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CHILD-FRIENDLY CITY


 Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (3rd from right) receives the  Plaque of Recognition from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (4th from right) and the Council for the Welfare of Children of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for being one of the finalists anew  in the national Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities under the Independent Component City category on September 26 at Rizal Hall at Malacanang  Palace. (Photo courtesy of RTVM) child-friendly

 

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October 6, 2016 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

Rep. Espino: “I am more than happy and relieved”


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
 
DAGUPAN CITY- Fifth District Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. said he was more than happy and finally relieved after President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte  personally cleared his name on his alleged connection of the “drug link matrix” at the New Bilibid Prison.
 
Duterte was in Arayat, Pampanga last September 27 inspecting the seized shabu laboratory (believed to be the biggest in the country) when he announced that he could not find any link or connection of former Governor Espino, former Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan and 2nd District Board Member Raul P. Sison on the “drug link matrix”
 
He also accepted the fact that there were lapses made when he announced the said “matrix” last August 25.
 
With that announcement, Espino said he kept his silence on the issue because he knew that the truth will finally come out after President Duterte assured him that he will conduct revalidation on the “matrix”.
 
Espino also said that his high respect, trust and support to President Duterte will remain especially on his war against illegal drugs.
 
“I am humbled by the pronouncement of the President today on clearing my involvement on the alleged drug matrix released last August 25, 2016. I kept my silence for the past three weeks as I know beyond reasonable doubt that I am not guilty of this allegation. More so, when I had the opportunity last August 30, 2016 for a meeting with the President, he promised me to have the matrix re-validated by the proper authorities. Although my family and the people of Pangasinan were saddened by this unprecedented accusation, we remained steadfast on respect and high regard on the discretion of the President and relied completely on his promised re-validation,” he said.

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October 6, 2016 at 7:31 am Leave a comment

Asingan has new COP


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
 
ASINGAN- This agricultural town in eastern Pangasinan has a new OIC-Chief of Police to oversee police operations and ensure peace and order in the area.
 
Chief Inspector Junmar C. Gonzales, accompanied by Chief Inspector Ryan L. Manongdo (who was former OIC), paid a courtesy call last September 30 on the municipal officials here headed by Mayor Heidee L. Chua, Vice Mayor Carlo Lopez and members of the Sangguniang Bayan.
 
“Hindi man ako kasing-husay ni Sir Ryan (Manongdo) ay ipagpapatuloy ko ang lahat ng mga programang kanyang naumpisahan, at dadagdagan ko pa kung ano man ang aking maibabahagi dito sa inyong bayan,” said Gonzales.
 
(I may not be as good as Sir Ryan (Manongdo) but I will continue all the programs he started and add of what I can do for the town.)
 
He said he wanted to be familiar with the local officials as his partners in serving the town and also to inform them of his programs on peace and order, campaign against illegal drugs and crimes.
 
Manongdo was assigned to the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) in Lingayen.
 
Meanwhile, OIC-Deputy Chief of Police, Police Senior Inspector Reynante B. Organista allayed the fears of the people on OPLAN Tokhang.

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October 6, 2016 at 7:30 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: For God’s sake, respect the rights of women!


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The verbal tussle between Senator Leila De Lima and President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has gone out of hand.
The recent hearing undertaken by the Committee on Justice at the House of Representatives during which convicted criminals came into the open to testify against De Lima for her alleged participation on “illegal drug trade” at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) is somewhat detestable to the prying eyes of the public.
 
While I personally support the acts of the House on the investigation and hearing on illegal drugs trading at NBP to ferret out the truths, it is to my dismay that the objective is no longer in aid of legislation but to destroy the reputation of Senator De Lima, as a person and not as an elected official of the country. This, I said, because there is now a pending act to show publicly the alleged “sex video” of De Lima with her alleged driver-lover Ronnie Palisoc Dayan.
 
If this will be pushed through, our so-called representatives are then likened to the wolves that are voraciously waiting for their prey to be ripped and “killed.” Most of the representatives are now allies of President Duterte, but please oh please have a little bit of sanity.
 
De Lima is of course a critic of Duterte and his personal nemesis way back when she was still chair of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and justice secretary. If the intention is to establish that Dayan, who was said to be her link with the criminals inside the NBP, then make a thorough investigation and not resort to a nauseating action to show a sex video, the source of which could not be ascertained, inluding the persons involved in it.
 
De Lima’s work as a senator is outside of her personal life. If indeed she’s the one  in the alleged sex video, then why fuss about it? It’s her life. As she said, didn’t she deserve to have a “sex life”? Whether she has done intimate relationships with her partner, what is there to complain about? As long as De Lima is doing her work as an elected senator of the country, which she’s doing, then we have to zero in on her official acts and not on her personal life. This is also true to all government officials. If their personal lives have been affecting their official functions, it is incumbent to the government to look into these activities.

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October 6, 2016 at 7:29 am Leave a comment


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October 6, 2016 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL:  Di pala kasama sa drug matrix


 
Noong Agosto 25, maraming Pangasinenses ang nabigla noong ihayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte na sina dating Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, 2nd District Board Member Raul P. Sison at dating gobernador at ngayon ay ika-limang Distrito Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. ay sangkot sa “illegal drug trade” sa loob ng New (National) Bilibid Prison (NBP). Sa matrix, kasama sina Senador Leila De Lima, dating Justice Undersecretary Francisco “Toti” Baraan III, driver ni De Lima na si Ronnie Palisoc Dayan at dating Heneral Franklin Bucayu.
 
Marami ang nagtaka at hindi makapaniwala sa naturang pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte. Sa araw ding iyon, nagsagawa si Espino ng “pulong ng mamamahayag” at nangakong lilinisin niya ang kanyang pangalan. Ganoon din ang ginawa ni Sison. Sinabi nila na hindi sila makapaniwala na isangkot ang kanilang mga pangalan sa isang gawain na kailanman ay hindi nila magagawa. Ayon naman kay Baraan, ang pahayag ng Pangulong Duterte ay parang isang bangungot.
 
Nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na nakausap ni Espino si Duterte na kung saan ay hiniling niya ang “revalidation” sa “matrix” na inihayag. Ayon kay Espino, siya ay pinagbigyan ng Pangulo. Noong Setyembre 27, habang ang Pangulong Duterte ay nasa Arayat, Pampanga para tingnan ang natagpuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na di umano ay napakalaking laboratoryo ng “shabu” ay ihinayag niya na hindi niya maikonekta sina Espino, Baraan at Sison sa “drug link matrix” pagkatapos ng mga isinagawang “revalidation.” Siya ay humingi ng paumanhin sa naturang mga personalidad sa kanyang pagkakamali sa pagsangkot ng kanilang mga pangalan.

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October 6, 2016 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Bakit need natin na sumali sa China Silk Road


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October 6, 2016 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

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