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It’s up to us

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I had a couple of heartening responses to my column last week from friends in the Aboitiz family through their charitable donations, and from my good friend Jun Magsaysay. The golf tournament was a very successful event, graced by former president Fidel Ramos’ indomitable spirit (how he keeps going in such an indefatigable way I’m damned if I know). We raised enough funds to help seven families start a new life. The winner of the tournament was Nino Bandoquillo, with Sgt. Alex Dagooc as first runner-up (whatever happened to the second of my youth in sports?). Villamor Golf Club under Col. Oscar Calingasan did a great job of organizing and feeding.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,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 »

A listening Church?

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Part of being a Church is being willing to listen, even to the most humble and simple of people. And this is the hopeful direction indicated by a recent Vatican move, as reported in the US-based National Catholic Reporter (NCR), asking national bishops’ conferences around the world “to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics asking for their opinions on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce.”

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Humble strength

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“Pope says pill OK” was a text message I got last week, and I knew right away it was a misinterpretation of a much-publicized interview with Pope Francis, one which has been picked up all over the world, with mostly positive responses.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gates of hell

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I remember again Tolstoy’s story of the freezing coachman. That story tells of an aristocrat who goes to the theater one wintry night to watch a play. The tragedy unfolding before her moves her to tears and makes her grieve over the plight of humanity. Meanwhile, outside, barely kept warm by his ragged clothes, her faithful coachman freezes to death while waiting for her.

Posted: July 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Life, death and contraception

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Some time back, a 25-year-old woman in Cologne, Germany, was drugged at a party and woke up on a park bench. Fearing that she had been raped and could get pregnant because of it, the woman consulted a doctor who sent her to two Catholic-run hospitals for a gynecological exam.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The sanctity of life

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The main roots of the moral controversy on abortion (the murder of God’s children) and contraception (obstruction of God’s will) among Catholics and other Christians, is when exactly such a sacred life creation process begins and ends, with a human person created in God’s image and likeness, together with an immortal soul infused by God deliberately in order to create a singularly unique person even before birth.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Contraception is not corruption

To mobilize the opposition to the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill on the eve of two more crucial votes in Congress, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a strongly worded pastoral letter on Saturday. Sadly, the statement—written by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, and read in churches on Sunday—was based on a lie.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Contraception: no killers but killjoys

Mention the initials RH to a Catholic priest and you are in for a fight. And more fight if you add the words ligation, rhythm, contraceptive pill, condom or withdrawal—all known techniques for contraception.

Posted: October 14th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Contraception in Bible

Contrary to the claim of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas that “contraception is corruption” (Inquirer, 8/5/12), the Reproductive Health bill is clearly allowed in the Bible; therefore, it is not corruption.

Posted: August 15th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Message for anti-RH camp

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The Reproductive Health (RH) bill is not what you say it is. It is not a proabortion, antilife, and immoral measure.

Posted: August 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

RH bill opponents are ‘human rights violators’

This is a response to Fr. Cecilio Magsino’s letter titled “Defeatist attitude evident in Sona line on parenthood bill” (Inquirer, 7/31/12).

Posted: August 13th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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