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Asuncion, Guico fight for Binalonan mayor
Sat, 04Mar2001
By Bong E. Otadoy

BINALONAN -- The Commission on Elections here said 26 local candidates have filed their certificates of candidacy for various positions in the municipal government.

Emelda M. Agustin, municipal election registrar, disclosed that the official candidates are running under three political groups--the ruling Lakas-NUCD-UMDP, the National People's Coalition and the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

Agustin said the mayorship in this municipality will be a fight between Mayor Isaiah C. Asuncion, Jr. and former Mayor Ramon N. Guico Jr.

Asuncion, who is serving his first term as the chief executive in this town, is seeking for a reelection under the opposition NPC.
Guico, on the other hand, is the official candidate of the ruling coalition.

On the vice mayoral clash, Pablo O. Sison is the runningmate of Asuncion while Guico is in tandem with Vice Mayor Myrna Bell C. Uy.

The Asuncion-Sison team has its eight-man contenders for sanggunaing bayan--Noel Apolinario O. Bautista, Eduardo O. Boado, Rainier G. Fuster, Eduardo L. Lauder, Maria Eva P. Malapit, Napoleon I. Manuel, Daniel J. Ochoco and Rogelio M. Sendaydiego.

On ther hand, the Guico-Uy candidates to the councilors' race under the Lakas ticket are Andres B. Balangue, Celito O. Cordero, Oscar S. Evangelista, Benigno B. Gotoc, Igmedio A. Larioza, Conrado Paul D. Ramos, Francis Melville V. Tinio and Cesar A. Tomelden.

The other six contenders for a seat in the municipal council are three aspirants who declared their candidacy under the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino and three independent candidates.

The three LDP bets are Primitivo D. Loveranes Jr. Ernesto E. Tomelden and Honorio N. Tomelden while the independent candidates are Rolando S. Calderon, Mario I. Ilumin and Orlando M. Malong.

Japanese national robbed of P2.5M
Wed, 20 Sept 2000 20:03:13 +0637
By Lanie R. Mendoza
BINALONAN -- A 48-year-old Japanese national and two companions were held up by three armed men in Barangay Balangobong here.

Police investigators identified the victim as Horisaki Tomlo who was robbed of P2,500,000 in cash, US$2,000 and important documents.

Tomlo told investigators that the suspects fled on board a Mitsubishi Lancer car colored white with plate number UPH-559.

Tomlo's companion were Maximo Ravino, 50, a resident of Caunlaran Street at Batasan Hills in Quezon City, and real estate agent Benita Kalaw, 43, a resident of Makati City.

Police initial investigation disclosed that prior to the incident, an agreement was made by both parties regarding gold bars to be sold to the victims by the suspects.

They had chosen Pangasinan as the venue for the transaction.
When the victims where along Barangay Balangobong, their driver suddenly stopped in an uninhabited place along the barangay road. After few seconds, three armed men appeared then pointed their gun towards them.

The victims were positively identified at PNP's rogue gallery the suspects and are now the object of a manhunt operation.

It was learned that suspects have just posted their bail bonds after they were arrested August 19 this year by the police.
Binalonan Team joins bikefest
Tue, 05 Sept 2000 20:03:13 +0800
By Randy O

Despite sign of an inclement weather that threatened to stop the race, race director Paquito Rivas of the organizing Professional Cycling Association of the Philippines said yesterday that "all systems go" for the much awaited Smart Manila-Baguio Cycling Classic that unreeled last Friday.

Seven teams answered the starting gun at Manila City Hall at 7:00 a.m. and the Pangasinan contingent was one of the favorites to win both the individual and the team competitions.

Pangasinenses who followed the race especially those at the finish line at Baguio's Burnham Park were jubilant, and that one cycling fanatic guy said "once again, we have proven to the Filipino people that this province is still the best in Philippine cycling".

At the outskirts of Urdaneta City, Binalonan rider Joel Guillen of the Binalonan Team riding by his lonesome lead the race. Second pack was composed of three led by MAD 2000 cycling champ Reynaldo Navarro towing his two rivals from Nueva Ecija and Manila. Eventual winner and Pangasinan Team skipper Santi Barnachea with six others led the third group and caught the second pack after Sison, Pangasinan after a relentless pursuit.

Surprisingly, Rodelio Valdez of Nueva Ecija and Tomas Martinez of Tarlac broke away from the group that stunned Barnachea and company before they hit Kennon Road.

The two caught the leading Guillen at Camp 2. But Martinez accelerated at Camp 3 to lead the entire race and at one time led by as much as four minutes to the pursuing group of Barnachea.

Using his mountain prowess skill and big fighting heart, Barnachea, who won the three of my team-organized races here in Pangasinan this year, escaped from his group and caught the leaders one by one. The last was Martinez at the famous Lion's Head. From there, he charged the 10-km all-ascent rain-soaked finish alone conquering the bumpy adverse roads that caught motorists in monstrous traffic jam.

Barnachea clocked the 250-km trek in six hours 59 minutes and 14 seconds. His effort is worth P10,000 plus two celphones from the sponsoring company and a trophy. He had a share with the P20,000 that Pangasinan claimed.

Llyod Reynante, son of my contemporary and illustrious Manuel Reynante was second with P7,000. Albert Primero of Nueva Ecija who won the Mangaldan Independence Day Bikefest this year landed third. The two also received trophies Martinez could only manage fourth place.

The Philippine Navy Team led by Reynante pocketed the P50,000 top prize. Marikina Team led by Placido Valdez won P30,000 for landing second. All the three top teams were also awarded trophies.

Second best finisher was Navarro of San Jacinto town placing 11th. Eric Obosa of Manaoag was 12th.

The next race will be at Subic Bay scheduled September 6-9.
Binalonan Mayor-VM feud mere concoction
Sat, 26 Aug 2000 20:03:13 +0800
By Ninoy C. Angeles

BINALONAN
- The reported political rift between Mayor Isaiah C. Asuncion, Jr. and Vice Mayor Myrnabelle Uy has been denied by sources of both quarters who claimed such report as a work of other quarters aiming to break the good relationship of the two officials here.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said the reports was actually not the first to come out.

On several occasions in the past it was reported that Vice Mayor Uy has been distancing herself from the local leadership because of the mayor's alleged disregard of her function as the head of the municipal council.

Both Asuncion and Uy, however, even brushed aside as mere political fabrication the report which was aimed to create a gap between them.

The sources said the swift implementations of development projects in the municipality will be attributed substantially to the healthy working relationship between the executive and the legislative departments.

They said that since the change of local administration here, both the mayor and the vice mayor never resorted to power abuse to achieve their respective desires
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Prior to the enforcement of measures, the Uy sees to it that they were thoroughly deliberated upon before their approval in the municipal legislature, the sources claimed.

Asuncion last week said the report which started in a radio station in Dagupan "has been sensationalized as the usual practice in the media maybe".

The municipal council here is never an exemption to such cases where sometimes in the deliberations of delicate matters in the session hall, factions identified with the mayors do not subscribe to the approval of a measure where the principal sponsor belongs to the faction of the presiding officer, Asuncion stressed.

The role of the mayor then is to step in such a way that both factions will agree together peacefully, he explained.

But he reiterated that everything in the municipal government has been going on smoothly.

Uy, who ran independent as a vice mayoral candidate in the May 1998 elections, still assured her support to the municipal leadership.

Reports said Uy will remain vice mayoral candidate as an independent comes 2001 to squelch once and for all unverified reports on her mayoralty bid.

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