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PBBM (and USA) vs. China?

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   PRESIDENT Marcos Jr. is in unenviable position today.  His recent saber-rattling vs. China is not only overshadowing the trumpeted success of his series of overseas travel but is projecting a potentially frightening loss of Filipino lives in weeks or months ahead. He has clearly made…

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PBBM (and USA) vs. China?

By April 8, 2024Punchline

Time to bond with JC

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   WE were taught way, way back that observance of Holy Week is a period of deprivation, to cleanse ourselves of sins and wickedness while recalling how and why Jesus Christ (JC) died on the cross for us. It calls for fasting and abstinence… and personal…

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Time to bond with JC

By April 1, 2024Punchline

A call for respect, integrity

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE resolution issued by Associate Provincial Prosecutor Maychelle Ablog-Sergio, acting City Prosecutor for Dagupan City in response to the motion for reconsideration (MR) filed by Dagupan City Councilor Irene Lim-Acosta is, indeed, refreshing.  It came across as a distinct call to all and sundry for…

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A call for respect, integrity

By March 17, 2024Punchline

NFA buffer stock, not for sale

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IT’S beginning to be frustrating and disappointing to see how the investigation of the scandalous sale of NFA’s buffer rice stock is proceeding even with a high ranking official of the agency as whistleblower. Whistleblower Lemuel Paguyuan, Assistant Administrator for operations, surely knows whence he…

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NFA buffer stock, not for sale

By March 10, 2024Punchline

The fall of the 7epaLiFes

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   SOMETHING unusual and very out of the ordinary run of events happened at the Dagupan Sanggunian last week. The surprise unanimous approval of the 2024 Annual Investment Plan as submitted by Mayor Belen Fernandez last week was surreal. It was certainly out of sync with…

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The fall of the 7epaLiFes

By February 25, 2024Punchline

The Holcim deal

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LUCKY for the Fernandez administration. Just when it thought it had to start all over again to look for another worthy alternative to the lost Sure Global deal for the ideal waste-to-energy project, now comes Holcim with its magic wand. Holcim Philippines’ project proposal can…

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The Holcim deal

By February 18, 2024Punchline

Filing of complaint for Dagupeños

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   I CANNOT imagine what can be worse as a sign of blatant disrespect for the office of the vice mayor and the presiding officer by the opposition in the Sangguniang Panlungsod than for them to ignore his order, declare the session adjourned without ruling from…

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Filing of complaint for Dagupeños

By February 11, 2024Punchline

Motorcycle, tricycle accidents kill

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   IF there’s one message being delivered by The PUNCH through our ‘Police Reports’ column by our motorcycle-riding chief correspondent Akiham Pasion, that continue to be ignored by the PNP, LGUs and LTO – it is the fact that there is an increasing number of deaths…

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Motorcycle, tricycle accidents kill

By February 5, 2024Punchline

Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE continued bashing of Mayor Belen Fernandez on social media over the daily gridlock in the city is not only unfair but politically motivated to discredit her administration for the wrong reason. She should be bashed if the drainage and road elevation projects are being…

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Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead

By January 28, 2024Punchline