(message board 27)
Name: Girlie Grimaldi
New York, New York, U.S.A
22 February 2006
Reading the article
about Calbayog Mayor Sarmiento's reported blocking of Catbalogan's cityhood
made me sad but not surprised at all. Historically, Catbalogan and Calbayog
have been competing to be Samar's primary urban centers, but Catbalogan has
always been the provincial capital and its political, commercial,
educational and financial center. It would have been nice if Mr. Sarmiento,
being a Samarnon himself and thru his official powers, facilitated
Catbalogan's cityhood and help improve Samar's lot instead of thrashing it.
Catbalogan rightfully deserves to be a city.
Name: Ote Enguerra Escandor
Address: 71 Sth.tce,
I wonder if you know the
father of this person - Pablo M. Enguerra, and He is one of the police
officers of Samar. Maaram man ako mag Gubatnon. Kun siya tabi an sa sayo sa
mga bata ni Boy Enguerra?
Name: Antonio Morales
Feb. 16, 2006
I agree with you Mr. Cool
that staying out of politics is one recourse for us who continues to believe
that public office is a public trust. But, I am saddened that you and I, as
well as other young Samarnons, are forced to abandon a vision for Samar to
rise from abject misery. I could not blame you for staying in New Zealand
and wash cars instead of washing the feet and kissing the asses of
unscrupulous and callous politicians and businessmen in Samar. I could not
blame you abandoning the fight to free
Samar from these
leeches of our society. I am, however, emploring that you continue to
support in your own way spare the unsuspecting poor Samarnons from the wrath
of these cancer-causing microbes called politicos.
I am not interested in
public office Mr. Cool. I am happy working in the private sector. I do not
believe that public service is only reserved for public officials. I can do
more as a private citizen than as a government officer. That's why it is
bull --- when those aspiring politicos start their campaign by saying "I
will serve you if you elect me." Service to the public should be done by
everyone not just by the politicians.
Here's hoping that some
Samarnons will read this exchange of ideas which, I believe, is one way of
serving the people of Samar to be more knowledgeable about issues concerning
Name: Lamrag SNS 80
Feb 16, 2006
Batch 1980 is pleased to
invite all alumni of Samar High School/Samar National School in its hosting
of the Grand Alumni Homecoming 2006 to be held on 24-30 April.
Dubbed as "Lamrag Ngadto ha
Kauswagan", this week-long series of socio-cultural activities aims to
rekindle our collective pride in our school's glorious past, celebrate its
continuing role in nation building and perhaps, find answers to the
challenges it faces ahead in its noble task as the trailblazer of progress.
Come and join us in our
flamboyant ways to keep the grand old lady's torch alight.
Name: Nerio Clenton R. Areglado
Address: Blk.43 Lt.8
Kassel City Subd.
Abucay, Tacloban City, Leyte
Hello hiton mga taga Samar
Bilib talaga ako ha aton mga
pinoy, bisan kita mangain na lugar kaya naton mag survive... kaya naton
makisama ha iba na nasyon o ha iba nga tawo. Kaya naton ipantay iton ira
kakayahan ha aton. Proud to be pinoy!!! siring pa. Nakit-an na iton naton ug
napatunayan na ha iba sugad hiton mga OFW, proud ako ha iyo kay kaya niyo
mag suffer para ha pamilya. More power ha mga pinoy!!!
Name: Rex B. Cool
February 15, 2006
While washing cars at the
gas station where I work, I couldn’t resist thinking how sharply you
analyzed my message Mr. Morales.
Unfolding the true values of
our politicians with their split-level personality as you may say, is of
course a lesson to everyone who cast their solemn votes for those who
disguised themselves as a sheep. With this in mind, we might as well empower
better leaders of our society the next time around.
I hope that our exchanges
here will serve as an eye-opener to all of us so that we will be able to
relieve our beloved Samar from the ranks of poverty driven islands of the
There are always differences
on how I look at the achievements of people. More often, I measure their
success on the number of rises they make in every fall. But that will not
eventually make them good or evil. The aftermath of their success is yet to
The people had spoken when
Mr. Nachura lost his seat in Congress. But did we get a better replacement?
As you say, we never had a good representative in Congress hence a continued
deprivation of peoples share in a republic.
Reading through your lines
Mr. Morales, is tempting me to endorse you to the highest post of public
office in Samar, but of course if only I have such powers. A realist like
you will make a difference.
Me, I’ll just keep on
washing cars in my adopted country until such time that I have enough for
the rest of my years on earth, inhaling the fresh morning breeze from
Maqueda Bay (if not yet polluted by then) and apart from the poisons of
Name: Antonio "Tonyboy" Morales
Feb. 14, 2006
The good thing about freely
and responsibly expressing one's self without censorship is vital for a
healthy exchange of ideas. Such is guaranteed not only by the Constitution
under the bill of rights but is observed here in Samarnews.com. Am I right
Mr. Gaspay? Mr. Gaspay is one moderator who allows every possible side to be
heard. Kudos for keeping the flame of freedom alive!
Let me congratulate Mr.
Rexona Cologne (a.k.a. Rex Cool) from New Zealand for airing his side on the
issue at hand. By the way, are you related to Rex Tawi? (Rexona Tawas ba,
just kidding). Such comment is much welcome and I encourage Mr. Russo to
answer the comment of Mr. Cool on the Eddie Nachura thing.
Let me, however, clarify
that I am not endorsing any politician at the expense of Eddie Nachura who
by the way was recently appointed by the "outgoing" President of the
Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as her Chief Presidential Legal
Counsel. According to traditions, that office is either a springboard for a
seat in the Supreme Court, the Office of the Ombudsman, or a high-profile
cabinet office. Justice Antonio Carpio (Legal Counsel of Ramos), Justice
Adolfo Azcuna (Legal Counsel of Aquino), and Justice Renato Corona (Legal
Counsel of Arroyo) are now incumbent magistrates of the Supreme Court.
Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez is the predecessor of Nachura while the
current Secretary of Defense Avelino Cruz was also a Presidential Legal
Counsel before his appointment to the Defense Department. Wherever Nachura
goes after his stint being legal advisor to the President is an interesting
story to watch. He may perform better as Presidential Legal Counsel (like
counseling the president to revoke EO 464, among others) than as congressman
of the impoverished second district of Samar. Let's wait and see.
On personal achievements
versus political achievements (See comment of Mr. Rex B. Cool). Mr. Cool is
trying himself to be a skilled surgeon when he tried to dichotomize the
person of Mr. Nachura and the politics of Mr. Nachura. Using the split-level
personality test, Mr. Nachura the person is good while the Mr. Nachura the
politician is bad. Is that what you mean Mr. Cool? Saying that the world of
a person is separate and distinct from the world of a politician is one
dangerous proposition because that is precisely the problem going on in the
Philippines. Politicians are not acting as persons--they are acting as
animals or beasts of the wilds. The politicians' world is far removed from
the world of the ordinary homo sapiens. They try to have multiple
personalities and that's troubling because our politicians should first and
foremost be people whose sworn duty is to promote the welfare of the people
whom they serve. That's our problem in
Samar. Our politicians do not recognize their duty to the people
they serve because they think that their behest personal enrichment
(sometimes called "achievement") is superior compared to the interest of the
public. Nachura is not alone in this totem pole, he is accompanied by
Garduce (who bought a yacht), Figueroa (who built a pier 3 as his abode in
Catbalogan), Mila Tan (who has allegedly plundered the provincial coffers),
Bolastig (who got Mom's Store after serving as Governor), and the list goes
on and on.
Now can you blame others
when these acts of graft and corruption are identified with the politicians
who perpetrared such acts? I guess that's difficult to dissect the person
from the politician. What we need are people whose politics is reflective of
their beliefs, faith, morality, and personality. We do not need split-level
Name: Rex B. Cool
Way to go Mr. Tonnyboy
You see, the holiness of the
freedom of expression is always taken for granted. Those who posts in this
forum are sometimes being haunted as mischievous jokers without even
understanding the full sense of the posted messages.
In the case of Prof. Torres,
I believe I came across to that article which Mr. Russo refers to as
unapologetic, etc. etc.. I say that Mr. Russo's accusation is baseless. If I
remember the article right, Prof. Torres was referring to the personal
achievements of Eddie Nachura as a person and not as a politician. It’s two
different worlds. If there were words of superiority and a lot of
superlatives then let it be. That's what Mr. Morales calls as the freedom of
expression and that’s the way Prof. Torres expresses the substance of his
However, I am amazed to see
the similarities of your desire to free our province Samar from poverty and
hunger. We all dream of the total economic upliftment of the province at par
with other progressive islands in the country. Sharing the same goal will
guide our way to progress. Let us not permit the existence of differences
between the old and the new generation to be our divisive factor.
Also, let us not forget that
the new generation of today is the old generation by tomorrow and the best
way to handle this is to listen to one another and create healthier
exchanges of ideas.
Be cool guys. We’re all on
the same boat.
Name: UP Economics 198 students
School of Economics,
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 1011, Philippines
We are senior students from
the University of the
in Diliman Quezon City. We are currently conducting a study about the
Samar log ban in 1989. For the analysis, we are searching for
(particularly in forestry) condition before, during, and after 1989.
With this, we are hoping
that you could help us make our study more precise and more informative by
telling us the exact log ban ordinance and by telling us how Samar was
(environmentally) in 1989.
Thank you very much and we
are hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.
Thank you and God Bless us
UP SE Economic 198 students
Name: Paul Pruel
PO Box 10120, Riyadh,
Central 11433, Saudi Arabia
SUGAL NG BUHAY
Unang linggo ng Pebrero
Umaga ng Sabado
Sa Ultra’y nagkagulo
Mga sigaw umalingawngaw
Mula sa libo-libong tao…
Sila’y nag-uunahan at nagtutulakan
Nagpupumilit na makapasok sa pintuan
Nguni’t sadyang mailap ang kapalaran
Bumulagta ang karamihan
Inapakan, hanggang sila’y bawian ng buhay…
Ang dating masayang umaga
Ay nabalutan ng kalungkutan
Iba’t-ibang damdamin ay nailarawan
Katulad ng pagkamuhi, pagkasuklam at sisihan
Sa nangyaring trahedya na kailan man ‘di inasahan…
Ang Ultra’y naging libingan
Ng mga nasawing mamamayan
Na naghangad ng magandang kinabukasan
Isinugal buhay nila’t kapalaran
Na nagwakas sa kandungan ni kamatayan…
Iyon ay karanasan na ‘di basta makakalimutan
Ng mga naiwang pamilya’t buong sambayanan
Pati ang Santo Papa sa Roma’y natigilan
Nabigla sa nasaksihang pangyayari
At nag-alay ng maikling dasal para sa mga nasawi…
Kailan man ‘di maitatago ang katotohanan
Na ang kawalan at kahirapan ang dahilan
Kaya libo-libong tao’y sa Ultra’y nagdagsaan
Nagbakasali’t isinugal ang kapalaran
Kung sakaling suwertihin gaganda ang kinabukasan…
Noon malimit kong marinig
ito: “Heto isang kahig, isang tuka”
Ngayon iba na: “Heto sampung kahig, walang matuka”
Ang trahedyang kumitil ng maraming buhay
Sana magsilbing panawagan sa
Na masolusyunan ang ugat ng lahat ng ito: Ang Kahirapan!
Name: Manny Acain
Hudson Valley, NY, USA
As an occasional visitor to
and reader of SamarNews website, out of curiousity and bit of nostalgia, I
find it amusing to read some of the views expressed herein that allude to
the ancient and long forgotten spirit of the French revolution. It's
understandable to bring forth these sentiments out of desperation by some
circles who deeply desire social and political changes to the impoverished
and long suffering people of the
But I want to remind these self-appointed agents of change to be mindful of
the unintended consequencies of the French style of political upheaval.
The cruel and unforgiving
reign of terror might be replicated in
Samar if and when misguided and irresponsible thoughts and actions
are actually put into practice. There are still hope and workable remedies
available that are kinder and gentler than the bloody historical event of
the 17th century.
First and foremost, a new
breed of enlighten leaders must come to the fore and lead a system of govt
that encourages respect of law and recognizes the subservient status of
elected officials to the needs and decency of the people. The types who
resort to empty platitudes have no place in this system of government.
The ubiquitious and uppity
professor, who should teach people how to think clearly and how to find the
sources of scholarly materials, must be more careful in his disquisitions
that maybe harmful to the cause. He must curtail his abusive pronoucements
and temper his sintements with respect and civility to all concerns.
And others, including yours
truly, must continue to show concern with respect and humility towards a
better and brighter tomorrow for the people of
Samar. For my part, I'm still very much a Samarnon who's eager to
see real and tangible economic changes to the island.
Name: Tonyboy Morales
Russo's comment on the
raging battle between the old guards and the new guards, in my opinion, is
not true. I have no intention of having a head-on collision with the
maverick Professor from UP. My comment was pure and simple defense of the
freedom to express one's opinion without resorting to argumentum ad hominem
by using one's lofty position or circumstance as a major argument. This
forum, I believe, is not one den controlled by a lion in the person of Prof.
Torres. This forum is for everybody who believes in the freedom of
expression and the healthy exchange of ideas.
Also, the comment of Russo
on the literary style of Prof. Torres' writings is one I cannot agree upon
because freedom of expression covers not just the substance of the message
but even the form of its delivery. Substance should, however, be given
emphasis than form.
However, Mr. Russo's comment
on what Eddie Nachura has accomplished is true. I thought that when he
eventually won, after being a perennial candidate for Congressman since
1987, with the tag line "Kamo an magbubuot" that he will reform the system
he once fought as a freedom fighter in the legal arena against the corrupt
conjugal dictatorship of Marcos. He has failed me and many Samarnons.
Sometimes the dictum what is legal is not necessarily moral applies to this
legal luminary. He fought against corruption but he himself is accused of
corruption. He may be popular before the national media by being one of the
prosecutors in the Estrada impeachment trial but he has failed to deliver
the promise of a new era of politics for Samar. He has not made a
difference---he is no better than Garduce, Figueroa, and other Congressmen
who served the second district of Samar. When will we have somebody who can
make that difference? Your guess is good as mine.
Let us not put our reliance
on these politicians---they are inutile---rather let us believe on our own
capacity to rise above the seemingly insurmountable challenges and encourage
others to follow our lead. I still believe that Samarnons will one day
realize that the fastest exit out of poverty is not through the politician
but through his own volition to seek, if not create, opportunities for
There is still hope as long
as ideas flow freely and not curtailed by those who disagree.
Name: J J Russo
Address: 52 rue Lafayette,
Dear esteemed readers of Samar News, and Samarnons,
I am quite amused that in
these insightful pages of Samar News, a raging battle between the old
generation, and the new generation is taking place, or I would say, the old
school and the new school, of thought.
If you read the rantings of
Prof. Torres against Philipp, Morales, and associates, he should look back
at the article, Pride, Sadness, and Hopes of a Samarnon in California, and
in that article, he would engage in a 20- paragraph unapologetic,
unrepentant, sanctimonous praise for a role-model to be, the egregrious and
debonaire, Atty. Antonio Eddie Nachura, the very well known politician who
climb up the ranks of the Marcos administration, as a Corporate Secretary of
GSIS, and with the same valor, climb up the ranks of the GMA administration,
now as the Chief Legal Counsel.
Let us look what he did for
Samar during his tenure. Was it exemplary? Did he made substantial
contributions in the upliftment of Samar? Or was it the other way around?
He gained more from his position as Congressman, and the rumors have it, as
Secretary of Education?
Given his superior reasoning
capabilities earned being a bar topnotcher, and a legendary drinker, does
the man's intellect comparable to his achievement as the foremost
Congressman of the 2nd district. That's a big question mark! His legal
mind is only suited in corporate boardrooms as well as the levers of state
power (carpet-baggers they call them). Or was he just a grooming lackey of
the emerging Ramos-GMA clique involved in toppling another corrupt
president, Erap? Or the worst, a legal eagle with a talent for hire? But
nay, when Cong. Pepe Pimentel engaged him in an interpellation at the
session in Congress regarding the GMA-Garcillano tapes, he had to back down.
Looking like a whimpering dog, he could not stand Cong. Pimentel's rebuttal
on the rules of opening the tapes, as an evidence to be presented.
Incidentally, the same attitude he would demonstrate in local campaigns in
Samar, in a stand out debate with other candidates.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am
not saying that our present congressman stands above the crowd of old,
corrupt and backward Trapos! We the new and young generation of Samarnons
cannot stand this old demagoguery, inane, blatant, and whimsical dream of a
role model for Samar's dream politician. There never was a Statesman from
Samar who is capable of
handling the new and evolving world of power politics. That Statesman from
Samar will come from a new breed of leaders who has been fed up
with the Trapos, and its cohorts. So if ever Prof. Torres should write
another letter, it should be well-intended, direct, and profuse with facts,
not his usual verbose and poetical style in writing. That's old style. Let
us learn from history, friends and compatriots. Our future does not lie
with the old and decrepit politicians.
Samar will move on.
Liberte' Fraternite' Eqalite'
Please help....I am looking
for Jeramay. I only know her first name. She has a young son named Leone.
Jeramay owns a small store and has recently married. She has been gravely
deceived and should be told so that she may make her decisions based on
truth. Thank you.
Name: Hermie A. Sanchez
Samar 6700, Philippines
Feb 5, 2006
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Ha sunod nga tuig nga maabot,
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Kunta aton gamiton ini nga higayon,
Pag kontak han tagsa-tagsa ngakabats naton.
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Name: Renita Paragatos-Klas
Address: Im Schlinge 57a,
Date: 03 - Feb – 06
Hi! to my mom "Nenita
Dolceras! of Canlapwas and to all my class mates in Samar Natonal High
School. Hi! also to Lolita Tambal in Sto Nino, Roselyn Paragatos, Marcial
Paragatos. Komusta ha iyo ngatanan... Miss you all.
Name: Cesar Torres
2 February 2006
Dear Mr. Morales ngan Philip:
Even if you want to break my
shinbone, and perhaps wishing that someone should cut off my head or stab my
sides and dump my headless body on some dilapidated roadside in Canticum in
Calbiga or in Santo Niño in Villa, I must confess that I am very happy with
your message Mr. Morales. It reminds me of my favorite expression: “Let a
hundred flowers bloom, let a thousand thoughts contend.” Bisan la karuyag mo
ako pag-anitan sugad kan San Bartolome nga guin sasalin-urog hiton mga
Katbalogan kay paropangisda man kuno!
You even used Catbalogan and
Samar as your address! With a very impressive letter like that! But since I
cannot imagine you lugging a laptop or going to Jobal and Tonette Gadin’s
BBCS Data Systems to post your message in Ray Gaspay’s SamarNews.com, I
suppose that is alright, if you forgot to indicate your e-mail address.
Kanugon. If I want to send an email to you, I will just send it to Ray
Gaspay. But of course, I don’t think that you would read an email coming
from me. So, let us forget it.
Tinuod, salamat nga dako
paghatag hin importansya han akon rejoinder kan Philip. It has been a long
time since I have read a message like that — white hot with passion and
anger(?), and coming to the defense of a Samarnon nga aadto ha langyaw.
Kasabot ko waray na ako iba nga mababasa denhi kan Ray famous website kon
diri mga pangusta han akon mga na-utangan dida. An imo mensahe Mr. Morales
Ngan kan Philip, pasaylo-a
la ako kon adto nga akon mensahe nakahatag ha imo hin kabi-du-an. Waray ako
tuyo nga pag-insulto ha imo sugad han pagsulsol ni Mr. Morales. Read my
message again. In the first place, diri man ako ingrato nga diri nakilala
hadton imo pagdayaw unta ha aton. Nagmamadali la ako pagsurat hadto nga
mensahe. Waray panahon mag-review. When writing, I keep on looking at the
clock: “Ano’t oras na? Ano’t oras na? Malelate na ako. Kon diri ako
masulod ha trabaho yana, para makasurat hin maupay nga surat kan Philip,
kanugon han bakasyon. Bangin pa kita tanggalon ha trabaho. Seguro, okay na
ini.” Then “Send”.
Pero tinama-an han hubag
ngan amor propio ni Mr. Morales. Merese, kay nag-a-apura ngani. Unta, guin
pasag-dan ko nala adton nga surat ni Philip. Pero intawon kay baga diri man
liwat maupay nga pareho hin guin yuyubit adton “article” nga diri ngani ako
segurado kon kanay “article”. Just assuming nga
kan Mr. Armando Ridao ngani, whose publication was due to
me, I felt responsible to clarify some misperceptions. So that message to
Philip, kon may barang,
sigue baranga nala ako. Pero iton barang nga napaguapo ngan napadamo hin
kwarta ha? Nga diri kinakawat hin pa-agui hin mga 5-6 or ghost purchases or
plunder? Ngan barang nga napa-upay magkuratsa, para bundle bundle iton gala.
Para ini nga aton
mga kablas nga mga kabataan nga homeless ha Catbalogan pati ini nga
kalagasan ha Home for the Aged nga nagpapalimos, matagan naton hin guti-ay
nga kalipayan ngan pagla-om.
Balit, pasay-lo, kon baga
nag-hambog kita hin mga “Karamasov”. Actually, an akon panhuna-huna hadto
kon may mga “Karas” pa ha pangpang. Kay sobra naman iton environmental
destruction kuno dida.
Mr. Morales, when I was
pulling my own chair as a “Polly Sigh” “Has Been” ha U.P., baga ibarato na
la adto seguro ha akon. Again, in defense of Mr. Ridao nga sobra hin
kabo-otan ngan kadako hiton akon utang nga bu-ot, I had to say something nga
diri hiya politiko.
Waray man ako ig-dadasig nga
rico ako didi o dida whether kinawat o diri, o Honorablé nga Tongressman or
Gobernatong, so asya na la iton mga pampataba ng puso, sering pa han mga
“Imperialistang Taga-ilog”. At least diri kinawat nga ka “Has Been”. Guin
kuri-an, guin pirawan, guin-gutoman.
Hi Dr. Francisco Nemenzo,
Jr., naman was here last October. We had a forum here. I will request Ray
to post the proceedings in his website. After all, as President of the Laban
ng Masa, he is not an ordinary UP President. Of course, we know each
other. Hadto pa han karuyag hiya tirison nira Joma. Han Presidente hiya han
UP, he was actually asking me kon karuyag ko nga diri ma “Has Been”, asking
me if I could teach again ha UP, preferably ha Tacloban. Pero you know how
Hi Dr. Jose Abueva naman, we
have sort of a “cyberspace” relationship in the Internet. Kay na respeto
ngani kita ha iya, danay ako natatagan hin opportunidad pag-explicar hi-onong
hin mga issues hadton mga nakontra ha iya. Right now, we are discussing this
Constitutional Amendment nga pareho hiya hin guin ti-opay hin pukyutan. And
like Dr. Nemenzo, we both come from the UP College of Public Administration.
In closing, I admire your
eloquence Mr. Morales. Nagtitinago ka la dida ha? Angay na gud nga iton iyo
henerasyon na iton kumapot hiton katungdanan ngan responsibilidad ha
Samar ngan Pilipinas para diri naman sugad hini iton aton
kamotangan ngan ka waray pagla-om. Daw sugad hin madalumdom la an kabubwason.
Ngan kan Philip, pasaylo-a
na la ako kon baga nakahatag ako ha imo hin kabi-duan. Diri tinuyo ngan
And to you both Philip ngan
Mr. Morales, ngan pati ha akon, nagla-laom ako nga diri kita mapusok firme
iton aton mga dughan ngan panhuna-huna. Ngan diri malaksi iton aton pag
huwes o pagcondenar hin tawo.
Sorry Ray kon nakakasamok
ini ha imo panhuna-huna.