ORTIGOZA: GRANDSTANDING!

August 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm Leave a comment


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“P50,000 per teacher item in Pangasinan” an excerpt of a national newspaper recently says.
It reported that before a teacher applicant gets the post she should shell-out first P10,000 to the principal who gives the sum to the school division superintendent for favorable ranking.
“ May mga principal daw ang naniningil agad ng P10,000. Unang bayad pa lang iyan, para maendorso sa school division para mai-ranking, kung saan ang school superintendent naman ang magpapasya kung sino ang mga top-ranking applicant,” the source, who did not disclose the division where the superintendent is assigned, told Abante tabloid.
A new public school teacher receives almost P20, 000 a month.
Because of the complaint from a teacher from Binmaley, Pangasinan, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party list Rep. Antonio Tinio asks congress to investigate this alleged anomaly.
“Somebody from Pangasinan came to my office and expose this anomaly,” Tinio said.
(You can access the entire story at http://www.abante.com.ph/issue/aug0413/news02.htm#.UgV9itLDAvx).
Consequently Board Member Ranjit Shahani, the new chair of the powerful education committee , coordinated with Tinio so he can investigate too the concerned individuals at the Department of Education about the veracity of this report.
Go Ranjit man, show some balls!

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JOKE: My source at the Philippine National Police told me that police Colonel Valeriano de Leon, one of the three nominees approved by the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) for the post of the provincial director of Pangasinan, is a joke.
The source said he is a joke since he was sacked as the provincial director of Quezon when the infamous Atimonan massacre happened. In that massacre alleged jueteng lord Victor Siman and 12 of his civilian, police and military companions were killed and where P100 million jueteng monies have disappeared.
Region 1 police director Ricardo Marquez told me last August 6 that aside from de Leon,SOPPB recommended Senior Superintendents Mariel M. Magaway, Ferdinand Divina, and de Leon.
Magaway, a native of Dupax, Nueva Ecija is the chief of Counter Intelligence and Security Division of the PNP in Camp Crame, while Divina , who hails from Tayug, Pangasinan, is the former Region-1 chief of the Criminal Investigation Detection Group and incumbent chief of the Cyber Crime Group of the PNP in Camp Crame.
Marquez said the three were selected from 13 applicants who are colonels.
After the SOPPB submitted the names of the trio at the National Police Commission, it’s up to the NAPOLCOM, headed by DILG Secretary Roxas, when to submit their names to Governor Espino.
Section 51 of the Department of Interior & Local Government Act and Republic Act 8551 (Act Establishing the Philippine National Police Under a re-organized Department of the Interior and Local Government, and for Other Purposes) provide that the governor appoints one of the three nominees submitted by the regional director.

PCL –PC HUBBUB: I thought the race to get the highest plum of the Philippine Councilors League-Pangasinan Chapter (PCL-PC) is a hiccup.
Can you imagine San Carlos City councilor Vicci Ventanilla and ticket dropping by at the houses or offices of the 476 councilors of the 44 towns and three cities’ humongous province by giving each of them a cassava cake instead of the P10, 000 to P20, 000 that become an “ ugly custom” in the past campaigns.
It took only a text message last August 9 from former Land Bank Manager and Asingan , Pangasinan beauteous councilor Vangie Dorao for me to change my hiccup to heave- out.
“ It’s final, Councilor Ramon Bataoil of Lingayen for PCL presidency,“ excerpts of Vangie’s message.
When I texted Judy Vargas, another gorgeous solon of Capital town Lingayen who runs for the vice presidency of the PCL-PC, to confirm Mon Bataoil challenging San Manuel councilor Shiela Perez, Miss Vargas retorted: “Is it a good move? Tito Ramon is a good choice. Perfect fit. Did it make our team better? .
Vargas explained that the move to replace Ventanilla with Bataoil was to strengthen the group. Councilor Vicci (and the Cassava Cake? ) is still with us and will run as the Secretary General. This is for the betterment of Team Victory.
“Geez, the fight is no longer Manny Pacquiao versus Brandon Rio Locsin in Veni Vici Vidi (“I came, I saw, I conquer” –Julius Caesar). It’s Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in Ramon. It’s a “Dream Fight for the PCL-PC derby,” I told my side kick Procopio Matulis who was imbibing his third bottle of Tanduay Rhum.
Just like the Perezes (Shiela, former PCL –PC L-President Dong Perez, their brother San Manuel Mayor Jericho Perez and their father San Manuel Vice Mayor Badong Perez), the Bataoils (Mon, and older brother Congressman Pol (2nd District, Pangasinan) have the wherewithal’s of millions of pesos to cough-up till the D-Day in August 19, 2013.
But what intrigued me about the entry of Councilor Mon was the probable candidacy of Congressman Pol for the governorship in 2016 when his fellow PMAyer incumbent Governor Amado T. Espino ends his last term in that year.
Can Pol be likened to the United States pivot by realigning some of its military forces from Europe and the Middle East and based them in the Asia Pacific region so it can deal effectively with the growing military threat of economic giant China?
With Mon at the PCL-PC, Pol has already a comparative advantage to the 476 dads as conduits to the almost two million voters in the humongous province.
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GUBERNATORIAL BETS: According to my source the probable gubernatorial bets for 2016 would be Abono Congressman Conrad Estrella, Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, 5thDistrict congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco, and Bataoil.
Governor Espino, according to my source, will reclaim his old congressional seat in the 2ndDistrict or run as mayor of the mammoth city San Carlos.
“He is building a house at a village in San Carlos,” the source quipped.

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The recent inquiries of Board Member Nestor Reyes to National Irrigation Project Manager Reynaldo Mencias and Agno River Integrated irrigation Project (ARIIP) chair Rey Mencias did not bode well with political spectators.
Bombo Radyo prime time host Bogs Toribio, for one, thought that Reyes was grandstanding when he arrogantly asked questions the intimidated and rattled Mencias about corruptions at the National Irrigation Administration.
“He was wasting precious government time and resources on his nonsense questions,” Torribio castigated Reyes on air.
I heard the tape recorded version of that inquiry and felt it left a bad taste in the mouth.
Reyes should have some substantial evidence against Mencias, who heads a lucrative more than a billion-peso budget post, before blasting him at the August Chamber.
All his questions were duds. Geez man, he was into fishing expedition.
“He did not do his homework,” one of his fellow board members quipped to some media men.
Susmariosep, the adverse comments on Reyes should be a lesson among members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to be at their best when “brow beating” in the hot chair their guest.
I lauded those members of the “Silent Committee” there, they are not put in a bind like this because the mantra they subscribed : “Less talk, less mistake”
(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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