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Grace Poe for president in a coalition – former FPJ campaign manager


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

A campaign manager in Pangasinan of former presidential candidate, the late Fernando Poe Jr, said Senator Grace Poe will be joining a coalition of political parties in case she decides to run for the presidency in the 2016 election.

 GRACE POE'S SUPPORTERS. Rosendo So (extreme right), a businessman in Pangasinan, poses with (from left) former Congressman Mark Cojuangco, the chair of the Nationalist People's Coalition in the province, Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. Both senators have been a long time allies of  So and Cojuangco.


GRACE POE’S SUPPORTERS. Rosendo So (extreme right), a businessman in Pangasinan,
poses with (from left) former Congressman Mark Cojuangco, the chair of
the Nationalist People’s Coalition in the province, Senators Grace Poe and
Chiz Escudero. Both senators have been a long time allies of So and Cojuangco.


Rosendo So, now a supporter of Grace Poe, said the senator would not be running under the Liberal Party (LP) or the Nationalist People’s Coalition, but would take shelter under the coalition of major political parties that wont include LP.
“The parties that would coalesce for her presidential bid are any of the following: NPC, Nationalista in case Senator Alan Peter Cayetano foregoes his presidential ambition, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in case Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte nixes his presidential bid, People Power-Christian Muslim Democrats under Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines under Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Kilusang Bagong Lipunan under Rep. Imelda Marcos, Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino under former Senator Edgardo Angara, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino under former President Joseph Estrada , and People’s Reform Party under Senator Merriam Santiago,” a source close to Senator Poe, said.
The lady senator is four points behind Vice President Jejomar Binay for the presidential run in 2016 based on the May 8 to 18 survey of Manila Standard Today (MST).
The source cited she will not join the LP because the leadership and the card carrying members there would fight tooth and nail for Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas’ inclusion as the presidential contender of the party that adopted President Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 presidential election.
The source doubted Roxas can win the presidential derby as his stocks continue to plunge as reflected by the latest survey. He placed fourth with Senator Santiago with eight percentages each.
The MST surveys, published by the prestigious Rapple.com online magazine, saw Binay in No.1 with 28 percent, Poe in No. 2 with 24 percentages point.
Manila Mayor Estrada and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte were tied in third place with 10 percent each.
Senator Miriam Santiago and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II—the administration’s presumptive standard bearer—shared the fourth spot at eight percent each.
Senator Francis Escudero was in fifth place at four percent; Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Cayetano were tied in sixth place at three percent each; and former Senator Panfilo Lacson was in seventh place at one percent.
Those polled were also most likely to give their vote to Poe if their preferred presidential bet decided to withdraw from the race.
Among the possible candidates for vice president, Poe led the pack at 23 percent with Escudero at close second at 16 percent.
The other possible vice presidential candidates included Cayetano and Duterte at 11 percent each, Estrada and Lacson at seven percent each, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (six percent), Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Marcos at five percent each, and former senator Francis Pangilinan and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao at four percent each. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Mangaldan to install 100 CCTV cameras


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – More than 100 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras would boost the crime fighting efficiency of this first class town, according to its police chief.

SECURITY. Mangaldan town chief of police Superintendent Jacky Candelario (center)  briefs his police force to mitigate the crime rates in the burgeoning town. Candelario and Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno were lauded for the plan to install more than 100 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras  all over the major corners of the town proper. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

SECURITY. Mangaldan town chief of police Superintendent Jacky Candelario (center) briefs his police force to mitigate the crime rates in the burgeoning town. Candelario and Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno were lauded for the plan to install more than 100 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras all over the major corners of the town proper. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Superintendent Jacky Candelario said the P3 million budget for the 100 plus CCTV cameras would come from the proceeds of the beauty contest that Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno organized solely for that purpose.
“Now may nine na gumagana pero kung lahat ay complete na from the first phase to the second phase nasa one hundred plus lahat na kanto dito sa poblacion ay mabiyayaan. Iyong nine sa plaza pa lang iyon,” he stressed.
Candelario said the CCTV project was sanctioned by an ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Bayan (town council).
“Within this year iyong 100 matatapos na. Pinapa audit pa lahat. Kinukuha pa lang iyong bayad sa ads. Iyong fiesta tapos iyong lahat na para mabili na lahat. Tinitingnan natin na amount kung lahat ay P3 million”.
Candelario added that he looks on the possibility if this town local government will appropriate another amount to buttress the three million pesos collectibles.
While town and city like Bayambang and Dagupan are still arguing on the legality of the ordinance that covers their measures versus criminals and offenders, the administration of Mayor Parayno has been busy collecting the payment from the sponsors of the last fiesta celebration to finalize the installations of this town’s ambitious CCTV project.
He said most of the cameras would be installed at the public market because petty crimes are mostly committed there. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Issues against Mark Cojuangco (and his answers) (Part 2)


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(This is the second part of the issues against Mark Cojuangco, a gubernatorial aspirant in Pangasinan in the 2016 election. The first part appeared in Northern Watch Issue 7, Volume VIII which tackled issues on his residence and his advocacy on nuclear power plants.)

3. Cojuangco manipulated the use of the 80% tobacco excise tax share of 5th District using it to other projects not sanctioned by law, like the dairy farm in Laoac, which is losing in its operations.

Cojuangco’s answer: The tobacco excise tax under the congressional supervision has been put in good projects for the welfare of farmers in 5th District.

Examples of these projects are the purchase of farm machineries like tractors, harvesters, etc. in Villasis and Alcala. Funds were also used to purchase land in Villasis and Alcala where drying facilities for corn and palay were established while others were used in the construction and maintenance of farm to market roads.

In Villasis, we have also purchased a property for a dairy farm, which will be used as a beef cattle breeding station, depending on the outcome of the dairy farm in Laoac. We have also constructed a native tobacco drying barn.

There were changes in the implementing rules and regulations of the national government as to what projects could be funded out of the tobacco excise tax.

The dairy farm in Laoac is not losing but the production of milk by the cows was reduced due to feeding problems. We could not maximize the milk production because the milking equipment has to be replaced by a rotary milking parlor.

Hopefully, the said equipment will be available this coming August to maximize milk production.

The dairy farm is owned by farmers cooperative in the 5th District but needs changes in the organizational structure. The dairy farm is an alternative source of livelihood for farmers, that’s why part of the tobacco excise tax share under the congressional supervision was used.

The monetized tobacco excise tax has separate books of accounts handled by municipal accountants in the towns where there’s tobacco excise tax. These books are open to the public, besides all transactions have been audited by the Commission on Audit (COA). (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm Leave a comment

Hundred Islands; A summer place, a summer home


By Yolanda Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY – Like a home where one finds solace and a sense of emotional security after hard day’s work, the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP)beckons the weary souls every summer time or whenever their days are free.
Childhood memories of most Pangasinenses include trips to the HINP and they would gladly pack their beach wears and gears for yet another opportunity to revel in the islands.
This is because going to the park is like melting into a family’s warm embrace – with the familiar sounds and sights of the sea, the islands’ spectacular yet subdued beauty, the white beaches and crystal clear water.
Trips to the HINP start at six o’clock in the morning when the Tourism Welcome Center at the Lucap Wharf, the jump off point to the islands, opens. It is here where boat rides are arranged and where visitors can find information on island tours and activities, and fees.
From the wharf, it takes around 30 minutes to reach the Governor’s Island, where the motor boats first dock, Rose Aruelo, a staff of the Alaminos City tourism office, says. The Governor’s Island has the highest peak among the 123 islands and islets, with the view deck offering a picture-perfect , 360-degree panorama of the country’s first national park. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Traffic enforcers undergo training on traffic rules


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Due to numerous complaints from motorists, traffic enforcers under the Public and Order Safety Office (POSO) were trained on the enforcement of traffic rules and regulations by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) based in Urdaneta City.

LTO Chief Glorioso Daniel Martinez said his office initiated the training of the traffic enforcers to provide them the necessary skills in apprehending traffic violators and also to inculcate on them the values of public relations and discipline.

” Many of the traffic enforcers do not have enough knowledge on traffic rules and laws that is why they erred most of the time in apprehending motorists,” Martinez said.

He said before they could apprehend traffic violators, they should have their own driver’s license and if they own vehicles or motorcycles, then these should first be registered with the LTO. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : 117th Philippine Independence


Last June 12, we celebrated our 117th Independence Day as a Republic. It was on June 12, 1898 that General Emilio F. Aguinaldo waved for the first time the Philippine flag while the Marcha Filipina (now known as our Philippine Anthem) was being played at his house in Kawit, Cavite.Image (1)

That day marked the end of the 377 years of rule of the Spanish colonizers which was characterized by oppression, inequality and tyranny.

The more than three centuries of Spanish regime in the Philippines opened up the burning quest for freedom- thus we had then young Filipinos in the like of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, Gregorio del Pilar, Apolinario Mabini and other countless revolutionaries who fought hard to make the Philippines a republic and a haven of democracy in this part of Asia.

Are we really that free? Were we able to restore the democracy as dreamed and spawned by our heroes? Why then that we could not even have a Filipino identity which is a shame if we compared it to our neighbor Asian countries like Japan, China, Thailand and even the war-torn Vietnam? The countries mentioned have already been in the mainstream of economic progress and, to our envy, have left us behind threefold in terms of development.

If we look back, history will tell us that the independence we acquired from the Spanish authorities was a departure from the oppression and tyrannies committed by the Spaniards in the lives of Filipinos. But cultural legacies never left, such as corruption, indolence and even ignorance. Indeed, these cultural traits are still inherent and visible among us, deterring us from moving forward as a truly independent Filipinos. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

MASO: Mar said, Grace said


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SAID IN BALAY. Sa mga nagtatanong kung tatakbo si LP President Mar Roxas… mukhang dapat niyo siyang i-consider na para sa presidential race sa 2016. Nag-renew na po siya ng voter’s registration with biometrics sa Capiz, ang kanyang hometown.

Narito po ang part ng sinabi ng LP President Mar Roxas sa isang pagtitipon ng mga LP congressmen sa tinatawag nilang”Balay,” ang national headquarters ng LP.

“Magtiwala tayo sa idea, the idea of ‘daang matuwid.’ Nakakain ba iyang daang matuwid, nagbibigay ba ng trabaho. Pag nagtiwala kayo doon, nagsakripisyo. Now that we have seen what 5 years of daang matuwid means, mas madali humarap sa ating mga kababayan. Heto daang matuwid… you don’t have to lie. It’s best position. You don’t have to make up stories… they are real.”
“Under the leadership of the President, tayong lahat… we have brought our country from where it was na puros pagnanakaw, pandarambong, kawalan ng pag-asa to a place where there is hope, there is a future, and that future is abot-kamay. Not just words in a platform, not just words in tarpaulin, but abot kamay. Likely to be reality and you’re all a part of it.”

“You are… moving the country forward.”

Kung ano at anuman ang maging resulta ng mga survey, maraming nagsasabi na tuloy na po si Sec Mar for president.

Narito naman po ang isang Problem Solving question mula sa isang noontime show. “Bakit ang balikbayan pag dumating, sasalubungin ng buong barangay? Pero pag aalis na, mag-isa na lang siya?”

SAID BY GRACE POE. Sa mga nagtatanong naman kung tatakbo po ba si senadora Grace Poe for president… wala pa siyang definite na sagot. Narito po ang nasabi ni senadora Grace Poe tungkol sa presidency.

“I believe presidency is a privilege. It is abnormal for anyone to desire it. It is a big challenge. It is like six years of your life, you will be in convent. It is not easy,” Poe said when asked if she has decided whether to seek the presidency in the 2016 elections.

“I’m sorry to disappoint you but I have not really made any decision. I am not fishing for anything, I’m just doing my job right now,” she added.

Sa isang interview naman ito daw ang nangyari sa pag-uusap nila ni Presidente Aquino.

“Wala namang sinasabi ang Pangulo na kailangan ay katambal mo ganito o gawin mo yan. Basta lang ay maging handa kung saka-sakali na sana ay maipagpatuloy yung maayos na pamamalakad.”

Haaa! Maging handa. Be ready. O di ba Bos Sendo?

“By the time that I announce – and for what position – I would like to have a concrete program of government that people can use as basis to determine if I’m worthy or not. If I just declare, we’re confining ourselves to personality politics.”

Di ba? Gumagawa na ng program of government… e di wow.

Sa mga taga-Pangasinan… ang gusto nila ay tuloy na ang Grace Poe for President.

Eto daw po ang bagong tagline ni senadora Grace Poe. Ampon bawat Pamilyang Pilipino!

So, for President sa 2016 eh narito na ang initial list. Sa UNA, Binay. Sa PMP, Erap. Sa PDP Laban, Duterte. Sa NP, Marcos. Sa LP, Roxas. Sa independent, Poe. At siyempre madadagdagan pa iyan depende sa mga bulong mula sa kung saan.

O eto pa po ang isang Problem Solving Question. Paano malalaman kung mahal ka ng girlfriend mo o may mahal na siyang iba?

PAG-ASA SAID. COMELEC SAID. Sabi ng PAG-ASA for this year, simula na ng totoong rainy season ngayong second week of June. Sabin ng COMELEC. Malinaw na nagsimula na ang kampanya para sa 2016 sa pagsulpot ng mga TV commercials ng mga pulitiko at pagkalat ng mga tarpaulin sa mga lansangan.

Dito sa Pilipinas, kapag umuulan…kasunod na ang baha. Kapag election naman eh bumabaha ng pera. Hahaha.

At narito pa po ang isa. ano ang gagawin para maiwasan ang pagkain nang madami?

NANI SAID. Matagal tagal na din na hindi nadalaw ng Pangasinan ang former mayor ng Alaminos. Sa mga naglabasan na kuwento na tatakbong congressman si Mayor Nani Braganza sa 2016… wala naman daw siyang sinasabi na ganoon. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Best fish cages found in Sual -BFAR


SUAL, Pangasinan-This town has the best fish cages and mariculture practices in the country, according to an official of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
Glicerio “Serge” Legaspi, senior aquaculturist of BFAR, said he has been to many parts of the country from Bolinao to Mindanao giving technical assistance and training to fish producers and concluded that it is in Sual where he found the best types of fish-cage production that could be considered world class.
“Galingnaakosaiba’tibang parte ngPilipinas at ditosaSualnakitakoang the best operation ng fish cages namasasabinatinna world class,” he said, adding that the worst situation he saw was in Taal Lake in Laguna, municipalities of Bolinao and Anda, and in Dagupan City.
Legaspi said that despite the presence of about 800 fish cages in Sual’s municipal waters, the town never experienced a single fishkill to date unlike in other towns where fish pens and other fishing contraptions have sprouted like mushrooms.
The same observation was shared by Levy Loreto Manalac, aquaculture technical manager in the Philippines of US Soybean Export Council, who cited the efforts of Mayor Roberto Ll. Arcinue in helping the fish cage operators and local fishermen improve their operation and boost their income.
Legaspi and Manalac were invited by Mayor Arcinue as resource speakers during a meeting with fish cage operators on Wednesday at the municipal social hall.
Subdivision scheme
Mayor Arcinue presented a new scheme to further maintain orderliness, boost water quality, improve security and sanitation around Sual’smariculture zone which was established through an amendment of the municipal fishery code.
Arcinue said the town is adopting a subdivision-type of arrangement of the fish cages to provide a wider navigational lane for fishing and shipping vessels entering and leaving the town’s fish port and the planned Sual International Seaport.
The navigational lane measure 100 meters in width and 2 kilometers in length.
Under the subdivision scheme, the fish cages are arranged similar to rows of subdivision houses and marked with plate numbers and color codes for easy identification.
Colorum fish cages or those units whose owners are delinquent in paying rentals and other business fees will also be easier to identify through this system, Arcinue said. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Is Senator Grace Poe running for presidency?


Last June 2, Senator Grace Poe visited Pangasinan, particularly the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos. It was her first visit after she won as senator in 2013 elections. San Carlos City is known as the residence of relatives of Poe’s father, the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr.,or FPJ.Image

Senator Grace said the visit was nostalgic because Pangasinenses showed their overwhelming love and support during the last election.

There were speculations that her visit in Pangasinan was a signal to drumbeat her political aspirations to run for president in the 2016 election. But during a press conference held at Star Plaza Hotel in Dagupan City, she said she had not decided yet and. In a scale from 1 to 10 where 10 is the surest that she will run, it is still a “5.”

While she’s having fun in Pangasinan, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, and the interim president of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), called for a press conference in Manila. He announced that Senator Grace Poe could not run for presidency in 2016 because she lacks the residency requirements as called for by the Constitution. He was seen waving the certificate of candidacy of Senator Poe when she ran as senator in 2013.

Tiangco’s move, according to him, was without the imprimatur of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has been very vocal to spearhead his ambition to lead the country in 2016. Binay denied that he has a hand in said expose.

Senator Grace, who is shy of five points behind Binay in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, was hurt but is fighting back. Having not yet decided whether to run or not, she is already the center of political tirades particularly from Binay’s camp.

“They are pushing me to run for president,” she said referring to the mud thrown at her. She was furious yet calm and has shown the tranquility of a good leader amid issues questioning her honesty and integrity. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm 2 comments

Bayambang Mayor covers up ghost project – Quaimbao


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BAYAMBANG – The donor of the 8,150 pieces of barbecue grills in this town’s bid for the longest grills on the Guinness Book of World Record last year said Mayor Ricardo Camacho had been making excuses for billing Php1,896 million public funds for the 3000 pieces of grills and 2000 kilos of tilapia that were already been paid.

GRADUATION. Businessman  Dr. Cesar T. Quiambao (left) exchanges notes with Juanito Sabasan (middle) who represented Engr. Manny B. Wong of the Technical Education & Skills Development Academy,  during the completion ceremony  of Computer Hardware Servicing of more than a hundred graduates of a vocational course Quimbao offered for free to poor but deserving students in Bayambang, Pangasinan and her neighboring towns. The commencement was held at the Quiambao’s  Event Center at the 3rd Floor of Royal Mall in the town. Other short courses offered for free , according to  Town Councillor Levin Uy, executive director of Quaimbao’s Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation,  are Micro-Small, & Median Entrepreneurship Training, Computer Hardware Servicing, Reflexology, Cosmetology, Ventosa, Swedish, Thai Massage, Hair cutting, Manicure/Pedicure, Hair and Scalp Treatment, Food Processing (Buro and other product), RAC Servicing (DomRac), Electrical Installation and Maintenance, SMAW, and Housekeeping. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

GRADUATION. Businessman Dr. Cesar T. Quiambao (left) exchanges notes with Juanito Sabasan (middle) who represented Engr. Manny B. Wong of the Technical Education & Skills Development Academy, during the completion ceremony of Computer Hardware Servicing of more than a hundred graduates of a vocational course Quimbao offered for free to poor but deserving students in Bayambang, Pangasinan and her neighboring towns.
The commencement was held at the Quiambao’s Event Center at the 3rd Floor of Royal Mall in the town. Other short courses offered for free , according to Town Councillor Levin Uy, executive director of Quaimbao’s Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation, are Micro-Small, & Median Entrepreneurship Training, Computer Hardware Servicing, Reflexology, Cosmetology, Ventosa, Swedish, Thai Massage, Hair cutting, Manicure/Pedicure, Hair and Scalp Treatment, Food Processing (Buro and other product), RAC Servicing (DomRac), Electrical Installation and Maintenance, SMAW, and Housekeeping. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


Businessman Cesar T. Quimbao, a resident and No.1 taxpayer of the town, said what Camacho signed as projects under the Gender & Development Report (GDR) for which the town spent Php1,896 million were ghost projects.
“Saan niya ilalagay iyong tatlong kilometrong grills? Ginamit niya iyong 400 years (town) anniversary para doon sa disbursement para makakuha lang siya ng pera. It was a ghost project,” an angry Quimbao told Northern Watch.
This town Councillor Levin Uy, the one who discovered the alleged anomaly of the mayor, posed to the public the intention of Camacho to forge the GDR.
“Ang issue doon, bakit siya gagawa ng isang official document or report e hindi pala totoo. Ano ang intention? What is the intention behind the preparation of a forged report? Iyon ang question namin, iyan ang sagutin niya,” he said.
When informed that Camacho claimed he (Camacho) and his staff committed an honest error in and signing the appropriation on the grills and fish on the Report, Quimbao, the owner of corporate giant Stradcom, said the mayor was making a cover up. (more…)

June 14, 2015 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

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