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Poe: People should not live in fear of government


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April 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

HALL OF FAME.


© 2016 Willie Lomibao Images

© 2016 Willie Lomibao Images

HALL OF FAME. For the third time, the Bangus Festival dancers wins the top prize in the Festival of the North, a part of the Bangus Festival of Dagupan City.  The second prize went to Zambales’ Mango Festival while the third prize was brought home by Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan. WILLIE LOMIBAO

April 26, 2016 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

  Young Espino, a no-show at radio debate with Cojuangco


PANGASINAN GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- The namesake and son of the sitting governor Amado T. Espino Jr. who is running for the gubernatorial post in Pangasinan against former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco snobbed the scheduled debate at the Bombo Radyo here last April 16.
 Because of his non-appearance, Pangasinenses were dismayed and frustrated on their hopes to be enlightened on the platforms and development advocacies of the two contending gubernatorial aspirants.
Gubernatorial candidate Cojuangco of Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) and Biskeg na Pangasinan, attended the debate and was ready to face his rival to answer all issues hurled against him and to lay down his platform and advocacies of governance.
Before the debate, Bombo Radyo informed its listeners that the invitation to Espino was given ahead of the scheduled date and in fact his camp has postponed the earlier schedule set.
As Espino was a no-show, Cojuangco discussed his programs of government should he win the governorship. These are agricultural development, solving the flooding and drainage problem of central Pangasinan, enticing businessmen to invest in the province to generate jobs, education, energy, disposal of the illegally mined black sand in Lingayen and many more.

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April 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: ‘Mark and Mark’ is it!


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If the election will be conducted anytime within this week, the Cojuangco-Macanlalay Team that gained the moniker “M&M” will be the run-away winners for gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial posts in Pangasinan, respectively.
 This according to political observers in the province who are keeping track on the political activities of local candidates based on their pace of of campaign, reaching out to the electorates, articulating their platform of government  and advocacies and the strength of their political parties.
Political pundits in Pangasinan said gubernatorial candidate Mark O. Cojuangco and vice gubernatorial candidate Mark Roy Macanlalay have the biggest advantage in the forthcoming political exercise on May 9. There are many factors they said that are on the side of Cojuangco and Macanlalay that will catapult them to the two highest positions in Pangasinan.
The factors they said are the following:
The Cojuangco-Macanlalay Team has the backing of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and Biskeg na Pangasinan- NPC being a second biggest party in the Philippines and Biskeg, the lone local party accredited by the Commission on Election (Comelec). These two parties have a formidable force with 37 incumbent municipal/city mayors out of te 47 municipal/city mayors in Pangasinan. Aside from this, there are strong candidates under the said parties running for congressmen as well as board members.
The second factor is the presence of candidates running in various political parties like Liberal Party and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as well as partylists like Abono and Bayan Muna who threw their support to Cojuangco and Macanlalay. Among those political figures under the Liberal Party are the De Venecias of the 4th District ( former Speaker of the House of Representatives Jose De Venecia Jr., 4th District Rep. Gina De Venecia and son Christopher “Toff” De Venecia who will run instead of his mother), 3rd District Rep. Rosemarie ” Baby” Arenas and daughter former Rep. Rachel “Baby” Arenas.

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April 26, 2016 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

 EDITORIAL: Kinondena ni Poe ang pag-alipusta ni Duterte sa hinalay na Australyana


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Isang pagyurak sa karangalan ng mga kababaihan ang pahayag ni dating Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, tumatakbong pangulo sa pagka-pangulo sa ilalim ng PDP-Laban, noong nagpahayag siya kamakailan na dapat siya ang naunang humalay sa isang misyonaryang Australyana noong nagkaroon ng ‘riot’ sa loob ng piitan sa Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) noong 1989.
Ang tinurang iyon ni Duterte ay naghudyat ng pagkabalisa ng mga grupo ng kababaihan gaya ng Gabriela at ang mga makakalaban nito sa panguluhan na sina Mar Roxas ng Liberal Party, Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay ng United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) at ang kandidato ng independente na si Sen. Grace Poe at mismo ng Embahada ng Australya at America.
 Sa kanila, hindi katanggap-tanggap ang tinuran ni Duterte dahil bilang  kandidato para sa pinakamataas na posisyon sa bansa ay dapat na sensitibo siya sa mga damdamin ng mga tao lalo na ang mga kababaihan.
 Sa pagkondena kay Duterte, ito ang sabi ni Sen. Poe: “Bilang isang babae, nagagalit ako sa pahayag ni Mayor Duterte tungkol sa Australyanang biktima ng “rape” sa Davao.
 Ito ay magaspang at hindi katanggap-tanggap, at nagpapakita ng kanyang kawalan ng paggalang sa kababaihan. Ang “rape” ay isang krimen at walang nakakatawa rito. Dapat tayong mapoot sa lahat ng pang-aabuso sa kababaihan.
 Dapat paalalahanan si Mayor Duterte na kailangang tratuhin nang may respeto at dignidad ang kababaihan, kalalakihan, at LGBT sa lahat ng oras.”

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April 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Chiz: Ang tama at tama, ang mali ay mali


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Handa raw makipagbugbugan si Senator Grace Poe sa mga masasamang loob kung kinakailangan, maprotektahan lamang ang mga kababayan niya.
 
Bilang isang taekwondo black belter ang anak nina FPJ at Susan Roces ay may disiplina sa sirili.
 
“Tahimik lang si Papa (FPJ) pero matapang ‘yon, at sinasabi niya sa akin, kailangan huwag kang susuko kung tama ang ipinaglalaban mo.
 
May tamang panahon para ipakita ang tapang.
 
“Maging matapang ka pero huwag kang mayabang dahil ang tapang naman talaga ay hindi idinadaan sa pagyayabang o pagsasabi na matapang ka,” sabi ni senadora Grace.
 
Huwag  husgahan sa panlabas na anyo.
 
“Hindi lang ako mukhang masyadong brusko pero, huwag ninyong kalilimutan na ang nagpalaki sa akin ay si FPJ,” sabi ni Senadora Grace.
 
Iba ang babae. Naka-smile pag binigyan mo ng bulaklak. Mukhang malabot pero matibay.
 
“Ang mga kababaihan, mapagpasensya, malam­bing at madasalin pero kapag may ginawa kang masama, ang mga babae hindi rin umaatras, hindi ba? Ang mga babae, para sa kanyang mga mahal, gagawin ang lahat para masigurado na ang kanyang pamilya at mahal sa buhay ay ligtas,” sabi ni senadora Grace,
 
TAPUSIN MO MUNA SMUGGLING SA DAVAO. Hinamon ng Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) si Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte na sugpuin muna ang  smuggling sa kanyang pinaghaharian bago umano nito ipagyabang na kaya niyang lutasin ang krimen sa loob lamang ng tatlo hanggang anim na buwan sakaling manalo siyang Presidente.
 
Sinabi ni Sinag president Rosendo So mabibigo si Duterte na tuparin ang kanyang pangako na burahin ang krimen dahil ang kanya mismong chief political strategist na si Lito Banayo ay nasangkot sa rice smuggling.
 
Nauna ng sinabi ni mayor na papatayin niya ang smuggler ng bigas sa Davao.
 
Ipinalala ni Bos Rosendo na may rekomendasyong sampahan ng paglabag sa Republic Act 3109 o anti-graft and corrupt practices si Banayo na dating hepe ng National Food Authority batay na rin sa 43-page committee report ng Senado noong 15th Congress.
 
Sa report ng komite, isang big-time rice cartel ang malayang nakapag-operate sa bansa sa ilalim umano ng pamumuno ni Banayo.
 
Bakit nasa kampanya ni mayor ang isang diumano ay akusadong sangkot sa smuggling kung gusto niyang tapusin ang krimen?
 
Sa nasabing Senate probe, lumutang din ang pangalan ng umano’y rice smuggling king na si Davidson Bangayan, alias David Tan.
 
Madalas sa Davao City si Davidson Bangayan na umano ay pangunahing bene­ficiary ng mga import permits mula sa NFA na noon ay hawak ni Banayo.
 
PAYO SA PUSO NI MADAM GRACE. Minsan din nainterview si presidente Grace Poe sa isang sikat na programa sa radio. Ang programa ni Papa Jack na nagbibigay ng something para sa mga may suliranin sa puso.
 
Maraming programa sa radio ngayon mula sa AM band hanggang sa FM band ang may portion tungkol sa isyu ng puso.
 
Huwag susuko. Makakatagpo ka rin ng magmamahal sa iyo.
 
“Sa aking mga kababayan na may problema sa pag-ibig, nais kong sabihin sa inyo na makakatagpo rin kayo nang mamahalin kayo. Huwag kayong susuko…” sabi ni presidente Grace Poe.
 
Hindi mo matagpuan dahil sa tagal ng traffic! Hahaha! Mag-kotse ka. Mag-taxi ka. Mag-bus ka. Mag-tren ka. Padaluyin ang traffic para matagpuan ang magmamahal sa iyo.
 
 “At isa pa, kung hindi man kayo magkatagpo sa sobrang traffic e asahan po ninyo gagawin ko ang lahat para bumilis ang daloy ng trapiko at mahanap na ninyo ang inyong soulmate. Hindi, loko lang.” sabi ni presidente Grace Poe.

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April 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Envoy hits Gov’s ‘ape-faced ole’ man’ call


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – A veteran politician whose stint in public office started in the late 1950s, assailed  the Pangasinan governor for calling him a ‘wretched ape-faced handicapped old man.’
Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Amadito Perez Jr., told supporters of Nationalist People’s Coalition’s gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco and vice gubernatorial bet Mark Roy Macanlalay, said he got the ire of exiting Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. after he (Perez) said Espino did not implement any project in the fifth distrct.
Espino is running for the fifth cogressional district seat against incumbent Rep. Kimi Cojuangco. His son Amado Espino III is running for governor against former fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco.
Perez said: “Nag punta doon iyong mag –ama  sa distrito. Sabi nila iyang pa pilay-pilay na hukluban na matanda na iyan nakiki-alam pa sa pulitika na kamukhang tsonggo. Sabi ko totoo iyan, nagbabaston ako dahil hukluban na. Pero hindi dapat tignan ang physical na itsura ng isang tao.
 “May baston na ako ngayon. Sabi ko sa mga kaibigan ko na ang ikatatlong paa ko ay gawa sa bakal,” he said.
Perez cited the fate of former Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza who tremendously lost to the older Espino in the 2013 governorship race.
“Alam ninyo kung bakit ganoon lang kalayo ang diperensiya ni Governor Espino at ni Braganza ng halalan ng nakaraan? Dahil amay kwandad Pangasinan walay ibubulsa ton tilay, walay ibubulsa ton banyas. Amom data nga malas naguyod mo idyay malas nga ibulbulsam nga banyas ket sisigurado nga naabak ka (Why that huge difference in the voting tabulation between Espino and Braganza? Because as what the Pangasinenses say Braganza kept a lizard in his pants’ pocket thus a misfortune because he carried a lizard that caused his loss),” he said in a mixed Pangasinan and Ilocano’s dialects.
Perez said Cojuangco was not corrupt. He said when they were both a congressman, a jueteng (illegal number game) financier came to Cojuangco and asked for his protection for half-a-million peso a month.

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April 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

Q and A: Christopher ‘Toff’ de Venecia


Christopher ‘Toff’ de Venecia, a newbie in the political field, talks about the programs and projects he would pursue once he sits as congressman of the fourth district of Pangasinan. He has been going around the four towns and one city of his district, and has seen plenty of natural, manmade and historical places which can be developed as tourism sites. He also said he would strengthen agriculture in the place, and thinks that agriculture can be a potential tourism come-on.

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Northern Watch’s columnist Mortz C. Ortigoza sits de Venecia who discussed his programs and projects.
Excerpts:
NORTHERN WATCH (NW):    You mentioned in some news items that your tourism projects will spike livelihood that will benefit your constituents in the fourth congressional district, do you have any projections on the number of direct and indirect jobs that would be created by those projects?
CHRISTOPHER DE VENECIA (TOFF): The goal of our tourism plan is to generate jobs and livelihood for our constituents.
In 2014, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said about 4.7 million individuals are directly employed in the tourism sector. He added that with every one direct employee who benefits from one tourist in the country, there are indirect beneficiaries like suppliers of food, like farmers, drivers, and tour guides. Tourism is really an engine of economic growth, not to mention, inclusive growth.
In fact, a report from NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) stated that in our country, the tourism industry contributes an average of 9.68 percent to employment. However, legislators are not businessmen, who could easily project the result of these ventures.

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April 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA:Dagupan Mayor eager to defeat political foes


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Election campaigns in Dagupan City are not that unexciting after the challengers of Mayor Belen Fernandez and Vice Mayor Brian Lim withdrew in the May 9 electoral derby.
Fernandez, according to my source, was hell bent to see a 10-0 sweep in favor of her Liberal Party’s ticket for the city council.
The ticket is pitted with the Nationalista Party’s slate of Vice Mayor Lim who was just spared a huge financial war after multi-millionaire Pogo Chico Barangay Chairman Dean Bryan Khua, a first cousin of the mayor, withdrew in the race probably as part of the compromised asked by the Lims.
(Lim’s mother Celia challenged Fernandez for the mayoralty. Both families are political and business rivals.)
One of the factors on Fernandez’s determination to see her 10 councilmen bets wiggle to victory, funded by her financial juggernaut, was when she was held hostage by opposing councilors since last year after she submitted to them the approval of the P768 million 2016 budget.
“600 emergency workers and 500 scholars will lose their jobs and privileges and more than one hundred million pesos goes down the drain,” the mayor told me last early January when I accidentally met her at the residence of Speaker Joe de Venecia.”
The other factor was the arrogance of a councilor in a nighttime fiesta celebration in a village.
My source informed me that when the mayor ascended to the stage to join the barangay chairman and village councilmen, the city councilor snubbed her even everybody in the stage stood up and shook her hand.
This councilor was one of the brains in the procrastination of the P768 budget that fortunately was approved in the middle of January after it got the goat of the 31 village chiefs who would be deprived by P80 million for each of them of the city projects.
“They should know that when she became a mayor in 2013 she implemented a lot of projects in that village,” the source narrated.
The tell-tale that the mayor was resolute to frustrate the foes was her presence in the campaign trails of her party.
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After I read at the Pinoy Aviators’ Community Page Group at Face Book the aircraft static display at Clark of the American, Australian, and Filipino troops who used them at the military exercise dubbed as Balikatan 2016, I told myself to go again there just like last year.
The display was on April 9 (Saturday) 2016 at Haribon Hangar of the former American ran Clark Air Base in Pampanga – an almost three hours drive from my home in Dagupan City.
“Be there at least before 8 am because the free show was for a half day only,” the announcement at Aviators’ said.
When I stepped on the hangar I saw people of various persuasions like the group of noisy Aeta (mountain people) children milling curiously near  the different air assets.
“Gusto ninyo rin ba mag piloto ( Do you want to become a pilot),” I asked two tiny curly haired and wide eyed black skinned Aetas who looked like Vice President Jojo Binay, with a worn-out clothes of course, as they clambered just like what they do in the trees to a huge Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk of the U.S Air Force.
“Oo, gusto namin maging piloto!” shouted by the duo whose province mate who made raves and waves globally is Allan Pineda Lindo alias Apple Dee Ap of the Black Hawk Down, er, Black Eyed Pea hip -hop group.
“Was this the same chopper used by the (U.S) SEAL Team 6 in inserting themselves near a military academy at Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 10, 2011 to kill Osama bin Laden?” I posed to one of the pilots who were in a group of the crew of the American made combat chopper.

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April 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

BIR honcho’s explains recourse on wrong assessment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
URDANETA CITY – The Revenue District Office-6’s chief in Eastern Pangasinan explained the various recourse of a taxpayer in case he or she did not agree with the assessment given to him by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.RDO-6 Chief PEDALS TO COLLECT. BIR’s RDO-6 Chief CPA-Lawyer Maria Isabel Utit (left) during  a cycling event to drum the tax agency’s call for people to pay taxes.

 

CPA-Lawyer Maria Isabel Utit said the taxpayer should respond within a period after he or she received the notice from the tax agency.
She cited Section 228 of the National Internal Revenue Code that says “such assessment may be protested administratively by filing a request for reconsideration or reinvestigation within thirty days from receipt of the assessment in such form and manner as may be prescribed by implementing rules and regulations.”
Utit cited that “within sixty days from filing of the protest, all relevant supporting documents shall have been submitted; otherwise, the assessment shall become final.
She said if the protest is denied by the BIR in whole or in part or is not acted upon within 180 days for submission of document, the “taxpayer adversely affected by the decision or inaction may appeal to the Court of Tax Appeals within thirty days from receipt of the decision, or from the lapse of the 180 –day period”.

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April 26, 2016 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

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