[People] The Presidential Mining E.O by Fr. Shay Cullen

The Presidential Mining E.O by Fr. Shay Cullen The Presidential Executive Order (EO) outlining the administration’s policy on mining is something to be welcomed as it shows a positive concern in protecting sensitive ecological areas that could be adversely affected by mining, especially the horrific open pit-mining that rips out the heart and soul of…

[People] The brave non-violence of the Subaanen people by Fr. Shay Cullen

The brave non-violence of the Subaanen people by Fr. Shay Cullen Some thousands of indigenous people all over the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, especially the Subaanen people, on the Zamboanga Peninsula have struggle for years to stop mining corporations from moving in to explore and mine the mountains and hills. They are victims of corrupt government…

[People] A Sustainable Life of Dignity, Rio+20 by Fr. Shay Cullen

A Sustainable Life of Dignity, Rio+20 by Fr. Shay Cullen My faith is greatly challenged when I look upon the earth and the ongoing destruction of the beautiful valleys, hills, rivers and forests. Does the Lord of the Universe allow the ravages of mining, river pollution, reckless forest destruction, the depletion of marine life and…

[People] The Greatest Freedom by Fr. Shay Cullen

The Greatest Freedom by Fr. Shay Cullen Independence Day celebrates political and economic freedom from the domination and exploitation of foreign powers and the establishment of a sovereign nation. It ought to be the freedom to build a country filled with patriotic fervor that cherishes its independence and sovereignty. A most exciting and joyous day…

[People] The Time of Transparency by Fr. Shay Cullen

The Time of Transparency by Fr. Shay Cullen The conviction of the Philippine Chief Justice Corona for dishonesty having failed to tell the truth in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) as required of every public official by law is a serious event in the history of the Philippines. The first impeachment…

[People] Earth Day with the Indigenous People by Fr. Shay Cullen

Earth Day with the Indigenous People by Fr. Shay Cullen How I admire the resilience and survival skills of the rural impoverished Filipino. It’s something to be celebrated and admired but the fact that millions of rural poor, especially many of the indigenous people, live at subsistence level is a cause for great concern, especially…

[People] Changing the Face of Loneliness by Fr. Shay Cullen

Changing the Face of Loneliness by Fr. Shay Cullen It was a happy day last week for 31 children and one adult suffering from cleft palate and cleft lip, when the expert surgical team of volunteer doctors with the Philippine Band of Mercy completed a marathon stretch of facial reconstruction operations at the San Marcelino…

[People] Helping Others is Our Path to Happiness by Fr. Shay Cullen

Helping Others is Our Path to Happiness (Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.) http://www.preda.org/en/news/fr-shays-articles/helping-others-is-our-path-to-happiness/ What brings out the crowds to cheer on a hero, a liberator, a Messiah like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the greatest of all, Jesus…

[People] Who Coddled The Toxic Terror? by Fr. Shay Cullen

Who Coddled The Toxic Terror? The protection, preservation and nurturing of life is more than just an act of survival based on instinct as it is with the animal kingdom. For human persons it is a rational balancing of alternatives as to what action is best to take in any given situation. The fact we…

[People] Clerical Abuse of Children Must Rooted Out by Fr. Shay Cullen

Clerical Abuse of Children Must Rooted Out by Fr. Shay Cullen The conference recently held at the Vatican’s Gregorian University brought together cardinals, bishops, priests from over 100 countries and the heads of thirty-three religious orders to tackle the sexual abuse of children by catholic priests. Marie Collins from Ireland, abused at 13, by a…

[From the web] “My being incarcerated shall not become a reason for me to stop from speaking the truth.” -Cocoy Tulawie

Note: English version of Cocoy’s letter dated Feb.16,2012. Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi taala wa barakatuhu! Foremost, I bestow my thankfulness to Allah for not forsaking me, my wife and my children. Allah made a lot of means and instruments- such as help coming from various communities and diverse nations and/or faiths- so that my family and…

[Press Release] Melanie Cordon the OFW falsely charged of theft and tried in absentia is released after serving her sentence – AHRC

SAUDI ARABIA/PHILIPPINES: Melanie Cordon the OFW falsely charged of theft and tried in absentia is released after serving her sentence (Hong Kong, January 17, 2012) The Asian Human Rights Commission has been informed that Melanie Cordon, the Overseas Filipino Worker who was arrested in Saudi Arabia has been released after serving her prison term of…