THE NEGROS CHRONICLE  

The Negros Chronicle is a weekly publication published in Negros Oriental province, Philippines, vigilantly featuring the latest news updates around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental since 1973.
 
 
   JANUARY 01, 2012 EDITION
  TEN TOP STORIES OF THE YEAR 2011

1. MOST DEVASTATING TYPHOON:
SENDONG was the most devastating typhoon howler on December 17, even as the number of affected families has now risen to 14,000 with 41 dead, 75 injured and 8 missing. Some P15.88 million has been given by DSWD to victims thru the capitol and in many parts of the province. So far Capitol has now extended P19.97 million to assist some 7,570 families even as rehabilitation and re-building of the ruins begin.

2. THE KILLING YEAR 2011:
So many killings of high-profile were perpetuated this year, some say mostly by the same group who claim high political connections. The victims included a former Miss Dumaguete beauty queen; in July second slay-try on Bayawan's first councilor; then in August the sensational killing of the IBP vice president inside his office; the San Jose massacre of one family in the San Jose mountains in July; the daylight murder of Rotary Club president Pororoy Larena; and in November the arrest of two fully armed persons near the Bonawon, Siaton residence of the governor.
 
 


   
HEADLINE  
   
 
Stressing that the province needs to promptly rebuild the infrastructure destroyed by typhoon Sendong, Governor Roel R. Degamo announced his P 1.2 billion plan that would amply prepare the province should a disaster of similar or greater magnitude strike.

Aware that the province could not fund all the projects envisioned to be completed in two years time, Degamo submitted his proposal to the national government so that the recovery and rehabilitation efforts will start in earnest early this year.

Damage to b ridges, spillways, dikes and box culverts amount to more than P14 million in Dumaguete City alone while Valencia town reported P 300 million damage to public infrastructure including the town's much-hyped industrial park, which reportedly saved so many lives as it served as a buffer to the dozens of houses mostly made of light materials that could have been swept by the flood waters and boulders to the swollen Ocoy River.
 
   

 
   


     
   
FRONT PAGE TOP OF THE WEEK
 
 
 
 
 


   
CRITICAL REPORTING  
   
 
by: ELY P. DEJARESCO

Those hard-headed river migrants must now be forever banned from the banks of rivers like Banica and Okoy and in Amlan and Tanjay rivers. Second, we must now GROW, not just plant, trees up in the highest mountains so water will not flow down the lowlands; but how can we stop the poor from cutting those trees for firewood? Everybody has to cook his food and they cut young trees for firewood. Tell us.

While Negros Oriental, together with typhoon Sendong's hardest-hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, will be beneficiary of the l.l7B calamity fund. A strong warning was issued by Pres. Aquino to please use the funds honestly and only for the purpose intended.
 
   
 


       
NEWS
 
 
 
 
   


   
EDITORIAL  
   
 
The year 2012 starts with the historic and unprecedented impeachment trial of the chief justice of the Supreme Court. The Senate has impeached President Estrada but unsuccessfully. The Sandiganbayan finished the job and convicted the past president for life, then, he was quickly pardoned by his successor, then President Arroyo.

It could well be called the historic impeachment trial of the century, because on the witness stand, starting January 16, will be no less than the chief justice of the highest court of the land. First time in the Philippines, and very rarely heard anywhere in the world, wherein the boss of all judges in the country is the one under trial.

While two senators and soon impeachment court judges Drilon and Pangilinan asked Corona to inhibit from the Arroyo cases, they, too, Drilon and Pangilinan, are being asked to inhibit in the impeachment trial because Drilon and Pangilinan, too, have already expressed their biases against Corona, and as lawyers say, they cannot have the cold impartiality of a judge because of their earlier political pronouncements against the chief justice.
 
   
   


       
OPINION
 
 
 
 
   


         
FAITH  
  "When a man's
ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies at peace with him." - Proverbs 16:7

 
   


   
 
   


 

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