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Turf war looms in Pangasinan

By Yolanda Sotelo

CALASIAO -A turf war between the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation is looming in Pangasinan, with the PCSO’s Peryahan Games out to conquer the bet-rich province where Meridien held fort for almost four years with its jai alai games.

PCSO's Peryahan Games' betting kiosk in Binmaley, Pangasinan. The kiosk opened last January 24. Other towns that junked and replaced Meridian Jai Alai - played like jueteng - with Peryahan Games - are Malasiqui, San Jacinto, Mapandan, Laoac, and others.

PCSO’s Peryahan Games’ betting kiosk in Binmaley, Pangasinan. The kiosk opened last January 24. Other towns that junked and replaced Meridian Jai Alai – played like jueteng – with Peryahan
Games – are Malasiqui, San Jacinto, Mapandan, Laoac, and others.

The Meridien started jai alai operations, supposedly an online gambling/betting, in Pangasinan in March 2011, based on jai alai operations under the authority of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza).
A police official, who requested not to be named as he has no authority to speak about the issue, recalled that on March 23, 2011, the Aparri Regional Trial Court issued a temporary restraining order to the Games and Amusement Board from closing Meridien’s betting stations.
The TRO was for 17 days or until April 9 of that year, but before it expired on April 7, the court issued a writ of preliminary injunction, enabling Meridien to continue operating until today, free from police raids.
“It is now January 2015, or almost four years after the issuance of the writ of preliminary injunction. Why is the injuction not resolved until now? This seems to be the longest preliminary (temporary) injunction,” the police official said.
He said while the government does not benefit from Meridien’s jai alai operations, it would have a share from PCSO’s peryahan, “thus it would be better for the towns and the province to host peryahan, and for the national government to increase its charity fund.”
Binmaley Mayor Samuel Rosario said he did not renew the Meridien’s permit which lapsed last January 20. Instead, he gave the green light for the peryahan to operate in the town.
“I do not know if there’s a turf war between Meridien and PCSO. I gave the permit to PCSO because it is legal, and we saw advantages of hosting peryahan like giving a certain percentage to the local treasury. It would also give legal employment to bet collectors,” he said.
“Whatever fight there is between the two companies, I am already out,” Rosario added.
Binmaley is the first town who showed interest to host peryahan, but other towns like San Jacinto, Malasiqui, Bayambang, sixth district towns, Mangaldan, Mapandan, Calasiao, Manaoag, Binalonan and Pozorrubio would follow, said Edward Aguilar, Global Tech spokesperson.
Meridien pays around P20,000 in mayor’s permit and other fees to the LGU, while Global Tech Online Corporation, the Peryahan’s franchisee, is exempted from securing barangay and mayor’s permits, as shown by a certification issued by PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II on December 3, 2014.
But the annual permit fees is all that the town received from the Meridien, Rosario said.
Asked if he was aware that the peryahan could also be used as cover up for jueteng, he said, “I would revoke the permit he issued to PCSO if peryahan is used for illegal activities.”
The police official said since the peryahan is state-run, Global Tech would be answerable to the PCSO if it violates the implementing rules and regulations.
He admitted that “some enterprising people” run a parralel game with Meridien’s jai alai, using the winning numbers of Jai-Alai.
The source said however, that draws are conducted in San Carlos City, so the winning numbers are different from the winning numbers used in the entire province.
He said it was possible for the peryahan to be used as front for illegal activities when it is running smoothly already. (more…)

February 5, 2015 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Lessons SAF could learn from the U.S Navy SEAL


The Mamasapano, Maguindano operation by the Special Action Force (SAF) was an almost botched raid. Its saving grace, thanks to the U.S Global Positioning Satellite (GPS), CIA’s mole in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, drone, and night vision goggles, was the finding, killing, and photo taking of Malaysian bomb maker, Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, and cutting off one of his right fingers for DNA processing by the Americans.
Marwan, considered as consummate master bomber, has a $5 million (P235 million) bounty from the U.S State Department.
Likewise, the strategy employed in the Mamasapano (geez, I used to jog in the 1980s at the nearby Awang, Dinaig Airport with my military father) slaughters of the 44 British Army SAS (Special Air Service) inspired elite SAF members could not be likened to the SEAL’s feat in Abbottabad, Pakistan where No. 1 Islamist terrorist Osama Bin Ladin perished in the double tapped bullets of the SEAL’s Heckler & Koch 416 assault rifle.
The U.S commando there were borne by two stealth UH-60 Black Hawks and two CH-47 Chinooks from Jalalabad, Afghanistan to Pakistan while the 300 SAF travelled surreptitiously by foot through their sturdy boots to the target area.
The only stealth operation in the Philippines that until now remains unexposed was when the 1996 multi-billion pesos funds for the AFP Modernization Act under Republic Act 7898 were pocketed by government officials during that time.

The monies used to purchase a squadron of F-16 Falcon’s multi-role fighter jets, modern helicopters probably like the non-stealth UH-60 Black Hawks, frigates, tanks, others were lost after a huge chunk of the lands in Fort Bonifacio was sold by the government to the present owners of the burgeoning and bustling Global City in Taguig City. If you disagree that what those scoundrels on the Bonifacio’s deal had done was stealth, then we can settle that it was a “steal” in chutzpah.

SAF compared to SEAL’s Operation in Kunar Province, Afghanistan

A good comparison to a similar Mamasapano raid and the SEAL operation would be the SEAL Team 6 (yes, Virginia the same group that swooped at the lair of Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan) in the late 2000s in the inhospitable mountain of Kunar Province in Afghanistan.

In the book “No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL” as told by Mark Owen, who was part of SEAL Team Six that killed Osama Bin Laden, he said when his squad was
transported from their base in the U.S mainland by a Boeing C-17 Globe Master III to a military base in Germany, flown again by another transport jet to a U.S Bagram Air Base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and transported again by the CH-47 Chinook they called “school bus” to
a U.S Bagram Air Base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, they spent a day with the Army Rangers there by asking them the nuances of the inhospitable high mountain areas where the Taliban and Al Quida fighters were ensconced in buildings made of mud. Owen said the Islamist fighters there who live 7 kilometers away in rough and tall elevated mountains, have been ambushing and attacking the rangers.

Garbed in shabby camouflage that don’t even pair with each other, where some of them don’t wear bullet proof plates, brandishing their German made Heckler & Koch MP7 with suppressors (or silencers, to the jeepney and construction workers who read this article), highly modified M79 40 mm grenade launchers they called “pirate gun”, Heckler & Koch 416 assault rifles with a ten-inch barrel and suppressors, M1A1 5.56 mm carbine, others, the team of long haired and unshaven SEAL Team – 6 avoid the road by melting away from the Ranger who did a regular patrol on the road at the wee hours of darkness, climbed by using their hands and feet the mountains slope, ridges, and cliff to locate the goat trails the drone took picture, walked the 7 kilometers, where the rangers told them they only reached half of it as they were ambushed by the enemies, paced through the help of their night vision goggle the rough trail and reach the target area.

By carefully peering at the hole, they shot to death the enemies with their automatic weapons suppressed by silencers. SEAL Snipers picked up, too, the rescuing guards nearby; while the four turbo prop powered AC-130 with its night vision goggle pilots emerged like a specter from somewhere and mowed with their GE M134 Mini-guns and 20mm canons the reinforcements of the Taliban from the nearby areas.

SAF Lacks the Strategy, and the Air Support given to the SEAL

The 392 SAF probably carried by C-130 from Manila to General Santos, spent the day or days there. Wielding with their automatic weapons and night vision goggle arrived at the target area at early dawn of January 25.
The 33 selected commandos left the bulk of 359 men who acted as blocking force while the former travelled by foot by another 3 kilometers to reach and strike Marwan, a U.S educated engineer, at his hut in the heart of the camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). They killed him when he allegedly fired back (usual police alibi in killing the malefactor), apply the Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) (just like what the SEAL had done at the house of Bin Laden and in Kunar Province by taking photos of the dead, gathered up weapons, collect thumb drives, computers, and papers to avoid being accused the following morning of killing innocent civilians) and cut one of his right fingers when they surmised they could not carry his body after some of his security guards woke up and fired at them.
As the SAF triumphantly sent Short Messaging System or text to their superior in a base: “Mike 1 Bingo” (it means they killed the last few known surviving militants of his generation of al Qaida-inspired extremists who survived the U.S anti-terror crackdowns in Asia following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S) and as they dashed off around 5 Am to the blocking force that waited them with bated breath, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the BIFF in the nearby areas pounced on them and the main force.
Thus the 11 hours running gun battle between the Muslim forces and the outnumbered SAF. (more…)

February 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

DTI urges public to use ‘Timbangan ng Bayan’

DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) urged the public to use the “Timbangan ng Bayan” (public weighing scales) installed in wet markets in Pangasinan.

Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan said public markets in the province were given two weighing scales each, inclusive of the cages, to protect consumers from unfair trade practices.

He enjoins consumers to use these weighing scales to validate the weight of their purchases and get the value of their hard-earned money.

DTI also advised retailers to regularly calibrate their weighing scales to avoid possible sanctions as provided under Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Should there be any complaints with regards to “Timbangan ng Bayan,” consumers can visit DTI-Pangasinan at the 2nd Floor of Star Building in Arellano Street, Dagupan City or call 075) 515-3183 or 529-6177. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)

February 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

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