[People] US and China Spar over the Philippines -by Fr. Shay Cullen

US and China Spar over the Philippines Fr. Shay Cullen 27 June 2019 The fishermen of Masinloc and Sta. Cruz, Zambales had fished the Scarborough Shoal for generations. In the past several years, the Filipino fishing boats have been harassed and prevented from fishing near the fish-rich shoal by the incursion of Chinese fishing and…

[People] When the Light Shines Again -by Fr. Shay Cullen

When the Light Shines Again Fr. Shay Cullen 19 June 2020 It was a happy day for Joshua. He graduated from the Preda vocational training program and proudly held a student’s driver’s license and his graduation certificate while the camera clicked to record the moment and everyone there applauded. It was his day when the…

[People] The Racism that Surrounds Us -by Fr. Shay Cullen

The Racism that Surrounds Us Fr. Shay Cullen 4 June 2020 The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is that of social, cultural, economic, political, institutional, legal, and religious discrimination against people of different skin color, social…

[People] Child Abuse over the Internet -by Fr. Shay Cullen

Child Abuse over the Internet Fr. Shay Cullen 28 May 2020 They are the two latest arrivals at the Preda Foundation’s beautiful home for exploited children set in the countryside surrounded by wooded hills beside a small stream. The children are Pedro, 12, and Angelica, 7, victims of online sexual abuse perpetrated by the uncle…

[People] Without a Mother’s Love -Fr. Shay Cullen

Without a Mother’s Love Fr. Shay Cullen 15 May 2020 In many places, people are enjoying the freedom of release from lock-down and so they should in safety and with great care so that they do not infect anyone else if they are asymptomatic. Our lives are changed and our lifestyle has to adapt, adjust,…

[People] We All Want to Live -by Fr. Shay Cullen

We All Want to Live Fr. Shay Cullen What do we recall these holy days but the life-giving love and compassion of one person who changed the world by teaching mankind that justice is more powerful than revenge, that compassion is greater than condemnation, that believing in goodness and truth to overcome evil is a…

[People] What is the Meaning of Life? -by Fr. Shay Cullen

3 April 2020 What a challenging world we live in. Half the people on the planet are cowering inside their homes and shelters. Many are in fear of Coronavirus, too nervous to go out. The poor are hungry, millions are unemployed, the economy is in free fall and people are worried and asking when it…

[People] Challenges of the Coronavirus -by Fr.Shay Cullen

We are facing an immense challenge around the world. Everyone has to realize the danger and stay at home and practice strict hygiene. Thousands are dying- friends, relatives and many die alone. We are people with rational intelligence. Everyone is important and equal in dignity and rights and we have to respect all and give…

[People] The Revenge of Nature- Coronavirus? -by Fr. Shay Cullen

The coronavirus threatens the health of millions of people around the world if it spreads uncontrollably. Every precaution must be taken to prevent its spread and that means practicing greater personal and public hygiene and avoiding contact with people traveling from an infected area. We must show concern and never discriminate against anyone. Besides strict…

[People] Bill asking for emergency powers for the President contains provisions patently repugnant to the Constitution -By Atty. Gilbert Andres

I have read a draft bill asking for emergency powers for the President. My initial analysis of the draft bill is that it contains provisions patently repugnant to the Constitution (I) for delegating Congress’ power of the purse to the President and (II) for delegating to the President legislative powers to declare acts as criminal.…

[People] Temporary relief for Filipino Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) during the CoViD-19 Crisis – by Prof. Raymund Narag

The Philippine government placed the entire Metro Manila under “Enhanced Community Quarantine.” The Philippine Supreme Court issued a circular suspending all court hearings. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has suspended all jail visitations nationwide. These are all pre-emptive steps to slow down the spread of the CoViD-19 virus that infected hundreds of…

[People] The Rise of the Political Extreme Right -by Fr. Shay Cullen

An authoritarian tyrant whose name will live in infamy has crushed, oppressed, bombed, executed and gassed women and children, jailed and tortured his opponents and dissidents in Syria. Almost a million of them that remain in Idlib, North-Western Syria are under daily attack and continuous bombardment. Schools, hospitals, clinics, and markets are the favorite target…