Shattering the silence: An open letter to the Philippine writing community
From the moment that sports blogger Jaemark Tordecilla brought to the light of public attention the fact that Alfred “Krip” A. Yuson had plagiarized an article by GMA News Online sportswriter Rey Joble, entire portions of which appeared in a piece under Yuson’s name in the April 2011 issue of Rogue magazine, we, members of the Philippine reading public, have followed the issue avidly and with great concern as to its resolution.
Our interest is rooted primarily in the fact of Yuson’s prominent position in the cultural matrix. As Tordecilla pointed out (more…)
Merci Gutierrez handed her resignation to the president this morning. That’s the end of that story. When will the president appoint her replacement?
Donald Trump. If you follow US news then you know that he has been making waves questioning Obama’s birthplace and how he got into Harvard.
David Letterman has the Donald’s number :
“Donald Trump is attacking President Obama’s background. And I said, ‘Wait a minute, Trump also is from a mixed background. He’s half jack and half ass.’”
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.”—George Orwell
‘Gloria is very upset,” she said, as she unpacked the bikinis she wore at the beach. “She claims the administration is badmouthing her to deflect complaints about rising prices.”
“Laying out facts is not badmouthing,” he replied.
She stopped unpacking, whipped out a (more…)
The real motive behind the Philippine Catholic Church’s opposition to the RH Bill is exposed by Liberty Chee in an essay for ProPinoy.net
Regulating sex and sexuality assures the moral order as defined by Church ideology. In the case of the Philippines, curtailing the power of the church to regulate birth and to produce truths about the human body and the purpose of human life would also mean diminishing its political power in the earthly domain. It would replace the divine moral order with that of the secular authorities. This is perhaps why the pastoral letter reminds its readers of the Church’s role in restoring democracy in the Philippines.
By sheer coincidence, Cardinal Jose Sanchez, confirmed Ms. Chee’s conclusion.
Here’s an excerpt from a story in the Inquirer: (more…)
‘It’s going to be a different kind of Holy Week for us Catholic Filipinos,” she said as she tried on bikinis for the beach.
“How so?” I asked.
“The bishops launched a web site that will allow us to do Visita Iglesia online. I can go to the Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Quiapo Church, San Lorenzo Ruiz Church, Tondo Church, Malate Church and Baclaran Church, and get my tan at the same time.”
“I don’t think that’s what the bishops had in mind,” I replied. (more…)
Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
First Regular Session
HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1135
Introduced by REP.SALVADOR H. ESCUDERO III
URGING THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT BENIGNO C. AQUINO III TO ALLOW THE BURIAL OF THE REMAINS OF FORMER PRESIDENT FERDINAND EDRALIN MARCOS AT THE LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI (more…)
Here’s a good article for your Holy Week reflection.
Castro the crusader
By Patricia Evangelista
Philippine Daily Inquirer
FR. MELVIN Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, is very pleased with his successful crusade against the evil threat Ronald McDonald. In a statement to the media, Castro says he is glad McDonald’s has seen the error of its ways. And then he rubs it in. (more…)
Interaksyon posted this story from Agence France-Presse.
BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s last dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for crimes against humanity stemming from human rights abuses under the country’s 1976-83 military regime.
Bignone, 85, had already been sentenced to 25 years in prison for “illegal privation of liberty and torture of the political prisoners.”
He became president of Argentina in 1982 after the country’s humiliating defeat in the Falklands War and turned over power the following year to democratically-elected president Raul Alfonsin.
Since amnesty laws were repealed in 2005, Argentine courts have convicted more than 200 leaders of the military regime, and cases have been opened against 800 former military and police officials.
Human rights groups estimate that as many as 30,000 people were killed or went missing during the military regime, which waged a “dirty war” against the left.
The former dictator is 85 years old. Asked how he felt about having to spend in prison the rest of what remains of his life, the old dictator replied,
“Very happy. I thought I was near death but the government sentenced me to serve 25 years in prison. That means they will have to keep me alive until I’m at least 110. Muchas gracias.”