ORTIGOZA: Mixed reactions on Cojuangco’s bid

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

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.
The other colonel told me that an ostracized cadet is treated like a leper. He eats alone on a table at the mess hall, cadets avoid talking to him, his roommates desert him, and heaps are thrown at his room. Even the much abused plebe (first year) would even throw some crumbs of foods from the table even if the one ostracized is an upperclassman; he was in short stripped of all the dignity.
Some political commentators told me in a huddle that former solon Mark Cojuangco could not be a shoo-in since people in the western part of Pangasinan and many areas in the humongous province do not know him yet.
“In case election will be held today between Mark and Pogi (Amado T. Espino III, namesake and the son of the incumbent governor), Pogi will be the hands down winner since Espino is a household name already.”
DWPR political commentator Ruel Camba told us media men, over bottles of Red Horse beers, that the young Espino is the opponent that could give Mark a run for his monies.
Aksiyon Radyo master showman Joel Balolong assails Mark when I posted the link of my blog “Cojuangco for Governor goes haywire” at Face Book.
“Gusto nyo ba na ang susunod na governador ay mahirap kausapin? Sawa na tayo dyan. Maraming magagaling na tunay na Pangasinense na puweding maging governor. Sa senado ka na lang Cong. Mark huwag mo nang pasukin ang probinsya. Maawa ka naman! “Di ba Mortz?”
My favorite police official cum political analyst said the Espinos would not go into a head on collision with Cojuangco.
“Malaki ang naitulong ni Mark sa kay “Espines (Governor Espino)” noong 2013 election to the extent na nakipag away siya sa hierarchy ng Liberal Party (coalition member of Mark’s Nationalist People’s Coalition) noong hina- harassed si Espines ng kalaban. The Espinos lost all the premiums to challenge Mark in the 2016,” he opined.
A high official at the provincial capitol told me that the early announcement of Cojuangco for his gubernatorial bid that caught off guard people at the recent State of the Province Address of Governor Espino probably has the blessing of Malacanang.
“Kina-usap siguro ni President si Mark kasi siya lang ang makapag unite ng mga partido dito sa Pangasinan para sa ikakapanalo ni (2016 presidential bet) Mar Roxas kontra kay (Vice President Jejomar) Binay”.
Cojuangco and President Aquino are second cousins.
Do you agree with this analysis Colonel non-pareil Marlou Chan?
(You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too attotomortz@yahoo.com).

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