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The Philippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), a euphemism for pork barrel, is fondly called “The Great Equalizer” by our legislators. Why? Well, it’s because even the smallest congressional district gets as much PDAF as the biggest ones. There are some districts in Quezon City where a single barangay has a…

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The column last Tuesday of my friend and colleague, Mr. Tony Lopez, entitled “Cambodia will overtake PH tourism in 2 years” (MT, 05 August 2013) is a real eye-opener. It showed that our tourism or hospitality industry is not doing that great, as President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd made it…

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We must already see the merit behind the broadening call for the review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). Since its implementation in 1999, there have been two big “strikes,” in baseball parlance, against the continued application of the VFA, as presently worded. The first was registered in the 2006…

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Proof that Former First Lady and now Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos of Ilocos Norte is still very much well-loved was seen recently at the birthday party for her hosted by Muebles Italiano President Noel Gonzales. Hi! Society helped Gonzales in organizing the party which invited about 100 guests—mainly close friends.…

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I have come to the conclusion that the pork barrel institutionalized in our current political system can only be an occasion of sin. The evolution of the pork barrel in our political sphere has been disheartening. Instead of raising living standards by providing good infrastructure, opportunities for true and thorough…

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I have not met Dr. Roger Posadas. I heard about him in the early 70’s for being a political detainee while much of the nation slept, earning for us the epithet of being a nation of 40 million cowards and one son of a bitch (and one bitch, I would…

Ricardo Saludo

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At a meeting last month between a breast cancer patient, her parents and other close family members, and her team of doctors, the oncologist called the malignancy a “blessing.” The term would presumably lend a positive perspective, and that hopeful attitude could help fight cancer, which tends to thrive on…

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After saying that a reshuffle among port collectors of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) will take effect, Commissioner Ruffy Biazon should now focus his attention on big-time brokers and importers to rid smuggling in the piers. Names such as “Santos,” “Tang,” Tebes,” “Cruz”, etc. who are known big-time brokers at…

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The otherwise relatively strong performance of the economy would have been more stable and convincing, if it were not for the sporadic commission by some “high-profile” personalities of graft and corrupt practices in the bureaucracy. The wide spectrum of people and network, who are engrossed in such kind of malpractice…