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MONDAY MARCH 04, 2013

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NEWS
NDF, Army views on permit to campaign fees issue differ
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Ombudsman suspends Palompon mayor for ‘simple misconduct’
BY REYAN L. ARINTO, Staffwriter

‘Misis Hanep Buhay’ is among GoNegosyo’s outstanding Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2013
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TACLOBAN CITY—The Office of the Ombudsman Visayas has duct” and was meted a penalty of one month suspensuspended the municipal mayor of Palompon, Leyte for adminis- sion from the service. Complainant Warblitz Martinez, a businesswomtrative charges.

Mayor Ramon Oñate committed “simple miscon-

A new Tacloban rises in Eastern Visayas
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“Unarmed” soldier killed by NPA militias in North Samar
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an, charged Oñate and three others for illegally closing down her business for three months for alleged violation of a local anti-noise ordinance. According to the complainant, the closure order has no legal and factual basis considering that the grounds relied upon are untrue and inexistent. The complainant added that her right to due process was violated since there was no investigation prior to its issuance and pointed out the respondent mayor has not even considered an ocular inspection to determine if indeed there was a violation. In his counter-affiPalompon Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Warblitz Martinez(right) and her vice president davit, Mayor Oñate said Emma Campos meet with the members of the media to explain their plans and programs that could help to page 3
boost the economy of their town. LITO A. BAGUNAS

PALO, Leyte – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has announced a P6.05 billion tax collection target this year for Eastern Visayas, which is 33% higher than the previous year’s goal, prompting the tax agency to call for more cooperation from taxpayers. BIR Regional Director Diosdado Mendoza admitted that the big jump of their goal is very challenging but they are counting

BIR targets P6.05 B tax collection target this year

on voluntary compliance among business owners. “This is a gargantuan task but with the support of tax payers we can meet the goal. We must be open to new ideas, forge partnership with all stakeholders, and continue to innovate to solve difficult problems,” Mendoza said. Despite big increase from the 2012 target, the revenue regional office here ranks fifth with the to page 2

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NDF, Army views on permit to campaign fees issue differ
TAC L O BA N CITY—The National Democratic Front (NDF) in Eastern Visayas said there is no such thing as “permit to campaign and permit to win fees” but according to the Philippine Army it remains an “integral and permanent part of their electoral activities” in the region. Capt. Gene Orense, spokesperson of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division said the New People’s Army (NPA) scheme was confirmed after troops of the 63rd Infantry Battalion recovered documents in October last year in Barangay Capo-toan, Las Navas, Northern Samar. “The NPA leadership uses extortion as basis for establishing and broadening their political base and alliances,” Capt. Orense said. Fr. Santiago Salas, spokesperson of the NDF, on the other hand said the malicious imputation against the revolutionary organization is part of the Army’s counter-revolutionary propaganda. “The 8th ID seeks to divert attention away from the fact that the reactionary elections are undemocratic and are used along with state violence to keep the oppressive and exploitative system,” Salas said in a statement released to the media. But according to the military, a separate document revealed that the NPA leadership issued a guide to the NPA insurgents in Eastern Visayas how to conduct an extortion scheme to local candidates who will run in the May 2013 elections. “The extortion scheme by the NPA shall be implemented in three levels,” Orense said. “The leadership of local communist movement and their armed group focuses in the conduct of discrete local communist movement and their armed group focuses in the conduct of discreet discussions with politicians on the political line, supporting the legal left organizations and direct benefits to their sympathizers,” Orense added. The second and third levels include the discussing cooperation in the platform ticket, campaign, vote watch, finances and resources for the campaign; and the sympathizers, engaging the negotiations with the politicias regarding the direct benefits they will receive once they pay the so-called permit to campaign and win fees. Meanwhile, the NDF said the people in their so-called “revolutionary territories” are empowered in fighting for a genuine democratic system of governance to prevail, which even the reactionary politicians recognize and respect.
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lowest target for 2013 among the 19 revenue regional offices of the bureau nationwide. Of the P6.05 billion regional goal, P4.04 billion are income taxes, P1.49 billion are valueadded tax, P12.43 million are excise taxes, P284.36 million for other taxes, and P223.02 million are percentage taxes. Tacloban City revenue district office (RDO) in northern Leyte has the highest target at P2.64 billion, Ormoc City RDO in western Leyte (P1.10 billion), Catbalogan City RDO in Samar (P777.47 million), Catarman RDO in Northern Samar (P555.52 million), Borongan City RDO in Eastern Samar (P494.20 million), and Maasin City RDO in Southern Leyte (P486.33 million). Mendoza said that for the month of January, the region was able to meet the P455.99 million target, which is an indication that 2013 is a good year for tax collection in the region. Collection goal of BIR offices nationwide has increased by 17.59% from P1.06 trillion

in 2012 to P1.25 trillion this year. Tax take in Eastern Visayas has reached P4.74 billion in 2012, surpassing the P4.53 billion target by 5% and higher by 23% than the 2011 collection. Mendoza said that the bureau recorded a surplus of P212.10 million from its target collection last year. The 2012 earnings is higher by P877.08 million than the P3.87 billion tax take the previous year. Income taxes derived from wage adjustment was pegged at P496.13 million. The BIR also noted a P240.47 million withholding tax remittances on value

added tax in 2012. Income from increased infrastructure spending of the government contributed to P96.15 million more taxes last year. All the six RDOs of BIR Eastern Visayas had collected more than what it got in 2011 with an rate of increase ranging from 12% to 39%. However, in terms of hitting the 2012 target, the Maasin City RDO in Southern Leyte missed the goal with a shortfall of only 4%. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

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NEWS

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‘Misis Hanep Buhay’ is among GoNegosyo’s outstanding Filipina Entrepreneurs of 2013
Go Negosyo has selected Cynthia Villar, Managing Director of the Villar Foundation, as among the “Women Entrepreneur Icons and Filipina Entrepreneurs 2013,” citing her effort in inspiring budding entrepreneurs. The former Las Pinas Representative received her award during the 5th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit at the World Trade Center on March 1 - in time for the celebration of March as International Women’s Month. Villar thanks Go Negosyo for the recognition and said it serves as an inspiration for her to carry on with her advocacies as well as a validation of her continued efforts to help her fellow Filipinos. “The award is really a bonus. It feels good to be recognized. But it feels even better to know that you are making a difference in people’s lives through your advocacies and actions as well as programs and projects,” following the success of Villar’s green social enterprises that have provided livelihood to over 500 families in Las Pinas, where it started 10 years ago, has earned for her the. The Villar Foundation’s livelihood enterprises: water hyacinth basket weaving, coconet weaving, plastic pulverizing, organic composting, handloom blanket weaving, and recently citronella oil-making have been duplicated nationwide. So far, pilot cenfamilies—from the ters have been built in Villar said. Go Negosyo recog- OFWs to the mothers 111 towns all over the nized Villar and the living in the poor com- country. “There are 1,600 other awardees for munities, by teaching “their valuable con- them an alternative municipalities and cittributions in their re- and sustainable means ies in the Philippines , so we still have a lot spective fields and to of livelihood.” It adds, “We have of tasks ahead of us. I promote their stories to inspire aspiring en- been partners with her will continue promottrepreneurs that they for quite sometime now, ing these livelihood can also make it in teaching the advocacy to programs because the the OFWs to help them benefits they provide life”. In a statement, Go invest their hard-earned to the people, espeNegosyo said: “From money wisely.” The Vil- cially the poor, are dibeing a college profes- lar Foundation and Go rect and fast. They do sor and an entrepre- Negosyo are co-organiz- not need capital also neur, Cynthia Villar ers of the yearly OFW & because the raw materials are from wastes diverted her focus to Family Summit. The Nacionalista and our foundation social entrepreneurship through the Villar Party-Team PNoy sen- provides the training Foundation in 1992. atorial candidate has and technology,” said The organization has earned the moniker Villar. (PR) helped thousands of ‘Misis Hanep Buhay’ and penned by graft investigation and prosecution officer Maria Corazon Bergara-Naraja, the Ombudsman found substantial evidence against Oñate for simple misconduct for closing down Martinez’ business, a penalty more severe than that prescribed by the applicable ordinance. The Ombudsman also found the mayor’s failure to conduct or order an inspection prior to the issuance of the order manifests his excessive use of authority and lack of respect for the property rights of the complainant. According to the Ombudsman, such conduct is contrary to public policy and public interest, a clear transgression of Sec.
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A new Tacloban rises in Eastern Visayas
This is not your grandfather’s Tacloban. Since the plebiscite in December of 2008 firming it up as a highly urbanized city, Eastern Visayas capital has been on a solid track to progress. The regional hub, led by its mayor, Alfred Francis Romualdez, is aggressive in showing that Tacloban and its locals are ready and serious about business. The city has been ranked 4th by the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in terms of deposit, hitting the P42B mark, as of last year, with various commercial banks present in the locality and continuously expanding their operations. The construction industry noted a building boom in the city, especially in its key locations for the past four years. Mayor Romualdez further stated in his address to the city, that these constructions and renovations are indicative of a growing interest in opening businesses in Tacloban. The city government reported a steady 1000 new businesses being registered and started annually since 2009, as the locals cope with the transition from a quiet town to the bustling regional center of commerce it aims to be. Three state universities (University of the Philippines, Leyte Normal University and Eastern Visayas State University) have established full-functioning facilities and campuses within the city, providing a capable and competent work force for emerging businesses and industries. Daily flights in and out of Tacloban is up to 13 and rises to as much as 17 flights on peak season, with the local attention shifting from tourism to business and investments. A testament to the vibrancy of local commerce, retail activity has picked up. Retail giants Gaisano Malls and Robinson’s Malls have both seen the opportunities the city offers businesswise, and responded with the establishment of their own outlets in the city, Gaisano with 2 properties, and Robinson’s gearing to expand to another facility. Local business people and chambers of commerce attribute the boost in development and progress largely to the administration of Romualdez, under whose leadership, City Hall services were optimized. This involved streamlining processes involving business registration, revenue collection, and back office efficiency issues. Romualdez has taken aggressive steps, pushing for the development of Tacloban, including advocating its transition to HUC. Because of this, real estate has valuated after being pinned in its value for roughly 20 years. Also uncommon, but key to the optimization of city services, is the city chief executive’s decision to stop taking on consultants for essential services. The city now hires full time professionals, such as doctors, ensuring cost efficiency for the city, and also guaranteeing services for the people whenever it is needed. With a more streamlined City Hall, massive bank deposits and a prospect of booming business, Tacloban is poised to take the forefront in new businesses for the next few years. (DAVID
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that he is empowered as the municipal mayor to issue licenses and permits as well as to suspend or revoke the same for any violation of the conditions upon which said licenses or permits had been issued, pursuant to laws and ordinances. In the verified joint position paper of the respondents, they emphasized that the complainant was given due process when a letter was sent informing of the violation of the antinoise ordinance. In a 14-page decision dated February 23, 2013

4 of RA 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Eastern Visayas was directed to implement the suspension order against the mayor of Palompon.

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Marcela Pempena extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of residential land, Lot No. 3095, containing an area of 619 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 38020-00632 (R-13), assessed value of P25,570.00, market value of P128,423.93. That heirs hereby waive, renounce and relinquish and quitclaim all interest, shares and participation in favor of Corazon Ocana and to the heirs of Donato Ocana as vendee for the 3/4 portion of Lot 3095, per Doc. no. 14, Page No. 37, Book No. 1, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Peregrin G. Dingcong. LSDE: March 4, 11 & 18, 2013

NOTICE is hereby given that Priscilla Baduya Pretencio extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 1445-A3 and Lot No. 1445-A-4 located at San Jose, Tacloban City, Cad. Lot No. 1445-A-3, containing an area of 1,193 square meters and another parcel situated in Brgy. San Jose, Tacloban City, Lot No. 1445-A-4, containing an area of 1,170 square meters. That heirs hereby waive and relinquish in favor of Apolonia Baduya Pretencio; whatever interest or right they have over Lot Nos. 1445-A-3 & 1445-A-4; per Doc. No 487, Page No. 98, Book No. IV, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Neil P. Sia. LSDE: March 4, 11 & 18, 2013

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Monday, 04 March 2013

EDITORIAL

Wring the pork dry for transparency
to the way they “spent” their pork barrel. These officials will have a lot of bothering time to come up with credible explanations of their PDAF allocations that allegedly passed into the hands of questionable non-government organizations according the COA report. Other corrupt legislators should also be exposed. Pork barrel funds of legislators have been the talk of the town for decades now but it seems no one appears very serious to conduct an honest-to-goodness factfinding investigation how indeed these funds are spent. No less than Senator “Ping” Lacson sometime in the past revealed that the pork has been a source of
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he priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or what is popularly (obnoxiously?) known as pork barrel should now be seriously be put n the wringer of good governance to extract dry the unpalatable juice of corruption that characterizes this controversial appropriation intended for projects by lawmakers for their districts and the national constituency of senators. At the moment, there is a strong demand from the Filipino people for the pork barrel be a burning issue in the electoral campaign nationwide. The issue has turned hot with the report involving Senate President Enrile, Senate President Protempore Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, and Buhay party-list Rep. Rene Velarde, has graced recently media outlets relative

Make the pork barrel funds be an issue in the elections
The Commission on Audit(COA) report that was highlighted in media recently resurrects the old but credible perception that the pork barrel is not effectively spent with a lot of observers believing that it is the milking cow of legislators to line their deep pockets beyond satiety. -oOoThe reaction of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, President- Protempore Jinggoy Estrada, Buhay party-list Rene Velarde and a presidential man Catholic Church? ) -oOoThe COA revelation is doubly painful. That PDAF amount was intended for agriculture projects, a very laudable intention to improve the economic status of hundreds of our marginal Filipino farmers. The report says the amount of P206 million forwarded to the Dept. of Agriculture was released in severto page 6

wannabe (ugh) Ramon “Bong” Revilla is typically “normal”. Their lame reaction can be compared to a philandering husband who even when caught with his pants down will

“deny and deny until you die” catch phrase. (Is this Rene Velarde not the son or at least a relative of El Shaddai charismatic preacher Mike Velarde of the Ro-

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million African Catholics at the turn of the century, By 2025, there would be at least 220 million African Catholics. Africans would account for one-sixth of the Church’s worldwide membership. (The African Church is likely under-counting its followers as it lacks the institutional framework to track what’s happening on the ground. According to Gallup World Poll, the number of Africans claiming to be Catholic is pushing 200 million. That’s more than 20 percent larger than any official Church figure.) “The Vatican is now in the wrong location”, writes Philip Jenkins in the New Republic: “It’s 2,000 miles too far north of its emerging homelands.” European Catholicism eroded in the drift towards secularization and religious indifference France once prided itself as the oldest daughter of the church. Today, only half of the French identify themselves as Catholics. Attendance at mass varies from 18 percent for Spain to 10 percent in Germany , Benedict’s home country There’s been a massive decline in practice of the faith. “In Western Europe , millions of Catholics are church members having been baptized; “They never darken the door of a church, and don’t support official Church policies on issues of morality or sexuality. The Catholic Church will likely remain the major player in the world’s spiritual economy, Jenkin thinks. And its transformation will be hastened by the current sexual abuse crisis to criticism of resistance by the curia of change.. Western Europe media “is increasingly antagonistic.” Perhaps one in four of Germans are considering leaving the church, estimates Forsa Institute. That’d alienate already lukewarm Catholics It will also severely diminish finances, particularly in countries where citizens opt to devote a

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portion of their taxes to religious and charitable causes: In Africa and Latin America, religious loyalties are intimately connected with complex social and familial networks -- much like the system that existed in Europe in bygone centuries. The secular media also don’t enjoy the same pervasive presence, Indeed, as the crisis quickens the wane of Europe ‘s Catholic influence, it will help solidify the Church’s new roots in the south. Membership there will continue to burgeon, and Church’s hierarchy will increasingly be paved with southern clerics. At the conclave, the cardinals will probably consider more innovative international candidates, untainted

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Papal conclave ballots
secrecy, ballots (Rectangular cards, they bear the text: Eligio summum pontificem: (“I vote as supreme pontiff…), burining of ballots, sealing in an envelop of the only written record of the voting, etc. This vetting procedure does not occur a vacuum. Over the past century, the Catholic Church shifted southwards, notes the New York Times. In the 1900s, two thirds of Catholics lived in Europe . “The Faith is Europe and Europe is the Faith”, author Hilarie Belloc proclaimed. This faith has been symbolized by spires of Notre Dame, Chartres to Mont St Michel thrusting skywards. Since then, and especially since the 1960s, Catholicism has been moving south, Latin America’s Catholics will rise to 600 million within two decades But the number of Catholics in Africa have grown at a rate of 6,700 percent, says Vatican observer John Allen in his book “The Future Church”. There were 130

“After how many ballots will we know who the cardinals elected as pope?,” asked the anxious fan of Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. “Why? Did you bet on Cardinal “Chito”, we joshed our friend. “No, no, no,” he replied. “He’s a good priest, a fine scholar. So, we’d like to see him Pope.” Count us in. “The sufferings of people and difficult questions they ask are an invitation to be in solidarity with them, not to pretend we have all the solutions,” Tagle told the last Synod. “They see the concrete face of God in a Church that can be silent with them, as confused as they are… The Church should contribute in the public square. But we in

Asia are very particular about the mode….. So, you may be saying the right things. But people will not listen if the manner by which you communicate reminds them of a triumphalistic, know-itall institution. ( Like Bishop Leonardo Medroso?; we wondered. This Tagbilaran bishop threatened excommunication for anyone who backed the RH bill.) After the cry Extra Omnes or “Everybody Out”, Sistine Chapel doors are locked. It took just four votes before then 78-year old Cardinal Josef Ratzinger said Accepto and took the name of Benedict XVI. Media in days ahead will report report details of this centuries-old process. ”papabiles”, oaths of

by European connections. Perhaps, a Latin American pope? John Allen imagines an African pope. It is possible that the abuse crisis will only push this scenario closer to the present day. By 2050, according to projections, Africa will have far more Catholics than Europe . Indeed, projections show that, by the half-century mark, Europe will account for only 15 percent of Catholics—and many of them be immigrants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America . “By that point, perhaps, some keen theorist may be boasting, “Africa is the Faith.”, Jenkins add. “And who would dare question the statement?” (Email: juan_mercado77@yahoo.com )

The Sower
Monday of the Third Week of Lent 2 Kgs 5:1-15ab; Ps 42; Lk 4:24-30

THE REJECTION OF JESUS AT NAZARETH
(Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth,) “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away.

The Pope legacy
sought to boil Christianity dower to its essential core. He produced encyclicals on charity, hope and love. Considered by many to be the greatest living theologian, he authored more than 65 books stretching from the classic “Introduction to Christianity “in 1968 to the final installment of “ Jesus of Nazareth” last year considered by mercy on his most important contribution to the church. He also produced the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” essentially a guide to being a catholic. Benedict spent the bulk of his early career in the classroom as a student and then a professor of Dogma, and fundamental theology at universities in Bonn, Muenster, Tuebingen and Regensburg, Germany. Elected as Pope in 2005, it is one of the shortest conclaves in history. Benedict was 78 and the first German in nearly a millennium.

RECEIVING GOD’S GRACE
The people of Nazareth, Christ’s hometown, heard him read the prophecy of Isaiah about himself. They could not understand how he had acquired so much learning that he could speak to them the way he did. How often it happens that the children of the lower levels of society by hard work and the help of others, rise. Most of the priests and the religious are not children of the rich. They were called by God and they simply responded. Do w3e look down on people who are less privileged than we are? Do we think of the power of God’s grace at work in these people? “He makes the sun to shine on the just and the unjust.” How has God’s grace affected our lives? Have we cooperated with these gifts? Are we now the kind of persons we should be, if we have cooperated with God’s help and conformed to his holy Will? (Daily Gospel Now by Robert E. Sullivan, OMI. Published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. #321-3195) Sower’s Thought: “Those who wish to acquire a good character have to take such measures as to dominate their thoughts, their feelings, their imagination, their speech and their whole behavior.” - Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family

In resigning as Pope, Pope Benedict XVI is showing the same sense of humility, duty and service as he did after the Catholic Church lost its last Pope. When Benedict flies into retirement, he will leave behind a church in crisis, one beset by sex scandal, internal divisions and dwindling numbers. While his resignation was his most significant act, Benedict also set the church back on a conservative minded path. He was guided by the firm conviction that many of the ills affecting

the church could be traced to a misreading of the reform of the 2nd Vatican Council. He insisted that the 1962-1965 meetings that brought the church into the modern era were not a radical break from the past as portrayed by many individuals but rather a continuation of the best traditions of the 2, 000 year old Church. Benedict was a theology professor who turned his audience into master classes about the Catholic faith and the history, saints and sinners that contributed to it. In his teachings, he

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NOTICES
PDAF’s gone. “ Transparency in government funds spending is a keyword – guide in realizing “matuwid na daan” battle cry of the PNoy administration. If the refuse to do this, then they are guilty of committing graft and corruption and have lost their moral ascendancy for re-election.

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Republic of the Philippines Department of Finance BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE Revenue District Office No. 88 Government Center, Palo, Leyte

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al batches in 2009 and 2010. This amount was turned over and “spent” to allegedly bogus groups. -oOoWell, we don’t pass final judgment of this alleged scam yet, because Enrile et al denied and even went high pitch urging an investigation of the report

with the urgent hope that identified perpetrators be answerable for their misdeeds before the bar of justice. Great!!! We reiterate though that the pork barrel issue should be discussed openly in the elections. Incumbent legislators in both houses should lay bare before our voters in open forum “where have all these

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
Notice is hereby given to the public that the Bureau of Internal Revenue will be conducting a Public Hearing on the propose Zonal Values on April 4, 2013 at BIR MultiPurpose Building, BIR Compound, Government Center, Palo, Leyte, at 8 o’clock in the morning, for: a. The City of Tacloban and the Province of Leyte covering the following municipalities: 1. Abuyog 2. Alang-alang 3. Babatngon 4. Barugo 5. Burauen 6. Capoocan 7. Carigara 8. Dagami 1. Almeria 2. Biliran 3. Cabucgayan 4. Caibiran 9. Dulag 10. Jaro 11. Javier 12. Julita 13. La Paz 14. MacArthur 15. Mahaplag 16. Mayorga 5. Culaba 6. Kawayan 7. Maripipi 8. Naval 17. Palo 18. Pastrana 19. San Miguel 20. Sta. Fe 21. Tabong Tabon 22. Tanauan 23. Tolosa 24. Tunga

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Juanita V. Alcuino extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of agricultural land, situated at Brgy. Lunang, Hilongos, Leyte, under Tax Dec. No. 14024 00242 covered by O.C.T. No. P-29819 with Cad. Lot No. 12659, containing an area of .2347 has., A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Dr. Remegio Mancia Vilbar as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 751, Page No. 151, Book No. 27, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Rico E. Aureo. LSDE: March 4, 11 & 18, 2013

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE

b. Province of Biliran covering the following municipalities:

NOTICE is hereby given that Lorenza Jervoso-Torres heir of late Sps. Dominador and Rosalia Jervoso executed a Deed of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Romualdez, MacArthur, Leyte covered with Katibayan ng Original na Titulo Bldg. P-40497 and Tax Dec. No. 02-024-022-00042, containing an area of The revised zonal values will be used as one of the bases in computing internal 19,978 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed a portion of 460 square meters from the above-descriebd proprevenue taxes on the transfer of ownership of Real Properties such as Capital Gains erty in favor of Emma M. Estrera as vendee; per Doc. No. 2854, Page No. DEED OF PARTITION Tax, Documentary Stamp Tax, Expansed Withholding Tax, Estate Tax and Donor’s Tax, 75, Book No. 66, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Vicente G. Rudas. NOTICE is hereby given that LSDE: March 4, 11 & 18, 2013 when the same is the highest value compared to selling price and fair market value as heirs of the late Silvano Singzon extrajudicially reflected in the tax declaration. settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parThe Petitioner pray that cel of land, situated at Brgy. Ipil I, Palompon, Republic of the If no comment or objection is received by this office within thirty (30) days from after notice and hearing judg- Leyte, under Tax Dec. No. 31006-00238, conPhilippines posting of this notice, the schedule of zonal values will be forwarded to the Technical ment be rendered that minor taining an area of 1,440 square meters; that the REGIONAL TRIAL Committee on Real Property Valuation (TCRPV) for review and approval. be freed from all legal obli- share of Visitacion S. Lepaña was sold to MaCOURT gations and obedience and cario P. Aban; per Doc. No. 901, Page No. 76, This Notice to the public is given in compliance with paragraph V, sub-paragraph (2) 8th Judicial Region maintenance with respect to Book No. XII, Series of 2004 of Notary Public of Revenue Regulation No. 41-2010 dated April 23, 2010. Branch 18, Hilongos, their biological parent and Atty. Camilo P. Esmero. for all intents and purposes LSDE: March 4, 11 & 18, 2013 Leyte (Sgd.) CESAR R. BALANGATAN be declared as the child of the -oOoEXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH Chairman, Sub-Technical Committee Spouses-Petitioners. IN THE MATTER OF WHEREFORE, findon Real Property Valuation (STCRPV) ABSOLUTE SALE ADOPTION MINOR ing the Petition sufficient in Revenue District Office No. 88 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the JULES TYRON A. FORM and SUBSTANCE, late Maria Sicadsicad extrajudicially settled, LSDE: March 4, 11 & 18, 2013 Tacloban City the same is set for initial hear- partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land RUAYANA SPOUSES GENEROSA ing on May 23, 2013 at 8:30 situated in Brgy. Ponong, Carigara, Leyte, covAFFIDAVIT OF LOSS o’clock in the morning at ered by Tax Dec. No. 08-11006-00870 and PIN 044-11-006-09-013 containing an area A. ABUYAN JR. NOTICE is hereby given that Larissa C. Esquillo executed an affidawhich date, time and place, of 100.88 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Analyn and FERDINAND L. anyone who may object to the C. Quitalig as vendee for the above-described property and heir Roberto Sicadsicad and/ vit of Loss of Loyola Plans Consolidated Inc. policy contract Lifeplan No. ABUYAN, favorable grant of this Peti- or Sylvia S. Lianza be appointed as attorney-in-fact for the purpose of implementing 272109-1, having been issued Certificate of full payment No. 1001598 was inadvertently lost and despite deligent effort to locate the same but all efPetitioners tion. terms and condition; per Doc. No. 35, Page No. 7, Book No. X, Series of 2012 of Notary forts proved futile and executed this affidavit and undertaking for the purPublish this Order in a Public __________ LSDE: March 4, 11 & 18, 2013 SP. PROC. CASE NO. pose of attesting to the veracity and truth; per Doc. No. 2570, Page No. 518, newspaper of general circulaH-512 Book No. V, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Anselmo S. Alvañiz. tion in the Province of Leyte, FOR: EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE LSDE: Feb. 25, March 4 & 11, 2013 at least once a week for three ADOPTION NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Pastor Cabrera extrajudicially set(3) consecutive weeks, all exx- - - - - - - - - - -x penses charge to the Petition- tled, partitioned and adjudicated over 3 parcels of land, all situated at Brgy. Calbiga, AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION WITH DEED OF Samar more described as: Parcel 1, with an area of 0.8976 hectares, covered by Tax ORDER ers. CONDITIONAL SALE Dec. No. 04017-000-30; Parcel 2, with an area of 0.0551 hectares, covered by Tax Dec. THE SPOUSES GENFurnish copy of this OrNo. 04017-000-31; Parcel 3, with an area of 0.0728 hectares and Tax Dec. No. 04017NOTICE is hereby given that Blandina Creer y Casilan heir of EROSA A. ABUYAN JR. and der to: FERDINAND L. ABUYAN, a. The Solicitor General 000-27. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Nelson A. Abantao married to Ma. late Juana Casilan executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a by counsel, submit their Peti- being the counsel of the Re- Elena Daradal as vendees for the above-described property together with all improve- parcel of land, Cad. Lot No. 2262, situated in San Miguel, Tanauan, tion seeking to adopt minor public at his office at 134 ments existing thereon; per Doc. No. 360, Page No. 54, Book No. 44, Series of 2012 of Leyte, covered by Tax Dec. No. 3800400322 R13 with an area of 208.79 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Analiza JULES TYRON A. RUAY- Amorsolo St., 1229 Legaspi Notary Public Atty. Cesar T. Ching. LSDE: Feb. 25, March 4 & 11, 2013 ANA. Village, Makati City Moreno y Arellano as vendee from the above-described property and In support of their desire to adopt, the Petitioners, state, THAT: they are spouses, of legal ages, Filipinos, and residents of Brgy. Poblacion 2, Hindang, Leyte; the Spouses desire to jointly adopt Jules Tyron A. Ruayana, nine (9) years, legitimate son of Generosa A. Abuyan, Jr. and O’Hanler G. Ruayana, who was born on September 16, 2003 at Maasin City; the adopting mother has been providing care, custody and support for the child since he was born until the present; O’Hanler G. Ruayana gave his consent for adoption; and, they are all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications to adopt the minor and the adoption will serve his best interest and welfare. b. the Regional Director, DSWD, Tacloban City b.1 to conduct a social case study report b.2 to conduct a home study report b.3 to submit other relevant matters within 60 days c. natural parent of minor to be adopted d. the Petitioners and counsel at their own addresses for them to be present during the scheduled initial hearing. SO ORDERED. IN CHAMBERS, this 22nd day of January 2013, Hilongos, Leyte, Philippines NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Cecelio Duzon extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of commercial land, located at Conception St., Brgy. Balud, Borongan City, Eastern Samar, under Tax Dec. ARP No. 59201, Cad. Lot No. 2001, Assessor’s Lot No. 036, Block No. 18, containing an area of 351 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 397, Page No. 81, Book No. XIV, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Enrique C. Dala. LSDE: February 18, 25 & March 4, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that Dindo Raul A. Baquilod, sole heir of late Rosa A. Baquilod executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcelof land, located at J. Bocar St., Brgy. F, Borongan City, Eastern Samar, covered by Tax Dec. No. 08-007-00081, ARP No. 08-00700082, measuring an area of 152 square meters, more or less, together with residential Bldg. with an area of 154 square meters, covered by Tax Dec. No. ARP No. 08-007-00061, Lot No. 108, Case 1, Cad. - 434-D; per Doc. No. 433, Page No. 58, Book No. 1, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Enrique C. Dala. LSDE: February 18, 25 & March 4, 2013

DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

a conditional sale was made; per Doc. no. 101, Page No. 11, Book No. 5, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Sylwyn Nabor V. Mendoza. LSDE: Feb. 25, March 4 & 11, 2013

AFFIDAVIT OF ADJUDICATION

NOTICE is hereby given that Mamerta V. Lelis extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 13182, situated in Hilongos, Leyte, containing an area of .5886.76 hectares, more or less, covered by Tax Dec. No. 14017-00106-R13. A Deed of Sale was executed in fvor of Christine Macuto as vendee for a portion of 305 square meters from the above-described property; per Doc. No. 329, Page No. 67, Book No. VII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Ma. Lourdes Madula-Vilbar. LSDE: Feb. 25, March 4 & 11, 2013

AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION WITH DEED OF SALE

LSDE: February 18, 25 & March 4, 2013

(Sgd.) EPHREM SUAREZ ABANDO Judge

NOTICE is hereby given that Aniceta B. Zaldivar heir of late Geronimo B. Zaldivar and Carmen Zaldivar-Pareja executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land, Cad. Lot No. 3657, located at Brgy. Balugo, Albuera, Leyte containing an area of 15,266 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 08-030003-00748. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Premiumlands Corp. represented by its President, Francis Lloyd T. Chua as vendee; for the above-described property, per Doc. No. 42, Page No. 9, Book No. 01, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Jose Rommel A. Peñaranda. LSDE: February 18, 25 & March 4, 2013

AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION WITH SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Roberto Libres extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a motor vehicle described as: Make and Type: 2000 Suzuki Filcab Jitney; Motor No.: F6A-9001128; Serial No.: DG51T-110265; Plate No.: HVJ-676. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Joel C. Tabaranza as vendee for the above-described motor vehicle including its Franchise (CPC); per Doc. No. 515, Page No. 103, Book No. II, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Jose Rommel A. Peñaranda. LSDE: February 18, 25 & March 4, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Felipe Notarte extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of agricultural land, located at Brgy. Dolho, Bato, Leyte, designated as Lot No. 31, Survey No. 1213, with an area of 3,136 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Norberto Roche and Lanie Lynn Y. Roche as vendee for a portion of Lot 1213, to be designated as Lot 1213F, with an area of 136 square meters; Lot 1213-B, with an area of 43 square meters and Lot 1213-B, with an area of 57 square meters from the above-described land; per Doc. No. 337, Page No. 69, Book No. XI, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Josenilo Marquez Reoma. LSDE: Feb. 25, March 4 & 11, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Ambrosia P. Gerez and Zosimo E. Gerez extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 2520, lcoated in Sagkahan, Tacloban City, covered by Tax Dec. No. 01303684, assessed value of P108,980.00, Title No. 17625, containing an area of 1,434 square meters, more or less. That heirs Bernardita Salvador, Christopher Caesar all surnamed Gerez hereby waive, quitclaim and forever relinguished their rights, interest and participation in favor of Concepcion G. Paras, the above-described property, per Doc. No. 413, Page No. 84, Book No. V, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Delfin Agcaoili, Jr. LSDE: February 18, 25 & March 4, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Esperanza Caberio extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel or residential land situated in San Nicholas Ext., Campoyong, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Survey No. 2325 and Lot No. 056, with an area of 69 square meters, more or less; That heirs hereby waive their rights, interest and participations in the above-described property in favor of Rosalinda C. Daiz for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 54, Page No. 11, Book No. VII, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Gerry Val V. Baguilod. LSDE: February 18, 25 & March 4, 2013

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DepEd city division joins TEN Moves
TACLOBAN CITY DepEd City Division is joining the 57-75 education reform movement or ten moves which help to provide ordinary Filipinos and even non-Filipino friends of the Philippines the opportunity to take part in this effort to help address the classroom shortage and aims to solicit the support of companies and donor agencies to raise the needed resources. DepEd Tacloban City Division, Assistant School Division Superintendent Gorgonia Diaz Jr. said that the Ten Moves is a campaign to raise enough resources to build 10,000 classrooms in public schools all over the Philippines. Its main strategy is to get 2 million people to donate P10 per day for 10 months. That will be P300 per month or P3,000 for the entire 10 months. “Because of the huge target and the massive mobilization that this will entail, this public fundraising campaign requires mobilizing a large number of organizations and people around the country,” Diaz said. He also said that the campaign is expected to be supported widely by Filipinos and even non-Filipinos working together to address an urgent problem of the country. Thus, the name TEN Moves also means “The Entire Nation Moves”. “People can donate through bank deposit to any BPI, BDO or Union Bank branches, via text using Globe GCASH, credit card and BPI Express Online or visit www.tenmoves.org/how-canyou-help,” Diaz said. The proponents of Bayanihang Pampaaralan and Ten Moves want to ensure that schools with the greatest and most urgent need are given priority. Moreover, the resources that will be raised will be used to build classrooms in areas identified as priority by DepEd. (AIZA
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This mysterious beast washed up on a beach in Wales over the weekend, sparking wide speculation.

‘Beast Of Tenby,’ mysterious creature, found on UK beach
A mysterious, distorted carcass has been discovered on a beach in Wales, baffling masses. The bloated body, dubbed the “Beast of Tenby” and the “Beast from the East” by local press, has been widely debated, according to the Western Telegraph. The beast was discovered over the weekend by local resident Peter Bailey, 27, who came across the creature while taking a walk. “I was taking my dog for her evening walk across the south beach when she started acting out of character by howling and running round in circles,” Bailey told the Western Telegraph. “I ran up to her to see if she was ok and then I came across this hideous looking carcass. I could see it had little hair left on it’s decomposing body. Immediately I thought it was a horse but it had claws like a bear and a body of a pig. Surprisingly it didn’t smell.” The site posted a picture of the beast on Facebook, where it was shared hundreds of times and widely debated. The Sun reached out to Swansea University’s College of Science professor Dr. Dan Forman, who said while it was “difficult to say,” the creature’s five toes hinted that it might be a badger. Meanwhile, the Western Telegraph reached out to several animal experts, who suggested it could be either a badger or a dog. The debate has apparently even reached city government. “We did get a call on Friday evening to say a Jack Russell had been washed up on Tenby’s South Beach but our staff couldn’t find it,” Pembrokeshire council representative Len Mullins told Wales Online. The mysterious creature reminds some of the Brooklyn Bridge “monster” discovered in July and the “Montauk Monster,” which washed up on a Long Island beach in 2008. That creature appeared to have a beak, claws, and almond-shaped eyes like an alien, according to New York Magazine.
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US grants P3.8M to partner NGO in fight vs child trafficking
PALO, Leyte – The United States government is granting P3.8 million to a partner non-government organization in curbing child trafficking in 15 municipalities of Samar and Eastern Samar covered by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)funded road project. US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas and Millenium Challenge Account Philippine managing director and chief executive officer Marivic Aňonuevo signed a memorandum of agreement with Manila-based Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT) that will be their partner antitrafficking drive. “We need to work together to stop trafficking. Think about the look of death on these boys and girls because of how they are being abused by fellow Filipinos, Americans, and global citizens,” Thomas said during the signing at the Oriental Leyte Hotel Saturday morning. “Child trafficking happens because of poverty, corruption, and greed. We think that parents and relative are good but they’re not,” Thomas said noting that this problem thrives because of tolerance of family members. The initiative, according to Aňonuevo, reinforces the MCC’s policy of zero tolerance to trafficking in persons where the US-funded project is being implemented. The nine-month program will concentrate on developing communication strategy, information and education materials, training community educators tasked to conduct village level development sessions, and crisis management. “Our first job is to assess the situation in those areas. We will also develop sustainability plans for the program to go on after the project,” said PACT national coordinator Salome Ujano. The anti trafficking in persons program will cover 151 barangays in Paranas in Samar; Taft, Sulat, San Julian, Borongan City, Maydolong, Balangkayan, Llorente, Hernani, Gen. Macarthur, Quinapondan, Salcedo, Mercedes and Guiuan in Eastern Samar. These areas are located within the 222-kilometer road that is now being upgraded through a $214.44 million grant from US government.
(SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

Mayor Codilla highlights accomplishments in SOCA
ORMOC CITY - In his final State of the City Address (SOCA), Ormoc Mayor Eric Codilla began by looking back at his time in office nine years ago. Mayor Codilla mentioned that his February 28 SOCA delivered at the Legislative Hall of the New City Hall may as well be called his “end of term report” for he is serving the final year of his three term reign as city chief executive. He then recalled the problems that the city faced when he entered office in 2004 and how his administration put in place various solutions and strategies to address these problems and inadequacies. Among those he mentioned were the problem on peace and order, lack of transparency, bureaucratic red tape in government transaction, inadequate infrastructure, health and tourism facilities, inadequate support mechanism in agriculture, education and social services, and lack of support for human development. Codilla then highlighted what he believes are his administration’s top accomplishments in addressing these problems such as the close coordination with peace and order authorities, implementation of the full disclosure policy to provide transparency in governance through the DILG, streamlining of government services to cut off bureaucratic red tape, construction of various infrastructure facilities for health, education and tourism, providing support to improve agriculture, education and social services and many others. He likewise highlighted projects such as the construction of their New City Hall which has been name as one of the most beautiful modern city halls in the country. Also cited were the construction of the 3-in-1 centers, which in turn decentralized basic services. The 3-in1 centers house the health department, police and the city social welfare office. For education, he mentioned the creation of four national high schools in the city located strategically between barangays to provide better access for students to spend high school education. E-learning centers were also mentioned as main contribution to further improve education in the city and the provision of school supplies to more than 200,000 students. Mayor Codilla also highlighted as one of his administration’s accomplishment, the opening of the Ormoc City Eco-waste Center (CEC) in Barangay Green Valley. This a 32-hectare facility that features a recycling, composting and sanitary landfill in a single site and the local government’s strategic response to address solid waste management within its jurisdiction. The said facility is the first and only one of its kind in the region and fully fulfills the conditions set with the environmental compliance certificate issued by the Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). All these, Codilla said, were achieved without the city having to resort to loans just to be able to accomplish its laid down targets. “The year that passed was a solid one, eventful and full of challenges. We managed to surpass our targets and achieved a c c o m p l i s h m e n t s ,” Codilla said in his address. The mayor added that he hopes his successor after him will be able to surpass what he has done or sustain what his administration has achieved for the city’s development and progress.
(AHLETTE C. REYES)

Tanauan residents urge mayor to stop jai-alai betting operation
TACLOBAN CITY— Concerned residents representing various sectors of Tanauan town in Leyte have urged its local chief executive to stop the on-going jaialai betting operation in the locality. In a petition circulated all over Tanauan, it said the operation of jai-alai betting station is being “used as a front of illegal numbers activity” in neighboring municipalities using its results. Accordingly, jai-alai betting station was allowed in Tanauan pursuant to a mayor’s business permit issued on January 9, 2012 by Mayor Agapito Pagayanan, Jr. in favor of Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. (MVGC), a licensee of gaming operations within the Cagayan Free Port or Cagayan Special Economic Zone.

The concerned residents of Tanauan meanwhile stated in their petition that Memorandum Circular No. 2012-145 dated August 15, 2012 issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government directs all local chief executives in the country to observe the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) cease and desist order issued against MVGC dated Marcg 3, 2011. Allegedly, said GAB cease and desist order, for which the DILG has directed to enforce was effective and enforceable against all jai-alai frontons operating outside Cagayan Special Economic Zone and does not exempt the betting station in Tanauan. “Despite the mandatory order [of the DILG] to suspend, deny or revoke business permit found violating GAB’s cease and desist order, Mayor Pagayanan has clearly defied, countermanded or overruled the explicit command of his superior by allowing the operation of jai-alai betting station in Tanauan,” the petition said. The group also de- ARINTO)

manded the DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to exercise his power to compel Mayor Pagayanan to obey the memorandum circular it issued through suspension or revocation of business permit he issued in favor of MVGC. In an interview with Mayor Pagayanan, said he has not come across with the letter calling him to stop the operation of jai-alai in the municipality. “But there was a resolution reportedly verified by the Sangguniang Bayan. There were signatures that were forged…some have disowned they signed the said letter. But it was not forwarded to my office,” Pagayanan said. Pagayanan added that MVGC is legally operating not only in Tanauan but other places all over the country. “There is no illegal gambling activity in Tanauan, and I am very sure of that,” Pagayanan stressed. “This is an old issue that I had answered before. This is character assassination…politically motivated. I hope they stop. They should opt for a high level of campaign, not this kind,” the mayor said. (REYAN L.

Monday, 04 March 2013

PH economy primed for transition to stronger growth in 2014: bank
STANDARD Chartered Bank (SCB), the oldest international bank in the country, foresees 2013 as a year of transition for the global economy and an opportunity for the Philippines to take off. In a recent economic briefing organized by Autowelt Inc. at the BMW Showroom in Lahug, Cebu City, SCB assistant vice president Harold Brian Loseo Tan presented the bank’s projection that 2013 is likely to be a year of transition to strong growth in 2014. “US and Europe used to bring the world economy out and provided a footing for global growth but nowadays, China is a major player. At no other time in Asian history has emerging Asia, including the Philippines, become such a significant contributor to global economic growth. There’s a lot of growth potential for us, moving forward,” he said. Tan credits the local growth to good governance, particularly transparency in accommodating foreign investments, and a strong peso. A strong external position as a nation and continued foreign inflows also support the Philippine economy. Modest increase in spending In his presentation, he discussed that although inflation pressures are likely to be muted, with an expected average of 3.9 percent this year from 3.2 percent in 2012, investments will boost imports this year. The country can look forward to a modest increase in consumer spending and a gradual growth of government expenses. Tan also pointed out that the strength of a local economy is shown by its stock market and currency. He pointed out that the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) last month breached the 6,000 level for the first time. He also agreed with expectations that the peso will hit P39 to the US dollar within the year. Forecasting GDP growth of 5.8 percent for 2013 and 6.2 percent for 2014, the bank is confident the Philippine economy will boom this year buoyed by

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the increasing remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and Filipino investors, and with the country moving into manufacturing. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported last week buoyant business confidence for the country in the first quarter of 2013. The vibrant outlook is buoyed by expectations of election-related spending, the harvest season, graduation and enrollment periods, the expected rise in tourism during the summer, and business expansions.
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8:30 Friday morning March 1, when a group of alleged NPA militia attacked them. Bartolome was killed instantly while his companion Bitalo was able to run away unhurt. It took several hours before the soldier’s body was recovered by responding police and military troops. The victim was reportedly hit in the neck with an improvised gun called “bardog”. Colonel Noel Vestuir, commanding officer of the 20th Infantry Battalion decried what he called as another “treacherous act” of killing an unarmed person perpetrated by the New People’s Army. He said their soldiers were not in a fighting stance and were merely going for marketing but still the rebels attacked them. “Wala silang dala na armas, nakacivilian clothes nga lang sila at me kasama pang mga civilian. They were not there to make war nagconduct lang sila ng Bayanihan pero inatake pa rin sila. Wala nang pinipili..”, Vestuir said. Bartolome’s cadaver was brought to a funeral home in Catarman for autopsy while his family was being informed of CHEL ARNAIZ) his demise.

Vestuir discounted the spot report coming from the police which said that Bartolome and Bitalo encountered more or less “30” CT’s (communist terrorists) in the incident. He said there should be only about two or three enemies that attacked his men. “Baka nagkamali lang sa data. Bardog nga lang ang nakatama sa sundalo natin, hindi yun aabot ng 30 armed men na umatake sa kanila. For sure mga supporter lang yan ng NPA na dyan lang sa area nakaposte. Hopefully maidentify sila sa ginagawang imbestigasyon ngayon ng pulisya.” He admitted though that it was a “blunder” for his men to move in small group and not carrying any firearm for defense. “Masyado silang nagkumpyansa. Sinabihan ko na ang mga sundalo ko na dapat handa sila at madamihan ‘pag lumakad para hindi na maulit ang nangyari.”, Vestuir said. The police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team conducted investigations in the area. While according to Vestuir, he ordered his men to scour the area to find the “enemies”. (RA-

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Officials of province of Leyte and Tacloban City are at peace with each other as Leyte Gov. Mimiette Bagulaya and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez dances the night away March 1, 2012 as they honor the United States of America Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Jr. who was in Tacloban to promote the 2-day March 2-3, 2013 American 3D Roadshow on Diplomacy, Development & Defense at Robinsons Place. Mayor Alfred and his wife Councilor Cristina Romualdez led the city government of Tacloban and Taclobanon in hosting a dinner party to welcome the ambassador and his party Friday night at Patio Victoria to celebrate the Filipino-American Friendship in Tacloban. (Photos
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“Unarmed” soldier killed by NPA militias in North Samar
CATARMAN, N/Samar - A young soldier said to be unarmed was killed by suspected militiamen of the New People’s Army (NPA) in a remote barangay in Lope De Vega town this province last Friday. The victim, Private First Class Neil Bartolome, 21, member of the Bayanihan Team Activity (BTA) of the Philippine Army operating in Barangay Roxas, Lope De vega along with a certain Private First Class Bitalo was reportedly walking towards their patrol base in Barangay Curry around to page 9

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