Archive for November, 2012
The officers and board of directors of the Pangasinan Press Club on Tuesday formally expressed its confidence on the leadership of its president, Atty. Gonzalo Duque.
In a meeting at Rubi’s restaurant, nine officers and directors in attendance unanimously voted for the approval of the resolution that also recognized Duque’s two-year term as club president.
The board’s move was prompted by reports that a former club director had been seeking signatures from members to oust Duque.
Duque was elected in February 2010. (more…)
A police officer of Mapandan town showed sachets of illegal drugs shabu (methamphetamine hydro chloride), marked money his men used to purchase them, and three bullets of 38 caliber pistol confiscated from the alleged drug pusher they apprehended in a broadcast of GMA’s Primera Balita, recently.
The nabbed pusher was apparently still high on drugs when he was interviewed by the reporter of said TV program.
But what jolted me in my seat was when the police officer said he mulls either to file a case of illegal drug possession or illegal pushing of shabu, and illegal possession of three bullets of the 38 revolver.
Susmariosep, with marked money that consummated the transaction between the pusher and police’s poseur buyer it means drug pushing has ensued already.Drug possession and drug pushing is proverbial miles apart in terms of penalty.
The first is meted only with P300 thousand bail bond for temporary liberty as provided in Section 11 of Republic Act 9165, while the last is a non- bailable offense as provided by Section 5 of the same law.
Hepe, baka may plano pa kayong kotongan iyong pusher? Kahit P300 thousand magbabayad iyan huwag lang siyang kasohan ng non-bailable offense dahil sa three years or more na nililitis siya ay mabubulok muna siya sa kulungan. Saka, bakit bala na ngayon ang nahuhuli? Nasaan na ang revolver?
Tsk, tsk, Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome and my friend Provincial Director Sonny Versoza would not like what happened in Mapandan incase the police there charged the culprit with possession of illegal drugs only.
Speaking of Mapandan again, a source told me that re-electionist Mayor Maximo Calimlim, Jr. (a retired army general) is pitted against his older brother for the mayoralty. I was told that what made the brother runs against the former general was due to “family squabbling”. (more…)
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – Mayor Ernesto Castaneda of this capital town welcomed the declaration of the National Statistics Office (NSO) in Pangasinan that this municipality will hit the 100 thousand population mark that could qualify her for cityhood.
by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
LINGAYEN- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has finally approved Provincial Resolution No.1530-2012, which ratify the loan/credit facility entered by the provincial government with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) in the amount of P182,510,000 in its regular session here last November 12.
The ratification included the loan agreement, assignment and other documents of the loan signed by Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and LBP President Gilda E. Pico for the funding of developmental projects of the province. (more…)
There’s a move already by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to purge the list of party lists vying for congressional seats in the May 2013 elections.As of this writing, there are 32 party lists that have been delisted due to their poor track records and for not representing the marginalized groups or sectors of the society.
Among those disqualified have been in the House of Representatives like of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (Apec) and Ako Bicol.
These groups, according to the Comelec, did not meet the standards imposed by the Constitution on the participation of marginalized groups in the halls of Congress. The scrutiny done by Comelec on partylist representations are highly commendable. First, marginalized groups shall indeed be represented. Second, by having bona fide partylist groups, the government could save its development fund called “pork barrel”.
When the purging of partylist groups was in process at the Comelec, there were speculations that Abono will be included. Abono’s critics said those sitting as representatives including its officers are millionaires, ergo they are not representing the marginalized farmers in the country. But Abono proved the critics wrong. It passed the scrutiny of Comelec officials, which included its track records and the partylist’s nominees in 2013 polls.
Abono was organized sometime in 2006 by a group of farmer leaders and entrepreneurs in Pangasinan led by Engr. Rosendo O. So, a farmer- businessman who fully understands the plight of marginalized farmers. That was the time that the agriculture and farming sectors was experiencing setbacks caused by the high cost of farm inputs- fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, etc. Agricultural production was low. Farmers then were resorting to borrowed capital particularly from “loan sharks” to finance their farm operations.
Because of those grim situations, Abono came into the picture and sought accreditation from the Comelec. In 2007 polls, it won a seat in the House of Representatives represented by Robert Raymund M. Estrella Jr., also a farmer-businessman. The other seat was latter on approved by the Supreme Court when the partylist groups petitioned the tribunal to rule on the apportionment of partylists based on votes cast in the 2007 polls. Francisco “Pacoy” Ortega of La Union who was the second nominee took the seat.
True to its advocacies, the Abono launched many programs and projects benefiting the farmers sector. In 2008, it conducted the first Agri Exposition in Carmen East, Rosales, Pangasinan that exposed local farmers to the latest technological trend – farm mechanizations, inputs, fishery development, swine culture and series of farmers’ forums on vegetable, palay and corn productions. The same kind of agricultural exposition was conducted in 2009 in Sison, Pangasinan. These expositions were implemented in full coordination with the provincial governments of La Union and Pangasinan with their regular representatives in Congress, private business groups, farmers organizations and the Department of Agriculture-Region I Field Office (DA-RFO). (more…)