There is no stopping CHA CHA
Leo Albert Corocoto
Date: 9 April 2006
Changing of the form of
Government from presidential to parliamentary system? OH! I think it is not
the solution to solve our country's biggest problem... "POVERTY". I respect
for those citizen who are in favor and signed to exercise their rights,
thinking that it is only the solution to make our life better. I rather say
it - as a sign of desperation. And for the opposition - Who wanted that our
president must RESIGN, I think they are SELFISHLY THINKING OF THEIR OWN
PERSONAL/POLITICAL GAIN. What we really need is to CHANGE OUR ATTITUDE,
DISCIPLINE AND have a HONEST LEADERS. Don't blame only the president. A lot
of Local government officials are corrupt they do not honestly implemented
or give what supposedly is for the people. I remember when I was a
lieutenant, I was assigned and visited a lot of places in the Philippines, I
even reached Buntoc Mountain Province.
I sometimes can't bear to
correlate my home province to the other places that I have visited and I
could immediately tell the difference. I loved my Job but I need also a
means of survival for my family and have decided to leave and work in Great
Britain, after 5 years I visited my home province and can't see any
changes…except for an increase of population as evidence by built up of new
nipa huts or probably due to insurgency problem? - afraid that they may be
caught in a cross fire? Now, we are in America it is so sad to think behind
is my Home province Northern Samar - which is still in poverty. A lot of
people especially in the barrios knows only the existence of government
during election campaign/day and left behind to make their own means of
survival. I should say that poverty is the main reason why rebellion/crime
are deepening. But rebellion is not really the solution...In my opinion, I
should say that we need to continue the present form of Government and let
President Arroyo finished her term and renewed ourselves to have an Honest,
Effective and strong Government.
Subject: Army vows to crush NPA's
Date: 08 Apr 2006
I agree with LTCOL USI
comment/s in regards to NPA recruiting uneducated NPA's; I meant who in
their right mind would join their cause. These people should wake up and
look around. Their leaders are really living a good life/style overseas or
in the country. Hope they know that. They have no cause period. These guys
are a bunch of extortionist and a hindrance to economic progress. I was gonna
invest in my hometown; these would have generated a few employment
opportunities but change my mind due to extortion by these guys. Instead I
put it in the bank it's safer that way. NPA's and CT's wake up!
Subject: The real guardians of the people's bill of rights
Name: Marlowe Camello
Telephone: 951 926 6613
March 19, 2006
The best and ultimate
reliable guardian of the people's rights and liberties are the people
themselves - not the president, not the congress, and not the courts, not
the army or police - but the people themselves. In order that we, the people
can take care of our rights, a device has to be created as a vehicle for our
self-protection which we are capable to constitutionally make.
Kindly browse the web site
below and find out what this recommendation exactly means:
You are requested to act as
a co-sponsor for legislation of the recommended measure as a people's
initiative and invite others to join you in this crusade.
California & Philippine Bars
Subject: Maro nga kandidato
Address: Santa Rita,
Mga molupyo han SAMAR ayaw
na kamo paglaom hit kabubwason o asinso hit iyo mga anak. Kay oras ngani hin
election nakarawat kamo hin bayad hit mga kandidato, O diba nabaydan na kamo?
Hi ako na liwat it manunukot ha iyo, kay an guin bayad ko haiyo akon la adto
inutang ha bangko nga hataas an porsiento. Natural la ini pirme kada
election, sanglit kon maglalaom kamo para hit kaupayan hit aton Probinsiya
ngan aton kabubwason, kinahanglan ayaw na kita pagpauwat hit bisan hin-o nga
Kandidato nga TULISAN. AGIDAW-GIDAW AYAW NA GUD KITA PAGPAUWAT SANGKAY.
TIGAMNI NA NIYO INI NGA MGA PULITIKO NGA TULISAN.
Subject: the road sucks!!
Dumaguete City, Negros
Feb. 26, 2006
Just wanna comment..yong
road nyo talagang sira na. I was in
Samar last December and yong sasalubong talaga sayo yong pangit na
daanan nyo. Grabe parang sungka..ano po ba ung mga project nyo diyan at
hindi nyo maasikaso yong daanan nyo diyan? Sayang kasi I was expecting na
maganda yong place nyo. Imbes na maka attract ng mga tourist..nababad trip
po kasi sa daan.
Sana po sa pagbalik ko sa
Samar maayos na yong daan. Tanong ko lang po..bulag po ba yong mga officials
sa Samar o di kaya nagbubulagbulagan lang po. Estudyante pa po kasi
Gun plasters reflect our ridiculous policing system
No. 16, Ground floor, Nam
Kau, Kak Tin Village, Tai Wai, New Territories Hong Kong, SAR
Date: December 30, 2005
Plastering nozzles of
policemen's service firearms every Christmas or New Year's Eve reflects how
ridiculous our policing system is. Absolutely it is a superficial solution
to a deep-rooted problem of the defects of our country's policing system.
Top police officials, even in rural areas may find it effective but it's
funny. If we are to consider the underlying thoughts of it - our police
officials have completely failed to find an effective long-term solution
other than plasters. Isn't it a shame or not?
Our police need not their
service firearms plastered if they had self discipline when they're drunk.
Top police officials need not to have such annual ridiculous media photo
ops, which only reflects how funny and ridiculous our policing system is.
How many stories we have
heard of policemen firing guns with or without plasters in it during
Christmas or New Year's Eve? How many persons have been tortured by the
police even though our 1987 Constitution strictly prohibits it? How many
cases, in particular cases of activists killings, have either have not shown
any progress or suspects not identified because of police' inadequate
investigation skills? How many cases in court have been dismissed due to
inadequate gathering of forensic evidence? The dismissal of murder charges
against the military and policemen involved in the killings of protesters in
Hacienda Luisita in November 2004 speaks to this.
While there is short-term
solution to police's abuses, the government has completely failed to address
the deep-rooted problem. Unless the government acknowledges this problem,
instead of labeling people critical of them that speaks to this truth as
"terrorist or destabilizers" we won't have genuine policing reform. Indeed,
there's more to gun plasters.
Poverty and Terrorism
Address: Catarman, Northern Samar
Date: November 22, 2005
San-o dawla ini matatanggal ha
Samar nga duha nga pulong?
- third largest island
- riko ha natural resources
- vast fertile land
- riko nga kadagatan
- ano pa?...
Ikaw nga Samarnon, nag iinano ka man la?
- napauwat/napabayad kun eleksyon?
- napauwat mga hiwe nga idelohiya?
- nag hihinulat hit hinabang hit gobyerno?
San-o man kita maasenso?
Two thumbs up to the organizer of this website. Locally made
yet at par to world's brightest websites! May you be blessed for the
continuous service not only for Samareños!
Subic rape case: a test to
RP's prosecution system
Name: Danilo Reyes
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), 998 Canton Road, Mongkok, Kowloon,
Date: Nov. 12,
We've heard more than enough
assurances that justice for the 22-year-old rape victim allegedly by US
servicemen will prevail, but we've heard little about how it is met. If
media reports are true, quoting provisions of the VFA, that the U.S.
government can only be made liable, such as taking custody and producing the
accused in court of law, within a period one year until the case is resolved
then this is a race against time.
This case is a test and
challenge to the effectiveness of our police investigators, who are guilty
over practices of extracting forced confessions and torture to gather
evidences, to employ scientific method
to investigate and gather evidence effectively instead - such as forensic.
Our prosecution system, who also has history of exceptional delays in
resolving criminal cases in local courts due to case overload, lack of
qualified staffs, incidents of corrupt practices, ineptness and whose
performance are compromised due to lack of funds among others, would also be
exposed and tested as well.
Our existing law on speedy
trial, the Republic Act 8493, an act to ensure speedy trial of all criminal
cases, would be highly challenged of how it is practically observed in
courts, of which in reality most cases the principle of "speedy trial" has
The judiciary's program -
the Action Program for Judicial Reform (APJR), which was introduced by
outgoing Chief Justice Helario Davide must produced concrete result in
handling this particular rape case. This is a practical test of how the
judiciary delivers justice and justice prevails to victims seeking redress.
Unless these factors are
ensured as well, justice for the victim is far fetched, or worst the victim
would become a victim of political propaganda, grandstanding, media circus
and had to endure intense psychological and emotional pain.
This case is not only
a test of the government's political will to confront head-on its staunch
ally, the U.S. government, but to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice
and prosecute them if allegations are found to be true for interest of its
Filipino citizens and the country's sovereignty.
Logging inside a declared protected area
William G. Granert
Address: 169-G Maria Cristina Extension,
Telephone: (032) 254-7570
Why are the people of Samar
not invoking the NIPAS law in their battle to save the forests inside the
strict protection zone. The NIPAS law says that the zoning may not be
violated regardless if there is private ownership or some other type of
lease agreement. Those persons that have some concern inside a give zone
must follow the guidelines for that zone. If there is no extraction of
natural resources then there is none, period. Enrile can claim ownership of
the TLA but he has to follow the law.
In the Central Cebu
Protected Landscape where my wife is a PAMB member, the local residents
whether they are private owners, have titles, leases or in many cases tax
declarations (which is not a legal tenure instrument) all must follow the
zoning for the area in which they have their claims. The NIPAS does not
dispute their right to own the land, sell it if they want, but the new owner
must abide by the zoning. It is no different than living in the city where
there are also zoning regulations that guide residents behavior.
Another point is that Sec.
Defensor has apparently violated the law himself when he bypassed the
protected area management board. They are the only body that can change any
zoning in a protected area or permit activities that may go against the
present zone regulations. In order to do this there must be public
consultations amongst the stakeholders as to whether or not they want the
change. Defensor cannot just change a protected area without the study and
consent of the PAMB. This point has to be streessed! It it obvious from
Defensor's answers during TV interviews that he has little background in
environment, the NIPAS or natural resources management. He can spout
statistics but it appears that he does not understand what he is saying.
The easiest way to defeat
the logging company besides using the PAMB is for the municipal governments
not to issue any business permits, permits for electrical connections or
other such services where permits are needed.
A municipality in Cebu kept
the Metro Cebu Water District for connecting the electricity to deep wells
so for more than eight years they did not operate.
Subject: Ka makalolooy han
Name: Mark Labong
42 Ground Rd. Ishigaki,
Date: Nov. 4, 2005
Ano naba an nahinabu hito
nga Samar naton? An mga kalsada mga luho, an Catbalogan mahugaw. An
Kapitolyo mahugaw, an provincial hospital mahugaw. Mga Samarnon, mga
Catbaloganon pagkamata kamo. Ano ito nga nagpinauwat la kamo ha atubangan
hito nga mga kawatan nga mga politiko? Bisan diri taga Samar iyo ginbubutos
nga mahimo nga gobernador. May pagkalu-oy ba hito haiyo? mga uruwaton. Mga
waray kalooy han mga kabataan. Yana kay nalingkod na hira ha pwesto waray
daw haiyo panginano ano. Pagkamata kamo. Kitaa la it iyo lugar mga
magtatricycle pagpinadyak kada adlaw. Ano an iyo pag-asenso hito? mga
kawatan, mga buwa-on mga waray alo nga mga politiko sano pa kamo duduktan
hin konsyensya niyo?
Human Rights Advocates
There is no way the NUSP
will back-up the call of different officials in retaining the services of
Gen. Palparan. This organization is a strong human rights advocate. They
will condemn in strongest way any reported violations of the armed forces.
Can you do the same thing to the human right violations of the NPA? I
challenge this organization to condemn in strongest manner the death of some
civilians in the hand of communist guerillas, particularly those that were
killed in an ambush of a van on its way to
A sort of your organization being fair....
Gen. Palparan's transfer
Sep 28, 2005
A very disappointing move by
Cong. Figueroa to bargain whatever power in his disposition just to oust
palparan. Is he afraid of anything? Are the rebels behind his being elected
as congressman of Samar? These are just one of the many questions troubling
the minds of Samarenos. Even with the threat of some elected officials to
withdraw their support to him, still, he insisted of doing everything just
to sent Palparan packing home. Well, barangay chairman can not bring him to
power, maybe the rebels can...
Cata’s call for Palparan’s ouster
faces snowballing opposition
Name: NUSP Visayas
September 15, 2005
Letter to the Editor:
The National Union of
Students of the Philippines (NUSP) would like to clarify several points
regarding your article “Cata’s call for Palparan ouster faces snowballing
opposition” by Rommel Rutor posted in the internet through samarnews.com
last August 24, 2005.
One focal point was the
support of the NUSP to retain Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. in Eastern
Visayas. This is an unprecedented and unmatched stance according to the
principles of the NUSP as patriotic and democratic alliance of student
councils, union and government.
In fact, the NUSP condemn to
its strongest term the blatant acts of human rights violations in the
countrysides especially in Eastern Visayas region which were perpetrated by
the 8th ID formerly under the command of the “butcher” Maj. Gen. Palparan.
Moreover, the NUSP didn’t
only denounce these ghastly and barbaric acts of the military against
innocent civilians; it also conducted several activities like fact-finding
missions, medical and relief operations and other means to alleviate and be
of help to the victims of the militarization in Eastern Visayas. The NUSP
even acted as one of the convenor of the Interfaith Movement of Justice and
Peace (IFMJP)-Leyte Island that conducted several Interfaith Solidarity
Missions and documented numerous cases of human rights violations which were
perpetrated by the military across the region. Thus, these only signify that
the report about the NUSP’s support to retain Palparan has a complete
opposite bearing of the real standpoint of the union.
Another, the NUSP recognizes
Ms. Irene Abainza as member of the alliance but it is very important to note
that Ms. Abainza’s stance, opinion and view is not the view of the whole
alliance. It is therefore prudent and wise to count Ms. Abainza’s position
as an individual and not that of the whole union.
Lastly, we appeal to the
editorial board and staff of the samarnews.com to make necessary corrections
with regards to this issue. We count on your establishment one of the media
outlets that adhere and promote responsible journalism.
For the oppressed Filipino
(Sgd.) Dexter J. Delfin
– President for Visayas, NUSP
Subject: This Website
Name: Rizo Elero
I commend your efforts and
your website for it is very informative and shows some of the limelights
happening in our locality. It keeps me updated on the major issues and to
read some opinions from our kababayans. I happen to surf through Google and
found this out by pure accident. I will strongly recommend your site to our
fellow Samarnons and Leytenos here. More power to you!
Stand of NUSP
Date: August 30, 2005
Gusto ko lang pong
magkomento hinggil sa balita ninyo noong nakaraang August 24, 2005. Hindi po
sumusuporta ang National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) kay
B/Gen Jovito Palparan, bagkus ay madiin naming kinokondena ang kanyang mga
ginawang paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa mga residente ng isla ng Samar at
Ang ginagawang kampanya
laban sa insurhensya ni Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo kasama ang Armed Forces of
the Philippines at ang kanyang tutang si Palparan ay lalo lamang nagpapalala
sa krisis ng ating bansa. Imbes na mga rebeldeng NPA ang kanilang supilin ay
mga inosenteng sibilyan ang kanilang idinadamay.
Nais po naming ipaalam sa
lahat na ang sinabi ni Irene Abainza hinggil sa kanyang argumento kung bakit
dapat na manatili si Palparan ay hindi argumento at stand ng National Union
of Students of the Philippines at walang kinalaman ang nasabing organisasyon
sa kanyang mga sinabi tungkol sa pagpapanatili kay Palparan kundi sarili
niya itong argumento at paninidigan.
Naniniwala ang National
Union of Students of the
na dapat na patalsikin si Palparan sa Eastern Visayas at kasabay nito ay ang
pagpaparesign kay GMA.
Ang National Union of
Students of the Philippines (NUSP) ay miyembro ng YOUTH DARE (Youth
Demanding for Arroyo's Removal).
ang lagay ng taong bayan SAMAR
Name: Cecilio Coretana
Address: 219 South Norfolk St., San Mateo, CA 94401
Date: Aug 20, 2005
Ikinalulungkot ko ang
kalagayan ng aking pinakamamahal na Probinsiya ng Samar. Nasaan ang mga
inihalal na pinuno ng taong bayan, bakit walang magawa ang mga
pinagkatiwalaan ng bayan. Hindi nila maayos ang para sa katahimikan ng
Probinsiya. Halos araw-araw na lang puro kagulohan. Nasaan na ba ang totoong
katahimikan, wala ng respito sa isa't-isa dahil lamang sa masamang imahin ng
politika. Ama at anak pinag-aawayan ang takbo ng mabahong politika. Ang mga
hinalal na pinuno puro lang kayabangan, wala naman sinabi sa katotohanan,
nakikita nila ang taong bayan na naghihirap sila puro lang pasarap.
South Carolina, USA
I wish you can post more
pictures of the Marjorie's Garden in Santa Rita. Does the garden have a
website? I will appreciate any information you can provide.
Subject: Feed my thoughts
August 3, 2005
I've been away from my
hometown of Catbalogan for a couple of years now...and still counting. Can
somebody please tell me about the developments (if any) on our major
highways connecting Leyte?
Nahinumnumdom ako nga
gintikangan na an repair and rehabilitation han mga dalan from Calbiga to
San Juanico. Ano na dawla an kahimtang han mga dalan ngada parte ha
Catbalogan? Baga-baga la ngahaw hin aadto ha bulan?
Salamat gidaan han mabaton.
Name: Tomo Magdadalos
I have not read the house
bill 2266 of Kata Figueroa but if it would only duplicate bureauracy rather
then integrate existing LGU then I would have to agree with Senen.
Name: Julieta Suck
July 12, 2005
Can we not do something
about this extreme corruption in our place? Our first class trees (camagong)
were denuded during the seventies the people of
Samar were not even benefited only the politician from
Luzon. Now the worst part of
it our highway is the most rugged road among the roads in whole provinces of
Samar. An aton mga retirees maski karuyag magbakasyon dire nakakauli dara
han kalsada nga geraraote. Makaarawod ngatanan nga naage deda nagrereclamo,
nag papakiana ano an gin buhat han iyo mga Representante? Bangin maagkaabot
na liwat an mga hapon ha aton dara hito nga nickel nga naton nga third best
in the world. Sano pa kita pagkikiwa con patay na an kabayo. CON DIRE YANA
SANO PA? buligue niyo kami.
Subject: Tipakain na kita ini?
Name: A.B. Dacles
Marahil mapapansin nyo ang
lalawigan ng Samar di maunlad dahil siguro sa talamak na corruption kung
titingnan ang buhay sa bayan at sa baryo malaki ang pagkakaiba mukhang
napabayaan na kaming nasa liblib na lugar bukod sa walang kalsada wala ring
kuryente lagi pang magulo laging may ambush ang NPA at sundalo wala akong
nakikitang pag unlad kung magpapatuloy ang ganitong problema.
Kelan kaya magkakaroon ng
kalsada sa bawat barangay congressman saan napupunta ang pork barrel mo at
ang internal revenue allotment kung walang nakikitang pagbabago ang
mamamayan lalo lang dadami ang rebelde walang gustong mamundok kung maganda
ang buhay ngunit sa hirap ng buhay lalo lang silang dadami they very
hopeless patapon ang buhay nila di baleng mamamatay sa armas kesa mamamatay
sa gutom at takot sa aking pananaw wala ng malasakit ang bawat isa kanya
kanya na, bahala na o Samar o Samar kelan pa tayo mag kakaurosa
Villagers Dessert Calbiga Hinterlands
Address: Miami, FL
Aguidaw, kamakaharadlok ngay-an het situasyon ha Calbiga.
Bisan it kagugub-an, guinhihimo nga postre. Ano dawla kon leche flan o
dulce nga ubi. Does this mean there are cannibals in Calbiga, too?
Aton Eskwelahan Naman, Samar High Alumni Homecoming 2005
Name: Manny Acain
Address: Hudson Valley, NY
Date: 29 Apr 2005
Samar High School tutor to the
Purveyor of wisdom and knowledge to immortal horde.
Builder of character to handle the truth.
Source of excellence and personal growth.
From the frontier days of the Thomasites,
To the modern years of e-mails and websites,
Teachers explain the intricate nature of science, art and history.
Students learn to unravel complex yet enduring academic beauty.
Four years of serious erudition.
Train the mind to logical elucidation.
Prepare the body to conquer the impossible.
And help the soul to tolerate the imponderable.
To preserve the noble tradition that is Samar High,
Pass the torch to the next generation under the bright sky.
Alumni parade keeps past glories and dim memories alive.
In jubilant march back to the Alma Mater's hive.
Every student's immortal soul,
Enriched by endless toil and challenged by elusive goal,
May cherish the humanist tradition,
Of truth, integrity and beauty beyond graduation. .
Why MILA TAN become a monster
Name: Josephine Gonzales
Address: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: 09 Apr 2005
Mila tan could have not done this
corrupt practices had we not allowed her. Allegedly some of Samar's IBP
members and other top government officials down to most of Brgy Captains are
indebted to Mila. No wonder that they keep silent despite blatant
mismanagement of Provincial Government's funds. Till when do we allow
Lets blame not only her, but Us
also, for allowing her to do it to Samar.
Name: Katherine Borromeo
Address: Calbayog City
Date: 23 Mar 2005
Is it true that the Governor
Milagrosa Tan has offered members of Isog han Samar a cold cash of THIRTY
MILLION PESOS just to drop the case against her? And that she hasn't
submitted yet her counter-affidavit to Ombudsman when the others involved
have already submitted theirs? Please give us updates on this... Thanks.
will whip Pacquiao in 12 heats
Name: Francisco Caudillo
Date: 14 Mar 2005
I think the author missed to
review the other fights of Pacquiao before writing this article. MP fought a
lot of taller and quicker boxers in his career and only 9 of those that he
had beaten escaped the KO. Better also to mention for the benefit of the
writer that most of those 9 where fought during the earlier part of MP's
career. The writer must be among those who thought way back then that MP
have no chance of beating MAB. He was wrong then. He will be wrong again
Waging War Against the Rebels and Terrorists in Samar
Name: Katherine Borromeo
Address: Calbayog City, Samar
Date: 09 Mar 2005
The 8th Infantry Division of the
Phiippine Army should not grow weary in facing-off our brothers who continue
to operate against the government. This is one major factor affecting
Samar's development, in all its aspect. With poverty and terrorism still
reigning in Samar, and the corrupt practices of those who are in the
powerful seats in the local government, the Philippine Army should firmly
stand on its principles and mission - never taking a lose grip from God's
mighty hand and watchful eyes - and push forward for peace to reign in the
beautiful island of Samar. To the new commanding general, concerned
civilians will always support the cause of the Filipino soldiers - for peace