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Dragon and lion dancers add colors in the celebration of the Chinese New Year celebration in Dagupan City last January 23.CESAR RAMIREZ

January 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

Comelec settles election dispute thru ‘draw-lot’

DAGUPAN CITY– The political battle is over in Barangay Salisay this city, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Andrew Carvajal as the new barangay chairman through a draw-lot held at the Department of Education (DepEd) Training Center.

The draw-lot was done to finally determine the chairman of the barangay after a series of protests and counter-protests failed to resolve the issue between Andrew Carvajal and his political opponent Conrad Muyalde.

Muyalde won the October 2010 elections by a single vote which compelled Carvajal to file a protest. In a recount, Carvajal prevailed by two votes which provoked Muyalde to appeal to the Comelec Second Division in Manila. Here, their votes were counted equal. Thus to settle the dispute, Comelec has to rely on chance to choose the chair of the barangay.

Based on Section 240 of the Omnibus Election Code, draw lots is conducted in case of a tie of two or more electoral candidates garnering the same or equal highest number of votes. The candidate which will be proclaimed as winner is said to be favored by luck.

Before the actual draw lot, the board of canvassers headed by Jimmy Cancino summoned the two parties to sign the peace covenant. It is a pledge that they will humbly accept the result whether it is favorable or unfavorable to them and that they will not commit any wrongdoings against each other, the board of canvassers, and the election committee.

The board of canvassers prepared two pieces of paper with numbers one and two written on them validated by Atty. Remarque Ravanzo, the City Elections Officer. Whoever picks the paper inscribed with a number one will be declared as the winner, Cancino explained.

The two candidates simultaneously opened the rolled papers they picked and fate sided with Carvajal.

Carvajal vowed to lay down good plans for the barangay. To jump in, Ravanzo said “Carvajal has the biggest test to set the roadmap towards reconciliation. Since the people have been divisive, it is his task to reconcile the residents for the betterment of Barangay Salisay.”

The Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, city officials, educators and the media were present to witness the event.

The city government continues to exhaust all possibilities to provide immediate service to Dagupeños as part of national government’s good governance policies. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

January 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

‘Kambog ed Kapokokan’ bolsters Binmaley’s rich culture

By April M. Montes

A fishing tournament the “Binmaley way” deemed as the ‘Kambog ed Kapokokan’ is up as one of the most anticipated event in this year’s Sigay Festival.

In Pangasinan language, the word ‘kambog’ means the act of catching fish in a drained pond termed as ‘pokok’ by locals. The ‘kambogan’ is usually done in various places in the town due to the fact that there exist a number of fishponds here. Thus, it best explains why Binmaley is known for its aquaculture industry urging it to launch the said fest which is now in its second year.

In this year’s celebration, the committee came up with the idea to include the said activity in their list. According to Edgar Ocampo, market supervisor and in-charge of the said affair, the ‘Kambog ed Kapokokan’ perfectly depicts the rich custom of the Binmaleyans and promotes the indigenous endeavor the town holds.

The requirements and the mechanics for a smooth flow of the ‘kambogan’ slated on January 29 are already prepared. It will be held at 7:00 a.m.on the pond situated near the Bangsal Lechon and Seafood Restaurant in Nansangaan. It is open to all bona fide residents of Binmaley ages 16 years old and above. So contestants must secure residency from their barangay captains. Only two residents from each barangay are permitted to participate in the said competition.

The game will be facilitated by the Disaster Emergency Rescue Team (DERT) and would run in this manner, marine products such as crabs and milkfish will be released in a drained pond. Crabs vary in sizes: 5 big, 10 medium, and 20 small. Each size has a corresponding cash prize. The big ones are worth P500 each, medium for P250, and small for P150. Along with these crabs are 20 milkfishes which are priced at P100 per piece. The crabs and milkfish will be marked by the committee to assure that these were really the products discharged by the facilitators.

As the facilitators declare the “GO” signal, all contestants will lunge on the pond and try their greatest effort to catch the marine products to win a prize. They are only given one hour to gather as much crabs and milkfish as they can. They are not allowed to use any fishing gear like ‘tabal’ (fish net) and ‘talakeb’ (called ‘salakab’ in Tagalog ), a cylindrical fishing device made of bamboo which is open on both ends – one end to trap the fish and the other end to get the trapped fish inside.

This is where the thrill touches down since contestants are compelled to use their bare hands in catching the marine products. This is considered as the “Binmaley way” of fish gathering as mentioned earlier. It sounds messy but indeed insinuates excitement and scores an amalgam of emotions on the part of the spectators. From a simple practice held in most barangays, it now incessantly reflect the rich culture of the town that Binmaleyans will treasure from today and for generations to come. (AMM/ PIA-Pangasinan)

January 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Is Coronas’ Impeachment for Real?

It seems that this early, we are already aware of the outcome of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Renato Corona. I could sense a conviction before the Senate acting as an impeachment court which is presided over by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. On its third day of trial, I was glued to the television set on ABS-CBN’s Studio 23 and did not miss any single question posed by the House panel prosecution, the defense team of Chief Justice Corona led by former Justice Serafin Cuevas and the senator-judges.

The Clerk of Court of the high tribunal was on the witness seat and has to produce the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth of Justice Corona when he was still an associate justice of the Court until he became the chief magistrate. Lawyer Enriquita Vidal- the clerk of court, was adamant against submitting the SALNs of Justice Corona to the Senate-Court invoking that she has to seek first the permission f the Supreme Court’s Justices. The prosecution panel appeared to be helpless at the start. They could not persuade Vidal to submit the SALNs in her possession. But pronto! Senator Franklin Drilon acting as senator-prosecutor has ultimately persuaded Vidal to submit the SALNs of Justice Corona. Senator Joker Arroyo’s pleading that the Senate Court must give Vidal sufficient time to submit the required documents after the justices have already given her the approval.

Senator Arroyo’s voice was not heard when he invoked that the Senate could not afford to have a clash with the Supreme Court being a co-equal body. It was Senator Drilon’s voice that was given weight by the senate-judges cum part of the prosecution panel. I was dismayed to see the senator-judges acting like prosecutors. They are there to hear supposedly the impeachment complaint that is composed of eight articles of impeachment. If this will be the way the impeachment trial will be carried out in the next hearings which I supposed to be for six months, then Chief Justice Corona will not get the justice he is craving for before the eyes of the Filipino people.

The Senate Court’s saving grace is Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. With his age, the way he handles the impeachment trial showed how wisdom has really grown in his persona. He was a picture of a real court justice with his Solomonic rulings for and against the pleadings of the defense team and the prosecution panel.

Many of the senator-judges just contented themselves with listening. They never spoke any word yet in the impeachment hearing. Maybe, they are still trying to weigh things, to discern the real sentiments of the people and examining their consciences whether or not to convict Corona or not. Hey! I missed Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. Should she participated actively, I supposed the pace of the impeachment hearing in its four days was even more exciting .

On the defense team, Justice Serafin Cuevas is a personality to behold. He has all the legal wisdom on his sleeves, that, to the consternation of the house prosecution, he lectured them, as if they were in a law school, on the proper handling of evidences. Iloilo Rep. Neil Tupaz was perceived as a second-rate lawyer before the eyes of the public. His other team members could not really decipher what legal moves they are going to take to appear that they control the impeachment trial.

We are all aware that impeachment proceeding is a political exercise. The impeached person, if convicted, will not be incarcerated but will be meted the penalty of being ousted from the public office and perpetual disqualification to hold public position in any capacity. That is the irony of impeachment proceedings. The senator-judges will decide not based on jurisprudence but on their consciences and the most persuaded by their party affiliations and closeness to the president- and in Corona’s case President PNoy.

Justice Corona is crying out for justice! The public is crying out for truth! But what truth are we going ferret out when all we witnessed are virtual grandstanding by those people with political interests in the future.

We the public is expected to participate in this political exercise- the third impeachment case that prospers before us. The first was against then President Joseph Estrada, the second was against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and the third against chief magistrate Renato Corona. This is a learning process to know and be aware if democracy really works in this country. This is a chance to see the real characters of our public officials whom we elected into office. This is the time for us to think and re-think about the future of this country.

But, it’s better said than done. Let’s just hope for the best of our country.

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January 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

Villasis holds 7th “Talong Festival”

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- The famous purple-colored “talong” (eggplant) once again took the center stage as this town celebrates its fiesta from January 11 to 22.

The “Talong Festival” now on its 7th year took the limelight on the 10th day of celebration. It was attended by local folk and expatriates (balikbayans ) from the various countries of the world.

This year’s festival, like in the past years, featured the usual “pinakbet sa kawa”, 101 ways to cook talong in a cookfest and street dancing depicting the production of “ talong” were featured.

Abraham Lopez, a balikbayan nurse from New York ,USA was all agog as he witnessed this year’s parade of barangay in their long gowns bedecked with various vegetables – the main ingredient of an Ilocano viand, “pinakbet”.

“I have never imagined how creative our kababayans (town mates) are. I am impressed looking at green peppers as tiaras and even chopped squash as necklaces. This is indeed a sight to see and we expect more of this kind next festival in 2013,” he said.

The beauties from Barangays Zone I, Amamperez and Caramutan were proclaimed to have the best “veggie gowns” and personality projections- first place, second place and third place, respectively.

Nida Mira-Millano, a balikbayan from London, England took fancy on the “ pinakamahabang talong” (longest eggplant), “pinakamatabang talong” (stoutest eggplant) and “pinakamaliit na talong” (smallest eggplant).

“My husband and I looked forward to the celebration of Talong Festival annually. We see to it that we will have our vacation coinciding with the fiesta celebration in order not to miss the talong festival,” Millano said.

Lopez and Millano were two of those Villasinians living for years in other countries but have not missed the annual celebration of Talong Festival.

Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica said that the “Talong Festival” has already been institutionalized as part of annual celebration of the town’s fiesta in honor of its Patron Saint Anthony Abbot.

“This was launched in 2006 by Mayor Nato (referring to her husband former Mayor Nonato Abrenica) and since then the pageantries of the festival has evolved into many activities. In 2006, we have the longest “talong” grill, in 2010 we have our collection of talong recipes which we launched in a coffee table book in 2011 and this year, we have the parade of barangay muses in their gowns with vegetables,”

Mayor Abrenica said that she owed the success of the celebration on the help of town mates living here and in overseas , the various private and government organizations in the town and in particular the reigning beauties- Her Majesty Queen Beatriz De Vera- Olivar, Her Royal Highness First Princess Cristina Manantan-Abenes and Her Royal Highness Second Princess Merlita Rayray-Magtaan.

She further said that she looked forward to a very meaningful celebration in 2013.

“It may not be as pompous as it is celebrated in previous years, but I assure our town mates that its pageantry will not wane,” Mayor Abrenica said.

She also thanked he Sangguniang Bayan members led by Vice Mayor Paz Sison-Rafanan- Councilors Nicholai Jan Q. Sison, Arvin B. Castro, Roderick Emmanuel R. Mina, Rolando Morden, Cheryl Bascos-Sembrano, Cheryl Zarasate-Tan, Rosario Lopez-Limos , Centenielo Ramon R. Costales, Jr. Liga ng Barangay President Romeo S. Abrenica and SK Federation President Jamille Susan Q. Sison., for their support in all phases of the fiesta celebration.

January 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

Casiño visits Lingayen to check on allegedly illegal magnetite mining, calls on DENR to junk mining applications in Lingayen Gulf

Journalists interview Bayan Muna party-list Congressman Teddy Casiño on the way to a mountain of magnetite (black sand) being extracted for export from at least four barangays in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

Bayan Muna party-list Congressman Teddy Casiño with local residents and officials in front of a mountain of magnetite (black sand) in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Having seen for himself the destructive foreshore and coastal mining operations in this town, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño is calling on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to junk close to 160 applications for magnetite (black sand) mining in the Lingayen Gulf.

The progressive solon was in Lingayen for an ocular inspection of allegedly illegal magnetite mining operations in the area, including a ship carrying black sand that was grounded along the shore last week. He met with local officials and residents who are seeking help in opposing the entry of magnetite mining operations in this coastal town.

“I support the call of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), the local government officials and the people of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte provinces who are opposed to magnetite mining. Onshore and offshore mining for magnetite under the current policy regime will not redound to the local people and even the national government in terms of revenue and long-term utilization of this natural resource,” Casiño said.

Magnetite is an iron oxide and is used in the production of steel, in high-density concrete, in photocopier toner, and as high-temperature coating in some steam boilers.

“At least 15 magnetite mining applications are pending before the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in La Union province, 57 in Ilocos Sur, and 86 in Ilocos Norte. While there are no pending applications in Pangasinan, residents are not in favor of any magnetite mining project since it would destroy coastlines, diminish fish catch and will bring untold disasters when natural calamities strike,” Casiño said.

“We shall see how Congress can help local governments in resisting the influx of projects that will extract our finite resources that will only benefit foreign firms instead of the Filipino people. There is a major disconnect between eco-tourism projects and extraction of black sand in Pangasinan and other parts of the country. We shall file the appropriate measure in the House soonest,” Casiño said.

Casiño is a leading advocate and main author of House Bill 4315 – the Peoples Mining Bill – that aims to re-orient the mining industry by repealing the Mining Act of 1995 (RA 7942), respecting local governments and local communities who shall refuse mining projects in their areas, and putting in more stringent environment and social acceptability standards and penalties for mining projects for areas that shall be opened to mining. #

January 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm 1 comment

EDITORIAL : This land is mine

The Bayambang land issue is a history of who owns land or should it be “Who shall the land own?”

First, the land owned the people…like you are named Procopio of Bautista or Jose of Tarlac.

Meaning, Bautista owned Procopio or Procopio belonged to Bautista while Tarlac owned Jose or Jose belonged to Tarlac.

Next came titles to property through the Torrens Title System.

People began to own lands and institutions like the government, military and churches also began to own lands.

This land belongs to Procopio…This land belongs to Jose…This land belongs to the Republic of the Philippines…This land belongs to the Armed Forces of the Philippines…This land belongs to the Roman Catholic Church.

The people and institutions who were able to own property were the informed ones and the learned ones.

Those who were not aware of the new Titling System just went on with their lives and were of the consciousness that they belonged to the land.

These people did not know that the land they were living on were now properties of people they never knew had title to.

These people did not know that the land that they were raising their families were now properties of people they never knew had title to.

These people did not know that the land they were investing in were now properties of people they never knew had title to.

These people did not know that the land they were working their butts off were now properties of people they never knew had title to.

The Central Azucarera de Tarlac Realty of the Jose Cojuangco clan is said to have a claim over the property.

The Jose Cojaungco clan’s well known member is President Noynoy Aquino.

“Have you ever been ignored by the very government you helped put in power? I have,” said President Aquino in his Inaugural Speech delivered June 2010.

January 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Mayor So

UGAT NG IMPEACHMENT! Kung nakinig kayo nang inauguration speech ni PNoy noong June 2010, nabangit niya ang kanyang kagustuhang mapabuti ang ekonomiya at labanan ang kahirapan.

Pero meron siya nabangit na katangi-tangi na hindi masyadong pinasin ng mga nakarinig… at gusto kong basahin niyo ito ngayon para malaman niyo kung bakit na-impeach si Chief Justice Renato Corona sa Korte Suprema.

“Sa mga itinalaga sa paraang labag sa batas, ito ang aking babala: Sisimulan natin ang pagbabalik ng tiwala sa pamamagitan ng pag-usisa sa mga “midnight appointments.” Sana ay magsilbi itong babala sa mga nag-iisip na ipagpatuloy ang baluktot na kalakarang nakasanayan na ng marami.”

In English: “To those who have been put in positions by unlawful means, this is my warning: We will begin earning back the trust of our people by reviewing midnight appointments,” he said. “Let this serve as a warning to those who intend to continue the crooked ways that have become the norm for too long.”

MAYOR SO! Ano ba ito? Last week ang title nito ay Governor Marlyn, ngayon Mayor So naman. Hehehe.

May nakapagsabi sa akin na isang Mr. So daw ang nagbiro na siya na ang tatakbong mayor ng isang bayan dito sa Pangasinan kasi interesting ang political situation duon.

As of now ay sa katabing bayan siya nakarehistro bilang botante, pero kung magkakatotoo ang biro by next month ay lilipat na siya ng rehistro para mafulfill niya ang residency requirement para maging candidate for mayor.

BOK NANI BRAGANZA ng Alaminos City Pangasinan, Happy Chinese New Year!

Alam mo ba na daig pa ng Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So sa pagiging makabayan ang iba nating kasama sa dating partido?

Ang major advocacy ng Abono at ni Chairman So ay mapaunlad ang agrikultura kasabay ng pagpapaganda ng buhay ng mga magsasakang Pilipino.

Tinutulan ni Chairman So, (Bos Sendong ang tawag ng iba sa kanya)ang sobrang importasyon ng bigas dahil ito ay nakakasama sa mga Pilipinong magsasaka at ang nakikinabang ay mga dayuhang magsasaka.

Tinutulan din ni Bos Sendong ang malawakang importasyon ng karne dahil ito ay nakakasama sa mga Pilipino na nag-aalaga ng baboy at Pilipino na nagtatanim ng mais at ang nakikinabang ay dayuhang magbababoy.

TRABAHO LANG! Speaking of Mayor, meron palang isang mayor na ipinagtulakan ang isang taga GMA 7 nang ikinokober niya ang festival ng bayan ni mayor.

Former Villasis Mayor Monching Morden kumusta na po ba kayo? Alam niyo po ba na sa halip na itulak at ipagtabuyang ang taga media sana kinausap na lang niya ng mabuti.

Sana hindi na lang niya physically na itinaboy ang taga GMA 7 dahil trabahao lang naman ang knailang ginagawa.

Hindi naman mataas ang suweldo ng mga nagtatrabahao sa TV. Glamorous lang ang trabaho nila pero maliit ang kita.

Si mayor malaki ang kita…kaya kayang kaya niya itulak at itaboy ang taga media.

Si mayor makapangyarihan sa kanyang bayan kaya kayang kaya niya itulak at itaboy ang taga media.

Pack-up ang grupo ng taga GMA 7.

Dapat iboykot ng media ang mayor ng bayang ito.

BOK NANI, alam ko na alam mo na ang tinamaan sa pagbawas ng importasyon ng bigas at baboy ay ang United States of Amerika dahil sila ang bansang nagtatapon sa Pilipinas ng sobrang produksiyon.

Vice Gov Ferdie Calimlim, alam niyo po ba na dati ay 10-years multiple entry ang visa sa Amerika ng ating makabayang Bos Sendong?

Pero…alam niyo po ba na dahil sa kanyang makabayang panawagan para ihinto ang importasyon ng bigas at baboy ay na-deny ang application for visa renewal niya?

Opo…ang kanyang laban para sa agrikultura ay napansin ng Amerika at hindi na na-renew ang kanyang visa.

Ang gusto po niya ay isang matiwasay na buhay para sa mga magsasaka at magbababoy kahit wala siya visa sa amerika.

Ang importante sa kanya ay kumita ang mga nasa agrikultura.

Kapag may kita ang mga magsasaka, makapag-paaral ng mga anak, makakabili ng pang-araw-araw na pangangailangan at may malusog na pangangatawan.

Ang lokal na mga negosyo ay kikita at magdadagdag ng produkto.

Ang mga lokal na negosyo ay makakapagbigay ng trabaho at lalago ang ekonomiya.

CABINET RESHUFFLE. Natatandaan niyo ba na sa Panahon ni Presidente Gloria Arroyo na si Mar Roxas ay dating Secretary ng Department of Trade and Industry pero concurrent na Secretary din siya ng Department of Energy?

Urdaneta City Councilor Rio Esteves kumusta na po kayo? Ngayon, Secretary na siya ng DOTC sa PNoy administration at may ugong na lilipat siya sa DOE dahil si DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras ay mapupunta sa Presidential Management Staff.

Ang dating head ng PMS na anak ni DBM Sec. Butch Abad na si Julia Andrea Abad ay babalik kay PNoy dahil dati naman niyang Chief of Staff ito noong senador pa si PNoy.

Last year nagtangaka ang mga pumapasada na mag-ingay laban sa oil price hike kaya naman nagkaroon ng tripartite group para i-review ang oil deregulation law.

Ang group ay kinabibilangan ng DOE, DOTC at DOJ.

Matagal nang interesado si Sec. Mar sa Energy kahit na noong nasa DTI pa siya kaya ang sabi nila ay dapat siya na ang maging secretary ng DOE.

WHO WILL BE THE SUCCESOR? Para sa mga nakaupo ngayon sa mga matataas na position at sa mga nag-aambisyon na umakyat ng position, narito po ang isang kuwento.

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.” The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.

She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by – still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful — in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!” All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his Seed – Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!”

Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.”

“But, I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.”

When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!”

January 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

Calimlim lauds Bugallon for giving importance to carabao

By Brando Cortez

BUGALLON- Vice Governor Jose Ferdinad Z. Calimlim Jr. appreciated the people of Bugallon for giving due importance to the value of carabaos from which they can derive additional income.

He cited the efforts of Bugallon Mayor Ric Orduña in reminding the people of the value of carabaos in the field of agriculture by holding an annual Carabao Festival.

“I salute the people of Bugallon for giving importance to carabaos,” Calimlim said. “We have to do something now because we might wake up one day as an agricultural country without a carabao to speak of.”

He said that there are carabao varieties that are good for milk production while there are carabao varieties that are good for farm work.

“I believe that there are institutions and people who are working together for the common cause of helping the farmers improve their livelihood through enterprise based on carabao by products,” Calimlim said.”

Mayor Orduña said they are not only looking into having more carabaos but are also keen on processing carabao’s milk.

“Carabao’s milk can be processed into premium ice cream, specialized cheese varieties like kesong puti, yoghurt, pastillas de leche,” Orduña said. “Processed milk will increase the income of our farmers.”

Abono Party-list President Ponciano Onia Jr. said they co-sponsored this year’s Carabao Festival because it advocates the need to curb the decline in carabao population and for people to consider the carabao not just as a farm worker but also as source of additional income.

Onia said that Abono Party-list will make representations with the Philippine Carabao Center so that more carabaos will be allocated for the farmers of Bugallon.

He said that there are farming activities that farm machineries cannot perform and that the carabao is the only one that can perform such role.

January 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Archbishop Cruz on Corona

Is retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz shooting from the hips as he comes to the succor of beleaguered Chief Justice Renato Corona?

In an interview at the program of Bogs Torribio of Bombo Radyo- Dagupan, I asked Cruz that in case we stop now the impeachment which he branded as a charade against Corona, how would he solve the dilemma in case detained former president Gloria Arroyo asks the high court to grant her a bail by invoking the constitutional mandate that evidence against her is not strong?

“What if the Court grants her, and she runs to a foreign country that has no extradition treaty with the Philippines?” I posed.

Susmariosep, the good archbishop, who is my neighbor in this paper, said he could not answer my question.

Tsk, tsk, Cruz should better restrain himself if doesn’t know the nitty- gritty of the impeachment trial and its political and moral consequences.

As you know folks, an impeached Corona would straighten the other magistrates not to entertain evil thoughts otherwise they would be next on line for impeachment.


Boxing great, the legendary, Muhammad Ali will celebrate his birthday on February 18 at the MGM Grand Area in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Associated Press, his guests are high rollers of the boxing world like former heavyweight champions George Foreman, Ken Norton, and Leon Spinks. Former welterweight king Roberto Duran will be there, too.
The only kings who could not attend are the “Three Kings”.)

But there is a special guest that could either ruin or turn the party into success.

Philippines pride and world’s pound-for-pound boxing boss Manny Pacquiao would treat the Parkinson disease-suffering Ali and the guests to a love song.

Did I hear somebody yell: “Mag boxing ka na lang!( Just concentrate on boxing!)”


I chided two media men Harold Barcelona and Ed Gonzales who were waiting for their turn recently to interview Bayambang Mayor Ric Camacho.

When I was to run outside to take a look at a wild cat rally staged by residents of Camp GregG who protested a land grabbing inciden, the duo would not go with me.

“Walang pera doon, will just wait for the mayor to call us,” as they immersed themselves conversing in English with an English speaking lady staff of the mayor.

When I returned 30 minutes later they were still scandalously speaking the Shakespearean language.

“Anak ng baka, you should stop speaking that stuff. Remember we have to interview two more mayors and you should be ashamed of yourselves in case we run out of English when we start interviewing them,” I badmouthed them.

“Don’t worry, they could not speak that language either,” Harold retorted.


Economists said the Philippine economy will take-off this year compared to her 3.5 percent Gross Domestic Product in 2011.

The spoiler here however would be the debt crisis in Europe.

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy held a common ground despite differences to stave another blow to the European Union.

But with Merkel struggles to hold her coalition, and Sarkozy (just like U.S President Barrack Obama) seeing a defeat in this year’s election to presidential front runner and Socialist rival Francoise Hollande who denounced the Merkel-Sarkozy agreement, experts said these could undermine the fragile EU’s economy as it plummet to the doldrums by pulling the world’s economy.

As you know Pedro, 27 percent of the U.S export goes to the EU. EU’s has a huge export too in the U.S.

With recession gnawing the gains of the Union, it would undermine the U.S and Philippine economy as both countries have a stake on trade and tourism with the EUs.

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