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What was 1986 People Power about? By Ermin Garcia Jr.   The observance of the February 1986 People Power anniversary came and went this year, without an endearing statement even from those who earnestly want to remember and celebrate the event. Speaking for myself, I was in EDSA for 3 days. It wasn’t about my […]

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Crisis, crimes, accidents waiting to happen By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THERE is a health crisis waiting to happen in Dagupan City. And perhaps in other cities? As one walks on the streets or drive through the city’s streets and side streets, it is easy to see that discipline among residents is sorely wanting.  Could […]

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Social media stops profiteering in LTO By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE senate hearing last week on the implementation of the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center dealt DOTr and LTO a serious blow to their unchecked hubris, arrogance and greed for decades. They were made to eat humble pie, with tails between their legs. Worse, […]

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PMVICs profits vs. COVID-19 pandemic By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE Land Transportation Office’s decision to implement its Memorandum Circular 2018-2518 this year in spite of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, is about to wipe out the legacy being worked on by the Duterte administration over the last four years – that the administration […]

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The Pinoy’s personal dilemma over vaccines By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THERE’S been a lot of loose talk and unanswered questions about the expected roll out of untested vaccines in the country. It’s bad enough that there is a continued resistance of most to have the vaccine, but  to muster enough confidence about the brand […]

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Hubris of UP, PUP By Ermin Garcia Jr.   OUR colleges and universities in Pangasinan must be baffled by the furor created by the abrogation of the special accord entered into by the government with the University of the Philippines (UP), and Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) by the Department of National Defense. Both […]

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When people talk about the walk By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE reported surge in Pangasinan is easily blamed on the holidays, relaxed curfew, resumption of gambling particularly cockfights, etc. However, no amount of excuses or reimposition of stricter measures will result in better numbers if not backed by strict enforcement. The bottom line is, […]

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The tragedy is about us By Ermin Garcia Jr.   HOW most reacted to the Christine Dacera “rape-slay” case is certainly a case for behavioral science study. I say this because within minutes of the news in media, netizens (and, yes, the police) branded her death as a sordid case of rape-slay all because of […]

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DCWD-Pamana JVA, a case for FOI By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IN the eyes of the Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC), the joint venture agreement (JVA) between the Dagupan City Water District (DCWD) and Pamana Water is valid and legal, but it still doesn’t remove the fact that the DCWD board of directors remains accountable […]

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Watch out when vaccines arrive By Ermin Garcia Jr.   AFTER almost a year of restrictions on our usual lifestyle, there’s nothing that feels better than to believe that a new life is dawning: hopefully less restrictions, people having more control of their lives, a robust economy that will restore livelihood for many. We know […]

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