Dagupan’s ‘Little Tondo’ straightens after two corpses were displayed

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – It took only two cadavers thrown by unknown  assailants near the entrance of the “Little Tondo” of this city  to scare the residents  who immediately pledged their support to the police’s war against illegal drugs.col-miro-3TASK FORCE ID.  Dagupan City’s Chief of Police Niel Miro shows the identification card he designed for the members of the Task Force Anti-Illegal Drugs as they watch 24 hours a day seven days a week Sitio Aling, known as lair of murderers and narcotic peddlers. Upon Miro’s assumption of office in August 1, the residents of the slum nestled in the city proper gave their unconditional cooperation to him in his fight against criminalities.   Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza

Senior Superintendent Neil Miro, city chief of police here, said after a certain Cayabyab, a notorious narcotics dealer, and a lady dope dealer Onging were murdered early of August, Sitio Aling, a part of Barangay Pantal here became a peaceful place.
The sitio is known as lair of narcotics peddlers, snatchers, and killers, like an armpit of this generally peaceful city after previous chiefs of police could not solve the vileness of the place.
After Onging was murdered, residents there trooped by riding five public utility jeeps to the office of Miro that alerted his policemen.
He thought the 70 residents of Sitio Aling would retaliate after their two fellow residents were murdered.
“Sabi nila susuko na po kami (We are going to surrender),” Miro said.
Security precaution in mind, the chief of police asked his men to separate the men and women from the slum at the function room at the third floor of the police station where they were gathered.
 He said he separated them before he started the dialogue because many of the menacing-looking men have tattoos all over their bodies.
Miro cautioned them not to make any false move otherwise there would be consequences.
“Sabi ko pagpapatayin ko kayo baka magnanais kayong patayin ninyo ako dito, mamatay kayo dito,” he said.
He then asked the obviously frightened folks two questions.


October 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Media men for a fee

With roughly 30 local legitimate and fly-by-night newspapers’ tabloid size in my almost three million populated province Pangasinan, we have roughly 250 authentic and pseudo –practitioners that include those who were whisked up by those two kinds of practitioners starting as errand boy and account executives that disseminate advertisement flyers until they discovered the “bankability” of the trade.
This sorry picture of the media in my province epitomizes the larger picture of the Fourth Estate in the country.
One of the ugly facets was their bastardization of the English language that still sees print on newspapers and even on news blogs.
Just like their counterparts in radio, these print media practitioners are not paid, if paid  at all, thus their news were all about the glorification of the “greatness”, holly molly, of a politician who could not even pass the average I.Q. test.
These politicians, pockets fattened by corruption monies, flattered by the story, give them three hundred pesos to two thousand pesos as their headline and photo as they depend on the prominence of the items on the eight-page weekly newspaper.
I thought Filipino paid hacks with their mangled English grammar monopolized these malpractices until I stumbled on NBC News’  Middle East Correspondent Richard Engel who wrote about journalists for sale in Iraq who were encouraged, gee whiz, by authorities who came from the bulwark of democracy and press freedom the U.S. of A
Here’s the excerpts of Engel’s impeccably written book “War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq” that I relished reading and would keep it as my collection.
Sorry for those who wait for my give away books, I’ll just give you my Bob Woodward’s stuffs instead but not this one kasi puro putukan at patayan dito that involved TV and newspaper reporters at pag binabasa ko nag aamoy pulbura ang kuwarto ko, son of a gun!
“A U.S Army officer familiar with the program told me Iraqi reporters were paid $35 (Php 1,715) for every story they managed to print in their newspapers, and $10 (Php 450) more if it ran with a picture,”Engel wrote on pages 238 and 239 on his 392 pages hardbound book.
He cited that Iraqi journalists said U.S commanders took Baghdad Press Club members to events that made the 3rd Infantry Division look good. They reported on soldiers opening schools or giving out toys and medicine.
“Anytime the 3rd ID had a dog-and-phony show, they called in the Baghdad Press Club. A spokesman for the 3rd ID, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Whetstone, told me he didn’t see any “ethical conflicts” the program”.
Engel’s quoted the Army that they did not tell the reporters that they only have to print positive stories.
“In fact, we don’t tell them what to write at all, and we do not look at stories before they go out.”


October 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

Dubai-based oil firm invests in multi-billion dollar project in Sual

LINGAYEN – Kampac Group, a Dubai-based oil and gas company will invest in Pangasinan by putting up an Energy City project in Sual town due to its strategic location along the Lingayen Gulf.
Governor Amado Espino III has confirmed this on Monday during his 100-day report before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here.
Espino disclosed that the Kampac Group has formally presented to the provincial government on September 19 its proposal to build a world class refinery and petrochemical complex with a first class commercial port and ultra-modern city.
Espino said the project, which will greatly provide more economic and employment opportunities in the province, is capable of producing one million barrels of oil a day.
The Kampac Group, which was formed in 1988 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is an international company that is engaged in oil and gas exploration, oil trading, oil infrastructure development, environmental and oil services.
“The company plans to invest a multi-billion dollar capital for the said project,” said Espino adding that once it materialized, the project will be the single biggest foreign investment in the country for a long time.
Espino added that prior to process of the project development, the Kampac Group, through its Chairman Charles Ampofo, sought the permission of the provincial government and the provincial board to use the Eco-Tourism Zone in this town as the contractor’s settlement and workshop sites.


October 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment



LANTERNS.Drug surrenderees in barangay Tebeng in Dagupan City volunteer in making Christmas lanterns to make them productive citizens as they face new chapter of their life in this photo taken last October 13. CESAR RAMIREZ

October 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

4 alleged members of carnapping syndicate dead in a police encounter

The great escape.

October 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

Sinag rates Duterte’s  war on drugs ‘9’

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- In the scale of 1 to 10 with 10 as the highest, Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So) gave a ‘nine’ to President Duterte on his war on drugs during his first 100 days.
So, also chair of Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) gave the rating during the KBP Forum where he was the guest held at the office of Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Pangasinan Office at the Dagupan City’s People’s Astrodome last October 13.
“President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs has provided an atmosphere of confidence among businessmen in the country particularly the members of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce,” So said.
He also said long before Duterte was elected as president, he together with then Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese’s Archbishop Oscar Cruz were already against the proliferation of illegal drugs and have been coordinating with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government agencies.
“There’s nothing to fear on the conduct of Operation Tokhang where businessmen’s establishments are being inspected by PNP if they are not hiding anything. They should just assign their employees to look into the inspection process to deter the planting of evidence,” he said.
So further said  businessmen are in fact happy about the activities against illegal drugs as these will ensure peace and order in the country that could give vibrant operations of businesses.
 He also said  he could not give the highest rating to President Duterte on other programs and projects of the government because he is still using the 2016 appropriations under former  President Aquino.


October 20, 2016 at 9:32 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Agro-industrial status of Pangasinan: Are we dreaming the impossible?

During the 100 days report of Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III that delivered at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Session Hall last October 10, he said he was eyeing the “agro-industrial enterprise status of Pangasinan.”
He said, “With organized effort, the correct package of technologies, financing schemes, post-harvest and manufacturing facilities and proper marketing strategies, our farmers can graduate from being mere tenants and traditional farmers to become agri-business entrepreneurs, and our farmers groups from mere cooperatives to become cooperative enterprises.”
What an ambitious statement! Is it just a political statement to stir the minds of Pangasinenses to believe that under his three-year administration, these are magic words like ” a puff a magic dragon”  that will steer Pangasinan to agro-industrialized state?
Remember that this was the same promise his father- former Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., said when he took the reins of Pangasinan in 2007.
 After nine years at the helm, what have we got? Agro-industrialization has not taken off. The agricultural sector has not been that vibrant. Farmers, including fishermen, are still venturing into the old farming and fishing systems- traditional crops being planted, farm mechanizations not fully accepted, products are still bought by middle men traders, many cooperatives have died naturally, etc.
Let us first look into what an ago-industrialization is.
Agro-industrialization is a “form of modern farming that refers to the industrialized production of livestock, poultry, fish and crops. It is typically large scale and capital intensive. It is also the introduction of high-yielding seeds and modern agricultural techniques.”
With this definition, what is the status of agriculture in Pangasinan?
While we are being touted as a producing province of corn and palay, production is not that high to fully support the needs of the province. Do we have surplus production of palay and corn? If there is, how are these being traded?
How about high value crops? Are these being planted now in the province? What crops are these that command higher prices in the market? How many hectares are planted with these high value crops? Do we have high yielding seeds to start high level productions?
Do we have tested technologies to convert agricultural products into by-products to increase their market values?


October 20, 2016 at 9:32 pm Leave a comment

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