Archive for October 29, 2018

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.

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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.

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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

CORTEZ: Nine murders in Sagay

Sen. Grace Poe today expressed hopes that the much-awaited entry of a new major telco player will mean more choices for Filipinos and will truly bring down rates and improve services.

“Nais nating magtagumpay ang bidding na ito… para maramdaman ng ating mga kababayan [ang mas magandang serbisyo],” said Poe, who presided over an explanatory hearing on Monday, October 22, on the government’s search for a third telecommunications service provider.


Poe, who chairs the Senate public services committee, said the entry of a third telco player–or even more telco providers in the future–will introduce fresh “competition” in the telco market.

“Ang pagpasok ng third telco ay isang paraan para masigurado ang kompetisyon at mas bumaba ang ating babayaran para sa serbisyo. Puwede tayong makapamili…kung ano ang mas mura at de-kalidad, ‘yun ang ating pakay dito,” said the senator.

The government is set to announce a “provisional” third telco on November 7 barring any decision from the courts, according to Department of Information and Communications Technology Acting Sec. Eliseo Rio Jr.. The Cabinet official was referring to any possible legal hurdles they may face in the light of a recent case filed by a prospective bidder against the National Telecommunications Commission, the state telco regulator, regarding the terms of reference that imposed securities and bonds on the bidders.

“Hindi naman nila puwedeng basta-bastang pigilin ang proseso ng pagkakaroon ng third telco dahil lamang hindi sila nasiyahan do’n sa mga probisyon [ng terms of reference]. Tayo din ay nakikiusap doon sa mga [nag-file] na ‘wag ninyong pabagalin pa ang proseso. Naiintindihan ko na dapat maging patas, okay naman na idaan ninyo ang inyong mga reklamo sa Korte pero ‘wag naman para ipapigil dahil lahat naman tayo, ang gusto naman natin ay gumanda ang serbisyo ng ating mga cellphones, ng ating internet, at ‘wag na tayong masyadong magbayad ng napakamahal,” Poe asserted.

Poe said third telco participants must have a legislative franchise to operate.

China Telecommunications Corp., Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T), NOW Telecom Inc., Telenor Asa Group, Udenna Corp. (Converge ICT), LCS Group of Companies and TierOne Communications, Mobitel Holding GmBH and an undisclosed bidder were interested in the Philippines’ third telco bid, officials told senators.

The DICT chief said three of eight bidders are foreign firms, with one of them even bigger than Smart and Globe combined.

Poe, however, said national security concerns need to be seriously considered in the selection of the third telco amid spying fears on the government and Filipino citizens.

“Ang seguridad ng ating bansa ay pangunahin din na inyong titingnan. Hindi basta-basta na may namuhunang dayuhan ay mawawalan na tayo ng awtoridad na inspeksyunin na sila ay hindi nagba-violate sa ating mga batas,” said Poe.

Poe said the third telco must also hurdle security evaluations and should not pose as a national security threat.

“Kaya nga sinuspend ko ang hearing na ito dahil ‘pag na-award na nila ito ng November 7, ang pipiliin nilang kumpanya ay dapat malinaw na malinaw na makapasa doon sa security evaluation natin. Kaya nga ang isa sa miyembro ng oversight committee ay si [Defense] Sec. [Delfin] Lorenzana, dahil dapat masigurado na kung sinumang bansa ang mananalo din diyan sa bidding na ‘yan ay mayroong kasunduan talaga sa atin na ‘pag nahuli natin sila na bina-violate ang ating national security policies ay maaaring bawiin sa kanila itong magiging permit na magkaroon sila ng prangkisa dito sa atin,” Poe added.

Senator Loren Legarda filed CoC for Member of House of Representatives to represent the lone district of Antique.

Senator Ciz Escudero filed CoC for Governor of Sorsogon.

For centuries, rice cultivation was manual labour. Farmers had to stand in the water, bent over, to look after the rice plants. Mechanization brings this to an end.

CHINA MODEL. Marami tayong problema sa agrikultura  bigas, asukal, mais, niyog, sibuyas , bauang, isda, karne at iba pa.\

Problema dahil nag-iimport na tayo ng mga produktong dapat sana at tayo ang nagpo-produce.

Paano kung ayaw nang magbenta ng mga dayuhan sa atin?

Paano kung mag-trade embargo sila laban sa atin?

Gutom ang kahihinatnan ng patuloy na pagiging dependent ng Pilipinas nsa importation.

COMMUNIST CHINA started to solve its agricultural problem in 1958. According to Mao Zedong, these measures could be condensed in eight words: tu, fei, shui, zhong, mi, bao, guan, gong (soil improvement, fertilizer application, water conservancy, seed-strain improvement, close planting, plant protection, field management and tool reform).

As a result, the Eight-Point Charter of Agriculture (ba zi xianfa, 八字宪法) was drawn up in 1958.

MURDER IN SAGAY. Ang patayan sa Sagay City ay murder.

Hindi ito issue ng human rights.

Plain, planned as in premeditated murder nag nagyaring masaker sa mga magsasaka sa Sagay City sa Negros Occidental.

People can always shout “Justice for Sagay 9!” and then the issue will fade as time goes by.

Walang mangyayari kung ang uutusan ng sambayanang Pilipino ay ang Commission on Human Rights.

Hanggang imbestigasyon lang sila sa mga abuso ng mga uniformed armed personnel ng gobyerno.

Paano kung totoo nga na walang kinalaman ang uniformed armed personnel ng gobyerno?

NPA DAW OH. “Siyam lang sila at lahat sila na­matay doon,” Bulalacao told report­ers yesterday in a press briefing in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The victims were all new recruits of the National Federation of Sugar Work­ers (NFSW), allegedly a left-leaning group with ties to the New People’s Army (NPA), according to Bulalacao.

They were accompanied by three core members of the NFSW who curiously left them minutes before the attack, Bulalacao said.

“Lumalabas na parang ipinain sila doon. That’s why we came up with our angle that this was per­petrated by the NPA in pursuance of their campaign to discredit the Philippine government. Para isisi sa gobyerno,” Bulalacao added.

Forty ba? Seven? Or Nine? Ang bumira! Sabi ni Western Visayas Police Director Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao: 40 armed men daw ang pumataysa mga magsasaka.

Sabi din ni Bulalacao na five hanggang seven lang ang gunmen ayon sa mga witnesses. Ano ba talaga kuya?

Ito naman ang iba pang nasabi ni Bulalacao:

“Ito daw may-ari na si Ms. Tolentino ay pinarenta ang farm niya pero bago niya pinarenta ay mayroong 40 farmers siya doon at allegedly, ang farmers doon have already in their possession the deed of donation from the land owners. Noong malaman na may deed of donation itong mga biktima pumunta doon sa lugar na instigated by the core members of the Sugarcane Federation ng Negros (Occidental),” explained Supt. Bulalacao.\

Ibig bang sabihin ay yung 40 farmers na nabigyan ng deed of donation ang pumatay sa Sagay nine?

 “Noong October 20, pinuntahan sila ng mga 40 na alleged farmers at kinausap na huwag sila mag-squat doon sa lugar.  But itong mga namatay, they insisted to stay on kaya noong gabi namatay sila,” Bulalacao said.

Hahaha. Kinausap lang ng 40 famers na may hawak ng deed of donation… kaya namatay kinagabihan?

IBA NAMAN VERSION. DAR Undersecretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan added that the site was privately-owned and was never covered by the government’s agrarian reform program because the owner already distributed parcels of land to 25 donees since 1988, even before DAR started issuing notices of coverage.

Ayon kay USec Pangulayan, 25 lang ang nakakuha ng deed of donation. Ilan ba talaga? Forty ba o twenty five?



October 29, 2018 at 4:12 am Leave a comment

Dagupan barangay officials undergo crime prevention seminar


DAGUPAN CITY – In an effort to maintain peace and order through collaborative efforts, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in cooperation with the city government and Philippine National Police (PNP) – Regional Office I, conducted a crime prevention training seminar for the city’s barangay officials at the city museum on October 22.

Attended by barangay captains, chief tanods, chairmen on peace and order and representatives of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), the “Barangay at Pulisya Laban sa Krimen” (BPLK) program aims to strengthen shared efforts and responsibility between the local government, security agencies and the people in establishing peace and order in their communities.

The program dealt with several topics including the overview and concepts of criminality, the relationship between crime prevention and community safety, and the roles of the police and the community in crime prevention.

The concept and benefits of neighborhood watch as a nationwide crime prevention initiative in communities were also introduced to the participants, as this would empower communities in taking an active role in the development of peace and order.

All these were discussed by PSI Jordan Tomas of PNP – ROI and Ilocos Sur Cluster Leader Rogelio Quitola of DILG in order to introduce to the participants the concept of re-echoing the role of the police and the community in crime prevention.

The attendees also formulated their respective action plans as part of their implementation of the BPLK program. The action plan included activities that will be implemented under the peace and order plans in their respective barangays.

Dagupan City served as the pilot area in the entire region for the launching of the BPLK program, Pangasinan Cluster II Leader Roger Daquioag of DILG said in his message.

“You were selected by the regional office because you are very skilled and committed in your responsibilities as barangay officials.” added Daquioag.

DILG City Director Melinda Buada added that the city’s active stand on anti-criminality and peace and order were also factors why the city was selected as a pilot area over other localities in the region.

Buada also disclosed the importance of empowering barangay officials in maintaining the peace and order in their respective barangays.

“We need to enhance (and empower) our barangay officials because they serve as front liners in their areas. Sila agad yung mga pinupuntahan ng mga tao kung may mga problema sa barangay. They are very essential in keeping peace and order in their areas,” added Buada. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)


October 29, 2018 at 4:01 am Leave a comment

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