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By Rina Jimenez-David
If a Filipino Catholic bishop is to be believed, it is the “will of God” for the number of Filipinos to grow because it’s all part of the Divine Plan.
This refers to the news item titled “Overpopulation good for Filipinos, says bishop” (Inquirer, 12/29/12), where Bishop Gilbert Garcera of Daet was reported to have said that poverty brought people “closer” to God and was instrumental in realizing God’s plan for Filipinos to take care of other nationalities by inducing migration and working abroad.
This is in reaction to Daet Bishop Gilbert Garcera’s remark about overpopulation benefiting the country in which he gave three reasons to support the statement (“Overpopulation good for Pinoys, says bishop,” Inquirer, 12/29/12). The first reason he gave was that as Christians, overseas Filipino workers are given the chance to take care of old people [...]
The circumstances surrounding the acts of plagiarism committed by Sen. Vicente Sotto III, in the first two installments of his controversial “turno en contra” speech at the Senate last week, are so comical, so ridiculous, they invite disbelief. Did Sotto, the majority leader, really tell ANC’s Karen Davila that he was not obliged to attribute the passage he and his staff lifted almost word for word, comma for misplaced comma, from American blogger Sarah Pope because “blogger lang ’yon [she’s only a blogger]”?
By Antonio Montalvan II
Getting viral by the hour in cyberspace is a petition written and initiated by Dr. Ricardo B. Boncan, an alumnus and parent of the Ateneo de Manila University. The petition can be signed online at www.gopetition.com/petitions/re-claim-the-catholic-identity-of-the-ateneo-de-manila.html. I give way to Doctor Boncan’s petition, of which the publication in this space of an abridged and edited version he has so graciously permitted.
This refers to the article “Answers after ‘habagat’” by Rina Jimenez-David (Inquirer, 8/10/12). Quoting geologist Kelvin Rodolfo, the article proposes that “the flood and reproductive health bill are closely connected. A “major cause” of the Manila and Central Luzon floods, Rodolfo says, is “increased use of groundwater by the growing population. This causes the coastal plains to subside, in places more than 10 inches per year.”
It was unfortunate that the highlight of the much-ballyhooed “show of force” the Catholic bishops organized at the Edsa Shrine last Saturday turned out to be a deliberate lie. “My dear youth,” ran the most emphatic line from the most provocative statement read at the rally called to protest the Reproductive Health bill pending in Congress, “contraception is corruption. The use of government money, taxpayers’ money to give out contraceptive pills is corruption.”
By Amando Doronila
Not since the turbulent days of the conflict between the Marcos dictatorship and the Catholic Church in the Philippines led by Jaime Cardinal Sin over human and political rights have the state and the Church been as bitterly at odds as they are today.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
A little over a year ago, or on May 22, 2011 to be exact, I wrote an article for the Inquirer titled “My stand on the RH bill.” With the vote on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill approaching, people have asked me whether my stand on the bill has changed. Let me restate the salient points I made then.
By Conrado de Quiros
The bishops and their allies in Congress have just supplied the best arguments—not for rejecting the Reproductive Health bill but for approving it posthaste.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
The Catholic Church is deploying underage girls against modern devils Sen. Pia Cayetano, Rep. Edcel Lagman and tour guide turned Internet meme Carlos Celdran. Its youth site (www.youthpinoy.net) features an article, “Youth Locked and Loaded for Anti-RH Rally,” and a photo of young girls smiling in their school uniforms and holding anti-Reproductive Health bill placards. The article opens: “An estimated 2,500 young people from the Episcopal Youth Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines … are to join faith-based groups, family and life advocates and concerned citizens in the mass mobilization [on Aug. 4 at the Edsa Shrine].”
I am writing in reaction to Ben de Leon’s letter. (Inquirer, 7/5/11) After having served for almost three years in the past as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, I agree with De Leon: the latest fishkill and the previous ones are a warning to us. However, I strongly disagree with his [...]