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Woman pusher slapped 2 life sentences by Ormoc Court


ORMOC CITY – A 29-year old woman who was caught in a buy-bust with more than half-a-kilo of ”shabu” or methamphetamine hydrochloride in her possession last December 9, 2022 in Brgy. Linao, this city, was slapped with two life sentences by a regional trial court judge here for her crimes. 

Facing the double life sentence is Reaiza Caacoy Wenceslao alias “Madame or Lyka” who was busted for selling a police-poseur 45.15 grams of shabu worth PHP 350,000, and whose bag, on inspection, yielded another 58 sachets of shabu totaling to 693.6 grams. She was also ordered to pay a fine of PHP 500,000 for each count. 

Police filed two cases of violation of RA No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Anti-Illegal Drugs Act against her. One, for selling and another, for possession. 

The woman pusher, whose testimony reveals that she was called the “hogger” in their group or the one who made the drug drops in their distribution chain, initially pleaded guilty to the charges against her. She retracted it later, claiming she only pleaded guilty because she was threatened by the police, especially one named “Cyrus.” 

Judge Maria Corazon S. Vergara-Naraja, presiding judge of RTC Branch 47, did not allow Wenceslao’s retraction of her guilty plea. The judge noted that the woman pusher was educated having gone to college and finished second year of her education course. 

She, however, noted that in one hearing, it was gleaned that the pusher was not fully cognizant of the difference between selling and possession. 

“Regardless,” the judge said, “the Court is still mandated to resolve whether the accused, based on the prosecution’s evidence, can be convicted of the crimes charged.”

Judge Naraja said that the elements of illegal sale under Section 5, Article 11 of RA No. 9165 were present. The same also for illegal possession under Section 11, Article 11 of RA No. 9165.  The decision was handed down on the accused on June 2, 2023 in open court. (EV Mail May 29-June 4, 2023 issue)

R&D BUZZ AND BYTES: Exercise and Memory


AS WE GROW OLDER, our memories tend to fade, ever slightly at first. Exercise can help reduce memory loss since people who include a little yoga in their day may be more likely to remember where they put their keys. Walking can also be a good option for exercise.

Researchers found that even very light workouts can increase the connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage. In a study of 36 healthy young adults, the researchers discovered that a single 10-minute period of mild exertion can yield considerable cognitive benefits. Using high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging, the team examined the subjects’ brains shortly after exercise sessions and saw better connectivity between the hippocampal dentate gyrus and cortical areas linked to detailed memory processing.

The hippocampus is critical for the creation of new memories. It is one of the first regions of the brain to deteriorate as we get older – and much more severely in Alzheimer’s disease. Improving the function of the hippocampus holds much promise for improving memory in everyday settings.

Past research focused on the way exercise promotes the generation of new brain cells in memory regions. This new study demonstrates a more strengthened communication between memory-focused parts of the brain.

We don’t discount the possibility that new cells are being born, but that’s a process that takes a bit longer to unfold. What the researchers observed is that these 10-minute periods of exercise showed results immediately afterward.

A little bit of physical activity can go a long way. It’s encouraging to see my more mature friends keeping track of their exercise habits – by monitoring the number of steps they’re taking, for example. Even short walking breaks throughout the day may have considerable effects on improving memory and cognition.

Researchers are extending this area of research by testing older adults who are at greater risk of age-related mental impairment and by conducting long-term interventions to see if regular, brief, light exercise done daily for several weeks or months can have a positive impact on the brain’s structure and function in these subjects.

There is tremendous value to understanding the exercise prescription that best works in the elderly so that recommendations can be made for reducing cognitive decline.

I did not go to the gym until I had more free time, that is, not until our youngest son went off to college. But before that, I had been active in gardening and walking – certainly a good combination. And so I hope to avoid the pitfalls of memory loss in my sunset years…. knock on wood. By Manny Palomar, PhD (EV Mail May 29-June 4, 2023 issue)

THE PASSERBY: Humility and greatness


THIS IS THE lesson we can learn from that episode of Mary visiting her cousin, Elizabeth. (cfr. Lk 1,39-56) Imagine our Lady, already knowing that she was going to be the mother of the Son of God, the highest honor and privilege a creature can have, offering her services to her cousin who was also conceiving a son who would turn out to be only the precursor of the one in Mary’s womb!

This is what the intimate and mutual relation between humility and greatness looks like. When one is truly humble, it can only show the greatness of his heart. And when one is great in stature and dignity, he knows he is there to serve more than anything else. True greatness is never shown in pride and vanity. It is proven and verified in humility.

Mary perfectly mirrors the humility and greatness of Christ himself who, as St. Paul said, “being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Phil 2,6-8)

This mutual relation between humility and greatness is expressed when we manage to value others, whoever and however they are, above ourselves and when we look after their interest instead of our own. (cfr. Phil 2,3-4)

This is what we clearly see in the life of Christ. Let’s call to mind that stunning example of his when he shocked his apostles when he started and insisted to wash their feet at the Last Supper.

For us to have this humility and greatness in our life, we need to be always with Christ and Mary. We need to be in constant conversation with Christ and Mary, referring everything to them, asking them for the answers to our questions, clarifications to the many issues we have to grapple with in life, strength for our weaknesses and temptations, contrition and conversion after our falls, etc.

We should do everything to keep this state of humility alive in us all the time. We know very well how easy it is for us to take this virtue for granted. We have to realize more vividly how vulnerable we are to the ways of pride, arrogance, self-centeredness, desire for power and domination, etc. Humility keeps us guarded against these dangers.

And when we happen to receive praises and honors from others because of our good works, let’s keep our feet firmly stuck to the ground, not allowing ourselves to be intoxicated. We should not allow these praises and honors to go to our head and cast some evil spell over us.

Instead, we have to thank God profusely. All praises and honors belong to him. What we should realize also is that those praises and honors given to us are actually a sign that we have to give ourselves more to God and to others. Our sense of duty and responsibility should become sharper. Those praises and honors that we receive are actually some kind of a test to see if we would still remain with God or we would now choose ourselves as our own god. We have to know how to pass that test, and so we need to really grow and deepen our humility. That is how we can be truly great! By Fr. Roy Cimagala (EV Mail May 29-June 4, 2023 issue)

Top 8 nga target kontra drogas dakpan


MATAG-OB, LEYTE – Dakpan ang Top 8 nga tigpayohot og illegal nga drogas sa probinsya sa Leyte pinaagi sa buy-bust operation didto sa Brgy. Naulayan, Matag-ob, Leyte mga alas 9:03 sa buntag niadtong Mayo 30.

Ang high value individual (HVI) mao si Cesar Limpiado y Pelayo alyas “Kikoy,” 31 anyos, minyo, walay permaninting trabaho ug lomolopyo sa dapit kon diin siya nasikop.

Nakuha sa iyang posisyon ang onse (11) ka paketi sa gidudahang shabu, lakip na niini ang usa ka gamay nga putos sa drogas nga maoy gipalit sa poseur buyer nga police. Atul sa pag rekisa sa lawas sa suspek narekober usab kaniya ang marked money nga usa ka libo ka pesos (PHP 1,000), ingon man ang paltik nga armas nga calibre 45.

Sigun sa report nikabat ang mga gidudahang illegal nga drogas ug lima ka gramo (5), og nibalor sa traynta mil pesos (PHP 34,000). Gihikay na ang kasong kriminal batok sa suspek partikular ang paglapas sa kasong Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2022 o ang sa Section 5 ug Section 11, Article II sa RA 9165, ug ang Republic Act 10591 nga pag baton sa armas nga walay igong dokumento. Kasamtangan nga naa sa kustodiya sa Matag-ob Municipal Police Station si Limpiado. Nanguna sa operasyon ang Matag-ob MPS nga gipangulohan ni Police Major Arturo Salvacion, Jr., kauban ang team gikan sa LPPO-PDEU, ug PDEA-8. Ni Josie Sersena (EV Mail May 29-June 4, 2023 issue)

Inspiring teacher with visual impairment shines in board exam results


THE ANNOUNCEMENT of the recent results of the Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (BLEPT) highlighted many stories of triumph and determination. Among both the lucky and deserving passers, an exceptional individual stood out and she is Ms. Cyril B. Bergado, an alumna and pioneer of the General Academics Strand Class 2018 of the Baybay City Senior High School.

Despite living with visual impairment since she was in Grade 4, Ms. Bergado’s unwavering ambition to become a teacher shines brighter than the darkest obstacles she has faced.

Hailing from Mahaplag, Leyte, Ms. Bergado once again faced yet another hurdle during her review for the BLEPT, that is, the slow internet connection in her municipality.

To overcome this obstacle, she temporarily relocated to Maasin City, where she could access high-speed internet connection. Additionally, she and her cousins held additional review sessions to ensure they fully mastered the concepts.

Ms. Bergado skillfully utilized assistive technology, such as the Talkback Application on her mobile phone and the Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA) on her laptop. These screen readers enabled her to use her devices effectively by converting visual information into speech, providing her with the necessary tools for her college studies and BLEPT review.

During the board examination, Ms. Bergado had a separate examination room from other applicants. She took the examination at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Tacloban Office, accompanied by her very supportive mother. The PRC provided her with a proctor who read the questions and shaded the answer sheet on her behalf. To ensure the integrity of the examination, a recording gadget was set up in the room.

Ms. Bergado received no special treatment in terms of time, as she was allotted the same time limit as other examinees.

Expressing immense gratitude, Ms. Bergado acknowledged the support she received from those around her. She attributes her success to her unwavering faith in God and the continuous guidance and blessings she has received. Ms. Bergado also expressed her heartfelt appreciation to her family, who stood by her side from the moment she lost her eyesight until she passed the BLEPT. She acknowledges the invaluable contributions of her teachers, from elementary school through college, for shaping her into the strong woman she is today.

Financial and spiritual support, meanwhile, came from Mrs. Riza S. Lopez, as well as a group of Filipino called Sinulog Group based in the United States. This group’s mission is to support Filipino students with disabilities, providing much-needed assistance to Ms. Bergado.

When she lost her eyesight, Ms. Bergado was introduced to Resources for the Blind Incorporated (RBI), an organization that taught and trained teachers in Mahaplag to teach the Braille system of reading and writing for the blind. After two years, she transferred to Baybay City SPED Center, where she studied for a year before being enrolled back into regular classes. Additionally, she participated in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) twice, enabling her to accelerate from junior high school to senior high school and became a classmate of her brother.

To further enhance her skills in technology, Ms. Bergado enrolled in a computer training program at Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation Integration and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV) in Manila.

Throughout her college journey, Ms. Bergado received assistance from the Cebu Braille Center, conveniently located at Cebu Normal University. The center provided SPED teachers who transcribed Braille outputs and offered support during major examinations. Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI), a Christian non-governmental organization, played a significant role in providing services, training, materials, and equipment for vision treatment across the Philippines.

Ms. Bergado’s ultimate dream is to inspire students to relentlessly pursue their dreams, regardless of the size or magnitude of their problems. She wishes to be an inspiration not only to individuals with disabilities but also to those who have encountered similar situations in their lives.

Currently seeking employment to support her parents, Ms. Bergado also has her eyes set on pursuing a master’s degree for personal and career growth. By Rolex Gelig (EV Mail May 22-28, 2023 issue)


ORMOC EMBRACES THE BEAUTY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FLORES DE MAYO with an exquisite celebration of Kalachuchi de Mayo on May 26, 2023.

The collaboration of the City Government of Ormoc, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, and the Parish Youth Ministry brought a symphony of devotion and culture to life. The event stood as a magnificent tribute, intertwining the cherished traditions of Flores De Mayo and Santa Cruzan, and paying homage to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Together with the entourage composed of the many Sagalas from the different barangays under the jurisdiction of the said parish, 10 pairs of Kalachuchi De Mayo contestants captivated the audience in their arko, gowns, and barongs. Each masterpiece, meticulously crafted by talented homegrown designers, echoed the city’s rich heritage and artistic prowess.

Gracing also the event was Marisol Suganob as Reyna de los Flores. Alongside her, Charybel Faith Dizon embraced the title of Reyna Elena. John Caesar Cortes took on the noble role of Constantino. And gracing the procession as Reyna Emperatriz was Julie Torres, the mother of City Mayor Lucy Torres Gomez. (Grabbed from the City Government of Ormoc FB Page / EV Mail May 22-28, 2023 issue)

R&D BUZZ AND BYTES: Temp and Rice Yield


AS THE SUMMER months keep getting extended and temperatures rising at an alarming rate, people are not the only ones affected. Based on 50 years of weather and rice-yield data from farms in the Philippines, it would appear that warming temperatures negatively affect rice yields.

Recent varieties of rice, bred for environmental stresses like heat, gave better yields than both traditional rice varieties and modern varieties of rice that were not specifically bred to withstand warmer temperatures. But the study found that warming adversely affected crop yields even for those varieties best suited to the heat. Overall, the advantage of varieties bred to withstand increased heat was too small to be statistically significant.

The study utilizing farm-level data of rice yields and area weather conditions in four-to-five-year increments over the 50-year period allowed the researchers to examine the relationship between rice yield and temperature in actual farm environments.

The rich data set allowed the scientists to see what was actually happening at the farm level, rather than only observing behavior at higher levels of aggregation like in provinces or districts. The study examined three general rice varieties planted during those 50 years – traditional rice varieties; “early modern varieties” planted after the onset of the Green Revolution, which were bred for higher yields; and recent modern varieties bred for particular characteristics, like heat or pest resistance, for example.

As expected, the study showed that in the presence of warming, recent modern varieties had the best yields when compared with the early modern and traditional varieties, and that early modern varieties outperformed traditional varieties. Interestingly, some of the early modern varieties may have also mitigated heat challenges given their smaller “semi-dwarf” plant architecture, even though they were not bred to specifically resist heat.

Taken all together, there are two main implications here. The first is that, at the farm level, there appears to be a “yield gap” between how rice performs in breeding trials and on farms, with farm performance of recent varieties bred to be more tolerant to environmental stresses not being statistically different relative to the older varieties.

The second is that rice breeding efforts may not have reached their full potential such that it may be possible to produce new varieties that will statistically perform better than older varieties in a farm setting.

This study has implications for other rice-breeding countries in Asia because the timing of the release of various rice varieties is somewhat similar to that of the Philippines. Plant-breeding institutions can learn from this type of analysis, too. It provides guidance as to where research funding may be allocated by policymakers to further improve the high temperature tolerance of rice varieties available to farmers. Further studies are needed on other agricultural practices and innovations that affect crop yields, including an examination of cover crops, or plants grown on cropland in the off-season that aim to keep soils healthy, to gauge whether they can mitigate the adverse impacts of a changing climate. By Manny Palomar, PhD (EV Mail May 22-28, 2023 issue)

THE PASSERBY: Spiritual toughness


CHRIST ALREADY warned us about how our life here on earth is going to be. But he also assured us that everything would just be ok. We should just stick with him through thick and thin. “In the world, you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world,” he said. (Jn 16,33)

We should put these words into our mind and heart and make them the principle to follow whenever we find ourselves in some difficult situations. For this, we should just learn how to suffer, since suffering is inevitable in our earthly sojourn. We need to develop a certain kind of spiritual toughness that is based on our faith and vital identification with Christ.

With Christ, we can learn how to be tough when we are made to suffer. Our faith, the ultimate source of truth about ourselves, tells us that suffering is due to sin, to the misuse of our freedom, to our disobedience to the will of God who created us to be his image and likeness, to be children of his, sharing in his very own life.

Yet, in spite of that, God our Father, who is all goodness and the very fount of love, did not and does not cease to care for us. And while allowing us to suffer the consequences of our sin and disobedience, he also showed and continues to show us up to now how to tackle suffering in our earthly life.

Toward this end, God did nothing less than to send his son to us. The son became man and took on all our sinfulness, culminating this mission with his death on the cross. In so doing and in resurrecting, Christ converts our suffering due to sin into a way of our redemption.

Thus, if we have to be truly Christian, we need to be tough, really tough. Christ himself was tough, but with the toughness of love that goes all the way of assuming all the sins of men by offering his life on the cross. To be Christ-like we need to be tough. At the same time, to be tough we need to be with Christ. Otherwise, whatever toughness we may show would not be the real toughness expected of us.

This toughness of Christ was described by St. Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians: “For our sake, God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (5,21)

St. Peter made the same assertion: “Christ bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” (1 Pt 2,24) In other words, Christ was not afraid of sin if only to save the sinner out of his love for all of us who are all sinners. He was and continues to be willing to assume our sins, as if they were his own, if only to save us.

He was not squeamish, prudish or puritanical in his attitude toward our sin. In fact, he was kind of pro-active about it, unafraid to get dirty as long as what really matters about us is accomplished and not compromised. That is why he was fraternizing more with the sinners than with the self-righteous.

As he himself said: “I came not to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance.” (Mk 2,17) And, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (Jn 3,17) By Fr. Roy Cimagala (EV Mail May 22-28, 2023 issue)

Mass Wedding og “chibugan” sa Albuera


ALBUERA, LEYTE – Bulahan nga gisaw-an ning simanaha ang sagradong serimonyas sa kaminyuon (Mass Wedding) diin mismong si Mayor Sixto Dela Victoria ang nag preside alang sa 29 ka parisan.

Susama ka engradi sa pribadong okasyon ang nasaksihan sa mga sponsors og pamilya sa mga gikasal nga gi saulog didto sa ABC Multipurpose Building sa lungsod sa Albuera. Dunay mga dekorasyon sama sa buwak og balloons, cake, bino para sa mga gikasal ug uban pang talan-awon nga mahimo kining halandomon nga adlaw.

Niduyog usab sa programa ang mga SB Members pinangulohan ni Vice Mayor 

Edang Fadul, Albuera Tourism Officer Francis Isabelle Sarsonas-Dayot, ug Hon. Glenn Loreto. Samtang niadtong Mayo 13 gisugdan na ang “chibugan” sa Albuera nga nahimotang didto sa Recreation Area daplin sa dagat luyo sa Albuera Public Market. Hangtod pa kini sa bulan sa Julyo og ma enjoy sa pamilya, mag barkada o bisan ka nag inusara ang lamian nga pag kaon, hilabi na sa adlaw nga Biernes, Sabado ug Domingo. Ni Josie Sersena (EV Mail May 22-28, 2023 issue)

Goma files HR investigating envi complaints against DBSN Farms


ORMOC CITY – Fourth District of Leyte Representative Richard I. Gomez has filed House Resolution 778, urging the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives led by Cong. Elpidio Barzaga, Jr., to investigate the environmental complaints of Palompon and Albuera, Leyte residents, including the alleged abuse of watersheds and forestland in Palompon, against DBSN Farms.

In support to said resolution, a video pertaining to the complaints of said residents was presented to the said committee on Monday, May 15, 2023.

The complaint presented to the said congressional inquiry was due to the severe foul smell and pollution coming from the same poultry farm owned by a local official, and is located in Barangays San Joaquin in Palompon and Antipolo in Albuera, and is, accordingly, managed by DBSN Farms.

In the video presented, the residents of San Joaquin complained to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) pertaining to their allegation that DBSN was piling or burying a lot of waste with a foul smell from the poultry in Albuera.

The video also showed massive number of flies that are present in the said place, which, accordingly, residents have been struggling with for more than 10 years now.

According to the interviewed residents, “Problema sa mga tao, yun po’ng langaw, yung iba kumakain nag-kulambo na, kami yung mga tao ang nahihirapan more than 10 years na.”

Residents also said that they could not sleep due to the severe foul smell. “Di matabang oi, dili man ka makatog kay arang man baho-a,” a resident from Palompon added.

Moreover, residents mentioned that the source of their drinking water has also become a problem since waste from the said poultry was buried in their barangay, saying, “Gikan sa paglubong og baho sa amoa, diha nagsugod ang among tubig dili na magamit.”

Meanwhile, a former employee who worked for two months with the Farm confessed that there are huge drums stored inside the vicinity of said poultry that have attracted large flies, saying, “Naay mga dagko bitaw nga drum, naa didto gitambak ang lain-lain nga basura pero daghan kaayo og langaw, mga lagong nga dagko.”

Residents are also aware that the watershed, which supported their water system in the previous years before the odorous waste was buried in their barangay, now gives water that is yellowish in color.

“Kahibalo lang ko nga watershed na diha, support na sa tubig tanan diha sa amo, unya kay wala naman magamit, ang tubig diha dili naman gyud madala, color yellow na ang tubig didto,” they unanimously said.

On the other hand, the residents of Antipolo also complained to the DENR because their canal was filled with an indescribable stench that made them sick.

Among the complaints of the residents of said barangay is the wastewater from the poultry that flows to the rivers and ocean.

Accordingly, a video has circulated and gone viral wherein alleged blood worms can be seen living on the said river of said barangay due to severe pollution, and that the water is already bubbly and blackish in color.

Residents of both barangays are now appealing for help and urging DBSN Farms to stop throwing or burying waste in their respective barangays for health reasons. By Gwen Maurillo (EV Mail May 15-21, 2023 issue)