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Clairyenne Malanyaon(right), the “knockout artist” of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, presents to Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. a painting she made for him(Espino) at the Capitol Building in Lingayen last January 6. Malanyaon’s mother, Syncletia Bugayong Toledo, is a native of this province.CESAR RAMIREZ

January 9, 2012 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Top news of 2011

As the year 2012 ushers in, it is but fitting to look back at what happened in Pangasinan in 2011. There were many events that unfolded before our eyes. Some events were good; others were indeed unpalatable that media people feasted on them over the radio, television and even in local newspapers.

I have selected five top news of 2011 which had more or less caught my interest and fancy. The events kept on reverberating in my head that by looking back, I smiled and questions start to work up in my mind. What if this and that event did not happen? What could have been the real outcomes? Did those events affected the lives of the Pangasinenses?

Let’s start.

Top of my list was the imposition of 300% real property tax by the provincial government which was supposed to be effective on January 2011. The sudden increase surprised all taxpayers in every town. The abrupt passing of the ordinance, according to the business and farmer sectors, was very untimely and that there was no real public hearing.

Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So led those who opposed the measure. He said that the ordinance was anti-development. He threatened to sue the provincial government in court should it insist to implement the ordinance. Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. defended the action of the provincial government saying the increase of real property tax was long overdue. There were exchanges of unsavory words between the pro-increase and those of the anti-increase of real property tax.

But, there was a turn around of events. Maybe due to the pressure of those against its imposition, the provincial government through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan reversed its earlier decision to fully implement it on January 2011. Instead, the province opted to implement it on a staggered basis: 50% in 2011, 75% in 2012 and 100% or full implementation in 2013.

This was the case of a public opinion over actions of government officials. It only proved that the voice of the people, if united, could surmount any action of the government.

Second in my list was the unabated proliferation of “jueteng “ in the province. While the provincial government kept on issuing statements that “jueteng” operations in the province has totally stopped, jai alai operations of Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation of the infamous Atong Ang sneaked slowly into the social membrane of the province. There were again speculations that the operations of the jai alai had the imprimatur of Governor Espino who, in many media forums, vehemently denied the accusation. Governor Espino said it was the municipal mayors of Pangasinan that issued permits to the said gaming corporation.

January 9, 2012 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Urdaneta dads approve P641-M 2012 budget

By Virglio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- The Sangguniang Panlungsod led by City Vice Mayor Onofre “ Bong” Gorospe approved the P641 million budget for 2012 as proposed by City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” E. Perez IV during their session before the Christmas holidays.

The approved budget is lower by P30 million compared to 2011 budgetary appropriations.

“The budgetary cut by 5.7% is due to the Supreme Court’s ruling which upheld the creation of 16 new cities in the country. This directly affected the share in the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of the existing chartered and component cities,” Gorospe said.

January 9, 2012 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Local veggie trader is Mrs. Villasis 2012

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- A vegetable trader from San Blas village here accumulated the highest cash votes in a popularity contest for Mrs. Villasis 2012 held at Villasis Gymnasium last December 29.

Mrs. Beatriz De Vera-Olivar collected a total cash votes of P10,049,397 while Cristina Manantan-Abenes of California, USA has P6,701,061 making her as the First Princess and Merlita Rayray-Magtaan of Paris, France as the Second Princess with a total cash votes of P3,114,845.

This year’s popularity contest has collected a gross total of P19,865,3003.

January 9, 2012 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

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