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9 private schools in EV allowed to increase fees
BY REYAN L. ARINTO Tacloban, AMA Computer Learning CenT A C L O B A N ter (ACLC) Tacloban, ACLC Ormoc, Jose NaCITY—Nine private varro Polytechnic Colcolleges here in the lege in Kananga, Leyte; region were allowed St. Michael’s College, Technology by the Commission Systems Institute (STI) College, on Higher Education (CHEd) to increase Sto. Niño College, and Western Leyte College, their school fees for all in Ormoc City. this school year. Aside from those Libertad Garcia, that did not meet the reCHEd regional director, quirements, one college said that 14 private col- waived to continue their leges have petitioned but petition to hike fees this only nine were granted to school year. increase their school fees It was learned that a er complying with the schools seeking to inrequirements asked by crease tuition and entheir o ce. rollment fees must Approved applications comply with certain rewere from ABE Interna- quirements such as proof tional College of Busi- of consultations with to page 3 ness and Accountancy

Reelected Rep. Neil Benedict Montejo of An Waray party-list

TACLOBAN CITY – e Commission on Elections(Comelec), sitting as National Board of Canvasser, has proclaimed An Waray party-list as one of the 14 winners in the May 13 midterm polls yesterday. Rep. Neil Benedict Montejo said the partylist garnered more than 540,000 votes, which guarantee them one congressional seat. During the 2010 elections, the An Waray was able to secure two congressional seats as represented by Montejo and Rep. Florencio “Bem” Noel. Noel, who was on his third and last term as a congressman representing the party-list group, ran but lost for mayor of Tacloban.
“About 85% of An Waray

An Waray among party-list declared winner by Comelec

2012 SALNs show all EV solons are multi-millionaires
TACLOBAN CITY – All members of House of Representative from the region are multi-millionaires, according to their 2012 Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Networths (SALNs). Leyte 1st district Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, who ranks 6th based on the summary report of the SALNs led by 278 members of the House, is the richest among solons in Eastern Visayas, had a net worth of P474.181,702.59 million. Second richest in the region is celebrity-turnedpolitician Leyte 4th district Rep. Lucy TorresGomez, whose 2012 SALN shows a net worth of P179.603,299.40. She ranks 13th among the wealthiest in the House. Southern Leyte lone district Rep. Roger Mercado, who is 77th richest congressman in the country, was listed third in the region with a net worth of P46,700,000.00. Rep. Sergio Apostol of Leyte’s 2nd district had a net worth of P45,134,950.00, the region’s fourth richest solon and the country’s 81st. Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone (lone dis-

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TACLOBAN CITY – Glitches were noted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the releases of pay for teachers who served as board of election inspectors (BEIs) during the May 13 polls in the region. Lawyer Veronico Petalcorin, Comelec acting regional director, said that provincial o ces have been reporting that

Comelec-8 says releases of pay to teachers who served during polls face problem
some cash cards were named a er teachers who did not serve as BEIs. “Election o ces told men me that there are cash cards named a er teachers who were not able to serve during elections. We want to make sure that those who will receive the pay are the right person,” he added. Field o ces were instructed to have the card bearer sign a weaver to allow the right person to claim. “If we will return cash cards to our main o ce, it will take longer time to release the pay,” he added. Releases of honoraria have been done since last week and majority of the more than 10,000 BEI members have already received the bene ts through their either bank accounts or cash cards, according to the o cial.


e Comelec granted BEI members P4,000 each on poll duty, including P3,000 honorarium; P500 transportation allowance, and P500 for testing and sealing the voting machines. is year’s pay is P1,000 higher as compared to the 2010 national and local elections. (SARWELL Q.

Clean up drive in Tacloban to resume
TACLOBAN CITY— With the 2013 midterm elections already in the backseat, the city government of Tacloban is seriously working for its post-election clean up activities to maintain the city’s cleanliness. So said reelected Councilor Cristina Gonzales Romualdez, who is also behind the ‘Limpyo Tacloban, Syudad nga Mahusay’ campaign since 2007. This special clean up activity is undertaken on top of the regular every other Saturday clean up participated in by all department heads and employees of the city government. Comprising the postelection clean-up drive task force are Engr. Dionesio de Paz (CEO), Evelyn L. Cordero (CGSO), Teo la H. Brosas (HRMDO), Daisy Cinco (City Admin. O ce), Ret. Col. Salvador Estudillo (TOMECO/ CDRRMO) and Architect Danilo Fuentebella (O ce of the Building O cials). Meanwhile, the regular Saturday clean-up campaign will continue as it is also a way of reinforcing the work assignments of the city-hired street cleaners and guiding the public to sustain the cleanliness in Tacloban. Councilor Romualdez added that in her third term, Tacloban would be a more progressive, more beautiful and lovelier city. (EDEN BENUSAREYES)

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trict) reported his net worth as P40,213,610.00. He’s the 88th wealthiest member of the House and the region’s 5th. In the 6th place is Samar political dynasty’s matriarch Rep. Milagrosa Tan (2nd district). She had a net worth of P32,406,720.00. She’s 107th richest House member nationwide. An Waray party-list Representatives Neil Benedict Montejo and Florencio Noel, emerged as the region’s 7th and 8th richest congressmen with a net worth of P17,790,000.00 and P15 million, respectively. Montejo ranks 167th in the overall list while Noel lands in the 186th place. Leyte 3rd Rep. Andres Salvacion had a net worth P14,3 million, the region’s ninth richest solon and the country’s 195th. e 10th richest is Rep. Emil Ong

Valenzuela asks Councilor Glova to be more supportive to plans of Mayor Romualdez’
TACLOBAN CITYIn order to have a good flow of legislative action in the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), Bernardita “Bering” Valenzuela, who is the information officer of the city government of Tacloban, requested reelected Councilor Neil Glova to be more supportive with the plans of Mayor Alfred Romualdez as long as it is for the improvement and betterment of the city. In an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express, Valenzuela said that she had a talked with reelected Councilor Glova during the proclamation of all the city winners of the May 13,2013 elections in which she personally congratulated him for retaining his council seat. “In the next three years, I hope Councilor Glova will never oppose any plans of the city government of Tacloban just like what he did in the previous years,” Valenzuela said. In order to uplift the life of every Taclobanon, Valenzuela also said that she requested Glova to be supportive with the plans of the city government under Mayor Romualdez. “I know he loves Tacloban just like Mayor Alfred in which they both aim for uplifting the life of every Taclobanon,” Valenzuela said. “Neil must think not just for himself but for every Taclobanon who also needs him,” Valenzuela added. Glova was get another fresh term running under defeated mayoralty bet Florencio “Bel” Montejo together with reelected Councilor Jerry Uy. “He must have his own political adviser, not just the political advisers of his party but an adviser who can go to the grassroots,” Valenzuela said. On the other hand, Valenzuela is expecting a strong partnership between Vice Mayor-elect Jerry “Sambo” Yaokasin and reelected Mayor Alfred Romualdez. (RYAN

(Northern Samar 2nd) who reported a net worth of P12,260,250.25, the country’s 203rd richest solon, based on an e-copy of summary obtained by Leyte Samar Daily Express. Following the Northern Samar’s political kingpin is Rep. Jose Carlos Cari with a net worth of P11,921,420.00. He is the region’s 11th and the country’s 208th richest among House members. e region’s poorest congressman is also a millionaire. Samar 1st district Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento had a net worth P3,000,741.84 . He ranks 264th of the 278 solons who led their 2012 SALNs. Northern Samar 1st district Rep. Raul Daza has no records in the 2012 summary but in 2011 record, he had a net worth P34,213,305.00.

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TACLOBAN CITY— Principles of disaster preparedness are now fully integrated in all secondary and tertiary schools here in the region, according to an o cial of the O ce of Civil Defense (OCD-8). Rey Gozon, OCD-8 regional director, said a er the e ectivity of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act of 2010, the Department of Education (DepEd) has included disaster preparedness in the curriculum of public schools. “About two years ago, DepEd has sent their teachers and school administrators to undergo training to mainstream disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management,” Gozon said. “ e education sector has a key role to pre-

Disaster preparedness now part of high school studies
vent and mitigate hazards from becoming a major disaster. With the integration of DRR in education, children in schools will be equipped with knowledge and skills that would lessen the impact of disasters that may strike their localities,” Gozon added. Eastern Visayas was rated as one of the regions with very high risk of geophysical hazards particularly ooding, earthquakes and landslides. Typhoons usually batter the region that causes heavy downpour and results to ooding in some low-lying areas. Gozon said DepEd has integrated DRR into the learning curriculum by way of including in the lesson plans in Makabayan (social studies) classes in Grade 6 the wise use of natural resources. Other approaches include the integration of lessons for Science classes in Grade 7 on climate change, waste segregation and pollution and their consequent e ects. Also, Citizen’s Army Training (CAT) for high schools seniors has been expanded to include three more areas for students to focus on—civic work, community service and law enforcement training. Gozon added modules on disaster preparedness have been used in the alternative learning system (ALS). “We are continuously conducting quarterly earthquake and re drills in school to educate children on these hazards and how to respond to each of these when the need arises,” Gozon said. (REYAN L.

Kalanggaman Island next tourism showcase of EV
TACLOBAN CITY – e municipal government of Palompon, Leyte, is gearing up to be the next top tourist destination in the region, this a er two international cruise ships visited their town early this year. Cleo Rivera, town tourism o cer, said that Kalanggaman Island is the priority areas that they are promoting for tourists to visit. Last April, around 300 foreign tourists and 80 crewmembers visited the island aboard MV Europa, a cruise ship that earned them P163, 000 from the entrance fees. e original destination of the cruise ship was Malapascua Island of Cebu but the captain of the ship decided to dock at Kalanggaman Island for a short barbeque stop but was extended up to 12 hours. Just this month, another cruise ship MS Bremen of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises of Germany
The average tuition fee hike of the private colleges was pegged at 7% or P26.21 per unit. There was also an average increase of 7.56% for other fees or P310.73. Pursuant to CHEd Memorandum Order No. (CMO) 3, series of 2012, all higher educa-


CLARK FREEPORT -- A leading Japanese industrial gas rm will be investing P1.35 billion for the establishment of an air separation facility here, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced. Masahiko Kitabatake, president of INGASCO, Inc., on Monday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of an air separation facility project of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Clark, Inc., a whole subsidiary of INGASCO, Inc. According to Project Manager Noel Ret Sampol, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Clark, Inc. will pour P1.35 billion for the project and will employ some 30 personnel during its initial construction phase and at least 300 workers once the facility is fully operational. CDC President Arthur P. Tugade, in his speech, described the groundbreaking ceremony as a timely event. At the same, Tugade also pledged the CDC’s commitment and support to the company. In 2011, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III witnessed the signing of a reservation agreement and

Gas rm pours P1.35-B for Clark air separation plant
term sheet between INGASCO and CDC during the Chief Executive’s state visit to Japan. e fuel facility will be located in a 32,928 square meter area along Panday Pira Avenue. e project will include the installation of mechanical and electrical equipment used for air separation such as cryogenic distillation column, multi-stage air compressors, pumps, electrical substation, cooling towers, and cryogenic storage tanks, among others. Once fully operational, INGASCO will be capable of supplying nitrogen, argon, and oxygen to big Clark-based rms like Texas Instruments (TI) and Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corporation (PSPC), and other electronic and semiconductor companies. e facility will have an output capacity of 10,100 Nm3 per hour for the production of liquid oxygen (LOX), liquid nitrogen (LIN), and liquid argon (LAR), including major process areas in ltration, air compression, pre-purication, liquefaction and separation/distillation,

storage and product loading. INGASCO is 70 percent owned by its mother company Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC), a major supplier of industrial gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and argon to a wide range of industries, including the steel, chemical, electronics, automobile, construction, shipbuilding, and food industries. e company also develops and manufactures gas-applied devices and equipment and plays a vital role in the frontiers of science and environmental preservation, as well as the Japan National Hydrogen Project. Aside from its industrial gas business, the corporation is also involved in the supplying medical oxygen and other high-quality gases to medical institutions.

boarding 150 European tourists also visited the island a er their visit in Bohol. Aside from foreign tourists, the island had also been drawing local tourists especially since it was promoted by former Leyte governor and now Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla as a tourist spot in the Visayas. To ensure that the island’s pristine beauty and maintain its sorroundings, Rivera said that the local government units did not construct any physical feature in the island except for comfort rooms or toilets. “Lodging facilities are available in the mainland but if they want to stay in the island they can campout there,” said Rivera. Another tourist destination in Palompon that they are promoting is the Tabuk Marine Park and Fish Sanctuary that is also called by locals as the “Bat Kingdom” where thousands of sleeping gition institutions that plan to increase tuition and other fees for the next academic year should submit a proposal alongside pertinent documents to CHEd regional offices on or before April 1. Under guidelines issued in 2012, CHEd


ant fruit bats are seen hanging upside down atop the mangrove trees. At the northwest side of the mangrove forest, at the section dubbed by locals as the “Bat Kingdom,” one would nd thousands of sleeping giant fruit bats hanging upside down atop the mangrove trees. ere are ve species of the fruits bats seen in the island among which is the Giant Golden-Crown Flying Fox, an endemic to the country. is is a rare fruit bat considered the largest known bat in the world. e species is endangered and is currently facing the possibility of extinction due to poachers and food hunters. “Generally tourism activity in our town is very productive and the LGU priority is to sustain and preserve, balanced eco-system to invite more tourists to visit our town,” Rivera added.(ROEL AMhad insisted that school administrators hold a public consultation with their stakeholders to explain the basis of their tuition increases. The lack of public consultation would be a ground to deny the application. (REYAN L.

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Taiwanese aggression & cruelty on Filipinos


aiwanese cruelty on Filipinos is getting worst and serious. Considered a dynamic, capitalist and export-driven economy today, this tiny island nation is getting prominence with its substantial trade surplus and foreign reserves that is the world’s fifth largest. Having some extra air in its wings, its people are taking it on FilOFWs in Taiwan their ire on a Taiwanese fisherman killed inside Philippine waters. Actually, this incident would have happened years ago as Taiwanese fishermen have been constantly encroaching on Philippines waters even before. In fact in the 80’s, Batanes’ prison cells do not contain Pinoy inmates; only Taiwanese poachers. The callousness that these people have been manifesting to their nearest neighbor to their south is getting on the nerves but Filipinos especially the Batans of Batanes who are peace-loving people with zero crime rate in the island proudly

tell their visitors, “only Taiwanese poachers are inside our cells.” Most of its skilled workers are Filipinos and if these are removed from their factories, their economy would surely suffer. The UN must teach this island-republic that even put up a hard stance on the People’s Republic of China to be more diplomatic and humane to its foreign workers. They must be able to understand in strong terms that their cruelty and savage-like approach to happenings abroad cannot be tolerated in the free world. In the Philippines, there are many Taiwanese businesses that are competing with small Filipino business enterprises. In Tacloban alone, Taiwanese stores and establishments have gained prominence that resulted to some old Chinese establishments closing down to accommodate them;
yet, people just let them participate in free trade. These

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Taiwanese cruelty right on our noses
Every time I open the news on TV nowadays, reports on the brutality of Taiwanese nationals on Filipinos get prominent with fresh happenings being recorded. is is the work of our diplomatic corps and while they must handle this with extra care, local o cials must not forget that there are many Taiwanese nationals right in our communities here that must be sanctioned as they have been transgressing some laws. Informal sharing from concerned people are concerned with our migrant workers in Taiwan, they seem to be lax with the actual happenings right in our noses. e workers are unable to demand the accurate wages from these foreign employers as they do not have the union to back them up. ey are threatened to be removed from the employment rolls if they complain to the authorities. Worse, they do not enjoy leave credits or consideration from them; if they get sick, they are not permitted to get abto page 6

showed that workers in these Taiwanese stores are receiving as low as P120 per day for their wages. e amount is way below the minimum wage in the city. Ocular surveys of these establishments also show poor working

conditions, poor ventilation and poor workers – employers’ relationships. e workers are not given hazard pay or extra bene ts despite the risks and exposures they continuously face every day. While the authorities

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gift of writing about God’s generosity, compassion and love, is one that I, at first, least expected. Initially I thought I would be writing only on superficial matters of faith and religious fervor, but now it has gone beyond unveiling my inner self. While it is true that barely one out of twenty appreciates reading prose like this, especially that I am neither an ordained person nor a human of untarnished character, I could not help but flick my fingers onto the keyboard until what I type appears on this column. I could not stop it for fear that the time will come that it will already be too late for me to use this gift for the purpose it was given to me by God. Least that the readers know is that there had been countless times that the most read articles that I have written and appreciated by readers were completed out of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. How do I know that my skill or talent is really a gift from Him and inspired by the Holy Spirit? Fr. Amadeo “Saca” Alvero, the chairman of the Commission on Social Communications, of the Archdiocese of Palo, replied to my query in a text message. He wrote, “When

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your work or action is a product of deep prayer and discernment; and that it edifies and inspires people to see God’s hand in that work or action; and when it leads people to praise God and makes them holy – then that is the work of the Holy Spirit.” I know many frown at what I usually write about because I am not at all blameless, but this is the most that I could do to share this gift I have with everyone. Fr. Saca has somehow bolstered my confidence with this comment, “Just do it with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Just focus on your work the way God wants it to be. And do not worry about how people would respond to it. It is God’s work, not ours to inspire them.” For me, it would take a miracle to create such an impact until I am restrained by external forces from engaging in this type of topics. Fr. Oscar Lorenzo in commencing his homily in a mass last Wednesday at Sto. Niño Church stated, “Those who do miracle for in Jesus’ name should not be stopped.” Fr. Oscar, who will be the recollection master in the Media Holy Retreat at the Chancery in Palo tomorrow, emphatically stated, “He who is not for


to carry out my leadership responsibilities; and being able to love, care, sympathize and empathize. These for me are a number of the many God-given faculties that I could in return give for that grand exchange of gifts, as contemplated in the song abovementioned. Over and above all these is that gift that God has given me to face the trials and tribulations that came my way sunrise to sundown, with a smile and confidence that only comes from Him, through the Holy Spirit. Those who knew the details of my life know how “I made it through the rain.” These difficulties I could not have surmounted without the strength (fortitude) coming from the Holy Trinity and Blessed Mother. This space I now constantly utilize to impart my inner thoughts with you is a gift wrapped uniquely by heavens for me. While it may be true that my niche is more in the political and eco-tourism, I find joy in conveying what wells from within my bosom – God’s graciousness, which we all have been experiencing in multifarious ways. Unwrapped in a manner I unwittingly perceived, the

Familiar with this song? “Persons are Gifts of God to me that come all wrapped so differently. Some so loosely, others so tightly, but wrappings are not the Gifts. I am a Gift of God to me. Do I accept the Gift I see? I am a person and for the reason, a wonderful Gift of Love. I am a Gift to others too, that must be giv’n to you and you. We are all persons, we are all Gifts. So let’s have a grand exchange of Gifts” It is a song I have been singing since my youngster years. One which I in fact have learned for my First Holy Communion at St. Anthony School in Singalong, Manila. Henceforth, the song has become a principle for me to abide by in life till this time. Though not taking the term

“gift” in its literal meaning, something to be exchanged or alienate from one possessor to another, I consider the gifts that God has bequeathed to me as that particular “time, talent or treasure” that I could share with my fellowmen. Like what gifts are these? My being able to write prose and upon inspiration, poetry; being able to effectively communicate with my fellow humans; being able to cook and bake; being to do basic computer operations and little advance use of online applications even without formal education on it; being able to read, especially God’s words during Holy Mass; being able to sing, though not that fascinatingly; being able to follow rules and regulations; being able

2013 post-elections woes: Vote-shaving, disenfranchisement, “Hocus PCOS” ….
the low turnout, Bragas-Regalado said. She added that in the Riyadh and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, voters and pollwatchers from the “tent cities” were prohibited from entering Philippine posts. According to her, the two cities are among the top areas where most OAVs are registered, with the Middle East as the most vote-rich OAV region in the world. While in Hong Kong, Migrante poll watchers have also exposed that they found unused CF cards with prerecorded votes in the polling precinct, as well as an unprecedented 20-minute blackout (a first in Hong Kong, the group alleged) and PCOS machines that failed and had to have their CF cards replaced. Migrante also noted that the low turnout of overseas absentee voting this election was the result of Comelec’s inefficiency in addressing OAV problems prior to and at the start of the OAV period. Bragas-Regalado reported that among the problems raised were “PCOS-related problems, the delay in the arrival of ballots via post, the lack of guidelines for OAVs in areas where consulates

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establishments are number one violators in the wage law, paying their workers as low as P120 a day. The government could not go after them as workers are gagged and threatened to be removed if they report the malpractices to DOLE. When DOLE conducts an inspection, everyone is silent and afraid. Pantawid beneficiaries are workers in these Taiwanese stores and when interviewed by the social workers regarding their economic activities outside their homes, they are pushed to telling the truth but could not complain to the DOLE as they have been warned by their Taiwanese bosses. With the death and cruel maltreatment of our OFWs in Taiwan, the government must go after these establishments and put strong sanctions on their malpractices. They must be made to answer the environmental concerns of their stores which pose health hazards on our people due to poor ventilation. These store owners must be made to answer the way-below-the-minimum wages that are given to their workers. These Taiwanese businessmen must be made to answer for the absence of health benefits on their workers who get sick due to poor working environment in their establishments. It is high time the government must do something about the situation in all Taiwanese establishments before the people themselves act on these significant cruelties happening right on our noses.

against me is for me,” impressing upon the mind of the people in the congregation that since what is being done is not opposed to Jesus, the same should not be restrained at all.” Reading a line in the Gospel of Mark, he stressed, “Anyone who is not against us is for us.” Fr. Oscar’s homily pierced my soul. How will being a writer create a miracle when I do not even know how to lay hand on a sick and make him well again? Fr. Saca, a parochial vicar of Sto. Niño Parish in Tacloban City, explained, “A miracle is any extraordinary thing that happens that is not done by any human being but by God alone. That means all miracles come from God; other people are only instruments of God’s miracles. The journalists can become instruments of these miracles if they exercise their duty as proclaimers of truth and goodness to all.” The gift now unwrapped, including the wisdom that God speaks to everyone through his instruments - our priests, the shepherd who lead the flock to the stable and back home so they will never meander and never get lost in their journey.” It is just a matter of discerning and following the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

May 25, 2013 – Saturday of the 7th Week Sir 17:1-15; Ps 103; Mk 10:13-16

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.

We are struck by the two conflicting emotions which Jesus shows in today’s Gospel: indignation with the disciples; affection for the children. But his words: ‘I tell you solemnly’, show there is something more important than emotion in question. It is a matter of qualifying for the kingdom, for salvation – the whole purpose of Jesus’ saving life. But how could children be a model for this saving quality? We remember that Jesus is continually challenging the opposite quality in the Pharisees – their spiritual arrogance. They would look down on the tax collectors. If Jesus can propose children, as symbolic models, for his religious stance, it is because they were unimportant – in their own eyes. The whole spirit of Christianity is one of littleness before God. The spirit of the Magnificat. The spirit of Jesus’ emptying himself of his divinity to be obedient, even unto death. (FEED FROM THE TREE OF LIFE by Columba Breen, OSB, published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. No. 321-3195)

Migrante sectoral partylist, the most active migrant rights group in the country, has declared that its very low turnout of votes in this year’s mid-term elections is “very improbable,” also attributing the dismal result to “massive vote-shaving, disenfranchisement especially in overseas absentee voting and irregularities in the automated electoral system.” Connie Bragas-Regalado, Migrante party-list chairperson and first nominee (who also happened to be from Eastern Visayas), exposed that they even got “zero votes” in their bulwarks. In particular, BragasRegalado cited that in National Capital Region where Tau Gamma Phi chapters committed bloc voting for Migrante party-list also complained of zero or single-digit votes in their

respective precincts. (Tau Gamma is the fraternity of OFW on death row Dondon Lanuza whose commutation of sentence has been campaigned by Migrante for the past decade). Bragas-Regalado elaborated on the turnout of votes in Binan, Laguna where Migrante party-list has at least 2,500 card-bearing members who are all registered voters but they only got over a hundred votes. “It’s incredible, it’s unbelievable. After a few days of evaluation of the turnout, we have come to the conclusion of this trend in our strongholds. Iyong mismong NCR coordinator namin, zero ang lumabas na boto sa mismong presinto niya.” Even recruitment agencies and government officials in the DFA, POEA and OWWA here and abroad have expressed disbelief in

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the 2013 elections. All other front-runners are incumbent partylists in the 15th Congress,” Bragas-Regalado said in a statement. “We raise serious and grave concern over Revilla’s links to Smartmatic amid various reports and allegations of PCOS-related fraud, cheating, discrepancies and anomalies in the 2013 elections. Both the Comelec OFW Family Club have some explaining to do since Revilla’s links to Smartmatic is clearly a conflict of interest.” “He was the person mainly in charge of the operating the PCOS machines in 2010. He knows the ins and outs of the system. This is a very serious matter, especially now that Smartmatic’s systems remain in question due to technical and transparency issues in the election results,” she said. Bragas-Regalado also said that “it is interesting to note that Revilla was not included original list of nominees submitted by OFW Family Club when it was accredited by the Comelec to run in the mid-term elections.” “Of its first three nominees, only the first nominee was retained. The rest was changed,” Bragas-regalado added. According to Migrante, OFW Family Club’s original second nominee was

Roy M. Seneres, Jr, son of its first nominee former ambassador Roy V. Seneres, Sr. “When did they change their list of nominees and why?” said Bragas-Regalado. In her statement, Bragas-Regalado pointed out that in the group’s official website, Revilla’s profile does not state his connections with Placewell or his role in the 2010 elections. According to Migrante, Placewell Manpower is one of the most notorious recruitment agencies allegedly involved in countless cases of illegal recruitment, contract substitution and other contract violations against OFWs. Bragas-Regalado said they are now “in the process of compiling all voteshaving anomalies and will submit corresponding complaints to the Comelec and election watchdogs.” However she said that transparency and checkand-balance in the register and transmission of votes had been deemed unverifiable by the Comelec because of “Hocus PCOS”. “How can we now verify the integrity of the turnout when the Comelec is insistent in its hard-stance that the results of the midterm elections are credible despite everything? It continues to reject calls for a source code review or a parallel manual count. Ang siste, kung anumang Hocus PCOS sa nagdaang eleksyon, Comelec at Smartmatic lang ang may alam,”Bragas-Regalado added. Bragas-Regalado continued that the apparent preprogrammed results of the 2013 mid-term elections have only further established how elections in the Philippines is an instrument to consolidate the ruling clique to further advance its own political interests. “It has confirmed up to what blatant extent the Aquino ruling clique is ca-

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ployment to complain, they will lose their opportunity to earn even the meager amounts opened to their status in life. It is quite a disheartening and o -putting situation. If the government cannot help these poor people; who can? In the city of Tacloban where Taiwanese establishments have mushroomed in the recent years, such situation is rampant. No wonder that P-Noy claims that poverty proliferates in the area; he must know a er all, it is the concern of one of his national agencies. e Department of Labor and Employment and the Regional Wage Board must look into this matter. Filipinos are too good and resilient people; they would rather adapt to the situation, extend their patience and face the problem positively rather than react with hostility at anyone that infringes on their rights and convenience. But it must not wait for the time when the situation gets reversed.


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sent or they will be dropped from the rolls. is is the worst employment scenario that is happening to our poor people. Most of these victims are too poor or indigents that they are forced to work under such terrible and horrible circumstances. e members of a government program we interviewed were afraid that when they go to the Department of Labor and Empable of in utilizing state machinery to secure its political and economic agenda until 2016 and beyond. The present political make-up of government is a cause for alarm – we now have an Aquino-dominated Senate, Congress and Supreme Court. In terms of policies and governance, wala tayong maaasahang pagbabago.” Despite the unfavorable and questionable results in the 2013 mid-term elections, the Migrante leader has assured that their service to the millions of OFWs, particularly the distressed, will continue. “Unfortunately for the Aquino regime, progressive candidates in the recently-concluded midterm elections are part of a broader pro-people mass movement that have proven in their track records years and years of genuine public service and upholding of people’s interests, may eleksyon man o wala. Kaya tuloy pa rin ang laban sa mga kontra-mamamayang patakaran ng pamahalaang ito.” Well said, Maam Connie Bragas-Regalado. After all, genuine public service is not seasonal but a lifelong devotion for the common good. (Comments at naldronaldreyes@yahoo.com )

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down and the inaccessibility of polling places.” She added that up to the last day of the OAV until canvassing, they have received a steady stream of complaints from abroad. Migrante also complained on the alleged votepadding for “pseudo-OFW partylist” Bragas-Regalado has raised suspicion on the alleged involvement of one of the nominees of another OFW party-list group in the operation of PCOS machines in the 2010 elections “Juan ‘Johnny’ Revilla, project manager of Placewell Manpower, a recruitment agency contracted by the Commission on Elections to man PCOS machines in the 2010 elections, is the second nominee of partylist OFW Family Club. Revilla’s recruitment agency was one of the three companies that won the contract from Smartmatic-TIM to supply 50,000 IT technicians responsible for operating 82,000 PCOS machines in the May 10¸ 2010 presidential elections. OFW Family is one of the front-runners in the partylist race. Among the top 10 partylists, OFW Family is the only partylist that is running for the first time in

NOTICE is hereby given that heir of the late Teresita M. Pore extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a one-half (1/2) portion of (conjugal share) of a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Poblacion, Albuera, Leyte, covered by TCT No. TP-20388, Cad. Lot No. 5-A-3-0, Psd-08-020061-D, having an area of 5,561 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed a portion of 2,173, square meters from the abovedescribed property in favor of Julia Doris A. Meneses-Wiles married to Michael Ayala Wiles as vendee; per Doc. No. 433, Page No. 88, Book No. XXXVII, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Cleto L. Evangelista. LSDE: May 25, June 1 & 8, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Bermudo Gulo, Jr. extrajudicially settled and adjudicated over a motor vehicle described as: Make; Isuzu; Engine No.: 4BC2-10616; MV File No.: 048400000054645; Chassis No.: SPMM-84062-95C; Plate No.: HVC465; Body Type: Jitney, and hereby waive and quitclaim right and interest over the above-described property in favor of their mother/co-heir Arlene Lee Gulo as vendee for the above-described motor vehicle; per Doc. No. 109, Page No. 22, Book No. 2, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Mario O. Abrenzosa. LSDE: May 11, 18 & 25, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Restituta Salazar extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land located at Santiago St., Brgy. Balud, Borongan City, Eastern Samar and covered by Tax Dec. No. 08-014-00699, Cad. Lot No. 1348, with an area of 847 square meters, more or less and covered by O.C.T. No. RP139, (8818); per Doc. No. 420, Page No. 97, Book No. XI, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Pablito Go. LSDE: May 11, 18 & 25, 2013


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votes were delivered by the people of Eastern Visayas. We are thankful for the con dence of people from Region 8,” Montejo said in a mobile phone interview. “We are so grateful that our people continue to give us their trust and support,” he added. According to Montejo, their good track record for the last nine years could be the reason why An Waray was able to get elected during the May 13 elections. A party-list must get at least two percent of the total votes cast for the party-list in order to win a seat.

Board of Canvassers during yesterday morning’s proclamation. e 540,000 votes for An Waray in this year’s polls were lower than the 711,000 votes garnered by the partylist in 2010 elections. “ is is not surprising because there was a decrease in the number of votes for party-list this year. e number one group, Buhay, got 1.2 million votes, lower than the 1.5 million votes garnered by Ako Bicol, the topnotcher in the previous elections,” Montejo explained. e solon admitted that this year’s election is more challenging as two party-list

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Northern Samar’s 1st district congressman-elect. Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) party list has topped in few areas of Eastern Samar and Samar. Its nominee, Sol Angelie Libanan, an incumbent councilor of Ta town, is a daughter of former Eastern Samar Rep. Marcelino Libanan. (SAR-


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e probability to gain another seat, according to Montejo, will depend on the Supreme Court ruling on disquali cation cases of 12 other party-list groups. “If the Supreme Court will decide (against these party-list groups), there is a possibility that we can still gain another seat,” Montejo, who is now serving his second term, said. Also proclaimed as winners by the Comelec were Buhay, A Teacher, Bayan Muna, 1-CARE, Akbayan, Ako Bicol, Abono, Gabriela, Coop-Natcco, Agap, OFW Family, Cibac, and Magdalo. About 95% of the total votes for party- list were counted by the National

groups have gained popularity in Eastern Visayas. Still, he said, An Waray was able to pull it through, saying that it was ranked number one in all six provinces in the region. Aside from An Waray, other party-list groups and their nominees who come from the region were Aangat Tayo of Rep. Darlyn Grace Abayon, wife of Harlin,

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NOTICE is hereby given that Juan Coquia, heir of late Benigno Coquia and late Sps. Lucio Coquia and Emerita Cuevas executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land, Lot 4184, situated in Canbulao, Ikiran, Alang-alang, Leyte containing an area of 59,892 square meters from the above-described property in favor of Arleen Abril hazelton as vendee; per Doc. No. 201, Page No. 86, Book No. VIII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Leodegario Alimanguhan LSDE: May 25, June 1 & 8, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Beatriz Consuegra extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over one half (1/2) portion of conjugal share of a parcel of land, Lot No. 9836, situated at Brgy. Guindapunan, Palo, Leyte, containing an area of 4,631 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 147, Page No. 31, Book No. IX, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Asterio A. Villero. LSDE: May 25, June 1 & 8, 2013



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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Rebecca AbadingoPortes extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a onehalf (1/2) conjugal share of a parcel of land, Lot No. 1017, Hindang Cadastre, situated at Poblacion 1, Hindang, Leyte, covered by Tax Dec. No. 08-15002-00317R13, containing an area of 579.15 square meters; per Doc. No. 206, Page No. 43, Book No. XXI, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Efren B. Mendoza. LSDE: May 25, June 1 & 8, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Elizabeth Serdeña extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of agri. land situated at Doos del Sur, Hindang, Leyte, under Tax Dec. No. 0515010-00728, having an area of 330.15 square meters, designated as Cad. Lot No. 1747. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Noeme A. Anoling as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 148, Page No. 74, Book No. XXIV, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Hugo B. Kudera. LSDE: May 25, June 1 & 8, 2013


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In the Philippines when it comes to classical dance and ballet one name comes up; Odon Sabarre.Even Willie Revillame,during his defunct noontime show in ABS-CBN, exclaimed one time, “Nag-o-Odon Sabarre ka a! (You’re doing an Odon Sabarre!)” when a contestant did ballet for a talent. Odon Ramon Salva Sabarre has done so much, that his name became synonymous with ballet. BORN TO DANCE Son of the late Judge Tomas Sabarre and Jose na Salva Sabarre of Calbiga, Samar, Odon actually didn’t start dancing till he was a teenager at around 15.In the 1970s, he studied and trained around Manila until his skills caught the eye of then First Lady Imelda Marcos, who then together with the sponsorship of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) sent Odon as the rst dance scholar to Russia. “When I got my scholarship in Russia, I was both shocked and impressed at how the arts was supported there. e training I had in Manila,though was very good for me,was really inadequate there. Everyday, a er hours and hours of training, when I reached home, I trained some more to make up with the lost time,”Odon recounted. He then became a member of the many famous ballet theaters like the Harkness II Ballet Company, Pittsburgh Ballet eater, Garden State Ballet and the New Jersey Balley Company in the time of his study. His time in foreign shores proved to be valuable as he was able to do more dance programs and performances with other ballet personalities in high caliber showslike Swan Lake all over the world. When Odon came

e Life and Time of Odon Sabarre

WALL OF FAME.Odon showcases his many achievements at the People’s Center and Public Library

back home talented students from di erent places are honed in ballet,jazz, hip-hop, Hawaiian, ballroom, interpretative and folk dances. ey then go on to perform in various dance contests and traditional festivals. He also taught jazz alongside his brother Tommy at UERM in Manila before his brother’s tragic passing.

During the ttime of the late Gov.Tomas Ricalde, Sabarre was conferred asthe Most Outstanding Samareño and by KASALE (Katig-uban Han mga Samareño Ha Leyte). Just last August 2011, he was named again as Most Outstanding Samareño

misunderstanding in early 2001, Odon got depressed so much that he almost totally stopped teaching and performing dance. “I actually stopped from dancing for a time,”he revealed. Only when he attended a convention with the governors of

IMPOSING STATURE Odon Sabarre stands tall and proud at front

From left: Odon with brother Tommy; with Liza Macuja when he brought Swan Lake to Tacloban City, and; with daughter Pearly Dawn Sabarre.

AWARDS AND AC- during the occasion of COLADES the 15th Samar Founding Anniversary along Odon has been re- with 27 other promipeatedly heralded as nent personalities. He Outstanding Citizen is a ve time Outstandduring various signi - ing Samareño Awarcant occasions in Leyte dee. and Samar. In Leyte, he was GLOOM & BLOOM awarded as Most OutWhen his daughter, standing Taclobanon on Tacloban City’t 50th Pearly Dawn, a former Charter Day Anniver- Mutya ng Samar titlist went missing due to a sary.

region 8 who gave him a chance to do workshops all over the region, is when he got his groove back. at was also the time when Pearly Dawn resurfaced. Odon understood that he cannot force his whims on his daughter and accepted her wishes. “I think it was a sign that God wanted me

to continue on sharing my talent and not just manage my daughter,” he recollected. STILL KICKING Today, Odon continues teaching even though classical dance seems to fade in these modern times, he still has numerous dance workshops all over Leyte and Samar, from

the towns of Abuyog to Zumarraga. During summer, he still holds regular classes assisted by his daughter on weekends. When asked about what he feels about the modern dances taking much of the cultural scene today, he smiled and said, “I like it, it makes people happy and its still dancing.

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