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MAGANES:   Post election blues

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The automated election using the voters’ counting machine (VCM) did not in a way ended speculations that there were fraudulent manipulations on the results of the election.
 While the president and vice president are yet to be proclaimed by the Senate and Commission on Election (Comelec) sitting as National Board of Canvassers (NBC), there is now a move by the camp of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to file a complaint against the Comelec owing to the inconsistencies of votes in the count being undertaken by the Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PCRV) in its “operation quick count”. Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party is said to be leading in the count but Marcos’ camp couldn’t take the result, so it is busy accumulating pieces of evidence to prove that there were indeed manipulations of the election results.
I surmised that the camp of Marcos is doing it prematurely. The “operation quick count” is not the official source of data on who win the presidency and vice presidency. It is only the canvassing of the NBC count that is official,  during which representatives from the camps of the presidential and vice presidential candidates are present. The canvassing will still start on May 25, so at this point in time there is no need to lodge electoral protests.
The presidency is a different thing. Presumptive president-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has enormously leaped his gap among the presidentiables by at least seven million votes, thus his political opponents have conceded early. Senator Grace Poe was the first to concede followed by Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas II and Vice President Jejomar Binay. By conceding early, there’s no reason to question the results of the election. Duterte has yet to wait for the formal proclamation of his victory at the polls, but then he has also to prepare for the smooth transition of power from outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Whatever the result for the vice presidency, we have to respect the will of the electorates. While the contending camps have the right to question the results, they have to do it through legal actions sans rallies and other forms of protests.
Last May 19, Comelec proclaimed the  12 senators and 46 partylists.
 The 12 senators who were proclaimed are Franklin Drilon, Joel Villanueva, Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Ralph Recto and Leila De Lima. They will serve until noon of June 30, 2022 or for six years.
The 46 partylists are: Ako Bicol(3 seats), Gabriela (2 seats), 1Pacman (2 seats), ACT Teachers (2 seats),  Senior Citizens (2 seats), Kabayan (2 seats), Agri (2 seats),PBA (2 seats), Buhay (2 seats), Abono (2 seats), AMIN (2 seats), COOP-NATCCO (2 seats).
With one seat each are: Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Agap, An Waray,  CIBAC, AAMBIS-OWA, Kalinga, A Teacher, YACAP, DIWA, TUCP, Abang Lingkod, LPGMA, ALONA, 1-Sagip, Butil, Acts-OFW, Anakpawis, Ang Kabuhayan, Angkla, MATA, 1-CARE, ANAC-IP, ABS, Kabataan, BH, AASENSO, SBP, Magdalo, 1-Ang Edukasyon, Manila Teachers, Kusug Tausug, Aangat Tayo and Agbiag!


May 25, 2016 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

Filipinos mull to sail to China-grabbed Scarborough Shoal

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The leaders of the National Movement for Food Sovereignty (NMFS) and the Green Peace are mulling  to sail to the disputed Scarborough Reef even without the permission of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Iza Gonzales of the NMFS said the plan is for a fact finding mission for Filipino fishermen who are banned by the Chinese navy from fishing in the reef.
“Isa po itong hakbang para alamin na mga mangingisda  natin sa Pangasinan ay wala  ng nahuhuli. Pumapalaot po sila pero pagdating sa laot tinataboy sila. Malaki ang problema (This is a step to inquire why fishermen in Pangasinan have no catch anymore. They go to the high sea but the Chinese drive them away. That is a big problem),” Gonzales said.
Gonzales was recently brought here by the Green Peace to drum up the threat from the Chinese and the poor state of Filipino fishermen.
Green Peace is an organization that protects and conserves the environment.
What prompted Gonzales to participate in a fact finding mission was because fishermen in Alaminos City and Infanta in Pangasinan and in Santa Cruz and Masinloc in Zambales are suffering.
The fish-rich shoal is only 240 kilometers from Masinloc and 947 kilometers from the nearest Chinese island Hainan.
She said fishermen in Zambales plan to stage a protest because they have been hurting since 2012.
She said fishermen in Alaminos City are relegated to servicing the tourists in the overcrowded industry there.
“Just like fishermen in Zambales, Alaminos fishermen could no longer catch fish because of the Chinese,” she said.
The Scarborough Shoal standoff between China and the Philippines began on April 8, 2012 over the Philippine Navy apprehension of eight mainland Chinese fishing vessels in the disputed territory.
Before this problem spawned into immeasurable proportions, the Philippines agreed that year to withdraw her Navy ship Pampanga as the Chinese did the same. But the latter breached the agreement thus the presence of her navy and coast guard ships there now.
According to Green Peace, the fishing industry employs an estimated 1.6 million in the country.
Its contribution to the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of PhP 12,643 billion at current prices is 1.6 % or Php 197.1 billion. At constant prices, the fishing industry’s contribution to GDP of Php 7,164 billion is 1.8 % or Php 130.5 billion.

May 25, 2016 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Fish farmers force harvest their bangus

DAGUPAN CITY – Aquaculture operators in Anda town are forcedly  harvesting their bangus after heavy rains upturned the seawater and changed water temperature, causing the cultured fish to gasp for air.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ilocos Regional Director Nestor Domenden said the “gataw (gasping for air)” occured in barangays Carot and Siapar in the island town.
“It is actually the fourth day of gataw because of neaptide and cloudy skies, a situation when dissolved oxygen level goes down as the aquatic plants cannot produce oxygen at normal rate. The situation was aggravated when it rained hard on Thursday night and the  water upturned, with the cool water below mixing with the warmer water above, resulting in lesser dissolved oxygen,” he explained.
The BFAR has no report yet on the extent of the forced harvest.
“But this is not a fishkill. The bangus that are harvested are still alive, but they are harvested before the the situation in the production areas worsens and there could be massive fish mortality,” Domenden said.

May 25, 2016 at 8:52 am Leave a comment


  A farmer harvests tobacco leaves in a farm in barangay Amamperez in Villasis, Pangasinan. WILLIE LOMIBAO© 2016 Willie Lomibao Images


May 22, 2016 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

Abono wins two seats

Brighten your day.

May 22, 2016 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Stingy reelectionist senator lost bid

 When I, some media men, 29 village chiefs, and Sta. Barbara Mayor Carlito Zaplan waited last December for the arrival of reelectionist senator at the new swanky municipal hall of the first class Pangasinan town, I told the mayor that this solon was a tightwad.
I cited that the driver of the SUV loaned to him in Pangasinan complained that after several days he drove the senator, who was out in the Magic 12 for the senate at polls, for a husting in the various towns, the latter pressed tightly his hand and thank him for his service.
“Hinde man lang nag iwan ng pang beer!,” the driver told me.
When Mayor Zaplan heard this story he told me that the solon would not get the support of the village chiefs if he became cheapskate after the consultations.
After every barangay chairmen redressed their grievances and submitted their infrastructure projects request to the solon, he told them: O, salamat sa pagdating ninyo at panahon na para umuwi at uminom ng Emperador (a poor man’s liquor that is pegged at P75 per long neck bottle)”.
Before the dust settled from the convoys of the senator, some village chiefs asked their colleagues if the solon left some sum for the “Emperador”.
“Wala naman!,” one answered in disbelief.
“Pag ganoon, i-zero sa election. Kuripot pala,” a barangay kapitan shouted in a group.
At the May 12 tabulation of the Commission on Election the reelectionist senator was out in the Magic 12 where political clowns but generous candidates’ boxer Manny Pacquiao and comedian Tito Sotto dominated.
Grace still lose even Roxas, Binay withdraw.
Two days before the acrimonious and divisive May 9, 2016 presidential election, President Benigno Aquino III analyzed as quoted by the Philippine Inquirer last May 7: “It behooves everybody to try and get together and ensure that instead of thinking about what shall we do if everything he says is exactly what he intends to do, why don’t we remove that problem or that threat or that insecurity by uniting the 70 and defeating the 30?”
Roxas echoed the president’s exhortation by calling Poe to discuss a possible alliance in order to avoid a victory from current frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Analyst Popoy De Vera opined at DZMM as quoted by Tempo newspaper:


May 22, 2016 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Mayors face new ‘unfriendly’ dads

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The mayor of this city and of the neighboring town Mangaldan seem not to get rid of their political foes at the legislative body, most of whom won in the recent election.
Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez
In Mangaldan, reelectionist mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno won the May 9 polls while four councilors in the ticket of her defeated mayoralty rival Manny Casupang won, too.
With five councilors on her side, Parayno would be locking horns in the next three years against these four lawmakers.
Batas Pambansa Bilang 51 says that all municipalities in the Philippines, with the exception of Pateros in Metro Manila, have eight regular members or councilors elected at-large.
The city has regular 10 or more regular lawmakers.
But the inclusion of the ex oficio and president of the League of Barangay will comprise the town and city councils to nine and 11 members
Antagonistic Veem, Dads
In this city, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, who ran unopposed, has to deal with four elected lawmakers whose antagonism to her administration reverberated during the campaign period.
Late last year, some of these councilors delayed the approval of the P760 million 2016 city budgets by procrastinating for several months that scared the wit out of the concerned citizens here because of the tens of millions of lost projects, thousands of employees and scholars who would lose their jobs and benefits.
In Mangaldan, Mayor Parayno have been shuttling back and forth since last year from her town to the Capitol in Lingayen, Pangasinan to lobby for the approval of her P40 million bank loan that her town will use for the construction of the Phase 2 of the public market.
The approval of the review by the provincial board hit a snag after Vice Mayor Casupang questioned the ordinance for the absence of the two third votes from the majority votes by the town councilors.
According to experts, loans and appropriation ordinances need two-third votes while regular ordinances need majority votes only.
But this city’s councilor Jigs Seen said there was a Supreme Court decision that even an appropriation ordinance needs only a majority vote.
Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno

A Supreme Court decision in Zamora v. Governor Caballero said there were 14 members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Compostela Valley, the Court clearly included the vice governor, as presiding officer, as part of the entire membership of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan which must be taken into account in computing the quorum.


May 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

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