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Guico launches ‘Grab Trike’ in Binalonan

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BINALONAN- As part of the “Binalonan Ang Galing,” Mayor Ramon “Mon-mon” Guico III, also a 5th District congressional aspirant, launched the “Grab Trike” Project on October 26 with a two and half hours motorcade within the town’s villages.

Image may contain: Nicholi Jan Louie Sison and Ramon Mon-mon Guico III, people smiling, people sitting, tree and outdoor

INSIDE THE “TUKTUK” VEHICLE BinalonanMayor and 5th District
congressional aspirant Ramon “Mon-mon” Guico III and Villasis
Councilor and 5th District Board Member aspirant Louie Sison
pose for a photo inside the “Tuktuk” vehicle during the Grab Trike
Launching in Binalonan town on October 26. VIRGIL MAGANES

The launching was participated in by Grab- accredited tricycle operators and drivers, notably 40 units of “Tuktuk” vehicles.

Guico said the Grab Trike is a project that aimed to address the exorbitant fare rates, choosy and arrogant tricycle drivers, and other complaints reaching his office. (more…)

October 31, 2018 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Pagdiriwang ng ‘Undas’

Habang sinusulat ang tudling na ito ay tapos na ang pagdiriwang ng “Undas” o Araw ng mga Patay noong Nobyembre 1 at 2. Kung saan galing ang salitang “Undas” ay hindi pa nasaliksik bagamat may nagsasabing galing ito sa dalawang salitang Espanyol na “andar” o maglakad at “honrar” o pagpupugay.

May kasabihan na ang pag-alaala sa mga patay ay ang paninilbihan sa mga buhay. Sa araw ng Undas, maraming tao ang pumupunta sa sementeryo upang magbigay pugay sa kanilang minamahal sa buhay na yumao na sa sanlibutan. Naglalagay sila ng sinindihang kandila at mga bulaklak sa ibabaw ng mga puntod. Ang ganitong kaugalian ay namana na sa mga sinaunang kultura na kaakibat ng relihiyon.

Iba na rin ang mga kaugalian sa modernong panahon. Pakaunti na ang nagpapaintura sa mga puntod. Napalitan na ito ng mga “washed out peebles” at marmol. Mayroon pang bakod at silong ang mga puntod. Hindi na rin masyadong inaalintana ang pagdiriwang nito. Ang mga kabataan ay pagalagala dala ng kanilang mga cellphones para mag-selfie at mag-groupie sa kanilang mga kaibigan at kamag-anak. Nawawala na ang diwa ng pagdiriwang ng Undas. (more…)

October 31, 2018 at 7:41 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: War on drugs, doomed?

It seems that the Duterte’s war on drugs is already doomed with the discovery that P11 billion of shabu ( formerly valued at P6.8 billion) has slipped into the country unnoticed by the Bureau of Customs (BoC), which is under the watch of Chairman Isidro Lapeña. At first, it was the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) headed by Aaron Aquino that revealed that the bulk of shabu was hidden in the magnetic lifters as it entered the BoC port in Cavite. This was belied by Lapeña and even President Duterte.


Now that bulk of shabu was missing and believed to have been circulating in the entire country.

However, there were turn of events. During the hearing at the House of Representatives by the Committees on Dangerous Drugs and Good Government, former BOC X-ray chief Lourdes Mangaoang criticized Lapeña for not doing his job at the BoC. She said that the X-ray staff did not follow the protocol or standard operating procedures, otherwise the bulk of shabu could have been detected and confiscated. She called for the ouster of Lapeña. (more…)

October 31, 2018 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Jolo Revilla visits Sison, Rosales, Sto. Tomas towns

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

STO. TOMAS- Actor and Cavite Vice Governor Ramon “Jolo” Revilla III was warmly welcomed by the municipal officials of Sison, Rosales and Sto. Tomas towns during his visit last October 25.

In Sison he was welcomed by Mayor Danilo C. Uy, in Rosales by Mayor Susan P. Casareno and in Sto. Tomas by Mayor Timoteo “Dick” Villar.

Speaking in behalf of his father former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., the young Revilla said that his visit will just inform the people that his father will be running as senator in May 13, 2019 mid-term elections under the Lakas-CMD. (more…)

October 31, 2018 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Fernandez versus de Venecia for Congress

The filing of the certificates of candidacy (COC) of the four challengers of House Representative Christopher “Toff” de Venecia for the next year’s election in the Pangasinan’s 4th Congressional District drew mix reactions from the public.


After former Dagupan City Mayor Alvin Fernandez, a lawyer, Teodoro Wilhelm “Winky” Manaois, a descendant of a political family, Dagupan City Councilor Redford Mejia, and De Venecia’s relative Larry Gryson de Venecia filed their COCs, the congressman’s cousin Solo de Venecia had his guns a blazing by mercilessly riddling the wannabees on Facebook.

 “Wonky, Red, and Alvin. No sabong iyan, sahod lang. Nuisances lang, sahod lang kung tag ulan”

 “Pustahan tayo Mortz, aatras iyang tatlong iyan”

 “Puro Dog Dog (Asu-aso in the vernacular – MCO) Lang mga iyan”


 Philippines’ “Ivy Leagues” educated Mark Ronald de Guzman Lambino replaced retired police colonel Pat Orduña who withdrew his candidacy Tuesday for the vice governorship of Pangasinan at the provincial office of the Commission on Election. (more…)

October 31, 2018 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

NP’S VICE GUV’NOR BET: Mark substitutes for Pat

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY –Political newbie Mark Lambino  substituted  for retired police colonel Paterno “Pat” Orduña as the vice governorship tandem of gubernatorial candidate Art Celeste.

Orduna withdrew his candidacy on October 23 for health reasons, as his doctor advised him against running because of rigors of campaigning in the entire province. Orduna underwent a heart bypass surgery some years ago.

mark lambino art

THE PARTNERS Alaminos Mayor and gubernatorial aspirant Arthur Celeste and businessman and vice gubernatorial aspirant Mark Lambino pose before the reporters after the latter filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Office on October 24. Lambino substituted retired Colonel Paterno Orduña who withdrew his COC for health reasons. VIRGIL MAGANES

The following day after Orduna withdrew, Lambino filed his candidacy.

Mark Lambino is a son Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon lawyer Raul Lambino. (more…)

October 29, 2018 at 4:46 am Leave a comment

Q and A: Give 4th district a chance to choose   – Alvin Fernandez

This newspaper’s columnist Mortz C. Ortigoza interviewed former Dagupan City’s  Vice Mayor Alvin Fernandez on his congressional candidacy for the 4th District in Pangasinan in the May 13, 2019 election. Fernandez, a son of an illustrious political family in the city, is pitted against re-electionist Representative Christopher de Venecia and three other aspirants. Excerpts:

NORTHERN WATCH (NW):  Why are you running for congress?

ALVIN D. FERNANDEZ (ADF): First of all we are running for the 4th District of Pangasinan and that of Mangaldan, San Fabian, Manaoag, and San Jacinto. The opportunity to choose among the candidates that shall serve the people of the 4th District representing people sa kongreso po. And I believe that whoever wins shall be winning based on a program, project, activities, and issues that shall be for the benefit of the 4th District of Pangasinan.

fernandez vs de ve

CONGRESSIONAL FIGHT . Former Dagupan City Vice Mayor Alvin Fernandez (left) challenges reelectionist Congressman Christopher de Venecia in the one city four towns’ district in Pangasinan. Both are scions of two illustrious political families of the vote rich city.

NW: Would your COC result to a rift between you and the de Venecias?

ADF: This is not in anyway a personality based… it is not a competition actually. It is simply giving the people of the 4th District an opportunity to choose who the candidates they would vote. I do believe if the incumbent congressman is given this opportunity right now to indeed show the people of the 4th District of Pangasinan the way that he should be loved and supported by the people on how he shall be answering on how he should be representing the different programs, plans, and the activities he has on the 4th District of Pangasinan.

NW: Your late father was a close ally of the de Venecias. Did they send feelers, talk, or call you?

ADF: This particular decision was a decision that was made only last night and probably this morning. Iyong sinasabi na merong away, meron pong paghihiwalay. Ito nga po ang big opportunity na binibigay natin sa ating kandidato lalabanan na po sa mga incumbent ngayon na kung saan, it’s time for them to really show the people during election period that they shall be seeking the people votes and loved. And if ever other candidates may have the opportunity to also show their programs, projects, activities, and advocacy that they would want for the 4th District then it shall be to the voters. So the program of the candidate is simply to heighten the level. Itaas po ang antas ng pangangampanya kung saan the purpose only is it show the opportunities to prove. Show the program and activities, proposal, and legislation. E ganito na lang po, it shall not, anyway, iyong traditional politics is going around at kung meron pa pong mga binibigay na pagmamahal o binibigay na ibang bagay it shall not (be) much politics.

NW: Ano ang party ninyo?

ADF: Independent

RADIO COMMENTATOR ORLY NAVARRO: Was that your decision or your family’s decision?

ADF: It’s my decision and actually my decision was not known to my family. Last night pinag-isipan ko po ng matindi kasi nga I did not even know may mga iba na pa lang nag file. Akala ko ako lang.

NW: Sino ang mga nag file?

ADF: Sila Red (Mejia) and Winky (Manaois) (the other one is Larry Gryson de Venecia – NW)

NW:  Ally kayo kay Dagupan City Vice Mayor Brian Lim?

ADF: Such alliance when it comes to particular tayo po ay independent. As the days and weeks unfold, dito po makikita ang political development.

October 29, 2018 at 4:33 am Leave a comment

UL, PNHS receive bomb threats

DAGUPAN CITY – The University of Luzon sent its students out of its campuses in this city and in Pozorrubio town after receiving bomb threat sent to its students.

The text message shared by students who received it through messenger over the internet, said three bombs were hidden in classrooms and offices.

The policemen sent a team from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) which combed the buildings, aided by two sniffing dogs.

But they found no bomb.

In a statement, the UL said whether real or false, it will always consider seriously all threats that might affect the students and the public’s safety.

“Thus, the UL immediately coordinated with the police to investigate promptly and appropriately. All students were immediately requested to move out of the concerned areas as stay in safe place.”

The following day or October 26, Pangasinan National High School in Lingayen also got a bomb threat sent to school principal Elvira Viray through a private message.

Non uniformed personnel Ariel Consuelo of Lingayen Police Station said Viray reported the message at 6 am that day.

The message read: Mam good am. Humanda po kayo sa pagsabog na inihanda namin. Di namin titigilan ang inyong paaralan. Araw-araw mapapasabog ang inyong paaaralan.

There was no name of the sender, Consuelo said.

There are no students at the school because of semestral break. But it was a “card day” which the school officials cancelled.

The police sent a team from the  SWAT and Explosive Ordnance Division which declared the school free of bombs.


October 29, 2018 at 4:28 am Leave a comment


By Vir Maganes

He was born on May 2, 1982 in Dagupan City (Pangasinan Medical Center) and raised in Barangay Buenlag, Mangaldan by his parents, Raul and Marilyn, where they are permanent residents.

VICE GUBERNATORIAL BET businessman Mark Lambino shows his copy of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) after filing at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Office on October 24. Lambino substituted for retired Colonel Paterno Orduña who withdrew his COC for health reasons. VIRGIL MAGANES

                                He studied pre-school and elementary at Mother Goose School in Dagupan City, high school in Philippine Science High School in Diliman, QC, college graduate of Geography in University of the Philippines Diliman, Entrepreneurship course in UP Diliman and post graduate Management course in Asian Institute of Management, and Masters in Public Management in Ateneo de Manila University.

He runs his own businesses like consultancy services, trading, IT companies, and worked as consultant in the Senate and the House of Representatives for several years.

He was Executive Assistant to the Chairman of PAGCOR, until he resigned last month.

October 29, 2018 at 4:23 am Leave a comment

39 reasons to visit BFAR’s fish cemetery

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – There are 39 reasons for marine life lovers to visit the fish cemetery of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources research center in barangay Binloc. 

These are the 39 marine creatures who died either because of some men’s heartlessness or of natural causes, and were buried in an area that has become sort of memorial park for them.


MEMORIES.  A visitor views the graves of different endangered marine species at the fish cemetery of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Dagupan City. (photo courtesy of RAY ZAMBRANO)

No, one need not bring flowers when visiting the cemetery, but one would leave with valuable lessons about these fascinating sea creatures.

This is because each grave has a marker that contains the animals’ common and tongue- twisting scientific names and the dates they were found and buried. 

One grave is exceptional, though-  the very first animal that BFAR was not able to recognize as it was brought to the facility at three in the morning, and buried immediately.

It was merely marked “Moby Dick.”

It came from Malabon, Metro Manila, abandoned in the beach. The BFAR staff in that province looked for a place to dispose the enormous carcass and a decision was reached to just bring it to BFAR center in this city. (more…)

October 29, 2018 at 4:20 am Leave a comment

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