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December 29, 2011 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: When a governor goes bad…

Former president Gloria Arroyo is in will be on trial and may go to jail. Former President Joseph Estrada has been in jail and is now a free man.

In the United States, Illinois U.S. District Judge James Zagel handed former Governor Rod Blagojevich a sentence convicting him for corruption.

“The harm, in this case, isn’t measured in the value of money or property. The harm is the erosion of public trust in government,” Zagel said. “When a governor goes bad, he damages a system that relies on the willing participation of its citizens. “You,” Zagel said, looking at Blagojevich, “did that damage.”

Zagel’s most important lesson also is Blagojevich’s worst penalty: If citizens have placed their public trust in you, then you can do to your life and your loved ones what this criminal freely chose to do to his.

Zagel said corruption doesn’t just happen; people who may have fine attributes, impressive resumes and substantial accomplishments make it happen. Exemplary fathers and mothers, career professionals, officials who have done many good things for the people they serve are capable of crime. (more…)

December 29, 2011 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Defend the Chief Justice

BIGAS NOODLES AT DELATA, SAGOT SA KALAMIDAD! Ang sakuna na dala ng bagyong Sendong ay mauulit pang muli at mauulit pang muli hanggang ang kaisipan ng mga opisyal ng gobyerno, mga malalaking media outfits, mga non-government organizations at charitable organizations ay naniniwala na ang mga Pilipinong tinatamaan ng sakuna mapapatalima na sa pamamagitan ng relief goods na ang laman ay bigas, noodles at de lata.

Iyan ang kamulatan ng maraming opisyal ng gobyerno, kahit na dito sa Pangasinan. Ang akala nila, sa pamamagitan ng relief goods ay okey na ang mga nabibiktima ng kanilang kawalan ng preparasyon o kung meron may maling preparasyon sa bagyo.

Ako ay sumusuporta kay Chief Justice Corona.

Judge Ulysses Butuyan said, “I’m very, very sure that we are more solid than ever. In fact, not only the members of the judiciary have thrown their support to CJ Corona but also all the people who love democracy.”

Ako ay para sa separation of powers.

He continued, “For any other department to openly criticize a judgment by the Supreme Court and use it as a ground for impeachment… that would be an attack or an insult upon the principle of separation of powers and the integrity of the judiciary.”

USELESS NDRRMC! Ang buong National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) ang dapat managot sa mahigit isang libong namatay at mahigit isang libong nawawala sa pagdaan ng bagyong Sendong? Mali ba?

Ang buong NDRRMC ang dapat managot sa lahat ng material destruction na naganap sa pagdaan ng bagyong Sendong? Mali ba? (more…)

December 29, 2011 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

Keep everything simple—Vice-Gov. Calimlim

LINGAYEN—“Keep everything simple but with substance.”

This was the advice of the Vice-Mayor Ferdinand Jose Calimlim to all the towns and cities of the province as a formula for effective delivery of services.

“Madaling gawin, madaling ayusin, madaling intindihin pero punong-puno ng laman,” he said of how the various government programs and projects should be implemented.

He said this formula has been applied successfully by the provincial government since the administration of Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr.

Espino himself proved this point during the Media in Action forum of the Pangasinan Press Club at the Provincial Training and Development Center here on Tuesday, saying that as simple as having the comfort rooms at the capitol clean all the time has gained praise from visitors.

According to Calimlim, the writing of the Pangasinan Hymn in the local language to make it more understandable thereby instilling into the people the love for the province and its culture also jibes with the formula.

He expressed hope that the advice will be given substance by other towns by following the steps of the provincial government.

There is no reason for Pangasinan not to be the number one province in the country if all the towns adhere to the formula, he stressed. (PIA-Pangasinan)

Prov’l Gov’t’s best achievement: Health care, hospital services

LINGAYEN– The provincial government of Pangasinan cited health care and hospital services as its most meaningful achievement this year.

In a year- end press conference held at the Provincial Training and Development Center in Lingayen town, Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. told more than a hundred local media practitioners that the reforms in health care that his administration has undertaken is something he is truly proud of and happy about.

The reforms include the rehabilitation and facelifting of all the 13 government hospitals of the province; the increase in bed capacity of the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in San Carlos City from 150 beds to 450; expanded coverage of the PhilHealth insurance; and improved maternal and child health care, among others. (more…)

December 29, 2011 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: The fluid political landscape in Pangasinan

The present non-bailable crimes that confront former President Gloria M. Arroyo, former Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos, and two-star general Jovito Palparan have chilling effects to would-be malefactors.

That someday the long arm of the law would reach them for them to account for their sins.

The tragedy that befell Palparan and his aides particularly serves as a warning particularly to elective officials and policemen who flaunt how they summarily executed suspected criminals and political enemies of the State.

Susmariosep, you guys should now look to what happened to Palparan, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, MSgt. Rizal Hilario, and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio.

Just imagine the mental torture you suffer in case you’re in the shoes of the “butcher” and his factotums.

Your braggadocios among your friends how you murdered people would now be your nightmare as you are now facing a crime that metes a life sentence, and your being arrested means confinement to jail until the case is concluded that take years as it is a non-bailable crime.


My only worry now is my “lola” Manoling Morato, former board director of the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office, who was sued with a likewise non-bailable offense of plunder after he allegedly conspired with Rosario C. Uriarte, former PCSO general manager, and other high officials of the PCSO and Commission of Audit, and former president Arroyo.

Manoling and the rest were charged with illegally disbursing a staggering P391.9-million of the sweepstakes office.

I fear for my “lola.” Why?

Primordially, the detainees at the Manila City Jail composed of homicidal maniac and obnoxious – smelling Bahala na Gang, Oxo, ang Sigue-Sigue Sputnik gang members could harm Manoling.

“Patalikod silang bumanat doon (they attack treacherously from behind)” told by an effeminate friend in the Pilipino.

I disagreed. I told him that these gangs should not underestimate Manoling. He has the sly and capability to counter attack each members of these gangs from behind.

“Patalikod ding umatake si Manoling kaya sila ang mag- ingat (They should not sleep anymore, they should watch how Manoling attack also from behind),” I told my friend, too.

December 29, 2011 at 10:21 am Leave a comment


Winners of the pageant held during the Volunteers’ Day Celebration join event chairperson Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez and Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez for a photo op on December 17. MITZ CRESENCIO

December 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinan donates P2M to ‘Sendong victims’

DAGUPAN CITY – The provincial government of Pangasinan donated P1-million each to the calamity-stricken cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. personally asked Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr. and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to release funds for this purpose during the Media in Action forum held in Lingayen town.
“This is our way of helping our countrymen who suffered the wrath of typhoon Sendong,” he said.
City Information officer Orpheus Velasco, who personally went to Cagayan De Oro yesterday along with other Pangasinan officials to deliver the donation, said it is always good to help countrymen who are in dire need.
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano expressed his gratitude to the generosity of Pangasinan and other provinces which donated help to his area.
“Thank you very much sa probinsiya ng Pangasinan, Hindi maliit na bagay ang isang milyon. Napakalaking tulong ito sa amin,“ Ermano said over a phone- patched radio interview.
The cities of Cagayan De Oro, Iligan and Dumaguete suffered the most during the massive flooding that battered Visayas and Mindanao Friday. Death toll reached almost a thousand.
Cagayan De Oro was declared under state of calamity Monday afternoon after the City Council passed and approved the resolution. (PIA-Pangasinan)

December 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Feeding programs create jobs in Alaminos

Gift giving initiated by some residents of Alaminos City to the pupils of Alaminos Central School..

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY – The mayor of this city bared how his three-year feeding program benefited not only the nutritional and academic statuses of school children but the economic welfare of the people here.

In an interview recently with Hawaii’s TV “Health & Wealth’ hosted by Dr. Terry Shintani, Mayor Hernani Braganza explained that the city’s P10 million feeding program every year pumped-prime the local economy.

This is because the mostly farming parents supplied the foods for the feeding programs here by P577, 380.00 in 2008, P744, 566.23 in 2009, and P408, 312.75 in 2010.

Braganza said that the beneficiaries of this program were 7,000 day care and pre-school pupils and 13,000 elementary school children.

“Some 6,700 or 42 percent of 16, 000 families have benefitted from this program, too,” he stressed.

He noted that this endeavor dubbed as “Bright Child Program: created the following jobs here by 349 in 2008, 1,202 in 2009, and 1, 461 in 2010”. (more…)

December 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

Agham Party-list sues Meat Inspector

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – The Agham Party-list which is allied with the agricultural sector,

recently sued Executive Director Jane Bacayu of the National Meat Inspection Service.

Abono Chair Rosendo So said Agham Party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones sued Bacayu because she procrastinated on the implementation of Administrative Order No. 22 that should have started last year.

Earlier, a national association of hog raisers asked the resignation of Efren C. Nuestro as chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry, also for the non-implementation of AO 22. (more…)

December 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: A lot of fun at the Dagupan City’s Mass Media Night

It’s very seldom that media practitioners in the province convene in one place and enjoy the company of each other. Last December 16, tri-media practitioners of Pangasinan have all the fun as they were grouped in a Mass Media Night by the Pangasinan Press Club (PPC) as part of the month-long fiesta celebration of Dagupan City.

Thanks to PPC President Gonzalo T. Duque and the Club’s officers for spearheading the affair and of course to City Mayor Benjamin Lim for sponsoring such event.

The event was fun-filled. Wines and beers kept on flowing. Food served in a box from Mang Inasal was palatable. But what I liked most was the crispy pork lechons which filled my gustatory appetite with gusto. I’m a lechon lover, eh.

I was personally enchanted by the music of Bossing Band that provided songs of yesteryears. The music was so soothing to the ears and my feet could not stop stomping to the beat of their music.

It was my first time to hear Mayor Lim sing. He’s such a trooper. Oh my, this Mayor is not only a good city executive, he could be an entertainer. He sang better than those real singers/entertainers.

Well, what I liked most in that night was that I had the time to meet former friends whom I was not able to communicate with for many years. Facebook friends were also there and by mere smiles and nods, I surmised that they too were enjoying the night. I did enjoy too the dance. My dancing skills were put to test. I danced swing and chacha with Liway and with Minnie, rhumba and boogie-woogie. Oh, I was soooo tired after those vigorous dance steps. Next time I promised to practice with Liway and Minnie to perfect our dance steps. (more…)

December 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

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