Archive for May 14, 2012


A bit of action during the 3000-meter steeplechase for secondary boys last May 8 at the ongoing Palarong Pambansa at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center(NRSCC) in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

May 14, 2012 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

Pangasinan policeman dies in line of duty

SAN CARLOS CITY– A policeman from this city died while fulfilling his duties to watch over the delegates of the Palarong Pambansa.

PO2 Angel V. Del Rosario, 36, of barangay Sta. Lucia, Urdaneta City suffered from heatstroke while driving his motorcycle. He allegedly lost his driving control and bumped into a Digitel telephone post at the north side of the road in Barangy Culiling, San Carlos City at 4:30 pm of May 10 on his way to Central II Elementary School, the spot report said.
The report, as relayed to the Philippine Information Agency by PO2 Louie Padilla of Urdaneta City Police, said Del Rosario was rushed to the Blessed Family Doctors hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Padilla added that Del Rosario’s wife said the policeman already felt dizzy before he left the house but insisted that he had to perform his duty.
Del Rosario was assigned at the Urdaneta City station of the Philippine National Police but was temporarily assigned in San Carlos City to augment the police force that will provide peace and security to the delegates of the national games being held in Pangasinan from May 6-12.
The PNP said Del Rosario’s wife and his three children who are still in elementary grades will receive the necessary benefits. (PIA-Pangasinan)

May 14, 2012 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

IF HE LIVES IN THE ILOCOS: BIR-Luzon director would sue Pacquiao

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – The regional director of the Bureau of Internal Revenue would also subpoena and consequently sue world boxing champ Manny Pacquaio in case he lives in the region.
Atty. Arnel Guballa, who handles four provinces of the Ilocos Region, said what BIR regional director Rozil Lozares of Region 11 has done in subpoenaing Pacquaio was a normal everyday procedure.
“Hindi mo pueding i-ignore ang process na iyan (You can not ignore that process),” he quipped. (more…)

May 14, 2012 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Local hog growers: No shortage of pork supply

Saying meat smugglers and their protectors are the economic saboteurs, hog and chicken growers lashed back at the “unnamed” leaders of the Alliance of Food Processors (AFP) for accusing them of economic sabotage when they only wanted the government to address the unabated smuggling of misdeclared meat.

Clarifying points raised by the food processors group, the hog raisers reiterated that the illegal importation of misdeclared meat is threatening the livelihood of backyard farmers and agricultural workers in allied trades.

Aside from threatening the survival of the local industry, the smugglers are also depriving the government billions of pesos in much-needed revenues, they said.

“We want to protect the interest and survival of the local hog and poultry industries which are facing extinction due to unabated smuggling of pork and chicken by unscrupulous importers,” declared Rosendo So, chairman of Abono Party-List and convenor of the Swine Development Council.

“We implore the government to go after unscrupulous importers who are engaged in technical smuggling. We are neither blackmailing the government nor are we engaged in economic sabotage,” he said.

The SDC executive emphasized that it is the crooked importers, in connivance with the corrupt customs and agriculture personnel, who are the ones sabotaging the economy because they do not only deprive the government of billions of pesos in revenues, but they also causing the collapse of the local growers, including the allied industries.

“Accusing us of engaging in economic sabotage is not only unfair but uncalled for. We just want to protect the local industries from unfair trade practices of unscrupulous meat importers. They are the real economic saboteurs,” he lamented.

Pork and poultry producers also belied allegation that the sector is out to blackmail the government for threatening to hold a 5-day pork holiday if it does not make good of its commitment to address the problem of rampant smuggling of meat.

It’s a legitimate concern, not blackmail, industry leaders said. “How do you blackmail a government that is supposed to be with a popular mandate and will to reform.”

“Surely we want attention. But only because many of our backyard members have started closing shop and (smuggling) has threatened our livelihood for the longest time, But we will not resort to extortion to secure our business if that is what another group is claiming,” National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. Daniel Javellana, Jr. said, in a statement.

So noted that the government has been losing P3.7 billion in annual revenues due to technical smuggling of pork and chicken where unscrupulous importers misdeclare their importations to avoid paying higher tariff of 40-percent.

“We are not opposing the import of meat if they pay the proper taxes. What we are opposing is the technical smuggling by those who import offal but inside is actually prime cuts that should have been levied with 40 percent,” the SDC official stressed. “We just want the government to put in place mechanisms not only to protect the local industries but to level the playing field as well.”

The SDC official also debunked the allegation of the Alliance of Food Producers that they were blackmailing the government when they threatened to declare pork and chicken holiday to protest its failure to stop illegal importation of misdeclared meat. (more…)

May 14, 2012 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Extortionist cop in a bind

An extortionist policeman in Tarlac province is in a bind. 15 air-conditioned buses loaded with delegates from Bicol Region bound for the Palarong Pambansa (National Game) in Pangasinan were flagged down recently. A policeman mulcted each of the drivers of the 15 buses P1,000 because they do not have franchise to ferry passengers bound to Northern Luzon.
Former chief of the Bureau of Immigration and Dagupan City former Mayor Al Fernandez told me the other day over cup of hot choco and a plate of sumptuous tiny puto (rice cake) of Calasiao at Dagupena Restaurant that one of the passengers took pictures of the cop and gave the photos to the wife of Secretary Jess Robredo of the Department of Interior & Local Government whose son was a player for swimming in the national game. The Robredos were in one of the buses.
Secretary Robredo was with Mayor Al (a former DILG undersecretary too) and Sta. Barbara mayor Carlito Zaplan who are both stalwarts of the Liberal Party in Pangasinan at Dagupena a day before I met him.
Zaplan told me in another occasion that Robredo told them: “Kawawang pulis (I pity the policeman)”.
Robredo has the supervision over the Philippine National Police.
Police Lt. Colonel Rod Samson, a PNP Academy alumnus and the province’s police investigation head, told me that Camp Crame has already sent an investigator in Pangasinan to investigate the malfeasance involving “SPO1 Ngatngat (?)”.
He said the cop could not only be demoted but could be sacked from the service. (more…)

May 14, 2012 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Castaneda has 3000 scholars

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – The mayor of this capital town said since he became mayor in 1994 he has sent 3,000 scholars who already graduated in college.
Mayor Ernesto “Jonas” Castaneda said most of them studied at the Pangasinan State University, while some he sent to schools in Dagupan City.
He said from 1994 to 2007 the funding of these scholars came from his personal account.
In 2007 to present the tuition fees of the other scholars come from the municipal fund.
He mentioned the scholarship program to dispel the criticism of a politician here who positioned himself for the mayoralty post in 2013 election.
“Ano ang nagawa niya? Saan siya noong tinutulungan ko ang mga scholars? (What was his contribution to the people here? Where was he when I sent to schools these scholars?)” he posed.
Castaneda is concluding his final term in 2013 but his wife Eday is rumored to succeed him in his present post.
Meanwhile, Castaneda said a call center with 20 call agents will open in this town soon. He said the business process outsourcing will be located near the 711 in the Poblacion area.

May 14, 2012 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Do not fight the city hall, do not fight the capitol

DO NOT FIGHT CITY HALL. Ang ginawa ng limang councilors ng Dagupan City pabor sa pagbebenta ng McAdore building ay manifestation nang matagal ko nang sinasabi na huwag mong aawayin ang mayor.

Iba ang power ng mayor, iba ang power ng vice mayor.

Administrator Vlad Mata, iba talaga ang office of the mayor ano?

Kumusta na po kayo, councilor Dada Reyna?

DO NOT FIGHT CAPITOL. Ang mga tumutuligsa sa Capitol ay sa kangkungan pupulutin.

Kaya naman sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ay walang oposisyon.

Huwag mong awayin ang Capitol.

FOR GOVERNOR? FOR MAYOR? Taga 6th district na parating nasa 1st district si former Cong. Conrad Estrella.

May mga nagtatanong sa akin kung bakit daw guest speaker si Cong. Conrado Estrella sa fiesta ng Infanta at sa fiesta ng Sual.

Kamakailan lang ay guest speaker din sa fiesta si Cong Conrad Estrella sa Burgos.

Tatakbo na ba siyang governor ng Pangasinan?

Ang sabi naman ng mga taga-Rosales ay madalas na nasa mga Barangay si Cong Conrad Estrella.

Tatakbo ba siyang mayor ng Rosales?

NANI’S ANSWER. Opo! Sumagot na si Bok Nani Braganza sa tanong kung saan ba siya talaga tatakbo…Governor? Or Congressman ng 1st District?

Ang sagot: Malalaman mo sa May 12, 2013 kung anong posisyon ang tinakbuhan ko! hehehe

LISTEN TO THE BOSS. Binabati ko po si Bos Sendong dahil natangal na ang ipinapatangal nilang sina BAI Director Efren Nuestro at NMIS Executive Director Jane Bacayo.

Si Dir Nuestro po ang pumirma ng sandamakmak na Veterinary Quarantine Certificates na ginamit ng mga importers ng karner at iba ng baboy.

Si Dir Bacayo naman ang dapat na namamahala sa inspection ng mga imported na karne.

Next target si Customs Commisioner Ruffy Biazon.

Bakit naging target?

Akalain mo bang sabihin ni Biazon na hindi daw smuggling ang dahilan ng pagkalugi ng mga backyard piggery!

Ang alam kasi ni Biazon ay sa mga meat processor napupunta ang imported meat. Ang mga meat processor po ang gumagamit ng imported meat na inilalagay sa lata. Kaya meron kayong de lata.

Ang hindi inaamin ni Biazon ay alam niya na ang imported meat ay nasa mga palengke na. (more…)

May 14, 2012 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

May 14, 2012 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL:Palarong Pambansa, the other race

The people of Pangasinan will view with interest the opening ceremony of the Palarong Pambansa in Lingayen which will become a surrogate warfare between the various local political forces.

Each political force will go at great length to be favored by President Benigno Aquino, each going to do anything or everything to outshine the other with the target of bagging the provincial capitol in the race for governor in 2013.

The hosting of the Palarong Pambansa has nothing to do with the concept of having elementary and high school amateur athletes from different provinces coming together in the spirit of human growth development through sports.

The Palarong Pambansa will instead be an opportunity to demonstrate the inequality the youth suffers from in terms of physical, technological, logistical factors that will contribute to the medal tally of each province.

The Palarong Pambansa is basically an event where the real power relations in terms of politics and money will manifest in the name of athletics.

There are events where the element of play becomes entirely absent because what you will see is the agony and pain of the participants in outdoing each other to become the first.

Running on a very fast pace shows the potential speed of people when properly trained.

But not everybody trains to be a fast runner. So, the idea of fast running people is only a once in a while thing and will never be a reality among the ordinary people.

Like the Palarong Pambansa, the next national elections will be a race…survival of the fittest.

Like the Palarong Pambansa, the next national elections will be won by the best prepared.

Like the Palarong Pambansa, the next national elections will be expensive.

May 14, 2012 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

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