Archive for June 12, 2017

THOUSANDS JOIN DAGUPAN’S BATIK ULOPAN


Batik Ulopan is just one of the several activities prepared by the 70th Agew na Dagupan Committee chaired by Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as Executive Chairman.

Students from different universities and colleges including government employees, different government and non-government agencies joined the fun run.

Mayor Fernandez is thankful for the good weather condition and the participation of many Dagupeños in the unity fun run.

“We will make a compilation of these events for future generations to know and learn what we did during the 70th year of our city,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/June 9, 2017)

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June 12, 2017 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Sa pagpasok ng STL, titigil na ba ang jai-teng?


 
Hindi lingid sa mga Pangasinense na namamayagpag ang “jueteng” sa Pangasinan ng maraming taon. Ito ay naging bukal ng kayamanan ng maraming pulitiko dahil sa payola na ibinibigay ng mga may hawak nito. Ang “jueteng” na tinatayaan ng dalawang kombinasyon ng numero mula 1 hanggang 37 ay ipinagpatuloy dito sa Pangasinan ng Meredien Vista Gaming Corporation sa anyong ” jai-alai”. Sa katotohanan, ang operasyon nito ay “jai-teng” dahil “jueteng” pa rin ang numerong kombinasyon na di gaya ng “jai-alai” na may dalawa o tatlong numerong kombinasyon mula 1 hanggang 10.
 
Ilegal na sugal ang “jueteng”. Walang kita nito na pumupunta sa kaban ng bayan. Ang payola ay naging personal na kita ng mga pulitiko at iba pa na nagtatamasa sa operasyon nito. Bagamat may mga taong naging tauhan nito gaya ng kobradores at mga kabo na kumikita dito, hindi pa rin sapat na dahilan para ito ay hindi supilin ng pamahalaan upang makinabang naman ang mga bayan sa kita nito.
 
Noong ika-2 ng Pebrero sa taong ito, inilabas ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang Executive Order No. 13 na naglalayon sa pagpapaigting ng laban kontra sa mga ilegal na sugal gaya ng “jueteng” sa buong bansa. Sa nasabing Order, inatasan ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan na isagawa ang paglaban sa ilegal na sugal. Saad pa nito ang Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) ang may karapatan na mag-operate at magbigay lisensya sa mga ibang sugal gaya ng mga casino, gaming clubs at iba pang anyo ng mga sugal na naaayon sa batas ng pamahalaan. Ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ay mayroon ding mandato na magtaguyod ng mga lotto at iba pang anyo ng sugal gaya ng Small Town Lottery o STL. (more…)

June 12, 2017 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Pray for President Duterte


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The siege of the military and police forces of Marawi City (Lanao del Sur) following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte is not a big joke. As of this writing, the battle between the government forces and the ISIS-inspired Maute Group has not yet ended. Many lives have been wasted- from the government forces, civilians and the rebel groups. Peace in southern Mindanao seems elusive.
 
The Congress, both House of Representatives and the Senate House, has already spoken. Our representatives and senators have thrown support to the declaration of Martial Law by President Duterte. This means that they did not reject the declaration of martial law, which will last within 60 days after it was declared. Martial Law is the only weapon of the President to avert rebellion and invasion to maintain public safety. But, it seems many Filipinos are not keen about it. Instead of looking at it objectively, they are trying to pull down the President, albeit because of political reasons and not for the love of the Philippines. This is very disheartening because we have a President who is sincere in his quest for a better Philippines and yet, may are still thinking to further their political agenda.
 
Social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, is swarmed with negative comments about President Duterte’s declaration of martial law. They were saying that it was not yet ripe for such declaration since the invasion of the Maute Group of Marawi City could still be contained by our government forces. These netizens do not know the underlying reasons why President Duterte declared martial law. Do they have the data and information on intelligence reports on the extent of Maute’s operation? While some of the incidents in Marawi City were viewed from our television sets, these are just the surface of what’s really happening inside the city.
 
At one point, when President Duterte was addressing the military troops in Iligan City where he sarcastically talked about “raping women” and he will take full responsibility, mainstream media as well as netizens feasted on it.  President Duterte is on his eleventh month in office. With that period of time, we should have been accustomed to his rhetoric. He is a President who talked undiplomatic and yet his messages are accepted by many Filipinos. He talks without pretensions. He talks straight from his heart that could be understood by the common tao.
 
I am not an avid fan of President Duterte, but he’s the President we’ve got. It maybe God’s intervention why he was elected by the majority of the Filipinos. During the campaign in 2016, President Duterte lacked a political machinery. He was a reluctant presidential contender. He was, according to him, not backed up by governors, mayors and village leaders. But then, he survived the presidential derby and emerged as a winner.
 
President Duterte’s victory was the victory of the common Filipinos. He was able to convey his message well to the Filipinos. During the presidential campaign, he zeroed in on eradicating the illegal drugs, ending corruption in public offices and terminating all forms of criminalities. These were the messages that endeared him to the Filipino masses. Until now, the support has not waned and remain overwhelming.
 
What’s happening to us Filipinos? While we are always talking about reforms, we have not composed ourselves to support a leader who is trying to address the perennial problems we have experienced with the previous administrations. After President Ferdinand Marcos, five more leaders emerged – President Corazon Aquino, President Fidel V. Ramos, President Joseph Estrada, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and President Benigno Aquino III. Those were the years of missed opportunities for the Philippines to move on. They promised us a society that was different from Marcos, and yet looking back Marcos presidency was at its best amidst the proclamation of Martial Law that lasted for almost two decades.
 

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June 12, 2017 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

Congressmen inspect dev’t projects in north Luzon


DAGUPAN CITY – In a bid to personally oversee where the government fund is going, some 85 members of the House of Representatives embarked on a five-day journey to North Luzon to inspect development projects in the regions.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor Leader Rododlfo Farinas led the large group of congressmen in the inspection tour in La Union. Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Benguet, Isabela and Pangasinan from June 1 to 6. 
Alvarez said the inspection and familiarization tour is a first in the history of the Congress and is eyeing to institutionalize the inspection every time the House prepares for budget approval.
“Minarapat namin na makita ang kundisyon ng mga probinsiya para malaman natin kung ano ba talaga ang kailangan sa isang lugar  o tama ba ang pinaglalaanan ng pondo ng ating gobyerno bago natin i-approve and budget,” Alvarez told newsmen during their stop in Dagupan City where Fourth District Representative Christoffer De Venecia, along with his parents, former Speaker Jose de Venecia ,Jr and former Rep Gina De Venecia, hosted lunch for the group.
Alvarez said in the course of their trip, the group has seen many concerns that need to be addressed. Notable among their findings are infrastructure projects like roads and bridges that need rehabilitation.
“Dito sa Ilocos Region, marami kaming nakita na highways na two-lane lang. Its about time na gawing four-lane ang mga ito. Its also time to revive the railway na dati namang meron na,” he added.
The wider roads and railway, he said, will greatly contribute to the easy transport of farm products from the province to Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
Alvarez said the vast agricultural lands in Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Cagayan will get a big boost with the infrastructure projects.
He clarified that these could not be addressed overnight as the term of the President is very short. He assured, however, that these will be given proper attention by the House members. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan) 

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June 12, 2017 at 11:01 am Leave a comment


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