Lunes, Mayo 14, 2018

Nuke-powered NoKor negotiates equally with the U.S., Allies – JDV

One of the few persons in the world who extensively knows the South and North Koreas’ politics is Philippines’ former Five-Time Speaker Jose de Venecia.
De Venecia is the Founding Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) to which many South Korean politicians are members.
Ortigoza and Speaker de Venecia.

When he was Speaker of the House of Representatives, he brought in the Philippines many multi-billion pesos projects and grants from the South Korean government because of his connection with the people in high offices there.
 Northern Watch’s Political Columnist Mortz Ortigoza, for the umpteenth time, interviewed de Venecia whom the former considered as a political connoisseur on foreign affairs like the 2018 Inter-Korean – Summit held at the Peace House in the South Korea’s held territory near the demarcation line. The Summit was led by capitalist South Korea President Moon Jae-in and pariah but nuclear powered communist state North Korea Chairman of the Workers’ Party and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
 The discussion between the two leaders revolved on denuclearization, peace establishment, and improvement of inter-Korean relations for their mutual benefit. Excerpts of the thoughts of de Venecia:
 MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA  : Do you think  the Inter – Korean – Summit between Kim and Moon will be for good for the peace  between the two Koreas and their neighbors Japan and other countries?
 JOSE DE VENECIA : I’ve been saying that in my three columns in the Manila Bulletin. For the last two months I’ve been saying that.

Linggo, Mayo 13, 2018


DRONES AND ATV - The sibling John Paul Rodas Perez, 23, and Jhe Rodas Perez, 19, who aspire for the seat of the punong barangay (village chief) and the chairmanship of the Sangguniang Kabataan in Barangay Cabilocaan in Calasiao, Pangasinan, respectively, stand prominently at the platform of their All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) where they lead the motorcade of their slates and supporters for the 2018 Barangay & Sangguniang Kabataan Election (BSKE) two days before the May 14, 2018 poll. 
The village has 1,700 voters according to John Paul.
The brood is children of San Manuel, Pangasinan Mayor Alain Jerico S. Perez. John Paul is pitted with seasoned Punong Barangay Cesar Legaspi. 

Legaspi, according to a source, is groomed by Calasiao, Mayor Joseph Arman Bauzon to be his President of the League of Barangays  - a position that is equivalent to a member of the Sangguniang Bayan (town council).But that plan to be an ex-officio councilor will be a pipe dream If the young well-funded Perez defeats him in today’s poll. Both candidates of the top village post were rumored to use drones to spy each other in their nine days’ stumps.

Huwebes, Mayo 10, 2018

How a Bet Buy Votes, Win the Barangay Poll

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 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Now that the Barangay (Village) election is few more days to go, I will share the experiences of a Punong Barangay (Village Chairman) bet we will call in fictitious name Philip Dipaawat.
In my almost one hour interview with him, where he asked for anonymity, he divulged the illegitimate ugly sides of winning the vulnerable and susceptible hearts and minds of the voters in his and his opponents determination to win the coveted post in Barangay Nababayaran somewhere in the urban area of Northern Luzon.
In 2007 Barangay Election, Barangay Nababayaran had 8,000 voters.

ME: How many of you aspired for the position of Kapitan (Spanish term of village chief that was termed as Kapitan del Barrio before)?

DIPAAWAT: Five of us, but the two were spent force. My two tough opponents were a rich matron looking businesswoman and the junkie (narcotics dependent) looking son of the Kapitan.

Martes, Mayo 8, 2018


How a Candidate Cheat and Win the Barangay & Sangguniang Kabataan Election (BSKE).

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Lunes, Abril 23, 2018

The “Luck” brought by 18th of April for candidates

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MANGALDAN – Candidates for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan  Elections (BSKE) all over the country brave the scorching summer sun and the inconveniences of a long queue just to file their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) at the offices of the Commission on Election because of the magic brought by April 18.
Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan Mayor Carlito Zaplan and Sual, Pangasinan Mayor Roberto Arcinue said that candidates in the 44 towns and four towns’ Pangasinan province observe this superstition since time immemorial.

LUCK - Candidates for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election (BSKE) in Mangaldan, Pangasinan scramble inside the limited space of the Election Registrar of the Commission of Election in the Central Pangasinan’s town because of the supposed luck brought by 8 in April 18. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Both chief executives said the Comelec offices in their towns were jam packed with scrambling zealots.
Punong Barangay (Barangay Chief) Alicia Velasquez of Pogo this town cited that the April 18 mad rushed at the Comelec was phenomenal in the entire country.

“Pataas e, saka itong araw na ito araw na pinakamatigas,” Dante Enriquez Cera, a seasoned radio commentator who vied for re-election for the Sangguniang Barangay (Village Legislative Body) of Banaoang of this burgeoning town, cited.
He said that the diagonal and curve lines of ocho or “8” in 18 goes up to the end point.
He cited that April 15 brings luck too to bets because the singko or “5” has an upper end tip point.
The filling of CoC started last April 14 and ended at 5 pm of April 21.
According to, 8 is the great Karmic equalizer, a force that just as easily creates as it destroys. When the 8 comes knocking, you can be assured that you will reap what you have sown. The 8 balances the material and immaterial worlds. At its best, it is as spiritual as it is materialistic.

Deo Lopez, a radio reporter, cited that “20” just like “18” gave lucks to candidates because of the circle around “0”.

Punong Barangay Velasquez said, like what Cera explained, that the last digit 8 has its diagonal and curve lines.
“This is different because of 18,” she said in Pangasinense.
She compared the sluggish influx of candidates last April 16 to the wild hurry of bets in April 18.
Velasquez brought her entire ticket of seven bets for the council while her opponent and his entire ticket had filled their candidacies in April 16.
When asked that they will lose because the “16” in April has no significane versus the “18” in April, Velasquez chuckled and differed.

“ Ha ha ha, depende sa kagustuhan ni Lord”.

The Lord she mentioned was the Powerful Lord Almighty’s King of the Universe who is worshipped by the Christian World and not the illegal number Jueteng Lords in 44 towns and 4 cities’ Pangasinan province who are worshipped by politicians because of their propensity to give huge financial supports to some bets for a chance to win the poll.
Comelec records in Pangasinan say that there were a total of 1,276 and 8, 991 candidates who filed their COCs for the village's top post and the Sangguniang Barangay (SB), respectively on April 18.
Meanwhile, there were 1,132 and 8, 188 bets that filled for the Punong Barangay and SB posts, respectively, for April 14 to 17.
For the SK, there were 651 and 2,426 candidates who filed their COCs for the youth body’s top post and council membership, respectively on the April 18 while 788 and 2,653 submitted their COCs for the SK Chairmanship and Council’s post, respectively, four days prior to  April 18.

Punong Barangay bet Salvador Visperas de Guzman of Amansabina cited what he read on the Lunario (Lunar Calendar) that “16” and “18” were the luckiest numbers in the six days filing of CoC’s period.

NARCS TEST - Bets for the Punong Barangay (Village Chief) and Sangguniang Barangay (Village Legislative Body) wait for the result of their drug test as they converged to the gymnasium of Lingayen, Pangasinan to be included in the test as the police warned those non-cooperative candidates that they would be monitored for any narcotics related activities. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

“Para sa akin din maganda ang 16 kaso kabilugan ng buwan. Maganda rin kaso marami doon ang negatives na nandoon. 16 to 18 maganda. 20 not maganda”.
But there are non-believers on this superstition that became a practice of Filipinos since the Spanish colonization of the country centuries ago.

“Wala, superstitious belief on the number, the belief!” Maryknoll Pangan Soriano, a Bachelor of Laws graduate, who ran for the chairmanship of Barangay Tebag here, declared.
When egged why she still filed with her ticket and not on the following day of April 19, she said most of her bets felt better to file simultaneously on the 18th.

De Guzman who understands the nuances of the Lunario and astrological signs, was skeptical however about his Wednesday or April 18 filling of his CoC despite comprehensively reading the Calendar. What concerned him was the dilemma he faces against the financial juggernaut of Ramon Mejia, the brother of Dr. Roland Mejia, the Director of the Region-1 Medical Center (R1MC), in Barangay Amansabina.
Director Mejia is dubbed as the Medical Czar in the humongous province and was rumored to aid the mayoralty candidate of this town in the May 9, 2016 election.
De Guzman also lamented the desertion of his two bets for the council to the camp of his rival.
“Nabili ang dalawang member ng slate ko”.
He said he would be enmeshed in a three-cornered fight for the Kapitan’s post in his village.

BROADCASTERS: Dagupan City radio based broadcasters Dante Enriquez Cera and Deo Lopez explained the importance of the Lucky 8 in April 18 why they have to shove and jostle with other candidates to beat the date in filling their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the elective post of the village legislative body. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Punong Barangay candidate Dante Paragas, a former aid of then Lingayen Mayor Jonas Castaneda, said he and his ticket motored for more than an hour at early dawn last Wednesday to the miraculous Our Lady of Manaoag Church in Manaoag town, Pangasinan for the real Lord’s blessing, went to the Comelec in the capital town’s Lingayen at 8:30 am on the same day and joined the sea of bets that wiggled in to submit their CoC to the officials there.
“We finally submitted our C.O.Cs at 6:30 pm. It was tough inserting ourselves, but we have to file it on the 18th of April,” he stressed.
With the Almighty’s blessing in Manaoag and the luck April 18 gave him and his ticket, he said his party is a force to reckon versus his two opponents who did not file on the 18th.

In the 2013 village poll, he lost and had a fall-out with then Mayor Castaneda because the latter supported the incumbent village chief and ignored him despite his being a faithful gofer to the mayor for countless of years by running errands and driving his Sports Utility Vehicle.

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Time to tease JV, Bam overtakes him in Senate's Polls

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

When I asked early this year reelectionist Senator Jayvee Ejercito, the son of a former President, about his take on the poor political poll’s stock of reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino on the December 2017 Social Weather Station’s senatorial preference, he retorted with a guffaw: “Iyon ang may malaking problema!”

 He referred to the poor performance of Aquino on the survey despite being in the Top 20 of the 12 senators needed to win so they can be in the August Chamber for the 2019 -2025's term of office.

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Ejercito and Aquino were numbers 11 and X ( did not give the rank), respectively, on that survey.

How a P5M funds transformed an SK Prexy into a BM

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Now that the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth) Election is included in the May 14 Barangay Sangguniang Kabataan Election (BSKE), does it mean that the poll should be insulated from the maneuvering of the moneyed politicians and the parents of these candidates who compete for the presidency and membership in the  Pederasyon ng  Sangguniang Kabataan or Council.
For the uninitiated, a winning SK President can become an ex-officio councilor of a town or a non-component city and becomes an ex-officio Board Member of the province.
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The position as lawmaker commands the same respect, emoluments, and pork barrel distribution from the power- that- be in the province.
The parents and politicians zealously bankroll and see their bets win so they can either becomes a councilor or a board member and “flaunt” the “Honorable” title appended before their names.
Here’s how monies played a role for the victory of these bets: