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August 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Counsel hopes prosecutor will dismiss cases vs radio men


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – The counsel of broadcaster Lina M. Cervantes hoped the provincial prosecutor would not find probable cause to indict Cervantes on the eight counts of libel filed by Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr.

LIBEL CASES.  Lina M. Cervantes (extreme left) points at  her counter affidavit  on  the libel cases filed by Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. Cervantes’ fellow DWPR commentators Macky Delgado and Tito Tamayo (3rd and 1st, respectively, from right) were charged too by the governor with libel cases. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

LIBEL CASES. Lina M. Cervantes (extreme left) points at her counter affidavit on the libel cases filed by Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. Cervantes’ fellow DWPR commentators Macky Delgado and Tito Tamayo (3rd and 1st, respectively, from right) were charged too by the governor with libel cases. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


Lawyer Joseph Emmanuel Cera said the cases filed by Espino against Cervatnes of dwPR-Radyo Asenso in Dagupan City, were not libelous because she based her commentaries on public records.
He cited the criminal case against Espino at the Ombudsman for the black sand mining in Lingayen villages, the charge of plunder filed against Espino by former Bugallon, Pangasinan Mayor Ric Orduna, and other issues.
Espino likewise filed libel cases against dwPR’s Macky Delgado and Tito Tamayo, and Ike Palinar of Aksyon Radyo.
One of the arguments of Cervantes, penned by Cera, on her counter affidavits at the prosecutor’s office in San Carlos City said that “even the defamatory statement is false, no liability can attach if it relates to official conduct unless the public official proves that the statement was made with actual malice. That is with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not this is what the gist of the ruling in the landmark case New York Times v. Sullivan”.
Cera’s argument comes from one of the excerpts on the counter affidavit of Cervantes who said on her April 21, 2015 program about the governor and his gubernatorial aspirant’s son and namesake Board Member Amado Espino III“… ipamana po niya pagnanakaw ng mga lupain diyan sa Brgy. Malimpuec para ipatayo iyong eco-tourism na ginawang black sand mining o nag i-extract sila, pinader ng mataas para hukayin itong mga buhangin para extract ang black sand na iyan, di ba (?)”.
Cervantes, together with fellow DWPR broadcasters Macky Delgado and Tito Tamayo, and Action Radyo announcers Ike Palinar and Jessie Perez were sued by the governor for libel. (more…)

August 18, 2015 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

‘Medikalinga’ launched in Malasiqui


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

MALASIQUI- More than 1,000 barangay health workers (BHWs) trooped to the Arenas Civic Center here in the afternoon of August 11 for the launching of “Medikalinga sa Pangasinan” of former 5th District Rep. and 2016 gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mayor Mark Roy Q. Macanlalay, a vice gubernatorial aspirant.

MARK & MARK  Gubernatorial aspirant in 2016 elections Mark O. Cojuangco introduces his would be running mate Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Q. Macanlalay to the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of Malasiqui during the launching of "Medikalinga sa Pangasinan" at the Arenas Civic Center last August 11. Cojuangco said that he waited for Macanlalay to accept his challenge to stand by and with him in the 2016 elections to provide a brand new kind of leadership in Pangasinan. VIRGIL MAGANES

MARK & MARK Gubernatorial aspirant in 2016 elections Mark O. Cojuangco introduces his would be running mate Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Q. Macanlalay to the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of Malasiqui during the launching of “Medikalinga sa Pangasinan” at the Arenas Civic Center last August 11. Cojuangco said that he waited for Macanlalay to accept his challenge to stand by and with him in the 2016 elections to provide a brand new kind of leadership in Pangasinan. VIRGIL MAGANES

When Cojuangco and Macanlalay together with San Carlos City Councilor Vici Ventanilla, a 3rd District Board Member aspirant arrived at the Center, the BHWs could not contain their excitement as the three went around the venue to shake hand with them.
bThey shirked when Cojuangco and Macanlalay approached them and many took turns in having “selfie and groupie” photos with the two aspirants of the province’s top positions.

“I thought Cojuangco is not approachable as what his detractors were saying. But now I have proven that he is a down-to-earth person, always smiling and humble,” a BHW said who requested not to be named.

” They are perfect combination of our future leaders. I hope to see them win in 2016,” quipped another BHW.

During the short program, Mayor Armando Domantay Sr. welcomed the guests and expressed thanks to Cojuangco and Macanlalay for bringing the program to his town.

Macanlalay had the opportunity to introduce himself to the BHWs and said it was an opportune time to help Cojuangco and him on their aspirations in 2016 to have a brand new kind of leadership in the province.

Cojuangco, on the other hand, introduced Macanlalay to the BHWs as a leader he would like as running mate in 2016 elections saying that he waited for him to accept his challenge to run as vice governor.
(more…)

August 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Press freedom nixed at the Hall of Justice


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Sa isang malayong bayan sa Ifugao, tinawag ng isang Fiscal o Prosecutor ang isang lola na nasa loob ng court room ng judge.
“Lola, kilala ninyo ba ako?”

“Siyempre kilala kita. Kahit noong tutoy ka pa kilala na kita. Sa totoo lang nakakahiya ka, sinungaling, babaero, at naninira ng dangal ng mga kaibigan pag nakatalikod sila,” ani ng lola.
Muntik ng mahulog sa platform ang fiscal sa taranta at biglang napasambulat:

“Lola, kilala ninyo ba iyong defense lawyer ng akusado na naka upo?”
“Siyempre kilala ko rin! Katulad mo lasenggo, laos, at babaero rin iyan. Isa sa mga kabit niyan si misis mo!” ani ng lola.

Muntik ng mahulog sa kanyang kina-uupu-an ang defense lawyer.

Tinawag ng mahinahon ng judge ang dalawang nagtutungaling abugado, at matigas na binalaan ang dalawa:

“Oras na isa sa inyo ang magtanong sa lola kung kilala niya ako, ipapabit-bit ko kaagad kayo sa police sa labas para i-diretso na kayo sa Muntinlupa para ma electric chair!”
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Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted recently ambivalent presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rod Duterte who opined on our country’s military position with Mainland China: “Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the government committed a “blunder” when it bought two used F-16 fighter jets because these would not be of much help in securing the country against aggressors like China.
“The decision to buy two F-16s is really a blunder. How would it help?” he said.

My retort: It’s not the government that committed a blunder here, it was Mayor Rod Duterte’s faux pas. PH bought a squadron of brand new South Korean Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) F/A 50 jets which can also be used as a Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT). Two of the jets would be delivered in December this year. The mayor, to avoid this media blunder, should consult first an expert on military aviation before he opines on Air Force firepowers. The FA-50 is made by the South Korea’s “Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)”, and is a smaller, license-built version of the F-16 Fighter aircraft. It entered the South Korean Air Force service in 2014.

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Here was an arrogant supervisor of the security guards of Bessang Pass at the Hall of Justice in Lingayen, Pangasinan telling media men last Monday that they were not allowed to cover the filing of fellow media woman, Lina Cervantes of DWPR, of her counter affidavits on the libel cases filed by Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.
“Iyan ang utos sa amin ni executive judge, bawal ang coverage ng media,” the security supervisor named Vallo, who is a dead ringer of movie side kick Bentong, sternly told me.
“Paano naging bawal, hinde naman korte ang iko-cover ko sa office ng fiscal naman ang pupuntahan ko,? I calmly posed. (more…)

August 18, 2015 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Bona endorses Surdilla as vice mayoralty bet


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno told reporter that in the 2016 election she would be running with Councillor Pedro Sordilla as her vice mayoralty bet.

MAYOR’S  BET. Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno “anoints”  Councillor  Pedro “Jojo” Surdilla as her vice mayoralty bet in the May 2016 election. Parayno is rumoured to be pitted in the mayoralty race with Vice Mayor Manny Casupang,Councillor  Joel Meneses, and Bantayan Barangay Chairman Ritchie Abalos. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

MAYOR’S BET. Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno “anoints” Councillor
Pedro “Jojo” Surdilla as her vice mayoralty bet in the May 2016 election.
Parayno is rumoured to be pitted in the mayoralty race with Vice Mayor
Manny Casupang,Councillor Joel Meneses, and Bantayan Barangay
Chairman Ritchie Abalos. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

“As I said active siya for business development and growth ng Mangaldan at saka sa grassroots. Alam ko nandiyan ang puso niya,” she explained.
Parayno said she and Surdilla had ran for the mayoralty and vice mayoralty together in 2010 on their first but failed attempt to snatch the positions from then Mayor Herminio Romero and then Vice Mayor Bernardo Abalos.
“Ever since kasama ko na si Attorney Jojo when he was vice mayor (bet) pero pinagbigyan niya ang vice mayorship sa kay (Manny) Casupang (the present vice mayor). So now sa second term, siyempre panahon na niya,” Parayno said.
In the 2013 election Parayno and Casupang won the mayoralty and vice mayoralty from then Mayor Abalos and his vice mayoralty tandem lawyer Joseph Emmanuel Cera.
Just months after their inauguration, Parayno and Casupang, who has moist eyes for the mayorship, had a falling out as the latter did not cooperate with her on her many programs.
Surdilla said he has been supporting the programs of the mayor at the Sangguniang Bayan (legislative council).
“I do not see any reason why I will leave her party. I support our municipal mayor I knew she did well for the progress of Mangaldan,” he said.
(more…)

August 18, 2015 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

Reforesting denuded mangrove forests in Pangasinan


Pangasinan has lost is mangrove forests in Pangasinan through the years, but these are fast being reforested by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Already, a total of 1,348,000 mangrove propagules were planted in 2013 in the towns of Bolinao, Anda, Bani, Alaminos, Infanta, Dasol, Agno, Sual, Labrador, Bugallon, Lingayen, Binmaley, Dagupan City, San Fabian and Mangaldan.
The validation team headed by BFAR Technical Working Group (TWG) assisted by the local government units and barangay councils, inspects the areas to validate the projects. The team measures the propagules’ height, counts leaves, roots and branches.
The beneficiaries, or those who plant the propagules, are paid P2.50 for each fully grown and live mangrove tree.
Here are some results of the conducted validation in Pangasinan, the mangroves planted along the river and dikes of fishpond in brgy Maasin, Mangaldan, have reached up to 130cm, have 190 leaves, eight branches and five secondary roots
In Brgy Nibaliw Narvarte, San Fabian, the mangroves planted along the river have grown up to 170 meters, have 180 leaves, 11 branches and 15 secondary roots.
In Sual, propagules have grown up to 1.5 meters, with 40-55 leaves and four nodes, with good condition and management. (more…)

August 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment


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