Archive for February 16, 2015

EDITORIAL : No longer a blank wall?


The issue on illegal black sand mining in Pangasinan has not yet simmered or subsided. Even after the Office of the Ombudsman indicted Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and 13 others for violation of Section 3(e) of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,, residents of Capandanan, Malimpuec, Sabangan and Estanza in Lingayen have not stopped their quest to have the beaches of Lingayen Gulf given back to them. The shores of the gulf including the sea have been their source of livelihood for years but their access was deterred by the provincial government due to the construction of 3-kilometers, 6-feet high concrete fence.
It will be remembered that in 2011, the provincial government started to quarry black sand along the Lingayen Gulf at the 180-hectare eco-tourism area to give way to the construction of a 12-hole golf course.
The excavation of black sand was contracted to Alexandria Mining Ventures and later on, to Xypher Builders. Provincial officials have repeatedly denied that they were extracting black sand but only “unwanted elements and materials” for vegetation like turf grasses to grow. (more…)

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February 16, 2015 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Mark to BHWs: Continue work with MediKalinga


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALAMINOS CITY- Former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco expressed his gratitude to the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) for their role in providing basic health services to the people of Pangasinan and urged them to continue their participation to the ” MediKalinga sa Pangasinan”- a surgical and medical mission, which he launched on August 25 last yearin this city.
Cojuangco, the guest speaker during the District I 10th BHWs Congress held at Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium last February 3, commended the BHWs for their hard work even as he promised to give honoraria for their support to his MediKalinga program.
“The BHWs in the province should be appreciated for their role in providing basic health services to the people of Pangasinan. Although your work is voluntary, you are giving yourselves to help your province mates on their health needs. You are on the front lines on medical services and that I appreciate very much your active role in my MediKalinga Program. Those who are active in scouting for patients and assisting them for the surgical mission will be receiving honoraria,” Cojuangco said.
Aside from those from this city, the Congress was participated in by the BHWs from the towns of Sual, Mabini, Burgos, Agno, Dasol, Infanta, Bani, Anda and Bolinao. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:50 am 1 comment

MAGANES: Hypocrisy


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Now that election period is fast approaching, political wars are looming among and between aspiring candidates for the 2016 elections. Seven months from now, these political aspirants will soon file their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Election (Comelec) offices and thereafter the election period will start. While the electoral process is a little bit far, word wars are raging not only among the politicians but even the media practitioners who are on their sides. The media war, both in print and broadcast, is getting hotter everyday that it is likened to the turbulent Taal Volcano that anytime will be awakened will be spew lava to its nearby environs.
The media war, although saddening because it dwelt already on destroying the reputations of fellow media practitioners, it is also getting exciting day by day. Block time commentators are day by day busy scouring for political issues against the perceived political foes of their benefactors, but when they’re out of issues resort to bombarding their fellow media practitioners. The situation is likened to the impending fight between boxing icons Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that every time they are pitted against each other to fight in the boxing ring, the more that unsavory remarks will come out from their mouths.
I can’t help but laugh at what my colleagues in the media are doing. Let’s face the realities that media practitioners have their own candidates to support but the ethical standards on journalism must be upheld and followed. But because some of our colleagues are trying to appease their political benefactors such that when they are out of issues they resort to coining issues designed to malign their fellow media practitioners.

Last February 11 at the KBP Forum where the recorded proceedings was sent to me I had a hearty laugh on a part where a fellow media member threw a question at Governor Espino that the camp of Mark Cojuangco was allegedly distributing money to village heads and officials. Espino answered that he’s saddened with that kind of activity and deplored such practice. The media member who threw the question was apparently born yesterday. She gave a question to Espino as if such practice was never done before. What hypocrisy! What kind of answer as if the guest went to the KBP Forum with clean hands. We are all aware that money changes from hand to hand during the last elections. Tell that to the marines for them to believe you!
Now going back to Cojuangco, if indeed he gave money during a consultation in Malasiqui when he was there, that money was for the rental of the multipurpose hall being used. The payment was supported with official receipt issued by the municipal treasury office of Malasisqui as it was not intended for the village heads and officials as alleged by Espino’s camp. With that gesture, Cojuangco should be appreciated because he’s using government facilities with rental and not for free as what other provincial officials have been doing in the past. Cojuangco was aware of his responsibility as a private citizen. Granting that he gave cash money to the village heads as a gesture of gratitude, would that be wrong? Cojuangco if indeed has shared his money those are from his own pocket- personal funds and not sourced out from illegal activities like “jueteng” and contractors’ commission.
Our friends from the media should think of what they’re saying and asking from their benefactors. Those questions might boomerang to them and their credibility will be lost. Why don’t just stick to issues to sell the personality of the political aspirants you are supporting? And if there are insinuations of giving money to village heads and officials, these are supposed to be documented so that it could be verifiable and the truth will come out.
At present, the provincial government is doling out P500 to every barangay health workers (BHWs). That money came from the taxpayers and the giving of incentives to these village workers is covered with a provincial ordinance. However, it appeared that the giving of incentives is being politicized because the governor’s son who is a gubernatorial aspirant in 2016 is the one leading the distribution. Isn’t that a gesture of hypocrisy?
Well, politics Philippine style is a novelty. Let’s just watch and see the unfolding of political events. The political exercise however must be exercised with prudence.

(For comments email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com. Visit my blog The Roving Pen at http://www.virgilmaganes.wordpress.com. Listen to my radio program ” On Your Marks, 2nd Edition” over DWPR 1296 KHZ, 10:15 to 11:00 AM, Mondays to Saturdays).

February 16, 2015 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Pangasinan veterinary office to hold 3-month long mass vaccination


DAGUPAN CITY – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Pangasinan will conduct a three-month simultaneous mass vaccination from March to May in order to address the challenge to eliminate human rabies cases in the province.

Dr. Eric Jose Perez, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Pangasinan, said the massive vaccination aims to provide immunization to the entire province’s dog population and prevent and control rabies incidence in the province in line with the celebration of Rabies Awareness Month on March.

“The massive vaccination is a concerted effort of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Ilocos Region, the provincial government of Pangasinan and all line agencies concerned in the rabies prevention and control campaign,” said Perez adding that the vaccine requirement is now subject for funding.

Perez said 70 percent of the 268, 200 estimated total dog population in Pangasinan was set as PVO’s target to be immunized last year but only 22 percent or equivalent to 41, 772 dogs in the entire province were vaccinated even though vaccination is a year-round activity of his office. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Dagupan launches creative t-shirt design competition for 2015 Bangus Festival


DAGUPAN CITY – The 2015 Bangus Festival Committee is launching a competition seeking to come up with the best creative t-shirt design along the theme “Bangus Festival 2015: Happiest Fish Fest Ever!”.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said the competition, which is open to all residents, aims to encourage everyone to be more familiar on the significance of the festival not just locally and nationally but also internationally.

Executive Consultant for Culture and Arts Zenaida L. Sinlao said the contestants may add a poetic caption, free verse or a rhyme in Filipino, Pangasinan or English on their design.

All entries will be judged based on the originality of the design, its visual impact and message.

There will be three major winners who will receive cash prizes. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Bayambang Central School ready for students


BAYAMBANG -The 20 newly painted classrooms of the Bayambang Central Schcool are ready to readmit its old students. The doors, windows and roofs which were destroyed when the 100-year old elementary school was abandoned in October 2013, have been repaired.
The new desks, teacher’s tables and chairs, the blackboards, all donated by concerned businessmen and government officials are pushed on one side of each room.
In front of the school building are 30 or so parents of the students. They keep the yard clean and they cut overgrown grasses. At noontime, they rest under the mango trees where they cook their simple lunch of rice and vegetable broth provided by other parents and concerned town residents and businessmen. They share boiled sweet potatoes, donated by some farmers, when snack time comes.
But save for the chatter of the parents and a few students who pass by, the campus is deafeningly quiet. There are no pupils studying in the rooms, or running around in the wide, grass-carpeted yard, or climbing the mango trees. There are no laughter or prattle of the thousands of students who used to go to this school, can be heard at all.

It is almost four months since the owner of the property threatened to retake his 2.2- hectare property in barangay Bical which he swapped with the 3.1- hectare old campus along the national road in Poblacion area.

The school operations were hastily transferred to local businessman Willy Chua’s property in October 2013 because of a court order.
This was after Mayor Ricardo Camacho petitioned the court to effect the transfer after the Department of Education refused to recognize his order to transfer to the new site, citing flooding and dengue cases among the students as the reasons for the relocation.
During a press conference on October 23 last year, Chua gave the local government 15 days to turn-over the old campus to him, or he will take over the property at the school’s new site. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: San Carlos COP Denies He Sleeps on Robbery Case


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BEAUTY IS NOT EVERYTHING. May Maganda, pero iba ang May Ganda na May Talino pa. Tingnan niyo itong sagot ni TV host Grace Lee versus Actress Lea Navarro.
LEAH NAVARRO: So how many of those people who dissed the President’s absence from Villamor (Air Base) were actually there to condole?
GRACE LEE: “There is only one head of the state. Only one commander in chief! You CANNOT compare the value of his presence to the presence of any ordinary citizen then use it against them when they voice out their frustration and anger!”
TINGNAN NIYO RIN ANG SAGOT NI MISS BURKINA FASO AFRICA kay Manny Pacquiao last year sa Miss Globe sa dampa sa Republic of Guyana:
MANNY PACQUIAO: If you learned that your boyfriend has AIDS, what will you do?
MISS BURKINA FASO: I will still love him (strong rounds of applause from the touched and impressed spectators)… because AGE doesn’t matter! (Paktay ang korona, humirit pa !)
***
San Carlos City’s Chief of Police (COP) Charlie Umayam told me recently it was not true that his policemen slept on the complaint of Ian Madrid, a businessman who lost 10 computers in his shop to thieves.
Madrid whined to media men that the CCTV footage incriminated the suspects.
“We could not identify the offenders. Besides one of them even covered it with his hand as his companion ransacked the computer shop,” Umayan said.
He said his policemen continue to coordinate with Madrid employees as they could not reach Madrid physically. Madrid, media reports said, owns a chain of computer shops in the country.
“If they could pinpoint who is the suspect we are too willing to file the case,” Umayam, the Gospel Joe of the PNP, told me.
***
My plaudits to the soft-spoken Alaminos City’s Chief of Police Dominador “Doming” Soriano. He told me, when I dropped by at his office last week, that in January alone this year he and his men swooped down to two drug lairs and arrested the malefactors.
But yesterday I saw Doming telling TV viewers that the drug raid the other day was a knockout punch this February to a big time shabu pusher there who was caught with 200 grams of the illegal drugs.
Salamabit, that’s millions of pesos already of lost drugs that could tear apart families and poison the youth, am I right Dagupan City’s drug buster Lt. Colonel Cris Abrahano?
***
Political satires have been written on news magazines, newspapers, and others. Some of them became viral. But one of them, for me, was a standout. It was the satire of smut magazine Hustler publisher Larry Flynt posting on his prurience catering mags Baptist Reverend Jerry Falwell having sex with his drunk mother and a female goat in a barn on the putative Camparari ads “You’ll Never Forget about your First Time.”
An enraged Falwell sued Flynt with libel and millions of dollars moral damages. The case, Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988), was not only dismissed by the U.S Supreme Court but became bedrock of jurisprudence on Freedom of Expression that legal practitioners and scholars in democratic countries like the Philippines zealously quote.
Here’s my attempt on satire and not necessarily my bet for a Supreme Court’s libel suit classic jurisprudence since my editor and I have been wary of libel charge that hit this paper years ago.
AQUINO RESIGNS, BINAY ASSUMES PHILIPPINE PRESIDENCY
God Saves the Filipinos
Reprinted from CNN.Com
MANILA – Emulating his national police chief who resigned Thursday, the Philippine president tendered too his resignation because of the death of 44 commandos for which he blamed himself and the police chief.
President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III submitted his resignation papers at 10 am today at the office of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was accompanied by his four sobbing sisters at the office of Senate President Franklin Drilon and the chief of Black and White Movement of has been singer Leah Navarro and her group at the office of House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte.
Navarro figured recently in a spat at Twitter with the president former girl friend TV-5 host Grace Lee on the fiasco that befell the 44 elite Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police in a rebel infested town in the Southern part island Mindanao in the Philippines.
“With the blunder after blunder I and Alan( Purisima, former chief of the Philippine National Police) have been committing, my conscience could not allow me to continue serving the Filipinos on this thankless job called the presidency,” a poker- faced but coughing president speaks. (more…)

February 16, 2015 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

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