Archive for January 9, 2018

EDITORIAL: Titigil na kaya ang  ‘bookies’ ng jueteng sa Pangasinan?

 Wala na ang Golden Go Rapid Gaming Corporation (GGRGC) matapos na kinansela ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ang kanyang prangkisa (franchise) na magpatakbo ng Small Town Lottery (STL) sa Pangasinan.

Office and Betting Station of Speed Game, Inc. at San Vicente, Urdaneta City.

Ang dahilan nito ay ang hindi pagtupad sa pag-remit ng P7.5 milyon kada araw o P225 milyon kada buwan sa PCSO. Sa pagkakansela ng prangkisa ng GGRGC, namayagpag muli ang mga “bookies” ng jueteng na gamit pa rin ang papelitos ng naturang korporasyon. Pero ayon sa mga mapagmatyag sa operasyon ng STL, kaya hindi diumano nakukuha ng target ng GGRGC ay dahil nandiyan na ang mga “bookies” na ang kita ay hindi na napupunta sa kaban ng PCSO. Hindi napatigil ng Philippine Natonal Police (PNP) ang mga ilegal na operasyon ng mga “bookies”.

Sa pagpasok ng taong 2018, pumasok naman ang bagong “player” ng STL sa Pangasinan. Ito ay ang Speed Game Inc. (SGI) na inaprubahan ng PCSO ang kanyang prangkisa noong Disyembre ng nakaraang taon. Bumaba ang kontrata ng SGI sa PCSO sa kabuuang i-remit sa tinatawag na “presumptive monthly retail receipt” (PMRR) – P3.9 milyon kada araw o P117 milyon kada buwan.

Upang maproteksiyonan ang operasyon ng SGI mula sa mga “bookies”, sumulat noong Disyembre 18, 2017 si PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan kay PNP Regional Director Romulo E. Sapitula. Dahil dito, nagbigay naman ng direktiba si Sapitula noong Enero 2 kay Pangasinan PNP Director Ronald Oliver Lee upang bigyan ng order ng mga hepe ng PNP sa bawat bayan at siyudad sa Pangasinan na sawatain ang ilegal na operasyon ng jueteng sa lalawigan. Maipapatupad kaya ito? (more…)

January 9, 2018 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Cops asked to assist Speed Game

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – Amid the proliferation of illegal number game jueteng in Pangasinan, newly appointed Regional Police Director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula directed the police provincial director of Pangasinan to assist newly government sanctioned Small Town Lottery franchisee in the province.


 General Romulo E. Sapitula

In a memorandum dated January 2, Sapitula instructed Police Provincial Office Director Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee to direct the chiefs of police in the 44 towns four cities in the  province to eradicate jueteng operations.

He said this was so the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office-Small Town Lottery (PCSO-STL) Authorized Agent Corporation (AAC) Speed Game, Incorporated (SGI) can effectively operate its daily betting games’ business in Pangasinan.

The success of the said game will help the National Government raise additional charity funds and broaden the number of people who will greatly benefit from PCSO’s medical charity assistance work for the less privileged. Additional revenues from the game are also intended to benefit various offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) by way of allocating corresponding STL shares from the gross sales of the STL operations,” Sapitula said. (more…)

January 9, 2018 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Drug-free Pangasinan?

vir maganes

 Did the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) meet its target to declare the province drug-free by December 31, 2017?

This is a question asked by many Pangasinenses considering that 2017 has just ended. As of November 2017, there were nine towns and one city that have been declared as drug free in Pangasinan leaving 35 towns and two cities that are yet to be declared. However, during the KBP Forum- Pangasinan Chapter held last January 4, Police Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, also the OIC Chief of PPPO-Police Community Relations Board, said  almost all towns and cities have been recommended as drug-free pending validation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Regional Oversight Committee.

Declaring Pangasinan as totally drug-free province will now pose a great challenge to the  drug enforcement agencies particularly the Philippine National Police (PNP). There might be possibilities that the drug surrenderers will go back to their old habits of using and peddling illegal drugs especially shabu. How are these surrenderers monitored in the villages? While the rehabilitation process is now the responsibility of the local government units, much has to be done by the PDEA, PNP and other members of the oversight committees to ensure that the drug menace will not proliferate once again. We have yet to hear that a high-value target on illegal drugs in Pangasinan has been nabbed by the PNP.

While there are speculations that the drug menace will not be totally eradicated in Pangasinan and in the entire country, we just hope that the campaign against illegal drugs will be heightened by PDEA and other enforcement agencies. Illegal drugs are multi-billion business in the country that could even sneak in the country through the Bureau of Customs and drug mules. It has penetrated the detention facilities and remote villages making it as peace and order hazards and illegal lucrative business operations.


The “Iwas Paputok” campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) has paid off in the whole country especially here in Pangasinan. Apparently, there was a decline of firecracker victims with the incessant information drive of the PNP as well as the local government units (LGUs). In Pangasinan there were only 31 victims and no casualties recorded. There was no victim also of stray bullets, which has been a problem in previous years. This means that the government could totally eradicate the culture of using firecrackers during new years’ eve. Thanks to the political will of President Rodrigo Duterte of issuing directives of not manufacturing high-end firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

In Pangasinan, we have to laud the PPPO under the leadership of Police Director Ronald Oliver Lee for a generally casualty-free new year’s eve. Pangasinenses are now becoming disciplined on the use of high-end firecrackers if given proper information through massive campaigns. I have yet to see in succeeding years that this will be sustained in order to save lives, limbs and future of the young Pangasinenses. We have to learn from the past experiences where victims of firecrackers were on the rise.


President Duterte has indeed given the full trust and confidence to PNP National Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa who is set to retire on January 21. Dela Rosa’s term as Chief PNP was extended until April 21 or three more months at the helm of PNP.

If we recall, Dela Rosa has been heavily criticized for spearheading the “war on illegal drugs” under the OPlan Double Barrel (Operation Tokhang and Operation High Value Target), which has allegedly killed 12,000 drug suspects including minors. However, this figure was denied by the PNP leadership to the consternation of human rights watchdogs.

During a press briefing lately, Dela Rosa, whose tour of duty is extended, “vowed that more drug personalities will be arrested’. Yes, you read it right- they will be arrested and hopefully with due process and not to be extra-judicially killed. He also promised to give his all during the extension of his term.

So, his being appointed to the Bureau of Corrections will still be sidelined, but a work waiting for him after April 21. We just hope for the best to General Dela Rosa.

Speaking of PNP officials’ tours of duty, it seemed that there’s rigodon at the local levels. Last January 5, Dagupan City has a new OIC-Chief of Police in the person of Police Superintendent Jandale I. Sulit.

Sulit who was a former chief of Directorate for Investigation and Management of Eastern Police District of Manila replaced Police Superintendent Frank Ortiz, who I heard from the grapevine will be the incoming OIC- Chief of Police of Urdaneta City. Where will OIC-Chief of Police Neil Miro of Urdaneta City go? That’s we have to find out.

Last December 2017, we have also a new PNP Regional Director of Region I Police Chief Superintendent Romulo E. Sapitula who replaced Regional Director Charlo C. Collado. Sapitula’s first directive to Pangasinan Police Director Ronald Oliver Lee was to eradicate illegal jueteng in Pangasinan in support to the PCSO’s call to assist the new player of Small Town Lottery (STL) Speed Game, Inc. Rapid Go Gaming Corporation has ceased to be the STL franchise holder in Pangasinan after it failed to remit at least P1-billion of its presumptive monthly retail receipt (PMRR).

With this, can expect that “illegal bookies” of STL will soon be stopped in Pangasinan? And, could this be possible?

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January 9, 2018 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

170 complete basic computer course

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES- “Age is not a hindrance to learn new things and skills. In these times that computer literacy is needed, acquiring the basic computer skills will help us a lot in our work and in communicating with friends and even clients.”

These words were expressed both by Josie Damaso, a project staff of the municipal government here and  former Councilor Romeo Sim.

Damaso and Sim were among the 170 newly graduates of the 117th Commencement Rites of Basic Computer Course at the APEC Mobile Digital Opportunity Center on January 4 held at the Robert Estrella Sr. Memorial Stadium here. (more…)

January 9, 2018 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

SM City Rosales ends 2017 with gift-giving thru ‘ChriSmiles’

 By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- SM City Rosales’ employees made Christmas celebration extraordinary for 50 kids with special needs from Simulation and Therapeutic Center (STAC) of this town.

The beneficiaries, which are composed of intellectually gifted children, children with disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing, speech, visual and physical impairment, together with their parents and teachers, were treated by SM City Rosales to a fun-filled Christmas party, receiving gifts and other surprises.

The year-end activity dubbed as “ChriSMiles” is a nationwide volunteerism activity of SM employees that has become a yearly Christmas tradition, aiming to benefit kids in need.  (more…)

January 9, 2018 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Seaoil Sold, Who’s Next?

 Dati ang bilihan ng gasoline ay Shell, Petron at
Caltex lang.
Pero, nagkaroon ng deregulation sa oil industry kaya nakapasok ang mga independent oil players sa local market.
Isa sa mga nagtayo ay ang Seaoil Philippines, Inc noong 1978. Isang Filipino-owned corporation.
Nabenta na pala ang gasolinahang Seaoil.
Ang buyer ay Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd.
Baka naman ang iba pang independent oil players ay kainin din ng Caltex, Shell or Petron.
Baka bumalik s adating tatlo lang ang oil players sa Pilipinas.
ANG MGA BAWAL NA PAPUTOK. Naglabas si Executive Secretary Boy Medialdea ng mga items na bawal ngayong New Year.
Ang mga bawala ay ang firecrackers at pyrotechnic devices which contain gunpowder exceeding two (2) grams or 1.3 teaspoons or those using sulfur and/or phosphorus mixed with chlorates are strictly prohibited to be sold, manufactured, distributed and used.
Bawal din ang Piccolo; Super Lolo; Whistle Bomb; Goodbye Earth; and Atomic Big Triangulo.
ANG MGA PUDENG PAPUROK AT PAILAW. SABI RIN NG OPISINA NI E.S Boy Medialdea na may mga paputok at mga pailaw na pinapayagan sa loob ng Republic Act (RA) No. 7183.
Firecrackers: Baby rocket; Bawang; Small triangulo; Pulling of strings; Paper caps; El diablo; Watusi; Judah’s Belt; Sky rocket (kwitis); and other types that are equivalent in explosive content.
Pyrotechnic Devices: Sparklers; Luces; Fountain; Jumbo regular and special; Mabuhay; Roman candle; Trompillo; Airwolf; Butterfly; all kinds of pyrotechnic devices; and other types equivalent to the foregoing devices.
Mas inaanyayahan ng publiko na makilahok na lang sa “community fireworks display” na sinasaad sa Executive Order No. 28 ni mayor Rody Duterte.


January 9, 2018 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

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