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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Would monies flood Pangasinan?
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
A father of
a news caster of a regional TV station told me that his daughter was lucky
because a national government department hired her.
niya kasi after election mag sasarado na ang TV station”.
station used to sack last year many of its workers.
them, in other parts of the country, even sued the owner for the illegal
newscaster told me the new owner in
Manila wanted to close the station because what it reports on its evening news
were redundant with its morning news
revenues na kinikita niya hindi kaya i-pasuweldo with its staff and reporters”
I pity those
present employees there. They should have been frantically looking now for work as election is only a month to go.
“Siga na si
rival station dito as its maintain a regional morning and evening news,” I
Political leaders of three neighboring
Pangasinan towns have just been beneficiaries of tens of thousands of pesos
from big time aspirants.
Because of it, leaders and voters in Dagupan
City should cry their hearts out.
To the still uninitiated, the congressional, mayoralty, and vice mayoralty
candidates in the City have no opponents in the May 9 election)
A mayor of one of these towns told me that
these politicos chipped- in P9,000 so
they can give it to each of the barangay chairmen while they shelled out P2000
for each of the village councilmen.
“Pinatawag ako ni Rival X at tinanung ako
magkano ang bigayan sa lahat ng kapitan na pinapunta ko sa caucus with the
opponent. Sinabi ko ang sinabi ng mga kapitan ko kung magkano ang bigayan,” he
Rival X told him that he sets the meeting of
the Kapitans and Council Members of the three towns in his building.
He said Rival X gave P10 thousand to each of
the village chiefs and P3,000 to each of the sea of council members.
“Anak ng bakang dalaga, naglalagari ang mga
kapitan, naka P19 thousand kaagad sila in the last two weeks,” I quipped.
He told me that a week before the election
money would flood Pangasinan as his patron would triple the one given by the
“The plan is to give P500 to each voter. But
if the opponent gives P500, Rival X will give P1,500”.
Was it a wishful brag? I posed to a political
spectator who had an interest with Pangasinan politics.
After raking the
hard earned seed monies (we Flips, er, Filipinos called it “capital”) of those
Igorot vegetable and Pangasinan bangus or milkfish wholesale traders when
I bet for Floyd Mayweather the tuition fees of my children against their wagers
for Manny Pacquiao, I should be turning 180- degree and predicts Pacquiao, the
pet peeve of senatorial candidate Walden Bello, to pounce and trounce out
American Tim Bradley in their rubber match this Sunday (Saturday in the U.S)
until I saw the absence of a random drug testing for the duo.
(Pacquiao) would become a whirling dervish without the drug testing on this
fight,” I told my errand
boy Procopio Matulis after I Google if the duo subjected them anew toThe World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) just like what they agreed on their
Then last night as I
prepared myself to bed, I saw at You Tube the training of Bradley and his new
trainer, the verbal showboat former trainer - turned boxing commentator Teddy
Atlas that changed my prognosis that this fight could either go to Manny or
New Trainer’s Innovation to Bradley
As you know folks,
in the first 2012 controversial fight of the aging Filipino Superman but Senatorial
Shoo-in (God Save Us!) versus Bradley, he should had won it because of his hand
speed, and in the 2014 rematch, he nearly lose against the bobbling and weaving
attack styles of the American in the first six rounds until Bradley had calf
It happened after
Tim outbalanced himself due to his propensity to throw a looping right power
punches to Manny.
That injury snapped
out from him his foot work that used to elude Pacquiao in hitting him.
In the fourth round
of that clash, he even hit Pacqauio’s left face with a powerful right uppercut
that lifted by a foot, son of a gun, the feet of Manny from the canvass.
But with Atlas
innovation that was tested on Bradley knocking out the flabby and lethargic
Brandon Rios (who struggled to reduce weight for the 147 pound’s Welterweight
fight) at the ninth round in their November 2015 match (pssst Pacquaio only
chalked up a unanimous decision on the Walking Punching Bag Rios in November
2013 at Macau, China and could not Knock him out (KO) ), and with Pacquiao
fighting this time without folks from WADA,Voluntary
Anti-Doping Association (VADA),and the United States
Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) just like in his Mayweather’s match, knocking on his
house’s door to take a sample of his blood they call in the jargon"drug and hormone testing that will
undergo isotope-ratio mass spectrometry to detect exogenous testosterone from
outside the body”.
Bradley, as what we
Pinoys call “may tama si Bradley dito!”.
Effect of the absence of Random Drug Testing
Can you still
remember Juan Manuel Marquez knocking out cold on the floor Manny Pacquiao at
the Six Round of their Fourth Fight?
That match had no
random drug test by the alphabet soup I mentioned. They just subjected
themselves for the standard urine testing done by the doctors at the Nevada
State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Because of that
medical liberality of NSAC, strength and conditioning expert Mexican Angel
"Memo" Heredia,a former FBI Anti Doping witness, outsmarted
conditioning coach Alex Ariza by making Marquez bulked into an Incredible Hulk
where his heavy punches jarred Manny until he brought the reckless
Filipino into an ambushed by hitting him at the chin by a straight power punch
at the seventh round that caused his KO.
My friend and
beer mate the late boxing writer Hermie Rivera , whose writing style
and semantics could turned HBO In - House scribe the late Bert Sugar green with
envy, shouted after Pacquiao-Marquez rubbermatch in 2011“I couldn’t believe Heredia was allowed to
train Marquez. And I also couldn’t believe how big and how strong Marquez was
on the day of the fight. Manny felt his punches right from the start and
probably knew he was up against a souped-up fighter. Manny could’ve been badly
hurt. My idea is to clamp down on steroid pushers and users. There’s no place
for those guys in boxing. We want to eradicate the use of performance-enhancing
drugs which may be almost undetectable today.”
Fight could go either to Pacquiao or Bradley
Without random drug
testing especially on the part of Manny Pacquiao and with a new innovation
dealt by Atlas to Bradley to outpoint the Filipino, whose last knocked out of
his opponent was in Miguel Cotto in 2010, I could say this match could either
go the other way around.
It could be the
Pacquiao’s Way, the Bradley’s Way, the Super Highway (psst “Draw”), or what
Pangasinan Abono Party List's Congressman Conrad Estrella shouted to the sea of the hoi polloi at
the Bong Bong Marcos for vice president rally “The Marcos Highway!”
Here’s what I suggest Pacquiao and Bradley
should do to win.
- Pacquiao gives emphasis on the upper
cut every time they both mixed in a flurry of punches. Bradley loves to weave
- Unlike Floyd Mayweather who fought
effectively Pacquiao with a long left jab to avoid being hit, the Filipino can
time with a power punch Bradley who loves to stand in front of him.
- Counter the counter punch of Bradley, just like what Manny had done to
- Manny avoid Bradley looping counter punching
right hand. He was using this technique all night at the rematch
- Bradley should use frequently his
left straight punch or left hook. Pacquiao has the tendency to leave open his
right early period peasant- liked- face. “Hit it hard, baby!”
Emulate Mayweather accurate punching style where the
American used his long left jabs in the distance and counter with his right
punch every time the Filipino instinctively lunged with his right jabs followed
by his face, just like before Marquez knocked him out, before he unleashed his
right power punch.
- Don’t just throw the looping power right punch recklessly
just like in the rematch in 2014 or in his other fights as he was just wasting
his energy for them.
- Improve the weaving and bobbing as Manny hand speeds are
still very fast.
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