Archive for May, 2010

Intense heat sending people to hospital

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The summer heat is sending plenty of patients to the hospital.

Dr. Roland Mejia, chief of the Region I Medical Center, said compared to summers of past years when few people are confined because of ailment caused by heat, this month of May is worst when it comes to number of patients because of hypertension caused by the heat.

He did not have the exact number of patients, but said there are more women suffering from the heat because bodies of women are “unstable when exposed to extreme heat.”

May 27, 2010 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

BASISTA MAYORALTY RACE: Perez asks Comelec to declare winner ‘disqualified’

By Yolanda Sotelo

BASISTA– A losing mayoralty candidate of this town asked the Commission on Elections to declare the mayoralty winner “ineligible and disqualified” for the position because he is Filipino-American or has dual citizenship.

Jocelyn Ong Perez, who lost to Manolito de Leon by 309 votes, said de Leon has not renounced his American citizenship and therefore was not eligible for any elective public position in the country.

She asked if a mere affidavit of renunciation of citizenship was enough proof that de Leon already has renounced his American citizenship.

May 27, 2010 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: 7 out of 10 no jobs

After graduation, Perfecta Sison, 21, is already looking for a job, braving the summer heat and submitting her resume to all sorts of offices.

“Kailangan kong magkatrabaho para sa pagod ng aking mga magulang at para na rin sa aking mga kapatid, Sison said.

Job hunting is a costly exercise where the fresh graduate finds out that she needs money to get all kinds of paper requirements needed by the firms.

May 27, 2010 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

The day I was ‘crowned’

By Vir Sar. Maganes

I had to take a respite from the rigors of covering the elections.

Luckily, my nephew who happens to be in Marinduque where he’s raising a family and working as professor at Marinduque State College, invited us to take a vacation in their place.

With some members of the family, we went to Marinduque last May 21. We took the bus for Cubao at 1:00 in the morning, thence from Cubao took a bus to Lucena City ( Quezon Province). It took us more or less eight hours from Villasis to Lucena City and an additional one and a half hours boat ride from Lucena City to Balanacan Port in Marinduque.

May 27, 2010 at 8:56 am 1 comment

SY Files: Wala nang aksyon

Ni Susan Yadao

Nakakapanibago. Biglang tumahimik ang kapaligiran. Naka-break at nagpapahinga ba ang lahat?

Mula kasi sa napaka-aksyong panahon ng pangangampanya hanggang sumapit ang araw mismo ng eleksyon, naging busy to the max ang lahat. Pero pagkatapos ng napakabilis na paglabas ng election results sa kauna-unahang automated eleksyon at maiproklama ang lahat ng mga winners, halos wala ng aksyon at walang mapaghagilapan ng balita. Nakakabagot! Boring talaga!

Para maalis ang pagkainip, since it’s a Friday, napagkatuwaan ng mga lady staff ng Aksyon Radyo Pangasinan — me, Violy Ferrer, Ilet Breguerra, Tina Mina, Dea Velasco and Northern Watch editor Yolly Sotelo (sorry kay Aksyon Owen Reyes she’s on-board) – to go out and unwind.

May 27, 2010 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Celeste, Bataoil mum on whom to support for speakership

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN- Lakas-Kampi NUCD Party’s Rep. Maria Rachel Arenas of the 3rd District of Pangasinan has signified over a radio interview that she will support President Gloria Arroyo for speakership, but two Pangasinan solons remain silent on their top bet for the position.

Congressmen-elect Jesus “Boying” Celeste (1st District) and Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd Distrcit) said they have yet to decide whether they will vote for President Arroyo, in case she throws her hat in the speakership contest, or for Liberal Party stalwart and Quezon City Representative-elect Sonny Belmonte.

“Hindi po natin masasagot iyan,” Celeste said.

May 25, 2010 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Ebdane to generals: Politics is different from war

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Many military and police generals who dipped their fingers in the May 10, 2010 polls lost.
Some of them are retired generals Hermogenes Esperon, Raffy Rafanan, Rey Velasco, Virgilio Marcelo (Rear Admiral and former Navy FOIC (Flag Officer in Command), and Julito Casillan (commodore of our decrepit navy).

But the one who suffered most in the fall-out was police three-star general Velasco – whose coup d’ grace was ministered by a civilian but seasoned politician Carlito Zaplan.

May 25, 2010 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

PDEA raids ‘drug hub’ in Dagupan

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY- A multi-agency group that used a military armored personnel carrier and an elite team of the Navy swooped into an alleged drug hub in this city believed to be the source of the illegal substance shabu for the Northern Luzon area.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region-1 Director Robert Opena, which led the operation dubbed as Task Force Avatar, said that they hoarded the still undetermined amount of the illegal drugs methamphetamine hydrochloride, and seized several unlicensed small firearms in a Muslim area in Brgy. Bunuan Binloc.

The place is allegedly the drop-off point of illegal drugs for Regions 1 and 2 and the Cordillera Region.

May 25, 2010 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Abono: Bayan has no right to malign farmers’ advocates

By Gabriel Cardinoza
Inquirer Northern Luzon
First Posted 22:01:00 05/22/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics, Inquirer Politics, Congress

ROSALES, Pangasinan, Philippines—An official of the party-list group Abono said Saturday it was unfair for the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) to describe his group as “dubious,” saying it has consistently fought for the rights and interests of farmers in the past many years.

Rosendo So, Abono party-list chair, said his group supported government programs that benefited agriculture and improved the living conditions of farmers regardless of who sat as President.

Read full story here

May 23, 2010 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

PDEA raids a drug hub in Region 1

The arrested muslim shabu peddlers in a raid in Brgy. Bunuan Gueset in Dagupan City recently where the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency requested the assistance of the Navy’s Elite Swag to watch the sea, and the Army that lent its men and armored personnel carrier. According to PDEA's REgional Director Bobby Opena, Dagupan City is the distribution hub of Shabu in Regions 1 & 2

(Text and Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza)

May 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm Leave a comment

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