(message board 29)
29 April 2006
Whew! This is getting
too personal and adversarial. I hope I'm not getting into Tonyboy's
nerves. I may have to take a little respite from this message board.
Besides, we are taking too much space that others may be hesitant to
post their own messages.
All I can say is as long
as Samar has all these revolutionaries and leftists taking potshots at
sitting officials, it will forever remain in the doldrums that it is
now. Turn back the pages of history and see if anyone with leftist
leanings has risen to lead the province to economic stability and
prominence. Note the words stability and prominence. Nada, zelch, zero.
Someone in Samar News'
discussion forum has initiated a campaign to improve and develop a
barangay in Samar, devoid of political influence of any kind. The group
is still small but pledges have been made and guidelines being drafted.
I challenge Tonyboy and other concerned readers to join in and show that
you really care. This movement will commence with one barangay but
surely will mushroom to a town and eventually the whole province.
Btw, the impression that
I am on Cong Figueroa's side doesn't make me a Calbigan. I could be
Tonyboy's next door neighbor.
Name: Tonyboy Morales
29 April 2006
To Mr. Bystander: Libel
is a silencing tool used frequently by Mike Arroyo to suppress the
sentiments of the people against her queen, Gloria "Makakapal" Arroyo.
In almost all instances, his over-reactions were rebuffed by the courts
of law. Public Officers are subject to scrutiny of the people they
serve. Every single centavo they receive as salary or compensation is
taken from the tax that the people, including myself 'cause I pay my
taxes regularly, painstakingly pay to the government. By the way, are
you paying taxes to support the Philippine government? Since you are in
a foreign land enjoying the luxury life you are in, you are exempt from
paying your dues to the mother land. Am I right? Occasionally, thank you
for the dollars that you send to your relatives (esp. to Calbiga during
fiestas) and please keep sending more to keep the Philippine economy
afloat. And since I pay taxes that these politicos devour, I have every
inch of a right to demand that they make account of every single centavo
that they spend. See: that should have been the most ideal system of
We, the people, are the
customers and our political leaders, the servants. Generic reminders to
politicians to focus on solutions to the real problems in
Samar are not libelous. The term "enriching themselves at the
expense of Samarenos" is a phrase that should remind them that when they
receive their paychecks, it is through the labors and sacrifices of the
common man (I'd like to underscore the poor common man) in
Samar that made them
receive fat salaries and bonuses. That they should be mindful of paying
back the people through outstanding public service is nothing but a
fair request. Without malice, a
libel case won't prosper. I will not personally benefit since
I am not running for any public office nor supporting anybody. For the
interest of public discussion and to answer your points, I am free to
say what I wanted to say as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Freedom of
expression, I may add, is superior than any other right as amp
Try to read the columns
of Neal Cruz and Conrado de Quiroz in the Philippine Daily Inquirer
(inq7.net) in order for you to have good examples of how every Filipino
can demand nothing short than outstanding service from their leaders.
But, since you are now an American, you can understand this better.
Americans hold dear the right of the citizens to redress the wrongs
committed by their leaders. Oh, America, being the bulwark of freedom is
now suppressing the freedom of other people in the Middle East and in
the UN to have other voices different from theirs. No wonder then that
you are acting like you are America.
Moreover, I am thankful
that there are people in Samar like Lingaton and Abaigar-Jaboli who have
balls and guts to tell the emperor that he is naked. To you Mr.
Bystander, may you have balls larger than your myopic eyesight. Again,
my thanks goes to this forum (samarnews.com) that values freedom of
expression more than anything else.
One doesn't have to be
physically in Samar to understand the conditions prevailing in that
province. Everyone has access to the internet, cable TV, telephone and
text messages. I am aware of what's happening there - I can tell how
many Bayan members have been killed since Palparan assumed command till
the time he was relieved; the major skirmishes between the Army and the
NPA's; the plight of the prov'l hospital and the myriad other problems
confronting the province and its citizens. Nothing in all my previous
posts will give the appearance of contempt on my part against the poor
people of Samar. I still consider myself to be one of them.
I am amazed at how you
know who manages to put a spin on almost every item I posted. He must be
very experienced at doing this. Consider the following –
While I mentioned the
names of Rosales, Veloso, Yancha, Rono and Nachura, nothing was said
about these honorable men getting rich at the people's expense. He did.
When I said anyone can
get an education, I didn't mean an Ateneo education. That would be
unrealistic for a poor student from
Samar to study at
Ateneo for a least 4 years unless he gets a full scholarship. One can
get educated right there in Catbalogan! Eddie Nachura attended public
elementary and high schools and went to Samar College for his pre-law,
yet he landed 7th place in the '67 bar exams. Why be so ambitious kung
wala talagang panggastos?
I didn't say it is the
poor people who waste time in the cafes and whine and put blame on
others for their miserable life. I was referring to u-know who.
I will jump into
anybody's defense specially if he or she is the underdog. You can't say
Figueroa is my beloved congressman - you put him in office so he must be
Even if I'm in the other
corner of the world, I have done several philantrophic acts for the
Samar folks, even to people I don't know and those I haven't even met.
As an OFW, I have done my share of helping the Philippine economy. I
would be embarrassing myself if I have to tell how much I have remitted
the past 3 years. I wonder what he has done for Samar, besides posting
all this rhetoric and incendiary articles?
It's grossly unfair and
irresponsible when a person is being pilloried and defamed in the media
and those behind the smear campaign have nothing in their hands to back
up those allegations. They should refrain from publishing libelous
statements or they just might get what they wish for. Clear enough,
Name: Tonyboy Morales
27 April 2006
Mr. Bystander's admission of the
fact that he has not been to
Samar for a good number of years (25 at that!) is an admission of
ignorance of the true state of
Samar. The comfortable life you are in right now, Mr. Bystander,
is far from the conditions your kababayans are experiencing. You are simply
detached from reality and your "holier than thou" contempt against the poor
people of Samar is evident
of your gross misunderstanding of the real issues in Samar. You mentioned the
long list of politicians who have enriched themselves at the expense of the
people of Samar - Rosales, Veloso, Yancha, Rono, Nachura, and I may add Garduce
And if you want the lady
Governor to be included in that list, I would gladly agree with you Sir. Include
the name of Mila Tan who should be blamed and should be made accountable for the
sorry state of the province especially the provincial hospital. What's the
common denominator for all these politicos? They have betrayed public trust by
enriching themselves forgetting the Samarenos. They've continued to allow the
"band-aid" mentality of problem solving rather than look for genuine solutions
for the problems in Samar.
When you asked me if "is it the
congressman's fault that the young are out of school or out of work?" My answer
to that is he is partly to be blamed because public policy, as exercised by
Congress, can correct the mistakes of the system. When you said that "everyone,
rich or poor, has an equal chance to earn an education" is correct to some
degrees if you are talking about public basic education. Which unfortunately is
in a dying state. Equal chance means that one, whether rich or poor, could study
in Ateneo if one wants to without paying the price at 100,000 pesos per
semester, right? Or, you now have a different tune to say about that. Why?
Because the poor people are always asked to "sacrifice and persevere and not
waste their time going to internet cafes and whine and cast blame on others for
the miserable life they are living" and this is equality you are talking about.
You cannot talk about equality Mr. Bystander if your bases are all erroneous.
Try using other terms like equitable which is more proper and
politically-correct. To say equal and one is lesser than the other is
mathematically improbable, right?
Lastly, the problem with you is
your rabid defense of Mr. Figueroa and my problem is my rabid defense of the
correct impressions made by Lingaton and Abaigar-Jaboli about how to prioritize
government projects. Now, I am simply defending the right of these people to
voice out their piece lest they may simply join the chorus of the silenced and
indifferent people of Samar. And, I respect your defense of your beloved congressman. My
hope is for you to respect my opinion, too. I'm not in that position yet to file
a case before the Ombudsman because that constitutional office is being made a
political bargaining tool of Malacanang. But, voicing out the wrongs committed
by the politicos is a must---it may simply be a still voice out of darkness.
Thanks for Samarnews to be that voice in the wilderness called
Name: Antonio "Noynie" Casurao
26 April 2006
I would like to call on
my classmates in elementary at Gandara Central Elementary School Batch
'80, how are you? And even my classmates at St. Michael's High School,
First Year SY 1980-1981. Nahinomdom pa kamo sa akon? Please e-mail me,
those who recognize and let us share our experiences since then.
Huhulaton ko kamo. My
e-mail add is
Tonyboy Morales' response to my
post is typical of a disgruntled citizen, someone who must have pledged his
loyalty to the wrong politician or got left behind by the bus. It's a fact that
in poor or developing countries like ours, the government and the incumbent
always get the blame when people don't have jobs or food to feed their hungry
stomachs. With all those who preceded Figueroa - from Rosales, Veloso, Yancha,
Rono, Nachura, the list is long, how come you are still yearning for livelihood
projects? Why are you blaming the incumbent when he just inherited the huge
problems the province is facing? Why is nothing being mentioned of your lady
Is it the congressman's fault
that the young are out of school or out of work? Everyone, rich or poor, has an
equal chance to earn an education, bakit hindi ninyo magawa? I've seen so many
coming from poor families succeeding in their respective fields. Why? Because
they sacrificed and persevered and did not waste their time going to internet
cafes and whine and cast blame on others for the miserable life they are living.
Fact is, Tonyboy, I came to know
Cong Figueroa only through the internet. I haven't seen this guy for the simple
reason that I haven't been in the Phils for 25 years. I am nobody's puppet, I
don't take sides. It just irks me when people gang up on somebody, without
giving him a chance to air his side.
Tonyboy used terms like
"bucket", "pockets", "mansions and minions", all of these alluding that the
congressman is making a financial killing out of these projects. If you really
have solid proof, Tonyboy, why don't you present your evidence to the Ombudsman
and make a case out of it? If you really believe that public office is a public
trust, by all means, be a hero by playing your cards right.
25 April 2006
We are inviting all bike
enthusiast & cyclist in Samar that there will be a "Tour han Samar 07" a
6 days bike tour/race/fun ride around Samar island, a 500 plus KM., it
will happen on august 2007.
ITT - Gandara,
Catbalogan - Oras
Oras - Borongan (140km)
Borongan - Guiuan (110km)
Guiuan - Basey (95km)
Basey - Gandara (115km)
Sponsored by: Al Figer & Family
April 25, 2006
Looking for Jeramay Arnold. Very
Name: Tonyboy Morales
24 April 2006
The points raised (on
what public work projects need to be prioritized) by Ivy Lingaton and
Mr. Bayani Abaigar-Jaboli are valid and Mr. Bystander's frantics are
merely in fanatic and somewhat lunatic defense of Cong. Figueroa. Are
you the congressman's PR specialist? It is without doubt that politicos
in Samar are interested only in those projects where they could announce
to the whole wide world that they're the benefactors of such projects
forgetting that it is public money that they are using and to such
extent abusing and misusing. As a result, there are more waiting sheds
and covered courts than livelihood projects.
The headline of Mr.
Bystander that "(m)oney spent for those covered courts is just a drop in
the bucket compared with the benefits the
Samar youth will gain" is a good PR statement. But, whose bucket
is it? And, whose pocket will it enrich? The problem is that politicos
are only busying themselves with "band-aid" solutions to humongous
problems of illiteracy and poverty. And he added that "(i)nstead of
having drinking sprees or drug binges, you will see the younger ones
playing their favorite games or socializing with other citizens." Such a
statement is perfect for a political propaganda but Mr. Bystander forgot
that the reason why these people are wasting their youths is because
they're most likely out of school or out of work. You can't simply apply
a make-up to a rotting carcass Mr. Bystander. Address first the most
pressing concerns of the people and kindly tell that to your boss, Mr.
And, having the Japan
loan approved hopefully will truly finance the project and not the
mansions and minions of our politicos. Your advice to them to "stay away
from politics and refrain from criticizing..." has always been the
reason why our politicians are abusing the public office entrusted to
them by the people. Politics is not just for politicians. It should be
for all of us who believe that public office is a public trust.
Name: Marita Flores
Address: Krenkesflot 6-a, Odda 5750,
24 April 2006
Komusta an taga Samar
ngan Leyte nga ada an akon mga kabogtoan dinhe. Ngan komusta an nakabasa
hini nga anak ni Emy ha Cabugawan Buri nga aada ha Taiwan sering han
akon kumari nga aadi ha Norway liwat (Alona Mastelero Strand) Ngan an
taga Ligaya Parlor komusta kamo nga tanan dida??? Ngan salamat kan Melba
nga pinag tanggol daw sila Tony sa kapitbahay nila sa Igot Silanga. Ngan
komusta ikaw Marie aada ha Germany ngan an akon mga kamag anak dida ha
Name: Rosemarie Moreno
Address: Machibun 5-49, Olive
Branch D, Kitakami
Iwate Ken 024-0082, Japan
April 22, 2006
Hello to my friend Rosella
Adjie Cano there in
Oquendo District, Calbayog City kumusta ka na...
Address: Land of Milk & Honey
Money spent for those covered
courts is just a drop in the bucket compared with the benefits the Samar youth
will gain. Instead of having drinking sprees or drug binges, you will see the
younger ones playing their favorite games or socializing with other citizens.
Can't you see the health and social benefits these projects will bring? Ito
naman nga kalsada from Calbiga to Catbalogan, that should have been finished
during Ex-Cong Nachura's term. He is from Catbalogan, kay ano nga guin una pa an
But don't despair, Ivy and company, the Japan loan has
been approved, contracts will soon be awarded and construction will start on the Calbiga-Catbalogan portion of the national highway. Hopefully, it will be
world-class just like the existing Calb/Tac highway. Meanwhile, stay away from
politics and refrain from criticizing and mudslinging. You are an ABAIGAR who
I'm sure has relations in Calbiga. Don't say negative things about the
congressman and his town. Else, why don't you come home and try your hand at
politics. Let's see how good you are!
Date: 21 of April 2006
Para han mga organizer
han SSU alumnni karuyag ko gadla mahibaroan iton mga nahinabo o
kalipayan hiton gindadaos yana nga alumnni home comming dinhe ha SSU.
Please share with us on what is going on now, Please publish the latest
event here in Samar News. Para hadton sugad ha amon nga waray maka
attend heni nga higayod mahibaroan an karisyuhan dida. And I’m calling
the attention of batch 1983 pls get in touch with my email add. I’m
YOLANDO C. MACHATE, I really missed you all guys. Hino dawla iton
masagot hine nga panawagan ko konta nahinomduman pa niyo ako.
Name: Bayani Abaigar Jaboli
Thanks to Ivy K.
Lingaton for writing about a Congressman who spent the people’s money
building covered basketball courts. He even made sure that a covered
basketball court be built also in his hometown of Calbiga. I agree,
Ivy, that repairing our National road from Calbiga to Calbayog or
beyond, should have been prioritized. Siguro diri hiya naagi hini nga
kalsada kay eroplano it iya sinasakyan via Tacloban. From the
Samar side of the
San Juanico bridge to Calbiga, the road is smooth as it is new, built
during the time of the previous Congressman. I was once a seafarer who
traveled to many countries in the world, nakita ko an mga kalsada han
iba nga nasyon, ngan an gi-rarauti nga kalsada amo an kalsada ha Samar.
Para kan Congressman, angay gadman nimo planohan pag-upay hit aton
kalsada antes magplano pag-pakandidato hit asawa pag ka gobernadora.
Name: Ivy K. Lingaton
National Road, Calbayog,
April 19, 2006
Mga hinigugma ko nga mga Samareño. . . . .
Please note mga SAMAREÑO,
bisan di-in ka nga dapit han
Nortehanon, Estehanon o Westehanon, basta Samareño, kay kabutlaw pa han
sobra nga pagka localist naton. May usa nga congressman nga nagpa press
release nga natima niya an wothr 10 million covered courts in several
barangays in his district. . . diri pala maiha, well any fool can do
that, even a moron can do that as long as he has money pero an aton
ginhihingyap an kalibrihan han gutom ngan pagkawara trabaho nga
permanente, por lo menos señor congresista usted pensando para obras de
alma y de corazon. Baga ka man an hi Imelda nga may ada edifice complex,
kasumo pa han mga infra structure nga wara dako nga gamit! Why build a
sport center for people who need to be fed first, at least first give
them a good health program so that they can be of sound body and of
sound mind, then they can think well and feed for themselves, not
nakanganga to the gobyerno para may ada man hira dignidad! Why cover the
courts when people do not have enough pavements to dry their palay on?
Mr. Congressman, paparo-pasyada gad man para ka mahibaro it tunay nga
kinhanglan han imo mga botante! Kulang ngani an kalsada nga bubularan
han ira humay kay an mga kalsada damo na ngani an robat!
The mentality of our
politicians! What a pity! The landscape of our province is cluttered
with waiting sheds, facing each other, reading centers that do not have
a even a page to read. Piers that do not have ships calling, unfinished
structures of gymnasiums or sportscenter that already cost millions.. .
the list of wastes is endless! And call upon us "not to ask what the
government can do for us but what we can do for the government!" (excuse
me JFK) and to do what we can to serve our place when they are doing a
great disservice! Lipaki daw hira mga langit nga naghuhusga! Politicians
frequently grandstand to discredit another for publicity and mud
slinging. . . we have lots of them in our beloved
Samar! Politicos aligning, lying, re-aligning and lying again, all
for the sake of re-election. . . the sweethearts relationship of
party-mates are easily cut-off when they see danger to their respective
agenda and turfs. . .
And do not forget
Politicos dear, to once again place your respective tombstone marks on
your projects, so that long after you're gone, the Samarnons will recall
how stupid you really were.
Aramco, Saudi Arabia
April 17, 2006
Advance Happy Fiesta han
bug-os nga mga taga
San Jose, Dulag,
Kumusta an preparation
para han alumni homecoming. Kunta maging maupay. To Batch 1980 please
post pictures of the homecoming on this website if possible. Also may
ada ako suggestion, kun pwede mag wear an mga participants ng school ID
with their high school pictures and high school uniforms dun sa
parade... FUN... ...I hope to be there.... if not... maybe next time.
Maupay nga aga haiyo nga tanan.
May mga nakikilala ba kamo nga mga De Paz sa Marabut? How about mga Gavan? Akoy
nag hahanap ng mga kamag anak. May kilala ba niyo Chrispin Gavan ay akong tatang.
Name: Nita Hadoypa Turner
355 Randall Dr., Biloxi,
MS 39351, USA
Date: 9 April 06
Komusta an mga taga
Balangiga labi na an akon mahal nga Nanay ngan kabugtoan ngan
kasangkayan. I miss you all so much. And my special aunt Mary if you
read this send me a message maaram ka hit akon Email. Happy Easter to
everyone. Komosta SAMAR LEYTE.
Hello! komosta kayo
lahat dyan lalo na sa mga taga Hilongos,
Leyte... Glad to know this website.... Keep up the good work!
Name: Fe Donaire Bulan
Vista, California, USA
Dear All Zumarraganhons!
I look forward to seeing
you all in Zumarraga during your St. Anthony Festival in June 2006. I
hope to meet and see other relatives from the
Canada, Europe, and other far-away places. Please email me if you are
from Zumarraga and are planning to be there for the festival.