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Candidates for Miss Dagupan 2020 show their beautiful forms during a pictorial at the Monarch Hotel in Calasiao last November 24. The pre-pageant activities (swimsuit Competition and individual Interview) were also held on the same day. WILLIE LOMIBAO

December 9, 2019 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Hog industry back on track


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – The hog industry in Pangasinan is already recovering after the scare brought by the African Swine Fever (ASF).

 Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So said the buying prices of the hog have stabilized with live weight prices hovering from P110 to P115 per kilo.

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ASF FREE. Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar (in striped polo shirt) is flanked by Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura (Sinag) Chairman Rosendo So and Deputy House Speaker and Abono Party-list Representative Conrad Estrella during the pork boodle fight in a public gymnasium at Rosales, Pangasinan to show that there is no more African Swine Fever in the province. 

“Dito tumaas na, nasa P110 to P115. Bumalik na sa normal price,” he said.

The Sinag chair said stakeholders in Pangasinan like Sinag, Abono Partylist, hog raisers, and others joined hand in isolating the mammoth province on the possible entries of the cloven hoof animals from the affected provinces.

We isolated the province and those without certification that their swine and products are ASF-free were not allowed to enter, he said.


December 9, 2019 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

Rosales village chief gunned down

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES-  A village chief here was shot dead by unidentified men on at 1:30 in the morning of December 3.

 Police officers here identified the victim as Reynaldo Casareno,56, husband of Mayor Susan Casareno, and the incumbent village chief of Tomana East village.

 Casareno sustained gunshot wounds on his head and body causing his instantaneous death.

 At the Scene of the Crime Operations (SOCO), four empty shells of caliber .45 were recovered.

 According to police report issued by the Rosales Police Station, Casareno was  with Noel Gutierrez and Jesus Mendoza, caretaker of his business, at his carwash/auto shop at Barangay Carmay East when the suspect approached him and fired shots at him.

 Mendoza was inside the auto shop while Gutierrez was able to evade the gunman.

 After the shooting incident, the gunman fled with his companion riding on a motorcycle.

 The police immediately conducted dragnet operation but the suspects escaped.

 Police officers here have yet to identify the gunman and the motive of the crime.











December 9, 2019 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Mabuhay ang atletang Filipino sa SEA Games!

Habang sinusulat ito, patapos na ang ika -30 pagdaraos ng SouthEast Asian Games (SEAG) na kung saan ang ating bansa ang naging punong abala. Sa pagsisimula nito ay maraming batikos ang tinanggap ng pamunuan ng Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) mula sa mga hindi pagsundo ng mga atleta sa ibang bansa sa paliparan, walang hotel na agad pupuntahan, pagkain diumano ng kikiam at iba pang uri ng batikos na mula sa mga kababayan natin mismo at hindi sa mga dayuhan.

 Ang mga ganitong uri ng pagbatikos ay nakasisira ng loob. Nakadidismaya at kung minsan ay nagbibigay ng galit imbes na kasiphayuhan sa atin. Nagkalat ang mga pekeng balita. Nagkalat din ang mga pulitikong nakisawsaw sa mga magagandang nangyari. Sa likod ng mga ito, nangibabaw pa rin ang ating pagka-Filipino- umaarangkada sa mga sigalot ng buhay at patuloy ng pagbibigay ng tunay na  serbisyo sa mga manlalarong Filipino at sa mga galing ng ibang bansa. (more…)

December 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Really, our educational system is deteriorating?

Lately, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) released its report of its 2018 assessment for 600,000 15 years old students from 79 countries that covered reading, mathematics and science. In that assessment, Philippines was at the bottom that elicited reactions from the Filipinos and even from our own government officials. They are now putting the blame on the Department of Education (DepEd), telling the officials of the said agency to review its curriculum including the aptitudes and capabilities o teachers.


Why are we taking the PISA’s assessment seriously? Does it have really the capability to assess the level of skills and intelligence of our students? What parameters have been used by the said assessment?

 Valerie Strauss, in her report in Washington Post entitled “ How PISA created an illusion of education quality and marketed it to the world” said that in 2014, more than 100 academics from around the world called for the moratorium on PISA  for reasons that “it feeds into an over reliance on standardized tests and an emphasis on learning that can be easily measured”. She stated that experts found out major flaws with how tests are administered, how samples of students are determined, and how some of the test questions are constructed. (more…)

December 9, 2019 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Dar: Pangasinan pork  ASF-free

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES- “ It’s safe to eat pork and processed pork products from Pangasinan. There’s no outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).”

 This was said by  Agriculture Secretary William Dar during his visit to the province on December 1 to attend the Urdaneta City’s fiesta and the lechon (roasted pig) festival in Rosales town.

 Recall that  hogs from the towns of Mapandan and Bayambang particularly in Baloling and Apalen villages, respectively, earlier tested positive for ASF. However, the Department of Agriculture   (DA), worked   with the local government units and other government agencies  to prevent further spread of the ASF virus. (more…)

December 9, 2019 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Urbiztondo Mayor receives death threats

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URBIZTONDO- Mayor Raul Martin Sison II said he fears for his life after he received death threats following the death  of the two towns employees who were close to him.

This he revealed in a press conference on November 29 held at the Sangguniang Bayan Hall here.

In his press statement, Sison said  he was extremely sad and had to take action on the abuses of human rights  and the violence among his constituents, which he said were becoming a threat to the once peaceful town in the 2nd District of Pangasinan.

It can be recalled that on November 24, Jeric “Uno” Caguioa, Sison’s driver and body guard, was mercilessly gunned down by still unknown assailants.

On June 11, Cesar “Bong” Teniente, a cemetery care taker, was also killed senselessly in front of his house after alighting from his vehicle.

“ These two municipal employees are known to be humble, industrious, responsible, real friends and could be trusted. I sympathized with their families and pray that justice will soon be served to them,” Sison said.

He also said that the situation in his town is no longer normal and bereft of respect for human lives.

“ I am asking with humility to those who perpetrated these senseless loss of lives to stop whatever motives they may have. Please spare innocent people,” he said.

On his death threats, Mayor Sison said that on September 7 at 11:00 in the evening, he noticed a white AUV that stopped in front of his house in Galarin village, this town, from which a person alighted, acted suspiciously then  fired his gun.

 On November 4 while traveling from NLE to SCTEX, he observed that a white car was tailing his car. When the plate number of the car was verified at the Land Transportation Office (LTO), it was a fake.

Sison also recalled that aside from the two killings, a search operation was conducted  on October 11 at the houses of Punong Barangay Rocky “Bimbo” Palisoc and former Punong Barangay Teofilo “Deroy” Ferrer.

“ At present, that search operations were now  under investigation by the PNP National Headquarters. A complaint on “Irregularity in the Performance of Duty” and Conduct Unbecoming of Police Officer” was already filed against the police officer who conducted the search operation against Punong Barangay Palisoc. I thanked PNP Chief General. Archie Francisco Gamboa and the PNP Internal Affairs Service for conducting a fair investigation on the said incident,” Sison said.

The young mayor also lamented that the gains they have in the development and progress of the town are slowly eroding due to the said incidents.

“Under my five years administration of the town, we have the lowest crime index in the 2nd District, declared as a drug-cleared municipality and three years awardee of the Seal of Good Local Governance from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).I know that all of us want a peaceful town where we could raise our family peacefully. I know that we want to be freely roaming around our streets, go to the market and plazas without fear. We pray that these incidents will soon pass and end,” Sison said emotionally.

Sison has called on the attention of President Duterte and PNP Chief Gamboa to help him in running after the criminal elements that are freely roaming, in bringing justice to the families of those killed  and to end all sort of violence in the town.

“Help us  restore the peace and order so that we could live peacefully in our town,” Sison said.


December 3, 2019 at 5:17 am Leave a comment

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