Archive for December 18, 2018

Sto. Tomas vice mayoral candidate gunned down

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

STO. TOMAS- Councilor Benjamin “Junjun” Oculto Jr., also a vice mayoral candidate of this town, was shot dead outside a chapel in Poblacion West here on December 16.

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The slain Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan’s vice mayoral candidate Benjie Oculto.

Oculto has just attended the church service at 10:40 in the morning when he was shot by Nestor “Junjun” Vidal, a resident of Barangay Hermoso in Tepo, Bataan.

Police report from the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) in Lingayen  stated that the victim has just came out from the Jesus Christ Chapel, and was crossing the road  towards his car when a gunman jumped out of a parked vehicle and shot him.

Town policemen were able to immediately respond, wounding the suspect in the neck.

The suspect tried to enter the car but his companions sped off, leaving him alone to face the policemen.

Oculto was rushed to the Dr. Marcelino Chan Memorial Hospital in Carmen West, Rosales but was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical doctors.

Recovered from Vidal were M16 rifle with two magazines and a fully loaded magazine for a caliber -.45 pistol.

His running mate Councilor Ely Ramos for the mayoralty in this town survived a gun attack by motorcyle-riding assailants last October 5.

December 18, 2018 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Dagupan, 3rd district have most voters in Pangasinan

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Dagupan City and the Third Congressional District in Pangasinan  have the most numbers of registered voters based on the latest records of the Commission on Election (Comelec) as of November 15 this year.

 Comelec records showed that the 2,956,726 -populated province (National Statistics Office August 1, 2015) has 1,946, 638 voters, with  Dagupan City and  the Third Congressional District (with one city and four towns)  have 119,164 and 406, 035 voters, respectively.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY. A voter in Pangasinan shows the tabo, timba, and palangana (laundry utensils) given by an electoral candidate who wanted to win the 2016 election. With intense rivalries among bets in the huge province, many candidates in the May 13, 2019 polls are expected to ingratiate with  the voters through  up to P2000 for each of them a week before the casting of the ballots.

The district is composed of (from the highest to lowest number of voters) San Carlos City, Malasiqui, Bayambang, Calasiao,  Santa Barbara, and Mapandan. (more…)

December 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Bolinao to start dismantling fishpens in January 2019

BOLINAO– Bangus (milkfish) production is expected to slow down in the first semester of 2019, after this town and neighbor town Anda will start dismantling fish pens used to grow bangus, in January.

Bolinao Mayor Arnold Celeste said 179 units of fish pens in three barangays are up for dismantling and the plan is for the town to be free of fish pens by mid 2019.

The municipal government will not issue permit for fish pen operation starting January 1.

Anda also plans to start removing the pens in its territorial waters in January.

But the decreased production will only be temporary as the cages would take the place on the pens, Celeste said.

The two towns decided to let go of the pens after a massive fish kill that resulted in huge economic losses last May, and to allow only cages in their designated aquaculture areas.

The fish industry lost around P110 million worth of fish to the fish kill that continued for days.

Because of the calamity, , the two towns declared a temporary suspension of fish stocking of all aquaculture structures, but allowed the structures with stocks to continue operating.

But the fish pens were allowed to continue only after they would have harvested their stocks.

Florante Garcia, municipal fishery technical,  said it would take around six months to dismantle the fish pens.

While it takes only a week to construct the pens, it would take about a month to remove them, as it is difficult to pole the bamboos which are driven deep into the seabed, he said.

Celeste said it was the fish pens that cause fish kills that occur almost on regular basis, because they are permanent structures and “rooted” into the seabed so water cannot freely flow under them.

“Uneaten feeds accumulate under the pens and rot there, causing pollution that in turn cause fish kill.

Cages on the other hand, have spaces under their bottom and can be moved around,” he said.

The three coastal barangays of Bolinao that would be freed of fish pens are Culang, Luciente II and Luna, where there are 179 units of the structures.

These would be replaced with fish cages by the operators after the LGU, with technical support from the BFAR, would have made a plan to transform the area into a mariculture zone, Celeste said.

He said there was no problem in areas where fish cages are now located because the cages are now regulated.

The number of fish structures has gone down from more than 1,000 in the past years to only 461. Of the total, 282 are cages and 179 are pens.


December 18, 2018 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Napakatagal, nakakainis na!

HABOL PANAY. Share ko lang po ang mensahe ni senadora Loren Legarda sa textile industry ng Panay islands.

Inauguration of “Habol Panay: The Woven Artistry of Western Visayas” Textile Gallery
15 December 2018 |National Museum Western Visayas Regional Museum
Today, I am filled with pride in welcoming you to our own textile gallery in the Panay Island, the “Habol Panay: The Woven Artistry of Western Visayas” permanent textile gallery.


 It has been my lifelong passion to explore the indigenous artistry of Filipinos told through traditional textiles. We have so much to show the world and I have proven this with the numerous visits I had to various weaving communities around the country. I even go to the remotest barangays if only to see the most skilled weaver of a town or province. No weaver has ever failed to amaze me yet. Their diligence, creativity and passion are truly remarkable. (more…)

December 18, 2018 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

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