Archive for April, 2019

BIR files criminal complaint vs Calugay


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a criminal complaint against Danilo De Quintos Calugay in connection with the discovery of fake cigarette factory at Portic village, Bugallon town in November 2018.

The complaint against Calugay, a brother of Dong Calugay who is running for mayor in Sual town, was filed on April 25 at the main office of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila.

Calugay was slapped with complaints on unlawful pursuit of business, failure to file excise tax returns, unlawful possession or removal of articles subject to excise tax without payment of tax, and unlawful possession of counterfeit internal revenue stamps in violation with Section 236, 255, 263 and 265 (c) of National revenue Code of 1997 as amended. (more…)

April 29, 2019 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Custodio ‘not nuisance candidate’ – Comelec

                                SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

TAYUG- The Second Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has decided with finality that 6th District congressional candidate Myrna Paraguas-Custodio is not a nuisance candidate for the May 13 elections.

In a five-page decision obtained by Northern Watch which was promulgated on March 18, 2019, Comelec ruled that the petition of Tayug Mayor Tyrone Agabas was denied and dismissed.

Agabas and Paraguas-Custodio are rivals for the congressional seat.

It can be recalled that on October 22, 2018, Agabas sought to declare Custodio as a “nuisance candidate” alleging that “she has no bona fide intention to run for the congressional seat in the District.”

            On November 19, 2018, responding on the petition, Custodio said that she has met all the qualifications to run for the congressional position, she being an active politician for years and a businesswoman by profession.

Comelec, in its decision, found no merit on the petition of Agabas citing Section 60 of the Omnibus Election Code (OEC).

Comelec has likewise ruled that it “recognizes the right of people to seek elective office, nevertheless, it is still subject to some limitations as the Supreme Court in Pamatong vs. Commision on Elections held “xxx the privilege of equal access to opportunities to public office may subjected to limitations. Some valid limitations specifically in the privilege to seek elective office are found in the provisions of Omnibus Election Code on “Nuisance Candidates”xxxx.”

April 29, 2019 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Mainit na ang pulitika sa Pangasinan

Habang sinusulat itong pangulong tudling, 16 na araw na lang halalan na sa Mayo 13. Hindi na mapakali ang mga kandidatong senador, congressmen, partylist representatives, gayun din sa mga lokal na kandidato mula gobernador hanggang sa mga kagawad ng Sangguniang Bayan at Panlungsod. Ibat-ibang paraan na ang ginagawa upang sungkitin ang suporta ng mga botante. May mga nagbahay-bahay, motorcade, nagbibigay ng mga groserya at pera.

Dito sa Pangasinan, ang init ng pulitika ay nararamdaman na rin lalo na sa laban ng gobernador, bise gobernador at mga congressman sa unang Distrito, ikalawang Distrito at ikalimang Distrito.Kakaiba ang galaw ng pulitika dahil sa gobernador ang magkatunggali ay si Alaminos City Mayor Art Celeste at ang kasalukuyang gobernador Amado “Pogi” Espino III, sa bise gobernador naman ay sina Mark Lambino at Angel Baniqued, at sa mga congressman- unang Distrito ay sina Bolinao Mayor Arnold “Noli” Celeste at Thomas “Tim” Orbos, ikalawang Distrito ay sina Board Member Raul Sison at Bugallon Mayor Jumel Espino (pati rin si Robert “Butch” Merrera, at ikalimang Distrito sina Binalonan MayorRamon “Monmon” Guico III at ang kasalukuyang Cong. Amado T. Espino Jr. Huwag na nating pansinin yong mga ibang Distrito dahil hindi masyadong mainit ang labanan sa kongresista at mga lokal na opisyal. (more…)

April 29, 2019 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Pangasinan’s political race nears ‘finish line’

Political pundits in Pangasinan are on the guessing game on who will likely emerge victorious among the local candidates in the May 13 elections.

The gubernatorial race between Alaminos City Mayor Art Celeste and incumbent Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III is worth waiting for. Celeste challenged Espino amid speculations that he has no money to boast of, and is a new name in the political landscape in Pangasinan except in District I where he was congressman for many years.


However, Celeste threw his into the the gubernatorial fray,  supported by big names in Pangasinan politics, including big political parties. He is supported by Nacionalista Party, Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC), Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) and Abono Partylist with big names such as Senator Cynthia Villar, Eduardo Cojuangco, former President Fidel Valdez Ramos, former House Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr., former Governor Victor Agbayani, Rep. Conrad Estrella and the kingmaker Engr. Rosendo So. (more…)

April 29, 2019 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

Pilgrimage sites in Pangasinan, destinations for reflection and relaxation



It may seem strange to combine religion with summer vacation, but for many Filipinos, Holy Week is a chance to catch up on much needed rest, as well as being a time for reflection and prayer.

Catholic devotees and tourists who are hoping to make a spiritual vacation during the Holy Week need not go too far as notable pilgrimage sites abound in the province of Pangasinan.

On top of the list is a road trip to the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag in Manaoag town.  (more…)

April 26, 2019 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Family cries foul over Provincial Hospital treatment of patient’s body

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 LINGAYEN – “Parang hayop lang na tinapon sa morgue ang tatay namin!” the daughter of a patient who died decried how the officials of the provincial government- run hospital treated the remains of her father.

According to Angelie Arenas, the daughter of the late Edgardo Arenas,70, that she, her mother and the brothers of her father Labrador Mayor Dominador V. Arenas and Dagupan City- based Specialist Group Hospital & Trauma Center controlling owner Doctor Carlito Arenas were up in arms over the “inhumane” treatment of the officers of the community hospital of the body which they said was thrown like a dead animal on the morgue’s table.

“My father was ran-over by a cargo truck full of bamboo at five pm and was brought to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The secretary of Barangay Polong, Bugallon informed us of the death of my father the following day. When we were at the morgue we saw our father lying prostrate with his arms stiffly raised, his head facing south because the neck was broken, some intestines were out, and he was shrouded with smelly blood that already dried up,” she said.

 The smarting medical doctor daughter of Dr. Arenas lamented how the lousy government hospital treated her uncle.

“They should have cleaned him up and covered him with sheet. Even dead dogs are covered by something,” she cited.

  Resolution to file a criminal cases of Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Homicide and Damage to Property was made by the provincial prosecutor based here.

After evaluating the criminal complaint of Deborah, the wife of the victim, Prosecutor Magin Nino Orlino said that respondent Arnel L. Albendo, driver of the Fuso Fighter Cargo Truck, was detained at the Bugallon Police Station since April 12, 2019.

Prosecutor Orlino cited April 12, 2019 as the fateful day when the truck driven by Abendo bumped Arenas from behind who was driving an SYM motorcycle bound to Labrador town.

“Arenas lost control of his vehicle when he fell on the pavement. The truck overran his prostrate body that caused his tragic death,” Orlino wrote on the resolution where he cited that the offender should pay a bail of P50,000 for his temporary liberty


April 26, 2019 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: How some mayors create economics opportunities

Major news magazines and newspapers printed in Imperial Manila have news about the newly acknowledged Guinness World Record’s tallest steel framed and engineered bamboo panels Saint Vincent Ferrer statue in Bayambang, Pangasinan.

Their news features jibe with the Holy Week as Filipinos went to their provinces and spend the long religious holidays and weekends there.


I will not talk about religion here since I’m not competent about it. The only verses in the Bible I could memorize is John 3:16 and the other one whenever I quaffed a half  glass alcohol contained 80 proof 750 ml Tanduay and White Castle in high school and college’s “Verseculo Baso Kapitulo E.S.Q“.

E.S.Q is Extra Smooth Quality as come – on by Tanduay to young but poor drinkers like me.

I’m going to talk about the economics opportunity for the people created by local government units like the town of Bayambang to attract tourists to visit the historic town. The town was  5th Capital of the Revolutionary Philippine Republic during the Filipino – American War in 1899. (more…)

April 23, 2019 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

Mahigit P22- M aid ni Mayor Bona

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 Mahigit 22 milyong pesos ang naipamahagi ng administrasyon ni Mayor Bonafe D. Parayno sa social at livelihood programs sa mga constituents niya dito sa thriving town noong nakaraang taon lamang.

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Mangaldan Mayor Bonafe D. Parayno

Ani ng reelective mayor ang mga sustainable livelihood programs na pinabigay niya para sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (PPP) beneficiaries ay P1.15 million bigas na may 123 beneficiaries, P3.26 million sa goat raising na may 163 beneficiaries, P520 thousand sa cattle fattening na may 26 beneficiaries, at P60 thousand sa hog raising na may 30 beneficiaries


April 23, 2019 at 7:48 am Leave a comment



Supporters of Team Celeste-Lambino  chant the names of gubernatorial candidate Art Celeste and vice gubernatorial candidate Mark Lambino as their motorcade pass along the main streets of San Carlos City. (Contributed Photo)

April 22, 2019 at 8:24 am Leave a comment

Aguilar kapitan faces electioneering charge

LINGAYEN – A barangay kapitan of Aguilar town faces a complaint for for campaigning for a mayoralty candidate and her slate, at the provincial office of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The letter of complaint, addressed to  Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, was filed by Janet Abalos on April 16, against Arturo Sanchez Posadas Sr., barangay chairman of Bocboc East, Aguilar town.

DILG Provincial Officer Randy dela Rosa said the complaint was the first to be filed against a barangay official during the present campaign period. He said his office will forward the complaint to the office of Secretary Ano.

The complaint was for violation of Republic Act No. 7160, or the Local Government Code of 1991, the Omnibus Election Code, and section 261 (i) of the Joint Commission on Elections-Civic Service Commission Advisory on Electioneering and Partisan Political Activity.

She claimed that in the morning of April 6, she saw Posadas accompanying mayoralty candidate Betty Ballesteros and her team conducting a house to house campaign in Sitio Sipitan of Bocboc village.

She said the team was playing campaign jingles and she “felt dismayed, disgusted and offended” to see Posadas “unlawfully, illegally, maliciously and wantonly engaged in partisan political activity or electioneering  by openly, actively and aggressively campaigning for and promoting the candidacy of mayoralty candidate Betty Ballesteros and her team.”

Abalos recorded the campaign activities on her mobile phone for the purpose of filing the complaint. She submitted video recordings of the campaign activities that showed Posadas wearing a campaign blazer of the mayoralty candidate.

Two other residents of the village – Orlando Palisoc Jr., and Alfredo Tenorio – also filed their respective affidavits against Posadas, as they also witnessed his campaign activities.


April 22, 2019 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

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