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Bohol Latest News / Unforgettable experience w/ Pres. Garcia
« on: November 05, 2007, 11:58:34 PM »
Unforgettable experience w/ Pres. Garcia
By Silverio D. Sarmiento

Our memories are enriched by experiences, past and present. I have treasured one such experience when I was a young budget officer in Malacañang during the time of President Carlos P. Garcia.

The Budget Commission under the Office of the President was tasked with budget administration, to include preparing the annual budget of estimated revenues and proposed expenditures for all National Government departments,offices and
agencies for the ensuing fiscal year.

I was a member of the Budget Commission group who were called to meet with the President on February 7, 1961, at his Bohol Avenue residence. We briefed the President on the highlights of the 1962 budget proposal. I was tasked to present the agricultural and rural development programs and projects of that budget.

After a brief question and answer period, President Garcia signed the budget document for the year 1962 which was to be submitted to the Congress of the Philippines, as mandated in the Constitution. Among those present in that signing ceremony were Budget Commissioner Faustino SyChangco and the author, as shown in the picture both standing at the right side of the President.

The President directed Commissioner SyChangco to provide budgetary support to government offices so as to effectively implement his "Filipino First" policy. This policy, among others, was designed to level the playing field in business, commerce and industry thereby allowing more active participation of Filipino entrepreneurs and businessmen in the face of well-entrenched foreign business interests.

After the signing, I approached President Garcia and introduced myself as the son of Nicanor Cabagnot Sarmiento of Taloto, Tagbilaran. He smiled, warmly shook my hand and told the officials then present, "Silvestre here is my godson at his confirmation. His father is my compadre, a good friend. We were then in Dumaguete where he was an audit clerk and I was a law student at Silliman Institute. I am glad to see him doing well." Certainly, I felt elated beyond measure to be so recognized.

I often saw him that day at times to see him play chess at which the President was very good like a grandmaster

"You know," the President continued "there were few Boholano students at Silliman and since Canor (using my father's nickname) was already employed with regular salary, he used to treat us weekends, after payday, to a merienda of mongo con hielo or pancit guisado." My father smilingly confirmed these statements as the Boholanos shared many things among themselves. He admitted that he was an active supporter in later political campaigns of Carlos P. Garcia, wherever he was assigned.

I recall my father telling me that President Garcia, or Caloy as he called him, even then was a visionary, intellectually brilliant, with the gift of a silver tongue, who showed potentials of enduring leadership. The president was the acknowledged campus student leader.

I served many Presidents after I left the military to join the career civil service - from President Quirino to President Marcos. By dint of hard work, integrity, and dedication to high standards of service, I rose in the ranks to become Budget Director in Malacañang, Finance Officer of Metro Manila Commission, Chairman of the Board of Accountancy and as the first Commissioner, Commission on Audit, from where I retired in 1986, with honors and distinction, after 45 years of government service.

To the best of my personal knowledge, President Carlos P. Garci was a most exceptional man of great talent yet humble, compassionate with high moral principles and firmly committed to the socio-economic advancement of his beloved country. It is indeed a great honor and pleasure to have officially and personally served a distinguished Man and a Great Boholano, whose memory I shall always treasure.

Source: The Bohol Chronicle

LGU Philippines / Mayor Lim ends SP honeymoon
« on: October 31, 2007, 07:08:56 AM »
'Honeymoon stage' is over, Mayor Lim says
By: KIT BAGAIPO, The Bohol Chronicle

The 100-day honeymoon stage with Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso and his 10-man Sangguniang Panlungsod is over.

City Mayor Dan Lim declared this yesterday after the city lawmaking body withheld the approval of a P20-million supplemental budget which he sought.

During his three-year stint as city mayor, Lim said, this is the first time that a request for supplemental funding has been railroaded for over a month now.

Lim stressed that while he was able to survive during his previous term with only one councilor under his political camp, there is no reason why he can't survive with five of the city councilors supporting him all the way.

With this, the mayor said he will communicate with Veloso to lay down his own program and draw the line between the executive and legislative departments.

Veloso also chairs the committee on appropriations.

The supplemental funding was to be used mainly for the repair and maintenance of roads particularly those leading to the cemeteries in time for All Souls' Day when the public pay tribute to their dead.

The delayed approval of the supplemental fund was also raised by Kag. Leonides Borja during the SP's session last Wednesday but there was no clear explanation when it will be taken up.


Talk of the Town / Judge sacked for immorality
« on: October 31, 2007, 07:03:46 AM »
Judge sacked for immorality
By: KIT BAGAIPO, The Bohol Chronicle

A municipal trial court judge was dismissed by the Supreme Court (SC) for making sexual advances and committing lascivious acts against two women in a public place.

The high tribunal, in an en banc ruling, found Judge Manuel de Castro of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) of Jagna and Garcia-Hernandez, guilty of gross misconduct and immorality.

De Castro is ordered dismissed by the high tribunal after he was deemed to have admitted certain allegations in an administrative complaint which accused him of rape.

The dismissed judge is also required to show cause why he should not be disbarred as a member of the Philippine Bar by the SC.

While the allegation of rape was not proven due to the execution of an affidavit of retraction and withdrawal by the complainant, the Court still ruled that "substantial evidence, circumstantial and testimonial, obtain to hold respondent judge (de Castro) liable for gross misconduct and immorality."

In its decision, the Court stated that De Castro's acts of teasing a waitress in a videoke bar about her "scant dress," kissing her on the cheek and another waitress behind the ear, and attempting to enter the bathroom while one of the waitresses was inside, with his companions egging him on and in full view of the other drinking individuals in the bar "translate into a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct as they reflect upon respondent judge's utter disregard of public opinion of the reputation of the judiciary which he represents."

The Court stressed that De Castro failed to conduct himself in a way that will promote confidence and respect for the judiciary.

"He deported himself in a manner most unbecoming a judge as a model of moral uprightness…The audacity under which the same were committed and the seeming impunity with which they were perpetrated shock one's sense of morality," the high tribunal's ruling stated.

The Court noted that while De Castro denied the charge of rape and alleged that the said was filed for the purpose of harassing him, he failed to prove why, how, and by whom the harassment was done.

De Castro never attributed to the complainant, according to the Court, any reasonable motive for her to accuse him of rape, nor did he categorically deny the severe allegations against him by the two waitresses.

"Respondent judge has made much of the affidavit of retraction and withdrawal of complaint upon which the Prosecutor's Office of Bohol predicated its dismissal of the underlying complaint for rape," said the Court, adding that such a recantation is extremely unreliable inasmuch as it can be easily obtained from a poor and ignorant witness.

Furthermore, the Court stated that based on the social standing and economic status of the complainant, the combination of both factors "seems to explain why complainant affixed her signature to the recanting affidavit."


Obituary / Deepest Sympathies to Mike
« on: October 28, 2007, 04:03:40 PM »

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Your writings about him really shows how much you love him. My deepest sympathies and condolences.


Bohol Latest News / APEC meeting in Bohol
« on: October 25, 2007, 12:11:54 AM »
The 30th Meeting of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group will be held in Panglao, Bohol from April 15-18, 2008.

Some 150-200 delegates from 21 member economies will be attending.

Editorial of the Bohol Chronicle, Oct. 14, 2007

Our editorial postulated four concerns under the acronym WHAP (water, health, agriculture and power) - doubtless a result of exchange of ideas among stakeholders in the province. The Governor is listening - and will take up some of these matters in this Friday's PPDC Meeting. At the very least the "beneficial bridge" linking Cebu and Bohol - and perhaps solving power and water concerns got the earful of both GMA and the Japanese ambassador while both were here last week.

In voicing our concerns - on objective targets to be met in the last wave of Rico's Term - we simply relayed what we have been doing the last 53 years in community journalism. We simply want "continuity" in the positive projects that will be left unfinished as 2010 curtain call time comes. It is also to enjoin Rico's successor to mirror the Governor's own statesmanship - like his shedding off of political trivialism - by pursuing the good projects started but not completed by his political archrival former Governor Rene Relampagos.

We certainly hope that the Governor's last term must most of all be soul-inspiring and productive. It is our fervent hope that with the close alliance of the Province and the Powers-That-Be, the province will not become an easy vehicle for highly lopsided, questionable projects that will later on be unmasked as graft-ridden.

We are one with Boholanos in hoping that we will no more see the likes mega projects as doubtful as the "most expensive irrigation dam" like the BHIP-2 which the President GMA inaugurated last Friday.

Governor Rico and his political allies must make sure, the "books are clean" when they exit in 2010. That is the only way to ensure that the legacy of clean governance - with concrete result - will be the trademark of the Governor the day he steps out of the Capitol.

Editorial of the Bohol Chronicle, Oct. 14, 2007

The institution must be able to paddle its own canoe - and fight competition on its own merits. A Government must not receive wherewithal because of patronage politics - but because it deserves the funding.

And it will get the funding because withholding such will sabotage the National Government's own medium-term plan. How is that?

For example, an airport has to be built with international standards in Panglao - because without that - the targeted tourist number and spending will not be realized and thus upset foreign exchange rate and national budget assumptions. A humongous dam must be built in fertile Bohol in order to raise grain productivity - without which we will have the ignominy of importing rice (our staple food) from the countries our scientists in Los Banos taught how to plant hybrid rice a few years ago.

A concreted network of roads had to be built as a necessary adjunct to flow of commerce and trade and bring farm products from site to market - thus contributing in scaling down (national) inflation - as our provincial contribution.

Above is an ideal state that Bohol must not stop dreaming on.

What is the practical reality now?

"Strike while the iron is hot" - is what our provincial and congress leaders may have to do - to maximize the mileage of close affinity with President GMA during the last 30 months of the Governor and Representatives Edgar Chatto and Roberto Cajes. Use the Palace leverage to bring the line agencies' projects to benefit the island-province, that's what.

Bohol Latest News / The Future of Bohol, Part 1: POLITICAL REALITY
« on: October 14, 2007, 09:47:01 PM »
Editorial of the Bohol Chronicle, October 14, 2007


Only the Gifted Prophets know what lies for Bohol beyond 2010.

Today, the political reality is that the Provincial Dispensation and the three Bohol solons are closely allied with President GMA who will definitely step down in 2010. The physical reality is that - defying Mother Time - we have a workaholic governor in Erico Aumentado who - as fate would have it - also exits the gate in 2010. What happens after that?

It is precisely this risk of uncertainty that Government must manage this risk. And we must plan - because those who fail to plan may have plans to fail.

And the best way is to run the Government like it was a corporation. How?

One of the great dictums of good corporate governance is that no institution should be dependent on one man. To assure that - the groundwork and the medium-term corporate plan must be in place such that no man is deemed indispensable. No institution must prosper mainly because it is run by a COO (Child of the Owner), as the satire goes.

Bohol Latest News / Agora rehab completion in 8 months
« on: October 14, 2007, 09:29:03 PM »
By KIT BAGAIPO, The Bohol Chronicle

The rehabilitation of the former Agora Public Market is in full swing and is expected to be finished in eight months.

Actual construction works of the unfinished building started in April and is slightly behind schedule as J.L. Apostol Enterprises, the rehabilitate-operate-transfer

contractor, had to comply with building setback requirements.

The contractor will invest P60-million to rehabilitate the unfinished building, that had been started more than ten years ago, into a modern business center.

In an interview with the Chronicle, project engineer Liberato Lupot yesterday said they are presently constructing the walls and the second floor ramp of the building.

Lupot said they have adopted the building design of the city government.

However, the interior of the building will have to suit preferences of tenants.

A large part of the second floor of the business complex will be occupied by Bohol Quality Corporation (BQ Mall owner), according to Lupot.

He said the contractor and BQ Mall are now negotiating the possibility of building an overpass over CPG Avenue to link the mall to their outlet at the new business complex.

There are several applicants for the building's ground floor, said Lupot, but had to undergo a screening process with the contractor.

The third floor of the business complex is eyed as an entertainment center.

The entire complex will have elevators and parking spaces for about 60 vehicles.

Under the ROT agreement, the contractor will operate the business center for a period of 25-years.

It guarantees annual P5-million net income for the city government even if the contractor sustains losses on the first year of operations.

Income forecasts of the project shows a minimum of P8-million for its first year of operations.

Aside from the guaranteed income, the city will get revenues out of the tenants' sales tax, mayor's permit and licenses.

Bohol Latest News / The report that caused a rift between two PNP chiefs
« on: October 14, 2007, 09:26:27 PM »
PNP heads at odds
By KIT BAGAIPO, The Bohol Chronicle

Provincial police director SSupt. Edgardo Ingking has filed a complaint for grave misconduct and dishonesty against his predecessor, former Bohol police chief SSupt. Arturo Evangelista.

Evangelista, now the chief of the Regional Investigation and Detection Management Division based in Cebu City, allegedly

"[damaged] the good image of the Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) and demoralized its members", Ingking's complaint stated.

This, after Evangelista made a report as contained in a memorandum to the PNP Region-7 director, stating that the Bohol police had six lapses in its operation in responding to the bloody robbery of the Bank of Commerce last August 28.

Records showed that this could be the first case in the country where PNP officials (at the rank of colonel) are in legal battle.

A move to reconcile both officials last Monday, proved futile, according to a highly placed source from the regional PNP command.

The same source told the Chronicle that only an apology from Evangelista can "settle the matter."

Ingking's complaint, which was already evaluated at the National Police Commission (Napolcom) 7, is now being forwarded to the Office of the President for presidential clearance to proceed with the summary hearing at the Napolcom en banc. Evangelista is an appointee of the president.

In its pre-charge evaluation report, Napolcom-7 ruled that Ingking's complaint is "complete in form and substance" and recommended for the filing of grave misconduct and dishonesty with aggravating circumstance of taking undue advantage of his official position against Evangelista.

Napolcom-7 however denied Ingking's petition to place Evangelista under preventive suspension pending resolution of the case.


Ingking likewise accused Evangelista of lying when the latter claimed in a local newspaper that he was "remembered as the creator of the now famous Bohol Tourist Police [when] in fact the said group was created and launched in 2001 by then provincial director SSupt. Sancho Bernales."

The Napolcom pre-charge investigator also found that Evangelista "occupies a sensitive position in the PNP organization" and having "prepared deliberately an unverified report that tarnishes the good image of the Bohol police as a whole?"

The documentary evidences supporting Evangelista's allegations likewise which "remained uncontroverted at this stage, are so strong and adequate to warrant the elevation of [the] case to a summary hearing or a formal investigation," the pre-charge investigation report stated.

According to the Napolcom, the report submitted by Evangelista "greatly eroded and demolished the Bohol police officers' self-esteem and self confidence they garnered from the triumphant capture of Garcia's group."

The Evangelista report "compromised the pride and integrity of the police group tantamount to maliciously intriguing against the honor and discrediting the integrity of his co-police officers" the Napolcom said.

Hence, considering Evangelista's position, the offense qualifies as grave misconduct, according to the Napolcom investigator.

The charge of dishonesty is due to the claim of Evangelista that he created the Bohol Tourist Police and failing to correct the report made in a local newspaper which has misled the public.

Having held the position of provincial police director, Evangelista should have known that the tourist police existed even before his stint, the Napolcom argued.

Once a presidential clearance is obtained, the Napolcom en banc will immediately proceed with the formal hearing of the case.


According to Evangelista's report, the six lapses committed by the Bohol PNP in responding to the Bank of Commerce robbery and later to the arrest of the suspects "came from the media and those who had hands in the arrest of Casimiro "Meloy" Garcia and Gilben Nuez."

Evangelista's memorandum to the regional PNP director stated "the insufficient police visibility in Tagbilaran City to deter occurrence of hold-up cases despite other robbery incidents in the past prior to the Bank of Commerce; no specific reactive unit to respond to an incident and crisis; the police lapses can be gleaned from the fact that the suspects were able to execute their trade in broad daylight in the heart of the city and whose escape was unhampered not even by a single checkpoint in the neighboring municipalities."

The memorandum report stated further that "there was no aggressive follow-up operation as investigators following up the case could not get hint or clue [regarding the whereabouts of the suspects] not until a concerned resident called them up; the non-observance of police operating procedures and lack of supervision of elements only two non-commissioned policemen reacting to the reported presence of the suspects at the Dumaluan Beach, who did not bother to inform their chief/supervisor and allowed the security guards in the area to arrest the armed suspects inside the resort's room."

The local police also allegedly, "delayed (the) submission of sketchy report to the regional operations for information of the command group."

Bohol Latest News / Land swapping for panglao airport project
« on: October 14, 2007, 02:36:12 PM »
The Panglao Bohol International Airport Development Project (PBIADP) Local Task Force
published the following announcement in the Bohol Chronical and Bohol Sunday Post, october 14 , 2007 issue


approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications:

An area of three (3) hectares shall first be set aside from the available government lots as relocation or resettlement site of qualified dislocated families.
The remaining area shall be equitably distributed to qualified landowners or dwellers with priority given to:

a.   Those who signified intention to barter on a first-come-first-serve basis within the cut-off date of     October 31, 2007.

b.   Those who, because of the size of their land and the amount of compensation they will receive, will be   unable to purchase a suitable lot or construct a home in Panglao.

c.   Remaining government lots for barter shall be shared by the remaining landowners on the principle of value for value.

d.   Those willing to shoulder cost of subdivision of lots and other related expenses.

Help & Support / Seven stars for ...yadz...
« on: October 14, 2007, 09:27:50 AM »

Hey, I noticed that, with the exception of Mike, I noticed that ...yadz... has seven stars.
Wowowee! How d'ya do it, yadz?

By the way, yadz is one of the oldies here ;D
Not in terms of age, ha.

Help & Support / Have I missed it?
« on: October 08, 2007, 09:35:41 AM »
Was the voting for Ms Tubag Bohol Online already finished?
I've been offline for a few days, you know.

So, what's the latest?

Bohol Latest News / September 21: Something's brewing at UB
« on: September 12, 2007, 06:15:45 PM »
It's gonna be UB's culmination party of its Diamond Jubilee celebration!

All alumni of the University of Bohol, formerly Rafael Palma College, will converge at the UB quadrangle on September 21, 2007 starting 7 p.m. to rock and party with songs and dances from the 50s to the present which became a part of the UBian's life from 1946 to 2006.

Dr. Carol Belarmino, Committee chair of the Diamond Jubilee program, extends the invitation to all those who walked through the corridors of UB/RPC.

Cheers to you all! ;D

Talk of the Town / Proposal: The Order of Tuasan Malea
« on: September 08, 2007, 09:31:19 PM »

The Order of Tuasan Malea will be for those individuals who have a knack of making things happen as intermediaries in negotiations.

Without Tuasan Malea, who acted as interpreter, the Blood Compact would not have happened.

Introduce Yourself / Welcome Beautiful Nathalim!
« on: August 31, 2007, 08:17:51 PM »

Here's your glass of Bahalina, my lady!

Welcome to Tubag Bohol

Your presence makes this place all the more beautiful

Enjoy! :D


Who would like to help? Any tip?

General Topic / El Mundo, hapit na ka ma bayani!
« on: August 30, 2007, 09:36:57 PM »

10 posts na lang hero member na ka  :D

Paspasi dali !!!!!

Bohol Latest News / Pres. Arroyo now in Bohol a day ahead of schedule
« on: August 23, 2007, 07:25:57 PM »
Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo arrived in Bohol August 23 and will spend the night here until August 24 for the peace forum at Bohol Tropics Resort.

Anonymous Diary Blog / My 500th Post
« on: August 14, 2007, 06:31:21 AM »
GEC celebrates his on this day his 500th post in Tubag Bohol at 4 days, I hour and 49 minutes.
It's 6:30 AM local time.
Ginger a.k.a. Hazel cheered me on to this milestone.
It was a great adventure meeting new friends in this virtual community.

Hep, hep, Horray!!! ;D

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