Enough lip service
LAST week, the national attention on the campaign against illegal drugs was focused on Pangasinan but all because the activities for the observance of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week were held in Dagupan City. The activities should remind our political leaders that there is more to be desired, and to be done about our illegal drug problem.
My kind of Smart City
By Ermin Garcia Jr.
DAGUPAN Mayor Belen Fernandez wants to see the city emerge or evolve into a “Smart City” by 2016.
I have not heard her speak in public functions lately where she perhaps expounded on her “Smart City” vision so I cannot claim to know her thoughts on this. So without any thought of preempting or correcting the context of her goal, I dare list my own context of what my Smart City could or should be, or call it a wish-list!
By Jun Velasco
FROM Singapore, private contractor Nelson Sotto told us he’d clarify his role about a P50-million sea wall project recently allotted intended to shield some 1,400 houses in Barangay Bonuan Gueset.
Meanwhile, Kapitan Rico Mejia was quoted by Edwin Tandoc as fuming at the proximate possibility the project might allegedly go the way of a P40-million drainage project that left some pipes unturned failing to check flooding satisfactorily.
To the above, District Engineer Rodolfo “Boy” Dion cautioned against unsavory speculations on the still “un-awarded” project, or else—it might be pulled out by higher authorities.
A President for our times
By Gonzalo Duque
EVERYDAY, as Election Day comes nearer, our attention goes to names, some popular, others, notorious, still others ubiquitous, and unwinnable but still trying hard to get into our awareness.
You’re right, all of them are so-called presidential wannabes.
Of course, nandiyan si Vice President Jojo Binay, who earlier was almost sure to win for consistently topping presidential surveys. But nagpapalit na ata ang quality at direction ng hangin. Humihina, mga igan, dahil sa dami ng corruption charges!
If Pacquiao can’t win by KO, Lutong Macau
By Al S. Mendoza
IF Chris Algieri will mix it up right at the opening bell, he will be knocked out before Round 1 is over.
That’s how confident I am.
In Manny Pacquiao, Algieri will finally meet his real acid test.
He may have built a menacing 20-0, win-loss record but then, virtually all of his victims were mere pretzel vendors.
His eight knockout victims may have been illegal aliens out to earn a fast buck or they’d die of starvation.
Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week
By Bebot Villar
IT was gratifying to see an overwhelming response from the citizenry of Dagupan City sa ating panawagan para sa kanilang pakiki-isa sa kampanya laban sa illegal drugs.
I saw this during the kick-off activities for the celebration of this year’s Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week, which was held in the city last Monday when some 15,000 students, professionals, teachers and other sectors, joined the four-kilometer “Walk of Hope in the Fight Against Drug Abuse.”
My sixth world boxing title-watch
By Jesus A. Garcia, Jr.
AS an adventurous former athlete, I gallivant and every time I have enough means to finance a trip to watch an important sporting event, locally or internationally, whether cycling, basketball or boxing, especially if the protagonists are my country mates, I never have to think twice to spend for it. I have to give in to my passion and watch regardless of the results And that’s what I did (again) last week.