BACKER. Presidential candidate Grace Poe and her team mate Chiz Escudero supporter Rosendo So extends the microphone so various sectors who attended the listening tour can ask the candidates in the convention hall of Thunderbird Resort in San Fernando City, La Union last February 24. The guy seated near So is the city’s Vice Mayor Hermenegildo A. Gualberto. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
February 29, 2016 at 10:05 am
In my previous columns, I have written lengthily on issues about illegal black sand mining, illegal quarrying and illegal operations of a number game called “jueteng.” In those articles, I posited that these illegal activities being undertaken by the provincial government under the administration of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. have slowly eroded the moral fibers and values of Pangasinenses.
While the allegations of the illegal activities are true as they are backed up by facts and documents, Espino kept on denying their existence with a usual mantra of ” politically motivated” as a defense and excuse. How long will he hoodwink us? How long will he manipulate us with his lame excuses that he has made considerable progress for Pangasinan? How long will he accept the reality that under his administration, the progress he’s boasting of cannot be felt by the ordinary Pangasinense? Most Pangasinenses are still living in the morass of poverty as what the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has reported last year.
The illegal jueteng operations are still rampant in Pangasinan. It is now operating in the guise of a “jai-alai” under Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation based in Cagayan Province. How can this jai-alai operate when there are no off-frontons to speak of? Where is the fronton where there are “pelotaris” playing? If one bets, the two number combinations must be taken from 1 to 10 with each number corresponding to a “pelotari” playing in the fronton and betting is done in off-frontons. But the jai-alai in Pangasinan is “jai-teng”, a term coined to sway us from the “jueteng” operations, which has 1 to 37 number combinations.
According to Bugallon Vice Mayor Rodrigo “Ric” Orduña who filed a plunder case against Governor Espino before the Office of the Ombudsman in December 2012, he was the one delivering P2.5 million weekly or P10 million a month to Governor Espino as “jueteng” payola from 2007 to 2011. When he filed the complaint, he was accompanied by former Archbishop Oscar Cruz. His collaborating witness was Fernando “Boy Bata” Alimagno who later retracted his affidavit as he was paid P10 million by the Espino camp. The payment made to Alimagno was also collaborated by Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So who was responsible in contacting him.
What a big sum of money coming from poor Pangasinenses. Now tell me, is this the way to show our love for Pangasinan? Espino has launched ” I Love Pangasinan” Movement with one of its core programs is “Healthy Pocket” bringing with him the wads of million pesos inside his pocket as claimed by Orduña.
February 29, 2016 at 12:49 am
Isang malaking rebelasyon sa mga Pangasinense ang ipinahayag ni Bugallon Bise Mayor Rodrigo “Ric” Orduña tungkol sa mga tunay na pangyayari tungkol sa “jueteng”, ilegal na pagmina ng “black sand”, ilegal na pag-quarry sa Bugallon at kung ano ang pagkatao ni Gobernador Amado T. Espino Jr. bilang isang dating “kaibigan”.
Sa isang pulong ng mga mamamahayag na ginanap kamakailan, ibinulalas ni Orduña ang sitwasyon ng “jueteng” sa Pangasinan at kung paano hinawakan ito ni Gobernador Espino. Ayon kay Orduña, P4 na milyon ang intelihensiya kada buwan ang tinatanggap ni Espino noong siya ay Congressman ng ikalawang Distrito ng Pangasinan mula 2001 hanggang 2006 na kung susumain ay umaabot sa halagang P288 milyon. Napakalaking halaga ano po?
Mas nakakagulat noong si Espino ay nagsimulang manungkulan bilang Gobernador noong 2007. Sinabi ni Orduña na bawat linggo sa araw ng Sabado, siya mismo ang nagbibigay kay Espino ng P2.5 milyon o P10 milyon kada buwan. Sa loob ng anim na taon o 2007 hanggang 2012, tinatayang humigit kumulang na P72 milyong payola sa “jueteng” na tinanggap ni Espino at hindi pa kasali ang mga taong 2013 hanggang 2015.
Matatandaan na noong Disyembre 2012, sinampahan ni Orduña ng kasong pandarambong o “plunder” si Espino sa Office of the Ombudsman sa tulong ni dating Arsobispo ng Lingayen-Dagupan na si Oscar Cruz dahil sa payola sa “jueteng”. Naging saksi niya si Fernando “Boy Bata” Alimagno, isang operator ng “jueteng” na sa kalaunan ay diumano binayaran ng P10 milyon para iurong ang kanyang sinumpaang salaysay. Sa ngayon hinihintay pa ni Orduña ang tawag mula sa Office of the Ombudsman at ayon sa kanya ay handa pa rin niyang ipagpatuloy ang kaso kontra kay Espino.
Malaking halaga ng pera ang nasa likuran ng operasyon ng “jueteng”. Ang mga perang ito ay galing sa mga tumataya na karamihan ay mga mahihirap. Dahil sa kahirapan, ang kanilang pag-asa ay manalo man lang sa ilegal na sugal na ito at ipusta kahit ang kahulihulian nilang sentimo. Hindi nila alam na ang kanilang ipinupusta ay napupunta sa payola na ang malaking bahagi nito ay kay Gobernador Espino.
February 29, 2016 at 12:46 am
SAN FERNANDO CITY -Leading vice-presidential candidate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero urged pregnant women to ensure safe and healthy pregnancy and childbirth, saying the children inside their womb are the future of the Philippines.
TOUR. Vice Presidential candidate Chiz Escudero (center) in a huddle with village chiefs of San Fernando City, La Union at the Thunderbird Resort last Wednesday. He was in the city for his listening tour with various sectors in the northern Luzon city. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
“Nasa sinapupunan ninyo ang kinabukasan ng ating bansa. Ang mga anak ninyo ang susunod na magiging mga lider ng ating lipunan at ng ating bansa,” Escudero said during the Sikugor Buntis Congress in La Union Wednesday.
Escudero told mothers that their children are fortunate because they will know their parents at birth, which is not the case for his presidential running mate, Sen. Grace Poe, who was found abandoned in a church in Jaro, Iloilo.
Poe, who is the top pick for president based on pre-election surveys, was later adopted by movie royalty Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces. She is the first foundling in the Philippines to seek the highest post in the land.
“Pero ngayon maaring sya ang maging susunod na pangulo ng bansa. Kung sa isang pulot na bata pwedeng maganap iyon, ano pa kaya sa mga anak ninyo na simula pa lamang may nagmamahal agad na mga magulang?” said Escudero.
The veteran lawmaker also emphasized the importance of prenatal care or preventive healthcare for expectant mothers to avoid possible health problems during and after pregnancy.
Escudero, however, said this is only possible if the Department of Health (DOH) will make healthcare for pregnant women more affordable and accessible, especially for those residing in rural areas.
“Ang preventive healthcare ay napakahalaga, mas mura at mas nakakatiyak tayo para masiguro ang kaligtasan at pagiging malusog ng kinabukasan ng ating bansa, ang ating mga kabataan. Dapat gawin ito sa bawat sulok ng bansa at dapat pondohan din ito ng PhilHealth kung hindi kakayanin ng lokal na pamahalaan para matiyak ang kalusugan ng ating mga kababayan at kabataan,” he said.
Under the 2016 National Expenditure Plan, the DOH received P122.63 billion for its program, and Escudero wanted the agency to allocate more funds for birthing centers and public hospitals.
According to the United Nations Development Programme, a significant number of Filipino women have limited access to reproductive health services. It also added that more than half of births in the country occurred at home while one-third of them were assisted by traditional birth attendants also known as hilot.
February 29, 2016 at 12:32 am