Archive for April 9, 2017

Sto.Tomas bids for two Guinness records 


STO. TOMAS – A six-kilometer stretch of interconnected tables was laid out with food on Sunday (April 2) along the main road by residents of this agricultural town who hoped it was enough to break the Guinness World Records for longest line of tables and longest picnic line.
Mayor Timoteo Villar said the event was documented by Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Pangasinan Chapter which confirmed that this corn-producing town managed to line up 2,470 tables that span 6,040 meters long (or 6.04 kilometers).
Twice, the engineers went from the start to the end of the line, each for the twin records, using three kinds of measurement.
Romeo Saldivar, the head of the engineer group, said they used a tape measure, a wheel with an odometer and real time kinematic (a measuring tool using a satellite navigational system) to obtain the measurement.
The documentation of the event will be submitted to the Guinness office in London, which will determine if the town beat the holders of  both records.

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April 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

I will act on reported corruption at BIR – Dulay


Q & A: Northern Watch columnist Mortz C. Ortigoza and some media men interviewed Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay of the Bureau of Internal Revenue during the 2017 Regional Tax Campaign Kick-Off of the BIR  in Lingayen, Pangasinan. The questions and answers mostly zeroed in on the corruption perpetrated by BIR’s top officials that undermines tens if not hundreds of billions of pesos of government revenues that should have gone to the public coffer to fund government projects.

BIR Dulay and DuterteDULAY WITH DIGONG. Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay (extreme left) of the Bureau of Internal Revenue confers with President Rodrigo R. Duterte on some of the programs of the tax agency. Photo grab from MMPM.NEWS

NORTHERN WATCH: You suspended iyong Letter of Authority (L.A) iyong sources ng corruption sa BIR kasi ang enterprising taxpayers nalalagyan iyong Examiners and other high BIR officials. Nayayari ang collection natin. Sir, meron kayong safety net kung paano natin masiwata iyan (You suspended the Letter of Authority one of the major sources of corruption in the BIR because enterprising taxpayers bribe the Examiners and other high BIR officials. It prejudiced our national collection.  Sir, do you have a safety net how we can ged rid of it?

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April 9, 2017 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: SC decides if appointment of barangay officials is illegal


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I just learned that many congressmen in the Philippines are Korean.
Ombudsman should look on this so these lawmakers could be sued because of their “citizenship” and dismiss them from office.
As you know, just like the president and those senators, a congressman should be natural born when he filled his certificate of candidacy.
Two private contractors who make public roads, bridges, and buildings told me the same story every time they asked the solons (tongressmen) to sign the approval of the projects in their district:
These members of Congress would ask them:  “Magkano Korean?”
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Different opinions permeate the air nowadays on the legality and illegality of the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to postpone anew the October 23, 2017 election. But this time all barangay officials would be appointed by the president through a committee.
The rai·son d’ê·tre of the appointment is to avoid narcotics monies from drug personalities to influence the outcome of the poll.
The father of the Local Government Code of 1991 and former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel said: “Mas democratic ang eleksyon. In short nabawasan ang demokrasya ng Pilipinas”.
He disputed the argument of Duterte that 40 percent of village chiefs are dangerous drug protectors.
“Hindi naman ibig sabihin na ‘yun ang dahilan, i-appoint na lang natin sapagkat ‘yung iilang barangay official magnanakaw. Paano ‘yung iilang governors na magnanakaw? Iilang mayors na magnanakaw? So ibig sabihin lahat na lang i-appoint ‘yan?” he told radio dzBB.
My radio guest recently Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil told me that come May 2, the opening of the House of Representatives, he and his colleagues at the August Body would pass a bill to empower Duterte to appoint officials to fill up the vacuum after the postponement of the poll in October.
“Of course, we have to amend the Local Government Code,” said  Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in reaction to the statement of Congressman Sherwin Tugna of the Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption that the Local Government Code of 1991 or Republic Act No. 7160, mandates that elections be held for the chairs and councilors of barangays.
Here’s my take on these various reactions.
The appointment of President Duterte of these village officials as way to avoid dangerous drugs monies to influence the poll this year will be lawful as long as there is a law empowering him to do it.

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April 9, 2017 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Mangaldan CLUP hurdles first review by SP


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – The mayor of this bustling town said Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) was already reviewed by the Sangguninang Panlalawigan (provincial board).
 Mayor Bona pretty judge RiveraTHE MAYOR AND THE JUDGE. Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno (3rd from right) poses with Judge Lordaliza R. Rivera (4th from right) of Mangaldan’s Municipal Trial Court and members of the Sanggunian Bayan (Legislative Council) led by Vice Mayor Jojo Surdilla during the recent Monday flag raising ceremony held in front of the municipal building.

 

“We just had our first hearing of the  CLUP by  the provincial board,” said Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno after she was told that Congressman Christopher de Venecia called on the four mayors of the fourth district to emulate Dagupan City whose CLUP is awaiting approval by the National Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

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April 9, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Mahalaga ba ang moralidad sa Kamara?


Maraming kontrobersiya ang kinasusuungan ng administrasyong Duterte na pilit na binubuwag ng kanyang mga mamamahayag. Bagamat malakas pa rin ang karisma ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa mga mamamayang Filipino, ang kanyang mga sinasabi at mga kilos ay tinitingnan at pinupuna ng mga lokal at pandaigdigang mamamahayag. Bilang pangunahing opisyal ng bansa, siya ay minamatyagan at nililiming maigi ang kanyang mga patakaran para sa malawakang pagbabago sa bansa.
Tama na sana ang mga ganitong kontrobersiya sa bansa. Subalit ang mga ito ay nadadagdagan hindi lang sa kanyang mga gabinete kundi pati na rin sa mga kaalyado niya sa pulitika. Kamakailan lang, si Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez ng Kamara ay nasangkot sa isang kontrobersiya dahil sa kanilang iringan ni Congressman Tony Floreindo ng Davao City. Ang iringan ay humantong sa personal na antas ng naungkat ang kanilang mga ” girlfriends” na pinagmulan ng kanilang laban. Dahil dito sinabi ni Alvarez na sa panahong ito wala namang lalaki ang hindi nagkakaroon ng “sideline na girlfriend.” Dahil dito, tinuligsa si Alvarez ng mga taong bayan. Hinamon naman niya ang kanyang mga kritiko na magsampa ng kanyang “disbarment” sa Korte Suprema.

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April 9, 2017 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Media’s sad encounter with VP Robredo


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 Media practitioners in Pangasinan showed frustration last March 25 when they were not able to interview Vice President Leni Robredo. She was in  Dagupan City that day being the guest speaker during the graduation of Mary Help of Christians Seminary at the St. John Cathedral upon the invitation of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas. Villegas is the current President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Media men went to the Cathedral expecting to get news from Robredo and to interview her on different issues. Many of them were expecting her to grant an interview since they said they were invited to cover the affair. However, some friends in the media said they did not even get the chance to be near her. She was fully guarded by police officers including her security from the Presidential Security Group (PSG).
Robredo, being the second highest official of the country, is a news material. Whether she likes it or not, she has to contend with the media men. Instead of extending courtesies to them to at least answered some issues, she avoided the media practitioners of Pangasinan. It would have been her chance to clarify her controversial video sent to the United Nations where she lambasted the Duterte administration on extrajudicial killings and the war against the illegal drugs. Of course, she smiled at length but such smiles were not the ones needed by the media but news and information for the consumption of  Filipinos, the Pangasinenses in particular.
What for that she’s in Pangasinan especially Dagupan City? Does she have media handlers in Pangasinan? How about Archbishop Villegas? Didn’t his staff let media men approach her? Frustrated as they were, her visit in Dagupan City did not land in local newspapers as well as in radio programs.

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April 9, 2017 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

Celeste awards winners of ‘cleanest, safest, greenest’ villages


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
 
ALAMINOS CITY- City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste lauded and thanked the barangay officials and their constituents not only for embracing the Hundred Islands Search for the Cleanest, Safest and Greenest Barangays Program but for recognizing the importance of the initiative for their families, community and the city 
Alaminos is the top tourist destination and the center for trade and commerce in western Pangasinan.
In the awarding ceremony during the Barangay Night held at the Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center last March 20, Celeste also congratulated the winners and finalists in this year’s search.
He also thanked the search committee headed by Councilor Rufina J. Gabriel for the hard work and dedication in evaluating the villages.
This year’s top prize went Barangay Polo on its second consecutive year as the cleanest, safest and greenest barangay with P 35, 000 cash and a minor award in Best Plant Nursery.
Barangay Amangbangan, which won the first place two years ago was 2nd place followed by Barangay Baley-daan.
Councilor  Gabriel said fifteen villages made the final cut which was revalidated early this month for the final ranking.
“ I hope next year all the 39 barangays will make it to the finals and that our barangay officials and the residents will take extra efforts and commit themselves in making their place a more livable community,” she said.
Gabriel mentioned Barangay Balayang as this year’s biggest winner after being proclaimed the Most Improved Barangay and 4th runner up behind Barangay Tangcarang.
The search committee has also given special citations and cash incentives to all the finalists and Top 10 villages that include Maawi, Poblacion, Cabatuan, Bued, Sta. Maria, San Vicente, Bisocol, Tel-bang, Magsaysay, and Bolaney.

April 9, 2017 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

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