Did mining or condoms cause the Compostela tragedy?

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By Raïssa Robles

We need to know what caused the recent tragedy.

We need to know because a lot of misinformation and disinformation are swirling around over the sudden death of hundreds of Filipinos, buried under tons of mud that cascaded down the nearly bald mountain ranges surrounding Compostela Valley at the height of Typhoon Pablo.

An anti-mining group has blamed large-scale mining.

Compostela Governor Arturo Uy, however, has rejected this explanation. The governor, whom one newspaper once identified as a gold trader, instead blamed a waterfall that collapsed.

Before this tragedy, Comval had everything going for it. See video below:

The surrounding mountain ranges shielded the valley from destructive typhoons. The mountains remain rich in copper and gold, so much so that it is now honeycombed with tunnels made by gold prospectors.

Life was good for residents there. In 2005, a small school called Interface College of New Bataan (ICON) in the town of New Bataan started offering computer courses there.

The graduates formed friendships.

They also learned marketable skills.

I hope they’re alright. I don’t know what has happened to them or to their school, which is located in one of the most devastated towns.

The mass deaths in New Bataan and other towns of Compostela and Davao Oriental do give us pause about mining.

Mining could help lift the entire country out of poverty, according to University of the Philippines economics professor Benjamin Diokno.

One estimate on mining I’ve seen claimed that as much as US$12 billion in foreign investments could pour into the country once the government mining moratorium is lifted.

Behind the dollars and cents, however, are people whose lives are being destroyed by mining operations.

Is it possible to arrive at a negotiated compromise? Sacrifice well-defined sections of ore-rich provinces to mining operations? Officially declare certain areas of the country as “not fit for human habitation” because of mining? And in turn, pour – not trickle – the monetary benefits of mining directly on affected local residents?

The trouble with mining in the Philippines is that only certain people living in Metro Manila’s gated communities benefit hugely from it. When miners in business suits staging conferences in five-star hotels talk of benefiting the local host communities affected by their mining operations, the wealthy miners show slides of their free schools and clinics and sponsored sports fests.

I would be more impressed if they showed local residents dining as well in the ambiance of five-star hotels and sporting degrees from foreign universities just like the sons and daughters of the wealthy Metro Manila miners. After all, the wealth really belongs to them.

The sharing really has to be more equitable. Perhaps the new mining law could specify that whenever a mining company issues new stocks, a portion should be allotted for the purchase by actual residents living in the mining areas. As it is, only those with access to stock brokers can buy them. The new mining law should also have a revenue sharing formula which takes the rise of international metal prices to account.

And as for blaming condoms…

A senior Catholic cleric has hinted heavily that Typhoon Pablo may have been an expression of Divine displeasure over renewed attempts by Congress to legalize the free distribution of condoms and contraceptives to poor couples.

Speaking over Catholic radio station Veritas, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said:

“Ewan ko lang kung yan ay coincidence lang o dahil nga may pinapasabi ang Diyos sa atin na kapag iyan ay pinag-uusapan ng matindi ay parang may mensahe na nangyayari na maraming kahirapan na nagaganap sa atin.” [I really don't know if that is a coincidence that whenever the Reproductive Health bill is being keenly debated all sorts of suffering occur to us.]

According to ABS-CBN, another senior cleric Fr. Melvin Castro “stopped short of linking” the storm to the RH Bill but quoted the good father as saying:

“Although we would not give other meaning to it, nonetheless God speaks through his creation as well. Nature tells us to respect the natural course of things…Di ko alam bakit ganito (nangyari), wala namang bagyo.” [I don't know why this happened. There was no storm.]

In the Holy Bible, God punished one pharaoh with a series of plagues after he had refused to allow God’s chosen people to leave Egypt. Our senior clerics are hinting that Filipinos are being punished for trying to disobey God by passing a Reproductive Health Law.

Let’s examine the priests’ premises more closely.  The two lawmakers representing the devastated Compostela Valley are  Congresswoman Maria Carmen Zamora (1st district) and Congressman Rommel Amatong.

Neither lawmaker signed up as a co-sponsor of the RH Bill or the Committee Report on the RH Bill. So they could be secret supporters or fence-sitters or even anti-RH advocates.

Why would God punish their districts if they could be his stalwarts against the RH Law?

Indeed God works in mysterious ways.

If, as Fr. Melvin Castro said, “God speaks through his creation,” why are we constantly visited by typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions? What was God trying to tell us during the deadly 1990 earthquake or Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991? What mortal sins have we collectively committed against God that he would punish us so?

Or is this some form of His cariño brutal?

As a Catholic, I cannot believe that God is quite so capricious. His priests oftentimes are. But not Him.

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  1. 70
    baycas says:

    The death and devastation wrought by the tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf states, the earthquake in Pakistan, the mudslides in the Philippines, the tornadoes in the American Midwest, another earthquake in Indonesia-these are only the most recent acts of God to cause people of faith to question God’s role in the physical universe. Volcanic eruptions, wildfires, epidemics, floods, blizzards, droughts, hailstorms, and famines can all raise the same questions: Can God intervene in natural events to prevent death, injury, sickness, and suffering? If so, why does God not act? If not, is God truly the All-Loving, All-Powerful, and All-Present Being that many religions proclaim? Grappling with such questions has always been an essential component of religion, and different faiths have arrived at wildly different answers.

    To explore various religious explanations of the tragedies inflicted by nature, author Gary Stern has interviewed 43 prominent religious leaders across the religious spectrum, among them Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People; Father Benedict Groeschel, author of Arise from Darkness; The Rev. James Rowe Adams, founder of the Center for Progressive Christianity; Kenneth R. Samples, vice president of Reason to Believe; Dr. James Cone, the legendary African American theologian; Tony Campolo, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education; Dr. Sayyid Syeed, general secretary of the Islamic Society of North America; Imam Yahya Hendi, the first Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University; Dr. Arvind Sharma, one of the world’s leading Hindu scholars; Robert A. F. Thurman, the first American to be ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk; David Silverman, the national spokesman for American Atheists; and others—rabbis, priests, imams, monks, storefront ministers, itinerant holy people, professors, and chaplains—Jews, Roman Catholics, mainline Protestants, evangelical Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Atheists-people of belief, and people of nonbelief, too.

    Stern asked each of them probing questions about what their religion teaches and what their faith professes regarding the presence of tragedy. Some feel that the forces of nature are simply impersonal, and some believe that God is omniscient but not omnipotent. Some claim that nature is ultimately destructive because of Original Sin, some assert that the victims of natural disasters are sinners who deserve to die, and some explain that natural disasters are the result of individual and collective karma. Still others profess that God causes suffering in order to test and purify the victims. Stern, an award-winning religion journalist, has extensive experience in this type of analytical journalism. The result is a work that probes and challenges real people’s beliefs about a subject that, unfortunately, touches everyone’s life.

    Can God Intervene?: How Religion Explains Natural Disasters
    by Gary Stern

  2. 69
    JosephIvo says:

    Archbishop Palma just said: “Our society needs law to unite rather than divide. We need law to affirm and protect the truth about the dignity of the human person, who has been created in the very image of God; the sanctity of the family, the basic social unit which even our Constitution recognizes as the foundation of the nation; and the inviolability of the social institution of marriage, which the Constitution likewise recognizes as the foundation of the family.”

    Why did the archbishop stop there, he should have continued “ therefore we have to fight the rapidly increasing teen pregnancies, the overburden on poor families due to unwanted pregnancies, we have to give the poor women access to contraceptives to plan their families as all my female relatives do and all other wealthy women. The division that divides women today is unacceptable.”

  3. 68
    leona says:

    Our banana farmers are now beggars! They lost all of it. They need gov’t help. Will our gov’t financing institutions like DBP and Land Bank lend them capital as fast as Ongpin was given hundreds of million pesos in 24 hours? Here’s the link of the the news

    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/typhoon-reduces-philippine-farmers-beggars-043723514.html

    And will our gov’t assist the small business people who needs to rebuild? Now is the time and not years from now!

    • 68.1
      Aurora Pascua says:

      Do you think DBP will trust the farmers to lend them money ? I don’t think so ? And the great depression make by Pablo in the compostela Valley cause by the mining big company .!!!!!!! He he

  4. 67
    jundel says:

    The Children of Israel

    Is God playing favorites when he decreed that his chosen people are the Israelites? How about us, the whites, blacks, browns or even the yellow race? Are we not entitled to become God’s children?

    Or has God purposely decreed that his chosen people are the Children of Israel for a hidden plan that will be only revealed in the right time? A plan that will fulfill his promise of uniting the people of the world into One God and One Church congregation. It is a plan that will refine the third of the world’s population into believing who really God is and what is his true name

    Now if we want to become Children of God then we must become the Children of Israel. How can we become the Children of Israel if we do not come from the offspring of Jacob? Unless if God’s name is also Israel then by all means we are all entitled to be called Children of Israel

    But how can the name of God be Israel when in fact it was the name given to Jacob by an angel of God. This is the wonder of God’s plan. He also changed the name of Abram to Abraham but did not call his chosen people to be the Children of Abraham.

    Israel is God’s real name and he gave it to a worthy person, one who has defeated his angel. Jacob is like a junior to him. Jacob is his first born so just like all first born they are worthy to bear the name of their father.

    Exodus 4:22 exactly states;

    “Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,” (NIV)

    An angel gave the name Israel to Jacob and God has decreed that his name is with an angel as provided in Exodus 23:20-21;

    “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.” (NIV)

    If God’s people are called the Children of Israel and if God’s name is indeed Israel then the are really called by God’s name as stated in 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

    “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. (NIV)

    Since their land is called Israel then it follows that their land is also called by the name of God. This is well-given in Jeremiah 25:29, to wit;

    “See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.” (NIV)

    Now, if the people are called the Children of Israel and their land is Israel, therefore, the people and the land should bear or called by the name of God. If indeed his name is Israel there must be a biblical support to jointly establish this fact. Let us read Daniel 9:19:

    “O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” (NIV)

    With all these proofs, our belief is now being refined. Shall we continue to believe what the religions have taught us before or shall we start calling on the true name of God? We are not asking you to believe on this outright but you should begin studying and refining your beliefs. Calling on his true name will make us his people. Calling him Lord God Israel will truly make us a Child of Israel.

    Only a third of the world’s population will believe this new revelation of the true name of God. When that number is achieved, Lord God Israel will redeem the world and once again dwell among his people. This is given in Zechariah 13:9;

    “This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’” (NIV)

    • 67.1
      Alan says:

      are you going to lead a prayer rally soon? will it have a brass band?

    • 67.2
      leona says:

      @jundel…are you one of the many pastors of Manny Pacquiao? How’s he?Tell me where you can find this: “Trust no more in man, he has but a breath in his nostrils. How much is he worth?”

  5. 66
    David says:

    Off Topic, sort of, kind of, but a growth forecast of 85 million Filipinos over 6 decades. WOW!

    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippine-population-increase-85-good-economy-070003021.html

  6. 65
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    Doctors, nurses, midwives rally behind RH bill

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/11/12/doctors-nurses-midwives-rally-behind-rh-bill

    Personally i cant wait to see how they (legislators) will vote on RH bill this wednesday. I wanna know if our country is already mature enough or we still live in rizals time where in shackles of the catholic church and the vatican country is prevalent which imposes on our sovereignty.

    Will the legislators listen to the healthcare professionals or will they listen to the priest?
    If ever CBCP wins then i would suggest to every legislators TO VOID EVERY BOARD EXAMS and the LICENSE’S of MD’s, NURSES and MIDWIVES.

    What’s the point of studying for 4-6 years being a health care professional kung ang masusunod din lang naman ay ang simbahan, edi sa mga susunod na generation na doctor at nurses from PH ay dapat manggaling na lang sa seminaryo since they know alot more than licensed healthcare professionals.

    • 65.1
      curveball says:

      Malaking grupo ito at hindi pwede ipagwalang bahala ng congress at senate. at di tulad ng mga ordinaryo na tao ay mulat ang kaisipan kaya di pwede takutin (wrath of God) o palusutan.

    • 65.2
      Victin Luz says:

      Payag ako dyan ,…kaya lang…. It might be better if the priest to take oath as medical practioners,…… Mas maganda siguro. He he

      • 65.2.1
        fed_up says:

        May problema ako na bakit ang mga pari tinatanggap ng bayan na maging “marriage counselors” eh wala naman silang experiensiya diyan dahil bawal silang mag-asawa.

        • 65.2.1.1
          leona says:

          @victin luz…pag wala ng mga doktor at healthcare profs, ang mga pari na ang pag papa-anak sa kababa-ihan! Gusto nila yun! Makaka-hilamos sila ng feces din!

          @fed-up…i-ito lang ang counsel ng mga pari…DO NOT DIVORCE. DO NOT SEPARATE. DO NOT ANNUL. DAMIHIN NYO ANG MGA ANAK! Ang Diyos ma AAWA sa inyo!

          • 65.2.1.1.1
            Victin Luz says:

            @mam Leona tama k dyan, ……kaya lang ,…..kadiri sila sa pagpapaanak nyan he he they rather do ala Padre Damaso,…. ” ihang, balang,ineng,… 5 years na pala kayong kasal ng asawa mo ay wala pa kayong anak. Ganito ,tuturuan kita papaano gumawa ng bata bukas ng gabi sa convento mga alas sais, buksan kulang ang pintuan ng kwarto ko ha doon kita tuturuan tayong dalawa ,diretsong kakausap kay lord. wag na wag mung sasabihin sa ASAWA mo at kahit kanino , kung hindi ay hindi tayo pakikinggan ni lord. ” Nauwi ang 2 Kung sacristan pag lines ng gabi anak , kaya taimtim tayong magdadasal sa kanya , within 28 days pangako ko sa iyo, bunts ka.

        • 65.2.1.2
          Aurora Pascua says:

          Dahil silay naturingan pari basbasan ang may sala o Gawa ?

  7. 64
    raffy says:

    conversely, masasabi kaya ni bishop na “Ewan ko lang kung yan ay coincidence lang o dahil nga may pinapasabi ang Diyos sa atin, anti-RH si Manny. Ayan tuloy, natalo.”

  8. 63
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    Regarding naman kay pacquiao:
    Did Pacman really lose? or he just beat the system that failed him in his last fight against bradley? Check the KO from birds eye view.

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/f155124e93c581a0c05f849926908020/tumblr_meru9lnPF91r9qw2bo1_400.gif

    Remember 9-1 ang odds last saturday in favor of pacquiao :)

    • 63.1
      curveball says:

      Di kaya nadapa sya at sinalo nya/sya ng malakas ng right ni marquez? pwede ba paki-explain kasi di ako marunong sa mga technicalities ng boxing.

  9. 62
    leona says:

    Shall the COMELEC allow a party-list for SQUATTERS? Here is a link it might…

    http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/12/11/squatters-party-list-approved/

    Yes, off-topic again. But very confusing for me. Squatters are law violators. These class occupies gov’t and private lands without consent by the owners. They occupy even public roads, set-back areas along creeks, river banks and other navigable rivers. Law v iolators! Now, should this class be accredited with a party-list by the Comelec body?

    When or who is the next bunch of law violators to be accredited? Detention prisoners? Convicted prisoners in Bilibid? The rebels or seccessionists NPAs, MNLF, MILF, atbpa?

    What or where are our laws on this? One of the qualification of a voter is residency. Are these classes with legal residency and by law allowed to vote in elections? I say no. They have no legal residency in the lands they are squatting on. Illegal sila. Tolerated unlawfully by politicians! With that tolerance, legal na?

    This system now is a sign that our gov’t appears not to know anymore what to do to correct things. Just because squatting has been long in existence, now it has become acceptable and legal, etc. SUSMA!

    • 62.1
      filipino_mom says:

      oo, vowing to defend their rights daw. right to steal public and private lands, right to endanger everybody else by clogging and polluting waterways, right to harbor criminals within the community. oo, rights nga talaga.

  10. 61
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    Off-topic:
    Filipinos should really hunt EVERY communist rebels. Dapat ituro na ng mga tiga mindanao at visayas kung sino sino ang mga terorista na yan.

    After Pablo hits the visayas and mindanao, inatake naman ng mga NPA ang mga sundalo doing the search and rescue operations.

    Source:
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/320401/communist-rebels-kill-2-soldiers-in-leyte

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/285431/news/regions/two-army-soldiers-killed-in-npa-attack-in-leyte

    Kahapon sabi ng NPA tigil putukan daw.
    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/285769/news/nation/new-people-s-army-halts-armed-offensives-in-pablo-stricken-areas

    Tapos biglang patalikod na inatake na naman nila ang mga sundalo.

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/285871/news/regions/suspected-npa-rebels-torch-backhoe-in-palawan

    I hope noynoy brands the NPA as a terrorist ng maintindihan ng international community na sila ay mga terrorista at walang ginawa kundi manira ng mga kagamitan ng mga investors sa pilipinas lalo na pag hindi nagbigay sa revolutionary fund.

    Sila (NPA) din yung mga taong parating nagrereklamo sa mga human rights group at humihingi nga tulong samantalang sila din yung mga pumapatay sa mga sundalo ng patalikod.

    • 61.1
      Aurora Pascua says:

      You are totally correct, sila ang terrorists sila ang killer sa soldiers, sila ang against the government at sila habang sila ay buhay ?

  11. 60
    Rene-Ipil says:

    Why are the Supreme Court justices close to Corona blocking the move of CJ Sereno to decentralize the office of the court administrator (OCA) headed by Corona’s spokesman, Marquez?

    The decentralization scheme for OCA was initiated by former CJ Davide and continued until the time of former CJ Puno but was suspended by Corona to favor OCA administrator Marquez. The decentralization of OCA means that judges in the Visayas and Mindanao do not have to get the approval of Marquez in Manila on administrative matters like leave of absence, purchase of office supplies, etc.

    In my previous posts I insisted on the removal of the Arroyo 8 SC justices to have a meaningful reform in the judiciary. First, these SC justices showed their displeasure to the appointment of CJ Sereno by boycotting the flag ceremony. Now, they are making it difficult for their chief to institute an obviously needed improvement in the SC by insisting on the approval en banc of a pure act of administration by the head of the judiciary.

    • 60.1
      leona says:

      @Rene-Ipil…the “why” is because so few Filipinos are good sports! Mostly or the many specially gov’t officials inclu justices cannot take a KO punch! Only Pacquiao can smile and show happiness as it hits.

      The justices are still upset or na i-INIS that none of them as GMA lovers got the CJ post! Bad sports talaga! That’s the “why” to your query. Matagal yan…ilang taon…we don’t know.

      It will take a long time to get them to support the CJ Sereno or maybe never! Basta!

    • 60.2
      jorge bernas says:

      @ Rene-Ipil,

      Could you please print the names of those justices who block the moves of chief justice Sereno to decentralize the office of court administrator…Ano kaya ang mawawala sa kanilang mga GMA appointees at patuloy silang nakikialam sa planong ito na para naman sa kaayusan at pagpapabilis nang mga naantalang serbisyo sa Supreme Court at pabor ito sa mga Mamamayan. Kong ayaw nila sa plano ni CJ Sereno ay umalis na lang sana sila diyan dahil hindi dapat sa Supreme Court ang mga justices na Pansariling Kabutihan ang laging iniisip.Nagpapairal pa rin pala sa mga makasariling justices na ito ang pansariling kasakiman? At itong si Midas Marquez na ito ay nandiyan pa rin pala matapos ang walang kuwentang pagkampi nito sa convicted CJ nato corona? Hindi na nahiya at kapit tuko pa rin itong si marquez sa puwesto gayong wala nang tiwala ang taongbayan sa taong ito? Dapat nang palitan ang isang ito sa dami nang kasong kinasangkutan nitong si Marqueza.

      Noong inaakusahan si corona ay walang ginawa itong mga TUTAng justices na ito tapos ngayon dahil lang sa hindi nahirang bilang C.J. ang isa sa mga ito ay naging kontrabida na ang ipinapakita gayong para sa kabutihan nang Supreme Court ang plano ni CJ Sereno..Mahiya sana itong mga justices at magbitiw na lang para may magandang halimbawang maipakita sa mamamayan dahil walang kuwenta ang kanilang pinakikialaman…

  12. 59
    Cha says:

    Congress votes on the RH Bill today.

    As they do, let’s hope they think of these two girls’ stories in Rappler’s “Where girls die young to give life”. Excerpts from the article written by Ugochi Daniels,, country representative of the United Nations Population Fund ito the Philippines, follows:

    Teenage mom

    Peachy is 17 years old. She has two children. I met her in Cagayan de Oro at a ceremony where her one-month-old child dubbed UNFPA’s “Sendong baby” was presented with a birth certificate and a scholarship, among other things. Peachy was also provided with what she will need to set up her own sari-sari store.

    During her second pregnancy, Peachy did not have any checkups until she came to a UNFPA supported RH service in the evacuation center where she stayed after tropical storm Sendong. She didn’t even know that she was already in labor. She was in a UNFPA car being rushed to a hospital but ended up delivering in our car.

    Peachy comes from one of the poorest municipalities in her province, which incidentally also has among the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the area. At least her second baby now has a scholarship and Peachy can generate some income, but I ask myself what about the many others? On every visit I make I meet many

    Incest survivor

    Let me introduce you to “Bibi,” a lovely 9-year-old girl I met in a province in Luzon. Bibi lives in a crisis center. She is a survivor of incest. Her mother is an OFW. Therein lies another paradox – the family as a unit is enshrined in the Constitution and yet the very activity that contributes to so much growth and development is eroding the families of so many.

    On every visit I make, I meet or hear of yet another Bibi.

    For me, for UNFPA, Peachy and Bibi are more than statistics. They are more than survey results, they are more than debates, they are more than factories to produce OFWs, and therefore the time is now to make a real difference in their lives.

    They deserve options and choices – it is their right. Only they should have control over their own bodies and their own lives. It is their right.

    • 59.1
      curveball says:

      sana sa pagboto ng bawat isa ay maging makatotohanan sila sa tunay na kalagayan ng mga kababaihan sa kanayunan at malayong bayan.
      andito ang mga babae na higit na nangangailangan ng tulong na manggagaling sa RH bill.

    • 59.2
      leona says:

      @Cha…now is the right time to pass that RH bill into law! We’re already about 90 millions! We are inside a small area like cramped in a small tin can. Many land areas will be unusable for years to come due to devastation. More hungry populace. More food needed we don’t have. More people to take care. The odds are against us. We cannot go on like this. Something must be done.

      One is the RH law. Campaign for population control at it’s most beneficial interests. We need to listen and heed the problems at hand. The now and not the guesses of “ifs.”

      Our land area is not getting bigger but our people are! Is that not enough to take action?

  13. 58
    parengtony says:

    re Manny –

    I read this a long time ago somewhere:

    “The greatness of a man does not lie in his successes but in the way he rises from his defeats.”

    Ted Kennedy suffered numerous humiliating defeats but each time, with much hard work, rose back to achieve great accomplishments and ultimately become one of America’s greatest legislators. He is truly the epitome of redemption. Manny can and will also be so… for the sake of his people.

    • 58.1
      Martial Bonifacio says:

      Bakit mo pinost yan dito baka mabasa ni Tito Sotto! at biglang masotto yan sa wednesday kung kailan magbobotohan na daw regarding RH bill :(

    • 58.2
      leona says:

      Manny can if he foregoes the idea that he can be everything: boxer, congressman, Pastor, actor, singer, Colonel in the reserve Army, baskbetall start, atbpa! Now, I read he’s a “Born again” …couldn’t last long with one religion. How does he know he’ll like this one now? He was only praying the Holy Rosary and he abandoned it in favor of being “born again?”

      Holy Cow! I find changing of faith as naive and feeble-minded…no spirit in strength! He wants to become a Pastor reading the Bible as if it can be done like what everybody is doing? Boy! One has to study so many years and years to know the Bible…from knowledgeable theologians, not laymen who only keeps reading it and memorizing the contents…and become a pastor! Holy Moses!

      Now, his pastors could have told him…forget Holy Mary! Discard the Holy Rosary! Mary is and was not important. It is Jesus Christ only! Yea…true enough, during the time of Jesus that was true maybe. But after Jesus rose up, is it still true? Where did Mary go? What happened to Mary? Who is Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ? No importance? Explain to a very good satisfaction Mssrs. Pastors! Born Again members do not support Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ! True but their reasons WEAK or false!

      Hail Mary! Full of Grace!…said Angel Gabriel to Mary. “Full of Grace”…all the graces are in Her! The Lord is With Thee! If one strays from Mary, the Lord is not with him or her! One has someone else, who? A Mother like Mary is a treasure as Jesus Christ believed in Her like any good mother we all have. I believe when Mary Mother of God wants to help someone Jesus cannot refuse to support His Mother!

  14. 57
    Ancient Mariner says:

    One thing that caught my attention was that Manny continued to warm up during the Philippines National Anthem. He did the same before the Bradley fight. Does that not make Marquez a better, Catholic9, patriot and boxer than Manny?

  15. 56

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    the advantage of HINDSIGHT. This comment is
    one of them worthless now:

    Pacquiao could be Marquis de Sade, if he knew
    Marquez nose was already broken. He could have
    toyed with Marques for rest of the 12 rounds unTIL
    the towekl is thrown to the ring.

    PACQUIAO’S GOOFED BIG TIME THIS TIME.

  16. 55
    Island Hopes says:

    Why are there so many comments about Pacquiao on an article about mining?

  17. 54
    Rene-Ipil says:

    Sportscaster and boxing analyst Ed Tolentino may have the best explanation on why and how Pacquiao got knocked out. See the article at ABS-CBNnews.com December 10, 2012 “Analysts ; Pacquiao never saw punch come in”.

    “Pacquiao, before that knock out, he looked good. The best I’ve seen Pacquiao since 2009 when he knocked out Miguel Cotto,” said Tolentino, pointing out that Pacquiao had broken Marquez’s nose and was going for the kill in the final seconds of the sixth round.

    “[But] for some reason, unintentionally, his foot landed on the foot of Marquez, he lost his balance,” Tolentino said. “And there was that right hand, the right hand that he never saw, and [he] literally swallowed that right hand of Marquez.”

    Pacquiao has been practicing to evade that right hand, which is said to be Marquez’s most powerful weapon.

    But because of his aggressiveness, he walked straight to that right cross and got knocked out cold. The fight officially ended at 2:59 of Round 6.

    “He did admit after the fight he never saw that punch come in,” Tolentino said.

  18. 53
    julio cesaro says:

    Last year bago bumaha sa metro manila ang pinagusapan ay RH Bill, ngayon bago dumating si pablo ay RH Bill. Sa Amerika bago dumating ang malalakas na hurricane may state na nagdeclare ng same sex marriage. Noon ang Brazil naglegalized nang same sex marriage anong nangyari,,,after a month naglindol. Lahat ba nang ito’y coincident? Ang lahat ng immoralidad ay nililinis nang Diyos, gaya nang ginawa Nya sa Sodom at Gomorrah. Kaya kung mabuti ka’t napasama sa trahedya pupunta ka sa Kanya. Ang pangyayaring ito ay sampol lang kaya wag na nating hintayin na buong mundo na ang LINISIN NYA!!!!!!

    • 53.1
      PABLO says:

      Agad agad? Imoralidad agad kaya maraming namatay sa bagyong Pablo? Hindi ba pwedeng nasira muna ang kabundukan kaya wala nang proteksyon ang Compostela Valley sa rumaragasang putik?

      ANG LABO MO!

      • 53.1.1
        Aurora Pascua says:

        Many many killed sa Compostela Valley dahil kal -Bo ang bundok , no trees to hold the earth and water, mining also cause the incident dahil hinukay ng malalim ang lupa kaya walang mag hold sa ulan at lipa ?

    • 53.2
      Jan says:

      Halos sampung taon ng pinag-uusapan sa kongreso ang RH bill. Iba’t ibang bersyon. Ibig mong sabihin lahat ng mga bagyong dumaan sa Pilipinas sa panahon na iyon dahil sa RH Bill?

    • 53.3
      macspeed says:

      Yahoooooo, you are very 100% correct!!! he he he he

    • 53.4
      leona says:

      @julio cesaro…ang LINISIN ay ang mga estero natin! Bumaha sa Metro Manila last year and this year pa.

      Why floods? Our esteros are clogged! Garbage dami! More people more garbage, di ba?
      We don’t have a movement by gov’t, national and local, a 24/.7 cleaning of esteros. Have you seen a TV footage, MMDA cleaning a drainage when the flood was just next block, with water up to his waist already? I saw it!

      Everybody should move to clean esteros! DILG, local officials and barangay specially should move on this. Catch garbage throwers, charge and prosecute! Require these barangays to catch every day, every week and every month with no let up! Remove any barangay officials who fails to comply. The creeks, river banks, canals, etc. are so full of uncollected garbage!

      In Manila, the esteros have been “occupied” as part of private land owners. Covered na! Nawala sa maps. They cannot include that in their titles but they are using and occupying the estero area. So, rain water has no place to exit. It goes out to the streets.

      Once LINISIN natin, God will not be sending us His punishment as you are saying. He hever will again to this. We are the ones punishing ourselves in this. Destroying our land, forests by logging and mining, atbpa! We are destroying ourselves.

      • 53.4.1
        Aurora Pascua says:

        Leona, lahat ng say mo boto ako ! TOTOO tayo rin ang limilikha ng problem sa canal kahit saan ka punta , cleanliness ay PAIRALIN para ewas problema ? Pero Pinoy Pinay Tigas OTAK ??????

  19. 52
    santiago katumbal says:

    don’t we ever realise that catholicism was built on a LIE?!?

    beware of those men in robes, for every word that comes out of their mouth bears no truth.

    have we forgotten 300+ years of spanish colonisation? wake up…

    • 52.1
      Victin Luz says:

      Ha ha tama ka dyan FRIAR lands for 300years owning them all without taxes……… Then it was transferred to the Spanish Filipino blood families who knew very well that our great great grand parents were at the middle of those lands tilling it only nobody knows how to read and write nor transferred such rights of the land into a TRRENTS TITLE…. AYALA, TUAZON, ZOBEL, MADRIGAL, and many other Spanish BLood Families a product of Colonialism in CONIVANCE with the Roman Catholic CHURCHES……kahit ako’y may dugong espanol at intsik……nararapat Lang na ipasailalim lahat sa Land reform ang mga malalawak pa lupain at MAGBUWIS na ang churches sa atin, katoliko o hindi katoliko.
      Pampadagdag sa pambili ng condum at para mabiyayahan ang ibang pareng katoliko na mahihilig, para hindi magkalat ng anak sa labas.

      • 52.1.1
        Tomas Gomez III says:

        The Roxas-Ayala-Zobel’s Hacienda San Pedro Makati were never Friar Lands….The Roxas family purchased it through auction more than 150 years ago, after three or four other owners, among them the Jesuits prior to their expulsion in 1767. Jesuits aare not Friars! Both Nasugbu and Calatagan were acquired through purchase. Calatagan was subdivided to tenants long before the Land Reform laws were even enacted. BTW, these families were never that close to the Roman Catholic Church. Founder Domingo Roxas was a secret supporter of secularization and local autonomy, was jailed by the Spanish authorities, died while incarcerated. Zobel was a mason, Pedro Roxas was a friend and supporter of Jose Rizal while the Ayalas a generation ago had a proxy fight with Cardinal Santos over the control of Bank of the Philippine Islands. Thank you.

        • 52.1.1.1
          Victin Luz says:

          Yes and how did the Jesuits acquired those lands, and an auction 150years back then isn’t our great grand father of us were the first one working on that land , but because ” no read no write ” and the fact was they don’t have power an money so THEY WERE NEVER GIVEN A CHANCE TO OPPOSED THAT AUCTION.

          ROXAS, RIZAL , DEL PILAR , BUECAMINOS , LUNA were all ” elitista ” na kaya lang lumaban sila sa SPAIN ay nationalistic daw sila pero ang katutuhanan ay they were only or they just want to protect their LANDs and WEALTH’s acquired trough the ” mangmang na ninono namin SIR…..

        • 52.1.1.2
          leona says:

          @Tomas…just curious, a question on this point. Why would religious entitied need “haciendas” vast tracks of lands when what they need only is for a church or chapel? 5000 SQM or at most 1 hectare would be enough!

          To acquire thousands of hectares of land all over the country is unconscionable, whether via auction or purchase or however acquired. The land is for the Filipino citizens but I guess during that time it allowed Spanish citizens, etc. for obvious reasons that we were under Spain.

          Maybe many of the religious orders also wanted to go into farming. Bible & Farming! ? Not only spreading the Gospel but spreading planting pechay, coconut, sugar cane, tomatoes, cassava, cocoa, atbpa! Maybe they needed all this to survive, but as new comers good for a few years as they got stable. But for 300 + years of it? Holy Pechays!

          Well, they finally were able to own the whole country later!

          • 52.1.1.2.1
            Johnny Lin says:

            Buddy knows his history. Maybe Ambeth a PDI columnist could elucidate further.

            That was also the question then, how did William Penn own vast tract in now Commonwealth state ofPennsylvania?

          • 52.1.1.2.2
            Tomas Gomez III says:

            Let me attempt an answer. There was a pattern to be followed. For almost a millennium, central Italy was a large swath of property owned by the Vatican….the Pope was the sovereign! I think they even called it the republic of St. Peter. Pope Alexander VI and the Demarcation Line, remember? The conquest of the Philippines was more of a religious venture (spread of Christianity) than one of commerce and politics. In reality, the Spanish Crown did not make money….but the Friar orders did. The economic activities of the Dominicans and Augustinians were all sanctioned by the Vatican. Two items of historical trivia: Jose Rizal’s parents’ ‘hacienda’ was leased land from the Dominicans. They in turn had tenants working the land. I think it was Gov. Gen. Wm. Howard Taft who went to the Vatican to negotiate the purchase of Friar lands and its eventual break up and re-sale. May be the price was $7Million,

            Anyway, total Pasko naman…..walang quiz….pasado tayong lahat !!!

            Merry Christmas…….

            • leona says:

              @Tomas…very good! Merry X’mas ha imo! Btw…now governments and people are grabbing the hectares and acres of cyberspace! This is the only item remaining so far not totally conquered by man.

              Sta. Claus must be nervous nowadays! Merry X’mas Santa!

      • 52.1.2
        Aurora Pascua says:

        Wow ,kala ko pari ay sagrado malinis like a clear running water so purely, yon pala makasalanan din masahol pa sa Atin, so why not let the churches pay there obligation, we donate on attending mass but we cannot claim as our expenses. Priest condom not for them ,they like love especially secret love..

    • 52.2
      leona says:

      @santiago…what’s your point remembering it? Your ascendants believed in that LIE! Give it a few seconds only and then use the 23 hours 59 minutes to move on to something good! Constructive. Are you going to tell everybody around you not to believe in those men in robes?…including judges in robes? Not all of them could be your target. Put out something better…we’ve heard your words before, many many times already from your kind.

  20. 51
    moonie says:

    they’re falling one by one, first corona, ex headhoncho of the supreme court, now pacquiao. both pin up boys of the catholic church. is there a message somehow? the catholic church was so confident corona will retain his job, he was even compared to jesus christ risen from the dead in 30 days. corona instead flipped on the 30th day and lost his job. so much for the masses and prayers sponsored by the catholic church. apparently god has his own mind and does not always agree with his priests. and now pacquiao. he is anti rh bill. the way things are looking, rh bill will pass, another bad blow for pacquiao. I think god is sending us a message.

  21. JosephIvo says:

    Archbishop Palma just said: “Our society needs law to unite rather than divide. We need law to affirm and protect the truth about the dignity of the human person, who has been created in the very image of God; the sanctity of the family, the basic social unit which even our Constitution recognizes as the foundation of the nation; and the inviolability of the social institution of marriage, which the Constitution likewise recognizes as the foundation of the family.”

    Why did the archbishop stop there, he should have continued “ therefore we have to fight the rapidly increasing teen pregnancies, the overburden on poor families due to unwanted pregnancies, we have to give the poor women access to contraceptives to plan their families as all my female relatives do and all other wealthy women. The division that divides women today is unacceptable.”

  22. leona says:

    Our banana farmers are now beggars! They lost all of it. They need gov’t help. Will our gov’t financing institutions like DBP and Land Bank lend them capital as fast as Ongpin was given hundreds of million pesos in 24 hours? Here’s the link of the the news

    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/typhoon-reduces-philippine-farmers-beggars-043723514.html

    And will our gov’t assist the small business people who needs to rebuild? Now is the time and not years from now!

    • Aurora Pascua says:

      Do you think DBP will trust the farmers to lend them money ? I don’t think so ? And the great depression make by Pablo in the compostela Valley cause by the mining big company .!!!!!!! He he

  23. jundel says:

    The Children of Israel

    Is God playing favorites when he decreed that his chosen people are the Israelites? How about us, the whites, blacks, browns or even the yellow race? Are we not entitled to become God’s children?

    Or has God purposely decreed that his chosen people are the Children of Israel for a hidden plan that will be only revealed in the right time? A plan that will fulfill his promise of uniting the people of the world into One God and One Church congregation. It is a plan that will refine the third of the world’s population into believing who really God is and what is his true name

    Now if we want to become Children of God then we must become the Children of Israel. How can we become the Children of Israel if we do not come from the offspring of Jacob? Unless if God’s name is also Israel then by all means we are all entitled to be called Children of Israel

    But how can the name of God be Israel when in fact it was the name given to Jacob by an angel of God. This is the wonder of God’s plan. He also changed the name of Abram to Abraham but did not call his chosen people to be the Children of Abraham.

    Israel is God’s real name and he gave it to a worthy person, one who has defeated his angel. Jacob is like a junior to him. Jacob is his first born so just like all first born they are worthy to bear the name of their father.

    Exodus 4:22 exactly states;

    “Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,” (NIV)

    An angel gave the name Israel to Jacob and God has decreed that his name is with an angel as provided in Exodus 23:20-21;

    “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.” (NIV)

    If God’s people are called the Children of Israel and if God’s name is indeed Israel then the are really called by God’s name as stated in 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

    “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. (NIV)

    Since their land is called Israel then it follows that their land is also called by the name of God. This is well-given in Jeremiah 25:29, to wit;

    “See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.” (NIV)

    Now, if the people are called the Children of Israel and their land is Israel, therefore, the people and the land should bear or called by the name of God. If indeed his name is Israel there must be a biblical support to jointly establish this fact. Let us read Daniel 9:19:

    “O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” (NIV)

    With all these proofs, our belief is now being refined. Shall we continue to believe what the religions have taught us before or shall we start calling on the true name of God? We are not asking you to believe on this outright but you should begin studying and refining your beliefs. Calling on his true name will make us his people. Calling him Lord God Israel will truly make us a Child of Israel.

    Only a third of the world’s population will believe this new revelation of the true name of God. When that number is achieved, Lord God Israel will redeem the world and once again dwell among his people. This is given in Zechariah 13:9;

    “This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’” (NIV)

    • Alan says:

      are you going to lead a prayer rally soon? will it have a brass band?

    • leona says:

      @jundel…are you one of the many pastors of Manny Pacquiao? How’s he?Tell me where you can find this: “Trust no more in man, he has but a breath in his nostrils. How much is he worth?”

  24. David says:

    Off Topic, sort of, kind of, but a growth forecast of 85 million Filipinos over 6 decades. WOW!

    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippine-population-increase-85-good-economy-070003021.html

  25. Martial Bonifacio says:

    Doctors, nurses, midwives rally behind RH bill

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/11/12/doctors-nurses-midwives-rally-behind-rh-bill

    Personally i cant wait to see how they (legislators) will vote on RH bill this wednesday. I wanna know if our country is already mature enough or we still live in rizals time where in shackles of the catholic church and the vatican country is prevalent which imposes on our sovereignty.

    Will the legislators listen to the healthcare professionals or will they listen to the priest?
    If ever CBCP wins then i would suggest to every legislators TO VOID EVERY BOARD EXAMS and the LICENSE’S of MD’s, NURSES and MIDWIVES.

    What’s the point of studying for 4-6 years being a health care professional kung ang masusunod din lang naman ay ang simbahan, edi sa mga susunod na generation na doctor at nurses from PH ay dapat manggaling na lang sa seminaryo since they know alot more than licensed healthcare professionals.

    • curveball says:

      Malaking grupo ito at hindi pwede ipagwalang bahala ng congress at senate. at di tulad ng mga ordinaryo na tao ay mulat ang kaisipan kaya di pwede takutin (wrath of God) o palusutan.

    • Victin Luz says:

      Payag ako dyan ,…kaya lang…. It might be better if the priest to take oath as medical practioners,…… Mas maganda siguro. He he

      • fed_up says:

        May problema ako na bakit ang mga pari tinatanggap ng bayan na maging “marriage counselors” eh wala naman silang experiensiya diyan dahil bawal silang mag-asawa.

        • leona says:

          @victin luz…pag wala ng mga doktor at healthcare profs, ang mga pari na ang pag papa-anak sa kababa-ihan! Gusto nila yun! Makaka-hilamos sila ng feces din!

          @fed-up…i-ito lang ang counsel ng mga pari…DO NOT DIVORCE. DO NOT SEPARATE. DO NOT ANNUL. DAMIHIN NYO ANG MGA ANAK! Ang Diyos ma AAWA sa inyo!

          • Victin Luz says:

            @mam Leona tama k dyan, ……kaya lang ,…..kadiri sila sa pagpapaanak nyan he he they rather do ala Padre Damaso,…. ” ihang, balang,ineng,… 5 years na pala kayong kasal ng asawa mo ay wala pa kayong anak. Ganito ,tuturuan kita papaano gumawa ng bata bukas ng gabi sa convento mga alas sais, buksan kulang ang pintuan ng kwarto ko ha doon kita tuturuan tayong dalawa ,diretsong kakausap kay lord. wag na wag mung sasabihin sa ASAWA mo at kahit kanino , kung hindi ay hindi tayo pakikinggan ni lord. ” Nauwi ang 2 Kung sacristan pag lines ng gabi anak , kaya taimtim tayong magdadasal sa kanya , within 28 days pangako ko sa iyo, bunts ka.

        • Aurora Pascua says:

          Dahil silay naturingan pari basbasan ang may sala o Gawa ?

  26. raffy says:

    conversely, masasabi kaya ni bishop na “Ewan ko lang kung yan ay coincidence lang o dahil nga may pinapasabi ang Diyos sa atin, anti-RH si Manny. Ayan tuloy, natalo.”

  27. Martial Bonifacio says:

    Regarding naman kay pacquiao:
    Did Pacman really lose? or he just beat the system that failed him in his last fight against bradley? Check the KO from birds eye view.

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/f155124e93c581a0c05f849926908020/tumblr_meru9lnPF91r9qw2bo1_400.gif

    Remember 9-1 ang odds last saturday in favor of pacquiao :)

    • curveball says:

      Di kaya nadapa sya at sinalo nya/sya ng malakas ng right ni marquez? pwede ba paki-explain kasi di ako marunong sa mga technicalities ng boxing.

  28. leona says:

    Shall the COMELEC allow a party-list for SQUATTERS? Here is a link it might…

    http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/12/11/squatters-party-list-approved/

    Yes, off-topic again. But very confusing for me. Squatters are law violators. These class occupies gov’t and private lands without consent by the owners. They occupy even public roads, set-back areas along creeks, river banks and other navigable rivers. Law v iolators! Now, should this class be accredited with a party-list by the Comelec body?

    When or who is the next bunch of law violators to be accredited? Detention prisoners? Convicted prisoners in Bilibid? The rebels or seccessionists NPAs, MNLF, MILF, atbpa?

    What or where are our laws on this? One of the qualification of a voter is residency. Are these classes with legal residency and by law allowed to vote in elections? I say no. They have no legal residency in the lands they are squatting on. Illegal sila. Tolerated unlawfully by politicians! With that tolerance, legal na?

    This system now is a sign that our gov’t appears not to know anymore what to do to correct things. Just because squatting has been long in existence, now it has become acceptable and legal, etc. SUSMA!

    • filipino_mom says:

      oo, vowing to defend their rights daw. right to steal public and private lands, right to endanger everybody else by clogging and polluting waterways, right to harbor criminals within the community. oo, rights nga talaga.

  29. Martial Bonifacio says:

    Off-topic:
    Filipinos should really hunt EVERY communist rebels. Dapat ituro na ng mga tiga mindanao at visayas kung sino sino ang mga terorista na yan.

    After Pablo hits the visayas and mindanao, inatake naman ng mga NPA ang mga sundalo doing the search and rescue operations.

    Source:
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/320401/communist-rebels-kill-2-soldiers-in-leyte

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/285431/news/regions/two-army-soldiers-killed-in-npa-attack-in-leyte

    Kahapon sabi ng NPA tigil putukan daw.
    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/285769/news/nation/new-people-s-army-halts-armed-offensives-in-pablo-stricken-areas

    Tapos biglang patalikod na inatake na naman nila ang mga sundalo.

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/285871/news/regions/suspected-npa-rebels-torch-backhoe-in-palawan

    I hope noynoy brands the NPA as a terrorist ng maintindihan ng international community na sila ay mga terrorista at walang ginawa kundi manira ng mga kagamitan ng mga investors sa pilipinas lalo na pag hindi nagbigay sa revolutionary fund.

    Sila (NPA) din yung mga taong parating nagrereklamo sa mga human rights group at humihingi nga tulong samantalang sila din yung mga pumapatay sa mga sundalo ng patalikod.

    • Aurora Pascua says:

      You are totally correct, sila ang terrorists sila ang killer sa soldiers, sila ang against the government at sila habang sila ay buhay ?

  30. Rene-Ipil says:

    Why are the Supreme Court justices close to Corona blocking the move of CJ Sereno to decentralize the office of the court administrator (OCA) headed by Corona’s spokesman, Marquez?

    The decentralization scheme for OCA was initiated by former CJ Davide and continued until the time of former CJ Puno but was suspended by Corona to favor OCA administrator Marquez. The decentralization of OCA means that judges in the Visayas and Mindanao do not have to get the approval of Marquez in Manila on administrative matters like leave of absence, purchase of office supplies, etc.

    In my previous posts I insisted on the removal of the Arroyo 8 SC justices to have a meaningful reform in the judiciary. First, these SC justices showed their displeasure to the appointment of CJ Sereno by boycotting the flag ceremony. Now, they are making it difficult for their chief to institute an obviously needed improvement in the SC by insisting on the approval en banc of a pure act of administration by the head of the judiciary.

    • leona says:

      @Rene-Ipil…the “why” is because so few Filipinos are good sports! Mostly or the many specially gov’t officials inclu justices cannot take a KO punch! Only Pacquiao can smile and show happiness as it hits.

      The justices are still upset or na i-INIS that none of them as GMA lovers got the CJ post! Bad sports talaga! That’s the “why” to your query. Matagal yan…ilang taon…we don’t know.

      It will take a long time to get them to support the CJ Sereno or maybe never! Basta!

    • jorge bernas says:

      @ Rene-Ipil,

      Could you please print the names of those justices who block the moves of chief justice Sereno to decentralize the office of court administrator…Ano kaya ang mawawala sa kanilang mga GMA appointees at patuloy silang nakikialam sa planong ito na para naman sa kaayusan at pagpapabilis nang mga naantalang serbisyo sa Supreme Court at pabor ito sa mga Mamamayan. Kong ayaw nila sa plano ni CJ Sereno ay umalis na lang sana sila diyan dahil hindi dapat sa Supreme Court ang mga justices na Pansariling Kabutihan ang laging iniisip.Nagpapairal pa rin pala sa mga makasariling justices na ito ang pansariling kasakiman? At itong si Midas Marquez na ito ay nandiyan pa rin pala matapos ang walang kuwentang pagkampi nito sa convicted CJ nato corona? Hindi na nahiya at kapit tuko pa rin itong si marquez sa puwesto gayong wala nang tiwala ang taongbayan sa taong ito? Dapat nang palitan ang isang ito sa dami nang kasong kinasangkutan nitong si Marqueza.

      Noong inaakusahan si corona ay walang ginawa itong mga TUTAng justices na ito tapos ngayon dahil lang sa hindi nahirang bilang C.J. ang isa sa mga ito ay naging kontrabida na ang ipinapakita gayong para sa kabutihan nang Supreme Court ang plano ni CJ Sereno..Mahiya sana itong mga justices at magbitiw na lang para may magandang halimbawang maipakita sa mamamayan dahil walang kuwenta ang kanilang pinakikialaman…

  31. Cha says:

    Congress votes on the RH Bill today.

    As they do, let’s hope they think of these two girls’ stories in Rappler’s “Where girls die young to give life”. Excerpts from the article written by Ugochi Daniels,, country representative of the United Nations Population Fund ito the Philippines, follows:

    Teenage mom

    Peachy is 17 years old. She has two children. I met her in Cagayan de Oro at a ceremony where her one-month-old child dubbed UNFPA’s “Sendong baby” was presented with a birth certificate and a scholarship, among other things. Peachy was also provided with what she will need to set up her own sari-sari store.

    During her second pregnancy, Peachy did not have any checkups until she came to a UNFPA supported RH service in the evacuation center where she stayed after tropical storm Sendong. She didn’t even know that she was already in labor. She was in a UNFPA car being rushed to a hospital but ended up delivering in our car.

    Peachy comes from one of the poorest municipalities in her province, which incidentally also has among the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the area. At least her second baby now has a scholarship and Peachy can generate some income, but I ask myself what about the many others? On every visit I make I meet many

    Incest survivor

    Let me introduce you to “Bibi,” a lovely 9-year-old girl I met in a province in Luzon. Bibi lives in a crisis center. She is a survivor of incest. Her mother is an OFW. Therein lies another paradox – the family as a unit is enshrined in the Constitution and yet the very activity that contributes to so much growth and development is eroding the families of so many.

    On every visit I make, I meet or hear of yet another Bibi.

    For me, for UNFPA, Peachy and Bibi are more than statistics. They are more than survey results, they are more than debates, they are more than factories to produce OFWs, and therefore the time is now to make a real difference in their lives.

    They deserve options and choices – it is their right. Only they should have control over their own bodies and their own lives. It is their right.

    • curveball says:

      sana sa pagboto ng bawat isa ay maging makatotohanan sila sa tunay na kalagayan ng mga kababaihan sa kanayunan at malayong bayan.
      andito ang mga babae na higit na nangangailangan ng tulong na manggagaling sa RH bill.

    • leona says:

      @Cha…now is the right time to pass that RH bill into law! We’re already about 90 millions! We are inside a small area like cramped in a small tin can. Many land areas will be unusable for years to come due to devastation. More hungry populace. More food needed we don’t have. More people to take care. The odds are against us. We cannot go on like this. Something must be done.

      One is the RH law. Campaign for population control at it’s most beneficial interests. We need to listen and heed the problems at hand. The now and not the guesses of “ifs.”

      Our land area is not getting bigger but our people are! Is that not enough to take action?

  32. parengtony says:

    re Manny –

    I read this a long time ago somewhere:

    “The greatness of a man does not lie in his successes but in the way he rises from his defeats.”

    Ted Kennedy suffered numerous humiliating defeats but each time, with much hard work, rose back to achieve great accomplishments and ultimately become one of America’s greatest legislators. He is truly the epitome of redemption. Manny can and will also be so… for the sake of his people.

    • Martial Bonifacio says:

      Bakit mo pinost yan dito baka mabasa ni Tito Sotto! at biglang masotto yan sa wednesday kung kailan magbobotohan na daw regarding RH bill :(

    • leona says:

      Manny can if he foregoes the idea that he can be everything: boxer, congressman, Pastor, actor, singer, Colonel in the reserve Army, baskbetall start, atbpa! Now, I read he’s a “Born again” …couldn’t last long with one religion. How does he know he’ll like this one now? He was only praying the Holy Rosary and he abandoned it in favor of being “born again?”

      Holy Cow! I find changing of faith as naive and feeble-minded…no spirit in strength! He wants to become a Pastor reading the Bible as if it can be done like what everybody is doing? Boy! One has to study so many years and years to know the Bible…from knowledgeable theologians, not laymen who only keeps reading it and memorizing the contents…and become a pastor! Holy Moses!

      Now, his pastors could have told him…forget Holy Mary! Discard the Holy Rosary! Mary is and was not important. It is Jesus Christ only! Yea…true enough, during the time of Jesus that was true maybe. But after Jesus rose up, is it still true? Where did Mary go? What happened to Mary? Who is Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ? No importance? Explain to a very good satisfaction Mssrs. Pastors! Born Again members do not support Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ! True but their reasons WEAK or false!

      Hail Mary! Full of Grace!…said Angel Gabriel to Mary. “Full of Grace”…all the graces are in Her! The Lord is With Thee! If one strays from Mary, the Lord is not with him or her! One has someone else, who? A Mother like Mary is a treasure as Jesus Christ believed in Her like any good mother we all have. I believe when Mary Mother of God wants to help someone Jesus cannot refuse to support His Mother!

  33. Ancient Mariner says:

    One thing that caught my attention was that Manny continued to warm up during the Philippines National Anthem. He did the same before the Bradley fight. Does that not make Marquez a better, Catholic9, patriot and boxer than Manny?

  34. many wisest comments will surface to analyze
    Pacquiao loss in the ring. Many of whom uses
    the advantage of HINDSIGHT. This comment is
    one of them worthless now:

    Pacquiao could be Marquis de Sade, if he knew
    Marquez nose was already broken. He could have
    toyed with Marques for rest of the 12 rounds unTIL
    the towekl is thrown to the ring.

    PACQUIAO’S GOOFED BIG TIME THIS TIME.

  35. Island Hopes says:

    Why are there so many comments about Pacquiao on an article about mining?

  36. Rene-Ipil says:

    Sportscaster and boxing analyst Ed Tolentino may have the best explanation on why and how Pacquiao got knocked out. See the article at ABS-CBNnews.com December 10, 2012 “Analysts ; Pacquiao never saw punch come in”.

    “Pacquiao, before that knock out, he looked good. The best I’ve seen Pacquiao since 2009 when he knocked out Miguel Cotto,” said Tolentino, pointing out that Pacquiao had broken Marquez’s nose and was going for the kill in the final seconds of the sixth round.

    “[But] for some reason, unintentionally, his foot landed on the foot of Marquez, he lost his balance,” Tolentino said. “And there was that right hand, the right hand that he never saw, and [he] literally swallowed that right hand of Marquez.”

    Pacquiao has been practicing to evade that right hand, which is said to be Marquez’s most powerful weapon.

    But because of his aggressiveness, he walked straight to that right cross and got knocked out cold. The fight officially ended at 2:59 of Round 6.

    “He did admit after the fight he never saw that punch come in,” Tolentino said.

  37. julio cesaro says:

    Last year bago bumaha sa metro manila ang pinagusapan ay RH Bill, ngayon bago dumating si pablo ay RH Bill. Sa Amerika bago dumating ang malalakas na hurricane may state na nagdeclare ng same sex marriage. Noon ang Brazil naglegalized nang same sex marriage anong nangyari,,,after a month naglindol. Lahat ba nang ito’y coincident? Ang lahat ng immoralidad ay nililinis nang Diyos, gaya nang ginawa Nya sa Sodom at Gomorrah. Kaya kung mabuti ka’t napasama sa trahedya pupunta ka sa Kanya. Ang pangyayaring ito ay sampol lang kaya wag na nating hintayin na buong mundo na ang LINISIN NYA!!!!!!

    • PABLO says:

      Agad agad? Imoralidad agad kaya maraming namatay sa bagyong Pablo? Hindi ba pwedeng nasira muna ang kabundukan kaya wala nang proteksyon ang Compostela Valley sa rumaragasang putik?

      ANG LABO MO!

      • Aurora Pascua says:

        Many many killed sa Compostela Valley dahil kal -Bo ang bundok , no trees to hold the earth and water, mining also cause the incident dahil hinukay ng malalim ang lupa kaya walang mag hold sa ulan at lipa ?

    • Jan says:

      Halos sampung taon ng pinag-uusapan sa kongreso ang RH bill. Iba’t ibang bersyon. Ibig mong sabihin lahat ng mga bagyong dumaan sa Pilipinas sa panahon na iyon dahil sa RH Bill?

    • macspeed says:

      Yahoooooo, you are very 100% correct!!! he he he he

    • leona says:

      @julio cesaro…ang LINISIN ay ang mga estero natin! Bumaha sa Metro Manila last year and this year pa.

      Why floods? Our esteros are clogged! Garbage dami! More people more garbage, di ba?
      We don’t have a movement by gov’t, national and local, a 24/.7 cleaning of esteros. Have you seen a TV footage, MMDA cleaning a drainage when the flood was just next block, with water up to his waist already? I saw it!

      Everybody should move to clean esteros! DILG, local officials and barangay specially should move on this. Catch garbage throwers, charge and prosecute! Require these barangays to catch every day, every week and every month with no let up! Remove any barangay officials who fails to comply. The creeks, river banks, canals, etc. are so full of uncollected garbage!

      In Manila, the esteros have been “occupied” as part of private land owners. Covered na! Nawala sa maps. They cannot include that in their titles but they are using and occupying the estero area. So, rain water has no place to exit. It goes out to the streets.

      Once LINISIN natin, God will not be sending us His punishment as you are saying. He hever will again to this. We are the ones punishing ourselves in this. Destroying our land, forests by logging and mining, atbpa! We are destroying ourselves.

      • Aurora Pascua says:

        Leona, lahat ng say mo boto ako ! TOTOO tayo rin ang limilikha ng problem sa canal kahit saan ka punta , cleanliness ay PAIRALIN para ewas problema ? Pero Pinoy Pinay Tigas OTAK ??????

  38. santiago katumbal says:

    don’t we ever realise that catholicism was built on a LIE?!?

    beware of those men in robes, for every word that comes out of their mouth bears no truth.

    have we forgotten 300+ years of spanish colonisation? wake up…

    • Victin Luz says:

      Ha ha tama ka dyan FRIAR lands for 300years owning them all without taxes……… Then it was transferred to the Spanish Filipino blood families who knew very well that our great great grand parents were at the middle of those lands tilling it only nobody knows how to read and write nor transferred such rights of the land into a TRRENTS TITLE…. AYALA, TUAZON, ZOBEL, MADRIGAL, and many other Spanish BLood Families a product of Colonialism in CONIVANCE with the Roman Catholic CHURCHES……kahit ako’y may dugong espanol at intsik……nararapat Lang na ipasailalim lahat sa Land reform ang mga malalawak pa lupain at MAGBUWIS na ang churches sa atin, katoliko o hindi katoliko.
      Pampadagdag sa pambili ng condum at para mabiyayahan ang ibang pareng katoliko na mahihilig, para hindi magkalat ng anak sa labas.

      • Tomas Gomez III says:

        The Roxas-Ayala-Zobel’s Hacienda San Pedro Makati were never Friar Lands….The Roxas family purchased it through auction more than 150 years ago, after three or four other owners, among them the Jesuits prior to their expulsion in 1767. Jesuits aare not Friars! Both Nasugbu and Calatagan were acquired through purchase. Calatagan was subdivided to tenants long before the Land Reform laws were even enacted. BTW, these families were never that close to the Roman Catholic Church. Founder Domingo Roxas was a secret supporter of secularization and local autonomy, was jailed by the Spanish authorities, died while incarcerated. Zobel was a mason, Pedro Roxas was a friend and supporter of Jose Rizal while the Ayalas a generation ago had a proxy fight with Cardinal Santos over the control of Bank of the Philippine Islands. Thank you.

        • Victin Luz says:

          Yes and how did the Jesuits acquired those lands, and an auction 150years back then isn’t our great grand father of us were the first one working on that land , but because ” no read no write ” and the fact was they don’t have power an money so THEY WERE NEVER GIVEN A CHANCE TO OPPOSED THAT AUCTION.

          ROXAS, RIZAL , DEL PILAR , BUECAMINOS , LUNA were all ” elitista ” na kaya lang lumaban sila sa SPAIN ay nationalistic daw sila pero ang katutuhanan ay they were only or they just want to protect their LANDs and WEALTH’s acquired trough the ” mangmang na ninono namin SIR…..

        • leona says:

          @Tomas…just curious, a question on this point. Why would religious entitied need “haciendas” vast tracks of lands when what they need only is for a church or chapel? 5000 SQM or at most 1 hectare would be enough!

          To acquire thousands of hectares of land all over the country is unconscionable, whether via auction or purchase or however acquired. The land is for the Filipino citizens but I guess during that time it allowed Spanish citizens, etc. for obvious reasons that we were under Spain.

          Maybe many of the religious orders also wanted to go into farming. Bible & Farming! ? Not only spreading the Gospel but spreading planting pechay, coconut, sugar cane, tomatoes, cassava, cocoa, atbpa! Maybe they needed all this to survive, but as new comers good for a few years as they got stable. But for 300 + years of it? Holy Pechays!

          Well, they finally were able to own the whole country later!

          • Johnny Lin says:

            Buddy knows his history. Maybe Ambeth a PDI columnist could elucidate further.

            That was also the question then, how did William Penn own vast tract in now Commonwealth state ofPennsylvania?

          • Tomas Gomez III says:

            Let me attempt an answer. There was a pattern to be followed. For almost a millennium, central Italy was a large swath of property owned by the Vatican….the Pope was the sovereign! I think they even called it the republic of St. Peter. Pope Alexander VI and the Demarcation Line, remember? The conquest of the Philippines was more of a religious venture (spread of Christianity) than one of commerce and politics. In reality, the Spanish Crown did not make money….but the Friar orders did. The economic activities of the Dominicans and Augustinians were all sanctioned by the Vatican. Two items of historical trivia: Jose Rizal’s parents’ ‘hacienda’ was leased land from the Dominicans. They in turn had tenants working the land. I think it was Gov. Gen. Wm. Howard Taft who went to the Vatican to negotiate the purchase of Friar lands and its eventual break up and re-sale. May be the price was $7Million,

            Anyway, total Pasko naman…..walang quiz….pasado tayong lahat !!!

            Merry Christmas…….

            • leona says:

              @Tomas…very good! Merry X’mas ha imo! Btw…now governments and people are grabbing the hectares and acres of cyberspace! This is the only item remaining so far not totally conquered by man.

              Sta. Claus must be nervous nowadays! Merry X’mas Santa!

      • Aurora Pascua says:

        Wow ,kala ko pari ay sagrado malinis like a clear running water so purely, yon pala makasalanan din masahol pa sa Atin, so why not let the churches pay there obligation, we donate on attending mass but we cannot claim as our expenses. Priest condom not for them ,they like love especially secret love..

    • leona says:

      @santiago…what’s your point remembering it? Your ascendants believed in that LIE! Give it a few seconds only and then use the 23 hours 59 minutes to move on to something good! Constructive. Are you going to tell everybody around you not to believe in those men in robes?…including judges in robes? Not all of them could be your target. Put out something better…we’ve heard your words before, many many times already from your kind.

  39. moonie says:

    they’re falling one by one, first corona, ex headhoncho of the supreme court, now pacquiao. both pin up boys of the catholic church. is there a message somehow? the catholic church was so confident corona will retain his job, he was even compared to jesus christ risen from the dead in 30 days. corona instead flipped on the 30th day and lost his job. so much for the masses and prayers sponsored by the catholic church. apparently god has his own mind and does not always agree with his priests. and now pacquiao. he is anti rh bill. the way things are looking, rh bill will pass, another bad blow for pacquiao. I think god is sending us a message.

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