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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 Leave a comment

Orduña says black sand mining happened


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February 29, 2016 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Poe: Upholding spirit of EDSA is greatest challenge for leaders


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February 29, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Reroute TPLEX, P-Noy urged


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February 29, 2016 at 7:46 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Manipulating the Pangasinenses


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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.

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February 29, 2016 at 12:49 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: ‘Anak ng Jueteng’


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”.001 (1)
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.

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February 29, 2016 at 12:46 am Leave a comment

Chiz: The child in mother’s womb is country’s future


 

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.Chiz Escudero L.U 1

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.

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February 29, 2016 at 12:32 am Leave a comment

Surge in rape cases, abuse due to improved reporting – police 


DAGUPAN CITY – An improved crime reporting system and effective public awareness campaign resulted in increased reporting of rape cases and other forms of abuse against women and children in Pangasinan, the police said.
Supt. Ferdinand De Asis, provincial police spokesperson, clarified that the increase in number of victims can be attributed to the improved reporting of cases and not necessarily an actual surge in rape cases and other kinds of abuse or on the failure of the police to thwart criminality.
The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has noted a 32-percent increase in rape cases and other forms of abuse involving both women and children last year.
De Asis said there were 228 cases committed against women and children recorded in 2014 while some 302 incidents were filed last year. Of the 302 cases, there were 50 women and 252 children who filed either rape cases or other forms of abuse.
“The rise in cases of abuse towards women and children is disheartening, yet the surge is an indication that the public is now aware that these incidents should be reported to the authorities,” he said.
Public awareness is a result of the intensified information dissemination campaign made by police personnel in cities and municipalities to encourage more victims to come forward for police intervention, he said during the “Pantongtongan Tayo” radio program of PIA-Pangasinan on Tuesday.
“Despite an amicable settlement, the police also continue to file cases and let the court decide on it. The PPPO monitors the filed cases and we are happy to know from the Office of the Prosecutor that conviction rate is high,” De Asis added.

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February 29, 2016 at 12:26 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ:Bakit nadoble ang smuggling sa Daang Matuwid?


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POE PARA SA OFW. Sa La Union nagpunta sina Grace Poe at Chiz Escudero kasama ang dalawang senatorial candidates na sina Lorna Kapunan at Isko Moreno Domagoso.
 
Isa sa mga itataguyod ni Senator Grace Poe sa isang Gobyernong may Puso ay ang interest ng mga overseas Filipino workers (OFW) dahil former OFW din siya.
 
Ang number one sa Pulse Asia survey for President na si Grace Poe ay nagtutulak na magkaroon ng credit assistance at tax incentives para sa mga  overseas Filipino workers.
 
Ang incentive ay para sa mga OFW na pumasok sa pagnenegosyo para magkaroon ng option ang mga OFW na manatili na lang sa Pilipinas.
 
Maraming pamilya na ang nasira dahil sa kawalan ng oportunidad na magkaroon ng maayos na hanapbuhay dito sa Pilipinas.
 
 Ang probinsiya ng La Union, ay isa sa mga probinsiya may pinakamalaking numero ng mga Pilipinong nasa ibang bansa para mabuhay ang kani-kanilang pamilya.
 
“Our OFWs leave the country with the hope that when they come back, they will have the financial capacity to stay,” sabi ni senadora Grace Poe. “We should encourage and support the dreams of our migrants to be reintegrated in our society.”

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February 29, 2016 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

PWDs from Region 1 off to France for Int’l Abilympics


DAGUPAN CITY– Four persons with disabilities from Region 1 will carry the Philippine flag to the International Abilympics or the Olympics of Abilities  for Persons with Disabilities on March 22-27 in France.
Jennifer Garcia (orthopedically handicapped) will compete in the word processing category; Annie Rose Rumbaua ((orthopedically handicapped) in cookery; Jerome Marzan (hearing impaired) in webpage design and  Preciousa Paz Quinto (hearing impaired) in outdoor photography.
Garcia, who suffered from polio when she was two years old, said she is excited for the opportunity to compete internationally.
“Going to France to represent our country is already a prize in itself. We are happy to be part of the team. So please pray for us guys in the competition,” Garcia said.
Gilbert Caronongan, Abilympics Focal Person, said Region I has the biggest number of qualifiers from the Philippine delegation composed of two other qualifiers from Region 11, and one each from Regions 4A, 8 and 10.

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February 29, 2016 at 12:07 am Leave a comment

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