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Puno graces testimonial dinner for new Pangasinan’s lawyers

The successful 2009 bar passers. From left to right : Attys. Edward Cham, Cynthia Natividad, Rhoda Odero, Donna Mendiguarin, Jennifer Melchor and Alex Norman B. Lomboy. Not in photo is Atty. Rosanna Molina

by Atty. Alex Norman B. Lomboy

“The graduates of provincial law schools deserved more congratulations than those graduates of UP, Ateneo, San Beda and other leading law schools in Manila”.

This was the opening statement of former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno as he bared the predicament of law students in the province who are mostly working students who barely have the time for their studies as compared to the full-time law students in Manila who can devote more time to their study of the law.

The retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines was the guest of honor and speaker as the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s College of Law hosted a testimonial dinner last July 23, 2010 at the Star Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom to honor its seven (7) new lawyers who successfully hurdled the rather tough Bar examinations given last year.
Of the 1,451 new lawyers who passed the 2009 Bar examinations, seven (7) of them are proud graduates of the University of Pangasinan which was recently under new management of PHINMA. These successful new lawyers are Attys. Edward C. Cham, Alex Norman B. Lomboy, Jennifer M. Melchor, Donna D. Mendiguarin, Rosanna M. Molina, Cynthia C. Natividad and Rhoda M. Odero.
Figures from the Office of the Bar Confidant of the Supreme Court revealed that a total of 5,903 law graduates from 109 law schools nationwide took the 2009 Bar exams held on September 6, 13, and 20, and October 4, 2009 at the De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila with Supreme Court’s Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura as chairman.
The Bar Examinations are traditionally held during the four (4) consecutive Sundays of September but the High Court had to reset the last exams week to October 4, 2009 due to the massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces brought about by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” which displaced many bar examinees. The postponement was a first in the history of the Bar exams since the very first examination that was held in 1901.
On his speech, the chief justice profoundly dealt on issues affecting the environment. He proudly bared his legacy to the Filipino people most especially to the generations to come by the passing under his able stewardship the Writ of Kalikasan as well as the Writ of Continuing Mandamus. These new rules are specifically promulgated to govern environmental cases. Noteworthy is the fact that it is only in the Philippines among nations all over the world that has these remedies to protect its environment.

“The right to a sound environment carries with it the duty to preserve it not only for ourselves but for the generations to come” stressed the former highest magistrate in the land. The very right to life enshrined in the Philippine Constitution is at stake as we protect the right of the unborn citizens.
The former Chief Justice thus admonished everybody present that evening led by the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s College of Law Dean, Atty. Alvin V. Gonzales and College of Law Dean Emeritus, Atty. Hermogenes Decano, to spearhead the change for a better environment and let that change start from all of us and within us.
On a lighter note, the Philippine Bar exams, which serve as the licensure examiner for lawyers, is exclusively administered by the Supreme Court. It is the only professional licensure test in the country that is not supervised by the Philippine Regulatory Commission. The Supreme Court conducts the Bar examinations pursuant to Article VIII, Sec. 5 of the Constitution which provides that it shall have the power to promulgate rules governing the admission to the practice of law.
The 2009 Bar Exams was also the first time that two (2) examiners were designated in each of the eight subjects. Thus, every Bar subject was divided into two parts. The 2-examiner policy was adopted by the High Court after the Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters approved the proposal of Lawyer Ma. Cristina B. Layusa, Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant, to designate two (2) examiners per Bar subject, pursuant to Paragraph 4, Part B of Bar Matter No. 1161.
The Rules of Court provide that “a candidate may be deemed to have passed his examination successfully if he has obtained a general average of 75% in all subjects without falling below 50% in any subject.”
In determining the average, subjects in the examinations are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15%; Labor and Social Legislation, 10%; Civil Law, 15%; Taxation, 10%; Mercantile Law, 15%; Criminal Law, 10%; Remedial Law, 20%; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5%, for a total of 100%.
The University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s passing percentage of almost 40% during the 2009 Bar exams is higher than that of the national passing percentage of 24.58% and higher than that of other law schools in Northern Luzon. Due credit must be accorded to the university’s new management for its all-out support to its bar candidates. In fact, the newly-renovated building fronting Arellano Street now accommodates the University’s College of Law as the management intends to make the university the premiere law school outside of Metro Manila.

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Evacuation is failure of the government

It is only a matter of days before we experience heavy rains and the safety of communities along the Agno River and its tributaries should be given highest priority.

The people demand that the money and the technical people with all their diplomas from universities and licenses from the Philippine Regulatory Commission do their best in preparing the dikes for the rains so that no evacuation would be necessary.

How confident are we that the dikes are secure and ready to handle the rain and winds of the coming typhoons?

The San Roque Dam may have the largest water holding capacity which is good but looking at it on the other side it also has the largest water releasing capacity and that is bad.

Will the water flow through the river or will the water run over the river once more?

It is the impression of the people after last year’s death and destruction that the government has always taken, and will continue to take, actions that put protection of the people above all other considerations.

God should not be blames for the deaths and destruction caused by flooding.

Forces of nature should not be blamed for the deaths and destruction caused by flooding.

We believe that it is the failure of the government if evacuation will have to be undertaken.

If evacuation will be ordered, this means that the government failed in protecting the people in their homes.

July 29, 2010 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

Alibi para mangutang ni Noy

VICE MAYOR JOJO ESTRELLA PAJELA NG ROSALES, alam mo ba na sa Sona sa July 26 ay sasabihin ni Presidente Noynoy na ang kaban ng bayan ay bangkarote na.

Sasabihin niya na naubos na ang pondo ng bayan.

Vice Mayor Jojo, ano ang gagawin kung iginigiit ni Presidente Noynoy at sinasangayunan naman ng mga pari, negosyante at ng mainstream media na wala nang alternatiba at ang kailangan ay maghigpit ng sinturon, magtiis at umasa?

Kailangan daw na magtipid hindi lang ang gobyerno…pati ako, pati ikaw na ordinaryong mamamayan ay dapat na maghigpit ng sinturon…magtipid.

Ano po ang ibig sabihin ng paghihigpit ng sinturon?

Mababawasan ang inaasahan natin na serbisyo mula sa gobyerno.

Huwag daw tayong aasa ng maraming grasya mula sa gobyerno dahil wala nang pondo.

Ikikukundisyon na ang ating isipan na hindi kasalanan ng bagong administrasyon kung hindi makapag-deliver ng basic services.

Sasabihin naman ng pribadong sector na hindi muna sila makakapagtaas ng sahod dahil may krisis sa ekonomiya.

Kaya kahit na pataas ng pataas ang presyo ng langis, asukal, toyo, sukat at iba pa ay huwag kang umasa na tataas ang sahod mo.

Pinipilit tayo na mag-tiis at umasa tulad ng sinasabi ng simbahan dahil sa dulo daw ay may kasaganaan.

Pero matagal na tayong nakagapos sa kadena ng kahirapan

Nagsisikap ang administrasyon at ang galamay na media na papaniwalin tayo na dahil sa ginawa ng nakaraang administrasyon ay dapat tayong maghigpit ng sinturon.

COUNCILOR TONY MUYA NG ROSALES, alam mo ba na si Vice Mayor Jojo Pajela ay ay may paninindigan para sa pagbabago ng lipunan?

Siya ay kasama din sa mga pakikibaka para sa mga isyu na ikububuti ng mga mamamayan.

Si Vice Mayor Jojo ay hindi lang nakikibaka para sa kalusugan kung hindi para sa iba’t ibang batayang serbisyo para sa mamamayan.

Siya ay aktibong kumikilos para sa tunay na pagbabago.

Dapat huwag tayong maniwala sa pagsisinungaling ng mga taong namuno at sa mainstream media.

Dahil wala na daw taong pondo, kinakailangan na manutang tayo sa mga dayuhan.

VICE MAYOR NILO COSTALES ng Villasis, ano ang gagawin kung iginigiit ni Presidente Noynoy at sinasangayunan naman ng mga pari, negosyante at ng mainstream media na wala nang alternatiba at ang kailangan ay maghigpit ng sinturon, magtiis at umasa…at mangutang sa International community?

At tulad ng mga dating namuno sa atin, madadagdagan na naman ang utang ng bayan.

Matagal na tayong nabubuhay sa utang panlabas o foreign debt na kinukurakot ng nakaupong administrasyon at binabayaran ng mga mamamayan.

Parati na lang tayong tinatakot na dapat daw ay tanggapin ang mga sakripisyo, kung hindi ay wala tayong gagastusin para sa mga kalsada at tulay.

Anong klase pa bang sakripisyo angf kailangangng gawin ang Pilipino para makaahon sa kahirapan.

Sa loob ng nagdaang 50 taon ang pandaigdigang ekonomiya ay nasa krisis na.

Ang desperadong pangungutang lamang ang lagging gamot sa kawalan ng pondo.

Pero ang nakikita natin ngayon ay marami na ang mga negosyong nagsasara na nagdudulot ng kawalan ng trabaho.

July 29, 2010 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

San Carlos officials, students plant trees to remember Mayor Jolly

By Brando Cortez

SAN CARLOS CITY-The mayor and vice mayor and Binalatongan Community College students and their teachers woke up before sunrise to go to one of the remotest villages of this city to fulfill an annual mission.
They will plant trees and distribute school bags and slippers to children to
to commemorate the birth of the late mayor Julian “Jolly” Resuello.
Mayor Jolly Resuello is known to be the father of modern San Carlos City.
His sons, Mayor Julier “Ayoy” Resuello and his younger brother Vice Mayor Joseres “Bogs” Resuello led the tree planting at the Supo Elementary School where they cited their father’s development vision for the city and vowed to continue in the fulfillment of the progress of the city.
The school officials and the public school students together with the barangay officials and residents warmly welcomed Mayor Resuello and company.
“This annual tree planting activity is our way of thanksgiving for the blessings we have received from mother earth and the community,” Resuello said. “Every tree that we plant every year is for the future of the people of San Carlos.”
About 150 college students and teachers from Binalatongan Community College participated in the activity as their way of contributing to the regreening of this part of San Carlos City.
“This is our statement that trees should not be cut indiscriminately,” Joseres Resuello said. “Instead, we should continue planting and nurturing trees whenever we have the opportunity to do so.”
Aside from tree planting Mayor Resuello gave away school bags and slippers to the elementary students.
Resuello said the students deserve to be educated and it is the government’s responsibility to give them a decent education.

“Napagpasiyahan po namin na dito ganapin ang tree planting activity at ang pamimigay ng school bags at tsinelas para mailapit namin ang gobyerno sa inyo,” Resuello said. “Malayo man po sa sentro ng San Carlos ang barangay na ito ay hindi po natin nakakalimutan ang pagsilbihan kayo.”
With his new and overwhelming mandate from the people of San Carlos, Mayor Resuello said that he is now more inspired to translate the people’s trust into more tangible projects that will not only touch their lives now but much more for the future of the children of today.

July 29, 2010 at 8:08 am Leave a comment


Helen Bautista of Binalonan town receives a symbolic check forP20,000 representing insurance coverage of her late husband, Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team(BPAT) member Jimmy Bautista, from Sr.Supt.Percival Barba, Pangasinan police director, recently at the Pangasinan PNP provincial office. Also in photo is second district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil.(CESAR RAMIREZ)

July 27, 2010 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Taiwanese interested to invest in Pangasinan

By Danny O Sagun

LINGAYEN – Pangasinan continues to attract prospective foreign investors.

This time a group of top government officials and businessmen from the Republic of China visited the province to explore the possibilities of setting up business.

The group, led by Taiwan Senator Lu Hsuen-Chang, called on Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. at the provincial Capitol Thursday. They later faced the local media in a press conference at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center and also visited scenic Bolinao town.

July 27, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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