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ESPINO ET AL ARRAIGNMENT AT SANDIGANBAYAN


 
 Black sand mining complainant regains hope 
The July 14, 2016 arraignment of former Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. for two counts of graft with the Sandiganbayan has brought back hope in the 74 year old complainant from Lingayen who is losing his eyesight.
Espino appeared before the Sandiganbayan 6th division as he filed a plea of not guilty to the two graft cases against him.
Rolando Rea, one of the complainants from the group Aro Mo Ko Sambayanan or Aromas that filed the graft case in relation to illegal extraction and trade of black sand gave up on the struggle after the Espino won as Pangasinan 5th District Representative.
“The result of the election showed that the Pangasinenses don’t deserve to be saved from the abuses of …  I am stopping my pursue (pursuit) of the black sand case. It is the Pilipino people being abused by … and nobody cares. I am tired and exhausted. I have meager means to go on,” said Rea in May 15, 2016.
Rea’s fighting spirit was revived when a Hold Departure Order against Espino was issued by the Sandiganbayan 6th division and later by a warrant of arrest.
Espino has said that the case was politically motivated and has paid P60,000 bail for his temporary freedom.
Rea also denied allegations by the Espino camp that he was paid by former Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco to file the case saying that it was filed when the Espinos and the Cojuangcos were still under the Nationalist Peoples coalition.
Rea was embarrassed that the issue even reached Tanggol Kalikasan which initially helped AROMAS to file the case with the Ombudsman.
“I deny the rumors that Cojuangco paid me for the black sand (issue) and do comments and even embarrassingly reached Tanggol Kalikasan. I never met Mark (Cojuangco) but (for) a few seconds in Dagupan when mediamen introduced us,” he said.
Rea said that his resolve to continue the fight comes with the belief that the Ombudsman prosecutors assigned to help him are genuinely against environmental destruction.
He said that he stands by his word even if he dies.
“I gave my word to Tanggol Kalikasan and the Ombudsman, only a bullet will stop me,” he said.

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July 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

Mangaldan Mayor hits dads for ducking drug test


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – Mayor Bona Fe Parayno scored two town lawmakers  for refusing to submit themselves to a drug test.

The two – Sangguniang Bayan (Council) members Joseph Emmanuel Cera and Jojo Quinto – refused to give their urine during a surprise drug test initiated by the mayor while the Council was in session.IMG_2817

DUCKING DADS.Members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Mangaldan, including
Joseph Emmanuel Cera and Joselito Quinto (second and third from left), during
their inauguration as elective officials at the plaza of the burgeoning town.
PHOTO: Mortz C. Ortigoza
“So kayo na ang lang po sa media kayo na ang bahala diyan, okay? Kasi sa akin ay I submitted myself”to drug test.
Parayno called a press conference at her office before the start of the drug test among the workers of the local government unit (LGU).
The mayor, in cooperation with the crime laboratory of the police provincial office based in Lingayen town, subjected all employees of the LGU and the members of the Council to the test, including Vice Mayor Pedro Surdilla.
Earlier, the mayor hit her critics who accused her as being a drug lord.
“I’ll first submit myself for a drug test to get rid on those baseless speculations that I am into drugs,” Parayno said.
Cera, a lawyer, said he manifested his refusal to personnel of the crime laboratory that he would not be subjecting himself for the test because it was a violation of his right to privacy.

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July 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Bakit talo ang kudeta sa Turkey?


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Bayambang mulls export economic zone


BAYAMBANG – An export economic zone and more trade investments are being mulled in this Central Pangasinan town, as foreign investors signified interest to invest here
Mayor Cezar Quiambao, an entrepreneur himself, said one of his priorities is the upliftment of people from poverty through education and trade investments.
Bayambang, he said is just two hours away from the nearest port and three hours away from Manila, making it easier to transact business and trade.
“There is a need to establish an export economic zone but we have to master plan it. It is important that we convince locators to establish several industries for export, and then  we market them. More businesses will  mean more jobs for the people,” Quiambao said in an interview.
During his installation as the new chief executive of Bayambang, at least four foreign investors signed a Memorandum of Understanding  to invest in Bayambang. The signatories who attended were: Mr. Ramchand Karunakaran, chief executive officer of the infrastructure and transport group of the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services, Ltd.; Mr. Lim Kok Hin, president and CEO of Canon Marketing Philippines; Mr. Eugen Tjong, head of ID Pacific Limited from London, United Kingdom; and Mr. Peter Sgro, chairman of the Guam Economic Council.
“ My fellow Bayambanguenos, never again shall you be poor because you have the capacity to prosper… Let us focus on aspirations that unite us, not on issues that divide us,” Quiambao said during his inaugural speech
For his education endeavour, Quiambao said he has also forged  partnership with the Polytechnic University to open two formal classes in a month for Bayambanguenos through its Open University System.
For his anti- corruption and anti-criminality programs, the municipal government plans to install CCTV cameras in strategic locations and establish an incident command system which can be accessed through emergency number 9111. Eight more police community precincts will soon rise in the town, he added.
The mayor has  created six more departments in the municipality to wit: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Tourism, Internal Audit, Public Order and Safety Office (POSO),  Management Information System (MIS),  and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) office, in addition to the existing departments.(VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)

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July 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Corrupt generals should watch for ambush, assassination


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It was not true that two of the five police generals who coddled drug lords in the country were publicly implicated recently by President Rodrigo Duterte because of their surnames.
One of them is General Loot who is now a mayor of one of the towns in Cebu.
 “Loot” in English is stolen money or valuables.
The other one is General Joel “Pagdilao.” Pagdilao is near the Filipino word “Dilaw” or Yellow” the official dress color of Duterte’s presidential rival Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party.
Pagdilao, by the way, was recently the chief of the most lucrative post of the regional offices of the police in country – the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO). It was a two-star post.
If a one- star general in Luzon could earn five to seven million pesos a month at a regional police office from illegal number game jueteng, drop ball or colored games, video karera andwhatchamacallit, what more if the regional chief is assigned at the NCRPO where these number games do not only thrive there but also illegal drugs?
Thanks to the tens of millions of the country’s population who shoved and jostled themselves for economic gains in a hell hole called Metro Manila.
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Now that retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., General Vicente Loot, General Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6, former NCRPO chief General Pagdilao, and  former  Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief General Edgardo Tinio have been tagged and humiliated last Tuesday by President Duterte , who won the presidency with a hard stance against illegal drug pushers, at the 69th Air Force celebration at Clark Air Base, these generals should double their security otherwise some vigilante groups, the New People’s Army, who were exhorted by Duterte to help assassinate pushers, and others would ambush them while they are travelling.
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In our radio program Wednesday, I and co-anchor Audrey Hidalgo discussed the five police generals who were implicated recently by President Duterte because they protect drug lords.
Retired General Sam Pagdilao, a senatorial bet and brother of Police General Joel Pagdilao, texted me (probably through his PR Group I met during the campaign period of the May 9 election) denying the raps of President Duterte against his younger brother.
A female friend who knows about the wives and mistresses of some of these implicated generals sent a message at my Face Book informing me that whenever the partners of these generals were in the U.S they spent monies with profligacy there as if there was no tomorrow. (more…)

July 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan cops first in R-1 to kill drug pushers


                                            AFTER DUTERTE ASSUMED PRESIDENCY
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – “They were the first casualties among drug pushers who fought back with the police in Region 1”.
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GOODBYE MY DEAR BROD. Ricky Cornel holds affectionately the face
 of his older brother Piggie, 43, who was slain during a drug bust operation in
Dagupan City. Ricky and Piggie submitted themselves a week earlier as pusher and
 user of shabu to the village chief of Bonuan Gueset and
 made a promissory note that they would avoid illegal drugs.
Piggie, however, was caught by the police Monday with a notorious pusher in a motel room selling shabu and fought out with the police that resulted in their being shot to
 death. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
This was declared by this City’s Chief of Police Superintendent Christopher Abrahano about the two drug personalities who were shot to death by the police when they tried to fire back at the police during a sting operation.
The two were the first to be slain in the four provinces’ Region-1 after President Duterte assumed office on June 30.
Police reports said at 11 am of July 4, anti-drug operatives here raided a room at Green Bee Cottage in Tondaligan Beach in Barangay Bonuan Gueset where three male and a female were staying.
The 23,000- populated village is not only one of the biggest barangays here but is one of the three villages in Pangasinan with the most number of marijuana and shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride peddlers and users in the province, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Instead of peacefully yielding, Alyas Opay, 40, of Malasiqui, Pangasinan and Piggie Cornel, 43, of Bonuan Gueset, fought out with the policemen who returned fire and killed the two suspects.

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July 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

BALON DAGUPAN CHOIR IS MALAYSIAN CHILDREN CHORALE FESTIVAL 2016 CHAMPION


DAGUPAN CITY – The Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir (BDCC), organized by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, won the Malaysia International Children Choral Festival 2016, besting 15 other contenders from different countries in a competition held on July 16 at Shah Alam Theatre in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

BDCC also  bagged two major awards,  one as the Most Promising Overseas Choir and another, the Shah Alam Mayor’s Award, in their rendition of the ” O Sanctissima and Orde E”, their two winning pieces in the competition.

With the theme “Binding Culture through Music”, the international choral festival was joined by 15 choral groups from the countries of Vietnam, India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, represented by BDCC.

The BDCC is part of Mayor Fernandez’es program in developing the talent of the children, not just in sports but also in singing.

A jubilant Mayor Fernandez immediately extended her congratulations to the BDCC in Malaysia right after winning the competition as she thanked Professor Adolfo Mendoza and his wife, Virginia Llamas-Mendoza, for their extreme patience, love and dedication in teaching the children.

“These children truly deserved to win in the International Children’s Choir competition in Malaysia. Let’s all together support our children achieve their goals in life,” said Fernandez.

The Malaysia International Children Choral Festival 2016 was the first international competition joined by the BDCC. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/July 16, 2016)

July 17, 2016 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

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