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MECO Chair Perez supports ‘Loterya ng Bayan”


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- I am always supportive of legal activities.

This was said by Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chair Amadeo R. Perez Jr. when asked on his position on operations of “Loterya ng Bayan” in the province.

“This Loterya ng Bayan is the initiative of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and therefore it is legal. I hope it will end all other illegal gambling in the country,” Perez said.

“Since I was a Mayor and Congressman, I am always an advocate of legal activity. That is why when I was in Congress I pushed for the legalization of ‘jueteng’,” he said.

He further said that with the “loterya ng bayan”, the local government units will be assured of their share in its operations which could be used for developmental projects and social services.

“There will be more people who will be benefited like those loterya workers who will have decent work and income. They could also avail insurance from the Social Security System (SSS) and health benefits from Philhealth,” he added.

On the jai alai issue, Perez said that he was not aware of it since he is busy with his work at MECO. “I could not give comment on the jai alai.”

When told that his son Mayor Bobom Perez is doing well in his city administration, the older Perez said that he is happy for his son and for the people of Urdaneta City .

“I have not mistaken at all in endorsing him as the next mayor of the city. I know that Bobom could do it and even surpass my accomplishments as the mayor of this premier city,” he said.

He said that he is receiving encouraging remarks about the accomplishments of Mayor Bobom and as a father all he could do is to advise him but not to interfere with his administration.

Perez lauded the city government for the various physical transformation of the city like the cleanliness program, the development of the sidewalk system and the construction of city land mark at the public market.

June 27, 2011 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

Merreras plead ‘not guilty’ on attempted murder case

DAGUPAN CITY- “Not guilty”.

This was the plea entered by Binmaley Vice Mayor Pete Merrera and his brother Butch Merrera during the arraignment on the attempted murder case filed against them at the sala of Judge A. Florentino R. Dumlao Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 42 here last June 7.

The case docketed as Criminal Case No. 2010-0640-D was finally under the Court’s jurisdiction after it has been dragged for almost 10 months.

The accused filed a petition for review of the case to the Department of Justice (DOJ) which was resolved last May 13, sustaining the findings of the Provincial Prosecutors office for a “full blown trial” due to the presence of a probable cause under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code.

Second, the arraignment was postponed by the legal counsel of the accused due to other cases he has to attend to. Third, during the scheduled arraignment last June 1, the accused failed to appear and the counsel has to ask the Court for another postponement.

Last June 7, there was again a deliberate attempt of the accused to defer the arraignment because their legal counsel Arsenio Merrera filed a “motion to inhibit” to the Supreme Court of the presiding judge due to alleged “ ignorance of law” on a case decided by Judge Dumlao last April 8.

Lawyer Merrera said without the decision of the Supreme Court on the motion for inhibition, his clients will not get justice and that the Court will be biased and impartial.

The copy of the “motion for inhibition” was received by the Court on June 6, a day before the scheduled arraignment.

“The ‘motion for inhibition’ has nothing to do with this case. It will not prevent this Court to go on with the arraignment,” Judge Dumlao ruled.

Judge Dumlao further said that the arraignment of the case could not be delayed anymore as it was already postponed three times.

Despite legal maneuverings of the Merreras, Judge Dumlao sustained his ruling for immediate arraignment.

The case stemmed from the alleged non-payment of entrance fees during a cockfight at the Abalos Cockpit Area in Mangaldan last July 31. The complainant, Armand Valenzuela, who was also the sponsor of the cockfight, was hit by the butt of the gun of Butch Merrera.

Merrera allegedly later fired the gun on Valenzuela’s face after he came to the rescue of gatekeeper Thelma Lasat.

The Provincial Prosecutor and the DOJ opined that the action of Butch Merrera was upon the order of his brother Vice Mayor Pete Merrera.

Lawyer Nelson Palaris, private prosecutor of the case said that with the arraignment of the accused the wheels of justice will now start to turn.

June 27, 2011 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

June 27, 2011 at 7:06 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: “Hope of Pangasinan” commits suicide

The celebration of Rizal Day reminds us his more popular quote saying that the youth is the hope of our Fatherland. In our beloved province, the youth is also the hope of Pangasinan.

It is therefore incumbent upon the provincial leadership to take care of the youth, the hope of Pangasinan.

But somewhere in the bustling town of Bayambang, a second year college child of a farmer committed suicide. The reason for her committing suicide is that the farmer’s family did not have the money to send her through college.

A few days after the young college student’s death, the mother unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide. The reason for committing suicide is that the combined effort of the mother and father as farmers was not enough to send their young lady to second year in college.

Now comes the provincial government asking permission to buy a painting of Princess Urduja worth P650,000.00 only.

We know and have seen a now priceless painting of Princess Urduja in the Provincial Capitol…as we ask: do we really need another Urduja painting?

Will another student, who does not have money for college enrolment, be stopped from committing suicide if anew painting of Pricess Urduja is placed in the Beautiful Provincial Capitol?

Will another farmer’s wife who does not have money to send her child through college be stopped from committing suicide if a new painting of Pricess Urduja is placed in the Beautiful Provincial Capitol?

At the farmer’s forum, the provincial government said that the increase in real property taxes was meant to increase the resources to return the same in the form of projects and services.

Now the farmers are told the Pangasinan needs to buy a painting of Princess Urduja.

The farmers will never understand how a painting of Princess Urduja in the Beautiful Provincial Capitol of Pangasinan will increase their harvest for the wet cropping season.

The young children of farmers will never understand how a painting of Princess Urduja in the Beautiful Provincial Capitol of Pangasinan will help them get through college.

The Provincial Government has P650,000.00 available to purchase a painting.

The Provincial government does not have money to spend for the youth of Pangasinan.

Princess Urduja represents beauty and bravery but will it prevent another hope of Pangasinan from committing suicide?

June 27, 2011 at 6:54 am Leave a comment

Urduja Painting

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. (right) reads the Provincial Resolution No. 649-2011 approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan authorizing Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. to enter into a contract of sale for the purchase of the oil painting of Princess Urduja, an original artwork in 1953 of internationally-acclaimed Filipino painter Antonio Gonzales Dumlao. The legendary warrior princess is said to have ruled the kingdom of Tawalisi in the province of Pangasinan during the early times. Her cultural influence made former Pangasinan Governor Juan de Guzman Rodriguez to name the official residence of the provincial governor as Princess Urduja Palace in early 1953. Also in photo is Board Member Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario (2nd from right). (PIO Photo by Bob Sison)

June 20, 2011 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

Crack in the Capitol

CRACK IN THE CAPITOL. Kung gagamit ka ng isang tasang may lamat na… ay naku tatagas ang kape!

Hindi naman po nagkaroon ng physical na crack sa kapitolyo ng Pangasinan, ang ibig ko pong sabihin ay marami na ang nagsasabi na ang samahan ng grupong nagdala at tumulong kay Gov para makaupo sa kapitolyo ay may lamat na daw.

Maraming nakakaalam at nakakaintindi sa halaga ng Orduña Brothers sa mag kalakaran sa Pangasinan.

Ang Orduña Brothers ay malapit na malapit kay Governor Amado T. Espino Jr.

Ang resignation ni Bugallon Mayor Ric Orduña bilang president ng League of Municipalities Pangasinan Chapter ay nagpapakita na may crack na sa Capitol ng Pangasinan sa pamumuno ni. Espino Jr.

Ang pag-tender ng indefinite leave naman ni PDRMC chief na si Pat Orduña ay isa pa ring palatandaan na may crack na sa Capitol.

Pati pala si Doc. Karlo Orduña ay nag-iisip na din kung mare-resign na din sa Provincial Hospital.

Ano po ba talaga ang dahilan ng paghihiwalay ng landas ni Gov Espino at ng Orduña Brothers? (kung alam niyo po ang sagot paki email niyo na lang po sa

Bok Nani Braganza, napag-aralan natin noon na ang kahinaan ng isang puwersa ang magtatakda kung ito ay magwawagi o hindi sa isang laban.

Ang crack ba sa Capitol ay isang palatandaan na humina na ang grupong nagbabalak na makakuha ng 3rd term sa pamumuno sa Pangasinan?

Are the resignations and the indefinite leave unveiling of crack spreading within the first year of the second term of the Espino administration in Pangasina? (O ha! English question yan Toto Mortz).

GEN. OBAN SHOULD RESIGN! Dapat mag-resign si Gen. Eduardo Oban sa declaration niya na ang Pilipinas ay umaasa sa tulong ng Amerika kung magkakaroon ng matinding sigalot sa pagitan ng China at Pilipinas.

Para sa isang pinakamataas na pinuno ng sandatanhang Lakas ng Pilipinas, ang ganitong pahayag ay nakakahiya.

Dapt nanindigan na lang si Gen. Oban na kakayanin ng Pilipinas ang ipagtangol ang kanyang sarili kahit na kulang sa resources.

Bakit kailangang sumandal pa sa Amerika?

Lalong bumaba ang dignidad ng Sandatahang Lakas dahil sa pronouncement na ito.

Kung hindi kayang ipagtangol ni Gen. Oban ang Pilipinas, dapat ay magresign na siya.

Anong klaseng dignidad meron ang mga opisyal natin?

Maghahamon sila ng away..tapos ihaharap nila ang Amerika…hahaha!

THREE EVENTS. Opo tatlong events ang sabaya-sabay na mangyayari sa Pangasinan sa June 20,2011.

Una, ay magkakaroon ng necrological service para kay former Pangasinan Governor Conrado ‘Tata Condring’ Estrella (93 years old) sa St. Anthony de Padua Parish Church sa Rosales.

Pangalawa, ay celebration ng Agew na Dagupan na kanilang 64 years bilang city.

Pagatlo ay birthday ni Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr.

Kasamang Orly Navarro, hindi naman sinasadya ang pagkakasabay-sabay ng tatlong events na ito. Nagkataon lang. Hehehe.

MAY KULANG KAY RIZAL. Sa dinami-dami ng naging at nagawa ni Dr. Jose Rizal, may kulang pa rin. Wala siyang nagging anak. Kaya hindi siya kasali sa Father’s Day.

Bok Doy, hindi ka rin kasali sa Father’s Day, lolo na si kasamang King zero ka pa.

Doctor si Rizal, writer si Rizal, nakapaglibot sa iba’t-ibang bansa si Rizal, bayani si Rizal pero wala siyang anak

Rizal ay maraming naging syota pero wala siyang naging anak kaya may kulang…wala siyang anak.

Siyam ang na-link sa kanyan bilang ka-relasyon at iyan ay sina Segundina Katigbak, Leonora Valenzuela, Leonor Rivera, Consuelo Ortiga, O Sei San (Haponesa), Gertrude Beckett (London), Nelli Boustead, Suzanne Jacoby (Brussels) at Josephine Bracken…Wala siyang naanakan.

LET US EAT BANGUS AGAIN! Tulungan po natin na makabangon ang Bangus industry ng Pangasinan. Simulan na uli natin na bumili at kumain ng masarap at masustansiyang Bangus.

Tama ang probinsiya na buhayin ang Caquiputan Channel. Dapat din palawakin ang perspectives ng mga opisyan ng gobyerno lalo na iyong mga makikipot ang isipan at pananaw sa antas ng serbisyo publiko.

Tutulungan na ni Gov ang Bolinao at Anda sa pagpapalakad sa mga fish pen at fish cages doon para mas sustainable ang pangingisda doon.

Paalala lang po sa mga nakaupo na sa elective positions mula kay John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902).

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

Parating nababangit ang first sentence. Pero mas mabigat ang second sentence, hindi po ba?

Kayo po, gusto niyo ba ang maging great?

Sabi ni Buknoy, ‘Ako ayoko na ang maging great kung magiging masama din lang ako.’

June 20, 2011 at 11:47 am 1 comment

DILG, Wake Up!

By Archbishop Oscar Cruz

ANY person who participates in any illegal numbers game shall suffer the following penalties:

a) The penalty of imprisonment from thirty (30) days to ninety (90) days, if such a person acts as a bettor.

b) The penalty of imprisonment from six (6) years and one (1) day to eight (8) years, if such a person acts as a personnel or staff of an illegal numbers game operation. The same penalty shall likewise be imposed to any person who allows his vehicle, house, building or land to be used in the operation of illegal numbers game.

c) The penalty of imprisonment for eight (8) years and one (1) day to ten (10) years, if such a person acts as a collector or agent.

d) The penalty of imprisonment from ten (10) years and one (1) day to twelve (12) years, if such a person acts as coordinator, controller or supervisor.

e) The penalty of imprisonment of twelve (12) years and one (1) day to fourteen (14) years, if such a person acts as a maintainer, manager or operator.

f) The penalty of imprisonment from sixteen (16) years and one (1) day to twenty (20) years, if such a person acts as protector or coddler.

Source: Republic Act 9287. Twelfth Congress. Third Regular Session. 2 April 2004. Section Three: Punishable Acts.

At this writing, JUETENG in the country is not only safe and sound but also very vibrant and rampant. Strongly but frankly said, only fools and idiots in a given municipality, city and province, do not know who are the cobradores, cabos, revisadores, cahas, pagadores, protectors and capitalista of the illegal number’s game of JUETENG. Plainly and candidly said, the following very well know who are behind such illegal numbers games: The Barbero. Kutchero. Tubero. Lasingero. Basurero and many others. Most of the local public officials and police authorities however do know any of them—as they play blind, deaf and dumb! Why? Only fools do not know the answer!

The Malacañang occupant was able to stop “Wang-Wang”. Asked why the same does not stop Jueteng, the answer: It is not in his priority. Professing to be pro-poor, much preoccupied with the poor, focused on the plight of the poor, yet he does not know or do not want to know that Jueteng grossly and continuously exploits the poor—and how! In the event the Malacañang tenant loves to sleep and/or is mostly sleepy, then DILG—WAKE UP!

June 20, 2011 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

JDV’s on Spratlys; Alaminos Bangus

“I’m here with a lot of questions on the Spratly’s for JDV (former House Speaker Joe de Venecia), but he is not here!” this I gamely told Rep. Gina de Venecia, who was with presidential sister Pinky Aquino-Abellada at the inauguration recently of San Miguel Corporation’s donated public kindergarten school in Manaoag, Pangasinan.

Manay Gina told me her hubby Joe, our country’s renowned top geo-politics’ expert, has just called a press conference in Manila for his take on the brewing issue between mammoth China and the ASEAN members who have claim on the islets and their surrounding waters at the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea.

Anyway, Manay Gina’s beauteous and able PR “maam” Gypsy gave me JDV’s formula for a comprehensive negotiated settlement in the China Sea’s titled “Temporarily Shelve the Issue of Sovereignty, Join Drilling for Oil and Gas Under Equitable Profit-Sharing, Open Seas, UNCLOS, Withdrawal from Armed Garrisons and Demilitarization, Tourism and Other Modes of Economic Development, Zone of Peace: Solutions to Crisis in China Sea”.

And his “Open Seas”, Joint Development, UNCLOS, Withdrawal from the Military Outposts, Zone of Peace: Solution for the South China Sea” he reads at the informal dialogue with Vietnam’s Communist Party Leaders in Hanoi, Vietnam on April 18-22, 2011.

By the way Former Speaker Joe is the founding chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).

In his visit before in Washington DC, the five times former Speaker told then U.S Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Bill Cohen, who later became Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton, that any settlement in China Sea would guarantee untrammeled passage for global shipping.
He said that China’s premier Deng Xio Phing and then President Corazon Aquino and Vice President and Foreign Secretary Salvador Laurel, during the duo’s visit in Beijing, China after the ‘People Power’ Revolution, all said it was a practical idea for cooperative work of exploring and drilling for oil and gas fields only if both countries shelve the issue of sovereignty for a later time.
He said he was the one who discussed this formula with them when he was the Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee.
On the dilemma stakeholder countries’ face at the Paracel (Vietnam vs. China), Senkaku (Diaoyu) Straits (Japan vs. China), and Kalayaan Islands (Philippine vs. China), there was a precedence to bring this tinder box issue for a just peaceful conclusion.
“Indeed in Western Europe, after World War II, the North Sea Powers including among others the United Kingdom, Norway and Germany undertook a peaceful media-line partition of the North Sea, with the oil flowing to Teeside in England and Stavanger, Norway and the gas to Bremen, Germany, with many producing wells drilled, and massive oil platforms build in the turbulent sea, one of them the Norwegian-owned Ecofish Field which we visited by helicopter in the mid-1970s, all the product of peaceful dialogue and geo-political settlement,” he elaborated.
Meanwhile, in his informal dialogue with Vietnam Communist Party leaders (attended by the past and current Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Duc Manh and Nguyen Phu Throng whom JDV said “both actually have higher rank than Vietnam’s President or Prime Minister, and in Beijing with the Vice-Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China, Ai Ping), JDV said:
“Continuation of the Vietnam-Philippine-China Seismic Agreement in the South China Sea that should lead to actual drilling for oil and gas with profit-sharing among the claimant nations, demilitarization of the area and withdrawal by armed forces from the military outposts on the disputed islands and isles, and the area’s conversion from a Zone of Conflict to a Zone of Peace,” de Venecia stressed.
He explained further that the major explosions in North Africa and the Middle East, the continuing increases in the price of oil, the long haul for or tanker from the South China Sea, across the Straits of Malacca, the Gulf of Thailand, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Straits of Hormuz and into the major oil-producing  areas in the Arab/Persian Gulf are enough impetus for all of us to agree to break the impasse among claimant nations, cooperatively drill for oil and gas in our own front yard or backyard, and forever avoid the danger of conflict or war in our neighborhood


Because of the massive fish kill that snapped hundreds of millions of pesos from the pockets of stakeholders in the mammoth bangus (milkfish) industry not only in Pangasinan but in Batangas, the fire-brand mayor of Alaminos City assailed politicians in the neighboring towns of Bolinao and Anda as the culprits.

Mayor Hernani Braganza said that up to four-meter burak or mud has been deposited on the sea beds of those towns. The mud he explained came from the fish cages as leftover of the feeds and wastes of the fishes.

He said the mud can contaminate the nearby sea.

“When I was a congressman, I warned that red toxin will affect the aquaculture of Bolinao in the next 15 to 20 years. It did not reach that year!” he emphatically told the crowd during the launching of “FishTival Ed Alaminos” where ihaw-ihaw (grill) and boodle fight were the call of the day, with 2,500 milkfish and 1000 other fish varieties grilled and heartily partaken of in a 50 meter-long table.

He said politicians masquerade as environmentalist in those places did not learn a lesson.

Bolinao is the political bastion of the Celestes who are into the multi-million pesos feeds and bangus business.

The Celestes are Congressman Jesus or “Boying”, former congressman Arthur, and Bolinao Mayor Alfonso .

A source who asked anonymity cited the recent column of Neil Cruz at the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “The ABCs of the fish pen, fishpond industries”.

“The massive fish kills in Taal Lake, Batangas, and in parts of Pangasinan were caused by a five-letter word: G-R-E-E-D. The fish pen and fish cage operators were so greedy for profit that they overstocked their fish pens and cages with fingerlings”

Cruz stressed that because each fish pen and fish cage applicant paid a fee to the LGU, the LGU officials approved the applications en masse to be able to collect the fees. He said because violators of the rules were made to pay a fine to the LGU and agencies like the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), the officials themselves encouraged violations. The more violations, the bigger the fines collected. So that instead of discouraging violations, the fines encouraged government officials to tolerate violations

“In due time, because of greed, almost all the bodies of water were overpopulated with fish pens and fish cages so that the carrying capacities of the lakes were overloaded”

Brunner Carranza, Bolinao’s planning and development officer recently declared that fish operators have also been stocking more bangus in the cages. He said that in the early years of the aquaculture, they stock only 20,000 fishes in a 10-meter fish cage but now they stock up to 40,000. The more fish, the more feeds is needed and the more organic wastes go down the bottom of the channel.

Braganza also blamed the provincial government who in the past accused his family of maintaining an imaginary fishpen here.

“Sinisita nila iyong illegal fishpens sa Alaminos pero iyong mga kasama nilang politico sa (Anda and Bolinao) hindi nila sinisita!”

The city is not only fish-kill free but illegal-fishing free from malefactors who used dynamites, fine nets, and cyanides unabated to fish. Braganza and BFAR Director Asis Perez led the FishTival and the 113th Philippine Independence Day last January 13, a Monday at the public market here.

“Alaminos do this because we want to save the bangus industry. Even we are fish-kill-free, we want to save the industry by show windowing it as safe before the country, “declared by Toots Orfinada, Alaminos city’s information officer.

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June 20, 2011 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

PIMSAT faces environmental charges

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Environment & Natural Resources has invited the owner of PIMSAT College to answer alleged environmental and property violations after the Environment Management Board found several violations by the college.

A letter of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office signed by Leduina S. Co, said PIMSAT faces “backfilling and embankment project issues” in Brgy. Bolosan here. A copy of the letter was given to this paper by Butch Gutierrez, Executive Assistant of the office of Mayor Benjamin Lim.

The letter said the backfilling project covered amore or less 5,797 square meters.

“However, the establishment of the college has been already covered by an ECC with ECC No. 010407-02-0119-0607 which issued on July 02, 2004. Based on our investigation, we found out that the School Administrators violated NO. 8 condition of their ECC that “No expansion, addition of facilities or change of operation shall be undertaken without prior clearance from the EMB Office,” the letter said.

“ Amendment to ECC condition shall subject the proponent to pay appropriated fees” the proponent has not applied for the amendment of their ECC prior to the implementation of the back filling and embankment projects. Hence, they shall be invited to the EMB Office for “Technical Conference (TC) to discuss the said violation,” it added.

The letter said the two house owners who live near the college would be invited too because they allegedly violated the Water Code of the Philippines when they closed the easement/access road along the river bank.

Meanwhile, Guiterrez said the “encroachments issues’’ on city rivers by PAMMA, Nazareth Hospitals, and Silverio’s Restaurant, are being checked by his office.

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