Symbol of hope
By Jun Velasco
“ A good place to keep your friends is out of politics.” – E.C. McKenzie
KID Kulafu, a new movie on the life of Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao, has a ring of legend that would inspire children of poor parents, to also become a super hero someday even amid poverty.
Win or lose on May 3, Manny Pacquiao has become a national inspiration, a unifier, a symbol of hope among the poor.
Some friends frown on our cool and sober stance on the winner in the mega fight.
Mar improves, but Duterte zooms!
By Gonzalo Duque
THE next few days will be crucial to Secretary Mar Roxas, the LP’s – and President P-noy’s – presumptive candidate for president.
He, Mar, was in town the other week to meet sectoral leaders. He also called on Archbishop Soc Villegas. He was accompanied by the De Venecias – former Speaker Joe and wife, Cong. Gina – former Cong. Rachel Arenas, socialite Cong. Rosemarie Arenas and Mayor Belen Fernandez.
Maganda naman ang reception ng mga Pangasinenses.
Pacquiao pining for another miracle
By Al S. Mendoza
IT used to be that only in chess do we maximize mind power to extract a win.
Not anymore, fellas.
Boxing has intruded into this exclusive domain.
And I refer especially to the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
By the way they are preparing for their much-awaited showdown in Las Vegas, mind-reading and a lot of psy-war has been blasting endlessly from their separate camps.
Mayweather has called Pacquiao “reckless,” using PacMan’s 6th-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 as a prime example.
Who will run unopposed?
By Bebot Villar
TO refresh your memory, 21 candidates for Congress, board member, mayor, vice mayor and councilor in Pangasinan in the 2013 elections ran unopposed. Two were congresswomen, two were board members, five for mayor, four for vice mayor and eight for councilor in my hometown Sto. Tomas.
Unopposed in 2013 were 3rd District Rep. Ma. Rachel Arenas, but she allowed her mother now Cong. Baby Arenas to substitute for her; 6th District Rep. Marlyn Primicias; 5th District Board Members Danilo Uy and Clemente Arboleda Jr.; Mayors Silverio Alarcio Jr of Laoac, Eldred Tumbocon of Umingan and Amadeo Gregory Perez IV of Urdaneta City; Vice Mayors Alain Rabang of Umingan, Dionisio Caburao of Sual and Paz Rafanan of Villasis.
They pick Pacman to win
By Jesus A. Garcia Jr.
FORTH WORTH, TEXAS—-The talk of the world now in sports is about the coming mega-bucks world title unification welterweight bout between Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. of U.S. and our Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on May 3 at the MGM Grand Arena. As of this writing (April 23), Mayweather still holds the 2-1 odds but obviously Fil-Ams here in Texas and California whom I have talked to pick the fighting congressman from Sarangani to win the fight. And they have varied reasons.
NOT READY FOR K+12. At least two petitions for injunction were filed against R.A. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 – the K+12 program, so far. The controversial program will add two more years in high school.
Petitioners versus K+12 dubbed the program as “anti-Filipino” because it abolishes mandatory subjects including the Filipino language, Literature, and Philippine Government & Constitution as provided under Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20, Series of 2013.
The fear that at least 70,000 college faculty and non-teaching members may suffer from job displacement due to the program was also cited. Obviously, there was not enough consultation on the K+12 curriculum with stakeholders, particularly and teachers.
HEAVIEST DAGUPAN BANGUS —- Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a 4 kg heavy bangus but only during the Bangus Festival. The two young ladies hold up four such bangus that won the “heaviest” titles for you to feast on for days. (Punchphoto by Willie Lomibao)
FOR ALLEGED CORRUPTION
BAYAMBANG—The town’s mayor is the subject of two separate complaints filed with the Office of the Ombudsman by the vice mayor and five councilors, and a businessman.
Mayor Ricardo Camacho has been charged for violating Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and Malversation under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code, specifically for the purchase of a P380,000 prior-owned Toyota Granvia without public bidding and authority from the municipal council for the mayor to purchase it.
THE complainant in the civil case against Malasiqui Mayor Armando Domantay, et al, and Celia Lim of Magic Group of Companies again filed an Ex-Parte Manifestation and Motion before Branch 57 of the Regional Trial Court of San Carlos City praying for the immediate issuance of writ of demolition on the building of Magic Malasiqui that was built on a land owned by the municipal government.
Mario T. Armas, the complainant, said the issuance of such writ is ministerial on the part of the court since the Court of Appeals (CA) already ruled that the construction of the Magic Mall building was illegal, and the CA decision has become final and executory because it was sustained twice by the Supreme Court.
IN spite of the sudden heavy downpour that lasted over an hour, the grand opening of the 2015 Bangus Festival, ushered in by the Gilon! Gilon! ed Baley, proceeded and drenched street dancers performed with more gusto that elicited loud cheers from the crowd that lined the city’s main avenues.
And defending champion Barangay Pantal proved still to be the best!
Pantal has earned the right to represent the city anew in the Festivals of the North on April 26. The contingent is also the defending champion.