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 Share a toy this Christmas


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- SM City Rosales is inviting its shoppers to play Santa Claus and share the joys of Christmas with less fortunate children in its “Share a Toy” campaign.
A joint project of The SM Store and Toy Kingdom in partnership with SM Foundation and the Department of Social Welfare and Development – the “Share a Toy” campaign  promotes involvement of communities in spreading the spirit of Christmas by simply giving toys- old or new to kids in less fortunate communities and accredited organizations.
To participate in this annual activity of SM Malls, shoppers must  visit Share a Toy booths found in all SM Stores and Toy Kingdom branches where shoppers can donate old or new toys until December 31, 2015.

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December 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ:   Bakit ginamit ang US passport?


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MASUNURIN SA BATAS. Dahil sa pagsunod sa proseso ng mga Amerikano, kaya ginamit pa rin ni Senadora Grace and kanyang US passport kahit nag-renounce na siya ng US citizenship.
 
Sabi ni Atty. Oscar Franklin Tan, US law explicitly required her to use her US passport despite her renunciation of citizenship, which was still being processed. She could not use her Philippine passport because the US could not issue her a visa, since it still recorded her as a US passport holder. Thus, Poe’s use of the US passport is consistent with her renunciation of US citizenship and in fact required by US law for renouncing citizens.

Grace Poe, ang batang napulot sa isang simbahan sa Iloilo,  renounced US citizenship with the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation in October 2010 which was approved by the Philippine government immediately.
 
The US Government processed the Grace Poe renunciation papers from October 2010 to February 2012.
 
Grace Poe’s US Certificate of Loss of Nationality, stamped approved only on February 3, 2012. However, the certificate notes that “bearer expatriated self on October 21, 2010.”

The US Government published it in July 2012.
 
Grace Poe had to use her US passport up to February 2012 since it is a US regulation that a former US citizen has to use the US passport while the US renunciation is still under processing and the immigration records are not yet updated.
 
Councilor Romy Sim ng Rosales, Pangasinan, kumusta na po kayo? Maliwanag naman pala ang Presidencia ng Bayan ng Rosales sa Christmas lights na inilagay doon.
 
Aprub naman daw po ang mga tao, Pasko na po!
 
May regulasyon naman pala ang US Government na kailangan mo munang gamitin ang US passport mo kahit habang hindi pa natatapos ang buong proseso.

BAMBOO NAMAN. Sa mga nag-iisip at nagpa-plano ng tree planting, try niyo naman ang kawayan as in bamboo.
 
Technically, ang kawayan ay grass or damo lang.
 
Ang kawayan ang kahoy ng mahihirap. Ito ang makikita mong gamit sa paggawa ng bahay kubo.
 
Ang kawayan ay mabilis lumaki, kayang tumagkad nito ng isang metro sa isang araw. Fast ano? Ang mabagal sa Pilipinas ay internet.

Kumpara sa ibang damo, kayang gumawa ng dagdag na 35% na oxygen para sa ating kapaligiran ang kawayan.
 
Gumagawa na ito ng oxygen, mas matindi at mas malawak ang hawak ng kawayan sa lupa para hindi gumuho.
 
Kawayan production naman tayo. Para maiba.
 
NALUNGKOT SIYA. Eto daw po ang reaksyon ni Senadora Grace Poe sa naging desisyon ng 2nd division ng Comlec ayon kay Sen. Chiz Escudero.
 
Nalungkot siya, siyempre. Kasama ko siya kagabi. Magkasama kami noong hapon din sa Senado, nag-attend kami ng session.
 
Sinabi ko na sa kanya na may balita pero wala pa tayong kopya. So gabi nagkita kami, may kopya na siya. Siyempre nalungkot pero bakas pa rin sa mata niya iyong battle scars, ika nga.
 
Nagsimula siya wala namang bumabanat sa kanya, walang tumitira sa kanya. She was the darling of the media and everybody loved her because she was number one senator. Everybody wanted her to be their running mate.
 
But as soon as she decided to run for president everything changed. So she’s learning quite a bit that you’re ahead, people will tend to hit you for no reason whatsoever, simply because you’re ahead.
 
Sabi rin ni Sen. Chiz na mas marumi ang pulitika ngayon dahil maaari kang magtago sa isang facebook account o kayanaman sa isang twitter account habang sinisiraan mo ang mga kalaban mo.
 
 Dati dinadaan pa sa mga letters to the editor. Okaya naman magpapa-interview ka on camera. Ngayon, iba na.
 
It’s getting dirtier and dirtier, given technology, given the benefit of anonymity. It’s getting worse compared to before. Before you needed to be on cam to be heard or to be listened to, before you needed to write a letter to the editor before you can be listened to. Now, anyone and anyone can say anything they want to say and then we can reach you. All they have to do is tag you or go to your Twitter account or Facebook account, it will reach you.
 
Malaki rin ang epekto sa mga politiko ng mga anonymous na atake sa kanila.
 
And one way or the other, all politicians are human, they are affected and they will be affected always, one way or the other.
 
ONLY BINAY. Sabi ng Malakanyang na Only Binay daw ang gumanda ang buhay sa Makati.
Hindi daw po totoo na gaganda ang buhay ng mga Pinoy kung ito ang magiging pangulo ng bansa. Dahil only Binay ang gumanda ang buhay. Iyong iba mahirap pa rin.
 
“What is certain is that si VP Binay, gumanda ang buhay niya dahil hanggang ngayonhindi niya maipaliwanag  ang alegasyon ng korapsyon laban sa kanya,” sabi ni Lacierda.
 
STILL ABOUT THE CANDIDATE.  Nalulungkot si Sen. Chiz na walang pgababago sa darating na halalan.
 
Kahit na plataporma at mga planong gawin ng Grace-Chiz tandem ang pinapatampok nila ay iba naman ang ginagawa ng mainstream media maging ng social media.
 
Si Sen. Grace Poe, madalas niyang  dinadala ang mga usapan sa mga isyu pero sa personal naman tumutungo.
 
Ang kandidato pa rin ang pinag-uusapan ang nangyayari sa kampanya para 2016 elections.
 
Sabi din ni Sen. Chiz na ang usapan ng tao ay 80 percent tungkol sa kandidato at 20 percent lang tungkol sa plataporma.
 
In so far as elections and campaigning first. I would have thought that things would have changed for the better now. That people will be talking about not the candidates but their platform and program. That the people, the candidates will be serving. At the end of the day it is still about the candidates. It is still about 80% about the candidate and 20% about what do you intend to do and what do you plan to do.
 
NAWALANG DREAM. Nawalan na ng pag-asa nag mga naghahangad na maging congressman sa 4thdistrict ng Pangasinan.
 
Sa nangyaring substitution si Christopher De Venecia sa kanayang ina para maging congressman ay parang naglaho na ang pangarap ng mga naghihintay na matapos ni Manay Gina ang kanyang last term.

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December 13, 2015 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

Cojuangco awed by progress of Binalonan


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
BINALONAN – Pangasinan gubernatorial candidate expressed amazement by the aesthetic turn-around of this first class town.
“I was amazed by the speed of the development of your town. This is the only place not only in the 5th Congressional District but the entire province of Pangasinan that has spruced up its plaza to beauty with so much speed,” former Pangasinan Congressman  Mark Cojuangco who graced this town’s Christmas Bazaars’ opening .
Cojuangco lauded Mayor Ramon “Mon-Mon” V. Guico III for his foresight on how to improve the thriving town.
“At hindi po nangyayari iyan ng aksidente. Sinasadya po iyan. At hindi po iyan mangyayari kung wala po tayong isang leader na merong napakagandang mahabang pananaw sa development po natin ng ating bayan”.
He recalled that when he was a nine – year congressman of the district and after the time his wife Representative Kimi replaced him, they tirelessly supported the Guicos because they know their leadership played a major role for the transformation of this town.
“At kung sakali mayor na ako ay makakarating sa Lingayen bilang isang gobernador ay lalo po na makaka-asa ang Binalonan sa aking supporta sa development po ninyo (In case mayor I will be catapulted as governor you can be assured that I will continue to support the development of Binalonan)”.
Cojuangco said a lot of things can be done in this town because he saw that all the help he and his wife gave as congressman to the mayor here did not go in vain.
He said  what draws people to the town are are the lightning, clean surrounding, various business facilities, orderly stalls, peace and order, the esplanade and comfort this town’s bring, and the arrays of goods the people can buy.

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December 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

Chiz: Supreme Court has final say on Poe’s presidential run


Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero said the ultimate decision whether his running mate Sen. Grace Poe is qualified or not to run for the highest position in the land rests with the Supreme Court (SC) once it rules with finality on the legal questions surrounding her candidacy.

Escudero, an independent vice-presidential candidate, is optimistic that Poe will achieve justice from the high court after the Second Division of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) voted in favor of a petition to exclude her from the presidential race.
“Though the COMELEC Second Division decided to disqualify Sen. Grace, at the end of the day it’s the Supreme Court who can disqualify a candidate with finality,” Escudero said. “We are hopeful that if Senator Grace cannot achieve justice from the COMELEC, she will finally achieve justice in the Supreme Court.”
There are three other separate petitions pending with the First Division of the poll body seeking to cancel Poe’s certificate of candidacy on grounds that she allegedly failed to comply with the residency and citizenship requirements of the law.
Escudero, however, said that should the COMELEC en banc uphold these petitions, the only recourse is to seek relief from the high court.
“We are confident that the law is on our side,” said the leading vice-presidential candidate, citing previous Supreme Court rulings involving election-related cases that may serve as precedents in Poe’s pending cases once they reached the high tribunal.
One of these is the SC ruling in 2004 that declared actor Fernando Poe Jr., whose citizenship was also questioned when he ran for president at the time, a natural-born Filipino.
“Under the law, adoptive children take over the rights and the pertinences of a legitimate child. So if you are a legitimate child of a natural-born father, then the status of your citizenship is also natural-born,” he pointed out.
The “King of Philippine Cinema” is the adoptive father of Poe.
“The Supreme Court also said in that case and I quote, ‘We cannot leave the unelected members of these Court the power and to decide who is the next president will be. That decision is best left to the sovereign Filipino people,’” Escudero said.
“As they say, let he candidate run and let the people decide who is the next president will be. The Supreme Court cannot and will not choose who our next president will be by disqualification,” he added.
According to Escudero, the high tribunal is fair and would not allow an elected president to win by default.

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December 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Next president decides if AFP Modernization v. China continues


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After the hearing on the PNP Modernization Bill last November 26 at the swanky Sison Auditorium in Lingayen, Pangasinan,Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan and PMA ’76) introduced me to Congressman Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo and PMA ’70) as a former personnel of the Tactics at the Philippine Military Academy in the late 1980s when he was one of the tactical officers there.
“Sir, what class are you?” I asked Acop, a lawyer.
“1970,” he said.
“Oh, your mistah (classmate) was Julius Javier (living legend and hero of the black panther commando the Scout Ranger). He just reacted last week on an article I posted on Face Book about former U.S. General Colin Powel during his stint at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
“I’m still seeing Julius; we play golf together with my other ‘mistahs’”.
After I narrated to him that I and my family lived at the RFC near the statue of “young boy” General Gregorio del Pilar when they were still firstie (graduating cadets) in the 1970,I asked Acop, a member of the Oversight Committee of Revised AFP Modernization Program, why it takes several years (2018 to 2022 of Horizon 2) for the AFP to buy a squadron or two squadrons of multiple jets like the U.S made $19 million apiece F-16 bloc C/D, Sweden made  U.S $ 70 million each Saab JAS 39 Gripen, or U.S$101 million apiece French made Dassault Rafale to buttress the Philippines’ defense of her  islands, and reefs at the West Philippines Sea (WPS).
“In case Congress deliberates and funds in 2017 the multi-role jets, funds will be available in 2018, order and delivery of the brand new jets will be on 2019 or 2020, baka ubos na ang isla natin sa WPS in case we keep procrastinating on buying them?”
He told me that the Revised AFP Modernization Act  (RAFPMA) or Republic Act 10349 already funded all the items needed by the AFP up to the end year 2028 of the Horrizon-3.
“The ball now lays on the executive department especially the new president whether he/she supports it, ” he told me.
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When  I asked him in case the tension at the WPS gets out of control, why wont the  Congress pass a special appropriation to buy  second hand F-16s or Israeli Kfirs, all multi-role fighters, especially the latter the Israelis offer us in a basement price.
“They were manufactured in the 1970s but their frames and platforms were spruced up to fly for thousands of hours not to mention the warranty given by the Israelis, their new avionics and munitions are at par with the F-16,” I declared.
As what rhk111smilitaryandarmspage.wordpress.com wrote: ‘All Kfirs being sold now are taken from the mothballed stocks of the IAF (Israel Air Force), but are refurbished and upgraded with advanced avionics. The latest version in the market is the “Block 60″ armed with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the EL/M-2052. IAI is selling this new version with a 40-year manufacturer’s guarantee for the low price of only USD 20 million each, which would be cheaper than the FA-50 Golden Eagles (priced at U.S $30 million apiece – MCO)”.

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December 13, 2015 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Election watchlist inclusion a preventive measure – Comelec


 

DAGUPAN CITY – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Pangasinan clarified the inclusion of the province in the election watchlist area (EWA) released by  the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the 2016 polls.
Provincial Election Supervisor Marino Salas said the PNP has its own parameters in determining those that are to be included in the list.
“ It is more of a preventive measure on the part of the PNP,” Salas said in an interview.
Salas added that Pangasinan was also included in the  watchlist during the 2013 elections but no election-related violence was listed.
The Comelec is set to conduct its command conference on Thursday  and is expected to tackle the need to release a list of areas of concern or areas of immediate concern for next year’s elections.
P/Sr. Supt Rollie Saltat, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, said having the list is a pro-active strategy and  must not be a cause of worry  for Pangasinenses.
“ Hindi ibig sabihin na magulo (pag napasama sa listahan). Sa termino ng kapulisan, madadagdagan ang pwersa ng kapulisan para mabantayan ang eleksyon,” Saltat said.

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December 13, 2015 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Dagaupan bids Doc Leo farewell


DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez led City Hall employees in bidding farewell to City Health Officer Dr. Leonard Kennedy L. Carbonell who died of lingering illness last Dec. 4  in a necrological service at the San Juan Ebanghelista Hall on December 11. He was 55.

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Dr. Leonard Carbonnel (left) in huddle with former Dagupan City Administrator Vlad Mata.

Fernandez acknowledged the great contributions of Carbonell to the City Health Office who was highly instrumental why the city received the first Agila trophy award from PhilHealth for being the best forerunner in sponsored program implementation under the city category.
“The city is very grateful to the contributions and works of Doc Leo. He will forever be remembered as an unselfish and a dedicated, hardworking public servant,” Fernandez said.
Carbonell also worked for the “No Balance Billing Policy and “Point of Care” enrollment for indigent patients with a private hospital, which is still under negotiation and hopefully to be the first of its kind in the entire country that will benefit the less fortunate sector.
He was also instrumental in the conduct of city-wide medical and dental mission in the barangays and for the construction of One Stop Diagnostic Center.
It was under Dr. Carbonell’s watch when the city was awarded the “Garantisadong Pambata” in Puerto Princesa, Palawan and the implementation of the SUSEA project as well as the USAID-funded project PROMISE which prepared the city to become one of the climate- resilient cities in the country today.
These are just but a few of the numerous things he had done for the city.
Doc Leo or ‘Ama’ as he was fondly called by people who worked with him was survived by his wife Emily, daughter Dr. Corla Blaise Carbonell, Mark Kennedy, Jeve and Cyrille.
He was the city’s health chief since 1994.
Doc Leo was more than a family man, a friend and a brother to everyone, a true public servant. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)
 

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December 13, 2015 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

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