Archive for July 4, 2017

BAYAMBANG CENTRAL SCHOOL: Quiambao doubts Chua’s win

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BAYAMBANG – The mayor in this central Pangasinan town doubted that the claimant of the controversial Bayambang Central School (BCS) property in  Poblacion will win in court.


 Bayambang Mayor Cesar Quiambao (Photo Credit: Strategic Asia-Pacific Partners)

Mayor Cesar Quiambao said while the school was fenced by one Willy Chua who claimed ownership of  the 3.2 hectare prime property, the local government was able to get injunction from the court, and that he (Chua) would not win the case because of “fraud.” (more…)

July 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

Duterte’s Task Force vs media killings hailed

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) drew praises from media workers and their families who were victims of violent crimes recently in connection with their job.

 Pangasinan-based radioman, Virgilio Maganes, for one, thanked PTFoMS for its prompt action on his case that resulted in the arrest of a suspect behind his botched assassination last November.

 Maganes, also columnist of the local newspaper Northern Watch and a commentator of DWPR Radyo Asenso based in Dagupan City said police operatives led by Villasis Deputy Chief of Police Rodrigo Lubiano arrested in Urdaneta City Michael Prado y Tagle, 33, a resident of Puelay village in Villasis town last June 10 by virtue of a warrant of arrest dated April 3, 2017 issued by Judge Junius T. Dalaten of Regional Trial Court Branch 50 here.

 It can be recalled that Maganes was on his way to the Villasis town proper in the morning of November 8, 2016 when the tricycle he was riding was tailed by motorcycle men riding in tandem. Three gun shots were fired at the back of the tricycle and one shot hit him when the suspects left the crime scene.

 PTFoMS executive director, Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, himself a former mediaman, visited Maganes at the hospital hours afters the shooting and instructed investigators to leave no stone unturned in finding the culprits.

 “I am very grateful for the help of PTFoMS, especially President Rodrigo Duterte who has shown his deep concern for media workers’ safety by creating the task force,” said Maganes.

 Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin M. Andanar pushed for the creation of the Task Force last year, along with the freedom of information Executive Order signed by President Duterte.

Meanwhile, Edralyn Pangilinan, the widow of slain Catanduanes News Now publisher Larry Que, expressed appreciation to the PTFoMS for ensuring the delivery of justice for the Que patriarch, who was gunned down on December 19, 2016. Que died the next day.

 Pangilinan and Marlon Suplig, also a local broadcaster filed charges of murder with the Department of Justice against Gov. Joseph Cua, a certain Prince Subion and policemen Vincent Tacorda and Dan Bagay.

 “We are thankful for the sincerity of the Duterte government in serving justice for slain mediamen. We are aware of the PTFoMS’ sacrifices. The task force has provided security for our family as we go along this lengthy fight for justice,” said Ms. Pangilinan.

 During the PTFoMS’ last meeting, DOJ Assistant Secretary Juvy R. Manwong said that a panel of prosecutors has been formed to handle the case of Que. (more…)

July 4, 2017 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: What Graft and Corruption are you talking about?

mortz-nw-colored3    The brouhaha and the circus continue in traditional, social and online media, on  the consultation hearings by the Dagupan councilors on the donation of the 1.2- hectare  land given by the brother of the mayor to the local government of Dagupan City.

One of the arguments of the opposition hinged on Section 3B of Republic Act or Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Acts as quoted by Councilor Red Erfe-Mejia on TV interviews and the social media says:

“Directly or indirectly requesting or receiving any gift, present, share, percentage, or benefit, for himself or for any other person, in connection with any contract or transaction between the Government and any other part, wherein the public officer in his official capacity has to intervene under the law”.

He continued: “Sa madaling salita bawal gamitin ang kapangyarihan sa pansariling benepisyo” and “Ililipat ang city hall sa lupain ng pamilya ng mayor na kung saan ang lupa mismo at ang mga lupang nakapalibot ay pag mamay-ari ng pamilya ng mayor”.

MY TAKE: In case Mayor Belen Fernandez signed into law the ordinance, almost unanimously passed by the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the signature of the mayor could not be construed as abetting graft and corruption because the family- owned land, probably through a corporation (from which the mayor divested her interest) would benefit tremendously because the worth of the lands there would appreciate.

The signature of the mayor was ministerial. She did not represent the Vox Populi, Vox Dei when the majority of the councilors debated and voted for the acceptance of the ordinance. It was the Councilors who represented the Voice of God and the people of Dagupan City that it was politically correct to accept the benevolence of donor Kerwin Fernandez, the sibling of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, when the mayor signed the proverbial dotted line of the already approved ordinance.

“The acceptance of the mayor of the donation in behalf of the city government is immoral,” dissed by the opposition and critics.

The mayor could show to all and sundry that she is dispensable to the donation by vetoing it or rejecting it or ignore it, just like Vice Mayor Brian Lim when the ordinance accepting the donation needed his signature. (more…)

July 4, 2017 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment

SM Foundation turns over two-storey classrooms in Urdaneta City

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Pupils, parents and teachers of Anonas Elementary School here have all the reasons to smile and be happy after they received a two-storey building with four classrooms from SM Prime through the SM Foundation, Inc. last June 23.

 The turnover ceremonies was attended by Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV, SM Foundation’s Executive Director for Education Carmen Linda Atayde,  SM City Rosales Mall Manager Catherine Garcia, City Schools Superintendent Gloria Torres, Anonas village councilman Randy Pascua, PTA President Marites Pasion and School Principal Glenda Peralta.

 The school building was blessed by Rev. Father Angelo Lopez.

 Each classroom has blackboards, 50 armchairs, teacher’s tables with chairs, and toilet facilities.

 We have dreamed of new classrooms. Now that dream has become a reality. Thank you SM Foundation, these are big help to our school children. This will also serve as a community evacuation center during calamities,” school head Peralta said. (more…)

July 4, 2017 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Spiritual counseling of drug surrenderers under Oplan Tokhang

virThe move to place hundreds or millions of drug surrenderers throughout the country under spiritual counseling is a laudable program to instill in them spiritual and moral values.

 Under the Community-Based Spiritual Counseling, there are designated chaplains coming from Christian religious sects  who will provide the drug surrenderers with lessons within a 6-month period. During this period, the drug surrenderers will be reporting to their chaplains and have to complete their lessons and other activities. The municipal governments will shoulder the costs of the said activity. During their two-day spiritual retreat village (barangay) governments will provide them allowance of P250, after which they will graduate from their moral recovery lessons.

 As I said, the move is a laudable effort that would sway the drug surrenderers from going back to their vices and be productive citizens in their communities. This is also to ensure that during police monitoring activities, these drug surrenderers have already been mainstreamed to the communities and no longer using or pushing drugs.

 While I laud such activity, I think there is a lack of spiritual counseling. We are all aware that drug surrenderers have their own spiritual faith, as they are either  Catholics, Pentecostals, Iglesia ni Cristo, Muslims, etc. What actions have been done to mainstream them to their own faiths and religious sects? This is a very important aspect in spiritual values and moral recovery. Although the 24 lessons as contained in the modules are directed to the words of God, there might be not acceptable to one’s faith or religious affiliations. I think this is an area that should be considered. After the moral recovery programs, the drug surrenderers must continue their spiritual counseling from their own priests, ministers and pastors for them to imbibe more spirituality and moral values.

 I am not saying here that the chaplains are not doing their supposed work for the spiritual change. They are working on it. What I am driving at is proper monitoring. Their church leaders (of their religious affiliations) should be encouraged to participate in the efforts for them to change. Religious convictions are necessary in changing their lives. After graduation, the drug surrenderers should be properly connected to their spiritual leaders who could be tapped for monitoring activities.


Lately, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV was the cynosure of netizens all over social media. He became a laughing stock because of his blunders during the interview of Hardtalk hosted by Stephen Sackur of the British Bradcasting Company (BBC), which was viewed on television worldwide. Trillanes was caught flat-footed and seemed to have not prepared himself during the interview.

 Trillanes is one of the critics of President Duterte, along with Senators Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, Leila Delima, Francis Pangilinan and Franklin Drilon. Except Trillanes who belongs to the Nacionalista Party, all of the critics belong to the Liberal Party. (more…)

July 4, 2017 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL    Ang Pangasinan sa unang taong  paunungkulan ni Gob. Pogi Espino

 Lahat ng inihalal sa panunungkulan noong Mayo 9, 2016, mula Pangulo ng bansa hanggang sa mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Panlungsod/Bayan ay nakaisang taon na sa kanilang mga pwesto pagkatapos na sila ay nanumpa noong Hunyo 30.

 Sa loob ng isang taon marami na ang umusad na pagbabago lalo na sa ilalim ng pambansang administrasyon. Nandiyan yong walang humpay na digmaan sa droga, pag-papaigting sa “peace and order”, pagpapalago ng agrikultura, pagsasagawa ng mga imprastraktura at iba pa. May mga pagbabagong nararamdaman sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte.

Tunghayan natin ang Pangasinan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Pogi Espino. Ano na ba ang pagbabagong nangyayari sa loob ng lalawigan pagkatapos ng isang taon? Naisagawa ba ang mga pangakong dapat gawin ayon sa mga plataporma ni Espino noong halalan? Siya nga ba ay nakalabas na sa anino ng kanyang ama na si dating Gobernador Amado T. Espino Jr.?

Tinutukan ng patnugutan ng pahayagang ito ang administrasyong Espino upang tingnan ang kanyang gagawin at mga isinagawa sa kanyang pamamahala sa loob ng isang taon. Nakita namin ang mga pagbabago. Nakita rin namin ang sinseridad ng administrasyong Pogi Espino na isulong ang mga programa at proyekto sa pag-papaunlad ng Pangasinan at pagbabago sa kabuhayan ng bawat Pangasinense. Bagamat nandiyan pa rin ang pait na dulot ng pulitika sa nakaraang halalan, ang pagsulong ng mga dapat na gawin ng lokal na pamahalaan ay patuloy na isinasagawa.

Sa agrikultura, nagunguna pa rin ang Pangasinan sa produksyon ng palay at mais. Nakuha na naman niya ang ” Best Province on Rice Production” sa buong Rehiyon I.Ito ay dahil sa malawakang ugnayan sa mga pamahalaan ng bayan at siyudad at sa pagbibigay ng mga serbisyong teknikal sa mga opisinang pang-agrikultura.

Sa pangkalusugan ay namamayagpag ang “I love Pangasinan Pangkalusugan Caravan”. Ang layon nito ay upang iparating sa liblib na pook ng lalawigan ang serbisyong pangkalusugan. Ang “health teams” ng Pangasinan Health Office ay pumupunta sa mga bayan upang ibigay ang serbisyo sa mga mamamayan. (more…)

July 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment


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LURING BLOOD DONORS. Binalonan town mayor Ramon Guico III(3rd from left) and other officials wear vampire costumes as they welcome blood donors during a mass blood donation program in the town last June 28.CESAR RAMIREZ

July 4, 2017 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan receives Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance anew

DAGUPAN CITY – This city was conferred with the 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in a ceremony on June 28 at Crown Legacy Hotel, Kisad Road, Baguio City.

 This was the third consecutive year  that Dagupan  was conferred with SCFLG in recognition of  its commitment in promoting child rights to survival, development, protection and participation, towards a Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society For, By and With the Children.

 Mayor Belen T. Fernandez received the award along with the city’s department heads composed of City Social Welfare and Development Office chief Leah L. Aquino; City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman, and Dagupan City Police Station Chief of Police P/Superintendent Franklin Ortiz.

 The seal was signed by Judy M. Taguiwalo, Chairperson – CWC and Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; and Catalino S. Cuy, Officer-In-Charge, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

 For this the city is again qualified as nominee for the national search for Child-Friendly Local Governance. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

July 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan honors beloved sons, daughters

DAGUPAN CITY – This city’s beloved sons and daughters who have distinguished themselves in public service, business, humanities, the creative arts, or in the profession they practice or the avocation they follow were honored during the Gala Night at CSI Stadia on June 19.

The awardees who are either Dagupan-born and a resident of Dagupan for at least one third of his/her life or not a Dagupan-born but a resident of the city for at least 40 years were Dr. Eliza Fernandez Ramos (Medicine), Dr. Gregoria P. Villaflor (Medicine), Dolores Cerezo (Education), Dr. Francisco T. Duque III (Public Administration), lawyer Liberato C. Reyna Jr. (Public Service), Westly R. Rosario (Science/Technology), Restituto Basa (Heritage), Wilfredo D. Lomibao (Mass Media), and Dr. Vicky S. Tada (Business and Entrepreneurship).

Four other distinguished sons and daughters of the city were given special awards as per Executive Order of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as the city celebrates its Platinum Year as an independent component city.

They were former Speaker of the House Jose De Venecia Jr., who receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; lawyer Gonzalo T. Duque, Dr. Aurora S. Reyna and retired Regional Trial Court Judge Alicia G. Decano, all three were given the Order of Merit for Exemplary Public Service, for Exemplary Service in Culture and Arts and for Exemplary Judiciary Service, respectively.

Mayor Belen in her message hailed the passion and the spirit of the awardees as a true-loving Dagupeños especially on Dr. Francisco Duque III’s call to businessmen and Dagupeños to stay and rebuild Dagupan after the 1990 earthquake.

“No one can stop the great passion and spirit of true-loving Dagupeños like those demonstrated by our Pinablin Dagupeños honorees tonight. No one can stop us from doing the good works, fighting a good fight, and building the great dreams for our city. There is a great celebration and we shall celebrate the success we have built together because today at our 70th Platinum Anniversary as a city…more than at any other time in our history…is a Great Time to be a Dagupeño,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/June 21, 2017)


July 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ:Pacquaio talo. Horn, bagong WBO Welterweight Champion

“Isa­uli ninyo iyang property. Otherwise, I would tell the Filipino people, go there and occupy your property,”Mayor Rody Duterte.
Ang ibig sabihin ni Mayor Rody ay kapag mahihirap ang iskwater…kayang kayang paalisin ng korte na may gamit pang police.
Pero kung kasing yaman ng Rufino Prieto Group ang iskwater…ay hindi mapaalis ng korte at ng police.
Unang ibinulgar ni Boobi Tiglao ng Manila Times ang iligal na pag-occupy ng pamilyang Rufino-Prieto sa Mile Long Property dahil pinaaalis na sila ng korte.
Ang pamilyang Prieto ang may-ari ng newspaper na Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Ang pamilyang Prieto din ang may ari ng Dunkin Donuts.
Ang sinasabi ni Mayor Rody ay hindi nagbabayad ng buwis ang mga Prieto sa paggamit nila sa Mile Long Property na pag-aari ng gobyerno.
Ang National Power Corporation  (NaPoCor) ang tunay na may-ari ng Mile Long Property na 2.9 hectares ang lawak.
Ang property ay ipinaupa sa pamamagitan ng Technology Resource Center Foundation sa Sunvar Realty Development Corporation na pag-aari ng mga Rufino.
Ang TRCF ay kontrolado noon ni Imelda  Marcos na kaibigan ng mga Rufino.
Ang Mile Long Property na 29,000 square meters ay maganda ang lokasyon  na nasa ­Legazpi Village.
Ang value ng Mile Long Property ay nasa 6 billion pesos.
Noong 2002 sa administrasyon ni Pangulong Gloria Arroyo nasabihan ang Prieto Rufino Group na wala nang renewal ang lease contract ng lupa.
Hindi umalis ang Rufino Prieto Groupsa Mile Long property kahit tapos na ang kontrata nila.
Pero, tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang collection nila ng renta mula sa mga umuupa sa Mile Long Property.
Si Mayor Erap Estrada ang unang nagpaimbestiga sa kalagayan ng Mile Long Property.
Pinapatalsik ng gobyerno ang Rufino Prieto Group pero  hindi sila umaalis.
Rufino Prieto Group lang ang nakikinabang.
Maraming makikinabang na pamilya sa halagang  tatlong bilyon.
“Private respondent’s continued possession, up to this day, without payment of rental or any other kind of consideration, is a blatant display of public respondent’s utter disregard of petitioner’s rights over their property, which has caused losses to the government, not only in the hundreds of pesos but in the hundreds of millions of pesos. These earnings would have benefited many and not just one family,” sabi ng gobyerno sa kanyang pahayag.
Sinasabi ni Tiglao na may P3 billion ang utang na buwis  ng Rufino Prieto Group sa gobyerno.
Ang tatlong bilyon na utang ng Rufino Prieto Group ay hindi pagbabayad ng tax sa Mile Long property na nagkakahalaga ng 1.8 billion.
Ang 1.8 Billion ay mula sa computation na P360 per quare meter per month na utos ng korte kahit na ang present rental rate na P50,000 per month.
Naging P3 billion ang hindi binabayaran ng Rufino Prieto Group dahil sa hindi rin pagbabayad ng tax ng Dunkin Donuts na nagkakahalaga ng 1.5 billion ayon kay Mayor Rody.
Ang Rufino Prieto Group ay kumukulekta sa mga sumusunod na kumpanya: operators of Premier Cinema, Mile Long Arcade, Makati Creekside Building, The Gallery Building and Sunvar Plaza. 
Ang mga kumpanyang ito naman ay may mga tenant din.


July 4, 2017 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

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