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Local campaign issues in 2022

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   SINCE most mayors and barangay kapitan cannot help but think about their political life’s future (night and day) amid the pandemic, let’s talk politics and their fate with the pandemic in the equation. Let’s start with campaign issues in 2022. Incumbent mayors whose towns and…

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Mockery with Bulacan Bangus Festival

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE Brian Lim administration made a mockery of the Dagupan bangus industry and the Bangus Festival with show of dispersal of bangus fingerlings at the Dawel River. It was obvious that he and his barkada didn’t really care if Dagupeños joined them to celebrate the…

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No community pantries in cities?

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE concept of establishing community pantries in neighborhoods is already catching fire across the country. Why aren’t there many community pantries in the towns and cities in Pangasinan where a handful of civic, religious, professional groups thrive? The community pantry as a concept is what…

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea?

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IT has become undoubtedly clear that Pangasinan cannot think or believe for a moment that it is not affected by the situations obtaining in NCR+, because it is. But here’s the contentious issue that has since confronted the provincial government. When Pangasinan relatives residing in…

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Thanking our medical frontliners

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By Ermin Garcia Jr. I volunteered to take a “sabbatical leave” from posting and reading points of view last Wednesday, because I knew I had to clear my mind and focus on God’s teachings and suffering. These after all are what the pandemic is all about. There are lessons to…

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Mayor Lim’s sheer COVID folly By Ermin Garcia Jr.   DAGUPAN Mayor Brian Lim must be tempting the gods of COVID-19 to trigger a major surge in COVID cases in the city and other towns by keeping the Tondaligan Beach open throughout the Holy Week. He’s either one helluva pasaway…

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Petition PRRD to stop Bocaue scheme By Ermin Garcia Jr.    THE plan of LTFRB to detour Pangasinan residents intending to travel to Quezon City and back via Bocaue terminal can only benefit no one except the investors of the Bocaue terminal and DOTr officials that endorsed the scheme. Let’s…

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DOTr’s new profiteering scheme via LTFRB By Ermin Garcia Jr.      WHILE the news from the LTFRB about the expected resumption of operations of bus companies this month is good and beneficial, there is a caveat that removes the full benefit to passengers. I refer to the requirement of…

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No bus trips from Dagupan to QC? By Ermin Garcia Jr.   SOMETHING just isn’t right – I see provincial buses cruising to La Union and Ilocos provinces from Quezon City but no provincial bus coasting along to Pangasinan. How is it possible that the smaller provinces with much smaller…

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