All schools in DepEd have tile same hectic activities in the last quarter of the school year. They intensively
prepare their pupils for all kinds of tests, compute their grades, and prepare for the graduation and closing exercises..
We did all these in Carigara II District but with enrichment activities attuned to our VISION: HEALTHY PUPILS WITH HEADS THAT
THINK, HANDS THAT WORK, AND HEARTS THAT LOVE. These were done and school heads are mentioned in recognition of their support.
I. Preparing for the Nat'l. and other tests. As the district instructional leader, I constructed high level tests with
built-in parallel items. The teachers charted them with plastic pockets for the parallel items and maximized their use in
the review. Some went the extra mile of taping their edges to make them last longer.
2. The Little Teacher Project. Here, the Grade V pupils tutored those in Grade I to improve their reading ability.
This introduced the Grade V to civic duty, Caring for their young schoolmates.
3. EPP and Achievement Day, This provided a breather to the pupils after taking all the tests. The buntings, music,
and the exciting contests of the boys and girls in cooking, washing and ironing clothes, marcotting, etc., all gave the school
a festive air.
New projects were seen this year: The Central School of Mrs. Camilia C. Capalar, Principal 2, had nice bags from tetrapacks
from juice. Tagak ES of Mrs. Florentina N. Panis, HT -3, had a demo on making earrings with a dangling pair for only P2.00.
The winners in the EPP contests and the VGRs in the Oral Reading Test were given prizes and awards. Field demonstrations of
sayawit T calisthenics, and folk dances (a good suggestion of Mr .Epifanio Baculanta, Principal of Sagkahan ES) were performed
by all classes. These made the day more festive.
4. Moral Recovery Program session. Grade VI pupils with their parents attended it to make them more maka-Diyos, makakalikasan,
makatao, and makabansa. The teachers were the speakers and I joined them with my topic "Bloom where you are planted" with
Tindog, and Asenso (of Cong. Trinidad Go Apostol) as one way to do it. With the parents in attendance, they could later remind
their children of the advice given them in this session.
5. Complete Graduation Program Binibihan ES of Mrs. Editha S. Macalinao, HT-3, had a complete graduation program printed
below the graduate's name were the names of his parents, his ambition, and motto.
6. Unique ribbons These were made by the pupil’s from the skeletal frames of soaked guayabano leaves, pinned
to the guests in Parag-um ES of Mrs. Maria G. Delector, HT-3.
7. The candles and Roses Ceremony. This brainchild of the late Mrs. Caridad R. paz served as the prologue to graduation.
Gr. VI pupils, in caps and gowns, gave Gr. V pupils Lighted candles, as the school leaders next year. Gr. V pupils gave the
Grade VI pupils roses in return to congratulate them for their success. After the bequeathal and acceptance of some school
ideals, they bade each other goodbye, singing farewell songs while shaking hands in circle formation. This ended with the
waltz of partners.
Cogon ES (on a lot donated by Atty. Fernando T. Tonolete and Family) which had its first graduation, added the waltz of the
pupils with their parents, as the finale. Barugohay Norte ES of Mr. Jose Gomba, HT - 3, also did this. There I saw no less
than my former pupil, now Brgy. Captain, Emesto Dipa, dancing with his daughter.
The following heartwarming activities were added to the time-honored parts of the Graduation and Closing exercises,
I. Clear announcement of ambition
Guindapunan ES of Mr. Ramon Hilario, Prin. 2, had no march music when the graduate was called to receive his diploma. So his
ambition was clearly heard by all. Mr. Vic Diaz, Leyte Division Adm,. Officer V the guest speaker, Mrs. .Alicia L Quilaneta,
representing Mayor Anlie Go Apostol, and Mrs. Virgie C. Bardelosa, who was there to give her cash gifts to all the First Honors
of Grs. I to VI appreciated the only boy who opted to be a carpenter in contrast to the high ambitions of the rest.
2. The Graduates Yearbook.
This compiled autographs of all graduates of the school had their biodata, their teachers, favorite things, their "crushes"
and their farewell messages to their alma mater. Giving these to their school, they were leaving behind a part of them, their
young selves which they can revisit someday when they return to their school. Mrs. Ma. Clara B. Gayas, HT.3 of Camansi ES,
had big pictures of her graduates in their yearbook.
3. More awards for honor pupils
With Ysleto, my husband, and Mrs. Willa C. Mandapat, the encoder, I was able to give Certificates of Recognition to honor
graduates, which had their pictures, which complemented their medals. The valedictorian was also given a gift and mango seedling,
encouraging him to rise and shine in school and community.
Mrs. Lucia N. Cortes, HT-2 of Tinaguban ES and the Dist. ALS Coor., also gave mango seedlings to all the first honors of her
school, her lasting and delicious gifts to them,
4. Roses for the Little Teachers
Tigbao ES, headed by Mr. Reynaldo Pamanian (the only PMA T passer of Carigara in 2006) had fresh roses given by the Gr.I pupils
to their Little Teachers from Gr. V.
5, Giving of Liham Pasalamat
The graduates gave their parents on stage their Liham which contained their thanks and love for them, then hugged them and
came down the stage holding hands. Then a graduate read her Liham with her parent seated beside her. In many cases, the graduate
could not control her tears as she recounted the sacrifices her parents endured for her sake. This also made everybody's eye
Hon. Dennis Garay, the SB Member who graced most of our graduation exercises to give his medals, noticed with appreciation
the many deeply touching add-ons. More important, he felt they improved the bonding of parents with their children. And this
is one different accomplishment we are very happy about.
by Bernardita C. Nivera District Supervisor
1. Ay, Carigara bulahan an imo ngaran.
An imo lucasion ideal an kabutangan
Tacloban, Ormoc og Biliran ikaw an entro
aada ha imo an grasya ba ngatanan nga panuyo.
2. An paradahan og an mercado busy I adlaw adlaw
Buy and Sell og maglalaray ikaw guindadayo
epektos nga magkadurudilain waray ma labaw
maarakos nga presyo para pobre og riko nga tawo.
3. An Reclamation Area usa nga Tourist Attraction
mga kapamilya og magsarangkay ito guin tutoyo
Barbecue, Poso, Balot og Mani Ira kinakaon
mahagkot nga Beer og Sweet Music in naoso.
4. An Pantalan dako nga kalibrehan
mga mangirisda og negosyante iito guinduduongan
mga labor, magtirinda og iba pa nga magparakabuhi
grasya ban ngatanan kanan Diyos mga paagui.
5. An paradahan lukop bin mga sarakyan
bisan pumakain ha Sidlangan og Katundan
Organized nga Dispatchers ikaw bubuligan
waray pickpockets og iba pa nga mga kataragman
6. An mga dayo nga bana con waray trabaho
pagtricycle nga buhat madadalagnan mo
Makililimos, mga Lorong, mga ilo og mga Balo
kabuhianan ini nga bulahan nga bungto.
7. May mga Beach Resorts og Karaoke Bars
magliliaw con mapaso og mahusay nga karigusan
pahlalibwayan ban mga kalalakin-an tikang ha iba nga lugar.
Income han Bungto og Rentas Internas nabubuhian
8. Hiluag nga hubas an aton makikit-an,
mga Pangti-on makukuha'an mga bata 0g kalagsan
may mga bangko, bakery og shopping center,
may mga sundang ha Ponong og Jugaban nga mga tinakban
9. An kabukiran og kapatagan dako in kabulig
Irrigasyon, irinomon nga tubig og salog tinutubigan
kahagnaan og mga uma kadam-an nasarig
may ada pa Pastillas, Biti, Torta, Roscas, Ampaw og Suman.
10. Carigara pagkamay-ada mo suwerte
tuig 1500 ikaw na set han Evangelization
ipadayon an grasya og iba mo nga hiagui
pagpadukwag ban bungto atoll obligasyon.
11. Nagin First Capital han Eastern Visayas
mga relics han Binongtoan ni Gara, Tanseng
Guan, og gawas an harigi aada pa makikita
An Cassidy es Prestigious nga Eskwelahan naapas
Holy Cross Academy 0g Parish, Old Mun. Bldg. og Museum aada payana
12. Nahamugso an Carigara 400 og an Gazette nga Budyong,
may notisya ha bug-os nga kalibutan nga may-ada kalgaran-on
Salamat na la han ngatanan nga nagdudumara
kon hino man kamo tagan nala kamo bin damo nga grasya.
- Louie C. De Guzman Head Teacher, Bar. Sur ES Carigara I District
How sweet it is to dwell in the land of your birth.
Surrounded by love from parents and all.
Everywhere you go, you see friends around,
With faces gleaming with joy, but hearts full of doubt.
Where are we now, in this sweet native land?
The land of our lives where heroes abound.
Where is the pea(:e, freedom, and hope
Valued by our great men and generations to come.
Where are we now, come look around.
People are fighting, leaders are disputing.
Chaos, hunger, and sufferings.
Death, vengeance, conflicts, and uprisings.
Reputed leaders, you claimed to be
Powerful and mighty, come and see
You're leading the flock You're risking lives
Be quick to decide, which is wrong and what is right.
Stop now, guide us straight and nice
In the midst are innocent lives
Let peace and unity arise
For vengeance, bloodshed, curses leave no right.
Oh! My native land,
Shine again in this ocean of quest,
Never lose hope, finish this unrest.
Let's claim once more, we are,
"The Pearl of the Orient Seas."
T-3. Tagak Elem. School
Carigara II District
An kinabuhi daw kuno hin estudyante
Danay marisyo. danay liwat makuri.
Kinahanglan magsunog hin kiray kada gab-i,
Sakripisyo ada la pirmi.
Estudyame nga libro an kinaptan.
Amo unta ito amo an aton pamarisan,
Pag-eskuwela amo aton pagpursigiron
Para gihapon hiton aton kabubuwason.
Igkasi ko estudyante ayaw kita paghinubya.
An oras og kuwarta diri na nabuweha.
Salit atubanga hin maupay
Ngaran nga pag-eskuwela.
An iba nga estudyante nagbubuhat bin gindidiri
Bisyo ngadto. burubarkada nganhi.
Waray manla makonsinsiya.
Mga kag-anak nga nagkukuri.
Ay kairo! Nira Nanay, Tatay
Mga anak kon diri magtinuhay
Kanugon han guol kon diri tagan kanunay
Nira lntoy ug lday
Mentras aga pa, kita magtinuhay na,
Inin oportunidad ayaw pagkaragan ta,
Masuwerte kita nga kita nakakaeskuwela pa,
Bangin mapareho ka ha iba nga nakatambay la.
Sanglit kita nga mga estudyante,
Isipa hin maupay, ayaw pagtalikdi.
Aton responsibilidad ma adlaw ma gab-I.
Matuman an ambisyon, basi di magkuri.
ni Joseph M. Petallana
Teacher's Day 2007 was a Very significant occasion for Cassidy Elementary School Mentor Mrs. Norma Bardelosa Parena
for winning in the yearly Search for the Most Popular Mentor of Carigara I. The affair was celebrated at Tadjao Beach Resort
in Tolosa, Leyte. Gracing the affair were the Leyte Division Supervisors headed by Sol Lumarda, Leyte Division School Superintendent.
The candidates represented the different school stations where they are serving and they were also the most senior in their
school stations. Proceeds of the popularity contest were for the projects of the District Office and the school represented
also got a fair for their school projects. This annual affair is a brainchild of the Carigara I District Supervisor/Division
ALS Supervisor Dr. Delia Catilogo, together with the school administrators of Carigara I and the Teachers League.
For Mrs. Norma Parena, Grade V Teacher of Cassidy Elementary School, it was a memorable one and a fulfilling act of being
of service to Carigara I and to Cassidy Elementary School. She was also awarded the Best in Talent, as she showed off her
prowess in the dance floor. Other teachers awarded were Miss Luz Resqui of Canlampay for Miss Congeniality, Friendship, and
Best in Deportment; Mrs. Gertrudes Agumbay was Miss Photogenic and Mrs. Violeta Opleda got an award for the Best in Costume.
(From Cassidy Gazette. December 2007 issue.)
Carigara parishioners gathered in writy at the Holy Cross Parish last March 26 to witness the First Thanksgiving
Mass of a new priest. Rev. Fr. Roan Cipriano Aborque. son ofMr Caesario and Mrs. Milagros Aborque, bonafide Carigaranons.
United in thankfulness were families, benefactors, and sponsors, relatives and friends, supporters and parishioners, rekindling
friendship, unity, and love during the testimonial luncheon following the Eucharistic Celebration. Among those in all-out
support were Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo V. Alejan, Parish Priest; Rev. Fr. lluminado Endriano, Parish Vicar; the OSF Sisters Community,
members of the religious mandated organizations of the parish, and guest priests from Tagaytay City and other parishes.
In a short program hosted by the writer of this article, some of the sharers who inspired Fr. Roan to become a priest gave
their testimonies and exhortations. Next to his parents, there were Sister Ma. Nina Sevilla, OSF, one of his high school mentors,
his cousin and childhood playmate Ms. Salleah Precis. elder sister Joan A. Felecitas, and his immediate superior, Rev. Fr.
Giovalmi Scalese, CRSP, Rector of St. Paul Scholasticate, where he obtained his religious formation.
Home after about ten years, in the search for the answer to his calling, Fr. Roan was installed to be another laborer in the
Lord's vineyard. For this remarkable achievement, Cong. Alberto T. Aguja Memorial School, the school of his childhood formation
and the Holy Cross College of Carigara, for his secondary education, among other institutions for his total formation, are
truly proud to be instruments of his success.
At present, Fr. Roan joins the Congregation of the Clerics Regular of St. Paul, Tagaytay City, ready to do the work God has
chosen for him. The Congregation, founded by St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria in 1530, bas for its apostolate, the Renewal of the
Christian Fervor of the church.
With overwhelming joy, the parents of the new priest and their family acknowledge with deep gratitude, among others, the Holy
Cross Parish Pastoral Council of Carigara, under Parish Priest Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo V. Alejan; the HCCC through Sister M. Anthony
Kuizon, 0SF, the School Directress; Mr. &: Mrs. Primo Narbonita , for offering their house as the foster home of1be guest-
priests; Cong. Trinidad Go Apostol, and all those who gave their heart and hand to make sure that the celebration would be
Above all else, Mr. & Mrs. Aborque thank the Almighty who made everything possible for Fr. Roan to become a priest of God
and II priest forever.
Leonora A. Reamillo HCCC Faculty
The recently concluded HCCC Alumni Homecoming hosted by Class '83 opened its doors to span class barriers, value
achievements. and strengthen brotherhood ties, already established in previous homecomings.
In effect it recognized with major award deserving winners in the different categorical competitions to include Float, Dance,
and Costume geared to this year's theme Retro: People. Events and Fads from year 1960 to 2000.
Cash awards and trophies were given to classes who performed to level best in all categories. This must include HCCC class
of 1977, chaired in the overall by Douglas R. Ricacho, M.D.
Maintaining its record breaking fame as the Most Awarded Class in the annals of HCCC Alumni Homecoming, the class strove to
employ technical assistance and special designers for best effects and appropriate musical background on top of performance.
Backed by this support, its entry SUPERMAN The Movie, brought the class once more to the fore of Cultural Predominance and
the Arts, winning First in Dance Competition. in perfect color harmony and artistry. In another category, it bagged the Most
Colorful and Artistic Float award satisfying the judging criteria with outstanding rating.
Through the years, Class '77 reigns supreme through thick and thin with 8 Grand Slam awards remaining unsurpassed despite
Striving to move on beyond par in the realm of Alumni Homecoming, its new set of officers pledges to hold on to its vision
to etch an ever resounding name it can he proud of.
Class '77 Officers
Over-all Chairman Dr. Douglas R Ricacho
President Mrs. Andrea R. Lagera
Vice-President Ms. Amelita Inalisan
Secretary Mrs. Teresa O. Vivero
CO-Secretary Mrs. Josefma C. Grisola
Treasurer Mrs. A.retas N. Lim
P.R.O. Ms. Thaitz Trinchera, Ms. Ronilda Fama, Ms. Yolanda Oariando
Auditor Engr. Felicito Dagandan
Leonora R. Reamillo HCCC Faculty
In the pursuit of its singular mission to support the less fortunate constituents of the world society, the World's
Apart One Heart Medical Mission Group of North Carolina, USA, reaches out to different countries of die world every year.
Once again this year it invested time, talents, efforts, and resources in die municipality of Carigara as part of die Holy
Cross College of Carigara annual Alumni Homecoming activities.
Through the efforts of Douglas and Rose Hankins (nee Fama), chairpersons of the Medical Mission Team, the members of the Mission
group pooled their strengths together and linked efforts to come up with firm and steadfast medical services to potential
beneficiaries of their reach in the town of Carigara and outside
Anchored on HCCC Alumni Homecoming Ce1ebration, medical services were conducted last March 15, 16, 17, and 24. Its major concern
focused on dental services, cataract operation, circumcision, and Pap smear.
Out of their way special assistance was extended to some others who needed it urgently. With the cooperation of several concerned
professionals, the four-day operation was brought to a successful end, where all concerned, involved themselves along the
line of their expertise.
The following pool of Carigara medical practitioners deserve a laudable recognition for their exemplary services and support;
Dr. Marita T. Gariando, Chief, Carigara District Hospital (COO); Dr. Bella V. Profetana, RHU Carigara; Dr. Maribeth R. Aguilar;
Dr. Evelyn 19. men; Dr. Marian P. Montesclaros; Dr. Dominador L. Tagpis; Dr. Delsergs Abet and wife Jessica Tagpis Abet, Medical
Technologist, Dr. Lean Negado, Dr. Tintin Canamales, Dr. Douglas R.Ricacho, Farah Oledan. Maribel T. Oledan, Dr. Ma. Luisa
O. Ordofta, Dr. Allan Valdez, Tessa Valdez, Dr. Catherine Baltazar, and four dentists: Dr. Catherine Ligutan, Dr. Roy Marpa,
Dr. Raymundo Espos Jr., Dr. Imelda Tonolete, and Dr. Jennyline Tagpis, Orthodontist.
The successful conduct of the medical mission is highly attributed to the Alumni Homecoming host, class '83, for efficiently
coordinating the service flow of the mission operations. Gratitude is extended to Dr. Marita Gariando, CHD chief for managing
the use of tile hospital to the best advantage; Sister M. Anthony Kuizon, OSF, directress of HCCC for granting the school
as the central venue and other concerned groups. On top of these, deep appreciation is duly accredited to the Host Class for
successfully generating the support of the Medical Mission.
Special recognition is accorded to Dr. Douglas R. Ricacho, overall Chairman HCC Alumni Class '77, who, apart from his professional
services, sponsored meals of the mission group for two days.
World's Apart One Heart Medical Mission is privately owned by the Cone Family of North Carolina, pledged to support Carigara
in succeeding years. Now, it continues to commit to trail extra miles as it continues to trust in Gods love and providence
in its entire endeavor. Carigaran-ons are genuinely grateful to the following health partners who gave much of themselves
and their families in various ways.
World's Apart One Heart Medical Mission Group North Carolina. U.S.A.
Brad Cone--son of the Hospital owners, on mission
Douglas and Rose Hankins-chairpersons
Gabriel Santanella, BSN/RN Co-Chairperson Robin Donahue. BSN
Bryan Smith Asst. X-Ray Technician
Mr. Apolonia and Mrs. Carlota Fama-foster family in Carigara
Leonora R. Reamillo HCCC Faculty
Regarding the person of Stephen Greinke and his Malicious Accusations against the Bishop of Naval.
We, the Clergy, Religious, and Faithful of the Diocese of Naval, would like to express our strongest condemnation of the lies
peddled by Stephen Greinke against the Bishop of Naval, the Most Rev. Filomeno G. Bactol, D.D. last January 2. 2008, Stephen
Greinke, in a nationally televised network, accused the bishop of sexually molesting young boys. We are aghast at this accusation
because the Bishop is a person of integrity, whose ministry of 40 years (15 years in the seminary as formator 7 years as Pastor,
and 18 years as Bishop of Naval) has never been enmeshed in any controversy, much less scandal. We are appalled even more
at the brazenness of Greinke as to impute upon the good name of the bishop the very same crime he was accused of doing against
innocent young boys in the very Association he had come to found, purportedly to proclaim the love of God only to find out
it has become a trap for his sexual perversion! Such lies therefore that he has concocted can only come from a heart whose
hatred is as deep as his own twisted understanding of what is good and moral.
Who is Stephen Greinke?
Stephen Greinke, a U.S. citizen, was a Redemptorist Brother from 1978 to 1979 with temporary vows in St. Louis Province of
the Redemptorist Order in the United States of America. He left the Redemptorist Province of St. Louis having let his temporary
vows expire. Later who applied for admission to the OAKWOOO Province of the same Order and took vows once again in 1984. Eventually
he made his perpetual profession on August 30, 1986.
Apparently, his stay with the Congregation was fraught with difficulties for himself and for others. Hence, he requested for
Exclaustration in July 1990. His exclaustration was extended several times. It terminated in the year 2000 when he finally
sought and was granted the Dispensation from the vows and obligations of his profession in the Congregation.
In 1990, Stephen Greinke came to apply for work as a Religious Brother in the Diocese of Naval. In effect, he was given an
invitation to work in the diocese with a motive of discerning whether a Religious Institute of Diocesan Right can be established
in the diocese,:He then organized an Association of Men which he called Missionary Brothers of the Perpetual Help (MBHP) which
was temporarily approved by the Bishop in September 8 of the same year.
However, his real motive soon started to manifest. He was accused of sexual molestations from no less than his Own young recruits
to the association he founded. On account of these accusations, Stephen Greinke was charged before the Bureau of Immigration
and Deportation. (BID). The bureau, considering the gravity of the accusations and upon finding sufficient basis, canceled
his Missionary Visa and included his name in the Bureau's list of Blacklisted Aliens in the year 2000 (he was able to leave
the country earlier without answering the charges against him). In the same order, the Bureau asserted that his non-appearance
at the Bureau was deemed a waiver on his part to face the charges, and that on account of this, he was so "ordered deported
to his country of origin."
His relationship with the people in Sitio Lupa (where his formation house was located) and in the two neighboring barangays
of Calumpang and Caraycaray, all in the Municipality of Naval were always strained and fraught with difficulties. Ill tempered
and ever so vindictive, Stephen Greinke would always threaten to haul people to court whenever he was provoked or whenever
things would not be according to his liking. Indeed, there were a number of times when he succeeded in bringing poor people
to jail and old women as well, on some unfounded charges! Not able to take it any longer, the residents of Barangay Caraycaray
and sitio Lupa wrote resolutions letters declaring Stephen Greinke persona non grata and attached the Same documents to the
petition of the people at the BID to have him deported.
Meantime, the clergy of the diocese saw that the community that Stephen Greinke established had gone morally and spiritually
bankrupt. Not only that, it had also caused much harm, division, and undue pain among the people living nearby. That was when
the clergy of the Diocese made a Resolution requesting the Bishop of Naval to dissolve and suppress the community that was
recognized by the diocese. In response, the Bishop the issued a decree of Dissolution /Suppression in July 2003.
While in the United States, Greinke wrote letters accusing the Bishop and the Clergy of wrong doings, maligning their good
names. One such letter was addressed to the late Holy Father John Paul II. Because of this, a Visitation and Investigation
was made on the Clergy and the Bishop of Naval by the Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, D.D., then Bishop of Calbayog. The then Metropolitan
Archbishop of Palo, Most Rev. Pedro R. Dean Jr., D.D., also conducted his own investigation (the Bishop of Naval being his
suffragan) and refuted point by point the accusation hurled by Greinke against the Bishop and the Clergy of Naval.
Several "demolition" letters have been written by Stephen Greinke, the last being on March 2005. All these letters contained
the same sweeping rehashed allegations that were substantially deceitful and which Church authorities have found to be false
and without basis.
Not content until the Bishop and the clergy fall, Greinke intensified his attack this time using the internet and the media
in his vendetta.
Why the unabashed hatred for the bishop and the clergy? For several reasons. One, Greinke felt aggrieved when the bishop refused
to defend him when he was accused of sexual molestations that eventually led to his leaving the country. Two, the cancellation
of his Missionary Visa by the BID was for him a bitter pill to swallow, and three, he felt offended when his Pious Union was
suppressed and dissolved by the Bishop. This meant he could not solicit funds anymore from benefactors since his mission is
Offhand, we have come to wonder why these accusations against the bishop had suddenly resurfaced after these had been dealt
with appropriately and expeditiously by the Church authorities years ago. We wonder because there are indications that this
move to vilify the Bishop could have been also politically orchestrated by people who cannot stand the teachings of the Church.
The strong adherence of the church for good governance and her vehement opposition to corruption have been the bane of many
whose lives are hinged on compromises and pay-offs, to the detriment of the poor which comprise majority of God's people.
If these indications are so, then Stephen Greinke has just become a dispensable pawn in the bigger picture of dirty politics.
The smear campaign against the Bishop has just demonstrated how wicked can people go just so they could preserve their political
THE MOST REV. FILOMENO G. BACTOL, D.D. HAS BEEN UNJUSTLY MALIGNED. HIS REPUTATION HAS BEEN UNJUSTLY TARNISHED. AND THE WORLD
HAS BECOME THE UNSUSPECTING AUDIENCE OF THIS MALICIOUS CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIM AND THE INSTITUTION HE REPRESENTS.
We desire to make right what bas been undeservedly imputed to the Bishop. We wish to make it known that the Most Rev. Filomeno
G. Bactol, D.D. is innocent of the charges hurled against him. The Bishop enjoys our utmost trust and confidence. On the other
hand, we know Stephen Greinke. We know his person and we know his story. We know because we were victims, one way or another,
of his depraved presence in our community years ago.
In the meantime, we continue to ask the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin for our Bishop, the Clergy and all the
faithful that we may be continually enlightened and guided by the Spirit of Truth and Charity. We also pray for Stephen Greinke
for while he may have caused harm and injury to the Bishop and the Church, he has remained undeniably our brother.
Signed this 8th day of January 2008.
(Editor's Note: This Statement of Truth was followed by 4 pages containing the signatures of Priests, Nuns, and Parishioners)