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Calimlim out, Macanlalay in as NPC’s bet

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – For not accepting earlier offers to be the running mate of gubernatorial wannabe Mark Cojuangco, Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim is no longer the Nationalist People’s Coalition’s bet for the position in the 2016 elections.

Former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco, NPC provincial chair, has openly declared his support for this town Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay , declared his all out support to the mayor here whom he formally picked last August 21 as his candidate for the vice governorship race of the gargantuan province.
Cojuangco said he gave Calimlim, a fellow member of NPC, in the past all the chances to accept his offer but he could not decide whether to accept it or not.
“Hindi ko alam kung ire-reklamo niya po iyan sa partido. Ngunit ako po alam ko ang aking gusto. Maganda po ang pakiramdam ko sa pagpili kay Mark Macanlalay,” he stressed here.
He said his tandem with Macanlalay was 100% final.
“So puwede na po nating sabihin na 100% na kami po ang magkasama pagdating ng election sa 2016. Siya po ang vice governor”.
Macanlalay formally declared his bid during his 29th birthday celebration last Wednesday held at the residence of his father Vice Mayor Roy Macanlalay. The following day he and Cojuangco called for a press conference, held at the commercial edifice of the Macanlalays here, attended by this town’s vice mayor and almost all of its village chiefs. (more…)

August 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez welcomed the members of the Region 1 Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) when she led the first meeting of the council on August 27 at CSI Stadia as the new RPOC chairman.

In her opening statement, Fernandez thanked President Benigno S. Aquino III and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas for her appointment as she encouraged the council to stand with her to achieve harmony and peace in the region.

“The defining moment for us is when our RPOC communicates and acts on a shared vision for all. It is thus stated in Proverb 29:18, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ And only if we stand side by side, we achieve harmony and peace for everyone,” Fernandez said.

Also present during the meeting were PNP Region 1 acting Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Roman A. Felix, RPOC vice-chairman; DILG Region 1 Director Dr. Julie J. Daquioag, RPOC head secretariat; and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas.

Villegas appealed to the council to consider expanding the council’s mission into not only giving solutions to peace and order problems as he disclosed that joblessness, a child without values, destruction of nature, black sand mining in the West Philippine Sea, destruction of the forest, illegal logging ” are also all peace and order problems”.

August 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Cojuangco handpicks Macanlalay

By Mortz Ortigoza and Virgilio Sar. Maganes
CALASIAO – Former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco has formally announced the selection of this town’s Mayor Mark Macanlalay as his running mate in the 2016 gubernatorial elections.
M&M for 2016.The 31 year-old two-term Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanla- lay  (4th from right) acknowledges the reiteration of support of former  Congressman Mark Cojuangco (3rd from left) who was exhilarated that the young hizzoner finally accepted his offer to be his vice governor in the  2016 gubernatorial race. The duo's press conference was held at the commercial building of the Macanlalays in Brgy. Bued, Calasiao last August 21.  MORTZ. ORTIGOZA

M&M for 2016.The 31 year-old two-term Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay (4th from right) acknowledges the reiteration of support of former Congressman Mark Cojuangco (3rd from left) who was exhilarated that the young hizzoner finally accepted his offer to be his vice governor in the 2016 gubernatorial race. The duo’s press conference was held at the commercial building of the Macanlalays in Brgy. Bued, Calasiao last August 21. MORTZ. ORTIGOZA

He made announcement during a press conference  held at the Macanlalay Building in Bued village last August 21. With him Vice Mayor Roy Macanlalay, Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So and 19 village heads of the town.
” This is a happy day for me. Last night, Mark (Macanlalay) announced that he has accepted my challenge for him to be my team mate. As my vice governor, we complement with each other. With my age, I am more experienced (while) he has the dynamism of the youth. I rely on him (on reaching the youth) because of his touch and connections with them,” Cojuangco said.
 Cojuangco, chair of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in Pangasinan said his tandem with Macanlalay is100% final.
” I offered the vice governorship to Mark several months ago, but he told me that he has to think it over until his birthday. He thought of it a longer time. Now that he has accepted my invitation to him as my running mate,the I am excited.To all of you his supporters, rest assured that we will not fail you and put you in shame,” he said.
Macanlalay said his decision to accept the vice governorship was in consultation with his leaders of  the town and after the leaders of Districts I and District VI have signified their strong support for him.
” I am accepting the challenge of Congressman Cojuangco. I have already asked the permission to run as vice governor from our town’s leaders. I will not turn my back. We will be standing behind him. I have  his noble aspirations for our province,” Macanlalay said.
Macanlalay formally declared his vice gubernatorial bid during his 31st birthday celebration held at their residence last August 20 before his leaders and invited guests composed of municipal officials from various towns.
When asked what will now be the fate of Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr., a member of NPC, Cojuangco said the selection of Macanlalay underwent due process and consultation.
” I have given him (Calimlim) all the chances to be my running mate. He could not decide. I know what I want and I opted to have Mark as my running mate,” Cojuangco explained.


August 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: M&M versus E&E in Pangasinan 2016?

Political grapevine says it would be M&M versus E&E in the Capitol Race in 2016. M&M stands for Former Congressman Mark Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay who officially declared last Thursday their plan to runfor the governorship and vice governorship of the gargantuan province. Come 2016 election, Pangasinan would have almost 2 million registered voters. By then it would become the biggest voting province in the country, overtaking the provinces of Cebu and Cavite.
 Oh by the way, E&E represents the son and father tandem in Board Member Pogi Espino and outgoing Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. Pundits and even barbers share that this electoral tiff would be the biggest and most expensive Pangasinenses would ever see in their lifetime.
Kung sa boxing Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather ito.
But voters of Dagupan City, an independent component city, should not get envious with their fellow voters in Pangasinan who are salivating on this clash. Bakit kaya sila naglalaway dito sa laban na ito he he? Information I got from the camp of former Mayor Benjamin S. Lim said that it would be Lim’s spouse Celia and son Vice Mayor Brian Lim against the city’s incumbent Mayor Belen Fernandez and her vice mayoralty tandem present Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez.
Mukhang masuerte si Representative Gina de Venecia sa congressional race sa 4th District, walang malakas na kalaban. I heard it would still be Rep. Baby Arenas in the 3rd District kasi si former Congresswoman Rachel Arenas would be gunning for a senatorial seat sa 2016. I heard that former Philippine National Police Chief General Art Lomibao will be challenging incumbent Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe de Vera-Parayno, kasi daw kulelat na manalo si Vice Mayor Manny Casupang dahil bukod sa tinangalan na ng SOP sa gambling kulang daw sa wherewithal sa mayorship race.
Am I right broadcaster Dante Cera that the general will be throwing his hat into the mayoralty fight in Mangaldan?
Dapat sabayan na rin ng pera para lumakas, huwag lang hat he he.
The last time I know about Lomibao, he was beaten by incumbent Vice Governor Ferdie Calimlim for the vice governorship race in 2013, son of a gun, in his (Lomibao) very own hometown Mangaldan!
How’s Ferdie Calimlim after E&E were floated and after the Espinos resigned from the Nationalist People’s Coalition. Calimlim, still a card carrying member of NPC, is being groomed to run as nominee of the most influential party-list group in the province. From Vice Guv Ferdie, if he is lucky, he will be called Cong Ferdie. Am I right Darwina?
Sa Calasiao naman it would be the tandem of Vice Mayor Macanlalay and Councilor Rey Chuson versus Ambonao Brgy. Chairman Mando Bauzon or his son Town Councilor JR Bauzon and former Vice Mayor Ferdinand Galang for the Top two post of the burgeoning town. Macanlalay and Bauzon are first cousins pero alam niyo na he he. Mando is one of the big time private contractor of Governor Espino. Mas mabigat ang pera kaysa sa dugo.
Doon naman sa Sta. Barbara it would be the fourth rematch of Mayor Lito Zaplan versus former Mayor Rey Velasco.
Although I have written in the past about media prostitutes – figuratively and literally – and media hao-shiaos (fakes), I could not forgive myself if I could not give my takes on my just read book Who‘s Looking Out For You written by U.S No. 1 talk show host Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Channel about how media elites became biased on their calling.
As a media practitioner, who did not even have a BS in Journalism or Mass Communication, for sometimes, I saw how the local elites exchanged notes if not ingratiate with the power-that-be while they enjoy the ambiance of some bars of high end hotels and restaurants.
Media colleagues in Pangasinan treat me with stories how they spent sometimes with high level government functionaries in some five stars hotels imbibing expensive liquors and eating the sumptuous food Imperial Manila can offer and going home with oodles of monies in their pocket. Expose, these practices would be scandalous on the parts of the government and the media networks in the United States, to see head of their version of Bureau of Custom, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Departments of Interior & Local  Government and of Public Works & Highway, or the Philippines National Police indulging to a “Bacchanalian Feast” with these susceptible members of the Fourth Estate.

A high police official told me how gambling lords in a region shell-out P3 million a month for brothers in the broadcast industry in the metropolis just to buy their silence not to pounce on the illegal games that give a windfall not only for the millions of pesos  a month for the police but to politicians.
“And that’s only from that region, how about the monies these brothers received monthly from other regions through out the country?” he posed to me.
And, son of a gun, I am not yet talking here about the tens of millions pesos pocketed by major TV and radio anchormen for their silence from the billions of pesos of racket perpetrated by Janet Napoles with Filipino congressmen and senators.
Who said media profession is a thankless job?.
 Some media guys like the late Filipino columnist non-pareil Max Soliven  did not have to resort to the callousness I mentioned about some media colleagues. Max could be seen  sipping coffee or red wine as he had that animated talk with some “lobbyists” from Lockheed (to sell some C-130 military transport planes), General Dynamics (for a squadron of F-16 multi-role jets for the militarily weak Philippines),  Israel Aircraft Industries (maker of built all-weather, multirole combat aircraft based on a modified French Dassault jets for a cash-strapped country), or  British Firm GKN Defence (now part of BAE Systems) ( to sell by making in Subic 150 Simba armored personnel carrier for the Armed Forces of the Philippines) where Max could do some PRs in his most sought articles at the Philippine Daily Inquirer and later Philippine Star.
Here’s O’Reilly on Media Elite: “Since  all the networks news organizations, including Fox , are run by huge corporations, and these enterprises are loath to criticize each other or themselves, you don’t see consistent, incisive coverage of the damage that many media operations are doing to the children of this country. On the newspaper side, many of the editors are so steeped in ideology and political correctness that it is impossible for them to make any moral judgments on social trends. Unless, of course, the trend is spiritual or pro-life or something that runs against their ideological beliefs. Then the papers will let you have it”.

He cited that on March 30, 2004, the U.S.A and Britain attacked Iraq, the Gallup Poll people asked this question: Do you approve or disapprove of the United States’ decision to go to war with Iraq? The answer:
Approve: 76 percent; Disapprove: 20 percent; No Opinion 4 percent.
“Overwhelmingly, Americans backed the action against Saddam. Yet on the same day, March 20, ABC News and NBC News devoted a substantial amount of their evening newscast to both domestic and foreign war protesters. CBS did not, completely ignoring them on the Rather. World News Tonight with Peter Jennings spent four minutes and forty seconds reporting on war dissent. NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw topped that;  it spent four minutes forty-five seconds on war protests and another one minute thirty-five-seconds on war objections by some Democrats. Neither Jennings nor Brokaw spend one second on the 76 percent of Americans who thought the war was the right action to take”.
If America has that kind of media practitioners, how are the members of the Fourth Estate in rambunctious province of Pangasinan – where motorcycle riding tandem killers soar lately – fare?
As the 2016 local election is fast approaching, many members of the media become PR and apologists of high budget politicians – whose big dough becomes the magnet.
“Kamusta  ang media ngayon sa Pangasinan? Alam ko kumikita sila ngayon ayon sa source ko sa circle ninyo,” a bigwig from the Land Bank of the Philippines quipped to me when I bumped recently with her.
She knows that PR monies now are everywhere since titans for the top posts in the province have been saber rattling. The funny or scornful about these guys are their audacity to be willing recipients from the two rival camps. Jesus Christ Superstar, some of their colleagues who are not beneficiaries just turned pink in envy or turned red in contempt as these folks go to the banks and belt their off key song: “I have two hands, the left and the right….”.
 “Tingnan mo ang mga diario ngayon sa Pangasinan. Puno ng malalaking photo ng mga gubernatorial bets sa front page headline. Ano sa tingin ninyo, kubra ba dito kubra ba doon ang labanan ngayon,” a veteran scribe posed to me by showing to my face different kinds of local weeklies as host to these journalistic malfeasance.
Son of a gun, this is media brinkmanship at its best or worst!
(You can read my selected columns at and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too


August 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm 1 comment

EDITORIAL :  Sounds on cutting of trees along MNR, Silence on Pangasinan-Zambales road

After three years of going through application processses, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) finally issued  on 2013 a permit to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to cut 1,829 trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) passing through Rosales (Carmen), Villasis, Urdaneta City, Binalonan, Pozorrubio and Sison to give way to the widening of the MNR.northernwatch cartoon 8-24-14
The MNR widening project would result in a four-lane highway, or would  have additional two lanes and is seen to decongest traffic and would mean faster flow of goods and services, in and out of the province of Pangasinan.
DPWH started the cutting of trees in November 2013. Some of the trees were girdled for future cutting. The tree cutting activities had prior approval of the municipalities affected with their Sangguniang Bayans (town councils) issuing a resolution not objecting to the tree cutting and in support to the road widening project. The cutting of trees was done in broad daylight and in full view of the public. No one dared to question it. Environmentalist groups and provincial officials never called the attention of DENR and DPWH on why the trees were being cut down.


August 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

BFAR harnesses sun power for bangus production

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The Bureau of  Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is harnessing the power of the sun to produce more and quality bangus (milkfish)  though the use of solar panels as power source  for  AN aeration system  technology being introduced by the  Japanese to the local farmers.
The system is being experimented at the BFAR center for ponds and in Sual for fish cages, for an entire culture period from fingerlings until the bangus is harvestable which is up to five months, Makiko Takaoka, general manager of Nomura Research Institute Asia Pacific PT. Ltd (NRI)., Manila branch.
It is the NRI which is coordinating the project in the Philippines while the system was developed by the Power Banks System, a private Japanese company being supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The system, launched on  Wednesday,  is called “ukishima,” a floating aeration device that consists of  lightweight and rust-free solar panel made of polycarbonate, which can therefore be used in water for a long period of time.
 With the system, gone would be the days when aquaculture operators would have to use paddles powered by diesel every time the pond waters are in danger of having low dissolved oxygen which causes high mortality of the bangus.
“This system has an automatic timer for aerating the ponds, which is during the hours when there is low dissolved oxygen such as from 10 am to 3 pm, 8-9 pm, 11 pm to 12 am, and 2 am to 6 am,” Takaoka said.
 “Bangus need aeration mostly at night time because there is no sunlight,” she said.
Dagupan and Sual were identified for the experiments because these areas are major bangus producers, Takaoka said.
At the BFAR center, five ponds measuring 10×10 meters with one meter depth, were  identified for the solar panel aeration experiment.  Each of the three ponds were stocked with 175 pieces of fingerlings, one was not stocked but is aerated, while one pond has no stock and no aeration.
In Sual, one cage (400 cubic meters) was stocked with 15,700 bangus fingerlings.
With the aeration system,  the stocking density can be increased twice or even four times so we can maximize production using the existing areas and not developed anymore  other culture areas,  she said.
Power Bank System Vice President Seiji Hirano said the company is looking for local companies which can produce the panels and the batteries, so that the costs would be much lesser than when brought from Japan.
Each system consists of 120 panels measuring 50 cm x 2 meters which weights only four kilos, “much lighter than ordinary panels,” Hirano said.


August 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

Money for tree planting went to DAP – Cojuangco

By Yolanda Sotelo
CALASIAO -The amount that should have been spent to purchase lots to plant trees to replace the old trees cut down to make way for the widening of the Manila North Road(MNR), was a “casualty” of the Disbursement Acceleration Program , former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco  said.
He said P60 million was included in the 2010 General Appropriations Act meant to purchase pieces of lots measuring 36 square meters each at the edge of the MNR’s 30 meter right of way, but this was reverted back to the national treasury and included in the DAP.
The amount was not used for the original purpose because of the delay in the granting of special permit for tree cutting  by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the Department of Public Works and Highways.
The planting of saplings outside the MNR’s  right of way  “was our solution” to the cutting of trees  “but the money was reverted back and we are asking that it be given back to us so we can start replacing the cut down trees,” Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco held a press conference on Thursday to announce the bid of Mayor Mark Roy  Macanlalay for vice governor in the 2016 elections, his team mate for the province’s top posts.
He hoped that the order by Environment Secretary Ramon Paje stopping  the granting of special permits for tree cutting, is only temporary.
The project was delayed for two years because of the uproar caused by cutting down of pine trees by a mall in Baguio City, then when the permit to cut down trees was granted and the project was on ongoing,  the Provincial Board issued a resolution against felling of trees along national highways traversing the province.
But he rued the reason for the SP’s opposition, saying ,“If  I did not announce my plan to run for governor,  they would not have questioned the project,” he said.
Cojuangco is seen to be colliding in the gubernatorial fight with Provincial Board Member Amado Espino III, the head of the Provincial Federation of Barangay Councils and a son of Governor Amado Espino Jr.
Cojuangco  feared the P100 million appropriated for the road widening would also be returned to the national treasury if the project is not done soon.
“If that happens, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan should be made answerable to the non-completion of a project that would have big economic impact to the province,” he said. 
Rosendo So, spokesperson of the National People’s Coalition in the province, said the Provincial Board should have questioned the cutting down of 3,500 trees to construct the Pangasinan-Zambales road years back. The construction was abandoned and the “road” was already destroyed.
“The Provincial Board questioned the cutting of trees in the fifth district, which had a permit from the DENR, but was quiet about the massacre of trees for the Pangasinan-Zambales road project. That is not fair,” So said during the press conference.
Cojuangco said the plan to cut down trees along the MNR traversing Rosales, Villasis, Urdaneta City, Binalonan, Pozorrubio and Sison, had the approval  of the concerned local governments.
There were two sets of resolutions passed by the LGUs, the first set was before the 2013 elections and the second after the elections.
“It was a very democratic process,” he said.


August 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm Leave a comment

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