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SMUGGLING. Abono Party List Chairman Rosendo So (at rostrum) speaks before the members of the President Breakfast Club, Inc. and reporters at the President Hotel last Tuesday. Engineer So, also the national chair of the Samahang Industriya at Agrikultura, talks about the final bill in Congress that metes tough punishment on smugglers. Other personalities in the photo are (from left) Mita Duque, publisher of the Capitol Post and chairwoman of the TPBCI; Jun Velasco, president of TPBCI and Ruben Rivera, editor of Mirror Newspaper. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZAIMG_6923


February 7, 2016 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Grace Poe regains lead in survey

                                            “OVERWHELMED AND HUMBLED’
Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe regained the top spot in the latest pre-election presidential preference survey, pollster Pulse Asia announced Saturday.
grace poe takes lead
Pulse Asia said Poe was back on the lead with 30 percent of the respondents choosing her, while three other presidential contenders share second place.
Poe, in a statement, said she’s both overwhelmed and humbled by the survey results.
“The latest Pulse Asia survey is both overwhelming and humbling. It echoes the voice of the people who trust and believe in my capacity to be a leader no matter what hurdles are thrown my way,” she said.
“The Filipinos will always be my inspiration to stay the course and work harder, especially now that the official campaign period is about to commence. I am ready to serve and work to bring the change that the Filipinos deserve.”
Poe’s spokesman, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said the senator was thankful to her supporters for edging the lead in the Pulse Asia survey, which she said was a boost for their campaigning efforts.
“With the data on-hand, we will see to it that we continue to amplify our message that Senator Poe is still a candidate in the running for the presidency,” Gatchalian said.
The surge in ratings supposedly bolstered their support of Poe despite the slew of disqualification cases against the senator and will serve as a road map for their campaign, he said.


February 7, 2016 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Cojuangco’s opponents are desperate

While the official political campaign for local candidates for May 9 elections is still 45 days ahead as of this writing, the once peaceful political situation in Pangasinan is beginning to crack with the desperate moves of the camp of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. to thwart the candidacy of Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) and Biskeg na Pangasinan gubernatorial candidate Mark O. Cojuangco.
Lately, Cojuangco was the subject of tirades by the mouthpieces of Espino over their radio programs. Aside from concocting issues against him using “gutter languages”, his tarpaulins displayed in Bugallon and Bayambang  were destroyed. Issues against Cojuangco are superficial that they don’t deserve counter moves from his supporters.
In radio broadcasts manned by Cojuangco’s media bureau, issues against the present provincial administration are being discussed to inform Pangasinenses on the real state of the province. These are devoid of personal attacks against the sitting governor and his namesake who is running for the gubernatorial post as it is the policy of Cojuangco to stick on issues to avoid political clashes that might turn combative between the two camps.
It seems that Espino’s camp is resorting to more drastic moves and coming out with black propagandas that are full of deceits and lies. Last week, an orchestrated demonstration was held  in Marabuc, Laoac led by an Alcala mayoral candidate Manuel Tolentino. With followers in tow masquerading as farmers, they assembled in front the dairy farm in the said place denouncing the use of tobacco excise tax share and putting the blame on Cojuangco. The group that call itself “Save Pangasinan Movement” is apparently a political group allied with Espino with the ultimate aim to destroy the reputation of Cojuangco.


February 7, 2016 at 8:40 pm Leave a comment

Fernandez twits Lim Administration for not giving her a permit to build hotel

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen Fernandez blamed the past city administration for loss of revenues and jobs which she said could have been brought by tourism.
Fernandez said about three years ago, her family wanted to invest in a world class hotel in Barangay Lucao but the project was not given permit by the former Mayor Benjamin Lim’s administration.
The Lims and the Fernandezes are mall business competitors.
 “Three years ago, magpapatayo ako ng world class na hotel. Ano ang nangyari? Hinde ako binigyan ng permit! (Three years ago I was geared to build a world class hotel. But what happened? The Lim Administration did not give me the business permit),” the mayor said.
She said Philippine Councilors League (PCL) National Secretary General and this City Councilor Maybelyn Dela Cruz-Fernandez  and Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. Board of Director Romeo Rosario told  her that they could bring their national members but could not do so because of the absence of a respectable hotel to accommodate clients of a national magnitude.


February 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Kampanya sa pambansang posisyon, simula na!

Sa Pebrero 9, magsisimula na ang opisyal na pangangampanya ng mga kakandidato para sa pagka-pangulo, pagka-pangalawang pangulo, pagka-senador at partylists. Magsisimula na rin ang ating tunay na pagkilatis sa mga kakayahan at personalidad ng mga kakandidato. At siyempre pa, gagawin nilang lahat ang kanilang makakaya upang antigin ang suporta ng mga mamamayan sa loob ng 90 araw na magwawakas sa hatinggabi ng Mayo 7.
Sa pagpili natin ng mga iboboto na manunungkulan sa atin -nasyonal at lokal man – kailangan ng masusing pagkilatis at pagtaya sa kanilang mga kakayahan at hangarin na manilbihan sa ating bansa. Huwag tayong pasisilaw lang sa mga magaganda at mabulaklak na pananalita, bagkus sila ay ating husgahan sa mas malalim na pamantayan. Ang pagbibigay natin sa kanila ng kapangyarihan ay dapat maibalik ng wastong serbisyo at panunungkulan.
Sa ngayon pa lang, talamak na ang batuhan ng mga “putik” sa isat-isa. Naglalabasan na ang mga ” black propaganda” kontra sa bawat kakandidato na para bang ang mga ganitong gawain ay makapagbibigay ng tamang pamantayan sa pagpili ng mga kandidato. Bagamat ang mga ganitong gawain ay bahagi na ng pulitika sa ating bansa, di ba panahon na rin na tayong mga mamamayan mismo ang maglatag ng mga makatwirang pamantayan sa pagpili ng ating mga bagong lideres sa bansa?
Ang halalan ay isang ehersisyo ng ating indibiduwal na karapatan.Ang karapatang ito ay nakasaad sa ating Saligang Batas na hindi dapat masalaula, mawala at magamit sa wasto. Ang halalan din ang nagbibigay ng pagkapantay-pantay, mayaman man o mahirap sa buhay at makapangyarihan man o sinasakupan.
Ano ang mga nararapat na pamantayan sa ating mga pipiliing kandidato?
Una, ang isang kandidato ay may takot sa Diyos. Ang pagkatakot sa Diyos ay nagbibigay ng pagkatakot sa paggawa ng mga taliwas sa batas, pagkurakot ng kaban ng bayan at paglustay nito. Ang isang lider na lubos ang pananalig sa Maykapal ay magbibigay ng inspirasyon sa mga tao dahil ang kanyang lakas ay puno ng pananampalataya.


February 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

Chiz says lawyer of Poe accuser  needs to brush up on law on equality


February 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

Anti Smuggling Act passed, awaits P-Noy’s signature

By Brando Cortez
The Abono Party-List, in behalf of the Filipino farmers, expressed happiness about the passage of the anti-smuggling of agricultural commodities bill by both houses of Congress.
We believe that this will eventually help the country achieve food self- sufficiency and food security,” Abono chair Rosendo So said.
The authors of both bills in the House and in the Senate agreed to adopt the Senate version (SB 2923) so as to expedite the process given the limited time before Congress adjourns. As such, the bill now awaits the signature of the President, in Malacanang.
So said  the Agriculture Anti Smuggling Act of 2015 will hopefully put an end to smuggling of agricultural products such as rice pork, chicken, onions, garlic and sugar among others.
So made the statement even as he lamented that the smuggling of agricultural commodities continuea to flood the domestic market and negatively impacted on commodity prices, production volumes and government revenue.
“The unfair competition by smuggled agricultural commodities in the domestic market has caused farm gate prices to dip along with production volume,” So said.
“Imagine the lost government revenues because of smuggling and its impact on local farmers who cannot compete with lower priced smuggled goods,” he added.
He said the House of Representatives passed House Bill No. 6380 entitled “An Act Declaring Smuggling as a Crime Involving Economic Sabotage, Prescribing Penalties Therefor and for Other Purposes.”
So expressed his gratitude eto all the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura and the farmers who gave their support for the approval of the measure.
HB 6380 is a consolidation of the bills filed by Rep. Conrado M. Estrella III (Abono Party-list) and Rep. Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega II (Abono Party-list) HB 4767 substituted with HB 6209; Rep. Miro Quimbo (LP) HB 6259; Rep. Delphine Gan Lee ( AGRI Party-List) HB 6171; Agapito Guanlao (Butil Party-List) and Mark Villar (NP) HB 6306.
The Senate, on the other hand, passed Senate Bill 2923 entitled ““An Act Declaring Large Scale Agricultural Smuggling as Economic Sabotage, Prescribing Penalties Therefor and for Other Purposes.”
SB is a consolidation of related bills filed by Senator JV Ejercito SB 2092; Senator Grace Poe SB 2348; and Senator Cynthia Villar SB 2765.
So said the Agriculture Anti Smuggling Act of 2015 will address the scourge of large scale agricultural smuggling that has resulted in decreased domestic production, threatening the country’s food security.
“This will serve as a strong deterrent against rampant smuggling of agricultural products such as rice, pork, chicken, onions, and garlic among others,” So said.
In a text message, Sinag said the Agriculture Anti Smuggling Act of 2015 is one shining moment in the struggle against smuggling.
“Amidst the gloom of the past days as smuggling continues to devastate the local agriculture industry right this very minute; this is one shining moment that we can all be proud of,” Sinag said. “Tuloy-tuloy lang po tayo sa ating pagkakaisa na labanan ang smuggling at iba pang mga patakaran at programa na nagpapahirap at lalong naglulugmok sa ating industriya!”


February 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment

  Henares rebuffs ‘Dunkin’ Donuts’ protector tag

By Mortz C.Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – Despite the expose’ of a disgruntled former examiner that the Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue is protecting an alleged big time tax evader, Commissioner Kim Henares said her omission to collect P1.56 billion was correct and dismissed the tag as “coddler of Dunkin’Donuts”.IMG_6770HENARES. Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares (2nd from left) is seated with BIR Region 1 OIC Regional Director Eduardo Pagulayan, Revenue District Office-6 Chief Lawyer Maria Isavel Barcia-Utit and her Assistant Maria Bernadette Mangaoang during the inauguration of the RDO-6 new swanky four-storey building in Urdaneta City. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

“Tatlong reinvestigation na kami sinasabi mali po siya. Papaano mo pipilitin ang isang mali sa isang taxpayer assuming natin na ma-assess ko iyan. Gagawin ng taxpayer pupunta siya sa Court of Tax Appeals ku-kwestionin niya,” stressed by Commissioner Kim Henares after the inauguration of the new revenue district office here.
Othello Dalanon, a resigned BIR examiner, said he discovered in his assessment that Golden Donuts, Inc.(GBI), the exclusive Philippine franchisee of the global brand “Dunkin’ Donuts” was liable to pay P1.56 billion after it did not protest the Formal Letter of Demand and Assessment Notice (FAN) of the tax agency.
Dalanon personally reported GDI’s omission to Henares and recommended to her criminal prosecution for tax evasion of GBI under the much vaunted “Run After Tax Evaders” program of the Bureau; but said she intentionally did not pursue the fraud case against the company because its secretary – Marixi Prieto who is also the chairperson of the Philippine Daily Inquirer – is President Aquino’s friend, according to Deputy Commissioner Estela Sales.
The former Examiner cited the deficiency tax assessment done by the BIR obtained finality because GDI failed to file a valid protest against the FAN.
Ms. Prieto, Dalanon added, talked to Henares and then BIR Regional and the incumbent Assistant Commissioner Nestor Valeroso on different occasions who both gave leniency to GDI.
Henares intentionally did not collect it, because representatives of GDI complained to her that Dalanon’s assessment was faulty. She, according to Dalanon, ordered two re-investigation.


February 7, 2016 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment


NEW POLICE OIC. Senior Supt.Edgar Alan Okubo, OIC Pangasinan police director, answers questions during the question hour in the last Monday’s(01 Feb) regulas session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Lingayen.5 (1)


February 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Grace Poe, panalo!

Top choice na muli ang susunod na Presidente ng Pilipinas na si Grace Poe sa latest survey ng Pulse Asia.
Nakabawi na si Grace Poe sa survey ratings, parang FPJ movie nga naman, binubugbog muna hanggang sa kahulihan ay nagwawagi din.
Nakakuha po siya ng 30 percent at may lamang siyang 7 percentage points sa secong placer.
Lamang naman si Poe ng 10 percentage points sa nag-tie sa 3rd place.
Ibig sabihin, kung 50 million voters ang boboto… lalamang si Grace Poe ng 3.5 million votes sa secong placer at lalamang naman siya ng 5 million voters sa 3rd placer.
Panibagong sigla na naman ang bigay ng balitang ito sa Friends of Grace Poe na pinangungunahan ni Boss Rosendo. Tama po ba ex-vice mayor ng Rosales Romy Sim?
ESCUDERO PA RIN! Ang pangunguna naman ng susunod na Vice President ng Pilipinas na si Chiz Escudero sa 33 percentage points.
Lamang si Escudero ng 10 percentage points sa second placer at 15 percentage points naman sa 3rd placer.
Ibig sabihin, lamang si Escudero ng 5 million votes sa second placer at 7.5 million votes naman sa 3rd placer.
KIMI COJUANGCO PA RIN SA 5TH. Ayon sa isang survey na ating nakita, malayo ang lamang ni Cong Kimi Cojuangco sa kanyang kalaban para sa congressional seat sa 5th district ng Pangasinan.
Sabi ng source natin, na talagang naghahabol yung gustong sumungkit ng congressional seat sa 5th kaya naman hanggang sa malalayong barangay ay may mga tarpaulin na siya.
Tama naman ang ginagawa niya dahil siya ang dehado.
IN ENEMY LAND. Naimbiitahan pala si Cong Mark Cojuangco sa bayan ng Bugallon nitong nakaraang linggo.
Mayor sa bayan ng Bugallon ang kapatid ng kalaban ni Cojuangco for governor.
Naimbitahan si Cojuangco ni Vice Mayor Ric Orduna na ngayon ay magbabalik na mayor ng Bugallon.
ROMAN ROMULO. Nakasama po namin ang walang pagod at masayahing si Shalani Romulo sa pag-ikot sa Pangasinan at Pampanga.
Isa sa pinuntahan ni Shalani Romulo ang bayan ng Bugallon at binisita niya ang simbahan sa area ng Salasa na pinag-mulan ng Angkan ng Romulo.


February 7, 2016 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

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