like to see to you, but I don’t know how; that in a nutshell is the ambiance of this essay. Could it be that the devil and its underlings are waging this conflict for us to be swept in disarray, to replace our innate kindness with the throng of wordly emotions or desires? And that we allow the passion of worldly gratification overtake our greatness as God’s foremost creation. In one of my computer browsing, I came across a website which carries one Angelica Zambrano-Mora’s testimony. She attests that in 23 hours of unconsummated death, she had seen Hell, Heaven and the Scenario of the end-of-days. All these happened as she was being escorted by God.

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To say that the present times are bordering the point of madness and anarchy is an enervated statement. Natural disasters, death by guns via multiple headshots and numerous bullet wounds, drug-fuelled shootings, the constant bickering of our supposed-leaders in the Senate, the flaws and fiasco of our uniformed personnel, gambling related and election related violence, billion peso scams, the solons sans finesse in their greed for pork and ul-

timately the upgrade to horrific levels of the evil that men do, these are apparent today. These are real signs of the collective decay and continuous decomposition of our souls as humans and the slow demise of our society from cultured to the level of uncouth. These sad events create in most of us an in-depth introspection, prompting questions, are we sliding back to our beastly-ways? Are we touching base with the animalistic and consorting

She purportedly roamed in Hell’s magma-like environment and saw notable personalities including Selena, Michael Jackson languishing in there and even a relative in the clutches of the devil. Hell, according to her, lies beneath and it was teeming with millions of condemned souls. Vividly, Zambrano describe the horrifying conditions in her website. Hell according to her is even more horrifying than Dante’s account. It seems that the terrifying concepts from the films is no match to the Hell she had seen. One disturbing detail in her testimony is the observation that devils are toiling profusely running in and out its gates, to destroy mankind’s faith in God. In my humble opinion, I seel all these sad events as elicited by the forces of darkness, to sow chaos, to create problems and to cause our loss of faith. And it rattled us to the core. Zambrano says that the fallen angels are in a double-time going back and forth its niche just to cause trouble amongst us. And
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THE REVEALER OF GOD
Mortal eyes can see only those things that are mortal. For instance, you cannot see your own spirit; therefore, how can you behold its Creator? When the spiritual eyes are opened, then surely you can see the one who is Spirit, and all spiritual realities as well. Who can open our spiritual eyes to see God? It is Jesus Christ. “We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding to know him who is true” (1 Jn 5:20). St John the Baptist confirmed that Jesus Christ was sent by God to reveal him as he is, when he said to his own disciples who complained about the baptism by Jesus, “No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven”(Jn 3:27). It is Jesus who gives us not only the spiritual eyes to see God, but also a heart to experience God’s presence. Take a piece of charcoal: however much you may wash it, its blackness will not disappear; but let the fire enter into it and its dark colour vanishes. So also, when we receive the fire of the Spirit of Christ, all the blackness of evil is driven away from our heart and thus we are able to experience Gods’ presence. How fortunate are we who have been baptized by the fire of Christ to be able to recognize and experience the true living God! This gift of awareness of God is not t be hoarded and kept to ourselves. We are to share this gift with others. If people refuse to listen to us, we can still pray for them to the Father. (His Word is Life by Vima Dasan, S.J. published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City. Tel. #321-3195) Sower’s Seeds: “Saint Paul lays down a clear principle: ‘Do you not know that your body is a member of Jesus Christ? And that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?’” +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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NEWS
and without our cognitive awareness. We must always attempt and make best efforts to let the light, the good and the truth withstood the onslaught of our sins and iniquity. We know full well it’s the greed sowed by our frailty in spirit that is the culprit, the malevolence that we keep in our hearts is the thing that put us down, reconciliation to the innate good in each of us must be the key. The goodness must be nourished with humility and kindness. As Eric Clapton crooned Let it grow, let it grow. Let it blossom, let it flow.

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Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2003-1630 Application for Extension of Validty of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a FILCAB service. ALFREDO &/OR ANITA ABASOLA Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGTH ALONG THE LINE: INOPACANBATO & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON JANUARY 21, 2014. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME NO. OF UNIT AND ROUTE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JANUARY 30, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 18th day of January 2013. (Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R.P. MARTILLO Attorney IV

The constant...
further Zambrano says that spirits of men and women are constantly falling into the pits like sand, innumerable, countless. The writing process of this column manifests the power of these entities. In the keyboard, it seems that I can’t get beyond word 350 and that my eyes are finding it hard to stay

open at past nine o’clock in the evening, too early to bed time to some. And while writing this, what blares in the media player is “Tomorrow you’ll be thinking to yourself, where did it all go wrong? But the list goes on and on… The song is Glee Cast’s Gives You Hell. As one would reflect, now more than ever, the constant clash of good and evil are occurring within

AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION
NOTICE is hereby given that Alberto Mario Almonte of 3rd St. Paraiso, Brgy. 83, San Jose, Tacloban City heir of late Donata Avila Almonte executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a bank deposit with the Banco de Oro, Tacloban City; per Doc. No. 489, Page No. 98, Book No. I, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Sam Dominic T. Lagunzad. LSDE: Jan. 19, 26 & Feb. 2, 2013

AFFIDAVIT OF LOSS
NOTICE is hereby given that Rebecca P. Antoc, of Poblacion, District IV, Julita, Leyte and current Barangay Treasurer of Brgy. District IV, Poblacion Julita executed an affidavit of Loss of one (1) booklet of official receipts known as AF No. 51 with official Receipts Nos. 1248801 to 1248850 and had missing in her files since 2008; per Doc. No. 17, Page No. 4, Book No. 1, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Eric T. de Veyra. LSDE: Jan. 19, 26 & Feb. 2, 2013

AFFIDAVIT OF ADJUDICATION
NOTICE is hereby given that Teodora Delis Serrante heir of late Leon Delis executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcel of land situated in Babatngon, Leyte, containing an area of 144 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 96-04002-00077; per Doc. No. 81, Page No. 17, Book No. 31, Series of 1998 of Notary Public Generoso Casimpan. LSDE: Jan. 19, 26 & Feb. 2, 2013

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DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Pulqueria B. Tupaz extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a portion of parcel of land, Lot No. 9697, situated at Brgy. Cambula, Dulag, Leyte, with an area of 77.01 square meters, more or less, covered by Tax Dec. No. 08-13-003-00065. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Lino L. Restificar and Teresita C. Restificar as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 144, Page No. 29, Book No. XXVIII, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Ryan M. Oledan. LSDE: Jan. 12, 19 & 26, 2013

Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR Tacloban City

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No.9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that LIAM ETHAN T. RADAZA has been filed with this
(Complete name of petitioner)

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER AND QUITCLAIM
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Benito Tabay, Sr. extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. 04, Poblacion, Can-avid, E. Samar covered by ARP No. 05-05004-00194, containing an area of 120 square meters, more or less and heirs hereby waive and quitclaim all their rights and interest in favor of co-heir ELLIE T. TOMAS; per Doc. No. 124, Page No. 24, Book No. CIX, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Celestino A. Cabato LSDE: Jan. 12, 19 & 26, 2013

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Romana Homerez-Fortuna extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Cad. Lot No. 4201, with all the improvements thereon, situated at Brgy. 99, Di-it, Tacloban City covered by Tax Dec. No. 008-0192, assessed value of P17,010.00, containing an area of 1,546 square meters, more or less, per Doc. No. 081, Page No. 081, Book No. XXXXIV, Series of 2000 of Notary Public Atty. Bonifacio B. Matol. LSDE: Jan. 12, 19 & 26, 2013

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Martin dela Peña extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 3446, Case 6, Cad-220, tac. Cadastre, located in Brgy. San Jose, Tacloban City, covered by O.C.T. No. P-365, containing an area of 5,736 square meters, more or less; subdivided into 1/5 share each heir; per Doc. no. 22001, Page No. 3296, Book No. XL, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Noele Masecampo. LSDE: Jan. 12, 19 & 26, 2013

(First name to be changed)

Office a petition for change of first name from SAMUEL to LIAM ETHAN in the Birth Certificate of
(New First name to be adopted)

SAMUEL TAJARROS RADAZA who was born on February 2, 2000 at Tacloban City and whose parents are AILLEN R. TAJARROS and HANSEL D. RADAZA Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his writeen opposition with this Office not later than JAN. 28, 2013. (Sgd.) MS. JUDY H. BORJA City Civil Registrar
LSDE: January 19 & 26, 2013
Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2008-0128 Application for Extension of Validity of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a UV SHUTTLE service w/ Prayer to Adopt Trade Name SIDNEY ZOSA Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A UV SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: FROM CATBALOGAN, N. SAMAR TO ANY POINT IN REG. 08 WITH THE USE OF TWO (2) UNITS WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON APRIL 18, 2013. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME NOS. OF UNITS AND ROUTE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JANUARY 31, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 17th day of January 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0035 Application for Issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a SHUTTLE service w/ Prayer to Adopt Trade Name as LAZARA TRANS. ROSARIO LAZARRA Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE TO OPERATE A SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: FOR EXCLUSIVE USE OF EMPLOYEES & PASSENGERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF ARTECHE SAMAR TO THEIR RESPECTIVE RESIDENCES WITHIN REGION VIII & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JANUARY 30, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 16th day of January 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER/DONATION
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Pastora Dolina Castillote extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 6687, situated in Brgy. Arado, Palo, Leyte under Tax Dec. No. 08-30-0008, containing an area of 900 square meters, more or less, and heir Maria Fabi-Nogar hereby voluntarily transfers, conveys and waives her shares the property described above by way of Absolute Donation unto said co-heirs Eva V. Molvizar and Trofimo E. Villas; per Doc. No. 41, Page No. 3, Book No. I, Series of 2013 of Atty. Ronelito O. Ticoy. LSDE: Jan. 12, 19 & 26, 2013 Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0034 Application for Issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a VEHICLE FOR HIRE service w/ Prayer to Adopt Trade Name JOSE VIVA Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE TO OPERATE A VEHICLE FOR HIRE SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: FOR EXCLUSIVE USE OF CONTRACTING PASSENGERS FROM CATARMAN, N. SAMAR TO/FROM ANY HOTELS, RESORTS & PORTS WITHIN REGION VIII & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JANUARY 30, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 17th day of January 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2008-0020 Application for Extension of Validity of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name. ZOILO LIMBAUAN Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERAE A PUJ SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: BORONGANDOLORES & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON JANUARY 30, 2013. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME UNIT AND ROUTE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JANUARY 30, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 17th day of January 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Cesario Marilla extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of unirrigated riceland in Brgy. Guindag-an, Tanauan, Leyte, as Cad. Lot No. 5542, with an area of 9,721.68 sq.m., more or less, covered by Tax Dec. No. ARP No. 18029-00302. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Cecilia Royeras-Reeve as vendee for the abovedescribed property; per Doc. No. 71, Page No. 16, Book No. V, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Benjamin M. Granada. LSDE: Jan. 5, 12 & 19, 2013 Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0028 Ref. No. VIII-2003-0363 Application for Sale & Transfer of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ service with Extension of Validity and with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name REBECCA RALPH-VENDOR EDGARDO CARPIO-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE APPROVAL OF SALE MADE BY REBECCA RALPH-VENDOR IN FAVOR OF EDGARDO CARPIO-VENDEE OF A CPC FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-SAGKAHAN-BLISS & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT A PUJ SERVICE WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JANUARY 30, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 17th day of January 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2008-0037 Application for Extension of Validty of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a UVE service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name as VS GRAND TOURS SIDNEY M. ZOSA Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A UVE SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-CALBAYOG & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF THREE (3) UNITS WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON FEB. 21, 2013. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME NO. OF UNIT AND ROUTE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JANUARY 31, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 17th day of January 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

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“Aside from activities targeting the humane and spiritual side of the candidates and the electorate like the successful peace covenant signing in Samar and the unity walk and prayer rally for SAFE 2013 on Sunday, we will also showcase the result of aggressive police operations targeting PAG personalities in Samar and loose firearms in other parts of the region,” Soria said in a press statement released by media relations officer Inspector Romuel Nacar. Soria added that accomplishment only goes to show that PNP-8 is serious in the crackdown against PAGs and in ensuring “secured and fair” elections not only Samar but in the entire Eastern Visayas region. To recall, a successful peace covenant signing was initiated by PNP8 held last January 13 at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Calbayog City with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas presiding and garnering support from the Diocese of Calbayog and other stakeholders like the Commission on Elections, Armed Forces of the Philippines, civil society groups. Major candidates

seeking for governor, vice governor, congressional seats as well as for provincial board and mayoralty posts for Catbalogan and Calbayog signed the pact. The PNP-8, in collaboration with the Comelec will also conduct a “Unity Walk and Prayer Rally for Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013 on Sunday, January 20, in Tacloban City and provincial capitals regionwide to drumbeat the significance of the midterm elections. Since its creation, the RSOTG was able to arrest PAG leader Julito Aragon on December 23, 2013 in the hinterlands o f B rg y. P e ñ a p l a t a , Gandara, Samar. Aragon was listed as the number one most wanted person in Samar and wanted for two counts of murder. Also, two Montealto PAG members, Michael Angelo Mendoza and Felipe Casaljay, voluntarily surrendered to RSOTG last December 20 and 27, 2012 respectively while another PAG member, Wilfredo Moloboco, also turned himself in last December 19, 2012. Soria earlier assured that he will ensure that the will of the people is truly reflected in the upcoming elections, even recalling his successful experience as Commander of Task

laya keeps this principle in setting the legacy she wishes to leave behind, “If you commit error, the people will suffer for a long time.” Careful but resolved, she will continue to implement programs of former Gov. Icot. Over and above that though, she outline some important undertakings. Religious and God-fearing that she is, Gov. Mimiette will turn the Crucified Christ sculpture nestling on top of the Kanhuraw Hill near the Madonna of Japan Shrine along Magsaysay Boulevard in Tacloban City into a tourism site while promoting religious fervor in the Roman Catholic Church. She will revive the holding of Holy Mass at the site every first Tuesday of the month. This is not only keep the place spruced up. She took special note the Magsaysay Boulevard is prone accident where lives are at times taken. She likewise mentioned of further promoting culture and heritage in the province and the plan of coming up with a coffee-table which she described as an anthology on the culture

and heritage, and dialect and language of the people of Leyte . This endeavor will be in cooperation with the Dept. of Education and Dept. of Tourism, according to the lady governor. Too little time, too many things one wishes to achieve. It is not the number or quantity but the quality that will gauge one’s success in his filed of endeavor. Gov. Mimiette, a self-made achiever, a treasure of Leyte , can likewise make the difference. *** January 20 is a very momentous day each year for this woman of substance, a generous friend and very responsible mother and former boss of The Reporter Weekly. She is the kind of person, as far as I know of, who could put her own benefits at stake for others in pleasing and helping them. God-fearing and believer of good faith, there is no stone one could throw upon her. To the person who helped build my career in the fourth estate, my warmest greetings: Happy Birthday, Ms Vicky Arnaiz! May God the Father return to you in hundred-folds the graciousness you have shown to others! God bless you always!

Inauguration and Blessing of New San Jose Health Office
TACLOBAN CITY – The inauguration and blessing of the new San Jose Health Office was spearheaded by the City Mayor Alfred Romualdez together with City Health Officer, Dr. Jaime Opinion Jr. “One of the priorities of the mayor is to promote health and another bigger Health Center was opened that can cater up to 30,000 individuals residing in San Jose Tacloban City which has birthing services,” Opinion said. Aside from the main health center, there are also health centers in Sagkahan, Diit and that provide birthing services in a few weeks in V&G.
(GLAZE MARIE E. LORA)

Norkis Tacloban robbed
TACLOBAN CITY -- SOCO Senior Inspector Darwin Morallos reported that the NORKIS Tacloban at Real St. was robbed by an unidentified suspect. “At 2:46 am, the Branch Control Officer received a missed call from Security System’s and Monitoring Inc. (SSMI) which is the security provider of the establishment” he said. When the police officer team got a call from the SSMI, they immediately went to the said establishment and conducted an investigation. “We found out that the unidentified suspect got his way in from the second floor and the alarm system was already turned off when we arrived,” he said. It’s either it was disarmed or the SSMI turned it off. The unidentified suspect got an undetermined amount of cash. This case is still under investigation. (GLAZE MARIE E.
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by the suspect after a 20 minutes negotiation was unhurt. Nacar said that a negotiating team was hastily organized, composed of Mayor Coefredo Uy, provincial police director, Supt. Eusebio Mejos and city police chief, S/Supt. Avelino Doncillo for the suspect to surrender. With the strong resistance of Dabucol to surrender, Mejos, who served as the ground commander, ordered for the assault. This resulted to an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the assault team composed of local police and members of the SWAT team. (JOEY A.

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than two hours after the incident was declared as over by police authorities. Injured were security guard Melvin Oliva and Dionito Mate, senior clerk of said office, who were both hit at their abdomen by the suspect who used his service firearm Caliber 38 in carrying out his act. Both are confined at the Samar Provincial Hospital but in stable condition. Inspector Romuel Nacar, media relations officer of the regional Philippine National Police (PNP-8), said that the incident took place inside the SSS office at around 1 pm located along San Bartolome St

and Taft Ave, Catbalogan. It was declared over by 2:45 pm. Nacar said that before the incident happened; the three were exchanging banters but for still unknown reason, turned into an intense argument. The suspect, in succeeding fashion, shot Oliva and Mate, who both sustained gunshot wounds at their abdomen. The incident resulted for the employees of the SSS and some of the clients present at that time to panic and run out from the office. However, another employee, Cristabelle Silvano, who was left behind but was later released
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Imelda Tado, also of the Land Tax Division. According to Glova, who is seeking for a possible second term as a member of the city council in this year’s elections, the transaction has resulted for the city government to lose P49.2 million. But Fiel contended that the transaction even resulted for the city government to recover the amount it used for the construction of the

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seven-hectare property. The property was built by the city government at P200 million during the administration of former Mayor Alfredo “Bejo” Romualdez, the father of the incumbent city mayor. However, when it sold the questioned parcels of lots, the city government earned P316 million, Fiel said. “The fair market value of the lot was only P5,000 but we we’re able to sold it at P13,000 per square meter. What was sold by the city government as only 1/3 of the entire property. The city government earned of more than 100 percent,” Fiel said. City administrator Lim lamented that the complaint filed by Glova even dragged private investors. He, however, assured the

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