Archive for November, 2013

NBI raid of Pangasinan mayor’s house yields high-powered firearms

By Venus May H. Sarmiento
URBIZTONDO, Pangasinan, Nov 28 (PIA) – Tension filled this small town on Wednesday morning as elements of the National Bureau of Investigation raided the house of the municipal mayor which resulted to the town chief’s arrest.
Mayor Ernesto Balolong Jr, who is on his second term as mayor of Urbiztondo was handcuffed and arrested based on four search warrants issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Bernelito Fernandez Jr. of Quezon City.
The raid yielded 12 long high-powered firearms, eight short firearms and hundreds of ammunition.
Balolong said he has done nothing wrong and insisted that all his guns are licensed.
“Lahat ng baril ko lisensyado, hindi ko alam bakit dadalhin pa ako sa (Camp) Crame, kumpleto naman ng papeles,” (All my guns are licensed, I don’t know why they have to bring me to (Camp) Crame. My papers are complete), he said. (more…)

November 29, 2013 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

WITH PDAF VOIDED Abono calls for lower taxes

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – With the recent scraping by the Supreme Court of the Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) of members of congress, the chairman of Abono Party List group called on the national government to lower the P1.253 Trillion goal it tasked the Bureau of Internal Revenue this year.
Engineer Rosendo So said this would give relief to the taxpayers.
He explained that the SC’s declaration that the PDAF, including the remaining P24.70 million this year, was illegal the government should slacken the pressure on revenue district offices all over the country so they would not squeeze taxpayers to cough up more taxes.
A big part of the tax goes to the PDAF.
“Without the pork (slang name of the PDAF) the one that will benefit from it will be the taxpayers,” So said in the vernacular.
The tax goal of the BIR this year is P1.25 trillion while the goal of the tax agency this year in Region-1 is P9 billion, according to BIR Region 1 Director Arnel Guballa.
Without the “pork”, So cited the following congressional projects and programs that will be affected: Free medical missions among the indigents, scholarship for poor college but deserving students, construction of needed school buildings, and necessary farm-to-market roads. (more…)

November 29, 2013 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

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November 29, 2013 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

No government funds will be spent for Dagupan Fiesta, says hermano mayor

By Venus May H. Sarmiento

DAGUPAN CITY, NOV 28 (PIA) – No government funds will be spent for the forthcoming Dagupan City Fiesta this December.

This was disclosed by Hermano Mayor Liberato ‘Ope’ Reyna, president of the Dagupan City People’s Council, the official federation of the non-government organizations (NGOs) in the city.

“Even with no government funds and austerity measures will be observed, we will make sure the fiesta will be festive,” Reyna said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office Thursday.

Reyna said he wants this year’s fiesta to be cause-oriented pointing out that three fun run activities will be staged and proceeds of all these will be donated to victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.

Hosting a grand and big event without any fund assistance from the local government is a most difficult task since the initial activities in organization, mobilization and coordination require financial resources, Reyna said. (more…)

November 29, 2013 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : No more ‘pork barrel’?

The Supreme Court has finally spoken. The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) popularly known as “pork barrel ” was declared unconstitutional with a vote of 14-0. One magistrate abstained because his son is at present a member of the House of Representatives

With its declaration as unconstitutional, solons in the two houses of chambers could no longer be greased with the “fatty pork ” which, since year 2000, had become allegedly a bedrock of corruption.

Had the misuse of the PDAF by certain senators, congressman and a certain Janet Lim –Napoles not exposed, solons will still be using it for their personal interests. That is the case of the PDAF being used as front to amass wealth without considering that the funds should be for projects that will benefit the Filipinos. PDAF was used in the “fertilizer scam” through bogus non-government organizations (NGOs ). The taxpayers were duped of their hard earned money. The farmers, the intended beneficiaries, were deprived of projects that are supposed to alleviate their living conditions.

November 29, 2013 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: ‘ Pork barrel’

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‘ Pork barrel’

There are now varied reactions from Filipinos, both here and abroad after the Supreme Court ruled that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is unconstitutional. For several months now after the PDAF scam was exposed by Benhur Luy against Janet Lim-Napoles, social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. were flooded with negative reactions from netizens.

The Filipinos, after all are one when their rights have been violated. Just like, we are also one in providing comfort and compassion to the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda that battered the Visayan provinces. The “pork barrel ” scam that amounted to almost P 10-billion is too much to bear for the Filipinos, especially the local taxpayers and the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).The fleecing of the funds of that magnitude is even worse than the earthquake that rocked the province of Bohol. (more…)

November 29, 2013 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Pag -ibig membership now mandatory

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY -Employees in this city have all the reasons to be happy because all business employers in the city are required to secure a clearance from the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-ibig Fund before a Mayor’s permit be granted to them.

This was one of the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by the city government represented by City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom ” E. Perez IV and HDMF represented by Lilia M.Anguluan, Area head for Regions I, II and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

The MOA signing was held last November 19 at the City Hall’s Audio -Visual Room, which was witnessed by Vice Mayor Franco Del Prado Sr., Councilors Antonio Perez, Fernando Almendarez, Hero Sumera, Jesus Basco, Blesildo Sumera ,Peter Jason Agsalud, HDMF Head of this city Meriam N. Pamittan and department heads of city government. (more…)

November 29, 2013 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

SP okays P15.9M supplemental budget

DAGUPAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlungsod here virtually denied the four-month salary of its own technical consultants and emergency workers when it approved in a special session last Friday the P15, 992,000 supplemental budget sought by Mayor Belen Fernandez for various statutory and personnel service obligations.

Fernandez’s brother-in-law, Councilor Jigs Seen, appropriations committee chair, authored the budget ordinance which was approved by seven SP members present, although Councilor Red Erfe-Mejia rose on a personal privilege to express his strong opposition to the measure.

Erfe-Mejia also registered the lone negative vote, while Councilors Alfie Fernandez, Alvin Coquia, Karlos Reyna, Joaquin Reyes, Jess Canto and Marvin Fabia voted in favor of the ordinance. Vice Mayor Brian Lim and Councilors Joey Netu Tamayo and Maybelyn Fernandez were on official trip.

In his privilege speech, Erfe-Mejia roundly assailed what he called the “insensitivity” of the budget proposal, saying “of the 38 EWs and 16 TCs, only five EWs of the office of the vice mayor will get their salaries, worth P70, 000.00. So, if we’ll compute that, it will only cover two months of their salaries”. (more…)

November 29, 2013 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

PNP implements crime deterrent measures in Pangasinan

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SAN CARLOS CITY – The police Squad Patrol – 101 that reaped with success in Malasiqui town is being implemented here with dedication by one of its creators.

PNP PATROL 101: Supt. Rodolfo Castro, San Carlos City police chief, explains how members of the four-man squad rove strategic  locations in the city to maintain peace and order situation. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

PNP PATROL 101: Supt. Rodolfo Castro, San Carlos City police chief, explains how members of the four-man squad rove strategic locations in the city to maintain peace and order situation. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Superintendent Rodolfo Castro, the city chief of police, said Patrol 101 is a concept where the police can maximize visibility.
“It is a concept as an answer to the shortage of manpower of the police,” he stressed.
Patrol 101 is where a squad (four men) marching with precision from one place to another.
Three policemen are armed with .45 caliber handgun while the one at the rear carries an M-16 assault riffle.
The marching squad did not only deter lawbreakers but became a treat to the public who see policemen roving around the city.
Pangasinan Police Provincial Director Marlou C. Chan said when this project was implemented in Malasiqui, there was zero killing in the town.
He said Regional Police Director Ricardo Marquez of Region-1 was impressed and even told the attendees in a command conference in San Fernando City, La Union that Patrol 101 will be adopted by the region and eventually by the national police. (more…)

November 25, 2013 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Where would congressmen get monies to buy votes?

While some of my media colleagues went out of the Sison Auditorium in Capital Town Lingayen because of the legalese-filled lectures of Court of Appeals Justice Mario Lopez, I relished the new jurisprudences of the Supreme Court he showed and explained through a big white board.
The audience were judges, prosecutors, clerks of court, lawyers, policemen, members of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement & Agency who are all based in the humongous province of Pangasinan.
The November 19 seminar dubbed as “Pagkaka-Isa Laban sa Droga” (thanks to provincial information office top honcho Butch Velasco for inviting me) was sponsored by the Philippine Judges of the Philippines and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan under the watch of Governor Amado T. Espino.
Justice Lopez said policemen should be wary of flagging motorists who beat the traffic’s red light or motorbike rider who failed to wear helmet.
According to the Supreme Court, he explained, mere infractions of ordinance on helmet and red light do not justify the police to bodily frisk or search the motorist by invoking the doctrine of warrantless search incidental to a lawful arrest. Despite the confiscated illegal objects like gun or drug, he said the object could not be used in filing the case or incriminate the possessor because it is “a fruit of a poisonous tree”.
“May isa pang case sumisigaw iyong isang tao sa galit: “Pu _ _ _ _ Ina! Fake itong pera na ito!”
Somebody told the policeman that the person shouting had bogus money in his pocket.
Because a fake currency can be a crime (Illegal possession and use of false treasury or bank notes and other instruments of credit – Article 166 Revised Penal Code of the Philippines) against the State, the overzealous policeman wanted to arrest the person through alarm & scandal (because he disturbed the peace and tranquility of the place) so he can bodily search the person to get the dubious bill.
“Sabi ng Surpreme Court on its decision the police has no right to frisk the person.”
It means the evidence taken from him could not be used against him.
Why? The lone witness in court said as a resident of the area, he was not alarmed and scandalized. The one who reported the “shout” in the police just learned it from the first witness. So it was hearsay. (more…)

November 25, 2013 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

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