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VP Leni laments ‘trial by publicity’


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By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Vice President Leni Robredo lamented the “trial by publicity” of politicians who were included in President Duterte’s narco list,  with the list being used every election period.

“While I believe that the illegal drugs problem is widespread and we should not elect into office the candidates who involved themselves in drugs trade, there are ways to (solve the problem),” she told reporters during a campaign sortie here.

Robredo, who said those who are really involved in drugs trade are involved in corruption.

“But my worry is, kahit sino na lang puwedeng maglabas ng narcolist? Ano ang basis? Possible that politically motivated yong iba. Sana ang pinakamabuting paraan, if there is evidence against these politicians, kasuhan sila,” she said.

The Department of Interior and Local Government claimed it has filed cases against 48 suspected narco-politicians but made the announcement after President Duterte has made public the list..

She said she was also bothered by the statement of the police that there was not enough evidence that would merit filing of case against those included in the narcost.

“So if hindi enough ang evidence, bakit ililista nyo na sila?” Robredo said.

She added that instead of announcing the list, cases should have been filed first against the suspected narco-politicians.

“First, they should be made accountable. Second, if they are innocent, they will be given a chance to defend themselves. Pag inilabas mo na kasi ang listahan without evidence, that is a violation of their rights,” she said.

“So kasuhan ang sinomang nagkasala at sana maging swift yong progress so before elections, mapanagot sila at hindi na makeup,” Robredo said.

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March 26, 2019 at 6:52 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: From war fronts, Congress, to the town hall


From chasing hardened Moro commanders in Mindanao and Basilan, this battle experienced military and police officer went back to his Alma Mater, the Philippine Military Academy, to mentor the cadets of what he learned in the skirmishes and warfare at the battle fronts.

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“Ang first assignment ko was Mindanao 54th PC Ranger Batallion kaso po ang inihanda talaga ng PMA upang maging effective front line leaders, platoon leaders po kami noong second lieutenant sa isang PC Ranger Battalion kaagad-agad dinala doon sa Mindanao kaagad – agad dinala kami sa Basilan. At doon namin hinahabol si Chairman Nur Misuari at Chairman Gerry Salapudin. Ito ang mga leaders ng mga MNLF noong araw wala pa iyong MILF noong araw so MNLF ang kalaban ng gobyerno,” cited in Filipino by former three-  star police general and congressman Leopoldo Bataoil, PMA Class of 1976, to this writer.

He said as a Constabulary Ranger he idolized his commanders at the First and Second Ranger Battalions who even joined him and his men in the battle fields against the fiery Moro insurgents in the two islands in the Southern Philippines.

Bataoil was a trained member of the British inspired commando’s the elite Special Action Force.

“There were really true leaders and they were really very inspiring leaders na ang feeling namin they are the best examples.  I remember General Dictador Alquiza my First Battalion’s commander . I remember Agerico Cagaoan my Second Battalion’s commander in another battalion. They were really leaders na very inspiring na they talk to you the very critical area iyong mga battle area. They will die for you. Ang iyong feeling  namin he will die for our country and people all together we will die for our country and people”. (more…)

March 26, 2019 at 6:44 am Leave a comment

Candidates nag Peace Covenant sa Mangaldan, Sual, San Fabian


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SUAL – Nagsamasama ang mga magkatunggaling kandidato sa bayan na ito at mga bayan ng San Fabian at Mangaldan para ipakita sa publiko na sila ay tutupad sa hangarin na nakasaad sa Covenant of Peace 2019 Mid Term Election ng Commission of Election.

Isa dito ay “refusal to be part of vote buying, election violence, and any manner of corruption”.

Sa isang pagtitipon noong March 19 ay nagsamasama sa St. Peter the Martyr Parish Church sa first class town na ito si Sual municipal candidate John Arcinue, vice mayoral candidate Roberto Arcinue, ang complete ticket nila sa Sangguniang Bayan (SB) (Legislative Body) at daan-daan nilang supporters na nakaupo sa loob ng isang bahagi ng simbahan at sa kabila naman ay ang katungali nilang si Liseldo “Dong” Calugay at ilan sa mga kandidato nito sa SB. (more…)

March 26, 2019 at 6:24 am Leave a comment

Quiambao team, umiikot sa mga barangays ng Bayambang sa buong taon


Buong taon, hindi lang sa panahon ng eleksyon, umiikot ang team ni Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao para sa kanilang komprehensibong serbisyo sa bayan na naglalayong ilapit sa mga tao ang mga serbisyo ng munisipyo.

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Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao

Noong Marso 22, muling pinangunahan ni Quiambao ang pagpunta sa barangay Pantol upang ihatid ang iba’t-ibang serbisyo kagaya ng medical-dental mission, haircut, police clearance, agrikultura sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng buto ng gulay na itatanim, pati na rin ang koleksyon ng amelyar, at iba pa. (more…)

March 26, 2019 at 6:13 am Leave a comment

RANDOM DRUG TEST


Pangasinan Provincial Health Office(PHO) personnel conduct test on these urine samples as some 300 provincial government employees underwent in unannounced random drug test last March 22 in Lingayen.CESAR RAMIREZ

March 25, 2019 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Iwasan at mag-ingat sa sunog


Itinalaga ng pamahalaan na ang buwan ng Marso ay “ Fire Prevention Month” dahil sa pagpasok ng tag-init o kuwaresma. Mainit na ang panahon at dahil dito tumataas din ang konsulmo ng elektrisidad at iba pang uri ng enerhiya. Ang init din ng panahon ang pinagmumulan ng sunog dahil sa mga nakakaligtaang mga “appliances” na nakakabit sa mga “outlet” ng elektrisidad.

 Nagbabala na ang pamunuan ng Bureau of Fire Department (BFD) ng bansa. Ang babala ay pinaabot sa mga opisina ng BFD sa lahat ng mga bayan at siyudad sa buong bansa. Ang mga kawani nito ay pumupunta sa mga gusaling pag-aari ng mga negosyante at sa mga kabahayan upang tingnan ang mga kawad ng kuryente at kung ang mga ito ay may sapat na mga gamit sa pagpuksa ng sunog gaya ng mga “fire extinguisher”. (more…)

March 25, 2019 at 6:56 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Graduation blues


Two weeks after this column comes out, all elementary and secondary schools in the country will be holding their commencement exercises. In short, the graduation ceremonies will signal the end of a school year to the pupils and students- that after 200 days in classrooms, they have hurdled their academic requirements and other extra-curricular activities.

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While graduation is supposed to be the happiest moment of every graduate, some schools are marred by controversies like complaints that they are soliciting graduation fees. Parents are in the frontline in filing complaints against the school administration for allowing the contributions for graduation ceremonies.

As a follower of pronouncements of the Department of Education (DepEd), graduation programs and ceremonies should at least be simple and without a cost to parents. But what is simplicity as defined? Graduating students and pupils should not wear togas but their school uniforms to receive their diplomas. There should not be pompous ceremonies and attendance of politicians especially now that we are in the election campaign period. So be it! The DepEd order is highly commendable but is far from reality. (more…)

March 25, 2019 at 6:41 am Leave a comment

Estrella graces Alaminos City’s ‘Barangay Night’


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALAMINOS CITY- Abono Partylist Conrad Estrella III served as the Guest of Honor and Speaker of the Barangay Night in this city that was held in the evening of March 21 at the Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center.

The Barangay Night was one of the activities of the  two-week long celebration of the 3rd Hundred Islands Paraw Festival.

Estrella lauded the barangay officials of the city for their contributions in its development and urged them to work more for their constituents.

“ You have put Alaminos City in the world map especially the Hundred Islands, which is now fully developed and one of the prime tourist destinations in the country. Let us give thanks to the political will of Mayor Art Celeste and the rest of the city officials for making Hundred Islands of what it is today. I look forward that the same development will be felt in Pangasinan should Mayor Art (Celeste) wins the governorship,” Estrella said. (more…)

March 25, 2019 at 6:38 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Sa digmaan kontra sa ilegal na droga, ilang pangalan pa ang masisira?


Isa sa bandilang programa ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ay ang pagsugpo sa ilegal na droga sa bansa. Mula ng ilunsad ng pamahalaan ang programang ito noong Agosto 2016, maraming buhay na ang pumanaw. Iyong iba ay nakipaglaban diumano sa mga pulis, at yong mga iba naman ay mga “collateral damage.” Sa operasyon ng “Tokhang”, marami rin ang nahuli at may mga dinala sa mga Rehabilitation Centers sa bansa.

Maganda ang hangarin ng Pangulong Duterte. Gusto niyang masugpo ang salot sa lipunan at may mga pulitikong naisama sa kanyang listahan ng “narco-politics”. Kamakailan, inilabas niya ang kanyang listahan at naisama dito si Rep. Jesus “Boying” Celeste ng unang Distrito ng Pangasinan. Matagal ng usapin ang pagkadawit ng pangalan ni Celeste.

Noong naisama siya sa listahan noong 2016, agad-agad na nagpaimbistiga si Rep. Celeste. Binuksan niya ang kanyang bahay sa mga ahente ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at Philippine National Police (PNP) upang patunayan sa kanila na hindi siya sangkot kailanman sa ilegal na droga. Ang katotohanan ay isa siya sa mga nakipaglaban kontra dito. Patuloy ang pagmanman sa kaniya ny PDEA at PNP, subalit hindi talaga maiugnay ang kanyang pangalan sa ilegal na droga. Ayon kay Rep. Celeste, nagsimula itong pagdawit sa kanya dahil sa pulitika. (more…)

March 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

Celeste dismayed by ‘narco-politician’ tag


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BOLINAO- Despite the Regional Peace and Order Council’s (RPOC) resolution recommending to the National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) to delete the name of 1st District Rep. Jesus “Boying” Celeste in the list of the “narco-politicians”, he was still included by President Rodrigo Duterte who announced the list last March 14 in Davao City.

“It’s unfair!” Celeste quipped when asked by media reporters why his name was still included in the list of President Duterte.

He said he was already investigated on illegal drug activity by the composite team of Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Intelligence and Coordinating Agency (NICA), Intelligence Service ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“I believe that the RPOC resolution did not reach the hands of President Duterte. Had it been given to him, President Duterte should have been apprised on the recommendation that my name be deleted in list because there was no evidence that I was involved in illegal drug activity,” he said.

However, Celeste welcomed the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for filing a complaint against him (including 45 other politicians) to the Office of the Ombudsman.

“I can now defend myself in a proper forum and follow the legal processes,” he said adding that he will look into the possibility of filing charges against those responsible for including him in the list of “narco-politicians”.

He further said that all of these issues against him were politically motivated and felt sad that the result of the investigation of PDEA and PNP clearing him did not reach President Duterte.

It can be recalled that in 2016 when the list was first announced by President Duterte, Celeste had already submitted himself for investigation to the PNP Regional Office and even surrendering his service firearms.

Celeste is now on his last term as representative of the 1st District of Pangasinan and did not seek for any elected position anymore in the May 13 elections.

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March 19, 2019 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

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