Linggo, Hulyo 24, 2016

How cuts from gov’t project are divided

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Kalabaw na kasali sa fiesta sa Ozamiz City pinagbabaril ng mga pulis.
Kasalukuyang iniimbestigahan pa ng joint teams ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) kung nang-agaw din ng baril ang kalabaw gaya ng mga drug pushers na pinagpapatay ng mga alagad ng batas.
Here’s an excerpt of the news:
 “CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A carabao that was part of the activities of Ozamiz City’s annual fiesta ran amok on Saturday.

Witnesses said the carabao, a full grown male bull, lost its temper when it was paraded around the Birhen sa Cotta grounds where the final judging of street dancing also took place.
The street dancing competition was one of the highlights of the Subayen Keg Subanen Festival”.
A big time private contractor with the government told me how he and public officials earn in a, say, ten million pesos farm-to-market road in a town.
“15 percent lang ang tubo ko diyan. 15 percent bigay ko sa congressman, 5 percent sa DPWH (Department of Public Works & Highway) for the boys nila to divide, and 10 percent kay mayor,” he enumerated.
He cited that before he wins the bidding for the project at the DPWH, he first get the nod of the other two bidders (required by law) who would quote the first two highest bid to make the project so they would lose while my source, who bids the lowest ten million project wins.
“I will give them P300 thousand to divide among them or to those other bidders who are interested to the project”.
When I asked him how much he shell-out to the village chief that host the farm-to-market road, he told me he gives the “kapitan” P5000 as token of appreciation in signing the document to attest the program of works in his barangay had already been done by his construction firm.

Sabado, Hulyo 23, 2016




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Biyernes, Hulyo 22, 2016

Solon to 5 Generals: Face Narco Charges!

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The five active and retired police generals incriminated by President Rodrigo Duterte who coddle illegal drug lords should be braved enough to face their accuser, Pangasinan Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil said.
5 GENERALS. House Representative Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan) gives his takes to Mortz C. Ortigoza, co-anchor of Sonshine Radio 9:00 to 10:00 Am weekdays program, on the five active and retired police generals incriminated by President Rodrigo Duterte to be in cahoots with illegal drug lords.
Bataoil is a retired two-star police general before he became a congressman in 2010. He is on his last term in Congress.

“If they are truly involved they have to face the consequences of their actions, they have to be braved enough to involve themselves on the illegal activity they should be braved enough to face the consequences of their actions. But if they are not involved they have to defend themselves even in Plaza Miranda,” the solon stressed.
Bataoil, a former two-star police general, said since the president has implicated the alleged involvement of former Region 6 Director Bernardo Diaz, former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City’s Police Office’s Director Edgardo Tinio and retired generals Vicente Loot, who is now mayor of Daan Bantayan, and Marcelo Garbo.
In his speech during the 69th anniversary  of the Philippine Air Force, the President jolted the nation through television when he announced the names of these generals and their involvement in dangerous drugs.

Huwebes, Hulyo 21, 2016

U.S War Jets Frequent Fly-By near Scarborough

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

INFANTA, Pangasinan – United States war jets have been seen making regular flyby in this coastal town, according to a village official of Barangay Cato here.
Jowe Legaspi, a village councilor, said that every week he saw thundering American jets flying low here as they proceeded to the location of Scarborough Shoal.
WARTHOGS. The five A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft left by
the Americans after the April 2016’s Balikatan (Military Exercise).
Legaspi was one of the 16 of this rustic town's fishermen who asked the United Nations' Commissioner for Human Rights last September 2015 to direct China to respect their rights to their traditional fishing grounds at the Scarborough or Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
He said the personnel of the Chinese Coast Guard barred him and fellow fishermen to fish at the Scarborough Shoal, 260 kilometers from
The jets Legaspi has been seeing with regularity here were probably the five A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft left by the Americans after the April 2016’s Balikatan (Military Exercise).
The pugnacious twin engines’ A-10s passed by at the Shoal in April 19 to send a message to China that the area was for free aerial and maritime navigations.
The U.S used the airports at Subic, 204 kilometers from here, and the one at Clark Field in the nearby Pampanga province.
The Americans left Subic, Clark, and other U.S Bases in the Philippines after the Philippine Senate did not ratify in 1991 the treaty extending their stay in the country.
The Chinese took the Shoal in 2012 as part of her Nine-Dash Doctrine. But the Philippine government filed a case at the U.N Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague in early of 2013.
The Tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines in July 12 this year.
Legaspi, in his middle of 40s, recalls the when he was a kid he and his older brother would fish near the firing range of the Americans in the Shoal.
“Pag nandiyan na iyang eroplano aalis na kami, lilipad ng mababa sa amin na nag wawarning na alis na kami sa Karboro,” he chuckled.
The mostly Visaya speaking Fishermen, from this town, Sta. Cruz, Masinloc, and Subic, Zambales who fish at Scarborough call the Shoal for brevity as “Karboro”.
The U.S. Navy used Bajo de Masinloc, another name of the Shoal, as an impact or bombing range. The concrete slabs were needed as “sinkers” to keep the balance of the old decrepit ships which were placed in the shoal for the U.S. Navy’s shooting and bombing runs.
“Pakpak niya, parang twin bodies,” Legaspi described the plane which could be the turbo powered OV-10 Bronco manufactured by North American Rockwell.

Miyerkules, Hulyo 20, 2016


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Last Monday I told a town’s chief of police (COP) about ”netizens” ridiculed him in social media Face Book of his soft approach to illegal drug pushers.
“Iyong ibang bayan at siyudad, andami ng sumuko at namamatay, pero dito sa area ninyo wala pa. Kelan daw may mang-aagaw din na pushers ng baril, tanong nila?” I posed.
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The police official smiled on the dare. He said, the mockers should give him a week and he will show them he meant business.
Four days later, a top drug personality in the town was pumped in with bullets by the policemen after he grabbed the guns of the latter.
“Boss, may nang-agaw na ng baril sa area ko,” he called me.
“Send me the photo of the dead pusher, i- post natin doon sa Face Book ng mga nanga-ngantiyaw, “ I retorted.
He said aside from the deceased, he was targeting, Mr. XYZ, another Top 5 drug personality.
“Matagal na kaming may gustong tumbahin dito. Top 5 sa drug list namin. Problema doon siya nagtatago sa isang siyudad,” he confided to me.
He said he even plan to “sell” (or “benta” in vernacular) him to the chief of police there to get rid of the peddler.
He told me his men want to kill the habitual delinquent.

Biyernes, Hulyo 15, 2016

Cong on 5 Police Generals Accused to Coddle Drug Lords

I asked in our 9 to 10 am DZRD SONSHINE RADIO  program today Congressman Pol Bataoil, a former two-star police general, on his take on the 5 police generals implicated by President Duterte to be alleged protectors of illegal drug lords in the Philippines.
We discussed too the spate of killings of suspected drug pushers by the police who justified that the former try to grab their weapons.
Bataoil recalled in this interview his impression of Philippine National Police’s chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.


VIDEO: Solon explains ditch P50K cop's monthly pay

Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan) explains why the present government could not give the P50,000 a month salary next year of the member of the Philippine National Police despite it was a campaign promised of President Rodrigo Duterte. Bataoil, a former two-star police general, cited the ceiling of the P3.35 Trillion for next year's budget as based on tax , custom, and other government collections. INTERVIEWER: Political Columnist Mortz C. Ortigoza of (CLICK TO READ BLOG)