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Police Chief Insp.Norman Florentino(2nd from right), Pangasinan PNP police community relations branch chief, answers questions during the regular forum of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas(KBP) Pangasinan chapter at the Philippine Information Agency(PIA) office in Dagupan City last May 25. Also in photo are(from left) Ms.Natalie Dalaten and Marjury Lorezco, both of the Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) provincial office; and Francisco de Vera,Jr., of the Department of Health(DOH) Region I.CESAR RAMIREZ

May 29, 2017 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

Most Pangasinenses favor Mindanao Martial Law

DAGUPAN CITY – The decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao in the evening of May 23 has drawn mixed reactions from Pangasinenses. Majority, however, favor the move.
Provincial Director Agnes De Leon of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the declaration is good to stop the conflict once and for all.
”Kawawa ang mga sibilyan dahil sila ang naiipit. Tama lang mai-declare dahil kung walang katahimikan, walang development,” De Leon told the Philippine Information Agency.
Police Chief Insp. Norman Florentino, chief of the Public Information office branch of the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, said the declaration is needed.”Hindi naman magde-declare ng martial law kung hindi na-meet ang guidelines. Marami nang nangyari sa Mindanao. Kailangan na yan. Kailan pa natin lilinisin ang Mindanao kundi ngayon. Maraming magiginhawaan na kababayan natin,” Florentino said.
National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP) -Pangasinan Chief Enrique Delos Santos said he is not  afraid of martial law, for it is in the constitution. “The declaration of such is one of the powers vested to the President of our nation. Its a judgement call on his part and I am not in a position to question his judgement. Let us support our president.”


May 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Traffic chief claims apprehension of colorum vans triggers recall of deputation

DAGUPAN CITY – Are the officials of the Land Transportation Office protecting ‘colorum’ passenger vans that operate in Pangasinan?
Public Order & Safety Office Chief Carlito O. Ocampo said this could be the reason why he and some of his men were stripped by the LTO of the power to issue Temporary Operator’s Permit to drivers of these colorum vans.
 “Dahil alam ko may nahuli kaming dalawang colorum plying Urdaneta –Dagupan last week. I don’t know if that triggered this ban,” he told reporters.
Ocampo said the vans they flagged down were two of the 40 vans illegally plying this city and Urdaneta City.
He said the vans do not even have a terminal here.
Ocampo told reporters that when LTO Regional Director Teofilo Guadiz III declared in a television interview that he and members of the POSO were not deputized by his office as LTO agents.
“The truth of the matter I am deputized by the LTO. The proof of which is my ID, at the back of which are the signature and the printed name of Attorney Teofilo Guadiz III. I think this is enough to prove that I am a deputized agent of the LTO,” he said.
 Ocampo said the LTO even gave him a booklet of Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP) so he could issue them to violators.
But Guadiz ignored Ocampo’s explanation as the former circulated a letter to drivers and operators in Pangasinan that Ocampo and his men were not deputized to apprehend drivers.


May 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Cops to arrested pusher: You post bail then sell our drugs

Recently, four members of the intelligence service of the Makati City’s Police Station were entrapped by police’s Counter-Intelligence Task Force because of robbing and extorting from two lovers.
The police kidnapped but released the pair, with the condition that aside from the P100,000 the lovers gave, they have to give another P300,000.
The other day I talked with two female convicts who served time at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong.
They told me they were sentenced with Paragraph 3 Section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2022.
That paragraph talks about possession of less than five grams of narcotics like shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride.
They have the same version with the police racket in Makati City.
Woman A said when police barged at her house in Marikina City they found a sachet of shabu in her possession. The police told her to post bail that run up to P400,000 immediately so that when they arrest another pusher with narcotics, they would take a portion of the drugs so she would be selling those stuff while she got a percentage from it.
Woman B told me the same modus operandi with policemen in Marikina when she was apprehended because of illegal drugs in Dagupan City. They told her to bail for her temporary liberty and wait for another police arrest of a drug peddler so she can sell a part of the shabu the cops confiscated from that pusher.


May 29, 2017 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

Calasiao cop claims 92% of villages drug-free

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
CALASIAO – The chief of police here claimed that 92% of villages of this town is still free of narcotics despite the suspension of Oplan Tokhang or Oplan Plea by authority for drug users to surrender.
Police Superintendent Charlie Umayam said the status was the same as before the suspension of Tokhang in January this year.
 He said three barangays are still being cleared and that alleged drug pushers from there have not surrendered.
Oplan Tokhang is a concocted Visayan word which means Tok-tok and Hangyo where police personnel knock on the doors of a suspected drug user or pusher, asking him or her to surrender to the police, after which his or her activities will be monitored.
The program that saw thousands of illegal drug peddlers and users killed, was suspended on January 30, 2017 after anti-drug police officers were accused of kidnapping and killing a South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo in October 2016 and even extorted monies to the family of the victim who did not know that Joo was already dead.
But Philippine National Police’s Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa revived it last March 6 with another monicker as Tokhang Bravo or Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded.
“This time we will make sure it will be less bloody if not bloodless,” Dela Rosa vowed, promising that “Tokhang Part 2 Revisited” would target high-value drug suspects after proper “revalidation.”


May 29, 2017 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

BoC, DoF release rules to lock-up without bail smugglers

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY –The Bureau of Customs and the Department of Finance have released recently Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 2-2017 that empowers the government to sue smugglers of agricultural products, a no-bail offense.

Sinag Thumbs Down

NO TO SMUGGLING. Officials of the pro-farmers group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura
 led by SINAG Chairman Rosendo So (third from left) thumb down the
unabated smuggling of agricultural products in the Philippines.

The Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, on ehich the order was based,  called for a penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of twice the fair value of the smuggled agricultural product and the aggregate amount of the taxes, duties and other charges avoided shall be imposed on any person who commits any of the acts enumerated under Section 3 of the Act.
 Section 3 cited the crime of large-scale agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage, involving sugar, corn, pork, poultry, garlic, onion, carrots, fish, and cruciferous vegetables, in its raw state, or which have undergone the simple processes of preparation or preservation for the market, with a minimum amount of one million pesos, or rice, with a minimum amount of ten million pesos, as valued by the Bureau of Custom.


May 29, 2017 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

MASO: Talking peace while fighting is not good

“CASER ang pinakamahalaga na agenda sa usapin ng peace talks. Hindi lamang with the National Democratic Front but also with government because we are talking about reforms. When we talk about reforms, we’re trying to reform government…we are trying to come up with reforms on policy issues, on program issues, on specific project to implement that specific policy,” –Hernani Braganza, Government Peace Panel.
“CASER is the one immediately in the agenda because we have to address the stomach issues first,” – Alan Jazmines, NDF Peace Panel consultant.
Nagsasagawa ng regional consultations ang mga involved sa peace process sa pagitan ng Government of the Philippines at CPP-NPA-NDF. Naidaos ang isang consultation sa Cordillera region.
Kailangan ng ceasefire. bilateral ceasefire as much as possible. Mahirap mag-usap kung nagpuputukan. Fighting while talking!
“We will also focus on the joint ceasefire since forging a bilateral ceasefire is considered to be of parallel importance to provide an enabling environment for reforms to take place,” sabi ni Bok Nani.
“A ceasefire can provide a more conducive environment so that both Parties can talk freely and openly with minimal distractions. It also provides a breathing space especially in the conflict-affected areas. Ito ay may kinalaman sa delivery of support services and basic social services. Kung may ceasefire o may tigil putukan, local government, representatives of national agencies can freely move around. But more importantly, the civilians in the conflict areas can also conduct livelihood activities, businesses unhampered,”paliwanag ni Bok Nani.
Nabalitaan natin kailan lang na naglunsad ng dalawang opensiba ang NPA dito sa Luzon.
Mismong si Jaime “Ka Diego” Padilla, Spokesperson ng NPA-Southern Tagalog (Melito Glor Command) sa pamamagitan ng press statement ang umamin sa mga opensiba.


May 29, 2017 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

‘Gamot para sa Kapwa’ project helps Rosales patients

ROSALES– At least 1, 024 patients from various towns in Pangasinan received free medicines, medical and dental care services during the “Gamot para sa Kapwa” project initiated by the SM Foundation Inc.
Kristine Santiago, press relations officer of SM Rosales, said the project is in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC), Municipal Health Office of Rosales and the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD).
“Gamot para sa Kapwa is a medical and dental mission that aims to provide quality but free medical and dental care services as well as proper and complete dosage of medicines to less fortunate citizen in the community,” Santiago said.
She said during the medical mission, the patients were given medical consultation, free medicines, x-ray and electrocardiograph (ECG) tests, random blood sugar test, uric acid test, cholesterol check-up, dental consultation and tooth extraction.


May 29, 2017 at 6:45 am Leave a comment

Water supply restored in Dagupan villages

 DAGUPAN CITY – The Dagupan City Water District has finally restored water services in at least three villages of the city, ending the seven-month ‘waterless’ agony of residents and concessionaires.
General Manager Adelfo Valle announced that at 3:35 in the afternoon of May 24, the new  Lasip Grande Pumping Station became fully operational with a capacity rate of 21.67 liters per second and with a pressure of 15 pounce per square inch.
“Clean and safe water is vital for life that is why we pushed for the restoration and completion of the pumping station at the shortest possible time for the benefit of our District’s concessionaires,” Valle said.
It can be recalled that in mid-October of 2016, water supply and pressure weakened in Barangays Lasip Grande, Pogo Grande, Malued and in nearby villages because of the massive cave-in of sand of the Lasip Grande pumping station. Eventually, no water would come out from the pipelines during the day. Residents contented themselves by fetching water in containers at midnight till dawn where water pressure is high.


May 29, 2017 at 6:43 am Leave a comment

Sinag to Senate:Probe rice importation

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) asked the Senate Committee on Agriculture chaired by Senator Cynthia A. Villar  to conduct inquiry on imported rice, the bulk of which are docked in various ports in the country since March this year.
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Smuggled rice in Manila. Photo Credit: Philippine Star

In a letter to Villar dated May 8,  Sinag Chair Rosendo O. So So said no less than 130,000 metric tons or 2.6 million bags of imported rice are yet to be confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BoC).
The BOC also has not charged the 38 consignees of smuggled /imported rice in the country who have no necessary import permits.
So said  with the prevailing price of Php 1,750  per bag, the unclaimed rice is valued at no less than P4.55 billion, and which could only be the tip of the “iceberg” of the recent squabble within the National Food Authority (NFA) Council.”
So also said the Sinag wanted to know if there are other shipments of other agricultural products without permits, that are inside the jurisdiction of BoC in different  ports of the country.


May 22, 2017 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

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