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Male dominates female in barangay, SK polls


DAGUPAN CITY – It is still a male-dominated barangay elections in Pangasinan where , a total of 44,346 candidates are running for the positions of barangay chairman, barangay kagawad, SK chair and kagawad seats, in 1,346 villages.

Records of the Commission on Elections provincial office showed that male candidates are still dominant in the race for barangay chairmanship, with 2,765 or 86 percent,  male and 467 or a mere 14 percent,  female.

Women seemed also to have shied away in the race for barangay kagawad.  Of the 24,025 candidates for  kagawad seats, only 5006 are women which represent a measly 30 percent.  A total of 19,019 of kagawad-wannabes are male.

For the SK, the discrepancy between is not as much as in the race for the barangay seats, although men are still ahead in numbers.

For SK chair, 3,201 are male or 62 percent of the 1,978 who filed certificates of candidacy.  There are 1,223 female candidates, or 38 percent.

For SK kagawad, 13,888 candidates filed for seven  seats in each of the 1,346 villages. Of them, 7,777 are male and 6,111 are females.

Provincial Election Officer Marino Salas said the number of female candidates fell below the expectations of the Commission on Elections, which encouraged women to run in the elections.

The Comelec held conferences on women empowerment, gender and development and women in politics last year, among women barangay officials.

It was to persuade more women to run in the elections, but still, its still a male-dominated industry, he said.

The turn-out of candidates for SK kagawad is also low, he said, “probably because there is honorarium for SK kagawads.”

One of the incentives for SK kagawads is free tuition in college, but state universities and colleges already offer free eduction, Salas saidYOLANDA SOTELO

April 30, 2018 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Boracay shutdown dahilan ng pagtaas ng singil ng kuryente sa buong Aklan


“May kasabihan na ang sakit ng kalingkingan ay sakit ng buong katawan”.

 Kung akala natin sa simple lang ang pagsasara ng Boracay ay nagkakamali tayo.

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 Maraming pektado negatively.

 Ang isang isyu ay ang kuryente.

 Ang mga consumers ng Aklan Electric Cooperative o AKELCO ang makakaranas ng bigat na dagdag singil sa kuryente dahil sa shutdown ng tourism operations na iniutos ni Mayor Rody Duterte sa isla ng Boracay.

 Ang six-month shutdown ng turismo sa Boracay ay mangangahulugan ng P17.261 million na pagkalugi sa distribution, supply at  metering (DSM).

 Dahil malulugi… kailangan ipasa ito sa taumbayan.

 Tama po ba? Hindi ba dapat ang Office of the President ang sumagot sa pagkalugi na ito? Pwede niya naman kunin ito sa Social Fund or sa Calamity Fund. (more…)

April 30, 2018 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

SC dismisses admin raps vs  2 former Pangasinan execs


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

LINGAYEN-  Because there was no petition filed by the complainants for a review, the Supreme Court declared as closed and terminated the administrative case against former ProvincialAdministrator Rafael Baraan and Enginee Alvin Bigay of Provincial Urban Housing Development Council (PUHDC).

The case relative to the black sand mining in this town was dismissed by the Second Division of the Supreme Court (SC) in its Entry of Judgment dated December 11, 2017.

The SC ruling stated that “the court resolves to note and grant the Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) manifestation and motion dated September 22 last year, praying that the motion for extension to file petition be deemed withdrawn and be executed from filing said petition.”

Recall that the case stemmed from an alleged illegal black sand mining in Barangays Sabangan, Malimpuec, Estanza and Capandanan where the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict graft charges against former Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., Board of Directors of Xypher Builders Inc. and Alexandra Mining Ventures Inc., former Provincial Administrator Baraan and PUHDC Chief Bigay in 2014.

On the administrative charges, the Ombudsman cleared Espino due to the “Aguinaldo doctrine” when he was re-elected as Governor in 2013, but Baraan and Bigay were recommended for dismissal from the government service due to grave misconduct with forfeiture of benefits and cancellation of eligibilities and licenses.

On October 27 , 2014, Baraan and Bigay filed their Motion for Reconsideration at the Office of the Ombudsman, but was denied.

On December 11 and 12, 2014 , the Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Office 1 served the dismissal order to Baraan and Bigay, respectively. The two, however, filed petition for review to the Court of Appeals (CA).

On Feb. 14, 2017, the CA modified the Ombudsman’s decision from grave misconduct to simple misconduct for Baraan and meted a three-month suspension while Bigay’s administrative case was dismissed.

On March 20, 2017, the Ombudsman and the OSG filed a Motion for Reconsideration at the CA, but was denied on July 27  of the same year.

The OSG appealed for extension of time to file petition for review at the Supreme Court on August 30 last year.

The petition was then withdrawn by OSG on the ground that its “intended petition appeared to be weak because of the absence of circumstances that would justify that Baraan and Bigay were guilty of grave misconduct.”

On December 11, 2017, SC granted the OSG’s withdrawal of its petition and declared the termination of the administrative case against Baraan and Bigay and CA’s decision has become final and executory.

The criminal aspect for violation of Sec. 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices,where Baraan and Bigay are included, is still being heard at the 6th Division of the Sandiganbayan (Graft Court).

 

 

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April 29, 2018 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Kailangan bang ilantad ang listahan ng mga opisyal sa barangay na sangkot sa droga?


 Ayon kay Pangulong Duterte, mahigit na 40% sa 42,000 na barangay sa buong bansa ang pinagpupugaran ng iligal na droga. Ang mga sangkot dito, ayon pa sa kanya, ay mga opisyales ng mga barangay. Mayroon siyang listahan na ipinapakita kasama na rin yong ibang listahan na sangkot naman ang mga gobernador, mayor, bise mayor, congressmen, hukom, atbp.

Naipagpaliban ang halalang pambarangay dahil ayaw ni Pangulong Duterte na ang pera sa droga ay manaig. Subalit, hindi na napayagang muli na ito ay ipagpaliban kaya tuloy na ang halalan sa Mayo 14 na kasama pa ang Sangguniang Kabataan.

May mga sektor ngayon ang nag-uudyok na dapat ilabas ni Pangulong Duterte ang listahan ng mga opisyal sa barangay na sangkot sa iligal na droga. May mga kaisipan naman na dapat hindi ito gagawin dahil labag sa karapatang pantao. Kung ilantad man ito, hindi na napapanahon dahil malapit na ang halalan. Dapat noon pa, isiniwalat na ito at mga kaukulang kaso ay isinampa sa hukuman.

Kailangan pa bang ilantad ang naturang listahan? Dahil sa mga isinagawang Tokhang ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na ang batayan ng listahan ay galing sa Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), hindi na kailangang gawin ito. Magkakikilala ang mga mamamayan sa barangay. Kilala ng mga tao kung sino sa kanilang mga opisyal ang lantarang nagsasagawa ng pagtutulak at paggagamit ng iligal na droga. Ang dapat na isagawa ng Commission on Election (Comelec) at mga pulis ay masusing pagbabantay sa mga ito lalong lalo na sa pagbili ng mga boto.

Nasa kamay na ng mga tao ang paghuhusga sa pagpili nila ng kanilang mga lider.Kung mananaig pa rin na ang mga opisyal ng barangay na sangkot sa iligal na droga ang mananalo, mamamayan ang dapat masisi. Hindi nila inaalintana ang kanilang kinabukasan. Ito rin ay isang sukatan kung ang kampanya ni Pangulong Duterte kontra sa iligal na droga ay epektibo at binibigyan pansin ng mga mamamayan sa mga barangay.

Sa ganang panig ng mga mamamayan, kailangan din nila ng tamang pagsusuri sa mga tumatakbo na mga opisyales sa mga barangay. Bagamat may listahan nga ng mga kasalukuyang mga opisyal na sangkot sa iligal na droga, may mga bago namang mga kandidato na sangkot dito. Ang mga ito ay wala sa listahan ni Pangulong Duterte.

Dahil dito, nagmungkahi ng Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) na ipasailalim lahat ng mga kandidato sa “drug testing” upang matukoy iyong mga kandidato na gumagamit sa iligal na droga. Subalit ang hakbang na ito ay hindi “ mandatory” kundi boluntaryong gagawin ng mga kandidato sa halalang pambarangay.

Kailangan ng tamang gabay at edukasyon sa mga botante sa pagpili nila ng mga karapatdapat na mga susunod na opisyal sa mga barangay.

April 29, 2018 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Achieving peace


After 65 years of their former leaders not seeing each other due to political differences, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Mon Jae-in met for the first time last April 27 at the border of the two countries. The two leaders vowed to end the Korean War and come up with a common goal of realizing complete denuclearization- a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula

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The acts of the two leaders caught the attention of world leaders. It was historic, to say the least. Here are two countries that were divided by ideologies but due to the desire for peace, the leaders decided to end any enmity and hostility toward each other. North Korea has its socialist/ communism ideology while South Korea has its democratic government patterned from the West. (more…)

April 29, 2018 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

15 scholars ink contract with SM Foundation


 

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Fifteen of the 17 Grade 12 graduates in Pangasinan who passed the SM Foundation’s scholarship examination were oriented on the scholarship project and signed their contract with the Foundation on April 27 at SM City Rosales.

They were among the new 500 scholars nationwide with 300 slots from the provinces and 200 from the National Capital Region (NCR).

The new scholars are Arabella Marie H.Pinpinio, William C. Callanta, Wilzhen B. Go, Gelyn S. Baddu, James Daniel A.Gayo, Reymond D.Bergado, Edna Joana S. Baris, Jessa D.V.Hiquiana, Krizel Jean P.Seguira, Angelo Gabriel B.Fernandez, Marianne Liz T.Juanatas, Angeline C.Arconcil, Frenze Harvey R.Bascos, Lenard M. Galpo, Ezrah Kiel M.Villez, Donita F.Asuncion, and Shaira Kae O.Nastor. (more…)

April 29, 2018 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Gumarang drops bid for Kap, bows to Bumanlag


 

DAGUPAN CITY – “All’s well that ends well!” quipped by this biggest village here former punong barangay Angel Gumarang by quoting English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare  after some personalities prevailed over him to forego his plan to reclaim his former post.

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ENDS WELL – In  photo are (from left to right) Owen Tan, Kagawad David Raguindin, Gumarang, Village Chief’s bet Noel  Bumanlag, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Jasper Ong,  and Councilor Lino Fernandez.

 In a meeting attended by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Punong Barangay’s bet Noel Bumanlag, and others at a high end coffee house here, Gumarang said he would back- up Bumanlag against the long reigning village incumbent  chairman Rico Mejia
Gumarang said he withdrew his supposed filling of candidacy in a probable three-cornered fight in the roughly 15,000 vote – rich village for the sake of unity and love of country.

He cited that Bumanlag can best implement the various programs for the progress of Bonuan Gueset as he will be fully supported by his sister-in-law Mayor Belen Fernandez.

“I will just focus my time, resources and effort taking care of my Sister Myrna, who is fighting a battle with Leukemia”. The withdrawal I defined as Supreme Sacrifice”.

The poll in Bonuan Gueset is considered by political spectators as a battle royal since Mejia will be facing a financial juggernaut.

April 29, 2018 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Time to tease JV, Bam overtakes him in Senate’s Polls


When I asked early this year reelectionist Senator Jayvee Ejercito, the son of a former President, about his take on the poor political poll’s stock of reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino on the December 2017 Social Weather Station’s senatorial preference, he retorted with a guffaw: “Iyon ang may malaking problema!”

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 He referred to the poor performance of Aquino on the survey despite being in the Top 20 of the 12 senators needed to win so they can be in the August Chamber for the 2019 -2025’s term of office.

Estrada and Aquino were numbers 11 and X (Rappler.com did not give the rank), respectively, on that survey.

In the March 23-28 Pulse Asia’s poll, it seems Aquino would be the one teasing Estrada as the latter was in No. 15 while the former was in  No. 14. Pulse’s put both to rove in Numbers 10-19.

Both Senators have been busily crisscrossing the country for consultations and obviously to bolster their weak political stocks by extricating themselves, salamabit, from the cellar dweller’s tag.

In the latest SWS’s poll those who entered the top 20 were (from highest to lowest):

  1) Senator Grace Poe; 2) Senator Cynthia Villar; 3) Former Senator Pia Cayetano; 4) Senator Nancy Binay; 5) Senator Sonny Angara; 6) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio; 7) Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel; 8) Former Senator Sergio Osmeña; 9) Former Senator Lito Lapid; 10) Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada; 11) Broadcaster Erwin Tulfo; and 12) Former PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

Controversial blogger and present Presidential Communication Operations Office Assistant Secretary Easter Margaux “Mocha” Uson and transgender Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman, the goat or the last one, were at the 40-56 and 52-58 ranks, respectively.

My posed when I saw Mocha’s poor performance: “Baka hao-shiao lang iyong 5.6 million Face Book’s followers ni Mocha? Bakit kulelat sa survey ang kabayan nating Dagupena? “

When Uson’s name was included to be part of the senatorial ticket of the PDP-Laban for the 2019 race, her boss Media Communication Office Secretary Martin Andanar (No. 27-37 in the latest Pulse’s poll), was quick to say that the former entertainer-turned-public official would win.

He confidently cited that Uson’s “no-brainer” victory can be attributed to her large social media following.

Uson has been being demonized by critics to be the purveyor of fake news in the country.

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When we reporters jostled and shoved to throw our queries to Senator Cynthia Villar during the first day of the recess of Congress last March 24, she answered my question that the May 14, 2018 election will push through despite its being passed by the House of Representatives.

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

I did not pose my second follow up not because I was cut by fellow reporter to throw my other question but I was hit by mental block, son of a gun, by asking the two words’ S-p-e-c-i-a-l  S-e-s-s-i-o-n found at Section 15 Article VI in the Constitution.

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When I entered last April 10 afternoon the terminal of the Davao International Airport, the place was teeming with Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) personnel and several dark, hugely built, tough looking guys queuing at the airline ticket booths for Luzon.

“Are these guys hoodlums or hijackers thus the presence of cops?” I asked myself.

Then I heard chatters in Ilocano and Pangasinenses from various lines and those who were idly waiting at the sidelines near the edifices’ glass walls.

I was stupefied for a moment. “When did the time the Tower of Babel relocate at the Durian City,” I muttered.

Bakit andito kayo Mortz?”somebody spoke at my back.

When I turned around I saw Retired Dagupan City Police Inspector Aquino.

“Oy Sarge, bakit kayo andito? Taga Dito ako sa Mindanao nag bakasyon lang,” I retorted.’

Aquino told me that after retirement in 2013 he ran and won the punong barangay post in Alcala, Pangasinan.

We are here for the convention of barangay captains in Region 1,” he said.

At the Gate 4, as I was looking for a vacant seat where I could encode my column on my laptop, I saw San Quintin, Pangasinan Mayor Clark Tiu , his wife and village chiefs of the Eastern Pangasinan town.

He told me that the main speaker was Under Secretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Dino of the Department of Interior & Local Government.

We had a brief chat on the politics of his town and his town mate and Ninong Police General Marlou Chan.

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Then I bumped into the 18 Punong Barangays of Urdaneta City, Pangasinan where one of them told me that Duterte did not show up but Dino promised them that election could be postponed through the president calling a special session.

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But with candidates for the SK and Village polls jostle in filling their candidacies as I wrote this article, do you think it will be popular for President Duterte to call a special session of the Senate to extend in some other time the May 14 village’s race?

Salamabit, mukhang nabola ni Under Secretary Dino ang mga kapitanis where many of them are gullible.

(You can read my selected columns at mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com)

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April 29, 2018 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Mangaldan wins performance- based bonus


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – As one of the few recipients of an award in the Philippines, this thriving town was rewarded with Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) for Fiscal Year 2017  with four other towns in Region -1 and with 23 towns and cities in the entire country by the Department of Budget & Management.

The awarding body was the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of the National Government Performance Monitoring, Information, and Reporting Systems. (more…)

April 29, 2018 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Mangaldan wins performance- based bonus


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 MANGALDAN – As one of the few recipients of an award in the Philippines, this thriving town was rewarded with Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) for Fiscal Year 2017  with four other towns in Region -1 and with 23 towns and cities in the entire country by the Department of Budget & Management.

The awarding body was the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of the National Government Performance Monitoring, Information, and Reporting Systems. (more…)

April 29, 2018 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

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