Punchline

Restore Oplan Tokhang here By Ermin Garcia Jr.  IT is encouraging to see P/Colonel Redrico Maranan, acting PNP provincial director, moving deliberately and surely on the war on drugs in Pangasinan. His surprise order for PNP personnel from the town to the provincial level to take drug tests was in fact long overdue at the […]

Continue reading


Punchline

Bikoy vs. Fr. Soc By Ermin Garcia Jr. THE surprise turnaround of Peter Joemel Advincula, alias Bikoy certainly has most if not all the outspoken detractors of President Duterte on the defensive mode. Who wouldn’t? After all they were being linked to an illegal activity that can end up in their being charged for sedition […]

Continue reading


Punchline

The personal challenge to new PNP–PD By Ermin Garcia Jr. THE interception of the 88 kilos of shabu worth P124 million in the streets is an indication that the war on drugs in Pangasinan is proceeding well…and bad. Well because the interception was successful and the undocumented Chinese nationals involved were arrested. Well because the […]

Continue reading


Punchline

A House Speaker for Pangasinan By Ermin Garcia Jr. THE speakership in the House of Representatives is now up for grabs. It is the only post in the national political hierarchy where the province can help itself introduce laws for its benefit, including fresh funds for passed laws. We have seen this work for us […]

Continue reading


Punchline

Vote-buying or Voter-calamity-fund? By Ermin Garcia Jr. THE Comelec was swamped with reports of vote-buying in the country. The situation in Pangasinan was certainly no different. As thousands will attest, they who were programmed to receive both cash and grocery goodies, local candidates here must have spent millions to carry out their vote-buying schemes, a […]

Continue reading


Punchline

IBP Pangasinan to the rescue? By Ermin Garcia Jr. LAST week, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ national office committed a big booboo, sorely tainting its image and integrity as an organization that upholds professionalism and ethical practice among practitioners. In fact, I wonder how my lawyer friends in Pangasinan reacted to that totally irregular […]

Continue reading


Punchline

Performance vs. lies By Ermin Garcia Jr. THE black propaganda against Mayor Belen Fernandez launched by Dagupan Vice Mayor Brian Lim has been vicious, mainly full of concocted lies. In politics, black propaganda has become a necessity to politicians who are bankrupt of ideas and accomplishments. The sad thing about it is Brian Lim is […]

Continue reading


Punchline

White paper worth reading By Ermin Garcia Jr. I received a white paper that took issues with the campaign of Dagupan Vice Mayor Brian Lim for the mayoralty. (It’s not about Li-Fe per se). I was pleasantly surprised that the material took careful note of sequence of events and facts to establish the credibility of […]

Continue reading


Punchline

Barangay kapitan’s dilemma By Ermin Garcia Jr. THE news about a barangay kapitan in Aguilar town being charged for violation of election rules, particularly for electioneering, is now like a Damocles sword hanging over heads of kapitans actively promoting favored candidates in their towns/cities. While Atty. Romulo Macalintal insists kapitans are not covered by the […]

Continue reading


Punchline

Let the debate begin By Ermin Garcia Jr. IT’S amusing to see and hear how some candidates needing to earn points against incumbents are predisposed to challenge the latter to a debate. Don’t get me wrong.  A debate is, indeed, one great opportunity to know more about candidates, to compare capabilities and platform between candidates. […]

Continue reading