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Unprecedented political antics By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE quiet town of Balungao is being shaken up by political forces as a consequence of the Double Barrel campaign of the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as ordered by President Duterte. Double Barrel Reloaded keeps a close watch on high value targets in […]

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 Expose drug-using barangay brass By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE protest rally staged in Balungao by town hall employees and a number of barangay residents last week was most unusual. It was aimed at the police station and the rally was led by Mayor Philipp Peralta himself, no less, to protest the arrest of barangay […]

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Pretentious advocacy of Lim, Erfe-Mejia By Ermin Garcia Jr. FIRST of all, I doff my hat to our indefatigable Sunday Punch photojournalist Willie Lomibao and Playing with Fire columnist Gonz Duque for their well-deserved selection as two of Dagupan City’s 70th Anniversary Pinablin Dagupeños awardees! Willie’s regular contribution to the city’s growth is unlike anyone […]

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LGU vs. Deped in Dagupan? By Ermin Garcia Jr. LITTLE did I know that when I was editing a news story on the new appointments of City Schools Superintendents in Dagupan City and San Carlos City, I would get wind of the bitter exchanges between some mid-ranking officials of the city schools division and Dagupan […]

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A time for redemption By Ermin Garcia Jr. GIVEN the results of the dialogue initiated by the Moro community leaders in Pangasinan, we have reason to be assured that there will be no immediate spillover of the violence being witnessed in Marawi City. Not soon anyway but the likelihood will always be there. One has […]

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How to survive Dutertespeak By Ermin Garcia Jr. HERE’S a friendly and brotherly advice to Duterte’s loyal supporters who are constantly perplexed, baffled and embarrassed by their idol’s off-the-cuff statements coming out of left field, and to his yellow loyal haters who are constantly frothing in the mouth, their blood pressures shooting up to 190/ […]

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Prayerful man By Ermin Garcia Jr. LAST week, TV, newspapers and internet showed a picture of the newly appointed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano kneeling on both knees while a prayer was being read during at the DFA’s Monday flag ceremony. And just as I was afraid of, the reaction from some, particularly his detractors, […]

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Papa and his Sunday Punch By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THIS week I’m giving way to my younger sister Charisse’s thoughts and account of our father’s death on May 20, 1966. Unknown to many, she would or should have been the editor-publisher of The PUNCH today, not I, because she, more than anyone in the […]

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Mind the earthquake, not tsunami By Ermin Garcia Jr.   DAGUPAN City residents should rest their minds, self assured that the city government has all preparations in place in case a tsunami occurs, and I underscore “in case.” I say this because the tsunami scare in Dagupan has no scientific basis-in-fact at all! No current […]

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