Archive for October 20, 2018

ORTIGOZA: Actions, Counter Actions in Provincial Politics

The defection and repositioning of the supporters of the two camps of the gubernatorial wannabes in Pangasinan exhilarated the spectators as the last day of the filing of the certificate of candidacy (CoC) will end on October 17.


The defection of Board Member Raul Sison, a staunch ally of Governor Amado I. Espino, Jr and his father to the camp of Alaminos City Mayor and governorship candidate Arthur Celeste that surprised many Pangasinenses, triggered the Espinos to allegedly commission retired police general Fidel Posadas, former provincial director in Quezon Province and former PRO – 1 CIDG Chief, to challenge the son of Sison, Urbiztondo Mayor Martin Sison, for the mayoralty of the Second Congressional District’s town. (more…)

October 20, 2018 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Fernandez takes oath as Nationalista Party member


DAGUPAN CITY – City Councilor Alipio Serafin “Alfie” Fernandez has taken his oath as member of Nationalista Party (NP) officiated by Vice Mayor Marc Brian Lim, NP city chairman.


 The oathtaking, held at Lim’s office on October 11 , was witnessed by Councilor Red Erfe-Mejia, also a stalwart of the party in the city.

 Fernandez’ joining NP signals the party’s revitalization in the city, and is most welcome development among officials and residents who wanted a dynamic but caring leadership. (more…)

October 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

Sto. Tomas town has 2 slates


By Yolanda Sotelo

STO. TOMAS – This agricultural town known for having one slate for local electoral candidates, an “opposition ticket” field its candidacy on October 11.
In the past elections, the town has only one slate for local seats, so even before the elections is over, the “winners” are already known.
The town was also known to give zero votes to national candidates that town leaders did not fancy, and got the national attention when the residents unanimously voted then Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for president in 2004 national elections, giving zero vote to her rival, the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr.
But the political field seems to be changing in the town.
Councilor Ely Arciaga Ramos, 64, filed for mayoralty seat on October 11, while another councilor,  Benjamin Oculto, will be his running mate.

They would be challenging two-term Mayor Timoteo Villar III and Vice Mayor Wilfredo Pescador, respectively.

Ramos and Oculto ran under the Villar’s slate in their last two terms.

Villar, a nephew of former Dangerous Drugs Board Secretary Antonio Villar, Pescador and their slate have not filed their candidacies yet.

Antonio Villar, who ruled the town as mayor in the past, used to have a control of the town’s politics, convincing candidates to support his “anointed” candidates.

It was not immediately known why he was not able to convince the break away candidates, not to run against his nephew.

He said Ramos and his party were accompanied by policemen when they filed their COCs, and that the police force was “augmented” by Rosales police during the filing.

“They reportedly came from a safehouse in Binalonan,” he said.

Ramos survived a gun attack last October 4 infront of his family house In Poblacion East.


October 20, 2018 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

Sinag hits DA’s crop insurance program


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 ROSALES – The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) assailed the Philippines Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) for giving very little benefits to farmers devastated by the series of typhoons and floods that recently devastated Northern Luzon.

Sinag Chairman Rosendo So disputed Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol’s statement when he visited Pangasinan last July 27 that more farmers have been beneficiaries of the PCIC under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte than his predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino III.

So said the Duterte Administration was lethargic compared to the financial aid the Aquino Administration gave to the afflicted farmers in Northern Luzon.

“Ang sabi ni Secretary noon sa Pangasinan may Crop Insurance. Bakit ngayon e pagtanungin mo doon sa mga magsasaka, hindi sila na insured. Nuong i-check natin sa mga Municipal Agriculturist Officers, mga 10-15 percent lang na kayang ma insure, ” So said. (more…)

October 20, 2018 at 11:52 am Leave a comment



 Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste poses with her wife Chloe and son Provincial Board Member Arth Brian, after he filed his certificate of candidacy with the Commission on Elections on October 11. YOLANDA SOTELO

October 20, 2018 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

BM Sison teary-eyed after filing COC


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- Pangasinan Second District Board Member Raul P. Sison was emotional when he told reporters that it was difficult for him to severe ties with the Espinos “whom I served for many years.”

A teary-eyed Sison was interviewed by reporters after he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) as a congressional aspirant of the second District of Pangasinan at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Provincial Office, Dagupan City on October 11.

He is now with the camp of gubernatorial aspirant Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste.

“I have long prepared and dreamed to be a congressman of my district. Congressman Ama, (referring to 5th District Rep. Amado T. Espino Jr.) knew about this for so long a time. When Governor Pogi (Espino) ran for governor in 2016, I already told him about this dream and he even addressed me as Congressman,” he said. (more…)

October 20, 2018 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Two teachers in Villasis are not ‘brute’ after all

I am writing this to be fair as what journalist like me is called for. I have to make the record straight of some news lapses I have written in the past, although in my honest opinion, those were the information I got during that time. I have not concocted the incident, much less sided with the complainant. However, unwittingly the suspects at that time had harbored ill-feelings toward me, as according to them I did not get their side of the said incident.

I have now to give them equaI

vir opportunities to clear themselves of participation in such incident, which through the years had gone through the legal process in Court.

In one of the August 2010 issues of Northern Watch, I wrote in this column an article entitled “Teachers’ brutality”. In that article, one Mark Philip B. Surmilla figured in a physical harm incident where his left leg was fractured in the evening of July 24, 2010. He was 21 years old at that time. Through his complaint and blotter report from the Villasis Police Station, he identified his attackers at Mighty 7 Sari-Sari Store in Bacag village, Villasis as Isidro Tanael, an elementary teacher of Bacag Central School, and Albert Micua, also an elementary teacher of Bacag East Elementary School.

According to Surmilla, the two teachers inflicted physical harm on him, with Tanael hitting him several times with a night stick or “batuta” and hurling a stone at his back. While scampering for safety, Tanael and Micua followed him. Micua, he said, hit his leg several times with a night stick causing his left leg to be fractured and had to undergo operation at the Don Amadeo Perez Sr. memorial Hospital in Urdaneta City. (more…)

October 20, 2018 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

PANGASINAN’S ALTERNATIVE LEADER :Mayor Art Celeste offers self as governor

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste said he decided to run as governor of Pangasinan to give the people an “alternative leader.”

Celeste filed his Certificate of Candidacy at the Provincial Electoral Office on October 11 for the May 13, 2019 local elections.

He told reporters that he was undaunted by the claims of political pundits that the Espinos have won over all their political opponents in election for the gubernatorial post in Pangasinan.

Espino won over Jamie Eloise Agbayani in 2007, former Governor Victor Agbayani in 2010, former Alaminos City Mayor Hernani A. Braganza in 2013, and former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco in 2016. (more…)

October 20, 2018 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Money less VM anxious as filing of CoC approaches

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Vice mayors in Pangasinan these days are anxious as the filing of the certificate of candidacy (CoC) nears, because they are financially handicapped to cater to solicitors who will exploit their candidacy, a vice mayor of a Central Pangasinan town lamented.

“The filing will be on October 11-12 to 15-17 this month and election will be on May 13, 2019. Can you imagine the waves of indigents, public employees like teachers, folks in the barangays who need monies for their medical problems, Christmas programs, fiestas and basketball uniforms,” he told this paper.

The number two chief executive of a first class burgeoning town said he and his fellow vice mayors would have no money problem if illegal game jueteng still existed. (more…)

October 20, 2018 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Pangasinense Mocha quits…Pangasinense Rolly enters Duterte administration

Inako ni Mayor Rody Dutnerte ang responsibilidad sa pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin dahil sa kanya naka-atas ang pagsagot sa ganuungmga bagay.

I am trying to explain to everybody, and you would notice that every time there is an increase in oil [prices], everything increases. That’s what inflation is all about,” sabi ni Mayor Rody.


“Wala man akong masabi but I assume responsibility for the rising prices. I am the worker assigned here to answer for all of these things. Wala man rin akong magawa na every time there’s a rise in oil [prices], everything also rises,” pagtutuloy ni Mayor Rody.


BINARIL. Binaril si Santo Tomas number one councilor Ely Ramos sa tapat ng bahay niya. Hindi napuruhan. Buhay pa.

Tatakbo daw po si kagawad Ely Ramos na mayor ng Santo Tomas, Pangasinan sa 2019 elections.

Ang vice mayor niya ay si kagawad Benjamin Oculto Jr. kasama ang anim na kakandidato naman bilang kagawad.

Ang grupong ito ay alyado sa grupo ni Binalonan Mayor Monmon Guico na haharap sa mga botante bilang kandidato para maging Representative ng 5th Congressional District ng Pangasian.

Ang grupong ito ay alyado sa grupo ni Alaminos City mayor Art Celeste na haharap sa mga botante bilang kandidato para maging gobernador ng Pangasinan.

Sa nakita sa CCTV…dumating si Ramos na sakay sa motorsiklo at pumasok sa daan papunta sa bahay nila.

Mula sa opposite na direksyon may isang riding in tandem ang huminto sa tapat na papasok sa bahay ni Ramos.

Bumaba ang back rider at naglakad papunta sa pinasukan ni Ramos.

Galing sa simbahan si Ramos at umuwi para kunin ang naiwan niyang cellular phone.

Nang binubuksan niya ang gate at nakarinig siya nag putok kaya dali dali siya pumasok sa bahay.

Nakita sa CCTV na yun bumaba na back rider ay sumakay na muli sa motorsiklo at bumuwelta sa direksyon na kanilang pinanggalingan.


NFA. BUMILI. NAGBENTA. LUGI. Share ko lang po itong transcript of interview with Sen. Cynthia Villar matapos mag-break sa budget hearing para sa Department of Agriculture sa usapin ng bigas.

Q: Lumusot na po ba ang budget ng DA?

Villar: No, no. We are going back to NFA next week. Wala iyong NFA administrator, hindi satisfied ang minority so they requested that we do another one next week.

Q: Nagagalit kayo kasi nililito kayo sa figures na binibigay?

Villar: Kasi minsan sasabihin nila bags. We are talking of metric tons, that’s our measurement. And then kapag sinasabi mong lokal, biglang nagiging imported. Magkaiba sila eh. So hindi tayo nagkakatapos. Kasi tinatanong ko magkano losses nila when they buy local and magkano losses nila when they buy imported.

Q: Hindi clear sa inyo ang figures na binibigay nila?

Villar: More or less ngayon. Pero hindi satisfied ang minority, iyong process nila ng pag-import parang may problema.

Q: On NFA budget

Villar: Tinatanong ko sila, huwag nilang iko-confuse iyong utang nila, iyong mga gastos sa ganoon kasi that is not related to the present budget. They have a subsidy of P7 billion a year, saan pumupunta iyon? Kasi hindi naman nila pinamimigay ang bigas, pinagbibili din. So it’s trading of rice. So ang sabi nila they lose P9 sa binibili nilang local rice and they lose P3 sa kanilang imported rice. Ilan ba ang nabenta nilang rice na binili nila sa local at ilan ang nabenta nilang rice na binili nila sa imported. More or less, ang losses nila doon mga P3 billion off hand. And then iyong P5 Billion iyong kanilang overhead to operate NFA iyong kanilang personnel at iyong kanilang admin.

Q: Intentional na gawing confusing ang figure?

Villar: Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Medyo hirap lang akong magtanong kasi hindi sila sanay na tinatanong sa finances nila.

Q: Paano kung hindi pa makaka-attend iyong bagong administrator next time?

Villar: I don’t think he will be able to attend, iyong Bautista. Parang OIC lang ngayon eh. Gusto lang magtanong ng minority pabayaan na lang natin baka sabihin nila hindi natin sila binibigyan ng chance. Pero what can the OIC say and what can the new one say, eh bago din iyon. Ang importante we are changing the mandate of the NFA with the rice tariffication. Iyong authority to import wala na sa kanila. It will be privately done. Liberalized na eh, they just have to pay tariff. Ang maiiwan sa kanila iyong buffer stocking sa local. So wala nang confusion kasi isa na lang ang mandate nila–to buy rice from the farmers and sell it to the consumers.

Q: At a higher price ang buying nila hindi na P17 lang?

Villar: Hindi, P17.

Q: Bakit siya nagiging P34 kung P17 lang binili?

Villar: Iyon ang computation nila. Kapag kinonvert daw to rice iyong palay na P17, P34 na. Namamahalan nga ako eh.

Q: Saan daw napupunta ang P17?

Villar: Iyon daw ang transportation cost, milling cost. Marami silang sinabi but I find it expensive.

Q: Nasagot po ba ang tanong ninyo na wala namang shortage pero bakit mataas ang presyo?

Villar: Eh di nag-fail sila sa kanilang mandate. They are supposed to control prices by buffer-stocking . hindi sila nag-buffer stocking, pinabayaan nila na mapunta lahat sa private trader lahat ng rice, ganoon na nga ang nangyari.

Q: Maa-approve pa rin ba ang budget nila for 2019?

Villar: Oo kasi alam mo naman kahit ipasa namin ang law sa November, it will take time para ma-implement. So I guess this will be the last year.

Q: Okay na po ang DA budget sa committee level except for NFA?

Villar: Oo, NFA lang.

Q: Do you support the filing of charges against NFA officials?

Villar: Kami mas gusto na namin iyon kasi sila ang gusto pa nila pumunta pa sa Blue Ribbon. Parang ayaw na rin ni Senator Gordon eh, marami daw siyang Blue Ribbon hearing. And then pag-uusapan na naman ang smuggling, cartel and all of that. We have been talking about that for so long. Parang ang gusto namin mag-file na lang ng charges.

Q: Against Jason Aquino?

Villar: Yes.

Q: May naging rebuttal ba ang NFA sa sinabi ninyong napunta sa traders ang pagko-control ng price?

Villar: Syempre meron silang sasabihing reason pero ang problem is, paniniwalaan ba natin iyong reason.


PANGASINENSE MOCHA. “Nakakalit man, pero ganiyan ang sistema. Bulok man ito ngunit kailangan sundin. Dahil diyan, ako na po ang magsasakripisyo para maipasa na ang budget ng PCOO. Ako po ay nagdesisyon na mag-resign na po,” sabi ni Mocha.

“Para sa mga bumabatikos sa akin, huwag kayong magkakamaling isipin na nagtagumpay kayo,” sabi ni Mocha.

Hindi ako nagbitiw sa posisyon dahil takot ako sa inyo. Gusto ko lang na kapag magkaharap tayo, patas ang laban… Balang araw ay magkakaharap din po tayo. Hindi tulad niyo na nagtatago sa inyong posisyon, handa akong lumaban bilang isang ordinaryong Pilipino,” sabi ni Mocha.

PANGASINENSE ROLLY. Noong una ay sa NFA ang offer ni mayor Rody kay General Rolando  “Rolly” Bautista.

“Mabait ‘yan si Rolly. In the meantime na ‘di kita malagay sa Central Bank, puwede ka muna sa NFA siguro, to rationalize the idiotic [structure]… para maplano, make it structural,” sabi ni mayor Rody Duterte.

“I can place you in the NFA to rationalize the idiotic…to come up with plans, make it structural,” sabi ni mayor Rody.

“Alam ko ayaw naman niya magbenta ng bigas, hindi naman siya tindero. In the meantime, you have to help the country to rationalize it,’ sabi ni mayor Rody.

Pero ang latest at Social Welfare and Development Secretary naman.

“Announce ko naman, the next DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) secretary…si, si Rolly pala, Rolly Bautista (I am announcing that Rolly Bautista is the next DSWD secretary),” sabi ni mayor Rody Duterte.


October 20, 2018 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

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