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By George Dodge

1. You should purchase your new car at or around Christmas time because with everybody buying their Christmas presents, not many of them are looking to buy a new car, and it forces dealerships to up their sales strategies.

Salesmen are more willing to haggle down to your prices to close the deal.

2. You can also get a good deal from July to October because that is the time of year when dealerships are trying to get rid of their inventory to make way for the new models.

3. Purchasing a car online is becoming a great way to get a new car. Just wait for good rebates and incentives online and shop around.

Print out your information from the best quotes and bring it to the dealer that you are most willing to work with.

Bringing in lower quotes from another company might be your best bet in getting a good deal.

4. You should visit if you are hoping to find new car prices, dealer incentives, and the best rebate offers.

This site is the first place that you should go for great advice on buying a car. It's even more informative than the Kelley Blue book. This program for buying new cars can literally save you thousands of dollars.

5. A good place to start when going into a dealership is to bring a copy of your credit score with you.

It can lower your interest rates on your car loan. Your car dealer should not know more about you than you do.

6. You can avoid a common scam that dealerships pull. You will often hear that your financing fell through and that you have to respond by paying more money on your loan.

Don't believe it. It's another reason for you to get a copy of your credit score.

7. Another common scam by dealership salesmen is for them to tell you that they have found you a lower rate, but that they want you to re-sign your loan papers.

Usually, that is a downright lie. Once they pull up your financing information, they have the upper hand if you don't know the details about your credit information.

You can get a copy of your credit information online at for about $10-$15. It's better to pay $15 now than thousands later.

8. Don't bring in a car for trade in if you still owe money on it.

The dealership rarely pays the rest of the loan on time which will result in you having to pay a great deal of late fees to the bank.

If you do decide to bring a car in that you owe money on, get it in writing from the dealership that they will pay the balance on the car within 10 days.

9. Sometimes a dealership may not have all of your options and must order the car directly from the dealership.

If this happens they will often ask you to pay $500-$1000 for a deposit on the car.

Try not to pay more than $500 and be sure to pay with a credit card because sometimes the dealership will tell you that there was a price increase on the vehicle and will want more money.

If you pay with a credit card you have room to dispute the amount being taken from you. If you pay by check, you can just consider the money gone.

10. You should never buy a car when you are in desperate need for one because a dealer will see that and take advantage.

You should never wait until an old car is dead before searching for a new one because you should give yourself time to shop around for one and get the best deal possible. Desperation often clouds your judgment.

About the author:
George Dodge is the webmaster for 1st Choice Auto Parts that has been expanding to include all things related to automobiles, including, parts, accessories, apparal, books, posters, insurance, loans, and articles to name but a few.

A trusted aide of Gov. Erico Aumentado was moved out from his office and transferred to the office of the Provincial Government Media Affairs (PGMA) effective last Friday.

June Blanco who acted as private secretary of the governor was given instructions that she should no longer be stationed at the governor's office following the complaint of a job seeker who was allegedly insulted by her.

Isabel Tagab, a casual employee of the Loay-LGU, in tears, narrated to the top rated DYRD program "Pulso" on how she got slighted by Blanco.

She said that instead of politely asking what position she was applying for, Blanco asked her "do you want to apply for governor?"

"That was one of the most humiliating moments in my life," Tagab commented while narrating the sad tale over the airwaves.         

In order to air her side, "Pulso" co-anchor Fred Ticong called Blanco on the phone. But, as many listeners reacted on-air, the governor's aide sounded arrogant on the air.

Instead of apologizing, Blanco asked the anchorman, "Gipa inom naba na ninyo ug tubig?" (Did you let her drink water there at the station already?), since she heard the complainant shed tears while narrating her experience at the Capitol.

Blanco admitted having asked the complainant "do you want to apply for governor?" which admission generated even more reactions from radio listeners.

Reactions and comments on the actuation of Blanco received strong criticisms of dyRD listeners to as far as the United States who phoned in their disapproval on such conduct shown by her.

Provincial Administrator Tomas Abapo Jr., during the weekly "The Governor Reports" last Friday said the re-assignment of Blanco to the PGMA office is already an indication that the Capitol is not ignoring the complaint of the Loay resident who has been working as casual employee for 14 years already.

Abapo likewise announced that as a result of the incident, Aumentado has issued a memorandum to all provincial government heads of offices stating the guidelines on how to handle clients who transact business at their offices. > Kit Bagaipo, Bohol Chronicle

General Topic / How To Become A Successful Wedding Planner
« on: July 31, 2008, 09:44:51 AM »
No one said that becoming a wedding planner was a job for the faint of heart. Not everyone can succeed as a wedding consultant. A good wedding planner is:

- Calm. You will be the bride’s (and the groom’s!) rock. From miscommunications with vendors to major meltdowns at the ceremony, you must be able to keep your cool in the wake of a calamity. A wedding planner should always have a Plan B ready for action in case of an emergency.
- Charming. You are the face of your business and your clients’ representative. Impeccable communication and social skills are imperative. Your reputation as a wedding consultant depends on your ability to network and maintain great working relationships with vendors and venues. Wedding planners must know how to communicate and work with all personality types. Not everyone you encounter will be pleasant and easy to please. You must be able to defuse any situation to get the results your client desires.

A Great Negotiator. The bride and groom will be counting on you to order flowers, hire the band and photographer, recommend a caterer, and help find venues for the ceremony and reception. You must be able to find the best service for the lowest price. This becomes easier as you create a reputation for yourself and develop professional relationships with vendors and venues. Your connections will get you better deals, which you can pass on to your customers.

- Good with Money. Starting a wedding planner business requires that you be able to manage your own expenses and stick to a budget, as well as be responsible for someone else’s money and budget. Previous experience with money management is vital -- even if your only experience consists of controlling the household finances.
- Organized. A wedding consultant might be responsible for almost every aspect of the big day: the venues, theme, flowers, food, refreshments, attire, photography, honeymoon, and other details of the wedding. Keeping track of all the nuances, contract dates, and deadlines requires an enormous amount of organization and attention to detail. Your calendar will be your new best friend.

- A Plethora of Knowledge. A good wedding planner has fashion sense, good taste in music, and an eye for color, flowers, and themes. You must be able to keep up with the latest bridal trends and fads, hot honeymoon destinations, and of course, traditional wedding etiquette. Many wedding consultants also learn about different religious ceremonies and traditions so that they can accommodate couples of any faith.

- Able to Maintain a Sense of Humor. From indecisive or emotional brides to controlling parents and absentee vendors, your work is cut out for you. When you are dealing in dreams, the ability to keep things in perspective is essential.

Beginning your own wedding planning business will be a learning experience. No one knows everything from day one, and as the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. (public label article)

Job Opportunity / How To Find Jobs and Job Sponsors in the US
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Cortes - Bohol / Cortes Mayor Ordered to Pay Draftsman's Backwages
« on: July 06, 2008, 08:16:24 AM »
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) ruled in favor of a draftsman “thrown” to a nursery and told Cortes mayor Apolinaria Balistoy to reinstate and pay him his backwages and other benefits.

In a decision promulgated June 17, 2008, the government commission agreed with the appellant, Joseph Ligan III, that his reassignment is a reduction in rank and threatens his security of tenure.

Earlier, in a Memorandum dated May 22, 2007, Mayor Balistoy ordered Ligan’s transfer of work assignment to the Municipal Nursery located at Rosario Cortes, where he is to report to nursery caretaker Tersita Samuya.

On his assignment however, Ligan said it was not the Nursery caretaker who monitored him, but a barangay secretary, as allegedly ordered by the mayor. 

In an appeal dated January 9 2008, sent to the CSC and in a copy furnished to the Mayor, Ligan averred that he had been stationed at the Office of the Municipal Engineer (OME) as draftsman designate.

Ligan was appointed permanent as Engineering Aide and his item was from the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), according to his appointment by then Mayor Herminia Labor.

However his Position Description Form states his responsibilities including preparing plans, program of works, bill of materials and detailed estimates of proposed projects, requisitions, checks and inspects as to specifications quality and quantity of construction materials delivered, supervising project construction in coordination with the Municipal Engineer and conducts ocular inspections of sites of proposed projects.

Prior to his reassignment, Ligan was designated draftsman at the OME.

The CSC noted that for reassignments to be deemed regular, they should be consistent with employees duties and responsibilities, not one with servile or menial task and the reassignment should also include definite duties and responsibilities. 

Absent these, the CSC said it gives the impression that the employee has been given a floating status, which infringes on his security of tenure. 

Moreover, the reassigned employee, the CSC noted was made to report to a barangay secretary, where his PDF names the MAO as his immediate supervisor. 

Over this, the CSC noted the reduction in rank. It said that the barangay secretary, being an employee of the barangay cannot be made to supervise a permanent employee of the town. - Published by Bohol Sunday Post

Maribojoc - Bohol / Bank Complaint Compels School President To Resign
« on: July 06, 2008, 08:11:40 AM »
By Fred Fuertes

      Maribojoc, Bohol - St. Vincent Institute Alumni Association, Inc. (SVIAAI) has to find a new president to replace Prescillano “Eking” Echavia who recently resigned following a case that United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB), his former employer, has filed against him.

      UCPB dismissed Echavia for some irregularities.

      For a number of years, Echavia has reigned as president of SVIAAI.

      However, Echavia tendered a resignation as president of SVIAAI last week after UCPB filed a complaint against him.

      SVIAAI held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon at the Sangguniang Bayan session hall to tackle Echavia’s resignation which calls for a replacement, and beating the deadline that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had set on July 12 for the organization’s annual report.

      SVIAAI vice president for the Visayas, SVI principal Erlinda Ilano, presided over last Friday’s meeting.

      Dr. Ma. Nenita Chiu, SVIAAI secretary, who is also the municipal planning and development coordinator here, bared that Echavia sent her his letter of resignation through fax.

      However, SVIAAI could not act upon it because it was unsigned.

      In a short message service (SMS), Echavia promised Chiu that he would sign the irrevocable resignation later when he would arrive from Cagayan de Oro City come July 11.

      The organization’s constitution and by-laws are silent on the process of succession in the event of a vacancy in the seat of the president.

      The SVIAAI Board of Directors was in a quandary who among the three vice presidents will take over as president- -SVI Principal Ilano, vice president for the Visayas; or Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr., vice president for Mindanao; or Engr. Avelia Apayor De Vera, vice president for Luzon.

      On the other hand, Moises Descallar who was tasked by Echavia to facilitate SEC’s approval, raised concern as the organization’s annual report must be submitted by July 12 or SEC will cancel SVIAAI’s registration.

      Towards adjournment of the meeting, the body agreed that another meeting be set on July 30 to elect a president and an executive vice president. Ilano temporarily serves as interim president.

      Other members present during the meeting were Msgr. Junex Nalzaro, who led the opening prayer, board members- -Club Treasurer Eva Bolasco, Co-Auditor Elizabeth Racho, Councilors Cecilia Autentico and Alberto Arangoso, DepEd Principal Milueda Escabarte, Ilano, Tony Racho and Fred Fuertes. - Published by Bohol Sunday Post

Loon - Bohol / 67 Loon Students Get Scholarships
« on: July 06, 2008, 08:10:01 AM »
By Adam Saligumba

      It’s a lucky start this school year for 67 high school freshmen students to receive scholarship grants from the Ruby Genre '63 Foundation, Inc.

      They were the current top graduates from elementary schools in the two districts in Loon.

      The Ruby Genre '63 Foundation is an organization composed of alumni of Class 1963 of the Loon Central Elementary School (now Loon South Central Elementary School).

      The foundation's current president is DBM Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, who hails from barangay Moto Sur, Loon.

      While most scholarship programs chose students from indigent families, Ruby Genre '63 prefers to be unique by choosing the best and the brightest in the class, regardless of their parents’ financial status.

      The foundation’s beneficiaries are the top five in the current school year's batch of elementary school graduates.

      A young Ruby Genre Foundation scholar enjoys a whole-year free tuition, school supplies, P300 monthly allowance, and freedom of choice to study in any of the three private schools in Loon.

      The only condition for the beneficiary student to continue enjoying the scholarship is to maintain passing grades in all the subjects and a general average grade of 85 percent.

      Basac Elementary School head Stella Orcullo, secretary of the Ruby Genre '63, said the association started offering the scholarship program only last school year to fresh elementary school graduates.

      That year the foundation accommodated only ten scholars who passed through a rigid screening and examination.

      With more funds this school year, the foundation extended to 67 of the top graduates of public elementary schools in the Loon South and Loon North Districts.

      Valedictorians and salutatorians no longer had to undergo the screening and examination.   

      Usec. Relampagos and SABER Foundation based in Manila, had been instrumental in the expansion of the scholarship to 67 high school freshmen scholars.

      In early part of May, SABER Foundation board director, Lawyer Cris Dionido, arrived in Loon to hand over an initial check worth P225,000.

      With the development, more scholarship funds from the foundation will be made available in the future.

      Granting of scholarships is just one of the many programs of the Ruby Genre '63 Foundation.

      Aside from the many development projects it has accomplished for its alma mater- -the Loon South Central Elementary School, the foundation had already established a computer learning center at the LSCES that gives out regular TESDA-accredited computer literacy trainings to students and professionals.

      On June 7, the foundation conducted the second closing exercises of its Computer Literacy Program at the Paseo de Loon.

      Certificates of Completion were distributed to 70 computer literacy graduates composed of high school and college students, retired professionals, government workers and private company employees.

      TESDA center chief, Dr. Floro Ringca gave the confirmation of the graduates as witnessed by Vice Mayor Edwin Ladeza, Ruby Genre officers and members led by their vice-president, Godofredo Orcullo, LSCES Principal Alberto Mangaron and computer literacy trainer, Jerome C. Orcullo.

      With its thrusts into educational aid and development, the Ruby Genre ’63 Foundation has joined the administration of Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez, M.D. and Vice-Mayor Ladeza in giving appropriate attention to Loon’s top and highly intelligent students in both the secondary and tertiary levels.

Obituary / Former Tubigon Mayor Paul Lasco Returns To His Creator
« on: July 06, 2008, 08:08:12 AM »
       Former Tubigon Mayor Paulo Manigo Lasco died on June 22, at the age of 68.

      “Boy” as he was fondly called by friends, was married to Delia Fuentespina of Davao with  whom he had three sons and two daughters.

      His body lies in state at his residence in barangay Pooc Occidental, this town. His body will be cremated today at Rolling Hills Funeral Homes in Cebu City.

      Mayor Lasco used to be a junior editor of the defunct Philippine Free Press in Manila in the late 1960’s and rose his way to the ranks.

      He became a municipal public development officer (MPDO) of this town, then later elected as vice mayor for one term.

      He served as the mayor for three successive terms from 1998-2007.

      As mayor, he was instrumental in modernizing this town by initiating the construction of the two-story Tubigon commercial complex in 2004.

      Two years later, the old market structure was gutted by fire.

      He was also instrumental in the construction of the Tubigon cultural and sports center, renovation of the municipal hall and the improvement of the town plaza.

      Lasco also initiated the establishment of the municipal waterworks system and supported the Philippine Ports Authority in upgrading the town’s port into what it is at present.

      He was also instrumental in the construction of a controlled dumpsite facility and a modern abattoir in a 3.2-hectare lot in barangay Macaas.

      Lasco also initiated the construction of a post-harvest facility in barangay Cahayag and an experimental laboratory building for crabs and multi-species facility in barangay Matabao as just among the several projects he made, aside from the different bridges and farm-to-market roads he accomplished for the development of this town.

      Lasco pursued a vision and a dream to improve the quality of life of the constituents, a legacy he wanted to leave for the generations to come. - Bohol Sunday Post Newspaper

Talibon - Bohol / Two New Classrooms Constructed in Talibon Town
« on: July 06, 2008, 08:04:38 AM »
      Muddy and rough roads is not enough to postponed the inaugural and turn-over ceremony of the two new classrooms of Tunaan Daku Primary School of barangay Siktuana of this town.

      Representing Talibon Mayor Juanario Item, Councilor Nomi Valmoria cut the ceremonial ribbon with Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Soniaflor Kapirig of the Bohol Division.

      The turn-over ceremony for the two new classrooms followed with Engr. Ben Dacoylo handing over the key to Francisca Escartin, representative of Representative Roberto Cajes for Talibon, then to Councilor Valmoria.

      Then Valmori handed the key to Kapirig who further handed it to School Division Physical Facilities Coordinator Engr. Hermenilda Gracio then to School District Supervisor Enrique Carosus Jr. of Talibon district 1.

      In turn, Carosus gave the key to School Cluster Head Estela Areglad then to Barangay Captain Rolando Avergonzado of Sikatuna then to PTCA president Envangeline Turtoga, and finally to School-in-Charge Wilma Martinez.

      The simple but fitting ceremony signaled the readiness of the new classrooms for classes of grade two and three pupils.

      Two newly-completed classrooms are in addition to the two old classrooms in Tunaang Daku Primary School. The old classrooms are made of light materials and presently used by the grade one and day care classes.

      One of the new classrooms was constructed under the school facilities improvement program of the Department of Education (DepEd) amounting to P523,000 while the other is from Cajes’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the second engineering district of the province amounting to P480,000.

      It was purposely constructed for all school-age children living in the sitio to have access to school located three kilometers from the main school campus of the barangay.

      To date the Tunaan Daku Primary School have a total number of 106 pupils and 35 pre-schoolers coming from 48 households in the sitio.

      The school started operating in 2006 with only two teachers, one of them has been a volunteer until the present.

      During the inauguration of the new classrooms, a short program was held where Barangay Kagawad Mauro Socias led the opening prayer, while Arlyn Torrejas led the singing of the national and Bohol hymns.

      Barangay Kagawad Ricardo Garcia, chairman of the barangay education committee gave the welcome address.

      Mayor Item failed to attend the event as he was in the island barangays with officials of concerned government agencies to conduct evaluation and assess the effects of Typhoon Frank in the area.

      In his message Avergonzado expressed gratitude to Mayor Item, Representative Cajes, Governor Erico Aumentado who were responsible in the implementation of the project. - Bohol Sunday Post

By Loy Palapos
Bohol Sunday Post

      Appreciated for his political will in the elections of 2004, he traversed a road less taken by his predecessors whose magnified back-patting and exuberant hand-shakes betrayed an inner feeling. Making reforms both at City Hall and Tagbilaran City, his acceptance rating rose several notches higher, starting off by making an opposition-populated legislative body see his line of thinking. His projects, mostly envisioned to help the poor, became hot topics with positive results, both from the political and social point of view.

      Thus, a second term came in handy by 2007. Not only did he make a clean sweep in almost all of the polling places; his party gained more slots in the legislature … a clear endorsement of his kind of governance. The consensus was that, if he succeeded to persuade for three years the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), when he had only one adherent, how much more when (eventually after representatives representing the Sangguniang Kabataan [SK] and Association of Barangay Captains [ABC] were picked), he already has the majority of the City’s Law-making body.

      A ripple emerged when a very close associate in three previous elections jumped overboard and morphed into a negative factor. Add the SP Presiding Officer who has been viewed by all as a contender for the top slot at City Hall in the 2010 elections. Plus, the Agora and Water-Treatment projects hitting some snags. And the Blue Card anomaly that (thanks, God!) he discovered and aborted. Add a few businessmen who used to have their way in the previous administrations, even to the extent of bending some established rules. Collectively, it could be a puff of wind that could escalate and intimidate. Did these raffle his feathers?

      No, not a bit. Just like necessary spices to make his governance more palatable, many observed. Problems that don’t need head-breaking to perceive the solutions. Still, on top of the situation, Mayor Dan Neri Lim (DNL) again proves he is at his best elements.

      This interview took shape in his office at City Hall during a 30-minute lull of activities, mostly involving many people who wanted to confer with him on some vital matters. The date: Saint John’s Day, June 24, 2008.

      LMP: Your concern about children was evident even during your first term. How did this come about? Did you have some experiences or perceptions that ushered in this concern?

      DNL: I always want to inspire people to hope no matter what the present circumstances.  And yet, we have to consider that we cannot do anything about   the past and can only do so much with the present.  However, there is a lot that we can do about the future.  The children are our future.  I believe that we have to give them hope today if we want them to face the future with confidence. What we do with our children today largely determines what they will be tomorrow. In a way, the future starts now.

      LMP: For two years, public school pupils and students have been benefited by your giving them uniforms, bags, books, notebooks, shoes, and other school necessities. This year, are they going to enjoy the same privilege? Or, are you adding more to the items previously enjoyed by them?

      DNL: Yes, this is a program that I intend to implement every year I am in office.  I want the children to enjoy the same privileges, even more. I have some additional items in mind but I still need to finalize the details. If it is possible, I will just distribute them without fanfare.

      LMP: Many pupils and students from outside Tagbilaran City have enrolled in City Public Schools because of these afore-mentioned privileges (free school needs). How does this affect the project?

      DNL: I don’t see any problem with that. We may not agree with their motives in enrolling here but as far as I am concerned, the more beneficiaries, the better. I always believe that Tagbilaran should bear in mind that it is the big brother to its sister towns.

      LMP: Last year, you started a reorganization and revamp of the Day Care Center program of the City. How has this been assessed by the recipients of the new program? How about the coordinators/teachers?

      DNL: The results have been very encouraging.  This may not be very evident at this time but I believe that in time the impact will be felt in the lives not only of the children who are enrolled in the Day Care Centers but even their families. There are a few loose ends that we will attend to but over-all it has surpassed expectations.

      LMP: What advantages and changes have taken place since the implementation of the program on “Multiple Intelligences?”

      DNL: As I have pointed out, the results may not be evident this time.  So, I leave people to their own assessments.  What is clear however is that our  children are more comfortable and secure about themselves, better able to express themselves and more eager to learn.  For me, these are enough reasons to expect more from them in the future.

      LMP: Can you give an update on the well-publicized anomaly perpetrated by some implementators of the Blue Card program?

      DNL: Except for those who want the program to fail for their selfish interests, the program is what the doctor ordered for indigents who need to avail of free hospitalization.  I just want to make it clear however that the Blue Card should not be used to encourage wrong thinking and mendicant mentality. This is the reason why I don’t want deliveries and ailments caused by alcohol and tobacco abuse included in the program. The government  should educate people about their responsibilities. If couples cannot even spend for their childbirth, how will they be able to give their children a better life?  In the same manner, people who refuse to be accountable for their vices should not expect the government to bankroll their indiscretions.

      LMP: In your administration, there have been some big steps undertaken to promote sports, especially boxing. Will this still be sustained in the incoming years? Why?

      DNL: Nothing is permanent in this world. What we take years to build up may be destroyed overnight. The point however is not to stop hoping that the next generations will pick up from where we left off and even take it to a higher level.  The tragedy is not to do anything for fear that those who come after us will put them to waste.

LMP: Can you give an update on the Water-Treatment project?

      DNL: We have modified the project in response to present developments. I do not want to go into the details anymore.  When it is done, we will present it to the people. The only assurance I can give is that it won’t be a band-aid solution.  We are looking at a long-term if not permanent solution. The system we will put in place is the result of a comprehensive learning process that took into consideration those that are successfully implemented in other places.

      LMP: How about the previous plan to buy-back the electric and water utilities by the Provincial Government? It seems the plan is in hiatus. What is the latest about this?

DNL: I cannot speak for the Provincial Government. There were public pronouncements about that but there is nothing concrete until the present.  I am  hoping that the Provincial Government will make its position clear so the City will  know what to do.  I assure our people however that we will not give up the fight  to give back control of the power and water utilities to them.

      LMP: A ripple was felt regarding the new DepEd Superintendent assigned in the Tagbilaran City Division, which even resulted to Regional Director Mordeno conferring with you. What was the cause of the friction, and how was it resolved?

DNL: The issue boils down to disrespect, lack of coordination and insensitivity to the  desire of the City Government to improve the quality of education.  Fortunately,  Regional Director Mordeno came to the rescue.  All’s well that ends well.  When  people commit to hold each other in respect, to coordinate and cooperate with  each other and to recognize that we do not hold a monopoly of good intention,  we can accomplish so much more.

LMP: The recent development at the vicinity of Plaza Rizal, particularly the building that has been reconstructed pursuant to established guidelines at the corner of  CPG Avenue and J.S. Torralba Street, has given the people a glimpse of how the  city would look if rules are followed. What do you believe is its effect on those  who are still not observant to the guidelines?

DNL: It is a sad fact that due to the sad experiences of the past, our people’s first  reaction to new ideas is suspicion and disbelief.  The solution to that is to prove  your case by performance.  The results will take a while to be appreciated but I  always believe that over time we will be vindicated.  The message I have always  given our people is this: we know what we are doing and that we mean  business.  I am not saying that they do not have the right to question.  What I’m  saying is that there are consequences to disobedience.

LMP: What can you say about people who don’t do anything to be productive, but  just wait for government dole-outs?

DNL: Dole-outs only make beneficiaries more dependent because it is like rewarding  them for refusing to be responsible for their own lives.  It is not a question of  government’s capacity to help but of the individual’s desire to stand up and  accountable for his own life.

LMP: Along this line, what is your reaction to President GMA’s sporadic subsidy to  the people recently? Can you see some long-lasting positive effects on this move,  especially in terms of productivity?

DNL: It is a case of too little too late.  It might cool down the panic at present but it  needs far more than that to meet the requirements of the future.  The  government should be able to consider at all times the fact that we have to plant  before we can reap.  Planting requires foresight, long-range planning and  commitment.  There are no overnight results.  It requires home work, diligence  and focus.

LMP: Those in the know are convinced that the wannabes in the Mayoralty race  (including the incumbent Vice Mayor) are lightweights who couldn’t hold a candle  to you. Do you feel the same way… that a third term is yours for the taking in  2010?

DNL: It is too early to talk about the next election.  What I say today is at best an  opinion that will not be validated until the final votes to answer a question that is  left to the individual discretion of every voter.  For the moment, my mindset is to  make good the commitments I gave to our people and to honor their trust with  the performance that they deserve. 

      This coming Tuesday (July 1, 2008), is the 42nd Charter Day of Tagbilaran City. The program, prepared by City Administration Walter Toston, has the same trimmings as in the previous years. The date also marks the start of the month-long Sandugo Festival, now on its 20th year.

      Will he make the usual State of the City Address? Whether he does it or not won’t make any difference. After all, what matters most are not words. Actions speak louder than words. Mayor Lim may have a few critics, but they are usually a disillusioned few who turn acidic for DNL won’t bend the law. Strong and persistent is his brand of leadership. Unbending to the whims and caprices of those who cannot detach themselves from personal interest.   

Philippine Daily News / Costly Lesson
« on: July 06, 2008, 07:46:39 AM »
Written By Romy Teruel

The Philippines as a country in the pathway of typhoons is filled with experiences on what typhoons can do to inflict damage along their path. We have seen billboards blown away and dropped on houses, cars, and buildings; agricultural farms reduced to wasteland; irrigation canals transformed to raging rivers; roads and bridges upturned like sticks and heaps of rubble; mountain sides collapse into mud; the seas spurning mountain-size killer waves.  Every time we are left with millions of pesos worth in damages and grieving families.

Every time we also resolve to learn from our lessons.  When passenger vessel Dona Paz collided with a cargo ship and sunk with more than a thousand passengers a few years ago, government came up with all safety nets to prevent similar occurrence in the future. For all these years however, we seem to have not learned our lessons. 

Typhoon Frank that recently struck the country is proof again that we have thrown to the wind all the precautions and the safety nets that government has formulated to prevent serious damage to lives and property.  Considering the strength of typhoon Frank, damage to property was inevitable, but the loss of lives that it has caused could have definitely been avoided or prevented. 

The sinking of the Princess of the Stars of Sulpicio Lines during the height of typhoon Frank in Romblon was a tragic incident that could have been avoided.  Too much disregard for government warning and miscalculation and misjudgement of the capabilities of the vessel were to me the reason why hundreds of passengers who went down with the ship and died are now rotting inside the capsized structure.

Was it greed for profit that made Sulpicio Management, owners of the ill-fated vessel, pushed them to sail despite information about the strength of the typhoon?  Even with the plot of the typhoon path not directly hitting the voyage path of the Princess of the Stars, the variance was very short.  Sulpicio Lines had experienced not just one or two mishaps already.  The weather bulletin should have put the plug to the scheduled voyage even if the vessel’s tonnage is estimated to withstand the typhoons winds.   

In the investigation it was found out that the Princess of the Stars did not even have facilities to directly monitor weather updates.  That too should have been enough to cancel the voyage.   

The Coast Guard cannot feign innocence too.  Even if the rules allowed the Princess of the Stars to sail at such weather condition, the same could have been disapproved given the details of the typhoon.  Discretion is the better part of valor, as the old cliché goes. This is true in the past as it is today.

The Typhoon Frank tragedy should also serve once more to the travelling public to put the urgency to the back seat in situations like that.  Safety should always dictate our decisions over the importance of the travel if the conditions surrounding the travel will put us to great risk of danger. 

The Typhoon Frank tragedy is one more lesson learned and but just like the others, it will be forgotten until the next tragedy.

NOTE.  Perhaps it’s time that Mayor Dan Neri Lim should consider firing his city engineer.  For months city roads have not been maintained.  Pot holes are getting bigger every day in main thoroughfares. Does the city engineer ever inspect the condition of the city roads?  Does he ever render reports on the status of the city roads to the Mayor? Methinks no.  So how about it Boss?

Anonymous Diary Blog / Boy Guingguing's Last Farewell?
« on: July 06, 2008, 07:44:41 AM »
Written By Boy Guingguing
Publisher, Sunday Post

It’s better to have gambled & lost

than never to have gambled at all

Life is a gamble, so they say. Win or lose, you accept life as gamble even if you are not a gambler yourself.

If I have to describe my gambling habits, it is not by force of habit. It is what we call as social gambler, recalling to mind other social  characteristics like social drinker or social smoker.

Why talk about gambling this time?

The premise is that since life is a gamble we might as well tinker with our risk of losing or winning in a kind of battle never been fought in our whole life.

It is one battle that win or lose-- worth fighting.

We are referring to our date with the knife anytime next month. Not that I am scared to death. If we keep on postponing and postponing this major surgery, it is not because we are afraid to die, if the procedure goes kaput. Ergo, if we are ready to die because God so willed, then why would we be afraid to live? If we may call this as our last hurrah, the operations will spell the difference between leading a normal life or rather than being subjected to constant dialysis which is only a temporary solution.

After experiencing near death when we have this renal failure attack, we feel that we are ready for the final call if indeed it cannot restrained from any ‘motion for reconsideration”. Aside from the financial consideration that goes with the operations, we are also ready with our emotional and spiritual baggage that go with the territory. 

As the Big Day nears, we feel that this is the opportune time to say thank to all our friends who encouraged us to take the great plunge to kidney transplantation.

We have to make this thank you gesture in advance because who will make it if we lose in the biggest gamble we ever made since we see the light of day 58 years ago. You said it right. It’s better to have gambled and lost than never to have gambled at all.

Therefore, our heartfelt thanks go to those who made pledges to make our date with destiny possible. They are such loyal friends like Anos Fonacier, Gov. Erico Aumentado, Richard Uy, Marlito Uy, Geesnel and John Yap, Board Member Roygie Jumamoy and countless others who are willing to be counted when SOS for help come their way.

We gamble with the only life we have? Yes, Kith, if God is with us, who can be against us.   

True to his topnotch reputation, this lawyer took to task  no less than a magistrate of the highest court of the land.

Considered a first in Bohol’s bar and judicial history, lawyer Victor de la Serna is now in hot water after he accused a Supreme Court justice “on the ground of credible allegations of bribery”. The amount the lawyer quoted was P10 million.

For such a wanton display of legal bravado, de la Serna, a bar topnotcher earned a citation for indirect contempt.

The bribery rap stemmed from the request for inhibition of the unidentified High Court justice filed by de la Serna when he filed a motion for consideration arising from a decision penned by the SC justice.

An indirect contempt charge carries a penalty of disbarment as maximum and reprimand as minimum. The erring lawyer can also be suspended of private practice if found guilty. Since the case involved the highest court of the country, the penalty is no longer appealable.

For almost four hours last June 18, de la Serna during the oral argument of the charge was grilled by all the members of the SC  second division. A member of the division was at the receiving end of de la Serna’s bribery tirade.


In his motion for inhibition, de la Serna zeroed in on the second division justice citing alleged credible allegations of bribery based on the statement of a certain Johnny Chan and other compelling circumstances.
Chan, a Manila-based businessman is representing a realty firm identified as Cattleya Land, Inc. The company was interested to buy a property in Panglao to pave the way for the construction of a resort hotel known as Bellevue Hotel. A hotel of the same name and possibly owned by Chan is now in operation in Alabang, Muntinglupa.

The owner of the property in question is a certain  Carmelita Fudot who chose de la Serna as her lawyer in the litigation that followed.

What drove the goat of de la Serna and subsequently went ballistic by crying bribery was decision of the Supreme Court whose ponente was the object of de la Serna’s verbal attack.

The decision was promulgated on September 13, 2007. The same decision was the subject of de la Serna’s motion for consideration.

Thirteen days or on September 26 upon promulgation, the decision was released as evidenced from the mailing date from the Central Post office in Manila.

De la Serna  recalled that on September 25, 2007 or a day before the decision was mailed to all interested parties,  the topnotch lawyer together with Chan met at the Bellevue Hotel in Alabang. In that meeting, the businessman, according to de la Serna, stated that he could no longer continue negotiations for the purchase of the land of Fudot because he has already spent P10 million for the SC justice to render a favorable decision for Cattleya Land, Inc.

De la Serna’s suspicion was that what Chan wanted was to buy also the interest or claim from Fudot over the same property and put an end to the litigation. At this time, the case has not yet reached the Supreme Court.
Then a second meeting was set at the private dining room of the Bellevue Hotel a few days later with lawyer Tomas Toledo in attendance. It may be noted that during the first meeting, Toledo was also there as an intermediary representing Chan. In the second meeting, no agreement on the purchase price was reached.

Then a third meeting was held, still at the private dining room of Bellevue Hotel this time arranged by lawyer Dionisio de la Serna, a cousin of  the Boholano lawyer. The same as in the previous ones, no agreement was reached during this meeting.

What was notable during  this meeting according to de la Serna was that a certain Pol Petralba offered to the petitioner’s counsel P4 million for the interest of Fudot regardless of the case in the Supreme Court.

Knowing that the property registered in the name of Fudot was worth much more than the P4 million, again no agreement was reached, de la Serna added.

Sometime in the middle of September 2007, de la Serna received a text message from a certain Cecil Eleazar, an engineer of Chan, requesting for another meeting at the Bellevue Hotel.

De la Serna said dutifully and in good faith, the petitioner’s counsel again flew to Manila for that requested meeting at the Bellevue Hotel.

Set on September 25, 2007, the meeting was no longer held at the hotel’s private dining room. It was held at the public dining area which was noisy with latter loud music. In that meeting de la Serna noted that Chan arrived almost an hour late.

As narrated by de la Serna in his motion, the meeting after the usual civilities, Chan curtly told him that all negotiations for the purchase of the petitioner’s property were off. Chan said that he had already given out P10 million to the High Court justice in exchange for a favorable decision. On the basis of this information, Chan said there was no more reason for him to talk to de la Serna.

Meanwhile, de la Serna noted that the fourth and last meeting was held on September 25, 2007 while the next day September 26, the decision of the Supreme Court was mailed to the contending parties.


In support of his bribery claim, de la Serna said the advance knowledge of the decision only confirms the bribery as bragged by Chan.

De La Serna added even as early as August 2007, Petralba who turned out to be one of the lawyers of Chan was already intimating of a bribery of a SC justice. De La Serna said when Petralba made a final offer of P 4million regardless of the outcome of the Supreme Court case, there was ready a veiled ultimatum for de la Serna to accept their generous offer of P4 million. - Bohol Sunday Post

Total Recall

This morning’s showdown of Manny “Pacman“ Pacquiao and David Diaz billed as “Lethal Combination” can be an apt description of the team–up between V-Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera and Provincial Administrator Tomas Abapo, Jr. for Bohol governor and vice governor, respectively.

Except that the two are not in each other’s throat as the Pacquiao-Diaz fight, the combination of their political ambitions may just be as lethal, this according to pundits who were asked to comment of a billing of the political kind.

Political pairings of  probables gunning for the top two elective provincial officials  gained premium after a leading weekly made an in-dept story of who’s running and who’s not in the 2010 local elections.

If plans do not go haywire, a tandem between Herrera and Abapo in 2010 may be a force to reckon with knowing that it is a dream team of  west meeting east. Herrera is from Calape while Abapo is from vote-rich Ubay.

But here’s the rub. No matter how palatable the combination  looks on the surface, the key to victory of the two top provincial contenders will all depends upon which part of the two’s political bread  is battered.

As if wielding a Swiss knife to butter the equation, the blessing of  Gov. Erico Aumentado is the be-all and end-all of all these posturings.

Even Cong. Edgar Chatto who is said to be casting a moist eye of the gubernatorial plum is also courting the support of Aumentado.

For Herrera, after assuming the role of supporting cast for nine years, his positioning to become the next governor is unmistakable. Very visible even if the 2011 polls is still one and a half years away, there’s no mistaking that Herrera is there to claim the position that he has been dreaming for the past nine years or so.

Aumentado’s clout is needed by both gubernatorial pretenders considering his hold in the captive votes of the second district.

In the past three elections where he ran for governor, his vaunted bailiwick in the second district proved to be the winning edge even if he only fared fairly in the first and third districts.

Is the Aumentado sting still in contention come 2010?

Any jaded observer following the storied political career of the  poor boy from Ubay will  no doubt swear before the grave of his ancestors that Aumentado is far from being a spent force.

Why is Abapo part of the Herrera-Aumentado equation? If Aumentado is true to his Ubayano trait, then Abapo is a cinch  of a vice gubernatorial material.

Representing the east in a partnership with Herrera, Abapo, a lawyer, is also a popular choice considering his exposure as provincial administrator.

A problem will crop up however if a quid pro quo is hatched to accommodate graduating second district congressman Roberto Cajes.

A compromise arrangement, Aumentado will have no choice but to accommodate Cajes’ “temporary shelter” as Bohol vice governor if Aumentado can clinch a deal that will prevent the congressman’s wife to take his post.     

With Trinidad Mayor Judith “Babie” Cajes positioning as her husband’s successor, only Aumentado’s insistence to return to his old post can persuade the lady mayor from pursuing her congressional aspiration.

Although Aumentado is still coy about his future political plan after practically assuming all the provincial and congressional  positions up for grabs, the prospect of returning to his old post which remains lucrative as ever to this day, is still a juicy option.

If so, then Abapo will have to rethink his own plans to pave the way for Aumentado’s comeback bid. - Bohol Sunday Post

      For efficiency and in aid of legislation, service vehicles become a necessity for local lawmakers, according to Acting Governor Julius Caesar Herrera.

      Over the weekly radio program, Governor Reports on Friday, and in a radio interview later, Herrera emphasized that with the nature of their work, a service vehicle is a necessity and not a luxury for legislators.

      He further explained that with the service vehicles provided, the local legislators no longer have to claim transportation allowances.

      Moreover, the cars presently issued to some Provincial Board (PB) members are already old and defective, to the extent that their repair and maintenance would already be more costly than buying new ones.

      The present state of the old service cars only indicate that the thought of buying new cars for the legislators has long been overdue and is just as timely as it is practical.

      Herrera also explained that the mandate of lawmakers go beyond the four walls of the session hall as they have to reach out to the farthest and remotest sitio in their respective districts just to get the sentiments of the constituents that they represent.

      Legislators have to address a number of concerns in their districts which include public hearings on a proposed measure and information campaign on newly-formulated measures.

      At present the Vice-Governor’s Office is conducting a series of seminar-workshops on local legislation for newly-elected barangay officials.

      Before the lawmakers show up at the regular session, it is already given that they had already spent enough time to gather inputs from their constituents, most of them live in areas where there is no public utility vehicles plying.

      Even attending fiesta celebrations are opportunities to study the socio-cultural trend of the populace which can be a start of a legislative action.

      As to how to draw the line between official and personal trips, it is already up to the concerned official and Herrera assured that a set of guidelines has already been in place for the policy applied on the use of official service vehicles.

      Upon a request from the Governor’s Office, the Provincial Board (PB) passed Tuesday an ordinance reverting a fund of P10.8 million saved from the salaries of unfilled positions in Capitol’s different offices, to buy 13 new Isuzu Crosswind cars. - Bohol Sunday Post Newspaper

About 30 Boholanos contacted the office of Sulpicio Lines to confirm that each of them had a relative who boarded the ill-fated Princess of the Stars, the flagship of the Cebu-based shipping company, that capsized Saturday off the seawaters of Burias Island in Romblon.

      So far, at least 49 bodies- -32 males, 14 females and three children- -arrived Pier 6 in Cebu City on Friday morning and were transported to a funeral parlor downtown.

      They were among the 849 people on board the ill-fated vessel where only 42 survived and the rest still missing.

      Of the 849 on board, 724 were passengers, 117 were crew and four were sea marshals- -three Coast Guard personnel and one from the Philippine Navy.

      Divers were only able to retrieve about 80 people, so far.

      At height of the Typhoon Frank, many Boholanos are bound home for the upcoming fiesta celebration of Garcia-Hernandez, Loboc and Inabanga.

      Some of the passengers of the ill-fated vessel were those who first booked with another vessel which trip was cancelled due to bad weather.

      Some were believed to have been washed ashore alive and rescued by folks in the coastal communities.

      Acting Governor Julius Herrera released to the Post last night a detailed list of Boholano passengers who boarded the vessel. Herrera could not confirm, though, who among those in the list that he obtained from the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council perished in the tragedy, who survived and who are still missing.

      Based on the list, six residents of Hambongan Island were confirmed by Barangay Captain Elle, in addition to the 30 who were confirmed by relatives.

      One prominent Boholano who was at the center of the tragic incident was the ship captain identified as Florencio Marimon Sr., 53., and a native of barangay Catagbacan, Loon.

      Growing up in Loon where he finished high school, Marimon tried his luck in Cebu and went on to finish his nautical course at the Cebu Polytechnic School.

      He was one of those listed as missing, and relatives in Loon feared that he was trapped among the scores of passengers in the sunken vessel.

      In an interview, Teresita Marimon, a sister of the boat captain, said the family sought the help of a soothsayer if their brother is still alive or already dead. The soothsayer hinted that the boat captain went down with the vessel and therefore trapped among fellow casualties in the watery grave.

      In the list that Herrera provided, nine were from Inabanga- -Lagura Bernanlita of barangay Mabuhay, 42, married; Daniel Estoria, 34 of barangay Suwa; Ulyses Jayson, 23, of barangay Dagohoy; and Elle’s six constituents who were Jemafelyn, Jesalyn and Alejandro Vitor; Roldan Lariosa, Desidaria Baguio, and Marcelina Tabat of Hambongan island.

      Six were from Calape- -Jimmy Roloma Jr., 23 of barangay Cabagnitan; Myla Barquez, 36 of barangay Santa Cruz; Chery Amor Ganade, 31 and Joel Ganade, 31; Anastacia, 44, and Xzyron Jhosh Rulida, 25, of barangay Banglasan.

      From Sagbayan were Simplicio Apao Jr., 30, married, of barangay Poblacion; and Galanida  Elesita, 41, married.

      From Talibon were Cirilo Aurestila, 46, married of barangay San Isidro; an unnamed 21-year-old son of Panfilo Cajes; Roosevelt Atienza, 26, of barangay Bagacay; Lorna Auza, 18, of barangay San Francisco; Jordan Cajes, 21, of barangay Sto. Niño; and Socrates Garcia, 36.

      From Tubigon were Richard Mejares, 41, married; Roberto Limocon Jr,. 37, married, of barangay Macaas; Ramel Tugib, 35, married, of barangay Cabulijan; and Samuel Corsiga of barangay Potohan.

      From Loon were Lucrecio Sanguenza, 47, married, of barangay Tontonan; and Roel Lariba, 37, married, of barangay Catagbacan.

      Others were Jonathan Pahigdana, 26, married, of barangay Lumangog, Ubay; Roberto Malunes, 35, married of Valencia; Dennis Ranan, 29, single, of Jagna; and Reynaldo Bulabos, 32, single, of barangay Soom, Trinidad; Herminigildo Gacia Jr., 39, married of barangay Tuburan, Bien Unido; Romulo Lagrono, 49, married of Sikatuna St., Tagbilaran City; and Alejandro Ayade, 63 of barangay Kawayanan, Mabini.

      In another tragedy, three youthful Boholanos serving as apprentice were among the passengers of a cargo vessel that sank at the height of typhoon “Frank”.

          The three were identified as Julius Tulang of Bilar, Julius Bompat of Bil-isan, Panglao and Arnold Yuchengco of Poblacion, Panglao.

          The three are fresh graduates of Cristal e-College in Panglao.

          Dr. Necerio Ilensa, Cristal e- school director, confirmed that the three were among the passengers of the MV Paway Lake, a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Masbate .

          Ilensa initially reported that Tulang made it alive to Burias island in Romblon while Bompat was reported in the custody of the shipping company the following day.

          He said only Yochengco remained missing at the time he was interviewed by Station DyTR.

          This was however corrected by Jim Jayme, an employee of the firm that operated the ill-fated cargo ship.

          Jayme denied that Bompat was already accounted for saying that he remained missing until press time and that reports that he has been rescued were mere hearsay.

          He also revealed that Yochengco was confirmed dead by other survivors who recalled that he was already lifeless when they tried to bring him to the shore.

          Jayme said the survivors recalled that they tried to tie a rope in the body of Yochengo but strong waves cut the rope, prompting them to leave him in the open sea.

          He revealed that the vessel came from Semirara Mining Corp. in Marinduque and was on its way to Toledo City when the storm struck while it was in the sea off Roxas, Capiz.

          According to Jayme, the three apprentice seamen came aboard just two weeks earlier.

          Of the 25 crew members, only four have so far been found alive including Tulang.

      Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bohol admitted that it was finding difficulty in identifying the Boholanos among the passengers of the MV Princess of the Stars.

            Engr. Verneil Balaba, OCD Bohol chief, said that there are many Boholano surnames listed in the passenger manifest.

            However, it is difficult to ascertain if they are indeed Boholanos because they simply listed their port of destination which is Cebu City. - Sunday Post

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