Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lipa Declaration

Last Wednesday, I was privileged to join close to a thousand brave souls who trekked to the Archbishop's House in Lipa City, Batangas to affirm and declare the call to end the moribund political and economic systems and effect a national transformation.

The delegates came from different religious groups and political persuasions and are united under National Transformation Council.

Former Cebu Archbishop Cardinal Vidal laid down the role of the Catholic Church in previous EDSA Revolutions while Bishop Arguelles of Lipa gave a fiery speech calling for system change. Rev. Arturo Corpuz of United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the Dr. Kamil Unda of the Bangsamoro community also gave equally spirited speeches.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Shrinekeeper's Prophecy

Buddhist Temple in Fukian Province

In the spring of 1988, Cory went to China on a state visit. While there, she made it a point to reconnect with her ancestral roots. She went out of her way to travel to the southeastern fringe of China, to Hongjian village of Fujian province where her forebears came from. 

In typical chinese fashion of ancestor-worship and in violation of her Catholic faith, Cory offered incense to her chinese forebears in a local shrine. Before leaving the shrine to return to official business, Cory was approached by an elderly woman who appeared to be the shrinekeeper. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Poverty Continues In the Philippines

Under PeNoy, the gap between the rich and the poor widens
The other day, I got an email which is actually a transcription of an interview that TV5 with one Rosalinda Garcia, indigent in Tondo.

I was so moved by the story.  Her story is something that the whole nation should know.  Poverty remains an issue after four years of Aquino rule.

This made me thinking, there must be truth in Aquino's campaign slogan "Kung Walang Kurap, Walang Mahirap."   The impoverishment of more Filipinos, which is at highest historical levels, is because of the prevalent corruption.  All these news on PDAF and DAP and how Aquino and his allies have been stealing and misusing people's money are all but answers to the nagging question of why poverty continues in the Philippines.

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