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Eriguel not entitled to police security – Sapitula 

DAGUPAN CITY – Police Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula  denied withdrawing police personnel assigned to slain former La Union Representative Eufranio Eriguel  because there  was no police assigned to the former lawmaker as “he was not entitled to it.”


DEAD – Former La Union 2nd District Representative Eufranio Eriguel who was assassinated recently by masked wearing and assault rifles wielding men when he was in a speaking engagement  with leaders in La Union. Credit: Politiko Northern Luzon

In a statement, Sapitula, the region 1 police director, said Eriguel was not given a police security personnel because he was not an incumbent public official and he was identified by President Duterte as one of the narco-politicians.

Also, “there was no written request (from Eriguel) for protective security by this office,” Sapitula said.

He was reacting to the privilege speech of his wife, Congressman Sandra Eriguel, blaming the recall of the police escorts assigned to her husband as the reason for the killing of the lawmaker.

Eriguel was gunned down while he was speaking before barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan candidates in barangay Capas on May 12.

But Sapitula admitted recalling the police escorts of Sandra and Agoo Mayor Stefanie Ann Eriguel as “these personnel were detailed for   them   as   a   matter   of   courtesy   and   not   a   policy.”

Sapitula explained that while the regional police did not want to take back policemen assigned to politicians, “we are duty bound to do so in compliance with the national headquarters’ directive.”

He added that the regional police is mandated to implement legal orders to recall or terminate the security assignment of the personnel anytime or even before the expiration of their duty, if the police authority requires their services, such as during election period.

Sapitula the regional police lacked “about a thousand personnel” to man to voting places and reassigning the police escorts to election duties and securing the right of the people to suffrage is one of their noblest tasks.

As to the claim that the town police chief failed to dispatch policemen to the meeting in Capas, “this is being investigated by Task Force Eriguel,” he said.

“For now, this is not the time of finger-pointing, for this will not help in the speedy resolution of the case. What   we   need   now   is   the   concerted   effort   of   every concerned individual.   It is the desire of this leadership to resolve this case as early as possible to give justice to the victims,” Sapitula said.



June 5, 2018 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Are Senators bankrolled by big business?

Amendment to 100 % foreign or Filipino the ownership of a business utility in the Philippines can solve the Filipinos unemployment problem as it will open the economy to more investors.


So who says that Federalism is the economic silver bullet?

It’s the amendment of the Public Service Acts (PSA), dimwit, that until now the Senators procrastinate to pass so President Rodrigo Duterte can sign it into law.

The present PSA or otherwise known as  Commonwealth Act No. 146 covers all types of common carriers, be it by land, air or water, water supplies and systems, petroleum, electricity, communications systems and even broadcasting stations.

It is where utilities were mandated by law to be 60 percent owned Filipino or Filipinos despite the thick pockets of the foreign partners who settle for the 40 % of the voting stocks.

Because of this seemingly xenophobic equity, foreign investors go instead to Mainland China, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and other South East Asian countries.

If the House of Representatives passed the PSA last September last year, why the

Mabagal na  Mataas na Kapulungan or Slow Senate as derisively called by Speaker Panty Alvarez until now sits on it.

 Is it because its campaign time for the May 13, 2019 poll for re-elective senators like Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, Koko Pimentel, Bam Aquino, and JV Ejercito where they have to crisscross the country in an expensive hundreds of millions of pesos stump where they need radio and television advertisement? (more…)

June 5, 2018 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

First district gets P2B this year

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 BOLINAO – The First Congressional District beats probably five of its counterpart districts in Pangasinan province with its more than P2 billion infrastructure projects this year.

Celeste Roque

REUNITED.Pangasinan First District Representative Jesus ‘Boying’ F. Celeste (right) greets his friend and former colleague in Congress, now Presidential Spokesperson Attorney Herminio Harry L. Roque Jr. during the Barangay Night held at the Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center in Alaminos City. The former Kabayan Partylist representative was the affair’s guest of honor and speaker. Photo Credit: Kitz Basila.

According to Representative Jesus Celeste, the more than P2 billion allocation from the national government was appropriated primordially for the construction, improvement, and widening of national highways and bridges in the one city and nine towns of the district. (more…)

June 5, 2018 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Boracay: Inaayos, pero ilalagay pala sa land reform?

“Let me announce that I am declaring land reform in the entire island of Boracay… The entire island will be declared as a land reform area. I will give it full… give it to the people,” sabi ni Mayor Rody Duterte sa isang pagtitpon sa Bureau of Customs.


First time in history na mamimigay ang gobyerno ng lupa sa mga taong hindi naman humihingi ng lupa.

Kokonti lang sa mga taga-Boracay ang marunong magsaka.

Wala pong subdivision sa Boracay.

Sabi ng Department of Budget and Management na gagastos ang gobyerno ng P1.36 billion para sa rehabilitation Boracay.

“I’m confident that once Boracay reopens in a few months, that it will be a more attractive destination for our tourists. Of course, our work will not stop there. A long-term plan is needed to ensure the entirety of the island is not only beautiful, but structurally sound and environmentally sustainable,” sabi ni Secretary Ben Diokno.

Ginagawang more attractive tourist destination ang Boracy pero isasailalim sa land reform.

Ipamimigay sa mga native ng Boracay.

“I will give it to the natives. After that, we can talk. In the meantime, that is my policy, I am trying to enunciate,” sabi ni Mayor Rody.

Seven kilometers lang po ang haba ng Boracay.

Around 10 square kilometers lang ang laki ng Boracay.

Maraming buhangin.

Maraming rocky areas.

Maraming areas na mataas.

Agrarian reform?

LABAN GOV POGI. May isang pulitiko mula sa 6th district ng Pangasinan ang desidido na maging governor.

Alam niya ang provincial politics dito.

Matagal na siya sa pulitika ng Pangasinan.

Of course, llamado si Gov Pogi.

Considering na tinambakan ni gov Pogi si Cong Mark Cojuangco noon huling election para gobernador ng Pangasinan, sinuman gustong maging governor ay dehado.

CONFIRMED SECRET ADMIRER. Inamin sa graduation sa San Beda College na minsan may naging crush si Mayor Rody Duterte sa nasabing college.

Secret admirer pala si mayor Rody Duterte sa isang babaeng may nunal nang siya ay nasa college pa.

Nasa San Beda pa rin ang crush ni Mayor Rody.

Ang problema ni mayor Rody ay hindi niya alam kung crush din siya ng crush niya. Hahaha.

“She was that lady na makita mo doon sa St. Anselmo’s Building if you go up. ‘Yung babae na… I don’t know if she’s still around. ‘Yung babae doon nakaupo na may nunal dito,” sabi ni mayor Rody.

 “Kasi kung nandito pa siya, pakasalan kita ma’am ‘pag na-biyuda ka na. Talagang crush kita,” sabi ni Mayor Rody.

 “Ang problema, hindi ko alam kung may gusto siya sa akin. From a distance. But she knew that I was her admirer,” sabi ni Mayor Rody.

SENATE PRESIDENT TITO SOTO. Umupo na po bilang Senate President si Senador Tito Sotto. Si Senador Tito Sotto ay nakilala sa movie industry sa larangan ng comedy pero nasa dugo ang pagiging pulitiko.

Sa unang araw ng kanyang term bilang senate president ay narito po ang ilang sa mga nasabi niya:

Lumipas ang tatlong dekada, at tinitiyak ko sa inyo, na hindi ko inaasahan ang mga pangyayari sa araw na ito. Ni sa panaginip ay hindi sumagi sa aking isipan na ako ay maluluklok bilang Pangulo ng Senado. Sa bisa lamang ng prinsipyo ng demokrasya na ang kagustuhan ng nakararami ang siyang mananaig, ay narito ako ngayon na tinatanggap ang hamon na inyong iniatas sa akin bilang Pangulo ng Senado.

To my colleagues and to the Filipino people, I am committed to do my very best and I am confident that I have in my background the template of nine  other Senate Presidents that I have served — from Senate President Neptali Gonzales, Ed Angara, Ernie Maceda, Marcelo Fernan, Blas Ople, Frank Drilon, Nene Pimentel, Juan Ponce Enrile and Koko Pimentel.

Bilang pangwakas, aking iniaalay ang karangalang handog ninyo sa akin sa ala-ala ng aking lolo, Senador Vicente Yap Sotto ng Cebu, gayon din sa kanyang kapatid na Senador Filemon Sotto ng Cebu, sa aking ama na si Marcelino Sotto, Sr., sa aking inang Herminia Castelo Sotto ng Nueva Ecija, sa aking maybahay na si Helen, mga anak at mga apo, at sa kinabukasan ng bansang Pilipinas.

Boss Rosendo, may friend na ang Abono na Senate President.

DAR CHIEF CONFIRMED. Atty Jazon Collado, congratulations. Confirmed na as Agrarian Reform Secretary si John.

“Sa executive session, nagkaroon ng secret ballot at nanaig ang kanyang panalo sa pagka-appoint. Na-confirm na siya kasi 13 ‘yung bumoto para sa kanya, dalawa ang nag-object,” sabi ni Senadora Grace Poe and number one sa survey ng mga kakadidato for senator sa 2019 elections.

Narito po ang statement ni Senador Grace Poe sa confirmationn ni Sec Castriciones.

As Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Rualo Castriciones was officially confirmed, Sen. Grace Poe reminded him to address the longstanding woes of the country’s farmers and landless tillers and to use government resources judiciously.

Poe, chairperson of the Commission on Appointment’s committee on agrarian reform, also asked Castriciones to reach out to the farmers and fisherfolk groups, landowners and tenants, department employees and to those who opposed his confirmation, saying they raised legitimate concerns during the hearings.

“Work with them in harmony. Babantayan po namin ang magiging hakbang ninyo. Maging mabuti sa lahat ng nasasakupan. Maging masinop sa salapi at pag-aari ng mamamayan at ng pamahalaan. Iwaksi ang paghihiganti,” Poe said in her sponsorship speech on the official’s confirmation.

The members of the committee voted 13-2 in secret balloting on Tuesday to confirm Castriciones amid opposition from agrarian reform advocates, including a former agriculture secretary.

“The decision to confirm Secretary John Rualo Castriciones is a majority decision. The Commission on Appointments is a collegial body and works on the basis of cooperation, democratic process of majority rule and mutual respect,” Poe explained.

The senator said lawmakers would keep watch on Castriciones’ action on the pleas of farmers: acceleration of land acquisition, improving social services, declogging the backlog in agrarian reform cases; fasttracking the delivery of agrarian justice; and reducing the overhead of DAR to save money.

“Ginoong Kalihim, nawa’y maging makatarungan, maayos at makabuluhan sa lahat ang inyong paglilingkod sa Kagawaran. Because the next time you appear here to defend your agency’s budget, you will be asked of actions taken on matters we raised with you before,” she stressed.

Poe added, “This is my way of reminding the nominee that executive work involves constant navigation through a lot of constitutional checkpoints, the most tiring and tedious of which is during the appropriations season in front of the same Members of this body.”

“So those questions we asked the nominee during the past weeks will not be archived, but simply bookmarked to be raised until we meet again, and raised again and again until the answers fully satisfy us,” Poe emphasized.

The senator said that while doubts were raised on the qualifications of the DAR chief, she believes these weaknesses can be overcome by his strengths.

“His past indiscretion is a debt repaid, but which he continues to amortize with every good deed he makes,” she said.

“And I happen to believe that sometimes it takes an outsider, who has not been a subject of ‘institutional capture,’ who is outside the box, to shake things up with his fresh and unorthodox views,” Poe added.

OTHERS CONFIRMED. Na-confirm din po sina Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat at Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara.

By the way, kasama pala sa resignation ni Senador Pimentel ang pagbitiw din niya bilang chairperson ng Commission on Appointments.

Ibig sabihin, si senate President Tito Sotto ay chairman din ng Commission on Appointments.

BBL CONFIRMED. Ibinahagi ni Cong Kit Belmonte ng Quezon City ang nagging resulta ng botohan para maipasa ang BBL.

The committee on local government, voting 32-3; the committee on Muslim affairs, voting 27-3; and the special committee on peace, unity, and reconciliation, voting 27-3, approved on Tuesday the motion of Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte for lawmakers to approve the panel report, ayon sa balita.

Ang BBL po ay isang set ng batas na magbibigay ng sense of autonomy sa Muslim areas sa Mindnao.

Hindi po nakalusot sa Congress ang BBL a panahon na speaker ng House ang uncle Sonny Belmonte ni Kit.


June 5, 2018 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

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