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Name: Felipe B.
Address: San Policarpo, Calbayog City, Samar
Date: April 8, 2007
Every year around April 9, I
remember my maternal grandfather, Basilio Señora Balza who was fondly
called Mr. Balza or Ilyong. It’s strange, you may think, that I remember
him not on his birthday, and neither on his death anniversary. He was,
for a long time a public school teacher, like his wife, in barrio San
Policarpo, Calbayog, Samar when the Second World War broke out. The
barrio leaders, government workers and officials then organized
volunteers in July 1942 for the defense of the place from the Japanese
occupying forces. Before the arrival of the Japanese soldiers in the
area, he had already the list of officers and members of the
voluntarios, as he was elected secretario de los voluntarios.
When the Japs arrived the
schools were momentarily closed. He did not volunteer to teach or train
under the occupying forces’ educational system. He was the contact
person of the voluntarios’ intelligence gathering. While the
other volunteers went to the mountains to be guerillas fighting the Japs
in ambuscades or skirmishes, he stayed in the barrio as a listening
post, and to aid the guerillas giving whatever resources he could.
Giving material aid to the guerillas was the most difficult thing to do
then because money was hard and trying to eat a meal a day was a trying
task. From the catch of his fish-pens called bono-an and pa-ugmad,
he engaged in barter trade, bartering his fresh catch and dried fish
with other scarce commodities like rice, root-crops, clothing, thereby
sending goods and funds to the guerillas.
As his name became hot to the
locals who volunteered intelligence work with the Japs, policemen or
Makapili’s and other moles, started visiting his house at night,
knocking on the door, calling his name, and advising him to discontinue
his support to the guerillas. He did not answer, dared open his door,
nor peeked outside because, by their voice, he already knew who were
calling him. Some of them were fellow teachers who already swore
allegiance to the Japs. They were insistently asking for his list of the
officers and members of the voluntarios. It was a blessing that
his house was closely surrounded by many houses near the seashore. His
nocturnal visitors did not dare to forcibly enter for fear that
neighbors hear it and come to help Ilyong and his family.
When he was tipped that
anytime Japanese soldiers will come to arrest him and force him to
reveal the officers and members of the volunteers operating in the area,
he did not waste time. He soon left with his wife, mother-in-law, and
six children, the eldest was fourteen and the youngest was a few months
old. Bringing what basic needs and clothing on their backs, they left
shortly after midnight from San Policarpo to Basud where they were
picked up by a sailboat, locally called bilos, for Corocawayan, Kamandag
Island, Samar. The Japs did not reach Kamandag Island during the war.
There Ilyong stayed with his family and continued his support to the
guerillas until the American Forces arrived and liberated Samar and
Calbayog. By keeping his register of the voluntarios from the Japs he
saved them from the ire and imminent death in the hands of the occupying
SSG Basilio Balza was an
element of WSS 93rd Div AUSA (F23), ASN-Unk Inf, whatever those
abbreviations mean. He was hesitant to follow up his registration as a
guerilla-volunteer after the war because he was earning as a teacher,
having returned to teaching in public school in San Policarpo, Calbayog,
Samar. Besides, he often asked in his crisp Visayan accent “Bayran ba di-ay
ang paglaban sa imong isig ka-tawo ug sa yutang natawhan?” (Must one be
paid for defending your fellowmen and your homeland?) He died at the age
of 56 of tetanus, in 1957. People from different walks of life paid
their last respects to him making his interment day a non-working day in
our place. When I was in high-school my grandmother Crispina asked me if
it was possible that another man who stood as Ilyong could have claimed
guerilla benefits of her husband. I did not have the answer.
I hurriedly scribbled this as
recollections of my grandfather’s challenged life come to mind, as once
again the day of valor is just 'round the corner. Previously called
Bataan Day, as a tribute to men who fought during World War II, April 9
is now Araw ng Kagitingan, a day of valor. If our present government
declared overseas workers as the new heroes, I strongly feel that my
grandpa, my war hero, is a real hero!
Many Thanks to our host.
Address: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: April 8, 2007
Hi All! I posted few pictures
of Good Friday celebration here in Catbalogan to my site
www.nelsonpetilla.com under My Blog section. Enjoy and Happy
Address: Brussels, Belgium
Date: April 6, 2007
Arroyo will go down in history
[insight] Well, I really hoped so! But
the question is when? Arroyo clings to power at whatever price. After
the Garci scandal that put her honesty in questions, then the corruption
scandals that implicates her son and husband, the fertilizer scams, the
extrajudicial killings of journalists, religious personnages and labor
leaders who dared to confront her undemocratic governance and there must
be more still to be exposed. Despite of the recent judgment against
Arroyo government by PTT in La Hague, Arroyo is very much in power,
unmindful and even mocking these realities brought in front of her.
And here comes the election in
May: another crime against the Filipinos to be committed? If previous
history of dishonesty in our politics is to be consulted, then there is
no doubt about it! Poor Philippines, poor Filipinos! Politicians are as
numerous than ever, powerful than ever, richer than ever. Like Marcos,
they will go down in history, but surely bringing us along with them! We
were equality condemn forever to pay the high price for electing these
undeserving people. Arroyo will experience the same fate, but for the
meantime, she is very much in the position to continue her plunders:
this will not happen before she and her cohorts manage to empty the
coffers of the poor and burying totally the whole country in debts that
the only legacy our children will be having is a chaotic, bleak future.
They don't deserved this!
Date: 6 april 2007
First, just expressing my
appreciation for the job well done in putting this thing together - I've
been away from the place for a long while and to sit back and see photos
of the place and its people - it is enchanting! and how's the drinking
Here in Australia we are
nearing drought so the people are buying tanks to catch the rain as we
are on level 5 water restriction (that means you can't use a garden hose
in watering the garden, only a bucket and can only water gardens every
2-3 days) or the car. Here, people don't buy bottled water unless you're
The point I'm trying to say is
that why does the people of Catbalogan buy bottled water? Is the water
unsafe? Is the place in drought? I don't believe so, compared to
Australia which is one of the driest continent in the world, yet they
manage to have safe and clean water. Are the elected politicians aware
of their responsibilities to provide a safe and clean water for their
The lifespan of Filipinos are
short not because it is genetic but because of its environment. Ordinary
people are entitled to a quality of life and I believe the elected
politicians can make that change. Let's start with one of the very basic
- clean water! politicians, let us see you make the change and see the
Date: 5th of April, 2007
HELLO TO ALL SAMARNONS AND TO
ALL USERS OF THIS SITE: especially to my parents, brothers and sisters,
nieces and nephews, and to all my relatives and friends in every corner
of this world.
I WISH YOU ALL GOD´S BLESSINGS
AT EASTER. MAY ALL OF YOU BE IN LOVE, PEACE, and HARMONY WITH GOD. HAPPY
Address: Catbalogan City, Samar
Date: April 5, 2007
GOOd day to all Catbaloganon
and all Samarnon, election day is coming I hope we select the best
leader for our province and "city". Pls vote wisely sana dire kita
magpadara han ira mga kuarta para gad man umasenso an Samar.... thank
Date: 05 April 2007
Hallo mga kababayan labi na
han akon mga kapamilya, mga teachers ngan mga classmates ko ha SNS
komusta ha iyo dida ngatanan. Ayaw kita kabaraka kun makuri man iton
panginabuhi yana nga panahon. Kay bug-os nga kalibutan naabat laiwat
hiton. Maaram ako nga damo ha atun mga pilipino iton hanga hit iba nga
mga nasyon. Ngan labi na kun an atun kalahi nakapag-abroad. Ngan usa
itun atun husga kwartahan o mayaman na. Iton akon naman masisiring.
Mayaman itun aada ha atun kay aada ngatanan itun atun mga hinigugma ngan
kun huhunahunaon ta la hin maupay ngan maniningkamot kita ngatanan
maursa itun aton panginabuhi dara nga harus ngatanan nga mga produkto
aada na ha Pilipinas kulang la itun tawo hin mga idiya kun papaunanhon
ta iton usa nga butang magagamit o usa nga produkto pagkakakitaan.
Itun iba nga nasyon masyado
hin ka idiyador. Bisan guti la nga butang basta pagkakakitaan nira hin
bisan la centavo iton usa, pagtutuunan nila nga pansin at bibigyan ng
halaga. Dapat ganon din tayo. Isa pa masyado tayong mga pilinong waldas
sa pera sa halip na matutuhan nating magtabi ng kahit kunting halaga
manlang para sa huling araw na pangangailangan natin. Lalo na iyong mga
bisyo tulad ng alak dapat may limitasyon tayo diyan. Alalahanin natin na
ang mga pinagpaguran natin ay hindi mapupunta lang sa wala. Oo masaya
tayo pero panandalian lang yan. Sa atin mismong tao nakasalayang ang
buhay natin. Uunlad tayong lahat kung tayo ay magsisikap at matututong
pagtipid. Karamihan kasi sa atin gumagasto ng mahigit pa sa kinikita.
Magbudget tayo at huwag bibili ng mga bagay na walang kabuluhan. Dahil
magtatapon ka ng pera sayang. Lalo na kung mahal. Mahihilig pa naman
tayo sa mga mamahalin. Samantalo yon may mga pera naman lalo na sa mga
ibat-ibang bansa pumipili ng mga mumurahin dahil makakatipid sila wais
O paano mga kapamilya ngan mga
kababayan. Mag wise din tayo ha! para sa kapakanan nating lahat. Payo
lang mahal kong mga kababayan at mga kadugo Maupay nala nga adlaw dida
ha iyo ngatanan.
Address: Gamboa Street, Legaspi village, Makati City
Date: April 05, 2007
www.hijoness.multiply.com Asya ini an akon kinabuhi!
Unta may maka relate… hehehehe...Regards sa iyo nga tanan!
Name: Leonor B.
Address: 1101-E. H. Cortes, Subangdaku, Mandaue City, Cebu
Date: April 4, 2007
IT IS FUTILE TO BE DEFENSIVE
I am quite perflexed at how
some key officials and military authority should engage in cursing and
personal attacks on Mr. Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur who
investigated the cases of extra judicial killings in the country. Since
he spoke of the results of his findings publicly, they have been engaged
in aggressive parrying out of its perceived negative impact by hitting
back against Alston and leftist elements. It does not help achieve their
purpose because the more they do, it appears they are sinking deeper in
a quagmire of their own making. Instead of believing, a lot of people
become skeptical and cycnical to their inordinate self-justifications.
The government was not able to
hide what Mr. Alston described as the collapse of many of the
accountability mechanisms in the country. Citing among them the policy
of this administration to prevent military and government officials from
testifying at congressional inquiries and the denial of the military and
police about the existence of Order of Battle to harm activists. Human
rights activists share the view of Alston which criticizing some
military officers being schizophrenic who instead of acting on the
weakness found in the accountability mechanisms among some of their
elements which promote the culture of impunity among men in uniform,
these officials bury their collective heads in the sand and annount that
business will continue as usual.” The President even have the penchant
for exalting noted human rights violators such as Gen. Jovito Palparan.
Our government, the police and
the military in particular could help redeem their image by acting on
the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur. The President being
the AFP Commander in Chief should order a stop to the implementation of
the Order of Battle, a covert tool largely exercised during the Martial
Law of former Pres. Marcos. This only embolden her men in uniform to
commit more human rights violations to every person perceive to be
“enemies” of the State. It does not help that old skeletons are exhumed
just to impress on the public that Rep.Satur Ocampo and a lot of others
who are now peacefully working within the society’s legal system have
committed human rights violations 22 years ago.
The inability of our
government to stop the harassment and solve the killing of political
activists, journalists and civilians who are identified to be
sympathetic to leftists organization, is reflective of the kind of
governance we are having. Instead of blaming leftist and activists, the
President and her men should start repairing its defects and make real
kasing nga Samarnon
Date: April 4, 2007
For all Samarnons,
Good day wherever you are. It
is every encouraging to note that many Samarnons from all over the world
are concerned of the province. You are all correct in saying that Samar
has all the ingredients for progress basically because of its natural
endowments and its people. But, we are all wondering why we cannot
compare even with our sister provinces in the island that historically
were just small limbs taken out from the mother province of Samar.
I am working in an
organization that allows me to move from north to south of the country
and my observations tell me that the major reason why we are in a mess
is FAILURE OF GOVERNANCE. This stems from the inability of our people to
select the appropriate leaders of the province. Many of us who are
residing outside the province tend to be pathetic about this stark
reality while others just criticize because it is the easiest thing to
It is high time that we take
action if we really care for Samar. If you agree with my hypothesis,
then let us address the root of the problem. We are now confronted with
that opportunity. In May, Samarnons will be electing their political
leaders, let us take the first step. Let us exert every influence we can
muster to make people vote for the right candidates rather than sell
their votes. Kennedy use to say, "We elect the government we elect."
Para han mga Samarnon nga
mabotos, igkada niyo hit iyo kamot it kabubuwason hit iyo mga anak ngan
mga apo pin-agi hin maupay nga pagpili hit mga lokal nga opisyales. Ayaw
kamo tugot nga paliton iyo botos kay usa la ka-adlaw nga paggamit, balyo
hin tulo ka tuig nga pag-agwanta hit kakurian nga puede mahitabo tungod
hin mga CORRUPT NGAN DIRE MAG-ARAM NGA MGA OPISYALES.
Damo nga salamat Mr. Gaspay
hine nga oportunidad.
Address: Calbayog City
Date: April 3, 2007
This month, most of Filipino’s
are celebrating the Lenten season, the antiquated tradition that we
inherit from our ancestor. The faith that our creator betrayed by Judas
and chased his death in the cross.
This Lenten season, we
momentarily set aside the political issue and clash occurred in our
locality regarding those brutal killings and let us extend our voices
into our populace to have peace for a while and if we can, let us have
For such, this days was the
time that our heavenly creator sacrifices his selves in order to clean
our sins in this earth. He was crucify at the cross and died. So this is
the time that we ended too our misunderstanding, our confusion, quarrels
and we rebirth the days which every one of us feels free in his mother
Address: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: 30 March 2007
On the politics of
violence. The political season in Samar particularly in the first
district is claiming sacred lives of people. The brazen attack of a
check point detachment is a testament of the brutality of the
perpetrators' resolve. Let the COMELEC stop all these nonsense violence
by placing Samar under its control. People of Samar, wake up! Use the
might of your vote to remove violent and inept politicians.
Congressional elections in
the First District. The alarming clash of perceived warlords in the
first district is about to unfold. Congressman Uy, known to have a host
of mercenaries willing and able to eliminate and exterminate opponents,
is letting his rival Mayor Grey of San Jorge, also known to have
authored the killings of some people in his own turf, feel unwelcome in
the congressional race. Ubusan ng lahi is the name of the game in Samar.
Will Samar be the next Abra?
Address: Primira kalye, barangay 1, Salug district,
Date: March 30, 2007
Pangumusta guikan hit iyo
igkasi Catbaloganon! Kumusta na it aton kahimtang? It aton lugar ngan it
aton pang-hinabuhi? Nag maupay na ba? An aton mga kalsada, na repair na
ba adto? Ini it mga pakiana na huna-hunaon naton. Yana kay harani na
liwat it eleksyon, it mga matam-is na saad maupay na liwat pamation ha
aton mga talinga, saad hit mga kandidato o it incumbent na mga opisyales!
Sanlit antis mag surat hit balota, huna-hunaon niyo ini na mga paki-ana.
Utro kumusta ha iyo na tanan
na mga Catbaloganon, ngan salamat na damo kan MR. GASPAY, hini na
higayon. "MALOOY AN DIYOS HA ATON TANAN!!!"
Address: Bgy Mercedes, Catbalogan City
Date: 30 March 2007
Hi Emelda nabasa ko an surat
mo dinhi hini nga samarnews.com. Nagpapasalamat ako nga nabasa mo akon
ngaran. Tagal ko ng hinihingi nr mo kay Virgie kaso lang busy man siya
palagi tapos ako din. Pero ngayon dahil my email add ka na ibinigay sa
akin sana palagi na tayong mag usap. Nong umuwi ka nakita kita, tapos
tinawag pa pero di mo man ako pinansin, akala ko nakalimutan mo na ako.
Naalala mo yong nasa choir pa
tayo, diyos ko day ang saya natin noon, si ano, hehehehehehhe, sana
naalala mo siya, hahahahahah. Sulatan mo ako ha. Puede mo rin akong
sulatan sa email add na to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Miss u. regards sa
family mo. hope to see u soon.
Date: March 28, 2007
Kumusta na an akon mga igkasi
Samar... kumusta na an Samar… karuyag ko la an akon mga relatives
friends my Lira family… ma regards.... ok sige…kuya Ray… salamat… maopay
ini nga imo website… thank u god bless.
Address: 298 Del Rosario St, Catbalogan 6700, Samar
Date: march 27, 2007
The Brotherhood of Christian
Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) Catbalogan Chapter, is a Catholic
lay group that will be re -launching its "Honesty" advocacy on May 5,
"Be Honest, Even if others are
not, Even if others will not, Even if others cannot"
"He who walks honestly walks
securely" Proverbs 10:9
Message to all Catbaloganon,
Greetings of Peace in the Lord!
It is a reality that the
virtue of honesty that our forefathers had earned, fight for and highly
valued is continually eroding into its oblivion and extinction. We are
all partly responsible for this continuing process of moral degradation
- by remaining insensitive, unconcern, stoic, by searching it in others
and by repeatedly doing it and until it became our way of life where -
"Honesty is now an exception rather than a rule"
Where we are and what we are
now is not an accident, it is a confluence of our "individual chain of
choices." Unknowingly these choices had metamorphosed into a fearsome
monster inside ourselves that we avoid and hate to confront until it
drove us into sense of hopelessness.
Election time is on the air,
our national and local leaders are reflections of what kind of people we
are - they are the "Bold Statement" of our choices. Our Election
Advocacy is: "Our Choice, Our Responsibility"
In the midst of this prolong
and agonizing moral confusion and decay; we are urgently seeking for
that seemingly elusive solution. On the contrary, it is very close to us
and within ourselves - hence, "Let us find that Honest man in each of
It may take a lifetime to find
an honest man, but by looking and searching it inside us, it merely
takes a decision to find one. Let us be the change we want to see in
If I will find that honest man
in me, and through me you will find it in you, and others will find it
through you, and together we can carry on and push on this cycle of
transformation. Let us not be a reservoir, be a river, pass it on and
add value to someone dear to us - our family, our community, our country
and our GOD.
Let us not delay it for a
moment more, for everyday our innocent children are looking at us. Let
not us wait for the time that they and their children will become like
us. Life is an echo, what we give is what we receive.
In relation to this advocacy
campaign and with the strong support of the church, the BCBP community
is inviting all organizations, Institutions, household members and other
sectoral groupings to join us in our "Synchronized Nationwide Be Honest
Campaign Motorcade for Free and Honest Elections on May 5, 2007.
Abundant thanks and hoping for
your positive action on this calling. Let us be united on this once in a
lifetime - opportunity to heed the call for inner healing and personal
See you there holding hands
tightly on this less traveled road for this walk of faith and in unison
- "let us fight the good fight of faith." God Bless...
Name: Jaime Q.
Address: P.O. Box 3488, Riyadh 11471, Saudi Arabia
Han mga Pinabacdaoanon maupay
nga adlaw ha iyo nga tanan, labi na an mga taga Brgy. Dolores. To our
beloved Mayor, Dr. Mario L. Quijano, mabuhay ka.
An akon higugma-on nga
kag-anak, mga kabugto-an, mga kasangkayan unta ada kamo maupay nga
panlawas and see you soon.
Name: St. W
Someone from Villareal has
used someone's identity to express his sentiments relating to spurious
highway repairs contingent on shadowy private party's funding and futile
elected official's effort to secure funds from the national budget.
Since neither party has
yielded positive results to restore a workable highway in Samar, this
pretender to someone's identity wonders why and wanders aimlessly as he
attempts to solve the riddle of private and gov’t fundings on projects
of greater importance.
The common practice's for
leaders to make cosmetic or superficial improvents on roads and bridges
around election time. This modus operandi's effective in getting
Address: Henderson, Nevada 89002, USA
Hi everybody? this message s 4
Sonia Lumiares nabasa ko an imo msg. 4 ur friend nagbabakasakali la ako
bangin ikaw ine nga akon sangkay liwat. Nag email ako ha imo twice pero
nabalik manla ha akon pls. pag nabasa mo ine can u reply me at this
email@example.com and thank u 2 Mr.Ray Gaspay kay tungod
hine nga site damo iton imo nabubuligan. Regards 2 all nala labi na deda
ha mga taga Mercedes (Burak)
Address: Kaingin 1 Blk.2B, Pansol, Quezon City 1108
Date: March 26, 2007
To the Graduating College
Students from MALINAO TAFT EASTERN SAMAR, guys HAPPY GRADUATION and
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so much happy you were able to make it until
this unforgetable celebration of your life. You may not be the cum
laude, the most outstanding or whatever...who cares??? But as long as
you made it all throughout the years of suff'rin' then YOU are already
the cum laude's of every MALINAONON'S HEART. YOU are our new PRIDE!!!
Once again CONGRATULATIONS to all of you namely: MARCIAN LEO LADISLA (my
cousin dear) LUCYDEL ADAO, EMERSON ADAO, RONALD COSO, DOMINIC CEBREROS,
VINCENT CEBREROS and for those whom I forgot to mention. I'm proud of
Address: Cavite, Philippines
Date: March 26'07
I received a text message from
a friend regarding the ambushed committed by alleged rebels on March 23
evening within the vicinity of Calbayog and before that, I also read a
news from samarnews.com the same incident happen in Sta. Margarita Samar
a part of the same place that ceased the life of a PNP member and
injured one innocent civilian.
My questions! is it usual in
our place? or it is the essence of the incoming election? would the
election this coming May 14 will be peaceful? when does this violent
clash ended that also threaten the life of our populace? could our
expatriates will be safe in times they comeback with thier matam-is nga
Address: Santa Rita, Western, Samar
Hi mga kasangkayan ha Samar ug
Leyte, Como esta na ha iyo ngatanan, harani na naman it election. Upaya
nala niyo it iyo pagdisisyon kon hin-o it maaram malooy hit aton tinuod
nga kahimtang hit aton bungto. Amo it iyo ibuto. Maaram mahadlok ha
diyos dire sugarol, babaero, paraghubog.
Joseph P. Ogania
Address: Riyadh, Central, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Date: March 25, 2007
Maupay nga adlaw ha iyo
ngatanan, labi na ngadto han taghimo hine nga site....dako nga bulig ine
ha aton ngatanan par magkaurusa og magkaada hin mga pagbarubaralyo hin
mag-upay nga mga pulong og ideya para ha aton lugar nga natawhan…Thank
you very much to Mr. Ray Gaspay....Mabuhay ka...
Maupay liwat unta kon mababasa
ine nga akon message han akon mga kilala og mga relatives ha diin man
hira nga surok han kalibutan…ngadto han akon mga classmates og kakilala
ha Leyte Institute of Technology, batch 1992 ...email ako niyo kun
mabasa niyo ine…
Address: Brgy. Bougainvilla, Zone II, Sta. Rita 6718, Samar
Maupay nga adlaw ha aton
Maupay gud nga mayda na
website it mga taga-Samar, agud makahiruhimangraw kita han mga
nanhihinabo han aton mga bungto labis na gud han aton higugmaon nga
probinsya ha kabug-osan. I would like to congratulate the person/people
behind this initiative, I salute you sir/mam.
By the way, ako in taga Sta.
Rita Samar. kAMI NGA MGA STA. RITANHON hin kamakallulu-oy, ha kamaiha-an
na mga panahon pero it am bungto waray la gihap progreso...Kun mayda man
makabisita ngan makabasa hin nga ak msg nga taga Sta. Rita, maupay unta
kun magkaburublig kita para hit pag ursa hit Sta. Rita. Kay baman it at
mga leaders puros manla mga saad nga waray sulod. I am willing to
help/participate in any effort in improving the lives of our fellow
Samarnons. To anybody, you can reach me at 0906-8156891. Mamingaw na hit
ak mga igkasi waray.
Address: Brgy. Balud, Basey
Yuhooo…marasa pamation nga my
ada naton komonikasyon han mga taga Samar… Sana damo pa nga mga taga
Basey an mag log nga mag post para marisyo…Mr.Ray Gaspay…saludo ako
haimo…musta mga taga Brgy Balud…
Address: Mercedes, Catbalogan
Good day to my friend Alona,
happy ako dahil nabasa ko yong sagot mo sa sulat ko. Kailan ka kaya mag
babakasyon, marami na tayong na miss na mga kalokohan noong highschool
Regards mo ako dayn sa mga
anak mo, pati sa asawa mo. Hope to see u soon my friend.
Address: Mayumi St., Diliman, Quezon City, MetroManila
Date: March 22, 2007
The plight of the Lofrancos of
Catbalogan, Samar is an example of a systematic campaign to discredit
particular legitimate businessmen, mislead investigation, and sway
public perceptions on the issue. The blatant barrage of unfounded
accusations hurled against the espouses Leo and Grace, and the
personages behind these discredits only point to a conspiracy to
ultimately eliminate the Lofrancos from engaging in legitimate business.
Historically, it is not
uncommon for people of the Catholic church to enter into an unholy
alliance with businessmen and left leaning groups to serve common
interests. In a highly politicized Catholic hierarchy such as in the
Diocese of Calbayog, particularly in the Parish of St. Bartholomew, this
alliance is deeply entrenched and has been displayed in several mass
actions and propaganda. We note the active involvement of the Catholic
church in left-leaning group-led issues such as alleged political
killings, environmental degradation, graft and corruption in the
government, but never on issues of spiritual or moral significance such
as prostitution, drug addiction, dwindling participation of the youth in
church activities, and issues involving immoral, homosexual and
fornicating priests in the Diocese of Calbayog.
Such bigotry is best
exemplified in the present campaign to edge-out the Lofrancos and permit
their business competitors take total control of the vast market. The
Lofrancos are not Catholics yet they are highly sucessful in the general
merchandising business in the predominantly Catholic community of
Catbalogan. Likewise, it is easy to understand why they are easy prey to
an unscrupolous group of Catholic businessmen who clothe themselves with
the blessing of the Catholic hierarchy. We note with interest that the
accusations are being instigated mostly in websites that are connected
with this group, by persons who are patronized by this group, and
proliferated through media access controlled by this group.
Surf the sites and discover
who publish reports about the case and who their sponsors are. There are
loopholes in their stories as many as the word "alleged" that appear in
them. The case of underaged Janice is not criminal but a commercial one.
Who bids the highest gets justice - the alleged drug dependent Gualdrape,
the alleged moralists Palma, Cinco and Cajegas, the alleged journalist
Badulid, the alleged legitimate writer Nakar, the alleged conniving
espouse Leo and Grace, or the alleged Catholic businessmen of Catbalogan?
Name: Mr. W. A.
Address: Villareal, Samar
Date: 22 March 2007
I read with interest Chito
Dela Torre's article of May 21, 2005 [read
article] regarding Villahanons feat of
constructing its own road and saving the Philippines of some 65.5 M
according to Mr. Cesar Torres. I wonder what happened to the project and
how much was the group able to solicit for the project.
If it is the obligation of the
Philippine government to construct much needed roads such as the
Villareal-Maharlika's eight kilometer stretch, why has its mayor Mr. Boy
Latorre not sought funds for the purpose? The mayor as the duly elected
representative of the Villahanons should have made representations with
the provincial or national government to effect the construction.
Is the "bayanihan project" not
a lame excuse for the mayor's inability to do his part? And how about
the amount solicited by Mr. Torres and his friends, up to how much were
they able to collect? Where is it now? How is it audited? who is
accountable for it? Surely, they should explain the whereabouts of the
funds lest be retorted with "who is corrupt?" Just asking.