Pangasinan 4th District Representative Christopher “Toff” de Venecia sat with media men at the De Venecia’s house at a coastal village in Dagupan City. He discussed the war on dangerous drugs aggressively implemented by Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, his recent privilege speech at the Halls of Congress, and his two proposed bills “Prevention of Drug Use Among High Risk Individuals and For The Rehabilitation of Dangerous Drug Users, Etc.” and “Providing for the Social Reintegration and Monitoring of Rehabilitated Individuals and Appropriating Funds Thereof”.
TOFF. Pangasinan 4th district Rep.Christopher de Venecia in an interview with reporters last August 20 at their residence in Dagupan City.CESAR RAMIREZ
Excerps of the interviews transcribed by Northern Watch’s Mortz C. Ortigoza:
QUESTION: What is your stand and the four district congressmen in Pangasinan on the present predicament of Pangasinan First District Congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste after he was implicated by President Rodrigo Duterte to allegedly coddling drug personalities.
CONGRESSMAN CHRISTOPHER “TOFF” DE VENECIA. Alam ninyo po hinde pa kami nakapag fellowship ni Congressman. I have my own relationship and fellowship with each of them. I also want to establish a relation (with Pangasinan) Governor (Amado “Pogi” Espino III) para magtulungan lahat.
It is very unfortunate na nabanggit nga siya (Representative Celeste) ng president pero siya po ang may intelligence (network) that are not available to us (congressmen).
Ironically, never ko pa siya (Celeste) na meet. Sa lahat ng congressmen na nanalo from Pangasinan noong campaign hindi ko lang na meet si Congressman Celeste.
It’s very unfortunate; I wish he could weather the storm. Of course, the truth will prevail.
BOODLE FIGHT FOR PEACE.“Ito lang ang fight na hindi namin inatrasang lahat, hahahaha!” sagot ni Bok Nani Braganza nang kumustahin siya ni Raffy Tima ng GMA News sa Norway habang nagaganap ang boodle fight.
Magandang laban ang boodle fight kasi, ano? Fight for food. Kanin. Ulam, lahat nasa isang mahabang la mesa.
“Nagfa-fight nakangisi, nakatawa at higit sa lahat busog ka pa di ba? Hahahaha!” dagdag ni Braganza.
Ang paghaharap sa isang boodle fight ng mga komunista, at gobyerno kasama ang third party facilitators mula sa Norway ay makahulugan.
Salo-salo ang lahat, magkasalo ang magkabilang panig. Walang armas na kutsara at tinidor… wala din pinggan. Kamay lang ang gamit.
“Malalim ang symbolism in the sense na ito tradition ng military natin sa Pilipinas. Sa PMA. In the same manner na… pero ang pinakamagandang simbolo nito magkakaharap kayo, kumakain. Walang pinggan, di ba?” sabi ni Braganza.
May mali daw sabi ni bok Nani kasi sobra ang pagkain, dapat mas konti ang pagkain para may agawan sa food. As in may fight for food. Kaya nga boodle fight.
“Kaya lang mali, e. sobrang dami ng pagkain e, hindi nag-aagawan e. di ba? Sobra kasi. By tradition ata, usually, kung sinkuwenta kayo good for thirty lang e. para agawan,” dagdag ni Bok Nani.
Ang pagkain ay mula sa Filipino community sa Norway. Suportado ng mga kapatid nating Filipino sa Norway ang peace process… ang kapayapaan sa Pilipinas.
“Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa Filipino community, mula kagabi hanggang bukas ata. Sila po ay hindi lang tumutulong sa pagkain kungdi nagbibigay ng suporta sa usaping pangkapayapaan dito po sa bayan ng Norway Lungsod ng Oslo,” sabi ni Bok Nani.
Nandoon din ang mga pinalayang NDF consultants at nandoon din sina Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista at Angeles City mayor Ed Pamintuan.
Ang boodle fight ay isang pagkakaisa para sa kapayapaan ayon naman kay Ka Fidel Agcaoili.
Pinasalamatan ni Ka Luis Jalandoni ang mahusay na pagdadala ng peace process ng third party facilitators napinangungunahan ng ambassador Norway sa Pilipinas.
Pinuri din ni Ka Luis Jalandoni ang mga binitiwang salita ni PDuterte para sa just and lasting peace sa Pilipinas.
INDEFINITE PEACE. Nagkasundo na ang mga komunista at ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas na magkaroon ng ceasefire.
Siyempre indefinite. Maraming mangyayari sa one year na usapan.
Magkakagitgitan sa pag-uusap. Ang mahalaga eh habang nag-uusap ay mayroong peace.
As a country, okay na tayo. ‘Wag kayong mag-alala. Meron lang. If I can hack this– just be patient and be understanding, you know violence is not really is sign of [inaudible]” sabi ni PDuterte sa harap ng mga bagong general ng militar.
Peace talaga ang hanap ni PDuterte. Ayaw niya sa giyera. Kahit sinong sundalo…peace ang gusto.
Nasa komunismo ka man, o sa MNLF. O sa MILF lahat gusto peace. Lalo na sa mga nasa militar…peace din ang gusto.
I am a President, my duty is to seek peace, not to wage war, that is not my primary duty, that is not the duty of a president. If you can have peace in this… If I can have a working arrangement with the Left, Communist Party of the Philippines, and itong si Misuari pati si Murad would agree, I think we would have a good chance of your, the future of your children are really brighter than what it is now.
SIX POINT PEACE PROCESS. Anim na bagay ang pagkakaabalahan sa peace process na nagsimula na sa Norway.
“Itong anim na punto ay magandang produkto na ng pag-uusap. At mahusay ang atmosphere very friendly at cordial,” sabi ni Luis Jalandoni.
President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte (right) and former Pangasinan Governor, now 5th District Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. in a rare photo together, taken during the campaign period for the May 9 elections at the Pangasinan’s Capitol. President Duterte named Espino as among
the politicians who has connections with the illegal drug trading inside the New Bilibid
Prison in a “drug link matrix” he released last August 25. (Screengrab from Facebook)
Nabigla at nagulantang ang buong sambayanan lalo na ang mga Pangasinenses noong madaling araw ng Huwebes, Agosto 25 ng isiwalat ni Pangulong Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte sa Davao City ang ” illegal drug trade matrix” sa New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Ang nakakagulat dito ay ang pagkakasangkot ng limang personalidad sa Pangasinan na kinabibilangan nina dating Undersecretary Francisco “Toti” Baraan III ng Department of Justice (DOJ), dating Provincial Administrator Rafael “Raffy” Baraan, Board Member ng ikalawang Distrito Raul Sison, driver ni Senator Leila De Lima na si Ronnie Palisoc Dayan at ang dating gobernador at ngayon ay kinatawan ng ikalimang Distrito Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. Maliban sa kanila, nasa “matrix” din sina Senator De Lima, dating heneral at hepe ng NBP Franklin Jesus Bucayu, isang SPO1 Palisoc ng Police Regional Office ng Rehiyon 1 at Ms. Cardenosa na diumano ay dummy ni Dayan.
Mabigat ang paratang. Ang ugnayan ng bawat isa ay maliwanag sa nasabing “drug matrix.” Nagsimula kay Senator De Lima papunta kay USEC Baraan, dating Provincial Administrator Baraan at kay Rep. Espino. Sinasabi sa “matrix” na “trusted man” ni De Lima si USEC Baraan na itinalaga niyang namuno o tagamasid ng Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), na iniugnay kay Heneral Bucayu. Si USEC Baraan ay kapatid ni dating Provincial Administrator Baraan na pinagkakatiwalan ni Rep. Espino noong siya pa ang gobernador ng Pangasinan. Si Baraan diumano ang nagtatakip sa mga ilegal na gawain ni Espino na kinabibilangan ng ilegal na pagmimina ng “black sand”, quarrying at jueteng.
Sa kabilang banda, ang driver na si Dayan na may tawag ding “Boss De Lima” ay “case fixer” diumano sa DOJ, karelasyon ni De Lima at siya ang tumatanggap ng buwanang payola mula kay Heneral Bucayu. Tiyuhin ni Dayan si Board Member Sison na malapit na kaalyado ni Rep. Espino. Sa ” matrix,” si Sison diumano ang nagsabing si Espino ang pinakamayamang pulitiko sa Northern Luzon. Si Espino naman sa ngayon ay humaharap sa dalawang kaso sa Sandiganbayan sa paglabag ng Section 3(e) ng Republic Act No. 3019 o Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act kaugnay ng “illegal black sand mining” sa Lingayen. May nakabinbin pang “complaint” ng “plunder” sa Office of the Ombudsman tungkol naman sa operasyon ng “jueteng”.
Pangasinan is in the limelight once again. It is, indeed, number one being the talk of the town these days even in the social media worldwide. The pointing of the finger signifying that Pangasinan is “number one” proves true. But this time, it’s President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte who has pointed his finger, not on Pangasinan being number one in accomplishments and development, but pointing to personalities in the province to be at the helm of the New Bilibid Prison’s (NBP) illegal drug trading.
Last August 25 at 3:00 in the morning, President Duterte, during a press conference in Davao City, released a so-called ‘drug link matrix” at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) naming Senator Leila De Lima, her driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan of Galarin, Urbiztondo, retired General Franklin Jesus Bucayu, a certain SPO1 Palisoc and other four known personalities in Pangasinan- former Justice Undersecretary Francisco “Toti” Baraan III, former Provincial Administrator Rafael”Raffy” Baraan, 2nd District Board Member Raul Sison and former Governor, now 5th District Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. as those behind the illegal drug trading.
The release of the “matrix,” which was shelved for weeks due to validation, surprised the whole nation particularly the Pangasinenses. It was a shocking revelation from no other than the President of the country that until now, the news has not subsided. I, too, was dumbfounded after reading the news. I could not believe that two friends of mine (having been associated with them for a long time) -the Baraan brothers – were included in the said matrix. I asked myself. ” Was the matrix prepared just because of the hatred of President Duterte for Senator De Lima? Was it a product of thorough investigation and surveillance?”
My questions were answered by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar who said in a press briefing that the matrix was a product of investigation and monitoring by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP). The links of the above-named personalities, he said, have been established with proper pieces of evidence that will be released in due time.
What were the contents of the ” drug link matrix” and how are the named personalities connected with each other?
At the helm is Senator De Lima with an arrow towards the right linking her to Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, her driver and alleged lover. Dayan is said to be a “case fixer” at the DOJ and referred to as ” Boss De Lima.” He’s alleged to be receiving drug payola from General Bucayu through a certain SPO1 Palisoc. Apparently, that Palisoc is a relative of Dayan whose middle name is Palisoc. A note said that a certain Ms. Cardenosa, an employee of the municipal government of Urbiztondo, is the dummy of Dayan. From Dayan, an arrow downward connects to Board Member Raul Sison, a known close ally of Rep. Espino when he was still the governor of Pangasinan. How Sison was connected to the link is not clear in the matrix.
Pangasinan No.1! Downward from USEC Baraan, an arrow connects him to his brother former Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan, described as being “used by Espino to cover all his illegal activities.” It said “he knew about all illegal activities of Gov. Espino.” Baraan is connected with an arrow to former governor, now Rep. Espino, including that of Sison and General Bucayu, who was also a graduate of the prestigious Philippine Military Academy (PMA).