By By Fernan A. Gianan
Congratulations to the winners
posted 16-May-2019  ·  
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    Congratulations to the winners in last Monday’s local elections, particularly the team of Gov. Joseph Cua, Congressman-elect Hector Sanchez and Vice Gov. Shirley Abundo!

    The trio, aided by former governor and now political strategist Leandro Verceles Jr., scored a convincing victory against the slate of brothers Cong. Cesar and Atty. Jorge Sarmiento.

    It also ensured control of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, with six of the eight seats won by allies.

    In a wave of change, seven of the 11 towns have new mayors: Atty. Posoy Sarmiento in Virac, Johnny Rodulfo in Bato, Paolo Teves in Baras, Vicente Tayam Jr. in Gigmoto, Cesar Robles in Panganiban, Honesto Tabligan II in Pandan and Glenda Aguilar in Caramoran.

    The only survivors among the reelectionist chief executives are Mayor Peter Cua of San Andres, Mayor Jun Camano of San Miguel, Mayor Emeterio Tarin of Viga and Mayor Remegio Villaluna of Bagamanoc who ran unopposed.

    Let the celebrations begin!

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A rare case of an accused trying to hide his identity occurred recently at the Regional Trial Court.

The story began sometime earlier when the police arrested a Buyo resident for trying to transport undocumented lumber. The suspect identified himself as Ramon Manlangit and it was this name that appeared in the police blotter and in the complaint filed by the police with the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor.

When the case arrived at the Regional Trial Court, a sharp-eyed court employee pointed out to RTC Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu Contreras that Manlangit was not the accused’s real name.

During arraignment, the accused admitted before the judge that his real name is Warlito Alcantara and hinted that he hid his real identity for fear that the new case would be connected to a previous case filed against him for the same offense.

To teach him a lesson, the Court immediately revoked his bail, effectively sending him back to jail. He will face possible charges of perjury and falsification of public documents.

Also on the hot seat is Buyo barangay chairman Daniel Tria, who issued a certificate of indigency to “Ramon Manlangit” to enable him to avail of free legal services from the Public Attorney’s Office.

The Court ordered Tria to explain why he should not be cited for contempt of court for issuing the spurious certificate.

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Many thanks to Bossing Antonio and Soledad Aldave for the night’s stay at their sprawling beach resort at Bolinao, Pangasinan last April 29-30.

Established in 1997, the Villa Soledad Beach Resort has since attracted many visitors who enjoy the nearly hundred-meter stretch of beach and the three swimming pools, aside from the hotel-like accommodations (the room where we stayed had two bedrooms and a common sala, dining room and comfort room, and could house two families).

From the resort, one could avail of day tours to several tourist attractions at Bolinao and nearby Alaminos where the Hundred Islands beckon. On the way out, one could pass by Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine and the giant bamboo statue of St. Vincent de Ferrer at Bayambang which recently earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The same gratitude is likewise given to Mr. and Mrs. Hermil Olfindo, a native of Viga town and best friend of my late father, who played host for dinner at their house in Quezon City last April 30. The couple are largely based at their ranch house in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya which is now the base of the company he started in an old wooden building in Blumentritt, Consumers Appliance Traders.

We were supposed to go to Solano for a two-day stay but the fiesta celebration at Parkway Village meant Tio Hermil, who heads the homeowners’ association, had to be present during the event. We hope to be at Solano in the next few months.

*****

THE SPOTS. A man goes to the eye doctor. The receptionist asks him why he is there.

The man complains, “I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes.”

The receptionist asks, “Have you ever seen a doctor?”

And the man replies, “No, just spots.”


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