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 Jasmin de Guzman, operations manager of the DESWORDZMAN Metalcraft, checks the items on display at their showroom in Pozorrubio. The sword shop is engaged in the manufacture of replicas of Medieval swords and also replica of swords used in foreign films like Braveheart, Game of Thrones, Excalibur and others.CESAR RAMIREZ

January 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Why many LGUs envy Dagupan, Mangaldan

Many residents of the towns and cities in Pangasinan are green with envy after Dagupan City and the first class town of Mangaldan purchased  multi – million pesos shuttle buses to serve their constituents.

Salamabit, they are the only local government units in Pangasinan probably aside from the provincial government that have buses to show case to all and sundry.


These people in the cities of San Carlos and Urdaneta and the towns of Calasiao and Villasis have similar grumbling appreciations about the brand new air conditioned 51 – seater bus and the shuttle bus bought recently by the Bangus City and its neighboring town Mangaldan. The brand new bus and the three motorcycles in Dagupan cost, according to Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, the local government coffer eight million pesos while the brand new coaster in Mangaldan worth P3.652 million to support the tourism programs of Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno.

“Ang ating 2017 SGLG or Seal of Good Local Governance cash prize na two million pesos ay dinagdagan po ng local na pamahalaan ng P1.652 million pesos mula sa Capital Outlay para makabili ng coaster na suporta sa ating mga programang pang turismo,” cited by Mayor Parayno in the recent State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) held at the public plaza. (more…)

January 29, 2019 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Chua, Lopez Jr. report back to office

DAGUPAN CITY – The suspended mayor and vice mayor of Asingan in eastern Pangasinan are officially back in office last January 21 after serving a one-year suspension meted by the Office of the Ombudsman for printing their names and photos on the town’s ambulance.

Mayor Heidee Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr. were declared by the town’s interior and local government officer Marivic Guerrero that they could already hold office by “law,” although there was no official order that they could already assume their responsibilities.

Chua said Acting Mayor Joshua Viray, the town’s first councilor, did not question the decision of Chua and Lopez to already hold office.

The two served the one-year suspension dated October 13 issued by then Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, for “simple misconduct and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Officials and Employees.” (more…)

January 29, 2019 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

No bet yet in Dagupan’s mayoral race – Abono Chair

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – The powerful chairman of the Abono Party List (APL) has as of press time no fair-haired candidate in the mayoral race in Dagupan City.

“Wala pa!” Engineer Rosendo So told this writer if he has already decided support to either Mayor Belen T. Fernandez or his challenger Vice Mayor Brian Lim for the mayorship of the coastal city in the May 13, 2019 election.

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FAIREST OF ‘EM ALL. (Clockwise top photo) Powerful Abono Party List’s chair and Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura, Inc. (SINAG) head Rosendo So, Dagupan City’s mayoral bet and present Vice Mayor Brian Lim, and reelective Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.

So, Fernandez, and Lim are Filipino Chinese or with Chinese ancestry who played a major role in the politics and business of the huge province of Pangasinan and the independent component city of Dagupan – the richest city in Region 1.

The Abono chairman, dubbed as electoral kingmaker in Pangasinan, said he and party mates will call the leaders in Dagupan City about their unequivocal support to the farmers’ party list.

 “Kung sino ang susuporta sa amin,” So quipped.

The chairman, who is the head of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura, Inc. (SINAG), said that APL first, second, and third nominees are Congressmen Conrad Estrella and Vini Nola  A. Ortega, and Pangasinan outgoing Board Member Clemente “Nino” Arboleda, Jr.

When asked if the party can get three nominees to be part of the 238 district representatives and 59 congressmen from the party list groups of the 18th Congress in June 30, 2019, he hoped that it can get the third nominee to represent the party in the August Chamber.

Abono and Inang Mahal Party List are being watched with bated breath by some political observers in Dagupan City on how they will ingratiate with the 119, 164 voters (Comelec Data November 2018)  in the city which has  31 villages. The Bangus City is the most vote rich local government unit in the 44 towns and four cities of Pangasinan.

Inang Mahal’s first nominee is former Fourth District Congresswoman Gina de Venecia. Her son Christopher is the incumbent representative of the  district.

The district has 310,711 voters according to the provincial election office in Dagupan City.

  Some pundits opined that So’s Abono, Mayor Fernandez, Vice Mayor Lim, and Inang Mahal are worth watching for.

They said that the cooperation between one of the party list with one of the mayorship bets will trigger the other party to collaborate with the other mayoral candidate.

APL is supporting the congressional run of Dagupan City former vice mayor Alvin Fernandez to represent the central Pangasinan’s district in the national lawmaking body in Manila.


January 28, 2019 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Local government tougher to run than corporation – Quiambao

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BAYAMBANG – Business magnate and this town mayor claimed that it was tougher to run a local government unit (LGU) than a corporation because of the long process in purchasing whatever are needed to run the LGU.

“In the corporate world, if you need 10 computers, tomorrow they are there. In LGU, there is Philgephs (Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System ) for bidding minimum 21 days,”  Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao told this reporter.

The family of Quiambao controls the majority shares of corporate giant Stradcom,  a hospital in the US, and other businesses like a mall.

The mayor said it was difficult to deal with the members of the Sangguniang Bayan compared to the directors of the corporate board because if a mayor is not allied with the majority of the ten councilors he would have a hard time or helpless getting his programs implemented.

“Mas complicated iyong Sangguniang Bayan lalung lalo na pag hindi mo kasama ang mga councilors. Sa (corporation) board majority shareholders ka you appoint the board,” he said, chuckling.

        A part of Section 24 of the Corporation Code of the Philippines (Batas Pambansa Blg. 68) says: “…and said stockholder may vote such number of shares for as many persons as there are directors to be elected or he may cumulate said shares and give one candidate as many votes as the number of directors to be elected multiplied by the number of his shares shall equal, or he may distribute them on the same principle among as many candidates as he shall see fit …”.

The Local Government Code of 1991 provides its frustrating program making power to a former corporate man like Quiambao “Section 48 Local legislative power shall be exercised by… the sangguniang bayan for the municipality…”

During the term of Mayor Quiambao this central Pangasinan town is thriving, thanks to the majority members of the lawmaking body’s Sanggunian who are his allies. The mayor is seeking his reelection for his second term for the May 13, 2019 election.

He is pitted with former Mayor Ricardo Camacho.

This 75, 911 voters rich town, based on November 2018 data of the Comelec, is the No. 5 in terms of the most numbers of voters in the 44 towns and 4 cities’ Pangasinan province.


January 28, 2019 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL:  Wanted: Bagong pulitika sa mga pamayanan

Habang papalapit ang halalan sa Mayo 13, lalong umiigting ang mga pangangampanya ng mga kakandidato sa mga lokal na posisyon mula gobernador, representante ng mga Distrito hanggang sa mga sangguniang bayan at panlungsod. Umiigting din ang mga iringan ng mga kakandidato. Dahil sa di nagkasama sa iisang partido, yong mga dating magkakaibigan na mga kandidato ay hindi na nagpapansinan at kung minsan ay nagbabatuhan ng mga masasakit na salita.

 Panahon na rin na ang mga taga-suporta ng bawat kandidato ay tinitingnan ang kanilang trabaho bilang isang paghahanapbuhay. Iyong mga iba ay hindi na umuuwi sa kanilang mga bahay at sumasama sa lahat ng lakad ng kanilang kandidato. Sa mga pamayanan naman, ang mga magkakapitbahay ay nag-iiringan dahil magkalaban ang kanilang mga sinusuportahan. Nawawala ang respetuhan. Nawawala ang pagkakaisa at pananaw sa tunay na diwa ng halalan. (more…)

January 28, 2019 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Lowering the age of criminal liability

The House Representatives has already pushed House Bill 8858 that lowers the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 12 years old. The Bill was met with criticism as well as pessimistic views from various organizations, concerned persons and some politicians opposing the passage thereof.


The Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), a collective of artists, writers, filmmakers and cultural workers, said the proposal to lower the age of criminal responsibility is “barbaric” and “disrespectful to human dignity” and an assault on the rights of children and a reflection of the continuous attacks on human rights on all fronts.”

House Bill 8858 was already approved by the committee on justice. Initially, criminal liability was lowered to 9 years old, before it was later increased to 12.

In approving the Bill, various opinions were heard and discussions on the measures were encouraged until it was concluded that 12 years old is an age of discernment. Discernment, as defined by the Rule on Juveniles in Conflict with the Law, is the “capacity of the child at the time of the commission of the offense to understand the differences between right and wrong and the consequences of the wrongful act.”

Under the proposed Bill, children as young as 12 years old who commit serious crimes with discernment would be mandatorily confined at Bahay Pag-asa — youth care facilities mandated by law to offer rehabilitation and intervention to “children in conflict with the law” (CCL). (more…)

January 28, 2019 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

Calasiao KSK farmer-trainees complete training, harvest crops

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

CALASIAO- After two major setbacks suffered from heavy rains and floods caused by the northeast monsoon and a typhoon, 108 farmer-trainees of Barangay Doyong here harvested their high-value vegetable crops and watermelons, produced after seven months of field trainings conducted by the SM Foundation and Harbest Agriculture Inc.

The farmer-trainees under Batch 172 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Program (KSKP) of SM Foundation began their training in June 2018 and were supposed to finish after 12 weeks or three months. But because of the damage wrought by floods from the monsoon rains in July 2018 and by typhoon Ompong in August 2018, the training was extended up to January, this year.

From an original 120 trainees, those left for the graduation last January 10 were 10 and determined to pursue their newfound knowledge and introduced the technologies in their backyards. They also trained their neighbors on these new farm technologies. (more…)

January 28, 2019 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment


 Participants to the agricultural training in Calasiao show their harvest of watermelons after their six-month training under the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan, which was sponsored by the SM Foundation, Inc

January 28, 2019 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

Bong Revilla: Being jailed is traumatic

MANGALDAN– Former Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. said being jailed was a traumatic experience even for an adult like him, and asked that the proposed law lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old the thoroughly studied before it is passed into a law.

“Nakaranas ako ng kulong kaya alam ko gaano kahirap. Tapos yong mga batang ganiyan, makukulong sila.Iniisip ko pa lang na ikukulong ang bata, mahirap. Isipin mo ilalayo mo sa magulang dahil nagamit ng mga kriminal. Dapat ung gumamit sa kanila ang dapat bitayin,” Revilla told reporters here on Wednesday.

But parents who neglect their children must also be jailed, he said.

Revilla was acquitted of plunder case in his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam. He told reporters that spending four years and six months in jail was a traumatic experience for him and for his family.

“Now that I am out, I want to emphasize that I do not want other people to experience what I did, Imagine, I was a senator but I was bullied. What more of ordinary people who are bullied? I am sure that there are plenty of jailed persons who are not innocent. That is what we should give attention to,” he told reporters in Filipino.

Revilla, who spoke before residents of Mangaldan town, said talking about jails still gives him trauma, and the issue of lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12 strikes a raw chord in him.

He said before the bill is passed into a law, there must be a thorough study on why children who fall into the hands of syndicates.

“We must not hastily pass the law. Let us look into the effects of jailing very young children. Yong after effect, I’m sure trauma ang aabutin niyan. Baka paglabas niyan lalo pang maging kriminal. Kaya huwag madaliin. Dapat pag-aralang mabuti,” he emphasized.

 “If you look at the problem it starts with the parents. Their parents who neglect their children should be answerable to the law why they are abandoning their children so they become susceptible to being used by criminals. Do the parents have many children that they can’t take care of them?” he said.

“Anak ng anak. Pinapabayaan sa lansangan ang anak. Dapat nagagabayan ang anak. Dapat managot ang mga magulang nila,” he added.

But he refused to comment if limiting the number of children could be a solution to the problem.

“You can’t just say you just limit the number of children because this is the problem,” he said.

He added that educating children should be given priority, instead of just throwing them in jail.

Revilla admitted that he voted for the earlier law that lowered the criminal responsibility to 15 years old, but that the law had its repercussions as many 15-year olds were jailed and stayed in jail for a long time.

“If nagkamali na nuon, kailangang itama ngayon. Huwag madaliin. Pag-aralang mabuti,” he said. YOLANDA SOTELO


January 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm 1 comment

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