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Sinag prexy laments rice smuggling in Davao, Zambo

ROSALES – Samahang Industriyang Agrikultura (SINAG) chair Rosendo So deplored the influx of rice smuggling in the cities of Davao and Zamboanga.

Smuggled rice in the Philippines.

Smuggled rice in the Philippines.

He cited also the presence of former National Food Authority’s administrator Lito Banayo as adviser with presidential wannabe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterto every time the latter tours the different parts of the country.
Together with former NFA deputy administrator Jose D. Cordero, suspected smuggler David Bangayan/Tan and three others, Banayo was criminally charged last year with economic sabotage and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“The NFA officials signed the import permits, which provided the legal cover for the suspected rice smugglers,” said a source privy on the probe conducted by state investigators as quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Appointed by President Aquino in July 2010 as NFA head, Banayo resigned on Sept. 30, 2012, in the wake of reports of massive rice smuggling in the country“Lito Banayo is always seen with Duterte. Banayo was implicated in rice smuggling in the past,” So said.
He wondered too why Bangayan/Tan, a resident of Davao City, has still been strutting his stuff in the city after he was implicated by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima as the Goliath of rice smuggling in the Philippines .
He was charged with controlling the importation of rice by financing farmers’ cooperatives that want to bid for import permits from the NFA, Justice de Lima told last year the Senate committee on agriculture (more…)

August 26, 2015 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

Pangasinan remembers FPJ


DAGUPAN CITY – If the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. were still alive, he would have been 76 last August 20.

IDOL. This man makes the thumbs up sign in front of a tarpaulin featuring the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. who would have turned 76 last August 20.

IDOL. This man makes the thumbs up sign in front of a tarpaulin featuring the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. who would have turned 76 last August 20.

And to commemorate the day, Pangasinenses tied light blue, yellow and white ribbons on posts and trees along the major highways of Pangasinan, the province where the once “King of Philippine movies” traced his roots. There were also ribbons hanged in front of residences and buildings.

Blue, yellow and white are the campaign colors of her daughter Senator Grace Poe when she ran for senator in 2013. These are still the dominant colors during her sorties in different places of the country.

The elder Poe ran but lost in the 2004 presidential polls to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo by 3.5 percent of the total votes, in what was widely perceived to be a rigged elections.

“We wanted to remember ‘FPJ’ through this simple act of hanging ribbons around trees and electrical posts along the highways. It will also remind Pangasinenses of the person who almost became the president of the country,” Dagupan City former Councilor Dada Reyna, a volunteer working for Senator Grace Poe, said.

Poe was the son and namesake of actor Fernado Poe (Sr.) who was born in San Carlos City.
Aside from the ribbons, tarpaulins printed with “FPJ 76th Birthday Ang Bagong Bayan Poe” were also put in the centers of the 44 towns and four cities of Pangasinan. The tarpaulins bear the photo of the late actor with the Philippine flag as a backdrop.

The tarpaulins were prepared also by volunteers for Grace Poe, said Abe Samson of San Carlos City. More tarpaulins were put in the city, being Poe’s hometown. (more…)

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In Pangasinan, shabu supply running out -PAIDSOTG

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- The chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) said the shortage of shabu in Pangasinan is caused by three factors: big time drug pushers were already arrested, drug pushers and dealers want to increase the street price per kilogram, and the illegal drugs are being hoarded.

Police Superintendent Benjamin Ariola said the Philippine National Police (PNP) will continue to support the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in curbing if not totally eliminating, the proliferation of illegal drugs in Pangasinan.

“The Pangasinan police will do its part to solve the problem on illegal drugs in order to maintain peace and order situation in the province,” he said. (more…)

August 23, 2015 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Smuggled carrots preserved with formalin – Sinag

By Yolanda Sotelo

ROSALES -If you want to buy locally produced carrots, buy the small ones with traces of mud and and have shoots and some leaves.
In contrast, the smuggled carrots are large, the shoots have been cut off, have been scrubbed clean, and are cold as they are stored in cold storage. But to preserve them, the carrots could have been immersed in formalin.
This is the advice of the Samahang Industriya ng Magsasaka, an umbrella organization of agriculture stakeholders, after they got information that the smuggled carrots from China and Netherlands have been entering the local markets.
Sinag President Rosendo So said according to the United Nations Commission on Trade, a total of 338,642 kilos were smuggled into the country in 2014. This year, a total of 120,000 kilos of carrots have already been smuggled to the Philippines.
UN Commission on Trade ecords showed that in 2014, 350,775 kilos of carrots were exported to the Philippines by China (341,175 kilos) and Netherlands ( 9,600 kilos).
But only 12,133 kilos were recorded by the Bureau of Customs , which showed that 338,642 kilos entered the ccountry through smuggling, So said.
He said the Sinag’s attention was shifted to carrots after Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan complained about proliferation of carrots in Divisoria market, which could have a negative effect on the province’s production.
The Sinag continuously monitors the entry of agricultural produce like rice, onions and garlic, and meat products. (more…)

August 23, 2015 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Senator Grace Poe is it for President!

While she has not categorically declared her intention to run for the highest post in the country, there are already speculations from political pundits, both at the national and local levels, that Senator Grace Poe has already the moist eye for the presidency with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero as the running mate.

For the last few weeks, Mar Roxas II, PNoy’s anointed presidential bet of Liberal Party has moved heaven and earth courting the lady senator as her running mate. Poe did not say she will not run as vice president for Roxas but gave a hint for him to look for other viable running mate.

The gestures of Poe speak well of what will turn out as “truest speculations” that she will definitely run as president, banking on many supporters that are coming out, not only from political parties but even civic organizations .

Lately, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) the second largest political party in the country next to Liberal Party has in principle thrown support to Senator Poe along with the Magdalo Group of Senator Antonio Trillanes and even party lists like Abono. During the birthday celebration of her father The King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr. known also as FPJ last August 20 at the Manila North Cemetery, thousands of her supporters went with her at the burial home of FPJ and there they were urging her to run for president in the 2016 elections.

Newly formed groups such as Great Peoples’ Movement for Progress (GPMP) and Grace 2016 led by their respective leaders gathered in the cemetery, showing support to her and her presidential plans. Other prominent persons during the mass at the cemetery were Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Roilo Golez. Countless of actors and actresses also trooped to the cemetery to support Senator Poe and her family.

It was a nostalgic event for the Poe family that after 11 years, the supporters of FPJ when he ran as president in 2014 were still there and have been extending help more particularly because Senator Poe is perceived to go for the presidency in 2016. Not to be forgotten during that commemoration of FPJ’s birthday was the warm support of Pangasinenses by collectively posting tarpaulins bearing birthday greetings to him and the thousands of ribbons – colored blue, white and yellow tied on electric posts along the highways in almost all the town’s and cities in Pangasinan.

With these outpouring of supports from various groups and sectors, I am certain that Senator Grace Poe will finally say ” YES” to the clamor for her to run for president in 2016, but in “takdang panahon” (right time).

Oh by the way, Senator Poe will be in Pangasinan on August 26 to address youth leaders in Dagupan City and San Carlos City.

What’s admirable with Senator Poe is her courage and humility that despite of the many tirades hurled against her now, she stood pat on her convictions as a real leader in the country. She has not thrown invectives at those people questioning her citizenship, of being “ampon” and foundling, and that she was a drug addict who underwent rehabilitation, and a drunkard.

August 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

When nabbed, drug pushers flee to other towns

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (PAIDSOTG) said illegal drug pushers escape to other towns when the police ran after them.
Supt. Benjamin Ariola said pushers here and in the cities of Urdaneta and Alaminos shift to neighboring towns to perpetuate their illicit trade.
He said anti drug operation in Urdaneta City has been aggressive under the tight watch of its chief of police Supt. Jeff Fanged.
“Merong disruption technique po si Fanged. Pumunta sa Villasis. Alam mo kung ilan ang huli ng Villasis? 145 grams o P300 thousand to P500 hundred ang street value”.
He said Fanged’s techniques made pushers scamper to neighbouring Binalonan and Asingan towns.
Ariola would not say what kind of disruption techniques Fanged used to scare off the pushers.
He said the pushers in Urdaneta did not run to Manaoag Urdaneta City because of its location unlike Villasis and Asingan that are stone throw away from the city.
He said after the police seized 198 grams of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in Alaminos City, the illegal trade there and the towns in the Western part of Pangasinan became sluggish.
He cited however those pushers shifted to Bani town after 98 grams were confiscated by police there.
He cited the drugs in Alaminos City came from Infanta town.
Because of the gung-ho operation of Supt. Cris Abrahano, Dagupan City’s chief of police, where almost every day pushers are nabbed, Ariola said pushers in the city run to nearby Calasiao and Mangaldan towns to perpetuate their trade.
“Kita mo sa Dagupan City matinde rin operation diyan halos araw-araw may nahuhuli operation diyan,” he said. (more…)

August 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Ating linangin ang wikang Filipino

Tuwing buwan ng Agosto, binibigyan pansin nain ang ating wikang Filipino na siyang nagbubuklod sa atin bilang iisang lahi mul and Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao. Bagamat ang ating bansa ay may mahigit na isang daang katutubong wika, ang ating Saligang Batas ay lumalayon sa pagbuo ng wikang Filipino na kinapapalooban ng mga wika. Dahil dito, ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ay binuo 24 na taon na ang nakalipas upang mamahala sa pag-unlad ng wikang Filipino sa buong kapuluan ng Pilipinas.

Sa taong ito ang tema ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika ay Filipino: Wika ng Pambansang Kaunlaran. Napakapalad ang lalawigan ng Pangasinan na napili ng KWF na pinagdausan ng makasaysayang Pambansang Kongreso sa Pagpaplanong Wika na ginanap sa Sison Auditorium sa Lingayen noong ika-5 hanggang ika-pito ng Agosto.

Sa mga piling lugar sa buong bansa, ay mayroon ding mga makabuluhang aktibidad na ginawa gaya ng paggawad ng mga premyo sa mga nanalo ng Gawad Sanaysay na ginanap sa Sulo Riviera Hotel noong Ika-19 ng Agosto. Sa 26–28 Agosto sa Ateneo de Manila University ay gaganapin naman ang “ASEAN Literary Forum” ng Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) at sa 29 Agosto gagawin naman ang “Kongreso ng mga Manunulat” na pangangasiwaan ng UMPIL.

Ano nga ba ang kahalagahan ng wikang Filipino at bakit kailangan pa itong ipagdiriwang?

Ang Pilipinas ay binubuo ng mahigit na 15 rehiyon na ang bawat isa ay may kanya-kanyang katutubong wika. Sa Mindanao mayroong mga wikang Maranao, Chabacano, Tausog, Subuanon, Hiligaynon at mga katutubong wika ng mga lumad gaya ng Badjao at Manobo, sa Visayas naman ay may Waray, Hiligaynon, Subuanon at Kinaray-a at sa Luzon ay may Bicolnon, Tagalog, Kapampangan, Ilokano, Sambal, Pangngasinan, Bolinao, Kankanaey, Ibaloi at iba pang katutubong wika. Dahil dito, sa mga nagdaang mga taon, hati ang mga Filipino dahil sa rehiyonalismo na ang bawat isa ay gustong umangat sa kanilang sariling wika, sining at kultura.

Sa pagkakaroon ng wikang Filipino na hinabi sa mga wikang galing sa mga rehiyon, ito ay magtataguyod ng pagkaka-isa at pagkakaunawaan. Ang ibig sabihin nito, ang wikang Tagalog ang siyang ” base language” na hahaluan ng mga salitang galing sa mga dominanteng wika ng mga rehiyon. Ito ang binubuo ngayon ng KWF upang sa ganoon ay may tatak ang pagka-Filipino ng bawat isa.

Ang wika sabi nila ay may buhay. Araw-araw ay may mga umuusbong na mga bagong salita at pag ang mga ito ay malimit ng ginagamit, magiging bahagi na sila sa mga salitang naidadagdag sa ating wikang Filipino.
Ang wikang Filipino ay dapat ng linangin ng bawat isa. Isantabi na ang tatak ng rehiyonalismo dahil bagamat mahigit isang daan ang ating wika, iisang dugo ang dumadaloy- dugo ng pagka-Filipino.

August 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Two-storey 10-classroom building soon to rise in Bobonan Central School

Text by Vir Maganes

POZORRUBIO- The groundbreaking for the two-storey 10-classroom building was held at the grounds of Bobonan Central School here last July 30.

The said school building is funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) under its “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid Aralan”.

The construction is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Leading the groundbreaking activities was Pagcor’s Executive Officer Cristino L. Naguiat who said the project was the agency’s commitment to President Benigno S. Aquino III advocacy to provide quality education to the Filipino youth and to address the shortage of classrooms in the country.

“The school building will provide the pupils with modern and more spacious learning facility that could even withstand the strongest typhoon,” Naguiat said.

Naguiat was joined by Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chair Amadeo R. Perez Jr., former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco ( a gubernatorial aspirant in 2016 elections), Mayor Artemio Chan, Vice Mayor Kelvin Chan, DepEd Pangasinan Division II Schools Division Superintendent Donato D. Balderas Jr., Bobonan Central School Principal Marcelina Megal and a representative from DPWH.

August 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

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