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POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS TAGLE TO ANOTHER VATICAN POST


JULY 12 ---Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and Pope Francis. FILE PHOTO
MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” which is in charge of the charitable activities of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. Cor Unum, instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1971, is part of the Vatican curia. Its mission expresses “care of the Catholic Church for the needy, thereby encouraging human fellowship and making manifest the charity of Christ.”  Tagle’s appointment to Cor Unum came after he was elected as the first Asian president of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 130 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations in over 200 countries and territories. According to report by CBCP News, Cor Unum helped the Philippines during the aftermath of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) and the construction of the Pope Francis Center in Palo, Leyte which is composed of an orphanage and home for the aged. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: CBCP reelects Archbishop Villegas as president


JULY 12 --Archbishop Socrates "Soc" Villegas is reelected as the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president. CBCP File Photo
– Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates “Soc” Villegas remains the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) after being re-elected on Sunday.
Villegas won by majority vote in favor of his second term as CBCP’s president. 82 out of the 95 active bishops who attended the CBCP plenary assembly in Manila contributed to his landslide victory. The CBCP plenary also reelected Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles as vice-president. Aside from Villegas and Valles, other reelected officials were Palo Archbishop John Du as CBCP treasurer, Fr. Marvin Mejia as secretary general. During the CBCP plenary, the bishops also elected members of the CPCP Permanent Council. READ MORE...

ALSO: Singaporean ex-teacher makes Payatas her second home


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In 1997, after she graduated with an IT diploma from Nanyang Polytechnic, Sherlyn Khong went on a humanitarian trip to the Philippines with a Catholic youth group. Led by a priest, they took bags of clothes they had collected for the poor but had no idea they were headed for Payatas, the country’s biggest open dumpsite. Located in Quezon City on the outskirts of Manila, it is home to 10,000 families who make a living scavenging through the 1.3 million tons of garbage for anything that might make them money. Then 22, she went not because she had a social conscience or a burning desire to help the poor and marginalized. “I went because I was with my friends and I thought it would be exciting,” she says. But as the plane touched down, she had a panic attack. She had visited the city with her parents when she was eight years old and a flood of negative memories from that trip swept over her, especially of chaotic and traffic-clogged streets. “It struck me that I didn’t know what the next nine days were going to be like. I looked at the priest who was sitting next to me and told him I didn’t want to get off the plane.” “He told me to shut up,” she adds with a laugh. The poverty she saw and experienced over the next few days jolted her; she was pretty certain she would not return. But on the last day, a young boy went up to her. “He said, ‘I never knew you rich people knew that we poor people existed and that you rich people would come to be with us poor people.'” She was taken aback, and it made her pause. READ MORE...

ALSO while in Paraguay: Pope laments corruption as ‘gangrene of a people’


Pope Francis waves as he arrives on the popemobile to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Asuncion on July 11, 2015. Pope Francis brought his message of equality to Paraguay Friday, on the third and final stop of a South America tour that has burnished his reputation as a powerful voice for the downtrodden. AFP PHOTO / Rudy LEZCAR ...........
After visiting Ecuador and Bolivia, Francis arrived Friday in Paraguay, where 90 percent of the population is Catholic, to begin the final leg of his eight-day tour.
Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay are predominantly Catholic and have been marked by a long history of poverty and inequality, especially afflicting indigenous populations. Francis heads back to the Vatican on Sunday after an open-air mass in Asuncion, which will be attended by Argentine President Cristina Kirchner. He will return to Latin America in September, when he travels to Cuba before heading to the United States. READ FULL REPORT FROM BEGINNING...

ALSO: CBCP exec hopes PNoy’s last SONA to tackle OFWs’ plight


A Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines official is hoping President Benigno Aquino III will have something for overseas Filipino workers in his last State of the Nation Address on July 27.
CBCP Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People chairman and Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos urged Aquino to address the cause behind OFWs making sacrifices to seek greener pastures abroad. "Yun ang aking inaabangan sa SONA ... bigyang pansin, banggitin ang kalagayan ng ating mga OFW. Sa pagbanggit ay maging patakaran ng ating pamahalaan na kung saan hindi na tayo dapat na maging OFW-dependent country kung saan ang pagpunta sa ibang bansa ay option na lamang at hindi dahil sa pangangailangan upang mabigyan ng kinabukasan ang ating mga mahal sa buhay at pamilya," he said on Church-run Radyo Veritas. Aquino will render his last SONA on July 27, before a joint session of Congress. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lacierda rants on VP: Binay puts down Noy to lift himself


Lacierda vs Binay .............“There is resilience in Filipinos but the government also did a lot in improving the economy, maybe they are just closing their eyes about the improvement in our economy,” Lacierda said. “Of course, there are still plenty of things that need to be done; of course, there are so many things that government has to address. We’re not saying that we’re not addressing it. We’re not saying that we’re in a perfect place anymore, but that’s the role of government, to better the welfare of Filipinos,” Lacierda added. “And by the way, Mr. Vice President, why are you asking that question only now? Where were you? Where were you in the past five years? Where were you during the Cabinet meetings? Let me ask you: Where were you in all the five years in government that we were there? We were helping to solve the country’s problems,” Lacierda added. READ FULL REPORT FROM BEGINNING....

ALSO: Binay bares LP plot; OMBUDSMAN RECOMMENDS IMPEACHMENT VS VP


The Liberal Party (LP) is paving the way for a party dictatorship that would be realized after a continuous 18 years of control of the presidency, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) leader Vice President Jejomar Binay said. Binay also got hold of papers showing that the Ombudsman has recommended the filing of impeachment charges against him.The letter stated that the Field Investigating Office, Office of the Ombudsman is filing the complaint “for purposes of determining sufficiency of evidence that would warrant filing of impeachment complaint pursuant to Section 22 of Republic Act No. 6770 and/or for other action/s deemed appropriate under the circumstances.” So the effort to impeach me is out in the open, Binay said. What is laughable here is that it is obviously a harassment effort which is part of the demolition through perception campaign against me. “It was clear that the basis of the complaints against me were from double or triple hearsay that was accepted as evidence,” he said. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was a former Supreme Court Justice, she should know that the basis for the charges were not grounds for impeachment,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO Editorial: LP plots for infinity
[A party dictatorship through machinations in the Constitution would also give the LP a free hand in the manipulation of the budget which under the term of Noynoy has proven to be among the chief concerns of the Palace. The 18-year plan all emanates from the arrogance of the LP and its yellow alliance that it has been given the divine mandate to decide the fate of the nation and not voters in a fair election.]


The grand design of the Liberal Party has unraveled and that is an 18-year plan that would have as culmination a party dictatorship under some form of a semi parliament that explains the undying quest for Charter change at the LP-dominated House of Representatives. Vice President Jojo Binay connected all the dots which is transpiring to the 18-year political map of the LP where he said the first six years targeted the control of institutions, the next six years apparently would be to amend the Constitution and finally the setting up of the semi parliament and federal system of government in which the LP then would dominate and would indefinitely control.At the moment, it seems that the judiciary has been resisting Palace control that was evident in the standoff between Noynoy and the Supreme Court after the SC ruling junking the  Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.
The efforts of the Palace, primarily Noy’s Rasputin Budget Secretary Butch Abad, also LP strategist, to craft measures to dip into the budget in violation of constitutional provisions point to the LP’s disregard of limitations under the law. The LP principle is that it is above the law and what it does is the “tuwid na daan” (right path) in the conceited belief all is being done for the welfare of the nation. Thus every time Noynoy speaks of the tuwid na daan, nobody may believe but it is a constant reminder to his LP allies on the 18-year scheme.
Noynoy has even declared his preference to clip the powers of the Supreme Court after the high court failed to rule in the Palace’s favor over the DAP controversy, although the presidential control over the SC showed when the SC amended its first ruling. READ MORE...


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Pope Francis appoints Tagle to another Vatican post


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and Pope Francis. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, JULY 13, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet July 12th, 2015 - MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” which is in charge of the charitable activities of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.

Cor Unum, instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1971, is part of the Vatican curia. Its mission expresses “care of the Catholic Church for the needy, thereby encouraging human fellowship and making manifest the charity of Christ.”

Tagle’s appointment to Cor Unum came after he was elected as the first Asian president of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 130 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations in over 200 countries and territories.

According to a report by CBCP News, Cor Unum helped the Philippines during the aftermath of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) and the construction of the Pope Francis Center in Palo, Leyte which is composed of an orphanage and home for the aged.


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CBCP reelects Archbishop Villegas as president By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated July 12, 2015 - 2:15pm 3 18 googleplus0 0


Archbishop Socrates "Soc" Villegas is reelected as the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president. CBCP File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates “Soc” Villegas remains the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) after being re-elected on Sunday.

Villegas won by majority vote in favor of his second term as CBCP’s president.

82 out of the 95 active bishops who attended the CBCP plenary assembly in Manila contributed to his landslide victory.

The CBCP plenary also reelected Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles as vice-president.

Aside from Villegas and Valles, other reelected officials were Palo Archbishop John Du as CBCP treasurer, Fr. Marvin Mejia as secretary general.

During the CBCP plenary, the bishops also elected members of the CPCP Permanent Council.

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Bishops Rodolfo Beltran of San Fernando, La Union, Ruperto Santos of Balanga, Gilbert Garcera of Daet, Bernardino Cortez of Infanta and Reynaldo Evangelista of Imus emerged as the regional representatives for Luzon.

For Visayas, the representatives elected include Bishops Crispin Varquez of Borongan and Narciso Abellana of Romblon.

Meanwhile, the elected representatives for Mindanao are Bishops Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay and Angelito Lampon of Jolo.

CBCP reported that most of the representatives elected were current permanent council members except for Santos, Evangelista and Abellana who will render their first term.

The elected officials will serve CBCP from December 1, 2015 to November 2017.


INQUIRER

Singaporean ex-teacher makes Payatas her second home SHARES: 500 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet The Straits Times/Asia News Network 10:53 AM July 12th, 2015


SHERYLYN KHONG, Board Member of ACTS29 (Ctholic Charities) ---VIDEO SCREENGRAB

In 1997, after she graduated with an IT diploma from Nanyang Polytechnic, Sherlyn Khong went on a humanitarian trip to the Philippines with a Catholic youth group.

Led by a priest, they took bags of clothes they had collected for the poor but had no idea they were headed for Payatas, the country’s biggest open dumpsite.

Located in Quezon City on the outskirts of Manila, it is home to 10,000 families who make a living scavenging through the 1.3 million tons of garbage for anything that might make them money.

Then 22, she went not because she had a social conscience or a burning desire to help the poor and marginalized. “I went because I was with my friends and I thought it would be exciting,” she says.

But as the plane touched down, she had a panic attack. She had visited the city with her parents when she was eight years old and a flood of negative memories from that trip swept over her, especially of chaotic and traffic-clogged streets.

“It struck me that I didn’t know what the next nine days were going to be like. I looked at the priest who was sitting next to me and told him I didn’t want to get off the plane.”

“He told me to shut up,” she adds with a laugh.

The poverty she saw and experienced over the next few days jolted her; she was pretty certain she would not return. But on the last day, a young boy went up to her.

“He said, ‘I never knew you rich people knew that we poor people existed and that you rich people would come to be with us poor people.'” She was taken aback, and it made her pause.

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“It never struck me that I was rich. My parents were average-income earners, we lived in an HDB flat. But in a way, he was right. I had already travelled to a lot of places and done quite a lot of things I wanted to do,” says Khong.

Although she did not know what it was, something stirred inside her and told her she had to go back to Payatas.


What she saw at Payatas changed her life.

Fast-forward 18 years. She is now 40, and Payatas is her second home. Together with some friends, she started acts29 to help the denizens of the poverty-stricken landfill.

A project to feed children daily has grown to include a tuberculosis campaign, birth certification, a mothers’ support group, scholarships and a rehabilitation program for street children.

That 1997 trip changed her life.

“If someone had told me before the trip that I was stepping out of my comfort zone and I would not come back the same, I would not have gone.”

Chatty with a tendency to break into hearty laughter, she is the second of three daughters. Her father is a retired contractor; her mother was an airline employee but now does administrative work at a childcare center. The couple are divorced but remain good friends.

As a child, Khong was independent, strong-willed and quite the daredevil. “My joy was jumping off buses as they slowed down and opened their doors. I also loved Michael Jordan and his air walk and and would jump off swings and “walk” as far as I could mid-air,” she says, referring to the basketballer and his signature dunking move.

Her entrepreneurial spirit surfaced early. “My dad made us read The Straits Times every day. He also told us all about the classified ads and how they worked,” says the former pupil of CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel.

By the time she was nine, she was going to the classifieds for money-making opportunities like selling tissue paper during the holidays.

Her self-sufficiency manifested itself in other ways. When she was 13, she went to hospital to have a lump of flesh in her right upper arm seen to. She did not tell her parents but took her maternal grandmother along. “She didn’t know why she was there, and the hospital thought that she was my guardian, saying yes to everything,” she laughs.

As it turned out, she was told she needed surgery to determine if the growth was cancerous. Because it was sitting on her nerves and muscles, the operation took more than six hours and required one month’s convalescence in hospital. That experience made her even more determined to experience life.

As her mother could get cheap airline tickets, she travelled at every opportunity. By the time she turned 18, she had visited Australia, Europe and the United States.

Then came that trip to Payatas.

She and the 16 young people in the group stayed in a school – School For Humanity, set up by a Filipina to educate street children.

“We just spent nine days observing life and playing with the children,” recalls Khong.

The poverty everywhere left a deep impression. “We were sleeping on a mat and bathed only when there was water. Every day, you waited for the water truck to come. Based on the number of pails we were given, we worked out how many scoops of water we could each have,” she says.

The month after she returned from Payatas, she travelled through France, Switzerland and London. “But it didn’t seem as meaningful as being in Payatas,” she says.

After a stint as a relief teacher, she went back to the dumpsite, taking along several friends. There was no intention to do anything noble. Her group taught English at the School for Humanity and did some basic first aid. “Many of the kids came to school with wounds from insect bites. We taught them how to clean their wounds,” she says.

“I realized that I didn’t have any skills. I thought they had given me more than I could give them. I just wanted to go and discover what made them happy despite their circumstances.”

She stayed with the families of some of the students, and worked alongside them at the dumpsite to find out what it was like. “To scavenge, you go out with pants, a long-sleeved shirt, boots and a sickle. You don’t talk. If you open your mouth, flies get in,” she says. “You don’t really know what you will find. They have found body parts, you know.” She adds that the back-breaking work earns scavengers just $3 a day.

It was a time of much reflection.

She had made friends with the school owner’s son, a young man her age. Unlike many young people in Payatas, he had managed to evade the trap of drugs and make it to university. “He had so much to share, his hopes, his fears and the challenges the community faced.”

Back home, she decided not to pursue an IT career. “I told myself I had to do something more meaningful and live my life to the best,” she says.

She decided to get a diploma in education and continue going to Payatas every year. “I gave myself five years to find out if I wanted to continue helping out in Payatas or devote myself to teaching,” says Khong, who taught at CHIJ Toa Payoh for a few years.

But with each passing year, her commitment to Payatas grew. Five years later, in 2003, she left teaching and started acts29 as a registered charity in the Philippines.

Acts29


http://www.acts29mission.com/?cat=6

The name is an acronym for A Call To Serve and symbolizes a continuation of the Acts of the Apostles, a book in the Bible which ends at Chapter 28. Today it comes under Caritas Singapore, the umbrella body for Catholic charities.

She started visiting other non-governmental organizations in the region, especially those working with the young and underprivileged.

The new charity’s first project was a feeding project in Payatas in 2003. “We realized that the student numbers drop in December because they have to work with Christmas coming. They stop coming to school because they have to work for their food.”

To make sure the students completed the school year, the group started feeding 50 children daily with money she and her friends raised in Singapore.

Other initiatives followed. These include Dream Beyond, a program to expose the kids to life beyond the dumpsite. Trips were organized to zoos, museums, planetariums, ecoparks.

“Many of the children grow up surrounded by drugs and crime. When you give them plasticine to express what they want to be when they grow up, they make guns, drugs and babies. That’s all they know,” she says.

In 2005, acts29 hired its first employee – a Filipina with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in business – who helped them identify issues and problems facing the community.

One of the biggest hurdles? Birth certificates. Many of the children in Payatas were born at home, without a midwife to register the birth. Without a birth certificate, many could not get admitted into schools.

So acts29 trained a group of mothers to apply for and process the document. It also approached the registrar’s office and obtained the power of attorney to help register births.

“There are many children now who have birth certificates issued by Sherlyn Khong,” she says with a laugh. “Working with these people, we realized one thing.

They have imaginary boundaries which they think they cannot cross so we have to help them challenge this mindset. We realized we can do this with the youths.”

The group has given scholarships to 30 children, including several who have gone on to college to study subjects from architecture to social work.

With five full-time staff and six volunteers now, it has started a rehabilitation program to keep children off the streets and away from a life of crime.

Their most recent project is SmallPieces, a social enterprise selling mosaic artwork done by poor families.

The group has expanded beyond Payatas and is now helping the underprivileged in Rodriguez Rizal, another poor settlement.


Besides Khong. 20 other Singaporeans are actively involved in Acts29.

Khong – who lives in a five-room HDB flat in Ang Mo Kio with her mother – goes to Payatas about half a dozen times a year and spends more than three months a year there.

The rest of her time goes to administrative work and raising funds here. Besides herself, about 20 other Singaporeans are actively involved in acts29.

Khong gives tuition, both at home and at a center, to feed herself and pay the bills. Doing what she does, she says, is not easy. It has cost her a couple of relationships.

“There are many ups and downs and I’ve wanted to give up many times,” she says. “But there is no stopping now because it has grown so much and there are so many people involved. It means that I’m doing something right.”

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Pope laments corruption as ‘gangrene of a people’ by AFP July 12, 2015 Share0 Tweet8 Share0 Email0 Share15 by Paula Bustamante / Kelly Velasquez


Pope Francis waves as he arrives on the popemobile to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Asuncion on July 11, 2015. Pope Francis brought his message of equality to Paraguay Friday, on the third and final stop of a South America tour that has burnished his reputation as a powerful voice for the downtrodden. AFP PHOTO / Rudy LEZCAR

Asuncion, Paraguay | AFP – Pope Francis decried the scourge of corruption as the “gangrene of a people” on Saturday in Paraguay, one of the poorest countries in South America and where graft is rampant.

The 78-year-old pope — in Paraguay on the last stop of a three-nation tour of South America — also railed against ideologies and hammered home the central theme of his trip to his home continent: equality.

Speaking to an enchanted crowd of 5,000 at a small stadium in the capital Asuncion, Francis drifted away from his scripted remarks, saying that “ideologies end badly, they do not work, they do not take into account the people.”

“Look what happened with ideologies in the last century… they ended in dictatorships, always,” he added, applause ringing out in response.

In a question-and-answer session, he denounced corruption, which plagues several countries in South America.

But perhaps to avoid offending his hosts, he stressed that it was a recurring problem “among all peoples of the world.”

As he had done on previous stops during his trip, first in Ecuador, and then Bolivia, Francis called for an end to poverty — also endemic in the region — and lamented today’s consumer society.

Wealth creation should not be “only for the benefit of a few,” he said to more acclaim, and must be extended to “each citizen, without exclusion.”

He urged political leaders not to “sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.”

“In economics, in business and in politics, what counts first and foremost is the human person and the environment in which he or she lives,” he said.

- ‘Glorious women’ -

Earlier in the day, before hundreds of thousands of worshipers at the country’s main pilgrimage site, the first pontiff from Latin America praised the sacrifices of Paraguay’s “glorious” women during a history marked by war.

Paraguay was left reeling during the so-called War of the Triple Alliance against Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay fought from 1865 to 1870, with a large majority of its male population killed.

Francis was speaking on the esplanade of the domed shrine of the Virgin of Caacupe, not far from the border with his native Argentina.

“I would like especially to mention you, the women, wives and mothers of Paraguay, who at great cost and sacrifice were able to lift up a country defeated, devastated and laid low by war,” Francis said.

“You are keepers of the memory, the lifeblood of those who rebuilt the life, faith and dignity of your people.

“God bless your perseverance. God bless and encourage your faith. God bless the women of Paraguay, the most glorious women of America.”

The huge crowd was delighted to hear the pope deliver the Lord’s Prayer in Guarani, the language of the country’s indigenous people, spoken by 80 percent of the population.

Caacupe, about 55 kilometers (35 miles) east of Asuncion, has become a place of international pilgrimage thanks to a small wooden statue of the Virgin Mary that has been credited with various miracles.

The vast crowds played guitar, shook maracas and sipped gourds of mate — the herbal drink beloved by many in the region.

Francis was apparently so moved by their singing that he was late to emerge from the basilica to say mass, but Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi later dismissed any notion that the pope was unwell.

“As you can see for yourselves, the pontiff is fine, everything is ok,” Lombardi said.

Thousands of Argentines traveled across the border by bus — some on journeys lasting 50 hours — to welcome the pope in a homecoming of sorts.

“The pope has inexplicable powers of attraction, almost like a lover,” said Graciela Sosa, adding she had barely slept all night so she could get a prime viewing spot.

Francis also met with several family members and close friends who came in from neighboring Argentina to see him, according to Lombardi.

- ‘Learn from the children’ -

At a children’s hospital in Asuncion, the pope said: “We need to learn from your ability to fight, from your strength, from your remarkable endurance.”

He also made a quick surprise visit to a clinic for the terminally ill.

After visiting Ecuador and Bolivia, Francis arrived Friday in Paraguay, where 90 percent of the population is Catholic, to begin the final leg of his eight-day tour.

Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay are predominantly Catholic and have been marked by a long history of poverty and inequality, especially afflicting indigenous populations.

Francis heads back to the Vatican on Sunday after an open-air mass in Asuncion, which will be attended by Argentine President Cristina Kirchner.

He will return to Latin America in September, when he travels to Cuba before heading to the United States.


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CBCP exec hopes PNoy’s last SONA to tackle OFWs’ plight July 12, 2015 8:17am 38 13 0 55 Tags: Benigno Aquino III

A Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines official is hoping President Benigno Aquino III will have something for overseas Filipino workers in his last State of the Nation Address on July 27.

CBCP Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People chairman and Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos urged Aquino to address the cause behind OFWs making sacrifices to seek greener pastures abroad.

"Yun ang aking inaabangan sa SONA ... bigyang pansin, banggitin ang kalagayan ng ating mga OFW. Sa pagbanggit ay maging patakaran ng ating pamahalaan na kung saan hindi na tayo dapat na maging OFW-dependent country kung saan ang pagpunta sa ibang bansa ay option na lamang at hindi dahil sa pangangailangan upang mabigyan ng kinabukasan ang ating mga mahal sa buhay at pamilya," he said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.

Aquino will render his last SONA on July 27, before a joint session of Congress.

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Santos urged government to strengthen industries so Filipinos can look for permanent jobs at home.

“Dapat tingnan na tungkulin ng ating pamahalaan na magkaroon ng mismo rito sa ating bansang Pilipinas ng trabaho na hindi naman na kailangan pang umalis pa ng Pilipinas at mahiwalay sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay at ang trabaho na maibibigay dito ay na kung saan disente, tapat at masasabi natin na tunay na makatutulong, makakasubabay, makakabigay ng pangangailangan sa ating mga mahal sa buhay,” he said.

The Radyo Veritas report cited data from the Center for Migrant Advocacy Philippines indicating 5,000 Filipinos leave the country daily to work abroad. — Joel Locsin/LBG, GMA News


TRIBUNE

Lacierda rants on VP: Binay puts down Noy to lift himself Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 12 July 2015 00:00


Lacierda continues ranting vs VP

The Palace lashed out at Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday over recent statements he made against President Aquino with presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda claiming that Binay is putting down Aquino to boost his image.

Lacierda even questioned the integrity of Binay, saying that he should answer the corruption charges against him and that he was running a campaign based on lies.

“Vice President Binay, in order to boost himself, he’s trying to put us down, put the President down. This is the President who has treated him well during his five years as Cabinet member,” Lacierda added.

“He is trying to put the President down in order to boost his presidential chances. Now, if you are a decent guy, will you run a campaign based on the negative which are all lies?,” Lacierda added.

“He, in fact, praised the Aquino administration for the handling of the economy. Now, he hits our President for the handling of the economy. Let me ask Vice President Binay: Are you lying then or are you lying now?” Lacierda said.

“Will the real Vice President show up? Because you’ve been saying lies, either you’ve been saying lies in the past five years or you’re saying lies now,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda said that while the Aquino administration “can answer point-by-point” all the accusations of Binay, “we don’t because you’re saying what you want to make the President look bad.”

“We’re saying, we can handle all your questions; you bring it on, we can handle all of that,” Lacierda said.

“The statements of Vice President Binay does not look good on him. For all intents and purposes, he has been treated as the second highest official in the land,” he added.
Lacierda also reminded Binay that Aquino treated him as his Vice President.

“He has given him several Cabinet posts: one, Presidential Adviser on OFWs (overseas Filipino workers). He handled the housing agency. He has been given so much to work on and yet despite this, after serving the Cabinet and because he wants to run for the presidency, all he does after announcing his presidential run is to lambast the President,” Lacierda said.

“It’s very unbecoming of a public official to speak ill of a president who has treated him very well in the highest possible manner,” he added.

Lacierda also dismissed a claim by Binay that the Palace has called the police and the military to ask if the Vice President sought support from them before he resigned from the Cabinet.

“I have no information. Instead of asking that question, he should ask himself if he still have the support of the public as a result of allegations of corruption which he had not addressed,” he said.

“His spokesmen always cited his submission of an affidavit before the Senate. But I am a lawyer, he was a lawyer, most of his spokespersons are lawyers and you know that their affidavit is a useless piece of paper, unless you appear before the Senate and swear to it and answer questions regarding your affidavit,” he added.

On allegations that the administration is taking credit away from the resiliency and industry of Filipinos, Lacierda said that Binay’s spokesman had failed to fully understand the statement of Aquino.

“The recent TIME [Magazine] report that Filipinos are the most optimistic citizens in job- hunting is a testament to the industry and the resiliency of our people,” Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman on political concerns said in a statement the other day.

“There is resilience in Filipinos but the government also did a lot in improving the economy, maybe they are just closing their eyes about the improvement in our economy,” Lacierda said.

“Of course, there are still plenty of things that need to be done; of course, there are so many things that government has to address. We’re not saying that we’re not addressing it. We’re not saying that we’re in a perfect place anymore, but that’s the role of government, to better the welfare of Filipinos,” Lacierda added.

“And by the way, Mr. Vice President, why are you asking that question only now? Where were you? Where were you in the past five years? Where were you during the Cabinet meetings? Let me ask you: Where were you in all the five years in government that we were there? We were helping to solve the country’s problems,” Lacierda added.


TRIBUNE

Binay bares LP plot; OMBUDSMAN RECOMMENDS IMPEACHMENT VS VP Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 12 July 2015 00:00

The Liberal Party (LP) is paving the way for a party dictatorship that would be realized after a continuous 18 years of control of the presidency, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) leader Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

Binay also got hold of papers showing that the Ombudsman has recommended the filing of impeachment charges against him.

The letter stated that the Field Investigating Office, Office of the Ombudsman is filing the complaint “for purposes of determining sufficiency of evidence that would warrant filing of impeachment complaint pursuant to Section 22 of Republic Act No. 6770 and/or for other action/s deemed appropriate under the circumstances.”

So the effort to impeach me is out in the open, Binay said.

What is laughable here is that it is obviously a harassment effort which is part of the demolition through perception campaign against me.

“It was clear that the basis of the complaints against me were from double or triple hearsay that was accepted as evidence,” he said.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was a former Supreme Court Justice, she should know that the basis for the charges were not grounds for impeachment,” he said.

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“You know, an impeachment is an action to remove one who is an impeachable officer in accordance with the grounds for impeachment, the grounds on the allegation against me were supposedly when I was a mayor,” he added.

Binay told reporters in Dagupan City that based on what LP officials, which he identified as Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice who is the LP’s vice chairman for political affairs and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, chief LP strategist, the timetable would have the LP in power for 18 years including the term of Aquino.

“Their paper said in the first six years the agenda is to destroy the institution. I just can’t remember what the next second six years would entail. The third six years would have the establishment of a dictatorial government,” Binay added.

Binay added in a radio interview that the LP timetable started with former Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment.

Binay said that he personally told Aquino that the move to oust Corona was a mistake.

“There was a time when we talked about what the President was trying to do (oust Corona). We held a one-on-one dialog. I told him that the move against Justice Corona is wrong since the effort runs against the Constitution,” Binay said.

In May 2012, the Senate impeachment court ruled Corona guilty of complaints against him in article II of the Articles of Impeachment related to his failure to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth to the public.

Binay then pointed out statements from Aquino’s co-LP members in Congress, which, according to him, reveal that they want to remain in power for 18 years.

Binay’s revelation ties in with LP members assertion that Aquino is working on a tandem in 2016 in which Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II will run for president and Senator Grace Poe for vice president.

After Roxas, Poe would then seek the presidency which they claim would be “18 years of good governance” from 2010 when Aquino took over the presidency.

Binay added that Roxas should shoulder the blame for the dilapidated condition of the Mass Rail Transit 3.

“From the time that he became head of the Department of Transportation and Communications, the MRT service worsened reaching this point when it is now a rolling coffin, for that matter. This started under the leadership of Mr. Roxas in DOTC,” he said.

On the filing of graft cases against DOTC officials that only included former Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) general manager Al Vitangcol III as the highest official Binay said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales must have an explanation about it.

“The charges, however, is very strange. As Mr. Vitangcol had said, all that he did had the approval of the Secretary,” Binay added.

Included among those filed with graft charges were Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya but the Ombudsman did not include him in the charge sheet claiming insufficient evidence to charge him.

Abaya is the acting president of the LP.


TRIBUNE EDITORIAL

LP plots for infinity  Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 12 July 2015 00:00

The grand design of the Liberal Party has unraveled and that is an 18-year plan that would have as culmination a party dictatorship under some form of a semi parliament that explains the undying quest for Charter change at the LP-dominated House of Representatives.

Vice President Jojo Binay connected all the dots which is transpiring to the 18-year political map of the LP where he said the first six years targeted the control of institutions, the next six years apparently would be to amend the Constitution and finally the setting up of the semi parliament and federal system of government in which the LP then would dominate and would indefinitely control.

At the moment, it seems that the judiciary has been resisting Palace control that was evident in the standoff between Noynoy and the Supreme Court after the SC ruling junking the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

The efforts of the Palace, primarily Noy’s Rasputin Budget Secretary Butch Abad, also LP strategist, to craft measures to dip into the budget in violation of constitutional provisions point to the LP’s disregard of limitations under the law.

The LP principle is that it is above the law and what it does is the “tuwid na daan” (right path) in the conceited belief all is being done for the welfare of the nation.
Thus every time Noynoy speaks of the tuwid na daan, nobody may believe but it is a constant reminder to his LP allies on the 18-year scheme.

Noynoy has even declared his preference to clip the powers of the Supreme Court after the high court failed to rule in the Palace’s favor over the DAP controversy, although the presidential control over the SC showed when the SC amended its first ruling.

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A semi-parliament would guarantee the LP an indefinite control of the government since it already dominates both chambers of Congress at the moment.

The elections next year would be crucial in thwarting the ambitions of the LP since a win by an ally would certainly keep its timetable for party dictatorship going.
Thus, cheating may be employed as part of the 18-year program.

The LP design hews to the bigoted yellow scheme initiated in the People Power revolt of 1986 in which an elite group decided the political fate of the nation.

It was repeated in the 2001 Edsa II that ousted popularly elected President Joseph Estrada and installed the yellow choice then who was Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the presidency.

Arroyo is now paying dearly her transgression of the yellow cause and is under detention.

The LP now wants to change all that and prevent a mistake in the choice of a ruler through a party dictatorship.

Efforts to tinker with the Constitution also are suspected to have political motives now, and even then.

The current effort is being cloaked as a necessity to make the economy competitive by changing economic provisions in the Charter.

However, charter change is deemed needed for the creation of a substate called Bangsamoro for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front since the unconstitutionality of the Bangsamoro Basic Law that intends to create it is expected to be rejected if not in Congress then the SC.

A party dictatorship through machinations in the Constitution would also give the LP a free hand in the manipulation of the budget which under the term of Noynoy has proven to be among the chief concerns of the Palace.

The 18-year plan all emanates from the arrogance of the LP and its yellow alliance that it has been given the divine mandate to decide the fate of the nation and not voters in a fair election.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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