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I am Liza Sabalsa Manahan-Malig.
I am looking for my mom's relatives in Catbalogan, Samar. She lost
contact with them when she left the province 55 years ago to work in
Manila. My mom's full name is: PEREGRINA CEREGINI SABALSA-MANAHAN.
I am hoping that I will be
able to find information about my mom's relatives in Catbalogan,
Engelberth Soriano Jamias
Address: 4318 Montojo St. Makati City
Date: Nov 24, 2015
God is with you, please
hope you would give any information regarding my relatives basay
tacloban. I'm the great great son of don mateo soriano-leoncio/paulina
nantin - son angel, juan nantin soriano and daughter felipa.
Hope you could help me
find some of my relatives, children, cousins whereabouts, thank you
very much and god bless.
Hi would like to say THANK
YOU for having a website like this, for those who are member and to
I was browsing the beauty
of Samar when I was unexpectedly reach on this web, where in, it is
available for those who have missing family and want them to see and
meet. I was really curious when I've read a compose message of MR.
ALBERT ARNAIZ GARCIA who is also looking for his relatives in Samar.
As he indicated there that he was looking for his mother's family
there, where in the name of his mother was exactly the same to my
father's sister whom he never see since she left Catbalogan, Samar
32 years ago.
So I tried to contact him
and finally it’s confirmed that his mother and my father are
siblings. My family and his family meet on March 28, 2015 in San
Pedro, Laguna except me who is in my work that time.
I am really happy as my
father's one of his wish was grant. More power and Blessing to come
to all of you !!!!
Name: Alain Wu
Address: New York, New York 10128, U.S.A.
Date: 18 June 2015
Hope this message reaches
Girlie Grimaldi from Catbalogan City, Philippines. Our chance
meeting at NYC's JFK airport on a layover to Paris was indeed a
pleasure. Thanks for the wonderful company & conversation. I will
cherish the memory as long as I live. I'm also hoping to seeing you
again in the near future - perhaps soon.
Name: Hazel Grace
Address: B83 L32 P4 Mabuhay City, Paliparan 3, Dasmarińas
Date: June 8, 2015
Hinahanap ko po si THELMA
Hindi ko po sure kung yan
parin ang dala nyang apelyido ngayon. Asawa ko po yung anak nyang
iniwan nya sa FLORIDABLANCA, PAMPANGA na si JOHN KENNETH GUARDADO.
Sa mga taong alam kung
nasan sya sana po matulungan nyo ako. Mag bibirthday na po kasi yung
asawa ko sa June 15. Gusto ko po na makita na nya yung nanay nya
kasi alam kong yun po yung gusto nyang mangyari. Sana po matulungan
nyo ako. Maraming salamat.
Sa makakapagbigay po ng
impormasyon sa taong hinahanap ko eto po yung aking number
Hi everyone I’m looking
for my father's family at CATBALOGAN, Samar.
My father's name is Mr.
Antonio Abasola Arnaiz. To my father's family there, papa is in
province now at Bikol, Albay. He never go back to his place since my
oldest siblings birth and my brother now is 33 years old in short 33
years been past he never go back there at Catbalogan, Samar.
We his family are
convincing him to go there but he refuse because as he said he can't
remember anymore on how to go back there. If you are one of his
family please contact me on an indicated number above. I am his 5th
daughter and I want to meet his family too.
Hope this website will
help me to find my family out there. I want to see you all in person
I've been searching all this year through facebook but I failed. God
Name: Ka Chito
Address: Basey, Samar
Date: March 19, 2015
Surely, regular visitors
of this website miss everybody else around here.
May we start reading from
each other again, please. Yes, the good thoughts about ourselves,
our country and our world... it's time we do so much inspiring one
another. It's time we close the old chapter of mudslinging. It's
time we show to the whole world we indeed can follow Jesus Christ's
teaching on loving our fellowmen.
I cannot do anything about
those issues engendered by the Mamasapano faux pas. I can do my
share of pursuing peace for Mindanao, especially for our Muslim
brethren, by keeping a good sense with my faith in Dear Almighty
Kumusta kamo ngatanan,
labi na an akon mga kasangkayan and everyone's special dear friend,
Engr. Ray Gaspay!
As the day Nov 8
approaches I took time to reflect on the post Yolanda situation.
Roads are being repaired. People are ever so slowly putting their
lives back in order. There are still tarps on roofs. Some houses
look the same as they did the day after the typhoon. Most others
have installed roofs but still need massive finish work. My own home
has been repaired at my expense but there are several outbuildings
that are planned but on hold due to personal finance issues. There
are still fallen or broken palms that have not been removed. The
bridge on the Tanauan-Dagami road in Brgy Solano to this very day is
impassable. A few Barangays have street lights. Others none to date.
Government rehabilitation efforts as of last week are being held
hostage to President Aquinos demand that the 8000 page Master Plan
submitted by Senator Ping Lacson include project start and planned
Permanent housing sites
are mired in red tape due to the requirement of a build site be at
least 2 hectares and have a clean title. In most cases there are
more than one lot that compose the site. One lot with a title and
another without a title so the National Housing Authority will not
release funding so construction can begin. Health centers are mostly
repaired. Many School sites have buildings under construction by
either the Korean Military or NGOs.
In this area there is no
hard line phone or cable TV lines. I noted yesterday that new main
Cable TV lines are being installed but the end user lines are not
connected. The local market will be moved to temporary stall sites
so major construction can begin the first week of November. The
relocation of the Police Station and Fire Department is on hold.
There is a NEW first ever locally Land Bank that is to open in
December. The local plaza has several facilities under construction.
All in all things are happening at a snails pace... It will be
several more years before things are back to an acceptable norm.
I've just noticed that
other information in this site are not updated specifically the
restaurants and lodging facilities. I am just concerned for those
visitors who have no any idea about Samar, wants to visit our place
and desired to acquire exact information about our place.
I would to get in touch
with batch 78 SNS pls provide me contact no. of my batch.
Address: Camachiles Resetlement Phase #2, Dau, Mabalacat City,
Date: April 23 2014
My name is Salvacion
Villanueva Rivera I’m 41 y/o a single mother of 3 children. Umalis
ako sa Samar when I was 9 y/o pinasama ako ng mama ko sa isang
kaibigan nya sa Quezon City para mag trabaho sa kanila bilang isang
I’m looking for my family
in Catbalugan Samar sa may Camp ng mga sundalo sa bundok. My
mother’s name is Asuncion Rivera and my father’s name is Teofilo
Villanueva, my siblings names are Beatriz Villanueva and Lolita
Address: Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City, Cavite 4120,
Date: April 08, 2014
I have been looking for
the ascendants of my father, Salvador Velasco Aguilar.
His mother, Virginia
Velasco was from Samar. Unfortunately, my grandmother, Mrs. Virginia
Velasco had passed away when my father was a teenager. We have not
seen any of the relatives of my father from Samar, and we do not
know the exact place of my lola in Samar.
My lola Virginia had two
sisters named Pistang or Teofista Velasco who married to Mr.
Guevarra, and her other sister was Lola Dading.
Please help us have
information about my lola. My lola Virginia and her two sisters had
already passed away. But, we still want to see the immediate
relatives of my father.
Kindly post my message. I
am hoping that you can help us find our relatives.
Please notify me in my
address above. In case there will be kapatid- IGLESIA NI CRISTO who
can read this message, please help me find our relatives in Samar.
The charity has received a
donation of many thousands of Papaya tree seeds, not GMO! These
seeds are to be given away for free to any farmers on Samar who
request them. Intended for the poor or small family farmers, not
plantation owners. Eastern or Western Samar farmers damaged by
Yolanda are encouraged to avail of this free seed give away. Seeds
will be available in March 2014. There will also be some other seeds
available of different vegetables.
Send us an email at
email@example.com or a txt to Marla at 0929-756-6865
Name: Waray Waray
Date: November 20, 2013
The catasthropic typhoon
has came and went, leaving your readers in awe why there's an
absolute silence about the exsistential event on your part. Is there
a systemic failure in Internet infratructure? If so, when can this
system start working again?
You see, without this
site, everyone is kept on the dark about the conditions of our love
ones and all people who maybe lucky or not. From other news sources,
we know that Tacloban was ground zero and death and destruction are
complete and final. However, Samar, particularly, Taft, to many of
us, has so far been in news blackout. Even though, we know that
Samar shared the devastation, still we need to know specifics so
that we may come out of the darkness from news isolation.
Aware that the first
priority is to attain the immediate needs of the victims, we are
still counting your much needed service to give us some sense of
normalcy and deliver us from deep concerns and anxiety on our
thoughts and prayers to everyone. We know you're doing your best to
enable this site at once, and we wish you the very best. God bless.
Your fellow Waraynon,
Address: Bluejay St., Palmera, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Magandang araw po
nananawagan lang po aq sa lhat ng taga GUIAN EASTERN SAMAR kung sino
man po ang nakakakilala kay FERDINAN MODELO JR.
Wala po kasi kaming balita
sa knya mula ng pumasok ang bagyo dito sa atin. Sana po ay makontak
nmin sya sa pamamagtan ng mensaheng ito. Nag aalala na po kami lahat
maaari po kaung mag txt sa akin sa 09074697480.
Maraming salamat po sa
Name: Julie Ann
Address: 704 Apelo Cruz, Pasay City
Date: November 16, 2013
Sa Mga kinauukulan,
Sir good day to all, I am
Julie Ann Avila looking for my relatives Rogelio Avila or Jonathan
Estrella, last Nov 8, 2013 Burauen Leyte hit by Super typhoon
Yolanda until now I didn’t have any news for them I don’t what
happen if they are alive or missing.
Please help me to find
them I saw your column in the net so I’m just hoping and seeking for
help to find my all relatives please sir need your immediate
response thank you so much.
Hi good morning po. Pwede
po ako maki balita sa aking mga anak sa Canteros kina Glenn, Ginlyn,
Jonard Gersin. Kung kamusta na po sila. Kng pwede din po magkaroon
ako ng kontak sa gov.ng Samar. Lubos ko po inaasahan na makkatanggap
ako ng balita jan sa ating lugar.
Kinakamusta ko po ang
kalagayan ng aking mga kamag-anak na sina Olempia P. Verecio at
Romio P.Verecio - Tacloban City. Lita Pacurib – Basay, Samar. Meguil
P. Puncion, Vergenia Puncion –Balod, Basay, Samar. Tansing Pacurib,
Renato Pacurib - San Fernando, Basay, Samar.
Pakikontak na lang po sa #
na ito: 09153867414 - Boy Pacurib Gello-agan; 09296249226 - Jefrie
Pacurib Gello-agan. At kung pwedi manawagan kayo sa TV patrol o
kahit anong media para alam nmin ang nangyari sa inyo.
Please help us to my
brother SANDY TAULE BACANI and his wife and son named Arlyn Gravoso
Bacani and John Israel Gravoso Bacani where leave in Basey, Samar.
We know if there is safe and what is situation there.
I am Eric Lopez and would
like to ask for your assistance in locating a relative of my wife, a
Chinese businessman who has been missing for 16 years now.
His name is Antonio Tan
Kilayco, of Iloilo and former Manager of Zenco Footstep in
Catbalogan, Samar among other branches in the Visayas and also was
owner of Iris Bargainhaus at Allen Avenue, Catbalogan, Samar. This
was in the mid-80s.
Mr. Kilayco is about 60
years old now and had contacts in the footwear business in all of
Hope you can help us by
notifying the Chinese community both in Samar and Leyte. We've been
doing this for years now but w/out any positive responses ... But
it's not yet time to lose hope.
Pls. forward this email to
all the people who could possibly help.
Hi good evening po sa
lahat. I'm happy to find this site.
Magtatanong lng po ako kng
sino pong nakakilala kay Leopoldo Beduya Jr. taga San Jorge po sya,
isa ko po syang friend in how many yrs at may kapatid po syang
sundalo si Jerry Beduya at matagal ko na po syang makita or maka
I need your help po kng
sino pong nka kilala sa kanya pls give my email to him...alam ko
pong hnd na nya ako na alala but I need to talk to him kahit sa
email lng...thank you and god bless.
Name: Cyprian Piroch
Address: 118 Wilshire CT, Elyria, Ohio 44035, United States
Date: 10 June 2013
Hello everyone -
My name is Cyprian Piroch.
I am from Cleveland Ohio USA. I will be in Can-Avid in mid-September
filming an independent short movie. I plan on doing more local
Filipino movies for as long as I can, because of my love for your
country, and will be submitting them to festivals around the world.
I am looking for crew
members and a very simple house to film in. Filming will be limited
hours early evenings during the week and longer hours on the
20th/21st. Extras are needed also. Crew will be compensated based on
experience, although no experience is fine. The ability to follow
instruction is important. Cast and crew will have end film credit as
well as on IMDB.
I have been to your
beautiful country several times and am bringing my friend Mike
Suglio to help me. He is looking forward to seeing what I've been
telling him about for many years. I truly feel at home whenever I am
there. This will be my first time in Can-Avid and am also looking
for a hotel or hostel/pension house in the area for our stay. We are
traveling very light with very little equipment and limited funds.
We wish to be situated in the immediate area rather than travel back
and forth to Borongan or elsewhere, so if anyone has any ideas,
Thank you for reading this
post and I'm looking forward to seeing you all in September.
Hello po! gusto ko po
sanang magtanong kung may nabalitaan po ba kayo na aksidente na
nangyari sa BARUGO last May 19, 2013 po?
May kaibigan po kasi ako
na nagba bike dw po tapos nabangga po nang isang adventure na
sasakyan at sinugod po sa Divine Word Hospital at namtay dw po last
May 22, 2013 at yung lamay niya ay sa ROLLING HILLS dw po at na
cremate po xa last May 26 po.
Galit po kasi yung nanay
niya sa akin dhil ako dwpo may kasalanan kung bakit po nmatay anak
niya, d ko na po nakita yung bangkay at hindi na rin po ako
nakapunta sa Tacloban to check po kung totoo po ba talaga ang
sinsabi ng nanay niya na patay na dw po..!
Gusto ko po sanang malaman
talaga yung tunay na ngyari kaso galit namn yung nanay niya sa akin.
Kaya po sinusubukan ko po na sana matulungan po ako kung sino po ang
makakabasa nitong message q.
Ang tanong q po kung meron
bang tel # cremation sa Tacloban? may number po ba kayo sa Barugo
Police Station? may number din po ba kayo sa Rolling Hills Tacloban?
SANA PO MAY MAAWA SA AKIN
NA MABIGYAN PO AKO KAHIT KONTING INFORMATION PO SA MGA TINANONG KO
PARA DIN PO KASI MATAHIMIK PO AKO AT MALAMAN KUNG ANO BA TALAGA ANG
TUNAY NA NANGYARI SA KAIBIGAN KO PO…
Please txt me or email me
- 09487681618/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Morning. My name is
Anabel De Rosas. I am a resident of Brgy Palid 1 Leyte, Leyte and I
graduated from Leyte National High School with the Senior Class of
Presently, I have a desire
to attend a University in order to continue my education but
mistakenly misplaced my Form 138. Can you please advise me of the
procedure to obtain a replacement?
I really need help with
this matter immediately and I now find myself in a state of
depression due to the failures I've had in other attempts. Thank you
in advance! Please feel free to contacted via phone @ 09086075066
or email email@example.com
Name: Chrisel Mae
Address: Lawag, Galas, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte 7100
Date: May 22, 2013
Hello poh...Good day!!!!
To Amy Francisco,
Gusto ko po sanang
manawagan sa taong nabanggit sa itaas. Gusto ko lang po sanang
magkaroon ng komunikasyon sa kanya. Hindi ko poh talaga alam kung
saan poh sya sa Leyte. Nabanggit kc ng parents ko na nagkroon daw
sla ng lalaking anak ng papa ko. Gusto lng po namin sana makilala at
makita ang anak nya. Her's my number… 09468505309 please text me for
da updates ..thnx poh.
Name: Eric B.
Address: San Luis St., Brgy. Landayan, San Pedro, Laguna 4023
Date: May 5, 2013
I would like to seek your
assistance with regards to the family of late ELIAS BOGTONG, former
town president 1916-1921.
I would like like to know
the story of the family, if there are existing relatives, where does
the late Elias Bogtong live their residence, please furnish us
information about them, we would highly appreciate you're
Name: Linbert del
Address: Brgy. Pal-ew, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
Date: May 3, 2013
To Alma Villamor, her
daughter Arlyn Villamor, Abigail Villamor and her son Lemart
Hello po, gusto ko po
sanang manawagan sa mga taong nabanggit sa itaas. Ako po si Linbert
del Campo, gusto ko lang po sanang magkaroon ng komunikasyon sa
Ako po ang ama nina Arlyn,
Abigail at Lemart Villamor. Kung sino man po ang nakakakilala sa
kanila, ipagbigay alam po lang sa akin. Matagal na po akong walang
balita sa kanila. Nakauwi na po ako dito sa Negros, noong march
2013. Gustong gusto ko po sanang makita o maka usap man lang sila.
Dahil miss na miss ko na po sila. Sila po ay nasa Leyte ngayon,
hindi ko lang po alam ang eksaktong lokasyon.
Sana po may makapagbigay
alam sa kanila na hinahanap ko sila.
Name: Ma. Theresa
Address: Princepe Tupaz St., Novaliches, Quezon City
Date: April 20, 2013
I want 2 see my father's
relatives der in Catbalogan, Samar. He can only remember Maria and
Teresita Morastil Ronquillo d names of his sisters. He wouldn't have
communication 2 them. I wrote dis message to find my father's
relatives there. I hope that through dis message his relatives
Isang mapagpalang araw po
sa iyo sir..ako po si Albert A. Garcia 27 yrs.old nakatira sa Blk.8
Lot 6 Jessamine Street St. Joseph Village 9 Phase 2, Barangay
Langgam San Pedro Laguna. May asawa at 2 anak na lalaki isang 3yrs
old at 2 ˝ months old..at ako po ay empleyado ng isang sangay ng
Gusto ko po sanang matupad
ang matagal ng pangarap ng nanay ko noon pa na makauwi sa kanyang
probensiya sa Catbalogan Samar. 48 years na po niya na di nakikita
ang kanyang mga magulang at kapatid. Sabi niya po sa akin noon pa na
nag-aaral pa lamang ako ay gusto niyang makauwi sa kanila kasama
kami na kanyang mga anak, kaya lamang po ay wala kaming kakayahan na
makapunta sa Catbalogan Samar dahil kapos din po kme sa pera at isa
pang problema ay kung nandoon pa at kung buhay pa ang kanyang mga
magulang at kung makikilala pa siya ng kanyang mga kapatid.
Ang pangalan po ng nanay
ko ay si LOURDES ABALOS ARNAIZ, 58 yrs.old, ipinanganak noong August
8, 1954...16 yrs old pa lamang daw po siya ng umalis siya sa
kanilang lugar sa Catbalogan Samar para magtrabaho dito sa maynila
ngunit hangang ngayon po ay hindi pa siya nakakabalik sa knila..
hangang sa mapapadpad daw po siya sa bayan ng Paluan, Occidental
Mindoro at nakapag-asawa siya dito kay Ausguto T. Garcia at
nagkaroon sila ng 7 anak na limang lalaki at dalawang babae.
Pero ung pang anim na
kapatid po ay inampon ng isa naming kamag-anak at yong pang pitong
babae ay kinuha nman ng isa naming na kamag-anak nung namatay po ung
tatay namin. at yon nga po sa kasamaang palad po ay maagang kinuha
ng ating poong may kapal ang aming Ama noong May 14, 1991 kaya
mag-isa niya po kaming itinaguyod na magkakapatid..kaya lamang po ay
tatlo lamang kaming magkakapatid ang nakatungtong ng kolehiyo sa
tulong po ng mga taong nag-ampon sa dalawa kung kapatid at ako naman
po ay sa tulong nman ng tito ko na may kaya rin.
Kaya lamang po ay
nakapag-asawa rin agad ako at nagkaroon na rin ng dalawang anak kaya
di ko rin po maibigay lahat ng hiling ng nanay ko katulad nga po ng
kagustuhan nia na makauwi sa kaniyang probensiya para makita niyang
muli ang kanyang mga magulang na sina CASIANO ARNAIZ at MACARIA
ABALOS ARNAIZ at mga kapatid na sina LUNING ARNAIZ, DIONESIO ARNAIZ,
LUNCIO ARNAIZ, FERMINA ARNAIZ, MARIA ARNAIZ at meron pa pong iba na
kapatid na hindi na nia matandaan ang pangalan..sila daw po ay
nakatira noon sa Baranggay Sitio Baras Catbalogan Samar.
Matagal na rin po akong
naghahanap sa mga kapatid nia sa Facebook at sa provincial website
ng Catbalogan Samar ngunit hangang ngaun po ay wala pa rin ako
nakikita kahit isa sa kanila.matagal ko na rin po gusting sumulat sa
inyo noon pa man kaya lamang ay di ko po mapagtoonan ng pansin at
medyo busy rin po sa trabaho at pamilya ko...Kaya sana po ay mabasa
nio ang liham kong ito at mapagbigyan nio ang kahilingan kong ito
para sa nanay ko at para na rin po sa aming magkakapatid upang
makilala rin po namin ang pamilya ng nanay namin.
Maraming salamat po at
mabuhay po kayo!!!
Name: Danilo T. Roa
Address: Catbalogan City, Samar
Date: April 18, 2013
TO THE EDITOR
Catbalogan City, Samar
A Call Denouncing REDS Extortion Activities Upholds
I would like to express my
opinion with the recent issue published at InterAksyon.com entitled
Bayan Muna to 8th ID spokesman: 'Show proof Reds fund us or be sued'
wherein Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares challenged the
spokesman of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division Captain Gene Orense to
show proof of his claims that the New People’s Army is funding
leftist party-list groups.
The information Orense
claimed was contained in a document, “Election Action Plan 2013”
that troops of the 87th Infantry Battalion recovered following an
encounter in Barangay Rizal, Basey, Samar.
As an avid reader of your
local newspaper circulating all over Region 8 name dropping to any
party-list groups as front liner of the communist rebels in our
province is not new. In fairness, the drastic reaction of Bayan Muna
Rep Colmenares is a kind of feeling that usually happens when
somebody’s reputation is long time tainted.
I just want to clarify
that I don’t favour anybody but the issue being raised repeatedly
before the Local and National Elections occur sounds so familiar and
seem a sort of media mileage discrediting both their integrity
My stance with this
recycled issue is that I would rather challenge those party-list
representatives especially those allegedly been tag by the
government forces as NPA supporters and sympathizers to do their
homework first, to honestly spend their pork barrel intended for the
underprivileged they are representing secondly, denounce certain
individuals, groups, or candidates who violates Comelec regulations.
Whether it is a
“permit-to-campaign and permit-to-win” scheme this must be denounce
adversely by the Bayan Muna and other parties so that it will
somehow clear dark clouds to any doubting voters that they do not
have connection at all with the rebels and thus, leaving no space
for a candidate to take set in congress or any public position who
tolerates extortion activities made by the NPA just to ensure their
win ability and survive in our country’s political arena.
Thank you and more power.
Danilo T. Roa
Catbalogan City, Samar
Name: M. Acain
Address: San Diego, CA
Date: Feb. 21, 2013
The best for Mr. Foster to
carry out his Dad's last wishes is to contact either the Philippine
Consul Office in LA or San Francisco, via email or website. I'm sure
there's wealth of information available. Borongan, East Samar
capital, maybe another source, but it's half the globe away. Taft,
Samar, my ancestral home, may be another source, also at the same
I'm responding to Mr.
Foster's plea as a grateful human being who happens to hail from
where his father served as hero and liberator to my country,
specifically to Samar, a close proximity in the Battle of Leyte, an
icon in San Diego's WWII war memorial park.
My best his wishes, and
Name: Mark Foster
Address: 5781 Lake Ridge Rd., Ukiah, CA 95482, USA
People of Samar PLEASE
HELP! My name is Mark Foster and I live in California USA.
My father was Glen Foster.
He served aboard the USS Hoel DD533 during the battle of Leyte Gulf
in 1944. The result of this battle liberated the Philippines from
the Japanese. His ship was sunk off Eastern Samar. He was one of the
few survivors. He recently passed away and his wish was to have his
ashes buried at sea near where his shipmates and his ship went down.
If you know of an
individual or organization that might help us to carry out our
Fathers last request, please contact me.
I have a friend that lives
in Inopacan and went to Apid Island for a day on the 13th Jan. When
leaving she said there were big waves and her boat was delayed. Have
not heard from her since. Was there any accidents or storms that
day? Just worried.
Hi Everyone from Samar. I
would like to introduce myself. I am Jules Orquit a.k.a
CowboyNextDoor,an indie Country Music singer from Basey, Samar and I
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This marks the first time
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Please extend my best
regards to Dolores Chavero Tisado and Erlinda Chavero. Happy New
Year sa kanilang dalawa diyan sa BRGY Malitbogay Javier Leyte
Philippines 6511. Miss na miss kona sila at ang kanilang pamilya.
I'm looking forward to hear from them soon.
Name: Ka Chito
Deloria Dela Torre
Address: Pio K. Tabunda st., Sulud, Basey, Samar
Date: December 20, 2012 11:19 nn.
is the last day of the rest of your life.”
How would you feel if
right now you will hear the gal or guy next you make this remark,
although jocosely or un-mindfully?
Well, to some, perhaps,
this could apply by midnight tonight. That is, if indeed, as Mayan
calendar end-world believers have been saying, our life, our Earth,
will come to its fateful end exactly on December 21, 2012. That day
is tomorrow, and it begins at 12:00:01 tonight, which is midnight.
In the Philippines, that is.
Whether liked or not, even
some non-believers have talked of the “last day”. Christian
believers – the preachers or pastors among them citing biblical
verses - counter that only God knows exactly when the world ends. On
the side of science, based on NASA’s continuing researches and
evaluative studies, this “end” can’t be forthcoming until millions
of years later. Some atheists, while agreeing on scientific
findings, insist that we live on an endless planet – that is, if
indeed our Earth is a planet, and not a “heaven”, “paradise”, or
“hell”. Others, whether Christians, muslims, or simply irreligious,
don’t care about any coming end, enjoying life while living being
their lifetime philosophy.
Whatever, there always
comes a repeated moment in an imaginative mind when thoughts about
an imminent end cannot just be avoided. Some minds are said to
engage in pure hallucination. Fewest are considered to be in a crazy
(insane) state. Yet, most, if not all, normal minds get to
experience this level. Finest writers (essayists, poets, novelists,
fictionists), scenario builders or those who engage in events
engineering (men and women whose speculations are often acceptable
to military intelligence and counter-military think-tanks, including
editors of daily newspapers and other media) , as well as public
policy makers and those forever struggling to go beyond
meta-economics, psychologists and psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and
social scientists, and even the most religious leaders, all of them,
actually often resort to visualize for themselves – and the
characters, and the environ in which these characters move, that
they want to influence – probabilities of an end scenario. Even
parents and teachers make simple anticipations. Unprofessional
social media advisors also abuse “friendship” or “relationship” by
commanding (not actually in the sense of an “advice”) someone to go
“ingat” or to “take care” – as if that bestows power on the one for
whom that command is intended. Then there, too, are those who commit
suicide out of depression or cerebral collapse, or think of elixirs,
victor’s screams, or just any resolve as a means to resolve a
thinking conflict or make a prognosis or build along praxis.
Those who care and want to
care offer conclusions – actually endlessly effusive vis-a-vis
issues to hurdle. Yet, it’s much more elusive to both the uncaring
and the carefree. How to face the midnight end of the world becomes
a quandary that yields to a satisficing afterthought. And that is
the ultimate conclusion one gets. An end is an end. Period Nothing
can be done about it. At least for now, for all is too late. Hence,
we have been hearing answers to their own questions, such as the
following: “So be it.” “We should be happy, all our problems and
failures end with the coming end of the world.” “Mga utang di’ na
baraydan.” “Waray na gab-i ug adlaw.” “Waray na magkakasakit.” “Di’
na mamamalit hin botos.” “Waray na tuna ug kadagatan bis’ kun may pa
But there has been no end.
We are still here with our Earth, up to this moment in time. Dec.
21, 2012 was a date or time ahead of our Philippine or Asian time.
Where time was earlier than ours, the world should have already
ended, right at that time. And since you’re still reading this piece
of my mind on print, then you can be sure, midnight tonight
(Philippine time) will not pass as the end of our world, as it will
already be Dec. 22 in places where time ticks ahead of what we have
in our own country.. Therefore, Mayan calendar end-world
prognosticators were as wrong as the rest who failed in their
Having established that, I
agree with the 2012 (or prior) end-world denials made by the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which is based
in the United States. Then, if my sprained pain will allow, I may
join the rest of the media in enjoying the hours of up to midnight
via the Epress It At The Park Christmas Party which unreels at 5
p.m. today at Patio Victoria in San Jose, Tacloban (now 4 years and
3 days old as a highly urbanized city since December 17, 2008). Our
Xmas party begins with a thanksgiving mass to be said by reverend
father Amadeo Alvero, our media chaplain. Dinner forthwith follows.
The ensuring formal program will include the launch of EIATP Media
Awards, short talk from guests, testimonials by EIATP members, and
gifts exchanges. After that will be fun-filled parlor games, under
the skilful management of Eden Benusa, videoke queen and king (“yabag”
edition), pinoy henyo (by pair), Maria went to town (by group of 5s)
and make a Christmas tree (by pair). By the way, thanks to our venue
and dinner host, the lovely sangguniang panlungsod member Kristina
Romualdez. By next tomorrow, many of us who are working for Leyte
Samar Daily Express will converge at the Knights of Columbus
editorial and business office of LSDE along Padre Zamora street,
Tacloban, for the LSDE’s 25th anniversary celebration, to be hosted
by our publisher, Dalmacio “Massey” Candido Grafil and his wife,
Alma nee Montallana, the business manager. Ah, yes, some of our
media colleagues may have a chance to be at today’s legislative Xmas
From the New Testament
(King James Version [KJV], we read in Mark Chapter 13 verses 23 to
27: 23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. 24
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be
darkened, and the moon shall not giver her light, 25 And the stars
of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be
shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the
clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his
angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds,
from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of
Name: Rex B. Cool
Address: New Zealand
Date: Dec. 15, 2012
Christmas Wish ....
Wishes are the usual
Christmas illusions some of us expect to come true. Be it material
things, health, economic upliftment and success to all our goals in
life. Sadly, not all of us are Santa's favorites so we wake up on
Christmas day seeing ourselves in the same old situation. No
changes, - striving for our daily existence.
this be changed?
Barack Obama says Yes We
Can. The USA had been in an economic quagmire for years now. Little
by little, the USA is now coming back to shape. The people placed
back Obama in the Oval Office giving him another chance to change
the economic climate of the country.
So then can Samar rise
again from this political stagnation run by only one family. It is
time for Samarnons to think seriously of the coming election in
2013. Money we get from political candidates is only good for a day.
The value is too little compared to the difficulties we meet daily.
Christmas wish is as follows:
For Governor of Samar,
maybe Sharee Ann still deserve the seat not unless another candidate
can come up with better platform.
For Vice-governor, it's
enough with a Tan as governor.
For Representative of
Congress, Mila Tan had been jumping from Governor to Congresswoman.
I see no standing legacy from her services being a Governor or a
Eunice Babalcon is a new
comer from the Board Member seat. What was her legacy again?
I remember the Villahanon
Pintakasi Road. It was such an examplary work of Bayanihan under the
leadership of Villareal Mayor Renato Latorre who is now poised to
run for the House of Representative. Mayor Latorre deserve the seat
in Congress so that all the good deeds he had done for his town can
be replicated in other towns of Western Samar.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Address: New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Date: Dec. 13, 2012
To my childhood friends,
relatives and Samar National School classmates in Catbalogan City,
Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year! Best
I am glad I could access
your website here in China, I am at least getting an updated news of
Samar and Leyte. Keep up the good work.
Address: 539 Gen. Ricarte Extn., San Antonio, San Pedro,
Date: September 13, 2012
Samarnon ha bug-os nga
Suntok sa buwan, reforming
the political landscape of Samar. You witnessed in this forum how I
shared my vision of transforming the political system of the
impoverished province of my birth, but after reading the post of Mr.
Antonio Morales about the search for a Sec. Jesse Robredo look
a-like in terms of accomplishment, I felt like I am
Nahiya ako sa sarili ko,
not to mention that I felt like Samar is inflicted with incurable
sickness. My goodness 2K for each voter, province wide?, no amount
of a thousands Robredo's will overcome the odds. Kung walang bibili
ng boto walang magbebenta ng boto, baliktad, kung walang magbebenta
ng boto walang bibili ng boto.
Poverty in the
countryside specifically Samar is the culprit. It is only during
election that most Samarenos received a windfall and 2K is already a
windfall to poor Samarenos especially in the hinterlands of Samar.
Even at the Urban areas 2K is already a financial abundance to them,
and it happens without letup as if it is legal. No amount of
gigantic propaganda against vote buying will resolve this problem. I
saw first hand the lives of impoverished Samarenos, unless the
problem of poverty is addressed, vote buying will forever be a part
of Samar political system.
Ngayon nga nagsimula na
ang pamumudmud ng de lata, noodles at bigas wala pang election, wala
namang baha sa Samar nasa Laguna ang baha hanggang ngayon.
Good day. I'm looking for
my long lost sister named PACITA BARBO (maiden name), 60-year old,
born in Brgy. Camcuevas, Gen. MacArthur, Easter Samar. Her mother is
a certain FAUSTINA BARBO. Anybody knows her whereabouts, pls contact
me @ 09196061418. Thank you.
At exactly 12:15 high noon
of last Monday, August 13, 2012, I exclaimed in surprise. “Mr.
President! President Barack Obama!!”
Everyone in the spacious
hall of the building where followers of Metropolitan Bible Baptist
Mission in Basey, Samar, Philippines holds its regular religious
activities on assigned days and hours, turned their heads, in
All eyes were asking:
Where, where is the President of the United States of America?
Then all laughed, as I
pointed to the person across the table, in front of me. I really
thought the US President was before me. How I wish!!
The man before me had just
arrived, but I had not noticed his arrival and his having occupied
the chair across the table. It was only when I raised my head, as I
sifted the spaghetti which newly married Michael Unabia De La Torre
and Kishbel Rabi prepared for their guests who gathered around them
as they exchanged “I do’s” before Basey (Samar) mayor Junji
Ponferrada about an hour ago, that I saw this person.
No, he was not Barack
Obama, but he looked like the US president at the time that I raised
The look-alike? MARLOU
DAGOTDOT PALO, an agrarian reform beneficiary of Basey, who is
presently helping the Department of Agrarian Reform municipal office
via the formation of core groups and conduct of trainings for core
group leaders and members.
Marlou, the look-alike of
Barack Obama, was the second Basaynon to have been noticed by me.
The first one, as published in QN on the first year of Pres. Obama,
was Myron Gandia.
Address: Catbalogan City
Date: Aug 24, 2012
A Robredo in Samar?
The sudden demise of DILG
Sec. Jesse Robredo opened the nation's curiosity about whether good
governance is possible in a land of the corrupt and grafters. Sec.
Robredo's life and works are now coming in the forefront and they
are illuminating the entire country that yes it is possible. A
decent man who made war against traditional politics in Naga, he has
shown that being good is actually the anathema of being bad. Always
unassuming and humble, Sec. Robredo led the way in making good
governance possible even with utmost adversity.
Is it possible that we
have a Robredo in our midst in Samar?
Naga is the epitome of a
good transformation. The people of Naga are proud of their
achievements. They tell you that money politics do not hold them by
the neck. They tell you that performance politics is the thing in
Naga. If you perform well, you get elected or re-elected.
Samar has been lagging
behind its neighbors in terms of development. Case in point is
Southern Leyte. It is better off now than Samar. Samar used to
produce senators and top government officials who perform well in
the national scene. Now, Samar has a representative/congresswoman
who is in the top list of those who have no bills proposed or
Why do we continue to have
incompetent officials? Money politics is the answer. Truly, the
Tans, the Uys, and the other dynasties in Samar could not be blamed
alone. They have a willing partners in the voters themselves. Waray
mapalit kun waray mabaligya. The seller of votes is as guilty as the
buyer of votes.
The most important thing
to do is for us to look for a Robredo-like and start weaning
ourselves from the clutches of money politics. Only when we are
already free to vote for those who won't pay for it will we be able
to move to greater heights.
Date: August 23, 2012
Catbalogan town fiesta is
upon us once again; maupay nga patron.
My hope that tradition and
custom relative to the celebration never change, since the place had
undergone massive transformation. The place can be likened to that
post WW2 town, where new buildings have emerged, and none of the
original structures are standing anymore. Sense of nostalgia and
sadness can only be felt now; gone are the warmth and welcoming air
that permeated the place, that feeling of joy of the day may have
I hope I'm wrong, and only
a product of my personal experience and observation. However, I
trust that anticipation of celebratory air never fades. The people
of Catbalogan makes the fiesta, after all.
Address: NorthWest, USA
Date: 11 Aug 2012
I have been using this
site on and off for over 4/5 years. I used to enjoy reading the
Discussion section, but over the past few years it has gone down
hill due to those on here for whom decide they desire to push
"their" own issues with regards to those factions, ie: NPA, etc. to
the point it just pisses people off. I for one will not take sides
nor do I condone the actions of these groups. To kill a fellow
Filipino for what ever reasons is WRONG.
There were members on here
who lived in the Philippines or other countries that would discuss
issues. Because of the few on here who would take these issues and
try to push their own points of view of casued many members to
depart. I for one still try to make weekly reads of what the news is
going on in Calbayog City. I enjoy this city as for a few others
down south in Leyte.
I don't blame those pinoys
for whom live in the States to decide that it was time to depart
this site. They as many others non-Filipino members look at the
Philippines as a beautiful country and culture. Having visited and
lived in the Philippines for over 35 years, it is a country that I
most enjoy. My extended family for whom live in Samar and Leyte are
most important to me.
It is time that the
younger Filipinos for whom live in these areas to stand up and take
charge of how "they" want Samar and Leyte to look like in the near
future. It is time to take control of the trash and cleanliness of
their cities, Barangays and islands. On my last visit, I could see
some efforts being made, but there is still much to do. A beautiful
country that I enjoy and love needs to step up and work harder.
Educating the people of
the benefits of a clean city, town vs a dirty city or town both in
appearance and health is most important. Recently, the USNS Hospital
Ship Mercy was in Calbayog City. A visit for which I missed by a
month or so. I know that many Filipinos were helped and that
projects were done. I am proud for what these medical people did
from many countries for the poor Filipinos of the area.
From the first time I
stepped into Calbayog City over 30 years ago, I have seen it grow.
At the same time, I see that there are some areas where there still
needs work. I am proud of the work and attitudes of the people for
whom live in Calbayog City for their hard work in keeping their city
clean and beautiful. Keep up the outstanding work. Be proud of your
city. I am looking forward to the new mall that I hope will be open
when i return for a visit and retire.
One last word with regards
to the very few that consider these small groups in the Philippines
a good thing. As I said, i will not take sides as "I" believe that
there are issues that need to be addressed to make the entire
country and its people a place where every Filipino is happy and can
provide for their families without struggling or reverting to
killing and stealing from a fellow Filipino.
Name: Allan P.
Address: Eascom Village Purok 5 Maulong, Catbalogan City,
Date: July 28, 2012
Good day to all Samarnon.
Let me start this by small introduction for you know me more.
I am Allan P. Calda
graduated from Samar State University previously as SSPC Bach 2000
of Engineering, and after I graduated I toke my review and board
exam as Registered Master Electrician (RME), Registered Electrical
Engineer (REE) and luckily I pass that board exam and working in
Manila for five years from that day I pass that board exam in some
prestigious company in Manila. Mostly in a construction firm, and
after over looking for my better future I have decided to go to
Middle East for a better work and income and luckily I was selected
for first 3 years in Dubai from year 2005 up to 2007 due to the
crises in Dubai financially called recession.
I have tried my luck
working in Doha Qatar where again I was lucky and selected to work
in Doha Qatar where it offer me good work and income to and at the
same time by the year 2009 I took my board exam in Doha Qatar as
Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) and same I was lucky again to
pass that board exam and in the same time since I am here in
Catbalogan I took my PTR number including my License to and I am
practising here my profession in my home town in Catbalogan City,
since presently my profession is in demand in terms for electrical
application connection yes I am signing that electrical plan for
some people who are coming here in my place! And in terms of pricing
for my professional fee I am not asking to much coz presently I am
here in my province practising my profession I am leveling the
standard rate here in our province in Catbalogan City.
This is to anyone who need
my service and my signature as PEE I am most welcome anytime just
come here in my home town personally and we can discuss the price or
my professional fee.
Daniel C. Talde
Address: c/o UPV Tacloban College, Magsaysay St., Tacloban
City, Leyte 6500
Date: July 18, 2012
The Division of Social
Sciences of UPV Tacloban College is hosting a symposium entitled
“Asian Modernity, Middle East Security and International Relations”
to be held on August 1, 2012, Third Floor, New Library Building, UPV
Campus from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
following speakers are respected faculty members of their respective
1. Renato Cruz De Castro,
Ph.D. in Government and International Studies, University of South
Studies Department, De La Salle University
Topic: Teaching International Relations in Philippine Setting
2. Tina Clemente, Ph.D. in
Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman
Assistant Professor, Asian
Center, UP Diliman
Topic: Rise of Asia and Reflections on Development
3. Henelito Sevilla, Ph.D.
in International Relations, University of Tehran
Assistant Professor, Asian
Center, UP Diliman
Topic: Middle East Security and Implications in the Philippines
This symposium is a good
avenue for students, faculty and the media here in Eastern Visayas
to acquire knowledge about International Relations from such
esteemed political science academics.
In line with this
activity, we would like to invite you and those who are interested
in attending the aforementioned symposium.
For further inquiries,
please contact me through my mobile number: 09194707404 or e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you and be part of the event!
Name: Philip B.
Address: Calbayog City
Date: 14 July 2012
In response to writer
Chito dela Torre's plea or search for a waray nominee to the post of
chief justice I noted that we have two who were nominated by their
peers to the said position. They are Rafael Morales, from Calbayog
City and Rufus B Rodriguez, with roots from Pambujan or Palapag of
I never met Rafael Morales
but I learned he graduated from UP and was 4th place in the bar
(late 70's); engaged in law practice mainly in metro manila; wrote a
book on financial or commercial laws while Rufus Rodriguez who also
hails from UPLaw, wrote his first law book (on transportation laws)
while he was still studying law at UP; was law dean of San
Sebastian, immigration commissioner, and presently congressman of
Cagayan de Oro City who speaks fluent waray even if his family
relocated to Mindanao over a generation ago due to his father's work
These nominees may not be
the shoo-ins for the post but they have a good record that justify
their nominations. I am proud of these waray-warays and wish them
Name: Paz Aban
Address: 352 Highland Circle Strathmore AB, Aberta, Canada T1P 1V5
Date: July 4,2012
Hello ngatanan han mga
Catbaloganon. Patron na man kaupay daw hit paguli ano?
Of course, a Waray lawyer
of the caliber of retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio
Eduardo Bermejo Maga-Nachura, or “Justice Eddie”, of Catbalogan,
Samar, or of the famous founder of Sanghiran san Binisaya ha Samar
ug Leyte (Academy of the Visayan Language of Samar and Leyte) and
eventually considered as the “father of the national language” of
Filipinos, in whose memory a historic big street and a law college
had been named, Justice Norberto Lopez Romualdez of Leyte, could fit
to the open position of Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme
Court. (By the way, both Nachura and Romualdez were born in June,
the former on June 13, 1941 [happy birthday, idol!], the latter, on
June 6, 1875 [died of illness in 1941]. It was at the Justice
Norberto L. Romualdez Law College where I finished my law studies
and granted the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1985. That school had
been producing top caliber lawyers, some of whom became regional
trial court judges. It was the best law school in my time in Eastern
Along this tangent, I am
wondering if Associate Justice Vicente “Ching” S. E. Veloso of the
Court of Appeals would welcome being nominated to that vacant
position of Chief Justice. He is my idol. Retired public servant
Henry Lagrimas, who is now back to broadcasting and related media
work, knows that. It was Ching who inspired me to join the
Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP)
in1987. Born on January 7, 1945, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws
degree in1971 at the Ateneo de Manila University. Before his
appointment to the Court of Appeals, he was law practitioner as a
senior associate of the ACCRA Law Offices and a managing partner of
the V. Veloso & Associates. He also served as a chief legal counsel
of ALU-TUCP. From 1989 until his latest appointment, he was
Commissioner of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). Oh,
very much YES. He is a Leyteńo and is very fluent in the Waray
dialect. Will you please nominate this good and very helpful man as
our next Chief Justice? (Actually, I requested Rene Bajen, who was
in Manila last week, for the contact address and number of our idol,
for that purpose, except that Rene was enmeshed in processing
documents for some Warays whom we have helped claim for compensation
under the second trance of the martial law human rights victims
My position here is my
answer to a call from Senator Chiz Escudero. Chiz, the Senate
representative to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), said the
search for the next chief magistrate is not limited to applicants
and nominees from Luzon and from within the Supreme Court. Thus,
Escudero is encouraging the people from the Visayas to participate
in the selection of the next Chief Justice by nominating candidates
from the region they feel fit to occupy the top post in the Supreme
Court. Under the existing JBC requirements, all court applicants
must be Filipino citizens; possess proven competence, integrity,
probity and independence and a member of the Philippine bar; at
least 40 years old; and have been in the practice of law in the
Philippines for at least 15 years. In addition, aspirants for the
top magistrate post are now required to submit a waiver on the
confidentiality of bank deposits, income tax return (ITR) and the
opening of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN),
as a result of the proposal put forward by Escudero to the JBC
following the conclusion of the impeachment of former Chief Justice
Sen. Escudero has said:
“The hunt for the next Chief Justice is an open season and is not
limited to the Supreme Court justices. We need someone who is
neutral and not identified with partisan groups. Applicants and
nominees within and outside the highest court of the land are
welcome as long as he or she is qualified, reputable and has a clean
The deserving Waray can
apply or be nominated either by a group, by an individual, by a
classmate, by a friend, or by a relative. Chiz says, “It doesn’t
really matter for as long as after being nominated, he should
manifest his intent to accept and he should manifest before the
committee that he is accepting the nomination. We will be accepting
applications and recommendations until June 18.”
So, that’s it. Today and
until tomorrow morning, Samarnons and Leytenhons can finalize and
complete their nominations. For tomorrow, June 18 is the deadline.
By tomorrow afternoon, that final nomination paper should reach the
JBC. Sen. Escudero should be able to see it. Okay, let’s go!
Among the nominees outside
the Supreme Court as of June 8 are former University of the
Philippines law dean Raul Pangalangan, Revenue Commissioner Kim
Henares, family law expert Katrina Legarda, Solicitor General
Francis Jardeleza, dean emeritus of the Ateneo Law School Cesar
Villanueva, and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. Five sitting
magistrates of the Supreme Court – Associate Justices Antonio Carpio,
Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Arturo Brion
and Diosdado Peralta – are automatically nominated for the top post
by virtue of seniority.
Name: Camelo R.
Address: P-2, San Rafael, Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur 8500,
Sir/madam.. tulungan nyo
akong makapasok sa Phil. Army andito po ako sa 4ID nag process
ngayon hindi na ako natawag para proced ng neuro. Mataas ang ratings
ko sa PFT at TREADTEST ang PAATB ko 83.67 lang bakit hindi ako
natawag. Mabuti pa ang iba na retaker sa PFT ay naka proced ng neuro.
Sir, Madam sana tulungan nyo akong matupad ang aking pangarap. Buong
buhay ko hinangad kong maging sundalo. Sana bigyan nyo ako ng
pagkakataon na maging isang sundalo.
I am looking for an old
friend, my best friend who is from Daram, Samar. I lost contact with
her some 15 years back and i would really appreciate it if you could
locate her for me.
Many, many thanks,
Vergel De Dios
Address: Quezon City, Philippines
Date: April 27, 2012
Good day, I am looking for
my godfather Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao and my search lead me here at
samarnews.com. My mom and I are trying to contact the website
administrator yet we always fail. We also tried to contact the
Philippine Councilor's League branch near ours but they didn't give
us the contact number of the Samar branch. I'm hoping that there
will be a good response to this matter. Please contact me on the
email provided above and may the Lord bless you all.
Hello I am in search of my
birth mother whom I was told was from Samar, Leyte area when I was
born in 1956. Her name at that time was Eufemia Lim Sison and she
would be age 75 now. I am told this is where her family was also. If
anyone has information that would help me in the search for her I
would be very thankfull. I am in the USA and would love to contact
her. Thank You.
Hello, I am in search of
my mother who, I have been told is from Samar Leyte. If anyone has
information on the whereabouts of Eufemia Lim Sison please contact
me. Thank You.
Name: Ka Chito
Address: Pio K. Tabunda, Sulod, Basey, Samar
Date: April 4, 2012
the Holy Week
What do Baptists and other
non-Catholic groups do during the Holy Week? Do they also observe
the Lenten Season?
There is no readily
available citation in the Holy Bible about a “holy week”. Make no
mistake about that. No one should be blamed why this two-word term
is incessantly getting as popular as Jesus Christ Himself.. The
general conclusion from what nations and peoples understand is that
it’s always good to observe a holy week. At least it makes one
feel he or she is “holy” even for a short period of time only.
Thus, whenever this week or any other time someone says he or she is
“holy”, and says that to other persons, whether boastfully or for
whatever intentions, you, or those who happen to listen to that
ascriptive [this adjectival word was first used in year 1650,
according to Merriam Webster] statement, need not react or comment.
It means nothing. Holy is “banal” in Tagalog, “sagrado” in
Philippine languages. Maybe, one becomes “holy” only by how others
In my whole lifetime as a
Roman Catholic, I am told that the Holy Week had been introduced and
continues to be professed by Roman Catholic leaders. Early yesterday
morning, I came across with different information and claims on the
subject matter, from various internet sources. On April 10, 2006,
the Catholic Online posted “Interview With Father Juan Flores Arcas”
part of which states:
“The roots of the liturgical observance of Holy Week go back to the
“In this interview,
Benedictine Father Juan Javier Flores Arcas, president of the
Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Rome, explains the history of
“Q: Has Holy Week been
observed as such since the beginning of Christianity?
“Father Flores: The most
ancient original core of Holy Week is the Easter Vigil, of which
there were traces already in the second century of the Christian
era. It was always a night of vigil, in remembrance and expectation
of Jesus Christ's resurrection.
“To it was soon added the
reception of the sacraments of Christian initiation: baptism,
confirmation and the Eucharist, so that it became in turn the great
sacramental night of the Church.
“Subsequently, the Easter
Vigil was extended in time and transformed into the triduum of the
Lord's passion, death and resurrection, which St. Augustine already
mentioned as a very generalized celebration.
“This triduum added to the
existing vigil other important moments of the celebration,
specifically, the memorial of the Lord's death on Good Friday, and
Holy Thursday. The latter involved no fewer than three very
different Eucharistic celebrations.
“According to the various
sources of different liturgies, a Mass was celebrated to reconcile
sinners, a Chrism Mass and a Mass in the evening to commemorate the
institution of the Eucharist.
“In the present-day
liturgy, the Easter triduum begins on Holy Thursday evening with the
Mass of the Lord's Supper and is united to the first day of the
triduum which is, in itself, Good Friday of the Passion of the
In www.jencollins.com, I
found this part in the brief discussion:
“Holy Week observances
began in Jerusalem in the earliest days of the Church, when devout
people traveled to Jerusalem at Passover to reenact the events of
the week leading up to the Resurrection.
“Egeria was a Christian
who traveled widely during the period of 381-385 and wrote about
Christian customs and observances in Egypt, Palestine, and Asia
Minor. She described how religious tourists to Jerusalem reenacted
the events of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday afternoon, the crowds waved
palm fronds as they made a procession from the Mount of Olives into
the city. Of course, the observances must have begun quite a number
of years before Egeria witnessed them, or they wouldn’t have been so
elaborate. It’s just that Egeria’s description is the earliest we
still have. The tourists took the customs home with them. Holy week
observances spread to Spain by the fifth century, to Gaul and
England by the early seventh century. They didn’t spread to Rome
until the twelfth century.
“The purpose of Holy Week
is to reenact, relive, and participate in the passion of Jesus
Christ. See Honest to God for an explanation of what we accomplish
by doing this.
“Holy Week is the same in
the eastern and western Church, but because eastern Christians use
the Julian Calendar to calculate Easter, the celebrations occur at
As for today, Holy
Thursday or Maundy Thursday, here are what http://catholicism.about.com
“Holy Thursday -
Commemoration of the Last Supper
“Holy Thursday is the day
that Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His ... the lead-in to
Good Friday; it is, in fact, the oldest of the celebrations of Holy
Week. ...” and “Holy Thursday is the day that we celebrate the Last
Supper, at which Christ instituted the Mass and the Sacrament of
After I wrote “Semana
Santa in Basey” in year 2008 (published as a feature article in
Leyte Samar Daily Express and also in samarnews.com), I had been
thinking about what other religious groups in that heavily religious
town do in commemorating the Holy Week. Here are what I gathered as
of Tuesday (April 3, 2012) noon:
To the Open Door Baptist,
pastor Danny Balagapo says that the season’s purpose is “to remember
the Death of Christ, who gave salvation through His death on the
cross, that whosoever believe and receive Him can avail the
salvation, that is why, as a Christian, we obey and follow God’s
will, because He is (the) only God that promises eternal Life.”
Pastor Douglas D. Dela
Torre of the Metropolitan Bible Baptist Mission clarifies: “Baptists
normally don’t join the Lenten celebrations. However, we can’t deny
the fact that Jesus Christ died, was buried and risen more than 2000
years ago. In this light, we take this season as an opportunity to
tell people the true message – in (compliance) to what the Bible
says – and that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ
just happened once and for all, and is enough for anyone who
believes in Him to be saved.
“We believe, as the Bible
teaches- that believers don’t need to do the same sacrifices Jesus
did since He alone is worthy and able to save us. Furthermore, we
only are to trust Him, follow His command.”
Pastor Guillermo “Guil”
Mendova Gacutan of the Basey Baptist Church has preferred to state
his view in Waray, thus: “Ine nga kada tuig nga pagselebrar hit kan
Hesukristo sakripisyo ha krus ha kalbaryo, nga gintatawag “semana
santa”, Nakakabulig gad ine pagpahibaro ngan pagdumdom nga mayada
Hesu-Kristo nga ngsakripisyo, namatay ha krus, nga dapat diri ibale
waray iton nga Ginoo nga magtaralwas nga nagsaki8t ngan namatay pero
nabanhaw liwat. Ha mga tawo nga tinood nga mga kristyanos gindadara
hini matin-aw ngan matadong an mensahe han kia Kristo gilalabawe nga
sakripisyo pinaagi hin hul-os gud nga pagrekognisar nga adto nga Iya
paghalad han Iya hamili ngan baran nga kinabuhi diri la ngani sadang
it pagselebrar hin usa ka semana la ha usa ka tuig, Kundi ha tanan
nga panahon eselebrar pinaagi hin kinasing-kasing nga pagpaubos,
pagbaya hit mga igindidire han Diyos ngan pagsarig kan Hesukristo
basi hi Bibliya nga may larulabaw nga otoridad hine nga Baraan nga
Kasuratan kay hit mga tradisyon hit tawo ngan hit kasingbahanan o
mga relihiyon. It iginpapahayag ni Kristo nga Hiya la it dalan,
kamatooran nga kinabuhi ngan Hiya gud it tinood nga manonobos aada
la ha Bibliya makikita. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12) Pagsalin-urogon naton
it sakripisyo nga gilalabawi ni Kristo pinaagi hin hul-os gud nga
pagbulag ha ngatanan nga makakaruba han kanan Dios iginhatag ha
Ginoo Hesukristo, bag-ohon na ngadto ha pagkamatinoohon kaupod it
pagrekognisar han Iya mahinungdanon hin duro nga sakripisyo ha krus,
nga kinahanglan gud magpaubos ha Iya, kay namatay hi Kristo tungod
ha at mga sala. (Romans 5:8) Ha pagbalik, it pagselebrar Dapat ha
tanan nga panahon may respeto ig mga tawo ha Dios ngan ha tawo gihap
nga ig-uundong,iigpapasamwak it kamahigugmaon, pagkamaupay,
kagamhanan hit Ginoo diri la ha mga pulong kundi ha pamatasan. Pero
it susi la hine, it pagbuhat hit kada tawo hit iya parte, it
pagbasul hit iya mga sala, ngan karawaton hi Kristo nga magtaralwas,
kay Iya na ginbuhat an iya parte PAGHALAD HAN IYA KINABUHI.”
Address: Water Dam Rd., Olongapo City 2200, Zambales
Date: February 29, 2012
Currently, the boy is
confined at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in
Tacloban City. I am trying to get in touch with the good Governor of
Samar, Hon. Tan, but to no avail.. Despite of this, I am still very
thankful that handful of people from the social media, facebook have
started sending financial aid for Rian, but we still need help
Anyone interested in
lending help may contact OSCAR (KIM) ESPINO @ 09216083437,
09052559008 OR LANDLINE # 053-523-0145.
My advance thanks.
ROLITO G. SABULAO, USNAVY-Vet
Date: 15 Feb 2012
Crown of thorns en masse
The SC Justice Corona
trial is just the beginning of the SALN issue. A Pandora's Box of
SALN issues now lie lurking in the shadows for all those required to
utilize the SALN process by under-reporting on their SALN. Now that
the wealth of any accused impeachable member of government can be
scrutinized as a result of "accusations;" specifically, elected
officials; have now invited personal scrutiny of their own assets be
it in the form of questionable funds or real property. I honestly
believe that more than 90 percent of those required to submit SALNs
would be as guilty as SC Justice Corona of gross dishonestly and
violating the public trust.
This is in connection to
what had happened to the Supervisor of Catubig I District where she
is allegedly asking for something in return of assigning new and old
teachers in a nearby location of Catubig, even without the so called
The same situation also
happens in District II where many of our new teachers didn't come to
experience being stationed in their respective station given in
their Special Order, kuno! Because it is according to their trend
and system that if you are a new teacher you are to be placed first
at the farthest area or barangay.
I am quite a reader, ngan
aram ko nga an Superintendent la an may kapas nga mag assign, mag
reassign, appoint and reappoint teachers, that is according to the
civil service rules and regulations. So, why do these things
continue to happen? I keep on asking when will this END! I believe
its proper and fitting that we act on this now, not tomorrow or the
other day. KAY KAIRO MAN SITO ADTO SA HARAYO, NATOOD LA ITON SAN
MAYOR KAY BAG - O MAN LA SIRA!!!
What's the use of stashed
cash when you could no longer enjoy them. Thief (este Chief) Justice
Renato Corona has been enjoying the brilliant performance of his
defense counsels, particularly ex-Justice Serafin Cuevas, during the
first few days of the impeachment trial. But form will never be able
to topple substance. The weak performance of the embattled
prosecution team was totally wiped out when they were able to
present evidence about the under-declaration of Corona's Statement
of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
Waray-waray Miro Quimbo,
Marikina Congressman and prosecution team spokesman, said that the
dishonest Justice undervalued his Cash and Cash Equivalents by 700%.
In accounting, cash value will be the easiest to determine because
its face value is its value. Unlike real estate that could have
several "values" like historical cost, acquisition cost, tax
assessment value, and fair market value, cash is cash whether they
are deposited in a bank or stashed under your bed.
The Supreme Court has
issued another TRO purportedly to block the Senate convened as an
impeachment court to subpoena the foreign currency deposit units (FCDU)
or dollar deposits of Corona. Just like in Erap's impeachment case,
the people of the Philippines will rise up and demand the head of
Corona to fall because of the massive corruption even in the highest
echelon of powers of our land. Kun ha uyag na chess, Corona has been
check-mated. Whatever actions he will now do will no longer be in
furtherance of his claim of innocence but merely in order to cover
his corruption tracks.
Neal Cruz of the PDI even
said that he holds a copy of Corona's dollar deposit account with an
opening balance of $700,000. That is equivalent to 29.5 Million
Pesos. Not only that, it is just one of the five dollar accounts, so
you can do the Math.
In the end, the kickbacks
and graft fruits will continue to haunt Corona. Corona will go down
in history with tainted reputation the same way his benefactor
ex-President and now detainee Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
It is so disgusting that
majority of our kababayans are wallowing in the mud of poverty while
these supposedly guardians of our morality have been found violating
the very trust we have reposed on them.
My verdict: Corona is
guilty of gross dishonesty and violation of public trust.
A desperate and discredited minority of the
General Council of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)…
“Desperate and discredited minority” is more appropriate to the
Mendoza camp (or probably, only Atty. Mendoza and his two sons), for
trying to grab back power, after the elder Mendoza voluntarily
tendered his resignation on 19 October 2011.
…tried but failed to grab power…forcibly enter
the TUCP premises last night (25 Jan.)
TUCP President Herrera’s group has legitimacy over the TUCP
Headquarters. Not those hooligans who have been ordered by a
resigned president, with the prodding of his two sons, to illegally
occupy the property, “in desperation.”
Senator Herrera, as TUCP President has the responsibility to make
sure that TUCP properties are not ransacked, abused, and
President Herrera was with only 7 other individuals when he went to
To “forcibly enter” is a lie. The Senator is not crazy to storm the
office with 25 hooligans waiting, probably with arms, with only
The police would not intervene on either side, but only tried to
keep the peace.
The resigned president ceased to have authority over TUCP, the
building, and properties. It is they who forcibly took over and
occupied the building, preventing legitimate officials and staff
from performing their legal duties and functions.
… General Council formally voted him
out as TUCP Secretary-General
The General Council meeting organized on 24 January by Atty. Mendoza
was illegal and nothing but a meeting of associates.
a) The meeting is not valid. Atty. Mendoza, having resigned as
President effective 01 November 2011, had no authority to call a
b) The election/selection on a General Secretary was not in the
c) If Atty. Mendoza were still President, the GS position would not
have been vacant;
d) There was no quorum. The election/selection of GS is not valid.
(Published news article says only 11 members of the General Council,
mostly ALU, were present. There should be at least 16 General
Council Members present to constitute a quorum).
The TUCP Constitution has specific provisions for expulsion or
replacement of an elected officer. Except Atty. Mendoza who had
resigned, no TUCP elected officers have been expelled or replaced
financial anomalies, loss of confidence and
gross mismanagement of TUCP affairs during his tenure.
“Financial anomalies, loss of confidence, gross mismanagement”
…these are serious, intellectually dishonest, allegations. Former
President Mendoza should reminded that all these happened (if at
all), during his time as president. He was responsible for these
anomalies. He was the competent authority of TUCP until 01 November
2012. His accusations should have been written and the accused given
due process. True to form, he did neither.
The external audit could not have been done, as he himself said:
“Since there were adverse findings in the external financial audit
and the refusal of the former finance officer to turn over finance
documents, President Mendoza has ordered to secure official
financial documents. The TUCP bldg and compound are locked. Some
personalities are not allowed to come in.”
…TUCP condemns the series of illegitimate acts
and overt attempts of Mr. Herrera to grab power and arrogantly
impose himself as the President of the TUCP.
The position of TUCP President was handed over to Senator Herrera
through Atty. Mendoza’s voluntary resignation, stupid! His
succession is legal based on the TUCP Constitution, period.
His (Herrera) irrational behaviour last night
(25 January 2012) magnified his embarrassing fall from grace. His
actions show a reckless disregard in upholding the interest of the
TUCP as he attempts to drag the entire organization into the mud
“TUCP being dragged into mud” started long ago when the TUCP
people/workers couldn’t see the possibility of change in the
organization’s undemocratic leadership. It will be dragged deeper
into mud with another Mendoza, a son being groomed, to be the next
The root of all these problems is the cunning attempt to install a
Mendoza sibling ALU President and a another Mendoza sibling TUCP
…I would like to apologize to our social
partners and supporters for the confusion as a result of his
misrepresentation; and, to our brothers and sisters for the pain and
anguish that Mr. Herrera has caused.
Our social partners, local and international know the real score.
Our brothers and sisters in the TUCP have been hurt more with the
continuing attempts of the former president and his cohorts to cling
to power, only for family interest and aggrandizement.
Our brothers and sisters, our socials partners, know when enough is
I tendered a letter of resignation as TUCP
President on October 19, 2011 effective November 1, 2012 to bring up
discussions on major transparency and accountability issues in TUCP.
I later, retracted my resignation after the General Council refused
to act on the letter and even as they pleaded for me to remain and
continue as TUCP President.
Tendering one’s resignation to bring up discussion on transparency
and accountability is incompetence. He was the president then, with
all the powers to ensure transparency and accountability.
He is retracting his resignation because his sons and advisers
needed him to continue as president to ensure they take over the
Insisting to remain president after resigning, even with advanced
age and difficulty managing simple meetings is disservice to TUCP,
to members, and workers.
No leader is indispensable. Even a congressman is not indispensable.
…he also set up a rump group of minority
members of the TUCP General Council to inflate his ego. Let me
reiterate that of 25 affiliates, 18 remain under our leadership in
He claims 18 affiliates are with Atty. Mendoza, and he can’t muster
a quorum? Seven (7) ALU federations and four federations is the
support he has.
The General Council has deemed these acts as
illegitimate and acts of disloyalty inimical to the interest and
earned reputation of TUCP.
Bro. Herrera is the legitimate President, under the TUCP
Constitution, upon Atty. Mendoza’s resignation. It is he who does
not respect the Constitution. His group says it’s only a scrap of
paper, technicalities, etc.
…On that regard, I wish to assure our
supporters, partners, and affiliates that I am in control and in
command of all the federations, offices and continue to enjoy the
recognition and support of local and international organizations and
governments. This is because of the trust reposed upon me by the
majority of TUCP General Council, whom I will serve as President
until December 2012.
When one says that, it usually is more of assuring one’s self. He
feels that his control and command of his domain, and recognition
and support of others are fading. He has no majority in the
Executive Board and in the General Council. Good luck Mr. Former
I also wish to convey to the public that the
good men and women in TUCP are doing their best in dealing with this
issue for the sake of the highest best interest of the trade union
movement in the Philippines.
The Mendoza’s are not the only good men and women in TUCP. Although
I highly doubt if they indeed, are.
HERRERA NO LONGER TUCP GENERAL SECRETARY; GOOD
RIDDANCE TO THE FATHER OF LABOR CONTRACTUALIZATION- TUCP
There is nothing in the Herrera Law that authorizes
contractualization.The fault lies with the martial-law PD 442 Labor
Code Article 106, which was used by DOLE to allow job contracting.
Senator Herrera had no hand in this Presidential Decree.
DOLE Department Order No. 10 allowed contractualization. It cannot
be blamed on Senator Herrera. TUCP vigorously objected to the Order
through the prodding of Senator Herrera.
In fact, the Herrera law RA 6715 passed in 1989 provides eligibility
for union membership for workers from the first day of employment.
The Congressman probably has not read, or worse does not understand
the law, or relied on people who know no better. Things like this
are the ones which drove us to lose confidence in his faulty
representation of workers.
“Herrera and his ilk like Alejandro Villaviza of Philippine
Federation of Labor do not have any unions and members to speak of…”
Alejandro Villaviza is a self-made man. He has served with
distinction in TUCP and in Congress.
A former congressman and main author of bill on labor relations
which eventually became a law; a successful lawyer; workers’
delegate or adviser to the International Labor Conference for a
number of years; workers’ representative to various tripartite
bodies, including the TIPC, the DOLE National Efficiency and
Integrity Board; etc.
He is a better man than many I know, congressmen and ordinary people
alike who have never authored a bill that was passed into law; a
bully because he hides behind numbers; behind an ageing father;
behind a controlling wife; or even a scheming adviser.
“Herrera mismanaged the TUCP as General
Secretary and mishandled the funds…. An ongoing external audit
conducted has initially surfaced unliquidated advances of 2.5
They say they took over the TUCP building because a TUCP official
refused to …” turn over finance documents.” So where did the basis
of an external audit (done by ALU persons) come from? Lies used to
be supported by more lies!
Take away Mendoza’s millions, and what do you have?
“His departure opens up a new chapter in
history for the TUCP. “We are happy to begin anew in TUCP without
Herrera, Villaviza and other supposedly labor leaders who do not
actually have followers…”
Congressman Mendoza is not a TUCP Official. Despite his resources,
their group cannot muster a quorum.
It is actually Atty. Mendoza’s departure which prompted federations
like NUBE, NLU, PAFLU and others to reactivate their membership in
The TUCP Party are the ordinary workers who
are just trying to make a better life for their family through an
honest living. TUCP has no place for crooks,” said Mendoza.
Yes, the TUCP Party is for workers. That is why we are filing for
the replacement of Congressman Mendoza as TUCP Party List
Where is the TUCP Party List Countryside Development Fund (CDF)
going? Not to TUCP! Not the affiliates. Maybe their own select
In response to Rex B Cool.
The source of the Joma to return to the Philippines article lies
solely with the ANAD Party List. There are no recent news items of
the supposed 26 Dec 2011 event. As of this posting there is nothing
about Joma being en route via any form of transportation either. I
will believe that Joma is here or has returned when we see the
current news coverage of his arrival without suffering the same fate
as Ninoy Aquino under Marcos.
The signing of any form of
agreement that makes reference to a shift in CPP NDFP social and
political influence most likely will not happen. If it does happen
that Joma makes it back to Philippine soil; rest assured his coming
days are most likely numbered for a plethora of reasons to include
personal health and well being.
I can predict his next
form of income will be a book about his time as an exiled wanna be
Address: Sun Diego, California
Date: December 24, 2011
Merry Christmas and a
Joyful, Peaceful, Healthful New Year.
Address: New Zealand
Date: December 22, 2011
It's quite difficult to
conceive this report on the Communist leader stepping on Philippine
soil to sign MOA with Pnoy.
Firstly, the Peace Talks
has been stalled. Both side cast the blame to each other on the
failure of the talks.
Secondly, Sison is not
dumb to set his foot in Philippine soil knowing he will be arrested
right from the tarmac.
On the other hand, if
there is truth on this report, then Peace might as well be attained
by the Filipino people through this visit.
But whatever it is, A
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL SAMARNON.
Address: 15 Woodcrest Ave., White Plains NY, 10604 New York,
Date: December 18, 2011
Kumusta na dida ang mga
kababayan at mga ka batch ko ha SNS 1984. Pag response man gad kun
nakilala ka ha ak.
Address: New Zealand
Date: December 14, 2011
What's going on in the
Malacanan vs. Supreme
Malacanan vs. CGMA !
AFP vs. MILF/MNLF !
AFP vs. CPP/NDF !
Election Recall !
Killing here and there !
Mining and earth devastation !
When will all these end?
When will they realize
that all these can be resolved without grandstanding? Diplomacy and
honest talk on the table can save the economy and the pride of all
If it is war and
destruction that is needed to save the ire of our country, so let
there be war and destruction. Do it fast to minimize the losses.
Make it less painful so that people can rise to a new beginning.
KANANGA, Leyte --- “It was
a joint declaration. The Leyte Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC)
affirmed Leyte as “Manageable Conflict-Affected and Development
Ready” province. Salas was not there (was hiding) when the ‘lawful’
declaration was signed by members of the PPOC.”
These were the few
comments of the Commanding Officer of the Army’s 19th Infantry
Battalion in connection with the statement of the deposed priest and
NDF-EV chairman, Mr. Santiago Salas published by an NPA affiliated
media website on December 12. As expected, Salas (in his own)
refuted Leyte PPOC in proclaiming the province as “Manageable
Conflict-Affected and Development Ready” on December 8.
Salas statement was plainly
opposing the proclamation which was strongly believed by local chief
executives to open doors for more investors to come and do business
in Leyte and its towns. He wants the public to ride on his defunct
issues. He even ironically cited that the people are living better
with the New Peoples Army than the duly constituted authority
Mr. Salas, as he used to
be, was completely daydreaming; threatening and even agitating the
public when he said that Leyte was a social volcano waiting to
explode. Recycling his issues, Salas simply revealed the National
Democratic Front’s anti-peace and development agenda while
continuously shielding the Communist Party of the Philippines’
ultimate objective in turning the republic into a communist and
Lt. Col. Cabugon,
Commanding Officer of 19th IB urges the local chief executives and
stakeholders not to be caught with Salas’ fascinating allegations.
Salas’ desperation and disagreement on the PPOC’s decision was a
clear manifestation of his disrespect to the duly constituted
“I am confident that the
Leyte PPOC chaired by Gov. Jericho Petilla can sustain peace in the
province. Leyte is no place for insurgency. Never will it be a lair
of NPA’s again.” Cabugon deliberately stressed.
Cabugon is challenging
Salas to spend some of his good times to visit the towns of Carigara
and Jaro and see for himself if there has been any abuse committed
by the military. He said that militarization will never be an issue
again since the PPOC itself demanded no pull out of troops in Leyte.
Cabugon clarified that the
towns cited by Mr. Salas to have been occupied by government troops
were indeed true. But the soldiers were in those towns to conduct
peace and development activities and to protect the civilians
against Salas’s idiocy.