Archive for August, 2018

Dagupan Mayor hits critics who exploit the floods

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The mayor here assailed her detractors who ride on the series of extra ordinary rainfalls from three typhoons and torrential rain that submerged many villages here in July and August this year.

“Hindi dahilan ang pagtabon sa baha ng Dagupan. Paninira lang ng mga naninira sa politics walang basis dahil maliit lang ang tabon. In fact nakakatulong pa kasi may waterway din na open,” Mayor Belen T. Fernandez slammed her critics.

Culvert Cuison

BUSTED – The exit of a small culvert at Cuison Road in Barangay Tapuac, Dagupan that accommodates the stagnant flood  in Barangays Malued, Tapuac, and Lucao in Dagupan City. According to Sidney Lomboy, the culvert which is 18 inches in diameter, was the culprit behind the recurring flooding in the three villages.

She said the demolition jobs acrimoniously posted on the social media were politically motivated.

“Fake news iyon gawa gawa lang. Politicking lang. Medyo gutom na. Gusto ng maka balik at gawing negosyo ulit ang government. Nawalan kasi ng kita,” she said.

The much maligned fishponds in the villages of Lucao and Pantal here composed only ten percent of the entire topography of fishponds here, according to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of the local government.

Former Department of Public Works & Highway’s District Engineer Rodolfo Dion said the filling up of fishponds in Barangay Pantal here were not the reason that this city and its villages remain flooded even after Typhoons Inday, Josie, and Karding have left the area.

“Fish ponds are not waterways, anggano tabonan mo tan anggapo so effect to tan ed delap (even if you filled them up they have nothing to do with the lingering flood),” he said. (more…)

August 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

‘I’m retired’ – Mayor Bobom

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – The mayor here brushed off rumors that he will be running for the congressional seat at the Fifth District of Pangasinan in the next year’s election.

“No, that’s not true. It’s Mon-Mon (Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico III) who will run,” said City Mayor Amadeo “Bobom” Gregorio Perez IV.

He said  Guico would be supported by  former president and incumbent Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.  Guico’s father Ramon Jr. is a cousin of Speaker Arroyo.

Both Perez and Guico are exiting as mayors as their three terms will end on June 30 next year.

Guico will be challenging Representative Amado T. Espino Jr. or his son and namesake Pangasinan Governor Amado III, in case they will switch positions.

Former District Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco was reported to  be challenging either of them in the governorship race.

Recent reports however, showed that one of the Celeste brothers of the First Congressional District will run for governor against any of the Espinos. (more…)

August 28, 2018 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Jailed Colonel could answer  pay of Pinoy cadets abroad

The court martial conviction of Army Lt. Colonel Hector Maraña, treasurer of the cadets of the Philippine Military Academy, his eventual dismissal from the service, and his trip to the slammer in Muntinlupa as ordered recently by President Rodrigo Duterte, could probably answer the complaints of Filipino foreign military cadets in the US, particularly at the United States Military Academy and South Korea about their deprived allowances the PMA owed them.


 In my previous column’s Filipino Cadets BareSad Plights at West Point I wrote that USMA Second Class Cadet Jesson Peñaflor whined that he and his fellow- West Point, New York based cadet have to pay each $2,000 (P105, 270) for their education and training supplies and equipment at USMA before they trudge their four years military and academic courses.

A Filipino in a military academy in South Korea wrote: “We are 15 here in Korea, sir. Three cadets are sent to the army air force and the naval academy (sic) every year here, sir and three are at the language institute studying the required language, sir. There are also cadets in Japan, Australia and Canada, sir. Every one of us are experiencing the same thing, sir but for the service we want to give in the future we are trying to keep ourselves firm and strong so none of us will even think of quitting and leaving the service,” one of the 15 cadets, who asked for anonymity, said. (more…)

August 28, 2018 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment



 Tala, the rehabilitated rough-toothed dolphin, is being taken out of a pen she she stayed for weeks, by volunteers from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Ocean Adventure, for release  in the Lingayen Gulf, YOLANDA SOTELO

August 28, 2018 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Balungao boosts its agro-tourism sites

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BALUNGAO- The Hilltop Adventure remains to be the number one “bread and butter” of the  town, contributing P11 million to the local revenues in 2017.

This was disclosed by Mayor Philipp G. Peralta to media practitioners during the special KBP Forum-Pangasinan Chapter held at the Municipal Hall’s Conference Room last August 20.

“We are improving our agro-ecotourism sites like the Hilltop Adventure to boost the town’s tourism industry. We are also developing our market sites to cater to more business activities. A new market is being constructed in San Leon village where more than 100 business operators applied. These are now our local income generating projects, including our municipal cemetery,” Mayor Peralta said.

The other income generating projects have contributed P9 million local revenues in 2017, beefing up the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the 4th class municipality. (more…)

August 28, 2018 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Monmon Guico versus Amado Espino Jr. in 2019 elections?

There’s now a districtwide rumor that Binalonan Mayor Ramon “Monmon” Guico III will challenge  Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr. for the fifth district seat in May 2019 polls. If my source is right, Guico, who is in his last term as mayor, is at present consolidating his political forces in the 5th District to muster enough support for his candidacy, especially now that a possible strong contender Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV has abandoned all ideas to run for the seat.

 A political observer in the district opined that Guico, if he’s bent on running, is the most likely qualified to run against the old Espino. He said that Guico has the backing of his aunt House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has still many supporters in Pangasinan, being a daughter of the province.(Macapagal-Arroyo’s mother Eva, was from Binalonan).  Guico will also be supported by his father, the former Mayor Ramon Guico Jr.,  once a national president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).


 Another political observer also said that Guico will have the backing of the municipal mayors of Sison (Danny Uy), Pozorrubio (Artemio Chan, whose wife Emma Chan will run again as mayor against Acting Mayor Ernesto Go) and Urdaneta City Mayor Bobom Perez. Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Laoac and Villasis will be a political playing field to both of them, as Espino has its own turf, the town of Bautista, and Guico in Binalonan. He said that Guico will even be stronger if Mark Cojuangco will run as Governor, as they’ve been allies for years. Like Cojuangco, political observers in 5th District are still waiting for the formal announcement of Guico whether he will really pursue his plan to run for the congressional seat.

 It’s 36 days more to go before the scheduled filing of certificates of candidacy, which is scheduled on October 1 to 5. By September, we will know how the political alliances in the province will work. Will there be shifting of party loyalties especially now that Hugpong Pagbabago Party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has forged alliances with Cojuangco’s National Peoples Coalition (NPC), Villar’s Nacionalista Party (NP), National Unity Party (NUP), etc.?

 What will happen now to the PDP-Laban Party to which many politicians have jumped into like croaking frogs, and flipped over to like butterflies. President Duterte has also joined his daughter’s party, although has not yet totally abandoned the PDP-Laban Party. There are internal squabbles within the party due to political party schism. Of course, political parties will not catapult a politician to winning the political race, but it could help particularly on campaign funds.

Another young political stalwart in the making in 5th District is hell bent to run for a seat at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.Villasis  Councilor Nicholi Jan Louie Q. Sison has been visible lately in almost all towns in the district either as a speaker of youth trainings or playing basketball games with Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials. He was seen almost in his town visits with Board Member Chinky Perez Tababa who will seek re-election in 2019.

 Louie Sison’s star is beginning to shine for a provincial post. He’s been honed for many years not only as a public servant but as a young legislator. He was into the political arena as SK Federation  Chair of Villasis, and consistently on top as elected municipal councilor in his three terms. The last time I had a talk with him, he told me that he will run as “BM”. When I asked what “BM” means, he said it’s either “Bise Mayor” or Board Member. Both of us had good laughs.

 The way his sorties in various towns are doing, I am now glad that Louie will finally ran for a Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s post. It’s about time for Villasis to nurture a politician who will go on top of political arena, and that is Louie Sison- young and intelligent educator, leader, and a public servant. Louie has Villasis as his strongest bailiwick together with the town of Sto. Tomas ( his father Villasis Vice Mayor Jesus Franco “Butch” Sison Jr. has long been allied with the Villars for years) and Urdaneta City, where his mother the former Susan Quitlong hails. With his youthful charisma, he could easily blend with the millennial leaders in almost all towns in the district.

Speaking of Vice Mayor Butch Sison, political observers in Villasis are one in saying that he will run as mayor against Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica. He was seen lately visiting villages in the town, dining with the leaders and even donating office equipment and appliances. In all his visitations, he is warmly welcomed not only by the village leaders but the village folk as well. If my political mole is right, Vice Mayor Sison will have former Vice Mayor Paz Sison-Rafanan, as running mate.

A lot of political speculations are in the offing for local candidates. My only wish is that we have to discern who among them have the real heart to serve the people. As someone said, “leadership is not being asked, it is earned with good intentions to serve.”

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August 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Makakatulong ba ang ‘clean rider’ stickers sa pagsugpo ng krimen?

Marami ng mga kriminalidad na nangyari sa bansa na kagagawan ng “ motorcycle riding in tandem”. Ang dalawahang pagsakay sa motorsiklo, na kung saan ang isa ay ang nagsasagawa ng pamamaril sa kanilang biktima, ay mailap mahuli ng mga pulis. Karamihan sa mga ito ay gumagamit ng mga motorsiklong walang plaka at kung mayroon man, ang mga plaka ay hindi tunay. Ito ang paraan nila upang mailihis ang kanilang pagkakilanlan.

Ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa pangunguna ni Director General Oscar D. Albayalde ay naglunsad ng isang estratihiya upang magkaroon ng pagkakilanlan ng mga motorsiklong ginagamit at gumagala sa mga bayan sa buong bansa. Ang tawag nila sa kampanyang ito ay “Clean Rider” upang ang mga lansangan ay siguradong ligtas sa anumang uri ng kriminalidad. Isa itong hakbang para mabilis na matukoy ang mga “motorcycle riding suspects”.

Ayon sa plano ng kampanyang ito, ang maaaring kasapi ng “Clean Rider” ay ang mga lehitimong nagmamay-ari ng mga motorsiklo. Sila dapat ay may malinis na pagkatao at hindi  naging sangkot ng anumang uri ng krimen.

Ang mga nagmamay-ari ng mga motorsiklo ay pupunta lamang sa mga estasyon ng pulisya sa kanilang mga lugar at ipakita ang kanilang orihinal na resibo o sertipiko ng rehistrasyon (OR/CR), deed of sale kung hindi nakapangalan sa kanya, driver’s license (hindi puwede ang student permit) at tugunan ang “ clean rider application form.” Pag- naayos na lahat ng papeles at pasado ang aplikante, lalagyan ng “clean rider sticker” ang motorsiklo.

Ayon sa PNP, sa ganitong paraan ay madaling makilala ang mga nakasakay sa mga motorsiklo at hindi sila masyadong sagabal sa mga “check points”. Mabilis ding matukoy yong mga walang rehistrasyon at driver’s license. Bagamat maganda ang adhikain sa kampanyang ito ng “clean rider”, marami ring katanungan ang dulot nito.

Paano marerebisa ng mga pulis kung tunay na stickers na galing sa PNP ang nakalagay sa mga motorsiklo? Kung ordinaryong sticker lang ang mga ito, madaling gayahin at maimprinta. Ang mga stickers ba ay “tampered proof”? Mayroon bang seguridad upang malaman kaagad kung peke ang mga stickers na nakalagay sa mga motorsiklo? Baka naman dahil nakikita na ang mga “stickers” ay hindi na masyadong binibigyan ng pansin ang mga ito ng otoridad? Maraming palusot ang mga kriminal ang pag-iisip at kaya nilang gumawa ng mga paraan upang mailihis ang sarili nila sa mga otoridad at krimeng gagawin.

Ang mga katanungang iyan ay dapat bigyang pansin ng pamunuan ng PNP. Kailangan ng sapat na seguridad ang mga stickers gaya ng paglalagay ng “security mark” o bar codes upang matantiya na ang mga ito ay hindi maaaring mapeke. Ang maganda nito ay may aksyon ng isagagawa ng PNP upang matigil na ang paggamit ng mga motorsiklo sa mga krimen. Mas lalong mapaigting ang pagsawata ng mga krimen sa buong bansa.


August 28, 2018 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Congress should pass rice tariffication bill – So

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BALUNGAO- Abono Partylist group chairman Rosendo O. So) called on Congress to enact a rice tariffication law to lift the quantitative restrictions (QR), which limits the volume of rice import annually.

“We could use the collected tariffs to fund crop insurance of our farmers so that in case there are calamities, they are assured of funds to replenish what have been lost in their farming activities” he said.

He said there are two types of rice importation – one is done by the National Food Authority (NFA) which is about 500,000 to 600,000 metric tons (MT). (more…)

August 28, 2018 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Federalism will bring us to the dogs

In case it will be favorably acted, will the Federal Constitution bring this impoverished and rambunctious country to Nirvana instead of hell as based on the poor financial capacity of the country and the downgrades it awaits with credit watchdogs?

According to the Consultative Committee that hammered the draft constitution, the sharing of wealth that primordially be taken from the taxes of the Filipinos and businessmen would be at least 50 percent to the Federal Government (FG) and 50 percent to the 18 Regional Federal Governments (RFG).


The additional burden to the coffer of the new bureaucracy will be between P44 billion to P72 billion for 17 Regions (not 18 Regions) under Federalism, according to Rosario Manasan, senior research fellow of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

Is this the way to inflict more burdens to the already hapless Filipinos in these regions?

 Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told the senators on a budget hearing that if Federalism will be shoved on the throat of the Filipinos, this country “will go to hell” not with “will go to the dogs” as an idiom usually used by writers ha ha ha ! (more…)

August 21, 2018 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

Cojuangco recruiting allies for his guv run

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The staff of former congressman Mark Cojuangco has recruited a former vice mayor of a Central Pangasinan town to be his mayoralty bet in next year’s local election.

The former vice mayor, a lawyer who asked for anonymity, said a staff of Cojuangco asked for his availability for the mayoralty race under the Nationalist People’s Coalition but he courteously declined the offer.

Cojuangco photo 2

AID – Former Congressman Mark Cojuangco helps carry a plastic bag full of relief goods he gave for the flood victims at a village in Calasiao, Pangasinan when a typhoon and monsoon rain battered the vulnerable town.

Another source told this paper that a vice mayor in an Eastern Pangasinan’s town had been recruited to run for the mayoralty under the aegis of the former solon.

A vice mayor in the 2nd Congressional District of the Province sought the intercession of an incumbent mayor, a friend of Cojuangco, for the vice mayor’s plan to run too, for the town’s top post in 2019. (more…)

August 21, 2018 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

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