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 Police officers prepare these toys for distribution to Children With Disabilities (CWDs) in a  joint gift-giving activity last December 19 in Bugallon town.CESAR RAMIREZ3-6


December 25, 2016 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

One-Stop Service Center for OFWs in Region I launched

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)  in the region can now secure all their requirements under one roof after a one-stop service center has been installed on December 17.
Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay led the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Manna Mall in San Fernando City, La Union where the OSSCO is located. 
Director Tutay said the OSSCO meets in part the present administration’s thrust to make it easier for Filipinos who are currently working or planning to work overseas to avail of the frontline services of the government.
The OSSCO will offer various facilitative services to reduce transaction time and lessen costs for OFWs.
Following a rotating schedule, the agencies composing the OSSCO are the DOLE-RO I, POEA, OWWA, PITO-La Union, DFA, TESDA, PRC, PHilHealth, MARINA, SSS, Pag-IBIG Fund, PSA, NBI, BI, and CHED.
OFWs can avail of the services of the OSSCO from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

December 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Year 2016 in retrospect

The year 2016 was full of unexpected events that were both happy and sad. Personally, it was a year of frustration and despair. It was also a year that change the political landscape of the country that made headlines both in the local and foreign media.
The height of political campaign for the national and local elections was witnessed during the first quarter of 2016. At the national level, five candidates ran for the presidency- Senator Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, then Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Of the presidential candidates, Poe was the most saddled with legal issues because of her citizenship, which was resolved by the Supreme Court in her favor. She was at first leading all surveys until Duterte took over because of his unconventional political approaches banking on the issues of illegal drugs, corruption and criminality. Roxas, who has the backing of then President PNoy and the Liberal Party candidate, lost focused on his development agenda. He concentrated on making tirades against his political opponents. Binay was saddled with corruption issues while Santiago on her health situation having declared that she has stage four lung cancer.
 In Pangasinan, the gubernatorial race was between former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco and the son of then Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. -Amado I. “Pogi” Espino III. The political campaign on both camps was intense. The older Espino ran for congressman for the 5th District against then Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco, wife of Mark. The political fight was between two prominent families.
I will no longer dwell here on the other candidates for vice presidency, senators, vice governors and other local candidates during the elections.
The second quarter saw the victory of Duterte for the presidency and the younger Espino for Governor of Pangasinan. Duterte’s caught the fancy of the electorates with seven million votes lead against Roxas. His tongue-lashings and colorful words sit well among the Filipinos. On the other hand, the Espinos got the mandate of the Pangasinenses amid issues of alleged corruption and illegal black sand mining.
The newly elected officials in the country from the president down to the members of the Sannguniang Bayan/Panlungsod started their official duties at 12:00 noon of June 30. During his inaugural address, Duterte outlined his government’s programs that give priorities to combat illegal drugs, corruption, illegal gambling and other form of criminalities. He also announced the initial composition of his cabinet secretaries.
The onset of the third quarter was bloody. Under the mandate of his appointed Chief of Philippine National Police (PNP) Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, OPlan Double Barrel- Operation Tokhang and Operation High Value Target (HVT) was enforced. Drug personalities started to surrender, “shabu laboratories” unearthed, suspected drug pushers and users were either nabbed or silenced for life. In August, the biggest blow was the discovery of drug lords and their drug operations inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in which newly elected Senator Leila De Lima was pinpointed as the protector starting when she was still the Justice Secretary during PNoy’s administration. Duterte revealed his list of drug personalities that involved generals of PNP, judges, governors, mayors, policemen and prosecutors. The “drug matrix link” inside the NBP was publicly announced to the surprise of Pangasinenses. Five prominent figures in Pangasinan were named in the “drug matrix link”- former Justice Undersecretary Francisco “Toti” Baraan, De Lima’s driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, former Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan, 2nd District Board Member Raul Sison and former Governor now 5th District Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. Except for Toti Baraan and Dayan, Baraan, Sison and Espino were publicly cleared by Duterte in September when “a shabu laboratory” was discovered in Arayat, Pampanga.


December 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

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December 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL :  Kailan titigil ang karahasan?

 Nakalulungkot at nakapanlulumong isipin. Habang nagsasaya ang mga tao sa panahon ng kapaskuhan ay mayroon namang mga pamilya ang nagdadalamhati dahil sa hindi inaasahang pagpanaw ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay.
Ang walang tigil na pagpatay sa ibat-ibang panig ng bansa ay nagdudulot na ng pagkatakot at kapighatian. Mas marami yong mga napapatay na nasa labas ng tinatawag na lehitimong operasyon ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na kagagawan diumano ng mga “vigilantes.” Walang sinasanto ang mga taong ito na pati mga inosente ay nadadamay na kahit wala namang tuwirang ugnayan sa operasyon ng iligal na droga.
Kamakailan lang, isang manggagawa sa pagpapalawak ng salita ng Diyos ang sadyang idinamay sa di makatwirang pagpatay dahil lamang sa nasaksihan niya ang pagbaril sa mga sangkot daw sa iligal na droga. Isang binatilyo naman na tumulong sa kanyang kasintahan na nasunugan ng bahay ang pinaslang dahil napagkamalan na sangkot sa iligal na droga. Isang 12 taong batang babaeng kasama ang pamilya na nagsisimbang gabi ay tinamaan sa puso ng ligaw na bala ng baril habang papalabas sila sa simbahan ng pagbabarilin ang isang pinaghihinalaang “drug pusher.” Sila ang mga ilan lang na mga inosenteng nilalang na kasama sa “collateral damage” dahil diumano sa pagsugpo sa iligal na droga.


December 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

Viron Transit opens transport service in Asingan, San Manuel

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ASINGAN- Good news to the residents of Asingan and San Manuel towns as there is now a daily transportation service going to Metro Manila without going to Carmen, Rosales to get a ride.
Mayor Heidee Ganigan- Chua announced last December 21 that the management of Viron Transit bus company has scheduled daily trips, after Solid North Bus Company ceased its transport services in the town.
Chua said the new transport service is of great help to the people of San Manuel and this town.
” There’s no need for the townspeople to go to Carmen (Rosales) to get a ride to go to Metro Manila. The bus service will cut short the travel time of the people and makes it more comfortable for commuters. Agricultural products here could easily be transported also to the metropolis,” Chua said.
There are three daily schedules of trip from Asingan to Manila (Cubao)- 3:30 AM, 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM while there are two daily schedules of trip from Manila (Cubao) to Asingan/San Manuel- 8:00 AM (Cubao to Asingan) and 6:00 PM (Manila to Asingan/San Manuel).
Meanwhile, Mayor Chua led the awarding of prizes last December 22  to the winners of the “Belen, Parol and Christmas Around the World Theme,”, which was participated in by the local government units’ offices.
Chua thanked and congratulated the participants of the said contest and assured them to continue the event annually.
” You made our Christmas celebration meaningful and colorful,” Chua said.

December 25, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Insatiable greed of Filipinos

If Senator Leila de Lima cited “human frailties” in committing concubinage when she had illicit relationship with her married driver, “human frailties” could be cited why government officials commit corruption, a malady since time immemorial.
If dangerous drug pushers mended their ways and avoid narcotics because they are being assassinated, I think assassination would be the deterrence for government officials to shun corruption.
Remember two top officials in the executive branch were ambushed to death recently.
How many government officials would die by assassination because of their insatiable greed to pocket public funds?
Son of a gun, the axiom in Filipino “Ang kapwa magnanakaw ay galit sa kapwa magnanakaw” has a grain of truth among beleaguered officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) who were accused by their briber to have received P50 million.
Retired police colonel Wally Sombero said he gave P50 million to BI Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles in exchange of the release of the 600 of the 1,316 Chinese nationals detained at the BI.
 These chinks worked at the 300-hectare Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino in Clark, Pampanga of gambling tycoon Jack Lam without working permits for aliens.
The P50 million pay- off was recorded by the security cameras at the second floor and the cameras set up by the men of BI Intelligence Chief  Charles Calima at the parking lot of the of City of Dreams in Paranaque.
Calima, a former police general did not trust Argosino and Robles in the transaction, thus he did not only video recorded them in the consummation of the crime, but even attached an audio recording inside the dress of Sombero, a retired police colonel.
One of the paper bags, reports said, that contained the ten million pesos “exploded” due to the weight of the bills inside.
 BI Intelligence Chief Calima was dragged on this bribery scandal because he told the duo that their transaction with Sombero was recorded. To keep the act from exploding before the public, Argosino and Robles gave P18 million to Calima while P2 million went to Colonel Sombero.
Despite the division of loot, the bribery was exposed because the two BI Undersecretaries asked for another P50 million thus Sombero divulged the initial buy out to Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo.
“We want to have the opportunity to see the extent of corruption at the Bureau of Immigration,” Argosino said in a press conference that they received the monies because they were building a case against Macau business tycoon Jack Lam.
Argosino was probably citing “a case build up crap” because he and Robles, who were both lawyers, were exposed almost two weeks after they received the monies.
If your intention Mr. Argosino was pure, you had already entrapped Sombero after he gave the P50 million at the City of Dreams.
Argosino and Robles were fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte while Calima was the appointee of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.


December 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

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