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[From the web] ACN cries ‘persecution’ of clergymen in sedition case -CBCP News

The Philippine office of the papal charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) decried as “persecution” the criminal charges filed against some bishops and priests.

ACN, a group that supports churches in difficult situations, came to the rescue of the clergymen who are accused of sedition and other crimes.

“Such charges against them constitute persecution of the church,” said Mr. Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines national director.

“These charges are devoid of truth and justice, decency and respect for their human dignity,” he said.

The complaints stemmed from a viral video on social media linking President Duterte and his family to the illegal drug trade.

As a group that helps persecuted Christians, Luciano said they are saddened over the “baseless accusations” against the church leaders.

The Justice department on Friday started its preliminary probe into the police’s charges of inciting to sedition, cyber libel, and obstruction of justice against 36 people, mostly government critics.

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[From the web] CBCP-NASSA launches ‘Year of the Poor’, ‘AK40’

CBCP-NASSA launches ‘Year of the Poor’, ‘AK40’

BUTUAN City, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 7, 2014—The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in coordination with its National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), launched on Monday, Oct. 6, the “Year of the Poor” and “Alay Kapwa 40” (AK40) at the St. Joseph Cathedral Diocesan Shrine in Butuan City.

CBCP NASSA

“The Church is constantly challenged to take the side of the poor and the oppressed, particularly in the situation where there is a continuing violation of human rights wherein justice is being denied for sectors like farmers, indigenous people, fisherfolks, labor and even the victims of calamities. So with this celebration we are called to renew this commitment,” Fr. Edwin Gariguez, CBCP-NASSA executive secretary, said in a statement.

CBCP-NASSA executive secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

‘Year of the Poor’

Backed by its sister commissions, as well as the country’s 85 dioceses, NASSA, CBCP’s development arm, has been tasked to spearhead the one-year celebration of the “Year of the Poor”, which will officially open on Nov. 23, 2014, ending the “Year of the Laity”.

Inspired by Luke 22:61, which reads “Look at Jesus…And the Lord turned and looked at Peter”, this upcoming “Year of the Poor” is the third of the nine-year era of New Evangelization set to prepare the Filipino faithful for the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

According to Gariguez, it seeks to respond to the challenge posed by the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) for the Church in the country to be a “Church of the Poor”, which CBCP noted, has become “even more valid as before”.

The event also paid tribute to 40 years of Alay Kapwa, the Lenten evangelization program for the poor started in 1974, fosters love for one’s neighbors and God’s creation through “evangelization and resource mobilization of the local church” while supporting NASSA’s disaster emergency and advocacies toward social transformation and resiliency.

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[Statement] CBCP supports the People’s Initiative to abolish the pork barrel system -PIAP

CBCP supports the People’s Initiative to abolish the pork barrel system

The people’s initiative to abolish the pork barrel system got a big boost from the recently concluded plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

The Catholic Bishops agreed to support the people’s initiative, which aims to enact a law that abolishes presidential and congressional pork barrel, prohibits and criminalizes appropriation and use of lump sum discretionary funds and mandates line item budgeting.

The CBCP’s decision comes at a time when the Catholics nationwide are celebrating 2014 as “The Year of the Laity”.

During the discussion of various issues under the CBCP Committee on the Laity, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma appealed to his colleagues to give moral blessing and backing to two people’s initiatives – that of the People’s Initiative to Abolish Pork Barrel and the People’s Initiative Against Political Dynasties.

“In order to put a final lid on the pork barrel system, specifically in the legislative and executive branches of government, we support the proposal from anti-pork barrel groups in the whole country that the sovereign people use the 1987 Philippine Constitution provision on the passage of a law through the people’s initiative,” Archbishop Palma said.

The anti-pork people’s initiative is being spearheaded by the newly formed coalition, the People’s Initiative to Abolish Pork Barrel (PIAP).

PIAP includes the Abolish Pork Movement, Cebu Coalition Against Pork Barrel, Church People Against Pork Barrel, E-Pirma, Makabayan, Scrap Pork Network and Solidarity.

Many organizations also stand behind the people’s initiative in pushing to define and prohibit political dynasties. The CBCP had issued a pastoral statement in January 2013, denouncing the worsening problem of political dynasties nationwide.

After a discussion in the CBCP plenary, a consensus emerged to focus first and ensure the success of the people’s initiative to abolish the pork barrel system and next, the people’s initiative against political dynasty.

The CBCP saw the pork barrel as a burning and pressing issue that has sparked people’s outrage, providing favorable conditions for the initiative to end congressional and presidential pork barrel, a big source of corruption and patronage politics.

The Bishops agreed to back the August 23, 2014 People’s Congress being called by the coalition PIAP. The People’s Congress will finalize the people’s initiative proposed law against pork barrel and firm up plans for nationwide education and signature campaign. A kick-off rally will be held at Plaza Independencia on the same day to start the nationwide signature drive.

PRESS STATEMENT
July 8, 2014
For Reference: Sr. Mary John Mananzan (09178980637) * Marc Canton (09273493409) * Mae Paner (09178106145) * Atty. Alex Lacson (09285500712) * Manny SD Lopez (09179582735) * Fr. Ben Alforque (09178263496)

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[In the news] Be good stewards of health, CBCP urges Pinoys in Easter message -GMAnews

Be good stewards of health, CBCP urges Pinoys in Easter message  .
April 20, 2014, GMAnews

With the Christian world celebrating the triumph of Christ over death, Philippine Catholic bishops on Sunday urged Filipinos to be good stewards of health.

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In its Easter pastoral instruction, the CBCP said taking care of this body is not always an exercise of vanity but is a spiritual duty as good stewards of health.

“As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, let us also renew our faith in the resurrection of the body. This body as we have it is a gift from God. This body as we have it will be resurrected and will be changed,” CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said.

But Villegas also took a dig at the Reproductive Health law, whose constitutionality the Supreme Court upheld last April 8.

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[Press Release] Alyansa Tigil Mina urges the government on Easter to take up the right path again, to stop large scale mining

Group urges the government on Easter to take up the right path again, to stop large scale mining

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) said Sunday that this occasion will hopefully open a new chapter of peace, renewal and integrity of creation for the government to take up the right path and said the government needed to protect the environment.

File Photo by ATM

File Photo by ATM

“It is a fact that mining disasters are no end in sight with the current policy in mining industry through the Mining Act of 1995
http://taomunahindimina.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/what-is-wrong-with-the-mining-act-of-1995/ .
Back in 1998, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a letter on the environment, What Is Happening to Our Beautiful Land? In this letter, the CBCP lamented the onslaught being perpetrated against the environment nationwide by the large-scale mining,” said Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator.

Garganera added that this “Easter Sunday is a good occasion to recollect and represents renewed aspirations and hopeful beginning much more to the mining affected communities who are ignored and their rights are violated with impunity.”

The testimonies of mining of affected communities of Marinduque and Compostela Valley paint a picture of the gravity of environmental degradation and human rights violations brought by the large scale mining in these areas,” Garganera stressed.

These conditions impair the communities rights to adequate housing, safe water and to an environment that does not harm their well-being. The past nineteen years since the Mining Act of 1995 enacted, it is very disheartening to witness the worsening rural poverty and continuing disaffection of affected communities on mining.”

ATM and CBCP calls for a moratorium on the issuance of new mining permits and the passage of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB).

On April 22, various environmental groups, including ATM will participate in the celebration of Earth Day by holding public action in different parts of the country.-end-

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Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and passage of the AMMB.

For more information:

Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, 0917-5498218 or nc@alyansatigilmina.net
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer, 0927-6235066 or checkzab@gmail.com
Press release
April 20, 2014

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[In the news] CBCP seeks review of laws on mining, logging -GMA News

CBCP seeks review of laws on mining, logging
GMA News
February 4, 2012

Stressing the need to protect the environment, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urged the government to review its policies on mining and logging.

The CBCP said these policies must be fine-tuned to prevent a repeat of environment-related tragedies that occurred in the last several weeks.

“We take the occasion to make an appeal particularly to the authorities concerned that our prayer and appeal is to make a serious revisit of many of our laws like our logging laws and practices as well as mining laws and development plans,” said CBCP president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, in an article posted on the CBCP news site.

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[In the news] Bishops: No strong statement on impeachment – INQUIRER.net

Bishops: No strong statement on impeachment
By Jocelyn R. Uy, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 30, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines—The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said its plenary council won’t make a “strong” statement on the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona but may exhort the faithful to pray for the senators who are trying the case.

“Unlike in past CBCP [meetings], where we felt the people were expecting a strong statement [from us], this time we feel that the sentiment of the people in general is that they trust that the Senate will do its job,” said CBCP president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma in an interview with reporters Friday.

The CBCP Plenary Council is the highest decision-making body of the Catholic Church hierarchy in the Philippines. The three-day assembly attended by more than 100 bishops across the country at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila is the first under the new leadership.

Palma took over as the head of the Church hierarchy in December after Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar’s two-year term ended.

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[In the news] Church official scored for spreading ‘misinformation’ on RH bill – SunStar.com.ph

Church official scored for spreading ‘misinformation’ on RH bill
SunStar.com.ph
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  MANILA—A women’s group hit a Catholic Church official for allegedly insinuating that the Reproductive Health bill may end up like the impeachment complaint of Chief Justice Renato Corona, whose ouster by the House of Representatives last month was allegedly railroaded.

Father Melvin Castro of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Family and Life was criticized by Elizabeth Angsioco, national chairperson of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP) for supposedly issuing unfair and absurd statements.

“Is this a case of selective amnesia? Fr. Castro knows well that the RH Bill has been pending in Congress for more than a decade and that it has been the subject of discussion from the committee level up to plenary sessions in both chambers of Congress,” Angsioco said.

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[From the web] To the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Re: Article on Gay Rights – filipinofreethinkers.org

To the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Re: Article on Gay Rights

by R. Diaz.

Dear Editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer,

Having relied on The Philippine Daily Inquirer as an essential source of information on Philippine politics, lifestyle, and business, I would like to commend the newspaper for continuing to cover stories that matter to Filipinos both in the Philippines and abroad, often with exceptional depth and quality.

Thus, given my past admiration, it is with utter disappointment that I write to strongly critique a recent article, entitled “CBCP Wants Anti-Discrimination Bill Cleansed of Provisions on Gay Rights”, published on December 7th, 2011. In this article, Nina Calleja discusses the CBCP’s opposition to the current Senate Bill 2814 (Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling Act of 2011). Although the bill has passed the third reading in the Senate, it still has to go through harmonizing through bicameral discussions. The CBCP thus wants the phrase “sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity” removed from inclusion as the bill goes through this harmonizing process.

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[in the news] Legal experts say Mideo Cruz, CCP did not violate law – www.mb.com.ph

Legal experts say Mideo Cruz, CCP did not violate law
By ALEX VALENTIN BROSAS

MANILA, Philippines –  Some legal experts have come to the defense of controversial artist Mideo Cruz and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), saying they did not violate any law when the former’s collection of art works titled “Poleitismo” was allowed to go on  exhibit recently.

Atty. Florin Hilbay of UP Law argued that  “the right of Cruz to express himself through ‘Poleitismo’ is recognized by the constitution. It was not as if the CCP exerted extra effort to offend the feelings of subscribers to the Catholic faith.”

This was also shared by another colleague at UP Law,  Dean Raul Pangalangan.

“Cruz’s work, shocking as it may be, will fall within that protective clause,” Dean Pangalangan said on “24 Oras,” Aug. 16.

“The artist in question is…entitled to the protection of speech clause,” he said on “TV Patrol.”

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[Statement] “Proclaim liberty to the captives… Set free the Oppressed” – CBCP-NASSA

Bp. Broderick Pabillo. File photo source: cbcpnews.com

Bp. Broderick Pabillo. File photo source: cbcpnews.com

“Proclaim liberty to the captives… Set free the Oppressed” A Statement of Concern on the Plight of Political Prisoners in the Country (13 August 2011)

Nearly three weeks ago, July 25, hundreds of political detainees around the country began a synchronized hunger strike to protest the government’s inadequate agenda on human rights protection and its seeming disregard of the conditions of political prisoners.

Since the early ‘80s, more than 300 political prisoners have been languishing in prison cells throughout the country without explicit assurance of judicial remedy or executive clemency. Some of whom have already died or gotten ill in custody as a direct result of the government’s inability to provide for their medical treatment. The circumstances of neglect and eventual demise of some of these prisoners qualify as violations against human dignity and protection.
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[In the news] Don’t downplay debate on RH bill, Palace tells Catholic hierarchy – Interaksyon.com

Don’t downplay debate on RH bill, Palace tells Catholic hierarchy – Interaksyon.com.

Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines – The Palace has appealed to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) not to downplay the debate on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill and resort to carrying out civil disobedience actions against the Aquino administration.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Ramon Carandang told reporters on Sunday that that Catholic leaders should be open to the debate on the proposed measure, which is an “issue of national importance.”

“There are different and opposing views, but our way of explaining our side should be within the means of the law…What the President is saying is there is room for debate,” said Carandang.

The Catholic hierarchy had pulled out of the talks on the RH bill, saying “holding talks is futile as President Aquino said no one can stop him from pushing the measure.”

Msgr. Juanito Figura, CBCP secretary general, said the talks  “would not yield any further positive results.” He said the consolidated RH bill in the House and Mr. Aquino’s five-point responsible parenthood agenda were basically the same.

“The bishops do not see any reason to further undertake a serious study/dialogue on HB 4244 with the administration as was proposed by Pres. Aquino, himself,” said Figura, reading a statement of the CBCP.

But Carandang said the issue “should not degenerate to illegal acts or anything like that.”

Earlier, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles stopped short of calling Aquino a modern Herod after the latter warned anti-RH groups that they were courting sedition for threatening not to pay taxes if the measure would become law.

“He can put us all in jail. We are willing to pay the price to save the unborn from modern Herods and save the executioners from the grasp of the evil one,” Arguelles said.

Meanwhile, Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said that Aquino should be allowed to “charge all of us bishops, priests, religious, all the faithful with sedition because it is better to obey God rather than men and immoral laws,”

Aquino said calls for a tax boycott from the Citizens Alliance for the Protection of Human Life is a serious offense and may qualify for sedition charges.

“Sedition would be the charge for not doing your civic obligation, if you encourage others not to pay taxes,” the President added.

Aquino said the responsible parenthood bill, Malacañang‘s version of the proposed measure, would be included in his administration’s priority legislative measures during the next Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.

The House of Representatives is expected to begin plenary debates on the RH bill on Tuesday, May 17.

On Sunday, Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros launched a “text brigade” appealing to the public to pray for “pro-life” legislators. “Our prolife legislators ask for prayers as they plan on May 17 their moves in this month-long session of congress. Let us pray for them.” – with reports from Pots de Leon