Saturday, August 23, 2014

M&M versus E&E in Pangasinan 2016?


Political grapevine says it would be M&M versus E&E for the Capitol Race in 2016. M&M stands for Former Congressman Mark Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay who officially declared last Thursday their moist eye for the governorship and vice governorship of the gargantuan province. Comes 2016 election, Pangasinan would have almost 2 million registered voters. This could earn her as the biggest voting province in the country in lieu of the provinces of Cebu and Cavite.
M&M: Mark Cojuangco (Left) and Mark Macanlalay
 Oh by the way, E&E represents the son and father tandem in Board Member Pogi Espino and outgoing Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. Pundits and even the village idiots share that this electoral tiff would be the biggest and most expensive Pangasinenses could ever see in their lifetime.
Kung sa boxing Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather ito.
But voters of Dagupan City, an independent component city, should not be envious on their fellow voters in Pangasinan who are salivating on this clash. Bakit kaya sila naglalaway dito sa laban na ito he he? Information I got from the camp of former mayor Benjie S. Lim said that it would be Lim’s spouse Celia and son Vice Mayor Brian Lim against the city’s incumbent Mayor Belen Fernandez and her vice mayoralty tandem present Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez.

Gubernatorial Bet Amado Espino III
Mukhang masuerte si Representative Gina de Venecia sa congressional race sa 4th District, walang malakas na kalaban. I heard it would still be Rep. Baby Arenas in the 3rd District kasi si former Congresswoman Rachel Arenas would be gunning for a senatorial seat sa 2016. I heard that former Philippine National Police Chief General Art Lomibao will be challenging incumbent Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe de Vera-Parayno, kasi daw kulelat na manalo si Vice Mayor Manny Casupang dahil bukod sa tinangalan na ng SOP sa gambling kulang daw sa wherewithal sa mayorship race.
Am I right broadcaster Dante Cera that the general will be throwing his hat in Mangaldan? Dapat sabayan na rin ng pera para lumakas, huwag lang hat he he.
The last time I know about Lomibao, he was beaten by incumbent Vice Governor Ferdie Calimlim for the vice governorship race in 2013, gee whiz, in his (Lomibao) very own hometown Mangaldan!
How’s Ferdie Calimlim after E&E were floated and after the Espinos resigned from the Nationalist People’s Coalition. Calimlim, still a card carrying member of NPC, is being groomed to run as nominee of the most influential party-list group in the province. From Vice Guv Ferdie, if he is lucky, he will be called Cong Ferdie. Am I right Darwina?
Sa Calasiao naman it would be the tandem of Vice Mayor Macanlalay and Councilor Rey Chuson versus Ambonao Brgy. Chairman Mando Bauzon or his son Town Councilor JR Bauzon and former Vice Mayor Ferdinand Galang for the top two post of the burgeoning town. Macanlalay and Bauzon are first cousin pero alam niyo na he he Mando is one of the big time private contractor of Govenor Espino. Mas mabigat ang pera kaysa sa dugo. Doon naman sa Sta. Barbara it would be the fourth rematch of Mayor Lito Zaplan versus former Mayor Rey Velasco.
Although I have written in the past about media prostitutes – figuratively and literally – and media hao-shiaos (fakes), I could not forgive myself if I could not give my takes on my just read book Who‘s Looking Out For You written by U.S No. 1 talk show host Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Channel about how media elites became biased on their calling.
As a media practitioner, who did not even have a BS in Journalism or Mass Communication, for sometimes, I saw how the local elites exchanged notes if not ingratiate with the power-that-be while they enjoy the ambiance of some bars of high end hotels and restaurants.
Media colleagues in Pangasinan treat me with stories how they spent sometimes with high level government functionaries in some five stars hotels imbibing expensive liquors and eating the sumptuous food Imperial Manila can offer and going home with oodles of monies in their pocket. Expose, these practices would be scandalous on the parts of the government and the media networks in the United States, to see head of their version of Bureau of Custom, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Departments of Interior & Local  Government and of Public Works & Highway, or the Philippines National Police indulging to a “Bacchanalian Feast” with these susceptible members of the Fourth Estate.

A high police official told me how gambling lords in a region shell-out P3 million a month for brothers in the broadcast industry in the metropolis just to buy their silence not to pounce on the illegal games that give a windfall not only for the millions of pesos  a month for the police but to politicians.
"And that's only from that region, how about the monies these brothers received monthly from other regions through out the country?" he posed to me.
And, son of a gun, I am not yet talking here about the tens of millions pesos pocketed by major TV and radio anchormen for their silence from the billions of pesos of racket perpetrated by Janet Napoles with Filipino congressmen and senators.
Who said media profession is a thankless job?.
 Some media guys like the late Filipino columnist non-pareil Max Soliven  did not have to resort to the callousness I mentioned about some media colleagues. Max could be seen  sipping coffee or red wine as he had that animated talk with some “lobbyists” from Lockheed (to sell some C-130 military transport planes), General Dynamics (for a squadron of F-16 multi-role jets for the militarily weak Philippines),  Israel Aircraft Industries (maker of built all-weather, multirole combat aircraft based on a modified French Dassault jets for a cash-strapped country), or  British Firm GKN Defence (now part of BAE Systems) ( to sell by making in Subic 150 Simba armored personnel carrier for the Armed Forces of the Philippines) where Max could do some PRs in his most sought articles at the Philippine Daily Inquirer and later Philippine Star.
Here’s O’Reilly on Media Elite: “Since  all the networks news organizations, including Fox , are run by huge corporations, and these enterprises are loath to criticize each other or themselves, you don’t see consistent, incisive coverage of the damage that many media operations are doing to the children of this country. On the newspaper side, many of the editors are so steeped in ideology and political correctness that it is impossible for them to make any moral judgments on social trends. Unless, of course, the trend is spiritual or pro-life or something that runs against their ideological beliefs. Then the papers will let you have it”.

He cited that on March 30, 2004, the U.S.A and Britain attacked Iraq, the Gallup Poll people asked this question: Do you approve or disapprove of the United States' decision to go to war with Iraq? The answer:
Approve: 76 percent; Disapprove: 20 percent; No Opinion 4 percent.
"Overwhelmingly, Americans backed the action against Saddam. Yet on the same day, March 20, ABC News and NBC News devoted a substantial amount of their evening newscast to both domestic and foreign war protesters. CBS did not, completely ignoring them on the Rather. World News Tonight with Peter Jennings spent four minutes and forty seconds reporting on war dissent. NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw topped that;  it spent four minutes forty-five seconds on war protests and another one minute thirty-five-seconds on war objections by some Democrats. Neither Jennings nor Brokaw spend one second on the 76 percent of Americans who thought the war was the right action to take".
If America has that kind of media practitioners, how are the members of the Fourth Estate in rambunctious province of Pangasinan - where motorcycle riding tandem killers soar lately – fare?
As the 2016 local election is fast approaching, many members of the media become PR and apologists of high budget politicians – whose big dough becomes the magnet.
“Kamusta  ang media ngayon sa Pangasinan? Alam ko kumikita sila ngayon ayon sa source ko sa circle ninyo,” a bigwig from the Land Bank of the Philippines quipped to me when I bumped recently with her.
She knows that PR monies now are everywhere since titans for the top posts in the province have been saber rattling. The funny or scornful about these guys are their audacity to be willing recipients from the two rival camps. Jesus Christ Superstar, some of their colleagues who are not beneficiaries just turned pink in envy or turned red in contempt as these folks go to the banks and belt their off key song: “I have two hands, the left and the right….”.
 “Tingnan mo ang mga diario ngayon sa Pangasinan. Puno ng malalaking photo ng mga gubernatorial bets sa front page headline. Ano sa tingin ninyo, kubra ba dito kubra ba doon ang labanan ngayon,” a veteran scribe posed to me by showing to my face different kinds of local weeklies as host to these journalistic malfeasance.
Son of a gun, this is media brinkmanship at its best or worst!
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