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Ric Saludo’s CenSEI colleague Victoria Fritz contributed this column The virus kills one in every four people infected: 31 dead among 128 patients in China and Taiwan. That’s the grim statistic on the avian influenza microbe A(H7N9), compiled and calculated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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IT is only when you go into business that you feel the government impositions, which are necessary. You don’t have any other choice but to accept them. Should you reject them, you would be operating illegally, which you won’t like to do, because you are in business for the long…

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Let’s clarify something straightaway: The depiction of Manila in Dan Brown’s new novel Inferno as the “gates of hell” is depressingly accurate, no matter how much Metro Manila Development Authority head Francis Tolentino is willing to embarrass himself with protestations to the contrary. In the book, one of the characters,…

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It is quite shocking to learn that the Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1940 (AKA Commonwealth Act 613) has remained unchanged since it was enacted. The date says it all. The Act became law before World War II. There is no question that the world back then is far different from…

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Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution: “The President shall not be eligible for any reelection.” (Sec. 4, ART VII). Former Presidents Gloria M. Arroyo (GMA) and Joseph “Erap” Estrada both ran for reelection respectively as Member of the House of Representatives and as Mayor of the City of Manila. They won.…

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Senators allied with the administration are already salivating at the juicy positions they are likely to get once the 16th Congress opens in July. The juiciest of them all, of course, is the Senate presidency, which will likely go to a senator belonging to the majority bloc, because of the…

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I bought a copy of Dan Brown’s latest opus, Inferno, for £20 in London, in the bookstore featured in the movie Notting Hill. The name of the bookstore is, you guessed it, The Notting Hill Bookshop”. The shop had just sold two copies of Inferno since it arrived last week.…

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In quaerere is Latin phrase for in search. I was in search of the right title for my column that would reflect the kind of writing I would do on a weekly basis. It was not easy. From “look beyond the fluff” to “connecting the dots” to “ring a bell”…