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 Some 200 couples get ready to participate in the beach mass wedding ceremony last February 14 at Quezon Island at the picturesque Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City.CESAR RAMIREZ

Some 200 couples get ready to participate in the beach mass wedding ceremony last February 14 at Quezon Island at the picturesque Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City.CESAR RAMIREZ

February 17, 2014 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

Cojuangco declares gubernatorial bid

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – Former Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco has announced his intention to run for the governorship of Pangasinan.

 GUNNING FOR GOVERNORSHIP. Former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco declares his intention to run for governor of Pangasinan in 2016 . MORTZ C. ORTIGOZ

GUNNING FOR GOVERNORSHIP. Former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco declares his intention to run for governor of Pangasinan in 2016 . MORTZ C. ORTIGOZ

The declaration came after incumbent Governor Amado T. Espino, who is in his last term, delivered his State of the Province Address (SOPA) on February 10 in front of the Provincial Capitol.
“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, son of former Ambassador Eduardo ‘Danding” Cojuangco who is the founding chair of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, said he had mentioned in passing his plan to Espino.
“I mentioned it to him in passing a month ago. I have (also) been trying to call him (up)since last week. I think he’s been too busy preparing for the State of the Province Address niya, he did not have the time to return the call,”he said.
He said Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, and NPC member and who has still one more term for his post, would be his tandem.
“He is a member of the NPC of good standing. He is an incumbent vice governor. He has the first option to signify to the party if he is interested or not for the governorship. I already sounded him off. He told me he is honored. Let’s see if he wants to commit (himself) as my vice gubernatorial candidate,” Cojuangco said.
Before he declared his ambition to run for the province’s top position, political spectators in the province have been speculating on the prospective gubernatorial bets in 2016 election, They are Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Calimlim, Abono Party-list Rep. Conrado Estrella, and League of Barangays-Provincial Level President and Board Member Amado T. Espino III., a three term mayor of Bautista. (more…)

February 17, 2014 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Cojuangco for Governor goes Haywire

mortz-nw-colored32Are criminals in Dagupan City having their murder binges now at the expense of the Philippine National Police’ competence as painted through media reports?
A police source disagreed. He told me that compared to last year and this year, murder incidents in the city were the same in the January and February periods.
“There were four murder incidents in the city. During the same period this year 2014, records show four shooting incidents when two were killed while two were injured.
He said in the same month period there were five incidents of robbery in 2013, seven of the same crime in 2014.
When I asked him about the acrimony in the media about the spate of murders in the Bangus City, he opined that during the stint of former Mayor Benjie S. Lim these whining, bellyaching, and bitching media men were mum since they were allied with the former mayor. He said since the mayor now is Benjie’s nemesis Mayor Belen Fernandez, these media men pounced on her on every crime that was committed in the city.
He said the police in the city has been exerting effort to mitigate if not eliminate the commission of crimes.
He cited their crime preventive measures:
1) Focused Police Operations; 2) Crime Prevention Efforts; 3) Outer Ring Security; 4) Dragnet; 5) Frequent Random Checkpoints; 6) Secret Marshalls; and 7) PULIS C.A.R.T (Community Assistance and Referral Team).
Due to space constraint in this column, you can access the explanation of each of these mitigating measures at

After I posted at P’nan Biggest Blog “Cojuangco Declares Gubernatorial Ambition” in 2016 in Pangasinan, the news became most read in my blog by readers in and outside of the Philippines before February 10 ended — the day Cojuangco told me in a chance interview his ambition.
After Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino concluded his State of the Province Address (SOPA) by the following phrases: “Thus, we must set aside politics for now, and remain focused on our dreams and aspirations for our province. The next election is still along way to go, and we cannot allow premature political attention from tedious, more crucial task of sustaining the momentum for the continual growth and progress of Pangasinan”,
I did not expect I chalked up a scoop from Cojuangco.
I was in a huddle with veteran broadcasters Tito Tamayo of DWPR and RJ Jimenez of Home Radio (Fm na naging Am radio programming) when former congressman Mark Cojuangco, with four body guards in tow, emerged from the right side of the Capitol while guests and visitors queued to press flesh with the governor, his wife, and members of the provincial board inside the American era edifice.
Before the declaration of Cojuangco of his political plan (you can access it at, somebody had tipped me two weeks earlier that Mark had told friends about his moist eye on the governorship, but I was ambivalent to write it since the source did not want her name to be quoted.
Aside from my questions with the former solon “Have you talked with the governor about your plan?” “Who will be your vice gubernatorial candidate?”, and “his being a shoo-in for the derby”. Here were some of his answers on his programs and projects in case he will be the governor of the mammoth province.
Cojuangco, the scion of business tychoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco said there should be a final end in the flooding in Pangasinan particularly in Binmaley, Urdaneta City, Sta. Barbara, Dagupan City, and all that areas in the 3rd, 4th, and 2nd congressional districts. (more…)

February 17, 2014 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

More trees cut for road widening

By Yolanda Sotelo
CALASIAO – Aside from the decades-old trees being cut down along the Manila North Road in eastern Pangasinan, more trees are being sacrificed in central and western Pangasinan for the government’s road widening program.
In the towns of Sta. Barbara, Calasiao, San Carlos City, Malasiqui and Bayambang, 87 different tree species are in the process of being felled or have been marked for felling, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways.
In Alaminos City, the Sanguniang Panglungsod has endorsed a resolution to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the cutting down of two-decades old 117 trees (18 mahogany and 99 eucalyptus) for the widening of a barangay road along Palamis village.
The widening project will be undertaken by the city government as the barangay road would be used as alternate road to Mabini town.
District Engineer Marrieta Mendoza of DPWH second engineering district said there was no permit for the tree cutting in central Pangasinan but her office has applied with the Department of Environment Resources last December. (more…)

February 17, 2014 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Nag-fiesta ka pa!

brando-masoPABIGAT NA FIESTA. Ang isang town fiesta ay isang pagdiriwang ng masaganang ani sa araw ng patron saint ng isang bayan.

Ang celebration ng town fiesta ay dapat simple lang at hindi stressful sa mga tao. May mga panahon na hindi makatuwiran ang mga ginagawa ng pamunuan ng fiesta.

Ibig sabihin, ito ay isang event na dapat masayang nagdirwang ang mga tao – kasi sobra ang ani dahil sa biyaya mula sa lupa, sa mga ilog at sa dagat.

Ibig din sabihin, ito ay isang religious event na nagpapasalamat sa gabay ng patron saint sa mga mamamayan para magawa ang kanilang araw araw na pamumuhay ayon sa utos ng Diyos…religious activity dapat ang fiesta.

Mabigat ang isang town fiesta kung ito ay pera-pera lang. Malaki ang sakripisyo, in terms of lost revenues, ng mga local na negosyante sa palengke dahil sila ang tinatamaan ng trade fair at perya.

Ang pera ng tao, napupunta sa mga dayuhang negosyante at iyong iba pa nga ay hindi taga-Pangasinan.

Ang tanong, magkano po ba ang binabayaran ng organizer ng trade fair at perya sa munisipyo? Hindi po ba ang kitang ito ang dapat na gagamitin na pang-gastos sa fiesta? (more…)

February 17, 2014 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

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