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IDs for Muslims a bad idea By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THERE are two legislative measures that I hope our representatives at the Lower House will fully support: the establishment of the national ID system and the amendment of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 that requires children below the age of criminal responsibility […]

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Pangasinan, a flashpoint? By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IT looks like PNP Provincial Director Ronald Lee spoke too soon when he said the province is free of insurgency problems. The reported firefight between the government troops and NPA rebels at presstime in San Nicolas town on the border with Benguet last Friday may be ominous […]

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Time to call the bluff By Ermin Garcia Jr.   OVER the last few days, I’ve been monitoring discussions on social media about the seemingly contentious issues about the planned transfer of Dagupan City Hall to a new location, particularly to the donated lot along the De Venecia Highway in Barangay Pantal. It seems only […]

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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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