Last Week's News

Husband finds wife murdered inside their house

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A TESDA training assessor of Pangasinan was murdered by a still unidentified suspect inside her house in Brgy. Bonuan Gueset in Dagupan City on January 11. The victim, identified as Lizandra Mamaril, 57 years old, was alone in her house when her husband Eusebio Mamaril, 60, found her naked, her face covered by a pillow and her head…

Dagupan’s Balay Silangan opens soon for drug offenders

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A REFORMATION facility for drug offenders called ‘Balay Silangan’ will soon rise in Dagupan following an inspection conducted by Mayor Belen Fernandez last January 12, 2023 located on A.B. Fernandez West, Poblacion Oeste. The Balay Silangan is seen as an alternative approach to address illegal drug use and help drug…

Two ex-communist militiamen surrender

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TWO former members of the “militia ng bayan” of the Sigmaru Unit Command of the Kilusang Larangang Gerilya Caraballo of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to police and military authorities on January 14. The surrenderers, a couple, were identified as Tomas Cabonitalla, alias “Ka Tomas”, 59; and Felicidad Cabonitalla,…

Tricycle driver runs off with 2 sacks of onion, 5 bags of eggplants

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A VISITING woman from Pampanga lost the sacks of onions and 5 bags of eggplants she bought at the Urdaneta City Agri-Trading Post that she was about to transport, to an unidentified tricycle driver. A closed circuit television camera recorded the theft past 2:10 pm on Lachica St., beside the People's Park and…


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RETURN OF THE TALONG FESTIVAL – The performers dance heartily to deliver the message that fun and excitement in Villasis town are back at the Talong Festival. (Punchphoto by Willie Lomibao)

San Carlos City’s doctor is Elite Mrs. Universe

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THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution congratulating and commending Dr. Ellen Poyaoan-Santos for winning the title Elite Mrs. Universe 2022 in the recently concluded Mrs. Universe Pageant held in Sydney, Australia on December 4, 2022. Resolution No. 968, authored by Third District Board Member Vici Ventanilla cited that Dr. Poyaoan-Santos,…


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YOUNG DRAGON DANCERS – Young girls hold up the Dancing Dragon as they weave though Dagupan’s business center during the Lunar Year parade. Traditionally, young men do the chore. (Punchphoto by Ray Zambrano)

Selling price of onion price in Pangasinan steadily drops

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FARMERS WORRY OVER ARRIVAL OF IMPORTED STOCK THE price of onions in Pangasinan slowly started dropping since the harvest season begun. A kilo of red onions, locally known as the ‘Bombay’ and the ‘Super Pinoy’ variants, was already being sold at P220 in Dagupan City markets last week, as opposed…

Eggs sell for P2 more in markets

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FIRST it was the price of rice, then sugar, then households in Pangasinan woke up last week to find prices of eggs in their local markets higher by P2 reportedly because of low supply. A tray now costs an average of P225 to P250, as supplies while small eggs were…

Capitol failed to protect our onion growers

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By Leonardo Micua reported on Friday (before our deadline) that the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chaired by Senator Francis Tolentino has recommended the filing of criminal charges against at least eight former and current officials of the Department of Education and of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget…

Blue notes

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   UNLIKE in jazz and rhythm and blues, where blue notes are used in spirituals, chants and rhymed narrative ballads, the blue note in poetry is melancholic, unrhymed and unsung. A silent, heart-rending wail living in between the verses, unable to shed tears.   The knowing…

The power of numbers

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By Farah G. Decano   DAGUPAN City’s advancement seems to be blocked by a Goliath of an opposition.  With seven members solidly identified with the opposition and only five with the administration, it would seem impossible for any proposed budget to be enacted, right? Wrong. It is possible. The enactment…

“There’s always first time in life”

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By Jesus A. Garcia Jr.   “THERE’S always first time in life,” one of the world’s popular cliché, that happens to me time and again. Last January 15 during the “First. Jesus Rivera Garcia, Sr. Lingayen Gulf Landing Memorial Race” an amateur bikefest, I sponsored for my first bikefest in…

Calasiao Mayor Maya Caramat laid to rest

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NEWLY elected Calasiao Mayor Mamilyn ‘Maya’ Caramat, was laid to rest on Wednesday, January 18 at the town’s Garden of Eden Memorial Park after a necrological mass at the St. Peter and Paul Parish Church officiated by Archbishop Socrates Villegas. Leading the funeral cortege that moved solemnly were members of…

COMELEC’s 2nd satellite registration for IPs hailed a success

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THIRTY tribe members from the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in Malico, San Nicolas town have been registered by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) during a special satellite voter registration. Gina Aquino, COMELEC San Nicolas election officer, said the regionwide simultaneous special satellite registration launched on January 14 targeted to the vulnerable…

First walk-in vax storage facility in region installed

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THE first Pangasinan Cold Room, a joint venture of the UNICEF and Department of Health, in the region was inaugurated on January 18, at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) in San Carlos City. The event was led by Dr. Carla Orozco, immunization specialist representing the UNICEF, Dr. Veronica Guadiz of…

Mayor Belen sees Dagupan drug-cleared before end of 2023

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ONLY four barangays in Dagupan City, out of 31 barangays, are drug-cleared today but Mayor Belen Fernandez expressed confidence that all the city’s barangays will be drug-cleared before the year ends. She made the commitment after she and some city officials inspected the building that will house the future ‘Balay…

Senator Cayetano assures more health care facilities in Pangasinan

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SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano assured the Pangasinan provincial government that it can expect more help from the national government to support its health programs and projects. Cayetano, who was in Pangasinan last week, said more health care facilities need to be put up to respond to the immediate health needs of the…

Capitol gives cash aid to barangay officials, CVOs

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THRE provincial government provided financial assistance to barangay officials and civilian volunteer organizations (CVOs) in the First District to its partners and frontline workers at the grassroots level. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano was the special guest during the distribution of the financial aid held in Alaminos City on Thursday, January…


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FUN BREAKTIME - Young dance performers take a break with PUNCH lensman after the Talong Festival.