Archive for July 22, 2015

Mark condemns Espino’s threat to media men

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes and Mortz Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY- ” I am concerned for all of you who are in the media and I could not endure seeing you in fear. This is already an intimidation and threat. His statements were unbecoming of a ‘father’ of the province.”


MARK TO THE SUCCOR. Former Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco (with microphone) exhorts media men who attended the press conference he calls last Friday dusk at Star Plaza Hotel in Dagupan City not to be cowed by the
threat of Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino to physically harm some members of the media
who have been lambasting his governance.

This was the reaction of former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco on Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. threats to the media practitioners that he could not control the people who love him if they decide to inflict harm on media men because of their commentaries against his administration.

Espino’s threats were aired over DWIZ News Radio’s “Isyu at Reaksyon” and Bombo Radyo Dagupan’s “Baletado”, block time programs sponsored by Espino and anchored by a certain Celso Manuel aka Manny Celzo last July 17.

He said he himself would not kill the commentators but would only cut their tongues.

Espino’s threats did not sit well with Cojuangco who said it was his “gut feel” that the governor uses the same style to threaten barangay officials, municipal mayors and other municipal officials in the province.

” In my opinion, being the ‘father’ (Espino) and governor of the province, he should stop those who are planning to inflict harm to media men, if there are. He should not sow fear and threaten media men,” Cojuangco said.

The threat from Espino validated the earlier threats to some reporters made by Manuel and Dante Cera on the same program aired over Bombo Radyo Dagupan last July 10.

Hearing the commentaries, which were full of errors, Cojuangco said the “block timers” of Espino must delve and argue on issues openly, point by point, and present good ideas to the people.

“Is it not the essence of democracy to present good ideas for the people to decide on, like plans and programs and how to execute them in the future as promised to them?” Cojuangco said.

He further said from contenders for a political position, it is the people who will judge who among them is saying the truth and who could deliver what they are promising.

“How many times that the Governor told the media and even aired over the radio that he is not the candidate but his son? Then why not let his son speak? Why is he the one speaking? It is foul for him telling the media to beware of his 800,000 or 500,000 supporters because these were his lead votes during the last election in 2013, ” Cojuangco said.

July 22, 2015 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: The anatomy of illegal drugs in Pangasinan


The selling of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) is not only lucrative but is based on layers from the main source to the street pusher, according to Dagupan City’s chief of police Supt. Christopher Abrahano.
Abrahano, a bemedaled former Presidential Security Group and former Narcotics Command official, narrated that the Chinese manufacturer of the illegal drugs, say, in Manila maintains three to five middlemen considered as the first front traffickers.
Those middle men sell the merchandise with the supply areas ((SA) in Quiapo, Dasmarinas, Cavite, Tarlac, Olongapo, and others where a big time trafficker in Pangasinan he distributes them to the number of drug groups (DG) in the province.
The DG would cut into pieces what they dubbed as ”tarya” and sell it to the peddlers in the city and the nearby towns who adulterate the drug before selling them to maximize their profit.

Abrahano said these laboratories are found in and outside the Metro Manila areas where the middle men take the drugs.
“Minsan hindi mag re -release iyan pag hindi limang kilo. Basta pinakamababa isang kilo ang i-re release niyan,” he refers to the personality at the laboratory who got the say how much would be distributed in the market.
He said the buyer from the SA buys and sells the P1 million a kilo for P2 million where he earns a profit of P1 million.
But he said buyer deals not directly with the SA but with the latter middleman who is part of the three or five layer again.
“Parang network uli. Tatlo, apat na iyon wala pa rin silang (buyer) direct link sa Quiapo, others. Ang Pangasinan hindi maka-diretso diyan sa Quiapo, Dasmarinas, Cavite, Tarlac, Olongapo,” he said.
The chief of police, a Philippine National Police Academy graduate, said the layer is a protection to the heads of the syndicate against arrest by the law enforcers.
“Mas marami kang kausap, mas delikado,” he refers to the precaution done by the SA.
He said drug groups (DG) in Pangasinan compete for the market.
He cited the DGs by hypothetically naming them as Dagupan City’s DGs 1-2-3, Alaminos City’s DGS 1-2-3, and Urdaneta City’s DGs 1-2-3.
He said each of these nine drug groups buy from the main dealer in Pangasinan from 500 gram, 300 gram, 200 gram, or P100 gram of shabu.
Abrahano did not say how many main dealers these DGS patronized in the province.
This is where tarya plays its part on the drug groups.
“Bibili ako ng one gram P1000 to P2000. Dito sa Dagupan City o saan man iyon puwedi ka makabili doon puwede sa Bonuan (a village in Dagupan City). Sabihin mo P1000 to P2000, one gram na iyan hahatiin mo iyan into 20 parts, parang peso-peso na ganoon karami iyong one gram. Isang sigarilyo, natimbang ko na ito. 20 parts. Ibebenta mo ng P300 (each), you do the math. P6000 na iyon! P2,000 lang puhunan mo,” Abrahano stressed.
Thus after the DG sells it to the street pusher here or in the nearby towns, he either sells it for P300 to P500 or adulterate it with Albatross (toilet deodorizer) or tawas (alum) to double its weight so he can earn a gross of P1000.
“Pueding Albatross, iyong pabango ng banyo, tawas. P1000 uli iyon! Ibebenta ng tig P500, hahatiin one part sabihin mo .3 (gram) kamo,” he explained how the enterprising street pusher added more granules or powder on his merchandise.
He said from the P300 seed money, the street peddler can earn a whooping P700 in that adulterated methamphetamine hydrochloride.
Abrahano said there are still street pushers who passed off the drugs to another peddler for the latter to earn a minimal profit. (more…)

July 22, 2015 at 9:15 am Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) turned-over on July 13 the first tranche of more than P8 million or 80 percent of P10 million as its share for the construction of a three-storey evacuation center in the island barangay of Salapingao.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez received the check from DILG Region 1 Director Julie Daquioag along with Engr. Sharwyn M. Sangel of the agency’s Project Management and Development Unit (PDMU); Victoria Jean P. Dawis, cluster leader; and DILG City Director Rhoderick Dawis, during the flag raising ceremony at the People’s Astrodome.

The amount came from the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) fund of DILG, to be boosted by a counterpart of P4.3 million from the Dagupan City government.

Dawis said that the remaining 20 percent from DILG will be released to the city as soon as the project is 90 percent complete and upon the completion of all the requirements.

“The project will soon start construction following revision of the minor details in the design of the building for it to conform to the requirements of our office for an evacuation center,” said Dawis.

Mayor Fernandez thanked Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas for his support as she reiterated the importance of the project in saving the lives and limbs of the people whenever storm surge or a tsunami hits the island barangay.

“We are happy because we can finally start the construction of our evacuation center in Salapingao which is a three storey building with roof deck,” said Fernandez.

She added that the counterpart of the city for the project in the amount of P4.3 million was made possible because of the sound financial status of the city today. (more…)

July 22, 2015 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Legarda: Conservation of protected areas vital in climate change mitigation

Senator Loren Legarda said the conservation of the country’s protected areas is crucial in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Legarda made the statement at hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, which she chairs, held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City, the lone proclaimed protected area in Metro Manila where the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) holds office.

“Protected areas can help protect vulnerable communities and reduce the impact of natural hazards. Mangrove forests serve as buffer against storm surge and tsunami. Protected areas sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in natural ecosystems,” she stressed.

She added, “For climate change mitigation, terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems serve as major carbon stores and sinks as they reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy production and land use change.”

The United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) estimates that 312 gigatonnes of carbon or 15% of the world’s terrestrial carbon stock are stored in protected areas.

However, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment estimated that 60% of global ecosystem services are degraded, reducing their ability to mitigate the impact of natural hazards. It found that climate change is among the most important direct drivers of biodiversity loss and ecosystem service changes, along with habitat change, invasive alien species, overexploitation and pollution.

“Clearly, the conservation of our protected areas must be part of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. As part of our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we must strengthen the protection of our environment and ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources,” said Legarda.

The Senate has approved on second reading the proposed Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act, sponsored by Legarda, which ensures stronger conservation of 97 protected areas in the country.

Wednesday’s hearing was the third hearing of the Senate Committee on Climate Change about the government’s efforts in preparing the country’s intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) as part of its commitment for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris this year. (more…)

July 22, 2015 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

More infra projects up in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY – More development projects that will boost tourism as well as the city’s economy, all costing millions of pesos, are set to be implemented by the city government this year as funds for their construction are already available.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez checked on these projects Monday (July 13) when she met City Engineer Virginia V. Rosario and Engineer Athena Intal. All these projects were already endorsed by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).

Among these are the construction of a two-storey, eight classrooms school building Phase II at Carael Elementary School; installation of deepwells at Sitio Tokok, Patalan and Boquig in Bacayao Sur; Sitio Watak, Rohis and Boquig in Mamalingling; and Pugaro.

Constructions of a two storey Women Center and a Library Hub at Bonifacio Street, Poblacion Oeste; installations of additional street lights at Barangay 1, Rivera Street from corner Burgos to corner Galvan Street of Barangay IV and Bonuan Binloc.

Upgrading of the concrete basketball court at Sitio Mil-Excel in Pantal; and the PCC pavement and drainage system at Dagupan City National High School.

Repainting, rehabilitation and repair of covered courts in the following public schools: Lasip Grande Elementary School, Malued Elementary School, Pogo-Lasip Elementary School and Salapingao National High School.

Construction of Lucao Elementary School’s perimeter fence; a washing area at Pantal Elementary School; and the construction of a comfort and electrical room at Dagupan City Poolside Phase 1.

Construction and upgrading of PCC pavement and drainage system at Lasip Chico Road and Dupax Road in Bonuan Gueset, Sitio Pangasinan and Sitio Centro in Calmay and Purok 6A in Herrero-Perez, and Sitio Puelay in Caranglaan; concreting of the pathway at Sitio Riverside and Sitio Wellington in Tambac; installation of .45 meter RC pipe with manhole at Pasiliao, Bonuan Boquig; and concreting of pathways at Sitio Centro A and B in Bacayao Norte.

July 22, 2015 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

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