[People] The silenced screams by Fr. Shay Cullen

The silenced screams By Fr. Shay Cullen Rachelle, when she was just 13 years old, suffered in silence and isolation. Like most children in the world, she turned into herself and at that young age, having being certified mentally challenged with a mental age of a 9 year-old, she felt totally helpless to change or…

[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] 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 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] How We Help End Hunger by Fr. Shay Cullen

How We Help End Hunger by Fr. Shay Cullen Hiking through the Zambales hills visiting the villages of the Aeta indigenous people is an exhilarating and yet saddening experience. I have been thinking about my recent visits to the villages of the aboriginal people that first settled the Philippine islands and survived for thousands of…

[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] Frontline Defenders and HRDP Joint UPR 2nd Cycle Submission – Free Zone

Frontline Defenders and HRDP Joint UPR 2nd Cycle Submission Source: Free Zone Submission by: Front Line Defenders and Human Rights Defenders – Pilipinas Related to: The Philippines UPR Session: 13th Session of UPR, 21 May – 4 June 2012 Submitted:28 November 2011 1. The following submission has been prepared jointly by Front Line Defenders –…