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Fighting COVID-19 with technology By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THERE is a chance for our country to defeat COVID-19. It is not so much about the vaccine and treatment as much as stopping its contagion, the exponential spread of the virus! This is the very reason why we are all initially asked to stay home […]

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Is there life after COVID-19? By Ermin Garcia Jr.   FOR humans whose emotional strength and bond arise from physical closeness, how does one explain, invoke and demand social distancing as a way of life?  To stay away from everyone? Not only it is simply incomprehensible, it is unnatural. It is not what and how […]

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Hybrid lockdown By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE declaration of a “Community Quarantine” in Metro Manila is effectively a semi-lockdown. I say “semi“ because it imposes a semblance of restrictions on physical movements of people but not fully and effectively. It’s a hybrid, not a hardcore lockdown. The lockdown that we’ve come to know in […]

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The protracted war on drugs By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IF the government’s war on drugs appears to be protracted despite valiant efforts of operatives of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local police, blame it on two statutes: the constitutional ban on death penalty and the plea bargain option offered by the Supreme Court […]

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About friends and sinners   By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LAST week, a Mrs. (?) Teresita G. Torio of Bonuan Binloc in Dagupan City, who said has been following our column for the past two years, sent a “special delivery” letter (not email) and paid P23 to make sure I read her letter – berating […]

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Garbage mess, Mayor Lim’s responsibility   By Ermin Garcia Jr. THE Brian Lim administration in Dagupan City came to power with its touted slogan Shared Responsibility (which by the way is not an original slogan by the Lims). But since he assumed his post, city residents have not heard the Mayor Brian Lim even assuming […]

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Lim’s Dagupan City is a dumpsite By Ermin Garcia Jr.   DAGUPAN City is no longer the clean prosperous city but beginning to be a serious eyesore that indicates the kind of or the absence of governance in the city today. I am in receipt of pictures from PUNCH readers bewailing the continued complete disregard […]

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Clock is ticking for dumpsite By Ermin Garcia Jr.  THE Brian Lim administration in Dagupan City should thank its stars that a compromise has been reached with PENRO’s Raymundo Gayo on the use of the already closed dumpsite. The Lim administration may think it has come to terms with what the city is confronted with […]

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