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Heavy Bangus

HEAVIEST BANGUS. Two young ladies hold one of the entries in the search for heaviest bangus during the Bangus Festival’s rodeo last April 26 in Dagupan City.CESAR RAMIREZ

April 30, 2012 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Ombudman regional office to open in Pangasinan

The Office of the Ombudsman is set to inaugurate its regional or satellite office in Rosales town on April 30.

In a letter to the Philippine Information Agency, assistant Ombudsman and spokesperson Asryman Rafanan said the opening of the satellite office is one way of bringing their services to the people of Northern Luzon for more accessibility and transparency in public transactions. (more…)

April 30, 2012 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Can Manay Gina do a Grace Padaca?

Opo, twice na nanalo bilang governor ng Isabela si Grace Padaca. At ang kanyang tinalo ng dalawang beses para governor ay ang llamadong pamilya ng Dy.

Sa pagbalik ni Manong Joe De Venecia sa 4th district ng Pangasinan bilang congressman…marami ang nagsasabi na panahon rin para si Manay Gina De Venecia naman ang sumubok na maging contender bilang governor ng Pangasinan.

Sa ngayon, si Manong Joe De Venecia ay Vice President for International Affairs ng PDP Laban.

Ohaa! Mareng Gypsy, tama pala iyong sinabi mo noon election season nang 2010 na one term lang si Manay Gina sa Congress kapag nanalo siya.

One term lang para hindi dumami ang wrinkles…hehehe!

Mareng Gypsy, pinangarap mo din ba na makarating sa Capitol ng Pangasinan?

One term lang din ba ang magiging usapan para hindi dumami ang wrinkles?

Bok Nani Braganza ng Alaminos City, congressman na ba?

Nanalo si Grace Padaca bilang governor ng Isabela na walang milyon milyon na pambili ng boto.

Nanalo si Grace Padaca bilang governor ng Isabela na walang goons na ginamit para takutin na bumoto ang mga tao sa kanya.

Noong unang term ni governor Grace Padaca ay binayaran niya ang mga pagkakautang ng governorship ng Dy sa mga banko.

Manay Gina, kung kayo na ang governor ng Pangasinan…babayaran niyo rin po ba ang mga utang ng provincial government?

Noong unang term ni governor Grace Padaca ay nilabanan niya ang illegal logging at jueteng. (more…)

April 30, 2012 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Abono dismayed by non-implementation of MOA on smuggling

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – The Abono Party- list is dismayed by the non-implementation of the memorandum of agreement between national hog raisers and the Bureau of Custom meant to put a plug on the unabated misdeclaration and smuggling of imported pork

Rosendo So, Abono national chair, said after a week that the MOA was inked during the 21st Hog Convention and Trade Exhibit last April 19 to 21 in Cebu City, there was no single smuggler arrested by BOC.

“They should have already apprehended some smugglers now. Because he (BoC head Rufino Biazon) himself admitted there are smugglers but they (BOC) have not arrested anyone ” he stressed.

So, also a director of the Swine Development Council, blamed not only BoC but the Bureaus of Animal Industry and National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) as responsible for the proliferation of cheap imported pork in the market nationwide. (more…)

April 30, 2012 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

Dagupan “bangus”, the best in Asia- Zubiri

By Virgilio Sr. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- Former Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri said the bangus (milkfish) produced in this city is incomparable to those produced in the other Asian countries.

Zubiri who was in this city last April 25 to grace the 101 Ways to cook Bangus held at the Peoples’ Astrodome, said bangus, especially the belly part, is his favorite. “Pag sinabing Dagupan bangus, nauubos kaagad sa palengke.”

“There is something special in Dagupan bangus. It is tasty and delicious. Maybe this is due to the system of raising them in the fishponds,” he said.

The 101 Ways to Cook Bangus was participated in by amateur chefs of Pangasinan. (more…)

April 30, 2012 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Rackets at Register of Deeds, BIR, and Assessor’s office

Do you know how taxpayers in cahoots with unscrupulous personnel of the BIR, Register of Deeds, or/and Assessor’s office in the local government unit (LGU) dupe the government of tens of thousands if not millions of pesos of revenues?

I learned from a top honcho of the BIR that there are some collection agents (CA) of the BIR particularly those assigned at the LGU (city or municipality) who swindle taxpayers like overseas contract workers.

The modus is a CA gets the monies from the taxpayer who is a buyer of a real property.
The money he/she gets is intended for the capital gain and documentary taxes the vendee is going to pay at the Register of Deeds which approves the transfer of the RPT from the seller to the buyer.

My source said BIR personnel sweet talks the vendee that he/she does not worry even he/she goes back abroad as the CA would expedite the payment of the taxes.
But the eventual result is tragic: the BIR‘s malefactor pocketed the money.
“One even pocketed P750,000 at the expense of an OFW,” my informant told me.

Another racket concocted between a seller and a buyer is made because of the conspiracy of some personnel at the Register of Deeds and the Assessor’s Office .

They ask the seller and buyer to bypass the BIR by directly transacting with them through “Direct Transaction” for the transfer of the ownership.

“This is illegal that could put in a bind either the seller or the buyer through fine and penalty that are attached to the transaction. Not to mention the criminal liability. But this is being practiced all over the country,” my source told me.
Another anomalous practice allegedly perpetrated by the RD is the latest case filed by the tax’s central office in Manila against the former head of the RD in Dagupan City.

“She knows that the CAR (Certificate Authorizing Registration — where the capital gain tax, documentary tax, estate tax, or inheritance tax is listed) was transacted in RDO-6 in Urdaneta City,” told to me by Atty. Beverly Milo, the chief of Revenue District Office-6 who oversees Eastern Pangasinan.

Milo said despite the CAR’S control number is traced to RDO-6, Atty Cecilia Munar still approved the sale of 1,282-square meters (not 1,282 hectares as previously quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and by this column) of a hotel in Fernandez Avenue in Dagupan City.

Milo said Munar should have seen that the approving tax office should be Revenue District office-4 of the BIR in Calasiao, Pangasinan and not the RDO-6 in Urdaneta City. (more…)

April 30, 2012 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

Macanlalay bent to construct foot bridge

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – Due to public clamor his office receives, this town’s mayor is bent to construct a temporary foot bridge after the Marusay Bridge was closed to pedestrians.

Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay said he even plans to make a foot bridge made of bamboo so it could not inconvenience the people here who are burdened by additional fare by detouring to Barangay San Vicente here just to reach the main town and the nearby Dagupan City and vice versa.

“Actually may resolution na puweding gawin ang barangay, tapos may proposal na galing sa mga transport groups. Eventually bago totally isasara iyong tulay sa mga tao ay meron na silang dadaanan na footbridge,” he stressed.

He said he was told by the Department of Public Works & Highway that if the latter would construct light materials for a footbridge, the DPWH’s central office would not approve it because it would not pass the national standard.

Macanlalay said that materials made of bamboo would be cheaper than the almost one million of pesos worth of temporary bridge that some sector suggested to Rep. Rachel Arenas (3rd District, Pangasinan) and Engr. Marietta Mendoza, chief of the 2nd Sub-District Office of the DPWH, should construct.
A source from the DPWH who asked anonymity said the construction of the Marusay Bridge would be finished in March next year.

The construction of the Marusay comes from the P90 million Spanish government’s grant.
Another expert in the construction of public bridges said that the Mendoza could intercede for the foot bridge by asking the DPWH national office to use some of the saved funds in the program budget of the P90 million bridge for the construction of the foot bridge.
He said that the P90-million bridge is the result of the lowest winning bid. “There are savings that runs to million of pesos after the Marusay project was bided” he explained.
Mendoza in a previousTV interview said that the DPWH has not appropriated amount for the construction of the P90- million bridge.

April 30, 2012 at 8:53 am Leave a comment


Lechoneros prepare their entries to the 1st Dagupan’s Best Special Lechon national open competition last April 24 at the Dagupan City plaza. Some 30 organically-raised pigs were roasted for the said event which is part of this year’s Bangus Festival.CESAR RAMIREZ

April 29, 2012 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Dagupan Gears up for Palarong Pambansa

Dagupan City—Mayor Benjamin S. Lim met yesterday with DepEd officials, department heads of local government units and other stakeholders to tackle final preparations for the Palarong Pambansa which is slated to officially open on May 6, 2012 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civics Center located at the provincial capitol.

“As part of our preparations,” Mayor Lim said, “We will improve the flow of traffic since we are trying to market Dagupan as a tourist destination.” (more…)

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