Archive for May 6, 2015

MAGANES: Espino’s ‘witch hunters’ ?

Undoubtedly, the media camp of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. has as of late could not look for other issues against former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco who is aspiring for the gubernatorial post in 2016 elections.vir

After delving on mundane issues against him -Cojuangco is not a true blooded Pangasinense, not able to speak Pangasinan and Ilocano, a gate crasher to events where he is not invited, the road widening project of Manila North Road, spokespersons of Espino in radio as well as in print media have been resorting to witch hunting that even the media camp of Cojuangco has not been spared from their acerbic tongue lashing.

Lately, they have been blaming Cojuangco and Abono Partylist Rosendo So of manipulating and bribing the Office of the Ombudsman so that the issue of illegal black sand mining will be decided on that caused the ouster of Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan and Alvin Bigay of the Provincial Housing and Urban Development Office. Such accusation against Cojuangco and So was absurd.

If these media men around Espino are in their right senses, they will know that the issue on illegal black sand in Lingayen was used in 2013 elections by the Braganza camp against Espino. It was then Cojuangco and So who defended Espino from such tirades. Now, they are turning the tables. What benefit will Cojuangco and So will get from the issue on illegal black sand? Are they the perpetrators? Isn’t it a public knowledge that indeed “illegal black sand mining” was undertaken in Lingayen by Espino and his trusted boys?

The Office of the Ombudsman is a constitutional body and no external pressure could outweigh its decision. The findings of the Environmental Ombudsman were clear in the decision, Espino together with Baran, Bigay and the owners of Alexandra Mining Ventures and Xypher Builders have violated Republic Act No. 3019 or Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Why blame other persons when they were the ones who committed blatantly the illegal acts?

The Espino boys must read the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman and trace back what they have done prior to the ouster of Baraan and Bigay. Why are you trying to hide the issue of “illegal black sand mining”? Espino and his group must answer the criminal issues surrounding the case at the Sandiganbayan. Isn’t that right Ka Orly Guirao?

May 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Anti- usurious 5-6 program that benefits the poor

Somebody in the pilgrim town Manaoag, Pangasinan told me that Vice Mayor Lito Arenas has moist eye for the mayoralty of the town in the 2016 polls.mortz-nw-colored3
He said Arenas’ vice mayoralty candidate be former Mayor Nap Sales.
“Big time private contractor si Lito. Si Nap cash strapped na and could not regain his old post as it would cost him an arm and leg to run for the mayorship,” the sources said.
My source told me Mayor Kim Amador is a formidable force to reckon with.
“His sister, an undersecretary at the Department of Budget & Management, has been generous in giving projects in Manaoag”.
He told me that Amador’s vice mayoralty tandem will be my friend Councilor Doods Rosario- former ally of mayoralty wannabe, my amiable pal too, Dr. Ming Rosario – a former board member.
Former Mangaldan Mayor Berex Abalos told me he will run for a seat at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board).
“Maganda iyan, bakit kayong mga taga Mangaldan pinakamalaking bayan sa 4th (Congressional) District outside Dagupan City) wala kayong representation sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan? “ I posed.
He said he would be supported by his business patron Former Congressman Mark Cojuangco, a gubernatorial hopefull.
“Maganda iyan pag BM (board member) na si Berex, siguradong makakakuha na kami ng kontrata thru you from Governor Cojuangco,” a contractor teased
A lieutenant of Binmaley, Pangasinan Former Mayor Enzo Cerezo said the reason why his patron lost the mayoralty in the 2013 polls to incumbent Mayor Sam Rosario was because of the distribution of the identification cards Enzo’s wife Marissa fancied and spent so much on.
“I asked her in the eve of the election to withdraw P5 million to bribe 500 voters in our favour at P500 each”.
He said she did not heed his advice.
He said they purportedly spent P20 million on that poll which was much lower to the P35 million and P30 million the wife and Enzo , respectively, spent in the 2007 and 2010 mayoralty elections versus Rosario. Rosario defeated Marissa but lost to Enzo.
He said Rosario was astute in the 2013 election where his supporters allegedly asked Enzo voters not to vote in exchange of the P1000 bill and allowed their nail, cuticle and first joint of the right finger painted by the violet indelible ink
“When we found that our supporters capitulated to Rosario we frantically used a cloth with gasoline to erase those inks on their finger nails”.
Even though the gasoline and cloth had been potent, it was too late because election had ended and Rosario dusted off Enzo with more than 1,200 votes.
“Maraming pera ang kalaban. Deputy administrator pa sa NIA (National Irrigation Administration) ang asawa,” he shakes his head.
When asked if Cerezo will challenge Rosario in 2016, the supporter could not give an unequivocal answer.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is not only known as the charismatic solon exposing corruption, crossing swords with then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and unmasking the hypocrisy of the members of the Peace Panel’s Adviser Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles and government’s peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders like Spokesman Mohagher Iqbal, and the incompetence of some of the top brass of the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police on how they handled the Mamasapano, Maguindanao blunder.
Since covering his powwows in my province, I saw the rabble rousing Cayetano’s big heart, too.
Take this one from a beneficiary of his Pera-Trabaho-Kabuhayan (PTK) program.

Carmelita Razo, a market vendor in Dagupan City, said with the help of the funds from PTK Cayetano gave to her Ulopan Na Sumisigay Ed Dagupan, Inc. (UNSEDI), a fisherman’s association, she was able not only to spike her earnings but finally managed to help fulfil her youngest child’s dream of being a teacher. (more…)

May 6, 2015 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment


In the Philippines, May 1 has always been celebrated as Labor Day to give importance to the working class, without whom, industries as well as big companies will not survive. It is the working class or the so-called laborers that provide life to our economy but it is also the most exploited sector of our society.northernwatch cartoon 5-3-15

In the past, workers’ welfare advocates fought for the rights of workers, thus they were given more benefits such as increase of wages, bonuses, etc. The increase of benefits, however, was confined to formal business and industrial establishments but not in the informal sector like agriculture.

In Pangasinan, the Espino administration boasted of a decline in unemployment rate last year because of job fairs, which according to the Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) placed more than 7,000 workers both local and overseas employment. That figure is relatively small compared to the number of labor force in the province which is more or less 1.4 million, which means the provincial government could not provide productive and full employment to the thousands of Pangasinenses needing jobs.

The main problem of employment in the Philippines and of big provinces like Pangasinan is the lack of employment opportunities. Many of those joining the labor force are either “mismatched” with the work, or are underemployed.

Annually, we are producing college and vocational graduates but job fairs alone could not meet the increasing number of unemployed due to lack of investors, both local and foreign. Many unemployed opted to seek employment abroad leaving behind their families, and not knowing what await them in the foreign land.

As Labor Day is being celebrated nationwide with workers waiting for announcements from President Benigno S. Aquino III on new labor benefits and policies, the provincial government of Pangasinan is busy with its Pistay Dayat.

Sadly, there are activities towards strengthening the fate of those unemployed and underemployed labor force in the province. Conducting job fairs by various sectors spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is good, but it is even more meaningful if the provincial government spearheads such kind of activity for the Pangasinenses.

This year, how many Pangasinenses will be employed locally and overseas? How many of the unemployed will be mainstreamed to the labor force of the agricultural sector? Pangasinan is an agricultural economy and yet the concentration of employment opportunities is geared towards big industries and businesses like malls, resorts and supermarkets.

It is about time that the provincial government will look into the labor situation in Pangasinan and show its care for the working class.

May 6, 2015 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Abrenica conducts ‘Isangguni Kay Mayor’

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- Bringing the government closer to the people is paramount in good governance.

With this in mind, the municipal government led by Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica of this town continuously conduct village consultations through its ” Isangguni Kay Mayor” – a program designed to have closer interactions with village people, to know their problems and effect immediate solutions.

“This activity has been conducted for years in our town. It was started by then Mayor Nato (Abrenica) to feel the pulse of our governance from the people and at the same time to gather first hand information on the villagers’ problems and concerns,” Mayor Abrenica said. (more…)

May 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment

Manay Gina to seek re-election – JDV

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia would run for reelection, according to spouse former House Speaker Joe de Venecia.

MAR & BELEN.  Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez escorts  Interior & Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas during his consultation with the people of the Bangus City. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

MAR & BELEN. Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez
escorts Interior & Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas
during his consultation with the people of the Bangus City. MORTZ C.

“She is still the best. She is extremely capable. She has bought many achievements as congresswoman for her district,” he said
Meanwhile, de Venecia said it was too early to discount from the 2016 presidential hopefuls Department of Interior & Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas because he lagged in the latest survey of the Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station.
“Election is still too far. The situation is still fluid,” said de Venecia who once ran for the presidency and lost to former President Joseph Estrada. (more…)

May 6, 2015 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Shabu King, 3 others busted in Calasiao

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – A notorious illegal drug pusher included in the provincial police office (PPO) list for neutralization was arrested here recently.
Joint operatives of Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation Task Group (PAID-SOTG), Provincial Infantry Battalion (PIB), Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) Pangasinan PPO arrested Julius Ordonio Ticman alias “Toti”, 27 years old, single, jobless, and a resident of Sitio Lasip, Barangay Buenlag here.

According to Supt. Joseph Rizaldy A. Dalope, chief of police of this town, a police agent acted as poseur buyer bought from Ticman one heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu in exchanged for the marked money previously recorded in the police blotter. Upon body search, searching police officer was able to recover from possession, control and custody of the suspect another two heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing while crystalline granules suspected to be shabu. (more…)

May 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Businessman lauded for training project in Bayambang

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
BAYAMBANG – Business tycoon Cezar Quiambao is not only known here as the one who bankrolled the P5,294, 240.00 8,150 barbecue grills for the 8.16 kilometers of this town’s bid in the Guinness World Record.

FREE COMPUTER VOCATIONAL SCHOOL. Darin Penular (holding a newspaper), head trainer of  Cezar Quiambao's "Free Sustainable Livelihood Training Program," monitors his students taking computer hardware servicing. The program is a one month course. These students belong to poor families in Bayambang, Pangasinan. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

FREE COMPUTER VOCATIONAL SCHOOL. Darin Penular (holding a newspaper), head trainer of Cezar Quiambao’s “Free Sustainable Livelihood Training Program,” monitors his students taking computer hardware servicing. The program is a one month course. These students belong to poor families in Bayambang, Pangasinan. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

He is also hailed as a philanthropist who spent tens of millions of pesos for various socio-economic projects in this town.
According to Councillor Levin Uy, the executive director of Quiambao’s Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation (KKBF), the latter had spent millions of pesos by sending for free out-of-school youth to the “Sustainable Livelihood Training Program” for them to learn computer technology. (more…)

May 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Conspiracy to raise the price of labor is a crime?


Alam niyo po ba na may kasong “conspiracy to raise the price of labor” noong panahon ng mga Amerikano sa Pilipinas?

Kasalanan po noon ang sabay-sabay na paghingi ng pagtaas ng sahod. Conspiracy iyon!

Ang sabay-sabay na paghingi ng pagtaas ng sahod ay karaniwang nagaganap tuwing Mayo Uno o Araw ng Manggagawa. As in walang pasok. Holiday.

Ang sabay-sabay na paghingi ng pagtaas ng sahod ay idinadaan sa malawakang martsa, rally at demonstrasyon sa lansangan.

Ang unang martsa ng mga manggagawa mula Plaza Moriones sa Tondo patungong Malacanang ay naganap noong On May 1, 1903.

Ang Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas ang nag-organisa ng martsang ito na nagdala ng panawagan para sa tunay na kalayaan, kontra sa kapitalismo at kontra din sa imperyalismo.

Itinatag nina Isabelo delos Reyes and Herminigildo Cruz ang Union Obrera Democratica Noong February 2, 19002 bago ito naging Union Obrero Democratica de Filipinas.

Dala nila ang panawagan para sa mga karaptan ng manggagawa.

Agosto 1902 nang ipakulong si De Los reyes sa kasong sediton, rebellion at “conspiracy to the raise the price of labor.”

Hahaha. Ang kasalanang “conspiracy to raise the price of labor” ay inembento nila at idinagdag sa mga kaso ni De Los Reyes.

Ang “conspiracy to raise the price of labor” ay sa totoo lang walang iba kungdi ang pagatataguyod nila De Los Reyes sa kahilingan na magkaroon ng makatarungang sahod ng manggagawa.

April 8, 1908 ng itinakda ng Philippine Assembly na ang First day of May ay maging Labor Day o Araw ng Manggagawa.

Nabuo ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas noong Nobyembre 7, 1930 na iniluwal ng pagsanib ng mga malalaking labor federations na naglulunsad ng mga pang-ekonomiya at pampulitikang pakikibaka.
Noong Agosto 26, 1930 ay inaprobahan ang bagong Konstitusyon ng Partido para itaon sa anibersaryo ng Cry of Balintawak; habang ang by-laws nito ay inaprobahan noong October 6, 1930.
Pormal na inilunsad ang Partido noong Nobyembre 30, 1930 para ikomemorate ang Nobyembre 7, 1917 Russian revolution. (more…)

May 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

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