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Mayor Belen is mom to city’s children  By Ermin Garcia Jr. GREAT things are continuing to happen in Dagupan City. The city government finally earned the coveted Presidential Award forChild-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) this year after being cited as a national finalist and regional awardee for the past years! Take a bow, Mayor Belen […]

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Let’s have ‘tokhang’ back By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LAST week, I posted a message on Facebook that I didn’t realize was a sentiment shared by thousands who either support the war on drugs or are simply concerned about the ongoing campaign. The post was shared more than 1Ik times. Permit me to share that […]

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Dagupan is ‘Tabon’ city By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IF one were to believe that the rush to backfill (tabon) fishponds in Dagupan was the cause of the recent severe flooding in the city, one begins to wonder whether the severe and killer floods across the world were also caused by mindless tabon in those […]

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War on drugs not about arrests only By Ermin Garcia Jr   WE have received reports that a number of arrested notorious pushers in Dagupan and other towns were released by the courts due to failure of arresting police operatives to appear during trials. It seems nobody is making “disappearing” operatives accountable. I recall the […]

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No drug arrests is bad news By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IF Mayor Belen Fernandez thinks she is given the report that her city’s war on drugs is well underway, she’s being fed the wrong info, if our anonymous sources are to be believed. There is one source who occasionally updates me, and gave me […]

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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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