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February 21, 2016 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Mawala na ang lahat, huwag lang ang pag-asa


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Kahit na tuloy tuloy pa rin ang mga bira sa susunod na Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas na si Grace Poe ay tuloy tuloy pa rin ang pagpunta niya sa mga probinsiya para iparamdam sa tao ang isang gobyernong may puso.
 
Pag-asa ang pinanghahawakan ni Grace Poe na magiging pabor sa kanya at mga foundlings ang nagiging final decision ng Korte Suprema sa disqualification case ng Comelec.
 
“Kumpiyansa naman kami dahil naging positive ang argument. Mismo si Chief Justice Sereno nagsabi na may karapatan ang mga nadampot. Si SolGen Hilbay ay nagsabi na ako raw ay natural-born and ang residency requirement ay natugunan. He has higher responsibility for what is right and what will affect the majority of the countrymen,” sabi ni Poe.
 
Pinabulaanan ni Grace Poe na ginagapang ng mga supporters niya ang Korte Suprema para maging pabor sa kandidatura niya ang desisyon.
 
“Ako ay naniniwala na malakas ang kasong ito. Kaya sila ay nag-iimbento ng mga storya na ganiyan,” Poe said when asked during a press briefing in Iloilo about reports that someone from her campaign was exerting pressure on the Supreme Court.
 
Naniniwala si Grace Poe na hindi kayang impluwensiyahan ang Korte Suprema. Mismong si PNoy ay hindi parating nakakakuha ng paborableng desisyon sa Korte Suprema sa mga kasong ibinato kay PNoy.
 
Naniniwala si Grace Poe na may integridad ang Korte Suprema.
 
“Kahit nga ang pangulo ay hindi naimpluwensiyahan ang SC. Nakita naman natin ang appointed ng ating pangulo diyan at siya ay nakaupong pangulo, pero hindi naman lahat ng kanilang naisampang kaso ay nadesisyunan pabor sa kanila. Kami pa kaya? Alam naman natin na ang mga taong ito ay meron namang kredibilidad na pinangangalagaan din,” Poe said of the Supreme Court justices.
 
QUESTION KAY SEN. GRACE POE SA PHINMA UPANG. May isang estudyante ang nagtanong sa isyu ng corruption.
 
Ano nga ba ang relasyon ng faith sa governance? Mas maayos ba ang takbo ng gobyerno sa isang lipunang Kristiyano?
 
Ano nga ba ang relasyon ng faith sa governance? Mas maayos ba ang takbo ng gobyerno sa isang lipunang Islamic?
 
(Q): Senator Grace Poe ako po si (inaudible). So ito pong itatanong ko ay mula sa puso ko at sa puso ng bawat estudyante. Kagustuhan po ng lahat ang pagbabago at maganda iyon pero ang pangunahing problema ng bansa ay korupsyon. Tayo ay tinatawag na Kristiyanong bansa ngunit tayo ay kabilang sa pinaka corrupt na bansa. Paano ninyo po maipapadama at maipapakita sa aming mga estudyante na kayo talaga ay lalaban sa korupsyon?
 
Ang Freedom of Information Bill na malugod na itinataguyod ng isang Grace Poe ay isang hakbang para may mabantayan ng taumbayan ang pammamalakad sa gobyerno.
 
Kailangan din daw ang pagbabago sa mga pinuno. Kung minsan daw eh nandiyan si Tatay, nandiyan pa si anak, nandiyan pa si kapatid na sabay-sabay na sumasabak sa election at nananalo.
 
Rosales councilor Romy Sim. Kelan kayo magpapalit ng sasakyan? Hahaha. Dapat daw eh, magpalit din ng sasakayan.
 
SENATOR GRACE POE (GP): (inaudible) Maraming salamat sa inyo. Tama ang sinabi mo, tayo ay isang Katolikong bansa kaya minsan masyado tayong mapagpatawad. OK lang magpatawad sa puso pero sa batas kelangan ipairal ito at bilisan ang pagre-release ng kaso sa kung sinuman ang mga nagnanakaw. Kasi kung hindi mo gagawin iyan ay tutularan ka nila. Pangalawa, sa Senado si Senator Chiz ang author at ako ang principal sponsor ng Freedom of Information Bill. Ipinasa namin sa Senado, eight months. Ano ang ibig sabihin nito? Na bawat isa sa inyo pwedeng busisiin ang buong (inaudible) ng gobyerno para malaman ninyo rin kung ninanakawan tayo. Alam ninyo, ang nakakalungkot ayaw nilang ipasa sa Kongreso at hindi naging prioridad na ipasa. So kapag ako at kami ay nabigyan ng pagkakataon iyon ang una aming ipapasa para sa media at kayo pwede ninyong puntahan ang tanggapan ng gobyerno at pakialaman ang kanilang ginagawa. Pero higit sa lahat ay ito, baka naman may mabahiran ng korupsyon, kung kayo ay boboto piliin ninyo. (inaudible) merong mga ibang tumatakbo diyan na hindi naman magnanakaw. Tapat naman sa inyo at maaayos na serbisyo. Pero siguro hindi pleasing ang personality pero alam ninyo na magaling. Iyon ang piliin ninyo. Kasi kung pare-pareho lang, tatay, kamag-anak, bayaw, tiyahin (inaudible) sila sila pa rin ang mamumuno diyan. Kaya nga sabi nila minsan sumubok naman tayo ng sasakyan na bago, lalong lalo na alam naman natin na (inaudible) kasi ang mga kababayan natin kasi kung ganon ng ganoon ang gagawin natin. Palagi tayong(inaudible).
 
QUESTION KAY SEN. CHIZ ESCUDERO SA BOMBO RADYO. Nagkaroon ng pagkakataon ang Bombo Radyo Dagupan na mabisita ni Sen Chiz Escudero at nakapagtanong.
 
Ibinigay na ni Sen Chiz Escudero ang kanilang ginagawa para mapanatili sa taas ang rating sa mga survey nila Sen. Grace at Sen. Chiz.
 
Q: Opo. Good morning po sa inyo sir at nagsimula na po Senator Chiz Escudero ang official campaign. At sa latest survey po ng Pulse Asia, nangunguna pa rin kayo ni Senadora Grace Poe at kayo po bilang vice presidential candidate. It’s a good start po ito at ano po iyong advantage po ng pagiging una sa pinaka-latest na survey?
 
Sabi ni Sen. Chiz ang tamang pagharap sa mga resulta ng mga survey. Huwag magyabang pag mataas ang resulta. Huwag naman mainis kapag mababa ang resulta ng survey.
 
Sa araw ng eleksyon lalabas ang tunay resulta ng halalan for president, vice president at iba pang elective positions.
 
CHIZ: Nagpapasalamat po kami sa ating mga kababayan sa patuloy nilang paniniwala at pagtitiwala. Sa kabila ng kakulangan namin ng pera, partido at makinarya. Pero alam mo Bombo Karen, ang survey ganyan talaga iyan – tataas iyan bababa, tataas bababa. Sinuman ang mataas hindi dapat magyabang. Sinuman ang mababa hindi dapat mainis. Basta sipag lang, trabaho lang at ikot lang. Dahil sa dulo, boto pa rin naman sa araw ng eleksyon ang binibilang.

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February 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

Grace Poe: Time for change under Gobyernong May Puso


Leading presidential contender Sen. Grace Poe brought her campaign to vote-rich Nueva Ecija and laid down her agenda for change that will prioritize the needs of the agriculture and education sectors.GRACE POE 2
Poe, who was the No. 1 senator in the provincial capital of Cabanatuan in 2013, said  unlike other candidates, she delivers on her promises, and her work in the Senate will attest to that.
“Mga kababayan, sinasabi nila ang mga pulitiko ay nangangako lamang kapag panahon ng halalan. Ibahin nila kami. Noong ako ay lumapit sa inyo noong 2013, ang mga ipinangako ko ay aming isinulong sa Senado. Lahat po iyan para mga bills o mga batas na makakatulong sa mga magsasaka,” Poe told a crowd of some 4,000 people during the political rally of Partido Galing at Puso.
On the second week of the campaign, Poe gave another promise to the people: “Isa pong pangako sa alaala ng aking ama na aalagaan namin kayo. Kaya nga Gobyernong may Puso, hindi pwedeng galing lang, hindi pwedeng tapang lang na walang katarungan. Kinakailangan, tunay na malasakit para ang programa na mararamdaman ninyo ang siyang aming ipapatupad.”
If she wins the presidency, Poe said her government will prioritize agriculture and education, vowing to give free irrigation service for farmers and scholarships for students from pre-school to college.
Nueva Ecija, known as the Rice Granary of the Philippines, relies heavily on agriculture for its local economy. However, it is suffering from the impacts of El Niño, with around 12,558 hectares of land in the province affected by the extended dry spell.
Poe said Filipinos, especially those in the rural areas, have been so patient and forbearing for so long.
“Ma-pasensiya tayo. Pero, tama na rin siguro ang pagpapasensiya natin,” the senator said, drawing cheers from the crowd. “Maraming puwedeng gawin para tulungan ang ating mga kababayan sa ating bansa. Kami ay naka-sentro para matulungan ang mahihirap. Ang programa sa agrikultura ay napaka-halaga.”

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February 21, 2016 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

THANKFUL


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THANKFUL. Four complainants against black sand mining in Lingayen are thankful about the Ombudsman’s decision to affirm its indictment against Governor Amado Espino Jr., two dismissed officials and officers of the companies that the provincial government engaged to remove the magnetite sand in the coastal areas.  They are (from right) Jaime Palisoc, Leo Lopez,  Efren Tactaquin and Eddie Berot. The other photo shows Rolando Rea who painstakingly followed up the case.  (photos courtesy of Nora Dominguez)

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February 21, 2016 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

Comelec reminds candidates on common poster area rule


CALASIAO  – Days into the campaign period for the national positions, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the Ilocos Region reminded all political candidates to abide by the common poster area rule.
Election Officer Jeremias Mencias of Calasiao advised all national politicians to check with local election registrars of towns and cities to know the common designated area where they can display their campaign posters.
He said posting of campaign materials on trees, electric posts, telephone posts, bridges, and structures administered by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as well as on the properties of the Department of Education (DepEd), is strictly prohibited by the Comelec resolutions.
He added that painting of campaign advertisements on public and private walls or fences is also prohibited.
Based on Comelec Resolution No. 9615, common poster areas refer to public places such as plazas, markets, barangay centers and the like where posters may be readily seen or read with the heaviest pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the city or municipality.
Mencias said candidates with campaign materials posted in places other than the designated common poster areas will be held liable.

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February 21, 2016 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Romulo: Salary increase timely but inadequate without tax rates cut


 
Senatorial Candidate Roman T. Romulo lauded the action of President Aquino of signing an executive order increasing  the salary of government workers but continues to express his disappointment on the President’s lack of support on the proposals to reduce income tax rates.
“The grant of salary increase to government workers is timely considering the high cost of living.    However, such would have been more meaningful if the President also supported my proposal to lower the tax of all income earning citizens, private or government.”said Romulo.
“Despite the signing of said Executive Order, Congress should still pass the SSL 4 to ensure its continued implementation. The Executive Order of the President is good only for this year and does not provide for an indexation of pensions for retired police and military personnel, as such Congress should not pass this matter to the next administration, we should decide on this once the election season is over, ” said Romulo.

February 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Solon mulls revival of North Railroad System


DAGUPAN CITY  –  A Senatorial aspirant is mulling the revival of the North Railroad System that traverses Dagupan City which is deemed to contribute to agricultural boost in the province.
Incumbent Congressman  Sherwin ‘Win’ Gatchalian talked about the train system revival during his visit to Dagupan City when asked about his possible top priorities in Pangasinan should he clinch a Senate seat in the 2016 elections.
 “As Pangasinan is agriculture-based, priority pa rin natin ang agriculture. Buhayin natin ang North Rail transit sa Luzon which could help in the delivery of agricultural goods at bababa ang cost ng transport pati ng goods,” Gatchalian told media  men.
In this way, the province can contribute to the country’s rice sufficiency, he said.
Gatchalian  also mentioned of tourism boost as a priority since the province has the Hundred Islands, Manaoag shrine and plenty of caves.
The 42-year old Senatoriable said it was always good to go back to the province where he spent his early teenage days in the family fishpond in Lingayen town.
The North Railroad Transit is part of the  Philippine National Railways or PNR, operating a single line of track in Luzon. History dictates that on June 25, 1875, under a royal decree issued by   King Alfonso XII of Spain, the required Inspector of Public Works of the Philippine Islands was requested to submit a railway system plan for Luzon. The plan included a  concession for the construction of a railway line from Manila to Dagupan  which was granted to Don Edmundo Sykes of the Ferrocarril de Manila–Dagupan (Manila–Dagupan Railway), later to become the Manila Railway Company, Ltd. of London, on June 1, 1887
However, continued neglect in past decades reduced PNR’s efficiency and railroad coverage. Persistent problems with informal settlers in the 1990s contributed further to PNR’s decline.
A village in Dagupan City, Barangay Mayombo, retains a sitio called PNR where the railroad transit used to traverse. (VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

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February 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment


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