MANILA - Will another dialogue between Catholic bishops and President Rodrigo Duterte finally put an end to the worsening word war between the two camps? An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had this question amid talk of another discussion between Church leaders and the firebrand leader. Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of CBCP's Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said there is still no guarantee that Duterte will stop hurling attacks against the clergy even if they agree to hold another meeting. "Can that dialogue stop the president from hurling invectives, threats and insults to the Catholic Church? It may appear to be a noble initiative but the last time it happened, nothing of what was expected came out of it," Secillano said in an interview with Radio Veritas on Thursday. The priest added that instead of focusing on his tirades against the prelates, the government should direct their efforts in addressing more … [Read more...] about News CBCP exec: Will fresh dialogue stop Duterte’s attacks vs bishops?
MANILA- Activist "running priest" Robert Reyes called on Filipino prelates on Thursday to answer President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter said bishops are better off dead. Duterte, in a speech on Wednesday, said bishops have no use. He has recently stepped up his verbal attacks against Catholic prelates, especially against Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, one of his most ardent critics in the Catholic Church. “Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo. Walang silbi iyang mga gagong iyan. (Kill your bishops. They have no use.) All they do is criticize,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang. 'Patayin ninyo': Duterte says bishops better off dead Reyes appealed specifically to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. “Puwede magsalita na kayo Cardinal Tagle? (Can you speak up Cardinal Tagle?) Let us help one another, not another priest killed," he told ABS-CBN News in an interview. Four priests were killed from December 2017 to June 2018, prompting an … [Read more...] about News ‘Running priest’ Robert Reyes asks bishops to stand up to Duterte
MANILA—Several bishops slammed the decision of the majority of Supreme Court justices to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as the chief justice. READ: Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Sereno READ: LOOK: Who voted for, against Sereno ouster Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, one of framers of the 1987 Constitution, said Sereno's ouster through the quo warranto petition was a clear violation of the charter. "It is a sad day for democracy in the Philippines and it is a very sad day for the Supreme Court," the bishop said in an interview with Radio Veritas. Bacani insisted that the constitution is clear in saying that the chief justice, like the president, can only be removed through impeachment. "It is a sad day for the Philippines. It has weakened our chief protector of our democracy which is none other than the Supreme Court. I am very sorry for what happened," the bishop added. Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said that it's a "sad day … [Read more...] about News ‘Sad day for democracy’: Bishops slam decision to oust Sereno
Palace shows photo of Australian nun Patricia Fox speaking in a rally Audrey Morallo (philstar.com) - April 20, 2018 - 7:36pm MANILA, Philippines — The disagreement over the basis of the detention of an Australian nun early this week continues on Friday after presidential spokesman Harry Roque presented photos showing that she recently spoke at a rally in a southern Philippine city. Patricia Fox, a 71-year-old Australian nun and advocate of land reform and peasant rights, was detained at the office of the Bureau of Immigration from Monday to Tuesday early this week over allegations that she violated a local order barring foreign participation in political assemblies. The Palace initially said that the detention might have been a mistake and apologies were in order. Roque presented a photo taken on April 9 speaking at a rally organized by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May 1 Movement) and Gabriela party-list in front of the local … [Read more...] about Palace shows photo of Australian nun Patricia Fox speaking in a rally
MANILA, Philippines — There is no crackdown on foreigners deemed critical of the Duterte administration, Malacañang said yesterday as it dismissed as mere enforcement of the law the detention of an elderly Australian missionary and the deportation of an Italian activist recently. “It’s not a crackdown. It’s the law,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. “As I said, dura lex sed lex – the law may be harsh, but such is the law.” Immigration agents picked up 71-year-old Sister Patricia Anne Fox from her Quezon City home on Monday and detained her for nearly 24 hours at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) main office in Intramuros, Manila. President Duterte admitted on Wednesday that it was his order to have Fox investigated “for disorderly conduct” that led to her arrest. Italian Giacomo Filibeck, meanwhile, was held over the weekend at the Mactan International Airport and sent back to his country of origin after being … [Read more...] about Palace: No crackdown on anti-Duterte activists