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Dagupan, BJMP, CENRO on the spot By Ermin Garcia Jr.   MANY of us out here likely feel far removed and not affected by the decision of the Duterte government to close Boracay for six months beginning April 26.  It’s our usual self-denial mode that kicks in every time an accident happens, or someone gets […]

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Litmus test for political dynasty ban By Ermin Garcia Jr.   NOW that the barangay elections will finally be held in May this year, many are now beginning to share common thoughts about the state of their respective barangays. There is a growing sense to finally take Edmund Burke’s quote to heart: “The only thing […]

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Making Dagupan crime-proof By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE report about the still unsolved kidnapping of R1MC ‘s two health workers in Dagupan City should already be cause for serious worry and alarm. With no contact made by the abductors with families of the two victims for possible ransom, one can only wonder what the […]

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Green cards for Dagupeños By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THERE’S another reason to feel privileged, special and happy about being a resident of Dagupan. On top of all the bold and fresh initiatives of the Belen Fernandez administration, a draft ordinance is now pending at the Sangguniang Panlungsod that gives a direct and special privilege […]

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Barangay officials still on drugs By Ermin Garcia Jr.   JUST as I feared, the lull in the war on drugs campaign, when President Duterte decided to pull out the PNP from the war on drugs, the drug syndicates did not waste time in fielding their street pushers back to the neighborhoods. The recent arrest […]

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Hard work and discipline By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WE join the young Dagupan City government in celebrating the city’s victorious wards that competed at the recent Region 1 Athletic Association held in Alaminos City. It is proof that athletes’ success will only go as far as the support they get from their benefactors. What […]

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Dengvaxia scare By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE nationwide hysteria over the Dengvaxia vaccine has already engulfed two key major cities in the country with outbreak of measles. Totally unexpected. On January 22, at least 222 residents of Davao City, were already reported to be suffering from measles, a highly contagious infection. To contain an […]

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Time to help ourselves By Ermin Garcia Jr.     COMMUNITIES are beginning to be more conscious of efforts of the Philippine National Police leadership in the province and in the cities to keep the peace and order in check through various operations, from higher visibility to seizure of loose firearms to establishing checkpoints coupled […]

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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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