RICARDO SALUDO

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In the blaze of partisan squabbles and corruption scandals, it’s normal to lose sight of overseas events, even those that could disrupt the country and dislocate millions of Filipinos with greater impact than the vilest excesses of the corrupt. So we put the political commentary on pause and yield the…

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Illness in the past few weeks finally caught up with this writer last Thursday, and he regretfully advised that he could not submit a column for last Friday’s edition. That was the text to editor-publisher Rene Bas, a friend of nearly three decades since my days as an editor and…

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“By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil…

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For those old enough to remember, recent retorts by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, bristling at the Pork Barrel King tag and daring opponents to impeach him, are starting to sound like Ferdinand Marcos’s tough talk in his waning years. In their own ways, both leaders exuded unshakable clout and confidence,…

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Believe it or not, the Aquino administration has surpassed its predecessor in corruption. Between pork barrel trebling under President Benigno Aquino 3rd to about P25 billion a year, his unaudited, unlegislated and unprecedented releases under the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP, P137 billion as of October 1), and smuggling hitting…

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With the Senate opposition threatened with emasculation through unbailable plunder charges against three stalwarts, the stage may soon be set for the next phase of the Aquino administration’s battle plan for 2016: the removal of Vice-President Jejomar Binay as presidential candidate. If and when senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada,…

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Our protests should not just emanate from the bad feeling that we have been personally or communally transgressed, violated or duped. It should come rather from the realization that God has been offended and we have become less holy as a people because of this. … Therefore, our first response…

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Foreign tourists reading daily headlines on the pork barrel controversy may well quip: Corruption scandals—it’s more fun in the Philippines. And how: This week the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has reportedly called for a Wednesday rally at the People Power Revolution shrine to abolish pork barrel, with…

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What exactly happened in China’s supposed snub of President Benigno Aquino 3rd? As late as August 26, he told media that a week later on Sept. 3, he would make a day trip to Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southwest China, bordering Vietnam. “We are traveling next…

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Thus says the Lord God: Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. You have not strengthened the weak, you have…

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