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EDITORIAL: Who are on the political side of Cojuangco?


Barely six months after he announced his gubernatorial bid for Pangasinan in 2016 elections, former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco is getting support from local officials in the province- congressmen, municipal mayors, vice mayors, councillors and village heads.northernwatch 8-10-14

Last month, leaders of the second congressional district with Alaminos City Mayor Arturo Celeste as spokesman, endorsed the gubernatorial plan of Cojuangco, to the consternation of Governor Amado Espino Jr. Days after, Espino announced that his son Provincial Federation of Liga ng Barangay President Amado “Pogi” Espino III, will be his gubernatorial bet.

Espino said the province’s progress and development will eventually be handed down to the future generation thus the next leader of the province must be a genuine resident of Pangasinan and should opt to retire in the said province.
Last July 31, Espino’s brother Bautista Mayor Amadeo T. Espino and his son Bugallon Mayor Jumel Anthony Espino, resigned from the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC)- a party that nurtured him and backed up his candidacies in three three previous elections. Amado III, also known as “Pogi,” likewise resigned from the NPC.
The main reason for Espino’s resignation from NPC was he “finds it grossly improper, and totally out of place, to announce political preferences, or to actively take part in any partisan activity, at this point in time when the next elections, in May 2016, are still a long way to go. The leaders, and the members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition have espoused a different view, and in fact, have actively engaged in purely partisan activities.”
However, Cojuangco was unfazed by the Espinos’ resignations.
Cojuangco said: “I can not believe that a simple announcement for candidacy would cause so much consternation to the good Governor.” Partisan activity” ba na magpahayag lang ng pagtakbo sa 2016″? “Grossly improper” ba ang pagpapakilala ng sarili sa ating mga kaprobinsiya? Sa pagkaalam ko, ang tawag doon ay ang pag gamit ng “freedom of speech” at “freedom of expression”. He (Espino) really should not criticize the party because NPC was a shelter for him when he needed shelter, it welcomed and was kind to him. It seems that he now has other needs. The least he should say is; “Thank you.”

The Espinos resignation from NPC elicited more mass support from the local officials of the province. Last August 8, Municipal Federation of Liga ng Barangay Presidents (35 of 47 presidents) endorsed Cojuangco’s bid while the rest assured their support.
After the leaders of District I openly declared their support to Cojuangco, the leaders of District VI followed suit.
Led by Abono Partylist Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III and District VI Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, municipal mayors, vice mayors, councilors and village heads of the 10 towns declared their support to Cojuangco.
Next to endorse Cojuangco are the officials of Districts II, III, IV and V, and various sectors like farmers organizations, women’s groups and other non-government organizations (NGOs).
While the May 2016 elections is still far, it appears that Cojuangco’s gubernatorial bid has already taken off and could no longer be shaken up by any opponent come political campaign.
Indeed, the outpouring of support is intimidating, as what Cojuangco admitted. (more…)

August 11, 2014 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Na TRO ang No Helmet Law


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Hindi alam ng Dagupan City Council na pinangu-ngunahan ni Councilor Netu Tamayo na ang Ordinance No. 2013-2014 ay isang ticking time bomb sa siyudad.
Isa sa tatlong batas na saklaw ng Ordinance ay by amending Section 4 of Ordinance No. 1922-2008, Providing for Supplementary Rules on the Use of Motorcycle Helmets.”
Nakasaad:
”..Mandated to remove the same at authorized checkpoints by law enforcement agencies; provided that motor vehicle riders with speed limit below 15 kph are likewise exempt from wearing helmets at the Central Business District, including but not limited to Caranglaan, Mayombo, M.H. del Pilar, Arellano, A.B Fernandez, Gulig, Malued, and such other areas hereafter identified as economically viable for growth”.
The Ordinance said the fine shall be payable to the City Treasurer’s Office within three days or seventy hours from the date of the issuance of the Citation Ticket. Moreover, it said upon payment of the required fine, the driver’s license shall be released immediately. However, if after three days, no penalty payment was tendered, the corresponding case for violation of the City Ordinance shall be filed in the Municipal Trial Court for appropriate trial.
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Ito ay inalmahan ng mga countless of listeners ni Ruel “Mapalakapak” Camba sa kanyang dalawang oras na umuusok na program sa DWPR-Power Radio noong ako ay sumawsaw sa isa niyang microphones.
Sabi ko ang dilemma (Sa Pilipino means pinsan ni Justice Secretary Leila de Lima) ng mga motorcycle riding public pag pumasok sila sa business center ng Dagupan na naka-helmet ay sila ay huhulihin at pagmumultahin ng personnel ng Public Order & Safety Office ng P2000 for first offense, P300 for the second offense, P500 and imprisonment for the third offense and subsequent offenses .
Pag tinangal naman nila ang helmet nandiyan sa gilid nila, like an Albatross breathing on their neck (English po ito), si Land Transportation Office’s Regional Director Jojo Guadiz at ang kanyang army of field personnel para pag mumultahin ang mga violators ng P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense, P5,000 for the thirds offense and P10,000 plus confiscation of driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses ito ay naayon sa national Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 10054).
Anak ng bakang dalaga, saan na ngayon isu-suot ng mga pobreng motorcycle riders ang sarili nila pag andito sila sa Dagupan City?
“National law (like RA No. 10054) prevails over an Ordinance (like the besieged controversial Ordinance No. 1922-2008), sabi ng jurisprudence ng Supreme Court na nakalagay sa diariong pambalot ng tinapa na nabili ko kahapon.
“Pag pinatupad nila ang “idiotic” law ng No –Helmet sasali kami sa rally kontra sa administration ni Mayor Belen Fernandez!,” ani ng isang listeners sa DWPR.
Pero hindi na kailangan ang rally for the meantime.
Si Retired Judge Victor Llamas, isang motorcycle enthusiast, ay nag- file ng isang Petition for Certiorari with Preliminary Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order laban sa No- Helmet Policy sa Regional Trial Court sa Dagupan.
Kung ako si kaibigang Attorney Joey T. Tamayo, kasama ang City Council i–amend ko na lang ang . Ordinance No. 1922-2008.
Hindi lang iyon controversial, sisira-in pa kayo niyan sa mata ng mga kababayan ninyo.
Baka itanong pa sa inyo diyan sa Council: “What were you smoking lately?” O, “Have you taken your med (medicine, ho) when you debated and hammered Ordinance No. 1922-2008?
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August 11, 2014 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

Cojuangco presents Macanlalay as his team mate


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES, Pangasinan – Former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco presented to political leaders of the sixth district, Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay as his running mate in the 2016 local elections.

"C" is for COJUANGCO- Leaders of District VI flash the "C" sign signifying their support to the gubernatorial bid of former 5th District Mark O. Cojuangco in 2016 elections. Seated, left to right: Umingan Mayor Eldred Tumbocon,San Manuel Mayor Jericho Perez, Asingan Mayor Heidee G. Chua, 6th District Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay (who is being eyed as Cojuangco's running mate), Cojuangco, Abono Partylist Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III, Rosales Mayor Susan Pagador- Casareno, San Nicolas Mayor Rebecca Saldivar and San Quintin Mayor Clark Tiu. Back row, left to right: Rosales Vice Mayor Harry Bernabe, Balungao Liga ng Barangay President Joselito Peralta,Sta. Maria Vice Mayor Conrado Ignacio, Natividad Vice Mayor April Supnet,Asingan Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr., Tayug Mayor Tyrone Agabas, Sta. Maria Mayor Teodoro Ramos, Balungao Mayor Philipp G. Peralta and Natividad Mayor Rodrigo Rafael. VIRGIL MAGANES

“C” is for COJUANGCO- Leaders of District VI flash the “C” sign signifying their support to the gubernatorial bid of former 5th District Mark O. Cojuangco in 2016 elections. Seated, left to right: Umingan Mayor Eldred Tumbocon,San Manuel Mayor Jericho Perez, Asingan Mayor Heidee G. Chua, 6th District Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay (who is being eyed as Cojuangco’s running mate), Cojuangco, Abono Partylist Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III, Rosales Mayor Susan Pagador- Casareno, San Nicolas Mayor Rebecca Saldivar and San Quintin Mayor Clark Tiu. Back row, left to right: Rosales Vice Mayor Harry Bernabe, Balungao Liga ng Barangay President Joselito Peralta,Sta. Maria Vice Mayor Conrado Ignacio, Natividad Vice Mayor April Supnet,Asingan Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr., Tayug Mayor Tyrone Agabas, Sta. Maria Mayor Teodoro Ramos, Balungao Mayor Philipp G. Peralta and Natividad Mayor Rodrigo Rafael. VIRGIL MAGANES


“It takes not only the governor a partner in public service. Mahalaga po na ang kasama ng governor na isang right hand man, isang kaya niyang pagkaka-tiwalaan. Ang isang kaya rin mag-capture ng imagination ng ating probinsiya in the future of the province. I find such person in the person of the mayor of Calasiao, a young man, an upcoming force in Pangasinan’s politics, no other than Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay,” Cojuangco said the residence here of Abono Party-List Rep. Conrado Estrella III last August 8.
Macanlalay, a former councilor and two- term mayor of the burgeoning town of Calasiao, said he was humbled by the trust and confidence reposed by the mayors and Cojuangco – a former three term congressman in the 5th District of Pangasinan, on him.
“Kumpiyansa, dedikasyon, at ganoon din nakikita niya rin sa akin na malaki ang maibibigay nating tulong sa kanilang pagsisilbihan bilang governor sa Pangasinan, malugod po nating tinatangap ang magandang pagkakata-on na ito upang suportahan natin sila sa legislature,” the still single and soft spoken mayor said.
He added that he would be informing immediately his barangay chairmen and political leaders after Cojuangco and the mayors declared him here as a probable vice gubernatorial bet. (more…)

August 11, 2014 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Fidel meets Fidel as Nani crosses 50


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Sa message ni Nani Braganza, sinabi niya na nakikita niya ang buong 50 years na itinakbo ng buhay niya sa lahat ng mga dumating na bumati sa kanyang kaarawan.

Message ni MAR kay Nani at 50: Happy, happy birthday…Nani. God Bless… Nani, for somebody who has crossed fifty nine years ago, enjoy tonight.This is as good as it gets. Happy Birthday again.

I can imagine na iyon picture ng buhay ko, iyong buong picture nang buhay ko nakikita ko ngayon sa lahat sa inyo. In the absence of my family(my parents), natutuwa po ako at in the presence of my wife and my children at lahat po kayo. Maraming salamat po…Nani Braganza.

Present ang mga anak niya, misis niya, kapatid at iba pang kamag-anak. Present din ang kanyang best friend as in kababata di ba Nitong? Present din ang mga punong barangay, kasama sa city hall at kaibaigan mula pa sa Alaminos. Tama po ba, Tayug Administrator Wilmer Panabang?

Present din sa gabing iyon ang mga minsang naging pulang mandirigma… hindi dahil sa gusto nilang maging ganoon, pero dahil sa tawag ng panahon.

They are the people who took the risk. They are the people who faced the risk.

Sila ang mga kumilos sa gitna ng madilim na bahagi ng pampulitkang kasayasayan ng bayan. Nangibabaw ang katapan.Hindi sila sumikat. Wala silang pangalan. Pero kinikilala sila ni Nani at kasama niya sila ngayong gabing ito.

Sa message ni Nani, binangit niya na kasama siya sa mga naniniwala na dapat ipagpatuloy ang Matuwid na Daan ni PNoy.

Marami nang nasimulang tunay na pagbabago sa takbo ng gobyerno kaya dapat itong may continuity para hindi na umatras pa.

Today on this occasion we see the government side but we also see the opposite side present…Nani Braganza.

Present ang government side at present din ang the other side. Meron right, merong center at merong left.

Sure ako na mas maraming left noong gabing iyon. Mga left representing iba’t-ibang decades ng kilusan. From the 70’s to the present, opo meron mga nandoon na present generation left.

Former president Fidel V Ramos met National Democratic Front personality Fidel Agcaoile at a birthday party for Nani Braganza along Scout Borromeo.August 7th of this year.

Nang ire-introduce ni Nani si Ka Fidel Agcaoile kay FVR.

Nani: Sir, this is Fidel Agcaoile, do you remember him ?

FVR: Of course, I had him jailed! (laughter from everybody)

Minsan sa kasaysayan ng buhay ni Nani ay naging ninong niya sa kasal si Fidel Ramos. Uncle ni Nani si Fidel Ramos.

MInsan din sa kasaysayan ng buhay ni Nani ay naging ninong niya sa kasal si Fidel Agcaoile.Kasama ni Nani sa Rebolusyonaryong Kilusan si Fidel Agcaoile.

FVR for Mayor of Asingan. Opo, ito ang declaration ni President Tabako sa speech niya sa birthday ni Nani.

Mayor Heidee Chua, tangap naman ni FVR na wala siyang mga kapitan. Pero tatakbo pa din daw siya. Hehehe.

Message ni FVR kay Nani: If life begins at forty…at eighty like me, you are born again…but at fifty you are just beginning… and you have a long, long, long way up to go. Okay!

Nagsisimula pa lang si Nani, malayo pa at mataas pa ang mararating niya ayon kay FVR.

Pinaalala ni FVR na 2 taga-Pangasinan ang kasama ng matandang Roxas bilang founder ng Liberal Party. Ang isa doon ay si Speaker Eugenio Perez at ang pangalawa ay si Narciso Ramos.

Sa usapin ng pulitika, sabi ni former president Fidel Ramos na babalik daw siya sa kanyang hometown ng Asingan, Pangasinan at tatakbo for mayor sa 2016 elections.
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August 11, 2014 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

Cojuangco laments Espino resignation remarks


LINGAYEN – Has the season of electoral intramural started this early in this gargantuan province? Former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco lamented the remarks of former ally Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. when he and kin submitted their resignation as members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition party.

POLITICAL SUPPORTERS OF M&M: Aside from the 10 mayors of the 6th Congressional District of Pangasinan who went to the house of Abono Party-List Congressman Conrado Estrella III (extreme Right), the District's Congresswoman Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (3rd from Right) and District's Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani  (2nd from Left) swore their support to the gubernatorial plan of former Congressman Mark Cojuangco. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

POLITICAL SUPPORTERS OF M&M: Aside from the 10 mayors of the
6th Congressional District of Pangasinan who went to the house of
Abono Party-List Congressman Conrado Estrella III (extreme Right), the
District’s Congresswoman Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (3rd from Right) and
District’s Board Member Ranjit Ramos Shahani (2nd from Left) swore their
support to the gubernatorial plan of former Congressman Mark Cojuangco. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


“Is it ‘partisan activity’ to inform the people that I am running for governor in 2016? Is it ‘grossly improper’ to introduce myself to our provincemates? From what I know, this is called ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘freedom of expression’,” Cojuangco said in a statement.
Last July 31, Espino, his brother Bautista Mayor Amadeo T. Espino, and son Bugallon Mayor Jumel submitted their resignation to NPC President Georgidi B. Aggabao who acknowledged receipt of the letter in August 4.
His son and namesake, Provincial Federation of Liga ng mga Barangay President, Ex-Oficio member of the Provincial Board Amado III sent his resignation last August 5 through electronic mail at the NPC’s headquarters in Metro Manila.
Last July 29 Espino, now on his last term as governor, came out from months of silence by declaring to media men that he was allowing Amado Jr. to run as governor in the 2016 polls.
In his resignation letter, Espino said, “As elected leader of the entire province of Pangasinan, the undersigned Governor finds it grossly improper (for Cojuangco and the NPC), and totally out of place, to announce political preferences, or to actively take part in any partisan activity, at this point in time when the next elections, in May 2016, are still a long way to go”. (more…)

August 11, 2014 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

TPLEX traps water, destroys palay


By Yolanda Sotelo

ROSALES – Some 400 hectares of palay are destroyed as rain water trapped in the area dammed by the three-meter high Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway that traverses this western Pangasinan town.
Oftociano Manalo, president of the Federation of Irrigators Association in Region I, said the heavy rains in the past days caused flooding in the agricultural land, and since water is trapped, the Riceland are waterlogged.
Newly planted palay could not survive when submerged for two days in water, he said.
The affected villages are Rabago, Cabalaoan Sur and Norte, Palakipak, San Isidro and San Bartolome, all of the left side of the TPLEX when going north.
The agricultural villages are between the TPLEX and the Manila North Road, and water is trapped between the two highways.
The farmers lost P2.5 million for seedlings and labor, Manalo said. (more…)

August 11, 2014 at 8:26 am Leave a comment


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