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DECEMBER 23-29, 2013

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Four bodies were retrieved under this ship that beached at Brgy. Apitong in Tacloban City, some 100 meters inland from the shoreline. Note the concrete house that it crushed. There are three other boats nearby that also beached.

City dads seek dialogue over proposed 2014 expenditures

ORMOC CITY Suwaw ra kaayo kun mamalit ta og mga sakyanan sa 2014 nga human pa lang ta gikuso-kuso ni Yolanda, this was the frank observation of councilor Tommy Serafica on the planned purchase of P 23-million worth of vehicles in 2014 by the mayors office. He said that rather than purchase vehicles, the city would be well off spending the money rehabilitating important public infrastructures and help constituents rebuild their homes after Yolanda. Serafica added he is not even sold on the idea of purchasing three KIA multi-purpose vehicles for the citys social service department, saying that the CSWDO can manage with only one new vehicle in addition to its current fleet of service vehicles. Serafica made this observation during a council deliberation on the budget. They learned from various department heads that the mayor planned to buy new service vehicles for them. City accountant Sabrina Duero also informed them that among the planned purchases was a garbage compactor. However, a request for a detailed list on what are the exact vehicles that the mayors office would want to buy from the P 23-million has been ignored up to press time. Dr. Mario Rodriguez, chairman of the committee on finance at the council, shared Seraficas sentiments. He said, we feel this is not the right time to buy vehicles. Serafica and Rodriguez are

P-Noy rejects Icot Petillas resignation

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla



ENERGY SECRETARY and former Leyte governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla lived up to his word to resign from his post on December 24, if the Province of Leyte is not yet fully energized by then. However, Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III rejected his resignation on December 26. Malacanang, in a statement issued on December 26, said that P-Noy is cognizant of the fact that according to original estimates, it would take 3-6 months to restore power in town centers, considering the extent of the damage caused by Supertyphoon Yolanda. Everything was down, it noted, including the Luzon-Visayas connection, the geothermal plants in Leyte; and generation, transmission and distribution lines. The announcement came after the

HelpAge, in cooperation with the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE) and other humanitarian organizations, both local and foreign, gave joy to 136 patients confined at the Ormoc District Hospital (ODH) recently after they treated them to a surprise Christmas Party. Food packs were given to the patients and their watchers while a group of young students who call themselves the Nios Foundation of Cebu joined in and gave each patient a gift. A founder of the Nios Foundation is an Ormocanon, Ryd Depairene.

President met with Petilla in Malacaang. The statement said that P-Noy found Petillas post-Yolanda performance as excellent, noting that First, from his original target of six months, he was able to restore power in roughly 40 days. Second, within that period, Secretary Petilla was able to energize 317 out of 320 affected towns, leaving 0.93% still to accomplish. This was even cited by foreign observers, Malacanang said, who have inspected the power restoration work being done in Yolanda-hit areas. P-Noy



Atty. Pepito is city administrator
THE CITY council, on December 23, has concurred to the appointment of Atty. Francis Pepito as city administrator. Atty. Pepito is a son of former city councilor Sotero Chuchi Pepito. He was appointed city administrator by Mayor Edward Codilla on November 7, a day before Yolanda hit the city. Pepitos brother is married to the mayors youngest sister, Evelyn. The new city administrator is 39 years old, married and has two children. Aside from being a lawyer, he is also a licensed radiologic technician.


December 23-29, 2013

Robinsons Place re-opens

TACLOBAN CITY RobinsonsPlace, badly damaged and victimized by looters in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, has reopened December 19. As expected, hundreds of customers braved the rains to flock the mall even before its scheduled time of reopening that morning. Among the malls store that reopened are the Robinsons Supermarket and Robinsons Department Store. Robinsons Place was forced to close the commercial establishment after it sustained millions in losses due to the looting. Meanwhile, it is expected that other stalls and concessionaires inside the mall will also reopen their businesses to the public soon. Tacloban City Administrator Atty. Tecson John Lim announced Robinsons re-opening. By Consuelo Alarcon/PIA

44 escapees still at large

TACLOBAN CITY 44 inmates out of 160 who escaped while Yolanda rammed the defenses of their prisons remain at large and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Leyte are urging the escapees to surrender to avoid complication of their pending cases. Leyte Provincial Jail Administrator Ch. Insp. Riel Sonon said that of the 44, 41 are from the Tacloban City Jail while three are from Palo. He made the announcement in recently concluded Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held at Leyte Sports Development Center (LSDC), this city, Sonon also acknowledged the contribution of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for being a big help to them in their efforts to recapture the escapees. The escapees were either recaptured with the aid of the PNP and the Army, while others voluntarily surrendered. PIA

WHO issues dengue alert, says Yolanda stricken areas are vulnerable
THE WORLD Health Organization cautioned the public on the likelihood of a dengue outbreak in Yolanda affected areas in the country. Ms. Aphaluck Bhatiasevi of the WHO Communication Team said the possibility is due to several factors such as containers of water and debris accumulating rainwater which may become breeding grounds for dengue-causing mosquitoes like Aedes aegypti that breed in clean, stagnant waters. Another is that people displaced by Yolanda could be more vulnerable because their homes have been destroyed and they are living in tents and temporary shelters with less protection from mosquito bites. Moreover, the public health infrastructure has been compromised with destruction of many health care facilities and sub-optimal access to water, electricity, internet, etc. The WHO recommends that should a suspected case of dengue be reported, for fogging to be done twice a week for at least two weeks in and around the area within a radius of up to 200 meters where the patient possibly acquired infection. Under the current circumstances in typhoon-affected areas, Bhatiasevi said it is extremely difficult to eradicate the Aedes and other mosquitoes and their breeding sites. The WHO reiterates that prevention is better than cure and in order to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding, to cover water containers. Dengue-causing mosquitoes bite predominantly during daytime, between 6:30 to 8:30 AM and in afternoons, between 5:00 to 7:00 PM. They also advice communities to do cleanup campaigns to avoid mosquito breeding as much as possible. Individuals are recommended to use topical repellants for personal protection especially if they are outdoors during the above mentioned hours. Focal fogging around evacuation centers and health facilities may be done as a preventive measure, in areas where no dengue case has been detected. The DOH, with assistance from WHO and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine has introduced rapid tests for dengue in selected health facilities as part of dengue outbreak surveillance in Region 8. With this proactive surveillance in place, there is likelihood that more cases will be detected and reported, compared to the routine surveillance. Dengue is already endemic in the Philippines. It occurs throughout the year in the country, with peak period in the rainy season from July to August. Department of Health statistics show that from January to mid October 2013, more than 154,000 cases, including 545 deaths, were reported in the country. Eastern Visayas, on the other hand, had the lowest number of dengue cases in 2013. PIA May you have enough
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December 23-29, 2013

BUDGET ... from P. 1
members of the LP majority at the city council led by Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin Jr. The LP majority is batting for a responsive budget to a post Yolanda scenario. The 2014 annual budget was submitted to them before Yolanda, and they feel that it is not reflective to the needs of Ormoc anymore, said Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. Since Duero has not given the SP a detailed list yet, Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. has already formally requsted the office of Mayor Edward Codilla for it but has received no reply yet. Atty. Bennet Pongos Jr. added they hope the mayor would open a dialog with them over the proposed expenditures. Other unnecessary items The LP majority in the council has also taken note of other items in the proposed 2014 budget that they deem is not necessary anymore. Among these are the allocations for electricity of government infrastructures like the Superdome and streetlights. We all know that we only have a few streetlights left standing so the allocation for it could be used for other important matters like rehabilitation or putting up new streelights, noted Atty. Bennet Pongos. The LP majority said some P 72-million can be slashed and moved to the development fund. Meanwhile, it was also noted that for 2014, Mayor Codilla proposed to increase the allocation for job orders from P 50-million to P 80-million. The mayor also wants to lay off 444 casual plantilla workers from the city payroll, retaining only 120 for his office and 37 for the vice-mayors office. Pongos said It might be true that the JO can be affected but the development fund can be used by the executive at the barangay level to create job opportunities for the locals. Councilor Roland Villasencio, on the other hand, also wants that the projects for the development fund to be itemized. He said each barangay should get a fair share of the funds, considering all barangays in Ormoc were affected by Yolanda. He added that the priorities reflected in the citys annual investment plan may have changed after Yolanda. Only P 73.5 million in calamity funds The city council have also asked councilor Godie Ebcas, an independent councilor allied to Mayor Edward Codilla, to apprise them of what has been spent from the citys calamity funds already. To recall, the city council immediately passed a resolution on November 10 authorizing the mayor

to access the citys calamity funds estimated at P 130-million then. The council later found out that the city only had actual calamity funds of P 73.5-million. Among the big ticket items spent from the calamity funds were the generators used for the citys pumping stations. There is also the repair works of the city hall. Bloated estimates? Dr. Rodriguez commented he was even uncomfortable with the estimates presented to them for the repair and rehab of city infrastructures affected by Yolanda. The repair of the city hall, for one, was pegged at P 100-million. Rodriguez also noted that the repairs of the 3-in-one buildings were pegged at P 1.5-million each, adding hed inspected them himself and they dont need that much. I have seen it. Some just lost their doors and atop (roof). I dont think it needs that much, he said. With the bloated estimates, he added, the figures are so big that it seems our problems are very big. Ebcas, on the other hand, said that the estimates were done through rapid assessment that is why it seemed bloated. He said detailed estimates would follow. As soon as the detailed estimates are done, then we would know how much gyod.

First recorded stray bullet incident happened in Isabel, not Ormoc; suspect is a cop
THE FIRST recorded stray bullet incident over the holidays happened in the town of Isabel, not Ormoc as reported in national news outlets. The suspect, on the other hand, is reportedly a policeman though investigators have not yet revealed his name. The victim was identified as one Rommel Nahine, 23, a resident of Brgy. Sto. Nio, Ormoc City but was in Isabel when it happened. SPO1 Mark Alexis Ruita, who investigated the report, told the EV Mail that the incident happened at Brgy. Mahayag in Isabel, Leyte while the victim was visiting relations of his wife. Accounts indicate that the victim is the brother-in-law of the policeman whose firearm discharged accidentally and hit Nahine on the leg. The incident happened on December 23 in the afternoon. The victim, who suffered a bullet wound on his left leg, was brought to Gatchalian Hospital which is probably why it was reported that the incident happened in Ormoc. Then, he was transferred to the government-ran Ormoc District Hospital. As of press time, the victim is at the Don Vicente Sotto Hospital in Cebu City. He was brought there by Dr. Gavino Greenfield, a volunteer doctor of the International Confederation of Red Cross currently station at ODH. The victims leg was reportedly shattered and needed delicate surgical procedure, hence the decision to bring him to Cebu. By Paul Libres

Suspected pusher nabbed in buy-bust

ISABEL, LEYTE- A suspected drug pusher was nabbed in this town after the Isabel police conducted a buy-bust operation here at around 8:00 PM of December 21 at Sitio Lawis, Brgy. Sto. Nio. The suspect was identified as one Renato Gaga Surigao, 40, married, jobless and a resident of Brgy. Marvel here. Confiscated from his possession and control were one plastic sachet of allegedly methamphetamine hydrochloride or commonly known as shabu, P 4,350.00 in various bills including the marked money used in the buy-bust, a cellphone, two pieces SIM card (TNT and TM), a mountain bike and handkerchief. Sr. Insp. Florando Sevilla Relente, OICChief of Police, said the raid was witnessed by a media representative and Sto. Nio barangay chairman Paterno Hermoso. As of press time, the police have already filed a complaint of possession and drug pushing against the suspect. By Jobane Delantar

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December 23-29, 2013

A post Yolanda responsive budget

BEFORE ANYTHING else, allow me to greet everyone a Blessed Christmas and hopefully, a less stressful New Year. I doubt, however, if 2014 will be less stressful to our city officials. Relations between the two branches are chilly right now. Mayor Edward Codilla was reportedly displeased with the LP majoritys choice for the late councilor Nepomuceno Aparis Is replacement and has stopped talking to the LP members. The joviality shown during the first few days just shed off and today, communication lines are strained. Nonetheless, the LP majority at the council headed by Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. is unfazed. Right now, they are scrutinizing the citys annual budget, as proposed by the executive which in this case is the mayor, and do not like the lump sum appropriations that they see. They want a clear cut, detailed list on what are the proposed expenditures because transparency and prudence in government spending are among the platforms that the Liberal Party officials promised during the campaign. The council has the power of the purse, Atty. Bennet Pongos Jr. explains, and with it comes the heavy responsibility of making sure that every centavo spent of taxpayers money is put to good use. The council is the peoples watchdog, and the LP majority is taking their jobs seriously. More importantly, the LP majority insists they want a budget that is responsive to a post Yolanda scenario. But requests for revisions have been stonewalled. Its almost the end of the year, theyve been told. I couldnt agree more to the LP majority. In the months to come, we are sure to get a share of the rehab funds from the national government. However, that will come much later. Lacson and his rehab team just had a consultation over how rehab should be done in Makati, and in the meantime, some local problems need immediate and more permanent solutions. And by now, our mayor should have his priorities set. And he should not be shy in detailing them to the council. After all, if he has nothing to hide, then what is wrong in revealing it? I also salute the LP majority in the council for batting for a transparent budget. Ive seen them stonewalled in their quest for transparency, but theyve prodded on. We should support them in this quest. I met a friend at Gaisano Riverside Mall and he asked why there were no soft drinks being sold in major stores in Ormoc. Instead, there is a lot at the sidewalks, being sold at exorbitant prices. In major stores, he said, these soft drinks would be sold at pre-Yolanda SRP (suggested retail price). On the streets, they fetch for P 60 to P 75 each. He asked why the DTI was not regulating the obvious profiteering that was happening here. Well, obviously, there is a puppet master behind all this. Councilor Bennet Pongos Jr., in a deliberation this week, said he had asked city administrator Atty. Pepito to suggest to the mayor to convene the price monitoring council. He forwarded this suggestion to Pepito less than a week after Yolanda. But it seems that it has not been convened yet.

WHILE WE all have to pursue the long and winding road to sanctity, we have to remember that we also have to be sinner-friendly, but not sin-friendly. We have to be most careful with the distinction. It would be a disaster if in our earnest effort to be holy, we become monsters instead, because we become proud and vain, feeling ourselves superior to others, making rash judgments right and left, and reeking with self-righteousness. To be sure, it would not be true holiness if the struggle in our spiritual life takes away charity, understanding, patience and compassion towards others. The contrary should be true. Authentic sanctity should make us more charitable, merciful, understanding and patient towards others. This is what we see in Christ. Accused by the leading people of the time to be a glutton and a wine drinker, a friend of publicans and sinners, (Mt 11,19), he did not correct that impression, but rather went along with it. He fraternized with sinners. Zacchaeus, for example. Matthew was another one. When a woman, caught in adultery, was presented to him for condemnation, he refrained from doing so. Instead, he dismissed her with the simple admonition to sin no more. Right there on the cross, a thief crucified with him, simply begged, Lord, remember me when you shall come into your kingdom. And Christ, without further ado, readily saw the contrition and said, Amen, this day you shall be with me in paradise. (Lk 23,42-43) Jesus was very liberal with his mercy. He did not make unnecessary demands. He who taught his disciples to forgive others not only seven times, but seventy times sevenmeaning alwayspractised what he preached. The parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the prodigal son can attest to this. More than that, he told his followers to love their enemies. For that precisely is the true character of charity. Its when its given gratis et amore, without expecting any return, that its authenticity is shown, that is, that its divine origin and character is shown. This is most vividly expressed in his passion and death on the cross. With that, he assumed the sinfulness of all men, from the first to the last, without committing sin himself. In short, he made his very own self as the very expiation for our sins. He did not merely offer some things as ransom for our sin. He offered himself. Thats why, Christ declared that no man has greater love than he who lays down his life for his friends. (Jn 15,13) Christian life would not be complete if this infinite mercy of God is not preached and lived together with the rigor and discipline that following Christ also involves. We have to be careful in presenting the true essence of Christianity. While it has its very strict aspect, it also has its most lenient part. The two should go together. We need to reassure everyone that there is always hope regardless of whatever faults, mistakes and sins we commit. And in this task of reassuring everyone of hope, we cannot be passive, but rather proactive by reaching out to those who may not yet feel the urge to return to God. The gospel of hope, love and mercy should be spread far and wide, even in those areas where this good news is not yet welcome.

Christmas Faces
RAUL TOPS our Christmas Eve checklist. Hes a 55-year old who collects empty bottles and scrap for a living. He looks 80 from having had one altanghap too many. Thats jargon for breakfast (almusal), lunch (tanghalian) and dinner (hapunan) crammed into one. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake of October 15 proved the deadliest in 23 years. It shattered, among other places, the Cebu Capitol post office building. Raul could no longer use its front steps for sleeping quarters. Evenings, hed shuffle from one other building to another, seeking patchy shelter --- until November 8. Super typhoon Yolanda that day rampaged through Visayas. That slashed Rauls already limited options. There was no room in the inn on the first Christmas Eve too. Penury ratchets the pain. The poverty rate here brackets us with Haiti. We lag behind China, Thailand and Indonesia in tamping down indigence. More than a quarter of Filipinos hobble below the poverty line, despite claims by Senators Bong, Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy that their pork slabs went to the poor. More Filipinas die in childbirth today than in the early 1990s. And more infants are orphaned than in 2006. Most of those deaths were preventable. Malaysia slashed maternal death rates to 31 and China to 38. Sri Lanka and Honduras led the way in slashing maternal mortality, New York Times reports. It is harsh to say that weve turned a deaf ear to the death rattle in the throats of thousands of young mothers and infants. But it is true. No beggars here Lola, our grandchildren Kristin, 9, and Katarina, 7, Skype-d from Sweden. Theyre in a rural town for a year to pick up their mothers language. A couple of Christmas Eves back in Cebu, they gave food packs to beggars. The lola sat down and ate the rice and sardines we gave, they said, Then, she cried. That was Kindergarten 101 on hunger. Later, theyll learn that about 6 percent of 12.6 million kids drop out from primary school. Then, they may see that kids they shared food had little chances for full human lives. I dont like marshmallows, Kathie gripes. Dont say that, Kristin snaps. Many children have nothing to eat. On Christmas Day, churches will be crammed. But Raul and the Lola who wept are the faces of those who probably wont shuffle in. Were locked into a society where lifestyles of the few rich excludes others, Pope Francis

said, Almost without being aware of it...,we end up incapable of feeling compassion (for the poor) and the need to help them, as though all this were someone elses responsibility, not our own Christmas is either the tale of a prophet, a political agitator or the Messiah, Columnist Anna Quindlen wrote in Frankincense in Aisle Five. His name was Jesus...And thereve been horrific wrongdoing from the Inquisition to the Holocaust by the very people who embraced (Christmas). Schisms from Luthers manifesto to Henry VIIIs marriages, (erupted) They have not been able to to kill it: Through plague and war, famine and invasion, the tale was told and the lesson learned, of love for neighbors, of charity toward the poor. Carols were sung in foxholes and prisons... .O ye of little faith, who believe that somehow the birth of Christ is dependent upon acknowledgment in a circular from OfficeMax. The Messiah was sent to save us from our sins, but not our silliness... Now, the cycle has once again wound to the anniversary of that (birth) and it is surprising to discover that some believe the enduring power of the story of the Child born in Bethlehem to be so shaky that it must be shored up by plastic creches... Jesus threw the money-changers out of the temple, saying that theyd made his fathers house into a den of thieves. Quindlen asks: Does that sound like someone whod hanker to be formally recognized at (department stores) as though his legacy depended upon being given pride of place among teddy bears in Santa hats? The star of Bethlehem was nothing like a blue-light special. For those things, see Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the greatest story never sold. Its an insult to the power and the glory of faith to seek it in fried foods, statuary or perfunctory greetings of overworked store clerks. Or ask Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay? He denied that he, and bodyguards with pistols cocked, threatened Dasmarias Village guards who insisted on enforcing the rule: No exits permitted after 10pm that gate. They were directed to another exit five minutes away. They insisted, resulting in an hour-and-half stand off. Binay insists he did not say Do you know who I am?. Years back, a Cebuano congressman slapped a traffic aide saying: Dont you





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December 23-29, 2013

Is Christmas relevant?
GOD THE Father must have been so disgusted with Man that even in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, He caused the Great Deluge to happen because of the sins committed by man. According to Gen 6:9, all the water in the heavens disgorged its contents in torrents for forty days and forty nights. The whole world was inundated up to 15 cubits above the highest mountain. A cubit is the length measured from the elbow to the tip of your middle finger; about 15 to 22 inches. This was how they measured lengths in the absence of a tape measure. The highest mountain on record is Mt. Everest which is 29,035 ft in heigth. Fifteen cubits above it makes it about 29,400 ft. With this amount of water, all humanity perished except for Noah who was made to build an ark to house his three sons with their wives and all beasts and creatures. We are therefore descendants of Noah. The very thought makes this corner shiver whether I am worthy to be a descendant of Noah. God must have loved Man so much that He sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to come down and assume human nature, to be the Redeemer of man. God could have done what a teacher does when he commits a mistake: use the blackboard eraser and start all over again. He chose to use a circuitous alternative. Jesus had to go through the same grind as any of us goes through. He had to suffer like any of us does. He had to be insulted, slapped, beaten, spat upon, carried the load of a cross and eventually crucified. Crucifixion is the kind of death they give to criminals. Was Jesus Christ a criminal? What crime could He have committed? Even the criminal beside Him said that He was innocent. This kind of death is inhuman. Your own chest will eventually choke your lungs little by little until you gasp for air up to your dying moment. Jesus Christ could have asked a host of angels to save Him. He did not. He offered His life for us. Can we say it was his Christmas present for us? How many of us remember to greet Jesus on his birthday? Hardly if at all. After the mass, many of us will go home to partake of the noche buena and spend the rest of the morning indulging in food and wine. Too bad though that we are still in the after-effect of typhoon Yolanda. No electricity. Nothing in the refrigerator. Nothing to offer; nothng to give. It was not so bad even during the time of the Japanese Occupation. It is so bad that the people of Tacloban are here in Ormoc to live like any human being. This is the reason why all the streets are clogged up, including the hotels, apartments, eateries, malls. Now that Jesus Christ redeemed us after taking on the role of any person, it appears we have not changed for the better. Crime continues unabated. We seem headed to the very reason Gods ire was aroused. The sins that man committed prior to the Great Deluge are still being committed: fornication, same-sex marriage, wife-swapping, husband-swapping, perversion, killing, robbery, prostitution, etc continue without let up. To my mind, government corruption is worse because it involves billions of pesos. It has reached a proportion that became more manifest with the episode of the coming of Yolanda. Again, it is the people that is made to carry the burden that was carried by the generation before us. Christ cannot be made to redeem us again. The next time He comes, it will be as Judge. Are we prepared to accept our judgment? We have been given our chance to make up. He does not have to say anything. Our life is shown in a flash and you yourself cannot deny anything. There can be no better judgment than this. No more need for a lawyer. No more need for witnesses.

When hair is gone

MANY MEN and women over age 50 experience hair loss, from thinning of their scalp to male pattern baldness. And their options are limited. Comb overs and toupees are not very satisfactory. While medications can delay the rate of loss, surgical strategies essentially involving hair transplants are met with varying success. In both cases, generating new hair growth does not happen. The ideal solution would be one that prompts defective hair follicles to sprout new hair, or that allows transplanted follicles to have a greater chance of laying down roots. It is good that now bald is the new sexy so some men (including our 3 sons who have only receding hairlines and still a far cry from natural cue balls) have opted instead to completely shave their heads. Even so, hair challenged people are excited that researchers have developed a way for growing new human hair. It is part of a long-term quest to dramatically improve the medical treatment of hair loss. The technique centers on the behavior of human dermal papilla cells, the ones that make up the base of hair follicles. While the idea of using dermal papilla cells to generate new hair growth has been around for about 40 years, scientists have had a hard time doing it since the cells simply revert back to basic skin cells when theyre put into a culture. Rodent papillae dont have that problem, because they clump together and make it easier for the cells to communicate with each other. Taking a clue from the rodent example, researchers figured out how to encourage the human papillae to aggregate in a culture. After harvesting samples from human donors, the researchers transplanted the cells between the dermis and epidermis of human skin and grafted them onto the backs of mice. After a few days, scientists found that the hair was growing like normal. Researchers are not suggesting that we should grow for ourselves a new head of hair on the back of a mouse. This research is in the very early stages. A magical hair growth tonic is probably still at least a few years away, if its coming at all. The findings may not be the much-sought fix for receding hairlines or bald patches. But they do offer fresh hope for those who suffer from such pattern baldness. Researchers still do not know exactly how papilla cells interact with skin cells. They also need to understand the control mechanisms that determine the various properties of hair, such as color, angle, positioning and texture to make more meaningful recommendations. Nonetheless, the findings suggest some potentially new approaches for generating hair growth. Researchers may now be able to identify a few master genes that regulate the process, and try to influence them. Or, by analyzing how the spheroids work, it may be possible to find drugs that similarly influence hair papilla function. If the results are validated, the scientists anticipate that the technique could be used to treat everything from male pattern baldness to female hair loss and hair loss that results from disease, wounds or from burn patients who have lost the upper layers of skin that contain hair follicles.

The Gospel on Sunday

JANUARY 5, 2014 Epiphany of the Lord (Solemnity) Matthew 2: 1 - 12 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him. When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: `And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

Happy New Year to one and all of the readers of this column.

MERCADO ... from P. 4

know who I am? Contrast that with Johns account read on Christmas Day. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. He came unto is own, and his own received him not. Thieves are lionized here, not ostracized. Cash ushers them to first places at tables. Those in a position to adopt reforms are the very persons who scavenge without let up. Raul and the Lola who wept never read the 92-word greeting that Nobel Laureate ( 1928 ) Sigrid Undset sent. But they embody its message: And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans --- -and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused. And to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.

FR. ROY ... from P. 4

This is the challenge we all have to confront. For sure, it can only be handled properly if we try our best to conform ourselves as intimately as possible to the mind, will and heart of Christ. There can be no other way. For this to happen, we need to pray and meditate on the living and eternal word of God, avail of the sacraments, study the catechism, develop and grow in the virtues, and fill ourselves with the holy zeal to bring others closer to God. This is how we can have a true encounter with the living Christ who often is caricaturized and disfigured by us through our inadequate effort to follow him closely. We many times reduce him to our own terms and schema because we fail to enter by the narrow gate, or we are averse to the sacrifice needed in following him. We have to have the living Christ before we can present and give him to others. Though there will always be obstacles along the way, we are assured that if we persevere and are willing to go all the wayeven to our version of crucifixionthe truth and beauty of Christianity would simply be irresistible. Email: roycimagala@

for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel. Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him bring me word, that I too may come and worship him. When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

ENERGY ... from P. 1

said they pointed out that repair and rehabilitation of energy infrastructure was done faster. For all these reasons, the President, in rejecting Secretary Petillas offer to resign, reiterated that he has no intention of losing the services of an honorable public servant, the statement said. To recall, Petilla earlier vowed to resign from his post if the Department of Energy fails to restore power to Leyte devastated by Yolanda by Christmas eve. Do you want my position if I dont make it by December 24? You will have it. Ill submit my resignation if that is what you want, Petilla told reporters in Palo, Leyte, last November 18. By Christmas, Petilla admitted that three towns hit by Yolanda remain without access to electricity and because of this, he was tendering his resignation. I will have no word of honor if I stay on and in public service, word of honor is extremely important, he said. As of presstime, only commercial areas of Yolanda-hit cities and towns have electric connections. In Ormoc City, restoration work has slowed down as service crews from other areas went home before Christmas to spend the holidays with their families. Many portions of the city proper are still powerless.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 35, Ormoc City R-ORM-11-00172-CV For: LEGAL SEPARATION CONCESA SEJANO CADELINA, Petitioner, -versusPANFILO BULAWIT CADELINA, Respondent. x--------------------x MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF A NEW REGIME OF PROPERTY RELATIONS Plaintiff and Defendant, with the assistance of their respective (undersigned) counsels, unto this Honorable Court, most respectfully state: 1. That they have reconciled and by reason of such reconciliation, this Honorable Court in the Order dated October 14, 2013 ordered the termination of the legal separation proceedings; 2. Considering that the herein parties have adopted a new regime of property relations, i.e., from Conjugal Partnership of Gains to Complete Separation of Property, this Honorable Court directed the parties to submit a verified motion for that purpose, specifying the following: 1. The properties to be distributed to the new regime. 2.Those properties to be retained as separate properties of each spouse. 3. The names of all creditors, their addresses and amounts owing each. 3. In compliance to the aforementioned directive of this Honorable Court, the parties hereby submit the following list of distribution of properties: 3.1 The PLAINTIFF shall have the following properties: TCT No. 6383, Lot No. 1441- M (District 26), TCT No. 53743, Lot NO. 1509 (Can-adieng), of Lot # 5110-A, TCT # 26890 (Linao), of Lot # 2222-E-2-B-1, TCT # 1664 (F. Ablen, Cogon), of Lot # 5160, TCT # TP 512 (Naungan), of Lot # 5854-K-1, TCT # 48012 (House & Lot in Salvacion), Lot # 5273-A-8, TCT # 47328, Lot # 5273- A-10-D, TCT # 47333 (Tambulilid), TCT # 49739-300 sq. m. , TCT # 49737-300 sq. m. TCT # 49709-500 sq.m. TCT #49735-200 sq. m, TCT # 49733200 sq. m. , TCT #49708- 500 sq. m. , TCT # 49710-500 sq. m. , TCT # 49744-170 sq. m. TCT # 49810-100 sq. m. TCT # 49808-100 sq. m. TCT # 50246-100 sq. m., TCT # 49746 -150 sq. m. , TCT # 49748-150 sq. m. , TCT # 49799-100 sq. m., TCT # 49797-100 sq. m. , TCT # 50252 -100 sq. m. TCT # 50254-100 sq. m. TCT # 50249-100 sq.m. , TCT # 50251-100 sq. m. TCT # 50342-100 sq.m, TCT # 50340-100 sq.m, TCT # 49854-150 sq.m. ,TCT # 49827-100 sq.m, TCT # 49825-100 sq.m, TCT # 49749 -150 sq. m, TCT # 49823-100 sq. m. TCT # 49829- 100 sq m, TCT # 49831-100 sq.m. TCT # 50609-100 sq.m, TCT # 50605 -100 sq .m, TCT # 50611-100 sq. m, TCT # 50607-100 sq.m, TCT # 50608-60 sq. m, TCT # 50338100 sq. m, TCT # 50337-100, TCT # 50336 -100 sq.m, TCT # 49855 -150 sq.m, TCT # 49856-150 sq. m. TCT # 49857- 150 sq.m, TCT # 49858-286 sq.m, TCT # 49953-100 sq.m, TCT # 49947-100 sq.m, TCT # 49952100 sq.m, TCT # 49951-100 sq.m. TCT # 499949-100 sq.m, TCT # 50238-100 sq.m. , TCT # 50242-100 sq.m. , TCT # 50240-101 sq. m, TCT # 49861-150 sq.m TCT # 49912-150 sq.m, TCT # 49914-150 sq.m, TCT # 49915 200 sq. m. TCT # 49816-100 sq.m. TCT # 49815-100 sq.m. , TCT #49814-100 sq.m. TCT # 49813-100 sq.m. TCT #50248-132 sq.m. TCT # 49805-100 sq.m. TCT # 49803-100 sq.m. , TCT # 49802-100 sq.m. TCT # 50255192 sq. m., TCT # 49860-150 sq.m., TCT # 49918 -150 sq.m. , TCT # 49946-100 sq.m. TCT # 49950-100 sq.m. TCT # 49944-100 sq.m. TCT # 50241-100 sq.m., TCT # 50239-100 sq. m., TCT # 50243-100 sq.m. TCT # 50244146 sq.m., TCT # 49911-150 sq.m, TCT # 49913-150 sq.m., TCT # 49916- 150 sq.m, TCT # 49917-150 sq.m, TCT # 49919-150 sq.m, TCT # 49730-200 sq.m, TCT # 51201-200 sq.m. , TCT # 51202-200 sq.m., TCT # 51203200 sq.m., TCT # 49859-142 sq.m. , TCT # 50247-100 sq.m. TCT # 49747-150 sq.m. TCT # 49800-100 sq.m. TCT # 49804-100 sq.m, TCT # 49798-100 sq.m. , TCT # 49796-100 sq. m, TCT # 50253-100 sq.m. TCT # 49801-100 sq.m. , all in /Dayhagan, TCT # 16709-150 sq.m. , TCT # 16710-150 sq.m, TCT # 16711-150 sq.m, TCT # 16718-150 sq.m. TCT # 16719-150 sq.m., TCT # 16720-150 sq.m, TCT # 16724-150 sq.m, TCT # 16725150 sq.m, TCT # 16726-150 sq. m. TCT # 16730-150 sq.m. TCT # 16731-150 sq.m. TCT # 16732-150 sq.m. TCT # 16736-100 sq.m. TCT # 16737-100 sq.m., TCT # 16738-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16742-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16743-100 sq.m, TCT # 16744-100 sq.m, TCT # 16748100 sq.m., TCT # 16749-100 sq.m., TCT # 16750-212 sq.m., TCT # 16754-102 sq.m., TCT # 16760-300 sq.m., TCT # 16761-300 sq.m, TCT # 16762-300 sq.m., TCT # 16766-300 sq.m, TCT # 16767-300 sq.m. TCT # 16768300 sq.m., TCT # 16772-300 sq.m., TCT # 16773-300 sq.m. TCT # 16778-100 sq.m.,TC # 16779-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16780-100 sq.m., TCT # 16781-100 sq.m. TCT # 16786-100 sq.m. TCT #16787-100 sq.m. TCT # 16788100 sq.m, TCT # 16789-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16794-100 sq.m. TCT # 16795-100 sq.m. TCT # 16796-140 sq.m. , TCT # 16797-120 sq.m. , of Lot under TCT # 167981,000 sq. m. TCT # 16808-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16809-100 sq.m. TCT # 16810-100 sq.m. TCT #16811-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16816-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16817-100 sq.m. , TCT #16818-100 sq.m, TCT # 16819-100 sq.m. ,TCT # 16824-100 sq.m. TCT #16825-100 sq.m. TCT # 16826100 sq.m. , TCT # 16827-100 sq.m, TCT # 16832-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16833-100 sq.m. , TCT # 16834-100 sq.m., TCT # 16835-100 sq.m., TCT # 16840-100 sq.m., TCT # 16841-100 sq.m., TCT # 1842-100 sq.m, TCT # 16843100 sq.m, TCT #16847-203 sq.m, TCT # 16837-100 sq.m. TCT # 16838-100 sq.m, TCT # 16839-100 sq.m, TCT # 16844-100 sq.m, TCT # 16845-100 sq.m, TCT # 16846100 sq.m, TCT # 16733-150 sq.m, TCT # 16751-100 sq.m, TCT # 16752-100 sq.m. TCT # 16753100 sq.m, TCT #16791-100 sq. m, TCT # 16792-100 sq.m, TCT # 16793-100 sq.m, all in Masarayao; TCT #45192-182

sq.m. , TCT # 45241-150 sq.m. TCT # 45189-200 sq.m, TCT # 45191-150 sq.m., TCT #45563-150 sq.m, TCT # 45564-150 sq.m, TCT # 45565-150 sq.m, TCT # 45949196 sq.m, TCT # 45950-200 sq.m, TCT # 45952-200 sq.m., TCT # 45953-189 sq.m, TCT # 40533-300 sq.m, TCT # 45188-185 sq.m, TCT # 45268-150 sq.m, TCT # 45190-299 sq.m, TCT # 45242-150 sq.m, TCT # 45566150 sq.m, TCT # 45567-150 sq.m, TCT # 45568-150 sq.m, TCT # 45572-218 sq.m, TCT # 45948-200 sq.m, TCT #45951-200 sq.m, TCT # 45954-200 sq.m, TCT # 40697-300 sq.m, TCT # 44720-150 sq.m, TCT # 45240150 sq.m, TCT # 45948-200 sq.m, all in Dolores; and P5,118,229.50 (1/2 of cash asset) 3.2 The DEFENDANT shall have the following properties: TCT # 6382, Lot No. 1441-L (District 26), TCT # 53744, Lot No. 1511 (Can adieng), of Lot # 5110-A, TCT # 26890 (Linao), of Lot # 2222-E-2-B-1, TCT # 1664 (F. Ablen, Cogon), of Lot # 5160, TCT # T -512 (Naungan ), of Lot # 5854-K-1, TCT # 48012 (House & Lot In Salvacion), Lot # 5273-A-7, TCT # 47327, Lot # 5273- A-10-F, TCT # 47334 (Tambulilid), TCT # 49697-500 sq.m, TCT # 49698-500 sq.m, TCT # 49706-300 sq.m, TCT # 49738-300 sq.m, TCT # 49736200 sq.m, TCT # 49734-200 sq.m, TCT # 49743-263 sq.m, TCT # 49745-150 sq.m, TCT # 49811-100 sq.m, TCT # 49809-100 sq.m, TCT #49807-100 sq.m, TCT # 50343-100 sq.m, TCT # 50250-100 sq.m, TCT # 50341100 sq.m, TCT # 50339-100 sq.m. TCT # 49826-100 sq.m, TCT # 49828-100 sq.m, TCT #49824-100 sq.m, TCT # 49822-100 sq.m, TCT # 49830-100 sq.m, TCT # 50604-100 sq.m, TCT # 50610-100 sq.m, TCT # 50606100 sq.m, TCT # 50612-100 sq.m, TCT # 50613-97 sq.m, TCT # 49920-261 sq.m, TCT #49948-100 sq.m, TCT # 49699-300 sq.m, TCT # 49700-300 sq.m, TCT # 49701-300 sq.m, TCT#49701-300 sq.m, TCT # 49702300 sq.m, TCT # 49703-300 sq.m, TCT # 49704-300 sq.m, TCT #49705-300 sq.m, TCT # 49732-200 sq.m, TCT # 49731-200 sq.m, TCT #51204-200 sq.m, TCT # 51205-337 sq.m, TCT # 51206-125 sq.m, TCT # 50344-98 sq.m., TCT # 49711-300 sq.m, TCT # 49712-300 sq.m, TCT # 49713-300 sq.m, TCT # 49714-300 sq.m, TCT # 49715-300 sq.m., TCT # 49716-300 sq.m, TCT # 49717300 sq.m, TCT #49740-300 sq.m, TCT # 49741-300 sq.m, TCT # 49742-300 sq.m, TCT # 49812-100 sq.m, TCT # 51207-100 sq.m, TCT # 51209-93 sq.m, all in Dayhagan; TCT # 16715-150 sq.m, TCT # 16716-50 sq.m. , TCT # 16717-150 sq.m, TCT # 16721-150 sq.m, TCT # 16722150 sq.m, TCT # 16723-150 sq.m, TCT # 16727-150 sq.m, TCT # 16728-150 sq.m, TCT # 16729-150 sq.m, TCT # 16734-100 sq.m, TCT # 16735-100 sq.m, TCT # 16739-100 sq.m, TCT # 16740-100 sq.m, TCT # 16741100 sq.m, TCT # 16745-100 sq.m, TCT # 16746-100 sq.m, TCT # 16747-100 sq.m, TCT # 16757-300 sq.m, TCT # 16758-300 sq.m, TCT # 16759-300 sq.m, TCT # 16763-300 sq.m, TCT # 16764-300 sq.m, TCT # 16765300 sq.m, TCT # 16769-300 sq.m, TCT # 16770-300 sq.m, TCT # 16771-300 sq.m, TCT # 16774-100 sq.m. TCT # 16775-100 sq.m, TCT # 16776-100 sq.m, TCT # 16777-100 sq.m, TCT # 16782-100 sq.m, TCT # 16783100 sq., TCT # 16784-100 sq.m, TCT # 16785-100 sq.m, TCT # 16790-100 sq.m, of Lot under TCT # 167981,000 sq.m, TCT # 16804-100 sq.m, TCT # 16805-100 sq.m, TCT # 16806-100 sq.m, TCT # 16807-100 sq.m, TCT # 16812-100 sq.m, TCT # 16813-100 sq.m, TCT # 16814-100 sq.m, TCT #16815-100 sq.m, TCT # 16820100 sq.m, TCT # 16821-100 sq.m, TCT # 16822-100 sq.m, TCT # 16823-100 sq.m, TCT # 16828-100 sq.m, TCT # 16829-100 sq.m, TCT # 16830-100 sq.m, TCT # 16831-100 sq.m, TCT #16836-100 sq.m, TCT # 16707150 sq.m, TCT # 16708-150 sq.m, TCT # 16799-100 sq.m, TCT # 16800-100 sq.m, TCT # 16801-100 sq.m, TCT # 16802-100 sq.m, TCT # 16803-100 sq.m, TCT # 16755-300 sq.m, TCT # 16706-150 sq.m, (for refund of installment to buyer), all in Masarayao; TCT # 45243150 sq.m, (for refund of installment to buyer), TCT # 45957-150 sq.m, TCT # 40292 -150 sq.m, TCT # 45947200 sq.m, TCT # 40288-150 sq.m, TCT # 40287-150 sq.m, TCT # 40286-150 sq.m, TCT # 40480-300 sq.m, TCT # 40478-314 sq.m, TCT # 40476-321 sq.m, TCT # 40678-325 sq.m, TCT # 40485-300 sq.m, TCT # 45261300 sq.m, TCT # 40679-329 sq.m, TCT #40529-300 sq.m, TCT # 40528-300 sq.m, TCT # 45194-150 sq.m, TCT # 44719-150 sq.m, TCT #45201-175 sq.m, TCT # 45200 -175 sq.m, TC # 45199-175 sq.m, TCT #44718-175 sq.m, TCT # 45258-200 sq.m, TCT # 44714-200 sq.m, TCT # 45208-204 sq.m, TCT # 45206-150 sq.m, TCT # 45228153 sq.m, TCT # 45229-159 sq.m, TCT # 45230-1147 sq.m, TCT # 45956-150 sq.m, TCT # 45186-150 sq.m, TCT # 45187-150 sq.m, TCT # 45571-150 sq.m, TCT # 45570-150 sq.m, TCT # 45569-150 sq.m, TCT # 45235150 sq.m, TCT # 45234-150 sq.m, TCT # 45226-162 sq.m, TCT # 45225-150 sq.m, TCT # 45219-150 sq.m, TCT # 45218-150 sq.m, all in Dolores and P5,118,299.50 (1/2 of cash asset). 3.3 The following properties, all located in Brgy. Tambulilid, Ormoc City, which are presently under court litigations, shall exclusively belong to the defendant and all legal expenses, applicable taxes due on the properties, damages that may awarded by the court for or against the herein parties, shall be for the sole account of the defendant: TCT # 47324, Lot # 5273-A-3; TCT # 47325, Lot # 5273-A-4; TCT # 47326, Lot # 5273-A-5; TCT # 47330, Lot # 5273-A-11; TCT # 47331, Lot # 5273-A-10-A; TCT #47332, Lot # 5273-A10-C and TCT # 47335, Lot # 5273-A-10-I. 3.4 The following properties, which were inherited by the defendant shall remain his exclusive property including the fruits thereon: Lot # 10400; Lot # 10371, Lot # 10139, Lot # 10198, Lot # 10066, Lot # 10401, Lot # 10545, Lot # s 9549 & 9550, Lot #795, Lot # 542 and Lot # 468. 3.5 The properties ,which were agreed to be coowned by the Parties as stipulated in the Compromise Agreement entered into by the Parties on September 26, 2013, shall now be divided into two (2) portions with each Party owning one portion, as follows: (a) of Lot No. 1457, covered by TCT No. 33725, more particularly that portion in Annex A hereof labeled with the name Concesa S. Cadelina, shall belong to the plaintiff, while the portion labeled with the name Panfilo B. Cadelina shall belong to the defendant; (b) of Lot No. 11765-C-3, covered by TCT No. 38226, more particularly that portion in Annex B hereof labeled with the name Concesa S. Cadelina, shall belong to the plaintiff, including the right to collect the rents from the existing and future tenants on the commercial spaces erected (Doors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) on such portion of land, while the portion labeled with the name Panfilo B. Cadelina shall belong to the defendant including the right to collect the rents from the existing and future tenants on the commercial spaces erected (Doors 7, 8, 9 and 10) on such portion of land. The Cadelina Engineering Works, which is also erected on that portion of land labeled with Panfilo B. Cadelina per Annex B shall solely belong to the defendant, including all its equipments and/or tools, the management and all the income thereof; Upon the approval of this motion and the compromise agreement, the contracts of lease executed by the defendant and the existing tenants on the commercial spaces belonging to the plaintiff shall correspondingly be amended to the effect the new LESSOR, the herein plaintiff. Accordingly, paragraphs G, G-1, G-2 and H of the Compromise Agreement dated September 26, 2013 are hereby modified and/or amended. (c) of Lot No. 5-G-10, covered by TCT No. 36863, more particularly that portion in Annex C hereof labeled with the name Concesa S. Cadelina, shall belon to the plaintiff, while the portion labeled with the name Panfilo B. Cadelina shall belong to the defendant; Provided, that with respect to Lot 1457 which is being used as a conjugal dwelling by the parties, none of the parties can sell her/his share, except to each other nor demand a physical partition or subdivision of the improvements erected thereon, which shall remain as co-owned by the parties; 4. Within FIFTEEN (15) DAYS from the FINALITY of the approval by the Court of this Motion together with the Compromise Agreement, the defendant shall turn-over the physical possession of the transfers certificate of titles, tax declarations and such other relevant documents covering the parcels of land conveyed and transferred in favor of the plaintiff per this Motion and the Compromise Agreement dated September 26, 2013, except those properties which need to be physically subdivided, which shall be turned over within the same period of FIFTEEN (15) DAYS after the issuance of the titles and tax declarations in the names of the plaintiff. All expenses in the physical partition, issuance of the titles, tax declaration shall be equally shared by the parties; 4.A. All the terms and conditions contained in the Compromise Agreement entered into on September 26, 2013 that are not inconsistent herewith are hereby affirmed and confirmed by the parties; 5. The parties hereby state that they have no known creditors. WHEREFORE, it is most respectfully prayed of this Honorable Court that the foregoing be duly considered as sufficient compliance to the Order dated October 14, 2013 and that the instant motion be APPROVED. Ormoc City, Philippines. October 17, 2013. Respectfully submitted: (Sgd.) CONCESA S. CADELINA Plaintiff (Sgd.) PANFILO B. CADELINA Defendant Assistant by: (Sgd.) LORETO M.DURANO Counsel for Plaintiff (Sgd.) EVERGISTO S.ESCALON Counsel for Defendant Verification We, CONCESA SEJANO CADELINA and PANFILO BULAWIT CADELINA, both of legal age, married, Filipino citizens and residents of Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, hereby depose and say, THAT: 1. We are the plaintiff and defendant respectively in the above entitled case; 2. We have caused the preparation and filing of the foregoing MOTION together with the attached Compromise Agreement; 3. All the allegations contained therein are true and correct of our personal knowledge or base on authentic records; IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 26th day of October 2013 at Ormoc City, Philippines. (Sgd.) CONCESA S. CADELINA Plaintiff- Affiant Senior Citizen No. 00531 Issued on October 23, 2009 (Sgd.) PANFILO B. CADELINA Defendant- Affiant SSS No. 06-0844176-0 Issued in Ormoc City SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this 26th day of October 2013 at Ormoc City, Philippines, affiants exhibited to me their respective identification cards the details of which are indicated below their respective names above to prove their respective identities. (Sgd.) EVERGISTO S. ESCALON Notary Publc for Ormoc City, Kananga, Matag-ob, Merida and Isabel, Leyte Until December 31, 2013 Commission No. ORM -11-12-009 474 Rizal St., Ormoc City Attorneys Roll No. 32549 PTR No. 3452685 Ormoc City, January 4, 2012 IBP Lifetime Member No. 00881 TIN 113-492-978 Doc. No. 449;

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Petition No. CFN-0006-2013 PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME I, PACIENCIA P. ALMACIN MATUGAS of legal, age, married, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Albuera, Leyte after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, hereby declare that: 1) I am the petitioner seeking the change of the first name in: a) My Certificate of Live Birth 2) I was born on May 1, 1969 at Albuera, Leyte 3) The birth was recorded under registry number 224 4) The first name to be change is from JOSEFA to PACIENCIA 5) The grounda for filing this petition are the following: b) I have habitually and continuously used PACIENCIA and I publicly known in the community with that first name; 6) I submit the following documents to support this petition: a) O.R & comm. Tax cert. b) Police & NBI clearances c) Voters reg. record d) Employers cert. e) Birth cert. (NSO & LCRO) f) Birth cert. certificates (children) g) IDs (UMID, phil. Health, TIN, & PRC) h) Notice of publication 7) I have not filed any similar petition and that, to the best of my knowledge, no other similar petition is pending with any LCRO, Court or Philippine Consulate. 8) Have no pending criminal, civil or administrative case in any court or any quasi-judicial body. 9) I am filing this petition at the LCRO of Albuera, Leyte, in Accordance with R.A. No. 9048 and its implementing rules and regulations. (Sgd.) Paciencia A. Matugas Petitioner VERIFICATION I, PACIENCIA P. ALMACIN MATUGAS , the petitioner, hereby certify that the allegations herein are true correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. (Sgd.) PACIENCIA P. ALMACIN MATUGAS Petitioner SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 4th day of December 2013 in the City/Municipality of Albuera, Leyte, petitioner exhibiting his Community Tax Certificate No. 11355191 issued at Albuera, Leyte on 8-8-13 (Sgd.) MARIA LUISA V. GRANADA Administering Officer EV Mail Dec. 16-22, & 23-29, 2013

Municipality: Albuera Republic of the Philippines)

Extrajudicial Settlement NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late VICENTA GAYO HATAMOSA re a parcel of land designated as Lot 7758-B-5, Psd-08-015180, situated in Barangay Catayum, Ormoc City, containing an area of 2,266 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 38321 was settled among her heirs per Doc. No. 294; Page No. 59; Book No. CXLIV; Series of 2010 of Notary Public Nepomuceno P. Aparis I. EV Mail Dec. 9-15, 16- 22, & 23- 29, 2013 Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the late DOMINGA M. EJADA had left an account with BDO Unibank, Inc. Ormoc Branch under Account No. 004910102771 was settled and quitclaimed unto herself by MARILYN E. ESPINOSA per Doc. No. 302; Page No. 61; Book No. XXVIII; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Ari G. Larrazabal. EV Mail Dec. 9-15, 16-22, & 23- 29, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement and Partition with Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that property of the late JOSE SEVILLA LICARDO, SR. re a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 203, Case -4, Cadm. 519, situated at Ipil III, Palompon, Leyte, covered by OCT No. P-95634, containing an area of 388 sq. m. was settled and partitioned among his heirs and sold in favor of ONOFRE D. LICARDO per Doc. No. 149; Page No. 30; Book No. LVII; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Wilma Cordeno-Matuguina. EV Mail Dec. 16-22, 23- 29, & 30 Jan. 5, 2013.
Republic of the Philippines Local/Civil Registry Office Province: Leyte City/Municipality: Palompon Petition No. CCE-0088-2013RA 10172 PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF CLERICAL ERROR IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH I, SOLAME DEMELLITES OLORVIDA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Brgy. Cangcosme, Palompon, Leyte. After having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, hereby declare that: 1) I am the petitioner seeking correction of the clerical error in: My certificate of live birth 2) I was born on November 7, 1991 at Palompon, Leyte, Philippines 3) The birth was recorded under registry number 91-1492 4) The clerical error(s) to be corrected is (are): Item No. Description From To 2 Sex MALE FEMALE 1 Middle Name Demelletes Demellites 6 Last Name Demelletes Demellites 6 First Name Creselda Cresilda 5) The facts/reasons for filing this petition are the following: For error No. 1: To correct my sex from MALE to FEMALE, which was wrongly recorded, in my birth certificate. For error No. 2: To correct my middle name, the correct spelling I am using is Demellites. For error No. 3: The correct spelling of my mothers last name is DEMELLITES. I am filing this petition to correct such erroneous entry in my birth certificate. For error No. 4: My mother used to spell her name as CRESILDA thats why I am filing this petition to correct her name in my birth certificate. 6)I submit the following documents to support this petition: a) Certificate of Live Birth (SECPA & Office File Copy) b) DECS Form 137-E/Form 137-A/Medical Certificate/Brgy. Clearance c) Police Clearance/ NBI Clearance / Personal Affidavit d) Marriage Contract/Certification of Baptism of my mother e) Birth Certificate of my brother 7) I have not filled any similar petition and that, to the best of my knowledge, no other similar petition pending with any LCRO, Court or Philippine Consulate. 8) I am filing this petition at the LCRO of Palompon, Leyte in accordance with R.A 9048/ R.A. 10172 and its implementing rules and regulation. (Sgd.) SOLAME D. OLORVIDA Petitioner VERIFICATION I, SOLAME D. OLORVIDA, the petitioner. Hereby certify that the allegations herein are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. (Sgd.) SOLAME D. OLORVIDA Petitioner SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 20th day of December 2013 in the city/ municipality of Palompon, Leyte, petitioner exhibits in Community Tax Certificate No. 11295313 issued at Palompon, Leyte on January 28, 2013. (Sgd.) CARMELITA G. LODOVICA Municipal Civil Registrar Administering Officer EV Mail Dec. 23-29, & 30- Jan. 5, 2014

Republic of the Philippines Local/Civil Registry Office Province: Leyte City/Municipality: Palompon Petition No. CCE-0087-2013 RA 10172 PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF CLERICAL ERROR IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH I, ALFREDO CABESAS MIAPE, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Blk 272 Group 4 Zone 13, Pembo, Makati City. After having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, hereby declare that: 1) I am the petitioner seeking correction of the clerical error in: My certificate of live birth 2) I was born on March 15, 1962 at Palompon, Leyte, Philippines 3) The birth was recorded under registry number 91 4) The clerical error(s) to be corrected is (are): Item No. Description From To 3 Middle Name ELBISA CABESAS 6 Date of Birth Feb. 15, 1962 March 15, 1962 12 Last Name ELBISA CABESAS 5) The facts/reasons for filing this petition are the following: For error No. 1: To correct my middle name which was erroneously recorded in my birth certificate. For error No. 2: Due to the erroneous entry in my date of birth, I hereby file this petition to correct such error in my birth certificate For error No. 3: To correct my mothers last name which was wrongly recorded in my birth certificate. The correct entry is CABESAS. 6)I submit the following documents to support this petition. a) Certificate of Live Birth (SECPA) / LCR Form No. 1A b) Certification of Baptism/ Certification/ Passport c) Seafarers Reg. Certificate/ SSS & PRC I.D. Cards d) Police Clearance/NBI Clearance/ Employers Certifications e) Marriage Contract/Cert. of Live Birth of my child/Church Cert. f) Joint affidavit /Birth Certificate of my brother 7) I have not filed any similar petition and that, to the best of my knowledge, no other similar petition pending with any LCRO, Court or Philippine Consulate. 8) I am filing this petition at the LCRO of Palompon, Leyte in accordance with R.A. 9048/R.A. 10172 and its implementing rules and regulation. (Sgd.) ALFREDO C. MIAPE Petitioner VERIFICATION I, ALFREDO C. MIAPE, the petitioner. Hereby certify that the allegations herein are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. (Sgd.) ALFREDO C. MIAPE Petitioner SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 20th day of Dec. 2013 in the city/ Municipality of Palompon, Leyte, petitioner exhibits in Community Tax Certificate No. CC12012 10652982 issued at Makati City on Jan. 16, 2013. (Sgd.) CARMELITA G. LODOVICA Municipal Civil Registrar Administering Officer EV Mail Dec. 23-29, & 30 Jan. 5, 2014

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