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NO to suspension of Oplan RODY By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE news last week that Dagupan Police Chief Jandale Sulit suspended implementation of Oplan RODY subsequently, enforcement of Artikulo 21 sent the wrong message. Oplan RODY ordered strict enforcement of ordinances relating to criminality in the streets. By suspending it, did he actually mean […]

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Oplan Rody, our chance at lesser crimes By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE directive of President Duterte to launch Oplan Rody intended to address the tambay culture was definitely long overdue, as in 50 years ago. The seeming innocuous ordinances that include loitering, smoking, defecating and urinating in in public areas, shirtless, jaywalking, selling of […]

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Remember Artikulo 21 By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE crackdown on tambays nationwide is actually long overdue, but as expected the bleeding hearts took the opportunity to take center stage by protesting it. And who are they? Believe me when I say that those protesting are the same folks who’ve been lamenting the poor peace […]

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PDU30 attacks clergy, not the church By Ermin Garcia Jr.   AS I read the full statement issued by the clergy in the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese for the “Day of Reparation,“ my initial impression was it was an appropriate and timely call for prayers for Fr. Richmond Nilo and two other slain priests, and yes for […]

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No news is bad news By Ermin Garcia Jr.   I MAY be wrong but I am beginning to see a worrisome picture in the war on drugs in Pangasinan.  We are not getting updates on the progress of the province’s campaign from the Pangasinan police but we are getting daily doses of reports of […]

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Wanted: Volunteer Anti-Corruption Watchdogs By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WHERE is our country headed to? While President Duterte is bent on showing that corruption has no place in government under his watch, the massive vote-buying seen during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK elections) was scandalous, to say the least. If transparency is a key […]

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Fr. Soc’s political pastoral letter By Ermin Garcia Jr.   I read and reread the pastoral letter written by Archbishop Socrates Villegas on May 24, and I could not find a single line that preached Jesus’ discipleship. The letter even ignored Mark 12:17: “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s […]

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May 20, 1966: Ermin Garcia was murdered By Ermin Garcia Jr.   MANY may no longer remember that 52 years ago today, May 20, 1966, my father, Ermin E. Garcia (EEG), our founding editor-publisher, was shot and killed in our editorial office here in Dagupan City by then Lingayen Councilor Martin Soriano. His bloody death […]

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Mandatory drug tests By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IF there’s anything that makes this year’s barangay and SK elections memorable and significant, it is the introduction of two electoral policies, albeit unofficial: The posting of a list by the PNP that identifies, exposes and discredits incumbent barangay officials seeking reelection who were determined to have […]

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Narco list and nasty rumors By Ermin Garcia Jr.    NOW that the initial narco list of barangay officials is out, woe is the incumbent barangay official whose name is included. He/she will not have the opportunity to clear himself/herself of the government’s allegation. Such is life. It’s not fair. But woe, too, to this […]

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