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Tacloban relatively calm, peaceful-City administrator


TAC L O BA N CITY- This city remains relatively calm and peaceful.

Ocular inspection. Ofcials of the Philippine Associated Smelting and Rening Corp. based in Isabel town in Leyte assures provincial ofcials lead by Vice Governor Carlo Loreto that their planned expansion of their air strip would not cause any environmental problems. (LITO A. BAGUNAS)

This was assured by city administrator Tecson John Lim who added that despite the alleged problems existing between the city police oce and the City Hall, the current police director of the city enjoys the confidence of Mayor Alfred Romualdez. Lim, in a press conference sponsored by the City Media Oce, said that despite of the seeming perception that the peace and order of Tacloban has worsen, it is far from it. (Our police authorities here in the city) assured us that this is not so, he said, belying the claim by some sectors that the peace and order situation of Tacloban is something to be of conto page 7


1 killed, 547 families evacuated during flooding in Almagro town

TACLOBAN CITYHeavy rains due to habagat (southwest monsoon) coupled with tropical storm Nando has resulted to the death of a man and displaced more than 500 families in Almagro town, Samar. Reynaldo Tomamak, municipal risk reduction management ocer of Almagro, said that about 547 families or 2,685 persons coming from 11 barangays were affected due to flooding spawned by the habagat and Nando on August 25. The weather disturbances have also resulted for the death of Fernando Briones, 58, from Barangay Talahid of said town last August 25 at around 2 a.m., Tomamak said in a phone interview. According to him, Briones, a fisherman, was drowned while he was about to take his banca to a safer ground. His body was later discovered hours later by the local police, Tomamak said. He said that the 547 families affected by flooding, who were provided with assistance from the municipal government of Almagro, an island town in Samar, are now safe. Based on the reports reaching the regional office of the Oce of Civil Defense, the 11 barangays of Almagro that were hit by flooding were Guin-ansan,Mabu hay,Talahid,Bacjao,Luna ng I,San Isidro, Panjobjoban I, Panjobjoban II, Poblacion, Veloso and San Jose. Tomamak said that the local disaster council is set to submit their resolution before the to page 2

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CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte Charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 have been filed against four personalities considered as high-value targets following their arrest in separate drug bust operations last week. A 38-year old woman and a public school teacher are among the four persons arrested by anti-narcotics operatives in a series of entrapment operations in Leyte, Southern Leyte and Samar provinces recently. Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) Director PCSupt. Elmer Soria said the lady suspect identified as Lilibeth Paciencia,

Drug charges filed vs high school teacher, lady pusher, 2 others

38, of Brgy. Magbagacay, St. Bernard in Southern Leyte was nabbed in a sting operation in said village. She was arrested by a police team led by PSInsp. Ariel Nuez after selling one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu to an undercover cop who acted as poseurbuyer, the police ocial informed. After the arrest, lawmen also recovered from Paciencias possession the P500-bill used as buybust money and P240 cash in different denominations. In Leyte, joint elements of Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG8) under PSInsp. Dinvir Revita and Dulag Municipal Police Station led by PSInsp. Alberto Renomeron, Jr. nabbed one Ruel Congzon, a public school teacher of Dulag National High School, during a buy-bust operation in Brgy Buntay, Dulag town. Seized from the suspect was one sachet of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P500 and the P500 marked money. Meanwhile in Calbayog City, a police team led by PSInsp. Aaron Raemon Elago arrested two persons Danilo Cano, 36 and Reynaldo Singanohon, 41 in a buy-


bust operation at Purok 2, Brgy. Matobato. Confiscated from their possession and control were two heated-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, the P500-bill, two mobile phones and one unit Honda XRM motorcycle allegedly used in their illegal activities. The suspects are temporarily detained at the station lock-up cells of arresting police units while confiscated items were brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Oce 8 for examination, Soria disclosed. (PINSP

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TACLOBAN CITYA town mayor of Samar accused of graft and falsification of public document posted bail for his temporary liberty and elude being arrested in the process. Mayor Joven Tiu of Sta. Rita, Samar was reported to have already posted bail before a regional trial court in Catbalogan City, a source, who asked not to be identified, told Leyte Samar Daily Express. Tiu was accused of falsification of public documents and violation of Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as Anti-Graft and Practices Act.

Samar mayor accused of graft posts bail

The charges filed against Tiu happened when he was still the vice mayor of Santa Rita. He was accused to have used a chainsaw without proper documents and allegedly presented a fake document to prove that he has the necessary permit. The arrest order of Tiu, who won as mayor during the May 13, 2013 elections, was issued by Judge Mario Quinit, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court-Branch 34 of the Bulwagan ng Katarungan, this city. Tiu could not be reached for his comment as of press time. Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-8 went last week to the municipal hall to serve the warrant against the Santa Rita mayor. An NBI agent, who declined not to be named, said Mayor Joven Tiu was at his 0ce when his warrant of arrest was served. However, he refused to heed the arrest and was quoted as saying: Nagpiyansa na ako! (I have posted bail already). Acting on this statement, the NBI agent verified with the issuing court and was informed that the mayor cannot post bail yet. After he was told about the feedback from the court, Mayor

Tiu was escorted by the NBI agents to Tacloban. The complaints filed against Tiu stemmed from the certificate of registration issued by the CENR0-Palo to him over a chainsaw. Allegedly, it was issued even before the payment of the required fee was made; exposing the fact that the date of release of the certificate of registration does not coincide with the date of payment appearing in the ocial receipt which came way after its release. Further, the certificate of registration was allegedly signed by the respective signatories at a time when they were allegedly

town council to authorize the mayor, Kathleen Prudenciado to declare a state of calamity. According to him, the declaration was mainly due to the extent of damage caused by Nando and habagat to their town. Because of the weather disturbances, our fishermen were greatly affected. They were disloon travel. LSDE tried to reach the chief signatory, Marciano Talavera who was then the CENR0 of Palo, Leyte and now the regional technical director for forest management of the Department of Natural Resources (DENR-8) for comment but was informed that he filed an ocial leave. (LITO

cated as they could no longer go out to fish for a month now, he said. He, however, could not say exactly the extent of damage wrought by Nando and the habagat. He said that almost 100 percent of the people of Almagro depend on fishing. We have to provide the necessary assistance to the affected persons in our town because we believe that other than helping them recover from the losses they have suffered, this could affect our peace and order, he said. (JOEY A.


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TACLOBAN CITY -Recognizing the best practices and efforts of various schools in undertaking eco-friendly programs and activities, the regional validation of the nationwide contest dubbed, 2013 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools, has yielded the following schools as Eastern Visayas regional finalists to the search. The Lomonon Elementary School in Palompon, Leyte, Don Geronimo B. Zaldivar Memorial School of Fisheries in Albuera, Leyte and the Visayas State University in Baybay City were judged as the regions winners in the elementary, secondary and tertiary schools category, respectively. Lomonon Elementary School, which was a regional winner to the 2011 Search for National Sustainable and Eco Friendly School, is also named as this years regional finalist for the energy and water leadership award in the elementary school together with the Sumuroy Agro-Industrial School in Palapag, Northern Samar. Lomonon presented as its best practice their nosmoking policy, functional material recovery facility, integration of environmental education in the students lessons and waste recycling practices. For the Don Geronimo B. Zaldivar Memorial School of Fisheries, it presented its waste management program, electricity conservation program, paper conservation program, water conservation program, pollution prevention and greening program as its best practices. Meanwhile for VSU, it presented some research projects completed and still on-going that undertake environmental protection and preservation. The university also highlighted its vermi composting site, materials recovery facility, alternative

EMB bares EV regional winners in search for eco-friendly schools

renewable energy center, ostrich farm, and the Philippine Carabao Center. The 2013 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools, is a direct response to Republic Act No. 9512 also known as the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008. The contest was also organized to highlight achievement of schools that are committed in implementing various environmental programs and encourage schools and academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues at a practical and local level. For the national level, prizes include for college, high school and elementary categories: P50,000 - 1st prize; P40,000 - 2nd prize; P30,000 - 3rd prize and plaques of recognition. For the regional level, a certificate of recognition and a prize of in cheque of P20,000 will be given to regional winners for each category. Aside from the national prizes, there is also a special category entitled Nestle Leadership for Water aimed at recognizing and promoting the water management solutions and practices of schools. A prize of P20,000 will be given to each of the winners at the national level for college, high school and elementary school categories. A prize of P10,000 and certificate of recognition will be awarded to each of the regional winners of all categories. The national search is a joint activity of the DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in cooperation with the Smart Communications, Nestle Philippines, One Meralco Foundation , Petron Foundation and Unilever Philippines. (AHLETTE C. REYES)

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TACLOBAN CITY The provincial government of Leyte is bent on implementing the law on organic agriculture this year. Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said organic agriculture is one of the major targets of his administration as part of the ground work for the implementation of Republic Act 10068(Organic Agriculture Act of 2010). It is to protect and advance the right of the small and disadvantaged

Leyte govt to implement law on organic agriculture

farmers to food security, sustainable livelihood and social equity in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature, Petilla said. Section 14 of RA10068 defines the composition of local technical committees at the provincial, city and municipal levels. Their task is to implement activities under National Organic Agriculture Program(NOAP) in coordination with the Department of Agricultures Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS). Section 12 of the Act provides that in line with the NOAP, the BAFPS shall submit to the National Organic Agriculture Board a plan to bring the program down to the grassroots, utilizing personnel and facilities of local government units. The law aims to achieve cooperation not just with LGUs but also with nongovernment organizations and peoples organizations. The countrys organic agriculture law stresses

the policy to promote, propagate, develop further and implement the practice of organic agriculture in the Philippines that will cumulatively condition and enrich the fertility of the soil, increase farm productivity, reduce pollution and destruction of the environment, prevent the depletion of natural resources, further protect the health of farmers, consumers, and the general public, and save on imported farm inputs.(REYAN L. ARINTO)

TACLOBAN CITY -- A forum on bamboo technology was held by the Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) of the DENR Region 8 on August 12, 2013 at the DENR conference room and was

DENR-8 holds forum on bamboo technology

attended by close to a hundred stakeholders coming from the local government units, the academe, bamboo industry players and other government agencies. Consisting of lectures on the bamboo plant and on nursery and plantation establishment and management, an exhibit on information about the commercial bamboo species and bamboo furniture products and sample potted bamboo plants, the forum focused on the importance and viability of bamboo production as a livelihood enterprise and as a commodity which promotes ecological stability. Researchers from the ERD Bureau in Los Banos, Laguna, namely Cristina Roxas and Paulino Umali, Jr., shared their expertise on bamboo by discussing the merits of the plant and how to establish and manage plantations, citing the cost and returns of bamboo production. Dr. Eugenia Bautista of the ERDS, cited the preliminary results of her study on the priority species of bamboo in Region 8 and she pointed out the places in the region where bamboo grow in abundance. A staff from the Department of Trade and Industry, Lumen Soledad, apprised the audience about the market for bam-

(L-R) The speakers at the forum on bamboo technology: Cristina Roxas, Dr. Eugenia Bautista, Paulino Umali, Jr. and Lumen Soledad and at right are the attendees of the forum listening to the proceedings.

boo and she shared the industry profile in Region 8 as well as the challenges and opportunities in the bamboo industry. Engr. Japhet Calipon of EcoHomes based in Makati, a product designer for engineered bamboo also discussed the private sector initiatives on E-bamboo production. An important offshoot of the forum on bamboo technology was the decision to organize the Regional Bamboo Industry Development Council which shall be done with the DENR and the DTI in the forefront of the endeavor. (PR)

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Nowadays, the impact of heavy downpours is immediately felt. In fact, just a little downpour there is and the soil seemingly fails to absorb the rainwater despite having had sunny days prior to that. Why is this so? Know what, this is not quite good, especially during the time of the year when rains are abundant, threatening us with the usual plagues that we experience every time the rainy season comes such as floodwaters that affect peoples mobility, agricultural infrastructures, and many more. The recent flooding in Metro Manila and its neighboring areas exemplify those horrors. Actually, the soil cannot hold water by itself as it will merely suffer from erosion and mudslides. Soaked in much water, the soil has to be exposed to sunlight for it to dry, which is not easy to achieve in the midst of prolonged rains. There is a need primarily for trees whose roots could keep the soil intact and could consume the water that lay on the ground to get rid of floods and the feared soil erosions. These trees have to be everywhere, especially in areas that are prone to flooding. Above all, they

Couldnt, wouldnt, shouldnt

ith the intensity and attendance that marred the massive protest which was staged on National Heroes Day to call for the abolition of the pork barrel fund, President Aquino couldnt, wouldnt and shouldnt remain deaf to the call of the masses. He couldnt remain deaf to calls for the porks abolition because the strings of corruption into which the fund has gotten itself entangled is an abomination to his daang matuwid which ironically is aimed at purging the government of a systemic disease which has not spared even the most well-meaning of leaders. To sustain the pork despite overwhelming indications that the fund is being used to further the interest of the few to the prejudice of the many makes him a hypocrite, or at least

would brand him as a president who doesnt have the balls. He wouldnt dare sustain the pork lest he makes his parents turn in their graves for blotching what they have tried to sustain their whole lives, for not living up to what they had to die for. The multitude that rose to their feet to protest the death of his father and to place his mother in victory will be the same multitude to rise up to protest his accidness for not heeding the call of the masses to put to oblivion the Filipino shame that is the pork barrel. And he shouldnt remain oblivious to the peoples call for the porks abolition because three years is just too short for them to forget that he was the President who didnt have the courage to do what should be done.
incessant and heavy, be blamed as another culprit since they are supposedly natural occurrences. What aggravates most is this proliferation of garbage materials thrown by people everywhere that eventually clog drainage systems and natural waterways. When trash of all sorts accumulates, it traps the water flow designed to exit into the proper outlets, causing water to overflow from drainage structures, and on to residential areas and thoroughfares. This wanton and irresponsible littering of garbage is in fact one of the biggest causes of flooding. Good thing about it is that, people can stop doing it to minimize flooding. Its more of a problem that proves recurrent because people allow it to recur. But if they will address its root causes, flooding could be managed and addressed, though quite hardly, though not overnight.

Floodwater menace
should abound on the mountains from which abundant water rushes down during heavy rains. With these trees in great abundance, floods and landslides can be mitigated. Without the fortress of trees in the mountains, the soil becomes too weak to resist the penetrating effects of water. Mountains easily soften and fall apart in the absence of roots that could keep them intact. Rainwater, too, easily accumulates in the slopes, getting abundant as it cascades down to the plains where houses and agricultural crops are usually located, causing destructive floods in the process. It comes as no surprise that water level easily rises in low-lying areas. But the absence of trees is not the only contributory factor to the flooding phenomenon. Nor should the rains, though

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marine algae from Panay Island. On July 15th, the National Research Council of the Philippines Visayas Regional Cluster, hatched during this writers watch as Executive Director of NRCP, held its annual regional S & T Forum at the UPV-Iloilo Campus, to coincide with the NSTW celebration. As Plenary Speaker, this writer did a power-point presentation of his paper entitled Sea vegetables are Seaweeds, not WEEDS An Ethnobotanical Account of the Sea Vegetable Resources of the Philippines. The paper delved on the discovery and the introduction and utilization of edible species or appropriately referred to as Sea Vegetables or Gulay-Dagat composed of green, brown, and red seaweeds. A brief historical resume ushered in the popularization of more than two dozens species of sea vegetables among the Ilokanos. Their highly-prized species belongs to the genus Porphyra or gametto the Ilokanos (Nori Japan, Tsai China, Kim Korea, Nuru Russia, Laver England). In south Asia, the Philippines prides itself there is little that men of goodwill can do now to end the madness that holds our nation in its grip. But we can, even now, scrutinize our past; try to pinpoint where we went wrong; determine what led to this madness and what nurtured it; and how, when it ends, we can make sure that it need never happen again .For this madness must end if not in my lifetime, at least in yours. The Manila airport murder of Ninoy triggered the revolt against the Marcos dictatorship. People Power installed Aquinos widow as president..Equally hesitant about seeking election, her son is now 15th Philippine president. These events blur memories of Dioknos towering role in governance. Thus it is right that PNoy remind our children of this IOU for Diokno. . Martial law in September 1972 aborted Dioknos second term as senator. After two years of detention, he was released without charges being filed. .He passed away a year after the Marcos regime collapsed Our grandchildren have no memories of Diokno. In future history classes, we hope theyll glimpse what this Filipino did for them. For now, their lolo tried to bridge the gaps with stories culled from experience. One was of Press Foundation of Asia chats among journalists that Diokno often joined. What about martial law?, fretted publisher Joaquin Chino Roces. Marcos can create a

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for having the most number of the protein-rich Porphyra species, three, namely, Porp. crispata Kjellman, Porph. marcosii Cordero, and Porph. suborbiculata Kjellman. Vietnam is the only other southeast Asian country with one species, Porphyra vietnamensis Tanaka (author, was his M. Sc. Fisheries adviser). For the Visayan Region, this writer selected Biliran Island Province for his study on the ethno-botany and economic potentials of sea vegetables. His UNESCO Philippine National Commission funded project described nine (9) species of

NSTW-related activities in Western Visayas (Region 6)

writer has devoted majority of his researches on the marine flora of Central Philippines where Western-, Central-, and Eastern Visayan regions are located. Specifically, for Western Visayas, this writer had both Philippine and foreign governmentfunded projects focused in Panay Island. Add to this, his having established the first Philippine National Museum Marine Biological Station in Brg. Jawili, Tangalan, Aklan and was M. Sc. Thesis adviser of one Ilongo, Prof. Melchor Calmorin then Dean of Fisheries, Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College. Also, selected one Aklanon and an Ilongo as research assistants of his projects in Region 6. Finally, the brown Sargassum specimen this writer collected from Aklan, turned out to be a new species and named in his honor as Sargassum corderoi Modelo, Umezaki and Liao, not to mention published new records of both macro- and epiphytic Icasinao-Diokno and her family wept. Corazon and family saw behind cell bars Benigno Aquino Jr. He had no glasses. He was unshaven, no watch, no ringHe held on to his pants because he lost so much weight., PNoy told Lifestyle editor Thelma Sioson San Juan. He was so pleased to see us, very emotional. The strong weep too. Tears of the Dioknos and Aquinos remind us what of what gospel reports: Before the tomb of his friend Lazarus, Jesus wept. Nonsense, Imelda Marcos insists. The New Society ushered in the most democratic regime the Philippines ever knew. Move over Imelda. Theres a new kid on the bloc. The Net is awash with uploads of 21 year old Jeane Napoles bash at Beverly Hills. They display multiple Porsche cars, million-peso watches, a clutch bag costing roughly P400,000 and how did you guess? --- 9 pairs of shoes costing P360,000 each. Another showed shopping sprees in other countries. Napoles confirmed Imelda has no franchise on foreign homes. The Napoles admit they co-own a P7million hotel near Disneyland in Los Angeles, California. The photos were hastily scrubbed from the Net. But not before Kim Hernares of Bureau of Internal Revenue said they were askihg some questions. No problem if the right tax is paid. See those mindsets in the context of the letter that Diokno wrote from his prison cell in 1972: True,

This writer had the singular opportunity to play a role in the two institutions science and technologylaced activities that coincided with the observance of this years National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), held in Iloilo City. Upon invitation from the Western Visayas State University (WVSU), this writer was given the tasked of talking (on July 13th), to their graduate students through the insinuation of Dr. Gerard Penicilla, and accomplished researcher and former co-worker in the Botany Division of Botany, Philippine National Museum (PNM).

At present, Dr. Penicilia is faculty member of WVSU following his stint with the PNM. This writers paper entitled Overwhelmed by the Power of Seaweeds An Account by a Seaweed Worker, crafted to entice the would-be researchers of Western Visayas to beef up the dearth of Filipino natural science investigators, especially marine biologists. Western Visayas, like its sister regions in Eastern and Central Visayas, presents a virgin laboratory awaiting young Bisayans to use for their studies on the natural resources. It might be proper to mention that of the many regions of the country, this

edible seaweeds, the outstanding species being the red Gelidiella acerosa or gulaman to the Biliranons. Also, Biliran owns the distinction of having the most varied seaweed food utilizations (as fresh salad and viand) using green, Caulerpa and red Eucheuma, Gracilaria, Gelidiella and Kappaphycus. ooo000ooo NEXT TOPIC : OYS AND NAST ANNUAL S & T Fora Usher in NSTW 2013 SHARE S & T THOUGHTS through EMail: drpacjr@yahoo. com.

August 29, 2013 Thursday of the 21st Week THE BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST Jer 1:17-19; Ps 71; Mk 6:17-29

Herod was the one had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brothers wife. Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him. She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers and the leading men of Galilee. Herodiass own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you. He even swore (many things) to her, I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom. She went out and said to her mother, What shall I ask for? She replied, The head of John the Baptist. The girl hurried back to the kings presence and made her request, I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist. The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

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When Herod Antipas ruled a part of Palestine, he was a law unto himself. He defined the truth and justice as it suited him. John the Baptist, a voice in the wilderness was attracting unnecessary and unwelcome attention. He was also saying things that were hurtful to the king. So it suited Herod to imprison him. But in spite of all this, Herod liked to listen to John: because, however corrupt may be a human heart, it tends to be attracted by the truth. But in the end John paid with his life for speaking the truth. How did John die? The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honour, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. Johns mission was to point the way to Christ. His life and death were giving of self to God and for other people. His simple style of life was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions. His heart was centered on God and the call he heard from the Spirit of God speaking to his heart. Confident of Gods grace, he had the courage top speak words of condemnation or repentance, or redemption. No one of us will ever repeat the mission of John, and yet all of us are called to that very mission: It is the role of the Christian to witness to Jesus. Whatever our position in the world, we are called to be the disciples of Christ, and by our words and deeds, others should realize that we live in the joy of knowing that Jesus is the Lord. (His Word is Life by Vima Dasa, S.J., published by Paulines. Visit us at of at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. #321-31-95) Sowers Seeds: The greater our intimacy and elevation in prayer, the less Purgatory we will have perhaps none at all. Our love for God and our joy in Christ Jesus will be much more intense. -Blessed James Alberione, SSP, S.Th.D., Founder of the Pauline Family

How would Senator Jose Diokno ( 1922 1987 ) see those six tarred senators who twisted in the wind at Monday rallies against the pork barrel scam? If born 30 years earlier, we could have watched Diokno or Senator Claro Recto debate, historian Ambeth Ocampo regretted. The Senate then had a Lorenzo Tanada, Emmanuel Pelaez to Jovito Salonga Not any more. Scam mastermind Janet Napoles asked me to pick up a Montblanc ball pen from Rustan, said Whistleblower No. 9. She paid P65,000 in cash and had the senators name engraved. So, did Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr brag to Sen. Jinggoy Estrad: my pen is mightier than yours?. Dr Carolina Camara of Butuan emailed., . More important than Montblanc ball pens is what induced (Senator Dioknos family ) to shed tears? , asked President Benigno Aquino in an Inquirer interview on the 30th anniversary of his fathers murder. Diokno and Senator

Benigno Aquino Jr vanished from their Fort Bonifacio cells and their personal effects were returned without explanations. Will he not need his toothbrush?, Corazon Aquino asked stone-faced jailors. Over 42 days, the two families searched.. Blindfolded and handcuffed to escorts, Diokno and Aquino were secretly helicoptered to Nueva Ecija . Their escorts had .45 pistols pointed at the midsection of both my dad and Senator Diokno, PNoy recalls. They didnt know where they were being brought. Aquino smuggled, a challenge to martial law that the Bangkok Post published in a three part series. Reprisals followed. They were half-starved to death in solitary confinement at Fort Magsaysay. I admire the Dioknos, P-Noy added. They are tougher than us. As tough as us at the very least. But when I saw them step out of ( Fort Magsaysay ) building, they were in tears. A few minutes later, the 13-year old Aquino and family saw why Carmen

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TACLOBAN CITYTraffic Operations, Management, Enforcement and Control Office (Tomeco) firmly prohibits all motor cabs for hire (MCH) to pass through Congressman Mate Avenue. This is in accordance to City Ordinance 2000-01 or Comprehensive Traffic Management that states that MCHare not allowed to pass through in all avenues, national highways and boulevards in the city. Said prohibition was strengthened on August 22, 2013 right after the meeting at Sangguniang Panglungsod attended by representatives from Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Tacloban Doctors Hospital, Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ), MCH and Tomeco participated in the

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Residents of schisto-endemic areas in EV to undergo mass treatment

TACLOBAN CITY Due to the positive cases of schistosomiasis in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Health-8 has set an schedule for a mass treatment and examination in endemic areas affected by the said disease. Records of the DOH show that 62 municipalities in the region are afflicted with schistosomiasis, with Leyte has the most cases with 25 towns affected, 10 towns in Samar, 16 towns in Northern Samar, and 11 towns in Eastern Samar. Meanwhile, residents of identified barangays in Tacloban City aicted by the disease, namely Barangay Marasbaras, Caibaan, Tagpuro, Sta.Elena, Paglaum, Manlurip San Jose, and V&G Subdivision, have submitted themselves for examination and treatment to avoid the severe complications of the disease. Mass treatment is a strategy for schistosomiasis control to protect the exposed population from the severe consequences of schistosomiasis and to eliminate the disease in the coming years.

Tomeco prohibits MCH to pass through Mate Avenue

said meeting. MCH were allowed to pass through the said avenue during the previous months because no other vehicles were headed to the National Statistics Oce (NSO) and Tacloban Doctors Hospital. We have taken action immediately because establishment owners near the avenue and some concerned citizens called our oce regarding this issue. Illegal terminal was also an issue because many MCH drivers park their vehicles in front of the buildings near Cong. Mate Avenue, waiting for passengers, said Isabelo Lagutan, Tomeco information ocer. Complaints about overcharging were also reported in the oce, Lagutan added. (ENCARNACION GERIAN H. SALAZAR, LNU INTERN)

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Candida P. Ramirez extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 1536, C-12, CAD 519-D, situated at Brgy. San Miguel, Leyte, Municipality of Palompon, Leyte, containing an area of 5,631 square meters, more or less and covered by Katibayan ng Original na Titulo Blg. P-57922 and Tax Dec. No. 08-31040-00525 and heirs sold, transferred and conveyed their shares of the above-described property in favor of Antonio R. Juanir, Jr. and thereby confirmed the said sale; per Doc. No. 434, Page No. 87, Book No. XX, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Marcelo C. Oate. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013


The target for this treatment are the residents living in endemic areas in the region including children from 5 years old and above. Before this disease affects the brain and other parts of the body of a person, the parasitic worm that causes the disease has to be killed as soon as possible by taking the prescribed medicine. The consultant coordinator of City Health Office, Dr.. Gloria Fabregas, said during the Kapihan sa Balyuan press conference that DOH-8 is regularly conducting mass treatment examination in schisto-affected areas. Hopefully, we can be a schistosomiasis-free by next year or in the next 2 years, she said. (PRINCESS ALEXIS

NOTICE is hereby given that Herminia Honrales Punay-Longasa heir of late Felisa Labong Honrales executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land Lot 4, Block 12 located at Poblacion, Municipality of Catbalogan, Samar (now Catbalogan City) containing an area of 120 square meters, more or less and covered by T.C.T. No. T-6758. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Anito Latorre as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 196, Page No. 40, Book No. XIV, Series of 2003 of Notary Public Atty. Medino L. Acuba. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Flaviano Peculados and Juliana Pasculado extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated in Brgy. Rizal, Kananga, Leyte, Lot 11373-B, Psd-152779, containing the remaining portion of 46,394 square meters, covered by O.C.T. No. 1852 and heirs hereby confirm, a portion of 3,853 square meters Lot 11373-B-13 was sold to Adelfa M. Torita as vendee and another portion was sold to Filomena Aligway as vendee for a portion of 884 square meters from the above-remaining portion of property. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Mary Jane R. Tilag as vendee for a portion of 400 square meters, indicated as Lot 11373-B-7 from the proposed sub-plan and they hereby confirm the said sale; per Doc. No. 533, Page No. 107, Book No. XXXIV, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Allan R. Castro. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Felipe A. Agullo extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated in Brgy. San Rafael, Dulag, Leyte, Cad. Lot No. 5883, Pls-788, covered by O.C.T. No. P-17201, Free Patent No. 431754, containing an area of 2,141 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Edgar T. Agullo and Jovelita AcejoAgullo as vendee; per Doc. No. 570, Page No. 15, Book No. II, Series of 2004 of Notary Public Atty. Angeline S. Donasco. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that Fortunato C. Ocaa heirs of the late Juana Marilla executed an affidavit of adjudication over a parcel of land situated in Brgy. Canmogsay, Tolosa, Leyte under Katibayan ng Original na Titulo P-67103, Lot 1638, Case 13, CAD 822-D, containing an area of 8,255 square meters, covered by FPA No. 883749-736; per Doc. no. 51, Page No. 12, Book No. XII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Jeffrey A. Didulo. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heir of the late Claro G. Ocaa extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Tanghas, Tolosa, Leyte, covered by Katibayan ng Original na Titulo P-67479, Lot 3997, Case-8, CAD 822-D, with an area of 2,797 square meters, covered by FPA 083749-809 F, and heirs hereby waive their rights, interest and participation in favor of co-heir Marlou Portia C. Ocaa; per Doc. No. 39, Page No. 9, Book No. XII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Jeffrey A. Didulo. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heir of the late Rustico Managbanag only child/heir of late Sps. Vicente Managbanag and Isidora Modina-Managbanag extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 708-A, Psd-08-002920, situated in Brgy. Gaas, Baybay City, Leyte covered by T.C.T. No. T-37207, containing an area of 3,103 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 561, Page No. 114, Book No. XXVIII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Rene Allan G. Jervoso. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Isidra Millesa extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 9076, O.C.T. No. P-1605, containing an area of 8,879 square meters, more or less, situated at Brgy. Kilim, Baybay, Leyte. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Carina Elsa L. Polea as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 55, Page No. 11, Book No. XLIV, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Joseph Carnel M. Bandalan. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Severo Gonzaga extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated in Brgy. Poblacion, Leyte, Leyte with Cad. Lot No. 136, containing an area of 202 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Dulce Ann D. Delantar as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 89, Page No. 18, Book No. 46, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Redentor C. Villordon. LSDE: Aug. 15, 22 & 29, 2013



Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 34 Bulwagan ng Katarungan Tacloban City IN RE: PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF WENDEL MARK SONGALIA DUCDUCAN MARISSA SONGALIAVENEZUELA, Petitioner, -versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF PALO, LEYTE, Respondent SP. CASE NO. 201305-16 x- - - - - - - - - - x

This is a Verified Petition filed by MARISSA SONGALIA-VENEZUELA seeking for the correction of entries in the Certificate of Live Birth of WENDEL MARK SONGALIA DUCDUCAN particularly the following: (a) entry on the date and place of marriage of Parents from February 07, 1994, Basey W. Samar to NOT APPLICABLE; (b) entry on Box No. 11 (age at the time of this birth) from 26 years to 27 years; and the family name of the child from Wendel Mark Songalia Ducducan to Wendel Mark Songalia by the Office of the Local Civil Registry of Palo, Leyte. Finding the Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby given due course. WHEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the aboveentitled petition is set for hearing on October 25, 2013 at 8:30 oclock in the morning before this Court sitting at the Bulwagan ng Katarungan,


Tacloban City. Any interested person may appear on said time and date, and then and there file his/her opposition thereto and to show cause why the petition should not be granted. Further, let a copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Leyte and the City of Tacloban for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. Withal, let a copy of this Order and the Petition with its annexes be furnished the Office of the Solicitor General, 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. Likewise, furnish a copy of this Order to the petitioner and his counsel. SO ORDERED. GIVEN this 19th day of August, 2013 at the Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Tacloban City.

NOTICE is hereby given that Dulcesima A. Enclona heir of late Bernardo Austero executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Loyonsawang, Abuyog, Leyte, containing an area of 485 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 0801006-00023. A Deed of Sale was executed a portion of 350 square meters from the above-described property in favor of Efren Encloma as vendee; per Doc. No. 1144, Page no. 228, Book No. XXII, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Paulino A. Cabello. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that Antonio V. Raagas heir of late Sps. Enrique Raagas and Matilda de Raagas extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot 4691-A, Psd-82087, situated in Bo. of Julita, Municipality of Burauen, Leyte, containing an area of 684 square meters, more or less and covered by T.C.T. No. T-7420, with all the improvements found thereon; per Doc. No. 257, Page No. 52, Book No. 5, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Edwin Y. Chua. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sotero Bardelosa extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of residential land, situated at Guindapunan East, Carigara, Leyte, Lot No. 11741, with O.C.T. No. P-42512, containing an area of 201 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed by Felomina B. Pore, heir share of lot described-above in favor of co-heir Virgilia C. Bardelosa; per Doc. No. 306, Page No. 62, Book No. 21, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Edgar J. Tonolete. LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013








LSDE: August 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 2013

(Sgd.) MARIO O. QUINIT Assisting Judge

Republic of the Philippines Oce of the Municipal Civil Registrar Province of Eastern Samar Municipality of Hernani

NOTICE is hereby given that Fe Antonette L. Dequia heir of late Ryan D. Dequia executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a bank deposit in the Land Bank of the Philippines, Naval Branch, Naval, Biliran, under EFCDU Savings Account No. 1214-0016-12 in the amount of P2,500.13 U.S. Dollar; per Doc. No. 373, Page No. 75, Book No. 1, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Vanessa P. Trani. LSDE: August 15, 22 & 29, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Pacita S. Cubian extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land located at Brgy. Maljo, Inopacan, Leyte, under Tax Dec. No. 02-16015-00333, Cad. Lot No. 451 with a total area of .2268 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Decendro Bisnar Cablitas as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 345, Page No. 70, Book No. 12, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Isabelo de los Santos. LSDE: August 15, 22 & 29, 2013






CCE-010-2013 CCE-011-2013 R.A. 10172 Date: 06 June 2013

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on RA 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that GENOVEVA A. MACASOJOT has filed with this oce, a Petition for correction of entry in the Day of Birth from JANUARY 2, 1968 to JANUARY 3, 1968 in the certificate of live birth of GENOVEVA A. MACASOJOT who was born on JANUARY 3, 1968 at Poblacion, Hernani, Eastern Samar and whose parents are PASCUAL ANTOFINA and MERCEDES DIO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this oce not later than August 03, 2013. (Sgd.) CHARITO ABERIA Municipal Civil Registrar LSDE: August 22 & 29, 2013





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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Jose Salabao extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Lunang, Hilongos, Leyte, Lot No. 12514, Cad. 566-D, covered by Tax Dec. No. 1402 00097-R13, containing an area of 2,487.11 square meters assessed value of P3,200.00, market value of P8,010.00. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Teolinda Ornido and Keneth Ornido as vendee for the one half (1/2) portion which is 1,243 square meters from the above-described property; per Doc. No. 488, Page No. 99, Book No. XXXVIII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Buenaventura C. Vilbar. LSDE: August 15, 22 & 29, 2013


Thursday, 29 August 2013

TACLOBAN CITY I am angry, Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado said about the pork barrel system scam. The former 3-termer solon of the lone district of the province, reacted strongly on the pork barrel system scam saying that what Janet Lim Napoles and other government ocials did is shameful. The protest action of the people against pork barrel only shows that they are angry, Mercado said. If I was involved in the scam, I would have resigned immediately. I would be ashamed, I would have no

Leyte Samar Daily Express

BFAR to conduct MuSEAka, SEAnema MTV, documentary production contests

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in collaboration with the Department of Education, state universities and colleges and other agencies will be conducting the MuSEAka, SEAnema: LikhangKabataan Para saYamangPangisdaan MTV and Documentary Production Contests on September 13, 2013-October 14, 2013. BFAR-8 Information and Public Relations Group (IPRG) has slated to conduct the MuSEAka, SEAnema: LikhangKabataan Para saYamangPangisdaan as part of the lined-up activities to commemorate the 50th Fish Conservation Week. This also aims to intensify the youths participation in the awareness campaign for the fisheries sector as mandated under Sec. 118 of RA 8550 which supports the educational campaign on management, conservation and proper use of the environment at all levels. Participating students should submit their entries to BFAR regional office on or before September 13, 2013. The BFAR-8 will select the top three winners for each contest. The top three regional winning entries for MTV category will be given P 7,500 and P15,000 for the video documentary. The deadline for the submission of the top three (3) winners for each category to the central oce is on September 20, 2013. The IPRG has scheduled the final judging on October 14, 2013 and judges will choose the top three winning entries for each category. The top three entries for the MTV shall receive, P20,000, P15,000 and P10,000, respectively. On the other hand, for the video documentary the top three winners will be richer by P30,000, P20,000, and P10,000, respectively. All six grand winners will be invited to receive their awards during the 50th Fish Conservation Week Celebration in Manila on October 14, 2013. (ARVIA CLAUDINE O. DENALO)

Gov. Mercado angry over pork scam

face to face my constituents and the media, said Mercado Although adamant of his stand on the pork barrel, he said should it be abolished, it should be total abolition. He also suggests the PDAF should be used to increase the internal revenue allocation (IRA) of the local government units. But I think theres another way this pork barrel gets going because we need them to provide services to our people. I hope Congress can come up with a good one, Mercado said during a phone interview. quarter of the year had declined compare to the first quarter. For instance, the crime against property in the second quarter only reached 244 which was lower compare to the first quarter which was about 373. Rentuaya also said that in cases involving persons, there were only 74 in the second quarter of the year compare to the 115 of the first three months of the year. So we are doing our jobs, Rentuaya said in recall now the question posed by the pro-Marcos justice. But Dioknos answer is seared into our minds:. We beg leave to submit a memorandum of reply since our answer now would be unprintable. That was unvarnished Diokno. And our children need that spirit more today. Despite being tarred by dictatorships abuses and todays pork scam, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr jostles to make a bid for the presidency come 2016. What would a Jose Diokno say? In Mondays rallies against those pigged out on the pork barrel, we hear Dioknos blunt comments re-echo, from prison and that 1972 Supreme Court hearing: This madness must end if not in my lifetime, at least in yours ( And ). we beg leave to submit a memorandum of reply since our answer right now is unprintable. ### Since I became governor I did not expect for any PDAF anymore. So my focus is towards government entrepreneur where we can source out funds to provide government services. We also can also engage in more Private and Public Partnerships projects, Mercado said. Before Mercado entered politics, their family is already into hotel business, construction and agriculture. Gov. Mercados priority programs include education, tourism, health , agriculture and infrastructure.


BFP new recruits train to be fire fighters

TACLOBAN CITY The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in the region is conducting an orientation for basic firemanship for the new 56 recruits from different municipalities and provinces in the region. SF04 Fernando Mandia, public information services, said that 19 females and 37 males new recruits are being oriented on basic firemanship, which started last August 5, 2013 and will end this week. Aside from the orientation lectures, the new recruits would also attend some drills, ceremonies, lecture in program instruction, medical, basic life support and first aid. For this week, the focus of their training would be the fire fighting techniques that will led the new recruits in enhancing their capabilities and skills with the knowledge by hands-on training. After that, they would be assigned in different fire stations in different provinces here in Region 8, Mandia said. (JOAN PE-



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cern. Earlier, some businessmen based in the city have aired their complaints that the alleged numerous cases of robberies and other street crimes have increased. But in the same media conference, Inspector Bella Rentuaya, chief of the police and community relations of Tacloban police office, said that crime volume in the city covering the second 1972 Supreme Court hearing for a petition for habeas corpus by detained ocials, including Diokno, and journalists, like us. We dont

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an interview. She particularly made mentioned that the city police director, in officer-in-charge capacity, Senior Supt.Teodoro Basa, is doing fine. The decline in the number of cases in the city covers the period he was designated as the city police director of Tacloban. So, he is really working, Rentuaya said. Meantime, administrator Lim said that S/ Supt. Basa enjoys the confidence of Mayor Romualdez. Basa is set to leave his post as city police director as he was designated by Police Regional Director, Chief Supt. Elmer Soria, to head a special task force to be assign in Northern Samar, relative to the conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections this October. Lim also said that the city mayor has yet to get hold of a copy of the list containing the names of the next city police director. However, once the city mayor got the list, he would immediately chose from the list his own choice, Lim said. Soria earlier mentioned the names of S/ Supt. Allan Cuevas; S/ Supt.Joselito Bigoy; S/ Supt.Armando Botolin; S/Supt.Tomasito Clet and S/Supt.Isaias Tonog.



Leyte Samar Daily Express


Thursday, 29 August 2013

Daram continues its seaweed farming project

TACLOBAN CITY Seaweeds farming in the island town of Daram, Samar had continued again after it was affected by dry season, said Mayor Lucia Astorga. The excessive heat during the summer season had caused for some seaweeds to die, according to the lady mayor, that greatly affects the livelihood of her constituents and their stock of seaweeds that they supply to their costumers in Cebu. Our supply had decreased last summer but seaweed farmers are now re-planting, said Mayor Astroga. However, the problem which they are facing right now is the low price of seaweeds in the market. But we continue drying and replanting seaweeds, Astorga added. The seaweeds that are dried by farmers were bought by the municipal government and sold it to MCPI Corporation in Cebu City. MCPIs carrageenan processing plant is located in Consolacion, Cebu produce carrageenan at an annual rate of 1,200 metric tons (MT). The company uses the red seaweeds indigenous in the countrys seawaters, which produce the kappa and Iota types of carrageenan. The firm has direct market ties in China and Thailand and produces quality refined natural grade carrageenan,

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which provides the functional requirements of the food and non-food industries. Aside from being source for livelihood, seaweeds farming in Daram is also a way for coastal protection and to minimize illegal fishing activ-

ity in their island town. Illegal fishing in their town was rampant before but this had lessen after the local government together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources introduce seaweeds farming,


Astorga said. But admittedly, we cant still address this problem on illegal fishing because some of these illegal fishermen are not from my town, Astorga said. (ROEL AMA-

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