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Dagupenos score moral victory – Jayceekens

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY –The Jayceekens and all concerned Dagupenos said they scored a moral victory when the Department of Education issued a public apology and owned up to the remiss of its staff in handling the restoration of the historic  Home Economic Building of the West Central Elementary School.

The Jayceekens, a group of elderly residents who were once officers of Jaycees, raised an uproar after the DepEd started to dismantle the HE Building without building permits and without consideration to the process of restoring historical buildings.

JAYCEEKEN. Members of the JayceeKen, a group of elderly who were once officers of Jaycees, pose in front of the already skeletal Home Economics Building. WILLIE LOMIBAO

They earlier called on the Department of Education to adhere as much as possible, to the original design of the more than 80-year old historical Home Economics Building.

“What they can do now is reconstruction and approximate the original design. It would no longer be restoration because it is too late to restore it. I am now a technical person but that is how I see given the condition of the property now,” Rex Catubig, 70.

The HE building was already dismantled with the roof, trusses and walls removed. Only the posts were left standing as of Wednesday, with most of the parts piled around the property.

Catubig, who led the members of two Jaycees groups in Dagupan who went to the school to inspect the building, said that the DepEd has very good intentions but are not doing it the right way.

He said most members of the JayceeKen (old Jaycee members), studied at the West Central Elementary School and are terribly upset by the demolition of the building.

“They should have made consultations first. They should have come up with the original blueprint or at least have taken photos of all corners and parts of the building and made a plan out of that,” Catubig said.

Balingit, who said he spent his Grade V and Grade VI at the HE building in the early 1960s, said more than the personal connection of his schoolmates, the building’s role in history is more important.

American General Douglas MacArthur used the two-storey wooden building as his field office and residence prior to the liberation of Luzon.

“What more historical signficance do you want?”he said.



September 18, 2019 at 2:20 am Leave a comment

DepEd apologizes to Dagupan officials, residents

By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Education apologized to officials and residents of this city for the “lapses/ errors” in the initial implementation of the restoration of the home economics building where General Arthur MacArthur briefly stayed sometime in January 1947.

Mayor Brian Lim issued an order last week, stopping the demolition of the building because of complaints from local historians and some government officials, and for lack of building permit from the city engineering office.

The Home Economics building, referred to by residents as “MacArthur Building,” was constructed in the 1930s during the American Occupation. It rose to national historical prominence

Last Wednesday, DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua sent a team to investigate the demolition and consult with concerned officials.

On Friday, Pascua posted the report of the team on his Facebook page, apologizing to the officials and residents of the city for the lapses that resulted in “uproar, anxiety, inconvenience and frustrations of our kababayans.”

The DepEd is “restoring” the HE building under the restoration and conservation of Gabaldon school buildings and other heritage sites nationwide.

But the agency failed to get the necessary permits for the project, did not inform the city officials nor consulted community stakeholders before it started to demolish the building, restoration architect Joel Rico told the Inquirer.

Rico, the head consultant of the DepEd’s Gabaldon restoration projects, said the agency has started preparing the documents for the permits.

Rico took the cudgel for the contractor who he claimed has been “working with DepEd on other projects which require the kind of expertise coming from the bids and awards committee.”

But getting the permits was just one of the agency’s “lapses.”

Senior restoration architect Maria Luisa Valerio of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines said the DepEd failed to consider the value of the home economics building as a heritage site.

She said that while the  DepEd has been restoring Gabaldon Buildings without clearance from the NHCP,  the HE building of the West Central Elementary School was different from Gabaldon Buildings which have nothing historical about them except their being old, Valerio said.

“This (HE building) is unique because it has historical value and is of national significance,” she said.

The investigation team reported that the two-storey wooded structure is “70-80 percent damaged”, and that there was a need to raise the floor level by more than one meter to avoid further deterioration because of annual flooding.

“The wooden posts, beams, girders, floors, trusses and purlins also showed severe termite infestation thus the need for replacement so as to that endanger the safety of the students and the public in general,” the report said.

The NHCP recommended to the DepED a revised construction methodology for faithful reconstruction of the building based on archival and actual building layout and details as mandated by the Heritage Act and the Gabaldon Conservation Act.

 The agency also ask for documentation of the building, tagging of old wooden parts, careful dismantling of wooden parts for re-use, clearing of all termite-infested wooden parts, inventory of wood dismantled and re-purposed, and replacement of wooden parts including windows, doors and ceilings.


September 18, 2019 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Espino Jr. survives ambush, two aides die

SAN CARLOS CITY – Former Governor Amado Espino Jr. survived an ambush by unknown assailants who opened fire at his Toyota Land Cruiser last September 11.

Police said Espino’s two-car convoy was traversing Barangay Magtaking in San Carlos City at 4:30 p.m. when the gunmen, who were waiting for the convoy to pass,  attacked them.

One of Espino’s aides, Staff Sergeant Richard Esguerra who was in the back-up vehicle, was killed on the spot during the ambush.

Espino was taken to Blessed Family Doctors General Hospital, also in San Carlos City, for treatment of gunshot wounds on the side of his body and on the arm.

The following day, Espino’s driver Agapito Cuison, died while undergoing treatment at the hospital. Cuison drove the Toyota Land Cruiser on which Espino was on board, and continued driving until they reached the hospital some 150 meters away.

Two other aides identified as Anthony Columbino  who is the driver of the back-up vehicle (Toyota Innova), and Kevin Malsi, survived.  Columbino reportedly ran away after the gunmen started firing at them.

Pangasinan Provincial Police Director Colonel Redrico Maranan said the police immediately conducted a dragnet operation and found the two vehicles with the firearms used by the assailants – a Ford Everest and a Toyota Innova.

The blue-silver Ford Everest with conduction sticker COL 613 was found in Barangay Pasima in neighbor town Malasiqui. Inside were two M14 rifles, one M16 rife hydramatic, a baby Armalite and magazine assemblies.

The red Hyundai Elantra with conduction sticker MR 6318 was found in Barangay Cubol in San Carlos  City some two kilometers away. Inside were two M16 Armalite rifles with defaced serial numbers, one standard Armalite with defaced serial number, magazines and ammunitions.

Another vehicle is suspected to been used, a black Wigo.

Maranan said they have yet to determine the motive behind the attack.


September 18, 2019 at 2:17 am Leave a comment

Mushroom business helps school coffer

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – Because of the entrepreneurial spirit of the secondary school principal here, the coffer of the institution is filled up with another source of revenue from its mushroom growing business.
Principal IV Olive Paragas Terrado, Ed.D, principal of the Calasiao Comprehensive High School, told this newspaper that at P60 of a 200 grams per pack, the mushroom culture tended by four  teachers in an abandoned classroom are sold like “hot cakes” after their daily harvest.

“On the first day when we sold our harvest we earned P300, and the second day we earned P600. As the days went by the demand grows,” she stressed.

Paragas said the price of their mushroom is cheaper that those sold by commercial establishments here and the nearby Dagupan City.

Mushroom, she cited, can be cooked fried, sisig (fried pork jowls, ears and liver) style mixed with green slice papaya and malunggay (moringa), and other delicacies. (more…)

September 18, 2019 at 2:16 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Army, K-9s withdrawn from Manaoag church

A resident of Manaoag, Pangasinan, who asked for anonymity, lamented the withdrawal last Monday of the army unit and their K-9 bomb sniffing dogs that guard the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan against Islamist suicide bombers who plan to rip to death its parishioners and pilgrims as based on military intelligence reports first week of August this year.

He said without the K-9s, the devotees, most of whom come from various parts of the country, will be vulnerable in case a radical Muslim, strapped around his body with five to 20 kilos of TNT susmariosep, explodes himself among the worshipers there.


To those who skipped their Chemistry class in high school, TNT is defined as an abbreviation for the explosive trinitrotoluene.

As you can recall, the leaked memo of Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) based in Tarlac Ctiy said information showed that “a “crusader city” with business centers and “crusader churches” in Northern Luzon are being targeted for terror attack.”

At the online news of ABS- CBN published on August 2, 2019 and titled “Manaoag church under tight watch; military memo cites terror threat in N. Luzon” it said: “Crusader cities is the term used by ISIS in describing target areas to fuel what they call ‘Bandar Crusade,’ or war between Muslim and Christian. While ‘Crusader Churches’ is their generic term for all historic Catholic Churches,” read the memo signed by Navy Col. Glenn Celebrado, Nolcom’s assistant chief of Unified Command Staff for Intelligence. Nolcom identified Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Tuguegarao City in Cagayan and the Manaoag church in Pangasinan as possible targets, saying “the definition fits but [is] not limited to” these places”.

Here’s what I wrote in my two blogs/columns titled “How Suicide Bombers, Muslim Radicals Operate” and “What if Suicide Bombers Wage Wars in Luzon, Visayas” how would a five to 20 kilos of TNT could kill and maim the target crowd Christians the radical Muslim considered as heretics.

In January 27, 2019 Indonesian spouses blew themselves and killed 23 people in and out of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu and wounded 100 others mostly Christians, civilians and soldiers supposedly well-cordoned ala Israeli security blanket Catholic church.

In the June 28, 2019 twin suicide bombings in Indianan, Sulu, the military confirmed that one of two suicide bombers was Filipino named Norman Lasuca, the first validated case of a Philippine citizen involved in such an attack.

Eight people, including the bombers and three soldiers, were killed while 12 others were wounded in the incident.

Here’s what I quoted on the book’s Son of Hamas how a five to twenty kilos of TNT could damage people around it:

“And then on June 1, at 11:26 p.m, a group of teenagers were standing in line, talking, laughing, and horsing around, eager to enter a popular Tel Aviv disco known as the Dolphi. Most of the kids were from the former Soviet Union, their parents recent emigr’es. Saeed Hotari stood in line, too, but he was Palestinian and a little older. He was wrapped in explosives and metal fragments”.

The newspapers did not call the Dolphinarium attack a suicide bombing. They picture it a massacre. Scores of kids were ripped apart by ball bearings and the sheer force of the blast. Casualties were high: 21 died; 120 wounded.

“No suicide bomber had ever killed so many people in a single attack,” Mosab Hassan Yousef cited to writer Ron Brackin who wrote the book’s Son of Hamas. Mosab is the son of the terrorist organization’s founder Hamas Sheikh Hassan Yousef.

 The Army’s withdrawal of their troop and the K-9s could be their failure to appreciate the motivation of these suicide bombers to wreak havoc in the Minor Basilica and other crusader churches in Northern Luzon as cited by the leaked intelligence reports.

These suicide freaks, especially the male Muslims, are motivated with the 72 virgins supposedly gift from Allah in heaven where many of them want to be a martyr.

In their mind this gruesome death that “annihilate” those heretic Christians around them will reward them with six – dozen of these virgins who probably look like South African and American actresses Charlize Theron and Filipino “looker” Carla Abellana to copulate.

Mate with six – dozen of these virgins? Son of a gun I could not do it even if I will become immortal. I still fear I’ll die with exhaustion just like that septuagenarian mayor in Pangasinan who died of heart attack copulating in a motel with his sexy young secretary.

With the infamous ningas cogon (idiom which describes someone who is only doing well, in whatever it is that they’re doing, during the beginning) of the Filipinos that afflict these soldiers at the Philippine Army’s 702nd Infantry Brigade in Camp Lt. Tito B Abat based near the Minor Basilica (if there was any truth to the information I got from my source), parishioners and pilgrims my God have the Sword of Damocles hanging above their heads.

Calling the attention of Malacanang and Camp Aguinaldo. Look what hath your soldiers had done at this crusader church and its devotees.

(You can read my selected columns at and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at

September 18, 2019 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

Bataoil awed by MinDA’s zeal to hold fruits fest

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – The mayor of this capital town was awed by the zeal of the chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority to promptly transport by air and land fruits from Mindanao for this town’s version of fruits festival.

“I saw the successful MinDA Fruits Festival in Baguio City. And I texted Secretary Piñol, sabi ko sa kanya when is your next festival because you may want to consider Lingayen. All right he said. Next week!” Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil told reporters during in the first of the second fruits galore held here in the province of Pangasinan.

The second fruit galore will be on this coming September 14 to be held at the public plaza here.

Bataoil, a former congressman and retired police general, was amazed by the consumers from here, other towns and cities of Pangasinan, and other provinces who frantically bought early in the day fruits like pomelo, lanzones, and mangosteen.

Isidro “Toto” Albano, the trusted aide of Piñol, said that in just two hours after the retail and wholesale opened at the plaza, the pomelos were bought by the buyers. (more…)

September 18, 2019 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

SINAG blames BoC’s undervaluing tariff


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Because of the propensity of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) to undervalue imported rice, billions of pesos of tariff are uncollected, bemoaned by the chair of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG).

In a recent hearing at Senate, Sinag Chair Rosendo So bared that before the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law, the BoC collected only 35% instead of the 50% when the imported rice is above the quota of the Minimum Access Volume (MAV).

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DOUBLE STANDARD.  Samahang Industriya ng Agirkultura Chairman Rosendo So (blue shirt) exposes the double standard of the Bureau of Customs during the recent hearing of the Senate on imposing tariff to the same importers since 2006 to present.

MAV refers to the volume of a specific agricultural product that is allowed to be imported with a lower tariff as committed by the Philippines to the World Trade Organization (WTO) under the Uruguay Round Final Act. (more…)

September 11, 2019 at 6:52 am Leave a comment

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