Archive for December 28, 2009

PNP watches San Carlos City, Agno, in 2010 elections

By Yolanda Sotelo

STA. BARBARA – Police Director General Jesus Versoza claimed the coming 2010 elections would be peaceful in Pangasinan, but is watching at least two areas which could be prone to elections-related violence based on 2007 election incidents.

He identified the two areas as San Carlos City where then Mayor Julian Resuello was killed by gunmen weeks before the 2007 elections; and Agno town where Mayor Arthur Cabantac was killed on August 2008.

Versoza also identified nine provinces under the police’ watch — Abra, Nueva Ecija, Masbate, Maguindanao, Sulo, Danao Sur, Danao Norte, Basilan and Samar.

December 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

BSP closes four Pangasinan rural banks

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has closed down four rural banks in Pangasinan –the Kaunlaran Rural Bank in Manaoag on December 1, and the Rural Bank of Bautista, Rural Bank of Malasiqui and the Corfarm Rural Bank of Umingan on December 10.

The BSP put the banks under receivership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC).

The closure of four rural banks has sent the rural banking industry into an overdrive to win back the trust and confidence of depositors.

December 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Perspectives: De Venecia’s proposal to save the earth

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Each of our senator and congressman, who is under the graces of the president, receives P200 million and P70 million of pork barrel annually.

With the new national budget of P 1.541 trillion for 2010 and an P80 billion increased of pork barrel from P23 billion this year, each of this pork ballooned from up to P800 million for a senator, and P 35 billion would be appropriated by Malacanang to members of the House of Thieves, er, Representatives through their regular allocation and insertion.

If a member of the House can get his share of pork in January next year, just imagine his edge psychologically against his opponent for the May 10, 2010 polls?

December 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm 1 comment

Domantay: Soriano as rival, Soriano as ally

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MALASIQUI – Town Mayor Armando Domantay wished it was former Mayor Alfonso Soriano who fielded himself for the mayoralty race and not his wife Felicitas for the mayoralty race in May 2010.

Domantay said he wanted to fight Alfonso because of the latter tendency to criticize his administration.

“Dahil salita ng salita. At para magkaalaman na kung sino ang gusto ng mga tao,” he stressed.

December 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Gibo will catch up with Noynoy, says Guico

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BINALONAN – The president of the 1,500-strong League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) was optimistic that Lakas-Kampi CMD Party presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro will catch up with survey frontrunner and Liberal party’s presidential bet Benigno Aquino Jr.

Mayor Ramon Guico, Jr. said Teodoro has picked up in some poll surveys lately. The Lakas-Kampi CMD stalwart stressed that it would be a dilemma if his presidential bet started at the top of the survey and fall down eventually as the polls come nearer.

“Gibo (nickname of Teodoro) takes off from bottom to become a threat to his top rivals in the presidential race,” he stressed.

December 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

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