Archive for December 13, 2009

Journalists light a candle for massacred colleagues

DAGUPAN CITY – Pangasinan media groups joined the observance of the International Day of Mourning on December 9 for the mass murder of 57 victims including 31 journalists, in Maguidanao.

At seven o’clock in the morning, all radio stations were turned off off for one minute, the second time they observed the moment of silence in protest of the massacre. The first time was last November 28.

At 5:30 in the afternoon, there was a candle lighting ceremony and a tribute to the slain journalists by the local reporters who wore black and white t shirts printed with “Stop Killing Journalists.”

December 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

Agabas calls Esperon as ‘Johnny-come-lately’

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY –Former Presidential Management Staff Secretary Hermogenes Esperon who filed his certificate of candidacy for congress in the sixth district was called as “Johnny-come-lately” by his rival.

Vice Governor Marlyn Premicias-Agabas said in a press conference that the people of the district could judge that she has been serving there for nine years while Esperon just sneaked from nowhere.

December 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm 7 comments


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

Political “chopsuey”

Political chopsuey is what described our political party system in the country. Like a “chopsuey”- a Filipino dish with mixtures of vegetables like cabbage, pechay, carrot, baguio beans, red and green chilis, etc., political slates of candidates who filed their certificates of candidacies from November 20 to December 1 belong to various political parties.

Where can you find a local slate with all the dominant parties in one group? Where can you find a party adopting a candidate and yet this adopted candidate will field candidates under his party? These are the whirlwind questions now in politics because people are already confused on whom to support and vote.

To some political observers particularly in the province of Pangasinan , this situation in the political system is counterproductive. This might lead to political fiasco for some candidates as they will be branded as opportunists.

December 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Police officer, mayor’s wife vie for Villasis mayor

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- A retired police general and the present first lady of the town will clash for mayoralty here in May 2010 polls.

Libradita Go-Abrenica and retired police general Ismael R. Rafanan filed their certificates of candidacy (CoC) last November 28 at the Comelec Office here with supporters in tow.

Abrenica who is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition-Biskeg na Pangasinan, has her Ladies Brigade of Villasis while Rafanan who is running under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD Coalition, was backed up by the officers and members of the Federation of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association.

December 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm 18 comments


By Brando Cortez

Poll Automation

Ano po ba ang Automated Election System (AES)?

SIMULA NOONG makamit ng taumbayan ang karapatang bumoto sa halalan dito sa Pilipinas, manual system ng voting, counting at canvassing na ang nakagawian.

Kap Andres Flores ng Rosales, nagfile ka pala bilang kandidato for councilor, ang halalan noong 2004 at 2007 elections, ay mga halimbawa, kung saan naranasan natin ang napakatagal na paghihintay sa resulta.

Para mabigyan ng solusyon ang mahabang bilangan, ang RA 9369 o ang Election Modernization Law ay ginawa at pinagtibay ng congress.


December 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

1.6 M voters await voter’s education

By Venus H. Sarmiento

DAGUPAN CITY -Residents of vote-rich Pangasinan province now await for the education seminars that would teach them how to vote in the 2010 computerized elections.

City Election Officer Atty. Remarque Ravanzo said the Comelec main office is bent on pursuing voter’s education through demonstrations in schools and barangays.

“Comelec will also be placing ads or commercials in television and radio as to the proper way of voting or shading. Big video screens in strategic locations will also be installed to educate voters on the proper way of voting,” Ravanzo said.

December 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

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