ORTIGOZA: Would monies flood Pangasinan?
A father of a newscaster of a regional TV station told me that his daughter was lucky because a national government department hired her.
“Nadinig niya kasi after election mag sasarado na ang TV station,” the father said.
This TV station sacked last year many of its workers.
Many of them, in other parts of the country, even sued the owner for the illegal dismissal.
A former newscaster told me the new owner in Manila wanted to close the station because what it reports on its evening news were redundant with its morning news program.
“Saka ang revenues na kinikita niya hindi kaya i-pasuweldo with its staff and reporters”
I pity those present employees there. They should have been frantically looking now for work as election is only a month to go.
“Siga na si rival station dito as its maintain a regional morning and evening news,” I quipped.
Political leaders of three neighboring Pangasinan towns have just been beneficiaries of tens of thousands of pesos from big time aspirants in those areas.
Because of it, leaders and voters in Dagupan City should cry their hearts out.
(Note: To the still uninitiated, the congressional, mayoralty, and vice mayoralty candidates in the City have no opponents in the May 9 election)
A mayor of one of these towns told me that these politicos chipped- in P9,000 so they can give it to each of the barangay chairmen while they shelled out P2000 for each of the village councilmen.
“Pinatawag ako ni Rival X at tinanung ako magkano ang bigayan sa lahat ng kapitan na pinapunta ko sa caucus with the opponent. Sinabi ko ang sinabi ng mga kapitan ko kung magkano ang bigayan,” he told me.
Rival X told him that he sets the meeting of the Kapitans and Council Members of the three towns in his building.
He said Rival X gave P10 thousand to each of the village chiefs and P3,000 to each of the sea of council members.
“Anak ng bakang dalaga, naglalagari ang mga kapitan, naka P19 thousand kaagad sila in the last two weeks,” I quipped.
He told me that a week before the election money would flood Pangasinan as his patron would triple the one given by the opponent.
“The plan is to give P 500 to each voter. But if the opponent gives P500, Rival X will give P1,500”.
Was it a wishful brag? I posed to a political spectator who had an interest with Pangasinan politics.
After raking the hard-earned seed monies (we Flips, er, Filipinos called it “capital”) of those Igorot vegetable and Pangasinan bangus or milkfish wholesale traders when I bet for Floyd Mayweather the tuition fees of my children against their wagers for Manny Pacquiao, I should be turning 180- degree and predicts Pacquiao, the pet peeve of senatorial candidate Walden Bello, to pounce and trounce out American Tim Bradley in their rubber match this Sunday (Saturday in the U.S) until I saw the absence of a random drug testing for the duo.
“This sonnafabich (Pacquiao) would become a whirling dervish without the drug testing on this fight,” I told my errand boy Procopio Matulis after I Google if the duo subjected them anew to The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) just like what they agreed on their 2014 rematch.
Then last night as I prepared myself to bed, I saw at You Tube the training of Bradley and his new trainer, the verbal showboat former trainer – turned boxing commentator Teddy Atlas that changed my prognosis that this fight could either go to Manny or Timothy.
the use of performance-enhancing drugs which may be almost undetectable today.”
Fight could go either to Pacquiao or Bradley
Without random drug testing especially on the part of Manny Pacquiao and with a new innovation dealt by Atlas to Bradley to outpoint the Filipino, whose last knocked out of his opponent was in Miguel Cotto in 2010, I could say this match could either go the other way around.
It could be the Pacquiao’s Way, the Bradley’s Way, the Super Highway (psst “Draw”), or what Pangasinan Abono Party List’s Congressman Conrad Estrella shouted to the sea of the hoi polloi at the Bong Bong Marcos for vice president rally “The Marcos Highway!”
After Bradley somersaulted, Pacquiao’s survey stocks go to the stratosphere
The Pacquiao-Bradley rubber match last Sunday was exciting as the two, in a chess match, exchanged hard flurries of blows. It became more exciting after Manny gave a powerful left hook on the right face of the plunging Bradley that caused his knock down after his gloves touched the canvas.
Any parts of the body except the sole of the shoes that touches the floor would be deducted by points. Those are the perennial rule in boxing.
In the ninth round fight fans, especially the screaming bakya crowd in the Philippines jumped hysterically from their seats and cheered Pacquiao after he hit with his left power punch the American that caused him to somersault at canvass.
“Manny’s so powerful this time he could knock down opponents again,” my errand boy Procopio shouted.
“Manny’s so powerful this time, his political stocks at Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia would shoot up from Number 8 to the stratosphere. Delikado si (senatorial bets) Tito Sotto and Franklin Drilon lalo na nag aantay na kay Manny Pacquiao ang maingay at mahabang parade sa Manila,” I silently told myself, too.
As what host Bill O’Reilly would pose at his guest at Fox News TV: “What say you, (senatorial aspirant) Walden Bello?
Compute na lang natin kung ilan ang kina-in ng media hype sa allowable by the Commission on Election na radio and television propaganda hours the Filipino Superman had accumulated.
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