Category Archives: Personal Views

Diversity and Freedom of Religion

[Introductory Discussion, Pakighinabi, 21 June 2017] While the country may have celebrated independence from Spain 119 years ago, our struggle today must also be for independence from religious extremism and intolerance.  This comes from an irreligious position which as a … Continue reading

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Orlando Cardinal Quevedo on Terrorism in Mindanao, etc.

[Fr; Romy Saniel, OMI, has shared Orlando Cardinal Quevedo’s answers to a foreign journalist’s questions.  They may be important thoughts for the questions we have about the situation in Mindanao today.]   Answers to questions from Our Sunday Visitor, U.S.A. … Continue reading

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Independence from Irreligious Extremism

We observe the 119th anniversary today of Philippine Independence in a somber mood, recalling the bravery of our soldiers in Marawi, and especially of those who sacrificed their lives that we might continue to be free.  As we solemnly recall … Continue reading

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What does “Lobby money talks” mean? PRRD must take over DENR

President Duterte has expressed sadness that the CA rejected Gina Lopez as DENR Secrtretary, on the one hand, saying that he liked her passion, but on the other hand, saying in a democracy, “Lobby money talks.”*  While it is true … Continue reading

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The Bypass Passes the Buck to the President

  A bypass is not a knockout.  In the case of a human being, a bypass can save a beating heart. In this case, the human being was Gina Lopez.  The bypass was saving her heart beating for the Philippine … Continue reading

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Hope for Free Higher Education for All in SB 1304

The Senate has approved on second reading Senate Bill 1304, “The Free Higher Education for All Act.” Cf: https://taborasj.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/accelerating-universal-access-to-tertiary-education-s-b-no-1304/ Despite the limelight concerns the Senate has had dealing with the recantation of Mr. Arthur Lascañas, the confirmation or non-confirmation of DENR … Continue reading

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Counterproposal:  Don’t tax quality schools

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez apparently wants the government to tax the income that Catholic schools are generating from tuition and other fees.[1]   In so doing he has asked the BIR to study how the government can collect taxes from schools run … Continue reading

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