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Grace Poe: Its now ‘5’


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Senator Grace Poe said her decision to run for president of the country is becoming more certain.
On a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the surest, Poe said the certainty that she would run is now “five.”
“It used to be much lower,” Poe said during a press conference last June 2. She visited Dagupan and Carlos City where where father, the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr., hailed.

GRACE POE AND KIN. Soaring presidential hopeful  Senator Mary Grace Poe (white polo) exchanges pleasantries with the relatives of her late father, movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. at Kevin’s Restaurant in San Carlos City. Poe’s father traces his roots to Barangay Caoayan Kiling of the city. The senator was in this city and Dagupan City on invitation by Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So. So was the campaign manager in Pangasinan of the elder Poe in the 2004 election when he challenged then incumbent President Gloria M. Arroyo for the presidency. Fernando won by landslide  in that contest in San Carlos. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

GRACE POE AND KIN. Soaring presidential hopeful Senator Mary Grace Poe (white polo) exchanges pleasantries with the relatives of her late father, movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. at Kevin’s Restaurant in San Carlos City. Poe’s father traces his roots to Barangay Caoayan Kiling of the city. The senator was in this city and Dagupan City on invitation by Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So. So was the campaign manager in Pangasinan of the elder Poe in the 2004 election when he challenged then incumbent President Gloria M. Arroyo for the presidency. Fernando won by landslide in that contest in San Carlos. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


She admitted that It was still his late father’s name that was her biggest “capital” in the political game, although she claimed she has learned a lot on her own and that she is carving her own name in the political arena.
But if her father was alive and won the presidency, Poe said she could not have joined politics.
“He told us then that no other member of the family would join politics or the government. Ayaw niya na hakot ang pamilya dun,” she said.
But if FPJ was alive and did not join politics, “he would surely be applauding me now and saying, ‘wow, siga, nakarating ka na ngayon.”
“My father was my greatest fan. Whatever I achieved in school made him happy. It was my mother (movie queen Susan Roces) who was the strict one. If I got a grade of 90, she would say, why not 100? My father was happy even if I just passed,” she said.
If she runs for president, what would she look for in a running mate?
She said, “He should be sincere in his purpose and he can be trusted because we could be campaigning together and I would’nt want him to abandon me in the middle of the campaign.”
Next, his personality is important. “Is he good, is he industrious? Has he no cases like plunder?”
Then, “Can he help in our objectives for the people? It is nothing if he is the best but the character is questionable,” she said.
Poe, giggling, said she was getting embarrased when asked about who she wanted to be a runningmate because “this is not a love team, this is not a movie, and not a teleserye .” (more…)

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June 8, 2015 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Screwdriver leads to robber


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

POZURROBIO – “It was a crime story about the screwdriver that betrayed the robber,” the town police chief said after a computer and monitors worth Php100,000 were carted from a public school here.

 GOTCHA! Alleged burglar Allen Banasen Langtiwan  alias Albert Molinas (black cap) who carted away six Light Emitting Diode (LED) computer monitors and one system unit worth Php100,000 at  Palacpalac Elementary School, Brgy. Palacpalac in Pozurrobio, Pangasinan was taped by the Closed Circuit TV of DIY Hardware in Baguio City.


GOTCHA! Alleged burglar Allen Banasen Langtiwan alias Albert Molinas (black cap) who carted away six Light Emitting Diode (LED) computer monitors and one system unit worth Php100,000 at Palacpalac Elementary School, Brgy. Palacpalac in Pozurrobio, Pangasinan was
taped by the Closed Circuit TV of DIY Hardware in Baguio City.

Chief Inspector Ryan Manongdo said it took only seven hours after the town police solved the robbery at Palacpalac Elementary School.
This happened after the robbers left a screw driver on the floor near the forcibly opened door with the bar code still stuck on the handle.
“Ang nangyari was April 28 ng umaga. So pagharap namin doon nakita naming doon nakita sa padlock sira na. Na ransacked na iyong laman. So may nakita kami na malapit doon sa mga padlock isang screw driver,” he said.

Manongdo said that after his investigator started to do their sleuthing at 6:45 Am of April 28. (more…)

June 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment

Binay can be jailed even he is the VP – Cayetano


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – A senator said Vice President Jejomar Binay can be sued and imprisoned although he is the vice president of the country.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said the country’s vice president cannot cite the Constitution that he cannot be tried by the justice system as he is an impeachable official.
“The vice president has confused the law. Meron lang tayong immunity from suit if it is only the president, walang immunity from suit ang vice president,” he stressed.
Cayetano rebutted the arguments of the supporters of Binay and other legal luminaries that the vice president and the justices of the Supreme Court are immune to suit by citing two U.S Vice Presidents and a justice of the Supreme Court who were either sued or clamped into jail.
These two then U.S Vice Presidents were Spiro Agnew and Dick Cheney.
Agnew was criminally charged in court for evasion of taxes and recipient of pay-offs. He eventually pleaded guilty after plea bargaining, meted out by the court a lighter sentence that subjected him to parole on condition that he will resign from the office, while Cheney was sued with fraud when he conspired with accounting firm Andersen during his stint as chief executive of oil services company Halliburton.

“Meron din sa U.S na justice na ayaw mag resign hindi pa na impeach pero na criminally convict na, nasa kulungan siya”.
Cayetano said he cited those US cases because both the U.S and the Philippines use the same law and jurisprudence on impeachment procedure.
“The speaker of the house, congressmen, senator, and vice president are not immune from suit,” he enumerated those national officials who are not covered by the immunity provided by the constitution. (more…)

June 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Issues against Mark Cojuangco (and his answers) (Part 1)


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When former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco announced on February 10, 2014 his aspiration to run for governorship in 2016 elections, he was bombarded with nasty criticisms from Espino’s camp, some of which are considered below the belt and without any iota of basis.

Their plan was obviously to destroy the credibility of Cojuangco. All forms of black propaganda were one by Espino’s media bureau in utter desperation to beef up the popularity of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr.’s “annointed son” and namesake for governorship. Espino’s media bureau has been spinning issues against Cojuangco, twisting facts and some apparently fabricated.

Here are the issues that dwell on politics of personalities and not on issues at hand:

1. Cojuangco is not a bonafide Pangasinense having been a resident of Paniqui, Tarlac. Being a non-Pangasinense, he could not speak Ilocano and Pangasinan, the two major dialects of Pangasinan.

Cojuangco’s answer: It is not one group that determines the residency of a person. It is the law. We have resided in Sison since 1965 when my father (Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco) established Northern Cement Corporation (NPC). When we returned from the USA during President Cory Aquino’s term, I chose to stay in Sison, not in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental or in Davao, because I love and care for the people of Pangasinan. I was elected as representative of 5th District for three consecutive terms from year 2000 to 2010 and by saying we are not Pangasinenses is an insult to the electorates of 5th District.

My wife Kimi (now the 5th district representative) has her roots in Pangasinan. Her great grandfather from the Gonzales family was the owner of the old Pangasinan Transportation Company (Pantranco) who was from Dagupan City. Part of our property, the Hacienda Luisita, was located in the six barangays of Rosales, which our family has distributed to farmers in said town.

As to the issue that I do not know how to speak Ilocano and Pangasinan dialects, we have now our “lingua franca” as Filipino ( a national language with Tagalog as root base) that are mostly spoken by Pangasinenses – in malls, in schools and in transacting business with the government. But I am learning the said dialects. Isn’t it disgusting if you have children born in other countries or places that when they come back in Pangasinan and could not speak Pangasinan or Ilocano, they will be named as not Pangasinense? (more…)

June 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment

Cojuangco: Sports is good for health


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

MANAOAG- Former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco and 2016 gubernatorial aspirant joined volleyball players of the 26 villages here during the opening program of the Friendship Cup: Inter-Barangay Sports Tournament, 2nd Conference held at the covered court of Pao Elementary School on June 6.

Cojuangco lauded Vice Mayor Lito M. Arenas for spearheading the said sports activity to sway the youth of using vices particularly illegal drugs.

” These sports events are good for your health, in developing your personality. Youwill learn lot of lessons from sports,” he told the players, coaches and village officials.

He said the sports tournament will also unite them as one people of the town.

Cojuangco also took the opportunity to introduce himself, saying he will be an alternative candidate for governor in 2016 election together with his would be running mate for vice governor Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay.

“We have come to a point in our province to elect our leaders who will have the knowledge, experience and ability to become a good governor. I am presenting myself as an alternative candidate for governor. I could replicate the success I made in the 5th district when I was the congressman to the other towns in the whole province,” he said. (more…)

June 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm Leave a comment

Alcala has new police chief


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALCALA- Mayor Ryan Paolo V. Mencias welcomed the new officer-in-charge of the Alcala Police Station last May 25 in the person of Police Chief Inspector (PCI) Randy Arellano.

Mencias requested Arellano to do his best to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs and other illegal activities in the town.

“Let’s ensure that peace and order will be maintained in the town. We will work together to eradicate all forms of illegal activities particularly the use of illegal drugs,” Mencias told Arellano.

Arellano thanked Mayor Mencias for his warm welcome and promised to abide by the policies imposed by the municipal government in the enforcement of peace and order in the town.

Prior to his assignment in this town, Arellano served as the chief of police in Rosales town for two years and 10 years as an officer of the Special Action Force (SAF). He was also assigned at the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office in Lingayen.

June 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

DAGUPAN IS AGILA AWARDEE


DAGUPAN IS AGILA AWARDEE. Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (center, left) receives from PhilHealth Regional vice-president Dr. Leo Douglas Cardona (center, right) the first Agila trophy award for being the best forerunner in sponsored program implementation under the city category. Dagupan City was the first and the only city to have received such honor during the 1st Regional Health Financing Summit 2015 in La Union on May 28. Joining Fernandez are City Health Officer Leonard L. Carbonell, City Engineer Virginia V. Rosario, Technical Consultant for Health Caressa Joy Calugay, CSWD officer-in-charge Leah T. Aquino, GSO Officer Melchor V. Guiang, Budget Officer,  Luz De Guzman  and City Legal Officer George M. Mejia .(CIO photo by Mitz Cresencio)

DAGUPAN IS AGILA AWARDEE. Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (center, left) receives from PhilHealth Regional vice-president Dr. Leo Douglas Cardona (center, right) the first Agila trophy award for being the best forerunner in sponsored program implementation under the city category. Dagupan City was the first and the only city to have received such honor during the 1st Regional Health Financing Summit 2015 in La Union on May 28. Joining Fernandez are City Health Officer Leonard L. Carbonell, City Engineer Virginia V. Rosario, Technical Consultant for Health Caressa Joy Calugay, CSWD officer-in-charge Leah T. Aquino, GSO Officer Melchor V. Guiang, Budget Officer, Luz De Guzman and City Legal Officer George M. Mejia .(CIO photo by Mitz Cresencio)

June 8, 2015 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

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