Archive for October, 2013
The officers of the Fertilizer Industry Association of the Philippines like Dan Oñate and Robert Castro support the formal organization of SINAG as convenor and joined the call for cooperation among the different industries in Agriculture. For example, the call is for other industries to extend to the rice industry when it is engaged in an issue. In the same manner that other industries should support the fish industry when it is in trouble. Also present were officials and members of the Association of Fertilizer and Pesticide Dealers, Distributors, Outlets of Pangasinan headed by Danny C. Sim. BRANDO CORTEZ<a
By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY –There they go again – using the monikers that sound funny and even ridiculous and which they may have hated when they were children– but which the runners in the barangay polls on October 28 hope would win them seats.
“It is for name recall, for their barangay mates to easily find their names in the list of candidates,” Pangasinan Provincial Election Officer Marino Salas said.
He said around 30,000 filed their candidacies to become heads or councilmen of the 1,364 villages of Pangasinan’s 44 towns and four cities. The number is almost double the number of candidates in the last barangay elections, which was less than 20,000.
The list of candidates could make one chuckle, but Salas said the polls could be volatile as those running against each others are neighbors and even members of the same family “who know the dirty secrets (baho) of each other,” he said.
But before the seriousness of the elections get to us, let us do some Name Game first.
“Very good,” “Mr. Clean” and “Sunshine” may make the day of voters and go for Sally Noreen Aquino of San Aurelio 2nd in Balungao; Virgilio Medros of Pugardo, Balungao and Ferdinand Galdones of Lapaz, Umingan, respectively, who are all gunning for kagawad seats.
But would they vote for “Crooks” or Eugenio de Perio of Concordia Bolinao, “Buwaya ” or Ruben Valdez or Sumambit, Bayambang? Or for candidates of San Nicolas who go by the name “Abusayap” like Wilson Orencia of Bensican, and Angelito Castillo of Camangaan. (more…)
By Yolanda Sotelo
LINGAYEN -None of the aquaculture operators in Pangasinan ever secured an environmental compliance certificate (CDO) from the Environment and Management Bureau, despite the years that they have been operating their fish farming venture, an EMB Ilocos regional official said.
The issue surfaced after the EMB Ilocos Regional office issued a CDO to the 31 operators of fish cages in Sual as they were found to be operating without ECC.
EMB Ilocos Regional Director Joel Salvador said the issue started in Sual after the Sual power plant management pointed out how the fish cage operation may pose threat to the security of the plant, citing incidents when fish that got loose from the cages found their way to the plant’s water intake.
EMB personnel then conducted inspection of the water environment in the town’s aquaculture area and found that there is “degradation of the water quality,” Salvador said. (more…)
Can we call this the “Politics of filling a case just for the sake of a case”?
Lawyer Fernando Perito filed a Qualified Seduction case at the prosecution office in Quezon City against “Anak (child)” crooner, the internationally acclaimed folk singer Freddie Aguilar.
Aguilar was accused to having different sexual orgies with a 16 year-old minor.
“This cradle snatcher wants to take advantage of the adulation of the child by pretending to be loving her and allegedly marrying her later. This old man deserves to be castrated to spare the children,” Perito argued in his complaint-affidavit given to the prosecutor’s office.
According to Article 337 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, qualified seduction is the seduction of a virgin over twelve years and under eighteen years of age, committed by any person in public authority, priest, home-servant, domestic, guardian, teacher, or any person who, in any capacity, shall be entrusted with the education or custody of the woman seduced, shall be punished by prison correccional in its minimum and medium periods.
To the tricycle and jeepney drivers who read this article it means imprisonment of two years, four months and one day to four years and two months.
Qualified seduction means consensual sexual intercourse has been consummated by both the accused and the minor.
My poser: Does Attorney Perito has the proof that Aguilar and the minor copulated?
Ask any Tom, Dick, and Atong and they will tell you that the minor and even her parents, who probably benefited from the generosity of Aguilar, would deny heaven and earth that Freddie has completed his carnal knowledge (sexual relationship) with her.
Baka sabihin niya pa na sexual- free and kanilang relasyon and sheer platonic love ang kanilang affair.
Unless members of the DSWD and Perito resorted earlier to peeping Tom, the prosecutor’s office would dismiss the case. (more…)
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Despite being certified by the International Standards Organization (ISO), the Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) still maintains its “no balance billing payment” to indigent patients, hospital authorities said.
“Tuloy pa rin no balance billing sa mahihirap,” Regional Director Myrna Cabotaje of the Department of Health said.
Dr. Roland Mejia said despite the A-1 service and the improvements done by the management of the hospital, only the moneyed patients would be charged.
“We are not a private oriented hospital. Even if the quality of our service has surged we do not compete with private hospitals,” he said.
Mejia continued that as an ISO 9001: 2008 certified, R1MC is mandated to put an action center with a suggestion box where the hospital clients can put their suggestions and complaints.
He said every four o’clock in the afternoon, all the complaints are collected for immediate action.
“As a feedback mechanism, the R1MC maintains a website and a Facebook account where feedbacks and complaints can be posted,” he said.
Mejia cited that private hospitals in Pangasinan are not yet ISO certified. (more…)