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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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January 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm Leave a comment

Sta. Barbara town hall to start soon


By MortZ C. Ortigoza

SANTA BARBARA- The construction of a new municipal hall will start on February this year after the municipal and provincial councils have approved the project to be financed through a P100 million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines.

Mayor Carlito Zaplan said it was high time to replace the old municipal edifice because it could no longer accommodate the 300 employees.

“Kailangan ng bigyan ng wider space gaya ng mga libro namin doon sa ibang offices kailangan din nila ng wider space,” an employee who asked anonymity declared.

The mayor said the two-story edifice would be located near the national highway to make it more accessible.

“We will build it in Barangay Ventinilla beside the cockpit arena. Perhaps we will remove the cockpit arena,” he said.

The new building will house the executive and the legislative offices.

The mayor noted that the members of this town’s council were elated because each of them will have his own office.

He said negotiation is undergoing to buy another 3,000 square meters of property to complement the 7000 square meter bought earlier.

Assistant Vice President Filipina B. Monje of the Land Bank of the Philippines said that not all the P100 million loan this town contracted this year from the bank would be used for the construction of the new building. She said some of the money would be used for other municipal projects of the Zaplan Administration.

“The loan of Sta. Barbara is being processed for final approval,” she stressed.

Zaplan in the past told the media that he would appropriate P60 million for the new edifice.

Meanwhile, the mayor said the construction of the P140 million plant of RC Cola at Barangay Marunong here is ongoing. He said the P8 million taxes the plant will pay this town yearly will help buttress the revenues his administration gets from the yearly P21 million tax from the plant owned by Ginebra San Miguel in Brgy. Tebag West here.

January 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment


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