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February 26, 2014 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Espino’s 7th SOPA

The 7th State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. was delivered last February 10 in front of the Capitol, attended by more than 5,000 coming from all walks of life in the province. It was a SOPA that outlined the accomplishments of the provincial government for the year 2013, zeroing in on infrastructure, agriculture, health services, social services, sports development, etc. and the various awards received by Espino’s administration on local governance.
The year 2013, according to Espino, was the ” most trying period” of his Administration and also the year when “Pangasinan’s independence and maturity as a people were put to test.” Those statements somehow alluded to the May 13, 2013 elections when Espino, on his quest for a third term for governorship, was bombarded by his opponents with various issues like the black sand mining in Lingayen, the murder of Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez, jueteng operations, etc. to undermine his accomplishments and to thwart off his re-election bid.

But “no amount of distraction has put down every good deeds that the present administration envisioned to accomplish as stated in the vision and mission it has set six and a half years ago,”said the daring Governor Espino. Indeed, the “maturity of the Pangasinenses” has been put to test. Governor Espino defeated his gubernatorial opponent by more than 800,000 votes- the highest margin ever recorded in the history of gubernatorial race in Pangasinan. (more…)

February 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Cayetano turns over financial assistance to farmers

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- ” Kailangang makita ng gobyerno na ang konting kalinga, konting tulong at konting projects sa ating magsasaka ay malaki ang bunga.” (The government should see that a little care, a small help and small projects to our farmers will bear big fruits).
This was told by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to a group of corn farmers and irrigators associations, at the municipal hall’s conference room during his visit last February 21.
During the consultation-dialogue, Cayetano stressed that big income could come from little capital specially if used wisely. (more…)

February 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Mixed reactions on Cojuangco’s bid

mortz-nw-colored32It seems the fair-haired boy for the directorship of the police regional office I (PRO I) is a certain Chief Superintendent Diosdado Valeroso. According to my source, Valeroso is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982.
Another source, Pangasinan’s media wonder boy Atong Remogat, who was the crooner at my birthday party, confirmed the rumors that a lobby for Valeroso for the top police post in the region is on the upswing. He said he met recently former PNP chief Art Lomibao and Valeroso at the Manaoag Shrine. Art asked Atong how Valeroso can meet Congresswoman Rosemarie “Baby”Arenas of the Pangasinan’s 3rd Congressional District.
“Ako na ang bahala kay Congresswoman Gina (de Venecia), “ General Lomibao told Remogat.
“Ako na rin ang bahala sa inyo mga media pag naka-upo na si Valeroso, bata ako noon,” Atong boasted.
Earlier, broadcaster Cisco Flores, a mason, told me that some quarters have been lobbying with the power-that-be for a last dash for General Wendy Rosario, Valeroso’s “mistah” or classmate at the PMA, for the directorship of the PNP in the Ilocos Region.
The chances of Rosario and his “mistah” General Ed Basbas for the directorship of the PRO-1 have been scuttled lately because of power plays among the gods in Imperial Manila.
In a huddle at the Pangasinan police provincial office and at my birthday with some graduates of the Philippine Military Academy, they told me that civilians could hardly understand how the Honor Code is being implemented at the Philippine’s version of the U.S West Point and the British’s Sandhurst.
The discussion was on the brouhaha spawned by the dismissal of Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia who should be marching at the Long Gray Line in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City this month as the class salutatorian.
He was found unanimously lying by nine-member honor committee.
According to the PMA website, the honor code or honor system is a unique system which is administered by the cadets themselves. Through the Honor System, the cadet binds himself to the Code which states that: “We, the cadets, do not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate among us those who do so.”

A cadet found guilty committing any one of these would be asked to resign.
“Minsan makita mo lang iyong ka bunkmate mo wala na pati gamit niya sa kuwarto dahil pina uwi na ng honor committee,” a colonel told me.
Honor committee is composed of 25 cadets
“One representative from the first, second, third, and fourth classes in each of the eight companies. The first and second class representatives are the voting members, while the third class are the recorders. If an honor case is to be formalized, the Honor Court composed of eight voting members and two recorders conduct a formal hearing. A unanimous vote of “Guilty” is needed to convict a cadet of an honor violation. If found guilty, the cadet is asked to resign for the good of the service. The proceedings of an Honor Committee is a privilege communication and known only to the committee and the Superintendent,” the Academy’s website cites.
A Lt. Colonel told me that a recalcitrant cadet would be punished by ostracism. Ostracism is exclusion from a society or group.
“Pero meron doon ayaw umalis dahil ten days na lang graduation na. Nasa Airforce na siya ngayon,” a PMA class of 1992 told me.
The Lt. Colonel did not tell me however if that ostracized former PMA cadet pilots a plane or was condemned perpetually to catch all the planes that landed at the runway as punishment for violating the honor code and as a way for the cash strapped air force to save on gas money. (more…)

February 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment


German tourist Julian Lauber (left) and a boy  join the watermelon eating contest during the 1st Pakwan Festival last February 8 in Bani town. The town is known for its sweet watermelon.CESAR RAMIREZ

German tourist Julian Lauber (left) and a boy join the watermelon eating contest during the 1st Pakwan Festival last February 8 in Bani town. The town is known for its sweet watermelon.CESAR RAMIREZ

February 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinan leads in crops and fish production

LINGAYEN—Pangasinan remains a leading producer in agriculture and fisheries.
This was gleaned from Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr.’s State of the Province Address (SOPA) held on February 10 at the Capitol Plaza here.
In his report, Gov. Espino said rice production has increased from 811, 037 metric tons in 2007 to 1.136 million metric tons in 2013.
Pangasinan also posted an average yield of 4.53 metric tons per hectare which is higher than 4.45 metric tons for the region.
With the increasing levels of production in rice, the governor said the province contributes 65 percent of the region’s total rice production, earning its rank as the third top rice producing province in the country next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela in the year just past.
Rice crop area has also grown from 181, 344.73 hectares in 2007 to 250, 633 hectares in 2013. (more…)

February 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Love and save our trees – environmental groups

On the eve of Valentines Day, Green Convergence, a broad national coalition of environmental networks, organizations and individuals called government to show love for the environment by saving the trees which give clean air, healthy soil, and adequate water supply.

To dramatize this urgent call, running priest Fr. Robert Reyes ran in the highway passing through Binalonan, Pangasinan, while some representatives of Green Convergence tied white ribbons on some remaining trees in this municipality affected by the Manila North Road (MNR) widening project.

Out of the total of 1,829 trees targetted to be killed for this road plan, the biggest number of trees will be cut in Binalonan. Based on the tree cutting permit, five hundred ninety eight (598) trees will be removed in Binalonan. Based on the DENR report, there are still 316 standing trees in Binalonan.

Green Convergence President Dr. Angelina Galang echoed the sentiments of the collective statement signed by many environmental, church and academic organizations: “We are enraged that the DENR, the lead government agency tasked to conserve, protect, and rehabilitate the Philippine environment gave its imprimatur for the massive destruction of trees through its Special Tree Cutting and Earth-Balling Permit No. 2013-10 issued in November 4, 2013.”

February 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Sinag exposes onion’s smuggling queen

By Mortz Ortigoza

ROSALES – The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) is checking on reports about alleged onion’s smuggling queen, a certain Lea Cruz or Lea Samting.

 Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So

Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So

It was the Sinag which identified big time rice smuggler David Tan and filed a case against a judge who ordered the release of smuggled rice in Davao City.
Rosendo So, Sinag’s head, said every year the country losses P3 billion in white onion smuggling.
So’s group alleges that close to 400,000 bags or 8.8 million kilos of white onion were smuggled into the country from September to December last year.
Because the senate committee on agriculture under Senator Cynthia Villar has still to conclude its investigation on rice smuggling, So said the investigation for the onion smuggling was held in abeyance.
So said Sinag wondered why the stocks of onion at the cold storages in the country reached the brim when the farmers are still harvesting the crop in the country. He said this arose the suspicion of Sinag as it did not jibe with the inventory at the Bureau of Customs. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 3:12 am Leave a comment

Pangasinan leaders back Cojuangco

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-Politicians from Pangasinan have signified their support to former Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco in his effort to get the people’s mandate for governor of the province in 2016.
Rosendo So, Abono Party-list Chairman and personal friend of Cojuangco, said third district Rep. Rachel Arenas (Liberal Party),second district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (National Unity Party) and Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. (Nationalist People’s Coaliton) have given their full support for Cojuangco.
So said the Abono Party-list will also support as they have always supported Cojuangco in the 5th District.
He said Abono and Cojuangco share the same vision of having farmers and other stakeholders from the agricultural sector emancipated from poverty.
Cojuangco, after the State of the Province Address of Espino, declared his intention to submit himself to the voters of Pangasinan for the position of governor, carrying with him three consecutive terms as 5th district representative and his passion to serve.
“I think I am uniquely qualified and experienced to succeed Gov. [Amado] Espino [Jr.] I will seek the mandate of the people of Pangasinan , 2016,” Cojuangco told reporters here shortly after Espino delivered his state of the province address.
“With my experience, my age, my wisdom, my knowledge, I am offering my services to Pangasinan as governor. I offer these to the people of Pangasinan and I hope to continue the progress of the province,” he said.
Cojuangco is the Nationalist People’s Coaliton Pangasinan Chapter President of which Espino and majority of elected officials belong to.
“[Espino] is a party mate. We helped him in past elections. But he is on his last term so I decided to run [in 2016] to continue the development of the province,” he said. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 3:09 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Anti- Cybercrime Law

virThe Supreme Court has spoken. The Anti-Cybercrime Prevention Law or Republic Act No. 10175 was declared a valid although some portions of it have been considered as unconstitutional. However, the magistrates sustained the part on the provisions of online libel that has elicited wide reactions from journalists, academe and netizens in the entire country, includin some members of the Senate House and House of Representatives.
What is libel? A libel is a malicious, false statement in written media, a broadcast, or otherwise published words. In other words, “online or internet libel” refers to those malicious and defamatory statements against any person posted in social media sites, websites or blog sites. In said provision, it is stated that only those primary sources of defamatory statements are liable for libel and those who shared such could not be indicted of the same crime.
Personally, I find that provision amusing. How can the Courts and even the prosecutors determine primary sources? Supposed the defamatory statements are “copied and pasted” on the walls of social media sites by other persons, can they identify the primary and secondary sources?
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has recommended that to have the Anti-Cybercrime Law to be thoroughly reviewed by the Supreme Court, a case must be properly filed in Courts, otherwise the Supreme Court could slap a penalty on those who questioned it outside of the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. She said the High Tribunal erred in declaring the constitutionality of said provision. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 3:07 am Leave a comment

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