Archive for December 11, 2009

Pangasinan candidates ‘all in the family’


By Yolanda Z. Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – It’s all in the family among candidates in Pangasinan where husband and wives, brothers and sisters and cousins are running for different elective positions in 2010.

Reelectionist Governor Amado Espino Jr.’s son Amado Espino III, mayor of Bautista, is running unopposed for the same position, while the governor’s brother Jose Espino, I running unopposed as vice mayor.

In the first district, former Bolinao Mayor Jesus Celeste is running as district representative vacated by his brother Arturo who is gunning for mayoralty seat of Alaminos City . Their other brothers, Alfonso, is a reelectionist for mayor of Bolinao, and George is for councilor.
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December 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

‘Manay’ vs ‘Manang’ in the fourth district


By Yolanda Z. Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – It is “Manay vs Manang” in the congressional race of the fourth district of Pangasinan with Gina de Venecia and Celia Lim running for the seat that be vacated by former Speaker Jose de Venecia.

De Venecia is known as “Manay Gina” in the district while Lim is known as “Manang Celia” in the business circle, especially among employees of Magic group of companies which the Lim family own.

Manay (Bicolano) and Manang (Ilocano) are affectionate terms for elder sisters.

Gina is the wife de Venecia while Celia is the wife of Benjamin Lim who served as fourth district representative of the district and mayor of Dagupan City.
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December 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Gina: GMA’s running for congress her prerogative


DAGUPAN CITY — Pangasinan fourth district congressional candidate Gina de Venecia said President Arroyo’s decision to run for congress in Pampanga was the President’s prerogative.

“We’re going to be best friend forever,” De Venecia said of her former friend and her husband’s (former Speaker Jose de Venecia) former political ally.

She said she her husband expected Arroyo’s seeking the congressional seat in Pampanga because the news had been circulating before her announcement.
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December 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

OPINION: Mayoralty Battle Royale: Fernandez vs. Lim


mortz2I thought I was watching a political race cum beauty contest where two gorgeous ladies clash for the diadem of the 2nd Congressional District after they filed their Certificates of Candidacy (CoC) at the rickety provincial Comelec office in Dagupan City.

A petite head-turner sporting Baush & Lomb (Ray Ban) dark green sunglasses in white shirt and jeans appeared in the midst of media men. I thought I was in some five-star hotels in Hong Kong with those fashionable pretty looking Chinese gals’ crosses my direction with frequency.

“Does her beauty speak also for her brain?” I asked myself.

“I should ask the first question!” I told the moderator of the Pangasinan Press Club.
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December 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Tulagans, Sorianos unite in third district electoral race


By Yolanda Z. Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Two big political families who slug it out in 2007 local elections have combined forces in San Carlos City against Mayor Julier Resuello, son of the late Mayor Julian Resuello who was killed days before the 2007 elections.

Former congressional candidates Generoso Tulagan Jr. and former Bureau of Customs commissioner Gallant Soriano, who both lost to Rep. Rachel Arenas, joined the Liberal Party and vowed to support each other.

Soriano is set for a return bout with Arenas while Tulagan will run as board member of the third district.
Tulagan, a three-term congressman of the third district from 1998-2007, will run for mayor of San Carlos City against Resuello.
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December 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

Court convicts 3 journalists of libel


URDANETA CITY – A local court here has ordered three journalists to pay a fine of P6,000 each after they were convicted of libel filed by a mayoralty candidate from Asingan town five years ago.

In a 17-page decision, Regional Trial Court acting presiding judge Teodorico Alfonso Bauzon also sentenced Victor Corpuz Jr., Daniel Calixto Custodio and J.D. Villafuerte to pay P500,000 in moral damages to the complainant, Abraham Divina Jr., a retired government official, who ran and lost in the mayoralty race in Asingan in 2004.

Corpuz was the publisher-editor of the defunct Headline Balita, a weekly newspaper in Pangasinan, while Custodio and Villafuerte were its associate publisher and executive editor, respectively.
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December 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Calimlim, Lambino speak their edge vs. each other


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Two protagonists for the gubernatorial post in Pangasinan speak about their strengths, and the weaknesses of their opponent after they filed their Certificate of Candidacy at the office of the Commission on Election here.

Mapandan town “last termer” Mayor Ferdinand Calimlim said that he respects the nine years stint in the provincial government of former Vice Governor Oscar Lambino but stressed that he is going to give new hope with his new brand of leadership in the August Chamber of the provincial board.

“I pray that our provincemates will give me a chance to prove what I was saying in the past months in different places in the province,” he added.
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December 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment


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