Biyernes, Marso 31, 2017

Report corruption at BIR, I will act on it – Dulay

Q & A: Northern Watch’s political columnist Mortz C. Ortigoza and some media men interviewed Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay of the Bureau of Internal Revenue during the 2017 Regional Tax Campaign Kick-Off of the BIR  in Lingayen, Pangasinan. The Questions and Answers mostly zero on the corruption perpetrated by BIR's top officials that undermine tens if not hundreds of billions of pesos of government revenues that should have gone to the public coffer to fund government projects.
Interviewer (right) posed with Commissioner Caesar R.
Dulay after his interview with him.

NORTHERN WATCH: You suspended iyong Letter of Authority (L.A) iyong sources ng corruption sa BIR kasi ang enterprising taxpayers nalalagyan iyong Examiners and other high BIR officials. Nayayari ang collection natin. Sir, meron kayong safety net kung paano natin masiwata iyan (You suspended the Letter of Authority one of the major sources of corruption in the BIR because enterprising taxpayers bribe the Examiners and other high BIR officials. It prejudiced our national collection.  Sir, do you have a safety net how we can ged rid of it)?
COMMISSIONER DULAY: Ang safety net diyan, may number of days sila to finish iyong Letter of Authority. If they don’t finish that then we call their attention. That’s what we did the first time. Itong bagay na L.A we will be issuing an order to give an update kung ano na ang nangyayari. Kasi ibig sabihin kung walang update inuupuan lang, nakikiapag usap lang (On the L.A I will be issuing an order to give an update and see what will happen because if there is no update, they sat on the L.A and negotiate on it).
 Is this task daunting?

Sabado, Marso 25, 2017

Fear of Ridicule and Hurdling the KBP Exam

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

When I was asked to do radio commentary, I relished it because I was a radio bug on selected Filipino political broadcasters especially during the time of the perceptive Louie Beltran, the humorous Rod Navarro and everything hilarious and vulgar about what U.S No. 1 shock jock Howard Stern dishes on Sirius Radio and YouTube.

Man, I loved to talk especially the way former five-time House Speaker Joe de Venecia and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton rabble roused. Their ding-dong gift of gab I imitated and polished on air with my belief that they could help proselytize by playing with the emotions of the listeners here and abroad, thanks to free Face Book Live Feed video where listeners overseas could listen to my antics.
Even during my early days in broadcast last July, I saw to it that once in while I browse on the internet’s manual how broadcasters were governed by their police body Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas( KBP).
When Jay Mendoza, then manager of DZRD Sonshine Radio-Dagupan City who I worked with asked me last December if I want to take the KBP accreditation examination, I did not only tell him affirmatively but told him I was too willing to shell out the seven hundred  fifty pesos examination fee when he told me there was a charge for it.
Son of a gun, that’s beer money compared to the prestige and benefit I could derive to be a full-pledge radio broadcaster, I told myself.
Several days before the D-Day in January 28, I read diligently, twice or thrice, the 40 pages KBP’s Broadcast Code of the Philippines given to me by the manager.
Why my sheer determination to master the Code and the complicity of the rules a broadcaster should master in doing his craft? Geez, it was my sheer fear to botch and be the butt of ridicules and jokes especially by those who hated my guts on air.
“Kayabang yabang kasi, bagsak naman sa KBP!” one of the dilemmas or even nightmares I was imagining he he.
Some lady reporters teased me what will I do if I failed the examination while Atong Remogat, Dennis Mojares, and other radio reporters who were my favorite punch lines on the air had already hurdled the accreditation examination.
“Siyempre nakakahiya iyong kinakantiyawan mo pumasa tapos iyong nangangantiyaw bumagsak,” I told them that caused them to guffaw.
When I and 61 of radio and TV workers who hailed as far as Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Baguio City took the test held at the function room of the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resource (BFAR) in Barangay Bonuan Binloc my first impression was the more than 200 item questions was tough if one did not diligently read the posers and get the best answer in a multiple or four options anwers where some seem to be coined to be tricky.
“Halos magkapareho ang mga sagot naglalaban lang sa isang word thus deceptive,” I told my self while I was shading the first ten of the more than 200 questions with my No. 1 Mongol Pencil.
I looked at the cameramen and technicians of the national television who were on my side and in front of me wondering even if they read the Code and how they dealt with the questions that were analytically challenging like “Will the station or its personnel communicate by any means, whether on-air or off-air, with the perpetrator of say hostage taking or victim without coordinating with the police officer in charge of the crime situation?”.
Some of the questions there I even used as source when I, as resource speaker lately, told members of the City Council in Dagupan City who conducted a public hearing on their pet bill’s Anti –Fake News that they should not harass radio anchor or reporter airing an unconfirmed news like “bombing” if it is a “Clear and Present Danger” on the safety of the people. They acquisced on my proposal on Section 5 that says “Unconfirmed reports shall not be aired unless there is an immediate and urgent need for the public to know about them, such as when the public needs to be warned of the possibility of an imminent danger. When such reports are aired, it must be emphasized that they are unconfirmed. 5.b. An unconfirmed report must be verified as soon as possible. If an unconfirmed report is found to be false, an announcement saying so must be made.”
I was smiling as I shaded my answers because the short preparation I had been was rewarding.
But I panicked when questions filled with words like “cowcatcher” and a “hitch-hikers” “What is the minute’s limit of a commercial load for FM in Metro Manila and the province? “ Channel, source, gesture?” were asked in the middle and later part of the questionairres.
Son of a gun, wala ito sa manual na binigay sa akin,” the eyes of this non journalism or mass communication graduate widened. Pssst, I finished my B.A and M.A on government a far cry about the nuances of a microphone and stinger button.
As the proctor told us that we have 20 minutes left for the examination that started at 2 pm and ended at 5pm, I looked at my left side and saw four of us left whose faces were still glued at the questionnaire.
I was left behind because I returned to those questions that I did not have privilege to have the manual like “In case there is a brownout at your radio station and the power returned after three hours, where would you get your official time. Answers could either be: A) KBP, B) Pag-Asa, C) Station’s wallclock D) None of the answer. At first I chose KBP, but I erased my pencil shade on its box when I analyzed, yes Virginia I did common sense evaluation, that it should be “B) Pag Asa” because I saw everyday on TV that Pag-Asa announced what time the sunlight strikes.
But other questions like “compensating spot”, “primary and secondary signals, I did not  know them from Adam.
 I left the room like an idiot and downed.
With the more than 200 questions and with 35 items I believed I answered incorrectly, I felt threatened about my passing chances despite one has to pass it by getting only 60 percent of the correct answers.
 My boast to my wife and kids that I would top the test went awry, I told myself.
“How was the examination?” radio collegues at 981kHz DZRD Sonshine Radio asked me.
“I fear I failed it, I did not have the manual on many questions there that asked about FM stations, the terminologies, the number of advertisement allowed by FM in Manila and the province, and Whatchamacallit,” I told them.
Many were surprised about my humility. They missed the patent braggadocio they saw on me as my funny trademark.
“Pa humble ka Mortz, baka bumagsak ka at least alam nila na ikaw mismo nag sabi na babagsak,” I told my self on that defense mechanism whenever other media men posed the same question.
Two Fridays ago I saw at Face Book some newbie lady radio reporters crowing they passed the KBP with posts like” Full pledge radio reporter na kami” below the document that came from KBP.
I called one of them and asked if she saw my name. The answer was negative.
When I entered the radio station last Monday, those who teased me if in case I would not pass, had naughty look at their faces telling me “blow out ka na!”
“Walang problema diyan, naka ready na iyong pera na pambayad ni misis sa kuryente gastusin natin sa blow out,” I told them and asked to show me the copy of the result. They told me it was still with the KBP Chairman Mark Gemson Espinosa.
“I felt I failed the examination,” I told them again.
“You should be positive, tell that you felt you could pass the test,” my tandem Harold Barcelona, that I used to tease and who laughed on my antics on air just like the laughing stinger button.
I just told everydbody I failed because I detested Harold and his taunt if I really failed the examination.
The following Tuesday morning, Ilet Breguera entered the radio booth during our commercial break and told me to treat the radio staff because I passed.
I felt relief and even imagining that I would be happy even if I could get the 60 percent passing score.
“Anyway, all of us who passed including the No. 1 and the cellar dweller have the same identical I.D cards as KBP passer,” I told myself.
I told Ilet again to produce the paper as evidence I hurdled so I could shell out the treat monies I supposed to pay for the electric bill.
After our one hour commentary program, Benjie, a reporter there, told me I landed on the Top Ten of the test.
Roger Codnita the manager furnished me a photocopy of the result from top to bottom of all the examinees.
I saw my name on the No. 10 and told the people there that I felt bad that I have no manual to read on those 35 questions I squandered otherwise I dominated the examination he he.
“Nagyayabang ka na naman Mortz!” Ilet cried while Harold and other shook their heads because the distinct bragadacio of Mortz Ortigoza had been awakened.

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Biyernes, Marso 24, 2017

Appointment by Duterte of barangay officials lawful – Solon

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The appointment of new sets of barangay chairmen and council members by President Rodrigo Duterte will be lawful because they will be backed up by a law crafted by Congress, according to a solon.
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From left to right: Representatives Ashley Acedillo, Samuel Pagdilao,
Romeo Acop, and  Leopoldo Bataoil. PHOTO CREDIT: RAPPLER

This was the reaction of Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil when asked if the appointment by the president of the village violates the right of suffrage of the Filipinos.
He explained that he and fellow members of the House of Representatives comes May 2 this year will resume session and will discuss how to amend the law that will empower the president to postpone the election of village chiefs and council members.
“Yes, in case we argue (for the amendment) it will go to the process (of legislation),”he said.

Huwebes, Marso 16, 2017

Drilon knocked out Pacquiao in the worst Senate debate

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

In the annals and even anal of the Philippine Senate, one of its lowest parts was when Senator Manny Pacquiao, not contented of his being loquacious, clashed with super heavyweight Senator Franklin Drilon just like what he did with Eric Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez before national television at the amusement and consternation of the Filipinos.
The problem was Drilon was a BAR top ten passer of an Ivy League's University of the Philippines while Pacquiao was a product of the University of Hard Knocks complemented by the Department of Education's Acceleration or Accreditation and Equivalency Test where the world saw him plucked from Grade 6 to college without giving him a benefit of what was to be in  Sharon Cuneta's "High School Life".
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A knocked out boxing icon Manny Pacquiao
Pacquiao in his proposed bill wanted to create a separate boxing commission that is independent from the supervision of the Games & Amusement Board (GAB).
Here’s an excerpt of the exchanges of power and dud punches as written by a reporter of Rappler on the First Round of the verbal tussle:
“Why are we creating a new agency when the GAB can perform these functions?" asked Drilon.
Pacquiao replied that his bill seeks to update reviews and standards of the industry, as well as to collect fees and create linkages to foreign boxing agencies. He said the new agency would implement stricter requirements for boxers.
Drilon was not satisfied with Pacquiao's answer and repeated his question: "I guess the question is, are those functions today being performed by GAB?"
"Yes, Mr President," Pacquiao answered.

Miyerkules, Marso 15, 2017

Senator Poe nixes House’s solon Cha-Cha’s plan

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A senator vehemently reacted to the intention of the House's chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Amendment to merge the 24 members Senate with the House of Representatives to vote for a constitutional change.
Senator Mary Grace Poe speaks to reporters after she graced the 66th induction and
 turnover ceremonies of the JCI Dagupan Bangus Chapter held at the CSI Stadia in 
Dagupan City.  MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Senator Mary Grace Poe emphatically declared that the senators would not agree on the pronouncement of Representative Roger Mercado when he led some members of the Committee for a consultation here last February 24 if voters in Pangasinan's province either wanted Constituent Assembly or Constitutional Convention as vehicle to amend or revise the 1987 Constitution.

Miyerkules, Marso 8, 2017

Solon unfazed if someone questions Constitutionality of Cha-Cha

            In solons bid to make Senate, House vote as one

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments was unperturbed if somebody questions the plan of Congress to mix as one the 22 members’ House of Senate and the 297 members House of Representatives to muster the three-fourth votes needed for the charter change bid.
CHA-CHA.Committee on Constitutional Amendments' Chairman Roger Mercado reads the plaque ofappreciation the 35 members' Committee give to Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez
(2nd from left) for hosting the first leg of the consultation whether to amend or revised
the 1987 Philippine Constitution. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Representative Roger Mercado said that anyone can question the Supreme Court on the plan of Congress but “(but) whether that question will prosper or not that’s another story,”he told Northern Watch.
He said voting as one or voting separately as an independent body has been a nagging question since attempts of those who want to change the Constitution started several years ago.
Kasi the constitution allows amendment and revision by the ConCon (Constitutional Convention) by the Congress meeting as Constituent Assembly and through People’s Initiative napili natin iyong ConAss (Constitutent Assembly) ang problematic provision lang dito is iyong Congress will vote as one e,”he cited.
Mercado, however, said he is amenable for the Senate and the House of Representatives to vote separately if that is what other proponents want.