RICARDO SALUDO

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First of three parts When somebody [said] Daang Matuwid, formerly I was also clapping my hands but whenever I hear Daang Matuwid now, come on, let’s be real. Sometimes I say: ‘Ang matuwid na daan tungo sa kanal.’ [The Straight Path leads to the sewer.] That is terrible, but I…

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Few, if any, saw it coming: the recent goodwill visits by former presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada, along with religious leaders Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz and Brother Eddie Villanueva, to detained Pampanga Representative and former president Gloria Arroyo, under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC). Accompanying…

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Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a Person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John’s Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that He gave His…

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The biggest Philippine event of 2013, hands down, is Super Typhoon Yolanda, lacerating Tacloban and other unfortunate places in the Visayas with 315 kph winds, two-story storm surges, and the woefully inadequate government relief efforts at national and local levels. Despite President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s claim of pre-positioned goods, personnel,…

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(Last of two parts) In selecting events of 2013 likely have major impact on future global trends, one had to look at not just current news, but the long-building factors that led to the seminal developments—and will drive expected changes in coming years and decades. For the first two events,…

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(First of Two Parts) When historians look back on the second decade of the 21st century, three events may well stand out from this year as seminal harbingers of major trends impacting the world for decades to come. One involves the largest global religion, the second signals the rise of…

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It was the latest episode of a regionwide contest among China, America and Japan to win over members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations. At the Commemorative Summit marking 40 years of Asean-Japan relations in Tokyo on December 12-14, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pressed the flesh and flashed yen…

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Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. Great anger and violence can never build a nation. Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice. — Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 As the Philippines joins the world in remembering with fondness and admiration the…

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Forget Pacquiao’s taxes, Napoles’s schemes, and the Miriam and Johnny Show. Below are the real issues Filipinos must address pronto. First, the pilferage and hoarding of Yolanda relief goods, reported by the United Nations relief agency and London’s Daily Mail newspaper, must be stopped, investigated and punished—in that order. Not…

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East Asia war scenarios are flying thick and fast these days, some amusing, others intriguing, and all spurred by renewed frictions in the East China Sea over Beijing’s November 23 declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), including the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyutai islands. Projections of potential conflict cover all manner…

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