Archive for March, 2010

PERSPECTIVES: Squabbling between PMAyer-politicians

By Marcelo C. Ortigoza

Bani Mayor Marcelo Navarro has unloaded his sentiments on radio against Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino.

The former general said he could not fathom why the governor was “persecuting” him.

But I am not interested on the politics between the two, for the meantime, on this column.

What I was interested was, susmariosep, these duo were mistahs or classmates (1972) at the elite Philippine Military Academy where they both received their diplomas from Apo McCoy, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, at the hallowed ground of Boromeo Field where I used to jog when I worked at the public information office there before.

March 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

JDV hails Versoza’s statement vs palace

By Marcelo C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Fourth district Rep. Jose Venecia “saluted” PNP Director General Jesus Versoza for declaring he wold not obey illegal order to extend the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“We have to salute General Versoza because an officer and a gentleman, and a disciplined head of an anti-crime unit of the government, should stay above politics. He set a good example for the more than 100,000 policemen all over the Philippines ,” he stressed.

The former five-time speaker made this comment after the President snobbed he the graduation ceremony recently of the Philippine National Police Academy in Silang, Cavite.

March 25, 2010 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

EAVESDROPPER: Gibo, the next President

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

I was with a group of friends lately having round of bottles of beer at Gerry’s Grill SM City Rosales and one of our topics was the political situation in the country, particularly the local scene. The conversation was focused on who will likely be the emerging winners in the local polls in May – the presidency , the governorship, congressmen and even mayors in the various towns of the province.

While most of us in the group have different views on local bets, we were one in the opinion that the presidency will ultimately be on the side of Gibo Teodoro of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD coalition. While Gibo is at present on the third slot in the various survey polls ( with 1,500 respondents in the whole country) with Noynoy Aquino of Liberal Party and Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party leading, his popularity is gaining grounds particularly among the youth, women’s groups and even the business communities.

March 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm 3 comments

Pangasinenses thank GMA for irrigation system

By Danny O Sagun

DAGUPAN CITY – Farmer-leader Alfredo Rosquita from eastern Pangasinan thanked President Macapagal-Arroyo for the on-going rehabilitation of two major irrigation systems and the construction of a diversion dam that will eventually benefit farmers from 18 towns of Pangasinan.

Rosquita’s testimony was one of the highlights of the President’s visit right on the site where the diversion dam for irrigation will rise Tuesday morning.

Construction worker Leonardo Amarillo likewise thanked Mrs. Arroyo for the jobs created by the P11.2 billion irrigation project which is expected to be completed by 2013.

March 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm 1 comment

Dagupan water district eyes other sources

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City – While the city’s aquifers may be enough at present to supply the city’s needs, other sources are already being considered to meet the demands of the future, engineer Adelfo Valle of the Dagupan City Water District said.

Guesting at the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency, Valle disclosed that exploratory talks are going on for the possible tapping of the San Roque Multi-Purpose dam as water source. Other possible sources are the nearby towns of San Fabian and Calasiao, he said.

But earlier negotiations with officials and residents of the two towns bogged down, he bared.

March 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm 2 comments

Fearless Maki

By Brando Cortez

ANDA, Pangasinan-A multi awarded broadcast journalist who served the people by reporting on social issues, is taking on another field in an effort to make concrete step in help the poorest of the poor.

Maria Judea “Maki” Pulido said she was interested in the congressional seat of the first district of Pangasinan to pursue its development and also to make a stand on national issues.

“Hindi lang po boses ng taga-district one ang magiging role ko sa congress,” Pulido said. “Panahaon na rin para marinig ang boses ng distrito sa mga isyus na pambansang interes ang nakasalalay.”

March 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

Velasco hands-off on demolition of houses

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SANTA BARBARA – The mayor of this town took a hands-off policy on the dramatic and acrimonious clash between the demolition team and the squatters of Barangay Tebag here.

Mayor Rey Velasco said he could not prevent the demolition team composed of dozens of police using a fire truck and a pay loader which backed up land owner Humberto Solis.

He said there was already a court order favoring Solis as owner of the n a disputed 11 hectares of land that that saw litigation for 30 years.

March 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm 1 comment

EDITORIAL: Increase the budget not the tuition

Graduation exercises abound this March and April and policy makers should consider how to temper increases in tuition and other school fees.

The angry faces and clenched fists of protests of students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines against the proposed hike in their tuition fees is one that is usually seen during school openings.

The students are angry and many of them may have to quit school if it pushes through.

The students threw armchairs, tables and papers down to the ground floor and set these on fire.


March 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

ANG MASO: Lokal media minaliit na naman!

By Brando Cortez

GRADUATION NA NAMAN! Kaliwa’t kanan ang pagbati ng kung sino-sinong mga kandidato ang iyong makikita sa mga tarpaulin na nakasabit sa kung saan saan.

Manong Jun Esperon, maganda po ang inyong panawagan na “Isang college graduate sa bawat pamilya” sa district 6.

Ayon sa statistics…apat (4) lang sa bawat sampu (10) na pumapasok ng grade one ang nakakarating ng college.

Una, binabati ko lahat ng mga estudyanteng hindi kasali sa “Top Ten” ng graduating class dahil nakatapos kayo kahit hindi “top ten.” Mabuhay kayo!

March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

JDV: Postpone barangay elections

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Former Speaker Jose de Venecia proposed the postponement of the barangay elections this October to October 2011 and use the money to fight drought in all barangays in the country.

But to do this, the Congress has to convene and include “one small line” in the law saying the elections should be held in 2011 instead of 2010, the Pangasinan representative told reporters here on Sunday.

“We don’t need 10 days to debate that,” de Venecia said, asking Congress to convene to pass a law changing the barangay election date.

March 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm 31 comments

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