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GRACE IN TARLAC


grace tarlac 2GRACE IN TARLAC. To a crowd of 4,000 residents of Tarlac, Senator Grace Poe says, “I assure you I am still a candidate for president.”

 

December 20, 2015 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

  Scam eyed as cause of  city dad’s brutal murder


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SAN CARLOS CITY –A joint team of law enforcers is nearing the completion of their investigation on the brutal slay of a city councillor here.
The source, who asked for  anonymity, said victim Mienrado Ynzon Sr. had a quarrel with another person who defrauded him of several thousands of pesos.
The source said the joint team of the Provincial Police Office, the Criminal Investigation & Detection Group, and this city’s police is finalizing the case against the killers of Councilor Ynzon.
“There were eye witnesses who saw the suspects talking with the councillor in his vehicle before he was murdered,” the source said.
Ynzon, who drove his Mitsubishi Montero, was strangled by a passenger who was seated at the back while another passenger who was seated at the front seat stabbed him incessantly with small knife, not ice pick as earlier reported by the media, for 21 times.
The cadaver of the councillor was found last December 7 at his car which was parked at Barangay Agdao in front  of the Heaven Bound Bible Baptist Church or four kilometres from his home in Barangay Taloy.
He was bound to attend the morning session of the Sanguniang Panlungsod (city council) when his body was found at 5 Pm.

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December 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES:Does siding with Mark Cojuangco make us less Pangasinenses?


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The mouthpieces of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. are undoubtedly losing their logical commentaries regarding the gubernatorial aspirations of Mark O. Cojuangco. As of late, they are showing frustrations on issues hounding their preferred candidate- no less than the “anointed son” of Espino. Their frustrations are so obvious  that instead of ” building up” the image, character and aspirations of their candidate, these mouthpieces are resorting to unimaginable statements, making their issues farcical and laughable.

One of their tirades that tickled me no end  was accusing the broadcasters are siding with Cojuangco as not ” real Pangasinenses”. They opined that since Cojuangco was not born in Pangasinan, those who believe his cause and leadership are not giving their love to Pangasinan. What an illogical statement!

Cojuangco is a Pangasinense, there’s no doubt about it. He established his residence in Labayug, Sison since 1967, has served the 5th District of Pangasinan as representative for nine years (2001 to 2010), has provided assistance to Pangasinenses and is constantly showing love to the province by constructing sturdy infrastructure projects that are of use for years. The contention that to be a Pangasinense is to be born in Pangasinan is an out of world argument and divisive among Pangasinan residents who have chosen this province as their haven and place to live,work and raise a family.

Why are Pangasinenses siding with Cojuangco? What are the factors and qualities they have seen in him, making them think that he will be a good leader that can make a big difference in the development of Pangasinan? Providing a good public service is not a monopoly of the few. It is not also the monopoly of those saying that to be a leader in this big province, one must be a “real Pangasinense”- one who is born in Pangasinan (more…)

December 20, 2015 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

DOLE helps teacher get due retirement pay


 
By: April M. Montes
DAGUPAN CITY  – The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Single Entry Approach or SENA has enabled a grade school teacher for 36 years to get enough retirement compensation.
Rosita Javier, 60, worked as an elementary teacher for 15 years at a catholic school in Dagupan City before retiring as a principal from the same school.
Disbelief overcame Javier when the school director presented to her a computation of her separation pay. She thought the amount was too small for the long years of dedicated service she spent in the educational institution.
To resolve the issue between her and her former employer, she sought the assistance of the DOLE-Dagupan Field Office. After learning her correct monetary entitlement, she decided to file a request for assistance with the office on September 2.
On the second conference regarding her request on October 27, Javier and her former employer agreed to amicably settle, resulting in the payment of her separation pay in the amount of P80,000.
“My heartfelt gratitude to DOLE in helping me amicably settle with my former employer regarding the correct computation of my separation pay. Keep up the good work,” Javier said as she thanked the labor agency for the assistance.
DOLE-1 Regional Director Grace Ursua said the purpose of the SENA is not to assign fault, nor take side with either of the parties.
“Its end goal is to ensure that both parties settle their issues within the bounds of applicable labor laws to ensure more harmonious relationships essential in maintaining industrial peace in the region,” Ursua said.
“Again, I commend Engracio Bailon, head of the DOLE-Dagupan field office, and his staff for rising up to the task of making both our workers and employers understand and trust in our SENA process.  Workers and employers who choose to concede to reasonable and peaceful resolution of their disputes are also worthy of praise,” she added.
The SENA is a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation of all labor issues to prevent them from ripening into full-blown labor cases. Through the process, parties are assisted in coming up with an agreement for the amicable settlement of their labor issues, thereby sparing them from the more expensive, stressful and tedious process of adversarial hearings. (PIA-1, Pangasinan/DOLE)
By: April M. Montes
 
 
DAGUPAN CITY  – The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Single Entry Approach or SENA has enabled a grade school teacher for 36 years to get enough retirement compensation.
 
Rosita Javier, 60, worked as an elementary teacher for 15 years at a catholic school in Dagupan City before retiring as a principal from the same school.
 
Disbelief overcame Javier when the school director presented to her a computation of her separation pay. She thought the amount was too small for the long years of dedicated service she spent in the educational institution.     
 
To resolve the issue between her and her former employer, she sought the assistance of the DOLE-Dagupan Field Office. After learning her correct monetary entitlement, she decided to file a request for assistance with the office on September 2.
 
On the second conference regarding her request on October 27, Javier and her former employer agreed to amicably settle, resulting in the payment of her separation pay in the amount of P80,000.
 
“My heartfelt gratitude to DOLE in helping me amicably settle with my former employer regarding the correct computation of my separation pay. Keep up the good work,” Javier said as she thanked the labor agency for the assistance.
 

DOLE-1 Regional Director Grace Ursua said the purpose of the SENA is not to assign fault, nor take side with either of the parties.


 
“Its end goal is to ensure that both parties settle their issues within the bounds of applicable labor laws to ensure more harmonious relationships essential in maintaining industrial peace in the region,” Ursua said.
 
“Again, I commend Engracio Bailon, head of the DOLE-Dagupan field office, and his staff for rising up to the task of making both our workers and employers understand and trust in our SENA process.  Workers and employers who choose to concede to reasonable and peaceful resolution of their disputes are also worthy of praise,” she added.
 
The SENA is a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation of all labor issues to prevent them from ripening into full-blown labor cases. Through the process, parties are assisted in coming up with an agreement for the amicable settlement of their labor issues, thereby sparing them from the more expensive, stressful and tedious process of adversarial hearings. (PIA-1, Pangasinan/DOLE)


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December 20, 2015 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Poe: Tuloy ang laban hanggang di natutumba


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December 20, 2015 at 10:32 pm Leave a comment

Colmenares bats for lower taxes for low income earners


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- Senatorial candidate and Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Neri J. Colmenares said it was high time the national government looked into the plight of million workers both in the government and private sectors by lowering the taxes of their income.
Interviewed over DWPR Radyo Asenso’s “On Your Marks” radio program last December 19,
Colmenares said the low income earners must be given respite from high income taxes for them to have higher take home pay.
He said income earners of P30,000 a month should be exempted from income taxes and that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) should concentrate on those with high income like businessmen but have been eluding the payment of right taxes.
” The loss of the taxes derived from the income earners is small compared to the losses of revenues that are supposed to be collected by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and BIR. When I passed the bill, I asked BoC how much it loses on revenues and I was told P200 billion a year and for BIR it’s about P400 billion a year,”he said.
Colmenares also said the said agencies should concentrate on these revenue losses and  to ease the burden of the taxpayers.
He is also the author of the bill to increase the pension of the pensioners under the Social Security System (SSS) by P2,000 across the board.
The law is now awaiting for the signature of President Benigno S. Aquino III to be in effect.
When asked why he joined the Team Galing at Puso of Senator Grace Poe, Colmenares said his advocacies are shared by the group.

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December 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

 Villasis cops ink agreement with tricycle operators and drivers


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- The Federation of Villasis Tricycles Operators and Drivers Association (FVTODA) headed Noel Castillo entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Villasis Police Station (VPS) led by Chief Inspector Jesus O. Manalo Jr. to be a partner in ensuring peace and order in the town.
The MOA signing was held inside the VPS last December 18 and witnessed by the various leaders of the TODA. The parties agreed to bind themselves ” to become partners in training, empowering and guiding the tricycle drivers to become law abiding citizens and to be equipped with knowledge that are useful in combating all forms of illegal activities in their respective communities.”
“The MOA with the tricycle operators and drivers was undertaken to support us in preserving peace and order and in addressing security concerns in our town. This is part of our community relation efforts for the citizenry to participate in the peace keeping efforts of the town,” Manalo said.

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December 20, 2015 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Super Dry Beers and Grace Poe


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I was into my third San Miguel Super Dry beer and a plate of Cebu grilled chicken at the ChickBoy Restaurant in Robinson Mall  recently when a judge joined me on my table.
I asked him to get some beers so we can have an animated conversation that usually evolves on politics. He told me he would just avail of the free lunch I offered as he had a meeting with some folks an hour later.
We discussed whether presidential candidate Grace Poe is a natural born or cesarean born, er, naturalized citizen who was born Filipino after four petitioners filed a case for her disqualification at the Commission on Election.
As you know the cases filed by former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad, Government Service and Insurance System chief legal counsel Estrella Elamparo, De La Salle University political science professor Antonio Contreras, and former Dean Amado Valdez vary from her questionable citizenship to the number of years she resided in the Philippines after she married a Filipino – American citizen.
Here was what ensued with that encounter with my friend:
JUDGE: She cannot be a natural born citizen because Section 2 Article IV (Citizenship) says “Natural-born citizens are those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship. Remember Mortz the operative words “without having to perform any act”,” he told me.
She could not be natural born and run for the presidency because she performed an act on the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003.
ME: But what about “Repatriation”? It is a performance but it is encouraged by Section 3 that says Philippine citizenship may be lost or reacquired in the manner provided by law.
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I told him that “Repatriation” was defined in Bengzon v.HRET and Cruz  in May 7, 2001 by the Supreme Court.
The high court decided there if what was lost was natural citizenship for the applicant then that is what he or she  will reacquire.

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December 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

46 student-workers receive P93-K SPES assistance from DOLE-1


 
Some 46 student-workers under the Special Program for the Employment of students or SPES received their checks from the Department of Labor and Employment.
Fresnaida Gundan, Head of the DOLE-Rosales Field Office, reported to Regional Director Grace Ursua that the checks amounting to P93,104 in total assistance were released to the beneficiaries in two batches, as follows: batch 1 – November 20 and batch 2 – November 27.
The report said the awardees are among the 130 student-workers placed by the Urdaneta City University (UCU) for this year. Those belonging to the first batch worked from May 25 to June 20; while those composing the second batch worked from July 20 to August 20.  The students were assigned as student assistants at the university’s various departments.
Judy Ann Flores, a third year BSE student in Urdaneta City University (UCU) was among those who received her check for working at the Human Resource Management Department for teaching personnel.  Her total salary amounted to P2,024.
Judy Ann extended her gratitude to the DOLE, saying that being a SPES beneficiary helped her better realize the importance of hard work and education. Her family, she said, is equally grateful because they did not have to borrow money for her tuition fee.

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December 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

  Q & A: An interview with hit men’s boss


By Mortz Ortigoza
My interview with the hit men’s boss could be likened to the flick “Leon: The Professional”. The only difference with the hired gun movie was the hit men’s boss was not Italian killers’ God Father  “Uncle” Tony (Danny Aiello)but a retired police officer somewhere in a town in Luzon while the hit men were not Leon (Jean Reno) and Mathilda (Natalie Portman) but policemen and civilians’ sicarios (gunmen). Brace yourself as you read the narration how people with shady characters were mercilessly killed so that other would-be-criminals would not emulate them. Here is the interview you seldom read on newspapers and magazines. Excerpts.hITMAN victimVICTIM. Interviewer points to a victim of alleged killers who were motorcycle riding in tandem in San Carlos City, Pangasinan. Interviewer and fellow media man were in the former’s car a year ago when ahead of them a hit man caught up with a motorized tricycle driver  and peppered him with lethal shots from a Colt .45 U.S made pistol. The 45 is the standard weapon uses by hired killers in the Philippines

MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA: How did you order the killing of a notorious criminal?
ANSWER: There was this notorious akyat bahay (burglar) in a village. He was fingered every time there was robbery that occured. Usually I learned his and other culprits’ shenanigans from my police precinct commander.
We would talk how to eliminate the habitual-delinquent. My commander would ask me my verdict: “Sir, engkuentro o sparrow?
Q: How did you eliminate him?
A: We resorted to “sparrow”. The hit man would be selected ala-round robin; I got two civilians and few policemen who are killers who have killed people in the past. I chose the one who did not kill somebody for a while.  Some of them badgered me that they do the billing since they have an itch in doing it. Killing among the hard core is like an addiction their bodies crave.
Q: What happened to the burglar?
A: My men stabbed him one night. Killing by using a knife needs two to three killers. That’s why you can see a cadaver with multiple stab wounds on different parts of his body. Aside from it, it was a signature of our plot, we see to it that the target did not survive. There were cases in the past that a killer would plunge for several times a knife to the victim’s body but still the latter ran away and survived the attempt.
That’s why whenever they strike it’s like an ambush when they mercilessly stabbed simultaneously and in the flurry the victim to make sure he dies instantly.
Q: Why you resort to stabbing and not shooting?
A: Because stabbing is the politically correct, it can be suspected to be perpetrated by robbery, grudge, or whatever. Shooting could prejudice my tour record in my post.
Q: I heard from one of your men you ordered the killing of a notorious swindler. How was it done?
A: There this incident when a notorious swindler, an effeminate, in another province hid from those he duped there and resided and ran a restaurant in my area. A high police official who had an earful of complaints on the nefarious activities of this man asked me to silence him.
After some casing (police jargon for “back ground investigation”), my men, four of them composed by two civilians and two cops, implement the mission. I told them to stab the suspect.
Q: What happens to that swindler and restaurant owner you ordered killed?
A: When my men arrived they hesitated at first because there was a policeman from the other station having his dinner there. The black jacket he wore exposed his police patrol uniform inside. But my men would not back out. Two of them guarded the policeman while the two charged the swindler with their knives.
One stabbed him at his back but his knife ineffectively penetrated the right armpit. The target looked back surprised who thought somebody punched him at the back. But the other hit man followed suit and stabbed him at the back. The first hit man followed it up with a second stab. The guy hysterically ran by holding his back but fell down on the pavement some meters away. They thought they unleashed the fatal blows, my men scampered away in their two motorcycles.

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December 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment


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