Archive for December 22, 2009

Manay Gina’s story is ‘I Survived’ Christmas presentation


For its Christmas episode, award-winning docu-drama “I Survived”, has chosen to feature the heart-warming story of Gina de Venecia and how she survived the fire that struck her family on the eve of the first simbang gabi in December of 2004, when she lost her youngest daughter KC.

In her own words, Gina explained, how she overcame unbelievable circumstances — offering insight into what got her through the experience that changed her life forever.

Aside from the extensive interview, the docu-drama will also use actual footages from the tragedy.

The show itself is inspired by host Ces Oreña Drilon’s survival from the hands of rebels in Mindanao last June 2008.
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December 22, 2009 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Perspectives :Mangatarem’s lousy mayor; Brewing electoral race


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

At the Kapihan sa Lenox recently, I asked Dagupan City mayoralty bet Benjie S. Lim the following “incendiary” questions that put the house down:

“We can expect the camp of your rival Mayor Al Fernandez will shoot you with high-octane issues like the alleged anomalous multi-million pesos garbage site in Awai, Metro State and Macador buildings, and Malimgas Market, what issues are you going to hurl at Mayor Al to counter these accusations?”

The former mayor initially told me that he would not resort to mudslinging. However, the fighter in him that we saw when he fought the “invincible” Speaker Joe de Venecia in the 2007 congressional race, betrayed him.
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December 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

FVR may support LP bets


By Danny O Sagun

DAGUPAN CITY– Former President Fidel V. Ramos may finally throw his support to the candidates of the Liberal Party in Pangasinan because his own nephew is running for board member under the party, former Vice Gov. Oscar B. Lambino pointed out yesterday.

Lambino, who is running anew for vice-governor, said that as of now the former chief executive has not endorsed anybody contrary to claims that the latter already expressed his support to the presidential bid of administration candidate Gilberto Teodoro.

“Wala pa naman akong nabasang report na inindorso na nya si Teodoro, sinabi lang nya na qualified sya na maging pangulo ng bansa,” he told the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency.
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December 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Abono holds medical missions in Western Pangasinan


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

bono Party-list has returned to the first and second congressional districts recently for a free medical and dental mission that would cover all towns and a city there.

Abono President Ponciano Onia said the Party-list budgeted P50,000 for each local government units in the western Pangasinan, to be used for purchasing medicines for the beneficiaries who are mostly poor.

Onia said the party expects an average of 1000 recipients of free medical services and medicies in every town.
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December 22, 2009 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Abono chooses nominees before Feb 9, 2010


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES – Nominees for representatives of the Abono Partylist will be known before February 9, 2009 which is the start of the national campaign period.

This was announced by Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So here when asked who would likely be the party-list nominees.

At present, there are two representatives of the Abono Partylist in the House of Representatives- Rep. Robert Raymund Estrella , Jr. and Francisco Ortega III of La Union.
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December 22, 2009 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

EAVESDROPPER:Transactional and patronage politics


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

I had a lengthy talk with Lach Mirchandani, my Indian national friend, lately during which we discussed the political system this country has. Lach said that what is worst in Philippine politics is the system of patronage and transactions.

Patronage, he said, is our tendency to elect leaders not based on their qualifications but on their propensity in perpetuating themselves to powers. That is why, according to him, the issue of political dynasty has never been addressed. Transactional politics, on the other hand, is also our tendency to yield to the whims and caprices of the powers-that-be. If there are emerging new leaders and plan to run in a position, the powers-that-be will talk to these guys to stop their plan. There will be some political transactions that only between them know.
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December 22, 2009 at 11:54 am Leave a comment


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