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Sinag lauds anti agri smuggling position of Poe-Escudero

The 33-member agricultural stakeholders group lauded the advocacy of Gobyernong may Puso candidates to devote more funds for agriculture and the same time getting stricter against smuggling of agricultural products.
Samahang Industriya sa Agrikultura Chairman Rosendo So said leading candidates for president Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero is the only tandem that has prioritized genuine concern for families that depend on agriculture.
“Increasing the budget for agriculture four times its present budget and stopping smuggling is a clear policy towards helping the families dependent on agriculture,” So said.
Escudero recently said that Gobyernong may Puso will infuse P300 billion into agriculture and assured that anti-smuggling measures will be a priority of the government led by Poe.
Hindi lang ang mga kalamidad at kawalan ng suporta mula sa pamahalaan ang matinding kalaban ng ating mga magsasaka kung hindi rin ang walang humpay na smuggling ng mga produktong agrikultura galing sa ibang bansa tulad ng bawang, sibuyas at asukal,” the veteran lawmaker said.
Pangasinan Federation of Irrigators Association president Oftociano Manalo Jr. said that the anti-smuggling stance of Poe and Escudero drives away financers involved in smuggling.
“Matinong kandidatong ayaw sa pera ng smugglers para sa matinong gobyerno na walang smuggling… ayos na sa amin,” Manalo said.

March 31, 2016 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

Poe: My parents’ unconditional love brought me here

Senator Grace Poe, the first foundling to run for president of the Philippines, credited the unconditional love of her adoptive parents, movie icons Susan Roces and Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ), for where she is today.


Gobyernong may Puso presidential candidate Grace Poe in a stump last Monday at the town of Sta. Maria, Pangasinan. Poe, vice presidential aspirant Chiz Escudero, and ticket had their motorcades and whistle stops in the same day at the towns of San Nicolas, Tayug, Sta. Maria, Asingan, and San Manuel all located at Eastern Pangasinan.

Poe thanked her parents for the education they gave her when she was a growing up. It spelled the difference in her life, she said.
“I am a living example of how the unconditional love of parents can change the life of a child,” said Poe, a foundling who was abandoned at the Jaro Church in Iloilo as an infant. She was found by the helper of a rich landlady who was a good friend of FPJ and Roces.
“This lovely couple chose me with all my wounds and scabby skin as a baby and adopted me. They treated me as their own and sent me to the best schools for my education,” Poe said.
“Looking back, it was the unconditional love of my parents and a good education that transformed the foundling or the ‘pulot’ to the senator who stands before you today,” she said.
Poe, the lone independent candidate, leads all presidential hopefuls in pre-election surveys showing her the top choice of Filipinos in most economic classes.
In 2013, she made history as the national candidate with the highest number of votes, garnering over 20 million votes to top the senatorial race, also as an independent.
“Armed with a good education, the love of your families and the grace of God, nothing is impossible. If this foundling from Iloilo was able to do it, so can you,” she said.
Poe advised the graduates to use their education for the betterment of others, and not to oppress those who are not as fortunate as they are.


March 31, 2016 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

  ORTIGOZA: Dull election in Dagupan City

I bumped recently into Paul Tandoc, son of the late publisher of the Regional Examiner Newspaper, at the downtown area of the city.
“Election in Dagupan (City) would be somber,” he told me.
“Bakit naman?” I posed.
He told me about the withdrawal from the mayoralty race of Nationalista Party’s Celia Lim and  Liberal Party’s Vice Mayoralty aspirant Dean Bryan Lim Kua.
Lim is pitted in the May 9’s mayoralty race with incumbent LP’s Mayor Belen Fernandez, while Kua competes with incumbent NP’s Vice Mayor Brian Lim.
Lim is the son of Celia while Kua is the first cousin of Mayor Fernandez.
“hgsSFGHJRFVBNXVBNHFTTTT!Gutom ang mga taga Dagupan nito, ” Paul sadly quipped and reminisced  how these two camps in the 2013 election outmatched each other by ingratiating with their supporters by pampering them  with manna that waits at the countless queues in every villages three days before the election.
“Malas ng voters sa Dagupan, masuerte ang mga voters sa Pangasinan, may Cojuangco versus Espino sila,” I retorted as I cited the mega governorship race in the mammoth province between these two marquee families.
Dagupan City is an independent component city where its more than a hundred thousands of voters do not vote for the governor and vice governor.
To confirm the information Paul gave me that I still treat as rumor, I rode shotgun to the coffee shop at CSI Mall in Brgy. Lucao and waited for media colleagues to pass by.
These folks every afternoon have TV programs at USATV owned by the mayor whose studio at the world class Stadia is nearby the family-owned giant Mall.
As I sipped my Cafe Amerikano, a pro Lim broadcaster confirmed on my phone that Vice Mayor Brian Lim announced at a morning radio program about the family’s decision for his mother to withdraw.
“Kinausap ni BSL (former Mayor Lim)  ang pamilya niya,” he told me.
  (Mayor Lim had massive stroke the night before the May 2013 election. He was believed to be bed ridden ever since).
“Huh, nagsasalita na si Mayor Lim?” I posed.
“Matagal na!” the broadcaster retorted.
Minutes later a pro-Fernandez broadcaster passed by.
He told me that early this month the two rival families in business and politics have been negotiating with each other.
“Si Mayor Belen naiinip na mas gusto na niya na maglaban laban na sila para malaman kung sino talaga ang gusto ng tao,” he said.


March 31, 2016 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

US wants to achieve balance of power in SCS – JDV

By Mortz  C. Ortigoza
The saber rattling of the United States in sending recently an aircraft carrier’s group at the disputed South China Sea (SCS) was to achieve balance of power’s projection, according to the founding chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties.
Jose de Venecia, known as JDV and a former five-time Speaker, said after the United States and allies like Australia, Japan, and others achieve “equivalence,”  the concerned parties including China should unite and demilitarized the areas. “But after this we should all unite together to demilitarize the South China Sea, to demilitarize the islands in the South China Sea, so that we can convert the zone of crises into the zones of peace, reconciliation, and development,”. The four-ship US. Stennis Carrier Strike Group patrolled lately the disputed South China Sea but was followed by Chinese warships.
He said war should be averted at the SCS. “We must absolutely avert it. We have to avert it!” The sending of the air carrier group is only for temporary basis, he said, when asked if the past actions of the United States in sending battle ships for sail by and
bomber jets like the B-52 for fly by at the SCS in the past were politically
correct to deter the incursions of the Chinese on the reefs and shoals there. Satellite photos last February discovered that China had militarized the Paracel Islands by deploying advanced batteries of Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) in Paracel Islands.

March 31, 2016 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Sandiganbayan bars Espino from leaving country

DAGUPAN CITY – The Sandiganbayan sixth division issued a hold departure order against Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr.,  two dismissed provincial officials and officials of two private companies in relation to the illegal black sand mining trade in Lingayen.
The order was signed by Sandiganbayan sixth division chair Rodolfo Fonterrada and associate justice  Oscar Herrera Jr. and Karl Miranda on March 21 after a hearing on the omnibus motion filed by Espino and the other accused.
Espino and the others filed the omnibus motion for the dismissal of the charges for lack of probable cause and for deferment of issuance of warrant of arrests against them.
The order said the accused cannot leave the country without prior approval of the division.
Also barred from leaving the country are former Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, former Provincial Housing and Urban Development head Alvin Bigay, and officials of Alexandra Mining and Oil Ventures and Xypher Builders, Inc.
The companies were contracted by the provincial government of Pangasinan to “remove unsuitable materials” from coastal villages of Lingayen, but which residents claimed were mere front for the magnetite black sand mining.
A mountain of black sand and heavy equipment used for mining were left at the site and are awaiting disposal  by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

March 28, 2016 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

NPC holds grand rally in Lingayen

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – The provincial candidates of the Nationalist People’s Coalition in Pangasinan gear for a grand rally here on March 28.mark c boying celeste
The rally would be led by gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco and would include his slate, and supporters like the five  provincial congressmen and the almost 40 mayors of Pangasinan.
 The rally will be held at 5 pm at this Capital Town’s plaza.
A rule from the Commission on Election says that the 45 days campaign period for the local candidates commences on March 25.
In October last year, Alaminos City Mayor Art Celeste, a former congressman like Cojuangco, declared in a party meeting that 35 incumbent mayors out of the 47 mayors and 75% of the barangay officials of the 1,333 villages of Pangasinan support the governorship and vice governorship candidacies of Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay.


March 28, 2016 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Poe-Escudero to increase agri-budget fourfold, will stop agri-smuggling

By Brando Cortez
Gobyernong may Puso vice presidential candidate Chiz Escudero said he and leading presidential candidate Grace Poe will increase government spending on agriculuture fourfold and stop smuggling.

© 2016 Willie Lomibao Images

© 2016 Willie Lomibao Images

The government will allocate P300 billion for agriculture from its present funding of P80 billion.
Escudero said that 60% of those below the poverty line are in the agricultural sector. Hence, the need to increase the budget for agriculture to build more farm-to-market roads and irrigation.
“Bakit naiiwan ang mahihirap? Dahil hindi gumagastos ng sapat ang gobyerno sa agrikultura. Government’s busy allocating on the Php80-B for Agriculture. Gusto namin ni Senator Grace 10% ng National Budget o Php300-B sa agriculture; magsasaka man o mangingisda. Kabilang sa gagastusan namin farm-to-market road at irrigation,” he said
“Php300-B para sa agrikultura para libre ang irigasyon, magdagdag ng isang daang libong ektarya kada taon, gumastos sa farm-to-market road para matapos ‘yung 20,000 kilometers sa loob ng apat na taon, he added.
Escudero said this year, the government allotted P391 billion for highways and bridges but only P7 billion for farm-to-market roads. At a spending rate of P7 billion per year, it will take 40 years to pave 28,000 kilometers of farm-to-market roads.
Ang farm-to-market road ‘pag nakongkreto mo tataas ng pito hanggang walong porsyento ang kita ng magsasaka at mangingisda,” he said.
Escudero said that farmers should be freed from paying irrigation fees.
“Tanong uli, bakit ‘pag nagpapagawa ng highway ang gobyerno, widening man o bagong kalye, hindi naman nagbabayad ‘yung mayamang may kotse? Pero bakit kapag gagawan ng irrigation canal ang gobyerno magbabayad ‘yung mga magsasaka sa kada litro ng tubig na dadaan doon? Tanong ko naman, pondo ng gobyerno ‘yon. Parehong galing sa buwis. Parehong project ng gobyerno ‘yon. Bakit kung sino pa ‘yung mahirap ‘yon pa ‘yung pinagbabayad? Kung sino pa ‘yung mayaman ‘yon pa ‘yung libre?
Escudero said that aside from calamities and low support for agriculture, the flourishing of smuggling of agricultural products is one of the greater enemies of the farmes.
Hindi lang ang mga kalamidad at kawalan ng suporta mula sa pamahalaan ang matinding kalaban ng ating mga magsasaka kung hindi rin ang walang humpay na smuggling ng mga produktong agrikultura galing sa ibang bansa tulad ng bawang, sibuyas at asukal,” he said.
Gawing universal coverage ang crop insurance para ‘pag may tumamang kalamidad, hindi dadapa o madadapa ang magsasaka at tayo lang ang mayabang na hindi nagbibigay ng subsidies sa magsasaka at mangingisda natin. But I think that’s also the reason why all over the world, dalawampung bansa na lamang ang mahirap ang magsasaka at mangingisda. In other countries of the world, mayaman ang magsasaka, mayaman ang mangingisda. Dito lang, isa sa dalawampung bansa ang Pilipinas sa mundo na mahirap ang magsasaka, mahirap ang mangingisda.


March 28, 2016 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL   Kaso ni Espino sa illegal mining nasa Sandiganbayan na

Ganap ng kaso sa Sandiganbayan ang usapin sa ilegal na pagmimina ng “black sand” o “magnetite” na isinagawa ni Gobernador Amado T. Espino Jr. at mga kasamahan nito. Isinampa ng Office of the Ombudsman  noong Marso 4 ang dalawang kaso pagkatapos na nakakitaan ng sapat na probabilidad na may dahilan (probable cause) ang mga ito sa paglabag ng Section 3(e) ng Republic Act No. 3019 o Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.001 (3)
Sa Sandiganbayan, ang dalawang kaso ay may  numerong SB 16-CRM-0118 at SB 16-CRM-0119 at noong Marso 18, pinaripa ang mga kaso sa kung aling dibisyon ang didinig sa kaso. Ang bagong tatag na 6th Division ang napuntahan ng mga kaso.
Pinaghandaan na ni Espino, dating Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan at dating hepe ng Provincial Housing and Urban Development Office ang magiging aksyon ng Sandiganbayan. Noong Marso 15, gumawa na sila ng pangkalahatang mosyon o “Omnibus Motion” na humihiling sa Sandiganbayan na ipagpaliban ang pagbigay ng “warrant of arrest” at ang pagrepaso sa mga kaso kung ang mga ito ay may “probable cause” at kung wala ay ang pagbasura ng mga ito.


March 28, 2016 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Local political campaign- Cojuangco’s popularity surges

As of this writing, the Election Day on May 9 is 46 days away. The local political campaign officially started last March 25, but since it fell on a Good Friday, the Commission on Election (Comelec) issued an order deferring it on March 26, a Black Saturday. With the local political campaign, the national campaign will undoubtedly be intensified. There will be massive political alignments and re-alignments depending on who of the national candidates will be perceived as the strongest.
 At the local political fronts, political activities will be more intense. Political positioning has started early, even before the filing of the certificates of candidacies. We will expect that local candidates will be more visible not only in municipalities but down to the villages. This situation can be gleaned nationwide because the ultimate aim is who will be on top of the political situation a day before the Election Day.
 In Pangasinan, the political scenario is more of who will get the support of the grassroots when it pertains to the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial races. It is noteworthy to note that gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco has an edge over his opponent -the “annointed son” of the sitting governor. The governor will be pitted against the incumbent 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco who will be running for her last term.
It will be recalled that gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco started his political positioning since February 10, 2014 when he announced that he was eyeing the gubernatorial post of Pangasinan in the 2016 election. His pronouncement earned the ire of his erstwhile allies-Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and some members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).  Cojuangco, being the provincial chair of the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) was perceived as venturing into early politicking. That perception led to the bolting of Espino and NPC’s five SP members, Espino’s sons and a brother. At that time, Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. has not decided yet whether to bolt the NPC or not.
 That one stroke of political plan of Cojuangco barely shook the leadership of NPC as members of NPC stood pat behind Cojuangco. Thirty six of the 47 municipal/city mayors declared their support to his gubernatorial bid leaving Espino scrambling for a party under which to run. To make things more supportive of Cojuangco, the Biskeg na Pangasinan, a local political party founded by Secretary Antonio “Bebot” Villar Jr. has thrown its support to Cojuangco who was later on appointed as the chairman.
 Cojuangco has all the backings of “big names” of politics in Pangasinan. In District 1, we have Rep. Jesus “Boying” Celeste and Alaminos City Mayor Arturo Celeste, in District 2 he is backed up by the Orduñas of Bugallon, Castañedas of Lingayen, Mendozas of Lingayen, in District 3, Cojuangco is backed up by the Resuellos of San Carlos City, 3rd District Rep. Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas and her daughter former Rep. Rachel Arenas, the Domantays of Malasiqui, Calimlims (except Vice Governor Calimlim) of Mapandan and De Veras and Casingals of Bayambang.
 The fourth district has likewise thrown support to Cojuangco’s gubernatorial bid with the endorsement of Rep. Gina De Venecia and her husband former Speaker Jose De Venecia. In the 5th District, the Cojuangcos’ political alliances are intact with the full backing of the Perezes in Urdaneta City, the Guicos of Binalonan, the Chans of Pozorrubio, the Abrenicas of Villasis, Villars of Sto. Tomas, Collados and Menciases of Alcala, the Alarcios of Laoac and the Ongs of Bautista.


March 28, 2016 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Abono, Cojuangco sponsor Farmers’ Day-Agri Expo in Bayambang

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
 BAYAMBANG- Farmers of this agricultural town were exposed to modern farming technologies during the Farmers’ Day held at the Pangasinan State University (PSU)-Bayambang Campus last March 19.LEADERS IN AGRI DEVELOPMENT. Leaders who support agricultural development flash a thumbs up sign during the opening of Framers’ Day and Agri Expo 2016 held at the Pangasinan State University-Bayambang Campus last March 19. Left to right: Abono Partylist National Chair Rosendo O. So, Bayambang mayoral candidate Cesar Quiambao, Team Galing at Puso senatorial candidate Roman Romulo, Pangasinan gubernatorial candidate Mark O. Cojuangco, Abono Partylist Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III and 3rd District Board Member candidate Vici Ventanilla.

The agricultural exposition of farm machineries as well as lectures on modern farming were made possible through Abono Partylist led by Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III with National Chair Rosendo O. So and gubernatorial candidate Mark O. Cojuangco.
During the opening program, Estrella stressed the Abono Partylist’s commitment to improve the living conditions of farmers not only in the town but in the whole province.
 “The collective objective to improve your lives gives us the strength everyday to fight all forms of oppression against our farmers. Remember that Abono Partylist will not stop to provide help and assistance to the province’s farmers,” Estrella said.
 Abono Partylist National Chair Rosendo O. So talked on the gains of farmers in the province through its programs and projects implemented in the past years.
 “We have improved our corn and palay production in the province through our various programs like the Maisan sa Barangay and the Accelerated Certified Palay Production. Aside from these, we have been continuously providing farm inputs at discounted prices and on credit to improve your farm production,” So said, even as he briefed the farmers on the anti-smuggling law on agricultural products particularly meat, rice and vegetables, which is now for the signature of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Gubernatorial aspirant Cojuangco promised he will worked for a more progressive Pangasinan should he win the gubernatorial post.
 “Under my development programs, agriculture should be given prime importance, Pangasinan being a predominantly agricultural area. Let’s develop our agriculture by not only providing farm inputs like seeds, fertilizers,credit, etc. but also to use mechanized farming systems including the provision of post harvest facilities,” Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco is a prime mover of agricultural development in the 5th District where he worked for construction of  farm to market roads, post drying facilities for corn and palay in Villasis and Alcala and other agricultural projects during his stint as representative of the District from 2001 to 2010.
 The event was also attended by mayoral candidate Cesar Quiambao, senatorial candidate Roman Romulo and 3rd District Board Member candidate Vici Ventanilla.

March 28, 2016 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

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