Archive for February 6, 2012

Pangasinenses rejoice over halt of Lingayen mining

BLACK SAND- Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño is being interviewed by media during his visit in Lingayen last January 24 to see the extent of operations on black sand miing at Barangays Sabangan, Estanza and Malimpuec. VIR MAGANES

LINGAYEN– People in this province have claimed victory as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources takes legal step to stop illegal mining in Lingayen City.
They, with several barangay officials celebrated, following the announcement of the DENR for its issuance of a cease-and-desist order against black sand mining operation of the Alexandra Mining and Oil Ventures and Xypher Builders along the coastal areas of Lingayen Gulf in barangays Sabangan, Malimpuec, Capandanan and Estanza last Jan. 26.
Joel Salvador, EMB director in Ilocos region, issued the order, saying the black sand extraction was illegal since it was not covered by an environmental compliance certificate (ECC). (See story DENR stops black sand mining) (more…)

February 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

10 frozen meat importers to be investigated- Abono

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES – Are corporate giants Pure foods and Monterey the top importers of frozen meat like pork in the country?
A resounding “no” from Abono Party list chairman Rosendo So who said the top ten importers of pork are ten individuals who declared a measly capital of P100,000 only.
“Who are they? We told (Agriculture) Secretary Proceso Alcala that we are going to meet them through a congressional inquiry participated by Representatives Robert Raymund Estrella, Dong Mendoza, and Angelo Palmones,” So said.
So bared that plain and technical smuggling are the order of the day at the Bureau of Custom (BoC) where he suspected that officials of the BoC, National Meat Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Animal Industry were in cahoots with each other.
He called as “plain and simple technical smuggling” if one looks at the records of BAI.
“The pork composed of good meats like belly and pork chops that enter the country runs to 73,202,000 kilos according to the records of BAI in 2010. But based on the record of the United Nations on the same year and with the same quality of pork that entered the country there was 105,761,459 kilos,” he explained.
Eng. So said the discrepancy of the two bodies is 32,559,459 kilos.
“Saan napunta ito?” he posed. (more…)

February 6, 2012 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Not true that Agabas’ husband was disbarred

One of the members of the “amateur” impeachment prosecutor panel is Rep. Marlyn Premicias Agabas. She represents the 6th congressional district of my province Pangasinan.
Don’t you know that her husband Tyrone Agabas, who hailed from Abra Province, is a lawyer and a former member of the Provincial Board?
Lately, in a gathering with some government officials in the district, one of them quipped that Tyrone has been “disbarred.”
I fell from my seat because Tyrone is a nice guy who warmly joined me in some short tête-à-tête every time I met him. He even told me in the past he reads this column.
“Aws, was that true? I surprisingly posed to the group who were amused by my reaction.
“Yes, it was true. He was disbarred because as a lawyer he should not interfere with the nuances of the road works and other projects that should be given to the expert engineers at the DPWH.
“Nakiki-alam doon sa engineering specifications ng projects)” someone naughtily butted.
Susmariosep, Tyronne please tell me that you’re still a lawyer and not an engineer. (more…)

February 6, 2012 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

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