Archive for November, 2009
FOR JOURNALISTS BY JOURNALISTS. Pangasinan practitioners gather in front of the City Museum in Dagupan City on the night of November 26 to join the nation and fellow journalists in condemning the massacre of journalists in Maguindanao and other persons and to call for swift justice for the victims. (CeSaRamirez)
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALCALA – The Abono Party List and the Office of Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero conducted a medical-dental mission here last November 22.
The mission was intended to provide medical assistance to the residents here which include dental services, medical consultation, optical services and free medicines.
Mayor Manuel Collado and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan expressed their thanks to Abono and Escudero for having their town as the venue of the activities.
When I was asked by a reporter of GMA-7 TV to speak in the Ilonggo dialect in sympathy to my town mate Genalyn Tiamzon Mangundadato and the dozens of journalists massacred allegedly by the Ampatuans in Maguindanao, nobody understood it. Why? Those wide-eyed kibitzers – who were at my side – were composed of Pangasinense and Ilocano media men.
“What did you say there?” a confused scribe asked me.
Jestingly, I told everybody: “Ah, I said there that I pity the people of Maguindanao, South Cotabato, and General Santos City. Because of this monstrosity in its highest form all the media practitioners there were all-wiped out. Naubos na ang media men nila doon!”
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
STA. BARBARA – The head of the 2nd Sub-Engineering chief of the Department of Public Works & Highways lauded her staffers for their extraordinary effort in helping the victims of the killer flood despite the fact that they needed help themselves.
Engr. Marietta Mendoza said members of her Disaster Response Team conducted rescue operations round-the-clock for several days when some villages in the 3rd congressional district were submerged.
“Sabi ko, kahit hindi sila nagpapalit ng damit puwede namang baliktarin ng tatlong beses, pero natutuwa ako kahit na nga lubog ang mga bahay nila nandito pa rin sila para tumulong,” she said.
FERTILIZERS FOR FARMERS. Agritech Vice President Danilo Oñate (left), Agriculture Undersecretary Salvador Salacup and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura inspect the fertilizers for distribution to typhoon-hit provinces.
DAGUPAN CITY – Abono Party List will still support Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero if he will continue his presidential bid, despite his bolting from the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
This was bared by Abono Chair Rosendo O. So during the “Engkwentro sa Lenox” here last November 4 which was sponsored by the Pangasinan Press Club (PPC).
So is one of the leading members of NPC in Region I.
“Senator Chiz will remain an ally of Abono in our development programs in the province. He’s a part of the provincewide massive feeding program among malnourished and undernourished school children. As to his reasons of bolting the NPC and run as independent candidate, we will leave that to himself,” So said.
Pardon to the Noynoy Aquino supporters but personally I found him to be not the presidentiable I am looking for. I was not awed, star struck and delighted when he answered queries from the local media during his visit in Urdaneta City last November 5. Instead, I was amused on his answers by trying to impress the media with his trite premises.
I was then expecting a Noynoy Aquino who directly points out his policies and plans. Although he enumerated his basic programs such as job generation, education, health and judicial reforms, aren’t these already performed by the incumbent administrations? What’s new? I was frustrated.
While Noynoy is being viewed as the man to beat in the 2010 presidential derby due to incredible results of surveys ( with only 1,500 respondents all over the archipelago), the fact remains that he’s not his father’s son. He lacked the eloquence of his father Ninoy Aquino and the savvy of his mother Cory Aquino.