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[Press Release] Rights group appraises P-Noy’s 1 year as weak on Human Rights – www.tfdp.net

Rights group Task Force Detainees of the Philippines appraised President Aquino’s one year performance as weak, especially in the area of human rights respect and protection.

“P-Noy’s lack of an explicit policy on human rights, against torture and human rights violations, in particular, may be considered as the weakest link.  This can be interpreted that P-Noy is either not in control or that human rights is not really part of his agenda,” Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of TFDP said.

According to TFDP, after the legislation of Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, cases of torture still persist.  Worse, perpetrators still operate with impunity.

Just recently, TFDP received reports of cases of harassment of human rights defenders in Bulacan by a certain Sgt. Mendoza and members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), and cases of torture and illegal arrests in Central Luzon and Mindanao.

“These cases prove that the “paradigm shift” that the officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has been proclaiming still has a long way to go.  The government must prove its sincerity and gain the people’s confidence.”

As per TFDP documentation for the period of 1986 up to April 2011, there have been 1,122 cases of torture involving 4,839 individuals as victims. After the enactment of the Anti-Torture Law, 42 cases involving 64 victims have been documented.

“Paradigm shift, as the authorities call it, must not remain a mere proclamation. It is a must that the military and the police discontinue their practice of torturing people.  It is imperative that P-Noy looks into this matter seriously with urgency.”

In the same statement, TFDP reiterated its appeal for the release of all political prisoners.  According to the group, a communication was already sent to the Office of the President regarding the urgency of the case of Tatay Umbrero.  “We appealed for executive clemency since it is within P-Noy’s power to immediately act on the case of Tatay Umbrero.  But the government responded by referring Umbrero’s case to the Board of Pardons and Parole,” TFDP said.

According to the group, “It is hard to comprehend why Umbrero’s case would not deserve the urgent and immediate attention and action of P-Noy.  Is this not equally important as the issue of wangwang that merited inclusion in his previous State of the Nation Address?  Is human rights not included in P-Noy’s matuwid na daan?”

Mariano Umbrero, 63 years old, is a political prisoner at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). He was diagnosed with lung cancer, now on its fourth stage, and according to TFDP, his condition continues to worsen.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) recommends among others that the Philippine Government educate its members specially its security sectors about the right not to be tortured.  “How can P-Noy raise awareness among his ranks when he seems to be busy only with issues that will hit the headlines?  Or could it be that it is P-Noy who needs human rights education?” TFDP concluded.

PRESS RELEASE
June 29, 2011

[Statement] Lack of P-Noy’s explicit policy on human rights opens doors for violations on the ground – www.tfdp.net

In commemoration of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) reiterates its call to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to combat torture and other forms of human rights violations.

There is a need for P-Noy to explicitly declare that he is waging war against human rights violations in the same way that he promised to fight corruption during his campaign for presidency.  Situations on the ground demand a stricter and more serious order from the leadership to its personnel to give the highest respect for human rights.

P-Noy should consider that human rights violations are also rooted from poverty.  The eradication of human rights violations may even be more important than the fight against corruption.

Paradigm shift, as the authorities call it, must not remain a mere proclamation. It is a must that the military and the police discontinue their practice of torturing people.  It is imperative that P-Noy looks into this matter seriously with urgency.

The recent cases of harassment of human rights defenders in Bulacan and the cases of torture and illegal arrests in Central Luzon and Mindanao prove that the “paradigm shift” has still a long way to go.  The government must prove its sincerity and gain the people’s confidence.

After the legislation of Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, cases of torture still persist.  Worse, perpetrators still operate with impunity.

P-Noy’s lack of an explicit policy on human rights, against torture and human rights violations, in particular, may be considered as the weakest link.  This can be interpreted that P-Noy is either not in control or that human rights is not really part of his agenda.

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, TFDP also reiterates its appeal for the release of all political prisoners.  TFDP has already communicated to the Office of the President the urgency of the case of Tatay Umbrero, a political prisoner who has stage four cancer.

TFDP implored for executive clemency since it is within P-Noy’s power to immediately act on the case of Tatay Umbrero.  But the government only responded by referring Umbrero’s case to the Board of Pardons and Parole.

It is hard to comprehend why Umbrero’s case would not deserve the urgent and immediate attention and action of P-Noy.  Is this not equally important as the issue of wangwang that merited inclusion in his previous State of the Nation Address?  Is human rights not included in P-Noy’s matuwid na daan?

The UNCAT recommends among others that the Philippine Government educate its members specially its security sectors about the right not to be tortured.  How can P-Noy raise awareness among his ranks when he seems to be busy only with issues that will hit the headlines?  Or could it be that it is P-Noy who needs human rights education?

Stop torture. Prosecute perpetrators.
Free Tatay Umbrero. Free all Political Prisoners.

June 24, 2011

[Isyung HR] Mga surpresang hindi nakakagulat

Balitang Mokong

MOKONG: Magandang pagbabalita po sa inyong lahat.  Ito po ang inyong tagapagbalita Mokong para sa mga Bumabandilang balita bente kwatro oras sa araw na ito.

MOKANG: kasama po ang inyong tagapagbalitang Mokang at ang ligang saksi ng mga balitang hindi totoo.

MOKONG: Para po sa mga ulo ng balita, “JINKY PAQUIAO DATING NAGPI-PILLS AT DATI RING SANG-AYON SA DIVORCE.”
Noon yon nang hindi pa mayaman si Pacman.

MOKANG: “SIKAT NA AWITING BAHAY KUBO, PAPALITAN NA NG BAHAY KUBOL.”
Bahay kubol kahit munti ang VIP doon ay sari-sari.

MOKONG: “PAMUNUAN NG AFP at PNP NAG-FUN RUN PARA SA KARAPATANG PANTAO.”
Mamamayan ng Central Luzon nag-scare run dahil sa harassment ng Militar doon

MOKANG: “P-NOY NASORPRESA DAHIL SA NAUDLOT NA SURPRISE VISIT NIYA SA NBP.”
Iaanounce na lang daw kung kelan ang re-set.

MOKONG: Para po sa detalye ng mga balita…

 

To divorce or not to divorce?

Ayon sa survey ng Social Weather Stations nitong Marso sa kamaynilaan, kalahati sa mga Pilipinong tinanong ay payag na ang hindi na nagkakasundong mag-asawa ay mag-divorce upang makahanap ng panibagong mapapangasawa.   Ikatlong bahagi nito ang tumutol at ang natitira ay hindi makapagdesisyon.

Kung ikukumpara daw ito sa resulta ng survey na ginanap noong nakaraang anim na taon, na kung saan ay 43% lamang ang pumapayag at 44% ang hindi sang-ayon ay nangangahulugang dumadami at pumipihit ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong hindi na masaya sa pagkakatali sa kasal.

Ang kalahating sumasang-ayon sa Divorce ay napag-alamang mga Pilipinong ang asawa ay babaero, ‘di kaya ay lalakero.  Natanong din ang mga may asawang babaerong lalakero.

Ang ilan pa nga ayon sa istatistika ay mga bata pa nang magpakasal kaya naman napilitan lang dahil nakabuntis, ‘di kaya ay nabuntis at ang ilan naman ay hindi makabuntis-buntis o kaya ay mabuntis.

Mayroon ding namang nanakit ang napangasawa o ‘di kaya’y palaging nagkakasakit.

Ang ilan pa sa mga respondents na ito ay pawang mga kalalakihan at kanilang mga kabit.

Ang mga natanong naman na hindi sumasang-ayon sa divorce ay pawang mga hindi pa nakaranas magpakasal, o yung nangangarap pang makasal.

Ang ilan pa nga daw sa mga ito ay mga relihiyoso o sagrado katoliko at ang ilan sa mga respondents ay pari at Obispo.

Nahati naman ang opinyon ng mga wedding coordinators.  Ang ilan sa mga respondents na wedding coordinator ay payag daw dahil makakarami sila ng kikitain dahil sa mga magpapakasal ng ilang beses sa iba’t-ibang tao. Ang iba naman ay walang pakialam dahil ang mahalaga sa kanila ay may nagpakasal at kung anuman ang mangyari matapos ang kasal ang mahalaga ay kumita na sila.

Hindi naman makapagdesisyon ang ilan sa mga natanong dahil ikukunsulta pa daw nila sa kanilang mga magulang, sa kanilang espiritista at sa kanilang mga political adviser.

Hindi din makapagdesisyon ang mga wedding singers at caterers dahil sa anumang mangyari ay parehas silang magkakaraket.

Payag naman ang mga paper mill company dahil hindi naman sila maaapektuhan sa panukalang ito at tutol naman ang mga environmentalist dahil nasasayang lamang ang mga papel na nagmula sa puno na ginagamit sa mga pinipirmahang dokumento.

Ang mga dati namang hindi payag sa divorce na nagbago ng isip, napag-alamang sila daw nakapanood ng interview ni Cong. Manny Paquiao.

Panoorin po natin ang isa sa mga naganap na interview.

SWS: Nagsusurvey po kami hinggil sa Divorce.

Mokang: Tinatanong ko te?

SWS: Pwede ho ba kayong matanong?

Mokang: Nagtatanong ka na nga e. May magagawa pa ba ako?

SWS: Survey lang po ito, survey po.

Mokang: Paulit-ulit. Unli ka te?

SWS: Kayo naman masyado kayong masungit. Wala bang ibang pwede?

Mokang:  Choosy ka te?

SWS: Papa-interview ba kayo o hindi?

Mokang: Ay pikon ka na te?

SWS: Hmp! Sungit makaalis na nga!

Mokang: ay Walk out. Best actress ka te?

Cong. GMA kinasuhan ng UCCP

Kinasuhan ng UCCP si Pampanga Representative GMA sa kasong pagpatay sa mga kasapi nila noong ito pa ang presidente ng Bansa.

Napag-alamang binale-wala lamang ito ng dating pangulo dahil hindi rin naman daw ito kayang patunayan at maiuugnay sa kanya.

“Malinis akong trumabaho este malinis ang aking pagkatao.  Atake lamang ito ng mga kalaban ko. Kaya hindi sila magtatagumpay no.” ayon pa sa kanya.

Ayon sa ating impormante, tama si GMA na mali-mali ang kanyang mga kalaban sa kanilang bintang.  Ang “Hello Garci scandal” nga daw ay classic example ng maling paratang.  Dahil hindi si Garci ng Comelec ang kanyang tinatawagan kundi si Garcy ng Ombudsman (Garcia Mercy).

Paano daw magpapasimuno si GMA ng pagpatay gayong sagrado siyang relihiyoso at makadiyos.  Kay hindi naman daw kayang paniwalaan na UCCP member pa ang kanyang ipinapatay.

“Sadya lang talagang matigas ang aking dating. Inaamin kong maiinitin ang aking ulo, madalas akong nagsusungit noon pero hindi ko kayang pumatay.” Ayon pa sa dating pangulo.

Nang tinanong natin kung ano ang kanyang mensahe sa mga nagdedemanda sa kanya ngayon, ito ang kanyang masasabi, “I will not run to the next election. I am sorry. If you insist, I will send you Palaparan and dare ask him.”

Ang ating impormante na itago natin sa pangalang Kwidaw ay isang tsismis columnist sa isang hindi sikat na magazine.  Nasasagap kasi niya ang mga impormasyon at balita dahil sideline niya ang pagiging kongresista.

Paggiba ng mga Kubol sa mga bilangguan at surprised visits ni P-Noy sa NBP

Sa gitna ng tumitinding kampanya ng DOJ laban sa VIP treatment sa loob ng NBP, napag-alamang hati ngayon ang opinyon ng mga mamamayang Pilipino.

Ang sabi ng mga hindi sumasang-ayon sa patakarang ito, si DOJ Secretary De Lima daw ay Kill Joy.  Hindi daw kasi nito alam kung paano talaga ang kalagayan sa loob ng mga bilangguan.

Ayon sa mga mahihirap na preso, ang mga kubol na ito na tanging mayroon na lamang sila ay tinatanggal pa. “Ok naman ang anumang reporma o pagsasaayos ng mga kulungan, pero pati ba naman ang mga kubol namin ay idamay pa.”

“Kasalanan kasi ito ng mga katulad ni Leviste, ang VIP treatment ay natatanggap lamang ng mga may perang katulad niya, ang mga kubol ba naman namin ay VIP treatment na matatawag?” dag-dag pa ng mahihirap na preso.

Ayon sa ating impormante, ang lihim na nagsumbong daw sa DOJ ay yaong mga presong walang dalaw.  “Inggit ang nagtulak sa kanila para i-tip ang mga kubol.  Nahihirapan din kasi sila kapag may kubol dahil hindi sila makaboso kapag may dalaw ang mga may-ari ng kubol.”

Ayon din sa ating impormante, sang-ayon din daw ang mga pamunuan ng bilibid sa panukalang maglagay ng mas maayos at sentralisadong lugar o silid para sa mga sinasabing dalaw. “kailangan kasi nilang sumang-ayon kung hindi ay mahahalatang pabaya sila.” Dag-dag pa niya.

Binigla naman ang publiko ng mapabalita ang tangkang “surprised visit” ni P-Noy sa NBP.  Na naudlot din naman dahil sa pagkabuko nito nang buong pwersang dumagsa ang advance party o mga security ni P-Noy nang araw na ‘yon.

“Nasorpresa talaga kami.”  Wika ng isa sa mga nakapanayam nating itatago natin sa pangalang Mokong, “Nasorpresa kaming sorpresa pala ang lagay na yon.  Nasorprea rin kaming hindi nila iniisip kung paano gagawing “surprise” ang visit nila gayong obvious dahil sa advance party.”

Ayon naman sa isang impormante, tagumpay daw ang “surprised visit” na naudlot dahil layunin lang talaga nitong surpresahin ang NBP na ang “surprised visit” ay hindi pala talaga kasurpresurpresa.

Ayon pa sa ating impormante, wala na daw makikitang kubol ngayon ng mga VIP sa loob dahil lihim na pala silang nakagawa ng mga underground suites. Inaasahang kahit anong ‘surprised visit’ ay mapaghahandaan na nila sa loob.

“Leave our privacy alone.” Wika pa ni Mokong

Sadyang itinago natin ang pagkatao ng ating impormante upang maproteksiyunan ang kanyang kalagayan.  (Clue) Ang mokong ay dating opisyal ng isang institusyon na sinasabing naghihiganti sa napalang pagpapatalsik.

Harassment sa Bulacan

Isang grupo ng mga tagapagtanggol ng karapatang pantao sa erya ng Bulakan ang nakakaranas ngayon ng pananakot mula sa mga militar.

Ayon sa sumbong, nag-iikot-ikot daw ang mga kasapi ng militar sa pamumuno ng isang Sgt. Mendoza sa kanilang barangay.  Ayon pa sa kanila, ang tropa daw ni Sgt. Mendoza ay nagsasagawa ng ‘Census’ habang nagpapanggap na taga National Statistics Office.  Kung minsan naman daw ay nag-susurvey ito at napapanggap na taga ‘SWS’.

Ayon sa ating panayam sa mga nagrereklamo, sila daw ay hindi malilinlang ng tropa ni Sgt. Mendoza dahil obvious na hindi sila taga ‘Census’ o “SWS” dahil palagi raw itong nag-iinterview ng nakauniporme ng Militar at armado pa.

Ngunit ang mas nakapanghihilakbot, nang tinanong natin ang pamunuan ng AFP hinggil dito ay wala daw silang Sgt. Mendoza na kilala at hindi nila ipinag-uutos ang nasabing ‘Census’ o ‘survey’.

Kaya lalo lamang naging nakapangingilabot ang katotohan na maaring mga multo ang tropa ni Sgt. Mendoza.

Nang tanungin natin ang mga residenteng nakausap ng nasabing tropa ni Sgt. Mendoza kung ano ang itinatanong sa kanila, napag-alaman nating itinatanong ng mga ito kung sila ba ay kapuso o kapamilya.  Pinagbabantaan daw nito ang mga kapatid at kasama.

Itinatanong din daw kung ano daw ang kanilang favorite color, na sumisimangot kapag ang sagot nila ay kulay pula.  Ano daw ang mga hobbies at clubs na kinabibilangan. At hinihingan pa sila ng list of friends sa facebook.  Natatapos daw ang pagtatanong hinggil sa kanilang motto in life.

MOKANG: Dito po pansamantalang nagtatapos ang mga bumabandilang balita bente kwatro oras. Salamat sa inyong pambuburaot.

MOKONG: hanggang sa muli po ito ang inyong Mokong na lingkod,

MOKANG: At inyong darling mokang,

MOKONG: Kasama ng mga ligang saksi ng mga balitang hindi totoo, na nagsasabing “Mokongs and Mokangs of the world unite, we hav nothing to loose coz we hav nothing at all.”

[In the news] ANALYSIS: Filipinos wait for Aquino to fulfill election promises – Interaksyon.com

ANALYSIS: Filipinos wait for Aquino to fulfill election promises – Interaksyon.com.

Manuel Mogato, Reuters

MANILA, Philippines – The question of whether deposed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos should be buried in a cemetery for national heroes is one President Benigno Aquino III feels he cannot make for the nation that elected him to lead it.

So instead, people can SMS their opinion on where Marcos should be buried, like voting for an American Idol contestant, to help decide the government’s position. And it’s not the only decision Aquino seems to be having trouble making.

A reluctant president who won office in a landslide last year, Aquino has never really got out of campaign mode, fixated on pursuing the former administration and talking of major reforms without yet delivering a substantive agenda.

The danger is that this becomes yet another lost opportunity for the Southeast Asian nation, as investors’ initial optimism on Aquino fades and his main political strength of high personal support weakens.

The government is looking to raise billions of dollars to upgrade infrastructure around the nation of more than 7,000 islands, and says it will make the country more attractive to foreign investors, but details are yet to be fully explained.

“Aquino never really seems willing to expend any political capital on what he believes in or claims to stand for,” said Scott Harrison, managing director of risk consultancy Pacific Strategies & Assessments.

“Whether this is apathy or just another manifestation of his laziness, aversion to work and the rough-and-tumble of politics remains to be seen,” he said, although he did credit Aquino for instituting some ethics in governance.

The stakes are high. Asian Development Bank data shows foreign direct investment in the Philippines last year trailed well behind neighbors Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Weak employment and productivity growth means the country relies on exporting workers overseas, whose remitted income accounts for about 10 percent of gross domestic product. It also means poverty levels are rising, an anomaly in booming Asia.

The country ranks below most Southeast Asian countries, its main competitors for investment funds, on measures such as competitiveness, ease of doing business and corruption

“Against this backdrop, one key policy challenge is for the government to sustain the higher level of investor confidence built up last year by pushing ahead with policy and governance reforms,” the ADB said in a report last month.

“Another is to raise state revenue so as to fund the social development and infrastructure programs required to reduce poverty and underpin a stronger private sector.”

Aquino is limited to a single, six-year term. He was elected in May 2010 and took office at the end of June.

But it wasn’t until February that a committee to plan the government’s agenda and priorities bills over its term met – and the eventual list did not include bills Aquino had championed, including reproductive health and freedom of information.

PROMISES, PROMISES

“Aquino wanted to do a lot of things, but he has not done anything to carry out these things,” said Earl Parreno, analyst of Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms.

“Now is the time for action, and yet the people has not seen anything concrete from his government. There’s a growing public perception that nothing has changed from the past administration to his government.”

Aquino has been dogged in his campaign to investigate his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and has made some headway with the resignation of the ombudsman, which will allow him to appoint his own graft investigator.

But he seems to have backtracked or lost focus on other issues, and his public opinion ratings have fallen.

Apart from the budget, no major legislation has passed. Each week since July, tax evaders have been named at a weekly press conference, but so far only seven of 45 complaints have made it to court — and no trials have begun.

Last November, Aquino told a conference of potential investors the government would put in place mechanisms to protect their contracts in infrastructure projects, which the government planned to put out from tender from early 2011.

Six months later, no contracts have been awarded, and there has been no legislation to improve protection against regulatory risk – and so foreign investors remain wary for now.

Doubts are also emerging locally. Aquino’s purchase of a second-hand Porsche drew criticism from nearly half of people in an opinion poll, even though he used his own money to buy it.

His poll ratings on areas such as managing the economy, fighting crime and reducing poverty have all fallen, suggesting a broader discontent with his administration.

There could be some change coming. His unsuccessful running mate last year, Mar Roxas, can now join the administration after the expiry last week of the one-year prohibition of losing candidates being appointed to government jobs.

Roxas, an experienced operator who has served as a minister under two presidents, could become Aquino’s chief of staff and troubleshooter, local media report. That could provide Aquino the political smarts he needs to achieve his goals.

“Aquino may not be doing anything wrong, but he has also not done anything good,” said Bobby Evangelista, a cigarette vendor in Manila’s business district. “I haven’t seen any change at all. We remain poor and he has a new car.”

[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

[In the news] Palace junks own RH bill – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Palace junks own RH bill – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

By Christine O. Avendaño, Jocelyn R. Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—With the Church decision to discontinue its dialogue with Malacañang on a controversial family planning measure, the Palace said it was dropping its plan to draft its own responsible parenthood bill and was now looking at the possibility of supporting the consolidated bill in the House that Catholic bishops find objectionable.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) decision to end the talks aimed at working out a common position on the reproductive health bill was “unfortunate,” but “communication lines” would remain open, said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

According to Lacierda, Palace officials had met with CBCP secretary general Msgr. Juanito Figura and CBCP legal counsel Jo Ombong and were told of the Church decision.

Two reasons were given: President Benigno Aquino III’s decision to implement a five-point statement on responsible parenthood and his speech at the University of the Philippines graduation rites last month where Mr. Aquino said he would push for the passage of a responsible parenthood bill despite threats of excommunication.

Read full article @ INQUIRER.net