Archive for August, 2015
ROSALES – Samahang Industriyang Agrikultura (SINAG) chair Rosendo So deplored the influx of rice smuggling in the cities of Davao and Zamboanga.
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…)
YELLOW, BLUE, WHITE RIBBONS
DAGUPAN CITY – If the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. were still alive, he would have been 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…)
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…)
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…)
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.