The Chan saga
A BREAKTHROUGH seems to be finally underway in the lingering animosity of the provincial government led by Gov. Amado Espino Jr. against the police provincial director, Senior Superintendent Marlou Chan.
Quo vadis, Binloc?
By Ermin Garcia Jr.
SEC. BEBOT Villar certainly minced no words, calling a spade a spade, lambasting the barangay leadership of Bonuan Binloc when he delivered the keynote address during the Independence Day celebration in Dagupan City.
In his usual ”Deretsahan” manner (read his column), he took Kapitan Pedro Gonzales to task for making his barangay earn the notoriety of being the only barangay in the province that is listed under Category 1, meaning the barangay has become a real threat to the communities in the province.
Agoo rises, ala ‘American community’
By Jun Velasco
“Freedom ends when it begins to deprive another of his freedom,” E.C. McKenzie
EXCEPT for the unsettled mayoral row in Basista town, the elections in the province were peaceful, honest and clean.
So, why prolong the Basista disqualification case?
If it’s true that re-elected Mayor Manolito de Leon was a holder of American passport when he filed his certificate of candidacy, he should be disqualified by the Comelec and proclaim Vice Mayor Joy Perez, who ranked second in the mayoral race with only 67 votes behind.
It’s as simple as that.
Go easy on Col. Chan, Guv!
By Gonzalo Duque
WE are not superstitious; what’s more, we are not callous.
We believe the story of Fr. John Palinar who saw last week with his flock the image of the Virgin Mary during a bon fire near the Villamil Bridge in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
She was a Weeping Virgin, he said. Malungkot. Kasi naman hindi matapos-tapos yong taytay.
Inatey lay puto industry, awa pare Manny? Aray totoo naasar lara.
They are gnashing their teeth. They said “why do they start constructing a still functional bridge, and they can’t even finish it. It’s the height of irresponsibility.”
The case for Kabang
By Al S. Mendoza
KABANG, the hero-dog from Zamboanga, is back in the Philippines after undergoing a successful snout surgery in the US.
Kabang lost her snout last year trying to save two kids from a road accident.
Dina Bunggal, 9, and her cousin, Princess Diansing, 3, would have been hit by a speeding motorcycle had Kabang not flung herself into the path of the two-wheeled vehicle.
The kids were unharmed but not Kabang.
Bonuan Binloc, a black eye
By Bebot Villar
THERE were varied reactions to my speech sa 115th anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dagupan, particularly tungkol sa rampant illegal drugs sa Dagupan.
Para sa ilang officials, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (PDEA) report na nasa Category 1 ang Barangay Bonuan Binloc ng Dagupan bilang seriously-drug affected, ay isang wake-up call. That problem has been going on for years, sabi ng ilan and some people do not recognize the existence of the problem. Nasa denial stage sila for the longest time.
“Kayo po na nakaupo”
By +Oscar V. Cruz, JCD
IT already happened before. It is again happening now. Instead of bringing their heartaches and protests to the streets, there are those who compose songs, sing them, and thus deliver their messages of heartaches and sorrows. This indirect but forceful approach of the so-called “Protest Songs” had their origin particularly during the Martial Law times when social protests were not only taboo but the protesters themselves were looked upon as enemies of the State. But the songs remained and the regime was gone. While still relatively few, there are now also songs of protest about one social issue or another. While those who hear such songs with their negative message might want to remain “positive” about the sad facts or pitiful events that they themselves see and/or know taking place in the country, the protests brought forward by the songs remain relevant and incisive. So goes a part of a song of recent vintage: