Sabado, Agosto 12, 2017

Not All Members of Congress Are Intelligent

By Mortz C. Ortigoza


For the past days I was glued at You Tube catching up with the Houses of Senate and Representatives on how the P6.5 billion shabu (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) was sneaked before the eyes of the personnel of the Bureau of Customs through the Green Lane (where shipments are not required to undergo inspection) and found its way to a warehouse in Valenzuela.
“A tip of the iceberg, sannamagan,” I told myself when I arrived from work while I sipped my coffee and watched our congressmen questioned, chided, rebuked, and whatchamacallit their guests.
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Let’s cut the chase. In these hearing in aid-of-legislation and in aid-of-grandstanding as people around the world watch some of these Senators and Congressmen strutted their stuffs, I just learned that not all solons were intelligent and not all the lawyers had the savvies of the law.
Anong klaseng tanong iyan ?!” I cried on a certain Congressman Sarmiento's poser to a regular Customs honcho who was not appointee of Faeldon if the latter policy was effective when he took the helm of the Bureau.
Salamabit, what kind of poser was that?
Of course the threatened Custom official would affirm in a positive way Faeldon’s style of running the BoC otherwise he would be undermined.
I’m not talking here about Congressman Sarmiento because I did not meet him yet.
But it should be a lesson for us lesser mortals that not most of those elected in Congress are intelligent. These sonnafabitch became congressmen or senators because they have monies (where most if not some were stolen from the coffer) that catapulted them into power.

Sabado, Hulyo 29, 2017

This Man Wants Corrupt Gov’t Execs Killed

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

This country leader warned government brass that “unexplained wealth means unexplained death”.
I assure you pag sinumbong mo na sa akin iyan I guarantee you, tawagin ko iyan sa harap mo at sabihin ko talaga, mag-hingi ka uli p*tang ina mo, papatayin kita (I assure you if you report him to me I guarantee you I am going to hail him before you and will tell him son of a bitch I am going to kill him),”  Philippines President Rodrigo R. Duterte warned them at the recently held Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incorporated (FCCCI) meeting in Manila.
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It is high time for the citizens to inform the media or call the government’s Anti-Corruption Hot Line 888 and report callous faces public officials and their kin who stashed government funds and flaunt some of them at social media Face Book.
I saw some government officials and family members who shamelessly posted at Face Book their palatial mansions, sports utility vehicles, yacht, and other properties that are beyond the means of the salaries of the concerned brass.
One of the parents in an exclusive school in Manila told me how scandalized she was seeing this government executive embellished her body with expensive jewelries like those huge diamond earrings and million pesos’ Rolex watch in a Parents Teachers Association meeting while her chauffeur waited outside with her new flashy car.

He Thought Ebola was Abala the Terrorist

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

As I encoded my column, yes Virginia sometimes I scribbled my draft on paper, I overheard the interview of Iron Sheik – a cussing wrestler who speaks like actor Sacha Baron - at the Howard Stern Radio Show why Muslim and Jews (Israelis for example) do not eat pork.
By the way the Sheik or in real name Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri is an Iranian - American former professional wrestler, amateur wrestler, actor, one-time world champion, having won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983, and former body guard of Iranian Shah (King) Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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Terrorist named Abala that my friend Sheik Faquir Afaq hated


BLACK LADY CO-HOST ROBIN QUIVERS: It is a sin in your religion to drink (alcoholic beverage), take drugs..?
SHEIK: God bless you, good question Robin! Ah, ah, ah, as an Islamic man I am not supposed to eat pork, I am not supposed to drink alcohol, but since I am in your country America I will be sociable sometimes, I drink a couple of beer, a little bit glasses of whisky and a little bit sometimes, ah, eat, ah instant bacon which is pork. That is against our religion since like Jewish people that when we eat pork that’s the dirtiest animal in the earth because pork or pig eat dead animals.
Just like Jews, Muslim people we don’t eat pork only lamb, goats, and beef okay? Ah, because sheep and goat they eat grass that son of a bitch pork or pig (chuckle from the radio staff) eat, eat, eat dead animals and the dirtiest animal in the world. I respected Jew people they don’t eat pork!

Biyernes, Hulyo 14, 2017

No Jueteng: Cops Find Post Unattractive

By Mortz C. Ortigoza


A Chief of Police (COP) of a second class town in Pangasinan could have two hundred thousand pesos a month where he could also get the free three square meals a day of his men.
Some of these monies were being used as gas fund for the patrol car, allowances for the mobile phones of the cops, and operational expenses like arresting a guy with warrant of arrest in a far flung province.
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With President Rodrigo Duterte war on illegal gambling ensued months ago against jueteng and jai-teng, not only the mayors, vice mayors, and councilors but the chiefs of police were hit by the absence of the payola – the motivational factor for them where they are now perched at their present posts.
 Blame the government run’s Small Town Lottery (STL) that put a stop to this perennial practice.
“a) To raise additional funds for PCSO’s health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character; b)      To provide funds to various local government units for their health program and medical assistance and services; c)    To provide an alternative to illegal number game/operation and to aid their eradication; andd)      To provide additional opportunities for employment” explained by a letter of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan to the mayors in the country.

Lunes, Hulyo 3, 2017

Bettors for Horn won a Fortune in a Fixed Fight



By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Morning radio anchors Audrey Hidalgo and Rod Marcelino of DZXL- Manila asked me today in a phone patched interview if world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao should resign from being a senator because his being a world class excellent boxer was being affected after his controversial tussle with unheralded Australian Welterweight Boxer, a former school teacher, Jeff Horn.
I told them I agreed with their observation that was earlier declared too by Pacquiao and Horn’s promoter Bob Arum.
But I reversed their poser:
What if Pacquiao retired from boxing and concentrate as a full time senator because his being a boxer has been affecting his being an “excellent” full time senator?
The duo guffawed. They know I was humoring them.
Audrey, my former tandem in our morning political radio program in Dagupan City, told me I was right.
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 How can Manny Pacquiao be an excellent senator when he was knocked out by 1,000 pound intellectual elephant in Heavyweight Senator Franklin Drilon in the worst senate debate in the annals and even anal of the Philippine Senate that saw the sorry Pacquiao decimated by the flurries of intellectual and the English language prowess of the Fat Bomber Solon Drilon.
“Na ubusan ng hangin, este, ng English at research si Pacquiao kaya na knocked out ni Drilon,” I quipped.

Okay, ‘nough said!

Let’s dissect the farce called Horn’s victory against the Filipinos’ idol who who many said convincingly won the championship battle for the World Boxing Organization’s diadem last Sunday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.  

Martes, Hunyo 27, 2017

71 Years Old Biker Still Races the 81 - Km Dagupan - Baguio Stretch


By Mortz C. Ortigoza


DAGUPAN CITY – The stamina powered 81 kilometers bike race Buelta Dagupan that started here to Baguio City showed its two facets: A septuagenarian and a teenage pedal aficionados.
Veteran racer Alex Jugo is 71 years old while minor Efren Reyes is 16 years old.
The long distance race from San Marino Place here to Benguet Province included the strenuous ascent to the snake- like cloud kissed Province’s highway before they reach Tuba town -  one of the two legs of the race before they sped off to Baguio City via the strenuous uphill highway of Naguilian, La Union.
TWO FACETS of long distance low level handle bar road racing bikers. From left: The 71
 years old veteran cyclist Alex Jugo and the promising 16 years old Efren Reyes. 
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The race show cases the mettle of the cyclists who used expensive low level handle bar road racing bikes and contraptions.
According to the septuagenarian Jugo, a retired seaman, he used to join cycling legend Jess Garcia, a Filipino-Mexican who is a Pangasinense, during contests in the 1970s and joined prestigious race Philippine International  Council Cycling Commission (PICCA) under a certain Tony Kairuz in 1971 to 1973.
Three-time national cycling marathon champion Garcia told this paper that the PICCA races ensued in the middle of 1970s.
Jugo was absent in the race for two years but did not see his age as an obstacle to conquer an uphill trek with fellow racers who were younger than him.
“Sa batch ko baka ako lang ang nagbibiseklita pa. Mga  edad 70 talaga o kahit na 60 medyo delikado kung hinde ka nag e-exercise (Probably I am the only septuagenarian who still race. 70 or 60 years old biker could be dangerous especially if he does not exercise),” he cited.

Biyernes, Hunyo 16, 2017

Veems suspect mayors cheat them on gambling payolas



By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Some town vice mayors in Pangasinan smarted of being deprieved by their mayors on their payolas from gambling operator.
A vice mayor, who asked anonymity, said despite the law on Small Time Lottery that only three percent of the total gross receipts of the bets in his town goes to the public treasury, he and the other vice mayors suspected that operators of the STL, a government sanctioned number games, in their areas have another illegal list on bettors where their mayors continue to receive a percentage.
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Small Time Lottery's papelito and STL's logo.
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In a letter earlier sent to Pangasinan's mayors by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s General Manager Alexander Balutan said that “additonal revenues for the the game are also intended to benefit the Municipality of xxx by the allocation of 3.00% from the gross sales of the STL operation in your area of jurisdiction”.
The vice mayors and the councilors of a town or city and the chief of police there were no longer given a percentage on the gross collection of the PCSO oversees STL.
The outwitted vice mayor said that he and other vice mayors had a conversation with another vice mayors in a meeting who told them that he continues to receive his share from his mayor.
The smarting vice mayor said he and his fellow vice mayors would expose this shenanigan to the media perpetrated by the mayors after they could gather strong evidences that there is another list for the operator of the STL.
There are two franchisees of STL who squabble for official recognition in the 44 towns and 4 cities’ Pangasinan.
“I thought President (Rodrigo) Duterte wanted to eradicate illegal gambling like jueteng and Meridiane, but it seems illegal number game is still perpetrated in the same places?” he posed to reporters.