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There are many maternal conceptions in the country. Government response: Promote contraception.  Fact: Contraceptive means inviting infidelity. Government response: Have more contraceptive means available especially to married people. Fact: There are many children in the country. Government response: Make not only contraceptive but abortive pills available to all, young and old. Fact: Pills for contraception […]

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HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., reportedly moved the voting a day earlier from the original August 7 (Tuesday) schedule so as to avoid confrontations.  “It was the consensus that we better avoid the clash between the pro- and the anti-RH supporters in Tuesday’s voting,” he told the media.  But isn’t this what democracy is all […]

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ON the occasion of the apparently great divide existing and felt between Malacañang followers and many Church people—courtesy of the RH Bill—someone said that as of now  “The battle is joined.” True or otherwise, such a perception and pronouncement can be anything but good news for the People of the Philippines as a whole. Instead […]

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LET us go over this one more time slowly, very slowly, very, very slowly. We have been told that we need the Reproductive Health (RH) bill because the government would like to give everyone “the right” to practice birth control, prevent pregnant women from dying, and prevent the national poverty level from rising. By what […]

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AT his 2012 State of the Nation Address, President Benigno S. Aquino III, has seen, rightly or wrongly, Responsible Parenthood as the answer to the shortage of classrooms, chairs and textbooks. These are the exact words he said:  “Bago matapos ang susunod na taon, ubos na ang minana nating 66,800 na kakulangan sa silid-aralan.  Ulitin […]

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THE recently held First Catholic Social Media Summit, which is pioneering in this part of the globe, presented a survey that showed that social networking activity by those who use the internet in the Philippines has increased from 51 percent in 2009 to 82 percent in 2011, catapulting social networking to the top of the […]

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Abridging religious freedom THE subtlety of abridging religious freedom was riding on the tide of complacency until, in the United States, the Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became a law and recently upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court. Reportedly, a dozen of lawsuits started making their way through US courts challenging those […]

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Agrarian Reform and the Hacienda   SOME kind of a preamble though simple and brief is in order to better situate a gross socio-economic malady long since notoriously existing in this country. On one hand, there are the farmers tirelessly tilling the land—toiling hard and sweating much while suffering from destitution and despair. On the […]

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Using marriage? OF late US President Barack Obama came out of the closet and announced that he is for same-sex marriage. He said that was the conclusion of his long period of “evolving.” Many political observers, however, say that he originally was for it, then against it, then was reconsidering, and then at present is […]

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Panatag Shoal for all IN a recent interview over Radio Veritas, Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes suggested that the best way to resolve the impasse over Scarborough Shoal (Panatag for Filipinos, Huangyan for the Chinese), is to make it and the whole stretch of the Spratly Islands an international marine reserve that will be under the […]

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