SPMsToto, Ria clash on new P893M tobacco fund

Manotoc’s dream is for Ilocos Norte to host the Ilocos region sports meet.

It’s no joke, maybe two-year preparation to upgrade all sports facilities here is needed to qualify for it.

Surely, hosting the event would be a gargantuan task for PGIN and DepEd.

Bokal Matthew Manotoc, indeed, is sports minded. It’s in his paternal gene.


Sangguniang Panglalawigan member Ria Fariñas interpellated her colleague SPm Toto Lazo over the proposed appropriation ordinance on the nearly P900 million tobacco excise tax share of the province of Ilocos Norte for 2014-2015.

The lone opposition in the provincial legislative body, Bokal Ria is perceived as always meticulous when it comes to spending the multi-million-peso tobacco fund solely intended for the general welfare of the Ilocano farmers.

Bokal Lazo cut short the interpellation by Bokal Ria stating he (SPm Toto) didn’t want any “repetition of irregularity.” Of course, never again if Attorney Toto meant fund mess.

Aside from the eagle-eye of COA, every Tom, Dick, and Harry has now become too inquisitive about the spending of any public fund for the sake of good governance.


About 32,000 bags of imported rice from Thailand would flood the local market in Ilocos Norte till December, says NFA report.

We, Filipinos, (except for those on diet or weight-loss) maybe heavy eaters of rice either local or imported.

Sometimes, food caterers complained that they often run short of rice on the table claiming that many party-goers eat more rice, probably that’s their eating practice at home.

Doctors warned that too much rice consumption causes diabetes but no way for the incorrigible even they are jokingly called “dayabetic”. #