Friday, July 08, 2005

VMLP affirms support to GMA

The Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP) Pangasinan Chapter has affirmed its continued support and respect to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as duly elected President of the country.

In a resolution, the Pangasinan vice mayors also endorsed the resolution of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), which condemned “in the strongest possible terms” all forms of extra-constitutional and extra-legal moves to effect changes in government.

ULAP, the umbrella organization of all local government leagues in the country, also called on all sectors of society for sobriety and maintain full confidence in the country’s democratic institutions and all duly constituted authorities.

Vice Mayor Alvin Fernandez, VMLP Pangasinan Chapter president and national executive vice president, said that his group favorably endorsed the ULAP resolution because it is one of the effective measures to prevent any untoward move to destabilize the existing legitimate government, “not to mention strengthening the people’s faith in the rule of the law and the constitutional process.”

“It is really unfortunate that some negative forces are spreading intrigues and disinformation regarding the legitimacy of the present administration,” Fernandez said.

“It is very clear that there are some forces that are apparently planning to stage a power grab against the highest office of the land, which is not in conformity with the highest law of the land thereby undermining the sovereign will of the Filipino People,” he added.

The Pangasinan vice mayors also called on foreign and local investors to keep calm and support the economy by keeping the prices of commodities stable.

“The buying public became more conscious and worried of the economic instability due to various plots by unwanted members of the destabilizing groups,” the VMLP resolution said.

Earlier, the Sangguniang Panlungsod here, where Fernandez is presiding officer, also passed a resolution affirming its continued support and loyalty to President Arroyo.

The SP also endorsed the ULAP resolution.

VMLP Resolution supporting President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

VICE MAYORS’ LEAGUE OF THE PHILIPPINES
Pangasinan Chapter

EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING OF THE VICE MAYORS’ LEAGUE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PANGASINAN CHAPTER, HELD AT THE INN ASIA HOTEL AND RESTAURANT, DAGUPAN CITY ON JULY 6, 2005.

PRESENT:
Hon. Alipio Vittorio Ramon D. Fernandez, Presiding Officer and President, Dagupan City
Hon. Cesar B. Villanueva, Sgt.-at-Arms, Aguilar
Hon. Carlos P. Lopez, Sr., Director, Asingan
Hon. Gerry G. Luna, Director, Balungao
Hon. Alfredo V. Frias, Sgt.-at-Arms, Basista
Hon. Jose S. Ramos, Director, Bayambang
Hon. Myrna Bell C. Uy, Asst. Treasurer, Binalonan
Hon. Bernardo F. De Vera, Board of Director, Bugallon
Hon. Ferdinand G. Galang, Asst. Auditor, Calasiao
Hon. Simaco S. Sison, Director, Labrador
Hon. Orlando R. Bartolome, Vice President-2nd District, Lingayen
Hon. Osmundo B. Lambino, Asst. Sec.-General, Malasiqui
Hon. Manuelito M. Noveda, Sgt.-at-Arms, Natividad
Hon. Reynaldo P. Reyes, Director, Pozorrubio
Hon. Romeo L. Sim, Auditor, Rosales
Hon. Manuel C. Ogoy, Vice President-4th District, San Jacinto
Hon. Bonie I. Apilado, Sgt.-at-Arms, San Manuel
Hon. Luis E. Ditol, Vice President-6th District, San Nicolas
Hon. Serafin V. Tiu, Jr., Board of Director, San Quintin
Hon. Benjamin H. Aquino, PRO, Sison
Hon. Onofre C. Palaganas, PRO, Sta. Barbara
Hon. Wilfredo M. Pescador, Vice President-5th District, Sto. Tomas
Hon. Modesto M. Operania, PRO, Urbiztondo
Hon. Roderick Emmanuel R. Mina, Secretary-General, Villasis

RESOLUTION NO. 0001 -2005

ENDORSING RESOLUTION NO. 2005-015 OF THE UNION OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF THE PHILIPPINES (ULAP).

WHEREAS, this body is endorsing Resolution No. 2005-015 of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) entitled “CONDEMNING IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS, ANY AND ALL FORMS OF EXTRA CONSTITUTIONAL AND EXTRA-LEGAL MOVES TO EFFECT CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT, CALLING ON ALL SECTORS OF SOCIETY TO MAINTAIN SOBRIETY AND FULL CONFIDENCE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND ALL DULY CONSTITUTED AUTHORITIES, AND ENJOINING RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW”;

WHEREAS, finding said resolution to be one of the effective measures to prevent any untoward move to destabilize the existing legitimate government, not to mention strengthening the people’s faith in the rule of the law and the constitutional process, there is an imperative necessity to endorse favorably said resolution;

WHEREAS, the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines, Pangasinan Chapter, hereby affirms its continued support and respect to the duly elected President of the Republic of the Philippines, Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo;

WHEREAS, it is unfortunate that some negative forces are spreading intrigues and disinformation regarding the legitimacy of the present national administration;

WHEREAS, this body is bound by duty to make a public statement to protect the Province of Pangasinan and its inhabitants from any destabilization moves by ill-willed individuals and groups;

WHEREAS, it is very clear that there are some forces that are apparently planning to stage a power grab against the highest office of the land which is not in conformity with the highest law of the land thereby undermining the sovereign will of the Filipino people;

WHEREAS, this body is requesting all foreign and local Investors to keep calm and support the economy by keeping prices stable;

NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of Vice Mayor Osmundo B. Lambino, duly and jointly seconded by Vice Mayors Cesar B. Villanueva, Carlos P. Lopez, Sr., Gerry G. Luna, Alfredo V. Frias, Jose S. Ramos, Myrna Bell C. Uy, Bernardo F. De Vera, Ferdinand G. Galang, Simaco S. Sison, Orlando R. Bartolome, Manuelito M. Noveda, Reynaldo P. Reyes, Romeo L. Sim, Manuel C. Ogoy, Bonie I. Apilado, Luis E. Ditol, Serafin V. Tui, Jr., Benjamin H. Aquino, Onofre C. Palaganas, Wilfredo M. Pescador, Modesto M. Operania, and Roderick Emmanuel R. Mina, be it

RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, to endorse Resolution No. 2005-015 of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).

RESOLVED FURTHER, to forward a copy of this resolution to the Office of the President, for information.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY.


ALIPIO VITTORIO RAMON D. FERNANDEZ
President & Presiding Officer

ATTESTED:

RODERICK EMMANUEL MINA
Secretary-General

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Gunman kills Mapandan vice mayor and his driver

MAPANDAN, Pangasinan — The vice mayor of this town and his driver were shot dead early Wednesday evening by a gunman a few meters from the municipal hall here.

Vice Mayor Adolfo Aquino, 55, suffered three bullet wounds in the head, and one each in the back and chest.

His driver, Victor Villanueva, 35, was hit in the chest as he tried to shield the vice mayor from the attack. Villanueva died later at the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City.

Chief Inspector Reynaldo Tamondong, police chief here, said that Aquino had just come from the Sangguniang Bayan session hall, where he presided over the regular session, when he was attacked.

He said that Aquino was in his car when he left the municipal hall compound and had just entered the main road when he saw a retired police officer, Pelagio Melchor on the sidewalk.

Aquino got off his car and greeted Melchor. Councilors Catalino Morales and Asuncion Calimlim, who were following Aquino in their cars, also alighted and joined Aquino.
It was here that the gunman, coming from across the road, approached Aquino and shot him, killing him instantly.

Police Director-General Arturo Lomibao, who flew to this town yesterday morning, relieved the entire Mapandan police force and designated Chief Inspector Efren Serenilla, group director of the 107th Police Mobile Group, as acting police chief.

Lomibao also created Task Force Aquino and named Supt. Edgar Basbas as head shortly after a reenactment of the incident was conducted.

Dabby Aquino, the slain vice mayor’s younger brother, said he was standing about 20 meters from the vice mayor when he was shot.

He said that after the shooting, the killer, about five feet and seven inches in height, wearing a ball cap and a red shirt, casually walked away towards the municipal cemetery.

The younger Aquino said that he tried to give a chase but he said he stopped when the gunman saw him and trained his gun at him. He said the gun, a .45 caliber pistol, jammed.

While escaping, Aquino said, the killer removed his shirt and cap and simply vanished in the cemetery.

Aquino said the slain vice mayor was supposed to leave for the United States yesterday to join a family reunion.

He also said he did not know of any enemy of his brother because, he said, the vice mayor was very secretive.

Mayor Ferdinand Calimlim, who rushed back here from Manila, where he is preparing for his flight also to the US today, called for an immediate investigation of the incident.

He said there may have been political differences between him and Aquino but he clarified that they are in agreement on their goals for this town.
Calimlim, who is in his second term, ran under the banner of the administration Lakas-CMD in the 2004 elections, while Aquino ran as candidate of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP).