Op-Ed Columns

Ricardo Saludo

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Imagine you were among the lucky 1,200 randomly selected respondents in last month’s Pulse Asia survey on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) controversy. Here’s one of the questions, asked verbally in English or Filipino: “Recently, there was an issue regarding the alleged anomalous use of the PDAF. One Janet…

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Reports reaching Manila said that Maribojoc, Bohol Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. drove out of his town the Philippine National Red Cross contingent who was there to give aid to the quake victims. According to the same report, Mayor Evasco was irked over the failure of the PNRC to hand over…

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ROME: A towering squat on the outskirts of Rome with an ever swelling population of hundreds of refugees has become the squalid emblem of a failing system that is haunting this week’s EU summit. Residents of the seven-floor block—a former university building dubbed “Salaam Palace”—come from war-torn, poverty-stricken corners of…

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In the aftermath of the October 15 earthquake over Bohol and Cebu, with many Catholic churches reduced to rubble, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has said that we must find “faith in the midst of ruins.” I say we take stock. And we ask questions. Say, why is it that…

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While abroad, I had occasion to read opinion columns in Manila’s leading newspapers on political developments in the Philippines. The conclusion one invariably makes from reading these columns is that President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III is under siege—beleaguered from nearly every quarter. Aquino’s largely adoring press has turned against…

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In a plenary entitled “Social Businesses: Creating Solutions for Social Problems,” during the Microcredit Summit 2013: Partnerships against Poverty at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on October 9-11, 2013, prominent figures on social business discussed how social problems can turn into opportunities to provide creative solutions for stakeholders. Two…