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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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Earning public support for PNP By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THANKS to the leadership of PNP Regional Director, Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, the region is seeing a leadership that clearly defines its priorities, guided by parameters and sanctions. I don’t believe I have seen any chief superintendent that did what Mr. Sapitula has done and […]

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City should buy its dredging machine again By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE severe and extended days of flooding in Dagupan City prompted a number of netizens in the city to pillory the Fernandez administration as if it was the city government that caused their misery all these days. Their knee jerk reaction was understandably […]

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At the crossroads with Al and Manding By Ermin Garcia Jr.   MAYOR Al Fernandez and I never really worked together in local politics. But there were two instances when I crossed his path in politics, two events that perhaps made him a fixture in Dagupan politics. The first time was when I found myself […]

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