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Prepare yourselves for barangay polls- Solon

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – A congressman exhorted village officials who want to run for the barangay election this coming October to prepare since there are no debates on bills that will empower President Rodrigo Duterte to postpone the polls. Pangasinan Second District Representative Leopoldo Bataoil said he had no knowledge on the elections and that it should be prioritized because October is nearing, the month of election.

Barangay election in the Philippines, according to law, provides that each village includes a chief called Punong Barangay, the seven members of the Council called each as Kagawad, and the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman who are candidates submit themselves for a fifteen days campaign period.

In March this year, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers filed the first bill that would postpone the village polls originally set for October 23, 2017. (more…)

June 19, 2017 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Nonsense arguments!


A critic should not only be a critique just to be called a critic, he should critique intelligently.

Here’s an example how shallow if not stupid the critics of Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez when her brother Kerwin donated a 1.2 hectares of land to the local government as situs for government building.

They said the market peso value of the donated lot is not sixty million pesos but could reach up to four hundred million pesos.

In short, they insinuated the donor underpriced the property.

My Answer: The prices are immaterial. The land, for Christ sake, was being donated to the city government. It means it was given for free otherwise we would be applying for loans at the bank to buy a lot and will be paying the amortization for years at the expense of our funds for social service.

Even a top brass of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Central Pangasinan told me that the donation by the donor to the government is not even taxable.

The purpose of the absence of the 30 percent tax to the zonal valuation of the property given as “gift” is to encourage people like Kerwin to give to the “cash-strapped” government.

“It’s benevolence,” as what Councilor Jigs Seen, the brother-in-law of the mayor told the members of the August Chamber why he voted “yes” to empower the city mayor to accept the donation.

Son of a gun Jigs, because of your “benevolence or compassion term I remembered the Americans who want to educate us in the early 1900s colonization.

The Yanks’ high officials in P.I, not P__ng Ina but Philippine Islands, argued for appropriation in the U.S Congress to help us flips, er, Filipinos’ in the name of  Benevolent Assimilation. (more…)

June 19, 2017 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

De Venecia urges youth to be part of global network for peace


June 19, 2017 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

DTI launches ‘Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso’ program in Pangasinan


June 19, 2017 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Marawi kids find home in Urdaneta school 

by Venus May H. Sarmiento
URDANETA CITY –  The Urdaneta I Central School in eastern Pangasinan is now the second home of at least 12 students from embattled Marawi City, upon their transfer to this province.
School Principal Dr. Robert Tababa said the pupils, whose age bracket range from seven to 12 years old, were warmly welcomed by the school despite the lack  of  school credentials like birth certificates and report cards.
“May Department of Education policy tayo na i-accept ang mga bata maski walang credentials kung may nangyaring kalamidad sa kanila either man-made o natural. Kaya itong mga bata na sinabi ng kanilang mga kamag-anak na galing sa Marawi ay andito ngayon,” Tababa told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
Tababa said the pupils, who were mostly girls, were just interviewed and were asked their names and grade levels. Their credentials could be traced through the Learners’ Information System of DepEd. Some,  however, could not recall  the name of their school in Marawi and their principal’s name. 
Most of the children were enrolled by their relatives residing in Urdaneta and the children’s parents went back to Marawi, he said. 
The principal  said the transferees will not have a hard time blending well with Pangasinenses because they can speak good Filipino (Tagalog).
Brothers Hamza and Hizam (surname withheld), two of the pupils who transferred to Urdaneta,  are now in Grade 2.  
They said their parents brought them to Pangasinan because “may barilan sa Marawi”. Based on their stories, their school named Pilot Central School, was bombed and their aunt’s house was rained with bullets.
Grade 2 teacher Analyn Dela Cruz said she didn’t see any trace of trauma among her students even if they came from a conflict-torn city. 
“Ok naman sila at magagalang. Sila pa nga ang leader-leader sa classroom kasi magaling sila. Kahit transferees, very good sila.” Dela Cruz told PIA. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan) 


June 19, 2017 at 11:18 am Leave a comment



 Manlingkor ya Kalangweran young city mayor Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez cuts the ceremonial ribbon with DepEd Supervisor Venus Estonillo formally opening the Kakanen Trade Fair at the CSI Atrium on June 10. Also in photo are City Social Welfare and Development Officer Leah Aquino (2nd from left), City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia Ticsay Rivera (right), newly-promoted SDS Diosdado Cayabyab (2nd right) and Epee Rafanan (3rd right). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

June 19, 2017 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: ‘Go ahead, be my guest’

“Go ahead, be my guest. We will wait for you there. Walang problema. Bakit sunugin mo ang Marawi?
Last year pa lang, alam na ni Mayor Rody Duterte na kukunin ng Maute-ISIS ang Marawi City.
Actually, hinamon niya pa ang Maute na sunugin ang Marawi.  At tinotoo naman ng Maute!
Hindi totoo na yung failed arrest kay Abu Sayyaf Isnilon Hapilon ang dahilan ng gulo sa Marawi City.
May plano na kubkubin ang Marawi City at itayo ang ISIL o Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Sa loob lang ng isang araw, mula alas dos ng hapon ng May 23 ay nakuha ng Maute ang Camp Ranao, Marawi City Hall, Mindanao State University, City Jail, Hospital.
Nakuha rin nila ang main street at sinunog ang Saint Mary’s Church, Ninoy Aquino School and Dansalan College.
Planado talaga ang lahat.
Mahigit tatlong weeks na ay hindi pa tapos ang labanan.  Hindi yata nauubusan ng supply ng bala at pagkain ang Maute group.
November 30, 2016, ay nagbigay ng babala si Mayor Rody Duterte sa Maute group na nagte-terrorize sa bayan ng Butig Lanao Del Sur
Ayaw ko makipag-away sa inyo. Ayaw ko makipag-patayan,  but please, do not force my hand. I cannot be forever traveling here every month para lang makipag-usapat pagtalikod ko patayan nanaman I do not want to mention anything, but please do not force my hand into it,” sabi ni Mayor Rody.
Nang makuha uli ng gobyerno ang Butig,nag-iwan diumano ang umatras na Maute Group ng sulat na puputulan nila ng ulo si Mayor Rody at ang mga militar.
Noong December 12, 2016, hinamon ni Mayor Rod yang Maute group na lusubin ang Marawi City sa speech niya sa harap ng  Wallace Business Forum Dinner.
“Itong Maute… It was carried by a Moro ambassador, former, sabi niya na, ‘Maghinto sila basta huminto ang military sa operation’,” sabi ni Mayor Rody.
Siyempre ayaw ni Mayor na pinagbabantaan dahil ang kanilang mission ay tugisin ang Maute group.
“Sabi ko, ‘No. You do not put any condition.’ Ako ‘yung gobyerno. Bakit ako maghinto? And then they threatened to go down from the mountains to burn Marawi,”  sabi ni Mayor Rody.
“Go ahead, be my guest. We will wait for you there. Walang problema. Bakit sunugin mo ang Marawi? Those are things that sabi ko, no. I am the government. Do not place conditions on my shoulder,” dagdag ni Mayor Rody.
Bok Nani Braganza, mukhang pareho sa Marawi City yun paglusob ng MNLF sa Zamboanga City.
Pero mas mabilis niyong natapos ang Zamboanga crisis.
Mas complicated ngayon dahil hometown ng Maute ang Marawi City at Muslim-dominated pa.
Ang Marawi City ay kilala sa kaniyang underground economy. eighty percent ng economy niya ay underground.
Meron legal na underground economy at meroong illegal na underground economy.
May trading ng mga legal goods at commodities pero may trade din ng illegal goods at commodities.


June 19, 2017 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

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