RICARDO SALUDO

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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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Forget Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. For millions of Filipinos, the real match-ups that can uplift or dash their lives and living standards are the ones pitting the government against two destructive, deadly scourges: the Yolanda disaster and smuggling. So rather than boxing promoter Bob Arum, import-squeezed workers and farmers, communities hit…

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American priest Fr. Robert Barron is probably the most popular Catholic preacher on YouTube, at least among those preaching in English. Also found on his website www.WordOnFire.org, his 5-10-minute discourses offer theologically sound and highly accessible answers to frequently asked religious questions, from what hell is like and why the…

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This column’s November 18 article, “Why, dear God, did you allow Yolanda?” was just one among countless musings in recent weeks on what, God knows, is His message or motive in the super typhoon’s laceration of death and destruction across the Visayas. “Where was God in the Philippines?” headlined CNN…

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God, our Father, in faith, we acknowledge your care for us, your children . . . Grant eternal peace to those who lost their lives. Embrace the children who died in their innocence. Console those who are grieving. Help those who are hurt and cure those who are sick. Encourage…

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Before anything else, this writer joins the nation in prayer, mourning, compassion, and urgent action for the millions of victims of Typhoon Yolanda. There is need now to set aside animosities and politicking to mobilize national and international efforts, expertise, and resources for succor, medical services, food, shelter and other…

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My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.     — The Gospel of St. Matthew, 21:13 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy…

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Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. … I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. — The Book of Jeremiah, 23:1-2 I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I…

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Was President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s October 30 speech defending his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) a wise move? There is much discussion about that inside and outside the Palace, with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa reportedly at odds with Liberal Party stalwarts Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Senate President Franklin Drilon.…

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For most Filipinos, especially the youth far less devoted to religious holydays and family traditions than generations past, the feasts of All Saints’ and All Souls’ last Friday and Saturday are just the second long weekend in a week gifted with two days off, including Monday’s barangay polls. Yet, if…

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