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DagupanCity Chief of Police PoliceSuperintendent Christopher N. Abrahano (left) shows to Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (2nd from left) the 75 grams of shabu seized from a woman drug pusher identified as Bulao Jamal, 30, of Marawi City who is renting an apartment in Barangay Mangin where she was apprehended by the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last February 27. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

DagupanCity Chief of Police PoliceSuperintendent Christopher
N. Abrahano (left) shows to Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (2nd from left) the 75 grams of
shabu seized from a woman drug pusher identified as Bulao Jamal, 30, of Marawi City who is
renting an apartment in Barangay Mangin where she was apprehended by the PNP and the Philippine
Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last February 27. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)


March 3, 2014 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Fisherfolks only seeking shelter at Scarborough Shoal

By Yolanda Sotelo

LINGAYEN – It was noontime of January 27 and they were on their third day at sea. Suddenly, the water turned turbulent that the fishermen aboard 21 boats from this town and Zambales province sought shelter near the Scarborough Shoal.
But the shoal offered no relief as a docked Chinese vessel chased them out, and when they refused, the vessel’s crew trained their water cannon on them, drenching the nearest two boats.
“We sailed away towards the western side of the shoal. But the Chinese vessel followed us. It was only about 15 meters away. We were so afraid but we can’t go back to the sea. It would be more scary going back into the sea because of the hard wind. We contacted each other and decided to drop anchor,”Danilo Meru, 50, a fisherman from Cato, Infanta, said.
Between the Chinese vessel’s water cannon and the tumultuous sea, the fishermen decided that the water was less dangerous and just prayed for safety.
They were fortunate. The Chinese vessel stopped on its track and stopped the water canon, he said.
Another fisherman from the town, Ramoncito Dulas, 28, said the situation was really scary.
“We do not actually go near the shoal if the sea is calm because we are afraid of what the Chinese would do to us. But on that day, the wind was really blowing violently so we had to seek shelter there,” Dulas said. (more…)

March 3, 2014 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

No reason for rice price increase- Sinag

With the farm gate price of palay (unmilled rice) remaining at P23 per kilo for the past three months, there was no reason for any significant increase on the prices of rice, the agriculture alliance Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura said.
Instead, the blame should be put on rice smugglers and unscrupulous retailers for the price increases, the group said, reacting to a television news report on Tuesday.
In a press statement, the Sinag said the smugglers still have big volume of rice in their possession and are now dumping these on the local market at a time when local rice farmers are still to harvest in two weeks’ time.
“We are squarely blaming the rice smugglers in cahoots with a few unscrupulous rice wholesalers who are consciously diverting our attention away from rice smuggling by enraging the rice consuming public on this new rice price spikes,” said Rosendo So, Sinag chair.
“For the past weeks, they have been feeding misinformation and have used former government officials and pro-liberalization academics to mouth the shameful rhetoric that it is better for us to simply import cheaper rice from Vietnam and Thailand than to support our local rice industry,” added So. (more…)

March 3, 2014 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Espino asks ABS-CBN: Help correct damage caused by false mysterious disease story

Lingayen- – -Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. has appealed to the members of the media, especially the television network, which broadcast an unfounded report on February 24 that “a flesh-eating disease is fast spreading in the province of Pangasinan” to help the province recover from the ill-effects of the story.

He said although the television network has officially aired a public apology on February 27, the governor finds it necessary for the network to exert additional effort in helping Pangasinan to get back into its normal state.
Gov. Espino said the provincial government appreciated the network’s gesture of apology, but said the damage has been done and the least it can do it to help rebuild the image of Pangasinan as one of the country’s premier provinces.
“Six and a half years ago we ranked last among the four provinces in the region in terms of tourism. We did all we can to boost the industry until we became number one,” the governor said.

The negative publicity went viral on social media a lot of tourists cancelled their scheduled bookings in many hotels in Pangasinan especially in Alaminos City (home of the famous Hundred Islands) and Bolinao town. (more…)

March 3, 2014 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

JDV hails Cojuangco’s gubernatorial bid

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Former five-time Speaker Jose de Venecia lauded Mark Cojuangco’s gubernatorial bid branding him a highly qualified bet who has a good economic mind.
“What we should do now is to mobilize powerful coalition in Pangasinan that will focus on the battle against poverty and against corruption and climate change and to create tens of thousands of new jobs,” he stressed.
De Venecia, known as JDV and who was a colleague of Cojuangco when they were members of the House of Representatives, said gubernatorial wannabes like Cojuangco, should focus on these battles and employment generation for the people in Pangasinan.
The former Speaker said what Pangasinan needs for a governor is a person who has a brilliance of a Ramon Ang, the chairman of San Miguel Corporation, to build large power plants in Sual and other areas of the province for the national Luzon grid, and build infrastructure and new expressway from Pampanga, Tarlac, and Pangasinan.
Ang was the former pro (more…)

March 3, 2014 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

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March 3, 2014 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Media blunder

Last February 24, Bandila, a late night news program of ABS-CBN, aired a news report that there were two victims inflicted with “flesh-eating bacteria” or “mysterious skin disease” in Pangasinan. The news was reported by a certain Jasmin Romero who apparently did not do her homework as a news reporter. What’s worse was the anchor said the mysterious skin disease was spreading throughout the province, causing panic among Pangasinenses as well as those living abroad.
The news was connected to an alleged prophesy of a self-proclaimed seer Indian national Sadhu. It was said that he was able to predict the occurrence of Super typhoon Yolanda that devastated the provinces of Leyte and Samar, and the earthquake in the province of Bohol last year. Whether Sadhu’s predictions were God-inspired or just mere coincidence, these have to be validated by Christian churches in the future.
After the airing of that news report, the provincial government led by Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. was alarmed. Espino directed the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to verify the conditions of the two alleged victims- a woman in Sta. Barbara and a man in Villasis. The health officials, with media men in tow, found out that the “skin diseases” afflicting the two were not caused by “flesh-eating bacteria.” Instead, the patient from Sta. Barbara was diagnosed to be suffering from leprosy, a curable disease, while the young man from Villasis has psoriasis- a non-contagious, not curable but manageable skin disease. (more…)

March 3, 2014 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

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