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UNDERSTANDING OUR COPS – Policemen should be in high spirits, thanks for the movie “Men in Uniform”. They should be because the film encourages people to understand and appreciate the sacrifices, bravery, heroism, professionalism and exemplary performance of men and women in the service beyond the call of their duty. Of course, not all men […]

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UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT – The ugly basketbrawl that marred the game between members of the Philippines Gilas team and those of Australia Boomers team Monday night at the Philippine Arena during their FIBA Basketball World Qualifying Match was downright unacceptable and disappointing. It is definitely condemnable as it is being made to appear that the Filipinos […]

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ENABLING KIDS TO HELP – Health is wealth. With this as a premise, Mayor Belen Fernandez proceeded to introduce the Junior Health Advocate Program in Dagupan, tapping the potentials of students in reporting sick members of their communities and households. I was at the West Central Elementary School 1 early Thursday when this program was […]

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CONG POL’S FRUSTRATION – What should one do with stray cows at the beachfront of Lingayen? Shoot to kill? Or shoot pang-lechon festival or bulalo? But be kind to animals, we are told. But should we also accord the same kindness to irresponsible animal owners? Killing the cows is, of course, not the solution but imagine […]

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ONE OF MAYOR BELEN’S BEST LEGACIES – There was one positive development that happened during the last long hot summer in Dagupan. According to a Bonuan resident, for the first time in many years, the residents in the village did not have to put up with the obnoxious black smoke emanating from city’s dumpsite in […]

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES VS. PENRO – I hope my good friend and kumpadre Second District Board Member Nestor “Nikki Boy” Reyes was only joking and was using a metaphor when he said “Engineer, I live a stone’s throw from the beach”. BM Reyes was reacting to OIC PENRO (Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office) Raymundo Gayo during the […]

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ELDERS STILL CORRUPTING SK — The cat is out of the bag! Some Sangguniang Kabataan chairmen in Asingan were paid ₱5,000 each to favor a candidate for president of the SK Federation preferred by a town official. This is a most shameful incident and a direct affront to the SK Reform Law enacted by Congress that […]

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ERFE-MEJIA’S CONFUSED VOTE– Many are wondering if the vote of the lone wolf in the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Councilor Redford Erfe-Mejia, as “partial objection” to a measure put under consideration is a “yes” or “no” and whether such a vote is acceptable in parliamentary practice. I say “lone wolf” because it appears the good councilor from […]

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VOTE-BUYING TRENDS — What did you receive during the campaign for the recent barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections? Rice, sardines, noodles? Kuya /Ate, may calamity? Or were some of the candidates so health conscious that they opted to distribute tilapia, bangus or galunggong instead? Fish be with you was their theme. Others followed the never […]

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NOEL VS RICO —With malice towards none, with charity for all, please permit me to discuss the platform of Manuel “Noel” Bumanglag, the candidate for Barangay Chairman under the team Balon Bonuan Gueset, whose personal slogan is “All is well kay Noel”, and of incumbent Kapitan Rico Mejia Why only Bumanglag and Mejia despite the […]

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