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No conflict if Poe, Binay seek NPC support – So


By Mortz Ortigoza

Although the son of Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, chairman emeritus of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, endorsed months ago Vice President Jejomar Binay as his presidential bet in the 2016 election, Rosendo So said there was no conflict in case Senator Poe joins the NPC.

TRAIL BLAZER. Senator Grace Poe blazes out 2016 presidential rival Vice President Jejomar Binay in the June 2015 Pulse Asia's  poll survey.

TRAIL BLAZER. Senator Grace Poe blazes out
2016 presidential rival Vice President Jejomar
Binay in the June 2015 Pulse Asia’s poll survey.


So was the provincial campaign manager of the later movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. when he run in the 2004 presidential election.
“Mark (Cojuangco) will wait what the NPC will endorse. He will endorse Binay to the party but he will follow who the party will endorse. That was what Mark said in Sto. Tomas (Pangasinan) when VP Binay was there,” So said.
The NPC is the second most powerful party after the Liberal Party in the country.
Last March, the young Cojuangco said Binay was his personal choice for the presidency. When So brought Senator Poe in Pangasinan some weeks back, the social media was abuzz about the two allies’ conflict in their presidential choices.
“Paano na si Binay ni FC (former Congressman) Mark Cojuangco? Kung si Grace Poe pala ang manok ni Campaign Manager?” posed by one Vangie Padilla.
So said the statement of Cojuangco at the Sto. Tomas meeting that he would support whoever the NPC will endorse, put a period to the “conflict.”
Padilla lauded So for enlightening her.
“Okay.My apologies for not being there Chairman, with your reply I am enlightened,“ she said.
Cojuangco announced last March that he would honor who the NPC would support in the presidential election.
“Bagama’t ako po ay pribadong tao, ako ang chairman ng Nationalist People’s Coalition dito sa probinsiya. Ang proseso namin sa pagpili ng aming susuportahan ay proseso na dinidesisyunan ng mga nakatataas sa amin,” he said.
Liberal Party stalwart and Pangasinan former Congresswoman Rachel Arenas, a senatorial wannabe, denied that Cojuangco’s endorsement of Binay was final.
“Ang pagka-intindi ko Cong Mark has not really endorsed (Binay). Ang nangyari lang ang sabi ni Cong Mark he is waiting for the party’s decision. But alam ko the vice president visited and Cong Mark was with him. Siguro to give respect also because he is the incumbent second highest positioned (person) in the land”.
Arenas, her mother Representative Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas (3rd District, Pangasinan), Former Speaker Jose de Venecia, Representative Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan, and Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (6th District, Pangasinan) are political allies of Cojuangco.

Earlier, Deputy House Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, the NPC president, was reported as saying that party members were inclined to support a Poe – (Senator Chiz) Escudero presidential and vice presidential ticket.
“There’s nothing definite, but most of us, most of the members of the NPC, agree with what President Aggabao said,” Senator Tito Sotto said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Sotto cited that the duo could easily get the backing of the NPC because they are considered as “closet members” of the Party. (more…)

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June 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

Binmaley dads may be arrested


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BINMALEY – Many incumbent and former councillors of the Sangguniang Bayan here could be apprehended by the police after the Ombudsman denied their motion of reconsideration (MR) on a criminal charge filed by Vice Mayor Pedro Merrera

UNDER SIEGE. Some members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Binmaley, Pangasinan  are feared to be be arrested by the police after the Ombudsman denied their motion for reconsideration for a criminal charge filed by their Vice Mayor Pedro Merrera.

UNDER SIEGE. Some members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Binmaley, Pangasinan are feared to be be arrested by the police after the Ombudsman denied their motion for reconsideration for a criminal charge filed by their Vice Mayor Pedro Merrera.


The arrest scenario could happen after the Ombudsman filed a resolution in court for the warrant of arrest of the eight active and former councillors who were sued with usurpation of authority or official function by Vice Mayor Merrera.
Merrera charged on September 21, 2012 Councillors Ellen F. Alipio, Jose Z. Carrera Jr,. Urbano C. delos Angeles III, Jocelyn V. Bautista, Franco C. Francisco, Vismark V. Valerio, Jesus A. Aquino, and Harmielyn C. Cerezo .
The Ombudsman, in an order last March 20, said the MR of Councillor Francisco Franco, a lawyer, has been a rehash of their previous counter affidavit to Merrera’s complaint.

Usurpation of authority or official function, according to the Revised Penal Code, has a penalty of prision correctional in its minimum and medium periods.
The controversy in this town ensued when Vice Mayor Pedro Merrera questioned the propriety of some members of the Council to continue the special session that he adjourned after it was requested to him by Councillors Jovito Castro and Edgar Mamenta.
It can be recalled that the respondents’ members of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) wanted to comply with the request of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) that aside from Resolution No.5, Series of 2012, a Municipal Ordinance should likewise be passed to validate the P55 million loan applied at the Land Bank of the Philippines by the administration of former Mayor Lorenzo Cerezo.
“Pursuant thereto, the SB passed Municipal Ordinance No. 01, Series of 2012. Subsequently, the SB enacted Municipal Ordinance No. 02, Series of 2012 amending said Municipal Ordinance 01, Series of 2012, which in effect amended the list of the municipal projects and granting the Office of the Mayor anew 90-day period within which to submit the required documents,” quoted by the November 14, 2014 Resolution of the Ombudsman in Manila.
On August 18, 2012, in connection to the letter-request of the municipal mayor addressed to the vice mayor and respondents, a special session was held to deliberate Resolution No. 59, Series of 2012. During the deliberation, the documents required under Municipal Ordinance No. 02, Series of 2012 were submitted by the Office of the Mayor to the SB. (more…)

June 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Filipino aims to break Guinness record as fastest backward runner


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Alfonso ‘Jojo’ Bigay hopes to break on July 24 the Guinness World Record (GWR) of Germany’s Roland Wegner as the fastest back runner in the world.

 GUINNESS. Jojo Bigay interviewed by the national TV today for his bid next month as the fastest backward  runner in the world at the Guinness World Record. Bigay  thanks philanthropist Rosendo So and former Congressman  Mark Cojuangco for the financial and moral support for his  attempt for the glory of the country

GUINNESS. Jojo Bigay interviewed by the national
TV today for his bid next month as the fastest backward
runner in the world at the Guinness World Record. Bigay
thanks philanthropist Rosendo So and former Congressman
Mark Cojuangco for the financial and moral support for his
attempt for the glory of the country


Wegner has clocked at the Guinness 13.6 seconds in 100-meter retro running. Bigay, a native of Lingayen, Pangasinan, is positive to hurdle the German’s prowess after several years of training.
“At present I hit already 13.2 seconds in 100 meters enough to beat the German’s record,” he said.
Bigay used to be a track and field athlete of the province and a marathoner who competed in different parts of the country.
“People were amused noticing me when I competed in the 10-km San Miguel Classic marathon in 1991 in Manila and 22-km marathon in Manila again when I chose to run backward finishing the length we were competing in,” he stressed.
He said he discovered that he could run backward faster and comfortable than running forward.
“In forward running I could only clock 14 seconds in 100- meter dash. But in backward dash, I could hit 13.2 second that could even land the Philippines in Guinness”.

According to recordholders.org the first backward runners in 100 meters were Czechoslovakian Vaclav Fisher with 18 seconds in 1972 held in Tokyo, Japan, New Zealander Paul Wilson with 14.4 seconds in September 1979, Ghanian Ferdi Ato Adoboe with 14.0 seconds on July 28, 1983 in Amherst , USA, Adoboe with 13. 6 seconds on July 25, 1991 held at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, German Wegner with 13.6 seconds on August 4, 2007 in Horgau, Germany.
The Filipino challenger said he would break the record of Wegner on July 24 at the track and field of Urdaneta City. (more…)

June 22, 2015 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment


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