with Ninfa Leonardia
Is it the work of Commies
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
have gone through the sufferings of Holy Thursday and Good Friday, and
have arisen to the Resurrection. I hope everybody has remembered to
pray that the significance of the rising of Our Lord from the
dead will also mean our redemption from the trials we have gone
through. Will we be relieved from the scourge of the coronavirus now?
Will our medical men and scientists now get the inspiration to discover
a cure, or a vaccine that will save future generations from a similar
pendemic, Please, Lord, let it be!
As of the latest reports gathered from, what else, but
television, since no national publications, much less international
ones are reaching us now, your DAILY STAR has struggled to supply you,
our dear and faithful readers, with as much reports as we can
gather under the circumstances. It is so gratifying to know that
readers, our long-time “sukis” continue to bear with us and follow us
online. Yesterday morning, I woke up to a text message from a very dear
friend in San Francisco who did not forget that it was the 38th
anniversary of the DAILY STAR!
That was my childhood friend and neighbor, Norma Bitanga
Regidor, who has always been our constant rooter and supporter. Despite
the years that she had moved to the U.S., had children and
grandchildren there, she never forgets her roots, or the DAILY STAR
that she has supported with her prayers. I hope and pray for this
crisis to end, because it will mean her coming over for her annual
visits. I always feel great relief when I get assurance that she and
her family are safe.
It is worrisome, though, to hear the news that one-half
of all the deaths from the coronavirus disease in New York is more than
those of any other country in the world stricken by this virus. That is
a source of worry and constant prayer for our family because that is
where most of our relatives are based. We have prayed for them and
worried over them, and, so far, nobody has communicated with us as to
their situation. So we just console ourselves with the saying that “No
news is good news”. And let it be, dear Lord!
The other day, I got so bored in my continued quarantine
that I dared to “fly the coop”, in a manner of speaking. I went out,
but stayed in the vehicle all the while and was able to visit some of
my folks, especially those whose homes were close to each other. Even
if I was not able to get down, and there was a tacit agreement that
none of the usual effusive beso-beso would take place, it was
nonetheless comforting and enjoyable. Just imagine, listening to the
wisdom of the young, as when my sister-in-law, Mellie, was bitten by an
ant. The wise advice of her three-year-old grandson was “Mommy Mel,
when you see an ant coming, go away!” Such wisdom in the young!
It more than compensated for being scolded by my niece,
Kara, when I got home and she found out that their “prisoner” had
escaped! Ah, but it was worth it, having seen the latest addition to
the clan, four-month-old Gianna, younger sister of Jacob, children of
Joebert and Jen. And all the nieces as well, who flocked around - but
at a reasonable distance, of course! I tell you, there is nothing like
family for healing and inspiration! I am sorry for those who are so
terrified that they cannot even go out to see their loved ones.
Now I wondered how the Americans, especially their
officials who are up for reelections or planning to run for office are
planning to conduct their campaigns. Can they do it without shaking
hands with their potential voters? I am sure they cannot even make the
kids’ method of “Appear-appear” because that would mean, not only
coming close, but also touching! Will they just wave and cry out “Vote
for me”? For sure there would never be any kissing of babies!
But what is this news we caught on the program, “The
Wayne Dupree Show”, that infers that the coronavirus was concocted and
purposely spread from its source? The report hints that the Communist
Party is said to be hiding its information that makes the scourge
directly attributable to it. It also says that it was a woman scientist
who had discovered the virus, but the Communist Party stopped her from
further researching on it. Is that credible? What does the reader
with Matè Espina
Lives over profit
weeks into the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in our city
and the entire province, some establishments thought it worthwhile to
open their doors to paying consumers, probably to soften the blow
brought about by the COVID-19 crisis on their finances.
Among them was the Central Negros Electric
Cooperative (CENECO) that issued announcements they will be accepting
payments for overdue bills within this week, some 15 days later than
their due dates.
In their announcement, they said they are extending the same “leniency” extended to them by their own power suppliers.
Naturally, knowing how particular CENECO is with overdue bills,
the fear of immediate disconnection during these times is not something
anyone would wish on them, thus a lot of consumers trooped to the power
utility company yesterday morning to pay their bills.
Since CENECO did not have the foresight, or
probably just didn’t care about the dangerous situation we are in, it
was chaos and footages of the scene even showed people milling around
sans masks and there was even a pregnant woman lining up to pay her
bill. Physical distancing was clearly not followed as everyone crowded
into an area to escape the heat of the sun.
Those who were monitoring the events via social
media thankfully called the authorities and among those who speedily
responded was Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran who went there, visibly
irked by what he saw, and threatened to have the people dispersed by
the police if they will not cooperate with the physical distancing
That CENECO did not plan in advance what to do
with their consumers when their doors opened, resulted to that chaos.
They could have rented tents in advance, provided seats with the
required distance from each other, mobilized more security guards or
their employees to maintain order, placed sanitizing essentials where
needed, and called back more tellers to hasten bills payment.
The simpler way was to just cooperate with the
local government and extend their so-called leniency as well. I for one
will refuse to go out just to pay those bills, which in this nightmare
we have been in the past two weeks is not in my list of necessities.
Ah, but does CENECO care at all?
It is not just CENECO who is suffering from this
prolonged ECQ. All establishments are and the thought of picking up our
pieces of life after the ECQ is lifted is horrifying, but heed we must
with the order as lives are more important than profit.
COVID-19 does not spare anyone. We have seen how
the mighty have fallen, more so the images of bodies stockpiled in
overcrowded morgues in Metro Manila.
We are lucky that geographically, we are separated
from the main capital by seas and luckier still that our local
government units were quick to issue the lockdown order.
None is spared from the misery of being cooped
indoors in the past two weeks, some even more. The new extension means
misery will be our company for two more weeks. But, if it will spare us
from countless deaths and cases, we will all come out victorious.
As Vice Mayor El Cid said, the only way we can go
back faster to our normal lives is if we follow protocols. Yes, the
consumers are partly to blame from all that chaos yesterday for taking
the COVID threats on our lives lightly. That just shows how we’ve
failed in our advocacy in making the public understand how serious this
But I blame CENECO more for what happened as the
directives are clear that if you open your establishment, you are
responsible to ensure that protocols are followed. In yesterday’s case,
their two security guards were just there, manning the doors, not
caring what was happening outside.
Concerned citizens had to call the police who
attempted to restore order. At a time when our police could be
elsewhere making sure that residents follow the ECQ to the core, they
had to rescue CENECO from their stupidity.
One netizen called out the power company for their
incompetence. I have worse words for them for undermining the efforts
of our city government to keep our community safe.
I supposed if CENECO is a well-managed
cooperative, they can certainly afford to extend payments for overdue
bills. What’s two more weeks? If granting that CENECO was not able to
ward off their power suppliers from collecting from them, if they
cannot sustain a month-long lockdown, then that speaks of how that
power coop is being managed.
I personally believe that CENECO violated certain
provisions in the ECQ for not putting in place certain precautions and
We are far from being in the clear. Let’s not waste our efforts. Please think ahead for the safety of all.*
Rock and Refuge
with Fr. Roy Cimagala
Let’s count our blessings
unfortunate that some people are not happy with their lives. They feel
they have been short-changed, exerting a lot of effort with little
return as a reward. Some feel that they are unlucky in life since they
seem to have failed to achieve their dreams. Others feel they were not
given the chance to make full use of their talents or what they
consider is their worth.
people seem to be sad, frustrated, disappointed, disgruntled. Some have
lapsed into a state of depression. The cases of mental illness have
grown, and those of suicide are getting common.
understandable that they feel that way. We are human and we always get
affected by anything that goes against our liking, our desires and
dreams. But it’s also human for us to learn to be above all these
possible scenarios in life, since we all know that life is some kind of
drama with factors, circumstances and developments that are beyond our
yet we should not forget that God is always in control of things. If we
could only have a strong and tight relationship with God, we know that
everything serves a purpose and that everything is actually taken care
of already by him. We should not worry. Or rather, we should not
persist in worrying. The happy ending of our life is already guaranteed
as long as we are with God!
we have to do is to simply be sport and game in life. We do all that we
can, we try our best to win, to achieve, to conquer whatever is the
issue, challenge or trial. But we know that in a game or race, we
sometimes lose. We may even lose many times, or still even always.
if we have the correct frame of mind, we know that what is proper for
us is just to move on, while trying to learn from our mistakes. Our
defects, limitations, frustrations, and even our sins and falls are
great teachers of values and virtues that we need to develop. And if we
have Christian faith, we know that these negative elements in our life
can strongly attract God’s attention, mercy and care for us.
But before anything else, we should indeed count our
blessings that we often take for granted. Imagine all these: God has
given us the great gift of life, and together with it are our many
endowments: our intelligence, our will, our memory and imagination, our
More importantly, he has given us the
gifts of faith, hope and charity. And most especially, he has given us
grace and the guarantee of our salvation, as long as we also do our
These blessings should never be lost in our mind. They should trigger
in us the constant urge to be thankful and to correspond to all these
goodness with all our best efforts. When doubts, fears, worry, anxiety
would come our way, we should just get back to these wonderful truths
of our faith to bring us back to our proper state of joy and peace in
we are not happy and at peace, we have to admit that we have a problem
for which we have to find a solution. And the best and ultimate
solution is the faith in God’s goodness, wisdom and mercy. We, of
course, have to look for the human solutions, but we should remember
that there are problems that humanly speaking cannot be solved anymore.
We just have to learn to let go and move on.
Thus, we also have to develop the virtues of patience, fortitude and
optimism. Let’s remember that when we are made to suffer, we should
avoid suffering alone. We have to suffer together with Christ, and that
suffering of ours would acquire tremendous benefits for all of us!*