Archive for February 9, 2015


 A car with four persons inside crashed into mango tree in the middle of the highways along Urdaneta City, on February 1.  The tree, which has been given permit for felling by the Deparment of Environment and Natural Resources, was spared when the controversy on Manila North Road cutting of trees erupted.

A car with four persons inside crashed into mango tree in the middle of the highways along Urdaneta City, on February 1. The tree, which has been given permit for felling by the Deparment of Environment and Natural Resources, was spared when the controversy on Manila North Road cutting of trees erupted.

February 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Espino, Bataoil welcome sa UNA


Marami pong nagtext sa Ang Maso na humihingi ng dagdag na kuwento tungkol sa pulitika ng Pangasinan tulad ng laman ng column na ito last week na ang titulo ay ‘NPC, LP suporta kay Cojuangco.’

Pati yung nagmo-monitor ng Northern Watch na political centers sa Manila ay nabasa din pala ang ‘NPC, LP suporta kay Cojuangco.’

Maagang nai-guhit ang linya ng takbo ng pulitika dito sa Pangasinan para sa 2016 noong 2014 kung saan may ilang politicians na taas noong tumiwalag sa Nationalist People’s Coalition – Pangasinan Chapter.

Nangyari ito nang kinumpirma ni Former Pangasinan Fifth District Rep. Mark Cojuangco ang kanyang intensyon na pagsilbihan ang People of Pangasinan bilang Governor sa 2016 matapos and State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. noong February 10, 2014. One year na, hindi po ba Cong Mark?

Hindi nagustuhan ni Espino ang deklarasyon ni Cojuangco at ito ang kanyang nasambit, “As elected leader of the entire province of Pangasinan, the undersigned Governor 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.”

At narito naman po ang naging reply ni Cojuangco, “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 province mates? From what I know, this is called ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘freedom of expression.’”

Hahaha. Oo nga naman. Dahil si Espino ang elected leader ng probinsiya, siya ang nakakaalam kung kailan at saan proper na magdeklara ng pampulitikang hangarin.

Dahil siya ang elected governor, siya ang judge kung ‘grossly improper’ ang ginawang deklarasyon ng pulitikal intensyon ng isang tao. Dahil siya ang governor, siya ang judge kung ‘totally out of place’ ang ginawang deklarasyon ng pulitikal intensyon ng isang tao.

Kailan nga ba ang proper announcement for political preferences? May proper area ba kung saan puede kang mag-declare ng political intent mo? Is there a proper time and place for announcing political intentions in Pangasinan? Baka nga naman meron nagawang batas sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan para sa ganitong aktibidad. Sinong Board Member kaya ang sponsor? Hahaha.

Nasa consciousness ng mga batikang pulitiko ang principle ng ‘permanent campaign.’ Lahat ng ginagawa ng mga incumbent na pulitiko ay in aid of reelection. Hindi mo na nga makilala kung ang aksyon ng isang pulitiko ay genuine public service o kampanya para mapanatili sa puwesto.

Nag-resign sa Nationalist People’s Coalition ang Espino Family na sina Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., Board Member Amado Espino II, Bugallon Mayor Jumel Espino, and Bautista Mayor Amadeo Espino.

Siyempre nag-resign din sa NPC sina Board Members Raul Sison and Nestor Reyes of the Second District, Alfonso Bince Jr. of the Sixth District, Danilo Uy of the Fifth District and Angel Baniqued of the Third district. (more…)

February 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Roxas condoles with family of fallen SAF cop from San Nicolas

SAN NICOLAS – The family of the fallen Philippine National Police (PNP)-Special Action Force (SAF) cop from Pangasinan will receive full benefits from the government, said Interior Secretary Manuel ‘ Mar’ Roxas’ during his visit to the province on Monday.
Clad in a black shirt, Roxas met with the family of PO2 Ephraim Garcia Mejia in Barangay Calaocan here which include Mejia’s wife Miya and their two-year old daughter July and the cop’s parents Warlito and Helen Mejia.
Roxas said the government will grant them the death benefits which include gratuity equivalent to one year salary, monthly pension for five years equivalent to 80% of the deceased’s basic monthly pay, and burial expenses equivalent to three months basic salary,
Mejia’s child will also be given educational assistance from kindergarten to college, he said,
Roxas assured the family that that they will receive the benefits in the soonest possible time.
The Secretary handed P50,000 from the President’s special fund to Mejia’s wife and asked her what other help the government extend to them.
Miya said she hoped the government could help her build a house as PO2 Mejia has already purchased a lot where they plan to build their house this April.
Roxas asked Mejia’s parents of any sickness or medical condition they are suffering from as the government can extend medical assistance to them. The parents also requested the Secretary to help in the employment of their son’s widow as well as the transfer of assignment of Mejia’s brother Marco, who is in the military and his sister Ruby, a teacher in Pasay City, to Luzon.
The Secretary said he cannot promise but will do everything he can to facilitate the requests.
Roxas personally handed out his calling card to Mejia’s widow and told her to contact him if problems arise.
“I know that these benefits will never be enough and cannot compensate for the loss, but I hope it can somehow help,” Roxas said in his solemn talk with the family,
Meanwhile the Department of Social Welfare and Development gave initial assistance to the family in terms of food items and has conducted a critical stress debriefing for the family,
PO2 Mejia’s interment was scheduled today, Thursday. His remains was brought to the San Nicolas Municipal Hall where members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan presented a Resolution honouring his bravery. He was laid to rest at the municipal cemetery where he was honoured with a 21-gun salute. (VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

February 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Quo vadis PNoy?


All over social media- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,etc, netizens all over the country lambasted President PNoy on the faux pas in his handling the “Operation Wolverine” which cost the lives of 44 members of Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The SAF members had a clash in an encounter with the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in the morning of January 25.

The clash was pictured as a bloody encounter rendering the SAF members helpless and hapless. They were surrounded by the MILF and BIFF that fighting them head on was impossible. They were outnumbered and were not aware they will encounter the MILF and BIFF in an area they believed they were safe as the government is negotiating for a peaceful Mindanao through a peace process with the drafting of Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Operation Wolverine is a mission that called for the SAF members to serve warrants of arrest to high-ranking terrorists, one of them Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli Abdhir, also known as Marwan. The SAF members-young and trained on combat, ran out of ammunitions and were not given reinforced by the Philippine Army stationed in Maguindanao Province.

After the carnage, 44 SAF members were sprawled in the cornfields-bloody, lifeless with bodies extremely peppered with bullets including their heads that most faces, according to media members who went there, were beyond recognition. MILF and BIFF members had perpetrated acts beyond that of normal human beings. They have shown barbaric attitudes beyond our comprehension that the deliberations of the drafted Bangsamoro Organic Law has to be stalled.

” This is not the time to point fingers,” said former President Fidel Valdez Ramos or FVR who created the SAF. However, after several days, he said that the blame could be attributed to PNoy because of his weak decision in handling Operation Wolverine. FVR said PNoy did not follow the chain of command- rendering his Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Director General of PNP clueless of such operation. PNoy instead has directed suspended Chief of PNP Allan Purisima to be on top of the situation, who, after the carnage, was nowhere to locate. Purisima was reported to have flown to Saipan, perhaps to save his face and to pray for the souls of the fallen SAF policemen.Whatever it was, PNoy has reneged on his promise to his “bosses” for transparency of actions in his governance. (more…)

February 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment


Army Corporal Marcos Mejia(right) joins policemen in carrying the casket bearing the remains of his older brother, PO2 Ephraim Mejia.

Army Corporal Marcos Mejia(right) joins policemen in carrying the casket bearing the remains of his older brother, PO2 Ephraim Mejia.

February 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Irrigators undergo training on ‘parliamentary procedures’

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Officers of irrigators association in Region I are currently undergoing training on parliamentary procedures to equip themselves with skills on holding meetings and for them to be effective and efficient in their duties and responsibilities.
This was learned from Regional Director John Celeste of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) of Region I.
“There are more than 500 irrigators association in the entire region and trainings of this kind will be conducted by batches until all the officers have been trained,” Celeste said.

The first batch was trained on February 5 on ” Simple Parliamentary Procedures Training for IA Leaders” at the NIA Farmers Training Center here.
Celeste also said the training was part of the agency’s capability enhancement program to enable officers of irrigators association manage their own affairs.
The training according to Celeste is anchored on the four pillars of organizational development: communications, understanding, effective human relations and coordination/cooperation.

February 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Macanlalay bats for indefinite postponement of SK elections

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

CALASIAO- it is better for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to be postponed indefinitely so that the youth members whose ages range from 15 to 17 could concentrate on their studies.
This was the reaction of Mayor Mark Roy Q. Macanlalay, also a vice gubernatorial aspirant in 2016 elections, after the House of Representatives and the Senate House approved the postponement of SK elections from February 21 this year to October 2016 coinciding with the barangay polls.
” While I am for the participation of the youth in nation building, the age requirement for the present members of SK is not appropriate for governance. Most of them are still in school and they have no time to attend Sangguniang Barangay, Bayan and Panlalawigan sessions. Besides, most of them are sons or daughters of politicians,” Macanlalay said.
He further said it was most appropriate that the elected youngest members of legislative bodies handle youth and sports development programs in their areas.
Macanlalay, however, said if the Congress could pass a law that will strengthen youth involvement in the development process, this should consider the lapses of the previous composition and functions of the SK.
Meanwhile, Macanlalay said his administration is currently implementing various projects in this town like the construction of covered courts inside school compounds, slope protection dikes, completion of the town’s gymnasium and the installation of street lights along the MacArthur Highway to the town proper.
Funding of the projects, Macanlalay said, came from the town’s 20% development fund from the 2015 appropriations.

February 9, 2015 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

Urdaneta City to celebrate 5th Dumayo Festival

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- This city will celebrate its 5th Dumayo Festival, coinciding with the 17th city charter celebration on March 21.
This was bared by City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio ” Bobom” Perez IV who also said the celebration this year will be austere and simple.
” Like our city fiesta celebration last December 2014, our Dumayo Festival will be celebrated with less pomposity. However, we will ensure that there be a multi-sectoral participation to include city officials, city employees, government and non-government officials and employees, businessmen, academic communities and barangay officials,” Perez said.
It will be recalled that the 1st Dumayo Festival was conducted in March 2011 along with the 13th city charter celebration.
Mayor Perez said he just organized a working committee to oversee the preparation of the various activities to be included in the Dumayo Festival and city charter celebration.
This city was chartered on March 21, 1998 under the administration of Mayor Rodolfo Parayno with the support of then 5th District Rep. Amadeo R. Perez Jr.
Meanwhile, Perez said the economy of the city was stable with the prompt payment of taxes, business licenses and permits of the city constituents. (more…)

February 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Global Tech to sue NBI operatives in Laoac raid

LAOAC – The spokesman of the GlobalTech Online Corporation (GlobalTech) said the company plans to file criminal and administrative charges at the Ombudsman against the operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation who arrested recently nine of its collectors here.
Edward Aguilar said the charges of GlobalTech, the franchisee of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Peryahan Games (PR), would serve as a lesson for the NBI and police to be circumspect in arresting peryahan collectors not only in Pangasinan but in the 12 provinces where GlobalTech operates.
Aguilar identified the NBI operatives as Special Agent Allan Tubi, Special Investigator (SI) IV Jose Rommel Ramirez, SI III Nelson Moreno, SI III Edgardo Kawada, SI III Ferdinand Manuel, AGT II Joseph Eufemio Martinez.
PR, because of its transparent mode of drawing bets, threatens to cut revenues of operators of the illegal numbers game jueteng and Meridian’s Jai-Alai.
Last January 14, NBI operatives swooped into this town arrested 12 bet collectors of peryahan.
But Aguilar disowned the three of the arrested persons, saying they were used by the NBI to incriminate the peryahan collectors.
The cases against the nine arrested namely Eduardo T. Egros, Alan A. Barcena, Diosdado B. Reyes, Elpidio V. Pastor, Ricardo R. Robeniol, Miguel R. Nerona, Calixto D. Costales, Danilo T. Longayan, and Benjamin D. Peru have been dismissed last January 19 by Provincial Prosecutor Abraham L. Ramos II in Urdaneta City.
“There appears no concrete evidence that tends to show that the above named respondents conspired with Larry Alvarado, Robert Garon, and Rowel Cunanan when the three collected bets from alias Jay the poseour designated by the NBI Manila during the entrapment operation. It is a hornbook doctrine that “conspiracy must be proved as indubitably as the crime itself through clear and convincing evidence and not merely by conjecture,” the resolution said.
Before the cases were dismissed, they were jailed for six days at the NBI detention cell in Manila as they waited for their motion for preliminary investigation at the prosecutor’s office in Urdaneta City.
“Why would they arrest our agents they do not possess papelitos or lastillas (strips of papers)? Aguilar posed.
He said Larry Alvarado, Robert Garon and Rowel Cunanan were allegedly baits of the NBI.
“The placing of bet was consummated by handing over the money bet (Php 20.000 to the kubradors (later identified to be Alvarado, Garon, and Cunanan) which were all marked with the letters “NCR” at the upper right side of the front portion of each bill. Thereafter, the bets were then written in the “papelitos” held by the kubradors. Most of them told “Jay (NBI “asset”)” that he will just be advised of the outcome of the draw,” according to the NBI’s joint affidavit. (more…)

February 9, 2015 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

PMAyers to Biay: Give ‘military’ rites to 2 dead commandos

By Mortz C. Ortigoza and Venus Hortaleza

Members of the Philippine Military Academy in the Philippine National Police asked the Police Provincial Director of Pangasinan to hold a hero’s welcome and a dignified police burial rites for two members of the elite Special Action Force who died last January 25 in Maguindanao province.
Police Sr. Supt. Reynaldo Biay, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Provincial Police, said PO2 Ephraim Garcia Mejia from Brgy. Calaocan, San Nicolas, one of the two slain cops from Pangasinan, is expected to be brought to the province on Saturday morning.

The 44 caskets of the Philippines' commandos who perished in an encounter with Muslim rebels in Mindanao are carried by pall bearers.

The 44 caskets of the Philippines’ commandos who perished in an encounter
with Muslim rebels in Mindanao are carried by pall bearers.

“Sasalubungin namin siya (his remains), we will keep vigil, provide the necessary ceremony and we will be there until the interment,” Biay told media men.
Biay said Mejia‘s wife, Mea, and the cop’s parents left for Manila on Thursday morning to attend the arrival honors for the 42 of 44 SAF men who were killed in a bloody encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday, January 25.
The remains of the other fallen cop , PO2 Romeo Valles Senin II, originally from Lekep Butao, San Fabian, Pangasinan, will be brought to Iligan City where he is currently residing with his wife, said Biay.
The fallen cops will be accorded all the benefits and in this situation, their children will be given full educational scholarship, he added.
“Aside from the benefits from the government, we will also give our personal contributions to the bereaved family,” Biay said.
All police stations in the province have been flying their national flags at half mast since Monday, January 26, as a sign of respect to the heroism of the SAF troopers. (more…)

February 9, 2015 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

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