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Jail breaker and killer shot dead

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY- A notorious carnapper and suspected ruthless killer was shot dead last June 21 in a police encounter at Barangay Pantal here.
Police Superintendent Christopher Abrahano, city police chief, said Ronnie Cacho Zarate escaped from the Pangasinan Provincial Jail on June 1 this year. He was jailed for multiple cases of murder, homicide, and carnapping. Police and jail officials have since launched a manhunt for the fugitive.
In his report toPSSUpt. Rolie Saltat, officer in charge of Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, Abrahano said on June 20, 2015, they and provincial jail guards received information that the fugitive was hiding somewhere in this city.
At around 3pm, June 21, authorities cornered him at a house in Tabacalera in Barangay Pantal. Instead of surrendering to authorities, he lobbed a grenade towards the arresting team prompting the team to return fire. Zarate was killed instantly. Fortunately, the grenade did not explode.
Zarate gained notoriety after several carnapping and robbery with homicide incidents were attributed to him. He would shoot his victims even when they did not resist him.

June 29, 2015 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment

Q&A : JDV on South China Sea’s row: Suspend Sovereignty

Five time Speaker of the House Jose de Venecia has always been vocal about his ideas on the aggressive reclamation and arbitrary possession of the Spratlys Islands by Mainland China. The islands in the West Philippine Sea is likewise being claimed by other Asian countries. De Venecia, known as a political connoisseur, is the founding chairman and co-chairman of the International Conference of Asian, Political Parties (ICAPP). Northern Watch columnist Mortz Ortigoza interviewed him on the issue. Excerpts:

  SPRATLY TALKS. Former five-time Speaker Jose de Venecia, co-chairman of the prestigious International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), answers queries last Sunday from media men on the brewing issues between China and the United States and the claimant countries on the disputed islands and reefs at the South China Sea. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

SPRATLY TALKS. Former five-time Speaker Jose de Venecia, co-chairman of the prestigious International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), answers queries last Sunday from media men on the brewing issues between China and the United States and the claimant countries on the disputed islands and reefs at the South China Sea. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

NORTHERN WATCH (NW): In the book of Bill Hayton’s South China Sea, you mentioned at the 3rd Congress of the International Conference of Political Parties in Beijing in 2004 that “we should not allow regional differences” on the problems in the Spratly Islands.
The book mentioned there that at your behest, the Department of Energy under Undersecretary Eduardo Manalac signed with Mainland China a joint maritime seismic undertaking.
In case you became the Prime Minister that time, do you think this crisis at the Spratly and Scarborough Shoals between China and the Philippines would not have happened?
JOSE DE VENECIA (JDV): We signed it already (chuckle). We signed already on the agreement and we had peace of normalcy on the South China Sea for three or four years!
NW: But if you are still with the government now do you think these brouhahas on the South China Sea would still be happening?
JDV: Well, first we should revived the agreement, continue with the seismic agreement, preparatory drilling of the hydro carbon potential there. And then after that even before that we agree on the equitable project sharing. “Philippines this is your share, China this is your share, Vietnam this is your share, Malaysia you’re farther away, Brunei you’re father away this is your share. Everybody agrees together with Taiwan – okay, let’s start drilling. During the time of drilling, we’ll invite the Americans to drill for us. We invite the Europeans to drill for us, or we can ask the Chinese, because they have so many oil rigs and some of the largest rigs in Asia and the world will ask China, you do conduct the drilling for us. So aside from your share and the hydro carbon, you will get another specific fee for the drilling the wells, which we will be paying anyhow to the Europeans or to the Americans. (more…)

June 29, 2015 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

UNAHCO introduces branded generic line of vet products

The strong clamor of local animal raisers and breeders for safe and effective yet affordable veterinary products was responded favorably by Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (UNAHCO), which launched Genvet, a new line of branded generic veterinary products that offers higher quality compared to those currently available in the market.
UNAHCO, a unit of industry leader Unilab, shares the mother company’s vision to help improve people’s lives through safe and quality products. It produces the country’s leading animal feeds and veterinary brands like Pigrolac, Thunderbird, Vetracin, Jectran and Latigo, among others.
UNAHCO Marketing Director Clint Escondo said Genvet is the best alternative to cheaper but unbranded and unregistered products in the market with dubious quality and safety that can put the health of both animals and humans at risk.
“Genvet offers consumers and dealers an expanding line of trusted, reliable and quality veterinary products. We are confident that Genvet will satisfy animal raisers and breeders because they are affordable and safe, and the public is assured of good quality because it is from UNAHCO,” Escondo said.
Genvet has currently four products in the market that are most commonly used by animal raisers and breeders: Genvet Tylo or tylosin tartrate; Genvet ADE or vitamins A, D, and E; Genvet Ivermec or ivermectin, and Genvet Oxyn or oxytocin.
Genvet Tylo is a broad spectrum antibiotic against pneumonia while Genvet ADE is a multivitamin formulation that is needed for the overall health and growth of animals. (more…)

June 29, 2015 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment


 SWAT. Some members of the Pangasinan PNP’s SWAT make some basic knot tying as part of their 14-day SWAT Refresher Training at the Pangasinan PNP provincial office in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

SWAT. Some members of the Pangasinan PNP’s SWAT make some basic knot tying as part of their 14-day SWAT Refresher Training at the Pangasinan PNP provincial office in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

June 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Nasaan ang P186 M tobacco excise tax share ng Panlalawigang Pamahalaan ng Pangasinan?

Malayo na ang narating ng isyu at usapin sa “tobacco excise tax share” ng Pangasinan. Bagamat ang excise tax share ay hindi lang sa ika-limang distrito ng Pangasinan kundi kasali rin ang ikatlo, ika-apat at ika-anim na distrito, nakatuon ang pagtuligsa kay dating Congressman Mark Cojuangco na para bang sa kanyang balikat nakaatang ang usapin sa “tobacco” excise tax.

May inilabas kamakailan na isang “Open Letter” para kay dating Congressman Mark Cojuangco ang “Save Pangasinan Movement” na inilathala sa isang lingguhang pahayagan sa Pangasinan, na tinatanong kung saan nagastos ang 80% tobacco excise tax share na nasa pangangalaga ng congressman.
Bago sagutin ang mga katanungan, ito ang hamon sa “Save Pangasinan Movement”: Tanungin si Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. kung saan niya ginastos ang P186 milyon na “monetized tobacco excise tax share” ng probinsiya noong Hunyo 2010 sa Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

Ang halagang iyon ay para lang sa mga bayan na nagtanim ng “burley at native tobaccos”- sa ikatlong Distrito (Malasiqui), ika-apat na Distrito (San Fabian, Manaoag), ika-anim na Distrito (Rosales, Balungao, Sta. Maria) at ika-limang Distrito (Laoac, Alcala, Villasis at Sto. Tomas).

Sa mga naturang bayan ng ika-limang Distrito, ang bayan ng Alcala na mayroong P28 milyon na bahagi sa provincial share ay P2 milyon lang ang naibigay at ang Villasis na may P34 milyon ay P4 milyon lang ang naibigay. Nasaan ang para sa Laoac at Sto. Tomas at sa mga bayan ng iba pang Distrito?

Ang tamang isyu: Nasaan at saan ginamit ang tobacco excise tax share ng provincial government ng Pangasinan?

May bahid malisya ang mga katanungan ng Save Pangasinan Movement na para bang ang pondo ng tobacco excise tax sa pangangalaga ni Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco ay hindi nagamit sa tamang paraan.Bagamat, si dating Congressman Mark Cojuangco ang nagsulong sa Kamara ang pagpapalabas ng tobacco excise tax, ang pagpapatupad ng proyekto ay nakaatang na kay Congresswoman Kimi, at sa tulong ng kanyang asawang si Mark bilang isang consultant sa mga proyekto.

Lahat ng proyektong isinagawa na galing sa tobacco excise tax ay naaayon sa Republic Act No. 8240 at Joint Circular No. 2009-1 ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) at National Tobacco Administration (NTA). Ang paggastos nito ay dumaan sa Commission on Audit (COA).

Ang tobacco excise tax share sa pangangalaga ng Congressman (sa mga distritong nabanggit) ay may “books of accounts” sa pangangalaga ng municipal accountants ng mga bayan na may tobacco excise tax.

Ito ang mga katanungan ng Save Pangasinan Movement, na bagamat hindi na kailangang sagutin dahil sa paulit-ulit na isyu, ay bibigyan namin ulit ng pansin.

1. Bakit nagamit ang malaking pera ng tobacco excise tax sa pagpapatayo ng Dairy Farm sa Laoac, Pangasinan?

Sagot: Ang dairy farm sa Laoac ay naitayo noong 2004 at ang pondo ay galing sa Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) ni Congressman Cojuangco. Ito ay ginamit sa pagbili ng lupa, pag-gawa ng gusali, pagpatayo ng “silos”, atbp.

Ang mga baka ay binili ng National Dairy Authority (NDA) na tumulong din sa technical na aspeto sa pagpapatayo nito. Kung may ginamit man na pondo galing sa tobacco excise tax ay noong 2011 para sa maintenance nito. (more…)

June 28, 2015 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Guingona’s visit inspires Malasiqui folk

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

MALASIQUI- Senator Teofisto ” TJ” Guingona III endeared himself to the people of this town particularly the village officials, village health workers and senior citizens when he visited last June 18.
Guingona, Senate chair of the committee on health and blue ribbon, was accompanied by Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So. He paid a courtesy call to Mayor Armando Domantay Sr. before proceeding to the Arenas Civic Center where a simple program was held.
Mayor Domantay expressed his gratitude to Senator Guingona for the visit and promised his all out support for his re-election bid as senator in 2016 elections.
Guingona informed the crowd that he was the author of the free-Philhealth coverage of all senior citizens in the country, which took effect on November 2014.
” When I sponsored the law, I asked the management of Philhealth how many Filipinos we have in the country and the answer was 100 million. When I asked how many senior citizens we have, they said 6 million. Compared to the total population, we have only small population of senior citizens that’s why I requested them to fund the free-Philhealth coverage,” Guingona said.
He said the law was a gesture of acknowledging the contributions of the senior citizens in the country particularly their sacrifices in raising their families and their services in their communities.
Guingona also said he has a pending bill in the Senate House that will provide retirement benefits to all village officials in the country- barangay captains, barangay kagawads, barangay secretaries, barangay treasurers, barangay health workers (BHWs), members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa and day care workers. (more…)

June 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Why should we extend ACEF to 2025?

Sa nakaraang annual get together ng Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura o SINAG na idinaos sa San Juan ay nagbigay ng kanyang report ang chairman na si Engr. Rosendo So.

Nakapaloob sa report ang mga ginawa ng SINAG na para sa interes ng mga kapatid natin na nasa agrikultura.

Nanguna angSINAG laban sa smuggling ng agricultural products.

Nanguna ang SINAG sa pagiging mata at boses ng bayan sa mga nagsasamantala sa presyo ng agricultural products.

Ang isa sa mga isusulong ng SINAG ay ang maisabatas na ang smuggling ng agricultural products bilang economic sabotage. Malapit nang maging batas ito.

Isang bukambibig na ngayon ang SINAG pagdating sa isyu ng agrikultura.

Pati media, SINAG ang kinukunan ng panig kapag , may abnormal na pagtaas ng presyo ng luya, o ng palay o ng sibuyas o na manok o ng baboy.

Pati national government tulad ng Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and industry o ang Department of Finance ay laging isinasama ang SINAG sa kanilang mga consultations sa policy making. (more…)

June 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

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