Archive for May 23, 2012

Governor Gina De Venecia


Rep. Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan

By BRANDO CORTEZ

LADY GOVERNOR. Ohaaa! Hindi po Governor Joe De Venecia…maliwanag na Governor Gina De Venecia ang lumulutang ngayon sa mga usap-usapan hindi lang sa Pangasinan kundi hanggang Davao.

May isang kaibigan tayo na nagsabi na lumutang ang pangalan ni Rep. Manay Gina De Venecia bilang posibleng kandidato ni PNoy para governor sa isang pagpupulong sa Davao.

Bok Nani Braganza, wala po si Rep. Manay Gina De Venecia sa nasabing pagpupulong.

Kung inaakala niyo na walang maglalakas loob na bumanga kay Governor Espino, marami na akong nakausap na may isang Manay Gina De Venecia ang nagdarasal na mabigyan siya ng sign kung itutuloy niyang sagutin ang panawagan na siya ay tumakbo bilang governor ng Pangasinan.

Hindi po siya bagito sa pulitika at sa pagsisilbi sa bayan.

Congresswoman siya ngayon ng 4th district ng Pangasinan na nagtataguyod sa paltapormang LOVE o livelihood, overall health care, values formation at education and environment.

Ang lolo niya po ay naging governor sa Bicol at naging senador din.

Tama siguro ang ginagawa ni Manay Gina sa 4th district dahil hindi sila natatalo sa bawat halalan na lahukan nila.

Fifteen years na naging speaker si Manong Joe De Venecia at nagbabalak na bumalik sa pagsisilbi distrito kwatro.

Panahon na ba para magkaroon ng isang ina para magsilbi sa probinsiya ng Pangasinan?

ABONO NOMINEES. OO nga pala, sabi ni 5th district Abono Party list coordinator Rio Esteves na si Abono Party-list Provincial Chairman Conrado Estrella III ay magiging first nominee para sa 2013 elections. Ang second nominee ay si Rep. Pacoy Ortega ng La Union at ang third nominee ay si Erika Dy ng Isabela.

Si Rep. Robert Raymund Estrella ay pahinga muna sa pulitika at ipapatuloy ang pagnenegosyo. Wala pong katotohanan na may balak siyang maging mayor ng Rosales. (more…)

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May 23, 2012 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Romero sues 4 town officials


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – The mayor here has filed administrative cases and is set to file criminal charges against four municipal officials in connection with alleged P8-million payroll scam.
Mayor Herminio A. Romero mentioned in a press conference those who were charged administratively at the Civil Service Commission as. Susana P. Bauzon, municipal treasurer; Marielyn D. Gonzales, assistant treasurer; Evelyn L. Bernabe, municipal accountant; and Helen A. Aquino, chief Human Resource Management Office.
Before Romero and Provincial Legal Officer Atty Geraldine Baniqued charged them at the CSC last May 15 in San Fernando, La Union, the four have applied for 20 days voluntary leave.
“According to COA reports, there is unliquidated cash balance of P7, 937,858.14. Of this balance, there were alterations in the amount of P2, 039,580.00 for the year 2011 and 3 months of 2012,” Romero said.
A source said that assistant treasurer
Bernabe has returned almost P2million to the public coffer before the case was filled against her.
Romeo G. Idia, this town budget officer, explained in the same press conference how “smart alecks” altered the payroll’s figure submitted to him by the accounting office. He said someone erased the amount of P1, 400 and changed the figure “1” to “3”, and the “4” to “9” by making them appear as P39, 000 or an excess of P25, 000 from the original P1,400.
Romero said he was waiting for the recommendation of the CSC as his basis for filing a criminal case against the officials at the Ombudsman.
He lauded those who brought out the malfeasances and called on others to do the same if they know of some wrongdoings so the culprits can be charged.
Aside from the P8 million scam, the special investigation of COA from San Carlos City, uncovered another P1.7937 malversation of petty cash.
Romero said this anomaly will be included in the charges at the CSC and the Ombudsman.

May 23, 2012 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Sluggish jueteng bad for Pangasinan’s politicos


By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Officials in Pangasinan should emulate Valenzuela City’s vaunted tertiary education program.
A college student there pays only P1,500 per semester at the city’s owned Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela.
This pro-poor program of Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian is a dig on the adage “If you can not afford education, try ignorance.”
In case Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim builds a city-owned college as planned, my unsolicited advice is for him to imitate the scholarship program of Valenzuela to fight the soaring unabated tuition fee increases of colleges and universities in the city which notorious for churning out half-baked students.
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A very high public officials said mayors of Pangasinan are hard-up these days after Jai Alai took a piece of the action in the province.
“For more than a year now already, the share they got from illegal number game jueteng is half of what they received from the game’s operator,” he said.
He lamented that if a mayor has no other means of business; he is in a bind every time needy constituents come to him.
“Some of them will resort to corruption to sustain their patronage politics.”
He was reacting on my last week’s column about a jueteng insider who told me and a group of councilors of a local government unit who for a year now do not receive their P15 thousand each monthly payola.
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Dagupan City Administrator Vlad Mata, a friend of Mayor Gatchalian, reacted to the disinformation perpetrated by the enemies of Mayor Lim. (more…)

May 23, 2012 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

Barber advocates peace and order, tourism, mining


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A former member of the celebrated ‘Spice Boys” in the House of Representatives said it was not farfetched for him to join the senate race next year.
Former Surigao del Norte Governor Robert Ace Barber, who was at the residence of Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, that in case he wins a senate seat, he will push for the strengthening of peace & order, tourism, and mining. (more…)

May 23, 2012 at 9:39 am Leave a comment


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