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website: leytesamardaily.net VOL. XXV NO. L VI http://www.scribd.com/lsde_scribd e-mail: Editorial - lsdaily2@yahoo.com FRIDAY JUNE 07, 2013 P10.00 IN TACLOBAN
BY JOEY A. GABIETA
Loreto Yu, during an unprecented press conference held yesterday at the city government-owned building whose location is being claimed by the provincial government. Lim represented the city government, which is behind the Sangyaw Festival now known as Festival of Lights, while Yu represented the Kasadyaan Festival, which is backed by the provincial government of Leyte. The city and the provincial governments have a rather thorny relation due to a number of reasons like ownership of several properties located in Tacloban and on sheer political differences. But for this years Tacloban fiesta, which is marked every June 30th, on the initiative of the city government under Mayor Alfred Romualdez, the Sangyaw Festival and the Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals along with the Pintados Festival have agreed to stage the three festivals on the same day. It was agreed that the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals would be held in the morning till late afternoon on June 29 while the Sangyaw Festival of Lights would be held in the evening. This is without any conditions. Let bygones be bygones. This could foster a stronger friendship with the provincial government of Leyte and the city government of Tacloban, Lim said during the press conference held yesterday at the Senior Citizens Building located at the Balyu-an area. As proof of goodwill of the city government, it waived the fee of P1,600 on the special permit issued to

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Day of Festivals signifies unity of city, provl govts


TACLOBAN CITY - The move to hold festivals backed by the provincial and city governments could usher in good relations between the two local government units.
Thus said both Tacloban city administrator Tecson John Lim and Alangalang town mayor, the organizers of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals allowing them to use the major streets of the city. The permit was issued last Wednesday. It is a good thing that there is now unity between the city government of Tacloban and the provincial government of Leyte. We are thankful that we are now united, Yu said in the same press conference. Also present were the top guns of the Pintados Festival through its chairman Evelina Acebedo and Sangyaw Festival Foundation through its president Elvira Casal. Both also expressed their happiness that finally the two erthswhile competing festivals could be staged on the same day. We have been hoping for this for so long, Acebedo said. Contingents from the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals will have their street parade starting at 9 a.m. using the major streets of the city on their way to the Leyte Sports Development Complex (Grandstand), where they will stage their performances.

ACHIEVERS. House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte (1st Dist) Rep.Ferdinand Martin FM Romualdez (2nd left) with other 2nd termer congressmen holds their plaque of appreciation awarded by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.(right) for their valuable contributions to the achievement of the 14th and 15th Congresses.Also in photo are Rep. Orlando Fua (left)-lone dist.Siquijor,Rep.Andres Salvacion Jr.(3rd left)-3rd dist.Leyte, Rep.Emil Ong (2nd right)-2nd dist. N. Samar. PHOTO BY: VER S. NOVENO

Tacloban biz sector welcomes festivals celebration on June 29


TACLOBAN CITYThe business community heaved a sigh of relief after the organizers of the Sangyaw Festival and Pintados Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals agreed to hold the celebration of their festivals on the 29th of June. The festivals are part of the yearly celebration of the feast day of Tacloban on June 30, in honor of Sr. Sto. Nino, its patron saint. This is good news for us. When last years holding of the festivals were marred with controversies it was not good image for the city and our leaders. We were in the national news for two weeks because of the barricades and exchange of bitter words from both camps and their supporters, Go Tic Ching (Jack Uy) said during to page 3

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TACLOBAN CITY Eastern Visayas is still a recipient of salt with very low iodine content, which alarms an international nutrition organization, citing harms of iodine deficiency to ones physical and mental wellness. Iodine content of salt shipments from February to April ranged from 6.21 parts per million (ppm) to 14.72 ppm, way below than the standard 30

Salt shipments to E. Visayas found low in iodine content

to 70 ppm set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Edward Otico, an associate of the Geneva-based Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) emphasized the need for Region 8 health officials to step the monitoring of salt shipments from the source in Mindoro Occidental. If the source is aware that local ofto page 7

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CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) is seeking the cooperation of teachers and parents to help them in the drive against illegal drugs, particularly in schools as the new school year opened, even as the regions top cop ordered his men to get rid school campuses and premises of pushers and peddlers of illegal drugs and other prohibited substances. PRO8 director PCSupt. Elmer Ragadio Soria ordered the deployment of more uniformed policemen near schools and other areas where drug pushers are commonly op-

PRO8 seeks parents, teachers support against illegal drugs in schools


erating to discourage drug pushers from pursuing their illegal trade and plainclothes policemen to monitor the activities of drug peddlers. We will take aggressive actions to make the schools and universities drug-free as the youth, particularly students, are the most vulnerable targets of drug pushers, Soria said. Although the police is concentrating on high value targets, Soria said they will go out of their way to bring the anti-illegal drugs campaign down to the school level. The police official said law enforcers cannot attend to this problem alone and need the convergence of efforts and full cooperation of the parents, school officials and other sectors of the community. The fight against illegal drugs should start at home. Parents should guide their children on the ill effects of illegal drug use and monitor their childrens activities during and after classes, he added. While students have their needs, Soria advised parents not to give them more than what they need as this could only lead them to engage or entertain vices because they have the resources and this may include illegal drug use. School officials and teachers, meanwhile, have a

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vantage view on what is happening inside school premises and thus, can pinpoint students or even teachers displaying aberrant behavior that could be an indication of illegal drug use, Soria added. PRO8 also vowed to pursue teachers involved in using or trading drugs in schools. Aside from stepped-up anti-drug operations, Soria also directed all police chiefs to coordinate with school officials and Parents-TeachersCommunity Associations (PTCAs) for the conduct of symposium on the ill effects of illegal drugs in schools in their respective areas. (PINernment of Tacloban and provincial government of Leyte, Acebedo said in a press conference conducted by the city information office of Tacloban. The best thing that we should remember, we are indeed for the Senior Santo Nio and not for anybody else, Acebedo added. She also said that the people behind the Sangyaw Festival and PintadosKasadyaan Festivals should work as a team, as one. Meanwhile, Jack Uy, who is the president of the Tacloban Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Incorporated, said that they will help in disseminating information to the public regarding on their role in maintain the cleanliness of the city this upcoming fiesta. On the other hand, Tacloban City Administrator Atty. Tecson John Lim is very happy with the result of the unity created between the city government of Tacloban and provincial government of Leyte for the big celebration inside the city, the feast of Senior

TACLOBAN CITY-In order to have a much better, beautiful and peaceful celebration of the feast of Senior Santo Nio this city, the Pintados-Kasadyaan Foundations assured that they will help the Sangyaw Foundation in maintaining the cleanliness of the city where they will celebrate their festivals, such as the Pintados and Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals. Alangalang Mayor Loreto Entong Yu, of the of the Kasadyaan Festival, said that they have created a team composed of their street sweepers who will be in-charge in collecting the garbage along the streets where they will conduct their parade, especially at Leyte Sports Center (Grandstand) where the presentation of their contingents will be held. The media has a bigger role on disseminating information to the public,

Pintados-Kasadyaan Foundation to help maintain citys cleanliness


they should inform and educate the public regarding their role in maintaining the cleanliness of the city, Yu said during the press conference conducted by the city information of Tacloban yesterday. In addition, Ronald Calleja of Pintados Festival also said that they have their own street sweepers who will follow the street parade of Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals to collect the garbage, which they will see along the street. We encourage the public who will watch the different activities of Sangyaw and Pintados-Kasadyaan Festivals to use their own initiative in maintaining the cleanliness of the city not only in the upcoming celebration of the feast of Senior Santo Nio, but even ordinary days, Calleja emphasized. Moreover, Santo Nio Church parish priest Msgr. Alex Opiniano said that the

Former mayor, accountant of Caibiran sentenced from 6-10 years for gra deal
TACLOBAN CITY- A former mayor in Biliran province was convicted by the Sandiganbayan for graft involving an amount of P160,000 for an alleged ghost project. Found guilty by the first division of the Sandiganbayan was Melchor Maderazo who served as officerin-charge mayor of Caibiran town. Also convicted by the anti-graft court was former municipal accountant Dionesion Veruen Jr. Both were sentenced to six to 10 years imprisonment with perpetual disqualification from holding public office. The decision of the Sandiganbayan stemmed from a transaction involving the release of P160,000 which represented the cost of a project involving 400 pieces of tapping saddles (steel pipe connectors) that were not actually delivered. The materials were supposed to be used for a water system project of the town. The two were directed to pay the amount of P160,000 to the local government of Caibiran. The Sandiganbayan, on its decision issued last May 30, held that the two defrauded the local government after the alleged contractor of the project,Artemio Vermug, testified that Maderazo forced him to sign a contract and endorse a check amounting to P160,000 but was not asked to do the actual work. It also held that Maderazo could not have succeeded with the crime without the cooperation and participation of Veruen because they both signed the disbursement voucher, the Land Bank of the Philippine check and the false inspection report that was submitted as liquidation for the ghost delivery of the tapping saddles. (JOEY A. GABIETA)

people behind the various activities such as the Sangyaw and Pintados-Kasadyaan Foundations should inform the public to help in maintaining the cleanliness of the city. The people must know their responsibility on maintaining the cleanliness of the city, even in their own little way, such as collecting their own trash, Msgr. Opiniano said. Instead of throwing it on the street, put it in the trashcans, Opiniano added. With the unity created between the city government of Tacloban and provincial government of Leyte, Evelyn Acebedo of Pintados Foundation hopes that this unity will continue in order for us to have a much better, beautiful and peaceful celebration of the feat of Senior Santo Nio. In the past four years, I been hoping for the unity between the city gov-

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NEWS

Leyte Samar Daily Express

Wilson Uy to run anew for PCL prexy


TACLOBAN CITY Councilor Wilson Uy of Palo town expresses his interest to seek for reelection as president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Leyte Chapter. Uy, in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express, said that his reelection plan for said position would be for the benefit of his colleague-councilors across Leyte province. I am still interested to seek reelection for me to continue all the plans and programs that I established since I assumed office as PCL president, he said. I served as PCL president for two consecutive terms when I was still a councilor of Tacloban and I am now already on my second term for similar position since I transferred my registration to Palo, Leyte, he said. According to him, being on the position for a period of time is an advantage to him on his intention to be re-elected to said position. I know so many councilors from all over the province. Some are new for said position, but others are also serving on their second and last term already, he said. Uy disclosed that the election for PCL president and other positions would either be done on the month of September of October this year, depending on the schedule of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Councilors from the 41 municipalities of Leyte province are free to run for any position, however, they need to have good track record, he added. Moreover, Uy said that accessibility is one of the things that he could assure to all the councilors in the province. I am very accessible to all of our councilors in the province. Our office is situated in Tacloban, the capital center for business and trade of Leyte, he explained. The official said that PCL Leyte Chapter president automatically serves as official of the National PCL office. As PCL president, we look into the welfare of all our councilors. We also spearheads on conducting medical mission as well as established seminars and trainings that would help them equipped on performing their responsibilities and functions, Uy said. (REY GERILLA GRADO)

ACHIEVERS. House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte (1st dist) Rep.Ferdinand Martin FM Romualdez (5th left) with other 2nd termer congressmen holds their plaque of appreciation awarded by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.(8th left) for their valuable contributions to the achievement of the 14th and 15th Congresses.From left are Rep.Jocelyn Lim Kaichong-1st dist.Negros Oriental,Rep.George Arnaiz-2nd dist.Negros Oriental,Rep.Pryde Henry Teves-3rd dist.Negros Oriental,Rep.Orlando Fua-Lone dist.Siquijor,Rep.Andres Salvacion Jr.-3rd dist.Leyte,Rep.Emil Ong-2nd dist.Leyte,Rep. Maria Isabelle Climaco-1st Dist.Zamboanga City,Rep.Rosendo Labadlabad-2nd Dist.Zamboanga Del Norte,Rep.Victor Yu-1st Dist.Zamboanga Del Sur, Rep.Jose Zubiri lll-3rd dist.Bukidnon,Rep.Rufus Rodriguez-2nd dist.Cagayan De Oro,Rep.Vicente Belmonte Jr.-Lone dist.Iligan City,Yevgeny Vicente Emano-2nd dist.Misamis Oriental. PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO

TACLOBAN CITY The central government has set aside P373 million this year to carry on the implementation of Help for Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project (HCAAP) in Northern Samar that was planned in the 1980s. National Irrigation Administration Administrator Antonio Nangel said that they are targeting to complete the irrigation component of the P2.9 billion project by 2015. HCAAP is one of our priority. We will execute all plans for the project through coordination with different agencies and local government units, Nangel told reporters. Driven by poor performance of contractor Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd., the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) completely quit funding the project last year. For 2013 and onwards, NIA needs about P1 billion to complete the long dreamed project , which covers 4,550 hectares of rice farm in more than 70 villages of the municipalities of Las Navas and Catubig in the Catubig Valley of Northern Samar. As of last year, the project has delivered water to 600 hectares of farms in Northern Samar. The national government has repackaged the project and awarded the works to six contractors to ensure that irrigation facilities will be functional as early as possible. Fund sources will not be coming from foreign funding institutions but from the national government. NIA Regional Manager Romeo Quiza said that next year, HCAAP will get a funding of P124 million. It can be recalled that

P373M set aside for HCAAP

in 2009, NIA asked the contractor Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. (HHIC) to stop constructing two irrigation dams in Northern Samar considering the time constraint to meet its August 25, 2010 deadline to complete the Bulao and Hagbay projects. A proposal to develop the Catubig Valley was prepared in the early 80s. The development of Catubig Valley has long been seen as a catalyst of development in the island of Samar, as it was identified as one of the major production areas in the region. (SARWELL Q.
MENIANO)

Tacloban...

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a press conference. Go Tic Ching is the president of the Tacloban Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (TFCCCI). I would like to congratulate the organizers and its leaders especially Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez for extending the hand of reconciliation. This is a good start for the term of reelected Mayor Alfred, truly this is the city of love, beauty and progress. June 29 is now known as the Day of Festivals Ching added. Ching told the members of the press that the TFCCCI has also written the city mayor if its possible to hold the festivals on the same day of June 29 and called the day, unified day for Taclobanons. Meanwhile, Ching said that he will request restaurants and eateries to open on June 29 and 30 to accommodate visitors and tourists watching the festivals. In the past years, most restaurants

TACLOBAN CITY Reimplementing the Sesyon sa Barangay is one of the priorities of Vice Mayorelect Jerry Sambo Yaokasin of this city, once he assumes office this July to make the city council be closer to the people. Sesyon sa Barangay used to be part of the city council activity but was stopped by the previous administration. Holding session in the city legislative building is different from doing it in the barangay, because we can actually see and feel the needs of the people and we have a chance to talk with them and show them how we really work in the council, said Yaokasin. This activity would also give a chance to Taclobanons to know the people

Sambo plans to revive Sesyon sa Barangay


whom they voted for to represent them in the city council, added Yaokasin. As of the moment, Yaokasin said that he still needs to talk with new set of members of the city council to discuss of re-implementing the Sesyon sa Barangay to discuss of what would be the process for its re-implementation. There are barangays with huge barangay halls that could accommodate us in holding our session and we can do this maybe if not monthly we could also do this quarterly, he said. Aside from the re-implementation of Sesyon sasa Barangay, Yaokasin said that he will continue the on-going rehabilitation of the city legislative building that was started by outgoing Vice Mayor Arvin Antoni.

We will not only depend on the funds from the government for the rehabilitation because we could ask for help from other agency or institutions to help us in finishing the rehabilitation of the building, Yaokasin stressed. The initial fund for the rehabilitation of the city legislative building was provided by outgoing An Waray Representative Florencio Bem Noel through his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) amounting to P2 million, that was used to repair the ceiling, comfort rooms and lightings of the building while the P2 million fund from the city government of Tacloban that was provided also in the same purpose was used for the re-painting of the building. (ROEL T
AMAZONA)

of the city are close as the employees also join the revelry. I am sure this will be good business for our partners in development, Ching said. Kasadyaan-Pintados Festival of Festivals is a union of the twin festivals Pintados and Kasadyaan which

was merged in the 90s. The grand festival parade of Kasadyaan-Pintados Festival of Festivals is always held on June 27 while the Sangyaw Festival of the Sangyaw Foundation is on June 29. With the resent development, the office of the city mayor has already issued the permit to Pintados Kasady-

aan Festival of Festivals to hold the parade and street dancing on June 29 from 9A.M. to 3 P.M. On the other hand, Sangyaw and the Parade of Lights will start at 5P.M. onwards and culminate with the showcase of participating contingents at the Balyuan Amphitheater.
(VICKY C. ARNAIZ)

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OPINION

Friday, 0 7 June 2013

EDITORIAL

Filling the blanks


and equipment that students need. While public education is free, there are other necessities in the learning process that cannot be provided by government and could not be provided by parents as they are prohibited by the no collection policy. It is the students who bear the difculties as public schools have limited budget for school facilities. There is for instance the need for laboratory equipment and materials that are needed in experiments for students to absorb essential knowledge that such activities give more than what are found in textbooks. Efforts to provide such learning tools and equipment are often addressed to by students organizations or parents associations. But the response to such needs come too late to satisfy the needs of the students who are in the process of learning while still in the process of looking for funds to procure the needed equipment and facilities as a delayed act of lling the blanks.

earners are back to school once more as classes started this week. Parents are confronted with a lot of expenses that go with school opening, mainly the procurement of school supplies and school uniforms, while those in private schools have to bear the cost of tuition fees which are bound to increase this school year. Those in public schools have to bear all sorts of inconvenience as schools cannot provide facilities and learning tools that learners need considering that collection of money is prohibited. There are a lot that learners need in school but could not be provided by government due to fund constraints. The schools could certainly do something to ll the felt need but could not do anything also due to fund constraints and the prohibition to collect anything from anyone, primarily parents and the children who enrolled in public schools. Similar necessities in private schools are usually passed to the parents as students are required to procure the learning tools

The rallying cry for justice reformers is justice delayed is justice denied The Court is our last bastion between sanity and savagery.- U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan
The words stare decisis et non quieta movere is a Latin maxim, to stand by decisions and not disturb the undisturbed. Lawyers understood it to mean that courts should generally abide by the previous decisions and not to disturb settled cases. Judges are obliged to respect established decisions of the Supreme Court The ip-op decisions of the Supreme Court have caused some judges in the lower courts to break the precedent established by the High Court. In spite of repeated pleadings to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction some judges still insisted rendering interlocutory orders. The Free Dictionary by Farlex denes interlocutory order as: Provisional; interim; of law has been examined and decided, it should be deemed settled and closed to further argument. Thus, where the same question relating to the same event is brought by parties similarly situated as in a previous case already litigated and decided by a competent court, the rule of stare decisis is a bar to any attempt to relitigate the same issue. Interlocutory is the kind of order that honest-hearted law practitioners hated most. A judge who cannot render a decision based on the merits of the case is not a good lawyer. Interlocutory order may be good for unscrupulous counsel because as long as the case is prolonged the more money they

What happen to stare decisis?

temporary; not nal; that which intervenes between the beginning and the end of a lawsuit or proceeding to either decide a particular point or matter that is not the nal issue of the entire controversy or prevent irreparable harm during the pendency of the lawsuit. In the August 12, 2012 decision of the Supreme Court in GSIS and Winston F. Garcia, vs. Maricar B.

Buenviaje-Carreon, G.R. No. 189529, states: The principle of stare decisis enjoins adherence to judicial precedents. It requires courts in a country to follow the rule established in a decision of its Supreme Court. That decision becomes a judicial precedent to be followed in subsequent cases by all courts in the land. The doctrine is based on the principle that once a question

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Friday, 07 June 2013

OPINION

Leyte Samar Daily Express

Auditing Students Honorary Internship


excludes domestic and foreign travel and incidental costs. Imagine the dream post - the Great American Dream. We all say, this is the only chance that one in the family gets to see the dream place. You mean to say, unpaid internship is for sale? Why the demand for overseas work track record? Is our own version of experience inexperienced? Now we have come to terms with K-12 and it would mean added value to our turnouts. The question for educational planners in partnership with the private sector, parents and students - Would you reconsider reengineering the internship policy and explore the possibility of fair pay for fair work? Obviously, these programs widen the gap between poorer students who need the summer job money and students who can afford to pay thousands upfront plus spend months without a salary. For employers, are high-sounding entries in resume that impressive? If we genderize the interns, I am sure it is women dominated, hence, did it ever occur to you that these programs subliminally stack up the exploited lot of our women?

NBA nals
Today is the NBA nals between Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs where they will decide the 2013 NBA Championship in 7 games. Both teams are NBA Champions with the Miami Heat as the defending champion. Miami passed in the eye of the needle so to speak to reach the Finals as they were stretched to the limit by the Indiana Pacers up to the 7th game of the Eastern Finals. The odds are even with both teams composed of experienced and talented players. Miami has the invincible trio of Lebron James, Dwyne Wade and Chris Bosh and San Antonio Spurs has Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli. As a whole, Miami Heat has a deeper bench where the 2nd starters are equally impressive and talented. They have Ray Al-

Polly is on her nal year at the State University. Meet her interesting global student life. She studies Tourism in Tacloban City, interned in Busch Gardens, Virginia, USA, worked as frontline ofcer in one of the countrys popular food chain, and is currently servicing her nal in-campus on the job training. Meanwhile, Vida is on her nal medical lap. She will be rotated in two tertiary hospitals in the locality, and will proceed to the Makati Medical Center at year end. As I effort to t in to their own wild schedules, doing their work as they deliberately skip their routinary domestic contributions I wonder why I have to dump so much in terms of time, emotions, effort and money for such voluntary work. So stress-

full. Of course, the curriculum says so. But the world is at, says Friedman hence, skills can be outsourced, boundaries crossed and attened, and ight of workers unnecessary - because we are all users and contributors to the internet super highway. Always, the common justication for parents to go agaga for expensive internships is the tight competition for jobs . Jobs are indeed scarce with innumerable applicants to the point that the latter is more than willing to work for free, and is willing to pay to work for free. Almost all kinds of internship or apprenticeship are unpaid, only academic credits. Interns pay from P100,000 to P250,000 and depends on the duration or length and location of the posting. Remember, this expense

len, the top sharpshooter in 3 points, Miller and Battier as alternates with Udonis Haslem and John Anderson as guards for the center position. Lebron James, the NBA MVP and Dwyne Wade are unstoppable in the paint and outside. What is also worth mentioning is the remarkable improvement in the games of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. They have regained their superior skills and ability when San Antonio Spurs became NBA chamor by statute of limitations, the court shall dismiss the claim. (Underlining ours) Are disregarding stare decisis only occurring in the Philippine courts? No! Lawrence Kelley III, owner at Veterans Legal Services in Gainsville, Florida, posted in LinkedIn: xxx Judges deliberately ignore key facts or prevailing case law. Ever since the US Supreme Court got stocked with Republicans after Burger left, they suspended stare decisis when it suited their agenda to overturn previous S.Ct case law, which is something that never should occur unless due to new laws enacted or new facts & evidence, the latter, tho, are always in new appealable cases. For the S.Ct. to overrule itself except in cases like Dred Scott and other extreme examples, yet by reversing itself destabilizes the

pion in 2005. It is really a match worth watching. This writer is betting on the Miami Heat and I am willng to take a bet against the San Antonio Spurs. Make no mistake, I am betting on the Miami Heat. Any taker, just call my name. My prediction is, it wont last until seven games. The Miami Heat VS. the Indiana Pacers was already the NBA Championship. Who ever wins is the NBA Champion. entire legal system down to the local trial courts. I have stood in front of judges who stated plainly that since the S.Ct. ignored stare decisis, they can do the same, and so it goes. Also, if you were in corporate practice, judges show those attorneys far more deference than any others, largely for the money and power most corporate rms possess. Chief Judge Thomas Easterbrook of the 7th Circuit in Chicago wrote a very famous article where he basically exposed his fellow judges and lambasted state court judges for committing these offenses. xxx So, we see it happens at the other side of the globe, not only in the Philippines. By the way S.Ct. is Supreme Court. You are a lawyer, share me your experience. (Feedback welcome, g_duna@yahoo. com)

What happen...
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they received from the client. But, it is too bad and frustrating for clients who have no money to pay the lawyer, except to avail funds from the loan-sharks. A judge who cannot render just decision is always looked upon as making money from either litigant. He may be counted as unscrupulous tted to be in Gehenna. Unscrupulous judge could easily be perceived to be so by reading the decisions he/she renders. A judge who keeps a case hanging in spite of having no jurisdiction over the case is only inviting for administrative suits against him or her. Especially, if the litigant repeatedly states in the pleadings about the lack of jurisdiction of the court, but still ignore it. Lack of jurisdiction is a cause for the judge to dismiss the case even without having pleaded by the defense. In the Rules of Court, Rule 9, states: Section 1. Defenses and objections not pleaded. Defenses and objections not pleaded either in a motion to dismiss or in the answer are deemed waived. However, when it appears from the pleadings or the evidence on record that the court has no jurisdiction over the subject matter, that there is another action pending between the same parties for the same cause, or that the action is barred by a prior judgment

Onli in da Pilipins
The results of the recently concluded polls and the one which immediately preceded that showcase the seeming oddities queer in no other country except ours. I would want the reader to brace himself but I dont think there is any need for that. It is only in the Philippines will you nd a convicted felon getting elected to public ofce when the very reason for his conviction is his past outing of his clout in ofce when he held the esteemed position of this states chieftaincy. Makes me want to just grab a knife, stab someone in the back, get myself convicted and run for public ofce as it seems our electorate has a penchant for aspirants who have past criminal records. The more daunting part of it is that he wasnt opposed by a mere someone who, like a sprouting mushroom, suddenly came out of nowhere. He contended with an equally worthy, if not even far superior, opponent who by the looks of it have proven himself

Upping the Ante


frANZ RAYMOND P. ASPA worthy of the position he seeks re-election. Yet that seems to be not enough to the citizens of that city who feel that they are better off in the hands of a crook. It is only in the Philippines can you nd aspirants for political ofce eventually nding their way in not so much on the basis of their proven track record (of which they have none) as the popularity of their surnames. Of many, I could think of at least two who successfully worked their way around their fathers names, used by them as if they were baits and hauled in a great deal of gullible lot. The election of one of them I could probably take albeit with a little bit of throwing up as she might not have any experience at all in the intricacies of lawmaking but has nevertheless handled a public ofce although not by election but by appointment. With her promise to continue what her father has started (although I have searched high and low but couldnt nd any that her father may have begun), we are certainly anxious as to how she will fare as a lady legislator. That of the other however I could only deal with nothing less than passing out and a great deal of puking as she only has no experience in public service,

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Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0358 Application for Issuance of a CPC operate a VEHICLE FOR HIRE service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name. ALFONSO DONAIRE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE TO OPERATE A VEHICLE FOR HIRE SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: FOR EXCLUSIVE USE OF CONTRACTING PASSENGERS FROM PALOMPON, LEYTE TO/FROM ANY HOTELS, RESORTS & PORTS WITHIN REG. 08 & VICE VERSA WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME AS DONCOR TOUR. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JUNE 19, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 4th day of June 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

NOTICES
Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2008-0083 Application for Extension of Validity of a CPC operate a UV EXPRESS service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/Business Name. ROLANDO PACHECO Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A UV EXPRESS SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: ORMOC CITYMAASIN CITY & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JUNE 27, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 5th day of June 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

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Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL REGISTRAR Province of Eastern Samar Municipality of Guiuan

LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0370 Ref. No. VIII-2003-1185 Application for Sale & Transfer of a CPC operate a FILCAB service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name with Extension of Validity. LORENZO NAZARIO-VENDOR RANDY ALAO-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: ORMOC CITYALBUERA & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR SALE AND TRANSFER HEREIN REFERRED TO AS APPLICANT-VENDOR LORENZO NAZARIO IN FAVOR OF RANDY ALAO HEREIN REFERRED TO AS APPLICANT-VENDEE OF A CPC USING THE SAME NO. OF ROUTE AND UNIT, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, JERAMIE AND RANDY TRANSPORT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JUNE 24, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 4th day of June 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION


In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby serve to the public that Nicanor Jr. Arceo Cabel has filed with this Office a petition for correction of day of birth from February 23, 1953 to February 24, 1953 in the certificate of live birth of Nicanor Jr. Arceo Cabel at Guiuan, Eastern Samar and whose parents are Nicanor Sr. Daep Cabel and Teofila Alday Arceo. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than June 10, 2013. (Sgd.) LILIA L. MACHICA Mun. Civil Registrar
LSDE: May 31 & June 7, 2013 EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Basilio Amo and Estrella Salazar extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over parcels of land and residential house described as: Parcel 1, Lot 1, Pcs-08000349, containing an area of 121 square meters, more or less and covered by T.C.T. No. 24626; Parcel 2, Lot 8433, situated in Brgy. Caridad, Baybay, Leyte, containing an area of 768 square meters, more or less covered by T.C.T. No. 2588; Parcel 3, Lot 8428C situated in Brgy. Caridad, Baybay, Leyte, containing an area of 5,922 square meters, more or less; Parcel 4, Lot No. 8434 situated in Brgy. Maybog, Baybay, Leyte, containing an area of 9,893 square meters, more or less, covered by T.C.T. No. 16714 and a residential house; per Doc. No. 101, Page No. 21, Book No. XXIV, Series of 2007 of Notary Public Atty. Arnulfo C. Salazar. LSDE: May 24, 31 & June 7, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Felicidad Basilisco Pelicano extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a conjugal share of a parcel of land with residential hosue erected thereon, situated at Brgy. 36-A, Calanipawan, Tacloban City, covered by T.C.T. No. T-21500, identied as Lot 1, Block 5, containing an area of 231 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Virgilia B. Ramos married to Enrico Ramos as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 260, Page No. 53, Book No. XXIII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Vespero Mayor. LSDE: May 24, 31 & June 7, 2013 met him at the airport upon his arrival with Petitioners sister sometime in the rst week of May 2006. They could not even communicate as Respondent did not speak English but spoke only Japanese. Thus, the discussions about the proposed simulated marriage and the reasons for the same were done through Petitioners sister, who acted as an interpreter. 3.4. Petitioners sister made all the arrangements for the purported marriage. All that Petitioner was told was that there was somebody taking care of securing and processing all of the necessary documentation. 3.5. True enough, Petitioner and Respondent were simply informed of the date, time and place of her wedding. Following the arrangements made by her sister, the parties went to the ofces of a certain Cesar T. Ching in Marikina City at mid-morning of May 17, 2006. She was with some members of her family, who were also aware of the simulated nature of the marriage. Mr. Ching, Petitioner was told, was a Minister of the Philippine Christian Catholic Church. 3.6. Petitioner is not and was never a member of the Philippine Christian Catholic Church. And neither was Respondent who, as earlier mentioned, only came to the Philippines just a few days prior to the supposed wedding. Moreover, Petitioner does not recall processing any application for a marriage license before the Local Civil Registrar of San Juan, as she never resided there. She was thus surprised when, upon arriving at the ofces of Mr. Ching, she was shown what was purported to be a Marriage License issued by the Local Civil Registrar of that place. She noted that the license was dated that very same day, i.e., May 17, 2006. It must be said here that the place where the wedding took place was just a simple ofce rather than a church, temple or chapel. 3.7. It must also be said that no real marriage ceremony took place. Rather than the

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Panlo Ty Garcia Jr. extrajudicially settled and adjudicated over a bank deposit with Metro Bank, Borongan Branch and heirs hereby waive their rights, interest and quitclaim in favor of Ninfa O. Garcia; per Doc. No. 431, Page No. 86, Book No. IV, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Enrique C. Dala. LSDE: May 24, 31 & June 7, 2013

TO:

KEN OSAMURA 7-420, Tateishie Katsushika Tokyo, Japan GREETINGS: You are hereby required within sixty (60) days after service of this summons upon you, to le with this Court and serve on the plaintiff your answer to the complaint, copy of which is attached, together with the annexes. You are reminded of the provision in the IBP-OCA memorandum on Policy Guidelines dated March 12, 2002 to observe, restraint in ling a motion to dismiss instead allege the ground thereof as defenses in the Answer. If you fail within the time xed, the plaintiff will take judgment by default and may be granted the relief applied for in the complaint. WITNESS my hand under the seal of the Court this 14th day of May 2013 in Ormoc City, Philippines.

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Ormoc City Branch 12, Ormoc City -oOoCONNY S. LEONES Plaintiff, -versusKEN OSAMURA, Defendant CASE NO. R-ORM-13-00025-CV For: DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x- - - - - - -x SUMMONS

For consideration is the Motion For Leave Of Court (To Effect Summons Through Extra-Territorial Service) led by petitioner, through counsel, stating among others that considering the fact that respondent resides abroad and is, at present, not found in the Philippines, petitioner prayed that summons in the instant case be served upon the respondent by publication pursuant to the provisions of Section 15, Rule 14 of the Rules of Court. Finding the instant prayer to be meritorious, the same is hereby GRANTED. Accordingly, let summons and the Complaint of this case be published for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Leyte qualied to publish judicial notices at the expense of the petitioner. The Branch Clerk of Court is also directed to send by registered mail a copy of the summons with a copy of the petition and the Order of this Court to the last known address of the respondent at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. In Chambers, Ormoc City, 10 May 2013.

Branch 12, Ormoc City -oOoCONNY S. LEONES Plaintiff, -versusKEN OSAMURA, Defendant CASE NO. R-ORM-13-00025-CV For: DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x- - - - - - -x ORDER

(Sgd.) CARL A. MAGSOLING Presiding Judge x- - - - - - - - - -x Republic of the Philippines Supreme Court REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Ormoc City

(Sgd.) CLINTON C. NUEVO Presiding Judge x- - - - - - - - - - - -x Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 12 Ormoc City, Leyte

Petitioner, by undersigned counsel, unto this Honorable Court, most respectfully states: I. The Parties 1.1. She is of legal age, Filipino and with postal address at Brgy. Luna, Ormoc City, Leyte. For purposes of this action, she may be served summons and other processes of the Court at the ofces of undersigned counsel. 1.2. Respondent, is likewise of legal age, a Japanese national and whose last known address is 7-420, Tateishi, Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan. II. Required Information Per Sec. 5 2), A.M. 02-1110-SC 2.1. The parties do not have any children. 2.2. The parties did not acquire any properties during their marriage. III. The Relevant Facts 3.1. Petitioner rst met Respondent in early May 2006 in Marikina City. The latter was introduced to Petitioner by her own sister, who was acquainted with Respondent and had met him in Japan. Both Petitioners sister and herein Respondent were in the country for a vacation. 3.2. At the time, Petitioner was eager join her sister in Japan and seek employment there. Petitioners sister then suggested that she simulate a marriage with Respondent, saying that it would be easier for her to travel to and nd work in Japan. No knowing any better, and motivated only by the honest desire to join her sister in Japan in as easy a way as possible, Petitioner consented to the idea. 3.3. Petitioner did not at all know Respondent. She rst

CONNY S. LEONES, Petitioner -versusKEN OSAMURA, Respondent Civil Case No. R-ORM-13-00025-CV For: DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x- - - - - - - -x PETITION

required formalities, all that Mr. Ching did was a perfunctory meeting, consisting principally of guiding the parties in signing the Certicate of Marriage.1 3.8. Petitioner and Respondent never lived together. Neither did they consummate their marriage. To the contrary, they went their separate ways shortly after their marriage. In fact, Respondent left the country just a few days after the wedding. 3.9. Petitioner has not heard of or from Respondent since after their marriage. IV. Cause of Action 4.1. Petitioners marriage to Respondent is clearly void. Apart from being absolutely simulated, certain essential and formal requisites are clearly lacking. 4.2. Firstly, the purported marriage license is clearly a sham. As narrated above, the parties did not apply for its issuance before the Local Civil Registrar of San Juan. Also as earlier stated, neither Petitioner nor Respondent habitually resided in the said city. Besides, given the proximity of Respondents arrival here in the Philippines, there clearly was no compliance with the publication requirement of the notice attesting to the parties application for a marriage license. 4.3. Secondly, neither of the parties was a member of the solemnizing ofcers church or religious sect - assuming that Mr. Ching was indeed a minister as was his claim. Given this fact, the authority of Mr. Ching as the solemnizing ofcer of the parties wedding is clearly wanting. 4.5. Thirdly, no marriage ceremony ever took place. As earlier narrated, the parties did not even bother to make a personal declaration that they were taking each other as husband and wife. To the contrary, all they had was a perfunctory meeting which consisted of Mr. Ching guiding them to the signing of their Certicate of Marriage. 4.6. From the foregoing it is indubitable that the parties marriage is void when ranged

against the provisions of Article 4 of the Family Code, in relation to Articles 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11, among others, of the Family Code of the Philippines. 4.7. Finally, the instant case is clearly an example of a simulated marriage. Also as narrated earlier, Petitioner entered into marriage upon her sisters suggestion and solely for the purpose of being able to travel to Japan and work there and seek the proverbial greener pastures. Simulated marriages are absolutely null and void ab initio as they are clearly against good order, law, public policy and our time-honored customs. PRAYER WHEREFORE, premises considered, it is respectfully prayed to this Honorable court GRANT this petition and render judgment declaring the parties marriage void ab initio. Other just and equitable reliefs are prayed for. Ormoc City, Leyte. April 24, 2013.

Rm. 207, 2nd Flr., Ormoc Superdome San Pedro Street, Ormoc City, Leyte PTR No. 3871470 1/03/13 Ormoc City IBP (Leyte) Lifetime No. 07669 Roll No. 38837 MCLE Compliance No. IV-0015128, 04/02/2013 Email Address: rrcapahi@gmail.com Tel. Nos. (053) 255-4966/561-1104 Copy furnished: The Solicitor General Ofce of the Solicitor General Legaspi Village, Makati City The City Prosecutor Ormoc City

(Sgd.) RUBEN R. CAPAHI Counsel for Petitioner

cordance with law, depose and state: 1. I am the Petitioner in the above-entitled case. 2. I have caused the preparation of the foregoing Petition and I have read the same, and the allegations therein are true and correct based on my own personal knowledge and on authentic records. 3. I have not commenced any other action or proceeding involving issues similar to the present action before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or in any other tribunal or agency of the government, other than the actions before the RTC, Branch 16, Naval Biliran, Petition to Declare Presumptive Death, (Sp. Proceedings No. P-345) and Annulment and Cancellation of Marriage Certicate under (Civil Case No. B-1322), which have already been withdrawn; and no such action or proceeding is pending in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the different divisions thereof, or any tribunal or agency. I further undertake and certify that if I should hereafter learn that a similar action or proceeding has been led or is pending before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals or any tribunal or agency, I shall report the fact within ve (5) days therefrom. 4. Further, I sayeth naught. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto afxed my signature this 24th day of April 2013 at Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines.

I, CONNY S. LEONES, of legal age, Filipino, married and with postal address of Brgy. Luna, Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines, after having been sworn to oath in ac-

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Subscribed and sworn to before me this 24th day of April 2013 at Ormoc City, Leyte, afant exhibiting to me her Drivers License No. H07-07-000445 which will expire on 2015-12-06. Doc. No. 396; Page No. 80; Book No. LXXVII; Series of 2013 LSDE: May 24, 31 & June 7, 2013

(Sgd.) CONNY S. LEONES Afant

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Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0368 Ref. No. VIII-2002-2021 Application for Sale & Transfer of a CPC operate a FILCAB service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name, with Extension of Validity. JOSE PALLER-VENDOR ROLAND CORDA-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-PHHCDIIT & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR SALE AND TRANSFER HEREIN REFERRED TO AS APPLICANT-VENDOR JOSE PALLER IN FAVOR OF ROLAND CORDA HEREIN REFERRED TO AS APPLICANT-VENDEE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE USING THE SAME NO. OF ROUTE AND UNIT, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JUNE 24, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 4th day of June 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

NEWS/NOTICES
Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE Province of Leyte Municipality of Barugo

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ommended that government monitoring should be intensified in the production site. National Nutrition Council regional program coordinator Segundina Devota Dilao admitted that the region cannot ship these salts back to the source since trading deals for this year have already been sealed. The Bantay Asin Task Force will step up the monitoring. If sources are aware that we are vigilant, they wont send us poor salt quality, she said. Result of the 2008 National Nutrition Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute showed that 97.2% of households in Eastern Visayas have been using iodized salt. However, 78.2% of households are using salts with iodine contents of 15 ppm and below. The survey also disclosed that 65% of pregnant women in the region were iodine deficient. The regions estimated number of newborns is 57,400 every year or 287,000 from 2008-2012. About 186,000 of them were born iodine deficient. The most common consequences of iodine deficiency are goiter, hypothyroidism, impaired mental function, retarded physical development, psychomotor defects, and reproductive failures. (SARRepublic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0371 Application for Issuance of a CPC operate a TH service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name. (COLORUM LEGALIZATION) MA. SUSANA M. NOBLEJAS Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE TO OPERATE A TH SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: FROM TACLOBAN CITY, TO ANY PT. IN REGION VIII & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, ARN FORWARDER AGENT AND DELIVERY SERVICES. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JUNE 24, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 5th day of June 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

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NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION


In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048 a notice is hereby served to the public that AILYN AYES EVALLA has led with this

Ofce a Petition for Change of First Name from LUZ to AILYN in the Birth Certificate
(First Name to be Changed) ( New First Name to be adopted

(Complete name of the petitioner)

of LUZ A. EVALLA who was born on 05 May 1986 at


(Complete name of document owner) (place of birth) (complete date of birth)

Barugo, Leyte and whose parents are, Ludivico E. Evalla


(Name of Father) (Place of Birth)

and Luz Ayes

(Name of Mother)

Any person affected by said petition may file his opposition with this Office not later than June 19, 2013. (Sgd.) RICARDO A. NEGADO Municipal Civil Registrar
LSDE: June 7 & 14, 2013
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of late Mansueto V. Lagutan extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 759, Cad. Case No. 822-D, covered by FPA No. 083749-345 located at Brgy. Malbog, Tolosa, Leyte containing an area of 2,999 square meters and covered by Katibayan Ng Original na Titulo No. P-63069 and a parcel of residential land, Lot 27, located at Brgy. Imelda, Tolosa, Leyte, containing an area of 486.7 square meters, covered by Tax Dec. No. 00072, PIN 044-39-002-02-051 and residential building erected on Lot No. 27, covered by Tax Dec. No. 00073, PIN 044-39002-02-051-1001; per Doc. No. 228, Page No. 46, Book No. 19, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Samuel C. Lagunzad. LSDE: June 7, 14 & 21, 2013
Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0365 Application for Issuance of a CPC operate a PUJ service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name. (COLORUM LEGALIZATION) MANUEL C. CEBREROS Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A PUJ SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: BORONGAN-DOLORES-ORAS & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, EMILYN TRANSPORT SERVICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JUNE 19, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under

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ficials are vigilant, they will be cautious on increasing iodine contents of salt shipments here, Otico said in a phone interview. He said that 10,000 bags of salt shipped through Tacloban sea port were found to be very poor in iodine content or just 6.21 ppm. The volume, which was distributed by five major salt traders in this city, accounts 25% of salt delivery in the region this year. During the first four months, 37,500 bags of salts with poor iodine content have been received by Region 8 traders, or majority of the approximately 40,000 bags of yearly requirement. Quality of salts has been assessed through the iodine checker installed at the Tacloban seaport. The GAIN donated the facility in 2010. There should be concerted efforts by both government officials and salt traders. They should demand for certificate of salt analysis from producers. Under the law, producers are required to provide that document, Otico added. In a joint statement, salt traders maintained that its not their responsibility to check the quality of salts. They rec-

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Tacloban city adminstrator Tecson John Lim, Dr.Elvira Casal (right) of Sangyaw Foundation, Evelina Acebedo and Ronald Calleja of Pintados Foundation shows the copy of a special permit issued by the city government allowing the contingents of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals to parade around city streets. LITO A. BAGUNAS

College students soon to avail of FM scholarship


TACLOBAN CITY A new set of FM scholars is to be named before August in selected college schools in the first congressional district of Leyte under Representative Ferdinand Martin FM Romualdez. The scholarship division manned by its scholarship coordinator Teresa Ballon is now processing qualified applicants from its first district grantees namely Leyte Normal University (LNU), Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU)Tacloban and Tanauan campus, Visayas State University (VSU) Alangalang and Tolosa campuses and will officially release the results anytime in the first semester. The school will identify first how many FM scholars have been disqualified, dropped or those who graduated already in order for them to finally know how many vacant slots are available. Those vacant slots however will be filled up by the qualified applicants, Ballon said. In order to become an FM scholar, one should be a high school graduate or a college student with a general weighted average (GWA) of not less than 85%, a bonafide resident of the first congressional district of Leyte who belongs to an indigent family with certification from the barangay. FM scholars can avail of full school fee discount that includes tuition and enrolment fees. Also, they are entitled to a monetary allowance of P1,000 disbursed per semester. But, the monetary allowance is only available for FM scholars studying in LNU and EVSU in both campuses. The FM scholars are also invited to different gettogether sponsored by the office. If there are activities they are also encouraged to join, most of the times they are also given t-shirts. Also, for those who will graduate with honors, they are given honor by Congressman FM on their graduation while some are given cellphones and other rewards, Ballon added. The process of selecting qualified FM scholars include ranking according to their GWA that is 50%, their indigency which is 30% and residence with 20% for an overall total of 100%.Only the total number of vacant slots identified by the school will eventually be filled up by the topped applicants ranked in particular order. Application for FM scholarship for the first semester is now closed but the office will continue to accept applicants by the start of the second semester right after the holy week. (RAM

TACLOBAN CITY - The Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PHILCAT) conducted its third Integrated Hospital Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) training yesterday at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel, Tacloban City. This was participated in by somed 80 nurses and physicians from district hospitals in the region. In an interview, National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) Nurse of Region 8 Caryl Lapriza said the activity is a strategy for awareness about the case detection rate of tuberculosis in the region. According to the 2007 national survey, there are 43% Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) symptomatic who seek consultation in the hospitals. Since hindi pa involved ang hospitals dito, may mga cases na hindi tice to the revered title of senator. At least the other clown to comprise the 15th Congress had the decency to shun himself from practicing his craft, appearing almost never in any lms or television shows. But this fellow Im referring to is quite a tough nut to crack, probably showing his face oftener in the idiot box (how ironic is that) than in the chambers of the upper house. And no thanks to the ignorant majority we have to deal with him being bestowed with the undeserved title of senator for six years, in fact even longer if no cure is found for their folly. And happening just nearby, it is only in the Philippines will you hear of someone who is not a candidate getting voted for and, sadly, coming out as the victor with his proclamation as the winner by the board of canvassers. The farce happened in the neighbouring province of Samar when a contender for the mayoralty position in one of its municipalities was eventually declared to be not in possession of the necessary citizenship requirement. Naturally, his certicate of candidacy was eventually nulled by the COMELEC prior to the

PHILCAT conducts anti-TB training

nare-report sa region kaya ang nangyayari, mababa ang detection rate. Konti lang ang nadedetect na cases sa region, she said. Moreover, Lapriza said that the causes of tuberculosis include exposure of a person to an individual positive of tubercle bacilli, which is a causative agent of tuberculosis. The chances of getting the disease also depend on the resistance of the immune system of a being. However, she notified that an individual must undergo a diagnosis and laboratory disease in order to detect the disease. Lapriza assured that the outcome of the training will help physicians and nurses and other medical staff as well as the public to give awareness as well as to alleviate the disease. (DESSA
RUTH B. REYES, LNU INTERN)

IDELBERT A. HILARIO, LNUINTERN)

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LMWD tells concessionaires not to drink turbid water


TACLOBAN CITY The Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) clarified that the water they distribute to the water concessionaires is potable and clear. The turbid water coming out from the faucet is due to the construction of intake facilities in Binahaan River across the municipality of Pastrana, Leyte which serves as the water source of Tacloban. LMWD said that the Binahaan Rivers source flows from the treatment plant to the transmission line and to the several taps of distribution line. The flow of water, however, gets turbid in the distribution line due to scouring and this, unfortunately, flows to the houses of the water concessionaires. The scouring in the distribution line causes turbid water. It depends also in the line because if the line is old already, sediments are stored and old pipes normally rust, said Theresa Pascua, information officer of LMWD. There was a water advisory announced to the public last Friday, May 31, 2013. The construction activity took place last Sunday, June 2, 2013. The water started to be turbid last Monday, June 3, 2013. The LMWD also

(JUSTINE MAY P. ADVINCULA LNU INTERN)

stated that only Tacloban suffers turbid water since the city is at the end of the line from the water source. Tacloban only suffers turbid water since this is at the end of the line, she said. However, LMWD assures that all the lines are being monitored and water concessionaires are advised not to drink the turbid water. We assure that all lines are monitored 24 hours a day to keep the water potable. We also advise water concessionaires that if the water is turbid, not to drink it, Pascua added.

let alone in making laws; she also has the brazenness to aunt what she believes to be sufcient credentials of being a lawmaker, i.e. of being her fathers personal alalay (although she wants to coin it more acceptably as on-the-job-training) for two decades. No thanks to her pops surname we are now not only among the more corrupt countries in Asia and the world, we are now also the stupidest. It is only in the Philippines will you nd an electorate stupid enough to elect into an ofce whose walls were previously graced by the erudite presence of the likes of Claro M. Recto, Jose W. Diokno and Neptali Gonzales one who is better off a buffoon than a solon. But his election was not the saddest part of that. The more revolting is his grabbing the rst among twelve spots ought to be lled in those polls afrming that the stupidity of the bunch that placed him in ofce could not be veiled under the excuse of accident. Ignorance perhaps, but certainly not accident. Corollarily, it is only in the Philippines can you nd a movie star who gets to be elected, and to the top spot at that, as a statesman but refuses to acquire the balls to quit his job as a clown if only to give jus-

elections, stripping him of the attributes of a candidate. That however did not deter his getting voted for and, for crying out loud, winning. And despite the protestations of his opponent against his proclamation, the board of canvassers declared him the winner nonetheless. These and many other oddities, contrary to what the title of this writing suggests, may not be unique at all only in this country. Other countries may share the same peculiarities, in fact even far revolting. These rarities also strike as amusing but most of the time disquieting. It is denitely no laughing stock that we are able to elect convicted scoundrels or buffoons into what should be revered positions of public trust. No one should be laughing that most of our political aspirants are able to dance and sing their way to ofce, disregarding what should actually matter insofar as their aptitude to hold public ofce is concerned. But whether rare only here or shared with others, we ought to do something, and fast, to shorten this list of only in the Philippines.

Pintados...

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Santo Nio. Lim also said that the city government of Tacloban together with the Traffic Operation Management Enforcement and Control office (Tomeco), Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO),

Limpyo Tacloban Volunteer (LTV) and Sangyaw Foundation have prepared an action plan in order to maintain the cleanliness, peace and order, and traffic situation this upcoming fiesta in the city.(RYAN GABRIEL
L. ARCENAS)

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PINTADOS-KASADYAAN FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
ACTIVITY SOFT-OPENING-PINTADOS KASADYAAN FESTIVAL Leyte IDOL Circle of Winners LEYT SECTION BAND Video/Sing Along 1st ELIMINATION BODY MOVES DANCE CONTEST Video/Sing Along LEYT SECTION BAND Video/Sing Along VENUE

Energy Sec. Petilla urges electric co-ops to acquire generator sets


TACLOBAN CITY Department of Energy (DoE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla has urged electric cooperatives to acquire modular generator sets to help offset the impact of power interruptions in various parts of the country. The DoE, through the NEA [National Electrification Administration], has approved a loan program as an alternative solution to brownouts, Petilla said. NEA, the agency that oversees the operations of the electric cooperatives all over the country, expects to establish the trust fund for the financing of the generator sets within the year. There are about 110 electric cooperatives nationwide. Petilla added that under the scheme, electric cooperatives may avail of the loan but should only utilize them to purchase diesel-powered modular generator sets. The loan will be based on the need and capacity of the generator units that will be acquired by the electric cooperative, Petilla said. He added the government will offer a two-year grace period for the loan repayment and borrowers will only be required to pay for the interest during the period. After the two-year grace period, the borrower will be required to pay for the interest and the loan principal. The electric cooperatives however have the option to waive their loan repayments by returning the generator units to NEA after two years. These units could be utilized by DoEs energization projects in island municipalities, Petilla said. It will still be the choice of the cooperatives whether to avail of the loan or not, Petilla emphasized. Electric cooperatives are required to submit board resolutions confirming their participation in the program of the DoE. Based on estimates, consumers will have to pay an additional P3 per kilowatthour for eight hours of average daily use of the generator sets. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park (RTR Plaza) Tacloban City Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park (RTR Plaza) Tacloban City Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park (RTR Plaza) Tacloban City Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park (RTR Plaza) Tacloban City

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1st ELIMINATION ACOUSTIC BAND Pintados-Kasadyaan UNPLUGGED CONTEST Festival Park (RTR Plaza) Tacloban City LEYT SECTION BAND Video/Sing Along Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park (RTR Plaza) Tacloban City

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Day of...

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Meantime, the contingents joining the Sangyaw Festival of Lights will have their own street parade in the evening using the same route granted to the two other festivals and will end at the Balyu-an Amphitheater for their performances. Mayor Yu, who is a close political ally of the Petillas who supports the Pintados-

Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals, said that his presence and stand on the unification of the three festivals in so far as holding them on the same day,has the blessing of Palo Mayor Remedios Matin Petilla, who is the organizer of the Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals. We all discussed and agreed on this matter, to include Mayor Matin, Yu said. It was initially agreed

that on June 29, the day would be called as Tacloban and Leyte Day of Festivals, signifying the unification of the three festivals. For businessman Jack Uy, this exceptional move of the two local government units is very much welcomed by them, saying that its good for business and even to tourists. He also said that they would conform to the plan of the city government

to extend their business hours,particularly those in the food business, to extend their operations to accomodate the expected influx of tourists who will witness the three festivals. For Monsignor Alex Opiniano, parish priest of Santo Nio Church, he likened the decisions of the city and provincial governments to the virtues of the Child Jesus, which is being humble and generous.

ERRATUM
In the May 10, 2013 Issue of the Leyte Samar Daily Express Newspaper, the undocketed Application of the Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative, Inc. (DORELCO) entitled In The Matter of the Application for Approval of Adjustment in Rates Pursuant to the Tariff Glide Path Rules, with Prayer for Provisional Authority, Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative, Inc. (DORELCO), Applicant was published. As published, the Application contains a few errors on the Tables in Paragraphs 9, 10 and 13, as well as one Table on the PRAYER portion. In view thereof, the corrected Tables are hereby being published, to read as follows: 9. xxx I Year 2010 Year 2011 Year 2012 Net Results 10. xxx A. WITH PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE S UNITS Distribution Charges: Demand Charge Distribution System Charge Supply Charges: Retail Customer Charge Supply System Charge Metering Charges: Retail Customer Charge Metering System Charge 13. xxx Annex No. I J to J-1 K to K-2 CUSTOMER TYPE Residential Low Voltage Higher Voltage 288.40 0.00% 10.45% 0.00% X 0.00% 0.00% 2.39% S 0.00% -0.80% 0.40% TGP A 0.00% 9.65% -1.99% 7.65% TGP A (Excluding S) 0.00% 10.45% -2.39% 8.05%

Adaptation to Climate Change by Strengthening Natural Resilience BMZ Project Ref. No. 2012. 1682.9 PHL0386

The Leyte Center for Development, Inc., in implementing the Adaptation to Climate Change by Strengthening Natural Resilience Project, is inviting qualied suppliers to bid for the following: ITEM 1. 2. DESCRI PTION QUANTITY Fruit trees 30,000 Indigenous forest trees (hardwood) 132,000 UNIT seedlings seedlings

INVITATION TO BID

Requirements for bidders: 1. DTI business Name Registration or, SEC Registration Certicate 2. Valid Mayors Permit/ Municipal License 3. Taxpayers Identication Number 4. Certicate of Authenticity of Submitted Documents 5. The Bidders Audited Financial Statements, stamped received by the BIR for the previous 3 years Schedule of Activities Submission of intent/ requirements to the BC Secretary Meeting to notify qualied bidders/posting of names of qualied bidders Date and Time June 11, 2013 Venue LCDE-St. Bernard Ofce, Magbagacay, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte LCDE-St. Bernard Ofce, Magbagacay, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte LCDE-St. Bernard Ofce, Magbagacay, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte LCDE-St. Bernard Ofce, Magbagacay, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte LCDE-St. Bernard Ofce, Magbagacay, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte

PhP/kW PhP/kWh PhP/Customer/Mo PhP/kWh PhP/Meter/Mo. PhP/kWh

0.9096

0.9968 43.22

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Pre-bidding Conference and Issuance of Bid documents June 12, 2013 10:30 AM Cut-off time for Submission of Bids June 14, 2013 10:00 AM

Nature of Document Afdavit in Support of the Prayer for Provisional Authority Proof of furnishing copies of the Application to the Sangguniang Bayan of Tolosa and Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Leyte Publication of the Application in a newspaper of general circulation in DORELCOs franchise area or where it principally operates, with Afdavit of publication PRAYER

Opening of Bids

June 14, 2013 10:30 AM

A. WITH PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE S UNITS Distribution Charges: Demand Charge Distribution System Charge Supply Charges: Retail Customer Charge Supply System Charge Metering Charges: Retail Customer Charge Metering System Charge CUSTOMER TYPE Residential Low Voltage Higher Voltage 288.40

Letters of authorization and Special Power of Attorney is not allowed. No subcontracting/subletting. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in the amount of not less than 5% of the total bid price in a form of cash or check. The Bidding committee reserves the right to reject any or all bids waive any formality or defect and award the contract to the bidder whose proposal as evaluated is deemed most advantageous to LCDE. JAZMIN A. JERUSALEM Bidding Committee Chairperson Leyte Center for Development, Inc. (LCDE) Email Address: lcdeinc@gmail.com

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0.9968 43.22

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Smart offers free Twitter mobile access


As Twitter marks its 7th birthday this year, many people all over the world are already embracing the global realtime communications platform and making it a part of their everyday lives. Not only is the social media site popular for connecting people with similar interests, but it has also served as a means to advance social good. Similarly in the Philippines, wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) sees the microblogging site being used as a messaging enabler to spread good causes and for other meaningful uses. Twitter has made the world smaller as it has revolutionized the way we interact with each other, said Orlando B. Vea, co-founder and Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart. With this, millions of Filipinos can be agents for social change by putting their mobile phones and mobile Internet connectivity to good use. During the recently concluded mid-term elections, many Pinoys trooped into Twitter to report election-related issues such as vote-buying, faulty automated counting machines, and power outages. People also tune in to the social media site for real-time updates about the latest weather condition and typhoon alerts. It can also be an avenue for pushing for a surge of digital support during disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts. With a mobile phone in the hands of almost all Filipinos, Smart is enabling many Filipinos to use the power of Twitter even more by offering it to them for free starting June 1, giving its more than 50 million subscribers another reason to live more. With Smarts Free To Tweet promo, all Smart prepaid and postpaid subscribers who use a smartphone or even a basic but internet-capable handset will never go out of the loop as they can enjoy worry-free access to Twitter at no connectivity cost. By making Twitter free and more accessible, our subscribers will not only enjoy the experience of using mobile Internet on the countrys first and only super-charged mobile network, but we also help create a well-informed and empowered public, said Vea. Smart subscribers simply have to type http://m. twitter.com on their mobile browser URL and start enjoying the full Twitter experience, from tweeting updates, uploading photos, checking their feeds, following other Twitter users, and sending direct messages. To get more details about the promo and how they can avoid data charges, users can text TWITTER to 211 (for Prepaid and regular postpaid users), or to 7577 (for AllIn users), or to 9990 (for Freedom users). Regular charges will apply when a user clicks on links that point to other websites outside of Twitter. A paywall will appear when users click on outbound links, warning them upon leaving the free Twitter zone. To ensure that no charges will apply upon start of browsing, users should set their mobile browsers home page to Smarts free site http://m. smart.com.ph. Since our subscribers are on a strong and reliable network, they are ensured that they will always be connected and will never miss a single Tweet in their newsfeed, said Vea. To know more about the Free To Tweet promo, visit www.smart.com.ph/ FreeTwitter. Promo ends on July 31, 2013. [PR)