What’s wrong with sex
education in schools?
By ABRAHAM V. LLERA, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I will not at all be surprised if the kids are told that the sex
drive is a basic human instinct which is better given release than
Even an occasional
shepherd of the flock is all for the teaching in schools of sex
education to kids, so what’s wrong with DepEd’s plan to teach sex
education in Philippine high schools?
Well, everything, if
we are to believe
Pontifical Council for the Family.
instituted by John Paul II with the Motu Proprio Familia a Deo
Instituta in 1981, is responsible for the promotion of the
pastoral ministry and apostolate to the family, including sex
education, demographics, contraception and abortion; sterilization,
ethical and pastoral problems related to AIDS and other problems of
bioethics; legislation regarding marriage, the family, family policies
and the protection of human life. In other words, the Council has
jurisdiction over all questions pertaining to the burning issues of
the day: contraception, the RH bill, condoms, and, yes, sex education
On December 8, 1995 at
The Council came out with a document called “The Truth and Meaning of
Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family.” In it,
the Council spelled out the principles underlying its teachings; the
principles that define the limits of information about sexuality; and
the practical guidelines on how the instruction must take shape, among
In a series of
articles beginning with this one I will try to show how the teachings
of the Pontifical Council for the Family differs from that of DepEd’s,
or that of an occasional shepherd of the flock.
First, the Council
teaches that “human love is something of the body and the spirit in
the unity of the person.” Judging from the contents of the usual high
school science books, the content of talks given to high school kids
by POGS and Popcom, what I’ve read about the venom spread by Alfred
Kinsey, and the vehement opposition of the Church, I conclude that the
sex education materials DepEd insists on must be heavy with emphasis
on the body, but devoid of the spirit.
I suspect it will be
more or less like the seminars given to government health workers
where the participants are given plastic or wooden dicks to use when
demonstrating how to put on condoms. I will not even be surprised to
find graphic illustrations of the sexual act, and how contraceptives
will be effective in avoiding pregnancies. I will not at all be
surprised if the kids are told that the sex drive is a basic human
instinct which is better given release than restrained, or perhaps
that masturbation is a normal human reaction to the sexual drive which
harms no one. Some instructors might even ad lib that homosexual acts
or even pornography are acceptable.
I will be very
surprised if the sessions mention even a little about how sex is a
sacred act created by God for a specific purpose, that of raising
“godly offspring.” Indeed Malachi 2:15 couldn’t be clearer: “Has not
the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one?
Because he was seeking godly offspring.” I bet a month’s salary the
sessions will never say anything about man’s immense dignity; in fact,
I bet the sessions will picture man as not any different from dogs in
In a Facebook forum, I
had the chance to engage a Cebuana government health worker – who
prides herself in being a Sto. Nino devotee – in a lengthy
discussion. Our little exchange, of which the section below is but a
little part, is a revelation. Following is the text, verbatim. I
hold the infernal DOH responsible for this affront to God.
“I am a catholic, but
I am also a health care practitioner. I believe that with the right
sex education we can help stop the rise of AIDS, unwanted pregnancies
and STIs. We have this on our lecture. Yes we also believe in
abstinence, but with the current situation we have, it is simply not
always applicable. We cannot control our human urges, let alone our
hormones. We crave, we are humans. That is why we have to be practical
in a way that we are also protecting ourselves.
“Contraception is not
abortion. It only stops the sperm from reaching the egg but NOT to
kill a human being since there is no formation of an embryo/zygote. We
have to understand that not all women are applicable for the natural
contraception like the rhythm, basal body temperature. There are women
who have an irregular menstruation. How can a woman use natural birth
control if she has an irregular menstruation?
“In our lecture we had
D-o it yourself
“It’s not a sin to
prevent conception but it is a sin to kill a formed child. If the
sperm does not reach the ovum there is no fertilization, no baby, no
death. It is not a sin to have sex, but it is incorrect to have a lot
of kids but you don’t have any money to raise them. Where will you
place them? How will you feed them? Can you send them all to school?
That’s why our country is getting poorer and poorer. In this times,
even a couple who earns an average income has a hard time raising 2
kids how much more for a couple who earns below the average income and
raising 5-10 kids?”
To be continued…
By Fr. ROY CIMAGALA
WE are already
familiar with the problem of secularization. That’s when God is set
aside not only in society – as in business and politics – but also in
one’s personal life. This is the anomaly besetting many developed
Western countries that are entering what is known as post-Christian or
That means religion is
already considered as passé and obsolete. Any mention of God is likely
met with a laugh, a derision if not an open hostility. In these
places, men are convinced there’s no other source of light, wisdom and
guidance than their own selves, their own ideas and devices.
Under this category,
we can cite isms like atheism, agnosticism, relativism, skepticism,
But another anomaly
can also be found in the other end, precisely happening in places
known for religious zeal. Our country falls largely under this
classification. Here, religion tends to be abused and exploited. In
the end, religion is used to deform, emasculate and even kill religion
This happens when
religion is detached from a living relationship with God, with his
Church, his doctrine and sacraments, and personal struggle. It is
driven more by one’s ideas and efforts. Faith becomes mere
philosophizing and theologizing, full of form without substance.
Spiritual life freezes
into mere external appearances, reduced to a lifeless set of pietistic
practices. Sanctity deteriorates into sanctimony. Hypocrisy,
calculation, pretension, treachery abound. There’s bigotry instead of
broad-mindedness, rigidity and intolerance instead of respect for
freedom and variety.
This irregularity has
many faces. To mention a few, we can cite religious fanaticism and
bitter zeal, fundamentalism, clericalism, superstitious beliefs and
practices, simony or commercialization of sacred things, pietism and
quietism, fideism and a string of other heresies.
I suppose we can cite
our Lord’s own experience at the hands of those who crucified him as
the extreme form of religious abuse. Imagine, they were convinced they
were doing it out of a keen sense of religious duty itself.
Our Lord himself said:
“The hour comes when whoever kills you will think that he does a
service to God.” (Jn 16,2) This is the ultimate in religious abuse.
One can readily
suspect religion is abused when all those calls for goodness and
holiness are full of sound and fury and bombast, but lacking in
charity, patience, mercy, humility, meekness, etc. It drips with
self-righteousness, ever eager to flaunt itself and have its authority
There is clear bias
and prejudice in the understanding and application of the doctrine.
Unfair and discriminatory selectiveness marks the study and practice
of the faith.
A holistic approach to
religion and freedom of consciences are often compromised in the
pursuit of holiness. There’s an absence of balance and openness. Even
the elementary norms of naturalness are violated.
Of course, religion
will always involve a specific way of life, marked even by a special
charism. But it’s a uniqueness that does not annul religion’s
universal and common end, but rather enriches it in an original way.
In abuse of religion,
coercion is subtly made and can lead to brainwashing and to
manipulative isolation of people from others. People are made to do
religious practices without fully understanding them.
They do these
practices more out of fear than of love, more for some ulterior
motives than out of a sincere desire to know, love and serve God and
The virtues are
pursued mechanically, not organically in the sense that they are
vitally motivated by charity as they ought to be. Sincerity, for
example, can be understood as simply telling the truth, the whole
truth, but without any mention about charity, prudence and discretion.
Truth is divorced from charity.
When religion is
abused, prayer turns into a soliloquy rather than a loving dialogue
with God. Love for sacrifice does not spring from the spirit, but is
merely a put-on.
When religion is
abused, priesthood is less an office for a total holocaust of
self-giving, and more an occasion for privileges. The scandals that
black-eyed the Church these past years involving some clerics arise
from this disorder.
We need to be wary of
these tendencies and possibilities that are open to all of us. We can
even fall into them without noticing it, since the decline to
religious abuse can mimic the process of osmosis.
We have to ask our
Lady to teach us how to truly deal with God without being deluded by
the wily ways of religious abuse. Like her, we need to be always
simple and humble to be able to stick to what is authentic religion.
Can the 8ID now build
roads inside Basey’s Settlement area?
By CHITO DELA TORRE
Ramon “Rams” Viojan
Lancanan, son of Basey, Samar ex-mayor Pedro Lancanan, sent in the
full text of his thanks and appreciation to all Basaynons, for their
having reelected him as their number one member of the sangguniang
“Maupay nga adlaw
sangkay ug haimo minahal nga pamilya.
“Natapos na an
eleksyon, an imo botos ug kinasing-kasing nga pagsuporta ha akon
nagbunga hin kaupayan – an akon kandidatura pagka-konsehal
nagminalamposon. Ha ngaran han ako pamilya, nagpapa-salamat ako haimo,
imo pamilya, mga urupod, ug kasangkayan han bulig nga iyo ginhatag.
“Ako an iyo boses ha
konseho. Waray makakatupong nga materyal nga butang han imo bulig ha
akon, kundi an akon maihahatag haimo an maupay nga pagtrabaho ug
matangkod nga pagserbisyo ha konseho Basay. Uopayon ko pa an akon
pagtrabaho ngan pagpangita pama-agi para mapa-upay an kahimtang han
haton Bungto ug igkasi Basaynon.
“Maglipay kita sangkay
kay ini nga eleksyon nga bag-o la naglabay, KAMO AN NAGDA-OG. An iyo
ungara an natuman.
“Inu-otro ko, SALAMAT
hin madamu han iyo bulig.”
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Basey needs serious
government attention for more or less 10,000 hectares of its lands
that President Marcos’ Proclamation 2292 converted into a Settlement
area on May 21, 1983. These lands first needs hard road surfaces that can
withstand rains, carabao sleds and 4 to 10-wheeler vehicles, but
first, for now, roads must be constructed to force every sensible
government official to understand why the Settlement area should now
receive all the development interventions that it needs from, first
and foremost, the national and provincial governments.
In the meantime, the
8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, and its field units, may
want to spearhead the road building. As the military moves in, it may
bring in medical and dental services and give free medicines to the
people that spell out life in the ten barrios that either border or
are found right inside the Settlement area. Yes, that the military
can do, even if there is truth to its claim that the whole of Basey is
already nearing the stage of being cleared of communist insurgents.
There is more reason for the military to do that – as in fact it
should to every town that it “saves” from communist insurgency. The
military must sustain the “gains” it made, such as making a locality
“safe” from movements and activities of members of the New People’s
Army, the Communist Party of the Philippines, the National Democratic
Front, and all their allies and front organizations. Sustaining that
gain would mean ensuring that people in the locality, every citizen,
every government official and every public servant can freely move,
without fear and without threat from any anti-military individual or
unit, to introduce, initiate and sustain development activities. But
that can only be made possible through roads that will connect the
villages that are isolated by a series of hills, mountains, rivers and
creeks. The roads will make sense.
The local government
unit of Basey, through assistance from the Asian Development Bank,
started building a “circumferential road” that partly links short
distances on the southern border of the Settlement. That road, though
has never been contemplated to be a part of any support service
intended for the thousands of lands and supposed agrarian reform
beneficiaries inside the Settlement area.
The Settlement needs
other roads, that may include the distances between Villa Aurora and
Baloog, Baloog and Manlilinab, Manlilinab and Mabini, Villa Aurora and
Cancaiyas, Cancaiyas and Cogon, sitio Rizal (of Bulao) and sitio
Lanaga (of Cancaiyas), sitio Rizal and Manlilinab, sitio Roño (of Old
San Agustin) and sitio Burabod (of Mabini), Villa Aurora and sitio
Ogbok (abandoned due to NPA and military operations) to Mount
Kalubiganan through Mount Tagpuro Daku via Palas, Baloog to its sitio
Talandawan, Manlilinab to its abandoned sitios, and Cogon to its sitio
Guinpongdoan. A road from Villa Aurora to Baloog via Palas-Tagpuro
Daku can make Baloog directly connected to the poblacion of Basey.
Right now, Baloog is isolated from Basey. Today, Baloog can be
travelled to only through a broken road from barrio Magsaysay of Sta.
Rita town – which is an insult to the people of Basey.
The 8ID of the
Philippine Army has been known also for its road construction
projects, except that it has not yet built even a meter long of a road
inside the Settlement area. It must be remembered, during a
commitment forum held early in 2007 in Basey’s downtown section it was
asked to commit its engineering battalion for these road building
needs. It did commit some assistance but which assistance did not
materialize between that time and lately because certain forms of
civil government action was never pursued.
It was fine to note
that the military, through the 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion,
based in Opong, Catubig, Northern Samar and the 803rd Infantry Brigade
extended last March 17 medical and dental consultations to the towns
of San Roque and Catubig, serving a total of 1,454 children, adults
and elderly people – 747 of them from San Roque (with 147 treated of
their dental problems) and from 707 Catubig (with 168 free tooth
extractions). The MEDCAP was an initiative of the national government
through the People’s Government Mobile Action (PAGCOR PGMA). The 63IB
also held a pulong-pulong in Jangtud, Palapag, Northern Samar five
days earlier than the MEDCAP but much later after the army discovered
a rebels’ camp near the town and recovered firearms. Note though that
12 days after the Opong MEDCAP, the 63IB, with the help of former
rebel “Nick”, recovered from two camps in McKinley of Catarman,
Northern Samar, various ammunitions and materials used by the NPA.
Similar such events
took place in Basey, but the answer to the people’s number one need –
interlinking, access and penetration roads – remains elusive.
Can we have an elected
President sitting after Arroyo?
By CHITO DELA TORRE
Let’s all pray that
the Senate and House of Representatives in joint session will be able
to speed up the canvass of election returns so that they can jointly
proclaim the winning Philippine President and Vice-President before
June 19, 2010, and that this can be done notwithstanding the mounting
complaints of election irregularities.
Let’s all pray at the
same time that all election irregularities – including the high-tech
use form of cheating with the use of much advanced technology that
reportedly tampered with the results captured in the PCOS machines and
CFCs – can be resolved with finality, sans the usual technicalities
and other attempts to conceal the truths about cheating.
The only big problem
hanging as of yesterday was that there were more than 250 million
votes counted by the machines as reaching the Senate and the House
even before canvassing could start. More than 200 million votes were
padded in, that is, if the little over 51 million registered voters
were encrypted as the correct voting population for May 10.
If things of
complication and intricacy continue to prevail until the end of June,
2010, President Gloria Arroyo may not remain as Chief Executive,
because she already was proclaimed winner as congresswoman in her
district. Most likely, incumbent VP Noli de Castro may be able to sit
as president, unless he gives way to incumbent president Senate
President Juan Ponce Enrile, who, however, may not likely sit,
etcetera, until the Arroyo-appointed chief justice can sit as
transition president for an unthinkable period of time. We may not
have an elected president. These, the legislators should guard against
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Based on results
tabulated, Samar province went for a Noynoy-Jojo or Aquino-Binay
ticket in the last presidential and vice-presidential elections.
presidential bet Noynoy Aquino garnered the most number of votes in
Samar province, with 122,195 votes to his credit, while Erap Estrada
of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino received only 85,985 from 346,987 votes
counted. Third placer was Manny Villar of Nationalist People’s
Coalition, with 71,105; fourth - Lakas Kabalikat ng Malayang
Pilipino-Christian Muslim Democrats Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr., with
16,768; fifth - Bangon Pilipinas Eduardo C. Villanueva, 9,005; sixth -
Vetellano S. Acosta of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan - 2,137; Richard Gordon
of Bagumbayan-VNP - 1,058, Jess Nicanor P. Perlas (Independent) - 642,
Jamby A. Madrigal (Independent) - 453; and John Carlos G. De los Reyes
of Ang Kapatiran Party - 408.
candidate Jejomar Binay of Partido Demokratiko Lakas ng Bayan obtained
115,887 votes to place number one among eight contenders for the same
position. Following him was LP’s Manuel Mar A. Roxas with 96,212.
Next were Loren B. Legarda of Nationalist People’s Coalition with
54,408, Eduardo B. Manzano of Lakas-CMD - 5,775, Bagumbayan’s Bayani
F. Fernando - 5,094, Bangon’s Perfecto R. Yasay - 2,988, KBL’s Jose Y.
Sonza - 747, and Kapatiran’s Dominador F. Chipeco Jr. - 524.
If figures won’t
change, incumbent Sta. Rita, Samar mayor Lisandro Kim G. Adolfo of
Lakas Kabalikat won by a landslide over ex-mayor Beatriz B. Tiopes of
the Liberal Party. In that same town, Gaudencio T. Espino Jr., seized
more votes than did ex-mayor Silverio L. Macariola of the LP.
Adolfo got 7,999 or
47.51 per cent of the 17,464 votes cast last May 10, while Tiopes
received only 4,919 or 29.22%. The third candidate for mayor in Sta.
Rita, Joven P. Tiu of the Nacionalista Party, garnered only 3,917 or
less than 6% than Tiopes’.
In the vice-mayoral
race, Espino obtained 7,035 (47.10%) as against the 5,199 of Macariola
and the 2,702 of NP’s Gilbert L. Tugado.
Adolfo’s votes were higher by 857 than the 7,142 amassed by Basey’s
mayor-elect attorney Igmedio Ponferrada of LP, while Espino’s were
higher by 44 than Basey’s vice-mayor-elect Raul Sendic B. Bajas who
got 7,011. Basey had 20,662 votes cast, but these were divided among
4 candidates each for mayor and vice-mayor.
It’s titillating to
note that while the LP won in Basey, Lakas got Sta. Rita.
However, in the top
national elections, while LP’s Aquino took 7,334 votes to win over
next opponent Erap Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino who got only
6,205 or Manny Villar who managed only 3,857 in Basey, the results in
Sta. Rita showed differently. Erap won with 5,550 votes as against
the 4,700 of Noynoy, while Manny took the third place with 2,930.
For the VP race, Jejomar Binay of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas
ng Bayan registered the highest number of votes in both towns - 8,128
in Basey and 7,933 in Sta. Rita. In contrast, rival Mar Roxas of LP
got only 5,827 in Basey and only 2,768 in Sta. Rita. Third placer VP
bet Loren B. Legarda of Nationalist People’s Coalition had only 2,671
in Basey and 2,146 in Sta. Rita. Fourth placer had been former actor
Eduardo B. Manzano who got only 362 and 198, in that order.
In the senatorial
struggle, Jinggoy Estrada of PMP won massively with 9,807 in Basey and
6,640 in Sta. Rita, as against Ramon Bong Revilla of Lakas-Malayang
Pilipino-Christians Muslim Party who finished second with 8,037 and
6,174 in that order.
Also in the same order
of towns, candidate for governor Jesus B. Redaja of NPC heavily won
with his 7,095 votes in Basey over Sharee Ann Tan of Lakas-CMP who got
only 6,362. However, Ann won with a total of 5,275 in Sta. Rita,
whereas Jess received only 3,275. Basey gave Casilda Lim of Partido
Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas 3,280, Pedro M. Labid of Bangon
Pilipinas - 253 and Pilar L. Bolok (Independent) - 145. In Sta.
Rita, Ida got 2,656, Pedro - 244, and Pilar - 110.
Amazingly, though, Ida
won in Calbayog City. Of 72,137 votes counted, she got 33,545,
followed by Ann - 28,006, Jess - 9,916, Pedro - 435, and Pilar - 235.
Ida’s had even more votes amassed than the combined votes of Ann in
Basey and Sta. Rita, which summed up to only 11,637 and even if this
total of Ida’s were added to Jess’ aggregate of 10,370 in the two
towns, which make a total of 22,007 when put together.
Rosenaida A. Rosales, an independent candidate, took the lead with
38,677 votes in Calbayog, or more than one-half of the votes which Ida
got in that northern city. In Basey, she had only 3,235 and in Sta.
Rita, 1,840 only. It was Lakas-CMD Stephen James T. Tan, brother of
Ann, who ended up second to Rosenaida in Calbayog, after garnering
24,449, although emerging as number one in Basey and Sta. Rita
respectively with 7,065 and 5,904 to his credit. San Jorge ex-mayor
Joseph V. Grey of NPC got 7,231 in Calbayog, 4,112 in Basey (higher by
877 than Rosenaida’s) and 1,531 in Sta. Rita.
Benigno C. Aquino III
– Presumptive president elect
By AURORA J. CASIMPAN
It’s all over but the
elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino
III has received congratulatory messages from two powerful
and Spain. The gestures came after American envoy to the Philippines
Harry Thomas, Jr. visited Aquino at his Times Street residence in
The American ambassador who came with the embassy’s staff and the
traditional gift personally congratulated Aquino.
Thomas visit and the
aforementioned countries congratulatory messages, even if congress has
yet to declare Aquino as winner of the presidential derby, are seen as
a sign that the recently conducted elections bore the will of the
people and needs to be respected.
Senator Edgardo Angara’s comment that the greetings of foreign leaders
and envoys are premature and the controversy of the masked man
alleging irregularities in the election, the US envoy’s visit sends a
powerful message from the US government that delaying the proclamation
and tampering with the results of the automated election would not be
viewed kindly by the nations who watched and observed the elections as
The flow of diplomatic
recognition of Aquino as president elect is a sign of legitimacy of
his administration and such would be embraced by foreign countries.
is taking its sweetest time to convene and start the canvassing of
election results. Congress probably did not anticipate that the
automated machines would relay results soonest and done in a matter of
hours and not days nor weeks.
Members of Congress
election canvassers should have been schooled firstly of what
automated elections meant and how fast it would bring in results of
the elections. Speaker Prospero Nograles does not seem inclined to
hurry up the canvassing saying that accuracy cannot be sacrificed over
The Comelec and the
PPCRV are on parallel course in its counting of the election results
but still Congress would insist in its mandate as the institution
given the task of true canvassers of votes and therefore will do the
honor of proclaiming the winners.
Even if Benigno Aquino
III has been visibly congratulated by the representative of the most
powerful country in the world, an emerging world power China, the old
world government of Spain and the influential European Union, the
Filipino people need to wait for Congress to do its job.
Taxes which coated the
pork barrels of canvassers seem to be viewed as the right to be
received and not as motivation to work in fast tracking the
proclamation of President elect Benigno C. Aquino
That the Filipinos can
finally have a sigh of relief that their votes were counted upon the
soonest proclamation of the presumptive president is falling in deaf
Let the canvassing
Not amazing, simply
convincing: An Waray’s feat
By CHITO DELA TORRE
Friends and relatives
of yours truly could asseverate now that I was right in my assessment
and prediction that the An Waray party-list would still make it to
number one among the 187 party-lists participating in the May 10, 2010
elections in all the three Samar provinces. Specially in the month of
April, they were already asking me which one would garner the most
number of votes. Some of them had even entertained second thoughts
because campaigners for other party-lists had already gone ahead and
far, with some government offices and churchyards not spared by the
campaign, while An Waray had only a few moving around. There also was
“pustahay” (actually betting only in words) that so-so would get to
number one. The loudest and most often heard in small group
discussions included the party-lists for senior citizens, cooperatives
and teachers. Naturally, those who identified themselves in these
sectors believed that they had every right to help push for the
victory of their own party-lists.
An Waray, on the other
hand, went high gear in its own campaign when starting on the last
week of April, it fielded youths marching the populated streets and
approached everyone in sight, distributing flyers, and urging them to
vote for An Waray. Somewhere, barker vehicles were playing tunes and
making short appeals for An Waray. Then, most of the houses along the
streets had been given copies of An Waray sample ballots and smaller
pieces of white paper printed with “An Waray” exhortations. As
election time drew much nearer, in markets and at piers, quays and
public bus terminals, electors, without being asked, voluntarily
defended An Waray, saying that this party-list had been helping many
places in Samar and
Leyte, in many ways. The pros cited medicines and medical
services. Some farmers had also hailed An Waray as genuinely
supporting such serious government programs as the agrarian reform and
initiated big events that allowed most Samarnon and Leytenhon to
participate. Some community leaders also expressed deep appreciation
for the vigorous support that An Waray exerted, twice, to get the
comprehensive agrarian reform program extended while one party-list
that got the support of many agrarian advocates did not even lift a
finger for CARP’s extension and for the approval of the CARPER law.
An Waray has also been supportive of the media and was often in
consultation or conference with many media personnel or groups.
I was saying all the
time that An Waray has a credibly and veritably convincing track
record, that it even needed no further campaign efforts to get it
elected back to congress, even in its last bid to get three seats in
the House of Representatives. In its first political salvo, An Waray
obtained only one seat, with Bem Noel, who is also a Basaynon, seated
as congressman. In the second party-lists elections, it won two
seats. For last May 10, it was already campaigning for three seats.
I was saying that it was possible for this party-list to get three
seats because nationwide, and around the world, there are Warays, most
of whom had already awakened to the pro bono publico accomplishments
of the party-list that truly works for the welfare and advancement of
the Waray people. That, I said, letting alone the whole of Eastern
Visayas, the home of the Warays where majority of its 2,431,584 Waray
registered voters were expected to give it a go for its highest bid
for three seats. I said, if all the of the region’s 16,873
established precincts and 5,110 clustered precincts would work well,
An Waray would always get between high and highest number of votes in
every precinct. All the time, I was saying that An Waray, if it wins
three seats, could have a stronger voice in congress and as such it
could push for more legislations that will be advantageous to the
greater number of Samarnons and Leytenhons, besides being able to
address more rural and agrarian concerns and being able to deliver
more basic services, especially drinking water and water for
irrigation in Samar.
I was right in my
assessment and prediction. An Waray got the most number of votes in
the Samar island. The province of Samar (Western) gave An Waray
107,014 votes – the biggest number of votes, much bigger than the two
other provinces. This was as of the May 14 late afternoon results
posted by the Commission on Elections. Its votes represented 45.8 per
cent of the total votes cast (346,987) in the province. Eastern Samar
delivered 72,329 votes for An Waray, while Northern Samar gave
60,536. In terms of percentage, Eastern Samar’s 46% was less than 1%
higher than that of Samar and 23% much higher than Northern Samar’s
33%. As of that time, An Waray amassed a total of 239,879 votes from
all three Samar provinces. It was the number one choice in the whole
island. It topped all other 186 party-lists. Coming up far second
was Akbayan Citizens Action Party which collected only 21,788 votes in
Samar and 3,093
in Northern Samar, while there was no record of votes in its favor in
Eastern Samar. I was eyeing at a few other party-lists based on
perceived support that they were getting from various sectors and one
of them, my prediction also came true, made it to the top 50 – the
Kasosyo Producer-Consumer Exchange, which collected only 1,299 votes
to place 27th in Samar. According to the Comelec data, the Kasosyo
did not get any single vote in Eastern Samar and in Northern Samar as
of May 14.
In Calbayog City,
however, An Waray slipped to second place behind Akbayan which won
16,925 votes. An Waray’s share of the 79,812 votes cast was only
25.65% (14,252 votes). Catbalogan City gave An Waray the first place
- 14,929 votes (54.8% of 37,263). Basey gave the highest percentage
for An Waray - 61.11% of 20,662 votes cast, giving its favourite An
Waray 9,840, while placing on a very far second the Alliance for Rural
and Agrarian Reconstruction Inc. with 782 votes (4.86%) only. (In
Basey, Kasosyo got 41 votes (29th) of which 16 came from one remote
A Samarnon offering
forged securities per a Bangko Sentral warning?
By CHITO DELA TORRE
There is a warning
posted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas concerning fake documents
made by a Filipino, based on a communication from the Interpol. The
BSP issued on November 11, 2003 a circular letter to all banks and
non-bank financial institutions, informing them of a letter dated 26
March 2003 from the National Central Bureau, Interpol Manila
concerning alleged forged security papers, bonds, insurance
certificates, certificates of deposit and treasury certificates.
Said the BSP, thru
deputy governor Alberto V. Reyes: “Any attempt by anyone to transact
any of the aforecited spurious papers and certificates should be
reported to the National Central Bureau, Interpol Manila with office
address at Camp Crame, Quezon City.”
March 17, 2003, the Bundeskriminalamt (Interpol Wiesbaden)
transmitted a facscimile message to the IP Manila and IP London,
saying that “Law enforcement authorities in Berlin/Germany are
conducting investigations into possible fraud utilizing forged
securities” and asking whether the person identified as offering the
suspected securities does exist and has an existing passport and
whether those notes were previously subject of investigations in the
Philippines (and London). It had also requested to be advised of any
criminal information on the persons, companies and securities
The faxed message also
indicated that the records held are only for public authorities
responsible for the prevention and prosecution of crimes. “Personal
data may only be used for purposes of the prevention and prosecution
Is this information
late already, it having been originally dated November 11, 2003?
Probably not so.
According to the Interpol of Wiesbaden, the data will be destroyed on
November 12, 2012. Since it’s only 2010, then there are more than
years more to reckon in. It said: “The data will be destroyed on
18.12.2012 unless new information making further storage necessary is
On March 26, 2003,
police chief inspector Gliceria T. Sales, chief of the IP division,
DOJ, in behalf of the executive director of PCTC/head, IP NCB Manila
Secretariat, referred to
copies of the “alleged forged security papers, Bonds, Insurance
Certificates, Certificates of Deposit and Treasury Certificates.” On
the second paragraph of her letter, she said: “Allegedly, said forged
documents are being offered....”
documents, 9 specifically listed and all dated July 1, 1981, included
“Gold Memorandum Receipt covering 2,500 metric tons of AU Gold
purportedly signed by Ferdinand E. Marcos and Jaime C. Laya”, as well
as the following:
- Bank of England
International GMR No. JP-022801 (2,500 metric tons of gold deposits);
Certificate No. JP-022801 issued by Lloyd's International Company -
Lloyd's of London covering 2,500 metric tons of gold deposit with the
Central Bank of the Philippines to mature on
July 1, 2000;
- Note Bond D.S.
7809870110702 Obligation Certificate - Bank of England;
- Gold London Delivery
No. JP - 022801 (P780,000,000,000);
- Bank of England
Certificate No. JP - 02281 (US$450,000,000);
- Gold Bullion
Certificate No. JP - 02281 purportedly issued by Jaime C. Laya,
Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines certifying that 2,500
metric tons of gold have been deposited with the Bank of England to
back up P780 Billion Ang Bagong Lipunan Pesos;
- Certificate of
Deposit No. JP - 0225801 purportedly signed by Ferdinand E. Marcos and
Jaime C. Laya; and
- Treasury Certificate
No. JP - 022801 signed by Jaime C. Laya certifying that P780 Billion
Ang Bagong Lipunan have been deposited with the Treasury Department of
the Republic of the Philippines.
The warning papers
named the person suspected as offering these documents for
transaction. He is one said to have been born in the Philippines on
February 1, 1965. I know of someone whose birth date and given names
are similar to those in the warning, but I have preferred not to
disclose them here at the moment, pending a personal reply from that
person whom I have planned to contact. Personally, though, I am
wondering how those alleged spurious documents got into the Philippine
national’s possession. The Samarnon that I have in mind who almost
meets the identity hints given by the international police had worked
abroad and had engaged “private placements of asset-backed securities,
fixed-income instruments, exotic currencies, and government
securities” in various countries and big cities worldwide, and, in
2003 through 2004, was in Germany specializing in structuring finance
and private placement of funds. If this person is it, perhaps, if he
could read this expose here, would want very much and sincerely to
explain the real score.
Since there is no
accessible indication that the warning has already been lifted, it can
safely be said that it is still in effect and in force. Therefore,
the general public, particularly the moneyed few, should beware of
these allegedly forged documents. There is no justification here for
a caveat emptor.