ORTIGOZA: Blame P-Noy why Jamby, Jun, and Risa are laggard

March 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment


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I know now why senatorial Bam (not Bum, Mr. Niel Cruz) Aquino was hoisted from Nos. 9-10 (Social Weather Stations February 15-17 polls) to Nos. 4-9 (Pulse Asia February 24-28 survey).
Aside from his aggressive TV ads where he exploited himself as a dead ringer of martyr Ninoy Aquino, his lineage to him (Tito Ninoy) and to former president Tita Cory Aquino, and his kuya Noynoy- the incumbent president , President Noy talked much about Bam in Alaminos City.

In the rally in Dagupan City last Friday, the president crowed lengthily about his cousin’s curriculum vitae, both of their father were imprisoned, Bam was a genius, would be earning a windfall in giant corporations that chased him after he graduated magna cum laude in Ateneo de Manila, etc.

But the president should know that the LP decided that the president and senatorial candidates should emphasize more on the wannabes who are “kulelat” (laggard) or outside the Top 12 of the pollsters Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.

But the president seems not to honor this agreement but subtlety giving more mileage to his cousin Bam than the kulelat Jamby Madrigal, Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Risa Hontiveros who were enmeshed on Nos. 14-17, Nos. 16-18, and Nos. 17-18 in the latest poll of Pulse Asia, respectively.

The adage that blood is thicker than water holds true in the rallies led by the president in the cities of Dagupan and Alaminos in March 15, 2013.
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The aging Vic Magsaysay could not hide his elite education. He used high level English words like “mantra”, and “tenets” that could not be understood by the mostly “hakot” (hauled) crowd dressed in yellow shirts of the Liberal Party.

Senator, kaya pala kulelat kayo sa latest survey hangang ngayon hindi pa rin kayo natuto sa rally. Iyong mga iba doon kilala ko. Mga asawa ng mga basurero na nakatira sa slums ng Barangays Tapuac at Pantal.

Ang alam lang ng mga pobre na iyon ay “bigas”, “kita” at “magkano”. Iyong mga highfalutin niyo are not in their vocabulary. They told me they got mental torture with what you were crowing as your feats.

Many of them went home at 1:30 pm furious because their patron Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez did not give them food and the promised P300.

Mr. Magsaysay please ask former Congressman Ranjit Shahani how to exploit the hoi-polloi in a rally. Ranjit does not speak the accented English he learned from Georgetown U.S.A, he did not speak the Sanskrit or whatever Indian language from his father, he did not speak even Tagalog. He spoke in the Ilocano vernacular with a rabble rousing spiel where the masses in Eastern Pangasinan vigorously clapped their hands and stomped their feet in his firebrand tirades to his political opponents.

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Talking about “starving,” one of the media men who covered the LP rally in Alaminos City told his colleague that a day before the rally the Philippine Information Office briefed them about the nuances of the presidential visit. An official of the City Information Office of Alaminos City told them that the CIO would provide lunch of the media who would join the convoy of the president in the western Pangasinan city.

According to the disenchanted media guy, they went home feeling sorry for themselves. (The PIA did provide lunch for reporters – Editor)
Gubernatorial bet Nani Braganza should chide this CIO official not to treat shabbily the members of the fourth estate.
If you’re official could not back up what he promises to the media he should better shut up his mouth. His actuation could affect your electoral stocks as you tread to the May 13 poll.

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Another media man told me that during the rally of Aquino, a mayor in the second district could not hide his disgust with the Liberal Party.

“Pinagastos lang nila ako. Kung sinabi nila na hindi na sila dadaan dito hindi na ako gumastos sa mga nagpunta na mga tao,” he said.

My source told me the supporters of the mayor could double the spectators that attended the rally of the LP in Alaminos City.

It was learned that around one pm when the mayor was in the middle of his speech before the crowd, a liaison of the LP phoned him that the president cancelled his and the senatorial bets planned visit in that town.

“Kung sinabi nila na hindi na sila dadaan dito, hinakot ko na lang iyong mga tao sa Alaminos,” the distressed mayor hissed.
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One of the questions I would be asking the president if he granted the media to interview him in his Pangasinan foray:
Mr President, how can we give jobs and boost the standard of living of our people when we have the lousiest batting records in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) last year? Here’s the data from the United Nation Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD): R.P $1.1 Billion; Indonesia $19.2 Billion; Malaysia $10 B; Vietnam $8.4 B; Thailand (who reeled in a massive flood last year) $8.4 B.
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The farthest place I’ve been in a U.S sounding soil is in New York, Cubao and San Francisco Del Monte in Bulacan.
But allow me to cite what I saw in real police stories on cable TV about how the cops in America search motorists they suspected to carry illegal objects.
In the United States, suspicious acting motorists are asked with courtesy by the police to slowly come out from their vehicle, turn their back, raised and rest their hands on the roof of their cars as cops frisk their body and search the trunk and compartment of their car of illegal objects.
In the Philippines, after the police flagged a car or motorcycle, the peace officers contend to visual search the vehicles. Why they could not emulate their counterparts in America?
First, they are afraid about the backlash of coercion and illegal search charges to be filled by the “harassed” motorists.
Second, according to PNP Lt. Colonel Cris Abrahano, Dagupan City police chief, the U.S way of searching a vehicle could not be applied in the Philippines because the police needs up to five to seven circumstantial evidences (what?) to prove that the motorist is hiding an illegal.
“Is there jurisprudence for those five circumstantial evidences? “ I posed to him.
“It is embodied in the Constitution,” he told me.
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As what I wrote before, the police fears to ask the motorist if they have suspicious that the vehicles carry the corpus delicti because of the charges that waits for them at the Police Internal Affairs Service, People’s Law Enforcement Board, Human Rights, and Prosecutor’s Office.
A police sergeant who read my previous column “Why policemen fear to go beyond visual search” told me the downside of being charged by civilians. The PNP member has to shell out personal money to pay for his lawyer. So why explore beyond the visual search when they are the Sword of Damocles hovering above their head. The problem with this practice of visual searching however is criminals are (to borrow the lingo at social media like Face Book) R.O.L or rolling out laughing since they could not get busted of their nefarious trade. It is high time for solons like Congressman Pol Bataoil, a retired police general, to pass legislation that would give more teeth to policemen manning check points.
(You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com).

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