Linggo, Hulyo 1, 2018

Ph Town honors its West Pointer

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

When a young Army First Lieutenant learned that I came from M’lang, Cotabato Province, he told his fellow officers who worked at the Tactics Office of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City in the late 1980s that the people there were dazzled  by a four digits military name tag sewed on the left breast part of their fatigue or khaki uniform.
For example:      Regla, JC
                         2LT  O-4321
(Note: "O" stands for Officer then the four digits)
“Iba doon bok, big deal sa kanila ang four-digit (Its different there classmate, four-digit was a big deal for them),” he quipped to fellow officers who are now mostly retired generals.
Many Muslim mayors there would doff their hat when they saw a four digits battle weary Army Captain and his battle scarred soldiers who entered his village while chasing the rebels,” one of them retorted.

What’s the magic of the four digits that the knowledgeable, the machos, and the wide-eyed made a big fuss in Mindanao?
The four digits showed primorldially that the officer is a frigging graduate of the elite Philippine Military Academy and not some graduates of FEU or Faaralang Elementarya ng Ulongapo and PAMMA or Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy who took an ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) course under the tutelage of inferior reserve military instructors and became a military official.
The four digits whose members were and are mostly graduates (some are non-PMYers but members of the regular force they derisively called “Sundalong Kanin (Rice Soldiers) like doctors) from the Long Gray Line in Barangay Kias, Fort del Pilar in Baguio City means not only being an officer and a gentleman but epitomize youth, vitality, and wisdom.
 When a son of a poor farmer, a businessman, a public school teacher, or a sergeant passed the tough PMA entrance examination that emphasized on mathematics, hurdled the three months beast barracks training at Camp Aquino in then Tarlac town (where I worked as a clerk there when it folded in 1989) and Fort del Pilar, and survived the almost four years (more if the cadet became a turn-back or repeater because of academics deficiency) rigorous academics and regimental trainings, folks in our town, overawed son of a gun, would talk highly about the cadet or the officer.

HAILED  - U.S Army 2Lt. EliEichenberger, center, poses with the members of the Philippines National Police based in M'lang, Cotabato Province.


Martes, Hunyo 5, 2018

Filipino Senators For Sale?

   Amendment of the PSA 
remains unacted by the Senate

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Amendment to 100 % foreign or Filipino the ownership of a business utility in the Philippines can solve the Filipinos unemployment problem as it will open the economy to more investors.
So who says that Federalism is the economic silver bullet?
It’s the amendment of the Public Service Acts (PSA), dimwit, that until now the Senators procrastinate to pass so President Rodrigo Duterte can sign it into law.
The present PSA or otherwise known as  Commonwealth Act No. 146 covers all types of common carriers, be it by land, air or water, water supplies and systems, petroleum, electricity, communications systems and even broadcasting stations.
It is where utilities have been mandated by law to be averagely 60 percent owned by Filipino or Filipinos despite the thick pockets of the foreign partners who sulked themselves to settle for the 40 % of the voting stocks.
Tycoons in the Philippines where 14 of them joined the richest  people in the world according to Forbes Magazine's Richest People in the Planet for 2017. Photo Credit: Cebu Properties.
Because of this seemingly xenophobic equity, foreign investors go instead to Mainland China, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and other South East Asian countries.
If the House of Representatives passed the PSA in September last year, why the Mabagal na  Mataas na Kapulungan or Slow Senate as derisively called by Speaker Panty Alvarez until now sits on it?

Is it because its campaign time for the May 13, 2019 poll for re-elective senators like Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, Koko Pimentel, Bam Aquino, and JV Ejercito where they have to crisscross the country in an expensive hundreds of millions of pesos stump where they need radio and television advertisement? 
Do they need badly the monies and aircraft of these corporations being affected by the amendment of the PSA?

Filipino Cadets Bare Sad Plights at West Point

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 Cadets from the Philippine Military Academy sent to the United States Military Academy and those at military colleges in South Korea, Japan, Canada, and Australia disclosed some of their sad financial plights.
USMA Second Class Cadet Jesson Peñaflor said that he and his co- West Point, New York based cadet have to pay each $2,000 (P105, 270.00) their education and training supplies and equipment at USMA before they trudge their four years military and academic courses.
WEST POINTERS – United States Military Academy’s First Class Cadet Renier Dela Cruz (extreme left) and Second Class Cadet Jesson Peñaflor flanked former Military Professor Gabriel Ortigoza of the Philippine Military Academy when Ortigoza attended the USMA Class of 2018 graduation held at the Michie Stadium in USMA, New York recently.
The two Filipino cadets are part of the treaty called Foreign Service Academy Program signed by the Philippines with the United States. The country has other similar programs with South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Canada.

This disclosure was recently posted at the Face Book’s account of Gabriel Ortigoza, a former military professor at the PMA, when he attended the graduation of the USMA Class of 2018 in New York last May 26 this year.
He said neither the PMA nor USMA pay for these materials.

The PMA have two “international cadets” it sent to USMA in Peñaflor and Renier Dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz, who is from Baybay, Leyte, will be graduating in May next year while Peñaflor, from Bukidnon, will get his diploma at the Michie Stadium in May 2020.

Martes, Mayo 29, 2018

These LGUs should honor new West Pointer, Mom

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Congratulation to my town mate Fely Arzaga Eichenberger and her son Eli, 22, who will conclude this Sunday his four years tough academic and regimental trainings at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Eli and mom Fely Arzaga would be in their town M’lang, Cotabato province next month for some “rest and recreation” and probably sentimental journey where Fely, a daughter of a carpenter and a housewife (they were our neighbor) migrated in the United States in 1992 and married Mark -  a veteran  commissioned air force officer. (Click here for my lengthy article’s Fil-Am to Graduate this Weekend at West Point.
United States Military Academy Filipino-American First Class Cadet
Eli Arzaga Eichenberger is flanked by family members at USMA, West
Point in New York before his graduation recently.
I hope the local government units (LGU) of M’lang and the Province of Cotabato can confer their appreciation just like what the LGU of Pangasinan and its towns gave importance to graduates and heroes in their sons from the Philippine Military Academy – a premier military college in Asia copied from USMA – based at Fort del Pilar, Baguio City my and my siblings’ birthplace.

Miyerkules, Mayo 23, 2018

Telco’s Free Aircraft Services to Senators at Our Expense

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN City – A pilot said that senators of the Philippines are free to use the helicopters owned by one of the two major telecommunication corporations in the Philippines.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone under Manny Pangilinan and Globe Telecommunication run by Ayala Corporation are duopoly in the Philippines.
The Pilot, who asked anonymity, said that whenever senators wanted to stump in the provinces and cities outside Metro Manila the choppers and the pilots are there to ferry them for free.
This information ensued when a pilot brought to this city a senator from the Liberal Party who visited a government office.
Some media men had even pictures of the solon and the tail number of the chopper.
Another senator who ran for a public office in the last election had been using helicopters from the mammoth telecommunication corporation dubbed as telco by Filipinos.
A political kibitzer here said that these practices of the telecommunication corporations in lending air assets like airplane or jet to fly these members of the Upper House mocked by Speaker Panty Alvarez as Mabagal na Kapulungan (Slow House of Senate) as far as to Mindanao only showed how the lobby group had sway with the senators to protect the interest of the corporation versus giving franchise to another rival.

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.