Archive for May 6, 2010

Al gets Iglesia’s support after 28-point led against Lim

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The politically influential religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo has cast its lot with reelectionist mayor Al Fernandez when it asked its members in a church mass recently here not only to vote overwhelmingly for Fernandez but vote for congressional and vice mayoral bets Gina de Venecia and Belen Fernandez.

“Na announced na kahapon sa pag samba. GAB (acronym for Gina, Al, and Belen) ang napagpasyahan nila” in a text message sent to this paper by the mayor’s son Alvin.

Veteran broadcaster Joey Ballesteros, an INC member, said that his church customarily resorts first to a scientific survey before it pledges its support to a certain candidate.

May 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

JDV foresees failure of elections

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Saying he was not a merchant of doom, former Speaker Jose de Venecia said he was “very worried that the country’s first electronic elections will fail, with a presidential winner who will not be proclaimed by June 30.”

“I am really very worried that all our efforts will fail. I am praying that everything will normalize (after elections), that the thing we dread will not come to pass,” he told reporters.

But De Venecia said he was not a merchant of doom but was merely speaking from “what we see, know and anticipate.”

May 6, 2010 at 8:42 am 1 comment

‘Mayor Mark’ says he will obey his father only inside their house

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – This town has a father and son tandem running for mayor and vice mayor.

But the son said he will only obey the father inside the house, while the latter will follow his orders outside.
Mayoralty candidate Mark Roy Macanlalay, a bachelor, said that he would only obey his father Roy, the present mayor, whenever they are inside the house after they win in this year’s poll.

“Inside our house Roy is the boss, but outside the abode I will call the shots and he should follow,” he declared.

The 26 year-old two-term councilor who runs for mayor as his father is “graduating,” his being young is an advantage because he will introduce a new kind of politics to this burgeoning first class town many believe would become a city soon.

May 6, 2010 at 8:41 am Leave a comment

Amputee says Manay Gina will win by landslide

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY-Step aside Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia. An amputee and a sweepstakes tickets vendor has a wager and a fearless forecast: He bets his remaining undamaged foot for congressional bet Gina de Venecia whom he says will win by landslide on May 10.

Abe Lopez, who used to work as a balancer in a circus and starred with actor Robin Padilla in his flick “Ang utol kong hoodlum,” said that based on his observations in the four towns and a city of the 4thCongressional District of Pangasinan, de Venecia will win handily against survey poll’s laggard Celia Lim.

May 6, 2010 at 8:38 am Leave a comment

Al dusted again BSL by 28.04 percent on latest poll

DAGUPAN CITY – On the latest result of a survey commissioned by GAB (acronym of Gina de Venecia, Al Fernandez, and Belen Fernandez), reelection mayor Al garnered 61.02 percent against rival Benjie S. Lim’s 32.98 percent or a lead of 28.04 percent.

In that April 26-30, 2010 survey, the undecided voters however swelled to six percent or an almost one percent higher to the 5.06 percent April 10-14, 2010 survey that was commissioned by Mayor Fernandez.
The April 28-30 survey used a stratified random sampling of 1000 out of the more than 95,000 registered voters of this city. The survey has a margin of error of plus 4 and minus 4.

Stratified random is each member of the registered voters has an equal chance of being selected.

May 6, 2010 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Sta. Barbara launches Summer Skills Training Program

STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan – “Give man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

Following this famous adage, and in line with the Ten-Point Progress Agenda (particularly in the area of Livelihood and Job Creation) of Mayor Reynaldo V. Velasco, a 15-day Summer Skills Training Program was launched on April 26 at the Orbos Gym in this town.

This project, which covers courses on Food Processing, Commercial Cooking, Baking/Pastry Production and Food & Beverage Services is in partnership with the Luciano Millian Memorial School of Arts and Trade (LMMSAT) of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) based in Asingan, Pangasinan.

May 6, 2010 at 8:26 am Leave a comment

Ang mga isyu sa Party-list

Atty, Jazon Collado, ang mga nagsasabing bastardized ang party-list system sa bansa ay siya rin mga nagtulak para magkaroon nito at sila rin ang unang mga nanalo dito.

Ang gusto ng iba, ma-disqualify ang mga party-list na mayayaman ang nominees.

Ang gusto ng iba, ma-disqualify ang mga party-list na hindi nagmumula sa sector ang nominees.

Pareng Alfred kumusta ang The Generics Pharmacy mo sa Tayug?

Ang party-list ay dapat kumakatawan sa isang marginalized sector ng lipunan.

May 6, 2010 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Two Villasis village heads receive coffins

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- Two punong barangays of this town got the scare of their lives when they received coffins right at their doorsteps early morning of May 2.

Punong Barangay Teofilo S. Salazar, Jr. of Puelay village said that at two o’clock in the morning of Sunday, he heard a loud thud in front his house. When he opened the door, he saw a coffin with his name written inside it.

“It was a scary experience. I have no enemies but I support a candidate whom I know will continue the development of our town,” he said.

May 6, 2010 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

Kimi’s candidacy soaring

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

Sison- Despite claims of her political opponents that she is not a natural-born Filipino but an Australian citizen, 5th district congressional aspirant Kimi S. Cojuangco’s popularity among the electorates in the district is soaring.

“I am a Filipino citizen. What my critics are saying are not true. My grandfather was from Dagupan City and belonged to the Gonzales clan,” Cojuango said.

She said is she was an Australian citizen, she could not have run as mayor of this town where she is a registered voter.

May 6, 2010 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

Political harassment

In most during political campaigns, leaders siding with one candidate are in peril of harassment and other forms of intimidations. While politicians will employ all sorts of strategies and schemes just to lure electorates and ensure their political victories, those who are in the campaign frontline are almost always at the losing end.

The Ampatuan massacre is not limited only to Mindanao . It can happen in various towns and provinces in the country. The Ampatuans are not in the monopoly of killing their political opponents including their supporters. Killings are realities all over the country particularly among new breed of politicians who want to perpetuate themselves in power.

Time and again, I have written in this column that power is intoxicating. That intoxication has already reached the level of no-conscience, of not knowing what is good or bad. The diabolical activities have already engulfed their sense of decency and moral values.

May 6, 2010 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

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