Stroke broadcaster son thanks Cojuangco

May 31, 2015 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY– A son of a veteran radio man here lauded former Pangasinan Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco for paying his father’s hospitalization bill after he suffered a stroke

Broadcaster Joey Ballesteros

Broadcaster Joey Ballesteros


Jerome Ballesteros, 28, said that former 5th District Representative Cojuangco
shelled out P200,000 after his father Joey Ballesteros, 63, announcer of DWPR-Power Radio, underwent a surgery to remove a blood clot in his head after the stroke.
Jerome denied also reports of Rannie Manaois, a bloc timer of Bombo Radyo-Dagupan that it was only Governor Amado T. Espino who chipped in P20,000 while the management of DWPR, Cojuangco’s owned station, gave only P2000.

Manaois, who died in his sleep the day after he made the report, was the one who handed Espino’s contribution to Ballesteros.
The young Ballesteros, one of the several children of the patient, profusely thanked Cojuangco and his assistant Dhang Alcaide Manaois after she delivered the sum on May 6 at the hospital.
“I thank also (Calasiao) Mayor (Mark Roy) Macanlalay, who not only gave us P5000 but gave his hand phone to Congressman Cojuangco when they were at Bugallon (town) so I could talk to the congressman,” he said.
He told Cojuangco who he was and told him the plight of his father who is an employee for decades of his radio station.

Jerome said the other Good Samaritan who shelled out money was this city’s Councillor Jigs Sheen who gave an unspecified amount.
Sta. Barbara Mayor Lito Zaplan told this paper he gave P5000 to the son of Ballesteros.
The young Ballesteros said his family did not pay the entire amount given to them because they needed some of it to pay for the everyday medicines of the older Ballesteros and for the everyday needs of the family.
“He is the only bread winner in the family. Our bill there was P286, 000 but we paid only P146,000 after we signed a promissory note thus we have a balance of P140,000 payable in five months,” he stressed.
Jerome said while he works as a cellular phone repairman, his father is the major bread winner of the family.
Before the former solon gave the amount, the young Ballesteros said they were at a loss looking for politicians who could help them.
“Even the PCSO (Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office) in Manila denied us help because we forgot to attach to the bill of statement (BoS) the professional fees of the doctors at Medical City,” he said.
He said his father until now has a hard time speaking.

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