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As BID’s Paul exits, tri-media will miss him as newsmaker

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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Ilocos Norte folks neither cried foul nor remarked “good riddance” when Laoag-based Immigration-Deportation chief Paul Verzosa was relieved from his post effective this week. One thing sure, the local tri-media will miss him as a newsmaker. Why? Because when he talked, his words made a headline.
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Outspoken, Paul used the press to ventilate his sentiments noting his relief might have link to the infamous case of four Sinos now being detained and tried in court for some alleged criminal charges.
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Paul became a part and parcel of the hullabaloo. It started when he joined the fray in investigating the foreigners’ travel status in the North. The most serious matter he uttered to the press was his fear for his life. His shocking story landed in the national broadsheet but cops in Ilocos Norte quickly clarified report saying that the PNP blotter showed no record of alleged death threats on Paul’s life.
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Assuming it is true, the big question mark is: Who are the parties interested to see him miserable? What bonus will they get if he were “vanished” from this province? Sometimes, it pays to be extra cautious when life is in danger. I remember two old colleagues in the media, the late Roger Mariano and Lito Agustin, who were victims of past extrajudicial killings. As hard-hitting radio commentators, they allegedly ignored death threats they received while they were at the peak of their career. Both separately met their tragic death by barrel of the gun. Fallen by assassin’s bullet, so to speak.
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Mr. Paul Verzosa is a family man who ambitions to become a lawyer someday. Frequently seen in local TV ambush interviews, his face became familiar to me. Sometimes, many either liked or disliked his pragmatic opinions on immigration woes confronting his office.
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In one instance, I saw him dining with his family members at 365’s Shakeys in nearby San Nicolas town in Ilocos Norte. He was browsing a legal book as he waited for the food to be served. During the past weekends, I was told he spent time reviewing for the bar exams. Maybe, his office superiors were right when they pulled him from Laoag and reassigned him to another BID turf because they cared for his safety.#(jun r. guiang)

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