Biyernes, Agosto 28, 2015

Where did Roxas get his huge media mileage funds?

By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, a presidential wannabe, has been aggressive in barnstorming the country and putting his national TV, radio, and newspaper’s daily info-mercial to shore up his pathetic surveys image.
KICK BACK.The overpriced KIA 2700 police patrol cars that
 Department of  Interior &Local Government  Secretary Mar Roxas
 and the police purchased at P1.9 million each or a spike of alleged
 kick backed of P740,000 each or an overpriced of P155 million for
 the 210 vehicles.
Former Speaker Joe de Venecia told me years ago, when his son Joey ran for the 2010 Senate election, that a 30-seconder advertisement at ABS-CBN and GMA-7 ran between P200 to P300 thousand.
Moneyed politicians normally have three to five 30-seconders on each of the national TVs.
Where did Roxas get all the monies when his monthly salary is a pittance at the Department of Interior & Local Government?
First, according to Abono Party-list Chair Rosendo So, whose family owns the Toyota Display and Service Centers in the cities of Baguio and Dagupan, the 210 new modified KIA 2700 vehicles cost P1.9 million each after Roxas and the Philippine National Police purchased them and showed them to the media as the result of the “Daang Matuwid (straight path)”.
So said on his Face Book page that it was an overpriced of P740 each or P155 million to all of the cars.
Anak ng baka anong bukol ito? Hindi pa natin pinag-uusapan dito iyong big discout sa huge purchase na ito sa patrol car na may makina na ginto from the management ng KIA.
Second, when Bert Lina was plucked as the commissioner of the Bureau of Custom, many suspected that he is there to raise six billion pesos campaign funds for Roxas.
They said the honest and uncompromising former Commissioner John Sevilla resigned last April because he could no longer stand the “political nature” and continued corruption hounding the BoC while others said he was unceremoniously replaced by President Benigno Aquino III because he could not be manipulated to do the billing for Roxas’s ambition.
Lina got the goat lately of the overseas foreign workers (OFW) when he ordered that Balikbayan or OFW boxes would be subjected to random check up for taxable items.
The brouhaha against Lina had been raised to a higher decibel after Custom Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa and brass of sugar planters rose raucous that 182 metric tons of smuggled sugar had entered the country since May this year at the expense of local planters and workers.
Other critics assailed Lina too of unabated smuggling of agricultural products, petroleum, and others.

Third, another source of funds for Roxas can be taken from illegal gambling game jueteng. Did I tell you before on my past column that in Pangasinan alone Meridiane (played like the illegal game jueteng) earns P5 million a day ( you can access my article at https://northwatch.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/ortigoza-p10m-bets-daily-from-gambling-in-pangasinan/).
With 81 provinces and the 17 cities and towns that composed Metro Manila in the entire country that host jueteng, Meridian, Last-2, massiao, and other illegal betting games, and each of these provinces and those in Metro Manila contributes say P500 thousand a day or P49 million for all of them, that would be a staggering P1.47 billion campaign funds a month to spike the pathetic poll stocks of Roxas in his march to the May 2016 presidential election.

Biyernes, Agosto 21, 2015

Blunders on the scrapped AFP's Missile Systems; Lessons from the Yom Kippur War


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The good thing about YouTube or Putlocker.com is you don’t need to read.
You just grabbed a cold San Miguel Beer Light, lies at your bed, watch the documentary or flick rolls before your eyes.
Shore based anti ship missile system (photo : Militaryphotos)
Last night I was glued with the video documentary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and Egypt. Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism, which also occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The connection of this war with today’s event has something to do with our Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) scrapping recently the P6.5 billion Shore Based Missiles System (SBMS) (a land-based mobile anti-ship missile system) by replacing them with marksmen rifles, long range sniper weapons system, and protective gears for the Philippine Army’s counter-insurgency operations.  A project pregnant with anomalies, as some critics said as it was not a government to government transaction but subject to the dynamics of bidding system Filipinos and their private contractors’ cohorts are very good at.
According to Diplomat.com, the DND and the Israeli Ministry of Defense spent several years negotiating the SBMS deal, which is worth Php 6.5 billion. The missile system would be put under the operational control of the Philippine Air Force and would be installed along the coast of the Philippines’ western-most island of Palawan as part of the AFP’s maritime interdiction system against China’s growing naval presence in the South China Sea
SBMS is an Anti S Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) system, which involves countering a superior opposing force by limiting its area of free and safe access using asymmetric systems like missile batteries to guard sea and air spaces.
So let’s go back to the Yom Kippur War. The lesson we can learn in that War was the important role played by the Russian made Surface-Air-Missiles or SAMs just like the important role by the defunct SBMS' program versus the Chinese naval and air assets.
As you know Egypt’s air force  was almost decimated by the Israelis surprised attacks  in the Six Days War in 1967 when Israel jets flew too low to avoid the Egyptian’s radar.
In that 1967 War, a total of 338 Egyptian aircraft were destroyed and 100 pilots were killed. And I am not talking yet here about the Russian Migs and British Hawker jets blown to air and on the ground by the Jews in Syria and Jordan.
Yom Kippur: The War

Huwebes, Agosto 20, 2015

Anti-drugs chief cites why pushers flee


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (PAIDSOTG) explains why illegal drug pushers abscond to other towns in Pangasinan after the police ran after them.
SHABU QUEEN. Alleged illegal drug shabu queen Daria Fatima Lim (extreme left), 
38, single, after she and three male companions were arrested in a buy bust
 operation by the joint elements of Calasiao, Pangasinan police and the Philippine Drugs
 Enforcement Agency in Brgy. Buenlag of the town. Lim is rumored to be one of the notorious 
shabu dealers in the town.  Several months ago, PO1 Jerry D. Mabanglo, assigned at the Philippine
 National Police office in San Manuel, Pangasinan, was arrested inside the house of Lim 
in possession of the illegal drug’s methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and its 
paraphernalia during a raid by the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task 
Group (PAIDSOTG) led Supt. Benjie Ariola who raided it.
MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Supt. Benjamin Ariola cited the tendency of the pushers here and those in the cities of Urdaneta and Alaminos to shift to neighboring towns to perpetuate their illicit trade.
He said drug operation in Urdaneta City has been aggressive under the tight watch of its chief of police Supt. Jeff Fanged.
“Merong disruption technique po si Fanged. Pumunta sa Villasis. Alam mo kung ilan ang huli ng Villasis? 145 grams o P300 thousand to P500 hundred ang street value”.
He cited the interruption techniques of Supt. Fanged made pushers scampered to neighbouring Binalonan and Asingan towns.
Ariola would not say what kind of disruption techniques Fanged dealt those scared pushers.

Manaoag did not get the moist eyes of pushers in Urdaneta City because of its location unlike Villasis and Asingan that are stone throw away from the city.
He said after the police seized 198 grams of shabu (methamphetamine hydro-chloride) in Alaminos City, the illegal trade there and the towns in the Western part of Pangasinan became sluggish.
He cited however those pushers shifted to Bani town after 98 grams had been confiscated by police there.
He cited the drugs in Alaminos City came from Infanta town.
Because of the gung-ho operation of Supt. Cris Abrahano, Dagupan City’s chief of police, where almost every day pushers are nabbed, Ariola said pushers in the city run to nearby Calasiao and Mangaldan towns to perpetuate their trades.
“Kita mo sa Dagupan City matinde rin operation diyan halos araw-araw may nahuhuli operation diyan,” he said.
Ariola cited Mangatarem, Infanta, and Urdaneta City as the three gateways of drugs in Pangasinan after big time pushers bought shabu in the National Capital Region and Cavite province.
“Pagpasok sa Mangatarem. So ang babagsakan niyan Malasiqui, Bayambang, Calasiao, Dagupan. Central so kuha na rin”.
He said drugs also proliferate in Bayambang and Malasiqui because they are near Camiling, Tarlac where drug trades thrive.
He said his men seized a substantial size of shabu in Mangatarem.
He said in the tactical interrogation of his men with apprehended drug peddlers most of them incriminate the Muslims as their source.
“Kasi lahat ng sources ay tinuturo, iyang tactical interrogation pag huli ng subject, saan galing ang item? Sa Muslim. Parang Muslim ang tinuturo,” he said.

Miyerkules, Agosto 12, 2015

Judge threatens to kill 2 lawyers


By Mortz C. Ortigoza


Sa isang malayong bayan sa Ifugao, tinawag ng isang Fiscal o Prosecutor ang isang lola na nasa loob ng court room ng judge.
Lola, kilala ninyo ba ako?”
angry_judge

“Siyempre kilala kita. Kahit noong tutoy ka pa kilala na kita. Sa totoo lang nakakahiya ka, sinungaling, babaero, at naninira ng dangal ng mga kaibigan pag nakatalikod sila,” ani ng lola.
Muntik ng mahulog sa platform ang fiscal sa taranta at biglang napasambulat:

“Lola, kilala ninyo ba iyong defense lawyer ng akusado na naka upo?”
Siyempre kilala ko rin! Katulad mo lasenggo, laos, at babaero rin iyan. Isa sa mga kabit niyan si misis mo!” ani ng lola.

Muntik ng mahulog sa kanyang kina-uupu-an ang defense lawyer.

Tinawag ng mahinahon ng judge ang dalawang nagtutungaling abugado, at matigas na binalaan ang dalawa:

“Oras na isa sa inyo ang magtanong sa lola kung kilala niya ako, ipapabit-bit ko kaagad kayo sa police sa labas para i-diretso na kayo sa Muntinlupa para ma electric chair!”
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Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted recently ambivalent presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rod Duterte who opined on our country's military position  with Mainland China: "Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the government committed a “blunder” when it bought two used F-16 fighter jets because these would not be of much help in securing the country against aggressors like China.
“The decision to buy two F-16s is really a blunder. How would it help?” he said.


My retort: It's not the government that committed a blunder here, it was Mayor Rod Duterte's faux pas. PH bought a squadron of brand new South Korean Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) F/A 50 jets which can also be used as a Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT). Two of the jets would be delivered on December this year. The mayor, to avoid this media blunder, should consult first an expert on military aviation before he opines on Air Force firepowers. The FA-50 is made by the South Korea’s “Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)”, and is a smaller, license-built version of the F-16 Fighter aircraft. It entered the South Korean Air Force service in 2014.

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Here was an arrogant supervisor of the security guards of Bessang Pass at the Hall of Justice in Lingayen, Pangasinan telling media men last Monday that they were not allowed to cover fellow media woman, Lina Cervantes of DWPR, who filed her counter affidavits on the libel cases filed by Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.
“Iyan ang utos sa amin ni executive judge, bawal ang coverage ng media,” the security supervisor named Vallo, who is a dead ringer of movie side kick Bentong, sternly told me.
“Paano naging bawal, hinde naman korte ang iko-cover ko sa office ng fiscal naman ang pupuntahan ko,? I calmly posed.
“Lahat dito hawak ng executive judge,” he hissed.
“Sa buong Pilipinas ngayon lang ako nakakita na ang media bawal pumasok sa office ng fiscal, under sa Department of Justice iyan hinde sa sala ng judge o sa Supreme Court. Noong na libel ako, may dala rin akong national TV (GMA-7) network dito” I protested.
When I insisted that I have to cover it, the watch men’s boss, who is 5’ 2” feet, stood up and held my right wrist as if he was preventing a 5’9” feet athletic but hard headed high school student to escape the school lecture.
“Sige, hawakan mo iyan at ide-demanda kita!” I vigorously warned him instead of hitting him with my left flush hook for a knock-out on his inviting jaw.
He immediately released my hand and dared me that I file a case.
When I registered my name on the logbook tended by his two white clad guards who were armed with their side pistols, one of the guards insisted I could not scribble my name.
Hinde na ako mag-ko cover, manu-nood na lang ako,” I told them.