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STL operator blames PCSO, Peryahan for collection shortfall


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO –  Because of the proliferation of the illegal number game Peryahan ng Bayan (PnB) in Pangasinan, the administrator of a franchisee of small town lottery (STL) blamed the leadership of the Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office on the collection deficit it faced.

Speed Game, Incorporated (SGI) Administrator Anthony Ang-angco exposed the incompetence of the PCSO in a symposium held in a restaurant here when it allowed PnB of Globaltech Mobile Online Corporation to compete with SGI in the number game business in the forty-four towns and four cities province.

You don’t do your part!” a smarting Ang-angco told lawyer Wesley A. Barayuga, the corporate board secretary of the PCSO, during the meeting held at Antonio’s Catering Events Place here.

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ILLEGAL. Speed Game, Incorporated (SGI) Administrator Anthony Ang-angco (standing with microphone) unloaded his sentiments before the presence of the officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office in a symposium held at the function room of a restaurant in Calasiao, Pangasinan on the illegal operation of Globaltech Mobile Online Corporation’s Peryahan ng Bayan in Pangasinan. PnB eats the collection from the betting public of SGI thus it prejudiced its P117 million Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipt (PMRR) it remits to the PCSO.

The SGI Administrator explained that the problem spawned by PnB gnawed its (SGI) contracted remittances to the national government.

“Pero we are binding with the agreement na ang aming other payment kailangan din namin iyong declare share kami. So kung humahaba po iyong (inaudible) lumalaki ang utang mabuti lang sana kung PCSO lang ang may share doon. Kaya lang sa part namin sa Speed Game we are doing every single part”.

SGI has to remit P3.9 million a day or P177 million Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipt (PMRR) to the PCSO which the latter use as funds for social and medical needs of the indigents all over the country.

Ang-angco rebutted Barayuga and other PCSO officer because the latter defended the Status Quo Ante Order (SQAO) that resulted in the proliferation of the illegal activities of PnB.

He said  the lawyer should not stick to the May 17, 2016, October 11, 2016, and April 24, 2017 orders of Regional Trial Court Judge Nicanor V. Manalo in Pasig City because all them were superseded by the Court of Appeals’ order of January 14, 2019.

The chronology of these orders were reported before in this newspaper, excerpts:

Both PCSO and Globaltech filed with each other at the CA a Petition for Certiorari under Rule 65 of the Rules of Court.
Docketed as CA-G.R. SP No. 151727, PCSO assailed the orders dated May 17, 2016, October 11, 2016, and April 24, 2017 of Judge Manalo of  the Regional Trial Court Branch 161 in Pasig City. 
Docketed as CA-G.R. SP No. 154056, Globaltech assailed the order dated October 13, 2017 of the same judge.
The Court of Appeals in January 14, 2019 dismissed both petitions.

In the October 11, 2016 order, the RTC modified its decision on May 17, 2016 by directing the PCSO to suspend its Notice of Termination to Globaltech, to observe the SQAO and send PCSO representatives to draw centers of the plaintiff daily to conduct the Peryahan ng Bayan’s game.
 The lawyer of SGI said it no longer need to obey the SQAO because of the changes in the October 11, 2016 order of the RTC.

He cited that the penultimate April 24, 2017 order of Judge Manalo neither reinstated the SQAO when it modified the October 11, 2016 Order nor set aside the deferment of the suspension of the PCSO’s notice of termination on February 19, 2016.

The lawyer summed up the judicial directives for Globaltech to post a bond equivalent to the amount of Php50, 336, 029.73 as per RTC Order dated April 24, 2017 and the parties to immediately submit themselves to arbitration conformably with the terms of their written agreement and A.M. No. 07-11-08-SC or the Special Rules of Court on Alternative Dispute Resolution as per Court of Appeals’ decision dated January 14, 2019. 

“Neither can the OGCC (Office of the Government Corporate Counsel – Editor) rely on the portion of the Court of Appeals decision discussing the validity of the SQAO. Despite the discussion of the Court of Appeals did not reinstate the SQAO in the dispositive portion of its decision. Had the Court of Appeals intended to extend the relief contained in the SQAO to Globaltech, it would have been easy for it to state so. It did not”.

“So, nakakahiya man sa inyo kung dahil lang naman po sa PCSO mali mali po iyong sinasabi ninyo ang stand ninyo ang status quo,” Angangco emphatically said.

In that meeting Doctor Venus Denzel, a high official of the PCSO, said that Peryahan ng Bayan was illegal.

“We are here to inform everybody na ang Peryahan ng Bayan na operation in Pangasinan is deemed illegal period!” she told the crowd composed of several mayors in the province, lawyers from the provincial and city prosecutor offices, Philippine National Police led by Provincial Director Colonel Redrico Maranan and his S-3 or Operation Chief Lt. Colonel Charles Umayam, National Bureau of Investigation, officers from the Criminal Investigation Detection Group from the PNP, media, and other stakeholders.

The illegal operation of PnB can be cited too by the following: Under-remittance of sales due to PCSO during the experimental test run which ballooned to P506 million including penalties as of January 23, 2019; PnB tickets or receipts are not generated using mobile handheld terminals as agreed upon with PCSO under the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) and the DOA; Only the following games were approved by PCSO only during the experimental test run like Hulog Holen, Lucky Tres – Standard and Sum Side Bet, Throw Coins Main Game.

These games should be played through localized draws at respective PCSO designed draw courts. Draws should be conducted by PCSO personnel with the assistance of Globaltech personnel. Instead, Globaltech now conducts PnB draws without the supervision of the PCSO staff.

Ang-angco assailed the PCSO’s brass when he said that PnB has limited franchise to operate in Pangasinan to five towns and a city like Villasis, Labrador, Binmaley, and others and Urdaneta City.

“So ngayon the question is bakit sila naglalaro province wide? Now the whole province was occupied by Globaltech Peryahan ng Bayan!”

Because of corruption issues of the PCSO officials and collusion with the Authorized Agent Corporations (AAC), President Rodrigo Duterte halted Friday evening all games like Lotto, Small Town Lottery (STL), Peryahan ng Bayan, and Keno.

He explained that the stoppage was due to an alleged grand conspiracy among the major players and enforcers to cheat the government of its rightful shares.

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July 29, 2019 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

DPWH to construct P66M worth of school projects in Pangasinan town


SAN FERNANDO CITY — The Pangasinan 3rd District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Ilocos Region has started the construction of P60 million-worth of two school buildings in Asingan town.

According to District Engineer Gerardo T. De Guzman, the school infrastructure projects are ongoing at Luciano Millan National High School where one building, which has an estimated cost of P21 million, is four-storey with eight classrooms while the other is also a four-storey building but with 16 classrooms. The latter costs P44 million.

He added both will accommodate two science laboratories and two computer rooms.

“The construction of the said school building projects is expected to be completed around October this year,” De Guzman said.

Likewise, Engr. Narchito S. Arpilleda, public information officer, said the new school buildings will answer the shortage of educational facilities due to influx of students yearly with the K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

“The existing classrooms will become less congested and will benefit not only students but also teachers,” said Arpilleda.

He also underscored that the school building projects are calamity-resilient funded under the 2018 Basic Educational Facilities Fund of the DepEd.

“These are designed to withstand strong typhoons and earthquakes,” added Arpilleda.

Meanwhile, De Guzman said their office will continue to support the government’s program towards improving the quality of education in the province. (PIA-1)

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July 29, 2019 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Kurapsyon! 


Malaking hamon ang pagsugpo ng malawakang kurapsyon sa bansa para kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Simula pa lang sa kanyang panunungkulan, iginiit na niya na hindi niya sasantuhin ang mga gumagawa ng kurapsyon sa kanyang administrasyon kahit mga kaibigan pa niya ang mga ito. Marami na siyang tinanggal sa kanyang gabinete. Mayroon ding inilipat sa ibang mga opisina na nagpa-ismid sa kanyang mga kritiko. Gaano nga ba kaseryoso si Pangulong Duterte sa pagsugpo ng kurapsyon at katiwalian sa gobyerno?

Sa kanyang ikaapat na State of the Nation Address (SONA) noon Hulyo 22, ito ang sinabi ng Pangulo: “Let me ask you: When will corruption end? Kailan ba talaga ‘to? Hanggang kailan? Well, I don’t know. I’ve been in — with government for almost 35 years now. I am not singling out myself. It’s the entire gamut of our system. Corruption exasperates. It frustrates. It is also exasperating that there are times when I think that perhaps it is blood that we need to cleanse and rinse away the dirt and the muck that stick to the flesh like leeches. Of course, it is only a thought. I am simply thinking aloud. To dispel any controversy that my statements in this regard will create something else. Words of Pedro Guerrero who said, “Sometimes they write what I say and they write — and they write what I say and not what I mean.” So ‘yung mga pa-purga-purga lang diyan. I use similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and other figures of speech every now and then, to prove or stress a point. I am as human as anybody else.”

Mahalata sa pananalita ni Pangulong Duterte na siya ay sawa na sa usaping kurapsyon. Nakapapagod na! Lahat na yata sa antas ng pamahalaan ay pinupugaran ng kurapsyon at hindi ito mamamatay hanggang may mga tiwaling opisyal at kawani ng gobyerno. Bagamat halata rin kay Pangulong Duterte na siya ay seryoso sa pagsugpo ng kurapsyon sa bansa, tila ba hindi sinusunog ng mga opisyal at kawani ng gobyerno. Naging kalakaran na kasi ito sa mga nagdaang administrasyon.

Saan nag-uugat ang kurapsyon? Nagiging kurap ang mga opisyal ng gobyerno dahil sa walang sawang paglikom ng salapi dahil kailangan ito sa pagbili ng boto pagdating ng halalan. Unang-una, ang mga botante na rin mismo ang mga kurap kaya ito ay sinasamantala ng mga pulitiko upang mapanatili nila ang kanilang kapangyarihan. Kung minsan tayo ay nagtatanong? Sa pagbibigay serbisyo ba talaga ang hangarin ng mga opisyal nating pulitiko kaya sila bumibili ng boto? Malawak din ang kurapsyon sa antas ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Isa pang dahilan ng paglaganap ng kurapsyon ay sa usad-pagong na sistema ng Office of the Ombudsman at Sandiganbayan. Sa mga maraming kasong idinulog sa mga ito, mangilan-ngilan lang ang na bigyan ng desisyon. Matagal ang pandinig. Matagal na aksyon sa Ombudsman at Sandiganbayan. Kailangan dito ang mabilisang pandinig sa mga kasong sangkot sa kurapsyon. Kailangan na ring repasuhin ang ating “judicial system.”

Kamakailan lang, binulabog ni Pangulong Duterte ang buong sambayanan ng ipahayag niya ang pagpapatigil ng lahat ng operas yon ng lotto, small town lottery (STL), peryahan ng bayan at keno. Pinatigil niya agad-agaran dahil diumano sa malawakang kurapsyon sa Philippine CharitySweepstakes Office (PCSO). Naatasan ang mga pulis at kawal sa pagpapasara sa lahat ng “outlets” sa mga pasugalang naturan. Tama nga kaya ang desisyon ng Pangulo? Marami ang mga nagtatanong. Paano na ang mga ospital na umaasa sa ayuda ng PCSO?  Paano na ang mga mahihirap na pasyente na umaasa rin sa tulong ng PCSO?

Marahil malalim ang dahilan ni Pangulong Duterte sa kanyang desisyon. Marami siyang alam na mga kurapsyon sa loob ng PCSO. Simula na ito ang digmaan ng pagsugpo ng kurapsyon. Gaya ng digmaan sa ilegal na droga, matagumpay kaya ang administrasyong Duterte sa pagsugpo ng kurapsyon sa ating bansa?

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July 29, 2019 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Corruption, illegal drugs and jueteng


Illegal drugs, corruption, all forms of criminal activities and illegal gambling- these are what President Rodrigo Duterte promised to eradicate towards the “change and reforms” in our government system. It’s a gargantuan task, so to speak, that needs a total overhauling of the government’s institutions anchored on transparency and good governance.

Barely three years in office, President Duterte has gained much in his war against illegal drugs despite the massive criticisms posed by international media on alleged extra judicial killings (EJK) as well as the United Nations European Union and the United States of America (USA). Duterte is even questioned on human rights violations, not considering that what he had laid down was a total war against illegal drugs.

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In war, it is expected that there will be casualties but not as a shield if there are violations committed on the rights of the people. Duterte was firm on his order to the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP)- kill if you must if your lives are at stake against the drug lords, pushers and users. Indeed, in the PNP operations, many lives have been taken ,aside from those perpetrated by unscrupulous persons- vigilantes or drug lords. (more…)

July 29, 2019 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

NEA rates Panelco III ‘Triple A’


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- The National Electrification Administration (NEA), through  Administrator Edgardo R. Manongsong, said the Pangasinan III Electric Cooperative (Panelco III) has already reached “Triple A” (AAA) status due to its efficient services to the member-consumer-owners (MCOs) this year.

Manongsong was here during the 31st Annual General Assembly as the Keynote Speaker, which was held at the Panelco III Multi Purpose Hall on July 27 and was video linked to the other venues in Binalonan, Rosales, Tayug and Umingan.

He said that the operations of Panelco III has improved a lot since it has started its operations in 1978 in terms of technical services, financial services and institutional services.

“Don’t ever let your cooperative be given to private entities that operate on profits. Your cooperative is not profit-oriented but service-oriented that’s why you have lower electric rates,” Manongsong said before the more than 12,000 MCO-attendees (more…)

July 29, 2019 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Alaminos City first runner up nationwide


                                  MALINIS AT MASAGANANG KARAGATAN

Alaminos City placed first runner up in the 2019 Malinis and Masaganang Karagatan national search for outstanding coastal communities, a program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Alaminos, the entry of the BFAR Region I, was second to Macrohon in Southern Leyte which bagged the grand prize, while the third place went to Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.

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MMK.  Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (left) poses with Alaminos City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region I Director Lilibeth Signey after the awarding of the Malinis and Masaganang Karagatan in Siqujor, last July 19. Alaminos, BFAR Region I’s entry to the nationwide contest, placed first runner up. Also in the photo are officials and staff of Alaminos and BFAR.

Seventy five outstanding coastal municipalities nationwide joined the contest (more…)

July 24, 2019 at 3:34 am Leave a comment

Dagupan cleans markets, streets, parks


DAGUPAN CITY – the first order of this city’s new administration was to address the massive solid waste problem, starting with removing the mounds of garbage along the roads and at the public markets.

On July 1, the first day that the city waste division buckled down to work, it hauled three truckloads of garbage from the Malimgas Market, one truckload from the Magsaysay market, and 12 kariton (cart)-loads from the Galvan and Jovellanos Streets.

Even the Mayor’s Pavillon in Tondaligan Beach in Bonuan yielded eight truckloads of garbage, said Teddy Villamil, a consultant of the city government on waste management.

The anti-hawking division also had its hand full clearing the streets of vendors who have allotted the sidewalks up to half of the roads as their turf, making it difficult for vehicles to pass through.

Cleared of garbage and vendors, the city government assigned water trucks to hose down and flash out mud and other stinking debris from the streets and the markets.

Now, 15 days later, the city streets are clean and vehicles can easily traverse them.

But for Mayor Mark Brian Lim, there is nothing extraordinary about cleaning the city of garbage and clearing the roads of vendors.

“As local chief executive, part of (my) responsibility is to maintain the upkeep of the city, especially the public markets, especially where there are vendors because these are especially susceptible to wastes piling up,” Lim said.

“We just basically wanted to do our jobs and I would like to give credit to the City Administrator, the waste management division, the anti-hawking and anti-littering division and some barangay officials because they were the ones who made the effort to speak with the vendors, for them to discipline themselves, then locate them where they should be placed,” he added.

But hauling the garbage is just a minuscule part of solving the city’s massive garbage problem, as the new administration entered a scene where of the 31 villages has functioning Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

Lim said the city has started to operationalize the MRFs, and a meeting among the village chairmen was held on July 8, on the plan to operate the villages’ MRF.

Barangay I, where public markets are located, was first to clean its MRF that was used to stockpile construction material debris.  The MRF is located at the back of the Magsaysay fish market  along the Pantal River.

But the mayor said the MRFs are useless if the households do not segregate their garbage, resulting in the MRF turning into stockpile of garbage. A massive information and education campaign on waste segregation at the household level is set to be undertaken city-wide.

“Without segregation, mixed garbage pile up at the MRF and when collected and brought into the open dumpsite, which is illegal as it had been ordered closed, the situation there gets worse,” he said.

The more than 50-year old open dumpsite in Bonuan was ordered closed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in January 2017. But it continued to operate as the past city administration had no feasible plan to solve the problem, and was not able to establish a much-ballyhooed waste-to-energy project, he said.

Lim said the new administration has no alternative but to continue using the dumpsite “because we came into office when there was no long-term plan, so we are starting from zero,” he said.

The city government is “talking with three to four different groups already on how to turn Bonuan dumpsite into a controlled dumpsite.”

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July 24, 2019 at 3:21 am Leave a comment

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