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Police: 384 Barangay, SK bets in Region I under drug watch


CALASIAO– The Ilocos Regional Police have listed a total of 384 candidates in the barangay and Sanguniang Elections as under illegal drugs watch list in the Ilocos Region.

 Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, regional police director, said compared to the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency, the police have a bigger number of candidates suspected to be engaged in the illegal drugs trade.

 He did not however, say, the number of PDEA.

 apitula was here on Wednesday during the declaration of this central Pangasinan town as drug-free.

 The breakdown of the police list is as follows: barangay chairman- 69, barangay kagawad – 304; SK chairman- 6; and SK kagawad -5.

 He said the police list is reliable because “we have police in every corner of the barangay” and “we talk with the barangay officials.”

 “But we will not dispute PDEA’s list,” he said.

 Pangasinan has the biggest number of candidates under drug watch with 42 for barangay chairman, 152 for barangay kagawad; two for SK chairman and three for SK kagawad.

 In Ilocos Sur, the police listed 12 for barangay chairman and 91 for kagawad; three for SK chairman and two for kagawad.

 La Union has 10 for barangay kapitan and 20 for kagawad and one for SK chairman.

Ilocos Norte has six for kapitan and 33 for kagawad.

 Sapitula said he gave the police five days to verify further the list,

 “We are afraid that the candidates who are in the list would win in the elections, and if that happens, we will have a bigger problem,” he said.

 Earllier, Provincial Election Officer Marino Salas said the Commission on Elections cannot reject certificates of candidacy, “as our job is simply to accept all the certificates.” (YOLANDA SOTELO)

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May 6, 2018 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

Barangay, SK bets advised: Be careful on what you post on social media


DAGUPAN CITY – Candidates in the barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan elections should be careful about what they post in social media like the FaceBook and Twitter, as the posts can be used against them by their opponents or can serve as basis for electoral fraud by the Commission on Elections.

“The playing field is just a barangay where you know each other. You can record (the activities) of your opponents and post them in the social media, and in the page of the friend of your friend, the post will be seen,” Pangasinan Provincial Election Supervisor Marino Salas said.

He said while campaigning through the social media is allowed by the Commission on Elections,  the posts can be used against the candidate especially on the amount spent for campaign.

“For example, your opponent and the voters can record and post materials that you spent this or that much which is way above the allowed amount, that post can be used as evidence against you,”he said.

The allowed amount  that can a candidate can spend for each voter is only P5, an amount set in the Omnibus Election Code in 1989.

Based on the posts on social media, the Comelec can check if the expenses of a candidate are included in their certificate of expenditures that all candidates should filed after the elections, win or lose, he said.

“We ask the participation of everyone to record activities that are against the election laws, including posters of sizes that are bigger than the allowed size,”Marino said.

The permitted size of posters is 2 x3 feet and should be posted only in common poster areas such as the barangay halls.

But the walls and posts In the barangay halls are off limits to posters.  Instead candidates should put up their own boards on which to place their campaign materials, Marino said.

Meantime, Marino said none of the six barangay captains in Pangasinan identified by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority filed for the electoral posts.

But the wife of a kapitan in Bani filed in the suspect’s stead, Marino said. (YOLANDA SOTELO)

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May 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

SM City Urdaneta Central opens


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- SM City Urdaneta Central, SM Prime Holding’s 69th mall, opens its doors to shoppers and mall goers last May 4.  It is the second SM Super Mall  to open in Pangasinan after SM City Rosales.

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SM City Urdaneta Central, the 69th SM Mall in the Philippines and
the second in Pangasinan, recently opened its doors to the public. Shown during the ribbon cutting ceremony are Urdaneta City Mayor Amado Perez (3rd from left) Vice Mayor Julio Parayno III (4th from right) and City Councilor Maria Teresa Socorro-Naguiat (3rd from right) together with SM Prime Holdings President Jeffrey Lim (second from left), SM Markets Vice Chairman Herbert T. Sy (2nd from right), SM’s COO Steven Tan (right), SCMC president Annie Garcia (left) Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy (center) and Most Reverend Bishop Jacinto Jose (4th from left)

 Prior to its formal opening to shoppers, a mass, which was celebrated by Most Reverend Bishop Jacinto Jose, and ceremonial ribbon cutting were held in the afternoon on May 3.

The ceremonial cutting of ribbon was led by City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV together with Vice Mayor Julio Parayno III and Councilor Teresa Socorro Perez-Naguiat. They were joined by SM Prime Holdings’ President Jeffrey Lim, SM Markets Vice Chairman Herbert T. Sy, SM Chief Operating Officer Steven Tan, SCMC President Annie Garcia, and Mrs. Felicidad T. Sy. (more…)

May 6, 2018 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: The importance of Sangguniang Kabataan


The inclusion of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in the May 14 elections is a move to renew the participation of the youth in nation building. The old law relative to Sangguniang Kabataan was scrapped that paved way to the legislation of SK Reform Law or Republic Act No. 10742 of 2015. The said law establishes reforms in the SK by the creation of enabling mechanisms for a more meaningful youth participation in our communities.

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 It is disheartening to note however, that during the filing of candidacies, the SK slates in many barangay were not filled up. Only few SK members filed their certificates of candidacies. In fact, according to the Commission on Election (Comelec), there are barangays in the country that have no candidates for SK. Is the government remiss in its duty to have massive information drive among the youth? On the part of the youth, was this a show of their lukewarm attitudes toward politics?

 What are the salient features of the SK Reform Law? (more…)

May 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Magkaisa tayong ipagdiwang ang Pambansang Pamana


Ang buwan ng Mayo ay itinakdang  National Heritage Month o Buwan ng Pambansang Pamana sa pamamagitan ng  Presidential Proclamation No. 439 series of 2003. Ito ay upang magkaroon ng bawat Filipino ng pagtalima, respeto at pagmamahal sa mga pamana ng kasaysayan at kultura.

 Ang National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) ay ang pangunahing ahensiya sa pagtaguyod sa naturang pagdiriwang. Ngayong taon, ang tema ng pagdiriwang ay “ Pambansang Pagkakaisa Para sa Pamana” ( National Unity for Heritage) na magsisilbing pwersa para pag-isahin ang bawat Filipino tungo sa iisang kultura na maipreserba ito para sa mga susunod na henerasyon. (more…)

May 6, 2018 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: The importance of Sangguniang Kabataan


The inclusion of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in the May 14 elections is a move to renew the participation of the youth in nation building. The old law relative to Sangguniang Kabataan was scrapped that paved way to the legislation of SK Reform Law or Republic Act No. 10742 of 2015. The said law establishes reforms in the SK by the creation of enabling mechanisms for a more meaningful youth participation in our communities.

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 It is disheartening to note however, that during the filing of candidacies, the SK slates in many barangay were not filled up. Only few SK members filed their certificates of candidacies. In fact, according to the Commission on Election (Comelec), there are barangays in the country that have no candidates for SK. Is the government remiss in its duty to have massive information drive among the youth? On the part of the youth, was this a show of their lukewarm attitudes toward politics? (more…)

May 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

Villasis candidates  hold unity walk, sign peace covenant


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 VILLASIS- For peaceful, honest, orderly and drug-free Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on May 14, candidates vying for Punong Barangays, Sangguniang Barangay members, Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen, and Sangguniang Kabataan members held a Unity Walk and signed the Peace Covenant on May 2 at the town’s Covered Public Auditorium.

The events were initiated by the Villasis Police Station headed by Chief of Police Brendon C. Palisoc and the town’s Commission on Election (Comelec) Officer Felomina Matias-Cafe with the assistance of Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Eduviges Villanueva and the municipal government headed by Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica. (more…)

May 6, 2018 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Sual LGU gives 18 free tractors to farmers


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 SUAL – Farmers in this coal –power plant hosting town are probably the most pampered in Pangasinan, if the entire country, because of expensive farm equipment subsidy given by the mayor here.

Mayor Roberto “Bing” Arcinue said aside from the certified, hybrid palay seeds, organic and chemical fertilizers, threshers, and others, there are 18 Kubota farm tractors in the pipeline ready for distribution in the 19 villages.

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IMEE IN SUAL. Senatorial wannabe Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos pose with Sual, Pangasinan Mayor Roberto “Bing” Arcinue and councilor JC Arcinue before the start of the Parade and Street Dancing Contest to celebrate the town’s fiesta held recently at the Municipal Seaport. Marcos, who landed No. 13 at the latest Pulse Asia’s poll, graces the event.

“Nasungkit ko iyong ten na tractors, may eight pa na tractors that our town will buy,” he told Northern Watch the bonanzas he had given and he would be giving to the farmers.

 Arcinue hosted recently the First Farmers Night during the fiesta celebration for this year. (more…)

May 6, 2018 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: How brgy kap bets buy votes and win


Now that the Barangay  election is few more days to go, I will share the experiences of a Punong Barangay (Village Chairman) bet we will call Philip Dipaawat.

In my almost one hour interview with him, when he asked for anonymity, he divulged the illegitimate ugly sides of winning the vulnerable and susceptible hearts and minds of the voters in his and his opponents determination to win the coveted post in Barangay Nababayaran somewhere in the urban area of Northern Luzon.mortz-nw-colored3

In 2007 Barangay Election, Barangay Nababayaran had 8,000 voters.

ME: How many of you aspired for the position of Kapitan (Spanish term of village chief that was termed as Kapitan del Barrio before)? (more…)

May 6, 2018 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Media man’s son robbed


DAGUPAN CITY – A son of a political columnist was robbed by two men near the gate of the City National High School while he was walking home.

BAD GUYS .Two of the robbers, caught by a security camera, run toward the Perez Boulevard after robbing last April 25 the son of a media man in Dagupan City near the City National High School, The victim was walking home after a jog around the city. A crew of a cafe shop nearby said there were a lot of robberies that occurred in the area since early this year but the victims chose not to report to the police.

ZJ Rosario Ortigoza, 23, said around 8:30 pm Wednesday after a brief chat with a friend near the Total Gas Station in Barangay Amado Tapuac here  and while he was walking home, a 5’4” medium built guy grabbed his shoulder and declared robbery in a hurried and threatening voice.

The culprit, clad in a black shirt and red short pants, locked the victim’s neck with his left hand while his right hand pointed a long knife to his lower right torso while the other companion wearing a white tee shirt faced Ortigoza. (more…)

May 6, 2018 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

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