Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Equal sharing for Batac barangay hinges on projects—mayor

Batac City—Mayor Albert D. Chua said the equal sharing for all the barangays here will continue. However, it would not be the P1 million share for each barangay.

He explained that the equal sharing in his administration would depend on each of the barangay’s respective projects.

He stressed that barangays have different priority projects, hence the decision to change the scheme.

With an initial 38 million budget for next year, Mr. Chua said he will address all priority projects to be presented by the barangays.

He added that he will also give other city government services for free.  (Dominic Dela Cruz)

61 Laoag barangays drug-cleared

 Laoag City—Police Supt. Edwin Balles said 8,000 of the 20,000 households in the city have been visited in their “Oplan Double Barrel”.

“Double Barrel” is the nationwide police campaign against illegal drugs.

In per barangay level, Mr. Balles explained this translates to 61 barangays, which is now declared as “drug-free”.

He added that they still have to implement the program in the remaining 19 barangays.

As of November 15, Mr.  Balles also said at 770 drug personalities have surrendered.

He added that the police and barangay officials are strictly monitoring those who surrendered.

The city government here is also offering free drug testing to all who surrendered. (Dominic B. dela Cruz)

Laoag cops step up coordination vs ‘acetylene gang’

Laoag City—Police Supt. Edwin Balles, Laoag police chief, said they are now in close coordination with various security agencies here to combat the possible entry of the ‘acetylene gang” in the city.

Mr. Balles said they have met with security agencies here regarding the said gang.

He stressed that one pawnshop in the city was already broken into by the said gang. He added that they suspect members of the gang to be from outside the province.

In this regard, Mr. Balles asked managers and owners of financial institutions in the city, as well as other business establishments to be vigilant and to cooperate with the police and each other against the threat.

He said security processes should be stepped up and closed-circuit television systems installed.

The police also solicited the support of barangay tanods and other force multipliers to help them, especially in night patrols.

Mr. Balles said the police will also patrol the city as well as install checkpoints in strategic areas.

Earlier, a pawnshop in Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur was broken in by the alleged acetylene gang. An estimated 1.8 million was stolen, according to Mr. Balles.

Mr. Balles also disclosed that the gang is further composed of other groups.

Daytoy lang gamin ti modus operandi da ken adda background da iti pagmin-minasan ken no simsimrek dan iti mining companies ket ammu dan,” Mr. Balles said.

Ken dagitoy adda dagitay portable acetylene tanks dan a saan a madlaw nga acetylene gayam iti nagyan na a mabalin mai-back pack,” Mr. Balles added. (Dominic B. dela Cruz)

PDIC starts deposit insurance payment to depositors of the closed Community Rural Bank of Dingras (Ilocos Norte), Inc.

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) announced that it has started mailing postal money orders (PMOs) for all valid deposit accounts with balances of 100,000 and below maintained with the closed Community Rural Bank of Dingras (Ilocos Norte), Inc. on November 17, 2016, 14 days after the bank’s closure on November 3, 2016.

Eligible to receive early payments via PMOs are depositors with valid deposit balances of 100,000 and below; who have no outstanding loans with the closed bank, and who have complete mailing address in the bank records or updated this information through the PDIC Mailing Address Update Form (MAUF).

 These PMOs may be encashed either with the local postal office or with the nearest branch of the Land Bank of the Philippines.

Depositors who do not receive their checks are advised to contact the Public Assistance Department at telephone numbers (02) 841-4630 to 31, or e-mail PDIC at Depositors outside Metro Manila may call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC (7342). Inquiries may also be sent to the official PDIC Facebook account at

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) was established on June 22, 1963 by Republic Act 3591 to provide depositor protection and help maintain stability in the financial system by providing deposit insurance. Effective June 1, 2009, the maximum deposit insurance coverage is P500,000 per depositor. All deposit accounts by a depositor in a closed bank maintained in the same right and capacity shall be added together. A joint account shall be insured separately from any individually-owned deposit account.

‘We will never retire!’—DSWD to senior citizens

(Top row from left to right) DSWD-FO 1 ARD for Administration Nora D. Dela Paz, DSWD-FO 1            Senior Citizen Focal Person Edwina C. Masi, and DSWD-FO 1 Medical Officer III Mary Grace DV. Del Castillo together with SUPERB LOLO 2016 Wilfredo Rivera, SUPERB LOLA 2015 Belinda Barrozo, and SUPERB LOLA 2016 Gloria Managuira. (DSWD)

“We will never be retiring because we will never get tired helping each other—helping our fellow older persons,” said Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office I (DSWD FO I) OIC assistant regional director for administration Nora D. Dela Paz during the recently held 6th Regional Convention of the Local Social Welfare and Development Officers (LSWDOs), Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) Heads, and Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (RFSCAP) President at Hotel Veniz in Baguio City.

Ms. Dela Paz also cheerfully announced to the participants the good news of the soon to be built “Home for Older Persons” in Region 1 next year to be located in San Juan, La Union for abandoned and homeless elderly men and women.

The said convention is a jam-packed event filled with wisdom, talent, and laughter. The event participants were oriented on “Disaster Preparedness” by Disaster Response Assistance and Management Unit (DReAMU) Head Maricel Caleja and “Health Needs for Older Adults” by Dr. Mary Grace DV. Del Castillo.

Meanwhile, each representative from the four provinces of Region 1 presented accomplishment reports on Senior Citizen Sector for others to emulate the best practices or activities conducted for the elderly.

The convention will not be complete without the senior citizens showcasing their talents in a friendly competition. The Senior Citizens’ talents in singing were presented during the “Awit ng Tanghalan” contest with individual, duet, and group categories.  The winners of the singing competition per category are the following: Fred Lopez of Ilocos Sur (individual category), Warlito Borja and Romana Banaña of La Union (duet category), and Naguilian Chorale Group of La Union (group category).

Abilities in dancing were also exhibited by senior citizens during the “Hataw Na” contest as well as their other talents like acting, playing flute, and performing magic tricks in “Senior Citizens Got Talent”. The winners of the “Hataw Na” dance contest are Herminia Cuyo and Marcelino Quitoriano of Ilocos Sur while the champion in “Senior Citizens Got Talent” is Lolita Riñol of La Union.

The highlight of the overall competition is the “Superb Lolo” and “Superb Lola” pageant ̶ display of ageless beauty and wits plus a confidence in modeling. The winner of the Superb Lolo 2016 is Wilfredo Rivera of La Union while the winner of the Superb Lola 2016 is Gloria Managuira of Ilocos Norte.

The undying spirits of the senior citizens especially the OSCA Heads and FSCAP Presidents in joining the competitions and other agenda are undeniably shown during the 3-day convention. The RFSCAP President, Judge Joven F. Costales, then stated in his speech that their unity as senior citizens must be maintained and continue to be strong like Typhoons Yolanda and Lawin. (Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado)

FM buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani

Finally, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos was buried—at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LMNB), no less.

In a surprise move, the former president’s family decided to inter his remains on November 18, 2016. A Philippine Air Force chopper airlifted the remains from Batac to the LNMB before noon. The former president was accorded military honors.

Ilocos Norte governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos said it was his father’s wish to be buried at the LNMB.

“Finally, on this day the wish of my beloved father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos to be buries together with his fellow soldiers was finally fulfilled,” Ms. Marcos said.

She added: “Me and my family wholeheartedly thanked those who have proven his right to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. First and foremost, to President Duterte who suggested this, to the Supreme Court who upheld the decision, and the thousands who showed their love and care for my family.”

She also explained the decision to keep the burial a private affair: “You were together with us who dreamt and prayed in almost three decades that this day will come. That’s why I’m asking for an apology and understanding for our decision to make the burial of my father simple, private, and solemn so that those who are hurting will further not be affected.”

No space
Countering those who insist that the former president wanted to be buried besides his mother in Batac, Atty. Yvette Convento-Leynes, the family’s lawyer, revealed that there is not enough space for Mr. Marcos beside the burial ground where his mother, Josefa Edralin Marcos was interred in Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

“[Those who are against the burial] say former President Ferdinand Marcos wants to be buried beside his mother in Batac City, but if you check the location, (there is no) space for the late president,” Ms. Leynes stressed.

Beside his mother’s burial ground was the grave of former Ilocos Norte Governor Elizabeth Marcos-Keon who died in 1986.

Citing Mr. Marcos’ last will and testament, Ms. Leynes asserted Marcos family’s claim that “The last wish of the late president is to be buried in accordance with the established law.”

In the two-page document, the first provision stated “I desire that my remains be buried according to the rites established by law and with dignity suitable to my position and other personal circumstances.”

“Pinatototohanan [ng last will and testament] ang sinasabi ng Marcos family na gusto niyang [Presidente Ferdinand Marcos] mailibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani, and not beside his mother,” Ms. Leynes noted.

It also contains the late president’s will and instructions for his wife former first Lady Imelda Marcos, and his children Imee Marcos, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, and Irene Marcos-Araneta.

“Late President Marcos has a rank of a Major and the family only wants a simple soldier’s burial—the kind of burial suited to a soldier like the late former president,” Ms. Leynes explained.

The last will and testament was presented to respond to those who are against the burial claiming that LNMB stands for ‘Ilibing na si Marcos sa Batac’ and not Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

“Some people say LNMB (means) Ilibing na si Marcos sa Batac, that’s why we researched from the archives of the family and that’s the very reason why the last will and testament was brought out just to [attest to] the wishes of the late president that he really wanted to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” said Ms. Leynes.

'It's about time'
For the youngest sister of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Fortuna "Baby" Marcos-Barba, she said “It’s about time.”

She shared her sentiments on the burial of her brother preceding the first of the nine-day novena being held in Ilocos Norte.

"Well of course, I'm happy about it. It's about time they do something about it instead of just leaving it like that," she said.

She expressed her hope that those opposing her brother's burial can "make up your minds to really make this country great again by having everybody get together and do things the right way."

Mrs. Barba, at 85 years old, is the last surviving sibling of the four children of Don Mariano R. Marcos and Doña Josefa E. Marcos, who were both graduates of what is now the Philippine Normal University.

Between her and the former president were Dr. Pacifico E. Marcos and former Ilocos Norte Governor Elizabeth M. Keon.

'Baby' Fortuna was the only Marcos child not born in Ilocos Norte and has a 14-year age gap with the former president.

A barangay in Marcos, Ilocos Norte is named after her to honor her efforts in flourishing the barangay after the town was separated from Dingras in 1963.

She fondly recalled from her childhood, "I was treated like a little girl and so I was kind of spoiled, I guess… in a way that, 'Intindihin mo yung bata,'they called me 'bata’,” adding that her older brother always took care of her.

"After the war, [Mr. Marcos] was the one who came to pick me up in Sarrat and brought me back to Manila," where she was born. She had been evacuated to Sarrat and stayed with their grandmother during the Second World War. 

The novena, which began at the Immaculate Conception Church in Batac City continued daily throughout Sarrat, Dingras, Vintar, Bacarra, Laoag City, Badoc, and Paoay, ending in Batac on November 24. (Marcos Presidential Center)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Batac Fiesta 2016

Silent majority for Trump—and won

EMMANUEL S. Tipon with grandson Robbie at Kailua Beach in Hawaii.
By Emmanuel Samonte Tipon

“Oh God, please make Donald Trump win if you love America.” That was my prayer at the new Iglesia Ni Cristo Diamond Head congregation. This was the first time I ever prayed hard for a candidate to win. I had told Mr. Trump when I met him in Cleveland during the Republican Convention.  “Mr. President, I will pray for you.” “Thank you, thank you very much,” he whispered. Millions prayed for Mr. Trump to win.

You all know God’s answer.  God spoke through the silent majority. Vox populi. Vox Dei.

Congratulations Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence.

The silent majority hearkened to Mr. Trump’s clarion call “I am your voice. I will speak for you.” 

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” promised Mr. Trump in his victory speech after Hillary Clinton conceded the election. Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States.

Many of Mr. Trump’s supporters were silent before the election [I was not] because they were the subject of “hatred, contempt, and ridicule.” “Deplorables,” said Hillary Clinton. Who is “deplorable” now?

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged; for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Now my plan to emigrate to Australia if Mr. Trump did not win is on hold. I will tell my employment agent to stop looking for a job for me there for the nonce. 

Who voted for Mr. Trump and why they voted for him
Those who voted for Trump were the silent majority who—

were disgusted with the corrupt and biased media and the pundits continuously deriding Mr. Trump and singing praises to Mrs. Clinton.

—were angry, very angry at the establishment who wanted to rule forever.

—wanted change, any change, because it couldn’t be worse.

—are unemployed or underemployed.

—want the rule of law to prevail.

—want to stop illegal immigration and build a wall at the southern frontier.

—want less taxes.

—hate the ill-conceived Obamacare that has resulted in increased premiums.

The silent majority of Filipinos wanted an “American Duterte” (without the putang ina (PTI) “prostitute mother”).  Most, if not all, the Filipino media in America were for Hillary and raged against Mr. Trump. They have never met Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton.  I have.

As I told my radio audience, Mr. Trump is a good man. You can judge a person by the hand shake. He has a vision for America. He will “Make America Great Again.” Give him a chance to fulfill his promises.

I have also met and shaken hands with Hillary. She is natangsit or mataray. (condescending and arrogant). She has been accused of being a liar. She is not for the common tao. Hillary is for Hillary.

I did not vote for Hillary, although I have three things in common with her.  We both went to Yale Law School, we are Chicago Cubs fans, and we like Bill Clinton. (Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco congresswoman, introduced me to Bill, telling him we were both from Yale. Bill put his hand on my shoulder, took me aside and asked “How was Yale?” “The girls were fantastic,” I joked. He laughed heartily. Nancy was amused. Immediately I went to Manila to ask Ka Erdy for the Iglesia’s support.  I contributed a significant amount to Bill’s campaign and to his Paula Jones defense fund. I liked Bill until he said “I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky” Engaging in fellatio is not sex?  C’mon. A woman gives you orgasmic pleasure and you deny it? Disgusting! Bill might not have lied down with Monica but lied about her.)

Accept election result; stop the protests
Hillary said in her concession speech that America owes Donald Trump an “open mind and a chance to lead.” She expressed her “hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.” Amen.

One of the leading anti-Trump newspapers, USA Today, headlined: “Obama: Trump won, accept it.” Mr. Obama was quoted as saying “Look, the people have spoken. Donald Trump will be the next president,” and that the American people have to “reconcile themselves with that new reality”—a Trump presidency, and “those who didn’t vote for him have to recognize that that’s how democracy works.”  Enough said.

No amount of protesting will change the result of the election. Protesters claim it is part of their freedom of speech. They should have spoken by voting. These protesters have been labeled “poor losers”.

Hawaii, my Hawaii, is an outlier
“All politics is local,” said the late Democrat Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. And Hawaii continues to be solidly Democrat, thanks to the labor unions and special interests. All delegates to the US Congress are Democrats. The Hawaii state senate is the only state legislative body in the United States with no opposition—all Democrats. The mayoral election was supposed to be nonpartisan but the incumbent, a Democrat, continuously harped upon his opponent as a Republican. Will the carnival of corruption and incompetence go on? We pray that it will not.

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Let the healing begin…

President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos’s remains is finally interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Now, the healing process of a fragmented nation can begin. Or so, claimed the former president’s family and most vocal and ardent supporters.
The Marcos family interred the former president on November 18, 2016 with “honors befitting a soldier.”
Expectedly, anti-Marcos forces did not take this peacefully. Protests began as soon as the burial was confirmed. The unannounced plan only stoked the flames of protests.
The Marcos family, in justifying the “surprise” burial, said they want the internment to be a “private, family affair”.
It was the wide belief of the Marcos family and their supporters that the burial would start the healing process towards real unity in the country. President Duterte, himself, said the burial would signal the end of the “great divide”; and that the country would move on from the issues of Martial Law and all other inconveniences that occurred from 1972 to 1986.
But if the reaction of Martial Law victims is to be gauged, the healing process would take a longer time—after all, the burial seemed to have opened old wounds.
Though time was said to have the ability to heal all wounds, those psychological and physical lacerations may take more than time to fully heal.
And it should be at this situation that the Marcoses should try to really understand the causes of those wounds and to try their best in truly healing them.
For after all, a healing process should include those were really wounded; otherwise, it is not a healing process at all.

 …Or not

But the healing process seems to be the farthest from the minds of both sides of the “great divide”.
From sources of silly—at times, awkward—snap shots of people, social media today is full of venom, vitriol and just plain, unadulterated hate.
If the Marcos loyal supporters are really sincere in their belief that the burial would start the healing process, they are certainly not showing it by ridiculing those who are protesting the burial.
And though it is understandable that the other side felt betrayed by the “lightning quick” burial, they should also stay within the bounds of decency.
But above all, the Marcos loyal supporters should now take the high ground—after all they got what they wanted. And that they should really start defusing the tense situation by not reacting negatively and violently on the protests against the burial.

If it is healing they are sincerely after, then they should start acting it.

Laoag City cops nab alleged abortionist

A police officer interviews the suspect.

Laoag City--The police here arrested a suspected abortionist in an entrapment operation.
According to Laoag police chief P/Supt. Edwin Balles, intel-operations elements conducted an entrapment operation after a report of “intentional abortion” on November 16, 2016 at the Vigare Clinic reached them.

The said clinic is located at Brgy. 8 this city.

The operation resulted in the arrest of Mary Jean Lagmay, 48 years old, registered and resident nurse of Vigare Clinic, owned by Dr. Teresita Vigare.

The arrest was implemented after the nurse was “caught in the act” while in the process of employing intentional abortion procedures and dispensing abortive drugs to a pregnant female police asset at the said clinic.

The police confiscated and seized pieces of abortive evidence in the crime scene. Among which were 1 D5LR Dextrose, 9 vials of Popicin (Oxytocin), 1 tablet of Cytotec, 1 vial of ambidol, 1 disposable syringe and 12,000 of bundled money used in the entrapment operation.

The marked money and other evidences.
The Ilocos Times learned that the alleged abortionist violated Article 256 (International Abortion) and 259 (Abortion Practiced by a Physician or Midwife and Dispensing of Abortive) of the Revised Penal Code and Violation of RA 10354 (An Act Providing for a National Policy on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health).

Case is still under investigation. (Dominic B. dela Cruz)

Burial timing a stroke of brilliance and humility

By Alfredo c. Garvida Jr.

The Marcos family has pulled a fast one on the anti-Marcos loyalists last Friday, November 18th, when they buried the former president in his rightful place in simple, private ceremonies attended only by his family and their friends. 

The furor now cast by the Marcos enemies all over the media outlets in consequence of this brilliant move by the late president's family, frankly, is very understandable—and I commiserate with them contras for being made to look more stupid.

But they were stupid, to begin with, because they wanted the Supreme Court to hold the burial in abeyance until they have filed their motion for reconsideration. They were stupid for waging their appeal first to the public in vicious propaganda attacks against the late strongman and his family via the news media instead of going directly, and immediately, to the highest court for relief. They were stupid for trying to make the Supreme Court stupid for upholding—by a big majority—President Rodrigo R. Duterte's right to order the late President Marcos buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which by law, the late president, as a former president and soldier, was entitled to.

And they continue to be stupid for suggesting that Marcos' body be exhumed from his grave until the highest court has decided on their motion for reconsideration—which they have yet to file anyway. So these people want their personal egos to subvert the law by having the Supreme Court wait for the filing of their MR while they take their good time to formalize their documented appeal?

The Marcoses did the right thing in burying their patriarch in private and simple ceremonies at the LNMB; because they did not want the trouble threatened by their enemies to transpire if the burial arrangements were made public. And they were humble enough not to demand the burial rituals befitting a former president on the basis the preceding premise.

The funny part of all this political “Broadway” staged by the “Yellow submarines” is that they think they are the only citizens of this country, or they represent the majority, which, definitely, they do not. They claim they were hurt by the martial law regime; but how about those who benefited legitimately from it? And we are not talking here about the government scalawags and private economic predators, but those who benefited from the infrastructures and social programs made by the former president. 

Kiko Pangilinan (what's he doing again in the Philippine senate by the way?), Edcel Lagman, Etta Rosales and the other upcoming political activists are barely heard about nowadays because the political rock star, in the person of Digong Duterte, has taken over the political spectrum to "reform society" and "unite our people." And people love him for his aggressive style of governance despite some people's misgivings (this writer included at times) about his draconian style of dealing with criminals, which appears to have put a heavy dent on the incidence of criminality all over the land by the way.

And President Duterte could not have been more correct on his decision that to let President Marcos be buried at the LNMB will bring more unity to the country than having his corpse remain on public display in Batac and allow a protracted public debate about the ills and benefits of the martial law regime. 

To date, the Philippine government has recovered several billions from the so-called Marcos ill-gotten wealth, which by the way were recovered mostly from the so-called former Marcos cronies. Mr. Pangilinan at one point said that the late president stole about US$10 billion from the people—without explaining how he got his numbers. It is easy to say you stole US$10 billion, but if you can't explain how you got your numbers, that makes you stupid, isn't it?

The Marcos burial, despite its surreptitiousness, was all done in accordance with law. The Supreme court has spoken about its legality and the family did the right thing in burying him according to his right. The Marcos contras had all the time in the world to file their motion for reconsideration with the Court but all they did was do a vicious propaganda attack against the family and the justices who voted for it and assumed that the Marcos family would be stupid, like them, not to exercise their right to bury their patriarch until them contras find time to go and file with the Court their MR, if any. And now they bemoan and wail about the Marcos family's action and threaten to have the dead body exhumed? Stupid!

What is more stupid is the yellows' forewarning that the SC's burial decision could be a signal to Bongbong's winning his protest against Leni Robredo. If this is not a frontal attack on the Supreme Court Justices' dignity and competence, it must be a stupid way of telling the public that Bongbong indeed won the vice presidency on the basis of his allegations of calculated cheating done by the Liberal Party against him in the last elections. Stupid! That's what it is.

The Ilocos Times December 19-25, 2016

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Friday, December 23, 2016

The Trump Immigration Act—Let’s start with a clean slate

(The space below has been left intentionally blank. We respectfully suggest that Congress start with a clean slate in enacting THE TRUMP IMMIGRATION ACT that will serve the national interest and is fair to lawful immigrants. Congress must repeal and replace the entire Act which is a leaky cauldron containing an alphabet soup of laws like AEDPA and IIRIRA, is chock-full of grammatical errors, enmeshed in a bundle of self-contradictions, such as using the term “removal” in one place and “deportation’ in another, very harsh on lawful permanent resident aliens who commit petty offenses, and employing big and vague words without defining them like “crime involving moral turpitude” thereby wasting the time of the courts in explaining what they mean often with contradictory results.)

 (Atty. Tipon has a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School where he specialized in Constitutional Law. He has also a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines. He placed third in the Philippine Bar Examination in 1956. His current practice focuses on immigration law and criminal defense. He writes law books for the world’s largest law book publishing company and writes legal articles for newspapers. He has a radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii with his son Noel, senior partner of the Bilecki & Tipon law firm, where they discuss legal and political issues. Office: American Savings Bank Tower, 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 2305, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 96813. Tel. (808) 225-2645. E-Mail: Website: He was born in Laoag City, Philippines. He served as a U.S. Immigration Officer. He is co-author with former Judge Artemio S. Tipon of the best-seller “Winning by Knowing Your Election Laws” and co-author of “Immigration Law Service, 1st ed.,” an 8-volume practice guide for immigration officers and lawyers. Atty. Tipon has personally experienced the entire immigration cycle by entering the United States on a non-immigrant working visa to write law books, adjusting his status to that of a lawful permanent resident, and becoming a naturalized United States citizen.)

Batac eyes citywide CCTV coverage

Batac City—The city government here plans to put the whole city in closed circuit television (CCTV) coverage.

The plan was given an initial 6-7 million budget for 2017.

Mayor Albert D. Chua said there will an initial 23 high definition CCTV system to be installed in strategic areas.

Among the locations include the city hall, city inn, city health office, motor pool, city plaza, public market, busy intersections and the five entrance and exit points in the city:  Batac-Banna road, Batac-Pinili via Maipalig road, Batac-Currimao road, Batac-Paoay road and Batac-Laoag road.

The mayor said that the CCTV to be installed will be equipped with solar power in case of power interruption for continuous and wide monitoring.

He added that the city-owned CCTV will be an independent network to be put up by the city government of Batac; this means no provider from any telecommunication networks will be needed.

Ta uray no awan signal, maka operate latta dagitoy CCTV cameras with accessories a maaddaan iti public address na for alarms and announcements in case of emergency”, the mayor said.

Monitors will be installed at the city hall to incorporate and integrate alarms like emergency gadgets by the city disaster risk reduction and management council, Mr. Chua added.

Security guard trainees will be on duty soon

DSWD-FO1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo [in green polo] together with the security guard graduates in the Province of Ilocos Sur. (DSWD)

By Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado


The Security Guard trainees from the Pre-Licensing Training Course on Security Guard of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO 1) will soon acquire an employment for a stable source of income.

A total of 229 participants graduated recently in the Employment Facilitation-Skills Project of SLP on Security Guards. Out of the 229 participants, 163 are from the Province of Ilocos Norte and 66 are from the Province of Ilocos Sur.

According to SLP Ilocos Norte provincial coordinator (PC) Anna Mae C. Palaroan, the 163 participants will soon be hired within this year by VNV Security Agency in San Nicolas, and by JTC Mall in Batac City, both in Ilocos Norte.

Further, SLP Ilocos Sur PC Efren R. Rafanan informed that the three) participants from the 66 security guards who graduated in Ilocos Sur are already employed while the remaining 63 graduates will eventually be employed in coordination of the SLP with the partner-agency Premiere Security Personnel Training Academy, Inc.

Meanwhile, in an interview before the graduation ceremony of the Ilocos Norte security guard trainees, solo-parent—with three children—Gemma C. Gabu expressed her joy in being one of the Security Guard trainees.

Arapaap kon sipud pay idi nga agbalin a security guard. Ginundawayak daytoy a panagsanay para kadagiti padak a marigrigat ken benepisyaryo iti Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program gapu ta umap-apalak kadagiti makitkitak a security guard idi. Sapay la kuma ta makastrekak to ti trabaho tapno dakdakkel ti sweldok para maited ko a naan-anay dagiti pagkasapulan dagiti annakko [It has always been my dream to be a security guard. I grabbed this opportunity together with other underprivileged like me and beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program because even before I already envy those who work as security guard. Hopefully I will get to work as a security guard for a higher salary so I can sufficiently provide the needs of my children],” Ms. Gabu related.

Like Ms. Gabu of Batac City, Jhon Karlou C. Agoyaoy of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur also professed his gratefulness on the knowledge and skills that he learned in the training. Mr. Agoyaoy, the topnotcher of Ilocos Sur security guard graduates optimistically said: “Kinayat ko nga agsanay ti security guard ta barbareng nu mapagasatannak ti nasaysayaat a puesto ken mapermanente ak [I desired to train as security guard hoping that I can land on a permanent job.]”

The said graduation rites in both Ilocos provinces were both attended by DSWD-FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo to personally salute all the graduates and provide an inspirational message.

In his message, he emphasized the roles and responsibilities of being a security guard.

Isang noble po na profession ang inyong pinili na maging security guard dahil kayo ang mangangalaga ng buhay at kagamitan sa isang ahensiya o sa isang pamayanan [The training that you underwent is as a security guard which is a noble profession who will protect the life and equipment in an agency or community],” Mr. Castillo said.

Mr. Castillo then ended his speech by reminding all the trainees to give importance to the conducted training under Employment Facilitation-Skills Project of SLP on security guards and he even encouraged all the trainees to continue helping and supporting each other. On the other hand, the Department will also continue assisting the beneficiaries of DSWD programs in other ways.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Notices for November 21, 2016

Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
November 18, 2016.
          In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines on the Implementation of Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby given to the public that RIZAL ALMAZAN VIEJO has filed with this Office a petition for correction of entry in the date of birth from January 6, 1966 to January 3, 1966 and the child’s middle name and mother’s last name from ALMASAN to ALMAZAN in the Certificate of Live Birth of RIZAL ALMASAN VIEJO at Badoc, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are BENITO T. VIEJO and SIMEONA U. ALMASAN.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than Dec. 5, 2016.

Municipal Civil Registrar
Nov. 21-27, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016*IT



Sp. Proc. No. 16870

          Filed with this Court is a verified petition for the adoption of the minor John Paul A. Lorenzo by Spouses Zosimo C. Lorenzo and Merlyn A. Lorenzo of Brgy. 56-A, Bacsil North, Laoag City, Philippines.
          Finding that the verified petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the Court hereby sets the hearing of the petition on January 26, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. at the Regional Trial Court, Marcos Hall of Justice, Branch 11, Laoag City at which date, time and place, any interested person may appear and show cause why the petition should not be granted.
          Let a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in any newspaper of general circulation in the province of Ilocos Norte and Laoag City at the petitioners’ expense.
          Let a copy of this Order be furnished the Office of the Solicitor General.
          SO ORDERED.
          Done in the City of Laoag, this 3rd day of November, 2016.

Acting Presiding Judge
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late PETRA CORPUZ MARIANO married to JULIAN M. MARIANO and EMMA BULONG MARIANO consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 104-A, Psd-01-054200, being a portion of Lot 104, Cad. 398, Batac Cadastre, L.R.C. Rec. No. __ covered by TCT No. 023-2011000024 containing an area of 366.00 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 1 Sur, Caoayan, Municipality of Batac, Province of Ilocos Norte has been the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate with Quitclaim executed by their heirs in favor of VIRMA B. RAMALLOSA ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public ANTONIO R. CAJIGAL as per Doc. No. 325; Page No. 66; Bk. No. XLV; S. of 2015.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late TRANQUILINO A. GAMIAO JR. consisting of a motorcycle with franchise described as follows: Make/Type-Honda; Motor No. KB509E 052090; Chassis No. KB509 052089; Plate No. QU 7825; Sidecar No. 2049-14; Case No. TC-2016-08-2049 and Certificate of Registration No. 8728291-5 has been adjudicated by his heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JERRY D. ALEJANDRO as per Doc. No. 497; Page No. 100; Bk. No. LXII; S. of 2016.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased ERNESTO A. DE LOS SANTOS consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 3723, Cad-307-D covered by TCT No. T-20383 containing an area of 1,081 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 16 San Marcos, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heir and simultaneously sold to MARY NYRE DAWN S. ALCANTARA married to ELMAR F. ALCANTARA ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 162; Page No. 33; Bk. No. 203; S. of 2016.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late PANCHITA A. CARAANG married to ATANACIO CARAANG consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 3753, Cad-307-D covered by OCT No. 022-P-59455 containing an area of 896 sq.m. situated at Brgy. No. 16, San Marcos, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by her heir and simultaneously sold to GRACE CHRISTINE C. SALES ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 179; Page No. 36; Bk. No. 203; S. of 2016.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late BERNARDO ABULUYAN consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 3748, Cad-307-D covered by OCT No. P-44169 containing an area of 400 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 16, San Marcos, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicatged by his heir and simultaneously sold to GRACE CHRISTINE C. SALES ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 176; Page No. 36; Bk. No. 203; S. of 2016.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased TOMAS CAGAOAN, married to SOTERA CAGAOAN, RUFINO CAGAOAN, married to DEMETRIA MACATBAG, VALENTIN CAGAOAN, married to BALBINA PACLI and MAURICIO ULEP, married to HERMOGENA TOLENTINO consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 32625 of the Laoag Cadastre under Title No. 22588 containing an area of 13,264 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of Balacad, Municipality of San Nicolas has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to Sps. AVELINO C. SALES, JR. and KAREN SALES ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 187; Page No. 38; Bk. No. 203; S. of 2016.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased AVELINO P. SALES consisting of parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 21 Blk. 1, 20 Blk. 1, 5 Blk. 1, Community Facilities, Parks and Playground, 1 Blk. 4, 23352-E, Lot 4, 35295-G, 35295-A, 35295-C, 23399, 35469, 23530-D-1-B, 27259 and Unit 21 Bldg. 29 under TD Nos. 08-026-00032, 08-026-00037, 08-026-00068, 08-026-00088, 08-026-00089, 08-027-00037, 08-027-00060, 08-027-00086, 08-027-00091, 08-027-00097, 08-027-00095, 08-028-00063, 08-028-00501, 08-027-00083, 08-051-01561 and D-117-05932 containing an area of 50 sq.m., 50 sq.m., 111 sq.m., 131 sq.m., 916.12 sq.m., 147 sq.m., 405 sq.m. (Road Lot), 65 sq.m., 66 sq.m., 24 sq.m., 18 sq.m., 1,183 sq.,., 1,029 sq.m., 494 sq.m., 433 sq.m., and 68.27 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 20, 21, 18 and 54B all of Laoag City and Quezon City has been adjudicated by his heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 176; Page No. 36; Bk. No. 175; S. of 2016.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased TOMAS CAGAOAN, married to SOTERA CAGAOAN, RUFINO CAGAOAN, married to DEMETRIA MACATBAG, VALENTIN CAGAOAN, married to BALBINA PACLI and MAURICIO ULEP marrid to HERMOGENA TOLENTINO consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot 32623 of the Laoag Cadastre under OCT No. 22588 containing an area of 25,586 sq.m. situated in the Barrio of Balacad, Municipality of San Nicolas has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to Sps. AVELINO C. SALES JR. and KAREN SALES ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JASON BADER LL. PERERA as per Doc. No. 184; Page No. 37; Bk. No. 203; S. of 2016.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late GENARO R. CABANSAG consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot 3373-C, Psd-01-039438, being a portion of Lot 3373, Cad-398, Batac, Cadastre, L.R.C. Rec. No. __ under TCT No. T-2743 containing an area of 1,149 sq.m. situated at Brgy. Naguirangan, Batac City, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heirs and simultaneously sold to IMELDA CABANSAG-CADUCIO ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public DA VINCI M. CRISOSTOMO as per Doc. No. 82; Page No. 18; Bk. No. CCXXVI; S. of 2014.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT

          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late VALENTINA R. CABANSAG-JAMITO consisting of nine (9) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 2624, 3221, 2528, 3233, 2588, 3353, 75-C, Psd-01-066760, being a portion of Lot 75, all of Cad-398 and Cad. Lot Nos. 29363 and 38608-A under OCT Nos. P-18679, P-18001, P-20657, P-22392, P-20656, TCT Nos. T-1468 and 023-2012000295 under TD Nos. 05-034-00673 and 05-032-01690 containing an area of 2,473 sq.m., 45 sq.m., 819 sq.m., 438 sq.m., 2,931 sq.m., 2,075 sq.m., 19 sq.m., 1,765 sq.m. and 4,490 sq.m. located at Brgy. Naguirangan, Brgy. Palongpong, and Brgy. Caoayan Sur all of Batac, Ilocos Norte has been the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate with Quitclaim executed by her heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public DA VINCI M. CRISOSTOMO as per Doc. No. 388; Page No. 19; Bk. No. CCCXI; S. of 2016.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 2016*IT