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At the crossroads with Al and Manding By Ermin Garcia Jr.   MAYOR Al Fernandez and I never really worked together in local politics. But there were two instances when I crossed his path in politics, two events that perhaps made him a fixture in Dagupan politics. The first time was when I found myself […]

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The loud bang at the senate By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LAST Wednesday, what was thought to be another dull and uneventful hearing at the Senate, turned out to be as explosive as the day DU30 was declared a runaway winner in the 2016 elections. Atty. Glenn Chong, a former congressman and a staunch advocate […]

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Our farmers get relief finally By Ermin Garcia Jr.   AT the outset, allow me to express, on behalf of our province’s distressed rice farmers, our gratitude to Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol for the promised delivery and distribution of bags of palay seedlings to help our farmers cope with their losses and still recoup some. […]

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The plight of detained drug pushers By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IDENTIFYING and arresting drug pushers is only the first phase of the war on drugs, not the means and the end of the campaign. While we are focused on the numbers game (how may many arrested, killed, etc?)  and declarations of towns and cities […]

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Reality mirrors adventure fiction By Ermin Garcia Jr.    LEAVE it to movie scriptwriters and directors to give criminal minds more inventive ideas how to best accomplish their “missions”. The recent assassination of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili from a distance during a flag ceremony was a familiar scene in many adventure-thrill movies. Ditto on the […]

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NO to suspension of Oplan RODY By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE news last week that Dagupan Police Chief Jandale Sulit suspended implementation of Oplan RODY subsequently, enforcement of Artikulo 21 sent the wrong message. Oplan RODY ordered strict enforcement of ordinances relating to criminality in the streets. By suspending it, did he actually mean […]

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Oplan Rody, our chance at lesser crimes By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE directive of President Duterte to launch Oplan Rody intended to address the tambay culture was definitely long overdue, as in 50 years ago. The seeming innocuous ordinances that include loitering, smoking, defecating and urinating in in public areas, shirtless, jaywalking, selling of […]

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Remember Artikulo 21 By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE crackdown on tambays nationwide is actually long overdue, but as expected the bleeding hearts took the opportunity to take center stage by protesting it. And who are they? Believe me when I say that those protesting are the same folks who’ve been lamenting the poor peace […]

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PDU30 attacks clergy, not the church By Ermin Garcia Jr.   AS I read the full statement issued by the clergy in the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese for the “Day of Reparation,“ my initial impression was it was an appropriate and timely call for prayers for Fr. Richmond Nilo and two other slain priests, and yes for […]

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No news is bad news By Ermin Garcia Jr.   I MAY be wrong but I am beginning to see a worrisome picture in the war on drugs in Pangasinan.  We are not getting updates on the progress of the province’s campaign from the Pangasinan police but we are getting daily doses of reports of […]

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