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ORTIGOZA: Manny Villar earns P1.5B in 3 months


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Kumita ng P1.5 Billion in 3 months
Kung ikaw ay isang pinakamababang public school teacher sa ‘Pinas, ikaw ay kumikita ng P19,000 basic pay a month. Kung ikaw naman ay private school teacher ikaw ay kumita kada buwan ng exploitative pay na P6,000 kung ikaw ay nagtuturo sa probinsiya o P10,000 kung ikaw ay nagtuturo sa siyudad gaya ng Maynila.
Kung ikaw naman ay media man na walang outlet gaya ng radio o newspaper, dahil sa kasipagan mo mag bulong ng tsismis sa mga patron mo, umikot at “pumitpit” sa mga pulitiko (congressman, mayor, miyembro ng provincial board o municipal council, chiefs of police, barangay captain, peryahan na may drop ball na illegal na pasugalan, at tupadahan sa mga barangay ikaw siguro ay kumikita ng P20,000 kada buwan kahit ikaw ay hao-shiao tulad ng ibang mga media men dito sa Pangasinan na parang kabute na naglipana na akay-akay pa ang mga asawa, kabit, at mga anak sa pag iikot para lang maka-raket.
Pero ano itong nabasa ko? Isang pamilya kasama ang kanilang controlling stockholders sa “Pinas ay kumita ng net P1.5 billion sa real estate business, at isang food corporation na kontrolado ng isang Filipino at stakeholders ay kumita ng P1.07 billion.
Si Manny Villar, dating senate president, ay nag sabi na kumita ang corporation niya na Vista Land & Lifescapes na kung saan siya ay chairman ay kumita ng P5.4 billion gross revenues or net income of P1.5 billion sa first quarter or first three months of this year.
In the same quarter last year Villar’s corporation ay kumita ng P1.3 billion sabi ng Philippine Star na hawak-hawak ko habang ako ay naghahanap ng toilet paper sa loob ng toilet room namin.
Ito pa ang sabi ng Philippine Star issue dated May 15: “Strong sales from both new and existing branches significantly boosted earnings of fast food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) in the first quarter.
“The country’s largest quick-service restaurant chain reported that its net income surged 20.5 percent to P1.07 billion from P895 million a year ago.”The profit growth was driven by strong same-store sales, both in the Philippines and abroad,” JFC said. Same store-sales growth refer to restaurants that were opened at least a year ago”.
Ang JFC ay pinamumunuan ni Tony Tan Caktiong as president.

Shooting incidents in Pangasinan
Every time there is a shooting incident or a high stake arrest in Pangasinan, the chiefs of police (COP) text immediately the spot reports oF the crime to Police Director Sr. Supt. Sterling Raymond Blanco. I saw this when Supt. Armando F. Muena, COP of Malasiqui,Pangasinan, informed him about the apprehension of Cesar S. Betonio, 31, a notorious hired killer from Abra, who was arrested by the police of Muena in the town at the morning of March 28.

“Parang shooting sa pelikula, nagkakapalitan muna ng putok bago nahuli si Betonio ng mga tao ni Muena,” Blanco told me inside the “Kubo”- a watering hole of officers of the provincial police office (PPO).
In the same “Kubo” recently I told the provincial director, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1989, that surprisingly for a month already I did not hear any shooting that waylaid lives in the province.
Blanco jocularly told me that we (me, Ruel Camba, the former Joseph Goebbels of former Governor Victor Agbayani) better not talk about the killing.
“Every time I open my mouth to the press about the tranquility of the peace and order in the province a shooting incident occurred as if the criminals are mocking the police,” he said.
He told me that we can not compare the shooting incidents in the past months under his watch with the same months last year when the PPO was reined by the “George Patton” of the PNP Colonel Marlou C. Chan (PMA Class ’85).
“Its incomparable kasi it was election period during Col. Chan’s stint,” he said.
As we were animated with our conversation for almost two hours, Lieutenant Colonel Marlon Canam, the de facto Deputy Provincial Director for Administration and Deputy Provincial Director for Operation (Lt. Col. Genaro Sapiera text me earlier he is applying for DRDA (No. 2 post in the PPO) after he graduated in his logistic schooling in the national headquarter) informed Blanco that a shooting has just ensued in Mangatarem town that resulted in a murder.
“I told you so,” Blanco told us.
“Anak ng bakang dalaga, from now on I should stop asking you about the figures of killings in the province since they are a jinx,” I amusingly told Blanco.

Air Force One
Eyes strained by the lights of my laptop but could not sleep the other day, I snatched a book by Dan Rather with Mickey Herskowitz’s “The Camera Never Blinks Twice (The Further Adventures of A Television Journalist)” from my book shelves to spend the night to get a doze. To the younger generation who are preoccupied with Candy Crush Saga and Double Down Casino at the internet shops, Rather is the equivalent nowadays of US TV broadcasting icons like Bill O’Reilly of Fox News TV or the less superior Anderson Copper of CNN (Cable News Network, not Caloocan News Network).
“Parang si Noli de Castro or Mike Enriquez kung sa Pilipinas?,” butted my errand boy Procopio Matulis who could not get a sleep in his “dog house”.
“Noli de Castro, Mike Enriquez, sino iyon? Bakit mo sila ikino kompara kay Rather?” I stoically posed too at my jack fruit faced gofer.
I was laughing like crazy on my bed reading Chapter 12 (The Accidental Tourist) when Rather, because he chose to go with fellow “good” Newsday reporter Marty Schram in a “god-forsaken” county, er, village in Belgrade to drink a Yugoslavian native liqueur,a plum brandy whose name in Serbo-Croatian means in English“Paint Thinner” instead of attending a boring presidential ball hosted by Marshal Josip BrozTito (dubbed as communist bad-boy to Kremlin ) to the entourage of U.S President Richard Nixon, was left by the Air Force One in the Communist country.
As a result of the lethal kick of the “paint thinner” poor Dan Rather baby was left by Air Force One, arrested by the Yoguslav’s version of the KGB, jailed, released, and was whisked by a concerned native to a chartered British two propeller powered airplane for London, and the rest was an amusing history for a media man to share to media guys in and outside the U.S.
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Here’s how Rather described Air Force One (a converted Boeing 747) for the benefit of journalist friends in the Philippines who are privy to hang like a bat inside a dilapidated and rusty town bound bus to cover the visit of a Filipino president:
“Two plane loads of press people usually traveled with Nixon, one plane was basically for the writers and the broadcasters, the other plane.” Hunter Thompson wrote about it in his book, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. I can’t actually confirm that anyone smoked dope on those planes, or that any White House staffer was actually bound and gagged. But I can’t actually deny it, either”.
Rather discussed that travelling with the U.S president has big downside, but balanced, if not outweighed, by the upside. He said one who chooses to join the presidential trip can enjoy the illusion of being someone special. (more…)

May 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Arenas vague if she and sibling will run for mayor


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SAN CARLOS CITY – Former Pangasinan congresswoman Rachel Arenas gave a vague answer to a query if she and her brother have moist eye for the mayoralty post of Calasiao and Malasiqui towns in the province in the 2016 polls.
During the Barangay Night recently when she was a guest of honor, she did answer directly if she was interested in the mayoralty contest in Calasiao.
“I am busy as governor of Red Cross, I am helping my mother (Representative Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas) in her work as congresswoman of the (3rd ) district,” she merely said.
Arenas was the predecessor of her mother as district representative.
She also refused to give a direct answer when asked if her brother Robert “Bing” Jimenez Arenas would be running in the 73 – village strong Malasiqui.
“He is busy helping the constituents of my mother in Malasiqui. He and my mother have a lot of projects to supervise for the people there,” she said.
A political leader from the district said in case the speculations happen that Robert would run for mayor, of Malasiqui, he would be clashing with Eric Brian Domantay, the incumbent village chief of Barangay Poblacion, as his father Armando would be “graduating” in 2016 when his three-term ends.
He expounded that in case the rumors materialized the former solon throwing her hat in Calasiao’s mayoralty derby, she would be colliding with either incumbent Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay or his father Vice Mayor Roy in case the younger Macanlalay runs as the vice governor of former Pangasinan 5th District Congressman Mark Cojuangco who declared in February 10 his intention to run for the gubernatorial seat of Pangasinan in 2016. (more…)

May 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment


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May 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Wala talagang patubig pag summer


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QUESTION: Successful daw ang naganap na Balikatan exercise ng America at Pilipinas. Habang nagaganap ang Balikatan exercises, paano naganap ang construction activities ng China sa Mabini Reef?

Akala ko ba may isang presidentiable na nagsabi na ang Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement sa pagitan ng America at Pilipinas ay magiging deterent sa aggression ng China? Hahaha.

EL NINO RESPONSES. May bago pa ba sa mga pictures or videos na nagpakaita ng tuyot na lupa? Mga pictures at videos na nagsasabi na kulang ang patubig? Wala! Hindi na news iyan. Every year, may tag-tuyot at may tag-ulan. Iyan ang klima sa Pilipinas.

Every year as in taon taon na may tag-tuyot sa Pilipinas. Sabi ng kalikasan na ito ang panahon na kailangang magpahinga ng lupa. Ang mga bukid na napagbibigyan ng panahon na magpahinga ay nagiging mas mabunga sa susunod na harvest season.

Sana, hindi na magreklamo ang mga magsasaka na wala silang patubig sa panahon ng matinding taginit, dahil sa katigasan ng ulo nila.

Kung matigas ang ulo mo at gusto mong magtanim sa panahon na sinasabi ng kalikasan na magpahinga muna ang lupa, kailangan may pera ka para gumamit ng water pump.

Likas na sa Pangasinan na walang patubig ngayong summer 2014, ganyan din ang pangyayari last year. At ganyan pa din ang pangyayari noong 2012 at mga nauna pang panahon.

Until completely na matapos ang mga irrigation canals mula sa reregulating pond sa San Roque Dam, hindi pa makakaasa ang mag magsasaka ng tuloy-tuloy na patubig.

Yung parte ng Alcala, Santo Tomas, Bautista ay talagang at present ay kapos sa tubig ngayong dry season, ang nagagawa lang ng NIA ay nagba- brush dam na sa Agno river sa may Santa Maria at nakaka-irrigate lang tayo ng less than 3,000 hectares pero suppose to be kapag narehabilitate ito at medyo na-expand makakapagpatubig tayo ng 12,650 hectares. Ito ang sabi ni Engr. Reynaldo Mencias, project manager g NIA-ARIIP.

Ang brush dam ay temporary measure lang. Matagal nang proposal nila Engr. Mencias na gawing permanent dam structures para mas matagal at can withstand heavy rains and typhoons.
Pagdating naman ng tag-ulan, puro baha naman ang laman ng balita. Mya bago pa ba doon? News pa ba iyon?

Ang iba naman ay nagrecommend na magdasal dawn g Oratio Imperata! Hahaha. Ang alam natin ay dindasal lang ang oratio imperata sa panahon ng kalamidad. Hindi naman kalamidad ang panahon ng tagtuyot. Normal na pangayayari ito sa Pangasinan.

ANTI-CORRUPTION HOTLINE. Nagbukas na ng audit desk ang Department of Agriculture para sa mga grupo o individual gusting ipa-audit ang mga projects na hinihinala nilang may anomalya, confidential ang lahat na ito.

“Agri-byado Hotline” ang tawag sa desk na ito at puede mong idulog dito ang reklamo mo sa mga kaso ng malversation of funds at irregularities in the bidding process.

O haa, kayong may suspetsa ng anomalya sa DA, pagkakataon niyo na ito.

Requests for audit investigations can be made online via e-mail: http:/webmail.da.gov.ph (login: agribyado) or through the hotline numbers: (02) 921-6891 or 0905-571-5724 operational from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. All requests will be screened by DA-IAS. Eligible audit investigation requests will be forwarded to the DA Secretary for prioritization and issuance of order for the conduct of special audit.

An audit report shall be submitted to the Secretary and if warranted, shall undergo proper legal procedure.

Siyempre kung anonymous ang gagamitin mo, hindi ka makakatangap ng developments ng reklamo mo.

HINDI KO ALAM (Again). Hindi ba sinabi na niya iyan s senado noon? Sinabi pala ni Senador Chiz Escudero na ito ang nakalagay sa last part ng unsigned affidavit ni Janet Napoles, “high school graduate lang ako at hindi ko alam na masama pala magbigay ng komisyon. Ngayon ko lang nalaman na masama pala at bawal pala yun.” (more…)

May 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

BFAR, Equip to hold fifth annual aquaculture expo and convention


By Yolanda Sotelo
SAN FERNANDO CITY – The fifth annual aquaculture expo and convention will be held on May29-31 to be attended by fishery stakeholders who will be updated on latest technologies to take the industry forward.
The event, to be held at the Leisure Coast Resort, offers an opportunity to inspect the latest in products and technology and services I the aquaculture industry. It is organized by Equip Quality and Interactive Promotios, Inc., Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ilocos Regional Office, and other organizations.
The highlights of the conference are the technical conference which include latest technologies current issues and policies, and exchange of ideas and information among the participants.
Another is the trade show which will showcase products and innovative services and solutions. It is expected that new businesses would be generated from the trade show.
The exhibitors are the hatchery operators, fish farming equipment suppliers, feed manufacturers, and industries related to fishery and aquaculture.
The speakers are from local and international organizations and companies like WorlFish Center, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines), National Integrated FisheriesTechnology Development Center, Central Luzon State University and others.
Climate Change Commissioner of the Philippines Naderev Sano and Katherine Hawes who is known as “The Fish Lawyer” are on the rooster of conference speakers.
Topics include a glimpse of the threats posed by climate shifts and practical solutions to deal with more powerful storms and floods, and climate resilient, low footprint, future.

May 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

Cojuangco at San Quintin’s Brgy. Nights


POSTERITY PHOTO. Former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco  (2nd from left) poses in a photo with  (left to right)  San Quintin Mayor Clark Cecil Tiu, Police Sr. Supt.  Marlou Aquino and San Quintin Liga ng Barangay President Ruel Ferreria during the Barangay Night of San Quintin Town Fiesta last  May 16.

POSTERITY PHOTO. Former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco
(2nd from left) poses in a photo with (left to right)
San Quintin Mayor Clark Cecil Tiu, Police Sr. Supt. Marlou Aquino and San Quintin Liga ng Barangay President Ruel Ferreria during the Barangay Night of San Quintin Town Fiesta last May 16.

May 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Mark to farmers: Maximize use of palay drying facilities


by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- More than 800 farmers from the 21 villages of this town converged at the Public Auditorium last May 14 to attend the forum on the advantages of using the palay drying facilities that was established in Unzad village.
Former 5th District Mark O. Cojuangco, an advocate of post harvest facilities motivated the farmers to avail of the use of the facility for a better quality of palay grains and to minimize losses from solar drying method.
“I urge you to use our drying facilities in Unzad which was built for you. When I initiated its construction, what I had in mind was for you to have quality harvest, more production and more income,” Cojuangco told the farmers.
He said the 5% loss of palay production due to poor post- harvest handling could be recovered by using the palay drying facility that can dry up to more than 400 tons in a maximum operation.
It will be recalled that the facility was funded out of the tobacco excise tax share of the town with a cost of more or less P70 million including the cost of the land.
The drying facility has a warehouse, palay drying bin, panel board to measure palay moisture content and a furnace using rice hulls as fuel.
The initial operations of the palay drying facility in 2013 was also presented to the farmers to show the economic gains from its operations. (more…)

May 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

Malacanang rebuffs Prov’l Board anew, stays suspension vs Mayor Balolong


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URBIZTONDO – Malacanang Palace for the second time repudiated the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) of Pangasinan which meted a 60-day preventive suspension against this town’s mayor.
An order dated May 12 penned by Michael Aguinaldo, deputy executive secretary for legal affairs stayed the suspension issued by SP’s Committee on Good Government and Accountability to Mayor Ernesto Balolong last March 24.
The two-page order stated, “Pursuant to Section 9 of Administrative Order No. 22 dated 11 October 2011, Committee Report No. 12-2014 dated 24 March 2014 is hereby stayed pending resolution of the appeal (of Balolong) to the office of the president (O.P).
It can be recalled that Balolong was charged with grave misconduct in office, abuse of authority, dereliction of duty, and violation of the Local Government Code of 1991 and related laws on an administrative case filled by this town’s former treasurer Loida Cancino on November 22, 2013 at the board.
Balolong said he never stopped being the mayor of the town before the stay was issued by Malacanang, but Vice Mayor Raul Martin Sison insisted on acting as mayor. Thus, for a while, they both functioned as executives of the agricultural town.
But after receiving the Malacanang order, Vice Mayor Sison issued a memorandum dated May 13 informing all department heads of the municipality that he is returning to his vice mayor’s post.
“I am humbled enough to renew unity in our town and extend my support to Mayor Ernesto V. Balolong, just for the purpose of public interest”.
The Malacanang order based the stay order of the preventive suspension on Administrative Order 22 which states that the Office of the President may at anytime during the pendency of appeal, may stay or direct the execution of the decision. (more…)

May 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: On sudden resignations of Board Members from NPC


At the core of politics is the political system that is being run by political parties, which are anchored on ideologies and development platforms. People with similar views and ideas tend to form groups together and politicians join a party to have groups to back their candidacies and work with the members of the parties based on their ideologies.
Philippines has three types of political parties. These are: major parties, which correspond typically to traditional political parties, minor parties or party-list organizations that rely on the party-list system to win seats in the House of Representatives and regional or provincial parties, which corresponds to a region-wide or province-wide organizations.
One such major political party is the Nationalist People’s Coalition ( NPC), which was founded in 1992 by its Chairman Emeritus Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco. In its website, the NPC is described as a political party with “leaders and members, who are committed to establish a tradition of honest and dedicated service to the country and the people. NPC’s name will be synonymous with honesty, integrity and competence in public service and will be the people’s capable and trustworthy agent of self-governance.”
Lately, some members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) in Pangasinan – Danilo C. Uy (5th District), Alfonso Bince Jr. (6th District),. Angel Baniqued Jr. (3rd District), Nestor Reyes ( 2nd District) and Raul Sison (2nd District) resigned from NPC in a letter dated May 7 addressed to its National President Faustino Dy Jr. of Isabela.
The reasons for their resignations are: 1) there’s a “looming political confrontation” between former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco, who is also the NPC Provincial Chairman and Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. especially when the former announced his political ambition to run as Governor in 2016 elections; 2) Cojuangco’s unwarranted and seditious remarks against Governor Espino which has caused disarray and early realignment of loyalties among powers and leaders detrimental to the interest of the. Party; and 3) early politicking of Cojuangco. by visiting legislative districts without even the courtesy and information to the NPC elected board members, which is a breach of political protocol. (more…)

May 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: BIR: Why harass the taxpayers?


vir maganesThe Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is a tax agency of the government that is mandated to collect revenues . We are all aware that taxes are the life-blood of the government for without them, basic services could not be funded and the government could not operate to meet its development agenda.
We are also aware that taxes should not be onerous or burdensome to taxpayers. Taxes should always be reasonable and based on taxation or revenue code of the Philippines.
But, this tax agency has all the means to circumvent the collection of taxes, either to meet its quota on tax collections or to have underground transactions. The quota seems reasonable. The government has to meet its budget and the only way to have this is to impose collection tax levels by BIR and the Bureau of Customs (BoC). Underground transactions, however, is a malfeasance activity of revenue examiners. The money collected will not go to the government coffers but to fatten their pockets and belly.

Businessmen of 5th District have decried this practice of revenue examiners of the Revenue District Office 6. based in Urdaneta City. They based the monthly taxes on the sales during harvest months as if the sales of business establishments are uniform throughout the months of the year. There are times that sales of businesses dip particularly during rainy and typhoon months, during which they could not break-even in their sales operations. Because of this, businessmen are requesting the BIR to study their tax collections because they are already hard up meeting the taxes imposed by the agency.
The worst of the BIR’s activities are when the revenue examiners coerce businessmen into going the “underground deals.” These examiners, according to a businessman, would quote exorbitant amount and when businessmen balk, the underground shady deals will come in.
Is the Revenue District Officer of Urdaneta City aware of this modus operandi of the revenue examiners? This kind of practice has long been prevalent in BIR offices and a Senate inquiry is needed to stop these shenanigans by government people.
I still recall writing about this practice at RDO 6 in 2012. Revenue District Officer Beverly Milo at that time resented my expose and that she denied those modus operandi. The culprit at that time was exposed, but with Milo’s intercession, the expose did not go further. Poor guy, he already met his Creator. Somebody felled him with bullets. How about RDO Milo, she was also exposed by the Philippine Center of Journalism to have amassed unexplained wealth. A check on the lifestyles of BIR officers showed that Milo had only an asset of roughly P420,000 when she entered BIR but this asset, in five year period, ballooned to P3 million.
A certain revenue examiner ” Imelda” of RDO Urdaneta City has caught also the ire of businessmen in eastern Pangasinan. “Imelda” is noted for her shady deals and underground transactions to the extent of namedropping the RDO chief. She has fleeced businessmen of their hard earned money. Businessmen are complaining of her activities that she deserves to be thrown in Timbuktu and be feasted on by cannibals. (more…)

May 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment

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