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Name-calling has consequences

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE reported deplorable tirades of Presidential Adviser Sec. Raul Lambino against local broadcast journalists, describing the latter as “terrorists” and “prostitutes”, is worrisome especially for him… and he seems unaware of this. While Mr. Lambino has every right to consider filing charges against specific broadcasters…

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Name-calling has consequences

By January 23, 2022Punchline

Lim exposes own incompetence

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   FOR Dagupan Mayor Brian Lim to admonish the city council “to stop playing politics” is laughable if not completely comical because it is hypocritical. More than anything else, it’s clearly an indication that he’s grasping at straws to cover up his incompetence and inefficiency as…

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Lim exposes own incompetence

By January 17, 2022Punchline

DOTr/NLET/IATF insatiable greed

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   THE DOTr/NLET partnership’s slip is showing. The duo’s efforts to promote NLET’s profit agenda obviously does not have a leg to stand on except the outdated provision in IATF’s Resolution 101 that called on bus companies to use “Integrated Terminal Exchanges” ostensibly as another health…

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DOTr/NLET/IATF insatiable greed

By January 9, 2022Punchline

Mayor Brian on a self-destruction mode

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   At the rate the Lim administration in Dagupan City is running its affairs, it certainly appears to be on a spiraling self-destruction mode! Mayor Brian Lim’s continued blatant attempt at cover-up of widespread corruption by his barkada at the market victimizing fish vendors has made…

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Mayor Brian on a self-destruction mode

By January 2, 2022Punchline

Attempts to bring a good man down

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   SENATOR Ping Lacson was in town last Sunday, and I doggone missed it.  I had wanted to listen in to his much talked about dialogues in town hall meetings with stakeholders in public service and governance. I’ve always known the senator to be a no-frills…

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Attempts to bring a good man down

By December 26, 2021Punchline

LTFRB’s anti-Pangasinenses policy

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   LAST week, I was invited by the sub-committee of the Technical Working Group of the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as a stakeholder in the discussion on whether or not to rescind the contentious provision in its Resolution…

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LTFRB’s anti-Pangasinenses policy

By December 20, 2021Punchline

Sec. Duque fought alone

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   NOW it can be told. While the provincial board was looking at everyone but itself to blame for the continued non-operation of bus trips to Metro Manila (MM), a backdoor channel was opened to Health Sec. Francisco Duque III to consider pitching in the effort…

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Sec. Duque fought alone

By December 13, 2021Punchline

Why worry about Bongbong

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   SOMETHING real worrisome about the prospect of having Ferdinand Marcos Jr as next president of the republic. Last week, he publicly campaigned for Jinggoy Estrada, touting him as a good friend, an able ally and performer in the senate. I thought that was par for…

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Why worry about Bongbong

By December 6, 2021Punchline

Will Guv Pogi fight for Pangasinenses?

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   PANGASINENSES can already look forward to the promised New Normal life – doing everything with everyone like they used to except for one thing – to keep observing health protocols! Well, actually not everything. While all provincial governments in the region are able to allow…

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Will Guv Pogi fight for Pangasinenses?

By November 29, 2021Punchline

Loot sharing at the city hall

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By Ermin Garcia Jr.   DAGUPAN City Mayor Brian Lim may perhaps believe that he has already effectively blunted efforts to make him, his Market Supervisor Aguedo Sta. Maria and his staff, and department heads accountable for the illegal activities at the city’s public markets by continuing to bar any…

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Loot sharing at the city hall

By November 22, 2021Punchline