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More imagined than real By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LAST week I wrote about my take on the claim of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, student activists and the owners of Rappler that press freedom in the country is curtailed all because the Securities and Exchange Commission found Rappler violating the constitutional […]

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Barangay kapitans, beware! By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE suspension of Asingan Mayor Heidee Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr. by the Ombudsman certainly gave that chilling effect on many politicos who were similarly situated.  The two were suspended for doing what everyone was doing – to put their names on government-issued ambulances. The […]

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Trust your police By Ermin Garcia Jr.   FINALLY, the Dagupan City Police Station is showing the way, specifically, how to sustain a winning war on drugs. The impact of the recent surprise mandatory testing of all its police personnel, from the chief down to the last man/woman, at the very least, assures the city […]

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Three cheers for the motivated women By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THIS corner joins the Dagupan City government in toasting the four barangays who went beyond expectations and not only cleared their barangays of illegal drugs but set reform standards in their respective barangays! But I am exhilarated even more knowing that three of the […]

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A new Fr. Soc in 2018? By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IF you think you are reading something unusual in our front page – Archbishop Villegas: Peace be with you (PDU30), you are right. After over a year of persistently and consistently discrediting, criticizing and lambasting the administration of PDU30, Fr. Soc apparently decided to […]

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Making and breaking resolutions By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IN 2018, I’ll be ‘-ty years old’, no use making resolutions for next year. I believe I have made enough and broken enough in my lifetime. I’m not saying it’s useless having some, on the contrary, I believe it helps mold one’s character. When making one, […]

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War contra epal By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WAR CONTRA EPAL. The recent ruling of the Ombudsman suspending Asingan Mayor Heidee Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr . for being ‘epal’ should finally tell all elected officials, from the barangay kapitans, to councilors, mayors, board members, congressmen to the governor, no less, that there […]

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Wanted: Fastest Judge Alive By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WITHOUT speculating on how the ongoing preliminary impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives (HOR) on the case of Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno will end, the discussions in the last two hearings pointed to the unchecked abuses of discretion by Supreme Court justices […]

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Failure of governance By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WHAT do Bayambang, San Carlos City, Malasiqui and Lingayen have in common? They have the highest incidence of dengue and diarrhea cases in the province! The implication here is their local governments are all seriously wanting in promoting health and sanitation in their areas, if not completely […]

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