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 The construction of the hundred million pesos’ Sinocalan Bridge in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan is a disappointment before the eyes of the users and the town mayor.
Mayor Carlito Zaplan assailed the private contractor Northern Builder and the 4th Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works & Highway’s botched and shoddy construction of the bridge when they negligently leave a mound of soil, sand and gravel, and other construction materials at the left side of the river thus preventing the ingress of the water that flows instead to the right side and destroys  the slope protection materials of the river bank on the right side. Recently, the contractor and the office of DPWH 4th Engineering Office’s District Engineer Marietta B. Mendoza drew flak from the media after cracks were found on the middle pavement of the bridge that was just constructed more than a year ago.MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

June 16, 2017 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Jueteng bagman outsmarts lawyer-mayor 


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Not all graduates of Ivy League’s universities in the Philippines are smart and intelligent.
Here’s a graduate of Mababang Paaralan ng San Andres Bukid (my friend radio announcer Sammy Lusala calls it “Low School of Saint Andrew’s Field”) and finished his B.S (not Bull Shit but Bachelor of Science) in Commerce at the version of Wanbol University in Dagupan City.
“Noong ako pa ang maintainer or operator ng jueteng (illegal number game in the Philippines) ang mayor namin lawyer graduate ng University of the Philippines,” he told us media men.
He said the mayor has numerous mistresses and he always needs monies. The maintainer told the mayor that every month he has two hundred thousand pesos as payola.
“But he did not know that the allocation for a mayor in a town with x population is six hundred thousand monthly or twenty thousand pesos a day,” he cited.
There were cases where the mayor would ask for one hundred thousand in the first week of the month, and two successive fifty thousand pesos for the second and third week.
“Tapos doon sa fourth week hihirit uli si mayor ng fifty thousand pesos. But my my men would tell him na ubos na ang allocation niya for that month. Then he’ll beg to advance that amount in the next month’s payola. I allowed him but to the amusement of my men because in reality we still owed the mayor four hundred thousand a month” the bag man narrated.
“So Wanbol University graduate like you is smarter than those UP guys like your mayor?” I posed.


Siguro, but we call that smart as financial intelligence or smart-aleck if you prefer ha ha ha,” he chuckled.
When I divulged this story with some politicians they could just empathized with the duped shallow hizzoner.

I told them the mayor was just like Four – Star Army General William Westmoreland an artillery man and the commander of the Vietnam War – the war the well funded and superior armed Yanks lost against farmer-soldiers in the 1960s and early 1970s in a poor country in South East Asia.
“His generals and colonels looked at him poorly because he was shallow, just like many generals in the Philippines,” I emphatically told them.
Here’s what author   Thomas E. Rick of the book The Generals cited some generals about the Shallow as Marshmallow General Monty – a graduate of the United States Military Academy’s Class of 1936.
“Lt. General Charles Simmons said that General Westmoreland was intellectually very shallow and made no effort to study, read, or learn. He would not just read anything”.
Lt. General Philip Davidson” Westmoreland, told me he considered his lack of formal military education to be an advantaged in Vietnam.
 “He attended neither the Army War College nor its Command and General Staff College but – in keeping with the Army’s new emphasis on corporate management – became the first Army officer to attend the Harvard Business School while on active duty, taking thirteen-week course in advanced management in the fall of 1954,” Davidson said.
Many generals did not like Westy because he was an artillery man (click hereabout Filipino general and artillery man GeneralRodolfo Canieso) in World War II now leading against peasant guerrillas in a new kind of war that needs a commander who was primordially an infantry man.
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I stumbled into two middleaged Maranaos or Maranaws in Dagupan City selling quality but cheap baseball caps with branded products like Nike and Adidas embroidered on the forehead part. 
As I was brought up in Mindanao, I talked to them in Bisaya or Cebuano, the dominant Christian vernacular in Mindanao. To digress, I was born to Ilonggo parents and was briefly raised at PMA, Baguio City as my military father was assigned at the war torn Cotabato Province thus I and my siblings being brought up there.
ME:  Maka sulti kamog Bisaya (You speak Cebuano dialect)?
MARANAO 1: Makasulti (We can speak)
ME: Gubot man kaayo didto sa inyoha sa Lanao, tu-a sa Marawi (It’s anarchy there in Lanao, at your place in Marawi City (where Muslim terrorists shoot out with government soldiers).


MARANAO 2: Kuyaw imong shades sir. Ray Ban ba kaha? Murag original. Na-ay gamay nga hiwa sa iyahang salamin nga “B.L” (You have a beautiful sunglasses sir. Is it Ray Ban? It looks original because it has a tiny mark “B.L” etched on its glasses).’
(Note: B.L by the way is Bausch and Lomb, an American company that founded Ray Ban in 1937. Ray Ban B.L is best known for their Wayfarer and Aviator lines of sunglasses. In 1999, Bausch & Lomb sold the brand to the Italian eyewear conglomerate Luxottica Group, for a reported US$640 million. Headquartered in Arkansas, the company has over 55,000 employees (Wikipidea))
ME: Don’t you know Ray Ban sunglasses are made in Lanao and not in the U.S and Italy,” I told them in Bisaya.
The duo would not buy my declaration that one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines like Lanao del Sur could produce the dominant and primary sunglasses many people in the world called Aviators.
I posed to them again in the dialect: “ Do you know the meaning of B.L etched on the glasses? It only shows they are made from your province Lanao”.
MARANAO 2: Unsay kuneksiyon ug B.L sa Lanao (what is the connection of B.L in our province Lanao)? He curiously asked.
ME: Kanang B. L buot silingon is Buhat (made) sa Lanao (What B.L means “Made in Lanao”).
They guffawed because they knew I was bastardizing the meaning of B.L. Who said these people are ignorant?
 I told them I’m a political radio commentator and gave them my newspapers where I have a column on page 5.
“You invite me on Face Book so you can hear my radio/video commentary.” I told them.
MARANAO 1 then asked me if I speak some Muslim dialect.
ME: Gamay ra. Memorized ko pa hangtod karon but dili na ako kahibalo kung unsay iyahang meaning like “Andaw kapawang”, “Mapia mapita”, “Naka-kiyo ka na”
Both of them roared in laughter like bulls.
“Ha ha ha,” the wife, who wear a black hijab and veil on her face, of one of them who eavesdropped chuckled as if there is no tomorrow.
“Bastos iyan,” she said.
When I asked them their full name, Maranao 1 told me his was Abdul Salsalani while Maranao 2 said his was Rashed Jakolen, Jr.
“Language barrier,” I quipped in English.
They both asked me what I meant about it. I told them “Language Barrier” means its time for me to go and pay the cap I bought.
No, sir we give the hat. It’s our honor to meet a jolly Christian like you. You made us smile and laugh,” one of them told me in Bisaya.
“If only Christians and Muslims in Marawi and Lanao could just banter like what we are doing, there would be no “gubot” “trouble or war” in Mindanao,” Maranao 2 declared.


 (You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com)

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June 16, 2017 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

Bayambang has biggest budget among towns in Pangasinan


 
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
 
BAYAMBANG – Because of the huge projects initiated by the mayor,  this burgeoning town has the biggest annual appropriation budget compared to all the 44 towns of the Province of Pangasinan.
According to Mayor Cezar Quiambao, this year’s budget is P412 million while last year’s appropriation was P435 million. 

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COUPLE. Bayambang, Pangasinan Mayor Cezar Quiambao and actress-wife Nina Jose-Quiambao. 

 
First class and large towns like Malasiqui, Mangaldan, and Sta. Barbara have only an average annual appropriation fund of more than P257 million this year.
When he assumed office in July 1 last year, the budget of the town was P220 million only.
He said the P38 million Development Fund from that budget deducted by the amortization of this town’s loan of P23 million contracted by Camacho would be too measly for any relevant project.
“Binago ko iyong (2016 budget) because itong twenty percent mandatory Development Fund supposedly P38 million 2016 budget binawas iyong pambayad sa utang which is around P23 million, P13 million sa Development Fund’s budget binago ko iyan. P38 million 100 percent sa barangays’development. P13 million ginawa kung P38 million for barangay roads lahat diyan 20,000 square meters na iyan,” he stressed.

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June 16, 2017 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Pitumpo’t taon na ang Dagupan City


Makasaysayan ang siyudad ng Dagupan. Ito ang kaunaunahang siyudad sa Pangasinan dahil sa mabilis nitong pag-unlad. Naging tanyag rin ito dahil sa produksiyon ng “bangus” na kakaiba ang lasa at hugis. Ang bangus o tinatawag na “Bonuan Bangus” ay kilala sa buong mundo. Kung ihahambing sa mga ibang bangus na produksiyon sa mga ibang lalawigan ng bansa, ang “Bonuan Bangus” pa rin ang nangingibabaw. Sa paglipas ng panahon, ang siyudad ng Dagupan ang naging sentro ng kalakalan sa buong Pangasinan.Naging tanyag pa ito nang maraming mga kolehiyo at unibersidad ang umusbong. Dito nag-aaral ang karamihang Pangasinense at mga karatig na lalawigan.
Naitatag ang siyudad ng Dagupan noong 1590 sa ilalim ng pamahalaan ng Espanya. May kabuuang sukat na 44.47 kilometro kuwadrado. Tinatayang may 171,271 na populasyon ayon sa 2015 census. Naging independenteng siyudad ito noong ika-20 ng Hunyo, 1947 sa ilalim ng Republic Act No. 170 na iniakda ni dating House Speaker Eugenio Perez sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Manuel Roxas. Sa taong ito, iseselebra ng mga Dagupeños ang ika-70 taong anibersaryo sa pagkatatag nito bilang siyudad sa kasalukuyang administrasyon ni Mayor Belen Fernandez. Maraming mga kaganapan ang gagawin sa pagselebra nito upang balikan ang kasaysayan ng siyudad- ang mga tagumpay, mga pagsubok at pagkalugmok sa mga natural na kalamidad.

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June 16, 2017 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

MAGANES: Is Pangasinan vulnerable to terrorists’ attack?


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In May 2002, a Muslim training camp was discovered in Mal-ong village in Anda, Pangasinan. The training camp was discovered when about 13 males in their 20s and 30s applied for a permanent residence in said village in October 2001. They said they were going to be tenants in the farm of Ahmed Santos’s family, a Muslim convert, who has his roots in Anda town. The Santoses are well-known in the town. They owned vast tracks of land.
Then village chief Maximino Celeste was suspicious. He asked requirements from them like birth certificates. While still waiting for said requirements, police operatives raided the place and arrested six of the would-be villagers.  Celeste was not aware that the farm  facing the sea where the would-be villagers stayed was a military training ground. While he heard faint gunshots, he thought they were merely hunting. The Santos’s farm was not easily accessible. It could be reached only by a dirt road.
During the raid, discovered by policemen were foxholes, cooking oil cans with bullet holes, outposts, and improvised obstacle course. There were also few guns, anti-personnel mines, grenades and combat uniforms. Seized also were booklets of Islam, handwritten notes and illustrations of parts of grenades and rifle, weapons training and instructions on how to fire a RPG or rocket-propelled grenade. It was indeed a military camp. The arrested persons were later known as Muslim converts belonging to the Fi Sabillilah- an organization of Muslims with their converts founded in 1998 who were mostly Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia.

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June 16, 2017 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

De Venecia heads plan  restoration of MacArthur building


 
DAGUPAN CITY —A building at the West Central Elementary 1 School here where US Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur resided briefly is up for its much-needed restoration, if necessary funds are acquired soon.
On May 26, upon the order of Pangasinan fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia, a site inspection on the two-story building was made by his staff led by his chief of staff, lawyer Evelyn Panlaque.
They were joined by Valentina Hortaleza, the school principal, who toured them around the house that is now in dire need of rehabilitation.
Panlaque said the congressman has big plans for the MacArthur building restoration “as much as possible to its original form as it is a historic site”.
The group was amazed by the edifice made of old wood, from the floor, walls, ceiling, windows and decorations, with MacArthur’s famous bathtub still intact in the bathroom. Signs of deterioration, however, are imminent in most parts of the house.
Hortaleza said representatives of the company that manufactured the bathtub also came here to get their approval to have it brought abroad for restoration “because it is a proof that their product is indeed durable for a lifetime”.
But Hortaleza did not approve the suggestion, saying they have no guarantee the bathtub would be returned here.
At the front yard of the house is a three-sided cemented marker.

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June 16, 2017 at 7:04 am Leave a comment

Team Energy Foundation donates solar lights to ‘paraw’ operators


By Virgilio. Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS CITY- The newly organized Hundred Islands Paraw Operators Association (HIPOA) received 50 units solar lighting systems from Team Energy Foundation, Inc. (TEFI) on June 1.
The turn over ceremony held at the Tourism Function Hall at the Lucap Wharf was led by TEFI Executive Director Roderick F. De Castro and Program Manager Dianne Maningding. City Administrator Emielou E. Gellado represented Mayor Arthur F. Celeste
TEFI is the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Team Energy Corporation  with the mission to become an active partner in the countrys growth and development.
The foundation is  also committed to provide significant impact in uplifting lives through relevant and sustainable programs on electrification, education, and environmental stewardship.
During the turn over ceremonies, De Castro said Team Energy Foundation is more than happy to extend assistance to the city and the paraw operators.

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June 16, 2017 at 7:03 am Leave a comment

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