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Official ‘protection’ network in Dagupan By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IN case you have been fully distracted by efforts of the local governments to restart the economy, and the Christmassy lights on the two main bridges, there are two crises (human and nature) that are waiting to happen in Dagupan City: more drug addicts and […]

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Town/city as COVID-19 epicenter By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE reaction of Sison’s local government to our last week’s headline: “Sison is new epicenter of COVID-19 cases” brought to light important lessons in effectively managing the pandemic in communities. (Due to space constraints, we can only post the full text of the letter in our […]

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Refuse to be killed easily By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE killing of another newsman in Vir Maganes sent another shockwave in our midst. And so did the killing of RTC Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla. While the slaying of the two happened under very different circumstances, the message is crystal clear that no judge or […]

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Wanted: Urgent help for new distance learners By Ermin Garcia Jr.     OUR education sector is in dire need of help to be able to cope and deliver the quality education that our children deserve under these most difficult conditions, a pandemic period. A report in media has indicated that still much has to […]

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The day Karina died By Ermin Garcia Jr.   ON November 1, 1963, our youngest sister, Karina died – she drowned at the then Blue Beach in Dagupan City. She was turning 12 on November 7.  Her death had a deep impact on my father. Allow me to honor their memory by reposting here an […]

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My Facebook challenge By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IN case, you haven’t noticed, there is one common reaction to uniformed personnel at border and quarantine checkpoints in Pangasinan – Masyadong relaxed and tamad! Why is that so? You can’t blame them if the sight of government personnel at checkpoints does not command respect. They are […]

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Our ‘New Normal’ is 20 years late By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IS there, indeed, a ‘New Normal’ in the horizon even after a vaccine is found to protect one’s self against COVID-19 infection?  Nope. Life will actually be back to the ‘Old Normal’ that brought us to the 21st Century. The prescribed health, social […]

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Protection racket for ‘alien’ bangus By Ermin Garcia Jr.   PER Dagupan Mayor Brian Lim, cargo trucks carrying thousands of kilos of bangus weekly imported from outside Pangasinan are again welcome in the city, after only a week’s suspension on account of findings that the unregulated crew and handlers of the delivery trucks are potential […]

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Failed distance learning because of internet By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE dreaded opening of public schools on October 5 is leaving many families anxious. Some families still don’t have tablets, and even if they do, they don’t know how long their prepaid internet cards can last their children. Imagine a family of 3 kids […]

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Tricycles, motorcycle riders on the highway By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IT’S heartening to see that some police stations in the province have started an information campaign about traffic rules in the highway, particularly on the memorandum circular of DILG Sec. Eduardo Año on the use of highways by tricycles, motorcycles, kuliglig, etc. I saw […]

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