LINGAYEN -- A man said to be a Methodist pastor was arrested after police seized several rounds of ammunition during a raid in his house at Thursday morning in Barangay Flores, Umingan town.
Raiding teams however failed to seize any firearm from the house of Glenon Guimbal, a native of Basilan province who was reported to be a minister of the Ancient Church of the East in Barangay Flores.
DAGUPAN -- The City Government of Dagupan has no funds to pay the at least 900 consultants and technical workers under its payroll, said mayor-elect Belen Fernandez.
Fernandez said she already signed the payroll for the 69 technical consultants (TCs) and 845 emergency workers (EWs) for May 1 to 15 but she admitted that she does not know if the workers can be paid for May 16 to 31 and June.
LINGAYEN – The Provincial Government of Pangasinan on Friday has asked a local court to issue a temporary restraining order on the appointment of provincial police director Marlou Chan.
In a petitioned filed before the Regional Trial Court in Lingayen, the petitioners said Chan's appointment should be declared "unlawful" and that he "should be ousted from the position."
LINGAYEN -- Governor Amado Espino Jr. and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim were given fresh mandates Wednesday after the Provincial Board of Canvassers proclaimed them as winners in Monday's elections.
They were proclaimed even if only 70.2 percent of the votes cast in province had been transmitted and canvassed with 29.8 percent yet to be transmitted from different electoral precincts in the province.
DAGUPAN -- The Liberal Party (LP) has emerged a force to reckon with even if its candidates for governor and vice governor lost by a wide margin in this year's election.
As shown by the result of Monday's voting, the LP now dominate one legislative district-- the fourth district of Pangasinan whose re-elected representative is Gina de Venecia.
DAGUPAN -- The son of Mayor Benjamin Lim has issued on Wednesday a press statement denying that his father has died, belying what is being circulated in text messages as well as those appearing in networking sites.
Brian Lim, who was proclaimed as vice mayor-elect of Dagupan City Tuesday, said his father is in stable condition in a Manila hospital where he was transferred after being treated initially at a local hospital in Dagupan City.
DAGUPAN -- Power has been returned as of 5 p.m. in the towns of San Manuel, Manaoag, San Fabian and San Jacinto but not in four other towns in central and western Pangasinan, including Dagupan City.
This was announced by the Dagupan Electric Corporation (Decorp), power franchise holder in some of the affected towns.
LINGAYEN -- Upbeat but not celebratory.
This is how senatorial candidate Aurora Representative Sonny Angara described the mood of the Team PNoy ticket with just nine days left in the national campaign.
LINGAYEN -- Former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. said Thursday that the administration senatorial bets will likely edge out candidates of the opposition ticket in the province of Pangasinan.
"Team PNoy I think will have an edge. But Pangasinan looks at the two tickets as factions of one great national coalition," De Venecia told reporters in an ambush interview.
DAGUPAN CITY -- Liberal Party (LP) gubernatorial candidate Hernani Braganza on Monday laughed off a report allegedly being peddled by the camp of his rival that he has withdrawn from the race.
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The Police Provincial Office (PPO) has announced they had secured Bugallon Mayor Rodrigo Orduna and his family following a grenade attack in front of his house in Barangay Bugayong, Bugallon at dawn of April 17.
Senior Inspector Ryan Manongo, PPO information officer, said members of the Special Action Force (SAF), not the local policemen, are securing Orduna and his family.
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Five armed men hijacked last Friday a cargo truck loaded with 173 sacks of rice worth P242,000, police reported.
Danilo Balin, 36, of Barangay Polo, San Carlos City, driver of the truck owned by Khato Moreno, proprietor of KNK Grains Merchandizing, told the police that his vehicle was blocked by the armed men at the boundary of the Urbiztondo-San Carlos provincial road around 9:30 p.m.
A STUDENT was missing and believed already drowned Friday afternoon along the Agno River in Barangay Laoac, Bautista, police reported.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the police Maritime Group as well as the Bautista Police are still conducting search operation for the still missing Noriel Barroga, 19, of Barangay Ketegan, Bautista, Pangasinan.
"IF MY grandfathers were still alive, I know they would be amused with what is now developing in their dear province."
Thus said Alma Quintans-Kerns, this year’s Balitok Awardee of the Asna Awards when she was the guest of honor during the commemorative program of the 433rd Foundation Anniversary of Pangasinan at the Capitol Plaza Friday, in praise of her province.
THE vice mayor of Dagupan City has vowed to campaign harder in order to win the mayoralty race in the city now that she and her entire slate have the support of President Benigno Aquino III.
Belen Fernandez, the Liberal Party candidate for mayor, received the endorsement from Aquino when he and the entire Team PNoy were in Dagupan City last Friday as part of the team's barnstorming rallies in different parts of vote-rich Pangasinan.
PANGASINAN Governor Amado Espino Jr. mourned the passing of Lingayen Mayor Ernesto "Jonas" Castaneda who died last Saturday due to a heart problem.
"We mourn the death of a dear friend and fellow public servant," he said.
DAGUPAN CITY -- President Benigno Aquino III exhorted the people of Pangasinan Friday to support candidates allied with his administration to easily realize the province's potential in trade and tourism.
The government has not changed its strategy to develop Pangasinan, he said in his address during a meeting with local leaders here.
DAGUPAN CITY -- A Liberal Party (LP) gubernatorial candidate on Friday said Pangasinan, the third most vote-rich province in the country, will deliver a 12-0 sweep for the Team PNoy senatorial bets in the midterm elections.
Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, a candidate for governor, admitted that there is coalition problem in the local level but he assured that the LP-led administration coalition will get a 12-0 sweep comes Election Day.
DAGUPAN CITY -- Team PNoy doesn't feel the pressure to match the crowd attendance of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) when both political coalitions hold their rallies in Baguio City this coming Sunday.
"We have no problems with the crowd, we will present our platform," Team PNoy campaign manager Senator Franklin Drilon told reporters in an ambush interview on Friday.
THE oil spill affecting the coastlines of Ilocos region for two weeks now is expected to be cleaned up by March 18, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said.
OCD regional director Melchito Castro said March 18 is the deadline set by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to finally remove oil debris scattered in the coastlines of La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan.
DAGUPAN CITY - Pangasinan Representative Gina de Venecia (4th district) has filed a bill seeking the establishment of a welfare institution that will take care of special children or those with autism, and hearing and speech impairments.
House Bill 6547, which De Venecia filed in Congress, is an act providing for the establishment of centers for children with autism and those with hearing and speech impairment.
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union -- The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) announced that a coordinating conference is scheduled on Tuesday to determine the exact cause of the oil spill in the coastal waters of La Union and Ilocos Sur.
The conference will be attended by various government agencies headed by the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the local governments of the affected provinces, municipalities and cities.
PANGASINAN Governor Amado Espino is facing murder charges at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the death of Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez last December 15.
The case, which also tagged Pangasinan Representative Jesus Celeste, came nearly two months after Espino was implicated in the proliferation of illegal numbers game, jueteng.
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- A farmer from Umingan town believed to be gunrunner was the latest person arrested by police for violation of the election gun ban and illegal possession of firearms.
Ricardo Balala, 39, a widower, of Sitio Raniag, Barangay Capaz, Umingan, was on board his motorcycle around 4:45 p.m. Sunday when he was arrested by the police.
DAGUPAN CITY -- Only incumbent governors and congressman are entitled to uniformed police or military personnel as bodyguards.
Provincial Elections Supervisor Marino Salas said the candidates for vice governor down can only tap bodyguards from private security groups accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union -- The police personnel in Pangasinan province were ordered to intensify their checkpoint and patrol operations as well as their campaign against loose firearms due to reports that there were 19 shooting incidents last January.
PANGASINAN - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) commits to the public that the country’s power supply will remain reliable and stable in the May 2013 elections.
NGCP spokesperson lawyer Cynthia Alabanza said NGCP formed a special task force that will be responsible for the smooth transmission of electricity and creation of contingency plans and measures during the election.
LINGAYEN – The acting provincial police chief of Pangasinan, Senior Superintendent Mariano Luis Verzosa Jr., was relieved from his post.
The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon during the command conference at the regional headquarters in San Fernando City, La Union, where Verzosa and the three other police provincial directors in Ilocos Region were also present.
DAGUPAN CITY -- Giving in to the clamor of her supporters at the third district of Pangasinan, socialite and philanthropist Rosemarie "Baby" Arenas filed Thursday her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for congresswoman.
Arenas replaces her daughter Ma. Rachel Arenas who is now on her second term as congressman. For her third term, Rachel is unopposed. She is running under the ruling Liberal Party.
LINGAYEN -- Two suspected guns for hire who allegedly killed Infanta town mayor Ruperto Martinez were arrested by authorities on Monday, two days after they committed the crime.
Police Senior Supt. Mariano Luis Verzosa Jr., Pangasinan police acting chief, identified the suspects as Richard Tulbansa Manuel and Ricardo Legarda, both residents of GMA, Cavite.