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EDITORIAL: Biglang kambiyo!


Nuong isang lingo, tahasang sinabi ni Gobernador Espino na hindi niya papatayin ang mga kumentarista kundi puputulan lang ng mga dila.

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Maraming reaksyon ang mga Pangasinense sa kanyang pagbabanta sa mga mamamahayag. Marami ang mga nagtaka bakit ang Gobernador ay nagpahayag ng ganun sa radio dahil ang mga komentaryo ay tumatalakay lang naman sa mga isyung nangyayari sa kanyang administrasyon. Maraming negative na puna kay Espino ang mababasa sa mga “social media” gaya ng Facebook.

Pagkatapos pagbabantaan ang mga mamamahayag sa Pangasinan na huwag nilang paglaruan ang kanilang mga buhay, naglabas si Gobernador Espino ng isang statement na sinasabing huminahon ang mga kumentarista..

Ang “press statement” ay taliwas sa kanyang pagbabanta- ito ay mahinahon at “humihingi na dalhin ng mga komentaryo sa isang disente at makatwirang antas upang maibsan ang apoy ng pagkakahiwalay upang hindi papunta sa mga hindi nararapat na insidente.

Ayon kay Espino, nakakarating sa kanyang kaalaman na mayroon ng hidwaan ng mga mamamahayag na sakaling mauwi sa marahas na palitan ng karahasan sa magkabilang kampo. Sinabi niya na bilang gobernador ng Pangasinan ay hindi niya ito kailanman papayagan dahil gusto niyang mapanatili ang kaayusan at kapayapaan sa lalawigan.

Ang kaniyang huling nabanggit ay taliwas sa sinabi niya sa mga radio na sa kaniya mismo ang pinagmulan ng kaisipang karahasan.

Bakit kaya nuong nasa radio siya ay hindi man lang siya nakapag-isip ng matiwasay? Bakit kaya bigla ang kanyang pagbibigay ng banta sa mga mamamahayag? Hindi kaya ito ay bungsod ng pagbibigay sa kanya ng mga maling impormasyon ng kanyang mga tagapagsalita sa mga estasyon ng mga radyo?

Sa mga nangyayari ngayon na lalong umiinit ang mga lumalabas na isyu dahil sa pagbabanta, iisa lang ang dapat sisisihin kundi ang kanyang taga-pagsalita na si Celso Manuel o Manny Celso na siya ang nagbukas ng pagbabanta na binigyan naman ng suporta ni Gobernador Espino. Di kaya mas mainam kung inilabas na lang niya ang “press statement” at hindi na nagbanta sa radio?
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July 27, 2015 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Macanlalay recalls a funny incident during weddings


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – A day after the wedding, the groom wanted the marriage “revoked” because his new wife refused to let him attend the town’s fiesta celebration.
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This was one of the funny incidents that the young mayor, who has officiated over countless weddings, recalled.
“Ikinasal sa araw na ito dahil fiesta sa barangay. Next day nakikipag hiwalay si lalaki dahil hindi ata pinayagang lumabas ang asawa,” Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay said.
He told the husband that he could not do (revoke) the marriage. Besides, the wife was already pregnant.
Macanlalay would not cite the village here where the couples who quarrelled lived.
He said in his five years as mayor he solemnized marriage of more than 500 pairs.
“In the mass wedding alone in the mall and at the plaza there were already 500! Not to mention the weekly wedding I officiated in the town hall,” he said. (more…)

July 27, 2015 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: More on Espino’s media threats


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The issues on the threats of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. to media men have not subsided as of late. It is the favorite topics of politicians when they are in group, of media men, of barangay officials and other sectors who were disgusted of what Espino said over the radio stations last July 17.

Much that I want it personally to put an end of the issue, I was bombarded with calls and emails from relatives and friends who said they feared for my life as a radio commentator. Others opined that I should leave radio broadcasting and not even meddle in politics and live in peace. While I accept their deep concern over my personal safety, I could not in conscience leave the crusade I impressed upon me to help Pangasinan thru my factual commentaries. The threats are there. Unluckily, these came from a supposed most revered official of the province -the governor of Pangasinan.
At the back of my mind, there are many thoughts coming. Was Espino provided with right information by his media consultants and “paid broadcasters?” Did Espino fully grasp the issues being hurled against his administration? Why did he act without sobriety that is expected from a public official like him?

In fairness to him, he might not have been given the right advice from his circles of media consultants. He ranted information provided to him by his consultants.
This is not a war of personal attacks. If there is one person to be blamed on the backlash against Espino, it’s his broadcaster Celso Manuel aka Manny Celso who started the idea of “threats”.
If I were Governor Espino, I would not allow this Manuel to broadcast over the radios. Instead of building up the administration, he put it into a situation that is now the talk of the town. Issuing threats does not augur well for the Espino administration, it even opened the minds of Pangasinense on what kind of a leader he is.
Surprisingly, not one member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has taken the threat issue. Are they deaf or could not muster courage to talk against the Governor? Board Member Nestor “Nicky Boy” Reyes of 2nd District was once a broadcaster himself but apparently has not commented on the issue. Will they just wait that something happen to some broadcasters? God forbid!
The issue at hand is a tug-of-war on whom to support as gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 elections. Pangasinan broadcasters, like any voter, are torn between two contending parties- former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco and the governor’s namesake Amado I. Espino III, the incumbent President of the Liga Federation of Barangays in Pangasinan. (more…)

July 27, 2015 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Palay, corn driers useful for farmers


RAINY DAY PROBLEM SOLVED

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALCALA- When the rain was non-stop for two weeks and farmers have nowhere to sundry their newly harvested corn, the mechanical palay and corn drying facilities here and in Villasis became very useful.

GOLDEN PRODUCE. The corn drying facility in Alcala worked non-stop during the continuous rain in July when farmers cannot dry their produce under the sun.  The facility saved the day for the farmers. The other photo shows former Rep. Mark Cojuangco inspecting the operations. LOEJAN ANUDON

GOLDEN PRODUCE. The corn drying facility in Alcala worked non-stop during the continuous rain in July when farmers cannot dry their produce under the sun. The facility saved the day for the farmers. The other photo shows former Rep. Mark Cojuangco inspecting the operations. LOEJAN ANUDON

At the height of the continuous rains, corn farmers who took their grains to the drying facility in Bersamin village had to queue as there were plenty of them needing the services of the facility.

But former Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco came to the rescue. He asked Villasis Mayor Libradita G. Abrenica through former Mayor Nonato Abrenica who is in charge of the facility, to open the town’s palay drying facility to accommodate corn farmers and traders.

The facility’s machine, which is for palay, was adjusted so it can dry corn of farmers and traders from from Pozorrubio, Sta. Barbara and other towns.

“We thought that our facility here will be used only for palay drying since we have small group of corn farmers, but the unexpected monsoon rains have made us realized that it will be operational to its fullest,” Abrenica said.
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July 27, 2015 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

San Nicolas town conducts feeding program


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

SAN NICOLAS- This agricultural town of the 6th District joined the celebration of Nutrition Month last July 24 held at the town’s public gymnasium.

Two schools divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) participated in different activities like cook fest contest, slogan making, poster making, jingle presentation around the theme “Timbang Iwasto Sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo.”

The activity was led by Mayor Rebecca Mejica Saldivar who said proper nutrition especially for young children is very important to develop not only their physical being but also their mental faculties.

” Parents play an important role in providing proper nutrition to their children, which ranges from selection of proper food to eat and its preparation. We can’t afford to have unhealthy constituents who will become future leaders of the town,” Saldivar said.

She lauded the officials and teachers of the schools divisions of the town for spearheading the activities of the nutrition month celebration and urged them to make the event sustainable to inculcate the importance of proper nutrition to young children.
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July 27, 2015 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

WAREHOUSE CLOSURE


WAREHOUSE CLOSURE. An unregistered warehouse owned by City Luck Enterprise, Inc. In Urdaneta City, Pangasinan was padlocked last July 22 by the Bureau of Internal Revenue – Region 1 led by Regional Director Arnel Guballa  (7th from left) and Revenue District Office-6 Chief Nashrolah Conding (8th from left). From left to right: Jocelyn Ramilo, Chief Assessment Section RDO-6, Gregorio Nepal, Examiner,  and Assistant Regional Director Eduardo L. Pagulayan, Jr. (6th from left), Guballa, Conding, and support staff. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

WAREHOUSE CLOSURE. An unregistered warehouse owned by City Luck Enterprise, Inc. In Urdaneta City, Pangasinan was padlocked last July 22 by the Bureau of Internal Revenue – Region 1 led by Regional Director Arnel Guballa (7th from left) and Revenue District Office-6 Chief Nashrolah Conding (8th from left). From left to right: Jocelyn Ramilo, Chief Assessment Section RDO-6, Gregorio Nepal, Examiner, and Assistant Regional Director Eduardo L. Pagulayan, Jr. (6th from left), Guballa, Conding, and support staff. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

July 27, 2015 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

Villasis conducts blood letting activity


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- Just in time on the onset of rainy season when dengue becomes prevalent, the municipal government led by Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica in coordination with Region I Medical Center (R1MC), conducted a blood letting activity last July 11 at the Municipal Health Office (MHO).

Mayor Abrenica said the activity is being conducted annually to support the blood bank of R1MC and to have a steady blood supply for patients needing blood transfusion, particularly the victims of dengue.

“I am thankful to the blood donors who heeded to my call to donate their blood that will be used to extend lives of patients. I hope more volunteer-donors will participate in our future activity such as this one,” she said.

Robert T. Fabro, a MHO medical technologist who spearheaded the Mobile Blood Donation Program of the town said the activity is done twice a year. He also thanked the voluntary blood donors.

Medical staff of R1MC conducted pre-screening of donors whose blood samples were tested for malaria, human-immuno virus (HIV), syphilis, hepatitis B and C.
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July 27, 2015 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

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