Perspectives : Cojuangco, So chide aggie officials in a meeting

January 22, 2010 at 8:38 am Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

A resident of the 1st Congressional District told us in a huddle that former GMA-7 TV reporter and the district’s congressional bet Maki Pulido will lose significantly to veteran politician and rival former Bolinao Mayor Boying Celeste in this year’s poll.

“She could not speak Ilocano, and even Bolinao!” he emphatically told us.

A political operator, who was with us, disagreed.

He said one of the questions that were asked on the commissioned survey of congressional wannabe Art Lomibao (chief of the Land Transportation Office who backed-out before he could file his candidacy) if voters in the 4th District vote for his rival Gina de Venecia — even if the latter could not speak the local tongue Pangasinan.

The overwhelming answers were a resounding yes.

“Kaya kalimutan na natin iyong kandidato na hindi makapagsalita ng Pangasinan o Ilocano. Si (Victor) Agbayani when he first ran as governor, he could not speak the vernacular. Si (3rd District Rep) Rachel Arenas and si (Mayor) Ferdie Calimlim, both of them did not speak the local tongue. But look they still won in the election!” he exclaimed.

And I interjected; Congressman Mark and Kimi Cojuangco could not speak Ilocano too but still won the electoral contest against their opponents handily.

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In the recent meeting cum press conference called by Abono Party List (APL) chairman Rosendo So, two high ranking public officials of the Department of Agriculture did not see the chiding-thing coming before the local TV and national media men.

DA Regional Director Cipriano Santiago and Central Office Director Rudy Guieb were told by the APL chairman about the failure of the DA to refund P12, 000 per hectare of their farm lots that were devastated by the recent typhoons Cosme and Pepeng. He did not mince words to show his dissatisfaction over DA Secretary Arthur Yap’s promise to cover 20,000 hectares in Pangasinan but only 10 hectares.

Cojuangco( 5th District, Pangasinan) sternly told the two sorry aggie officials that he is not satisfied with what their boss Yap has been doing in the province.

He said the big portion of the P12 billion rehabilitation fund and other funds should go to the bigger Pangasinan and not to the smaller Tarlac – that was the lucky recipient of the government aide in the past because presidentiable and former National Disaster Coordinating Council Gilbert Teodoro, his cousin, hails there.

“Unfair ang P10 hectares. Napinsala ang mga farmers namin, tumatawad pa kayo. Manhid sila ( Yap and those officials at the DA). I’ll join Abono (Party) top make ingay!”

But what made the tension-filled consultation cum press-conference unforgettable was when a remorseful Guieb, in his last statement before the meeting adjourned, told Cojuangco that what the good solon wants was a sort of a crop insurance to the farmers.

“Don’t put words in my mouth. You’re not serving the (unintelligible). We are not happy with your boss ( Yap ) in my District. Paikot-ikot na ginagawa ninyo sa amin.

After the meeting held at the second storey of Chowking in Rosales, I teasingly told Engineer So: “Sir, ayaw ko na mag director sa gobierno, papagalitan ka lang pala ng kongresman sa maraming tao. Magko-kongresman na lang ako!”

The Abono top honcho, who is the non-pareil kingmaker of Pangasinan politics, just gave me his distinctive and infectious guffaw.


Caveat emptor! (Buyers beware!) This should be a precaution by boxing experts to patrons of boxing matches – like the Pacquiao- Joshou Clottey – that Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum sell to the gullible paying public.

Somebody told me Arum said Clottey is a world class and an exciting boxer. I disagree.

World class? Probably yes. Exciting? Son of a gun, no!

How could this bum be an exciting pugilist when what he had done in the second half of his Miguel Cotto fight was to run and be tentative. His blunder cost him to lose the war against the already gassed-out Cotto.

In case all the rafters at the 50, 000-setter Cowboys Stadium in Dallas , Texas can be filled-up, it would not surprised me. The psyche-up phenomenon there could be the result of the vulnerability of the spectators that would buy whoever Pacquaio wants to fight- including the electric post that somebody has attached a pair of gloves.

Thanks to the salesmanship of the “snake-merchant” in Arum.

Arum won, the paying public lost in this low quality match-up.

Cotto and Clottey tussle do not make Pacquiao the greatest

The Clottey fight (like the Cotto’s tussle) could not make Manny the greatest boxer despite Arum’s pronouncement after the Cotto fight that the Filipino is the greatest boxer he ever saw including Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler, and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Pacquiao’s opponents were sissies if compared to what Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammed Ali had.

Who did Manny get? Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya, and Cotto? Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior, all these chaps were washed-up when they fought Manny.

Hatton was damaged by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Dela Hoya was already cracking when he struggled against Felix Sturm in that controversial fight in June 5, 2004. He lost to Pacquaio not only because he was over the hill, but he lost to an enemy called weight losses.

A friend quipped “That’s not the Oscar that treats us with jaw-dropping fights against Julio Cesar Chavez, Ike Quartey, Fernando Vargas, and Shane Mosley. That was a zombie fighting Pacquiao”

Cotto was the guy we saw on TV that was repeatedly beaten to pulp by Antonio Margarito in the second half of their July 26, 2008 fight.

I’ve been telling Philippine TV and radio before that Manny should not be fighting Cotto because that was not the quality fight people should be watching. I said he should fight Mosley – the real deal in the Welterweight Division.

That was a match that was a mismatch — as what the score cards showed us.

And again here’s Bobfather Arum giving us this trash. He said the guy is the best opponent for Manny. For Christ sake, I though he says for “money sake”.

He won the first half when he fought the damaged Cotto. But blew it out when he transformed himself to Forrest Gump by running from one post to another.

All the “marquee” fighters Pacquiao fought still do not make him the greatest.

His victory against elite boxers like Antonio Barrera (first match), and Juan Manuel Marquez were not enough to send him to the hippocampus of boxing spectators.

They were no Tommy Hearn, Roberto Duran, Hagler, and George Foreman.

Who were these guys?

By George, they were one of the most dangerous human beings that strutted the world before Osama Bin Laden, Al Queda , and Jemaah Islamiya mess the global tranquility.

All of these pugilists have common denominator: They knocked-out most of their quality opponents before the end of third round.

They were no trike driver Edwin Valero, they were juggernauts.

But Hearn was annihilated by Sugar Ray Leonard in a see-saw war that people thought was a replay of Iwo Jima .

Duran gave it up to on that famous “No Mas (I gave up) when he thought Leonard was riding in a Ferrari with a machine gun on his hand that peppered him mercilessly with bullets.

Hagler lost to Leonard in that “Hambuger Hill” battle that until now boxing fanatics did not stop to argue.

But playing and replaying that fight on a DVD -that was bought by a friend in the burgeoning pirated DVD stores in the Philippines –convinced me Ray won it.

Foreman was a guy even Jim Croce’s bad-bad Leroy Brown detest to cross path with.

He was the guy who after hitting the favorite Joe Frazier –whom he knocked down already five times in that second round encounter — with a right uppercut to the chin, Frazier’s feet jerked-up half-a-foot from the canvas before he landed to the canvass.

“Really, is that true,” asked by former Philippine House Speaker and rabble-rouser Congressman Jose de Venecia whom I narrated the story.

“Yes sir, Mr. Speaker, just opened YouTube.Com ( for you to see one of the greatest treats the hurt business gave us.

John Consulta of GMA-7 TV, who was with us, was seemingly amazed of what the Foreman-Frazier brouhaha brought.

George was a guy that everybody knew would bitch-slapped the greatest fighter Muhammad Ali in the “Ramble in the Jungle” in Zaire .

But it was the other way around. Ali treated the world with a Mona Lisa- liked master piece called Rope-a-Dope that made Foreman looked like a drunk hoar after he staggered, twirled, and land big time his back at the dais at 8th round from Ali’s left hook that flipped up Foreman’s head before Ali gave him the coup d’ grace’s hard straight right to the face.

Thus for me, unless Pacquaio agrees to submit to the Olympic style drug testing with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., or fights the dangerous Shane Mosley instead of the useless Clottey then we can go under the Acacia tree and debate whether Pacquaio can be called the greatest after he defeated Mayweather, or Mosley (were the opponents these guys have beaten at the level of the opponents that Ali and Leonard have beaten ?), or whether Mayweather and Mosley be the greatest after defeating or knocking-out Pacquaio – whose prowess could probably be much higher than Duran, Hearn, Foreman, and even The Incredible Hulk?

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