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 People ride on a farm tractor in cruising along this flooded road in Dagupan City.CESAR RAMIREZ

July 30, 2018 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

‘Bayanihan spirit’ displayed during heavy floods

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The “bayanihan” spirit of Filipinos was displayed once again at the height of floods in Dagupan City and Calasiao which went under water because of rains wrought by typhoons Inday and Josie the past days.

In barangay Malued, one of the hardest hit villages of this city, house owners opened their doors to neighbors whose houses’ roofs were already almost reached by floods, said Filipina delos Santos, the village chairman.

The houses with second and third levels accommodated several families, even without requests from the barangay councils.

“They just automatically opened their houses to the flood victims,” delos Santos said.

 Malued is almost yearly hit by floods, but the present calamity is one of the worst, she said, and “we are thankful that the residents still are kind hearted enough to accommodate them.”

It is the barangay however, that provides food for the “evacuees,” distributing the canned goods, noodles and other  to prepare foods.

“It is good that we stockpiled on relief goods. When we ran out, we had to ask groceries to sell us on credit as banks are closed and automatic machines are not accessible,” she said.

 Local bakeshop Jam Sweet Jam donated to the barangay its stock of bread and pastries and the barangay councils are distributing them to the flood victims, too.

 Even the “tambays” who are having a drinkring spree along the roads helped to rescue flood victims.

“When they see me helping residents, they readily called out, “sikami la, kap! (we will do it, kap),” she said.

She said there are 56 families still staying the Astrodome, 17 families at the West Central Elementary School and 12 families at the Malued Elementary School.

In barangay Bued, the payloader of chairman Carlito Dion became an instant ambulance as there were no vehicles than can pass the highway to Dagupan. (A payloader is heavy construction equipment)

“There was a young child who was wounded in the forehead after falling down, and a girl from Umingan who was already unconscious and was supposed to be brought to a Dagupan hospital. But since the highway was unpassable by light vehicles, we just used the payloader, he said.

It was good that on Sunday night, a military truck arrived in the  barangay and it was the one that brought a patient to the hospital.

Dion said the barangay hall became a temporary house for stranded motorists, such as a family who came from Alabang and were supposed to vacation in Lingayen.

“The family slept in the office and returned back to Alabang the following morning because all roads to Lingayen are not passable by car,” he said.

Stranded motorists are given food cooked by barangay health workers, Dion said.

Police officers of Calasiao went active rescuing residents in perilous areas. Photos posted on social media showed policemen carrying children on their shoulders or in washbasins in waters that are almost shoulder-deep.


July 30, 2018 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

Lingayen Mayor Iday, ABC head support Celeste bids for Liga headship

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – The mayor and the Liga ng Barangay (LnB) President here threw their support to the candidacy of Alaminos City LnB President Arth Bryan Celeste after his rival and a political patron did not show up to seek her support for the race to the  provincial board seat.

MAYOR IDAY WITH PINOL. Lingayen Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda (third from right) poses with Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol (fifth from right) and some mayors of Pangasinan when Piñol visited last Thursday the Capitol in Lingayen to hand over to Governor Amado I. Espino, III (fourth from right), the certificate of award containing the agricultural assistance of the Department of Agriculture to the Provincial Government of Pangasinan for the rehabilitation program for both agriculture and fishery industries that were destroyed by heavy rains and rampaging floods. Over P81 million of hybrid palay seeds (12,000 bags), certified palay seeds (20,000 bags) and hybrid corn seeds (100 bags) comprised the initial intervention of the DA. A dialogue at the Sison Auditorium also ensued between Piñol , the provincial officials, and agriculture stakeholders.

Celeste is the son of Alaminos City Mayor Art Celeste.

“We were waiting for Congressman (Amado) Espino and Jinky (Zaplan) last week to call us to get my support and the vote of my ABC President. They did not call or appear,” Mayor Josefina “Iday” Castaneda said.

She cited that last July 20,  at dusk Abono Party List Congressman Conrad Estrella, Alaminos City Mayor Celeste, and former Balungao Mayor and present LnB President of that town Jose Peralta went to her house here and seek her intercession for the LnB presidency’s support.


July 30, 2018 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

New Mangaldan Liga head thanks De Venecia, de Vera

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN- The illustrious De Venecia family and the mayor here have been the recipients of the gratitude by the new member of the Sangguniang Bayan (Legislative Council) in this first class town.

During his inaugural speech at the Council, new Liga ng Barangay (LnB) President Rolly Gubatan Abalos mentioned the pledge of the De Venecias that they would not allow him to be defeated by a rival at the LnB’s election top post held last July 16.

He lost the LnB’s top post three years ago to former LnB President Juvy Frialde . (more…)

July 30, 2018 at 6:56 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Baha…baha…saan ka pupunta?

Halos isang buong linggo ang buhos ng ulan dulot ng habagat sa hilagang Luzon mula Hulyo 19 hanggang Hulyo 25. Ang habagat ay lalong pinatindi ng “Bagyong Inday at Josie.” Ang labis na tubig na galing sa ulan ay nagdulot ng baha sa mga ibat-ibang lalawigan. Puminsala ito ng mga bagong tanim na palay, ari-arian at mga alagang hayup. Sinuspinde rin ang mga pasok sa mga paaralan sa lahat ng antas pati na rin sa mga pamahalaang lokal.

 Dito sa Pangasinan, may 29 na mga bayan at siyudad ang nabaha na may kabuuang 301 na mga barangay ang apektado sa baha. Ang pinakamatagal ng baha ay ang Dagupan City at bayan ng Calasiao. Matagal umusad ang paglabas ng tubig baha. Dahil dito mahirap ang mobilisasyon ng mga tao. Walang mga sasakyang pambubliko. (more…)

July 30, 2018 at 6:51 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Alvarez out, Arroyo in as House Speaker

The greatest telenoleva on politics, Filipino style, unfolded before us last July 23 , hours before President Rodrigo R. Duterte will deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA). Members of the House of Representatives have unseated House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and installed Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the new speaker.


 It was an unprecedented move from the House that caught the surprise of the Filipino people. Alvarez, the Secretary-General of the PDP-Laban Party, was unseated by his own party mates. The move was visibly been hatched long before that historic day. However, it was unpalatable and uncalled for. The move should have been done after the SONA of President Duterte.

Because of that incident, President Duterte’s SONA was delayed for more than an hour. He was holed inside the Philippine Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) where he had a meeting with Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Speaker Alvarez and other House leaders for more than one hour. Instead of delivering his SONA at 4:00 PM it was moved to 5:20 PM. Good heavens! Speaker Alvarez, maybe as a face-saving act, was allowed to lead in the Joint Opening Session of the House and the Senate. (more…)

July 30, 2018 at 6:45 am Leave a comment

Mayor Tiu pursues health, agriculture programs in San Quintin

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

SAN QUINTIN- Mayor Clark Cecil P. Tiu here boosted the health and agricultural services for  his constituents by conducting Kalusugan Karavan: Medical and Dental Mission Season 2,  and distribution of white corn seeds to farmers of the town.

The Kalusugan Karavan was conducted in Sitio Parasapas,Cabangaran village on July 25 where the  municipal medical team provided medical and dental services to include medical consultation and laboratory examination to the village residents.

There was also supplemental feeding program among the school children, anti-rabies vaccination of pets and salon services such as hair trimming, manicure and pedicure. (more…)

July 30, 2018 at 6:36 am Leave a comment

Bayambang entrepreneurs attend Retail and Services Training

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BAYAMBANG- Entrepreneurs here attended the free Retail and Services Training help at the Aguinaldo Hall of the Balon Bayambang Events Center on July 27, which was conducted by the Pangasinan Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) in partnership with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).

quiambao Uy

Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao and  former Councillor Levin Uy, who is the Executive Director of Quiambao’s Kasama Kita sa Barangay.

The training was organized in coordination with the Municipal Employment Services Office here to pursue the Manpower and Entrepreneurship Development Program, which aims to “enhance the employability of our labor force and help entrepreneurs and business establishments improve their productivity and competitiveness.” (more…)

July 30, 2018 at 6:24 am Leave a comment

Cojuangco to run for governor – So

Mortz C. Ortigoza

 ROSALES, Pangasinan – Former congressman Mark Cojuangco told his number one political adviser that he will be filling his candidacy for the governorship of the mammoth Pangasinan province this coming October.

cojuangco vs pogi

BATTLE ROYALE. Former Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco (Left) had told
a political confidant that he will challenge Pangasinan Governor
Amado Espino, III for the top Capitol’s post on next year’s election.

October 1 to 5 are the official dates all over the Philippines for the filling of candidacy of all bets from senators to the town’s council members for next year’s middle term election.

Gusto niyang tumakbo. Sinabi niya na he is planning to run. At least ngayon galing sa kanya. Sinabi niya na interesado na talaga siyang tumakbo sa governorship,” said by Engineer Rosendo So who heads the powerful farmer’s groups Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) and Abono Party-List. (more…)

July 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Contractor got balls, ordered mayor killed

Compared to his counterpart in other provinces, an aggrieved contractor in Nueva Ecija got balls.

Three arrested murder suspects’ incriminated young contractor Christian Saquilabon to be the mastermind in the broad daylight ambushed that killed General Tinio, Nueva Ecija mayor Ferdinand Bote.

Both Saguilabo and the late mayor were into contracting business with government projects.


 One of the reasons the mayor was timed by the assassins, his itinerary was patterned when he went to the office of the National Irrigation Administration.

As based on my seasoned experience in the media, every time we go to the office of the NIA, those persons who brought there their more than million pesos’ Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV like what the mayor to his Toyota Fortuner we assumed as contractors looking for probable lucrative projects with either the provincial or regional irrigation’s boss.

Saquilabon and Bote had conflict on the implementation of the P96-million project to moreover develop the Minalungao Convergence Park Zone — a popular tourist destination in Nueva Ecija located in General Tinio.

News reports said the mayor was harassing the young contractor.

Probably the late mayor Bote used his position by not issuing a business permit or ordered his budget office not to pay what the local government office owed the builder, as what the media speculated.

As far as I know contractors in Pangasinan remained silent, absorbed the pain, and roll with punches, even when the mayor who replaced their patron at the city or town hall would not pay them the countless millions of pesos the LGU owed but instead charged them with criminal cases at the Ombudsman for conspiracy with his (mayor) predecessor in a substandard project that put in the disadvantaged the government.

I know many contractors as a result of this malpractice lose one’s shirt.

I know too that many mayors in and out of my province used dummy construction companies too to corner big government projects in their jurisdiction.
But contractors in Pangasinan are not like Saquilabon.


But there was a setback.

Saguilabon was a lousy murder planner. One of his co-principals was seen on a security camera driving the beige-colored Toyota Avanza with the original plate number still attached to the vehicle that entered the compound of the Iglesia ni Cristo’s church.

Because of that fiasco the driver unmasked his two accomplices in the car.

Consequently, Florencio Suarez and Roberto Gumatay were arrested riding in the same vehicle at Andaya Highway in Camarines Sur.

Seized from the duo were .45 caliber pistols, a Colt and an Amrscor Hi-Cap, which police said was used in Bote’s murder.

 The cops probably sweet talked, threatened, or arm twisted Suarez and Gumatay where they squealed Saquilabon and the other three John Does as the other principals by cooperation.

Murder, just like narc selling despite the amount, is a non-bailable capital offense. It means those arrested will “maghihimas ng matigas na rehas na aabot ng seven to ten years habang dinidinig ang kaso nila”. If convicted they will be serving the  slammer for more than 20 years we called, son of a gun a misnomer, life sentence. 
Of course the seven or more years they spent at the detention cell of the Bureau of Jail, Management & Penology as the Regional Trial Court’s hear their case will be deducted from the sentenced.


For the lighter side:

If General Tinio town in Nueva Ecija is gripped with fear because of the murder of their mayor, 

The women in Kanto Tinio in San Pablo City, Laguna are shrouded with fear because of the practice of the drivers of the public utility jeeps there:

Here’s the poser:

Bakit natatakot ang mga babae na bumaba sa Kanto Tinio Street sa San Pablo Laguna?

 Answer: Kasi tuwing bababa ang mga girls the drivers would shout: Oh iyong bababa Kant* Tinio na!

Sanamagan, the police hierarchy should look pronto why the women there feared to disembark from the jeep in Kanto Tinio. Baka madaming holduppers, kaya mga sirs pakitingnan na lang po.

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July 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

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