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Postscript to ‘Monsi’

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I’m glad my favorite cardinal, Chito Tagle, spoke out for retired Quiapo Church rector Josefino “Monsi” Ramirez. Ramirez is mentioned in the Luy files as one of those who had benefited from Janet Napoles’ largesse. Specifically, he was one of those who received a P2.5-million donation for a church program and, additionally, P434,451 in transportation fare for a foreign trip.

Posted: May 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bishops’ double standard

The Supreme Court has declared the Reproductive Health Law constitutional. However, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) later expressed hope for the repeal of the law in 2016 when a new Congress convenes.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Battle for RH Law still not over

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The Supreme Court finally handed down its decision on the Reproductive Health Law, and it made both sides happy. The law was declared “not unconstitutional.” At the same time, the high court struck down eight provisions that the anti-RH camp had questioned, including those that would penalize health workers and religious facilities who refuse to enforce the law. It was a win-win solution for all, with the two camps claiming victory.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heart of the matter

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It’s one of those fortitude-challenging predicaments in this country that you don’t just have to win once, you have to win them again and again. Reproductive Health (RH) is one of them.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The bishops and poverty

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People who are engaged in work with the poor were happy that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines devoted its Lenten message to the subject of poverty under the title “Poverty that Dehumanizes, Poverty that Sanctifies.” The bishops are inviting people to reflect on poverty following the lead of Pope Francis, whose own Lenten message takes its inspiration from St. Paul writing about Jesus Christ: “He became poor, so that by his poverty you may become rich.” (2 Cor 8-9)

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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