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Your Sunday PUNCH at 64! By Ermin Garcia Jr.   GUYS, your Sunday PUNCH, the only surviving senior citizen in the field of community journalism in Region 1, is again a year older at 64! And still Pangasinan’s News Leader! To those not familiar with the long history of The PUNCH, here’s a short trivia: […]

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Finally, a community project in Dagupan? By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE Brian Lim administration is finally set to initiate its first community project in the city since it took over from the Belen Fernandez administration last year. For what? Make a guess but allow me to help with some clues: Everyone in the city […]

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No SC discounts, please! By Ermin Garcia Jr.   TWO weeks ago, our entrepreneur-friend Howard Cham who owns several restaurants in Dagupan City, posted a timely and urgent appeal to senior citizens. “AN APPEAL TO OUR SENIORs & PWDs: Sir/Madam, we have been affected by this lockdown for several months now, most of us are […]

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Police social, physical distancing violations By Ermin Garcia Jr.   NOW that the Inter-Agency Task Force already decided that Pangasinan qualifies for Modified General Community Quarantine, being able to manage the contagion of COVID-19, we are seeing some redundancy if not some disconnect in supporting the objectives and purpose of the upgrade in status. Firstly, […]

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Official protection of drugs in Dagupan By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THERE has been an unchecked and protected illegal drug trade that proliferated in Dagupan City over the past months.  How so?  There is official protection of illegal drug trade in the city. The two successive raids of two drug dens in Bonuan Boquig and […]

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New Normal Enforcers, not contact-tracers, needed By Ermin Garcia Jr.     WHETHER our national government defeats the COVID-19 with a vaccine in time or not, the transition to the new normal is inevitable. And the burden to make the transition smoothly rests with local governments. The fact is, new normal is here. It’s already […]

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No travel pass, no entry By Ermin Garcia Jr.   QUITE a number of Pangasinan residents caught staying out of the province during the Enhanced Community Quarantine suddenly found themselves stranded at the province’s borders when they attempted to return home since the General Community Quarantine was declared. Why? They did not bother to secure […]

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PPE racket of hospitals, clinics By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WHY have a number of hospitals and clinics in Pangasinan started charging their patients the costs of PPEs used by their medical staff? This charge is without legal basis, unfair to patients and clearly a business malpractice. My friend Rex Catubig recently reacted to my […]

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A hero newspaperman is a dead newspaperman By Ermin Garcia Jr.   ON May 20, Wednesday, our PUNCH family will observe the 54th death anniversary of my father, Ermin Garcia (EG), our founder-editor-publisher (1955-1966)! It was on May 20, 1966 when a politician, then Councilor Martin Soriano of Lingayen went to the PUNCH office in […]

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Dangerous mindset By Ermin Garcia Jr.   OVER the past week, it was not difficult to see the relax mood of residents in Pangasinan, particularly in Dagupan City, notwithstanding the continued implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the province. With people freely moving around barangays and commercial areas, one would have thought what we […]

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