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May 14 barangay, SK polls sealed – Villar

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – With the Congress already on their customary recess and without a Senate Bill to postpone the village polls, the May 14 election is already a done deal, a senator said.

 “Tapos na ang Senado, tapos na ang Kongreso. Wala na kami, e (inaudible). Tapos na iyong barangay election,” Senator Cynthia Villar cited the March 23, 2018 recess of the members of the Houses of Senate and Representatives where they would be returning back to the August Chambers a day before the May 14, 2018.

Women's March

WOMEN’S MARCH. Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez, Senator Cynthia Villar, and Pangasinan 4th District Congressman Christopher de Venecia before the start of the Women’s March held at the Stadia in Dagupan City. Also present in the  event held last Friday were Cagayan Valley Province Board Member Perla Tumaliuan, Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman and PhilHealth Regional Vice President Atty. Rodolfo Del Rosario Jr. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


March 26, 2018 at 6:11 am Leave a comment

 Imee joins Balungao’s Goat Festival

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BALUNGAO- Under the scorching heat of the sun, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos untiringly joined the municipal officials led by Mayor Philipp Peralta during the grand parade of the town’s “Goat Festival” on March 21.

Her presence during the parade elicited admiration from the townspeople who painstakingly waited to shake hands with the charismatic Governor.

Amid claps and cheers, the townspeople and fiesta revelers, who lined up along the parade route, shouted “Marcos Pa Rin” as Governor Marcos gamely joined them in picture taking. (more…)

March 26, 2018 at 6:06 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Critical engagement on social media

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Whether we like it or not, social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, are new platforms of information that most netizens are using these days. The use of these social media applications are not only becoming a fad but also the channels where messages and information are swiftly conveyed. With their use, the world is becoming so small that users around the world could interact easily through messaging, photos, comments, etc.

In this time that new technologies in communication are fast emerging, social media platforms play an important role in the field of business, education, economics, sociology, science, politics and even entertainment. In a flick of a finger, new information and news could easily be accessed thereby giving us the time to digest them in our minds. (more…)

March 26, 2018 at 6:03 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Maligayang pagtatapos sa Batch 2018

 Panahon na naman ng pagtatapos ng mga mag-aaral sa mga paaralan- kindergarten, elementarya, senior high school, at kolehiyo. Pagtatapos na tigib ng kaligayahan sa mga mag-aaral lalo na sa mga magulang at mga guro. Subalit, kaakibat ng kaligayahan ay ang pagsisimula ng bagong hamon sa pagtahak sa landas ng buhay.

Sa Batch 2018 ay una nating masilayan ang mga unang magtatapos sa Senior High School sa programang K to 12 ng ating pamahalaan. Nagsimula ito noong 2016 sa Grade 11 na isang bagong hakbangin sa edukasyon ng mga kabataan. Noong simulang ilunsad ito, maraming mga magulang ang hindi nakaunawa sa kahalagahan nito dahil anila panibagong gastusin at dagdag sa taon na pag-aaral ng kanilang mga anak. Maluwalhati na naidaos ng Department of Education (DepEd) ang programang ito na magbibigay ng panibagong bukas sa mga kaunaunahang magtatapos sa Senior High School. (more…)

March 26, 2018 at 5:55 am Leave a comment

So gives funds to 3 Villasis schools

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 VILLASIS- Three schools here were awarded with scholarship funds amounting to P504,784  by businessman-philanthropist Rosendo So, chair of the Abono Partylist group.

The awarding was held at the Tombod Integrated School last March 21.

The beneficiaries are Bacag West Elementary School (P100,335), Lapaz Elementary School (P94,089.00) with its Day Care (P35,360.00), and Tombod Integrated School (P275,000.00).

The scholarship funds, So said, are to defray the contributions of the school pupils and students such as anti-TB, Boy and Girl Scout fees, etc., and for payment of bills of the schools’ electricity.

During the occasion, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, as a special guest, was welcomed by Vice Mayor Jesus Franco A. Sison Jr., former Mayor Libradita G. Abrenica who represented Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica, Councilor Centenielo Ramon R. Costales, Tombod Barangay Council led by Punong Barangay Mamerto O. Bulatao Jr., Lapaz Barangay Council led by Punong Barangay Susan Ogana, Zone I Poblacion Barangay Council led by Punong Barangay Alex Sison, Villasis District II Division Supervisor Belen Bautista and the teaching staff of the school-beneficiaries. (more…)

March 26, 2018 at 5:30 am Leave a comment

Dagupan gears for happiest Bangus Festival

DAGUPAN CITY – The month-long 2018 Dagupan Bangus Festival is all set beginning this April with Councilor Marcelino D.S. Fernandez as this year’s executive chairman.

This year’s festival,  dubbed as “The Happiest Fish Fest for You and Your Family!”, will be filled with lots of fun and sports activities that will involve  the family,  which include the main events,  the Bangusan Kalutan ed Dalan Street Party, Bangus Rodeo, Gilon-gilon Ed Baley, Festivals of the North, and Bangusine.


Bangus (Milk Fish) street party in Dagupan City, Philippines. PHOTO CREDIT: Philippines Primer

The festival will have its soft opening on March 23 when the city will hold a Women’s March at the De Venecia Road, ending up at the bridge where a short program will be held preparatory to the ceremonial lighting of the Pantal Bridge.

“Fun,fun,fun ed Tondaligan” on April 1-5 will formally open the activities where an open fly kite competition and “Galaw na Ogogaw”  are among the  activities lined up at  Tondaligan Blue Beach. (more…)

March 23, 2018 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Duterte should shoot those corrupt NFA officials


Do you know that a poor Filipino nuclear family of seven, yes seven because the poor here ironically breeds like rabbit, as based on my conversation with some destitute people, content themselves with a kilo of rice that they mixed with patis (salted fish sauce) or bagoong (anchovies), HesusMariaHusef, to survive the daily grind?

Because of abject poverty many of them forget what viand is. Their grown up children could not even spell V-I-A-N-D because malnutrition sapped their intellectual ability.

When then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte stumped the provinces and cities, the great unwashed saw the light of hope at the other end of the tunnel when the firebrand candidate promised a P15 kilos of rice to the poor ( June 17, 2016).

When Duterte failed to make true his promise, the poor put their trust on the P27 a kilo of the staple courtesy of stocks from the government- run National Food Authority.

But that price is still a pipe dream son of a gun! 

Despite the bumper harvest from the farmers and the available funds from the National Food Authority to buy a kilo of palay at P17, the P27 a kilo of rice in the market is still elusive, thanks but no thanks to the miscreants at the NFA who conspired with the wheeler dealing traders by mixing the cheap staple and sell it from P37 to P45 a kilo.

 The impoverished who tremble with starvation in the corner could not comprehend what hit them.

What they know, the prices of bagoong and patis are unscathed by the manipulation. But they could not eat alone one of these condiments.


Recently, I saw on a prime time television news members of the National Bureau of Investigation seizing three hundreds bags full of NFA rice being repacked on commercial sacks at a warehouse in General Santos City, this incident collaborated my suspicion about a conspiracy to make a fast buck between NFA officials and traders.

When I posted at Face Book my fury of this shenanigan, some friends messages me on my inbox and provided me with information.

One of my sources told me that rice traders in Pangasinan bought a 25 kilogram of the staple in a sack for P750 in an NFA warehouse. A trader sells the same bag with rice at P900 to P950.

So I mentally computed that if the NFA bought that kilo of palay at P17 from the farmer and sell it for P22 so the government coffer recoup its expenses and earn a little, what easy bucks for these corrupt officials selling it at P30 and pocketing P8 a kilo. And we are not talking here about 100 kilos, we are talking here about countless metric tons of kilos, Holy Casserole and Guacamole, being covertly sold all over the country that saw many NFA brass and conspiring traders, who sold a kilo between P37 to 45, filthy rich at the expense of the poor.

Where are your conscience greedy evildoers?

If Duterte crowed recently in Tarlac City that two “narcotics coddling” mayors have been murdered and he waits for the return of Iloilo City Mayor Jeb Mabilog so he can order him killed too, why not the president orders the killing through a liquidation squad of some of these NFA officials whose repugnant offenses are at par with the illegal drug peddlers.

Depriving the poor of cheap staple means, these avaricious public officials and merchants gradually kill them, too just like the narcos who gradually murder the junkies.

I’m calling mga ka-DDS Tatay Digong, send your dogs of war to hunt these scoundrels.


I asked DWIC-FM fiery radio commentator Allan Sison what happened between him and Land Transportation Office – Lingayen District Office Engineer Eric C. Suriben after I heard from some media pals their altercations at the office of the latter.

Allan told me that his sister who got married wanted to renew her LTO’s license with her new surname. When she transacted at the Land Transportation’s office at the Capital Town around 10 am, she told the personnel there that she was the sister of Allan.

The LTO guy probably informed Suriben.

Allan said he had been lambasting Suriben for the last two years because of some women being brought at the office during wee hours.

Around 9 pm of that day, the sister frantically called him, according to Allan, asking for help as she was inside the office of Suriben.

Allan asked for police assistance and joined them. The confrontation between the duo ended at the police station where both filed blotter complaint against each other.

 Allan said a case between him and the sister versus the LTO – Lingayen chief is in the offing.

As a spectator on these squabbles, I saw there was either gross negligence or grave abuse of authority on the part of Suriben. 

Why hold for hours that reached dusk the applicant for a renewal of license card that Allan said could take for ten minutes.

 Was Suriben wanted to take even with the sister through procrastination because the brother had been attacking him in his radio program?

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March 23, 2018 at 7:52 pm Leave a comment

Mayor uses usufruct to protect land from DepEd

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 LINGAYEN – With the audacity of the Department of Education not to allow the local government units in the country to lease the part of the LGU-owned lot, the mayor here uses usufruct to protect her town interest.

Mayors Castaneda, rosario

MAYORS.- Lingayen Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda (left) and Binmaley Mayor Simplicio Rosario have different experiences with the Department of Education in relation to their towns’ lot used as schools’ ground.

Mayor Josefina Castaneda said before the DepEd can use the municipal land, her office requested the executives of the education department to have a usufruct contract with the capital town.

According to the Civil Code of the Philippines, the contract gives a right to enjoy the property of another with the obligation of preserving its form and substance, unless the title constituting it or the law otherwise provides. (more…)

March 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

Police  assure no kidnapping in Dagupan 

DAGUPAN CITY – The Dagupan City Police Station belied reports of kidnapping incidents in the city especially among students and pupils in public schools.

In a radio interview, Police Senior Superintendent Jandale I. Sulit assured the public that no such incident took place in the city contrary to what has been circulated in the social media.

“We are keeping a serious watch on our schools in our city as requested by our city mayor and I can assure everyone that we are maintaining police visibility in these areas to secure our kids’ safety,” said Sulit.

While Sulit admits that the reported incidents in some areas are very alarming, he maintained that the city police has never been remiss in keeping with their mandate of protecting and keeping every citizen safe against any crimes.

“We are regularly conducting “Oplan Sita” in our city as initiated by our regional office. That is why you often see our police cars in the streets with blinkers and siren from time to time in line with the region’s “Project Ariwawa,” said Sulit. (more…)

March 20, 2018 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

Q and A :Poe:  We need courtesy between two chambers

Northern Watch columnist Mortz Ortigoza interviewed recently Senator Grace Poe on the mocks of House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that the House of Senate was Mabagal na Kapulungan (Slow Upper Chamber) in terms of passing, debating, and concluding the bills there. Ortigoza posed also to Poe, a presidential candidate in 2016 poll, about the procrastination of Congress in the amendment of the Public Service Act (PSA) otherwise known as Commonwealth Act No. 146 that should have avoided the tragic incidents that befell Philippines’ Overseas Contract Workers (OFW) abroad because they could not find gainful jobs in the Philippines. EXCERPTS:

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Senator Grace Poe

MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA (MCO): Domestic workers like Joana Demafiles and other female OFWs have been abused, raped, or murdered by their masters in the Middle East Countries. Experts blamed the lack of gainful jobs in the country thus the migration abroad of these people. Can we blame Congress because its members did not act to open up the business equities for foreign investors in the PSA so jobs come to the Philippines? Kung ginawa ng Congress iyon 20 years ago we have probably avoided these Dimafiles cases.

 SENATOR GRACE POE: Kasi noon siyempre the government has to take care of its own business assets, di ba? So ngayon we are opening it kasi mas established na tayo. Kaya iyong Telco companies na sinasabi ng ating pangulo na magkakaroon ng third telco player, puweding fourth, fifth, mas may competition. Noon kasi kailangan nationalized, bago pa lang tayo. The government had to invest and we save the Filipinos would own it but now I think there are more opportunities to everyone.

(Before, the government had to take care of its business,  right? Now, we are opening it because we are now established. That’s why the telecommunication companies that the president wanted to have a third telco player. We can even have fourth, fifth players so there would be more competition. In the past we need to nationalize because our industries were in infancy).

The government had to invest and we saved the Filipinos would own it but now I think there are more opportunities to everyone.

 MCO: Speaker Alvarez ridiculed incessantly in the past the Senate as the Mabagal na Kapulungan. He said they have passed in the House of Representatives countless of bills like the PSA in the third and final readings while the Senate only tackles now the PSA?


POE: Alam mo iyon ang palagi niyang sinasabi na ganoon, e. Ang importante sa amin sa Senado hindi namin basta basta pinapasa ang isang bagay na hindi kami nag iingat. Hindi naman namin sinasabi na hindi sila nagiingat basta kami malinis ang aming kunsensiya na nirerepaso natin mabuti kasi lahat naman ng kailangan inuuna.

(You know that what he (Speaker) usually said. The important thing for us in the Senate is we don’t pass in haste the bill because we are careful. We don’t say the members of the House of Representatives were not careful. Our conscience is clear that we screen carefully what would be the priority bills to be passed)


MCO: Was there a case when the House of Senate passed a bill similar to a version at the House of Representative but  the congressmen did not act on it?


POE: Tulad niyan noon inuna namin iyong Freedom of Information na hindi naman napasa din sa Kongreso, pero ngayon mas advance stage na kami ng Freedom of Information at ng ibang batas hindi naman ito, ayaw ko ng magsalita, basta kortesiya na lang siguro sa isa’t isa.

(Just like before we prioritized the Freedom of Information (bill) that the House of Representatives did not pass. Now, we are in the advance stage on the Freedom of Information and other law unlike what he said, I don’t want to discuss it, what we need is courtesy between the two chambers).

March 20, 2018 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

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