With the capture of retired military official Jovito Palparan, we remember the more than 1,000 students, youth leaders, peasant- and worker-leaders, journalists and activists who were killed, tortured and abducted during the Arroyo presidency and under Palparan’s Oplan Bantay Laya 1 and 2—among them, youth activists Karen Empeño, Sherlyn Cadapan, Cris Hugo, Ambo Guran and Farley Alcantara.
Lucena City Bishop Emilio Marquez hit the nail right on the head, so to speak, when he said that “the time to use the coco levy is now as it could be used to revive destroyed coconut farms and give livelihood assistance to poor farmers (“Quezon farmers want coco levy accounted for,” Across the Nation, 7/30/14).
According to reports, when the former cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio visited Brazil for World Youth Day in July 2013—his first overseas trip after being elected pope and taking the name of Francis—he was met with rapt crowds of Brazilians and young people from all over the world chanting “Francesco, Francesco,” but that when he spoke to them, he urged them to chant and shout “Christ, Christ” instead.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Plaza Mayor, the most important public square in Spanish Manila, was that bounded by the Manila Cathedral, the Audiencia, and the Palacio del Gobernador. In it were held fiestas, processions, bullfights, and even military parades that led to it being referred to by some as Plaza de Armas.
By Conrado de Quiros
Our report put it this way: There may not be room at the inn when Pope Francis visits Tacloban in January.