Archive for May 25, 2009

‘Games of the Generals’: Esperon, Lomibao, Bataoil, Alarcio, Ferrer

mortz2At the grand opening of SM City-Rosales lately, attended by its proprietor and the country’s numero-uno richest man Henry Sy, I saw former four-star general and Secretary Hermogenes Esperon and his probable congressional race rival, Pangasinan’s Vice Gov. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas.

They were engulfed by flashes of cameras from news photographers as the duo was obliged by last term sixth district Congressman Conrad Estrella for a photo-op as they stood side-by-side with him.

“The heir apparent!” I shouted for the three to hear. “No, you put in your caption “The body guard of the two congressmen!” Estrella retorted gamely for the excited and intrigued members of the Fourth Estate to hear.

After the photo shots, I asked the retired general if San Manuel last term Mayor Salvador “Badong” Perez will join the congressional fray.

May 25, 2009 at 8:35 am 1 comment

16 towns’ cityhood loss, San Carlos City’s gain

sccBy Mortz C. Ortigoza

SAN CARLOS CITY – The rejection by the Supreme Court on the conversion to cities of 16 towns in the country was a bust for the applicants, but a boom for this city in terms of more earnings in internal revenue allotment.

Mayor Julier Resuello said that aside from the P262 million this city received from the government last year, it will be receiving an additional P2 million monthly for a total of P286 million in the entire year of 2009.

This significant amount was bolstered by a phenomenal tax collection last year that saw increases by 110 percent for property taxes, 137 percent for business taxes, and 203.9 percent for fees and other related charges, and 161. 5 percent for economic enterprise taxes.

May 25, 2009 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

New building to last 500 years in Calasiao

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – The race to build a new municipal hall here is not just by constructing and occupying it as it is imbued with historical implication for people of this town to be proud of.

According to this town mayor Roy Macanlalay the eye-catching state-of-the-art edifice will stay for the next 500 years.

“We are talking here about history of Calasiao. We are part of history. The old municipal hall stayed for hundreds of years,” he said.

May 25, 2009 at 8:29 am 2 comments

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