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BORONGAN CITY EASTERN SAMAR, June 28(PIA) The newly swornin Vice Governor, Engineer Ferdinand A. Picardal vowed today to be sensitive to the plight of the poor and be compassionate of their needs by leading the board members in enacting ordinances, and always bearing in mind the principle that the welfare of the people, is the highest law(Salus Populi Est Suprema Lex). Picardal who was swornin by the Chief Executive Judge Elvi Lim, also promised to enhance laws that protect women and children and said likewise, that his heart aches seeing people suffering due to the negligence of the state. He added to help the countrys booming economy by promoting trade and industry, tourism, peace

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OATH-TAKING. RTC Judge Elvie Lim administers the oath taking ceremony of newly elected Vice-Governor of Eastern Samar Hon. Dindo Picardal, looking on are his wife Daisy Erroba-Picardal, parents of the Vice Governor.

and order, environmental protection and agricultural development, adding that these will be a big concern of the new set of Sangguniang Panlalawigan(SP) members. With the rich fishing grounds of the province, he said, coupled with the fertile soils for agriculture and other natural resources, progress and development is attainable within a certain period of time, provided the province leaders will work together and have the political will to do things which are expected of them by the Eastern Samarenos. Picardal was mostly applauded when he said that he would not be an obstructionist nor would be a collaborator in any manner that would go against public interest and welfare of the people. There were times in the recent past, when the

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Officials of the 8th Infantry Division said that the series of arrests against high-ranking CPP-NPANDF personalities is a clear manifestation that insurgents in this part of the country are losing its mass base supports. Another civilian tipster tipped off the presence of a suspicious character in Barangay 8, Guiuan town in Eastern Samar that resulted to the arrest of Edna Montes in her rented safe house Thursday morning. The Amazon rebel was arrested by combined elements of the 14th Infantry Battalion and policemen by virtue of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 8 of Oras, Eastern Samar. Showing her postal identification card, Montes claimed she was Ester Belicario but a former rebel who allegedly worked with Montes in the underground movement positively identified

Amazon NPA leader falls in Eastern Samar


her as Edna Montes - the person stipulated in the arrest warrant. Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesman of the 8ID, said the captured rebel is currently the head of the Educational Department of the Eastern Samar Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of the Eastern Samar Provincial White Area Committee. She used to be an Executive Committee member of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee of the New Peoples Army, Gutierrez said. Prior to the Montes arrest, the military netted Juan Paolo Rodrigo Verzosa, said to be the intelligence officer of NPASamar and his wife Grace, staff reproduction bureau member of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee of the New Peoples Army in Marikina City last June 28. The couple was transported back to this city on Monday and was brought

Priest urges elected local legislators to be Solomon-like

NEWS:
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to the Samar Police Provincial Office (SPPO) for processing and documentation and for presentation to the court where they are facing their charges. Last May 8, residents of Samars Pinabacdao town tipped off the presence of a suspicious man which later turned out a member of the NPA. A certain Renato Abadiano alias Tiboy of the NPAs Samar Provincial Party Committee, was arrested. Seized from the NPA leader was a caliber .45 pistol, improvised explosive devices, blasting caps, subversive documents, personal belongings and other paraphernalia. The captured NPA fighters were arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest (WOA) for the crimes they committed issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Eastern Visayas. Gutierrez said the successive arrests of top ranking NPA members to page 4

BORONGAN CITY EASTERN SAMAR,Reverend Father Leroy Geli, Head, Team Ministry of the Borongan Archdiocese, advised the newly elected members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here, to approximate King Solomons docile heart. This was part of Fr. Leroys Homily during the Thanksgiving Mass offered by the newly elected SP members shortly before they were sworn to office today at the Gym of the Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School(ESNCHS). The priest told, that the Bible character Solomon, did not know what and how to act like a King, when he was told by the Lord to assume the Kingship after King David. So he prayed in Gideon and offered the Lord 1,000 pets, in his hope that the Lord would be merciful to give him help, Fr. Leroy narrated. King Solomon howto page 2

COMMENTARY:

Sharpening our charity


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NEWS:

Governor Nicart sworn in


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DOLE to hold barangay orientation on Kasambahay Law


The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here is conducting an information drive in the barangays of the province in preparation for a province wide orientation program on the Kasambahay Law (KL). Marlon Arago of the provincial DOLE said the barangay orientation will be an initial step in the enforcement of the law that

institutes polices for the protection and welfare of house helpers. DOLE deems it significant to orient the barangay officials with regard to generating data and developing a data base for monitoring and reporting purposes to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as mandated by the law.

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LEGAL NOTICES
Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Eastern Samar Municipality of Maydolong
Republic of the Philippines Regional Trial Court Eighth (8th) Judicial Region Branch 2 Borongan City, Eastern Samar PAG-IBIG FUND (HDMF) Tacloban Branch, Mortgagee, -versusMANUEL DORADO Mortgagor EJF No. 375-13 EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE UNDER ACT 3135, AS AMENDED BY ACT 4118 x- - - - - - - - -x SHERIFFS NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALE

JULY 2-8, 2013

DTI urges mothers, local canteens to replace junk foods with locally produced food
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has urged mothers and school canteen operators here to replace junk food with locally produced snack items. DTI Provincial Caretaker Eleanor Alido said this is one intervention to address malnutrition prevalence in the province. She said the DTI in the province takes pride on some locally made products which the office has extended assistance to in terms of processing, product costing and pricing and which can replace the over-flavored junk foods sold in groceries and in stores. She mentioned in particular the pastillas de Borongan, cassava and taro chips, biribid, buko pie, calamansi juice and concentrate even the pineapple juice. She said these products are sure to meet the food quality assurance, adding that DTI instills in the minds of the producers to be always mindful of the safety standards in food handling. They are always told to use gloves whenever they would touch the food materials, she pointed out. Alido said there are also locally processed dried fish in Matarinao, Guiuan and San Policarpo towns which are guaranteed clean and safe because of the technical assistance they give to the family-producers. The usual practice in processing of dried fishes is usually exposed to dust, flies and other disease carrying insects, but ours, from these local producers are guaranteed safe, Alido said. Provincial Nutritionist Sally Jabinal said malnutrition is not always caused by inadequate food but is also due to parasites resulting from dirty surroundings and unsanitary handling of foods. (PIA-Eastern Samar/aen) he pointed out. According to Fr. Geli, all of us are like Solomon, we have our own jobs and responsibilities, and each of us have our conscience so, we have to listen to the truth. In this Oath Taking Ceremony, we gave authority to our officials but mind you, the bigger you have responsibilities, the more you need God. Others are resistant to listen to their conscience, which is not pro-God, because if you want to be good leaders, there is no other way but to be with God, who is the source of everything, Fr. Leroy concluded. The Oath Taking Ceremony was led by Vice Governor Ferdinand Picardal, with the SP members of the 1st District: SPM Byron Suyot and SPM Karen Alvarez. For the 2nd District: SPM Gorgonio Cabacaba, SPM Jonas Abuda, SPM Nestonette Cablao, SPM Maricar Sison-Goteesan and SPM Jenny Baldono. They were sworn to office by Executive Judge Elvie Lim.(PIA-Eastern Samar/ aen)

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
RA Form No. 10.1(LCRO)

In compliance with Rule 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ARGENE G. ALURA has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from ARJUN tificate of ARJUN GESITE ALURA who was born on March 28, 1984
(complete date of birth) (complete name of document owner)
(first name to be corrected) (complete name of petitioner)

to

(now first name to be adopted)

ARGENE

in the Birth Cer-

at Pob. Brgy. 5, Maydolong, East(place of birth) (name of father)

ern Samar and whose parents are MARIANO B. ALURA and EMELIE GESITE.
(name of mother)

Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition before this office not later than July 10, 2013. (Sgd.) ENGR. SUSANA D. ABERIA Municipal Civil Registrar ESB: June 25-July 1, 2-8, 2013

Republic of the Philippines Province of Eastern Samar City of Borongan OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC


CCE-0060-2013 Date: May 28, 2013

Priest urges elected......

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ever, did not ask for power, nor for riches, nor fame. Instead, he asked for a docile heart that he might know what to do for the good of his people and be able to distinguish good from evil, Fr. Leroy continued. Because of the prayer, God was very happy with him, that he was not only given a docile heart but those which he did not ask, as well, the priest said, adding that Solomon became famous since then, because of his wisdom and judgment. Fr. Leroy explained further, that a docile heart is not only an organ of the body but the center of mans being. In short, he said, it is mans conscience that is not calloused but that, which is sensitive and listens to the voice of the truth and is able to discern what is good and what is evil. Conscience is always in harmony with God, one which listens to Him,

In compliance with the publication requirements and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013 - 1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that FERNANDO C. BUNA ,JR. has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from FEMALE to MALE in the Birth Certificate of FERNANDO CELAYA BUNA, JR. who was born on 13 June 1989 at Sabang North, Borongan, Eastern Samar and whose parents are FERNANDO L. BUNA and REMEDIOS P. CELAYA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 13 July 2013. (Sgd.) MA. LUISA M. AZUL III City Civil Registrar ESB: June 25July 1, 2-8, 2013

Upon extra-Judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118 filed by HDMF Tacloban City, Eastern Samar to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of February 28, 2013 amounts to FOUR HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY ONE PESOS & 01/100 (Php430,751.01) PESOS including interest and penalty charges but excluding attorneys fee and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned wil sell at public auction on August 30, 2013, at the main entrance of the Hall of Justice, Brgy. Alang-Alang, Borongan City, Eastern Samar to the highest bidder for CASH or managers check and in Philippine currency, the following property with all its improvements to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-1238 TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION LOT 1511-E-3-8-2 Psd-08024378-D A parcel of land situated at Brgy. Balud, Borongan City, East-

ern Samar. Bounded on the NE & E, & S, along line 1-2-3-4 by lot 1511-E3-d, PSD-08-021891-D on the W., along line 4-5 by lot 1510, Cad434-D and on the N along line 5-1 by lot 1511-E-3-B-1 of this subdivision plan. Beginning at a point marked `1 on plan being N 06 deg. 21 W, 1227.29 m. from BLLM No. 1, Cad-434-D Borongan Cadastre. thence S27 deg., 14E, 7.97 m. to point 2; thence S. 05 deg. 47 W. 3.18m. to point 3; thence N 88 deg. 18W., 31.71m to point 4; thence N. 08 deg. 26E., 9.87 m. to point 5; thence S. 89 deg. 00E., 26.96m. to point of beginning. Containing an area of THREE HUNDRED (300) SQUARE METERS, ALL points referred to are indicated on plan and marked on the ground as follows corners 15 are PS Cyl. Concrete monument 15X50 cm. and the rest are old PS Bearing Grid. The subdivision survey was executed by Geodetic Engineer RODELITO G. MOMAR on March 10, 2009. Approved by the OIC, Regional Technical Director, Land Management Service, DENR, Tacloban City on April 17, 2009. Prospective bidders and buyers may investigate for themselves the title and encumbrances herein above described real property of any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time, date and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on said date, it shall be held on September 5, 2013, on the same place and time without further notice. Borongan City, Eastern Samar, June 20, 2013. FOR THE EX-OFFICIO PROVINCIAL SHERIFF

(Sgd.) ALVARO A. CAPITO Sheriff

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Eastern Samar Municipality of Hernani

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
RA Form No. 10.1(LCRO)

In compliance with Rule 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is


(complete name of petitioner)

hereby served to the public that ROSITA CALVADORESNAVIDAD has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from the Birth Certificate of ROSITA CALVADORES-NAVIDAD who was born on 05 JANUARY 1969 at
(place of birth) (complete name of document owner)
(first name to be corrected)

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Eastern Samar Municipality of Can-avid

ROSIE

to

(first name to be adopted)

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NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
RA Form No. 10.1(LCRO)

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BATANG, HERNANI, EASTERN SAMAR and whose parents are PABLITO C. CALVADORES and BEBIANA L. ECAP.
(name of father) (name of mother)

In compliance with Rule 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ELGIE C. LAZARRA has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from ELY of ELGIE C. LAZARRA who was born on JULY 10, 1971 at Can-avid, Eastern Samar and whose parents are ALFONSO P. LAZARRA and MARIQUITA B. CESISTA.
(name of father) (name of mother) (complete date of birth) (place of birth) (complete name of document owner)
(first name to be corrected)

to

(first name to be adopted)

ELGIE

in the Birth Certificate

Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition before this office not later than 10 JULY 2013. (Sgd.) CHARITO ABERIA Municipal Civil Registrar ESB: June 25-July 1, 2-8, 2013

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province legislative and executive branches would not meet their minds and hearts, which somehow rendered delay in some programs and projects of the local government. Picardals pronouncement today, however, brought a new hope and beginnings to the employees of the provincial capitol in particular and the people of the province in general. A licensed Civil Engineer, the new Vice Governor, who was a former Seminarian and who is fondly called Dindo by family and friends, was formerly the Provincial Engineer of the LGU province. He is married to a Medical Technology graduate, the former Eldecita Daisy N. Erroba who gave him two sons. (PIA-Eastern Samar/aen).

(Sgd.) GLORIA G. BAGACAY Municipal Civil Registrar ESB: June 25-July 1, 2-8, 2013

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Sharpening our charity


I DID not come to call the righteous but sinners. (Mt 1,13) Thats quite clear. Christ came to save all men. Thats whats always in his mind. While not neglecting anyone, he however gives some special attention to the sick, the weak, the sinners. Its an attitude that we should also have. We cannot think that we can just get contented with loving a few people, or even a lot, but not all. We have to love everyone if we want to be consistent with our Christian identity. We even have to love our enemies, as Christ himself commanded us. Love has a universal scope. And its given without measure. We can never say enough of it. These are truths that we need to chew on slowly and deliberately, for many are the elements in us and around us that would tend to undermine them. We always have preferences and biases. We have pet peeves. We are always subject to certain conditionings, cultural, social, political, that somehow put limits in our concern for the others. These are natural things that are unavoidable. But it doesnt mean that we just get stuck there. We have to go beyond them, or above them. And we can do that because our spiritual nature and the grace of God allow us to go beyond these conditionings. It would be good to acknowledge as clearly and as strongly as possible these conditionings, but we should also as clearly and as strongly do something so that we can go beyond them. Insofar as Gods grace is concerned, it will never be lacking. What is needed is our generous correspondence to this grace. Thus, we need to consciously sharpen our charity, using all the meansmaterial, human, spiritual, supernaturalto make it reflect and act out Gods very own love. Remember that Christ himself gave us the new commandment, which serves as the summarizing and perfect commandments, to love our neighbour as he loves us. And how does he love us? Aside from creating us and endowing us with the best of thingswe have been created in his image and likeness and, with his grace, adopted children of hishe has

given us his mercy in return to our disobedience and sinfulness, a mercy he acted out by offering his life on the cross. Thats the supreme act of love, for Christ himself said that No man has greater love than he who lays down his for his friends. (Jn 15,13) And that love abides, because that life-offering kind of love is made a sacrament that he himself commanded us to renew till the end of time. How important therefore that we be theological in our attitude toward this duty. We cannot rely simply on our emotions and other external factors and conditionings. Neither can depend solely on our own will. We have to have the force of grace that made available in the doctrine of our faith and in the sacraments. We need to be more serious with our duty to love. We have to make it more specific, more direct, more refined, more enduring. It has to be more and more universal. Yes, we do it in stages, going through the stages of eros, filia and agape, and starting with those close to us and radiating to ever widening circles of people, but we just have to be persevering in it, even if it suffers variation of pace and even if it strays from its proper path from time to time. What can help is to assume a pro-active attitude toward this duty to love. We should not wait for some inspiration, nor for the others to prove that they deserve our love. We have to love them a priori, and all the way, putting more impulses to make that love always active. We need to reinforce it with an endless supply of theological motives.
Imagine how the world would be if we just put our mind and heart toward this duty to love, which actually summarizes all our duties and responsibilities toward everybody. We need to overcome that primitive thinking that being serious with charity would make us soft and mushy and all that. The contrary is true. Love would make us strong as it demands us nothing less than willingness to be patient and tolerant, to suffer, to forgive, to reconcile, to step on our own ego, the logic of our flesh and the false values of the world. Its not afraid of death. Lets always sharpen our charity.

EDITORIAL

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armers across the country had stuck to their primitive methods not so much for their resistance to scientific farming but due to lack of support for the shift. They had been tilling our rice fields that fed the national breadbasket on a per capita consumption of our growing population. Their seeds had evolved through continuous breakthrough in rice research where our country is host to the prestigious International Rice Research Institute that is based in UP Los Baos, Laguna. But the emergence of new rice varieties that are designed for high yield could not fully sprout on rice fields that lack supply of water. The rice varieties are high yield in a shorter period of time but for lack of water in most parts of the country, rice production could not be maximized. Our farmers had lived with the promise of adequate water to their rice fields in order to sustain the target number of cropping per year.

Unfortunately, for lack of adequate water, the new varieties could not be planted as often. Farmers are lured into trying the new varieties that require farm inputs and chemicals for it to attain its maximum yield. But apart from the farm inputs in the form of fertilizers and other synthetic products, the farmers need water to ensure that their palay will grow to the fullest. Our farmers had held to the promise of farm support through irrigation that could make possible the optimum cropping every year. So much volume of rain causes damage to our rice fields and crops as we fail to manage our water resources and mitigate its adverse effects on our agriculture. Excess water during rainy seasons could feed our rice fields but for lack of irrigation system, we continue to suffer in our rice production, causing our country to resort to importation. This, because most of our farmers are still gazing at the clouds waiting for the rain.
the closing Mass. Thats the current world record for the largest papal gathering.. Filipinos will host Pope Francis January 2016. Hell attend the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City..An advance team is here now to finalize details. Filipinos will look beyond church institutional deadwood and identify with Francis concerns for the poor.. The likelihood then is that of a two-John canonization.. That fans an ongoing debate where. laymen and scholars compare the man wholl be honored and the pontiff wholl preside over the ancient rites. From the moment of his introduction to the world as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio resembled Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, or Pope John XXIII, more than any other pontiff ,. John Borelli of Georgetown University wrote. in the international Catholic weekly: The Tablet. Both were 76 when elected. Roncallis electors figured on a short-term caretaker ---- 54 months it turned out. But John XXIII stunned everyone by convening the Second Vatican Council. Only 20 such general councils met in the last two thousand years. Pope Francis turns 77 this December Barely less than 200 days on the chair of St. Peter, he is correcting the churchs immediate past, as did John XXIII. He is setting directions for the future, notably implementing stalled Vatican II reforms... Pope Benedict was 78 when elected, recalls Eugene Cullen Kennedy professor of psychology at Loyola University , Chicago. Benedict XVI spent eight long -- and I mean long -- years as our Holy Father. Francis entered our lives only a season ago. So, why does Francis seem like someone weve known a long time? Of Benedict, we fall back on the Irish saying that we hardly knew ye.

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II could be canonized as saints together, possibly this December 8, La Stampa newspaper of Rome reported. . That day is feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Congregation for Causes of Saints meet Tuesday, said the Vatican Press Office But it didnt comment on an Associated Press report that members formalized their recommendation to canonize Pope John Paul II.. All proceedings, in sainthood causes, are secret until the pope issues the relevant decrees. Filipinos feel a special

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affinity for John Paul II. He first visited here in 1981 and told a poker-faced dictator Ferdinand Marcos to his face: Government cannot claim to serve the common good when human rights are not safeguarded. During the Marcos years, there were 3,257 extrajudicial killings, 35,000 torture victims, and 70,000 imprisoned.,historian Alfred McCoy notes in a Yale University study. That dark legacy hobbles Ferdinand Jrs bid to seek the presidency in 2016.. Pope John Paul presided over World Youth Day, at Rizal Park, in January 1995,. Over four million attended

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In the orientation program, some agencies will share some inputs on concerns relative to the KL. These are the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG Fund, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and DOLE. Arago said barangay officials will also have to conduct a survey on the number of households in their respective areas that employ house helpers and other related data. Arago also confirmed that Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz have lodged certain amendments due to several issues emanating from the law, but these are still undergoing fine-tuning. He cited a certain example in Taft town, where a complaint was filed by a house helper because his employer decreased his monthly wage to conform with the standard pay stipulated by the KL. It is also a violation, Arago said, because as provided by the KL, the employer cannot suddenly alter what has been the usual practice in the payment of the helpers monthly fee, nor could she/he be terminated outrightly, except for a just cause. He said there might be a need to amend certain provisions of the KL after a thorough study. The Kasambahay Law took effect on June 3, 2013 which is believed to protect this particular sector, comprising some 2.5 million. The law entitles them to a defined minimum wage, paid leaves and insurance coverage such as SSS and PhilHealth. The Kasambahay Law serves as the countrys compliance mechanism to the International Labor Organizations (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention (C189). (AEN/EPT)

Governor Nicart sworn in

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John and Francis resemble each other most in their being anything but themselves. By its very nature, that quality cannot be faked. As they did about John XXIII, people sense there is no pretense that keeps them from easy relationship with Francis. Almost overnight,

..from page 3 loved 13th-century saint: St Francis of Assissi. . By 1964, the council fathers adopted inter religious dialogue, especially with Muslims Nine days into his papacy, Francis told the Vatican diplomatic corps: He hoped to intensify dialogue among various religions, specially with Islam That reminded Borelli of .St Francis of Assisi, crossing military lines to dialogue with Sultan Malik al-Kamil. As cardinal in Buenos Aires, Borgolio co-authored Sobre el Cielo y la Tierra (On Heaven and Earth). with Abraham Skorka, a scientist and Jewish rabbi. I think hes going to change everything that he believes needs to be changed, Slorka told the Tablet. In this book with Rabbi Skorka, the then future pope remembers being five or six and accompanying his grandmother. Two Salvation Army ladies passed by and he.asked her if they were nuns. No, she replied, they are Protestants, but they are good. Bergoglio reflected back on the incident as archbishop and praised his grandmothers wisdom of true religion. A theoretical poverty is no use to us,. Francis told a May 8 worldwide assembly of women religious: And this Friday, he stressed in his morning homily:: Reaching out to our wounded brothers in works of mercy is touching the Crucified own woundsThere is no other.way ### Email: juan_mercado77@yahoo.com )

Governor Conrado B. Nicart, Jr. is being congratulated by Judge Juliana White after taking his oath, Monday July 1, 2013.
(PHOTO BY PIA-8, EASTERN SAMAR )

BORONGAN CITYReelected Governor, Conrado Nicart, Jr. was sworn-in last Monday at the provincial gymnasium to officially begin his second term in office as the highest public official of the province. Witnessed by the provincial employees, guests, other municipal and barangay officials, Gov. Nicart took his oath before Judge Juliana Lim of Oras as the 7th elected governor of Eastern Samar. Beforehand, Nicart said his report of accomplishment for his first three years, where he almost hit 100 percent his rice sufficiency target as well as other crop and vegetable production through the Rice Sufficiency Enhancement Program.

Among others, he also mentioned of more than 4,000 college scholars he supported at the Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) in all the campuses: Guiuan, Salcedo and Can-avid. About 112 of them have already graduated he said. Gov. Nicart added that he also has given support to other education programs, water systems and sanitary toilets in elementary schools, covered walks and financial support to the athletes for the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet (EVRAA). PhilHealth membership was also given emphasis he said where about 10,000 families were enrolled, 23 RHUs accredited and 21 of them now have lying-in clinics.

For his next three years in office, Gov. Nicart vowed to achieve more, but, he said he will not be able to do all those alone, adding that he will need the support of all concerned officials, the legislative branch, and those from the private sectors. Gov. Nicart received a resounding applause when he announced that in 2014, the provincial local government unit(LGU) might just be able to fully pay all its previous financial accountability, which is way ahead of scheduled date of full payment. In the afternoon, Gov. icart presided the ceremonial management conference with the heads of the provincial offices. (ALICE NICART)

Francis began to restore credibility of his church just by being himself. He washed the feet of prisoners, including a Muslim woman, at the Holy Thursday liturgy. Thus, he panicked far-right Catholics but spoke of true religion to the world, The act spoke more of Francis understanding of Islam than the learned ( but often misunderstood ) theologically dense addresses of Benedict XVI. That, alas, was not Benedicts strong suit Kenndy adds. He was determined to diminish the influence of a Vatican council that he insisted had been misinterpreted.

In contrast, Francis seems to be defined by the spirit of Vatican II That is why we feel we have known Francis a long time. And despite his catalog of virtues, Benedict fades into the past he loves a little more every day. Roncalli chose the name John, That broke a 175-year pattern of usual names: Pius, Leo, Gregory and Benedict. Bergoglio broke two even larger traditions. He is the first Jesuit to be elected pope. No one before felt brave enough to choose the name of the universally be-

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in Eastern Visayas is a result of the cooperation of peace loving people in the area as well as other stakeholders desire for peace and development. These series of arrest of NPA personalities are expected since common people are now reporting the locations of NPA leaders and their subordinates, Gutierrez added. Meanwhile, Major General Gerardo Layug, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division, hailed his men and the people of Region 8 for a job well

..from page 1 done. Without the information coming from the people of their whereabouts, we could not have possibly arrested them. In March, 2008, the AFP claimed that the New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels had only around 4,900 members, significantly down from 26,000 at its peak in 1980s. NPAs currently fight in 10 of 81 provinces in the country from 69 in 1986. It is said that forty thousand (40,000) people have died in the conflict since 1969. (RICKY BAUTISTA)