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Robredo, Church: Follow what you Preach, Pray Harder


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Former President Noynoy Aquino, Mar Roxas, Vice President Leni Robredo and other Liberal Party members attended the inauguration of a monument to the late Sen. Jose Wright Diokno recently. This was at the Commission on Human Rights compound in Quezon City. The VP made a political statement at the end of the Holy Mass. The church seems to support Robredo’s UP chapel politicking. This is contrary to their teachings or at least to their mandate.

Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News

 [VIDEO]: Pinangunahan nina Bise Presidente Leni Robredo at dating Pangulong Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III ang pagtitipon ng iba’t ibang grupo sa UP Diliman para managawan ng hustisya para sa mga biktima ng pag-abuso sa mga karapatang pantao, bahagi ng paggunita sa ika-45 anibersaryo ng pagdedeklara ng batas militar.

Robredo Rants against Martial Law Again

She spoke against Marcos whose 1972 martial law proclamation prevented the Communist Party of the Philippines. I also stopped the New People’s Army from overrunning the state. It’s just because Bongbong Marcos is contesting her vice presidency. She even ended up attacking all the other administrations that followed after Marcos. This is from Cory Aquino to her son Noynoy when she said “45 years of brutality” in her speech.

Church to Allow Freedom to Choose

The church leaders cannot and must not decide for the people how to act. The teachings say; unity in necessary things, liberty in doubtful things, and charity in all things. They must proclaim what is right and what is wrong. But the followers must decide for themselves how to pursue the right and the good.

Putting an End to Killings

Until DU30 puts an end to the killings, the scandal will not go away. However, such extra-judicial killings are ancient problems. They are part of the culture and history. The President can only speak against it and implement tough punishments. The changes must come from the people.

Prayers Work

This meant one big bold step that the Church can do is to focus on prayers. This has a profound effect on the practice of the Christian faith. It is known to have played a special role in some big events in world history. Unfaithful Christians doubt that prayer alone can never be effective without some drastic actions against authorities. The Christian way is to act by cleaning own heart and action first to have a closer relationship with the Creator. They have to be reminded that prayers can move mountains. To believe in it is the measure of great faith.

The DU30 opposition is here, not ‘yellow,’ but Church-based

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SONA Church Campaign: The dead cannot change anymore


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Catholic church launched their campaign to aid families of extra judicial killing victims that resulted from the President’s war on drugs. It is named “Thou shall not kill” – to remind the President of the sixth commandment of God. It is heart-breaking to watch images of a mother or a wife embracing their dead loved one that they have tolerated in hope for change – but it’s too late now because the dead cannot change anymore. When the President’s heart is hardened, only prayers can soften it – so the church is hoping for that change in Duterte for the least. Read this:

The Inquirer wrote: Thou shall not kill – The Sixth Commandment is the message for President Duterte that will emanate from a Mass which the Archdiocese of Manila will hold Monday afternoon as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) to Congress. The Mass will mark the launching of the “Huwag Kang Papatay” (Thou Shall Not Kill) campaign, which aims to bring together the families of the victims of extrajudicial killings that have come with the Duterte administration’s war on illegal drugs. Those people—drug users, pushers and dealers—can no longer change their ways because they are already dead, according to an official of the Archdiocese of Manila. “We believe, especially in the Year of Mercy, that we have a chance of showing our love of God. But because of this (the extrajudicial killings), there’s no more love because there’s no more life who will ask for forgiveness and mercy,” Fr. Atilano Fajardo said over Radio Veritas on Saturday. Fajardo is the director of the Manila archdiocese’s Public Affairs Ministry, which will hold the Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church on San Marcelino Street in Ermita district. The Mass, which will start at 5 p.m., includes prayers for the victims of the extrajudicial killings and police operations and their families. Churchgoers have been asked to wear black and bring candles for a program that will start at 4:30 p.m., by which time President Duterte will have begun to address Congress. Since Mr. Duterte took office on June 30, more than 300 suspected drug users, pushers and dealers have been killed by police or vigilantes across the Philippines. More than 10,000 drug dependents have turned themselves in to police out of fear for their lives. During the campaign for the May 9 presidential election, Mr. Duterte promised to stamp out illegal drugs and wipe out crime within the first six months of his presidency. Mr. Duterte, who has been linked to vigilante killings in Davao City, where he served as mayor for 23 years, gave the police the go-signal for a merciless campaign against drugs even before he took office. Catholic Church officials have slammed the “lack of moral outcry” among the public over the killing of drug suspects.

Fajardo said the killings were equivalent to robbing the suspects of their right to due process and a chance to change their lives.
“We will pray for the souls of our slain brothers. We invite the families of those slain to attend,” Fajardo said. He said he would make a personal appeal to Mr. Duterte concerning the extrajudicial killings. Masses will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church every last Monday of the month as part of the campaign against extrajudicial killings, Fajardo said. Campaigners will wear black shirts marked “Huwag kang Papatay” and posters will be put up in schools, churches and public vehicles to drum up support for the campaign “There will be talks and forums on the Sixth Commandment and how [extrajudicial killings are] becoming the new normal. We are consolidating all [opponents] of extrajudicial killings,” Fajardo said. “We denounce the extrajudicial killings happening in the country, done by men in uniform, by vigilantes and other groups … under the baton of the maestro. We uphold due process of law and the dignity of human life,” he said. The latest to fall in the government’s narcotics campaign was a suspected drug lord, Chinese national Meco Tan, who was killed by police in Valenzuela City early on Friday. Mr. Duterte has said some local officials, including governors and mayors, are among the protectors of drug syndicates, although he has not named them.
On Saturday, Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad urged Mr. Duterte to name those local officials in his address to Congress on Monday.
“I want to hear in the [State of the Nation Address] the names of those governors and mayors allegedly coddling illegal drug syndicates,” Jumoad said in a statement. Mr. Duterte has named five high-ranking police officials allegedly protecting drug syndicates.
The five officials—Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo, retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot, Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio—have denied the President’s accusations. Romblon Bishop Arturo Bastes also issued a statement, saying Mr. Duterte should respect the rule of law in his campaign against drugs. “I hope he will respect human rights by not introducing the death penalty and by following the rule of law in punishing drug offenders,”


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Bohol Ruins are Sentimental Historical Tourism Attractions

By: Elena Grace Flores

Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), one of ...
Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), one of the smallest primates. This one is about 5 inches long with a tail longer than its body. Photo taken in Bohol, Philippines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The devastation in Bohol after the October 15, 2013 earthquake is massive and let’s face it – with the senatorial glitches going on that resulted to budget cut down, the government cannot immediately restore all the ancient historical churches that went into rubble. Some are even impossible to re-build. Nonetheless, this news feature gives hope to the province – that was one of the major tourism destinations in the Philippines. Read this:

Bohol’s tourism picking up pieces after quake

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On the island of Bohol in Central Philippines, tourism is big business. There, tourists both foreign and Filipino flock to centuries-old churches, take in the view of hills that turn chocolate-like in the summer months, and eat at floating restaurants while serenaded by locals.

Nature has it’s way of taking care of its inhabitants. Instead of the historical churches, these popular spots are even becoming more valuable as ruins. They do not just represent the history and culture of ancient civilization but also becoming the present sentimental landmark of the people’s struggles who survived because of their faith and love for one another.

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