Linggo, Disyembre 9, 2018

Hired Killer Rat His Patron



By Mortz C. Ortigoza

I dropped by recently at the ritzy mansion of a first class town mayor in Northern Luzon since I did not break bread with him for a long time.
I met there too some of his seasoned political leaders that spiked up and spiced up our conversation about politics.
When I told them about the audacity of assassins murdering this year politicians like former La Union Congressman Eufranio Eriguel, Sudipen, La Union Mayor Alexander Buquing,Balaoan, La Union former mayor and incumbent Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion, and former Bayambang, Pangasinan Councilor Levin N. Uy, the mayor told me about the aborted murder hatched against him.
He narrated that a year ago somebody called him that his perennial bitter rival, who supports a relative for the mayorship, wanted to assassinate him.
He immediately contacted his police brass’ friends at the regional command and sought their help to unmask the perpetrator of the threat.
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They have technological marvel that could trace the location of the owner of the mobile phone whenever it rings,” he enthused.


“Ya, I know that StingRay liked gadget. When my cellphone was surreptitiously taken by a theft from my opened shoulder bag in Mangaldan seven years ago, I told the incident to the then chief of police of Dagupan City where the device traced the location of my phone in Barangay Caranglaan of the city,” I cited.

Dagupan, 3rd Cong’l District have most voters in P’sinan


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Dagupan City and the Third Congressional District in Pangasinan  have the most numbers of registered voters based on the latest records of the Commission on Election (Comelec) as of November 15 this year.
It showed that the 2,956,726 populated province (National Statistics Office August 1, 2015) has 1,946, 638 voters where Dagupan City and the one city and five towns' Third Congressional District have 119,164 and 406, 035 voters, respectively.

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A normal scene in every election: The inconveniences that meet a voter who has to wade the multitude to search for his name and his designated voting booth at a bulletin board provided by the Commission on Election in the voting precinct. 
The district is composed, based from the highest number of voters, of San Carlos City, Malasiqui, Bayambang, Calasiao,  Santa Barbara, and Mapandan.
 The 15 highest vote rich Local Government Units in Pangasinan and their corresponding number of voters are:
1.    Dagupan City :       119, 164
2.    San Carlos City:     111, 170
3.    Urdaneta City:         87, 916
4.    Malasiqui:                81, 342
5.    Bayambang:            75, 911
6.    Lingayen:                66, 286
7.    Mangaldan:              65, 115
8.    Calasiao:                 61, 653
9.    Binmaley:                60, 870
10.  Alaminos City:          56, 863
11.  San Fabian:              52, 334
12.  Santa Barbara:         51, 863
13.  Umingan:                 51, 310
14.  Mangatarem:            51, 150
15.  Pozorrubio:               47, 659

According to an officer of the Comelec, who asked for anonymity, the 1.947 million voters could be reduced by hundreds only because of the deletion on the multiple registrations, validation, change of residence, and others by the Electoral Regulation Board (ERB).
The congressional districts with the highest number of voters are:

Miyerkules, Disyembre 5, 2018

The Day I Met the Queen



By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The first time I heard the song of the British rock band Queen was in Paco, Manila in 1980. I was in second year high school  spending my vacation in the jungle asphalt of the Metropolis with my air force’s father who was in his furlough.
“Turorum-tum-tom turo-ro-rum tutom! “Turorum-tum-tom turo-ro-rum tutom!” low riffed by the four strings bass guitar of John Deacon, the composer, who would start the song while the hard beat of the sticks to the drums of Roger Taylor accompanied the “Turorum-tum-tom turo-ro-rum tutom!” that made them stimulate my mind.

"Ansarap naman niyang beat ng Another One Bites The Dust," 
I quipped to myself.

Then lead singer Freddie Mercury deep throaty flirty-growl and high-pitched voice opened the vocal with:

Steve walks warily down the street
With the brim pulled way down low
Ain't no sound but the sound of his feet
Machine guns ready to go
Are you ready? Hey, are you ready for this?
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?

Of course I did not know yet the names of the lead singer, lead guitarist Brian May, bass guitarist, and the drummer of the rock band created in London in 1970.
The song caught me with its funk rock beat of the bass guitar, drum, and its boogie styled melody.

Gen. Bato Answers My Queries on Murders, ICC against Him



By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The reason why former four-star general and national police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa earned a niche in the heart and mind of Filipino voters was not only his derring-do to belt a song or songs while lady spectators pulled their male counterparts to dance with the music he averagely sang but his provincial demeanour spiced up by his Cebuano or Mindanaon thick accented Tagalog.
These are his comparative advantage to other senatorial rivals like Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito, and others who were outside the Magic 12 of the 2019 Senate Race’s surveys.
I’ve been telling media colleagues here in Luzon why Tagalog ladies loved their Visayan or Mindanoan boyfriends or husbands not because of their sexual prowess but because of the thickness of their tongue in enunciating a correct sounding American word. 
ITAGA MO SA BATO - Pollster’s Social Weather Station No. 10 senatorial wannabe retired police general Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa was smiling when I told him in "Bisaya" names of his relatives in Barangay Bato, Sta. Cruz , Davao del Sur, my town mate Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, and his "Good Boy" PMA, classmate in Mindanao.


Peace for them is “Pis”.
  As a resident of Mindanao in the middle of 1970s to middle of 1980s, the ballyhooed “Pis” word for them had, son of a gun, multiple meanings.
Pis could be “Face”, “Peace”, “Paste”, "Piss", or “Fish”.

Biyernes, Oktubre 26, 2018

Duterte cannot sign 3rd Telco thru FINL – Senator Poe


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY - Senator Grace Poe said that Duterte could not just sign an executive order through the Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL) allowing a third player in the telecommunication industry controlled by Philippines Long Distance Telephone/Smart and Globe Telecom.
Ganito ‘yan, kasi sa batas natin may nagsasabi ‘pag ang telco, hindi puwedeng foreign owned ‘yan; so kailangan maipasa sa Senado, so ‘yun ‘yung aming itutulak. Ngayon, maganda ‘yung ibang mga korporasyon o industriya ay magkaroon ng kumpetensiya. So kung may foreign owners na magbibigay ng mas magandang serbisyo, bakit hindi ‘di ba? Pero nasa batas na kailangan muna naming ma-amyendahan,” she stressed to this paper when she visited this city recently.
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Senator Grace Poe


The duopoly of these corporations punished the Filipinos for their poor services especially the internet connection considered one of the slowest and probably expensive in Far East Asia.

Sabado, Oktubre 20, 2018

Politicians Wish Illegal Number Game Jueteng Around



By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Vice mayors in Pangasinan these days are anxious as the middle term election will be next year because they are financially handicapped to the rush of solicitors who will exploit their candidacy, a vice mayor of a Central Pangasinan town lamented.

“The filing will be on October 11-12 to 15-17 this month and election will be on May 13, 2019. Can you imagine the waves of indigents, public employees like teachers, folks in the barangays who need monies for their medical problems, Christmas programs, fiestas and basketball uniforms,” he told this writer.Image result for jueteng politicianPhoto Credit: Inquirer

Actions, Counter Actions Among Electoral Rivals



By Mortz C. Ortigoza


The defection and repositioning of the supporters of the two camps of the gubernatorial wannabes in Pangasinan exhilarated the spectators as the last day of the filing of the certificate of candidacy (CoC) will end on October 17.

The defection of Board Member Raul Sison, a staunch ally of Governor Amado I. Espino, Jr and his father to the camp of Alaminos City Mayor and governorship candidate Arthur Celeste that surprised many Pangasinenses, triggered the Espinos to allegedly commission retired police general Fidel Posadas, former provincial director in Quezon Province and former PRO - 1 CIDG Chief, to challenge the son of Sison, Urbiztondo Mayor Martin Sison, for the mayoralty of the Second Congressional District's town.
After Bolinao Mayor Arnold Celeste filed his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) last Thursday at the Commission on Election - Provincial Office in Dagupan City for the First Congressional District to be left by his older brother Congressman Jesus, it will prompt the candidacy of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Tim Orbos to challenge the younger Celeste in the one city nine towns' Western Pangasinan district.
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But an insider at the camp of Orbos told me that he was evaluating too, a few days before the end of the filing of the CoC, on his stocks in case he runs for the vice governorship.

Governor Espino and his father were seen hobnobbing recently with former leaders of the first district at the residence of former Alaminos City Vice Mayor Jing Aquino.


In an October 7 photo tagged at my Facebook account by Pangasinan “quintessential” photo journalist Mon Untalan, these personalities were former Mabini Mayor Ariel de Guzman, Orbos, the younger brother of the district’s former representative Oscar Orbos, and others.

The action of Alaminos City Mayor Celeste to pull out his son League of Barangays –Pangasinan Chapter President and ex oficio member of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan (provincial board) to succeed him in the city precipitated the Espinos to egg former board member Boying Humilde to run for the mayoralty to frustrate the young Celeste’s foray in the post.

With this new positioning, do pundits see exiting congressman Jesus Celeste foregoes his plan to hibernate but instead wear again his political armor to counter the plan of the Espino in Alaminos?

“No,” declared by Bolinao Mayor Noli Celeste when I asked him.
He told me that BM Brian is still the forerunner for the mayorship of the coastal city.


Congressman Celeste divulged me before he had a moist eye in the steering wheel of Alaminos because his brother Art will run for the congressional office in the May 2019 poll.

Graduating Binalonan Mayor Ramon “Monmon” Guico, III told recently this paper that in case the forecasts of the camps of Agbayani and Celeste were true that Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr. would abandon the Fifth District and run as governor while his son and namesake, the present governor, slides as his vice governorship tandem, he will see himself being pitted to exiting Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo "Bobom" Gregorio Perez IV.

He said the older Espino will surely enlist Perez, a new ally, to frustrate him and as a front against Celeste in the one city eight towns’ eastern Pangasinan’s district.

But political personalities at the Comelec told me this repositioning in the Fifth Congressional District will not happen because Espino will pursue his reelection as his governor son will either choose between Bautista Mayor Deo Espino or Orbos for the vice governorship.

The defection of BM Raul Sison to the Celestes would have a major price on the part of the Espinos.

Sison and Art Celeste will dichotomize the votes of the eight towns’ 2nd Congressional District that political kibitzers seen before as bailiwick of congressional wannabe Bugallon Mayor Jumel Espino, his congressman - father and governor- brother.

During the heydays there of then Second District Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr who later became a nine-year governor, the district was his vote churning citadel what with his collaboration with the brothers Bugallon Mayor Ric Orduna and his Man Friday and “non nonpareil” operator retired Colonel Paterno Orduna and Sison.

Presently the trio is his political enemies.

Sison, his wife Urbiztondo Vice Mayor Marlyn Sanglay- Sison deserted several days ago PDP-Laban, the party of the Espinos, and joined the Nationalista Party of Senator Cynthia Villar.

It is suspected that the one who interceded for their transfer to the Nationalista was Abono Party List Represenatative Conrado Estrella, a political nemesis of the Espinos, who was grinning ear to ear as he brought Sison, his wife,Umingan Mayor Michael Cruz, and Aguilar Vice Mayor Roldan Sagleto to the senator whose husband former Senate President Manny Villar is the party’s chairman.

“Does the rumored mayoralty candidacy of police retired general Posadas versus your son Urbiztondo Mayor Martin trigger as punishment by the powers that be for your defection?” I asked, of course in Tagalog, Board Member Sison after he filed his congressional intention at the Comelec's provincial office in Dagupan City last Thursday morning.

“Hindi ko alam kung iyan po..ang lahat naman po ng position may kalaban, e lalagyan po ng kalaban ang aking anak. Talagang ganoon ho kasi election, demokrasya”.

When the Celestes put almost half a million of pesos fifteen 30 seconds spots’ public relation advertisement at GMA-7 regional television that ended a day before the start of the October 11 filing of CoC, the camp of Espino ran too in a tit-for-tat mode on that expensive television PR ingratiation game.

As both camps trudge the May 13, 2019 day reckoning, expect more pricey radio and TV slots to be bought by these candidates and their supporters where some have already been freaking out like faggots in the social media.


(You can read my selected columns at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com and articles at Pangasinan News Aro. You can send comments too at totomortz@yahoo.com)

Miyerkules, Oktubre 3, 2018

Why Gripen Jas 39 a cut above its rivals like F-16V




 It’s the Saab made anti-ship missile, stupid!


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Saab Gripen Jas 39 C/D distinctive anti-ship missile looms as a gory warning to lurking enemy warships in the territorial water of the Philippines.
A top executive of the Sweden based multiple role fighter (MRF) jet manufacturer said that Gripen has been a cut above the rest of the fourth generation rivals because of the 434.5 centimeters long 50 cm in diameter's RBS15 anti ship guided smart missile.

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“What you’re looking is the Saab missile known as RBS15. This is one of the things that really set apart the Gripen with its competitors. In fact, almost no other modern fighter has a modern anti ship missile integrated. None of them have a weapon attached. The latest version of this missile which we unveiled in the Farnborough Airshow,” Vice President for Communication Robert Hewson told recently this newspaper at the  three days Asian Defense & Security (ADAS) 2018 held recently at the World Trade Center here.
The distinctive missile that even the United States made F-16 Viper lacks is a game changer.
The Maryland, USA made Viper is the closest rival of the Gripen in the more than sixty billion pesos procurement of the Philippines for an MRF.

 COCKPIT - Feeling the flight deck of the roughly P5 billion multiple role fighter (MRF) jet Saab Gripen Jas 39 C/D after my interview with its Vice President for Communication Robert Hewson.

How Mayor, Guv, Solon Steal to Fund Their Election


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Since election time will be next year, I discussed with a high politician how a mayor for example will purloin the government of funds for his re-election campaign.
Tens of millions of pesos of these stolen monies will be used for vote buying that runs from P300 to P1000 per voter.
Where would the shrewd chief executive get the fund illegally to perpetuate his three years stay in his honorable if not horrible perch?
We scrutinized the annual appropriation budget of a town or a city.
In a five hundred million (P500, 000, 000) budget for the current year, the Local Government Code provides that 45%  goes to personnel service or salaries for first and third classes … cities, and municipalities; Each of these local government unit (LGU) shall appropriate in its annual budget no less than 20% of its annual internal revenue allotment (IRA) for development projects; 5% of the estimated revenue from regular sources shall be set aside as an annual lump sum appropriation for unforeseen expenditures arising from the occurrence of calamities; 5% of their total budget for gender and development  (GAD) concerns; 1% real property tax (RPT) will accrue to the Special Education Fund (SEF) shall be automatically released to the local school boards, and others.
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The following are the results after the enterprising chief executive raided the coffer dry:

Linggo, Setyembre 23, 2018

Reporters Nearly Box: Thought "Kin" Was Jap, Chink

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
Dahil dito sa headline ko muntik na magsuntukan kahapon ang dalawang radio broadcasters.
'IT'S FINAL, ART FOR GOVERNOR - KIN"
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Radio Man 1 - Iyong Kin sigurado ako apelyido ng Hapon iyan.
Radio Man 2: Napaka bobo mo naman. Paano maging Hapon iyan, iyong Hapon mga apelyido noon"Tadayashi, Akirawa, Yamashita. Iyang "Kin" kung hindi apelyido ng Chinese iyan, Korean iyan, bobo!
KIN (noun), by the way means "one's family and relations. Example: "He is expected to make a payment to his wife's kin" synonyms: relatives, relations, family (members), and kindred.
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Is Mr. Kin Japanese, Chinese, or Korean?
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Here's a broadcaster (a pastor who accidentally became a radio commentator of a religious station) who asked the mayor of a city why the hizzoner (His Honor the Mayor) practiced double standard on filling a string of corruption cases against the city treasurer, cashier, and a clerk who were found to have Prima Facie (Latin words for lawyers “on the first appearance”) on the cases they allegedly committed.
“Bakit niyo kinasuhan iyong tatlo ng Anti-Graft & Corrupt Practices, bakit si Prima Facie hindi niyo kinasuhan – ano ba ang meron kay Prima Facie at hindi magalaw-galaw, mayor?” he exasperatedly posed in a press conference in San Carlos City.
Of the 30 media men who were at that conference, only three chuckled. The rest were probably as “stupid” as the broadcaster, they thought Prima Facie or Prima Fa-Sy was the older brother of Northern Times publisher Lelia Sy.
Could you still remember a lady radio commentator explaining in his program that those suspected John Doe and Jane Doe who escaped the police dragnet were probably sibling or cousins because of their similar surnames?
The Americans have a quipped for all of those boo-boos: “I’ll be damned!”
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Ito po ang interbyu ko sa isang Superintendent ng Department of Education na may hawak ng almost 10, 000 teachers sa kanyang jurisdiction.
Year 2010 po ang pangyayari kung saan ang mga bigwigs ng DepEd ay abala sa pag paplastada ng K-12 or Kindergarten to Grades 1 to 12 na hindi pa kilala masyado sa Pinas.
Kasama ko si namayapang Max na reporter ng radio na ganito ang kinahahantungan ng interbyu namin sa nasabing DepEd’s bigwig:
MORTZ:  Maam, ano na ang pinagkaka-abalahan ng DepEd ninyo ngayong pasukan na naman?

SUPT.: Ito, inaayos namin ng mga supervisors at principals ko ang K-12.

MAX: K-12 madam? Kelan pa pinasukan ng Dep Ed ang mga aso? Akala ko pagtuturo sa mga bata ang pangunahing layunin at inaatupag ng Dep Ed?

SUPT.: Ikaw talaga Max! Hindi K-12 iyong ibig mong sabihin K-9 iyon! Iyan ang ginagamit ng PSG (Presidential Security Group) na aso na muntik ng makagat ang reporters na si Atong, Ronnel, at Harold dahil wala silang presidential media coverage I.D noong dumating dito si President Aquino.

Ipagpaumanhin po ninyo ang anecdote ko sa the late Max (Ilokanong magaling mag Bisaya na katsukaran ko) dahil naala-ala ko ang laughing value ng napanu-od ko na Miss Gay sa YouTube sa pelikulang Bekikang na ni direct ng mahusay na kababayan kong Ilonggong Director na  beki rin na si Wen Deramas (I seldom watch Filipino flicks Direk since ang cable-TV namin may diperensiya kaya puro Russian shows ang lumalabas) na kung saan ang style ng kanyang mga box office hits could be likened to the bastardized Scary Movies, Naked Guns and Gods Must be Crazy.

HOST IN THE MISS GAY: Experts said if the Filipinos want to be globally competitive the government should introduce K-12 to its education system. What’s your STAND on K-12?

BADING (na kamukha ni Barok sa Hiwaga Komik na sobrang nerbiyos kasi nose-bleed English ang tanong): What’s my stand? I don’t want to stand, I want to sit! I don’t like K-2 nor K-12, what I liked is K-9 Dog Style. Thank you!

Diyos Mio, nag riot po ang mga ta-o sapalakpakan at pag indak ng kanilang pa-a dahil sa galing ng Bading na kamukha nila Flintstones.



(NOTE: Most of my write ups above were anecdotes. Only one of them was a satire. Kung sa Tagalog pa, galing sa mga tire na bulok sa vulcanizing shop)

Lunes, Setyembre 17, 2018

Why Reporters Hide Their News Source



 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

When a newspaper writer would not divulge the name of his source by saying “the source asked to hide his name” or “the source asked for anonymity” it means he based on “Deep Background”.
A journalistic term that the information can be used but no source any kind would be identified in the newspaper just like at the Washington Post where Bob Woodward wrote on his book’s The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat.
Likewise, the Philippine government, just like in the United States where she copy cats many of its law, has a Shield Law called Republic Act No. 1477.
The statute says that “Without prejudice to his liability under the civil and criminal laws, the publisher, editor, columnist or duly accredited reporter of any newspaper, magazine or periodical of general circulation cannot be compelled to reveal the source of any news-report or information appearing in said publication which was related in confidence to such publisher, editor or reporter unless the court or a House or committee of Congress finds that such revelation is demanded by the security of the State (Section 1).Image result for shield law



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I was not spared not to be criticized, just like other columnists, by a few readers why I would not divulge my source but instead contented myself on a “blind item” style of writing.

Miyerkules, Setyembre 12, 2018

VIDEO: JDV on the lack of understanding of the Pinoys on Federalism

Q & A: Former 5-Time Speaker Joe de Venecia known also as JDV on the thorough study of Federalism, say 3 years, because the Filipinos don't understand it yet. 

- He cited a strong run of disapproval (of the Filipinos) is mounting because of lack of understanding.
- Thorough study on the Pros and Cons of Federalism.
- Look what the financial managers feared on the tens of billions expenses and loses (yearly) Federalism bring to the coffer.
- De Venecia during his time under Pres. Gloria Arroyo (his former vice presidential tandem) almost got the nod of the Supreme Court when the SC voted 8-7 against his vaunted People's Initiative to change the Presidential-Representative system to Parliamentary -Federalism in the 1987 Constitution. 


Interviewer: Professor Mortz Mar C. Ortigoza 

Huwebes, Setyembre 6, 2018

Did China ask Duterte not to buy the F-16 Vipers?



 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Did President Rodrigo R. Duterte procrastinate in giving the go signal in the procurement of the most lethal technological advanced combat jets’ U.S made F-16 Viper because the Chinese asked him not to buy them?
In case the Philippines purchase the latest version of the fourth generation F-16V Block 70’s opus of Maryland based Lockheed Martin, the Philippines Air Force will be possessing, according to Wikipidea, the most modern aircraft in terms of avionics, radar, electronic warfare equipment, automated round collision avoidance system (AGCAS), cockpit and weapon systems.
Before we go to the boring details of the “Messenger of Death from the Sky”, here are the readers’ friendly features of the plane and the “politics” that surround it.
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The F-16V (Viper) is the latest evolution of the F-16
                                                                             
The F-16V is equipped with an upgraded programmable displays generator, a Link-16 theatre data link where for example it can connect with the enemies’ location thrown to her by either of the two South Korean made frigates we bought and shoots SIMULTANEOUSLY through its advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with its  AGM 119 those absconding Chinese warships in the Scarborough and those enemies at the artificial islets, their submarines, and their cruising missiles with other  missiles it carries for those specification.
The plane’s carry the AGM-119/AGM-84/AGM-65G anti-ship missiles.
An example of AGM-119 is the Penguin anti-ship missile designated by the U.S. military. It is a Norwegian passive IR seeker -based short-to-medium range anti-ship guided missile.
The Penguin, according to Wikipidea, can be fired singly or in coordinated-arrival salvoes. Once launched the F-16 Viper is free to turn-away as the missile is inertially guided until the autonomous terminal homing phase.
The bad ass Viper is effing deadly thanks to the modern technological marvel.

The AESA radar aboard the aircraft enables all-weather targeting, and offers high-resolution detection and imaging of land-based targets. The phased array radar allows the simultaneous application of air-to-air and air-to-surface modes.
The Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) AESA potency to the unsophisticated means spikes the Viper’s capabilities versus increasingly sophisticated threats that include new enemy cruise missiles as well as evermore-capable adversary fighters such as the Chinese's Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker E.
Compared to the F-16’s existing APG-68 mechanically scanned radar, the APG-83—which leverages technology from the fifth generation stealth jet’s F-35  ’s APG-81—can detect, track and identify greater numbers of targets much faster and at much longer ranges.

Lunes, Agosto 27, 2018

Jailed Col. could Answer Lost Pay of Pinoy Cadets Abroad





By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The court martial’s conviction of Army Lt. Colonel Hector Maraña, treasurer of the cadets of the Philippine Military Academy, his eventual dismissal from the service, and his trip to the slammer in Muntinlupa as ordered recently by President Rodrigo Duterte could probably answer the complaints of Filipino foreign military cadets in the U.S particularly at the United States Military Academy and South Korea about their deprived allowances the PMA owed them.
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Cashiered Army Lt. Colonel Hector Maraña
   In my previous column’s Filipino Cadets BareSad Plights at West Point I wrote that USMA Second Class Cadet Jesson Peñaflor whined that he and his fellow- 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.
A Filipino in a military academy in South Korea wrote: “We are 15 here in Korea, sir. Three cadets are sent to the army air force and the naval academy (sic) every year here, sir and three are at the language institute studying the required language, sir. There are also cadets in Japan, Australia and Canada, sir. Every one of us are experiencing the same thing, sir but for the service we want to give in the future we are trying to keep ourselves firm and strong so none of us will even think of quitting and leaving the service,” one of the 15 cadets, who asked for anonymity, said.

Martes, Agosto 21, 2018

Federalism Will Bring Us to the Dogs


By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

In case it will be favorably acted, will the Federal Constitution bring this impoverished and rambunctious country to Nirvana instead of hell as based on the poor financial capacity of the country and the downgrades it awaits with credit watchdogs?
According to the Consultative Committee that hammered the draft constitution, the sharing of wealth that primordially be taken from the taxes of the Filipinos and businessmen would be at least 50 percent to the Federal Government (FG) and 50 percent to the 18 Regional Federal Governments (RFG).

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The additional burden to the coffer of the new bureaucracy will be between P44 billion to P72 billion for 17 Regions (not 18 Regions) under Federalism, according to Rosario Manasan, senior research fellow of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
Is this the way to inflict more burdens to the already hapless Filipinos in these regions?
 Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told the senators on a budget hearing that if Federalism will be shoved in the throat of the Filipinos, this country “will go to hell” not with “will go to the dogs” as an idiom usually used by writers ha ha ha !
 What with the P120 billion deficits yearly needed by those handicapped regions to attain the physical and financial need of Federalism.
It means rich regions like Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Region 3 could easily remunerate them, paid the construction of their offices, and can even have surplus as they collect more taxes in their burgeoning areas.

E-PEPE-DERALISMO!: Asst. Sec Mocha Goes Low



By Mortz C. Ortigoza


"E-PEPE, E-PEPE, E-DEDE, E-PEPE, PEPEDERALISMO!"
HesusMariaHusef 
! So this was the proposed ballyhooed campaign advertisement by the superiors of Presidential Communication Operations Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson to educate us Flips, er, Filipinos about what is federal form of government?
Where an "effeminate" blogger Drew Oliver danced before the eyes of Uson and viewers of You Tube while he incessantly touched, as part of the choreography, his breasts and crotch in a presentation to be given to a female dancer while a jingle plays "E-Dede, E Pepe..."
Dede and Pepe are colloquial Filipino words for boobs and vagina.
The controversial information dissemination from the PCOO has a staggering budget of P90 million. 
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FONDLE - Singer Mocha Uson asked an FM disc jockey on this photo to grope her during her interview.


Was it Uson, my village mate in Dagupan City, who said that most of the ASEAN members' countries are Federal in form?
"Napag-iwanan na ang Pinas, ika nga".
Gee whiz, aside from Malaysia as the only Federal formed of government in the 10 ASEAN countries, federalism has nothing to do with the burgeoning growth of Malaysia.

Cyber libel cases vs critic will expose, deter others – Mayor




 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BAYAMBANG – The five criminal cyber libel charges filled by the mayor here against a user of Face Book will deter those members of the popular social media who dishonor publicly other people.
Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao said that the cases of five counts of cyber libel he filled against Val Adriano Guevara, a resident here, will be used to request Face Book to unmask the persons behind the demolition jobs against him and others at the social media’s records kept at its headquarter at Menlo Park in California, United States.

LIBEL - Cyber Libel Law accused Val Adriano Guevara (left) and complainant Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao. the latter sued Guevara with five counts of the cyber defamation crime.

 “If Face Book acts on it, it will become precedence where other offended people around the world can emulate what we have done here,” 
the mayor told this newspaper.
The fictitious Face Book’s account of Juana Malasakit  where she and other users who hide with aliases have been posting vitriol with impunity against Mayor Quiambao,  former councilor Levin Uy, who is the Executive Director of Quiambao's Kasama Kita sa Barangay, and other officials of the local government unit here.
“Dapat Kong may paratang kayo may kalakip na ebidinsiya o patunay sa mga sinasabi ninyo dahil walang saysay ang mga pinagdadakdak ninyo,” an exasperated Uy once argued with his detractors there who were hiding behind the cloak of anonymity.