RICARDO SALUDO

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Those words uttered a century ago in one of the six apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary every 13th of the month from May to October to three shepherd children in the rural parish of Fatima in Portugal, offers the greatest hope for the world amid her warnings of sinfulness,…

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WHEN President Rodrigo Duterte ponders whether to allow more rice imports this year, he will be presented a host of numbers. But one disturbing figure he probably won’t get is the one that has the biggest long-term impact on the lives of millions of poor children. As pointed out by…

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WHEN a leader’s survey ratings decline among the poor and in the countryside, what should he do? Obviously, there is need for more attention and action on the concerns of those showing some disaffection. Those concerns are the basics: jobs, cost of living, peace and order, and public services, including…

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OUR Tuesday column argued that US President Donald Trump invited President Rodrigo Duterte despite the storm of American liberal and media protest, at the Pentagon’s behest, to get Duterte’s nod for full implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. The Edca would escalate rotations of US forces and give them…

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WHITE House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said it all. The American equivalent of the Philippines’ Executive Secretary told ABC News: “There is nothing right now facing this country and facing the [Asian] region that is a bigger threat than what is happening in North Korea. Whether they’re good folks…

Ricardo Saludo

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“Francisco, which do you like better: to console Our Lord, or to convert sinners, so that no more souls go to hell?” Lucia dos Santos, then 10, asked her younger cousin and fellow Fatima visionary. Francisco, 9, replied: “I would rather console Our Lord. Didn’t you notice how sad Our…

Ricardo Saludo

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SOMEBODY’s not telling the truth. On Monday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said, in so many words, that she found no evidence to charge former President Benigno Aquino 3rd over the illegal Disbursement Acceleration Program. “They want Aquino’s head,” the retired Supreme Court justice said. “We go by the evidence. If…

SUNDAY READ

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“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces…

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While many may instantly nod, in fact, most, if not all people much prefer never to die. Endless life now is deemed far better than breath, heart and mind grinding to a halt before finding light at the tunnel’s end, even if that brilliance is everlasting. But hold that thought:…

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THAT may well be the question behind the dip in Pulse Asia trust and approval ratings, and the stalled Social Weather Stations grade of President Rodrigo Duterte: What will he do to impress us after decimating drugs? With four out of every five Filipinos surveyed feeling safer on the streets,…

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