RICARDO SALUDO

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With the surrender of accused pork-barrel scam operator Janet Lim-Napoles to President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday, many Filipinos breathed a sigh of relief and gratitude that the corruption, at least the congressional kind, will finally be addressed in earnest. Suspect arrested, case closed. We wish. Those who think the…

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It’s healthy and even insightful to just swim against the tide once in a while. So let’s pretend today that we sympathize with Janet Lim-Napoles and her kind, and play devil’s advocate to the prevailing perspective on pork barrel so eloquently enunciated on Monday. Here goes nothing: * * *…

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In reaction to the four-part “20 questions on Tuwid na Daan” article (published August 14, 16, 19 and 21, and available via the manilatimes.net Archive link), readers of a more activist bent were wondering how knowing more, staying straight, praying and caring would stop creeping one-man rule unchecked and unbalanced…

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(Last of four parts) IT is most appropriate that “20 Questions on Tuwid na Daan” ends on the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr., the President’s father. Part 4 covers the last two questions, which are about what key institutions and the citizenry should do…

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Third of Four Parts At least he’s not corrupt. That’s the common refrain among supporters of President Benigno Aquino 3rd when disappointed over his failings, from his inept handling of the Rizal Park hostage crisis three years ago this month, to last week’s continuing silence and inaction over another jump…

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Second of Three Parts As a former Malacañang official, this writer sees some major differences between Palace spokespersons of the past and present administrations. One cannot recall any instance when officials speaking for then President Gloria Arroyo would speak on controversies involving other nations, deferring nearly always to the Department…

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First of Three Parts If Palace spinmeisters and pro-administration media are to be believed, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has launched another massive crackdown on corruption with the ongoing probe into pork barrel anomalies and the sweeping revamp in the Bureau of Customs. But that’s a big, big if, especially for…

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Ricardo Saludo At a dinner this week with a Jesuit priest and former classmate, this writer remarked that last Sunday’s first reading about Abraham bargaining with God to spare Sodom well applies to the Bureau of Customs (BoC). After God agreed not to rain fire and brimstone upon the city,…

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Is your company safe? What about your job? And those of your children, too? If you haven’t been asking those questions of late, give a thought to Microsoft, Nokia and Kodak. All three have been, at one time or another, the global kings in their respective industries of software, cell…

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Last of two parts In the cacophony of commentary on the SONA, many deplored its lack of a clear plan to address major national concerns, especially poverty and jobs. Others cited gross untruths, such as the hugely understated rice import data and false corporate dividend figures noted in Rigoberto Tiglao’s…

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