Crush these drug dens in Binloc and Aling, Super Sonny!
By Gonzalo Duque
OUR Pangasinan Press Club was lucky to have an exciting guest speaker in Col. Mariano “Sonny” Verzosa, the junior of the late former Lingayen Mayor Mariano Verzosa Sr.
With his presence last Wednesday at Pedritos, Sonny broke the ugly record of his predecessors who feared facing the media. For this, expect good media, Colonel Sonny.
We’ll tell you a secret. Media will always be kind to government officials who are game, meaning sincere, walang tinatago o kung mayroon man, kailangan humarap pa rin.
Ok pa rin siya, di ba, Ermin, Jun V?
We understand the local publishers held a seminar at the Narciso Ramos Complex last Friday. Ok yan mga igan, okay ka Celso. Kumon agyo ibebeel so p… yo. Seems to this columnist the Punch is the only paper that is reporting the truth about Dagupan affairs.
We challenge you, publishers group, to report the truth. It’s your mandate. It’s why you are!
Back to Super Sonny. The way he conducted himself, mukhang may mangyayari sa campaign against illegal drugs. O, Manong Bebot, it may interest you to know that there are two drug centers in Dagupan that could not be contained– Barangay Bonuan Binloc and Sitio Aling. During the Media in Action forum, we challenged Super Sonny to draw up a fight plan on these notorious drug dens. If Super Sonny succeeds there, pwede na siyang ilaban ng Gobernador!
We recall at this point a PPC sportsfest where T-shirts were distributed a couple of months ago. Printed on the T shirts were 4 monkeys, instead of the traditional 3.First T shirt “speak no evil,” 2nd T shirt “hear no evil, and Third, “see no evil.” One witty newsman suggested a 4th T-shirt with “have no fun.” But a more witty guy butted in to which everyone applauded, “please put a d after ‘fun.’”
Our serious publisher has his own version though, thus. “If you speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil, then you are evil.”
You are correct, bossing, but this corner suggests, let’s give the new publishers a warm-up period. Pasasaan ba, ganito lang ba tayo?
Good luck to your group, Manny, congratulations!
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Every time we bump into anyone who knows that we are from Dagupan, the talk normally or abnormally slides to — among other issues — our not-so-handsome city hall.
They will compare our city hall with that of Calasiao, or Binmaley, or Urdaneta, even Lingayen, Sual. Onkebet ak, agagui. Not only because we have an old, old building, mind you, but because it gets flooded each time there is little rain!
See, katon agyo ak na-blamed if we are critical.
It’s our duty to get peeved, to be critical because we care for our city, we care for our fellow Dagupenos.
We were earlier told that Mayor Benjie Lim considered buying the MC Adore building to be used as our new city hall. Good, great. It was a bright idea. Now, as election day nears, something new cropped up. Benjie is now hot in selling the building and stopped talking about Dagupan’s need for a viable and decent city hall.
What will he do with the proceeds? His boys and gals say for good projects!!! Ha??? They should have said Projects with the peso sign. Our computer has no peso sign, sorry. Ontan sirin, Manny? Manalwar kayo, ompiano sananey sa panggamit tan itay balor na McAdore!
Nasisingob tila tan even while we were debating with the Obama forces in the US the other week.
By the way, because our decrepit city hall gets flooded at a drop of rain, former Mayor Al Fernandez has come up with its new name — “BSL - Below Sea Level.”
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From the US, former Pangasinan media stalwart Leony Galvez sent us a good word about our winning at the Regional Trial Court for local colleges and universities not to pay business tax to the city government simply because doing so is illegal.
But, we aren’t yet happy because the esteemed Judge Genoveva Maramba did not grant our prayer for a refund of all that we had paid for the entire duration that it was held as an illegal taxation.
Well, the game is not over yet, buddy. There is the Supreme Court to go to for redress.
As for our durable partner, UL President Macky Samson, who was labeled by Mayor Lim as a tax cheat (ditto with us), the Maramba decision is enough good breather.
We prepare for the bigger battle in the high court.