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GMA orders DPWH to finish Agno flood projects on Valentine’s Day


DAGUPAN CITY– President Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the public works and highways department to speed up the completion of river protection projects in Pangasinan.

The President flew to barangay Carmen East in Rosales town on January 27 to see for herself the completed restoration works at the flood-destroyed sections of the river protection dike along the mighty Agno River .

DPWH director Phillip Menez, who supervises flood control projects in the country except those at the Nation al Capital Region, briefed the President on the status of the repair works.

Menez said restoration works in the 16 sections damaged by the flashfloods spawned by typhoon Pepeng in October 2009 were already complete at the time of the presidential visit. Only a few sections of damaged dikes along other major river tributaries are nearing completion, he said.

Contractors from Pangasinan, Tarlac and Pampanga with good track records “advanced” the implementation of the projects as government sourced out funds for the flood rehabilitation program.

The dikes, built in the 1960s yet, were damaged by strong currents of the Agno river as a result of the release of excess waters from the San Roque dam, the volume of which reached up to 5,300 cubic meters per second The dikes could only withstand up to 2,400 cms, it was learned.

The Chief Executive directed Menez to complete all restoration works as well as the remaining works under Phase II of the Agno river rehabilitation program on February 14 as “gift’ to Pangasinenses. Menez replied in the positive.

After the briefing, barangay health worker Imelda Molina, 40, who comes from the town, thanked the President for the immediate repair of the damaged dikes and for all other programs and projects of the administration that bring benefit to her and her family and the town of Rosales as well.

Arroyo also announced the start of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union expressway, which when completed after two years, will reduce travel time from Manila to about an hour.

Earlier in the day, she flew to the Ilocos provinces, then to La Union to groundbreak the expressway project and finally to Pangasinan, her mothers’ home province. (PIA Pangasinan)

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February 2, 2010 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Enrile to Villar: Kung magiging duwag ka hindi ka karapat-dapt na maging Presidente


Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday dared Sen. Manny Villar to confront his accusers in the Senate instead of engaging in a media blitz to undermine the report censuring him for engaging in “improper and unethical conduct.’

“If we are liars, they should show that we are liars. And the only way they can do that is to present evidence during the plenary session showing that Sen. Villar has not benefited from the C-5 project,” the veteran lawmaker said in an interview.

“The people should know the truth… if he has sinned or not. I did not invent the evidence,” Enrile said, pointing out the committee went through more than 900 pieces of documents before completing the report.

The Pwersa ng Masa leader also warned that if Villar and his allies boycott the Senate session this coming Monday, he will not hesitate to exercise his powers as president of the upper chamber.

He also said that Villar’s group wanted earlier on for him to drop the investigation on the allegations raised by Sen. Jamby Madrigal.

“They wanted me to favor the accused. I can’t do that. Kahit na anak ko pa siya o kaibigan ko pa. Kahit na hindi na ako itinuturing na kaibigan…hindi ko magagawa ‘yan,” Enrile said.

The Senate president said the current controversy on the C-5 road project is a test case for the Nacionalista Party standard bearer.

“Huwag kang magiging duwag, kung magiging duwag ka hindi ka karapat-dapt na maging Presidente, sapagkat kailangang matapang at malakas na loob…kung hindi, baka takbuhan mo iyong interes ng bansa,” Enrile said.

February 2, 2010 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

ANG MASO: Batuhan ng putik ng mga pulitiko


ANG MASO

By Brando Cortez

MAYOR FERDIE CALIMLIM, alam mo ba na ag-order na ang Senado na ibalik ni Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. sa gobyerno ang halagang P6.22 billion na nakamit ng kanyang mga kompanya sa illegal na paraan mula sa construction ng C-5 road extension?

Ang halagang P6.22 billion, ayon sa 84-page na report ng Senado, ay ang halaga na “nakuha ni Villar na nagpahirap sa tao”.

Pero, Atty Jazon, kahit paulit ulit pa na malaman ng taumbayan ang kasong ito, huwag kayong magulat kung hindi ito makaapekto sa resulta ng mga survey o kaya naman ay sa mismong resulta ng halala.

Ang bayan natin ay ay kinapapalooban ng sari-saring elemento na patuloy na sumisira sa dangal ng isang malinis na halalan.

Bok Melvin, kumusta na si Manong Jun Esperon? Bakit kaya kahit na totoo ang P6.22 billion scam na ito, patuloy pa rin ang suporta nila Dolphy at Revillame kay Villar?

Wala ka din maririnig mula sa kampo ni Loren Legarda o sa magkapatod na Cayetano.

to ay isang malungkot na katotohanan sa pulitika sa ating bansa.

An halalan ay dapat na magbigay ng pag-asa at daan para sa pagbabago pero hindi iyon ang mangyayari.

KAP ANDRES FLORES NG ROSALES, ano ang nakahain sa atin ngayon?

Meron isang Erap Estrada, matapos mapatalsik sa Malakanyang, ay number 3 sa survey.

Meron namang isang Gilbert Teodoro, na naniniwala na ang kanyang katapatan kay GMA ay mas importante sa kanyang katapatan sa bansa.

Meron naming isang Noynoy Aquino na sinasabing walang nagawa sa kongreso para sa Tarlac at sa senado para sa bayan kaya hindi daw siya karapat dapat na maging presidente.

Meron naming isang Dick Gordon na marami na ang nagawa pero hindi siya type ng masang Pilipino.

DAHIL SA DAMI NG PAKSYON sa loob ng kampo ni Noynoy maraming kapalpakan ang kanyang nagawa lately.

Congressman Ompong Plaza nakita niyo naman na nagbunyi ang kampo ni Noynoy noong lumabas ang survey ng SWS na siya ay nakakuha ng 60% para sa pagiging presidente.

Pero, noong naglabas ang SWS ng survey na 11% na lang ang kanyang lamang kay Villar ay bigla niyang sinabi na ang mga survey daw ay nabibili lang sa Quiapo.

Inaamin ba niya na binili niya sa Quiapo angnaunang survey kung saan siya ay nakakuha ng 60%?

Eto pa Ka Ompong Plaza, hindi daw ire-recognize ni Noynoy ang idedeklarang Chief Justice Korte Supremo kung si GMA ang nag-appoint.

Sabi ni Retired Supreme Court (SC) Justice Consuelo Ynares Santiago na ang banta ni Noynoy’s na hindi kilalanin ang susunod na chief justice kay Puno ay isang tanda ng ignorance of the law.

Ano ang karapatan ng isang Presidente magbigay ng threat sa mga justices na huwag kilalanin ang susunod na chief justice?

Dapat malaman ni Noynoy na meron tayong tinatawag na separation of powers sa pagitan ng executive at judicial departments.

Eto pa, Joey De Venecia, alam mo ba na noong tinanong siya ni Gordon kung ano ang nagawa niya para sa Tarlac ay ito ang isinagot ni Noynoy, “I will not respond to the question of a tailender?”

Dito mo masasalamin na may pagka-arogante ang Noynoy.

Eto pa, Joey Devenecia, laging ipinagmamalaki ni Noynoy na Economics daw ang kanyang forte kaya mahahango niya daw tayo sa kahirapan.

Dapat sana niyang tandaan na si GMA ay economics graduate din at hindi naman tayo nahango sa kahirapan.

ESPERON NAKAHABOL NA! May isang survey akong nakita na 12 percent na lang ang hinahabol ni Manong Jun Esperon para makatabla sa paligsahan sa boto ng mga taga district 6.

Itong survey ay may 3,000 respondents at may plus or minus two coefficient of error.

Lumabas din sa survey na hindi nila masyadong nakikita si Manong Jun Esperon sa mga barangay.

Siyempre pagdating ng halalan kapag ikaw ay nalamangan ng twelve percent o one percent talo ka pa rin.

SECRETARY TO THE CABINET BEBOT BELLO ! Si Secreatary Bello ay dumaan sa Pangasinan kamakailan lang.

Siya ay dating Justice Secretary noong panahon ni Presidente Fidel V. Ramos at nagsilbi rin siya sa gabinete ni President Cory Aquino.

May pagka-joker din si Sec Bello, masayang kasama.

Ang kanyang panawagan ay justice para sa lahat lalonglalo na sa larangan ng social justice.

Kung noong una ay nabalitang para kay Noynoy siya, ngayon naman ay naninindigan siya sa kandidatura ni Gibo Teodoro.

Bagay na bagay si Sec Bello na maging senador dahil sa kanyang mahabang karanasan sa serbisyo sa bayan.

Minsan silang nagkasama ni Mayor Nani sa Peace Process kung saan ginawa nila ang makakaya para makausap ang mga lumalaban sa gobyerno.

Pero sila ay tinangal dahil sila ay napagbintanagn na mga komunista, he.he.he.

Ang unang ihahain na batas nii Sec Bello ay ang magkaroon ng total gun ban.

February 2, 2010 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL


Don’t shoot the messenger

“Shooting the messenger” is a metaphoric phrase used to describe the act of lashing out at the (blameless) bearer of bad news.

People need news, accurate information, to make decisions in their lives.

Professional journalists as much as possible want to bring good news.

But when we deliver the news some people take the news negatively while others take the news positively.

The advice “Don’t shoot the messenger” was first expressed by Shakespeare in Henry IV, part 2 (1598) and in Antony and Cleopatra[1]

According to Wikipedia, an analogy of the phrase can come from the breaching of an invisible code of conduct in war, where a commanding officer was expected to receive and send back emissaries or diplomatic envoys sent by the enemy unharmed. During the early Warring States period of China , the concept of chivalry and virtue prevented the executions of messengers sent by opposing sides.

Let us take an example.

FIFTEEN towns in Pangasinan have already been included in the watchlist of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the police in connection with the May 10 national and local elections.

The governor and the provincial police director much like the concerned mayors together with their chiefs of police will definitely take this as bad news since the report may speak of disorder in 15 towns and cities in Pangasinan.

Who will be blamed?

Will it be the Comelec or will it be the journalist who just reported it?

How does one break this news gently?

Simply put, there’s no gentle way of breaking any piece of news to any follower of Pangasinan politics.

Maria Ressa once said, “We are, first and foremost, professional journalists — regardless of who owns us.”

February 2, 2010 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

New press club rises in eastern Pangasinan


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Officers of Metro Urdaneta Press Club will be sworn into office on January 28, 2010 at Lisland Resort here with Mayor Amadeo R. Perez, Jr. as inducting officer and Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr as guest of honor and speaker.

This was disclosed by its new president Peter Jason “Jigs” Agsalud, the publisher of Weekly Star Tribune and said the new club does not compete with the Eastern Pangasinan Media Association under Edgardo Ferrer.

“ We have to professionalize the work of the community journalists in this part of the province. In the past, we have been criticized for having media workers in our midst who are not really working media and they bring disgrace to the profession. It is now the time to work together and legitimize the ranks of media workers for the benefit of public service,” Agsalud said.

The new press club was conceptualized when the existing media association has not conducted meetings after the officers were sworn into office. When the idea was presented to Mayor Amadeo R. Perez, Jr., he gave his support and go signal to form one.

Ed Salgado, a veteran radio announcer/commentator and a journalist was elated with the organization of a new press club.

“ I have been longing to have one like this in this side of the province. We will see to it that members are legitimate media practitioners. The members should have their outlets and must meet the membership requirements of the club, “ he said.

The papers of the new club are already being prepared for its registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Baguio City .

Other officers of the club are: Virgil Sar. Maganes, Executive Vice President (Northern Watch); Vernon Galletes, Vice President for Print (The Observer); Romeo Umipig, Vice President for Broadcast (DWRS,Radyo ng Bayan); Dextress Taguim, Secretary General (Bombo Radyo); Evelyn Salgado, Treasurer (Pangasinan Express); Prisco de Guzman, Auditor (Weekly Star Tribune and Al Tigulo, Public information Officer (DZRD,Sonshine Radio).

The Board of Trustees are led by senior journalists: Edgardo Salgado (Pangasinan Express and DZAI-FM), Manuel Diaz (Weely Star Tribune) and Mel Jovellanos (Editor, Weekly Star Tribune).

The Council of Elders are: Brando Cortez (Northern Watch), Cory Bactad (Weekly Star Tribune), Gabby Yana (Philippine Weekly), Edwin Bautista (Northern Mirror), Edwin Marzo ( Weekly Star Tribune) and Maya Galletes ( The Observer).

February 2, 2010 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

EAVESDROPPER: Cheap political campaign strategies and the presidentiables


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

Like a hot brewed coffee and an inflated balloon ready to burst, the political exercise in the province is already a clash of political personalities.

In every political camp, there are issues that have to be thrown to their rivals and sometimes if not most the issues are trivial, too personal and trite. Political campaign strategies seemed to be going back to the jurassic period – mudslinging, personal tirades , discrediting accomplishments of previous administrations and the like.

The expected higher level of political campaign from our politicians has never been in our midst.

By higher level of campaign means that politicians are supposed to concentrate on their platforms of government and if they are the incumbents, they should present their accomplishments to the people without any tint of destroying the personal or public lives of their political rivals.

In the same vein, however, we could not escape the fact that the politicians’ supporters are in the front line doing all strategies to freshen up the campaign of their bosses.

There they go inside their political war rooms and plan out schemes and strategies to cripple their political opponents – studying every angle of strengths and weaknesses and pronto, come out with all sorts of political propaganda.

This scheme is being used from the national to the local levels. The national scene is much more cumbersome as the politicians could use all media facilities – the television, radio and widely circulated newspapers.

At the local scene, it is more of passing rumors or gossips that sometimes these are becoming absurd and weird. These political schemes are insulting the minds and intelligence of the electorates. Those who could not think intelligently are the ones that are caught by the dragnets. They are the ones who are blinded by the distorted political campaigns.

With these scenarios going on, how could we expect a change in our political system? How could we really select good leaders who could steer the nation into a more stable society in the next decade or so? And, what kind of leaders are we going to vote? Can we have a “messiah” or a prophet to catapult us in the realms of financial and economic stability? Or, we might be electing “false prophets” and pseudo-leaders who will put us in the pit of doom?

Unless the political campaigns will be raised into higher levels of strategies which is to concentrate on platforms that will change the lives of the 80 million Filipinos, the same situation we are into now will not be changed.

Let’s look at the national level.

We have ten presidentiables who are speaking the same platform of government- free education, hunger mitigation, job generations, health services, etc. Are not these services already been doing by the present administration? What are they supposed to do when they are in power? Are they going to replicate everything that’s already been done? They criticize the administration, and yet these presidentiables are part of the government. Most of them are senators, one a former cabinet, another a former president convicted of plunder , one is a businessman and a budding politician who has still a lot to learn being a councilor.

Noynoy Aquino is a former congressman of Tarlac and an incumbent senator. What is he going to offer to us? Nothing but the popularity of his parents. He has yet to prove himself in the senate. What legislations he has passed? What were his accomplishments when he was still a congressman in Tarlac? How about the Hacienda Luisita where many farmers have been killed and or intimidated by their power? And who could forget the Mendiola massacre where farmers were killed during his mother’s (Cory Aquino) watch?

Manny Villar was also a former congressman of Las Piñas, became speaker of the House of Representatives and became popular when he endorsed the impeachment complaint against then President Joseph Estrada. He’s at present a senator and became a senate president until he was replaced by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

But Villar’s name was dragged into controversy over the C-5 deal. He was projected to have made money out of his position in overpricing the land value of his land. Is he not a billionaire who made money in housing subdivisions? Can he change our rotten system? I doubt he could.

And now here we have the convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada. When he was convicted of murder, he asserted that we a have a poor justice system and that he was innocent of the plunder crime. Then, he accepted the executive clemency of La Presidenta Gloria, and again during his political sorties he always invoked that he was innocent.

How dare a former president telling us that the justice system is rotten and could not be relied upon. But the wind of change swept his ego. When the Supreme Court and Comelec decided that he could run again for the presidency, he is now praising the justice system and singing his own aria like Andrea Bocelli’s “The Prayer”.

Mind you, how could we trust this man? How could the “masa” been under his spell? I don’t know, why?

Well fellas, these are the first three presidentiables. I will tackle the others in my next column. For the moment, could we think about them? (for comments, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

February 2, 2010 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

Perspectives : Why Noynoy will win against Manny, Erap, and Gibo


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Do you know that all the mayors –except two– in a congressional district here hated the greediness of their solon?

Why? Every time the lawmaker built an infrastructure projects like road, bridge, dike, and others in their town, he did not give a tinge of courtesy of informing them about it.

My source, an administrator of a mayor, told me that the mayors already accepted the solon’s selfishness and does not share the kickbacks from his multi-million projects. But what they could not accept is he kept bypassing them every time he implements a project in their turf. The mayors just want that the lawmaker just give them a little respect in relation to their office.

***

Candidates for this year’s poll should watch out! A political candidate is cooking something against his rival.

He has talked with the composer of a song that it is being used with gusto as a jingle by his rival who aired it at different radio and TV stations. He said the composer wants to sue his opponent for intellectual property infringement.

In case the suit pushes through; this would not be good to the electoral stocks of his rival because he will be painted as “magnanakaw” of the melody of other people’s composition.

***

The perception that Noynoy Aquino has a chance to win the presidential derby in the May 10, 2010 poll – instead of Manny “P6.4 billion C-5 Controversy” Villar, Joseph Estrada, and Gibo Teodoro – is because he made an unequivocal statement to the public that in case he wins the election – he will see to it that the unpopular and controversial President Gloria Arroyo pays for the crimes she committed in the country.

The other presidential candidate would not even quip this in public.

Estrada, in the past, even told a reporter that he would pardon Arroyo to reciprocate what the latter has done to him vis-à-vis his plunder case.

Most of the people do not like this.

One of the factors that fired Noynoy’s popularity was the people wanted to see Gloria locked in jail. And what so exciting about it, after she steps from office at the noon of June 30, 2010, one can expect that somebody sues her with plunder. A crime that the mere filling of it would cause the defendant like Arroyo to “rot” in a detention cell as her case without bail is heard with fanfares for several years.

But this is easier said than done. Asked yourself: If you’re in the shoes of the president – with all the power and resources you have in your hands now – would you allow Noynoy to succeed you in power, and see yourself “emaciated” in jail because your predecessor would not even think to give you pardon? Of course, your answer would be in the negative.

Different scenarios of a failure of election — where an erased shade on a box of a ballot could still be read by a computer, the vulnerability of the computer for hacking, skepticism that all precincts all over the country could not be given a computer, to name a few – would result in the following ugly consequences:

If the failure of the election drags up to the afternoon of June 30, 2010 and beyond, we will not have a president, a vice president, senate president, house speaker, and even the chief justice of the Supreme Court — that many legal minds presently forewarn the president not to appoint because of the unconstitutionality it brings.

***

Could any of these personalities seat into office before June 30, 2010? Is it possible for the military to sneak-in, and run the government?

These were the questions I asked recently to former Speaker Joe de Venecia when we were having coffee.

“If no civilian authority emerges by July 1st. Then the military would –as guardian of the state – temporarily take charge. But that should be the last resort because I am against the military take-over. So it is very important that the new president should be proclaimed at all cost,” he said.

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I told him that most of the members of the Supreme Court are either ‘friendly” or “indebted’ with the president.

I gave him a recent development about the reversal of the court on itself by going against its previous two “final and executory” resolutions after it denied the petition of 16 towns who want to be city. They filed two Motions of Reconsideration (MR) in January 2009, and April 28, 2009, respectively. In its resolution to the last petition, the high court not only stated that it denied for lack of merit the petition but told the 16 cities that it would not entertain any more petition they want to file.

Surprisingly, on December 19, 2009, the said “matigas ang ulo” towns filed another MR. And what you got, the too accommodating high court entertained them with a 6-4 votes in their favor.

With a fickle-minded and seemingly Arroyo-friendly Supreme Court, would this precedence embolden the palace occupant to goad Lakas-Kampi CMD Party senatorial bet and petitioner of the high court’s rejected People’s Initiative” to file another M.R (for the third time) to change our present Bicameral-Presidential to Unicameral-Parliamentary system of government. Remember, just the like the 16 towns, the Supreme Court dealt only adversely Lambino’s petition with a razor thin 8-7 votes in October 25, 2006.

With the Sword of Damocles hanging on the head of La Presidenta Gloria, anything is possible under the sun nowadays.

De Venecia said although the initiative was concluded by the Court more than three years ago, he would look to the possibility of my thesis.

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With the possible resurrection of the People’s Initiative thru the higher tribunal, it would be a constitutional-coup for the present dispensation where a senate merges with the house, an elected president like Aquino transformed into a titular head of state (whose work is to cut ribbon only in a public occasion), and a Pampanga Congresswoman in the name of Gloria Arroyo rises to become a powerful prime minister who retains her immunity against suit from plunder and others.

Jesus Christ, this is like the Russian-model where a Vladimir Putin who is barred to run for presidential reelection, was able to amend the Russian constitution and became his country’s prime minister.

It was a chutzpah, baby!

(Send comments to totomortz@yahoo.com)

February 2, 2010 at 9:33 am Leave a comment


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