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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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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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Disjointed campaign vs. illegal gambling By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WHEN news of the NBI raid in Urbiztondo town and the subsequent arrests of Meridien Vista Gaming Corp’s employees reached me, for a minute, I sincerely thought the Duterte administration was finally making headway in the President’s campaign against illegal gambling in the country, or […]

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Happy to be seniors By Ermin Garcia Jr.   HERE’S a piece of good news to senior citizens and soon to be seniors! In addition to their privilege of enjoying 20% discount and exemption from their restaurant bills, movie tickets, land, sea and air fares, medical and medicine bills, etc., three bills have been filed […]

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Relevant but misplaced context By Ermin Garcia Jr.   I DO find the homily of Archbishop Soc Villegas last Maundy Thursday before priests in the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese timely and relevant. I share his observance that Godliness among laity seems to be waning, and the felt indifference of parishioners appears to be growing. This truly is […]

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