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Who’re the drug protectors in Dagupan?  By Ermin Garcia Jr.   SOMETHING very wrong appears to be pulling back the war on drugs in Dagupan City. About six weeks ago, I received and relayed reports to the authorities about rampant shabu trading in some barangays, particularly in Barangay Pantal, but wonder of all wonders, both […]

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They are guilty of treason By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IN our editorial this week, I reiterated again the call to make all our barangay kapitan accountable and responsible in the war on drugs in their communities. It will be useful to know that our president, a city mayor of Davao for 23 years, knows […]

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Political families vs. Political dynasties By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THERE is much ado about political dynasties, noting the many members of same families filing their respective certificates of candidacy, either succeeding a member or seeking a new position. But do we really understand why we are standing up to so-called political dynasties? We’ve started […]

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LP-COMELEC-Smartmatic conspiracy By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IT is worrisome that the Duterte administration is ominously quiet about the expose of former Cong. Glenn Chong about the the LP-Comelec-Smartmatic conspiracy that cheated in the 2016 elections to ensure the victory of presidential candidate Mar Roxas, VP Candidate Leni Robredo and selected senatoriables (whom I surmise […]

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Conspiracy vs. city council By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE stand-off between the Dagupan Sangguniang Panlungsod and the three bus companies operating their terminals on Perez Boulevard will likely end with the latter having their way, flouting the city’s ordinance for as long as they want, and for as long as the proposed terminal is […]

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Farmers, not capital, produce food By Ermin Garcia Jr.   OUR last week issue’s editorial was titled “Give agri a face”, and our headline read: “Farmers, fisherfolk sufferP1-B in losses”. Why?  We sought to call the attention of local governments to start viewing the agriculture sector as an industry that depends largely on people -farmers […]

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The ‘oust PDU30’ agenda By Ermin Garcia Jr.   AS I write this piece, the political opposition in the country is set to hold a grand protest rally at the Luneta in Manila ostensibly to recall the abuse of Martial Law, to stop the return of the Marcoses to power AND to oust President Duterte. […]

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Tamed expectations of Ompong By Ermin Garcia Jr.   NOW that Dagupan City had the fortune (or misfortune) of not only having seen and lived through but happily survived the two extended severe flooding in the last 30 days, city hall and residents’ expectations of post-Ompong can be measured rationally. When the first flood that […]

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Sexual harassment ordinance By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE intent of Dagupan’s draft ordinance No.0671, penalizing men who harass women in the streets, authored by Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez, is undeniably well-meaning and timely. With more growing teens today having no sense of good manners and right conduct, who believe that crude and rude language is […]

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Sustainability of Dagupan bangus is crucial By Ermin Garcia Jr.   DAGUPAN bangus has not been easy to source over the past weeks since these were sold at giveaway prices during the early days of the flooding in the city. The fish farmers were forced to harvest early since the fishponds threatened to overflow! Nothing […]

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