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Police to recall shotguns issued to village heads

LINGAYEN– The Pangasinan provincial police will recall the shotguns issued by the provincial government to more than 1,300 barangay captains of the province during the election period.
A press statement read by Provincial Legal Officer Geraldine Baniqued said as provided by the memorandum of agreement between the barangay officials, the police and the barangay captains, all shotguns will be deposited to the PNP stations and will be under custody of the chief of police during the election period
Provincial Police Director Sr. Supt. Percival Barba said he had given directive to the chiefs of police to recall the shotguns but pointed out that there was a problem with where to keep the firearms.
He said there are towns with as many as 80 villages and the police stations do not have armory to accommodate all the shotguns.
Some town mayors requested that the shotguns not be pulled out, but Barba said this was not allowable under the law.
Baniqued clarified that the province should be not held responsible for the abuse and misuse of the shotguns which were used by barangay officials in “isolated incidents of abuse and misuse.”
“It should be noted that barangay captains are authorized to posses and carry the necessary firearm within their territorial jurisdiction in accordance with section 389 of the local government code,” she said.
She added that after the signing of the MOA transferring the ownership of the shotgun to the barangays as a grant from the province, the shotgun ceased to be properties of the province and became the property of the barangay.
The barangays made the undertaking to “use the shotgun exclusively in the barangay’s campaign for peace and order. In no case shall the said firearm be taken outside of the barangay’s territorial jurisdiction, except in cases of legitimate hot pursuit, or in other valid and justifiable cases, which the (police) may allow,” Baniqued said.
But while the shotguns are owned by the barangays, the police continue to have operational supervision over the shotguns, she added.
The MOA authorizes the police to retrieve the firearm when it is used to commit a crime, or was used in any manner contrary to the provisions of the MOA.

January 17, 2010 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Perspectives :Senatorial candidates campaign in style

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

While other senatorial candidates content themselves in their Sports Utility Vehicles for a hair-raising trip to barnstorm different towns all over the country, aspirants under the well-oiled Lakas-Kampi CMD Party breeze themselves through a chopper in hopping from one place to another.
“Sir, naka-ilang oras lipad ninyo from Pasay City to San Fabian (Pangasinan)?, I asked my mentor in political Law “Sigaw ng Bayan and Cha-Cha architect Atty. Raul Lambino.
“It’s only an hour ride,” exclaimed by Atty. Raul Lambino as his voice was being drowned by the ear-splitting “kuliglig” sounding helicopter that he jestingly said he bought for his campaign.
In the recent meeting here of the 47-strong League of Municipalities of Pangasinan Lambino, I asked Solicitor General Silvestre “ Bebot” Bello, Broadcaster Rey Langit, and League of Municipalities of the Philippine President Ramon Guico about their advocacies.
Incase he will be elected, Bello told me he will pass the following bills like decriminalization of libel, institution of a peace commission, judicial reform, and the revocation of the Right of Reply bill against journalists that has already been deliberated in the 3rd reading of the Senate.
Lambino said he will revise the provisions of Presidential Decree 1177 (Budget Process to institutionalize the budgetary innovation) where he will cripple the power of the Executive Department to allocate the budget to different line agencies.
“The Congress of the Philippines does not really insist the power of the purse,” he stressed.
He added that he will also see to it that Republic Act 7160 (Local Government Code of the Philippines) should be revised because towns, cities and provinces are in the forefront every time social problems threaten the people. He deplored that Congress failed to heed what the said law enunciates that it would be reviewed every 10 years.
The baritone-voiced Langit told me that he will file measures that will prevent the suppression of press freedom. He said that he will see to it that those 37 journalists that were massacred in Maguindanao would be given justice.
“Kung ano ang pinaka-mataas na parusa dapat ipatong doon sa mga pumatay (the severest penalties should be meted to the perpetrators), he said in Filipino.
Guico pooh-poohed that being a cousin of President Gloria Arroyo and a member of the LKCP, that the president’s chair, is a kiss of death for his candidacy. He said the mayors all over the country knew that he is an independent person from the president. “Maski pinsan ko si presidente ay hindi ko kinakalabit iyan (even she is my cousin I did not ingratiate with her), he said in the vernacular.
Lambino said he did not see the president as a baggage for his chance to win because there are 12 positions that are being contested.
He added that he is a true-blue provincial folk (was born in Pozurobio and resided in Mangaldan) that break the closed-knit Manila circle where senatorial candidates were usually picked up.
Susmariosep, mayors who attended the San Fabian meeting went home through their respective SUVs smiling. A media friend told me a lady secretary of LKCP was seen surreptitiously handling a padded white long envelope while mayors listen to each of their fellow mayor pledging their heaven as witness all-out loyalty to Guico and his colleagues’ senatorial bid.
“Parang mga media din pala itong mga mayors!,” somebody interjected.
When Lambino and Nationalista Party’s senatorial bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos were guest of a media kapihan in Dagupan City last month, members of the fourth estate were awed by the former who arrived by air, while the moneyed son of former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos arrived by land only.
Senatoriables are in a courting-spree nowadays in Pangasinan and Dagupan City because of their 1,622,094 strong registered voters – one of the highest in the country.
At the recent Kapihan sa Lenox, I asked former three-star general Pol Bataoil about the ambiguity and ambivalence of Lingayen Mayor Ernesto Castaneda’s answer when I asked him if he would support the former in his town because they were both member of the LKCP (see my column last week for the entire story of this seeming dilemma).
Bataoil, the ever diplomatic mayor, told me that it was good that I posed to him that question.
He said he already met the mayor and told him that they help each other (this despite Bataoil’s classmate Joe Ferrer who challenged Castaneda for the mayoralty, and Bataoil’s brother Mon who is an arched-critic of the mayor – MCO).
He added that incase there should be problem that cropped-up along the way, he is too willing to talk to Castaneda again to iron it out.
Gee whiz, here’s what I read from the “supot of gawgaw” when I was answering the call of nature abouy the posting of election stickers and decals at one’s car.
The Comelec decision was overruled by the Supreme Court (Adiong vs.Comelec) that says that when a person attaches a sticker with a candidate’s name on his car’s bumper, he is expressing his idea. In short, the constitutional rights’ of freedom of expression is superior to any Comelec regulations concerning this matter.
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January 17, 2010 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Abono gives gift to Palakipak folks

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES -Residents of Barangay Palakipak received gift packs from Abono Party List in coordination with punong barangay Dominador Leal and his barangay councilors.

On hand to distribute the gifts were Abono Party-list president Ponciano V. Onia, Jr, former municipal councilors Antonio Muya and Eddie Patawaran.

Leal said the gift giving activity of Abono was very timely as it is undertaken in the spirit of the celebration of the Feast of the Three Kings.

“Magandang pagkakataon ito para i-celebrate ang Three Kings ng ating mga kabarangay,” Leal said. “Nagpapasalamat kami sa Abono sa patuloy nilang pagkalinga sa ating mga kasama dito.”

Muya said that sharing is a virtue that should be practiced by everybody.

“Ang pagbibigayan ay dapat itaguyod ng bawat isa,” Muya said. “Mas magaaan ang ating puso kapag tayo ay nakakatulong sa ating kapwa.”

Patawaran said that hard work is necessary for people to be able to share.

“Makakapagbigay lamang tayo kung tayo ay masipag,” Patawaran said. “Ang kasipagan ay nagbubunga ng maraming biyaya kaya meron tayong maitutulong sa iba.

Onia said the Abono is not only into gift giving but has programs and projects that will uplift the lives of the farmers.

“Ipinaglaban po ng Abono ang kagalingan ng mga magsasaka noong iminungkahi natin na bumili ang NFA ng mas mataas na halaga ng palay,” Onia said. “Tinutulan po natin ang importasyon ng bigas dahil ito ay hindi nakakatulong sa kalagayan ng magsasaka.”

January 17, 2010 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

ANG MASO: Brando Cortez

Asukal… sagot sa kahirapan!

BOK NANI NG ALAMINOS, sa kursong political economy napag-aralan natin na minsan sa ating kasaysayan, tayo ay pinagtanim ng mga Kastila ng asukal upang ikalakal sa pandaidigang merkado.

Ang ibang probinya ay pinagtanim ng palay, ang iba naman ay pinagtanim ng abaca.

Ang ilang probinsiya ay pinagtanim ng mais habang ang iba ay pinagtanim ng abaca.

Ang ilang probinsya ay pinagtanim ng niyog at ang iba ay pinagtanim gulay.

Ang mga ipinatanim sa atin ay mga kalakal na ibinebenta sa larrangan ng Galleon trade.

Ang isa sa nagpayaman sa mga haciendero sa Pilipinas ay ang nabansot na industry ng asukal.

Meron ngang mga negosyante na nagsasabi na kung ating tuturuan ang mga Chinese na uminom ng tea na may halong asukal… ang pilipinas yayaman.

Ang populasyon ng China ngayon ay mahigit kumulang 1.6 billion.

Sila ay mahilig uminom ng tea.

Kung makuha lang daw natin ang 1% ng demand sa asukal ng Chinese tea with sugar drinkers…mababayaran na natin ang foreign and local debts natin.

Kung papaunlarin at palalawakin natin ang industriya ng asukal… malamang na maramin tayong pondo.

Magkakaroon tayo ng pondo para sa edukasyon.

Magkakaroon tayo ng pondo para sa pabahay.

Magkakaroon tayo ng pondo para sa kalusugan.

Magkakaroon tayo ng pondo para sa agrikultura at pangingisda.

Magkakaroon tayo ng pondo para sa entertainment n gating mga kababayan.

Alam niyo ban a bukod sa implementasyon ng AFTA CEPT ay nagsimula na rin ang China-ASEAN Free Trade Area nitong January. 1?

Ano ang implikasyon niyan?

Una, ang populasyon ng China ay mga 1.6 bilyon habang ang 10 bansang miyembro ng ASEAN ay may populasyon na umaabot ng 600 milyon.

Pangalawa, tayo ay may mga probinsiyang malaki ang potential sa produksiyon ng asukal.

Pangatlo, marami tayong mga kababayan na maaring maging magsasaka sa taniman ng asukal.

Wala ng tariff ang pagpasok ng asukal mula sa Pilipinas papunta sa ibang bansa.

Ang bola ngayon ay nasa ating upang pag-aralang mabuti kung paano maisasakatuparan ito.

Kaya ba?

Ang naghahangad na maging senador na si Joey De Venecia ay naniniwalang ang konsepto ng pagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa ay malaki ang nagiging social consequence.

Ano nga ba ang ibig sabihin nito?

AYON KAY JOEY DE VENECIA, nabangit daw sa kanya ni Archbishop Cruz na maraming mga pamilya ang nawawasak dahil ang mga pamilya ay magkahiwalay dulot ng pangangailangang kumita ng pera.

Si nanay o kaya naman si tatay ay nasa ibang bayan.

Kung minsan pa parehong magulang ay nasa magkaiabng bayan sa labas ng Pilipinas.

Ang kailangan ay makapagpatayo tayo dito sa Pilipinas ng mga industriya na mapapasukan ng ating mga kababayan.

Sabi ni Joey De Venecia na ang pagkabansot ng ating industrial at agrikutural base ang naghatid sa atin upang manilbihan sa mga dayuhan sa ibang bansa.

Dahil sa pagkabansot ng indistriya na ito, isa isang nagsasara ang mga pagawaan.

Dahil sa pagkabansot ng agrikultura na ito, maramin ng mga sakahan ang hindi natataniman.

Dahil walang trabaho sa industrya ta walang trabaho sa agrikultura, napilitan an gating mga kababayan na maghanap ng trbahao sa ibang bayan.

Mas mahalaga para kay Joey de Venecia ang pagkakaisa ng pamilya.

Masayang nabangit ni Joey De Venecia na nasa top 12 na siya sa mga huling survey.

Ang kondisyon daw ng kanyang ama na si speaker Joe de Venecia ay tutulong lang siya kung makakaakyat siya sa top 12.

MANONG JUN ESPERON, nagtagpo na naman pala kayo ni vice gov sa isang okasyon diyan sa Balungao.

Kumusta po ba ang sitwasyon ng kandidato para mayor na si Philip Peralta diyan?

Hinahanap po kayo ng mga taga-district six.

Hinihintay nila kayong bumisita sa kani-kanilang mga bayan.

Inaasam po nila ang kayo ay kanilang makita at makausap.

MANAY GINA DE VENECIA, huwag po kayong mabahala dahil ang district four ay malayo pang mapanalunan ng ibang tao.

Sa dami ng inyong naitulong sa distrito, walang duda na ipagkakatiwala ng mga taga-distrito sa inyo ang tiwalang ibinigay nila kay Speaker Joe.

January 17, 2010 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Are we ready for AFTA CEPT?

As we enter 2010, many do know that tariffs on majority of goods that we import have been erased.

This only means more hardship for our people since we still do not have the proper safety nets promised by those who signed the AFTA CEPT.

The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) was initiated in January 1992 to create ASEAN as a single production base and market of more than 500 million people.

The primary goals of the AFTA are to increase ASEAN’s competitive edge and ensure the creation of economies of scale through the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers and free flow of goods, services, investment, capital and skilled labor within the 10 countries.

The main implementing mechanism of the AFTA is the Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT) scheme, which requires that tariffs levied on goods traded within the ASEAN region that meet a 40% ASEAN content requirement be reduced to 0-5% by 1 January 2010 for ASEAN-6 (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) and 2015 for the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos , Myanmar , Vietnam ).

The CEPT encompasses manufactured and semi-manufactured products, including capital goods and processed agricultural products.

Since implementation, ASEAN-6 countries have 99.77% of their products in the CEPT Inclusion List (IL) with tariffs in the range of 0-5 % tariffs. The CLMV countries have 90.96% of the products they trade in the region moved into the IL and tariffs on 76.86% of these items have been reduced to the 0-5 % tariff band.

The ASEAN-6 countries are expected to bring down tariffs on remaining commodities such as sugar, corn, livestock and poultry and rice to between 0 percent and 5 percent by 2010.

We produce sugar but we have a sick sugar industry.

We produce corn but we have an unstable corn industry.

We produce livestock and poultry but we have an errant livestock and poultry industry.

We produce rice but we have been importing for past decades.

This only means that we are unprepared for the full liberalization of the world market.

January 17, 2010 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

SY FILES: Malungkot na Disyembre

By Susan V. Yadao

Kilala ang mga Pinoy na likas na masayahin , na kahit may mabigat na problema, nagagawa niyang isantabi muna ito at magbigay ng ilang ngiti. Parang ang bawat araw ay puno ng pag-asa. katunayan, isa nga tayo sa mga pinakamasayahing tao sa mundo. kahit bagyuhin man ng problema, magagawa pa ding ngumiti.

Sa nakaraang survey ng Social Weather Stations (SWS) umaasa pa rin ang karamihan sa mga Pinoy na magiging masaya ang kanilang Pasko sa kabila ng sunod-sunod na kalamidad na tumama sa bansa.

Natural na sa atin ang pagiging masayahin lalo na sa pagsapit ng buwan ng Disyembre. . . hindi lamang dahilan sa may 13th month pays at x’mas bonuses, may mga x’mas gifts na matatanggap at kabi-kabilang x’mas parties at reunions ang dadaluhan. Masaya tayo dahil ito ang natatanging panahon kung saan lahat ng mga mahal sa buhay o ang buong pamilya ay sama-samang magdiriwang sa araw ng Pasko. Ito ang panahong sadya nating kinakalimutan at isinasantabi ang mga problema katulad ng mga hinanakit sa isa’t isa, bagkus nagpapatawaran at nagmamahalan.

Pinakamasaya rin ay ang tradiyon na maingay at bonggang pagsalubong natin sa bagong taon.

But we have to accept the fact that many people feel blue during these holidays and there is nothing wrong with not being merry. Sa gitna ng pagdiriwang at kasiyahan ng mas nakararami, may mga taong pilitin mang maging masaya, sa kaibuturan ng kanilang puso sila ay nalulungkot, ito ay normal.

Sad to say, I am one of them or rather our family is one of them. kaya walang SY FILES sa buong buwan ng Disyembre ay dahil binigyan ko ng sapat na panahon ang sarili ko upang maging malungkot. Sa maikling bakasyon ko sa Northern watch nais kong pasalamatan si Yoly Sotelo ang aking editor sa mga pang-unawa at lalong lalo na syempre sa aming Boss Sendong.

Hindi kasi ako makabwelo, gusto kong ihandog ang lahat ng linya para sa taong siyang dahilan n g aming kalungkutan, kay Zharlene, ngunit hindi ko nagawa. Marahil ayaw din niya.

Si Zharlene ay likas na masayahing tao. Hindi mo siya maririnig na may hinanakit kanino man, mas gusto nito na sarilinin na lang kung meron man. Kahit naiinis na siya, nakangiti pa rin at nakatawa kung nagkukwento ito.

Naalala ko pa yung isa sa mga huling text messages nya sa akin bago siya paslangin, may kinaiinisan umano siya pero may he he he sa bandang hulihan ng kanyang mensahe, mai-imagine mo pa rin na sa kabila ng pagkainis nito nangingibabaw pa rin ang natural nitong ugali, ang pagiging masayahin.

sa kami sa karamihan ng mga Pinoy na tunay na masaya lalo na kapag sasapit ang buwan ng Disyembre. Malaki na kasi ang aming pamilya, dumami na ang lahi namin. Dagdag pa sa selebrasyon ay ang nakagawian na naming pagsalubong sa bagong taon na isinasabay ang pagdiriwang sa kaarawan ni Zharlene, December 29. Maraming dahilan sana upang maging masaya.

Ngunit paano ba ang maging masaya kung biglang pumanaw at hindi mo na makakasama ang isang taong nagbibigay sa iyo ng ligaya at saya?

Paano ba ang maging masaya kung halos mamatay ka na sa nararamdaman mong pangunglila sa kanya?

Paano ba ang maging masaya kung nakikita mo ang naiwanan niyang anak na sabik na sa kanyang mga yakap?

Paano ba ang magsaya kung ang hustisyang nais mong ibigay bilang regalo sa kanya ay hindi mo pa naibibigay?

Our Decembers will never be the same again. Panahon lang ang makapagsasabi kung maibabalik pa sa normal ang dati naming masayang Disyembre.

Ngunit katulad din ng mga ordinaryong Pinoy, na sa kabila ng mga trahedyang dumarating ay hindi ako nawawalan ng pag-asa.

Malay natin ang taong 2010 ay may hatid na biyayang tunay na dapat ikasaya sapat upang matahimik , mapanatag at sumaya ang kaluluwa ni Zharlene.

January 17, 2010 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

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