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So: I should have sued Espino for jueteng


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A former ally of Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. said he should should have incriminated  the government for being behind the multi-million peso illegal numbesr game jueteng in Pangasinan.

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‘BEST ACTOR’. Abono Party List chair Rosendo So presents a “Best Actor” trophy for Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. who accused him (So) as behind his indictment by the Ombudsman for his involvement in the illegal mining of the magnetite black sand in Lingayen. The amused guy on the left side is Jojo Bigay,brother of Alvin Bigay who was dismissed by the Ombudsman from government service for his involvement in the illegal activity.Bigay denounced the governor for soiling the family’s surname. (MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA)

He said when jueteng operator Fernando “Boy Bata” Alimagno and then Bugallon Mayor Ric Orduna, Espino’s alleged jueteng bagman,  sued him at the Ombudsman for plunder, the governor asked him to convince Bata to desist from the case in exchange of ten million pesos.

“Ito ang masasabi ko Amado T. Espino, Jr. kung talagang gusto kitang kasuhan doon kay Boy Bata tinawag mo ako noon, sabi mo sa akin tawagan iyong kaibigan natin sa Isabela kung puwede para mag back out si Boy Bata (This what I tell you Amado T. Espino, Jr. if I want to criminally charge you, it should be on the Boy Bata case. You asked me then to call our common friend in Isabela to convince Alimagno to back out from the case),” So said.

He said he and the lawyer of the governor met with Bata in Manila.

The illegal gambling operator told So that because jueteng operation in Pangasinan was clamped down by authorities, he bought Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation’s Jai Alai Kingpin Atong Ang to Espino.

Espino, according to So, promised to give Bata two percent of the monthly revenue of jai alai.

So quoted bata as saying, “May commitment si Governor na two percent sa akin. Dati nakatangap kami ng sampung milyones (The governor promised me two percent. I used to earn ten million pesos a month when we were running jueteng).”

But the governor, according to Alimagno, reneged on his promise to give him two percent of the proceeds from the game, thus he exposed him as the jueteng lord in Pangasinan at a press conference in Manila.

“Sabi niya, bata nga pag iyong lollipop tinangal mo iiyak iyan. Kaya ako umiyak sa media,” So quoted Boy Bata. (more…)

February 27, 2016 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Reason why Filipinos are poor: Population explosion

Economic experts said the Philippines lags behind its South East Asian neighbours Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI).
To cite data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), our country in 2014 got U.S$ 6.2 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) only while FDI poured generously at the tune of $ 9.2 billion in Vietnam, $ 22.6 billion in Indonesia, $12.6 Thailand, and S67.5 billion in Singapore in the same year.
Philippines snared more foreign monies in South  East Asia.
Since we talk here about foreign monies that benefit our people, the Philippine was not a sissy, as many economics expert painted, on snaring FDI.
 We are Top 2 after Singapore in the burgeoning South East Asian (SEA) economic alliance in getting foreign monies in and outside the Philippines.
Our country is a recipient of a staggering U.S $34.60 billion if we include the U.S $28.40 billion (World Bank) remittances sent by the millions of overseas foreign workers (OFWs), the ballyhooed economic saving grace of the country, in 2014.
So if Vietnam and Indonesia (second and third after the Philippines in the SEA region that send workers overseas) have U.S$21.20 billon and U.S$ 31.15 billion, respectively if we integrate the data from UNCTAD and the remittances list from the World Bank, the Philippines becomes No. 2 after Singapore in ranking of which got the most foreign monies.
Despite being the Top 2, probably the first time you read from a columnist, why we are still poor versus Thailand and Singapore despite the $34.60 billion that entered the country and the 6.7 percent Gross Domestic Product last year – dubbed as one of the fastest economic growth engines in the world?
Pathetic Per Capita Income and 9.1 million unemployed
With a per capita income (PCI) of U.S $2,872.5 (World Bank, 2011-2014) versus Thailand and Singapore’s PCI of $5,977.4 and $ 56,284.6,respectively,  we have 6.8 percent unemployment rate or 4, 228,852 unemployed in a labor force of 62, 189,000 according to the Philippine Statistics Office.
But the December 8, 2015 survey of the Social Weather Station said that 9.1 million Filipinos were unemployed.
PCI, by the way, is the mean money income received in the past 12 months computed for every man, woman, and child in a geographic area. It is derived by dividing the total income of all people 15 years old and over in a geographic area by the total population in that area.
This massive number of jobless, aggravated this year by the drop of the prices of oil in the Middle East, and the runaway population explosion, where ironically the poor bear more children than the moneyed, would aggravate the economic stock of the poor in the Philippines.
Aggressively Promote Population Control
To arrest the exploding demography, so there would be less poor Filipinos who will compete with the jobs brought by FDI, our growing manufacturing base, the jobs generated because of the remittances of the OFWs, and the business outsourcing firms, the government should aggressively promote population control by giving contraceptives to the people.
But if these dole-outs of condoms, pills, and others will smack head on with the legalities as provided by the Reproductive Health Law, the private sectors through foundations, can play a role on the promotion (just like Trust Condom promoted then on TV as advertisement) or their free distribution.
Let’s emulate Thailand on how to reduce our population
Let us compare the Philippines to Thailand that economically dusted off us significantly, say, in terms of PCI where each of them got $5,977.4 a year while each Filipinos had $2,872.5 PCI a year in 2011-2014 World Bank’s records.
Remember in 1975 Thailand and the Philippines had roughly the same population, a high population growth rate, a high fertility rate, and the same number of the population living under poverty line.
But because the Thai government, just like the Marcos Administration in the 1970s, aggressively promote family controls for 35 years after 1975, the following results, according to Dr. Nibhon Debavalya, Thailand’s leading population expert, ensued:
·        Thailand was able to radically reduce its population growth rate to 0.6 percent while the Philippines inched down to 2.04 percent in the period 1970-2010.
·        During the period 1970-2008, Thailand’s GDP per capita grew by 4.4 percent, while the Philippines’ grew by 1.4 percent.
·        By 2008, Thailand’s total GDP was $273 billion while the Philippines’ was $167 billion. (Note: In 2014, Thailand and Philippines’ GDP were $437, 344,000,000 and $ 278,260, 000,000 , respectively (World Bank)
·        By 2010, there were 93.6 million Filipinos, or over 20 million more than the 68.1 million Thais. This gap of 25.5 million is the demographic advantage enjoyed by Thailand – one that has made a vast difference in the economic performance and the quality of life of the people in the two countries.
·        By 2008, owing partly to its demographic performance, Thailand’s GDP per capita was $4,043 or more than twice that of the Philippines, which stood at $1,847.
·        By 2010, only 9.6 percent of Thais lived under the national poverty line while 26.4 percent of Filipinos did.


February 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment


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TOP POLICE. PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez meets Pangasinan police officials during a conference last February 14 at the Pangasinan police provincial office in Lingayen. With Marquez is Senior Supt.Marlou Chan(right), Police Regional Office 1(PRO1) deputy regional director for administration.CESAR RAMIREZ

February 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Complainants thank Ombudsman

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Bugallon folk oppose crushing plant

By Yolanda Sotelo
BUGALLON  – Residents of Bacabac village in this agricultural town are up in arms against a stone crushing plant which they said was put up in the middle of a rice land and near residential areas, without public consultation.
The residents said they could not allow the putting up of a crushing plant in their midst, citing noise and air pollution that it could create in the area.
The plant was put up by Socony Aggregates Company which has been granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but needed to secure a barangay clearance as requirement for locational clearance, building permit and approval fromthe municipal council.
The barangay council endorsed the project on March 2015,  saying it will provide jobs for jobless residents. The council’s endorsement was supported by supposed agreement signed by “residents” who turned out to be from other villages.  The agreement was dated October 7, 2015, or seven months after the project was endorsed by the council.
Whe the plant started operating, the Bacabac residents submitted a petition to the Sangguniang Bayan, saying it is hazardous to the residents’ health.
“The continuous operation of the plant will eventually affect not only the whole barangay but neighboring barangays because of pollution,” the petition said.
Bacabac councilman Renato Sorio, who signed the barangay council’s endorsement,  said he thought the company was only stockpiling aggregates in the plant’s area, and only found out it was for a crushing plant.
But the plant would increase income and give work to the barangay residents, he said.
Municipal Planning and Development Officer Corleto Calicdan said the villagers must not oppose projects to develop the town.
But the residents said the crushing plant must not be put in an agricultural and residential area where it would pose hazards to the residents.
“When the trucks are delivering (rocks) and the crushing plant is operating, the noise is too much. And what about the air pollution the plant would create?,” Glen Bautista, a resident, said.
The residents refused to endorse a memorandum of agreement between the village officials and the Socony Aggregates Company represented by its general manager Willy Chua.
The MOA said the company would pay for all damages incurred by the plant, but did not specify the kind of damages it would pay for. It also said it would give the residents priority for hiring by the company.
Chua said the plant would be for aggregates quarried in nearby Aguilar, but the residents told him to put up the plant in Aguilar instead.

Earlier, the residents issued a manifesto about their opposition to widespread quarrying in several villages of the town. They said the unrestricted quarrying of aggregates causes flooding in the town


February 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

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