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EDITORIAL: Ang banta ni Espino sa mga mamamahayag


Nagulat ang mga mamamahayag sa pagsasalita ni Gobernador Amador T. Espino Jr. sa dalawang estasyon ng radio – DWIZ at Bombo Radyo Dagupan noong Hulyo 17.

Journalists call for an end to violence that target members of the media. (Photo by Rene Sandajan)

Journalists call for an end to violence that target members of the media. (Photo by Rene Sandajan)

Sa magkaibang estasyon, nagbanta si Espino sa mga mamamahayag na mga inaakala niyang pumapanig kay dating Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco na tatakbo bilang gobernador sa 2016 elections.

Sa panayam sa kanya sa dalawang programang “block time,” sinabi ni Espino ang dating banta ng kanyang bayarang brodkaster na si Celso Manuel na hindi niya mapipigilan yong mga nagmamalasakit sa kanya kung may masamang mangyayari sa mga kritiko niya.

Matindi ang mga binitiwang salita si Espino na punong-puno ng emosyon at hinanakit sa mga dating nakasamang mamamahayag na ngayon ay bumabatikos sa kanya sa mga nangyayari sa Lalawigang Pangasinan.

Sinabi niya ang kanyang mga ginawang paghuli ng mga kriminal, magnanakaw na ipinakulong at pagpatay sa mga kasapi sa New People’s Army (NPA) at iba pa.

Para bang ipinangalandakan niya ang mga nagawa niyang pagpatay na parang banta ito sa mga mamamahayag na huwag ng bigyang puna ang nangyayari sa kanyang administrasyon.

Bakit hindi pagsabihan ni Espino yong mga mamamahayag na humahawak sa block time programs ng probinsiya na grabe rin kung bumatikos kay Cojuangco?

Bakit hindi niya balikan ang mga nagdaang taon na ang mga mamamahayag na bumabatikos sa kanya ngayon ay dati niyang nakasama at tumulong din sa posisyong kanyang tinatamasa ngayon?

Bakit pipigilan niya ang mamamahayag na isiwalat ang mga isyu na dapat malaman ng buo ng mga Pangasinense?

Sa panig ni Cojuangco bagamat maraming personal na paninira at pagbatikos na galing sa grupo ni Espino ay nananatiling kalmado at mahinahon.

Hindi siya nakikitaan ng pagkayamot sa mga mamamahayag na di panig sa kanya. Bagkus, nagpapakita siya ng isang maginoong asal at makatwirang pagbibigay ng opinyon.

Marami rin ang nagmamahal at nagmamalasakit kay Cojuangco sampu ng mga magmamalasakit din sa kanyang mga mamamahayag, subalit wala man lang namutawi na kahit isang salita sa kanilang bibig ang pagbabanta.

Mahinang argumento ang gustong palabasin ni Espino.Sa pagitan ng kanyang mga salita na kaakibat ng pagbabanta ay nakakikitaan siya ng pagkapikon at pagkayamot. Ang ” statesmanship” na inaasahan sa kanya bilang “Ama ng Pangasinan” ay parang bulang nawala.
Bilang isang gobernador, mayroon siyang mga tagapayo at sa pagkakataong ito, hindi yata nabigyan ng tamang payo si Espino na sa tindi ng galit ay nawala siya sa asal ng pamantayan ng mabuting lingkod bayan.

Sa radyo niya naibulalas ang kanyang damdamin at naihayag ito sa mga Pangasinense, na sa ngayon ay lalong nagkaroon ng hayagang pagdududa sa kanyang mga adhikain sa Pangasinan. (more…)

July 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: You know me well Governor Espino!


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I was surprised by what I heard over Bombo Radyo Dagupan where Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. was interviewed via phone patch by his paid broadcaster Celso Manuel in the block time program “Baletado” last July 17.

He said there were two media practitioners in Pangasinan who are against him even at the start of his administration, naming them as Yolly Fuertes and plainly Maganes ( referring to this writer).

He said he did not even know me and was not familiar with my face. Then he mentioned the names of other broadcasters who are critical to his administration.

Personally, I should have taken those things so lightly considering that from the start of his candidacy as governor of Pangasinan in 2007, I have not given him that much importance because I was then working with the provincial government under then Governor Victor E. Agbayani.

Since he was the elected governor in 2007, I had to respect the mandate given him by the Pangasinenses and hoping that, as a new leader, he would bring leadership that is better than his predecessor.

He started his governance with what I call a BIG BANG!-promising a new era of Pangasinan devoid of corruption with provincial employees following all the rules of civil service. I witnessed how he ridiculed department heads after directing them to present their activities, plans and programs during Agbayani’s watch.

I witnessed also how he ” froze” department heads with associated with Agbayani, and appointed officers in charge to man their offices. His actions were to clean up the provincial government bureaucracy, or so I thought.

I left the provincial government service September of 2007 without any rancor and decided to go back to being a news writer.

Engr. Rosendo O. So, chair of Abono Partylist, who was his strong supporter during his gubernatorial bid against Jamie Agbayani in 2007 election, took me as staff of Northern Watch.

Since Engr. So was close to Espino, all the activities of Abono Partylist were conducted in coordination with the provincial government. On many occasions like the conduct of Agri Exposition in February 2008, I was one of those reporters who covered the event. I even had the chance to interview Governor Espino, attended his press conferences in which the media members were introduced, partied with him during his Media Nights during December and also hosted one big event in Villasis where I introduced him and where he acknowledged me. I have photos with him to prove that he knew me unless he had suffered from amnesia or maybe have something in mind that is beyond my comprehension. (more…)

July 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

BRAVING THE WATER


 BRAVING THE WATER. Vehicles cruise the Amado-Tapuac Road which went under water due to heavy downpour caused by typhoon Egay and habagat (monsoon rain). WILLIE LOMIBAO© 2015 Willie Lomibao Images


BRAVING THE WATER. Vehicles cruise the Amado-Tapuac Road which went under water due to heavy downpour caused by typhoon Egay and habagat (monsoon rain). WILLIE LOMIBAO© 2015 Willie Lomibao Images

July 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Marquez’ appointment as PNP chief ‘not surprising’


SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION – The appointment of Chief Supt. Ricardo Marquez as PNP director general “came as no surprise” to some government officials of the Ilocos Region because “some of those who became directors of Region I were promoted to higher posts.”
“If you check the records, after a good performance in Region I, the regional (directors) are promoted to higher posts like Chief Supt. Arturo Lomibao, Chief Supt Reynaldo Wycoco and Chief Supt. Leopoldo Bataoil who is now a congressman,” La Union first district Rep. Victor Ortega said.
Abono Partylist Rep. Conrado Estrella III said Marquez “went through the mill with his experiences and is very much capable of leading the PNP.”
Supt. Rollie Saltat, the officer in charge of Pangasinan Provincial Office, said Marquez was “very strict” when it comes to work and introduced innovations in policing, including “Patrol 101.”
Saltat, who worked as community relations officer before his designation to head the Pangasinan police, said under Police Patrol 101, all town and city policemen, including station chiefs, were required to do patrolling in their areas.
“All men and women police, even those assigned to do office work are required to do patrol work,” Saltat said. “This is to cover every nook and cranny of towns and cities to minimize crime.”
He said Marquez would “expectedly introduce Patrol 101 in the entire country.” (Yolanda Sotelo)

July 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Prov’l Board asks Mangaldan to pass P40M loan application


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – This town council asked the Provincial Board to pass an resolution for an application for P40 million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines.

KAPIHAN. Media men strike a pose with Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno (5th from left) after her recent regular “Kapihan” or media dialogue held at the guest room of the municipal hall. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

KAPIHAN. Media men strike a pose with Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno (5th from left) after her recent regular “Kapihan” or media dialogue held at the guest room of the municipal hall. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


Mayor Bona Fe said the provincial board did not reject the resolution on the P40 million loan application by this town’s legislative council but was asked to pass it because its date had lapsed already.
“Kailangan kasi iyang resolution noon kasi 2014, 2015 na sabi nila we need another one,” Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno stressed.
She said even the board encouraged this town to borrow money which would be used to fund the Phase II of the market place that would become an income generation project.
When asked that the remanding by the board of the resolution at the council was the fault of the council members who neglected to send it on time at the board, the mayor declined to comment.
Parayno said the 2015 resolution was submitted to the Sanguniang Panlalawigan and expect its approval soon. (more…)

July 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

San Carlos police for high conviction rates vs drugs


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SAN CARLOS CITY – The police office here was hailed by the Regional Trial Court Judge for its high conviction rates versus arrested illegal drug pushers.

 CONSULTATION. The soft-spoken Chief of Police (COP) of San Carlos City, Pangasinan speaks with college students how they and the police improve the peace and order situation of the 86 - village city. Supt. Charles Umayam, known as Gospel Joe, was a former high school teacher in Calasiao town before he joined the Philippine National Police Academy and graduated there in year 2000. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


CONSULTATION. The soft-spoken Chief of Police (COP) of San Carlos City, Pangasinan speaks with college students how they and the police improve the peace and order situation of the 86 – village city. Supt. Charles Umayam, known as Gospel Joe, was a former high school teacher in Calasiao town before he joined the Philippine National Police Academy and graduated there in year 2000. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

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Judge Renato Pinlac said unlike before when the cases against peddlers filed by the police have been thrown out by the prosecutors or judges or the defendants exonerated by the court, drug cases nowadays have a high conviction rates.
“That was after a seminar was called on how search warrant (SW) and arrest of suspected pushers were done,” he said.
Reports from the Pangasinan Police Office (PPO) said the success of arresting and chalking-up a high conviction rates were due to the police’s Case Operational Plan before they apply for a search warrants or conduct buy-bust operations versus the culprits.
According to the Integrated Bar of the Philippine-Pangasinan Chapter (IBP-PC) the conviction rate by the courts of persons charged for violation Republic Act 9165 or the anti-illegal drugs act is now 80 percent.
Superintendent Charles Umayam, the chief of police here, collaborated the observation of Judge Pinlac, PPO, and the IBP-PC.
He said before they are going to implement the SW they coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) based in Pangasinan where the latter gave them control number.
He said the Philippine National Police coordinate with the PDEA on the time they are going to implement the search warrant.
“We bring in our every raid a member of the media and official of the village who is either the chief or council member as witness where the drug raid is held,” he said.
Umayam said he agreed with the observation of Dagupan City’s chief of police Supt. Cristopher Abrahano was not a haven of organized illegal drugs groups. (more…)

July 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Unstoppable Poe


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“Maganda at maayos ang aming naging pag-uusap. Lahat kami ay sang-ayon na nakasalalay sa tamang liderato ang pagsulong ng ating bansa. Kaya naman, nagkasundo kami na ang pinakamahalaga ay isa alang-alang ang boses at gabay ng ating mga kababayan para masiguro na hindi mawaldas at mapalakas pa ang maayos na paraan ng pamamalakad ng gobyerno sa darating na susunod na taon.”… Sen. Grace Poe

MENCIAS-COLLADO IN ALCALA. Marami nang nagsabi sa atin na may binubuong Mencias-Collado ticket sa Alcala.

Ang incumbent na si Mayor Pao Mencias at si Vice Mayor Jojo Callejo ay naghiwalay na ng landas.

Namagitan na ang mga pinuno ng NPC. Pero mukhang matigas na ang posisyon ni vm Jojo na humiwalay sa NPC.

Dahil mawawalan ng vice mayor si Mayor Pao Mencias, napagkasunduan ng grupo na kausapin si Atty Jazon Collado na maging ka-ticket sa 2016 elections.

Cong. Mark Cojuangco, papayag ba kayo na sumali sa politika ng Alcala si Jazon?

Mas maikakampanya, mababantayan at mapoprotektahan ni Jazon ang kandidatura ni Cong Mark for governor sa Alcala.

Mas maikakampanya, mababantayan at mapoprotektahan ni Jazon ang kandidatura ni Cong Kimi for Congresswoman ng 5th district sa Alcala.

Mas maikakampanya, mababantayan at mapoprotektahan ni Jazon ang Abono Party-list sa Alcala.

CHIEF PNP RIC MARQUEZ. First, binabati po natin, kasama ng lahat ng bumubuo ng Northern Watch si PNP Chief Ric Marquez sa kanyang bagong responsibilidad. Kaya mo iyan chief!

Narito po and text message ni senadora Grace Poe sa appointment ni CPNP Marquez. Ako ay natutuwa na nakapagtalaga na ng permanenteng Chief PNP upang magbigay ng kinakailangang direksyon at pamumuno sa buong kapulisan. Hindi ko personal na kakilala si Dir. Marquez, subalit anupaman ay kailangan niya ang suporta at dasal nating lahat upang siya ay maging matagumpay sa kanyang paglilingkod bilang bagong Pinuno.

Kumusta na kayo diyan sa PNP Region 1? Dating Ilocos PNP regional director si CPNP Marquez. Tama po ba Col. Marlou Chan? O Gen. Marlou Chan. Malapit na po ba?

POE-ESCUDERO PAIR TULOY NA. Opo, tuloy na tuloy na ang pares na Poe at Escudero.

Nitong July ay nagsama sa isang teleserye sina Lovi Poe at Heart Evangelista-Escudero. Hahaha.

Ang true name pala ni Lovi ay Lourdes Virginia Poe, ang kapatid ni Senadora Grace Poe.

Ang true name pala ni Heart is Love Marie Ongpauco, ang wife ni Senador Chiz Escudero.

Pero ha, sa promotional interview nila sinabi nila na sure na daw ang POE-ESCUDERO tandem!

“May tambalang Poe-Escudero na tuloy iyong teleserye sa inyo ni Heart at ni Lovi!”

Ayon sa isang analysis ng Wallace Business Forum noong 2014 may dilemma po ang mga botante para sa 2016 presidential elections.

2016 DILEMMA. Opo, dilemma ang haharapin ng mga botante sa pagpili ng kandidato nila para presidente.

At narito po ang mga choices na hindi pinangalanan.

Someone with the necessary leadership and managerial skills – but reportedly corrupt.

OR… A person who’s honest, decent, level‐headed – but with no management background.

OR… An individual with all the right background – but with no ability to be decisive.

OR… A highly intelligent, politically adept person ‐ but a risky maverick with limited managerial background.

OR… Someone who is better, has much of what’s needed‐ but isn’t drawing in the votes.

OR… A convicted criminal who’s already proven his inability to run the country.

Ayon din sa nasabing 2014 analysis, eto po ang situation noong ginawa ang naturang pag-aaral.

ON VP BINAY. VP Binay is weathering the storm‐ but it’s not fully over yet.The distrust in business circles isn’t translating into disaffection amongst the voting majority.

The accusations against the VP have had an effect on his dominant position – not yet enough to dislodge him from the top slot but the trend is there.

The VP seems to be playing a waiting game – waiting for the steam to die down as people tire of the issues and others (e.g. Mamasapano) come to the fore. It could work, particularly if no strong contender emerges

ON SEN. GRACE POE. At this point the VP appears to have very weak rivals .

The only one showing any real promise is Sen. Grace Poe – comes across as intelligent, clean, decent, thoughtful and balanced.

Very professional handling of Senate investigations on PNP corruption and Mamasapano incident – didn’t come off as a novice lawmaker.

Sen. Poe’s image improves almost daily – But she admits her unreadiness, and has yet to have needed party support.

ON SEC. MAR ROXAS. DILG. Sec. Mar Roxas continues to fumble the issues that arise.

His exclusion from the Mamasapano massacre brings into question Aquino’s support – but might work to his advantage, gain sympathy from the public.

Sec. Roxas has yet to capture the public’s imagination.

He will need to have something dramatic happen for him to have any chance.

Of course, July 2015 na po. Marami nang nagbago sa nasabing analysis.

Nakabawi na sa ratings si PNoy after bumaba ito dahil sa Mamasapano.

Top choice na si senadora Grace Poe sa survey for president.

LAKBAY NI NANI BRAGANZA. Para sa mga kababayan natin dito sa Pangasinan na nanghuhula kung ano ang balak ni bok Nani.

Hindi daw po totoo na si Nani Braganza at si Gov Amado Espino Jr. ay nag-usap para magsama at makuha ang Alaminos City mula kay Mayor Arthur Celeste. (Actually may ibang kinausap si bok Nani na taga-Pangasinan…Hulaan niyo)

Naging mayor na si Bok Nani at ayaw na niya maging mayor.

Hindi din daw po totoo, na nagkasundo si Nani Braganza at Gov. Amado Espino para tumakbong congressman ng 1st district si bok Nani laban kay Cong. Boying Celeste.

Naging congressman na si bok Nani at naging bahagi ng Spice Boys. Ayaw na din niya maging congressman.

Hindi din daw po siya interesado maging DILG secretary kapag nag-resign si Sec. Mar Roxas para tumakbo bilang presidente.

Nakaranas na si bok Nani na maging member ng cabinet.

Tuloy ang paglalakbay ni bok Nani. Dumaan na siya sa Alaminos, sa 1st District ng Pangasinan, sa Batasan sa Quezon City, sa Malakanyang sa Manila.

Meron pang hindi napupuntahan si Bok Nani. Lakbayin kaya niya ang papunta doon sa Pasay City sa 2016?

Kung may artikulo noon tungkol kay Nani na From palasyo to munisipyo… may katuloy pa kaya ang artikulong iyon sa 2016?

SINAG KONTRA SMUGGLING. Naging resource person sa Senate Hearing si Bos Sendong patungkol sa smuggling ng bigas at iba pang agricultural products.

Nagconduct ang committee of Food and Agriculture ng hearing kaugnay ng pagpasok ng fake rice sa bansa.

Lumabas sa hearing na wala palang import permit na issued by ng National Food Authority na magmumula sa Tsina.

Ang tanong, bakit may bigas na mula sa Tsina na nakapasok sa Davao City? (more…)

July 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan, SSS sign MOA seeking to enroll employees not covered by GSIS


DAGUPAN CITY – The city government of Dagupan signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Social Security System (SSS) seeking to provide benefits to city hall workers, especially the job order employees who are not covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Under the MOA, the informal sector workers (ISG) of the city will be provided social security protection through the various programs of the agency including its e-AlkanSSSya program.

The city, through its duly authorized and bonded representative, shall deduct the monthly contributions of the willing ISG from their respective monthly salaries and shall make a monthly collection report of the monthly contributions deducted.

“This will help our job order employees avail of the programs and services of the SSS while working in the city since they are not covered by the GSIS like our regular employees,” said Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.

The mayor signed the MOA with Ceasar P. Saludo, SSS Dagupan Branch Manager. (more…)

July 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Catholics urged to pray for peaceful resolution of tension over Spratlys


DAGUPAN CITY – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued on Monday a new “Oratio Imperata” or obligatory prayer in a bid to ease political tension in the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, re-elected CBCP president, said the Catholic faithful must offer prayers to soothe increasingly strained relations between the Philippines and China.

“We do not have the means to negotiate with superpowers, we cannot represent the Philippines in the international court, but we can certainly represent the Philippines before God and ask God, who is the sure source of peace, to take care of the Philippines,” Villegas said.

“If the dispute escalates and it becomes a problem of peace, how can the Church not be involved? Peace is the mission of the Church,” he added.

The Oratio Imperata in Time of Grave Danger reads:

O Lord our God, Maker of heaven and earth, the sky and the seas, look kindly on us, Your children of the Philippine islands, our home, now beset with tensions over our West Philippine Sea.
We pray to you for peace over that part of our islands and waters.
We pray that questions over it may be resolved through justice and respect for people’s rights.
We pray that no harm may be done to our marine creatures and habitat.
We pray that our fellow Filipinos, protecting our islands and seas, be kept safe from natural and manmade disasters. (more…)

July 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

P450-M corn seed processing plant opens in Rosales


ROSALES – A $10-million (P450-million) corn seed processing plant was inaugurated on Tuesday in Salvacion village here to help boost the country’s corn self-sufficiency goal.

Assistant Secretary Edilberto De Luna of the Department of Agriculture (DA), said the private investment processing plant in Pangasinan will help sustain the growth of the corn industry in the country.
“The increased productivity (of corn) will translate to increased income and will support the needs of allied industries,” De Luna said during the inauguration ceremony.
Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, served as the guest of honor who said that the goals of the private facility is consistent with the goals of DA to push for increased production of corn and address climate change by assuring the availability of quality corn seeds.
Villar said the project is very welcome as some 1.8 million Filipinos rely on corn for livelihood and at least 11 million are directly and indirectly employed in the corn industry.
“Filipino farmers will be the main beneficiaries as the facility will bring about inclusive growth,” Villar said.
Indian National Karumanchi Prasad, chairman of Prasad Seeds which funded the processing plant, said his company envisions to make the Philippines produce more than enough hybrid seeds which can be exported to Southeast Asia.
“We envision to transform Pangasinan into becoming the seed capital of the Philippines and eventually the Philippines as the regional corn seed hub in Southeast Asia,” Prasad said.
Board Member Alfonso Bince, who represented Gov. Amado Espino, Jr, said Pangasinan is “very happy” for hosting the project as the facility will benefit farmers of Pangasinan and nearby provinces.
Bince said Pangasinan has been a national awardee on quality corn seed achievement and the new development will boost the positive accomplishments for the public. (more…)

July 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

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