(message board 36)
Name: Cesar Torres
Date: 6 October 2006
Senator Pimentel and the Hilarious Situation of Land Grabbing among
Municipalities in Samar
Well, Powerful People of the
Province of Samar. Here it is. Senator Pimentel himself, the Father of
the Local Government Code.
But Sir, I ask myself: there
are supposed to be experts, technicians, surveyors, geodetic engineers
whatever in some offices in our sprawling bureaucracy, i.e., Bureau of
Lands, Department of Local Government, Budget Commission. (But I
remember during the time of Malakas and Maganda, my Samarnon friends
were just playing mah jong in the ornate offices of Kokoy's baggage
carrier in Quezon City. But there were serious Samarnons who were really
working their butts off. I think I was one of them. As Technical
Consultant of the late Deputy Minister Salvador Socrates. Hahahahaha.)
So que paso?
The Rule of Law, people. Let
the administrative and judicial process go on to settle this hilarious
issue: a town land grabbing the territory of another town. Hahahahaha.
Senator Pimentel Sir, on
second thought, I fervently hope that this will not deteriorate into a
shooting war of the policemen of the two towns and the supporters of the
town officials of Pinabacadao and Villareal, Samar. It would be a waste
bullets, and lives, and time, and medicine, and cotton bandages, and
coffins. The leadership of Pinabacdao is competent. If you recall, the
World Bank "Panibagong Paraan" Contest awarded Pinabacadao P1 million
for its livelihood proposal.
And it would have not escaped
your attention, Senator Pimentel Sir, the Mayor of Villareal, Samar,
Reynato Latorre, has been at the forefront of repairing and cementing an
8-kilometer public road which was almost an inexhaustible source of
looted, corrupted, plundered people's money before. Of course we
Villahanons from all over the Internet were contributing our
inspiration, our emails, our dollars, our Euros, our Yens, etc to this
once-in-a-lifetime project of a municipality. Even the Japayukis in
Japan, the brutalized maids in Hongkong, Singapore, Europe, and the
Middle East were contributing to this Bayanihan Road in Villareal,
Anyway thank you sir. More
power to you. Pero ingat ho kayo sa Maynila. Baka kayo hindi lang
sampalin diyan. Baka ipabaril kayo. Hindi kayo upright na babalik sa
Cagayan de Oro. Sayang ang bala. If Mindanao, Sulu, Basilan will become
a "Federal Republic" of this Bangsa Kasuko-an, isama niyo na lang iyong
Samar at Romblon. If Samar will secede or become a Federal Republic,
whatever, Morgan Benedicto of Romblon wants Romblon to be part of Samar.
You have met Morgan Benedicto in 2003 during that OAV-Dual
Citizenship-Goldilocks Forum in San Francisco when we wanted you to run
Sent: Thu, 5 Oct 2006 10:58 PM
Subject: RE: This is hilarious! A town grabbing land from another town?
extraordinary about the news. There are several territorial boundary
disputes between towns. The local government code provides a solution to
Office of Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr.
Senate of the Philippines
Name: Jarie Engo
Address: Proj. 8
Quezon City, Manila,
Mahal kung mga tga Potong Dako
na salamat ha iyo sa pag suporta sa aton bgy. bisan la makuri an aton kamutangan,
hello sa Engo family, THANK U VERY MUCH......
Name: Alona Mastelero-Strand
Kumusta na mga igkase ko
samarnon? Happy fiesta pala sa Sulangan (Silanga) buwas, Oct 4 2006! Ha
akon mga kabugtuan, kasangkayan, ako niece nga c Mary-jane! at labi na
god ang akon sobra kabuotan nga bestfriend ko nga nagin bilas ko, kay
magbugto an amon mga asawa dd ha Norway, kay ada hya yna namatron ha
Kanina Oct 3, 06, nagpa-blessing
hya han iya balay. Mads, congrats sa new haus mo! Sana mag-enjoy ka han
imo first time nga naka-pamatron mo,
sana di ka magmaan bisan, natuman nga my bagyo ang
pagbakasyon mo, para "maranasan mo kon ano an patron?, alumni?
Para pagbakasyon ko sa
2008 umupod ka ha akon!
"jJeg håper du kose seg
der! Ellen Marie and Alexander Johan missed u na! Pagnagpunta kami sa
Odda, sabi nla "Mamma daan tyo sa opis nla Tante at Onkel!
VISES! AND SNAKKES!
Name: Waray Waray
It's disconcerting to
know the unavailability of certain means or forms of transport from
point A to point B in the
hinders economic development and one's desire to freely travel anyplace
and any method. This is no doubt a self-inflicted wound since other
provinces in the region and the nation are not deprived of air, water
and land transports.
The greatest irony's
Samar needs all the necessary vehicles to move humans, commerce and
industry to keep the wheel of progress moving. Since the invention of
the steam engine and the wheel, nations progressed incrementally but the
RP rationalizing to find out why's just another waste of energy.
it's time for the people
and leaders of Samar to assert their rights to good transports. To
petition redress of grievance to the national govt's God giving right.
Name: Nympha Yancha Salem
September 30, 2006
My best wishes to all my fellow
Basaynons in Basey, Samar during this
festive celebration of our town fiesta honoring St. Michael the Archangel. Unta
ca-upod aco hit iyo calipayan dida. Namimingaw gud aco hit acon bungto nga nataw-an
labi labi gud han acon mga cabugto-an og mga casangcayan. I wish I could also
join my classmates on what would be our 50th high school class reunion on this
first of October. My heart and spirit are with you even if I am not. Mabuhay an
Basay og an provincia han Samar!
Name: Alyc Industries/ P. Alli
Pacific Place, Pearl
Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605, Philippines
We are looking for
reliable, small or big, from Samar-Leyte, supplier of seafood products,
fresh-frozen, for export for the following items: black tiger prawns,
gindara, mussells (tahong), milkfish, tilapia, espada, talakitok,
seacrabs (processed meat), etc. Pls contact us via email at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Quote ref.FOB
Our minimum requirement is 10 x 40 ft. refrigerated container per week,
for all items above.
Name: Aida Luma-ad Lachnitt
Address: Cany - Barville Str.
70, Rheinland – Pfalz,
Wörth 76744, Germany
September 29, 2006
HELLO HELLO HELLO,
Kumusta na kamo mga taga
Calbiga...to my family there, yana la ako nakag email kay busy mangod
ako tak mga batus nag eeskwela naman hira baga medyo naka kapag adjust
nagad hira yana.
Marisyo an akon
pagbakasyon miss ko na liwat kamo he he he next time na la utro kalooy
sa Diyos. My greetings to all the staff of this site thank you so much
and more power...
To Mrs Lea Pait Rafales
and Maureen Abelido Abaigar ipapadara ko nala an mga picture angan angan
la ha kay medyo busy pa ako, and to Mr.Ireneo Jabonete an aton mga
picture han parade han Basketball ha imo ko ipapadara ipakita nala hit
aton Batch. Kumusta nala ha iyo ngatanan God Bless!
Name: Loreto Masadre
Marikina City, Metro Manila
September 29, 2006
To Ray Gaspay,
Great to view your website. See
the picture "Darna ako" and have in mind we Filipinos will get free of problems
for this photo. Hope to see a section for photo galleries.
Greetings from Chad, Africa.
Name: Edna English
Date: Sept 29 2006
Oo ngay an patron sa
Gandara. Maupay na patron sa iyo dida. Hello to Dan & Rea Labalan &
family....Gandara-Calbayog multicab hello sa iyo sa mga driver…hi my
Jack ikaw la gihapon bantay san pila.......hello san akon pata baby
garnica & family.......salamat.
Name: Edith Egargo
Just stopping by to say
happy fiesta Gandarenos!!! and keep n touch to Msgr. Jun, Fr. Tito Voz.
Address: 163 St 105-9570,
Date: Sept.26, 2006
To the staff,
My deep appreciation for
creating one like this..I'm so pleased that finally I can see and know
what's going on in my favorite place San Vicente (Catalab-an) Eastern
Samar and the whole of Eastern Samar, my parents hometown.
My pangungumusta to the
hardworking Governor of Eastern Samar Mr. Ben Evardone, sir, I hope
everythings doing well with you and your family. And my birthday
greetings though its a bit late, still happy birthday!! Thank you.
Name: Waray waray
Bad roads and bad
politicians are ubiquitous in the
of Samar ever since one can remember. Bad politicians can't build good
roads, and conversely, bad roads can't make a politician good. But a
good politician can't necessarily build good roads, since good roads are
not a function of good politicians.
Could bad politicians
possibly build good roads? Are bad roads the workings of bad politicians?
Bad and good are labels or value judgments attached to tangible and
intangible things. Take them away and roads and politicians are the
reality in Samar.
Name: Cesar Torres
25 September 2006
"Disgusting!" says Bishop Jose Palma of
Samar and Leyte
I could not believe what I heard
when that unflattering, dramatic, almost unholy expression coming from one of
the most respected members of the Catholic Church in the Philippines was
expressed with such force.
So I asked the Bishop. "Can I
quote you on that?" He responds: "Oh yes! I have been saying that in Samar for
a long time now!"
The Bishop added: "If the
repairs are being done, this is long overdue. In fact, I will not even say
'Thank you!' to them. They should apologize to us. And if the aim of this
caravan is to dramatize the situation of that road, and the road builders are
indeed starting the work now, I just hope and pray that they do it good this
This exchange happened
yesterday, September 24, 2006, in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Daly
City, a church so popular among the Samarnons and the Filipinos in the San
Francisco Bay Area. It’s Parish Priest is the Rev Tony Petilla, of Samar and
Leyte, Calbayog and Palo. Fr. Tony is the primus inter pares of Samarnon priests
in America. His Parish is memorable especially to Catbaloganons. They hold
novenas there, their fiestas, rehearse their "Curadang" and their "Rigodon"
especially when the revered and ilustrious Samarena, the late Naty Villarin
Silva Padul was still the leader of the Samarnons in America.
We members of the "Katbaloganon
Male Choir" would practice our Samarnon, English, and Imperialistang Taga-ilog
songs there, especially our favorite song, "Ikaw, an inop han akon dughan..."
(When we sing this during masses, I could see tears streaming from the cheeks of
the Samarena women.) After the practice and the rehearsals, we would have
singing and kuratsa. Then we had to clean the Social Hall, put back the tables
and the chairs in their original places, wipe the floor and the comfort rooms. I
remember an incident of one of the greatest Catbalogan and Samarnon I have ever
known, Catbalogan ex-vice Mayor, Jose Vasquez. One time, when it was time to
clean the place, he said to us: "In America, I studied how to do this. So this
is what I am going to do. You younger ones, just fold the tables and stack the
chairs on the walls and in their closets. I will clean the Men's Rest Room..."
I could not believe what I heard. Coming from a member of one of the most
prominent families in Catbalogan and Samar. His humility is engraved in my heart
till Mt. Huraw
turns to dust or Morgan Benedicto's marbles turn to jelly fish in
Yesterday, the Bishop, together
with Fr. Luis Llarenas of Villareal,
Samar, and Fr. Nonoy Singzon of Calbiga and Catbalogan, and
assisted by Fr. Dennis Barlaan of Catarman, and the incredible young priest who
is studying in Rome but was formerly assigned to the Parish of San Jose de Buan
in the interior of Samar till last year, Fr. Richard Tan, said mass at the Our
Lady of Perpetual Help Church. We were just given one day notice. But through
telephone calls, text messaging, emails we gathered at the Church yesterday.
The fact that the Church was
filled to capacity, that we were mesmerized by the Bishop's homily about
greatness as being equated with love and service to our fellowmen -- I had not
talked to the Bishop about Gugma and the Caravan, perhaps Anita was sending
extra-sensory messages to the Bishop about her Gugma to Quint, Joe, David the
Balkan, Dr. Saucelo of Makandog fame -- that I issued a $50 check for the
retirement of the priests so that they are not forced to have "families" to take
care of them when they become old, were probably manifestations of our high
regard for Bishop Jose Palma and his entourage of Samarnon priests.
I had met Bishop Palma before in
San Francisco during his annual pilgrimage to America asking for our help. In
2003 when we went to Villareal, Samar, to manage the Feast of the Peruvian
Saint, Sta. Rosa de Lima, he was in Villareal, Samar. The high celebrant. I was
amazed at his brilliance. His sermon was on "Populorum Progressio". He talked
for more than 2 hours. And despite the sweat running like rivulets down my
armpits, after all I am used to the cool weather in San Francisco, I was not
bored. I was not even fanning myself nor wiping the sweat from my face or my
armpits with my handkerchief. His sermon was delivered in eloquent "Klasikal
Samarnon Binisaya" (also known as "Waray" according to Harvey and Jobal.) I was
thinking to myself, listening to his sermon, "Bishop Palma will rise in the
hierarchy of the Church. It those politikos and discriminating Whites who
control the Roman Curia will finally realize that God and Christ may not be only
blond, white, with green eyes, perhaps, Bishop Palma will become the First Pope
coming from the Philippines, the only Christian country in Asia."
Bishop Jose Palma was new to
Calbayog in 2003. Just two years. I think he had come from
Iloilo. Where he was born.
The lovely couple from Calbayog,
Nonoy and Butch Fua are the very, very kind and gracious hosts of Bishop Jose
Palma, Fr. Luis Llarenas, and Fr. Nonoy Singzon. The Samarnons and their friends
will still meet with them on October 28, at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Pompano Beach , Florida,
Well I spend alot of
time in Tacloban area and love to explore. My family and all locals
allways tell me not to go to Samar due to road conditions. This last
trip I went to Marabute [southern samar] and was amazed at the road to
Basay was really bad BUT after Basay to Marabute the road was in GREAT
CONDITION which is a surprise because I cant imagine that to be a very
buisy road as all the villages there are very small. It also makes me
wonder why the buisy road is in disrepare but the slow ones are well
Name: The Babon Family
Sept 23, 2006
To: All relatives and friends
Please be informed that
Dra. LUCRECIA “LUKIE” BABON of Smile Dental Clinic, Catbalogan, Samar,
died September 16, 2006, Saturday
Her remains lie in state at
Samar Memorial Chapel (SMC) Catbalogan,
Internment scheduled September 24, Sunday after the 9:00 am Requiem Mass at San
Sebastian, Samar, Philippines.
We request the pious readers to
please pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Dra. LUCRECIA “LUKIE” BABON.
From: Her Children Michael,
Rico, Obie, Varcity and the Babon family
Name: Waray Waray
Bad roads in Samar stop
commerce, and so with persistent insurgency which slows commerce.
Commerce can't take place with the presence of bad roads and endless
insurgency. Bad roads hinder the insurgency, and the insurgency promotes
bad roads. The ultimate victim's the flow of commerce. Resolution's to
stop insurgency and build good roads in Samar. This is the real world.
Name: Antonio Morales
20 Sept 2006
My question to Bryan M. Azura's
article entitled "A Battle Won" is who lost? It seems that the demise of the
impeachment complaint against the sitting president was effectively decided by
sheer number. The pro-administration solons simply outnumbered the opposition
congressmen. Chiz Escudero, in all his brilliance, simply didn't have the number
to start the ball rolling. Impeachment, as a political process, is a numbers
game. Again, my question to Mr. Azura is who lost in the process?
Well, he would probably say that
it was the opposition congressmen. In reality, the biggest lossers are the
people of the republic who will never know whether the complaints lodged by the
pro-impeachment solons have basis in fact and law or they were simply
harrassment tools of sour lossers. Only the truth can set us all free echoed the
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) but such truth was
suppressed effectively by sheer numbers. Such is the reality in a democracy. The
majority rules, the minority complains.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA)
will go down in history to be the most despised Philippine president with more
than -65% approval rating. No other president not even the dictator Ferdinand
Marcos was so badly perceived by the people than GMA. A leader's umbilical cord
with the people he leads is trust. Without trust, he is nothing more than an
So who truly won? GMA may
have won the battle but she has not won the war. She simply lost the war against
the people's continued mistrust and misgivings against her.
Name: Manny Vesoza
Admiral's Eyes Moist on Top
have urged retired Rear Admiral Eriberto C. Varona to run for either of
the top two elective positions in
Samar in the 2007 elections. When contacted, the retired admiral
remained coy and evasive about the issue but admitted that he has long
wished to serve his province mates as they may deem fit. He admitted
that it is time for him now to increasingly serve his province mates
after having served the national government for a long, long time.
Presently the retired
admiral is quietly busy as Chairman of the ZUCIR Foundation, Inc., ZUFI
for short, which he founded in 1998, to help the less privileged in
society improved their way of life and become more enlightened and
responsible citizens of the community. Since its first year of
operation, the admiral’s foundation has sponsored two hundred fifty-six
(256) annual high school scholarship grants at our local high schools:
St. Anthony’s Institute and Zumarraga Integrated School; and, since SY
2000-2001, it has awarded a total of fifty-two (52) annual college
scholarship grants, thanks to many kind-hearted benefactors. This school
year, SY 2006-2007, ZUFI’s scholarship program is supporting eleven (11)
scholars in college and forty-three (43) scholars in high school.
Admiral Varona is
presently the Director of the Government Arsenal, a bureau under the
Department of National Defense, charged with the manufacture of
ammunitions and other munitions for use of the country’s armed forces.
He was appointed to his present post on January 31, 2000, ten months
after he retired from the Armed Forces of the Philippines following
thirty-four (34) years of active commissioned service.
A be-medalled officer,
his last posting in the military service was as Commander of the
Philippine Fleet. Prior to that, he was Vice Commander of the Philippine
Navy; Commander Naval Forces South (Mindanao); and Commander Naval
District III (Southern Luzon and Bicol Region). The admiral’s work
experience transcends that of the traditional military leader: an
environmentalist, an information or computer systems manager, a defense
specialist; and a business policy-maker and manager.
Admiral Varona’s life is
certainly a storied one. Born to a poor couple, Pablo Varona of Sta.
Rita/Basey and the former Carolina Costo of Zumarraga, the admiral
relishes his younger days in his native town where his determination to
succeed whatever the challenges really started until his retirement from
the military service. A product of local schools, he graduated as
Valedictorian at both the Zumarraga Elementary School in 1956, and the
St. Anthony’s Institute in 1960. Immediately, after graduation, he
enrolled as a University Scholar at the
working during the day for his living expenses while studying at night.
In 1966, he graduated number 6 (Magna Cum Laude) from the Philippine
Military Academy. He was a government pensionado at the US Naval
Postgraduate School in California where he earned his Master of Science
in Meteorology in 1974; and, also at the Australian Defence Force Joint
Service Staff College in Canberra, where he earned in 1993 his Graduate
Diploma in Strategic Studies.. He likewise earned his Masters in
National Security Administration (MNSA) at National Defense College of
the Philippines in 1987, at the top of his class, and his Master of
Business Administration at the Philippine Christian University in 1991.
A Ph. D. (Environmental
Sciences) candidate at the
USA, he holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Chelsea University,
UK. He also attended the Top Management Program at the Asian Institute
of Management in 1998. Last year, 2005, he was sent as a pensionado to
attend a 12-week Executive Course at the Asia Pacific Center for
Security Studies at Honolulu, Hawaii. Admiral Varona is married to the
former Portia Eusebio, a former classroom teacher, with whom he has
three children: Philbert, an Ateneo law graduate and bar topnotcher;
Erwin, a La Salle B.S. Information Technology graduate and anti-virus
engineer; and Fatima, an Assumptionista and an airline ground staffer.
Name: New Yorker
18 Sept 2006
Regarding the deplorable
condition of the Samar roads, I sometimes wonder whether the incumbent officials
are just there at the wrong time. They are always at the receiving end of
people's ire and discontent over the sad state of our highways. Add to that the
unsolicited comments of self-proclaimed pundits who seem to be always so eager
to pounce and strike anonymously.
If one will only go back through
the years, Samar had in the past some of the most powerful politicians in the
country: Jose "what are we in power for" Avelino; Decoroso "Cosoy" Rosales; the
Balites and Abrigos, Yancha, Fernando Veloso and of course Jose Roño, who was
the third most powerful man in the country during the Marcos years. During their
time, our roads were already bad and certainly not the envy of travelers from
other places. Our elected officials could have easily done something to have
them upgraded into world class status, just like the roads in Luzon.
They never did. I'm sure
everyone had a share of the loot, perhaps on a smaller scale, because the peso
was still strong and the exchange rate versus the dollar was not what it is
today. But the truth is, pare-pareho la iton hira mga kawatan, although the
modern day politician seems to have developed it into an art. Our province is
always last on the list, maybe because it's a God-forsaken place or simply
because it is Samar. "Palagi namang binabagyo yan kaya pabayaan mo na lang";
this seems to be the thinking of so many.
Name: Cesar Torres
18 September 2006
On the checks that were
issued for Villareal, Samar, allegedly for specific purposes, and
encashed by those who had the authority to encash the checks, which
could include the Mayor of Villareal,
Samar, Reynato "Boy" Latorre, the inquiry must be answered. This
is very critical because I have waved your integrity all over the
world. This is further complicated because Boy is chairman of Bayan
Muna in Samar.
Let it not be said that the leadership of Bayan Muna in Samar is as
corrupt as the Trapos in Samar and in Pilipinas.
I have to apologize that
I could not respond to an e-mail of my cousin concerning this issue. I
even saw an email addressed to the Office of the President, Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo, regarding this matter.
Boy, Babam, or the
Treasurer of Villareal, Samar, it is imperative that you respond to this
Name: Beth Sizemore
Bar, CA 91765
Harani na an patron ha Mercedes
(Burak), Catbalogan, Samar, September 24. Maupay nala nga patron ha iyo ngatanan
dida ha Burak. To Marvie, Naldo & kids, Tito, Linda & kids, Johnny & Lilibeth
and kids, Lonie & Genghis & kids. Maupay liwat nga patron kanda Elena, Alex and
Family, Tony & Liling & kids, Mana Annie & Tay Nonoy & family, Ana and family,
Nay Nene & Tiya Sayong and of course hi 'Donya' our beloved mother, Bebing.
Nathaniel, Mark, Rovena, & Ryan
we are all celebrating your birthday on the day of the fiesta even though your
birtdays are on different dates this month. Big "H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y"
greetings from all of us in
Georgia, and Nevada. Pasalamat nala kita han patrona for all the blessings.