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Compound complex agenda

Compound complex agenda

The SONA–apparently one of the longest delivered before the Legislative Branch of Government with the standard attendance of the Diplomatic Corps  and chosen individuals–unveiled a presidential agenda which is not only compound in content and reach but also complex in significance and implications. From the contemplated and thus proposed integrated program of action, the President needs [...]

Ad orientem

A HORNETS nest was stirred among liturgists after Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, delivered his talk at a conference in London called Sacra Liturgia last July 5. The Cardinal Sarah said, “I believe that it is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of [...]

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Serious change

CHANGE is coming. It has indeed. Weeks before the assumption into office of the new president, the most indicative of change were the summary killings of suspected drug traffickers which were always justified with the trite “resisting arrest” or “has engaged in a gunfight”. One wonders, though, why the exiting Aquino administration did not lift [...]

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The Church has the right to speak… and the duty to!

WHY pick on the Catholic Church when its leaders and pastors make statements on public affairs, particularly when truth, honesty and the welfare of people are issues? The Church does not appoint or elect officials. It does not pass laws. It does not run government. It is not in a position to INTERFERE. But it [...]

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Inflicting punishment

Wrong doing and right punishment make the standard pairing required of a civilized and orderly society. This reality is already a basic principle, a common practice, a proper observance even but in a domestic community–lest the children therein grow to be irresponsible, uncivilized and even dangerous to others. So it is said that inflicting punishment [...]

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Separation of Church and State

THE commonly invoked “Separation of Church and State” especially so when certain politicians pitifully think politics is not covered by ethical principles, believe that politics is beyond the reach of moral norms.  Conclusion:  What they think, say and do are always right.  Woe to those who dare tell them what is good or evil, what is devious or virtuous. It [...]

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Admittedly, the 2016 national elections may, be the fastest in terms of transmission rate, the quickest count in terms of national canvass and the highest in voter turnout. The issues like disenfranchisement of voters or failure of elections in hotspot areas common in previous elections were never prevalent, if at all, this time. But, admittedly [...]

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THE interesting elections are over.  The winners are celebrating.  The losers are mourning.  The general public is waiting.  What happens next?  So much money changed hands.  So many lives were put in danger if not actually lost.  So many enticing promises were made.  What happens next?  The merely talking and simply posturing national leadership is going–after having so much errant deeds done and many [...]

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THAT a horde of millions of Filipinos, including those abroad, will loudly lend their support to a presidential candidate who promises change and strong political will despite vulgarity, loose character, and a track record of human rights violations, not to mention a platform of reform that overtly promises the use of death squads to curb [...]

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THE cases of victims of injustice in this country are  growing in gravity and in number year after year.  So it is too that the offenders are increasing in kind and count as time goes by.  To top it all, the justice system in the country has become more and more dysfunctional–not to mention the likewise more and [...]

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IS it too hard to understand the saying that the one and only rational response to hunger is food? Reason and logic—even morals and ethics—can be well irrelevant to hungry people. Hunger and despair go hand in hand, especially for helpless and hopeless people.  And to respond thereto with unbridled anger and mortal force makes the [...]

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THERE are indications that the now deviant Philippine politics—by and large brought about by a good number of elected and appointed errant public officials from the local to the national levels of government—is definitely not hopeless. This positive outlook is by and large premised on some subsistent factors which are rather well-known and not really [...]

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WITH the way politics is perceived and actually practiced in this country, the conclusion is rather evident that through it, government officials become not only very authoritative and influential but become richer and richer the longer they stay in office. Just as no poor individual would dare run for an elective office, so it is [...]

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THUS categorically speaks the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, specifically as a democratic and republican state.  It even categorically affirms that all government authority emanates from the people themselves.  All these and more are even considered principles and state policies.  In other words, Filipinos are a free people.  Theirs is a secular state.  They choose and hire them as their [...]

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ONE of the best things happening to the Catholic Church today—and perhaps to the whole world, by reason of possible repercussions—is the declaration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. And another good thing is the sending of Missionaries of Mercy.              At the Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy [...]

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There is something nostalgic about a huge hall filled with empty chairs. Just hours ago, this hall—the IEC Pavilion—was reverberating with the sounds of faith and joy. Now it is empty but for us who must record for posterity everything that took place within its walls this past week. For seven consecutive days this hall [...]

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