Archive for May 14, 2018

Baay, Lingayen residents oppose P1B bypass road

LINGAYEN – Residents of barangay Baay in this capital town opposed the  P1 billion Lingayen-Binmaley bypass road, saying it will displace them from their homes, work and school.

The seven-kilometer bypass road will traverse the barangay where it will displace 42 residential houses.

During a public consultation last week, emotional villagers asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to look for other areas for the road to pass through where not many houses would be affected.

The seven-kilometer bypass road will traverse barangay Baay where it will displace 42 residential houses.  It is a four-lane highway that aims to ease the traffic along the Lingayen-Binmaley route.

During a public consultation on Thursday, emotional villagers asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to look for other areas for the road to pass through where not many houses would be affected.

Pangasinan Second District Representative Leopolo Bataoil, who initiated the project, said all the concerns of the affected residents will be considered as the DPWH looks for the “best solution.”

“We understand that they are emotional because they will lose their homes. But as leaders, we have to look for the welfare of everyone, the effect of the project on everyone,” he said.

“This is a long overdue project because the traffic situation especially in Lingayen and Binmaley town proper, where gridlock is common, have worsened through the years,” he said.

Engineer Reynaldo Ganuelas, DPWH team leader of the acquisition of right of way in Pangasinan, said the area was identified for the project because it has the least number of residential houses.

Attachment to  their homes and the community, however, became the major sentiment for Abraham Caburnay, 37, a market vendor.

“It was where my grandfather and father were born. I was born there and my children were born there. Besides, if our home is taken, where will we go?” he said.

Caburnay, lives in a 200 square-meter lot in Baay village, said there are 42 residential houses that would be affected by the project.

One of them is Ruth Sison, 32, who will lose 371 square meters of her family’s 409 square meter property. “Only 38 square meters will be left,” she tearfully said.

Helen Catalan, 54, said she hoped the DPWH will build only a two-meter lane, to which her family will lose only three meters across the lot.

With a four-lane road, the lot and the house will be gone, she said.

The DPWH has offered a relocation area, but even those who are willing to leave their homes want a place also in the same village.

Ganuelas said if the residents will refuse to donate their properties, the government will resort to expropriation.

But the affected residents would be properly compensated as the government will pay for their lots at a price dictated by zonal or market value, whatever is higher, he said.

The government will also pay for all developments in the properties, including houses, at the present cost and notwithstanding how old the properties are, he said. YOLANDA SOTELO


May 14, 2018 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

61% of poll bets underwent illegal drugs test

DAGUPAN CITY – Almost 61 percent of candidates in the barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan,elections underwent illegal drug test conducted by the police, as of May 9.

A report of the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office showed that  26,899 of the 44,159 who filed certificates of candidacy  took the test overseen by the police laboratory.

Pangasinan Provincial Police Director Ronald Lee said the list of candidates who have not undergone drug tests are posted in the front of all police stations in the province. Pangasinan has 44 towns and four cities.

Of those who underwent illegal drug test, 2,326 are for barangay chairman, 17,049 are for barangay council (kagawad),1,884 are for SK chairman and 5,640 are for SK kagawad.

Lee said 289 candidates  (144 for barangay chairman and  145 for barangay kagawad) surrendered or deposited their firearms. No one running for SK surrendered a firearm.

A total of 89 candidates had their firearms muzzle taped, 56 of them are for kapitan and 34 for kagawad.

May 14, 2018 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Q & A: Nuke-powered NoKor negotiates equally with the U.S., Allies – JDV

One of the few persons in the world who extensively knows the South and North Koreas’ politics is Philippines’ former Five-Time Speaker Jose de Venecia.

De Venecia is the Founding Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) to which many South Korean politicians are members.

Jose de venecia photo

ICAPP CHAIR. Former Five-Time Speaker and International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Founding Chairman Jose de Venecia.

When he was Speaker of the House of Representatives, he brought in the Philippines many multi-billion pesos projects and grants from the South Korean government because of his connection with the people in high offices there.

 Northern Watch’s Political Columnist Mortz Ortigoza, for the umpteenth time, interviewed de Venecia whom the former considered as a political connoisseur on foreign affairs like the 2018 Inter-Korean – Summit held at the Peace House in the South Korea’s held territory near the demarcation line. The Summit was led by capitalist South Korea President Moon Jae-in and pariah but nuclear powered communist state North Korea Chairman of the Workers’ Party and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

 The discussion between the two leaders revolved on denuclearization, peace establishment, and improvement of inter-Korean relations for their mutual benefit. Excerpts of the thoughts of de Venecia:

 MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA (MCO) : Do you think  the Inter – Korean – Summit between Kim and Moon will be for good for the peace  between the two Koreas and their neighbors Japan and other countries?

 JOSE DE VENECIA (JDV): I’ve been saying that in my three columns in the Manila Bulletin. For the last two months I’ve been saying that.

 MCO: Yah, yah.

 JDV: You read my column in the Bulletin last Saturday.

 MCO: What will be the upside after the Summit? Will the humongous power house capitalist haven United States be engaging North Korea with business just like what it did when Paramount Leader Deng Xiaoping through his far-reaching economic reform opened the mammoth Communist Chinese market to the world? (more…)

May 14, 2018 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: P2,500 per voter, a drone to spy on the opponent

 “Son of a gun, P2,500 per voter?!” I asked incredulously two Ordinary Joes, who came from a barangay in the Third Congressional District of  my province, who bragged to me that the sum was the amount shelled out by the candidate for the kapitan (village chief) seat in their barangay.
“The biggest amount given to a voter during a village election as far as I know held in a village in Dagupan City was P1,000, “ I quoted what a re-elective Kap told me when he outsmarted his opponent in an ingratiation contest who first gave P700 per voter.
“Pataasan kami (We had to bid out each other),” he quipped.
Four days before the D-Day Village Poll, I dropped by at the house cum headquarter of a re-elective village chairperson where he was with his brood and father, a former mayor, giving their leaders  wads of P1,000 bills with instruction to surreptitiously slip in the hands of voters in that Thursday afternoon to win their loyalty.
“Aabot ba kayo ng P,1000 sa bigayan dito, Mayor ? (Would you reach P1000 per voter in your vote buy, mayor?)” I posed.
“Iyan, tag isang libo na iyan. Iyan na ang bigayan namin ngayong araw (Each of the P1,000 bills, that’s what we give today),” he said.
He told me the financial dole out will spike if the rival (a businessman) of his son, will give P1,000 to each of the five thousand registered voters in the village.
“In case he will do that we are going to launch a second wave (slang for second set of vote buying) with a much bigger amount, “the successful trader-politico told me and other callers.


May 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Six years jail, no probation for election laws violator

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 Any person found guilty of election laws shall be imprisoned by not less than one year but not more than six years and shall not be subject to probation, the Omnibus Election Code says.

Election offenses are vote-buying and vote-selling; conspiracy to bribe voters; wagering upon result of election; coercion of subordinates; threats, intimidation, terrorism, use of fraudulent device or other forms of coercion; coercion of election officials and employees; appointment of new employees, creation of new position, promotion, or giving salary increases; transfer of officers and employees in the civil service;  intervention of public officers and employees; undue influence; unlawful electioneering; prohibition against dismissal of employees, laborers, or tenants; appointment or use of special policemen, special agents, confidential agents or the like; Illegal release of prisoners before and after election; use of public funds, money deposited in trust, equipment, facilities owned or controlled by the government for an election campaign;  deadly weapons; carrying firearms outside residence or place of business;  use of armored land, water or air craft; wearing of uniforms and bearing arms; policemen and provincial guards acting as bodyguards or security guards;  organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces, or other similar forces; prohibition against release, disbursement or expenditure of public funds; and others that can be found in the Omnibus Election Code. (more…)

May 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Ex-Kap exposes how SK chair bet buys votes

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A former punong barangay (village chairman) explained how candidates of the Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) chairmanships through the help of their kin, buy votes just to win the village poll and the SK Federation President of this city.

 The chairman, who wanted to remain unidentified, said in the years 2000 and 2010, a bet for the post spent between P200, 000 to P300, 000 to win a poll in a large barangay here.

 He said that each voter then for the youth council was paid at P100 or P150. (more…)

May 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL   May pag-asa pa ba ang reporma sa halalan?

Paglabas ng siping ito ng Northern Watch ay tapos na rin ang halalang pambarangay at Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). Mayroon ng mga bagong opisyal na ideneklara ng Commission on Election (Comelec) na sila ang mamumuno sa mga barangay sa loob ng tatlong taon. Sana nga ay makapaglingkod sila ng buong puso sa mga taga-barangay na walang tinitingnang kulay ng pulitika na dulot ng halalan.

 Ang administrasyon ni Pangulong Duterte ay nagsusumigaw ng pagbabago sa buong Pilipinas. Ang pagbabagong ito ay magsisimula sa mga barangay kaya nga ang daming mga impormasyon sa mga “media outlets” pati na rin sa “social media” kung paano pumili ng mga opisyal na dapat iboto. Nasunod nga ba ang mga ito? Bakit ang hirap baguhin ang kaisipan ng mga tao tungo sa dapat sana ay malawakang pagbabago. (more…)

May 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: The ouster of Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

There’s a lot of brouhaha on the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The magistrates with the vote of 8-6 ruled that Sereno had not been qualified to be appointed as Chief Justice because of non-submission of Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN). It was a historic ruling, as some legal luminaries said, because Sereno, being an impeachable official, was ousted by way of quo warranto filed by the Solicitor General Calida.


While many those in the legal profession have accepted the decision of the Supreme Court against Sereno, many also believed that it was unconstitutional. They said that the Justices have made the Supreme Court a puppet institution of the Duterte Administration, and a mockery of the rule of law. Of course, non-lawyers who are close to Sereno and former President Benigno Aquino III also viewed the decision as the “dark side of the Philippine democracy” as their expectations favorable on them were not met.

I am a not a lawyer so I could not argue on the merit of it on legal parlance. I will comment about the Supreme Court decision as a layman who have weighed the pros and cons of the quo warranto petition. A quo warranto is a legal remedy to remove an appointed official who has not met the qualifications imposed on the position. This means that the appointment of an appointed official could be challenged before the Courts, and in the case of Sereno, before the Supreme Court. (more…)

May 14, 2018 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Imee visits Sto. Tomas town

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 STO. TOMAS- As part of her continuing sorties in Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos visited this town on May 6, which was in time for the birthday celebration of Mayor Timoteo “Dick” S. Villar III and the unveiling of the town’s marker of its second Guinness World Record for the “ Longest Line of Picnic Tables” held on April 2, 2017.

 Accompanied by Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So, Governor Imee recalled how her father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos got in touch with former Assemblyman Antonio Villar Sr. of this town and Agrarian Reform Minister Conrado E. Estrella of the neighboring town Rosales, whenever he passed by the towns going to Manila.

 “Since then, Sto. Tomas is close to us and we have built the continuing connections for years. Thank you for voting Bongbong (former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.) for the vice presidency,” Governor Marcos said. (more…)

May 14, 2018 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Sto. Tomas unveils marker for the 2nd World Record

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 STO. TOMAS- This agricultural town in the 5th District of Pangasinan has unveiled the marker for the second Guinness World Record on May 6 in front the municipal hall here.

 Mayor Timoteo “Dick” S. Villar III led the unveiling of the marker, together with special guests Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos, PNP Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Romulo E. Sapitula, PNP Provincial Director Ronald Oliver Lee, and Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So.

Villar thanked the organizations, balikbayans, media practitioners, the Sangguniang Bayan members led by Vice Mayor Wilfredo M. Pescador, other civic leaders, and the village officials for their support during the holding of the 6-kilometer long uninterrupted “Longest  Line of Picnic Tables” on April 2, 2017, which earned for the town its second Guinness World Record. (more…)

May 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

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