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Gov. Amado Espino,Jr. with Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil led other provincial government officials during the procession as they join thousands of Catholics as part of the Christ The King celebration last November 21 in Lingayen by the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese.CESAR RAMIREZ

November 30, 2010 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Police say no jueteng still in Pangasinan


LINGAYEN– Provincial police officials claimed the illegal numbers game jueteng is back after it was stopped middle of September this year.

“Negative,” Sr. Supt. Rosueto Ricaforte, provincial police director, sounding irked, said when asked if jueteng is being played once more.

He said he will never allow the illegal game to rear its ugly head again in Pangasinan and issued a warning that he will conduct raids on jueteng lairs of those who insist on operating.

“Kung mayroong magpilit, we will raid them. There are plenty of people who are getting involved when they should not get involved, ” he said.

“We will allow only legal games in the province, like Small Town Lottery (STL),” he said

The Provincial Board of Pangasinan has recently passed a resolution allowing STL operations in the province, listing the resolution in the “Other Matters.”

Ricaforte admitted that there were attempts by some known operators in the past to resurrect jueteng “but the police immediately thwarted their efforts.”

A text message sent to the Inquirer said several persons have resumed operations of the jueteng allegedly with the go-signal of a mayor, in the province.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz, head of the Krusada ng Bayan Laban sa Sugal, said several persons, including a national government official, are allegedly behind the illegal game in each district.

”Naghati-hati sila. There are old operators, there are new ones,” he said.

Supt. Wilson Lopez, provincial police intelligence officer, said it was true that there were attempts by several people “to operate on their own but we have been continuously apprehending jueteng personnel.”

He sent a report to the Inquirer showing that from September 9-November 20, the police conducted 18 operations against jueteng, arrested 67 bet collectors and confiscated a total amount of P21,145.

The operations are conducted in 12 towns, with the most number of arrests made in Umingan and the boundary of Umingan, Pangasinan and Lupao, Nueva Ecija.

Lopez explained that some collectors of small town lottery (STL) in neighbor provinces Tarlac and Nueva Ecija “encroached in adjoining Pangasinan towns to collect bets for STL.”

“But while they are collecting for STL, their activity is still illegal because STL franchises specify that they can only collect in their provinces. This is why we arrest the collectors,” he said.

He challenged the Inquirer to go around the province to check if there is jueteng in the different towns.

“It will be self-serving for us policemen to say there is no jueteng, so just go around to see for yourself and report to us the areas where the game is being played,” he said.

November 30, 2010 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

For being 18, SK winner in Agno faces petition


By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – For reportedly turning 18 on the election day, a Sangguniang Kabataan winner in Agno during last SK elections faces a petition for quo warranto (right to hold office) after her age was questioned by her opponent for the position.

Records of the Commission on Elections provincial office showed that Jace Fabregas, who won as SK chair of barangay Bangan-Oda, Agno, faces the petition for quo warranto filed by Maria Fe N. Raquel at the municipal trial court of that town.

Provincial Election Supervisor Reddy Balarbar said Fabregas only included only his baptismal certificate, and not his birth certificate, with his certificate of candidacy. He did not say what date was written on the baptismal certificate.

Raquel petitioned the court to disqualify Fabregas, submitting his birth certificate that showed he turned 18 on October 25 or on the election day. This means he was disqualified to hold the SK chairmanship position which is for 15-17 years old, Balarbar said.

The complaint is one of the 25 cases, six of which involved SK chairmanship, 16 barangay chairmanship and three kagawad (council membership), filed with the different municipal courts in the province, the record showed.

The cases are mostly for recounting of ballots , but there are also petitions for correction of manifest error, and annulment of proclamation, revision of ballots, recounting and reappreciation of misappreciated votes.

Some of the involved candidates who won only by one vote over their opponent, such as Cezar Bince in San Pedro West, Rosales, who won over Crisanto Coloma Jr.

Two cases were filed in the towns of Rosales, Bayambang, Urdaneta City, San Manuel, Umingan and Malasiqui; and one each in Agno, Infanta, Burgos, Lingayen, Mangatarem, San Fabian, San Jacinto, Binalonan, Pozorrubio, San Quintin, Tayug and Dagupan City.

Balarbar said the number of election protests have more than doubled during the 2010 polls as compared to the 2007 barangay and SK elections when only ten protests were filed.

The Comelec also encountered more problems now, especially with the non-delivery or late delivery of ballots prior to the elections.

For instance, in Dagupan City, more than 40,000 ballots did not arrive, and until now the Comelec is still tracing where the ballots are, he said.

November 30, 2010 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Bababa ang accomplishment ng NIA


BM DANNY UY, Kumusta naman po ang nakaraang election ng mga officers ng Provincial Board Members?

Binabati ko si BM Henry Bacurnay, Jr. ng La Union bilang National President ng Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines.

Dalawa lang sa ticket niya ang hindi nakalusot.

“We have to organize a strong and dedicated team, not only to win the PBMLP election, but also to deliver the desired services and programs of the league once we get elected,” ang sabi ni Bacurnay noong minsang nagkaroon ng causus sila sa baguio na dinaluhan ng mga taga regions1, 2, 4a at CAR.

Ka Henry, alam kong itataguyod mo at ipaglalaban ang kagalingan ng mga Board Members.

Nakasama ko si Ka Henry sa ilang pakikibaka para sa panlipunang pagbabago.

Si Ka Henry ay member din ng Council of Asian Liberal and Democrats, naging executive director ng National Institute for Policy Studies, naging member ng International Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth (IFLRY), naging trustee din siya ng Amnesty International.

Sa pangkalahatan, nakakuha ng 378 votes si BM Bacurnay habang si BM Angel Baniqued ay nakakuha naman ng 198 votes.

Sa Luzon ang naging resulta ay Bacurnay 200 tapos Baniqued 111.

Sa Visayas ang resulta ay Bacurnay 71 tapos Baniqued 25.

Sa Mindanao ang resulta ay Bacurnay 107 tapos Baniqued 62.

Ang isang malungkot lang na balita doon na naganap na election ay may kumalat na pangyayari na may nagbibigay daw ng P6,000 o kaya naman ay P3,000 para iboto ang isang kandidato para sa isang mataas na posisyon.

Kahit na nagpakawala ng pera, natalo pa rin.

Ang isa pa ay ang hindi pagtuloy ni BM Ranjit Shahani ng Liberal Party na tumakbo bilang Secretary General sa hanay ni BM Bacurnay…sure win sana siya doon.

Bok Doy, bakit kaya siya umatras?

Mas inuna niya ba ang Pangasinan kaysa Liberal Party?

VICE GOVERNOR FERDIE CALIMLIM malaki po ba ang kaibahan ng pagiging mayor at vice governor?

Bilang mayor kayo po ang nagpapatupad ng mga infrastructure projects.

Katulad ng ipinatayo niyong magandang municipal building ng Mapandan na ngayon ay pinakikinabangan ng mga kababayan natin doon.

Sa isyu ng infrastructure may mga nagtatanong…Ano po ba ang PPP ni Pnoy?

Ang acronym na PPP ay public-private partnerships.

Eto po iyong dating naririnig na natin na BOT (build-operate-transfer), BOO (build-own-operate), BLT (build-lease-transfer), at iba pa.

Ito ay paraan ng gobyerno para makapagpatayo ng mga public infrastructure facilities kahit walang budget.

Nagagawa ito dahil ibinibigay ng gobyerno sa private na corporation ang pagpapatayo ng public infrastructure tapos pinagbabayad lahat ng gumagamit nito para mabawi ang ginastos at sa kalaunan ay magkamal ng profit.

Ano ang ibig sabihin ng lahat ng ito?

Wala nang kakayanan ang gobyerno para pondohan ang public infrastructure kaya ipinauubaya ito sa private firms.

Ang problema…kapag private firm ang nagtayo kailangan mabawi nila ang kanilang ginastos at mas kailangan na sila ay kumita.

BM NIÑO ARBOLEDA ano po ba ang mga major major na pagkakaiba ng paglilingkod sa bayan bilang Vice Mayor at bilang Board Member?

Ang isang halimbawa ng PPP ay kung hindi kaya ng gobyerno ang magpatayo ng tulay mula Carmen papuntang Villasis.

Sa pamamagitan ng PPP, papayagan ng gobyerno ang isang private firm na magtayo ng tulay.

Tapos, ang lahat ng dadaan sa tulay na iyan ay sisingilin ng private firm para mabawi nila ang gastos at para sila ay kumita.

SA LAHAT NG MGA KASAMA natin sa Pangasinan media, naniniwala ako na kailangan makakuha ng katarungan ang mga pinatay sa Maguindanao Massacre.

Pero huwag na tayong umasang matatapos ang trial sa madaling panahon.

Maging objective sana tayo at tangapin ang katotohanan na mabagal ang pag-ikot ng gulong ng hustisya sa Pilipinas.

Kahil na ilang martsa ang gawin, kahit na i-live coverage mo pa iyan…hindi bibilis ang proseso.

Makinig sana kayo kay senator Joker Arroyo ang sabihin niyang baka abutin ng 200 bago makumpleto ng trial dahil 161 ang defendants at mahigit 300 ang witnesses na haharap sa korte dahil may mga direct examination, cross examinatio at mga motion pa ang mga ito.

Naglabas si Presidente Pnoy ng Proclamation No. 73 Declaring Tuesday, November 23, 2010 as a National Day of Remembrance for the victims in the Maguindanao Massacre.

Maglalabas din kaya siya ng Proclamation sa kaarawan ng Mendiola Massacre na hanggang ngayon wala pang hustisya ang mga pinatay na magsasaka sa panahon ni Presidente Corazon Aquino?

Hanggang ngayon wala pang hustisya sa Lupao Massacre.

Hanggang ngayon wala pang hustisya sa Hacienda Luisita Massacre.

Bilang mga members ng Pangasinan media, ituloy po natin ang pagsulong sa Freedom of Information Act sa Congress at Senate para makapaghatid tayo ng relevant at factual na balita na makakatulong sa pagtataguyod natin ng makabuluhang community journalism.

ANG GRAND LOTTO 6/55 ay mahigit kalahating bilyon na pero ang pag-asa niya na manalo ay one in 29 million.

Paano mo ba i-compute ang chance na 1 is to 29,000,000 sa Grand Lotto 6/55?

Una, imultiply ang 6 na bolang bubunutin (1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6). At ang resulta niyan ay 720.

Pangalawa ipalagay natin na minsan (1) lang ang chance na mabunot ang isang number (1/55, 1/54, 1/53, 1/52, 1/51 and 1/50.)

Pangatlo multiply natin lahat ng numero na nasa itaas ng fraction (1 x 1 x 1x 1 x 1 x 1) na magreresulta sa 1.

Pang apat, multiply natin lahat ng numero sa ibaba ng fraction (55 x 54 x 53 x 52 x 51 x 50) at ang resulta niyan ay 20,872,566,000.

Panglima, divide natin ang 20,872,566,000 ng 720.

At ang resulta ay 1 is to 28,989,675 ang chance mo na manalo sa lotto.

Ibig sabihin niya ay kung bente pesos ang isang kumbinasyon multiply mo ang 20 pesos sa 28,989,675 ang resulta ay P579,793,500.00 ang kailangan mong pantaya para manalo ka.

O ha! Siguradong mananalo ka sa grand lotto 6/55 kung meron kang pantaya sa halagang P579,793,500.00…meron ka ba niyan sa wallet mo?

Ayon sa draw noong November 24 ang pot ay umabot na sa P633,911,065.20 kaya kung namuhunan ka ng P579,793,500.00 at tumama ka. Ang tunay na tinamaan mo ay P54,117,565.20 lang naman.

Kung inaakala niyo na maganda ang paghawak ng pera ng Pnoy administration dahil sa bumaba daw ang ating budget deficit…mag-isip kayo.

ANG KATOTOHANAN SA PAGBABA NG BUDGET DEFICIT ng gobyerno ay dahil hindi nagre-release ng pondo para sa mga projects na kailangan ng sambayanan.

Maraming projects na feasible at may pondo na ang hindi pa na-implement dahil naka-hold lahat.

Iyan ang dahilan kung bakit kakaunti lang ang gastos ng gobyerno ngayon kumpara last year.

Pero ang nagdudusa ay ang mag mamamayan na dapat makinabang sa mga nasabing naka-hold na projects.

Dito lang sa Pangasinan, particular na sa National irrigation Administration maraming projects ang may pondo pero hindi pa nagagawa dahil naghihintay pa sila ng authority to implement.

Lalabas na mababa ang accomplishment rate ng NIA dahil hindi ito makapag-implement ng projects.

Nagtatanong tuloy ang ilan kung ‘magkano’ ang authority to implement na kailangan magmula pa sa Malacañan?

November 30, 2010 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Mayor Chua want to inspire young women


By Brando Cortez

ASINGAN-“Somebody among the young women out there is someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and be the mayor of Asingan,” Mayor Heidee Chua said. “I will find fulfillment in her!”

If there is anything that lady Mayor Heidee Chua loves about being chief executive of Asingan, its having the power to inspire people, especially young women.

“I feel proud when they come up to me and say, ‘Because of you, I am trying my best to finish my studies no matter how difficult that is,’’’ Chua said.

Chua said that she always works as an instrument of God and help anybody who comes along for assistance.

She said that “If you want something, you envision it and you will achieve it,” Chua said. “I wanted to have a college degree, so I envisioned it and I struggled to finish college. In the end, I got what I wanted.’’

Chua grew up in rural Asingan among the rice fields. She and her siblings are used to a simple life.

She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and has been an advocate of a better life for the people.

“I always pray that my work will inspire and empower the people of Asingan to meet the challenges they face daily and realize their aspirations for a better life,’’ Chua said.

Chua wants to implement programs and projects that will transform the lives of young women.

“It is my personal advocacy to give young women in Asingan the chance to become successful in life,’’ Chua said. “Unfortunately, most of them do not have the means. Through our empowerment program, we hope to help the young women to engage in livelihood activities.”

November 30, 2010 at 10:05 am 1 comment

After Kenya, Manay Gina to meet women leaders of Cambodia


GLOBAL PEACE CONVENTION Fifth District Rep. Gina de Venecia
spoke about women and children issues at the recent Global Peace Confab in Nairobi, Kenya. From left are: Mrs. Donna Schuller, Founding President of Seychelles Sir James Mancham, former Philippine Speaker Joe de Venecia and Pangasinan Rep. Gina de Venecia.


Rep. Gina de Venecia, will represent the Philippines in the coming 6th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from December 1st to the 4th.

In that conference, Manay Gina will expound on the Philippine programs to promote international cooperation. She will also share her experiences in addressing women and children issues.

The assembly will be hosted by the Cambodian People’s Party in collaboration with the FUNCINPEC Party.

The organizing committee stressed that the global forum could be an occasion to “further promote the ICAPP objectives of strengthening democracy and raising the standard of living in our region through expanded cooperation among political parties.”

It is vital to note that former House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr., is the Founding Chairman and Chairman of the ICAPP Standing Committee.

Earlier, Rep. Gina de Venecia addressed the recently held Global Peace Convention in Nairobi , Kenya from November 17 to 20 at the Kenyatta International Convention Center .

The Nairobi Convention brought together “leading voices from around the world, including cutting-edge service and interfaith leaders, social entrepreneurs, and government and business representatives” who converged under the theme “One Family under God.”

The convention, where Mrs. De Venecia spoke as guest speaker, was supported by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki as the Patron and Prime Minister Raila Odinga as Patron of the Global Peace Festival, along with co-chairs His Grace Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Dr. Manu Chandaria (OBE), Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles .

Mrs. De Venecia stressed before the global leaders the “vital role of women in ensuring the integrity of the family as breeding ground of individual’s values and future direction.”

She underscored the Philippine Congress’ continuing legislative efforts to strengthen human rights like the enactment of the Magna Carta of Women, and passed measures on Anti-Violence Against Women and the Anti-Trafficking Persons Act, noting that women are the number one victims of human trafficking. ##

November 28, 2010 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

Alcala to visit Pangasinan on November 29-30


Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will visit Pangasinan for two days on November 29-30.

On the first day, Alcala will be at the ribbon cutting ceremony together with Former Speaker Jose C. De Venecia and Korean officials and deliver his message at the inauguration of the Seafood Processing Complex at the National Integrated Fisheries and Technology Development Center- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (NIFTDC-BFAR) in Dagupan City.

The Seafood Processing Complex is meant to complete the major facilities needed for a sustainable bangus industry in Pangasinan.

It will complement the other facilities such as the bangus hatchery, improved laboratory and training facilities for expanding production in bangus fingerlings and the cage and fish pen culture.

Alcala, together with Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., 4th District Rep. Gina De Venecia, Abono Party-list Rep. Robert Raymund Estrella Jr., will distribute of fish fry and fingerlings for the fisherfolks affected by typhoon Juan.

Alcala will also visit DA-assisted projects like the Rice Processing Center in Sta. Barbara and will proceed to the mango processing center, organic fertilizer production and fruit nursery in Manaoag, and to the goat upgrading and production project in Balungao.

He is also scheduled to visit the San Roque Dam and meet with DA-RFU 1 officials and the regional management committee.

On November 30, he will tour the re-regulating pond of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project, the irrigation component of the San Roque Multipurpose Project.

He will award a tractor and fertilizers together with the Abono party-list in a farmers’ forum that will be held at the Pangasinan State University in Sta. Maria. The forum is designed for farmers to raise their concerns to Sec. Alcala.

Alcala will also visit the Corn Post Harvest Processing and Trading Center in Rosales.

The Corn Post Harvest Processing and Trading Center is for the aims to help corn farmers to reduce cost, increase income, improve the quality of corn and create a ready market for their corn and establish linkages to other markets.

November 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm 1 comment

MANNY AND HIS NANAY G


Former Speaker Joe de Venecia and wife Gina with boxing champ. Rep. Manny Paqcuiao. Photo taken in Arlington, Texas during a mass before the historic boxing match between Pacquiao and (Antonio) Margarito. Nanay G is Manny's term of endearment to his colleague at the House, Pangasinan solon Gina de Venecia.

November 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

The anatomy of vote-buying in the ABC and SK poll



The election of the president of the Association of Barangay Captains next month would be a windfall to the village chiefs who bled in the vote buying-spree they indulged in when they ran for office last October.

Each of them would be a recipient of bribe money that may amount from P50 thousand to P100 thousand from each of the candidates for the presidency of the ABC.

The greedy and enterprising among them could receive double or triple these amounts as they would trick each of the ingratiating bets that they would be voting for them all the way.

Just like the presidency of the Sangguniang Kabataan election in a town or a city, ABC election is high stake because the sitting mayor sees to it that his candidate wins. The winner eventually sits as a regular councilor in the city or town’s council.

The presence of the bet of the mayor at the council would make his legal and illegal agenda easily passed or railroaded.

Control of the Sangguniang Bayan or Panglungsod is lucrative to the vested financial interest of the top executive.

If the mayor spends heaven and earth for his bet to win, the latter spends too in the name of family’s prestige.

Imagine, an unschooled but moneyed next door “idiot” is catapulted to the August Body with an “Honorable” adjective affixed before his name in all official correspondences?

I have a friend whose name is Boy Rehas. When he ran and won the presidency of ABC in 2007, he is addressed until now as The Honorable Boy Rehas.

***

Winning in the ABC is not only giving money to fellow barangay captains.

It is also the time to “kidnap” the village chiefs for days to some three to five star hotels in a Manila and Hong Kong where they are dined, wined, and given pretty prostitutes to satisfy their lust.

Thus wives of these kapitanes should be wary of their hubbies this December. Venereal diseases are contagious!

***

What’s the similarity of Undersecretary Vicente Romano III of the Department of Transportation & Communication and Minister Minoru Yanagida of the Japanese Department of Justice? They have delicadeza by resigning from their post after they committed a gaffe.

Romano plagiarized the design of the logo of Philippine tourism’s come-on “Pilipinas Uganda, er, Kay Ganda (Philippines is beautiful)” from Poland.

Yanagida joked at the expense of the members of the Diet (Parliament) who eventually asked him to resign.

What’s the difference of this duo to Undersecretaries Rico J. Puno and Mai Mislang? Puno could not remember the intermediaries of the Jueteng Lords who asked for his imprimatur to run the illegal game in the country, while Mislang committed a faux pass at Twitter against host country Vietnam when she and President Benigno Aquino III visited it recently.

***

It is high time for our country to have enough cheap power supply. It is high time for our country to go nuclear.

Our notoriously world-class prohibitive price of electricity does not only discourage foreign investors to put shop here, but even punishes you (yes, you drooling reader) and me.

Just take for instance a poultry product.

A chicken raiser has to buy a day old chick for P25 to P38 for him to take care for months before he sells it to the market.

This is expensive compared to other countries where poultry raisers enjoy government subsidy and tax exemption.

This is expensive in the Philippine because an egg is heated through an electric consuming powered incubator.

Consequently, a kilo of dressed chicken in the market today cost P120 while a smuggled one cost P80 only.

***

Representative Gina de Venecia and other solons in Pangasinan are suggested to file an amendment to the Attrition Law (A.L)

A top performing tax collector of the Bureau of Internal Revenue deplores the lopsidedness of the law.

Revenue District Office-6 chief Merlyn DV. Vicente who oversees Eastern Pangasinan said that despite breaking the tax goal given to her, the reward system in the A.L is subject to qualification.

Vicente hurdled tax goal of P695, 670,000 for September 2010 given to her by the national tax office.

It was a feat all over the country where similar offices reel on collection deficit.

A.L is a two-way process. A district or regional office short by 7.5% of his mandated tax goal is either dismissed or demoted in his post.

Those in the regional and district offices who both attain their goal are given financial support like additional office equipments.

She said that if one of the offices only attains the goal then the one who collected the tax target is disqualified to reap the reward system

Vicente lamented that even if an office like RDO-6 attains the goal; its hardworking personnel could not enjoy personally the incentives provided by the law.

She explained that the rewards are in the form of office equipments.

Thus she hopes that the financial reward should go the to the personnel to motivate them.

***

Former Sun-Star General Manager, the down-to-earth Philip Soria told me that the daily provincial tabloid owned by the Garcia’s of Cebu would make a come-back to Pangasinan.

He told me that the colored newspaper just like your favorite, aheem, Northern Watch has seen the bullish atmosphere of the province after SM and Robinson have put shops in Rosales and Calasiao towns. He explained that the stallholders-leases that sell branded products at these giants’ retail stores are the reason for the resurrection.

(Send comments to totomortz@yahoo.com)

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