Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, chair of the CBCP permanent committee on public affairs, has publicly stated that the late President Marcos should not be buried at the Lbingan ng mga Bayani. Fortunately, he reminded us that “it would be up to Malacañang and the military authorities to decide whether or not Marcos deserved to be buried at the Libingan.” He obviously is aware of what falls under the purview of the State as separate from the Church and his thoughts about the matter was merely an act of generosity and in the spirit of sharing his precious opinion. When the late General Reyes took his own life yet was allowed a Christian burial, conversely, it was just as clearly not for the State to impose the teaching of Holy Scripture and of the Church, which condemns the act as a most atrocious crime and is supposed to deny the suicide a Christian burial. Now, that clearly falls under the Church’s prerogative even if, as we recall, it has disallowed the same for other suicides of, well, lesser rank than that of a General of the AFP. In the case of hostage taker Mendoza, a mere Sr. Insp. in the Police Force, a priest had to get approval from a higher authority in the Catholic Church before officiating the funeral mass. But whatever the case may be, the State has no business interfering in the decision of the Church in matters of doctrine and Church rules. In cases of pedophilia, known to many as being rampant among the Catholic Clergy, the State could interfere in such wrongdoings because not only is that a sin under the eyes of God, it is also a criminal act punishable by law. Perhaps, the good Bishop could enlighten us further in cases of that nature including sexual harassment as, say, between a priest and his altar boy.
Monthly Archives: February 2011
In a few days, there will be some “celebrations” to commemorate the 1986 people power military backed US approved “revolution” that took place 25 yrs ago. The question that obviously begs to be asked is: what has been the outcome, a quarter of a century later, of what was touted as a “reform movement,” besides the hackneyed response, “restoration of democracy,” whatever good that may be? We can imagine some of those reading this article now to have jumped up from their seats at our “belittling” of “the restoration of democracy.” We’re also almost certain these are the same people that praise to high heavens the progress non-democratic Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia, et al have made over the years.
Going back to what has happened this last quarter of a century, we need to first answer these basic questions: 1) Do we have better quality education now? 2) Is there less corruption? 3) Is there less poverty? 4) Are there more jobs domestically? 5) How is the peace and order situation? 6) Is there a more efficient rendering by government of basic services? 7) Have we matured as voters? 8) Have we licked the insurgency problem? 9) Have we straightened out problems within the PNP and AFP? 10) Have the promises and vows made in 1986 (a quarter of a century ago!) been fulfilled? If we do a life-style check on all those that served in government the last 25 years under Cory, FVR, Erap, GMA, including all their respective Kamaganak Inc. and cronies, what do you think the findings would be? And finally, what is it we are celebrating and who are we going to be fooling again?
According to Cesar Carino, the Commissioner of the People Power Commission , this year’s “people power” celebration aims to rekindle the EDSA spirit of sharing, giving and caring. Mr. Carino sounds like he’s talking about a completely different country given the present situation in our country today where education, basic services, employment, corruption, just to mention a few, have all gone for the worse since ’86, those days that he imagines had the spirit of sharing, giving, and, laughably, caring for the poor. On the eve of pending price increases in the MRT, LRT, toll rates, etc., the struggling poor of this country know they are poorer and that there are more of them now. Mr. Carino should be sensitive not to insult their intelligence. There is little for them to celebrate. Let’s not insult them a second time.
“I did not invent corruption. I walked into it. Perhaps my first fault was in having accepted aspects of it as a fact of life.” — Angie Reyes. Sounds like someone deep into the “esprit de corps” within the high echelons of the military yet cognizant of the corrupt goings-on around him and, finally, allowing that to swallow him up “accepting aspects of it as a fact of life.” Having uttered those telling words, his sense of “omerta” would still prevent him from squealing on his fellow officers, while acknowledging the existence of corruption in the AFP. That is acceptable within a Mafia organization whose main activity is already illegal with no pretense about it. But the AFP is precisely what its name is: “…of the Philippines;” not “of a family” or “of a few officers” or “of a President.”
Man in the street: “anong nagyari sa mga inyong pangako nung 1986?” Man in the Porsche: “Huh? Pangako?” Pinag-aaralan pa namin”
In a couple of weeks, there will be some “celebrations” to commemorate the 1986 people power military backed US approved “revolution” that took place 25 yrs ago. What has been the result of what was touted as a reform movement besides the hackneyed response, “restoration of democracy,” whatever good that may be? The questions: 1) Do we have better quality education? 2) Is there less corruption? 3) Is there less poverty? 4) Are there more jobs domestically? 5) How is the peace and order situation? 6) Is there a more efficient rendering by government of basic services? 7) Have we matured as voters? 8) Have we licked the insurgency problem? 9) Have we straightened out problems within the PNP and AFP? 10) Have the promises and vows made in 1986 (a quarter of a century ago!) been fulfilled? WHAT IS THERE TO CELEBRATE??
The Pastoral Letter of the CBCP rejecting the RH Bill states that the bill “does not protect the health of the sacred human life that is being formed or born.” It goes on to say that “these artificial means (contraceptives) are fatal to human life either preventing it from fruition or destroying it.” It’s rather unfortunate that the letter seeks to confuse the reader by attributing the function of an abortion pill to that of a contraceptive and then following it up with “scientists have known for a long time that contraceptives may cause cancer.”
The first attempt at using “scare tactic” employs what is obviously “mental dishonesty” – deliberately confusing contraception with abortion. There is, obviously, malice in thier obfuscating the issue. The subsequent attempt to frighten employs what can only be called pseudo-science, disregarding and degrading serious researches and well meaning efforts done all these past years to understand, discover the causes of cancer and hopefully, a cure. They show no sensitivity whatsoever towards cancer victims and their families who continue to wait for science to save their loved ones. “Scientists have known for a long time…” my ass!
It is hard to say whether this letter is more abominable than the acts committed by the numerous pedophiles among the catholic clergy all over the world, a fact now known to many. This letter, published in a full page of a daily, is worth less than the paper it is printed on. These bishops, I hope none of them pedophiles though I wouldn’t wager on it, have just shown their capacity for shamelessness.
Of course all past AFP Chiefs of Staff are crying foul over Col. Rabusa’s claims of huge amounts going to pockets of Generals. Others including a former Chief of Staff &AFP chaplain have corroborated the charges adding it was tradition and common practice. All these Generals have to do to clear their names is to volunteer to undergo a lie detector test and, voila(!), their names are cleared…or mud!
The internet is perhaps the single most revolutionizing development in the last twenty years in as far as human interaction is concerned. Hence, the present day’s catch words and phrases: “wired world”; “global”; “Information age”; “real time”; “connectivity”; “video streaming”; “virtual”; and, yes, “social networks,” etc. From here is anyone’s guess. Mine is “virtual reality,” and I don’t mean the way that phrase is used in connection with video games. I’m referring to tactile, auditory, visual experiences generated by computers attached to your body — similar to the “Orgasmatron” (a substitute experience for sex) in Woody Allen’s Sleeper.