Archive for June 6, 2017

TO SMALL!: Mayor rejects STL’s 3% offer

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A mayor in the Fifth Congressional District in Pangasinan snubbed the measly three percent offer by the government-ran Small Town Lottery (STL) after Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s General Manager Alexander F. Balutan wrote him for the jueteng- like game to operate in his town.


ELUSIVE WIN. A bettor hopes that her bet on the elusive win of a numbers game Small
Town Lottery could land her a bonanza while a cobrador (collector) writes her bet
number that  she took from the night’s dream and other signs.
PHOTO CREDIT: Hataw Tabloid

“I did not attend the meeting called by Major Efren Fajardo at Star Plaza Hotel (in Dagupan City). They can own that three percent. It was small. It’s only for the mayor,” the chief executive, who asked for anonymity, said, as he empathized with his vice mayor, nine councilors and the chief of police who were not included on the distribution of percentages from the PCSO’s supervised number game gambling STL. (more…)

June 6, 2017 at 8:19 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: P100,000 monthly from Jueteng in this region for this reporter

I bumped into a numbers game cobrador (bet collector)  today and I asked him: Ano ang mas okay sa kita ninyo, noong panahon ng Jueteng ng Jueteng Lords, Jai-Teng ni Atong Ang, or itong bagong sugal ng PCSO na STL?
AGENT: Mas okay noong sa jueteng pa ako, ang porsiyento ko sa cobranza (collection) ay P150 sa P1000, sa Jai-Teng P120 sa P1000, maliit dito sa STL, P70 lang sa P1000
ME: Kung ang Jai-Teng o Jueteng, ang peso mananalo ng P400, magkano panalo ng peso sa STL?
AGENT: Ganoon din, P400 sa peso.
Jueteng is a P10 billion a year business in the Philippines that corrupts government officials, police, and media people.
A TV and radio personality in Manila is receiving one hundred thousand pesos monthly in a region in the north alone. And I am not yet talking about the other regions in the country that he and his colleagues, according to my sources, are receiving the illegal funds.
Jueteng revenues are much bigger than the projected P4 billion combined earning this year of food giants Jollibee and Mang Inasal.
For my almost a year stint as radio commentator here are some bloopers I experienced with some radio reporters.
When I was discussing about a land to be donated by a brother of a mayor to the city government as situs, er, location for the new city hall, the poser to me of a reporter was hilarious, unforgivable, and unforgettable.
 ME: Ang tax sa lupa sa BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) ay Donor, Estate, and Capital Gain Taxes.
Halimbawa may nagbigay sa iyo ng lupa at siya ay sinisingil ng government, ang tawag sa tax doon ay Donor’s Tax. Pag nakatangap ka noong lupa, ang tawag sa iyo ay DONEE (the tax on land being imposed by the BIR are Donor, Estate, and Capital Gain Taxes. For example somebody gave you a land and he was billed by the government, we call them as Donor’s Tax. If you’re  a recipient of that land, we call you as DONEE).


June 6, 2017 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Lot donations tax exempt – BIR

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The Bureau of Internal Revenue said in case the donation of the lot for this City’s local government will be concluded, the donor will be exempted from paying taxes, as provided by law.
Assistant Revenue District Office-4 Chief Trina Villamil said Kerwin Fernandez, the donor of the 1.2 hectares of land in Pantal-Lucao Road, will not be paying the donor tax as mandated by the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC).
Villamil, after consulting with Tax Supervisor Marinela C. Tandoc and Examiner Jeff A. Sajones, cited Paragraph 2 Section 101 of the NIRC which mentioned exemptions of certain gifts.
 “Gifts made to or for the use of the National Government or any entity created by any of its agencies which is not conducted for profit, or to any political subdivision of the said Government,” the Code says.
The BIR usually taxes by 30 percent the value of the donation or gift if the donor and donee are not relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity.
Relatives beyond that degree and other people are called by law as “stranger”.
 “When the donee or beneficiary is stranger, the tax payable by the donor shall be thirty percent (30%) of the net gifts,” Paragraph B, Section 99 of the NIRC says.
According to this City’s Councilor Netu Tamayo, Fernandez, the brother of Mayor Belen Fernandez, was willing to give a lot for the construction of the new city hall and government center.


June 6, 2017 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

Alaminos Mayor, COP sharpen police effectiveness

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY – The mayor and the chief of police (COP) of this Western Pangasinan City have honed the effectiveness of the police force here through the activation of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and the procurement of additional vehicles.

Police Superintendent Benjamin P. Ariola said that he told  Mayor Arthur F. Celeste  about the indispensability of the SWAT thus the Refresher Training Course for his selected policemen.

“The team was activated for purposes of quick emergency response in high risk situation and crisis incident operation,” Ariola, a member of the Philippine National Police Academy’s Class 2000, stressed.

SWAT, according to Wikipidea, is a term for police units which use specialized military equipment and tactics. First created in the United States in the 1960s to handle riot control or violent confrontations with criminals, the number and usage of SWAT teams increased in the 1980s and 1990s during the War on Drugs War and later in the aftermath of the terrorist September 11  attacks where thousands have died.

This city had been one of the earlier and few local government units in Pangasinan to have almost narcotics free villages in the province.

Mayor Celeste recently turned over to the city police a new Strada pick up and motorcycles..

Ariola said the police appreciate the mayor’s all-out support for the law enforcers.

June 6, 2017 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

DOLE-RO I grants P2M to marginalized workers in Ilocos Norte 


June 6, 2017 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Malasakit. Tunay na Pagbabago. Tinud-anay nga Kausaban

“Erosion of faith and trust in government – that is the real problem that confronts us. Resulting therefrom, I see the erosion of the people’s trust in our country’s leaders; the erosion of faith in our judicial system; the erosion of confidence in the capacity of our public servants to make the people’s lives better, safer and healthier.” –President Rodrigo Duterte Inaugural Speech.
Malapit na ang State of the Nation Address ni Mayor Rody Duterte… sa July 24 na yun.
Balikan po natin ang Inaugural Speech para makita natin at maintidihan kung ano ang ginawa ni Mayor Rody.
Ano ba talaga ang problema?

Ang pagguho ng pananampalataya sa gobyerno, ang pagguho ng tiwala sa gobyerno- ang tunay na suliranin ng Lipunang Pilipino ayon kay Mayor Rody.
Manifestations lang daw po ng mas malalim na problema ang social problems na tulad ng korapsyon sa lahat ng antas ng gobyerno; kriminalidad, malawakang bentahan ng iligal na droga at ang kawalang ng law and order.
Lahat ng mga nasabing problema ay hindi dapat isantabi lang bagkus ay dapat mahinto.
“There are many amongst us who advance the assessment that the problems that bedevil our country today which need to be addressed with urgency, are corruption, both in the high and low echelons of government, criminality in the streets, and the rampant sale of illegal drugs in all strata of Philippine society and the breakdown of law and order. True, but not absolutely so. For I see these ills as mere symptoms of a virulent social disease that creeps and cuts into the moral fiber of Philippine society. I sense a problem deeper and more serious than any of those mentioned or all of them put together. But of course, it is not to say that we will ignore them because they have to be stopped by all means that the law allows.” sabi ni Mayor Rody.
Paano mahihinto ang korapsyon?
Paano mahihinto ang kriminalaidad?
Paano mahihinto ang malawakang bentahan ng iligal na droga?
Malasakit. Tunay na Pagbabago. Tinud-anay nga Kausaban !– (Compassion. Genuine Change.) These are words which catapulted me to the presidency. These slogans were conceptualized not for the sole purpose of securing the votes of the electorate.
“Tinud-anay nga kabag-uhan. Mao kana ang tumong sa atong pang-gobyerno (Real change. This is the direction of our government).” sabi ni Mayor Rody.
Kailangan buhayin at itaguyod ang mga lumang values para magkaroon ng tunay na pagbabago.
Dapat daw maibalik ang pagiging makabayan.
Dapat daw na mas mataas ang para sa lahat kesa personal na interes.
Dapat daw na may malasakit at aruga sa mga nangangailangan at naghihirap.
“Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize…”sabi ni Mayor Rody. 

Tandaan natin na may dalawang foundation daw na gagabay sa administrasyon ni Mayor Rody.
Isa na diyan ang sinabi niyang, “The test of government is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Mas yumaman ba ang mayayaman?
Marami bang nakatawid mula sa kahirapan?
Isang taon na po, pasado ba sa unang taon ang administrasyon ni Mayor Rody batay sa sinabi ni Roosevelt?
Ang ikalawang foundation na sinabi ni Mayor Rody ay, “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; You cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich; You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; You cannot further the brotherhood by inciting class hatred among men.”– President Abraham Lincoln.
Hindi daw po lalakas ang mahina kung pahihinain ang malalakas.
Hindi daw po matutulungan ang mahihirap kung pahihinain ang loob ng mayayaman.
Hindi matutulungan ang manggagawa kung ibabagsak ang mga may ari ng pagawaaan.
Hindi maisusulong ang kapatiran kung ang itutulak ay galit sa pagitan ng mga uri.
Isang taon na po, nagawa po ba ng administrasyon ni Mayor Rody ang mga sinasaad sa ikalawang foundation?
At nagawa ba ni Mayor Rody na maging gabay ang ang sinabi niyang article of faith na, “I have no friends to serve, I have no enemies to harm.”?
US DECISION REEKS OF IGNORANCE. Maraming bumira kay Mayor Rody noong ayaw niyang pirmahan ang Paris Climate Pact.
Maraming nagkumbinsi kay Mayor Rody na baguhin ang stand at nagyari nga na umayon din siya sa Paris Climate Pact.
Pero, ano ba ito?
Mismong ang United States of America y ayaw pumirma sa Paris Climate Pact.
Walang ibang may lakas ang loob na bumatikos sa United States of America kungdi si Senadora Loren Legarda.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. Trump decided to pull out from the Paris Agreement. The decision reeks of ignorance and condemns US foreign policy into infamy. It is truly a sad day, but we are not hopeless,” sabi ni Senadora Legarda, chairperson ng Senate committee on climate change.
Hindi daw po naiintindihan ni US President Trump ang pinagdadaanan ng mga bansang tinamaan ng climate change.
Ignorante si Trump ayon kay Senadora Loren.
The present US president may not know what vulnerable nations undergo. He may not understand what Haiyan unleashed. Apathy. Ignorance,” sabi ni Senadora Loren.
Walang puso si Trump ayon kay Senadora Loren.
Ang pag-asa na lang ay ang mga cities at states ng US ang mag-enforce ng Paris Climate Act kahit nag-withdraw na si Trump.
“The way forward with Mr. Trump’s unenlightened decision to withdraw from the Paris accord is for US cities and states to enforce it,” sabi ni Senadora Loren.
Sa Philippine level, ang panawagan ni Senador Loren ay magkaroon ng roadmap para sa pagpapatupad ng Paris Climate Act.
Ano ang basis ng decision ni Trump?
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” sabi ni Trump.


June 6, 2017 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

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