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SOLDIER WANNABES. These young men and women take the Philippine Military Academy(PMA) entrance examination last September 9 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center(NRSCC) gymnasium in Lingayen. The NRSCC is one of the venues in the country for the examination for those who would want to be cadets of the premier military academy. Thousands of young Filipinos took the said examination in the different venues in the country.CESAR RAMIREZ

September 17, 2018 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Fernandez compares feats to  Lim’s in SOCA

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – In her 2018 State of the City Address (SOCA) the mayor here once again compared her accomplishments, particularly economic gains, to her predecessor.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez showed to the multitude the exponential figures that dwarfed the monetary collection of the administration of former Mayor Benjamin S. Lim.

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THOSE DAYS. Then Dagupan City Vice Mayor Belen T. Fernandez looks at Mayor Benjamin S. Lim who answers queries of reporters inside the office of the mayor. Lim became mayor of the coastal city in 2010-2013 and was defeated by Fernandez in an acrimonious May 2013 election. Mayor Fernandez will be seeking her third term in the 2019 poll and is rumored to be pitted with Lim’s son Vice Mayor Brian Lim.

“I am pleased to report that we have not only made a turnaround in our economy. The speed of growth of our economy is simply unstoppable,” she said.

Fernandez cited the city hit its highest cash surplus for five consecutive years, capped by its strongest showing in 2017 with 147 million pesos.

She said that this city’s impressive economic growth continues to come from its aggressive collections.

Market collections have doubled from P37.7 million in 2010 to P74.4 million in 2017 while comfort room collections multiplied exponentially with P9.2 million in 2017 compared to over P800, 000 in 2013.

Lim was elected mayor here in 2010 but lost in his re-election bid to Fernandez, his vice mayor, in an acrimonious election in 2013.

Both of their families owned chains of malls in and out of the forty four towns and four cities’ province Pangasinan.

Income on real property tax also increased significantly from P25 million in 2010 to P41 million in 2017, she cited.

Collections for market cash tickets have also increased from its previous P7 million in 2013 to P12.7 million in 2017 while yearly deboning collections notched a spike from P280,568 in 2016 to more than P800,000 in one year.

“My fellow Dagupenos, the numbers cannot be disputed and need no embellishments. The changes are positive, and impact is felt,” said Fernandez.

Rationalization of expenditures by bringing government efficiency with lesser costs resulted in overtime pay decreasing even further, breaking last year’s historic lowest level of P3 million in 2016 to P2.9 million in 2017

On education, Mayor Fernandez significantly invested in the future of the Dagupeno’s youth through its pioneering MBTF Scholarship program.

It has now has a budget of P22 million in 2018 compared to its previous P3 million budget in 2013.

The Lim Administration did not fund any scholar, she cited in the SOCA.


September 17, 2018 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Residents’ fear heightens as San Roque Dam releases water

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Residents of the towns along the Agno River feared  a Typhoon Pepeng-like scenario that caused massive flooding in October 2009 when the San Roque Power Corporation announced that it will release water from the dam’s reservoir at 5:00 in the afternoon of September 15.

The towns along the Agno River are San Manuel, San Nicolas, Tayug, Asingan, Sta. Maria, Rosales, Villasis, Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, Mangatarem, Urbiztondo, Aguilar, Bugallon, Lingayen, Labrador and part of San Carlos City. (more…)

September 17, 2018 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Why make fun of President Duterte’s Visayan accent?

While we Filipinos are referred to as one of the best English speakers in the world, we could not hide the fact that we could not master the enunciation as well as pronunciation of English words. We are not Americans or Britons who mastered fully well their English.

We are Filipinos who speak the English language as Filipinos, thus could not be compared to them. The fact that we are divided into regions with distinct dialects, it’s likely that we have troubles with accent in speaking English. Even a Tagalog who tries to speak Ilocano have a different accent, or a Visayan who speaks Tagalog.

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September 17, 2018 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Gubatan torn between Malacanang offer and mayoralty run

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 SAN FABIAN – The mayoralty timber here for the next year’s election is torn between running for mayor or accepting a presidential palace offer to be the Special Assistant to Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon (PANL).

Lawyer Gerald Z. Gubatan said Secretary Raul L. Lambino recently wrote him about the appointment.

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APPOINTED OFFICIALS. Clockwise from left: Special Assistant to Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon (PANL) Lawyer Gerald Z. Gubatan, PANL Raul Lambino, and San Fabian Mayor Danny Agbayani.

“In the exigency of public service, you are hereby appointed as Special Assistant to the Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon under the Office of the President, effective immediately. As such, you are hereby tasked to assist the undersigned in the efficient discharge of the duties and functions and the effective delivery of services to the people of Northern Luzon,” the letter said. (more…)

September 17, 2018 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Art Lomibao vs. De Venecia for Congress?

After writing two extensive columns on the nuances of Federalism and the nitty gritty of the most advance lethal fourth generation F-16 Viper’s combat jet, I missed already the peculiarities of the local politics.

When I recently dropped by the offices of San Fabian Mayor Danny Agbayani and Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno, I met not only the chief executives there but the Central Pangasinan towns’ elective officials where I exchanged notes.


San Fabian Vice Mayor Leopoldo N. Manalo told me he will be exiting as veem of the coastal town and added that No. 1 elected councilor and Majority Leader Marinor B. de Guzman, who was seated with him, will tandem with Agbayani in the May 13, 2019 election.

“Balik ako sa pagka councilor. After the mayor ends his term in 2022, labo-labo na kami sa mayorship,” Manalo gamely told me by looking at Marinor, whose daughter is the classmate of my youngest girl in Grade 6.

I heard one of the four councilors and the top two officials there that Agbayani will be challenged by lawyer Gerald Gubatan.

Gubatan is the counsel of the financial juggernaut Speed Game Incorporated (SGI) – the Authorized Agent Corporation (AAC) of the government’s Small Time Lottery. He is a formidable opponent and a son of the long reigning mayor of the town.


When I entered the mayor’s office of Mangaldan, Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno waved to me to come for news updates on the brewing political cauldron in the provincial politics.

As I sat near the chief executive of the Fourth Congressional District’s town, Vice Mayor Jojo Surdilla and eight of the councilors joined us on the table.

“We read your news blog on the Celeste, Estrella, Cojuangco issue,” Councilor and Lawyer Joseph Emmanuel Cera, the darling of media men with libel suits, told me.

“What was that?” Mayor Bona curiously posed.

I narrated to them what I got from my sources that the vice gubernatorial bet is not yet certain as both the camps of Alaminos City Arthur Celeste and Governor Amado T. Espino, III  eye exiting Sixth District Congresswoman Marlyn Primicias- Agabas – the magnet of votes in the two Eastern Pangasinan Congressional Districts.

Pundits saw that winning Agabas to their side will buttress their political stocks in the 2019 election.

“Everything is still fluid as we approach the October 1 to 5 filling of the Certificate of Candidacy (CoC)” I opined.

After I posted this blog cum column for a day, one of my sources privy on the politics in Western Pangasinan told me that Congresswoman Marlyn was the anointed tandem by Mayor Art for the vice governorship.

“It’s final kaibigan. Isa sa major conditions the mayor asked when he was requested to challenge Governor Pogi. Without Agabas on the ticket no governorship for the mayor,” my source, I called Deep Throat -3 because he asked for anonymity, retorted when I posed if the tandem was already final.

Sources close to former Governor Victor Agbayani told me that he was considering a comeback as congressman in the Pangasinan Second District where the present congressman Pol Bataoil will be finishing his constitutionally prescribed nine years of continuous term.

“He was mulling to eye, too the vice governorship since it is not as expensive as the congressional seat where he would be clashing with the son of Fifth District Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr.,”one of my sources quipped.

 I heard from Mangaldan officials that Mayor Bona will be challenged by the wife of Northern Luzon Presidential Adviser and Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Director Raul Lambino.

Lambino, according to my sources, was one of proponents to the powers that be in Manila who created the Celeste gubernatorial run next year versus Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III.

“Our ticket for the councillorship is intact as all of us are reelectionist,” one of the councilors told me when I asked about the new faces that will run for the town’s August chamber.

Somebody told me that Councilor Patricia Grace Kenny “Trisha” de Guzman, the niece of mayoralty challenger Marilyn de Guzman Lambino, will no longer seek election because she will tie the knot with her groom.

I heard from one of the luminaries there that their townmate former Philippine National Police’s Chief and former National Irrigation Administration Administrator Arturo “Art” Lomibao is being considered by the power players in Manila to run versus re-elective Fourth District Congressman Christopher de Venecia in the next year’s poll.

Lomibao was whisked on these top posts when House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo was president of this country.

Renowned radio commentators Ruel Camba, Ed Abubo, and Atong Remogat, and newspaper publisher Ronel de Vera told me too about this persisting rumor between Lomibao and De Venecia when I bumped into them “quaffing” brewed coffee with their favorite mayor in a coffee house in the city.

Lomibao was a classmate at the Philippine Military Academy of Congressman Espino – the father of the three cities and forty four towns’ Pangasinan Governor Pogi.

“Speaker Arroyo has an axe to grind against the De Venecias on the hundreds of millions U.S Dollar’s China ZTE –kick back’s spat that cost the Speakership of Joe de Venecia and to Congressman Toff who did not vote for Gloria when she coup d’état Speaker Alvarez before the start of the SONA (State of the Nation Address 2018) of President Rodrigo Duterte,” one of them said.

“General Lomibao should brace for an expensive election in case he would tangle with Joe, Manay Gina, or Toff de Venecia in the Fourth District. They would fight tooth and nail, hammer and tong with tens if not hundreds of millions of pesos in the one city and four towns’ district they considered as their citadel even against the Espinos,” I told the group.

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September 17, 2018 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Pagpupugay sa mga pulis ng Pangasinan sa likod ng kalamidad

Tapos na ang pananalasa ng Bagyong Ompong. Ito ay isang napakalakas na bagyo na umabot pa sa signal no. 4 sa Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao at Abra. Ibig sabihin nito, umabot sa 205 kilometro bawat oras at may bugsong 255 kilometro bawat oras. Ang mga karatig na lalawigan sa mga unang nabanggit ay may signal no. 3, 2 at 1. Ang lalawigan ng Pangasinan ay nasa ilalim ng signal no. 2.

Matinding pangamba ang idinulot ng bagyo sa mga mamamayan. Hindi pa natatapos ang bahang dulot ng habagat ay nandito na naman ang malakas na bagyo na puminsala sa mga ari-arian at mga pananim. Ang kabutihan lang, sa panahong ito ay handa na ang pamahalaan sa pagbibigay ng tulong sa mga tao.. Noong Styembre 13, pinulong na ni Pangulong Duterte ang National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) na kung saan nagbigay siya ng mga utos sa kanyang gabinete na mamuno sa operasyon ng kakailanganin sa pagtulong ng mamamayan. Pinakilos din ang mga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (PDRRMCs) at mga lokal na MDRRMCs, Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan. Sa madaling salita, naihanda ng pamahalaan ang mga kakailanganin sa pagdating ni Bagyong Ompong. (more…)

September 17, 2018 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

Alaminos to host S and T Caravan

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALAMINOS CITY-In the observance of the 1st  Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW), this city was selected by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to host its S & T Caravan from September 18-21, 2018.

DOST Regional Director Armando Q. Ganal said the city was chosen as host this year not only for its tourist attractions like  the Hundred Islands National Park, but also for its continuing commitment in promoting Science and Technology like its engineered bamboo production and other industries.

It can be recalled that on September 4, DOST-Region 1 and the city government represented by Mayor Arthur F. Celeste have formally entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the celebration, which will showcase technologies, products and services of the said agency. (more…)

September 17, 2018 at 8:19 am Leave a comment

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