Monday, November 19, 2012

Ex-Gov. Panlilio slams PNP claim that CL is jueteng free

Former Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio slammed police claim that Central Luzon is jueteng free.

He stressed that increased collection on Small Town Lottery (STL) operations in the region is not a guarantee that the illegal numbers game is dead.

“Isang insulto ang sabihin ng PNP na jueteng free ang Central Luzon,” Panlilio told journalists in an interview on Friday night.

He added, “mukhang ang mga men and uniform na lang natin ang hindi nakakaalam na may jueteng pa lalo sa Pampanga.”

The former governor also showed journalists two pieces of paper showing proof that he himself was able to place bet on jueteng last October 23.

Panlilio’s disclosure and show of evidence strengthen suspicions by many that he is the alleged ‘mystery shopper’ cited by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in an earlier meeting at Clark Freeport.

In the same meeting, Roxas asked police officials in Central Luzon led by Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao to immediatel;y submit report on  alleged jueteng operations in the region.

Last Wednesday, Ladao called a press conference at Camp Olivas in San Fernando City and announced that Central Luzon is jueteng free.

He was joined by Lawyer Ferdinand Rojas of the Philippine Charity Sweepestakes Office (PCSO), and STL franchisees in Central Luzon.

Ladao even told journalists that STL collections in the region has increase and noted that it is a sign that there is no more jueteng operations in the region.

But he admitted that there are pocket operations of bookies in the region which local police offices in seven provinces are addressing to eradicate.

For his part, Panlilio said that increased collection in STL operations is not a guarantee that jueteng is dead.

Citing earlier information he received, the priest-turned-politician explained that introduction of STL which was meant to replace jueteng, the illegal numbers game remain and was operated parallel to the STL or legal numbers game.

Panlilio said that he is not in favor of replacing STL with Loterya ng Bayan, instead, he suggested that government acquire operation of jueteng and make it legal.

Earlier on Friday, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda declined to comment on journalists questions with regards to alleged jueteng operation in her province. (Dino Balabo)

Pampanga to host 2012 Southern Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair

Department of Science and Technolgy (DOST) Region 3 chief Victor Mariano said the November 22-24 affair will showcase the recent scientific breakthroughs and advanced technologies developed by
government and private research institutions in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Bicol.

Guided by the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation: Working Together for Growth and Development”, people from all walks of life will be able to see the latest products and services on information and communication technology, electronics, and renewable energy among others.

Apart from exhibits, an academic contest, research colloquium, and seminar on Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards otherwise known as Project NOAH will also be featured.

“Project NOAH is a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation, specifically for the Philippines’ warning agencies, that is primarily intended to reduce casualties and property loss from
extreme hazard events” Mariano explained.

Its mission is to undertake disaster science research and development, advance the use of cutting edge technologies, and recommend innovative information services in government's disaster prevention and
mitigation efforts wherein its immediate task is to integrate current disaster science research and development projects and initiate new efforts within the DOST.

Project NOAH presently has eight components namely: Hydrometeorological Devices in hard-hit areas of the Philippines (Hydromet), Disaster Risk Exposure Assessment for Mitigation – Light  Detection and Ranging (DREAM-LIDAR), Enhancing Geohazards Mapping through LIDAR, Coastal Hazards and Storm Surge Assessment and Mitigation (CHASSAM), Flood Information Network (FloodNET), Local
Development of Doppler Radar Systems (LaDDeRS), Landslide Sensors Development, and Weather Hazard Information Project (WHIP). (CLJD/JGB-PIA 3)