by April M. Montes
BINMALEY, Pangasinan, May 13 (PIA) – Despite her frail features and poor eyesight, a senior citizen in barangay San Isidro Sur, in this town, attended the polling area with a desire to take part in the midterm elections and choose the next leaders of the land.
She is Mrs. Emiliana Aquino, who at the age of 79, was able to cast her vote at precinct 197-A with the help of her granddaughter Rosalie Andaya.
Aquino told the Philippine Information Agency that she picked her candidates based on their platforms.
“Pinapanuod ko sa TV yong mga balita tungkol sa mga kandidato,” (I am watching the television to know the news about the candidates), she said.
“Nana Mily,” as she is fondly called by her family and friends, said that she prepared a “kodigo” (cheat sheet) with names of the candidates on it before going to her designated precinct this afternoon.
“Ginawa namin ‘yon kagabi at ‘yon ang dinikta ko kay Rosalie noong bumuboto na ako,” (We made it (the list) last night and I dictated it to Rosalie when I voted), said Aquino.
Aquino is just one of those senior citizens in the country who continues to exercise their right to suffrage despite her old age.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ensured that elderly persons are given due priority this May 13 polls.
The Comelec prompted the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) to make them a top priority along with persons with disabilities. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)
Governor Amado T. Espino of Pangasinan watches his ballot getting processed in a PCOS machine in a voting precinct in Bugallon, Pangasinan, allaying rumors circulating in the province on election day that he has been arrested . The provincial executive has decried the virtual putting of Pangasinan under “police state” with the fielding of cops and soldiers in camouflage uniform and armed to the teeth in every town despite the fact that the province is peaceful enough not to merit being put under COMELEC control..
“Im going to Baguio to shop and to save”—this was in my friend’s iPhone calendar. Blocked on her calendar is May 3-5in SM Baguio.
I borrowed my friend’s phone to look at her photos when I happen to glance at her calendar. Curious, I asked her why. And this is what she told me:
“ SM Baguio is having a 3-day Sale with a 3-way Save on May 3,4,5 and I plan to be there on the first hour. We get a 10% off from 10am-12nn on Friday and get a P100 take back per P2,000 single receipt purchase on Saturday and Sunday.
And since I’ll be using my BDO Mastercard, I get 5%discount for P5,000 single purchase receipt.
Hey, I bet you didn’t know that they changed the SM Department Store name to The SM Store already because you are not so updated mafriend…
If you are going to shop for your kids’ back to school stuff, better do it there because of the huge savings and iwas-hassle. What you can save, you can spend on other things..
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So what are you waiting for, get off the phone and mark the dates. Lets go to SM Baguio for the 3day Sale 3way Save. I’m sure you will thank me for this… “
LINGAYEN—In my 53 years of existence, “ngayon lang ako nakakita ng gobernador na hindi lang sa mga TV screens nakikita ang kagandahan ng probinsiya natin dahil pag pumunta kayo sa Kapitolyo, araw man o gabi makikita nyo pa rin ang kagandahan nito,” thus noted Mayor Teddy Cruz of Mangatarem town following the distribution of PhilHealth cards to indigent families in his town last March 22.
Mayor Cruz likewise thanked Gov. Espino for the various assistance received from the provincial government even as he assured full support to the governor in all his endeavors.
Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. distributed more health insurance cards in Mangatarem last March 22 where more than 300 families availed of the program as second batch recipients under the Provincial Sponsored Health Program of the province.
Mangatarem is among the seven municipalities set to be visited by Gov. Espino during the three-day PhilHealth Card distribution on March 22, 23 and 25.
Aside from Mangatarem town, the three-day activity will benefit another 1, 884 beneficiaries from the towns of Mangaldan, Manaoag, Sta Maria, Tayug, San Quintin and Umingan.
As the governor always reiterates, he said that “the welfare of the people must always come first especially the poor Pangasinenses who are sick.”
The governor said he personally distributes the health card to the people as he wanted them to feel that they are important and that the provincial government cares for them.
The provincial chief executive likewise stressed that he wanted to show what real public service is through the quality public service they provide especially to the less fortunate Pangasinenses.
Earlier this month, Gov. Espino has distributed more than 2,000 health cards to beneficiaries from Bugallon, Bani, Dasol, Infanta, Agno, Mabini and Alaminos City.
As this developed, he called on the everyone to inform those who have not yet availed of the program as he had frequently mentioned that it is his dream that the poor head of the family in Pangasinan will no longer fear of getting sick and is now fully confident of getting the best and adequate medical care in the government hospitals which the provincial government rehabilitated during the first years of his assumption to the provincial leadership.
The governor said the Espino administration has focused on helping the poor as its topmost priority, next is providing quality service and doing their jobs well as public servants as a legacy to the youth for the future of their children and their children’s children. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)