Miyerkules, Mayo 22, 2019

Cash - Awash Voters Wiped Out Resto Stocks

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 A voter in one of the cities in Pangasinan province could not believe that during election day and the day after fast food chains like those internationally franchised Jollibee and McDonald and appliance centers had been flooded with enthusiastic customers.
“First time ganito ka dami pila ng tao na mukhang madami galing sa squatter areas.
P5,500 richers itong mga siste. Madami sila pera today,”
 cited by Butch Tolentino to those high spirited folks who queued in those franchised stores.

Pakurong is Pangasinan term for dole outs in cash or in kind that candidates give to voters surreptitiously in the eve of election day.
Each of the rivals for the mayorship derby gave P2,500 and P3,000 each to the delighted voters who were seen at the streets in late night of May 12 and wee hours before the May 13 election day waiting for the signal to claim their thousands of pesos through a security featured stub given by the bagmen of the candidate who wielded an ultra violet light (UVL) that checked their authenticity.

He Still Wins Despite Non-Backing from INC

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Image result for block voting iglesia

(Photo: Grab from the internet)

When a central Pangasinan mayor learned that the 3,500 members of the bloc voting religion’s Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in his first class town will be voting for his rival in the mayoralty race which he tangled for the third time he rushed to the bank and withdrew P21 million he would use to vote buy.
“Biyernes noong malaman ko na ang Iglesia doon boboto sa kalaban ko. Ang election sa susunod na Lunes. Binaha ko ng P300 ang kada botante ng Biyernes, Sabado, at Linggo ang bayan at mga barangay,” he referred to probably 40,000 voters in the 2013 mayoralty election.

The rule of the thumb in the Philippines is 75% of the voters vote. So he exploited the mostly gullible, naïve, and poor 30, 000 electorates.
“You have to buy 20, 000 of the voters to win,”
 he told me.

Sen. Poe: Power ng TV Ads, Pagpasa ng PSA

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Sabi ng mga political experts, ang vote buying para lang sa mga tumatakbong congressmen kasi napakaliit ng isang district na pinaglalabanan nila. Dito nga lamang sa province namin may isang district dito na composed ng isang city at apat na bayan at meron dito na walong bayan at malabong magka city dahil kapos sa visions ang mga mayors dahil karamihan mahina ang kukoti.
Ang pagtakbo sa pagiging senator ay imposibling gamitan ng vote buying kasi meron tayong almost 64 million voters unlike sa average na 324 thousand voters sa isang distrito ng vote-rich province Pangasinan.

Image may contain: one or more people
BUWAN - Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe, prolific actor Coco Martin and his Vendetta group belt Juan Carlos’ “Buwan” at the grand rally of the Nationalista Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition, and Abono Party List at the tarmac of the WCC Aviation School in Binalonan, Pangasinan where a sea of wide eyed humanity attended. PHOTO BY MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Nadinig ko na rin ito sa ibang pulitiko, pero ito ang post sa Facebook ng isang tumatakbong senator using a different name:

“Alam ninyo ba na ang halaga na ngayon ng 30-second  (television) ad ay nasa P500,000 to P800,000 per slot depende kung sa primetime o hindi ipapalabas? So, kapag may 10 slots sa isang araw, tumataginting na P8 MILYON kaagad! Aba! Bakit ba gagastos ng ganyan kalaki ang mga kandidato araw-araw samantalang P117,000 lang ang sweldo ng isang senador kada buwan?”


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The challenger was unfazed by the size of the political machine and the black propaganda resorted by the supporters of the electoral titan and still beat him in the congressional derby.
“I just backed up my campaign with positive campaigning. I was never affected by the negative propapaganda, the poison letter, the black propaganda. I never smeared sinisiraan ang aking opponent. So it’s just a positive way of campaigning,” Binalonan exiting mayor Ramon “Monmon” Guico, III cited his victory against Pangasinan Fifth District Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr. after he was proclaimed Tuesday by the Provincial Board of Canvassers of the Commission on Election (Comelec) at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Lingayen town.

VICTORY JOE – Exiting Binalonan Mayor Ramon “Monmon” Guico, III flashes the Victory Sign before his proclamation by the Provincial Board of Canvassers of the Commission on Election at the Capitol in Lingayen town. Guico trounced out incumbent Pangasinan Fifth District Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr in the May 13 election. That defeat was considered an upset in the mammoth province’s politics as Espino was considered as Pound-for-Pound marquee politician. Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza 

Espino was considered as an astute marquee politician who vanquished the province’s political elites in the gubernatorial races like the spouses Jamie and and nine years governor  Victor Agbayani, and former congressman Hernani Braganza, and congressional race rival the then incumbent 5th District Representative Kimi Cojuangco.
The guy was politically invincible who kept winning elections until Binalonan Mayor Monmon drew sword with him,” a pundit, who asked for anonymity, said. “
“He was once like Greek mythology's King Midas. Everything he touched turn into gold,” he added.

High tech vote buying uses security featured ticket

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

One of the mayoralty bets at a town in Pangasinan used a ticket stub with a security feature to avoid its fabrication by his opponent that could sabotage his electoral stocks.
The two inches by two inches’ stub has a combination of blue, green, and brown stripes, a bar code, and the name of the voter taken from the master's list of the Commission on Election.
The security men of the candidate who checked the queue of roughly three thousand voters in a village at the main entrance of huge warehouse used ultra violet light (UVL) scanner to check their authenticity.

“The light of the pen determines if this is not fake if there is a brown square that will appear when the light hits the blue and green stripes,” a portly security aide of the re-elective mayor explained the tiny square that appeared at the blue stripe of the stub.

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting
PROSTITUTED VOTERS - Filipino voters queue for a thousand of pesos given to each of them by a candidate before they cast their votes in a poll. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon admitted that vote buying incidents in this year’s polls were worse than the 2016 elections. She also noted that the amount of bribe in exchange for votes has enormously spiked.

Among the voters, who composed most of the electorates in a village, who would be receiving P1,500 to vote for a mayor, vice mayor, and the congressman were 30 men and women caught possessing the fake stubs.
“Nanggaling pa iyan sila sa karatig bayan,” another supporter of the mayor butted - in when someone asked where these people came from.
 The aide could not determine if those spurious stubs were commissioned by the rival candidate to wreak havoc to their bribery attempt or they were just enterprising individuals who copied the ticket after the leader of the candidate distributed them around the village a day before.

Sabado, Mayo 18, 2019

Nut, ex-junkie give voters a chill

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

PANGASINAN – A candidate who talks to himself and another bet who came from illegal drug rehabilitation give cold chills to many voters in this province as the May 13 are few days away.
According to a source, who asked for anonymity, these queer candidates for the May 13, 2019 election are aspiring for a higher position.

“Iyong si sira ulo hindi na pinapansin ng mga kamag anak at supporters kahit na nagsasalita siyang mag isa,” the source cited in Filipino.

Image result for insane
He said that it is an asset nevertheless that the bet has the gift of gab and blabber because it is a valuable talent to converse even to a concrete wall and an electrical post.
“Mabuti iyan at least bawi ang pasuweldo ng gobyerno kaysa doon sa mga miyembro ng silent committee sa town and city councils saka sa congress,” he deplorably told this writer.

The second bet had treatment during his rehabilitation in Manila after he became addicted to dangerous drugs for several years.
Both of these bets are members of the affluent families in their places. The first one however reeled with personal and matrimonial problems.
Despite being a laggard in the polls, both are very confident they will in a landslide in the post they aspired for.

“Hindi na mapipigilan ang pagkapanalo ko,” one of them, who probably was in his lucid interval, told the source.

Sabado, Mayo 4, 2019

Voters Price Depend on Another Rival’s Capacity to Give

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The amount that a rich candidate will give to voters as election approaches depend on the price his rival shelled out to each of the electorates, according to a barangay (village) chairman tasked by a mayoralty bet in this town to do his bidding.
“Depende iyan sa kalaban. Pag nagbigay siya ng P1000 sa botante, iyong boss ko magbibigay siya ng P1,500,” the village chief in Pangasinan, who asked for anonymity, told this writer.

This conversation ensued when he was asked if vote buying can breach the P2,500 mark for each electorate comes election time.
“Puwede pag nagbigay ang kalaban ng P2000. Pero I doubt kung kaya ng rival kasi limitado ang pera niya”.
Image result for vote buying philippines
VOTE FOR SALE: A leader (R) of a political candidate in the Philippines shell-out sums to buy the vote of an electorate.

 When asked how much his patron spent on the truckloads of voters who were ferried in a warehouse to receive P500 each two weeks before the May 13, 2019 election, this what he retorted:
“My estimate was P1.5 million. P500 multiplied by 3,000 of these voters  who were brought there to attend some pep talks with the mayoralty bet and some councilors”.

Stunts Done by Politicos to Win Poll

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

With roughly 3,000 lead votes by Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez against mayoral rival and Vice Mayor Brian Lim in the recent scientific poll, the former and her supporters should guard themselves on the surprises the latter can pull as the May 13, 2019 election approaches.
Then re-elective Bonuan Gueset Barangay Chairman Angel Gumarang lost to challenger and come backing kapitan candidate Rico Mejia when then Dagupan City Mayor Benjie S. Lim struck out a drama that saw the reelective village chief, with all the resources of the huge village at his disposal, lost to Mejia.
Gumarang told us media men then that he could not do his hustings effectively to the various sitios of the biggest village in the city, mind you guys its population bigger than those fourth class towns, because the police through the order of Lim watched him and his men closely.
 Image result for political stunt

He even suspected that his driver was bribed by the other camp to incriminate him and change the momentum of his campaign strategies.
 “Kap, pagasulinahan natin ito mamaya. Problema pa natin iyan baka maubusan tayo ng gasolina pag umikot tayo,” the driver told him in the eve of the October 25, 2010 barangay election.
He said another two of his unwitting aides accompanied the driver.

Firearms "Planted" by the Police

After the clock hit midnight, the car was cruising to the gasoline station in the village but was immediately flagged down by policemen manning a newly installed check point.

How Other Mayors Create Economics Opportunities to People

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Major news magazines and newspapers printed in Imperial Manila have news about the newly acknowledged Guinness World Record’s tallest steel framed and engineered bamboo panels’ Saint Vincent Ferrer statue in Bayambang, Pangasinan.
Their news features jibe with the Holy Week as Filipinos went to their provinces and spend the long religious holidays and weekends there.
I will not talk about religion here since I’m not competent about it. The only verses in the Bible I could memorize is John 3:16 and the other one whenever I quaffed a half  glass alcohol contained 80 proof 750 ml Tanduay and White Castle in high school and college's “Verseculo Baso Kapitulo E.S.Q“.
E.S.Q is Extra Smooth Quality as come - on by Tanduay to young but poor drinkers like me.
I’m going to talk about the economics opportunity for the people created by local government units like the town of Bayambang to attract tourists to visit the historic town. The town was  5th Capital of the Revolutionary Philippine Republic during the Filipino – American War in 1899.
Last week I wrote about Bayambang under the administration of business tycoon and Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao as one of the top four richest first class towns in the 44 towns and four cities’ Pangasinan.

Image result for visionary

“We have PhP506 million budget this year where some come from the disposal of assets in Magsaysay,
” he told the crowd from the public and private sectors who witnessed the inauguration of the proposed LGU housing project to be given to municipal hall’s employees in Barangay Bical Sur of the burgeoning town.
Quiambao told reporters that every year his family controlled corporations like Stradcom and other businesses like a mall pay more than PhP 80 million of their taxes  in the municipality.

Even the PhP250 million price tagged of the 50.23-meter statue to commemorate the 400th year of the establishment of Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish in Bayambang and the 600th death anniversary of the saint on April 5, 2019 was personally paid by Quiambao and his gorgeous wife actress Mary Clare Judith Phyllis “Niña” Jose-Quiambao, the multiplier effects that can be created by the mammoth statute could be incomparable.

“Attention: there is NO entrance fee to go inside and around the Prayer Park. FYI. Thank you, God bless you all,” I saw the post of Mrs. Jose- Quiambao at her Facebook account.
 The surge of people who motor to the pilgrims’ town like those vacationers who will make side trip in Bayambang from their Manila to Baguio City’s rendezvous, will be a spark plugged for more franchisees to own Jollibee, McDonald, Mang Inasal, Starbucks, Dunkin Donut, Yellow Cab Taxi, hotels, banks, gas stations, malls, and others to put shop there. That could spike employment in the town and even the province of Pangasinan and more business and real property taxes for the LGU.