Defying Church leaders

Just my opinion

By Raïssa Robles

This is not the best way to spend Christmas – at odds with the Church clergy and told by a Cardinal that supporting a Reproductive Health Law is “unfortunate and tragic.”

I can imagine what priests all over the country will be saying at their pulpits this Sunday. They will castigate the proponents  of RH in Congress and lambast supporters. Some will probably consign all of them – I guess that includes me and even Jesuit priest-lawyer Joaquin Bernas – to hell.

These are not happy thoughts for what should be a happy occasion – the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.

And yet, and yet, this time I need to stand my ground. I believe priests are not always right in every way. Sometimes they are wrong. Very wrong.

From our own history, we cannot just gloss over the fact that for centuries the Philippines was held in theocratic thrall through the power of friars. The Philippine Revolution was betrayed by a woman confessing to a priest, who broke the silence of confession and divulged the plot. The oppressive theocracy was one factor that triggered the Revolution, and it was the Spanish friars who worked hard to see Jose Rizal executed. .

We cannot forget the fact that the Church hierarchy supported Marcos’ Martial Law for a while, and later suppressed the Basic Christian Communities. Several prominent bishops propped up the questionable administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for five years, all because she promised to block the approval of an RH Law and she courted clergy’s support like mad.

How can I reconcile my own Catholic faith with my stand on RH?

Church---Mary-RacelisI stumbled on the answer today in a piece written by social anthropologist Mary Racelis entitled “Vatican II at 50: Laity speak out on RH”.

I decided to read it because her name rang a bell. Mary Racelis (formerly Hollnsteiner) was one of the scholars always writing about the poor and social justice for publications of Ateneo de Manila University during the Marcos dictatorship. She was director of Ateneo’s Institute of Philippine Culture from 1971 to 1977.  Her scholarship was recognized by both the Ateneo and De La Salle University with honorary doctorates in Humanities and Social Sciences, respectively.

Racelis noted that the Vatican Council (1962-1965) had issued a “Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity” which stated that lay Catholics’ “expert attention and study” were  crucial in reforming the Church.

The Decree recognized for the first time that priests might not always have the expertise and that lay people had to fill the gap. The Vatican Decree stated:

“With a constantly increasing population, continual progress in science and technology, and closer interpersonal relationships, the areas for the lay apostolate have been immensely widened particularly in fields that have been for the most part open to the laity alone. These factors have also occasioned new problems which demand their expert attention and study… Besides, in many places where priests are very few…the Church could scarcely exist and function without the activity of the laity.”

I am one with Racelis when she wrote that given this Vatican Decree, she found the reaction of the  Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to RH “devastating”.

She claimed that:

“Moving forcefully into areas of lay expertise, like economics, demography, behavioral sciences, medicine, sexuality, gender, law, governance and politics, the CBCP’s pronouncements on these subjects have progressively undermined its credibility as moral arbiter in the domain of reproductive health.”

She added that “not since the Philippine Revolution of 1896  has the Filipino laity challenged the bishops’ authority so openly and overwhelmingly.”

Racelis said, among the criticisms that lay experts have against the CBCP (which consists of 71 bishops) were the following:

The CBCP is out of step with the times;
It clings to outmoded understanding of sex, marriage and family life;
It creates a situation where many poor women find themselves pregnant yet again, feeling they have no option other than abortion to terminate the unwanted pregnancy;
It contributes to the rise in teenage pregnancies by preventing adolescents from obtaining age-appropriate sex education in school;
It violates the separation of church and state by attacking the RH bill in sermons and threatening pro-RH lawmakers with a Catholic backlash in the 2013 elections, and even excommunication.

Contrary to some of the bishops’ pronouncements that supporting RH is a mortal sin, Racelis asserted otherwise, saying:

“…in clear conscience…we must support the RH bill…Our lawmakers can stand confidently with us and the vast majority of the Filipino people by voting “yes.”

The Church “illusion”

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The CBCP’s intense lobbying against RH and its lawmaker-backers has effectively divided the House of Representatives.

The bishops, backed by anti-RH Catholic groups, have warned they intend to make pro-RH lawmakers pay on election day.

Should lawmakers buckle because of their warning?

The answer may be found in a paper written much earlier by a senior Catholic scholar – a colleague of Racelis in the same Ateneo university.

José Mario C. Francisco, S.J. said the prelates’ political clout was just an “illusion.”

The priest-scholar, who is now president of Ateneo’s Loyola School of Theology, wrote in his paper entitled “The Dynamics between Catholicism and Philippine Society”:

“First, we need to distinguish between the influence of the Catholic Church and that of Christian stories and symbols. As has been mentioned, Catholicism in terms of the Catholic Church still retains an overwhelming majority, though only thirty percent of Catholics have any regular contact with the Church. Nevertheless, the reach of Christian stories and symbols is far greater, because they have historically shaped Philippine culture to a great extent and politics to a lesser.”

“Because of this wider reach of Christian stories and symbols, the Catholic Church often forgets the limits of its own actual influence. It always points to the 1986 EDSA Revolution as witness. This is of course true in part; but this dramatic social moment came about also in part due to the fact that the Catholic Church provided a relatively safe umbrella for social critique against the Marcos dictatorship, and in part due to the imaginative power of Christian stories and symbols long part of Philippine culture.”

Fr. Francisco claimed there are times when the Church suffers a “memory lapse” during which it wrongly thinks there exists “a practical union of Church and State”:

“Of course, it will not declare this openly, but actions on the part of certain leaders of the Catholic Church speak louder than words; for example, the much publicized visits of presidential candidates to the Archbishop of Manila before elections. This temptation will continue to be strong as long as membership in the Catholic Church constitutes the overwhelming majority.”

He therefore cautioned church leaders:

“But there are reality checks to this illusion on the part of the Catholic Church. There have been three instances when the leaders of the Catholic Church were rebuffed by many in Philippine society—the election of President Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada (though the Church veiled its opposition); the execution of prisoner Leo Echagaray (the first after the reinstatement of the death penalty); and the ratification of the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States. These indicate that Philippine Society is increasingly becoming ‘freed’ from the grip of the Catholic Church, largely as a result of globalization and the pluralism it brings.”

Ummm. No wonder some senior clerics brand Jesuits “renegades”.

 It was after I read Racelis and Fr. Francisco that I realized that you and I cannot abandon the Church just because some bishops openly condemn the passage of an RH Law. We need to stay inside the Church in order to help reform it.

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  1. 79
    Mel says:

    Reading it from taborasj


    Under the RH Law (RA 10354), the Catholic Must Choose

    Posted on February 5, 2013 by Joel Tabora, S.J.

    My thesis has been: there is nothing in “The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RA 10354)” which prevents a good Catholic from being a good Catholic. Therefore, for any informed discussion on this topic a reading of the law’s text would be required.

    Visit and read the rest of his article at his blog site: http://taborasj.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/under-the-rh-law-ra-10354-the-catholic-must-choose/

  2. 78
    #JustFacts says:

    People are born atheist. Nobody chose their religion. It was inposed on them. I was a catholic (daw) because my parents are catholics and not because I chose to be.

    Now that I got rid of my scared cows, does it mean I’m worse as a person than before? No. on the other hand, it made me a better person tha ever.

    There’s only one doctrine that works. Don’t do to others what you don’t want others do to you. Simple.

  3. 77
    Mike Smith says:

    Christian Catholic Church members have hoped to change Catholic Doctrine, by remaining inside the Catholic Church. Yes they have been doing this for hundreds of years. Problem is Catholic Church is an autocratic institution and will not listen to lay members.
    All the while church collections are made from the worshippers and many might consider it to be embarrassing not to give anything, so we continue to fund this nonsense.

    • 77.1
      silentReader says:

      my whole family tree :)) were a die hard catholics . (, except me)coz i have a lot of ‘why’s on them. My view is that ,rcc promoted forms of worship that are based on false teaching , i mean they preach something that is not written in their Bible and largely ritualistic instead of providing genuine spiritual guidance, they also have selfish objectives and been overly concerned with money collections.. they did not stood aloof and distinct from the gov’t instead these ‘wolves-in-sheep-covering’ have been involve in many wars and political issues and activities. Pope,bishops,priests failed to influence the civil lives of its members yet live in luxury but yung mga taong to whom they should minister remain impoverished spiritually.

  4. 76
    yeheywater says:

    Si Belmonte, nang a asar pa.

    Divorce bill next–Belmonte

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326581/divorce-bill-next-belmonte

  5. 75
    fed_up says:

    Joke muna tayo, para mapawi ang init ng pagtatalo. Tayong mga Pilipino, may natural gift at talent na ganito (hilig magpatawa), kahit sa gitna ng matinding bangayan. Ang ibang lahi ay wala niyan. ‘Ika nga, it’s more fun in the Philippines!

    Lugar: Manila, panahon ng parliamentary form of government at panahon din ng
    malawakang demonstrasyon ng mga mag-aaral laban sa gobyerno. Si Marcos
    ang ceremonial President at si Cesar Virata ang Prime Minister na nag-eexercise
    ng powers of state. [Manila, time of parliamentary form of government and also
    time of widespread student demonstration against the government. Marcos was
    the ceremonial President while Virata was the Prime Minister who exercises
    the powers of state.]
    Marcos: (mula sa sick bed niya [from his sick bed]) “Cesar, bakit ang gulo-gulo ng bayan.
    Ano ba ang isinisigaw ng mga estudyanteng nagma-martsa sa kalsada.” ["Cesar,
    why is there so much unrest? What are the student marchers shouting?"]
    Virata: “Sir, limang ‘ismo’. ["Sir, five 'isms'.]
    Marcos: “Anu-ano ang mga yon?” ["What are they?"]
    Virata: “Ang unang tatlo ay ‘imperyalismo’, ‘piyudalismo’, at ‘pasismo’. ["The first three are
    'imperialism', 'feudalism', and 'fascism'.
    Marcos: "Ano ang pang-apat?" ["What's the fourth?"]
    Virata: “Baka magalit kayo Sir?” ["You might get angry, Sir."]
    Marcos: “Hindi, anu yon?” ["No, what is it?"]
    Virata: “Misismo.” ["Your Mrs."]
    Marcos: “Ang pang-lima?” ["And the fifth?"]
    Virata: “Baka dito kayo magalit, Sir.” ["This might get you angry now, Sir."]
    Marcos: “Hindi, sabihin mo!” ["No, say it."]
    Virata: “Ikaw mismo.” (“You yourself.”)

    It’s now 3:15am in my part of the world, time for me to get my SASS.

  6. 74
    Gene Simmowns says:

    Even Mar Roxas is not spared from the sweeping threats of Bishop Reyes:

    Bishop warns Roxas Church will make him pay in 2016

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326609/bishop-warns-roxas-church-will-make-him-pay-in-2016

    • 74.1
      rejtatel says:

      A vindictive bunch of watchamacallit indeed! I thought Jesus said, “Love thine enemies”. Is this not addressed to the bishops? And they are dragging the church to political vindictiveness. What a shame.

  7. 73
    andrew lim says:

    PSSSSTT…

    @ Raissa, Buddy Gomez:

    Could it be Belinda OIivarez Cunanan , a former PDI columnist that Sandy Prieto was referring to about “someone you’ve tried your best to support and whose independence you’ve nurtured breaks that trust by selling valuable editorial real estate.”

    I quote from Cunanan’s blog, Political Tidbits:

    “Kindly tell your friends about my blog as I need more exposure, after I was terminated from the Inquirer for political reasons.”

    “Since I was summarily terminated by the Inquirer for political reasons right after the May 2010 elections I turned to online writing, but it needs more exposure.”

    Her late husband was a diplomat and corporate exeutive with impressive connections in the Arroyo and Cory administrations.

    What exactly did she do? Related to the 2010 elections?

    • 73.1
      raissa says:

      Dear Andrew,

      Sorry. I’d rather not have my site link to her blog.

      • 73.1.1
        andrew lim says:

        hmmmm……speaks volumes.

        • 73.1.1.1
          Johnny Lin says:

          Andrew
          we posted comments on BOC in many Raissa blogs before as far back as 2011.
          You should have known the identity immediately.

          Not worth reading her writings until she returns GOCC shares worth millions rightfully belonging to SS according to PNoy govt

    • 73.2
      Tomas Gomez III says:

      An earlier comment from one of our cyber associates did mention her. For Sandy Prieto Romualdez to have spoken of that someone in a rare but major statement can only mean that “malalim ang sugat.” Bel seems to be admitting that she is Sandy’s subject.
      Raissa is being sensible…..why advertise and propagate a distraction. I hesitate to categorize Bel as a competitor. What apparently Ms. Cunanan misses is the attention and clout she used tonenjoy while still with PDI. Not to worry, really. She is “made” financially.

  8. 72
    baycas says:

    At the Senate, sass is disallowed in the past…until the advent of the RH Bill when SASS was already allowed by a vote of 11-6.

    —–
    sass – impudent speech

    SASS – safe and satisfying sex

    • 72.1
      baycas says:

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/319077/senates-rh-bill-retains-clause-on-safe-satisfying-sex

      “In fact, it has no business to be telling us to do that,” Enrile said, defending his amendment deleting “safe and satisfying sex” from the bill.

      “Precisely, Mr. President. My response is, it simply defines that reproductive health includes a safe and satisfying sex life for the couple; precisely giving them that privilege and that right,” Cayetano countered.

      Those who voted against Enrile’s amendment were Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Santiago, Escudero, Franklin Drilon, Teofisto Guingona III, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Sergio Osmeña III and Francis Pangilinan.

      Those who voted in favor of Enrile’s amendment were Jinggoy Estrada, Gregorio Honasan II, Ralph Recto, Ramon Revilla Jr., Vicente Sotto III and Enrile.

  9. 71
    baycas says:

    A the Senate, sass is disallowed in the past…until the advent of RH Bill when SASS was already allowed by a vote of 11-6.

    —–
    Sass – impudent speech

    SASS – safe and satisfying sex

  10. 70
    baycas says:

    Comments Nos. 65 and 66 are all about CLEANLINESS.

    Here’s to a CLEAN new year…Cheers!

  11. 69
    mainman says:

    this really happened. we got married by a judge in the province, we were in our 30′s then. after the marriage, of course we were living as husband and wife. we agreed that we will get a proper wedding in a church afterwards. after six months, and with my wife’s tummy bulging with a child we decided to get married in church. before the marriage, we were given a marriage seminar by a priest (ours is an old italian priest beloved in the parish), who said that we were living in sin, and we should separate and return to our parents house before we get married in church. what the…..as a husband and would be father, it was and is my duty to be by my wife’s side and take care of her and the baby

    • 69.1
      raissa says:

      It means he just wanted you both to be celibate while waiting to be married :)

    • 69.2
      leona says:

      …how “old” was the Italian priest at the time you say…maybe 94 years?, he couldn’t remember he was priest anymore! Too obsolete and behind all times! You and wife already lived together for months and a coming child is on hand…it is only a venial sin! …mitigated by: the conception of a child and the love expressed… The veniality disappeared. Ergo: No sin whatsoever.

    • 69.3
      Joe America says:

      To me, this is the place where the logic of compassion gets lost for the inflexibility of priestly perceptions of God’s rules. Jesus would have done differently than this priest, I am confident. Seems to me there is a faith warp between Catholic doctrine and human heart.

    • 69.4
      Johnny Lin says:

      @mainman

      Not unusual for foreign clergies then, too strict!

      Now, with a Filipino priest, advice would be:

      Get married after the child is born, then you can have baptism and wedding on same day, one party, same visitors, less expenses, two separate gifts.

  12. 68
    springwoodman says:

    Latest News: Sotto delays bicam to December 19, Wednesday, instead of today.

    • 68.1
      springwoodman says:

      The reason? Because he does not have – wait for it – a Clean Copy!

    • 68.2
      Cha says:

      At the rate he is going, Senator Sotto could vey well be the next Filipino candidate for sainthood. Such a brave and courageous defender of his faith ! Going through all lengths to prevent the perversion of the young, resorting to such a noble and commendable act of plagiarism that the youth can emulate, not once.. but over and over again.

      Aah, who else would have been willing to endure the pain and humiliation of being exposed as a lying thief? Who else would have fought so valiantly a horde of fact checking cyberbullies? Who else would have thought to unsheath the sword of cyberlibel and wield it against those who dare malign the reputation of all saintly politicians like him?

      There are many things he will long be remembered for, among them his solid defense of his no vote to the RH Bill- why do we want to give out free condoms when other countries are banning the use of plastic? The angels in Quiapo Church must have been applauding thinking business as usual when the No vote wins.

      I wonder what the CBCP is waiting for. Sotto for sainthood, now na! Let’s hear it for Santa SenTito, Patron Saint of PLASTICS !

      • 68.2.1
        leona says:

        People and VOTERS should just remember that this guy should not and be NEVER voted again for senator in the next elections and thereafter!

        REMOVE TITO SOTTO from the SENATE!

      • 68.2.2
        Eric says:

        Patron Saint of comedians and plagiarists. St. Vicente, Santo Tito, Santito, Titosan… I like the ring of it.

      • 68.2.3
        pinay710 says:

        alalahanin natin si sotto ay artista, magaling sa script at magaling magpaAWA sa mga TANGA-HANGA nya. mga BOBO lang ang naniniwala sa kanya. sa isip ni sotto ganito ” ANUMAN ANG SABIHIN NYO ANG TAONG BAYAN NA TANGA AY NANINIWALA SA AKIN. MAGPA UNDERDOG LANG AKO KUHA KO NA ANG SIMPATIYA NILA” yan po ang nasa isip ni sotto. lokohin nya ang lelang nya PERO HINDI AKO!!

      • 68.2.4
        leona says:

        …Sotto – the more worsts he does the more he remains only a candidate and will never be that! He’ll end up hellboy!

        • 68.2.4.1
          pelang says:

          magdilang anghel ka sana, leona. maya-maya lang, baka vice-president na yan. tingnan mo na lang si marcos, wala tayong kamalay-malay, biglang naging senador. ngayon, pumapapel na naman. alam niyang karamihan ang boboto ng yes sa RH Bill, after a few days, biglang bumaligtad from No to Yes. Ayaw kasi niyang mamarkahan kahit na nga ba’y markado na siya. Knock on wood na lang tayo.

      • 68.2.5
        vander anievas says:

        hahaha, how will he look sporting a halo? st. titus of wanbol u….

  13. 67
    Cha says:

    This is the word of God (or not) :

    First to speak after the final approval of the RH Bill last night was Bishop Reyes, posted by ABS-CBN at 11:21 pm, Dec 17:

    “What is very sad also is that Malacañang has pressured our congressmen to vote yes. Had Malacañang not pressured our congressmen in second reading, we would have won, majority is for the truth.”

    “Maraming nagbaliktaran nung tinawag ng Liberal Party ang mga members… pati yung hindi Liberal Party. Ang malungkot ay mismong executive department nagiging corruptor ng ating congressmen by promising government projects, political favors… and that pork barrel funds will not be given if they don’t vote for the RH bill.”

    A voice of reason then comes out of Quiapo Church, Monsignor Clemente Ignacio, who asked those against the measure to be magnanimous in defeat. (from the same ABS-CBN posting, Dec 17 pm)

    “Let us not judge those who have voted for the RH bill. They have their own convictions [and] own views on the issue. We do not know where they are coming from. It only shows that there are many things the Church has to do with regards to this. They are our brothers and sisters even if they are on the other side.”

    Today, Bishop Soc Villegas follows through with the conciliatory tone. (Well. at least in part: (posted by PDI, 2:38 pm, Dec 18)

    “Let us move on!”‘ he said.

    “This is a time for peacemaking. We might not see eye to eye but we can work hand in hand for the real progress that your people so richly deserve.”

    Then the swipe,

    “They might have won through the tyranny of numbers but it does not mean that they are right. It is only a matter of time and then we will see more violations of `Thou shall not kill’ and `Thou shall not commit adultery’ among our families, our youth and children.”

    However, just a few minutes earlier Bishop Arguelles has already come out fighting : (posted by GMA 7, 2:21 pm, Dec 18)

    The Bishop said the next move of the Catholic Church would be to campaign against those who voted in favor of the RH bill and those who are planning to implement the same measure.

    “Ang kampanya namin ay huwag nang iboto pati ‘yung mga kakandidato na ang kanilang ipapairal na mga batas ay makasisira sa humanity at makasisira sa pananampalataya.”

    “Overdue na, dapat hindi maging leader ang maging masamang halimbawa. It is high time that we should vote according to what kind of society we want to have.”

    And so the fight is definitely not over yet as the Bishops set their sights on the Supreme Court as the next battlefield. A re-energised Bishop Reyes once again speaks : (posted by Rappler, 4:41 pm, Dec 18)

    Bishop Reyes said a group of Catholic lawyers was preparing to challenge the legality of the bill in the Supreme Court as soon as it is signed into law.

    “We will support that petition… in the Supreme Court against the RH bill,” said Reyes, head of the commission on family issues for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

    Furthermore, Reyes lays the blame on President Aquino for their defeat: (from the same Rappler posting)

    He laid the blame for the bill’s passage at the feet of President Benigno Aquino, who he accused of using pressure and government funds to get the necessary votes in parliament.

    “The struggle between the pro-RH and the anti-RH… was really the struggle of Malacanang (the presidential palace),” he said, warning that Aquino could become a “threat to democracy” with his domination of Congress.

    Anyone out there able to utter the words “Praise be to God!” in response to their holiness?

    • 67.1
      Joe America says:

      A wonderful recap of the bizarre priestly political rants. I wonder what the legal foundation for a Supreme Court challenge would be. I have not read that anywhere. I also wonder how much they will spend on the protest. That is, when the case fails, how much that could have gone to the poor will have been pissed away to attorneys.

    • 67.2
      leona says:

      …these bad bishops have ever since and now openly flouting violations of the Separate of the Church and the State! How unconstitutional!

      It becomes appropriate for all I mean ALL courts of the land to issue ex parte Orders to order all of them to stop such unconstitutional conduct with contempt of all courts if they refuse to obey!

      Time to put ‘em in jail!

    • 67.3
      Gene Simmowns says:

      Adding to this recap:

      Bishop Gabriel Reyes, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said Roxas was one of the administration officials who went to the House of Representatives to ensure that the RH bill was passed.

      “The Church is not after political power but it has much influence. We use that influence for the growth of the country (but) Malcañang really fought the Church,” Reyes said at a Church forum in Intramuros, Manila.

      “As for Mar, I think it will affect (his presidential ambition) … The Church has much moral influence on our people. Many still believe in the Church. In surveys, the Church has the highest credibility [than] the executive, legislature and judiciary,” Reyes added.

      newsinfodotinquirerdotnet/326609/bishop-warns-roxas-church-will-make-him-pay-in-2016

      • 67.3.1
        jorge bernas says:

        @ Gene,

        As I said before that the church, especially the C.B.C.P. should observe and respect the separation of church & state pero binaliwala nila masunod lamang ang kanilang Pansariling Interest at ngayon tapos na ang nasabing usapin R.H. Bill ay gumaganti pa itong si gabriel reyes kay mar roxas na magbabayad ito sa 2016, magkano kaya ibabayad ni mar dito sa taong ito? ito ba yong nagpa KAPAL MUKS at Humingi nang S.U.V. noong time ni G.M.A.. kaya pala wala silang ginawa noong time ni G.M.A. kahit sandamukal ang ANOMALYAnonn dahil natakpan nang S.U.V. at Monthly Allowances na mahigit 200,000.-.. Nakakahiya ito at Nakakadiri dahil para sana sa mahihirap natin mamamayan ang perang ginamit mula sa P.C.S.O. (sugal) pero hindi inalintala nang mga Pari daw at Obispo daw para masunod lamang ang kanilang Kapritso at KASAKIMAN….WOW…..

  14. 66
    Johnny Lin says:

    Latest News Huffington Posts

    40 Cleanest cities in the world

    #40 is Mumbai India
    #2 is Singapore
    #1 is Tokyo

    Seoul, Hongkong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hanoi all in top 40.
    Bishops, Sotto and Enrile have another weapon dissing RH bill, more discarded condoms adding to the dirty streets.

    Manila is not in the list.
    Our politicians should be proud of Philippines new distinction, aside from the worst airport.

    It’s always fun in the Philippines!

    He he he

    • 66.1
      Tomas Gomez III says:

      @Johnny Lin…..I noted this last night at HuffPost and I wondered if it will be noticed back home. Thanks for raising this talking point. Let me re-express a thought I had mentioned sometime ago. ……Something like this:

      If indeed, cleanliness is next to Godliness, our MetroManila RC parishes must be so far away from God! Before meddling with the affairs of State, the CBCP is better advised to tend to physical cleanliness, sanitation and health within each bishop’s area of concern. Magwaliswalis muna kayo bago kayo maki-alam sa buhay ng isang babae at ng kanyang angkan!

      Garbology first…..Theology can take a hike!

      • 66.1.1
        Johnny Lin says:

        Buddy

        Very simple
        Friends or visitors peasantly keep returning to the home when it is clean and presentable.

        How could the Philippines attract lots of tourists like our successful Asian neighbors when just before landing, on the plane they see the filth in theair and smell it assoon as they see the airport?

        Much more the congested dirty streets on tgeircway to their hotels.

        You are right, the priests should have the moral integrity to lead their parishes to clean up their surroundings instead of meddling in government affairs. Maybe they will be more effetive in preaching their anti RH standwith people upon workinf with them sideby side on a daily basis in their homes and neighborhoods promoting cleanliness.

    • 66.2

      are these 40 cities cleanest of DIRTY POLITICIANS?

    • 66.3
      leona says:

      Uncleanliness, Worst Airport, Dirty streets are results of Corruption, Apathy and Corruption by many and many of our public officials, elected, appointed and Employed in the public Service!

      IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE PUBLIC OFFICIALS!

  15. 65
    Art Montesa says:

    Raissa – please take a bow on the passage of the RH Bill in both House and Senate. To my mind, you were instrumental in educating everybody on the pros and cons of the Bill.

  16. 64
    nene says:

    Read somewhere:

    The acronym of the 8 senators who voted against the RHBill is HERPES TV, a new brand of idiot box; Honasan, Enrile, Revilla, Pimentel, Estrada, Sotto, Trillanes, Villar.

    How appropriate is that? LOL!

    • 64.1
      baycas says:

      Honasan
      Enrile
      Revilla
      Pimentel
      EStrada

      Sotto

      Villar

      Trillanes

      =

      HERPES Simplex Two (Herpes simplex type 2)

      Help prevent sexually transmitted infections.

      • 64.1.1
        baycas says:

        Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV 2) causes Genital Herpes.

        • 64.1.1.1
          nene says:

          brilliant, baycas!

          • 64.1.1.1.1
            baycas says:

            the idea came from you. thanks.

            the anti-RHs forgot about STDs. CSEP takes care of the information drive in STD prevention.

            with proper education sexual promiscuity may also be minimized.

            a lot of people doesn’t know that STDs may not always produce symptoms. that’s why they are prevalent, and thus, dangerous…especially to couples who want to have babies.

        • 64.1.1.2
          silentReader says:

          .. only

          T.H.E P.E.R.V.S can acquire and spread HERPES TV to others.

      • 64.1.2
        fed_up says:

        To my eyes, the above named Senators (HERPES VT) are “churchmen” (who think of the “unborn” generation), and not “statesmen” (who think of the next living generation), Hillary Clinton’s quote modified.

    • 64.2
      Cha says:

      Very apt!

    • 64.3
      Martial Bonifacio says:

      Brilliant acronym nene and baycas :)

      I believe that we can use your acronym in every board exams for healthcare professionals.

      For example ill take cong. lagmans words from this article and use it to a multiple choice quesions:

      http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/18/12/sotto-pia-clash-over-bicameral-panel-members

      Question:

      1.”Who is the person who would like to have hazardous and unpleasant sex?”

      Honasan
      Enrile
      Revilla
      Pimentel
      EStrada

      Sotto

      Villar

      Trillanes

    • 64.4
      pinay710 says:

      HUWAG IBOTO ANG MGA ITO SA SUSUNOD NA ELECTION. gusto ng maraming anak para sa POLITICAL DYNASTY nila (estrada, revilla) pero sa iba iba namang babae(ito ba ang ituturo sa mga kabataan?) maraming anak pero iba iba ang ina? kaya tutol sila sa RH BILL.trillanes akala ko para sa bayan ka HINDI PALA. bawas na ang boto mo mula sa pamilya ko.

    • 64.5

      using E and S twice:

      THE VESPERS in the Senate.

    • 64.6
      leona says:

      “HERPES TV” … by the acronym, for Ignorance, Abuse, Lying, Unfit, Unworthy, Dynasty, Plagiarizing, Arrogance and Too Wealthy Unconcerned, should all be DE-VOTED in the next 2013 ELECTIONS and THEREAFTER! Change all of them.

      Let us all make a mark to remember THIS.

  17. 63
    baycas says:

    @Rene-Ipil and the rest here,

    Re: Question at Comment No. 7.2

    Sorry for the puzzlement.

    How does one make the bishops disappear?

    There is no way.

    Except, the Bishop Way.

    No. 20

    I’ll just as happy to see to the RCC and its cabal of senile old pharisees fade into irrelevance, as the…reasonable voice abandon ship…

    - Antonio Yang III, 12.16.12 at 8:45 am

    No. 18.4

    Thus, the Catholic Church seems intent upon arriving itself to irrelevance.

    - Joe America, 12.16.12 at 5:33 pm

    The bishops themselves will make their lot vanish into obscurity…

    Especially if the Bishop Logic will prevail.

    (Link to this Bishop Logic is posted immediately below after moderation.)

  18. 62
    fed_up says:

    In a preceding article by Ms Raissa (“If RH Law passes, “D.E.A.T.H.S. bills” are next, warns Catholic Church official), newly installed Cardinal Tagle said: “The Church must be a humble Church, modeling herself more on Jesus and being less preoccupied by her power, prestige and position in society.”
    I take this as a hint from him that mankind, including those within the Christian world, have strayed far from what He wanted his people to become.
    I don’t find this strange. According to my favorite Senator (Miriam Defensor Santiago), the Catholic Church, like all Churches, “is only human.” We humans have inherited from Adam and Eve the tendency to experiment things and become a deviant in the process. To use another analogy, we become “isotopes” of the real Christian element.
    Life is like a navigational journey (whether by air or by sea) from point of origin (on being born) and point of destination (the afterlife). During the journey, ourselves as “plane” or “ship” are put on an auto pilot for steering the course. Regularly, the pilot (of the plane) or the master (of the ship) checks the course, and if he finds it in error, he switches the “auto pilot”, puts on a new steering course to compensate for the effects of weather and cross air and ocean currents, and then switches back the “auto pilot” to auto mode.
    In our 4G and Windows 8 world today, which course shall we steer to avoid damnation of our soul?
    I was in college at the height of the student unrest in the late 1960s shortly before Pres. Marcos declared Martial Law (1972). In one of the placards carried by students demonstrating in front of the CBCP building in Intramuros was: “Christ did not live in palaces!” We all know that most Catholic priests are living a good life in well-furnished convents with, perhaps, 4G celphones and Windows 8 computers. I find this kind of life a stark contrast to how Jesus Christ lived during His time when He had to travel (there were no Pajeros then) mountains upon mountains in order to preach.
    Because our Living God loves us very much, He finds it appropriate to introduce a “correction” in our life’s “steering course”. In 1982, a nurse turned amateur archaeologist (Ron Wyatt) was divinely inspired to discover the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant which mysteriously disappeared in Jerusalem during King Solomon’s time in 586 BC when the Babylonian army of King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Holy City. Ron Wyatt discovered the Ark hidden by Jeremiah in a chamber directly beneath Christ’s true crucifixion site (not the place we know of today) in Mt. Moriah. In the Old Testament, Mt. Moriah was the mountain where Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac to God.

    Here’s the link where Ron Wyatt detailed his discovery of the Ark:

    http://www.wyattmuseum.com/arkofthecovenant.htm

    Why is the discovery of the Ark not spreading like bush fire in the Christian world? Michael
    Rood, a retired U.S. Marine and a messianic Jew, best explains the answer here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpFZL2rSqeY

    • 62.1
      fed_up says:

      CORRECTION IN UPPER CASE…..”Regularly, the pilot (of the plane) or the master (of the ship) checks the course, and if he finds it in error, he switches OFF the “auto pilot”, INTRODUCE A NEW COURSE TO STEER to compensate for the effects of weather and cross air and ocean currents, and then switches back the “auto pilot” to auto mode.

  19. 61
    silentReader says:

    nakakatawa ang mga explainations ng mga pulitikong NoToRHbill. Lalo na dun sa mga Artista.
    Buti na lang walang trahedya
    o bagyong sumabay sa
    botohan.. baka masisi na
    naman ang Diyos..
    Ng mga religious fanatics.

  20. 60
    curveball says:

    Ano kaya ang masasabi ng mga kaparian tungkol sa ipinagmamalaki nilang “Catholic Vote”? Hinid ba nakakahiya na malaman “tambak ang score” sa botohan?

    Bakit kasi ipinipilit nila ang bagay na mas dapat ang sabihin, ituro, o ipaalala ay bumoto ayun sa iyung konsensya at para sa kabutihan ng mas nakararami. Nagbabago na ang panahon, dapat ay sumabay din tayo sa pagbabago na ito.

    Hindi yung dahil tayo ay konserbatibo na bansa ay mananatili tayo sarado ang isip sa mga pagbabago na ito.

    • 60.1
      leona says:

      The ‘Pinas RCC is one great source of LITANY OF SUFFERINGS in this country since 1521 up to now!

      Imagine three (3) Priests of their own, Gomez, Burgos and Zamora, were all GARROTED because of what?

      Dr. Jose P. Rizal was EXECUTED, because of what? His dear MOTHER was not exempted!

      And many of our country men, Filipinos and Filipinas, suffered in many Spanish jails throughout the country for reasons of what?

      The victims only wanted not to BOW DOWN to the Church but exercise free conscience only!

      Yet, sufferings were imposed on them. A Church! Bent on imposing sufferings. physical sufferings! Their unholy acts continues.

      This century and all others to come, they will be unheard of forever! God will blame these bad prelates of the Church and not the people who only gave many support and their own money, blood and sweat, atbpa to the Church who is and will be always UNGRATEFUL!

      Time to cut and cut clean [Laxalt] until no more dirt is seen. Awaken! Filipinos!

  21. 59
    Caloy says:

    To quote John Lennon: “Imagine there’s no heaven and no religion too…” this world will be better off. No more bishops nor clergymen to scare the bejesus out of us. People should live following their conscience and morality. And mind you, conscience and morality is NOT EXCLUSIVE to the religious and the believers.

    • 59.1
      Rene-Ipil says:

      Caloy@59

      Thank you for solving my problem on how we could make the bishops disappear. Please see @ 7.2 below.

  22. 58
    springwoodman says:

    The morning after thought upon waking: WOOHOO!

    • 58.1
      baycas says:

      BOO HOO HOO to some.

      A number of lawmakers are bitter up to the end. (Radyo Veritas 846 covered most of the RH Bill voting yesterday.

      • 58.1.1
        raissa says:

        @Baycas, is that you? Taunting them?

        • 58.1.1.1
          baycas says:

          i listened to them. my comment was just an objective view of what i heard.

          whether it would be taken as ‘taunting’, ‘gloating’ or not, it’s up to the reader.

  23. 57
    pinay710 says:

    ngayon pasado na ang RH BILL sana sa susunod na pasukan isama na sa aralin ng mga batang nasa grade 5 ang tungkol dito. sa edad ng mga nasa grade 5 naguumpisa ang kanilang malilikot na kaisipan. mapagtuunan sana ng pansin ng departamento ng edukasyon ang bagay na ito. umpisahan na agad!!!

    • 57.1
      baycas says:

      A local study of at least 300 public HS students noted coital debut at 13-14 years of age, both male and female.

      When to start the sex education program is certainly debatable as there are anecdotal reports of coital debut in 11-year-old males.

      @pinay710, your No. 57 regarding grade 5 students may have a solid basis. The DepEd I believe will be scientific about this matter. Thanks.

      • 57.1.1
        pinay710 says:

        sir baycas, salamat sa pangunawa mo sa opinion ko. hindi ako puede makipag debatehan dito dahil limitado lang ang kaalaman ko tungkol samaga talakayan dito sa blog ni raissa. pero sa experiensya sa actual na buhay siguro mas marami na akong naranasan at nakita ng 4 kong mata. tama po kayo na sa edad ng 11 taon gulang lalo na sa mga batang lalake ay umpisa na silang maging malikot sa kanilang seksual na pakiramdam. noong kabataan ko sa edad na sinasabi nyo mas komportable akong makihalubilo sa kalalakihan,dahil hindi sila maarte di tulad ng mga babae maarte.ang mga batang lalake ay malalakas ang loob magsapalaran sa mga bagay na “bawal”.

  24. 56
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    Thank you to all legislators who voted for professional healthcare workers (pro-RH) instead of the damaso’s.

    ‘Civil disobedience’ if PNoy signs RH bill, Cruz says
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/17/12/%E2%80%98civil-disobedience%E2%80%99-if-pnoy-signs-rh-bill-cruz-says

    i hope nobody will follow this oscar cruz. Are economy is rising tapos magiincite itong pari na ito ng civil disobedience, meaning people power again?

    Lets remember na kaya nailagay si gloria sa kapangyarihan is because of over use ng people power, from a corrupt president pass to another na mas corrupt.

    • 56.1
      jorge bernas says:

      @ Marcial,

      Nakakahiya na itong ginagawang PAKIKIALAM nang mga Pari at Obispo at mabuti na lamang at hindi natinag at hindi nagpakaDUWAG ang mga butihing congressman at senador natin. Salamat sa mga Congressman na nagpabor nang RH Bill gayon din sa mga Senador. MABUHAY KAYO???

      At ngayon nagbanta pa itong si Cruz nang civil disobedience kong totoo man ito kapag pinirmahan ni Pnoy ang nasabing R.H.Bill pero sigurado ako na hindi tutugunan nang mga Mamamayan ang panawagan ni retired cruz dahil maliwanag na para sa kabutihan nila ang R.H. Bill. Katunayan ay IBOBOTO ko ang mga senador at congressman na nagpabor dito.

      Dapat hindi nalang silang mga taga C.B.C.P. nakialam sa usaping ito dahil maliwanag sa Batas na hindi nila dapat Pakialaman ang Pamahalaan at dahil dito nalaman nang buong Mundo na ang TAO ay hindi na Natatakot sa mga DAMASO…..NAPAHIYA TULOY SILANG MGA DAMASO????

  25. 55
    Eric says:

    Back in 2008, the Vatican issued a statement that intelligent extraterrestrials posed no problems to Catholic theology. They even sponsored a conference in 2010 on Vatican grounds to discuss the question of the existence of extraterrestrials and invited astronomers, biologists, geologists and other religious leaders.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7399661.stm

    Why aren’t the Church open to embrace the reproductive health and education issues and the possibility that there could be more benefit to it than harm? Is it so alien a topic? Talk about alienation.

    The Church would rather welcome little green men than little multi-flavored prophylactics.

    • 55.1
      raissa says:

      That’s interesting.

      Can you provide the link?

    • 55.2
    • 55.3
      Victin Luz says:

      @Eric,……….if this father Fumes and the Catholic Church’s were now considering indoctrinating ” God creation of our intelligent extraterrestrial brothers ” ” empty of sins ” into their religion , then the more that people on EARTH believes that many scriptures written in the BIBLE are not True and Correct.

      If GOD ,our Supreme Being , Master of the Universe , had created an ” intelligent , free of sin’s extraterrestrial brothers ” then it confirmed the existence of other solar system in the universe does God created Adam and Eve for Earth, and maybe on the other part of the Universe God created another Adam ( say SOTTO ) and Eve ( say Magsaysay ) but …a very big BUT …that God could had created Adam and Eve for Middle East alone and it’s neighboring areas ,….Adam ( genghis Khan ) and Eve( da jeang jeum ) for China and it’s neighbors ,……………and in the Philippines God Created an Aeta ….represented by Adam ( say SOTTO ) and Eve ( say Magsaysay a lady ).

      It was very hard to believe that our origin Filipinos came from Adam and Eve much more for the Aetas even though land bridges were existence before as stated on the Bible. If you are going to draw the family tree from ADAM down below , with so many war’s written on the Old Testament, the areas conquered by the heirs of NOAH, you can never connect them to us especially the AETAS. ONLY our Faith To God , the Creator Of Heaven and Earth connected us to ADAM.

      Will it be also that when God created ADAM and the same time or later EVOLUTION of human being came to excistense.

      • 55.3.1
        Eric says:

        On the contrary, if you can find the time to scour the internet, there are lots of archeological discoveries that proves that most of the stories in the Bible, particularly the old testament were true. One good example will be this interesting documentary about the the discovery of Noah’s ark… yes, they believe they found it not on Mt. Ararat but somewhere below it.

        I guess we better get used to wearing tinfoil hats.

        • 55.3.1.1
          Victin Luz says:

          Propaganda regarding the universe will always connect the bible and science which were contradictory to each other.

          The most scriptures that can never be explained by the church or any of us was the analysis of Copernicus and later was proven by Galileo.

          Yes I also believe majority of scriptures in the Bible were true but some which were not true were harmonized by us true our Faith to God , to the Divine Providence that was all.

          A propaganda on Gods creation of our intelligent extraterrestrial brothers as they posted it, will throw people to believe that their were two, three Adam’s and Eve created throughout the Universe . It is a Fact , not a propaganda, that a family TREE from Adam and Eve down below can never reach the Aeta’s in the Philippines.

          • 55.3.1.1.1
            Eric says:

            To muddle up the water more, today’s theoretical physicists and astronomers may have found evidence to support the multiverse theory.

            Our universe is not the only one but there could be other universes outside our own. The multiverses could be as many as the stars and galaxies in our own universe, like bubbles linked together ad infinitum. On top of that our own universe could have its own parallel universes, that there are 11 dimensions in all. The other seven dimensions we cannot see (if you will include time as the 4th dimension which is debatable).

            These are not science fiction nor propaganda.

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14372387
            http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2001/paralleluni.shtml

            Thousands of years ago the ancient Greeks theorized that matter could be made up of atoms. We can only guess what their contemporaries thought of it.

            Let’s put things in perspective and solve one piece of the puzzle at a time, just because we find it hard to believe doesn’t mean it isn’t so.

            • Victin Luz says:

              Good research @Eric,………… Ha ha we all knew that Christianity especially the RCC favored HOLISM ….deciding past events and maybe the future especially the beginning of human life or the bible itself , as a WHOLE or COMPOUNDED …….they(RCC) opposed ATOMISM,………historical events to be decided by PART’s the way the World like the Philiipines on RH BILL had done. For them in Rome it’s against God and Christianity. NOW…@Eric

              If the RCC were the one who invited astronomers and etc., to that Holy Conference to prove or to venture on the truthfulness of Gods creation of an intelligent extraterrestrial ( no sin’s ) brother’s , if TRUE ,then we can CONCLUDE that GOD created two or more Adam and Eve throughout the MICRO-UNIVERSE you had posted.

              It is safe to say that it was impossible or an absurdity if we now doctrinate the populace of the Planet Earth that those extraterrestrial people came from our Adam and Eve or on the other way around.

              My opinion why RCC called for that conference was that , if it’s TRUE , then the RCCHURCH will tell us ( mangunguna sila , uunahan nila ang ibang relihiyon ) that GOD created everything and what was on the BIBLE here on Earth is congruent to the BIBLE of other Human Being in the universe does , Contraceptive’s is corruption, that RH BILL is against God, That real and personal property of the church shall be exempted of Taxes and etc.,

              Since we believe God created everything in the Universe and now the MICRO- UNIVERSE with extraterrestrial human being on it, …then upon giving the spirit/life of Adam and Eve the 10 commandments and other Laws of God to them and passing it to us ,and after these, we have to follow the Righteous Path that will benefit the majority if not for the whole human race. RH BILL will do( beneficial ).

              • Victin Luz says:

                Gusto rin nila na ang mga Tao sa ibang planeta ay kumbinsihing maging RCC at kolectahan ng DONASYON . Bawalan din sila ng paggamit ng Contraceptives. Mas marami sila mas maraming pera ang makokolekta.

                “Pastor “of different Christian Churches , Other religious sect, you have to attend or be vigillant to any conference scheduled in the future. ” kayo din uunahan na naman kayo ng RCC pag nagkatotoo nga na totoo at dumalo ang mga UFO personnel in any future conference.

              • Eric says:

                Yes, imagine in the future when the Vatican will issue another statement that the Catholic Church has no problem with multiverses (universes outside our own), parallel universes and beings from other dimensions? Assuming that the current theories are correct.

                Maybe they issued that statement back in 2008 because the Catholic Church knew something that we don’t?

                Today’s science is bordering on the occult. Theoretical physicists, astrophysicists and cosmologists couldn’t shake off the idea of an intelligent designer of the universe or the idea of a creator that’s why most of their Christian critics couldn’t wipe the grin off their faces and argue that today’s scientists have to invent theories to avoid admitting what they don’t want to admit.

                Why can’t the Catholic Church accept the idea the we have to manage our population and that we have to do something about it now?

                The Church would rather sponsor a convention tackling the possibility of ET’s than sponsor a convention on the implications of overpopulation.

              • Eric says:

                Maybe in a parallel universe the Catholic Church softened it’s stand on the RH Bill and Tito Sotto apologized.

            • springwoodman says:

              The theory I espoused at 39.1 of religious relativity would conform well with the multiverse theory. Instead of layers, multiverses are even better.

    • 55.4
      leona says:

      …it’s not their “game” as it belongs to the scientific world and besides, it is dangerous to make the Church join such venture of the scientific universe! Remain on the spiritual side!

      • 55.4.1
        Eric says:

        The Catholic Church dabbles on everything they can get their hands on- science, politics, the arts, and more recently scandals. They even have this hush-hush secret organization of spies it’s called Servizio Informazione del Vaticano [SIV]- Vatican Intelligence Service.

        • 55.4.1.1
          Victin Luz says:

          @Eric……..maybe the Vatican have still with them at their own disposal only an exterminator or with ” s “, like on the 14th and 15th centuries AKA. Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia’s Family.

          • 55.4.1.1.1
            Eric says:

            The Borgias inspired Machiavelli to write “The Prince”, what an interesting family;
            but what I like about the Catholic Church is it’s the only established religion I know today where it’s own clergy and followers not only the outsiders can openly criticize, vilify or even condemn it. Not that the Church approve of washing their linen in public but they try to deal with it… only threatening a few for excommunication.

            Unlike other religious organizations, they keep mum and don’t breathe a word of dissent.

  26. 54
    baycas says:

    The sottocopier this time paraphrased the following line during his explanation of his ‘No’ vote…

    “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

    From what I recall, he said, “May God forgive us, for we don’t know what we’re doing”.

    I’m pretty sure this utterance no longer needs attribution for it’s a well-known fact who originally said it.

    It’s just that Sotto continues to be a copier extraordinaire.

    • 54.1
      baycas says:

      MANILA, Philippines – Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, one of the most outspoken critics of the reproductive health bill, said lawmakers who approved the measure made a wrong decision.

      “Malamang pagsisihan natin ito,” he said while explaining his vote on Monday.

      “If we approve the RH bill, may I ask God the Father to forgive us for we do not know what we are doing,” Sotto said.

      - ANC, December 17, 2012

      A video here:

      http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/17/12/sotto-rh-bill-i-ask-god-forgive-us

      • 54.1.1
        leona says:

        Why can’t he just ADMIT he is a plagiarizer! And pray God to forgive him! Ang daming pang hocus-copus niya!

        • 54.1.1.1
          baycas says:

          @leona,

          I’d rather he be found guilty by the SCEP. A wishful thinking on my part.

          He has the habit to copy.

          There is a pattern and the psychology* of why one plagiarize may be summed up in:

          1. Business – plagiarism for profit (he being a gifted composer)

          2. Show off – plagiarism for a shot at fame (he being an ‘erudite’ actor)

          3. Idiocy – self-explanatory plagiarism (he being a seasoned politician)

          —–
          *Lifted from http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2005/09/22/the-psychology-of-plagiarism/

          Annotations in parentheses mine.

  27. 53
    andrew lim says:

    Short notes:

    a. Marikina rep Quimbo voted even if he had dengue and came to the House in a wheelchair hooked to an IV. First time a wheelchair was used for heroism and not cowardice. Mabuhay ka!

    b. I dedicate this to Emilio Jacinto, whose birthday was on Dec 15. An underappreciated hero of the Revolution, the brains of the Katipunan.

    c. We all pulled hard for this, harsh words were exchanged, and we all moved left or right of center. Time to go back to the center.

    • 53.1
      Tomas Gomez III says:

      Glad to read your short note re: Rep. Miro Quimbo, Andrew. Let me add some trivia that reflects our changing times. Miro’s grandfather’s brother was a Catholic priest and so was his father’s first cousin. Two Padre Quimbos. The original Quimbos of Calbiga, Samar were progenies of a Franciscan friar. I join you in saying “Mabuhay ka!” to the Congressman. Let us wish him good health.

      • 53.1.1
        pelang says:

        @tomas gomez III, i thought they were from Calbayog or Catbalogan. I remember a parish priest in our place when i was young, Fr. (or Monsignor) Quimbo who loked like an old Spanish Friar and he was from Catbalogan. He was said to have cancer, went to Lourdes, France and got healed. I suppose, he must be one of the priests you have mentioned.

        • 53.1.1.1
          Tomas Gomez III says:

          I recall that in the early fifties, Padre Juanito Quimbo ( the younger one) was assigned as cura of Santa Margarita. If he were still alive he would be in his very late eighties. Hid mother is from Calbayog.

    • 53.2
      tristanism says:

      Miro got a lot of people confused here:

      “Naka-wheelchair wala namang kaso? Sinayang lang yung wheelchair.”

      • 53.2.1
        curveball says:

        Nasanay na o sinanay na ng mga politiko na pag naka wheel chair automatic na may warrant of arrest o kaso kinakaharap.

    • 53.3
      Rene-Ipil says:

      Andrew@53

      Miro became a “hero” out of his true character. I am sure that being a hero is far from Miro’s mind when he surfaced in congress to vote for RH bill. He just wanted to be counted as pro RH and a loyal party member.

      I am truly happy that we have in the horizon young politicians whom PNoy or his equally qualified successor could pass the legacy of good governance.

  28. 52
    Johnny Lin says:

    House- 104 No votes on second Reading
    25 less No votes on Third and Final Reading

    Why?
    they found out when they attended Simbang Gabi yesterday, the catholic vote Bishops were referring to are Yes for RH bill.

    schadenfreude- rub it to Sotto, Enrile, Mitos and Mikee
    He he he

  29. 51
    e.a. pascual says:

    the senate just approved the rh bill on third and final reading. 13- 8 in favor of the bill

    • 51.1
      leona says:

      YYYYYYEHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYY! ! ! !

      Saaaaaaaaaalammmmmatttttttttt! ! !

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! ! ! what’s next?

      • 51.1.1
        Johnny Lin says:

        FOI – House will tackle on Wednesday, already passed by Senate

        • 51.1.1.1
          curveball says:

          FOI Bill.,
          Dito naman ay magkaka-alaman na kung sino sino ang may milyon milyon na kayamanan.
          Biglang yumaman ng maging kinatawan (sa mababang kongreso/senado)
          Mabuhay tayong lahat ng matyagang nagabang sa resulta ng botohan.

      • 51.1.2
        springwoodman says:

        The Judiciary is still in trouble…

        • 51.1.2.1
          Rene-Ipil says:

          Springwoodman@51.1

          The senior SC justices are afflicted with senility. Imagine, they all attended the flag raising ceremony when CJ Sereno could not be present because she is abroad on official business. Nag-ugaling bata na naman ang mga nakatatanda na mga mahistrado ng korte suprema.

          • 51.1.2.1.1
            jorge bernas says:

            Ha ha ha ha tama ka Rene, Ngayon nag-isipbata itong mga sr.justices of the supreme court pero ok lang yan kisa noon na nagpaka TUTA??? Dapat wala silang kinikilingan at rspetuhin kong ano ang desisyon ni PNOY sa paghirang kong sino ang magiging chief justicengayon kong ayaw nila sa appointed ni Pnoy sila dapat magresign at huwag mag asal bata…dahil sayang ang pasuweldo sa kanilang mga Nagpaka TUTAng justices….

        • 51.1.2.2
          Joe America says:

          I think the judiciary would be a superb next target. FOI is on the agenda and may not require any further nudging, unless it has to do with extracting “right of reply” nonsense. But the judiciary needs to be fully understood. Taken apart judge by judge and court by court and policy by policy and put back together correctly.

          Also, Justice. I rather think there is a reason there is no ABS-CBN series called “CSI Manila”.

      • 51.1.3
        silentReader says:

        Lubusin na..
        next will be…

        *Same-sex marriage
        and
        *Divorce bill

        Hahaha. deretso impiyerno na naman lahat ng susuporta nito accdg to CBCP..

        • 51.1.3.1
          leona says:

          @silentReader…the RCC could not stop Italian lawmakers from enacting a divorce law. Tigas ang mga Italiano and Vatican is in Rome, Italy!

      • 51.1.4
        Victin Luz says:

        Taxing Church’s ….. No exception , even those real properties used for religious purposes and their luxurios dwellings so as their amenities.

      • 51.1.5
        springwoodman says:

        Rene-Ipil@51.1, (Third post)

        There is a term used in Australia – “white-anting” – which means eroding someone’s position through constant criticism. I guess in the Philippines it would be called snubbing, or better still “intriga”.

        This “white-anting” of Sereno is more dangerous than mere slight because it is peer thuggery and collegial bullying operating in a closed environment. I imagine it’s not only the flag ceremony non-attendance but also the sideway looks and the raised eyebrows; the De Castro-fronted criticism; and now, as you point out, the antic of attending a flag-ceremony in Sereno’s absence. These are unconscionable acts of mockery of a peer by justices of alleged “competence, integrity, probity and independence”. Justices who are supposed to be possessed of high intellect and the best judgmental capacities in the country. You can excuse the elected Neanderthals in all levels of government for this spiteful sort of behaviour but surely not the selected justices of the Supreme Court.

        Sereno has great internal integrity and strength coupled with her intense faith, but she must be going through hell right now, a baptism of and ordeal by fire. She has received public support, and (Maritess) Vitug over at Rappler has shed much needed light on the RCAO imbroglio, validating the correctness, but not the propriety, of Sereno’s decision. I would like to believe that Perlas-Bernabe and Leonen would be supportive of her, but the 7 White Ants I have identified (based on the first three flag-ceremony attendances) – Bersamin, Brion, Carpio, De Castro, Peralta, Velasco and Villarama – would be as petty and spiteful as Corona. You will recall Corona’s unbelievable shabby treatment of Carpio-Morales on her retirement.

        Sereno has the upper-hand in terms of age. She can outlive all of them. But I would not want to be in her shoes right now. Brion and Villarama will retire in 2016; De Castro and Velasco in 2018; Bersamin and Carpio in 2019; and Peralta in 2022. So she’ll have to wait at least 7 long years (2019) to be free of the majority of albatrosses around her neck, and serve the last 11 years of her term (2030) in productive reformation of the Judiciary.

        • 51.1.5.1
          Joe America says:

          Yes, and when thrown into a pit of sharks, one might flail a bit. I also feel for her. I think she needs to work one-on-one with the other justices to develop relationships and take it out of the arena.

          I’m formulating the idea in my mind that judges in the Philippines are a peculiar breed of child, empowered with tenure, empowered with kingly renditions, empowered by everyone rising when they enter. So they don’t exactly have good interpersonal skills. They are like autocrats on steroids with overblown senses of self and skin as thin as a micron. (Is that thin?) You get teh picture.

          In shorter terms, they are babies. Center of the universe.

        • 51.1.5.2
          leona says:

          but it could be that the 7 white ants will die 5 years before reaching their 70s! What reason?: they have started losing their “spirit” to know none of them will every be Chief Justice! A slow deathing is on the making in them!

        • 51.1.5.3
          Rene-Ipil says:

          Springwoodman, all CPMers

          Now that the Bicameral committee has approved the RH bill, we should focus our efforts on helping CJ Sereno. She needs our help very much. Our aim must be to initiate public clamor to impeach the 7 “white ants”. No amount of pressure could force these senile and thick faced justices with “wang wang” mentality to resign. I am always reminded of the exorbitant amount we are paying the SC justices, which amount we discovered during the Corona impeachment trial. But I would not mind paying them more if they would only serve us well as our SC justices.

          Raissa, please write a blog about the 7 “white ants” and the CPM will do the rest.

  30. #JustFacts says:

    People are born atheist. Nobody chose their religion. It was inposed on them. I was a catholic (daw) because my parents are catholics and not because I chose to be.

    Now that I got rid of my scared cows, does it mean I’m worse as a person than before? No. on the other hand, it made me a better person tha ever.

    There’s only one doctrine that works. Don’t do to others what you don’t want others do to you. Simple.

  31. Mike Smith says:

    Christian Catholic Church members have hoped to change Catholic Doctrine, by remaining inside the Catholic Church. Yes they have been doing this for hundreds of years. Problem is Catholic Church is an autocratic institution and will not listen to lay members.
    All the while church collections are made from the worshippers and many might consider it to be embarrassing not to give anything, so we continue to fund this nonsense.

    • silentReader says:

      my whole family tree :)) were a die hard catholics . (, except me)coz i have a lot of ‘why’s on them. My view is that ,rcc promoted forms of worship that are based on false teaching , i mean they preach something that is not written in their Bible and largely ritualistic instead of providing genuine spiritual guidance, they also have selfish objectives and been overly concerned with money collections.. they did not stood aloof and distinct from the gov’t instead these ‘wolves-in-sheep-covering’ have been involve in many wars and political issues and activities. Pope,bishops,priests failed to influence the civil lives of its members yet live in luxury but yung mga taong to whom they should minister remain impoverished spiritually.

  32. yeheywater says:

    Si Belmonte, nang a asar pa.

    Divorce bill next–Belmonte

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326581/divorce-bill-next-belmonte

  33. fed_up says:

    Joke muna tayo, para mapawi ang init ng pagtatalo. Tayong mga Pilipino, may natural gift at talent na ganito (hilig magpatawa), kahit sa gitna ng matinding bangayan. Ang ibang lahi ay wala niyan. ‘Ika nga, it’s more fun in the Philippines!

    Lugar: Manila, panahon ng parliamentary form of government at panahon din ng
    malawakang demonstrasyon ng mga mag-aaral laban sa gobyerno. Si Marcos
    ang ceremonial President at si Cesar Virata ang Prime Minister na nag-eexercise
    ng powers of state. [Manila, time of parliamentary form of government and also
    time of widespread student demonstration against the government. Marcos was
    the ceremonial President while Virata was the Prime Minister who exercises
    the powers of state.]
    Marcos: (mula sa sick bed niya [from his sick bed]) “Cesar, bakit ang gulo-gulo ng bayan.
    Ano ba ang isinisigaw ng mga estudyanteng nagma-martsa sa kalsada.” ["Cesar,
    why is there so much unrest? What are the student marchers shouting?"]
    Virata: “Sir, limang ‘ismo’. ["Sir, five 'isms'.]
    Marcos: “Anu-ano ang mga yon?” ["What are they?"]
    Virata: “Ang unang tatlo ay ‘imperyalismo’, ‘piyudalismo’, at ‘pasismo’. ["The first three are
    'imperialism', 'feudalism', and 'fascism'.
    Marcos: "Ano ang pang-apat?" ["What's the fourth?"]
    Virata: “Baka magalit kayo Sir?” ["You might get angry, Sir."]
    Marcos: “Hindi, anu yon?” ["No, what is it?"]
    Virata: “Misismo.” ["Your Mrs."]
    Marcos: “Ang pang-lima?” ["And the fifth?"]
    Virata: “Baka dito kayo magalit, Sir.” ["This might get you angry now, Sir."]
    Marcos: “Hindi, sabihin mo!” ["No, say it."]
    Virata: “Ikaw mismo.” (“You yourself.”)

    It’s now 3:15am in my part of the world, time for me to get my SASS.

  34. Gene Simmowns says:

    Even Mar Roxas is not spared from the sweeping threats of Bishop Reyes:

    Bishop warns Roxas Church will make him pay in 2016

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326609/bishop-warns-roxas-church-will-make-him-pay-in-2016

    • rejtatel says:

      A vindictive bunch of watchamacallit indeed! I thought Jesus said, “Love thine enemies”. Is this not addressed to the bishops? And they are dragging the church to political vindictiveness. What a shame.

  35. andrew lim says:

    PSSSSTT…

    @ Raissa, Buddy Gomez:

    Could it be Belinda OIivarez Cunanan , a former PDI columnist that Sandy Prieto was referring to about “someone you’ve tried your best to support and whose independence you’ve nurtured breaks that trust by selling valuable editorial real estate.”

    I quote from Cunanan’s blog, Political Tidbits:

    “Kindly tell your friends about my blog as I need more exposure, after I was terminated from the Inquirer for political reasons.”

    “Since I was summarily terminated by the Inquirer for political reasons right after the May 2010 elections I turned to online writing, but it needs more exposure.”

    Her late husband was a diplomat and corporate exeutive with impressive connections in the Arroyo and Cory administrations.

    What exactly did she do? Related to the 2010 elections?

    • raissa says:

      Dear Andrew,

      Sorry. I’d rather not have my site link to her blog.

      • andrew lim says:

        hmmmm……speaks volumes.

        • Johnny Lin says:

          Andrew
          we posted comments on BOC in many Raissa blogs before as far back as 2011.
          You should have known the identity immediately.

          Not worth reading her writings until she returns GOCC shares worth millions rightfully belonging to SS according to PNoy govt

    • Tomas Gomez III says:

      An earlier comment from one of our cyber associates did mention her. For Sandy Prieto Romualdez to have spoken of that someone in a rare but major statement can only mean that “malalim ang sugat.” Bel seems to be admitting that she is Sandy’s subject.
      Raissa is being sensible…..why advertise and propagate a distraction. I hesitate to categorize Bel as a competitor. What apparently Ms. Cunanan misses is the attention and clout she used tonenjoy while still with PDI. Not to worry, really. She is “made” financially.

  36. baycas says:

    At the Senate, sass is disallowed in the past…until the advent of the RH Bill when SASS was already allowed by a vote of 11-6.

    —–
    sass – impudent speech

    SASS – safe and satisfying sex

    • baycas says:

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/319077/senates-rh-bill-retains-clause-on-safe-satisfying-sex

      “In fact, it has no business to be telling us to do that,” Enrile said, defending his amendment deleting “safe and satisfying sex” from the bill.

      “Precisely, Mr. President. My response is, it simply defines that reproductive health includes a safe and satisfying sex life for the couple; precisely giving them that privilege and that right,” Cayetano countered.

      Those who voted against Enrile’s amendment were Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Santiago, Escudero, Franklin Drilon, Teofisto Guingona III, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Sergio Osmeña III and Francis Pangilinan.

      Those who voted in favor of Enrile’s amendment were Jinggoy Estrada, Gregorio Honasan II, Ralph Recto, Ramon Revilla Jr., Vicente Sotto III and Enrile.

  37. baycas says:

    A the Senate, sass is disallowed in the past…until the advent of RH Bill when SASS was already allowed by a vote of 11-6.

    —–
    Sass – impudent speech

    SASS – safe and satisfying sex

  38. baycas says:

    Comments Nos. 65 and 66 are all about CLEANLINESS.

    Here’s to a CLEAN new year…Cheers!

  39. mainman says:

    this really happened. we got married by a judge in the province, we were in our 30′s then. after the marriage, of course we were living as husband and wife. we agreed that we will get a proper wedding in a church afterwards. after six months, and with my wife’s tummy bulging with a child we decided to get married in church. before the marriage, we were given a marriage seminar by a priest (ours is an old italian priest beloved in the parish), who said that we were living in sin, and we should separate and return to our parents house before we get married in church. what the…..as a husband and would be father, it was and is my duty to be by my wife’s side and take care of her and the baby

    • raissa says:

      It means he just wanted you both to be celibate while waiting to be married :)

    • leona says:

      …how “old” was the Italian priest at the time you say…maybe 94 years?, he couldn’t remember he was priest anymore! Too obsolete and behind all times! You and wife already lived together for months and a coming child is on hand…it is only a venial sin! …mitigated by: the conception of a child and the love expressed… The veniality disappeared. Ergo: No sin whatsoever.

    • Joe America says:

      To me, this is the place where the logic of compassion gets lost for the inflexibility of priestly perceptions of God’s rules. Jesus would have done differently than this priest, I am confident. Seems to me there is a faith warp between Catholic doctrine and human heart.

    • Johnny Lin says:

      @mainman

      Not unusual for foreign clergies then, too strict!

      Now, with a Filipino priest, advice would be:

      Get married after the child is born, then you can have baptism and wedding on same day, one party, same visitors, less expenses, two separate gifts.

  40. springwoodman says:

    Latest News: Sotto delays bicam to December 19, Wednesday, instead of today.

    • springwoodman says:

      The reason? Because he does not have – wait for it – a Clean Copy!

    • Cha says:

      At the rate he is going, Senator Sotto could vey well be the next Filipino candidate for sainthood. Such a brave and courageous defender of his faith ! Going through all lengths to prevent the perversion of the young, resorting to such a noble and commendable act of plagiarism that the youth can emulate, not once.. but over and over again.

      Aah, who else would have been willing to endure the pain and humiliation of being exposed as a lying thief? Who else would have fought so valiantly a horde of fact checking cyberbullies? Who else would have thought to unsheath the sword of cyberlibel and wield it against those who dare malign the reputation of all saintly politicians like him?

      There are many things he will long be remembered for, among them his solid defense of his no vote to the RH Bill- why do we want to give out free condoms when other countries are banning the use of plastic? The angels in Quiapo Church must have been applauding thinking business as usual when the No vote wins.

      I wonder what the CBCP is waiting for. Sotto for sainthood, now na! Let’s hear it for Santa SenTito, Patron Saint of PLASTICS !

      • leona says:

        People and VOTERS should just remember that this guy should not and be NEVER voted again for senator in the next elections and thereafter!

        REMOVE TITO SOTTO from the SENATE!

      • Eric says:

        Patron Saint of comedians and plagiarists. St. Vicente, Santo Tito, Santito, Titosan… I like the ring of it.

      • pinay710 says:

        alalahanin natin si sotto ay artista, magaling sa script at magaling magpaAWA sa mga TANGA-HANGA nya. mga BOBO lang ang naniniwala sa kanya. sa isip ni sotto ganito ” ANUMAN ANG SABIHIN NYO ANG TAONG BAYAN NA TANGA AY NANINIWALA SA AKIN. MAGPA UNDERDOG LANG AKO KUHA KO NA ANG SIMPATIYA NILA” yan po ang nasa isip ni sotto. lokohin nya ang lelang nya PERO HINDI AKO!!

      • leona says:

        …Sotto – the more worsts he does the more he remains only a candidate and will never be that! He’ll end up hellboy!

        • pelang says:

          magdilang anghel ka sana, leona. maya-maya lang, baka vice-president na yan. tingnan mo na lang si marcos, wala tayong kamalay-malay, biglang naging senador. ngayon, pumapapel na naman. alam niyang karamihan ang boboto ng yes sa RH Bill, after a few days, biglang bumaligtad from No to Yes. Ayaw kasi niyang mamarkahan kahit na nga ba’y markado na siya. Knock on wood na lang tayo.

      • vander anievas says:

        hahaha, how will he look sporting a halo? st. titus of wanbol u….

  41. Cha says:

    This is the word of God (or not) :

    First to speak after the final approval of the RH Bill last night was Bishop Reyes, posted by ABS-CBN at 11:21 pm, Dec 17:

    “What is very sad also is that Malacañang has pressured our congressmen to vote yes. Had Malacañang not pressured our congressmen in second reading, we would have won, majority is for the truth.”

    “Maraming nagbaliktaran nung tinawag ng Liberal Party ang mga members… pati yung hindi Liberal Party. Ang malungkot ay mismong executive department nagiging corruptor ng ating congressmen by promising government projects, political favors… and that pork barrel funds will not be given if they don’t vote for the RH bill.”

    A voice of reason then comes out of Quiapo Church, Monsignor Clemente Ignacio, who asked those against the measure to be magnanimous in defeat. (from the same ABS-CBN posting, Dec 17 pm)

    “Let us not judge those who have voted for the RH bill. They have their own convictions [and] own views on the issue. We do not know where they are coming from. It only shows that there are many things the Church has to do with regards to this. They are our brothers and sisters even if they are on the other side.”

    Today, Bishop Soc Villegas follows through with the conciliatory tone. (Well. at least in part: (posted by PDI, 2:38 pm, Dec 18)

    “Let us move on!”‘ he said.

    “This is a time for peacemaking. We might not see eye to eye but we can work hand in hand for the real progress that your people so richly deserve.”

    Then the swipe,

    “They might have won through the tyranny of numbers but it does not mean that they are right. It is only a matter of time and then we will see more violations of `Thou shall not kill’ and `Thou shall not commit adultery’ among our families, our youth and children.”

    However, just a few minutes earlier Bishop Arguelles has already come out fighting : (posted by GMA 7, 2:21 pm, Dec 18)

    The Bishop said the next move of the Catholic Church would be to campaign against those who voted in favor of the RH bill and those who are planning to implement the same measure.

    “Ang kampanya namin ay huwag nang iboto pati ‘yung mga kakandidato na ang kanilang ipapairal na mga batas ay makasisira sa humanity at makasisira sa pananampalataya.”

    “Overdue na, dapat hindi maging leader ang maging masamang halimbawa. It is high time that we should vote according to what kind of society we want to have.”

    And so the fight is definitely not over yet as the Bishops set their sights on the Supreme Court as the next battlefield. A re-energised Bishop Reyes once again speaks : (posted by Rappler, 4:41 pm, Dec 18)

    Bishop Reyes said a group of Catholic lawyers was preparing to challenge the legality of the bill in the Supreme Court as soon as it is signed into law.

    “We will support that petition… in the Supreme Court against the RH bill,” said Reyes, head of the commission on family issues for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

    Furthermore, Reyes lays the blame on President Aquino for their defeat: (from the same Rappler posting)

    He laid the blame for the bill’s passage at the feet of President Benigno Aquino, who he accused of using pressure and government funds to get the necessary votes in parliament.

    “The struggle between the pro-RH and the anti-RH… was really the struggle of Malacanang (the presidential palace),” he said, warning that Aquino could become a “threat to democracy” with his domination of Congress.

    Anyone out there able to utter the words “Praise be to God!” in response to their holiness?

    • Joe America says:

      A wonderful recap of the bizarre priestly political rants. I wonder what the legal foundation for a Supreme Court challenge would be. I have not read that anywhere. I also wonder how much they will spend on the protest. That is, when the case fails, how much that could have gone to the poor will have been pissed away to attorneys.

    • leona says:

      …these bad bishops have ever since and now openly flouting violations of the Separate of the Church and the State! How unconstitutional!

      It becomes appropriate for all I mean ALL courts of the land to issue ex parte Orders to order all of them to stop such unconstitutional conduct with contempt of all courts if they refuse to obey!

      Time to put ‘em in jail!

    • Gene Simmowns says:

      Adding to this recap:

      Bishop Gabriel Reyes, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said Roxas was one of the administration officials who went to the House of Representatives to ensure that the RH bill was passed.

      “The Church is not after political power but it has much influence. We use that influence for the growth of the country (but) Malcañang really fought the Church,” Reyes said at a Church forum in Intramuros, Manila.

      “As for Mar, I think it will affect (his presidential ambition) … The Church has much moral influence on our people. Many still believe in the Church. In surveys, the Church has the highest credibility [than] the executive, legislature and judiciary,” Reyes added.

      newsinfodotinquirerdotnet/326609/bishop-warns-roxas-church-will-make-him-pay-in-2016

      • jorge bernas says:

        @ Gene,

        As I said before that the church, especially the C.B.C.P. should observe and respect the separation of church & state pero binaliwala nila masunod lamang ang kanilang Pansariling Interest at ngayon tapos na ang nasabing usapin R.H. Bill ay gumaganti pa itong si gabriel reyes kay mar roxas na magbabayad ito sa 2016, magkano kaya ibabayad ni mar dito sa taong ito? ito ba yong nagpa KAPAL MUKS at Humingi nang S.U.V. noong time ni G.M.A.. kaya pala wala silang ginawa noong time ni G.M.A. kahit sandamukal ang ANOMALYAnonn dahil natakpan nang S.U.V. at Monthly Allowances na mahigit 200,000.-.. Nakakahiya ito at Nakakadiri dahil para sana sa mahihirap natin mamamayan ang perang ginamit mula sa P.C.S.O. (sugal) pero hindi inalintala nang mga Pari daw at Obispo daw para masunod lamang ang kanilang Kapritso at KASAKIMAN….WOW…..

  42. Johnny Lin says:

    Latest News Huffington Posts

    40 Cleanest cities in the world

    #40 is Mumbai India
    #2 is Singapore
    #1 is Tokyo

    Seoul, Hongkong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hanoi all in top 40.
    Bishops, Sotto and Enrile have another weapon dissing RH bill, more discarded condoms adding to the dirty streets.

    Manila is not in the list.
    Our politicians should be proud of Philippines new distinction, aside from the worst airport.

    It’s always fun in the Philippines!

    He he he

    • Tomas Gomez III says:

      @Johnny Lin…..I noted this last night at HuffPost and I wondered if it will be noticed back home. Thanks for raising this talking point. Let me re-express a thought I had mentioned sometime ago. ……Something like this:

      If indeed, cleanliness is next to Godliness, our MetroManila RC parishes must be so far away from God! Before meddling with the affairs of State, the CBCP is better advised to tend to physical cleanliness, sanitation and health within each bishop’s area of concern. Magwaliswalis muna kayo bago kayo maki-alam sa buhay ng isang babae at ng kanyang angkan!

      Garbology first…..Theology can take a hike!

      • Johnny Lin says:

        Buddy

        Very simple
        Friends or visitors peasantly keep returning to the home when it is clean and presentable.

        How could the Philippines attract lots of tourists like our successful Asian neighbors when just before landing, on the plane they see the filth in theair and smell it assoon as they see the airport?

        Much more the congested dirty streets on tgeircway to their hotels.

        You are right, the priests should have the moral integrity to lead their parishes to clean up their surroundings instead of meddling in government affairs. Maybe they will be more effetive in preaching their anti RH standwith people upon workinf with them sideby side on a daily basis in their homes and neighborhoods promoting cleanliness.

    • are these 40 cities cleanest of DIRTY POLITICIANS?

    • leona says:

      Uncleanliness, Worst Airport, Dirty streets are results of Corruption, Apathy and Corruption by many and many of our public officials, elected, appointed and Employed in the public Service!

      IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE PUBLIC OFFICIALS!

  43. Art Montesa says:

    Raissa – please take a bow on the passage of the RH Bill in both House and Senate. To my mind, you were instrumental in educating everybody on the pros and cons of the Bill.

  44. nene says:

    Read somewhere:

    The acronym of the 8 senators who voted against the RHBill is HERPES TV, a new brand of idiot box; Honasan, Enrile, Revilla, Pimentel, Estrada, Sotto, Trillanes, Villar.

    How appropriate is that? LOL!

    • baycas says:

      Honasan
      Enrile
      Revilla
      Pimentel
      EStrada

      Sotto

      Villar

      Trillanes

      =

      HERPES Simplex Two (Herpes simplex type 2)

      Help prevent sexually transmitted infections.

      • baycas says:

        Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV 2) causes Genital Herpes.

        • nene says:

          brilliant, baycas!

          • baycas says:

            the idea came from you. thanks.

            the anti-RHs forgot about STDs. CSEP takes care of the information drive in STD prevention.

            with proper education sexual promiscuity may also be minimized.

            a lot of people doesn’t know that STDs may not always produce symptoms. that’s why they are prevalent, and thus, dangerous…especially to couples who want to have babies.

        • silentReader says:

          .. only

          T.H.E P.E.R.V.S can acquire and spread HERPES TV to others.

      • fed_up says:

        To my eyes, the above named Senators (HERPES VT) are “churchmen” (who think of the “unborn” generation), and not “statesmen” (who think of the next living generation), Hillary Clinton’s quote modified.

    • Cha says:

      Very apt!

    • Martial Bonifacio says:

      Brilliant acronym nene and baycas :)

      I believe that we can use your acronym in every board exams for healthcare professionals.

      For example ill take cong. lagmans words from this article and use it to a multiple choice quesions:

      http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/18/12/sotto-pia-clash-over-bicameral-panel-members

      Question:

      1.”Who is the person who would like to have hazardous and unpleasant sex?”

      Honasan
      Enrile
      Revilla
      Pimentel
      EStrada

      Sotto

      Villar

      Trillanes

    • pinay710 says:

      HUWAG IBOTO ANG MGA ITO SA SUSUNOD NA ELECTION. gusto ng maraming anak para sa POLITICAL DYNASTY nila (estrada, revilla) pero sa iba iba namang babae(ito ba ang ituturo sa mga kabataan?) maraming anak pero iba iba ang ina? kaya tutol sila sa RH BILL.trillanes akala ko para sa bayan ka HINDI PALA. bawas na ang boto mo mula sa pamilya ko.

    • using E and S twice:

      THE VESPERS in the Senate.

    • leona says:

      “HERPES TV” … by the acronym, for Ignorance, Abuse, Lying, Unfit, Unworthy, Dynasty, Plagiarizing, Arrogance and Too Wealthy Unconcerned, should all be DE-VOTED in the next 2013 ELECTIONS and THEREAFTER! Change all of them.

      Let us all make a mark to remember THIS.

  45. baycas says:

    @Rene-Ipil and the rest here,

    Re: Question at Comment No. 7.2

    Sorry for the puzzlement.

    How does one make the bishops disappear?

    There is no way.

    Except, the Bishop Way.

    No. 20

    I’ll just as happy to see to the RCC and its cabal of senile old pharisees fade into irrelevance, as the…reasonable voice abandon ship…

    - Antonio Yang III, 12.16.12 at 8:45 am

    No. 18.4

    Thus, the Catholic Church seems intent upon arriving itself to irrelevance.

    - Joe America, 12.16.12 at 5:33 pm

    The bishops themselves will make their lot vanish into obscurity…

    Especially if the Bishop Logic will prevail.

    (Link to this Bishop Logic is posted immediately below after moderation.)

  46. fed_up says:

    In a preceding article by Ms Raissa (“If RH Law passes, “D.E.A.T.H.S. bills” are next, warns Catholic Church official), newly installed Cardinal Tagle said: “The Church must be a humble Church, modeling herself more on Jesus and being less preoccupied by her power, prestige and position in society.”
    I take this as a hint from him that mankind, including those within the Christian world, have strayed far from what He wanted his people to become.
    I don’t find this strange. According to my favorite Senator (Miriam Defensor Santiago), the Catholic Church, like all Churches, “is only human.” We humans have inherited from Adam and Eve the tendency to experiment things and become a deviant in the process. To use another analogy, we become “isotopes” of the real Christian element.
    Life is like a navigational journey (whether by air or by sea) from point of origin (on being born) and point of destination (the afterlife). During the journey, ourselves as “plane” or “ship” are put on an auto pilot for steering the course. Regularly, the pilot (of the plane) or the master (of the ship) checks the course, and if he finds it in error, he switches the “auto pilot”, puts on a new steering course to compensate for the effects of weather and cross air and ocean currents, and then switches back the “auto pilot” to auto mode.
    In our 4G and Windows 8 world today, which course shall we steer to avoid damnation of our soul?
    I was in college at the height of the student unrest in the late 1960s shortly before Pres. Marcos declared Martial Law (1972). In one of the placards carried by students demonstrating in front of the CBCP building in Intramuros was: “Christ did not live in palaces!” We all know that most Catholic priests are living a good life in well-furnished convents with, perhaps, 4G celphones and Windows 8 computers. I find this kind of life a stark contrast to how Jesus Christ lived during His time when He had to travel (there were no Pajeros then) mountains upon mountains in order to preach.
    Because our Living God loves us very much, He finds it appropriate to introduce a “correction” in our life’s “steering course”. In 1982, a nurse turned amateur archaeologist (Ron Wyatt) was divinely inspired to discover the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant which mysteriously disappeared in Jerusalem during King Solomon’s time in 586 BC when the Babylonian army of King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Holy City. Ron Wyatt discovered the Ark hidden by Jeremiah in a chamber directly beneath Christ’s true crucifixion site (not the place we know of today) in Mt. Moriah. In the Old Testament, Mt. Moriah was the mountain where Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac to God.

    Here’s the link where Ron Wyatt detailed his discovery of the Ark:

    http://www.wyattmuseum.com/arkofthecovenant.htm

    Why is the discovery of the Ark not spreading like bush fire in the Christian world? Michael
    Rood, a retired U.S. Marine and a messianic Jew, best explains the answer here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpFZL2rSqeY

    • fed_up says:

      CORRECTION IN UPPER CASE…..”Regularly, the pilot (of the plane) or the master (of the ship) checks the course, and if he finds it in error, he switches OFF the “auto pilot”, INTRODUCE A NEW COURSE TO STEER to compensate for the effects of weather and cross air and ocean currents, and then switches back the “auto pilot” to auto mode.

  47. silentReader says:

    nakakatawa ang mga explainations ng mga pulitikong NoToRHbill. Lalo na dun sa mga Artista.
    Buti na lang walang trahedya
    o bagyong sumabay sa
    botohan.. baka masisi na
    naman ang Diyos..
    Ng mga religious fanatics.

  48. curveball says:

    Ano kaya ang masasabi ng mga kaparian tungkol sa ipinagmamalaki nilang “Catholic Vote”? Hinid ba nakakahiya na malaman “tambak ang score” sa botohan?

    Bakit kasi ipinipilit nila ang bagay na mas dapat ang sabihin, ituro, o ipaalala ay bumoto ayun sa iyung konsensya at para sa kabutihan ng mas nakararami. Nagbabago na ang panahon, dapat ay sumabay din tayo sa pagbabago na ito.

    Hindi yung dahil tayo ay konserbatibo na bansa ay mananatili tayo sarado ang isip sa mga pagbabago na ito.

    • leona says:

      The ‘Pinas RCC is one great source of LITANY OF SUFFERINGS in this country since 1521 up to now!

      Imagine three (3) Priests of their own, Gomez, Burgos and Zamora, were all GARROTED because of what?

      Dr. Jose P. Rizal was EXECUTED, because of what? His dear MOTHER was not exempted!

      And many of our country men, Filipinos and Filipinas, suffered in many Spanish jails throughout the country for reasons of what?

      The victims only wanted not to BOW DOWN to the Church but exercise free conscience only!

      Yet, sufferings were imposed on them. A Church! Bent on imposing sufferings. physical sufferings! Their unholy acts continues.

      This century and all others to come, they will be unheard of forever! God will blame these bad prelates of the Church and not the people who only gave many support and their own money, blood and sweat, atbpa to the Church who is and will be always UNGRATEFUL!

      Time to cut and cut clean [Laxalt] until no more dirt is seen. Awaken! Filipinos!

  49. Caloy says:

    To quote John Lennon: “Imagine there’s no heaven and no religion too…” this world will be better off. No more bishops nor clergymen to scare the bejesus out of us. People should live following their conscience and morality. And mind you, conscience and morality is NOT EXCLUSIVE to the religious and the believers.

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      Caloy@59

      Thank you for solving my problem on how we could make the bishops disappear. Please see @ 7.2 below.

  50. springwoodman says:

    The morning after thought upon waking: WOOHOO!

    • baycas says:

      BOO HOO HOO to some.

      A number of lawmakers are bitter up to the end. (Radyo Veritas 846 covered most of the RH Bill voting yesterday.

      • raissa says:

        @Baycas, is that you? Taunting them?

        • baycas says:

          i listened to them. my comment was just an objective view of what i heard.

          whether it would be taken as ‘taunting’, ‘gloating’ or not, it’s up to the reader.

  51. pinay710 says:

    ngayon pasado na ang RH BILL sana sa susunod na pasukan isama na sa aralin ng mga batang nasa grade 5 ang tungkol dito. sa edad ng mga nasa grade 5 naguumpisa ang kanilang malilikot na kaisipan. mapagtuunan sana ng pansin ng departamento ng edukasyon ang bagay na ito. umpisahan na agad!!!

    • baycas says:

      A local study of at least 300 public HS students noted coital debut at 13-14 years of age, both male and female.

      When to start the sex education program is certainly debatable as there are anecdotal reports of coital debut in 11-year-old males.

      @pinay710, your No. 57 regarding grade 5 students may have a solid basis. The DepEd I believe will be scientific about this matter. Thanks.

      • pinay710 says:

        sir baycas, salamat sa pangunawa mo sa opinion ko. hindi ako puede makipag debatehan dito dahil limitado lang ang kaalaman ko tungkol samaga talakayan dito sa blog ni raissa. pero sa experiensya sa actual na buhay siguro mas marami na akong naranasan at nakita ng 4 kong mata. tama po kayo na sa edad ng 11 taon gulang lalo na sa mga batang lalake ay umpisa na silang maging malikot sa kanilang seksual na pakiramdam. noong kabataan ko sa edad na sinasabi nyo mas komportable akong makihalubilo sa kalalakihan,dahil hindi sila maarte di tulad ng mga babae maarte.ang mga batang lalake ay malalakas ang loob magsapalaran sa mga bagay na “bawal”.

  52. Martial Bonifacio says:

    Thank you to all legislators who voted for professional healthcare workers (pro-RH) instead of the damaso’s.

    ‘Civil disobedience’ if PNoy signs RH bill, Cruz says
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/17/12/%E2%80%98civil-disobedience%E2%80%99-if-pnoy-signs-rh-bill-cruz-says

    i hope nobody will follow this oscar cruz. Are economy is rising tapos magiincite itong pari na ito ng civil disobedience, meaning people power again?

    Lets remember na kaya nailagay si gloria sa kapangyarihan is because of over use ng people power, from a corrupt president pass to another na mas corrupt.

    • jorge bernas says:

      @ Marcial,

      Nakakahiya na itong ginagawang PAKIKIALAM nang mga Pari at Obispo at mabuti na lamang at hindi natinag at hindi nagpakaDUWAG ang mga butihing congressman at senador natin. Salamat sa mga Congressman na nagpabor nang RH Bill gayon din sa mga Senador. MABUHAY KAYO???

      At ngayon nagbanta pa itong si Cruz nang civil disobedience kong totoo man ito kapag pinirmahan ni Pnoy ang nasabing R.H.Bill pero sigurado ako na hindi tutugunan nang mga Mamamayan ang panawagan ni retired cruz dahil maliwanag na para sa kabutihan nila ang R.H. Bill. Katunayan ay IBOBOTO ko ang mga senador at congressman na nagpabor dito.

      Dapat hindi nalang silang mga taga C.B.C.P. nakialam sa usaping ito dahil maliwanag sa Batas na hindi nila dapat Pakialaman ang Pamahalaan at dahil dito nalaman nang buong Mundo na ang TAO ay hindi na Natatakot sa mga DAMASO…..NAPAHIYA TULOY SILANG MGA DAMASO????

  53. Eric says:

    Back in 2008, the Vatican issued a statement that intelligent extraterrestrials posed no problems to Catholic theology. They even sponsored a conference in 2010 on Vatican grounds to discuss the question of the existence of extraterrestrials and invited astronomers, biologists, geologists and other religious leaders.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7399661.stm

    Why aren’t the Church open to embrace the reproductive health and education issues and the possibility that there could be more benefit to it than harm? Is it so alien a topic? Talk about alienation.

    The Church would rather welcome little green men than little multi-flavored prophylactics.

    • raissa says:

      That’s interesting.

      Can you provide the link?

    • Victin Luz says:

      @Eric,……….if this father Fumes and the Catholic Church’s were now considering indoctrinating ” God creation of our intelligent extraterrestrial brothers ” ” empty of sins ” into their religion , then the more that people on EARTH believes that many scriptures written in the BIBLE are not True and Correct.

      If GOD ,our Supreme Being , Master of the Universe , had created an ” intelligent , free of sin’s extraterrestrial brothers ” then it confirmed the existence of other solar system in the universe does God created Adam and Eve for Earth, and maybe on the other part of the Universe God created another Adam ( say SOTTO ) and Eve ( say Magsaysay ) but …a very big BUT …that God could had created Adam and Eve for Middle East alone and it’s neighboring areas ,….Adam ( genghis Khan ) and Eve( da jeang jeum ) for China and it’s neighbors ,……………and in the Philippines God Created an Aeta ….represented by Adam ( say SOTTO ) and Eve ( say Magsaysay a lady ).

      It was very hard to believe that our origin Filipinos came from Adam and Eve much more for the Aetas even though land bridges were existence before as stated on the Bible. If you are going to draw the family tree from ADAM down below , with so many war’s written on the Old Testament, the areas conquered by the heirs of NOAH, you can never connect them to us especially the AETAS. ONLY our Faith To God , the Creator Of Heaven and Earth connected us to ADAM.

      Will it be also that when God created ADAM and the same time or later EVOLUTION of human being came to excistense.

      • Eric says:

        On the contrary, if you can find the time to scour the internet, there are lots of archeological discoveries that proves that most of the stories in the Bible, particularly the old testament were true. One good example will be this interesting documentary about the the discovery of Noah’s ark… yes, they believe they found it not on Mt. Ararat but somewhere below it.

        I guess we better get used to wearing tinfoil hats.

        • Victin Luz says:

          Propaganda regarding the universe will always connect the bible and science which were contradictory to each other.

          The most scriptures that can never be explained by the church or any of us was the analysis of Copernicus and later was proven by Galileo.

          Yes I also believe majority of scriptures in the Bible were true but some which were not true were harmonized by us true our Faith to God , to the Divine Providence that was all.

          A propaganda on Gods creation of our intelligent extraterrestrial brothers as they posted it, will throw people to believe that their were two, three Adam’s and Eve created throughout the Universe . It is a Fact , not a propaganda, that a family TREE from Adam and Eve down below can never reach the Aeta’s in the Philippines.

          • Eric says:

            To muddle up the water more, today’s theoretical physicists and astronomers may have found evidence to support the multiverse theory.

            Our universe is not the only one but there could be other universes outside our own. The multiverses could be as many as the stars and galaxies in our own universe, like bubbles linked together ad infinitum. On top of that our own universe could have its own parallel universes, that there are 11 dimensions in all. The other seven dimensions we cannot see (if you will include time as the 4th dimension which is debatable).

            These are not science fiction nor propaganda.

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14372387
            http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2001/paralleluni.shtml

            Thousands of years ago the ancient Greeks theorized that matter could be made up of atoms. We can only guess what their contemporaries thought of it.

            Let’s put things in perspective and solve one piece of the puzzle at a time, just because we find it hard to believe doesn’t mean it isn’t so.

            • Victin Luz says:

              Good research @Eric,………… Ha ha we all knew that Christianity especially the RCC favored HOLISM ….deciding past events and maybe the future especially the beginning of human life or the bible itself , as a WHOLE or COMPOUNDED …….they(RCC) opposed ATOMISM,………historical events to be decided by PART’s the way the World like the Philiipines on RH BILL had done. For them in Rome it’s against God and Christianity. NOW…@Eric

              If the RCC were the one who invited astronomers and etc., to that Holy Conference to prove or to venture on the truthfulness of Gods creation of an intelligent extraterrestrial ( no sin’s ) brother’s , if TRUE ,then we can CONCLUDE that GOD created two or more Adam and Eve throughout the MICRO-UNIVERSE you had posted.

              It is safe to say that it was impossible or an absurdity if we now doctrinate the populace of the Planet Earth that those extraterrestrial people came from our Adam and Eve or on the other way around.

              My opinion why RCC called for that conference was that , if it’s TRUE , then the RCCHURCH will tell us ( mangunguna sila , uunahan nila ang ibang relihiyon ) that GOD created everything and what was on the BIBLE here on Earth is congruent to the BIBLE of other Human Being in the universe does , Contraceptive’s is corruption, that RH BILL is against God, That real and personal property of the church shall be exempted of Taxes and etc.,

              Since we believe God created everything in the Universe and now the MICRO- UNIVERSE with extraterrestrial human being on it, …then upon giving the spirit/life of Adam and Eve the 10 commandments and other Laws of God to them and passing it to us ,and after these, we have to follow the Righteous Path that will benefit the majority if not for the whole human race. RH BILL will do( beneficial ).

              • Victin Luz says:

                Gusto rin nila na ang mga Tao sa ibang planeta ay kumbinsihing maging RCC at kolectahan ng DONASYON . Bawalan din sila ng paggamit ng Contraceptives. Mas marami sila mas maraming pera ang makokolekta.

                “Pastor “of different Christian Churches , Other religious sect, you have to attend or be vigillant to any conference scheduled in the future. ” kayo din uunahan na naman kayo ng RCC pag nagkatotoo nga na totoo at dumalo ang mga UFO personnel in any future conference.

              • Eric says:

                Yes, imagine in the future when the Vatican will issue another statement that the Catholic Church has no problem with multiverses (universes outside our own), parallel universes and beings from other dimensions? Assuming that the current theories are correct.

                Maybe they issued that statement back in 2008 because the Catholic Church knew something that we don’t?

                Today’s science is bordering on the occult. Theoretical physicists, astrophysicists and cosmologists couldn’t shake off the idea of an intelligent designer of the universe or the idea of a creator that’s why most of their Christian critics couldn’t wipe the grin off their faces and argue that today’s scientists have to invent theories to avoid admitting what they don’t want to admit.

                Why can’t the Catholic Church accept the idea the we have to manage our population and that we have to do something about it now?

                The Church would rather sponsor a convention tackling the possibility of ET’s than sponsor a convention on the implications of overpopulation.

              • Eric says:

                Maybe in a parallel universe the Catholic Church softened it’s stand on the RH Bill and Tito Sotto apologized.

            • springwoodman says:

              The theory I espoused at 39.1 of religious relativity would conform well with the multiverse theory. Instead of layers, multiverses are even better.

    • leona says:

      …it’s not their “game” as it belongs to the scientific world and besides, it is dangerous to make the Church join such venture of the scientific universe! Remain on the spiritual side!

      • Eric says:

        The Catholic Church dabbles on everything they can get their hands on- science, politics, the arts, and more recently scandals. They even have this hush-hush secret organization of spies it’s called Servizio Informazione del Vaticano [SIV]- Vatican Intelligence Service.

        • Victin Luz says:

          @Eric……..maybe the Vatican have still with them at their own disposal only an exterminator or with ” s “, like on the 14th and 15th centuries AKA. Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia’s Family.

          • Eric says:

            The Borgias inspired Machiavelli to write “The Prince”, what an interesting family;
            but what I like about the Catholic Church is it’s the only established religion I know today where it’s own clergy and followers not only the outsiders can openly criticize, vilify or even condemn it. Not that the Church approve of washing their linen in public but they try to deal with it… only threatening a few for excommunication.

            Unlike other religious organizations, they keep mum and don’t breathe a word of dissent.

  54. baycas says:

    The sottocopier this time paraphrased the following line during his explanation of his ‘No’ vote…

    “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

    From what I recall, he said, “May God forgive us, for we don’t know what we’re doing”.

    I’m pretty sure this utterance no longer needs attribution for it’s a well-known fact who originally said it.

    It’s just that Sotto continues to be a copier extraordinaire.

    • baycas says:

      MANILA, Philippines – Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, one of the most outspoken critics of the reproductive health bill, said lawmakers who approved the measure made a wrong decision.

      “Malamang pagsisihan natin ito,” he said while explaining his vote on Monday.

      “If we approve the RH bill, may I ask God the Father to forgive us for we do not know what we are doing,” Sotto said.

      - ANC, December 17, 2012

      A video here:

      http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/12/17/12/sotto-rh-bill-i-ask-god-forgive-us

      • leona says:

        Why can’t he just ADMIT he is a plagiarizer! And pray God to forgive him! Ang daming pang hocus-copus niya!

        • baycas says:

          @leona,

          I’d rather he be found guilty by the SCEP. A wishful thinking on my part.

          He has the habit to copy.

          There is a pattern and the psychology* of why one plagiarize may be summed up in:

          1. Business – plagiarism for profit (he being a gifted composer)

          2. Show off – plagiarism for a shot at fame (he being an ‘erudite’ actor)

          3. Idiocy – self-explanatory plagiarism (he being a seasoned politician)

          —–
          *Lifted from http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2005/09/22/the-psychology-of-plagiarism/

          Annotations in parentheses mine.

  55. andrew lim says:

    Short notes:

    a. Marikina rep Quimbo voted even if he had dengue and came to the House in a wheelchair hooked to an IV. First time a wheelchair was used for heroism and not cowardice. Mabuhay ka!

    b. I dedicate this to Emilio Jacinto, whose birthday was on Dec 15. An underappreciated hero of the Revolution, the brains of the Katipunan.

    c. We all pulled hard for this, harsh words were exchanged, and we all moved left or right of center. Time to go back to the center.

    • Tomas Gomez III says:

      Glad to read your short note re: Rep. Miro Quimbo, Andrew. Let me add some trivia that reflects our changing times. Miro’s grandfather’s brother was a Catholic priest and so was his father’s first cousin. Two Padre Quimbos. The original Quimbos of Calbiga, Samar were progenies of a Franciscan friar. I join you in saying “Mabuhay ka!” to the Congressman. Let us wish him good health.

      • pelang says:

        @tomas gomez III, i thought they were from Calbayog or Catbalogan. I remember a parish priest in our place when i was young, Fr. (or Monsignor) Quimbo who loked like an old Spanish Friar and he was from Catbalogan. He was said to have cancer, went to Lourdes, France and got healed. I suppose, he must be one of the priests you have mentioned.

        • Tomas Gomez III says:

          I recall that in the early fifties, Padre Juanito Quimbo ( the younger one) was assigned as cura of Santa Margarita. If he were still alive he would be in his very late eighties. Hid mother is from Calbayog.

    • tristanism says:

      Miro got a lot of people confused here:

      “Naka-wheelchair wala namang kaso? Sinayang lang yung wheelchair.”

      • curveball says:

        Nasanay na o sinanay na ng mga politiko na pag naka wheel chair automatic na may warrant of arrest o kaso kinakaharap.

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      Andrew@53

      Miro became a “hero” out of his true character. I am sure that being a hero is far from Miro’s mind when he surfaced in congress to vote for RH bill. He just wanted to be counted as pro RH and a loyal party member.

      I am truly happy that we have in the horizon young politicians whom PNoy or his equally qualified successor could pass the legacy of good governance.

  56. Johnny Lin says:

    House- 104 No votes on second Reading
    25 less No votes on Third and Final Reading

    Why?
    they found out when they attended Simbang Gabi yesterday, the catholic vote Bishops were referring to are Yes for RH bill.

    schadenfreude- rub it to Sotto, Enrile, Mitos and Mikee
    He he he

  57. e.a. pascual says:

    the senate just approved the rh bill on third and final reading. 13- 8 in favor of the bill

    • leona says:

      YYYYYYEHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYY! ! ! !

      Saaaaaaaaaalammmmmatttttttttt! ! !

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! ! ! what’s next?

      • Johnny Lin says:

        FOI – House will tackle on Wednesday, already passed by Senate

        • curveball says:

          FOI Bill.,
          Dito naman ay magkaka-alaman na kung sino sino ang may milyon milyon na kayamanan.
          Biglang yumaman ng maging kinatawan (sa mababang kongreso/senado)
          Mabuhay tayong lahat ng matyagang nagabang sa resulta ng botohan.

      • springwoodman says:

        The Judiciary is still in trouble…

        • Rene-Ipil says:

          Springwoodman@51.1

          The senior SC justices are afflicted with senility. Imagine, they all attended the flag raising ceremony when CJ Sereno could not be present because she is abroad on official business. Nag-ugaling bata na naman ang mga nakatatanda na mga mahistrado ng korte suprema.

          • jorge bernas says:

            Ha ha ha ha tama ka Rene, Ngayon nag-isipbata itong mga sr.justices of the supreme court pero ok lang yan kisa noon na nagpaka TUTA??? Dapat wala silang kinikilingan at rspetuhin kong ano ang desisyon ni PNOY sa paghirang kong sino ang magiging chief justicengayon kong ayaw nila sa appointed ni Pnoy sila dapat magresign at huwag mag asal bata…dahil sayang ang pasuweldo sa kanilang mga Nagpaka TUTAng justices….

        • Joe America says:

          I think the judiciary would be a superb next target. FOI is on the agenda and may not require any further nudging, unless it has to do with extracting “right of reply” nonsense. But the judiciary needs to be fully understood. Taken apart judge by judge and court by court and policy by policy and put back together correctly.

          Also, Justice. I rather think there is a reason there is no ABS-CBN series called “CSI Manila”.

      • silentReader says:

        Lubusin na..
        next will be…

        *Same-sex marriage
        and
        *Divorce bill

        Hahaha. deretso impiyerno na naman lahat ng susuporta nito accdg to CBCP..

        • leona says:

          @silentReader…the RCC could not stop Italian lawmakers from enacting a divorce law. Tigas ang mga Italiano and Vatican is in Rome, Italy!

      • Victin Luz says:

        Taxing Church’s ….. No exception , even those real properties used for religious purposes and their luxurios dwellings so as their amenities.

      • springwoodman says:

        Rene-Ipil@51.1, (Third post)

        There is a term used in Australia – “white-anting” – which means eroding someone’s position through constant criticism. I guess in the Philippines it would be called snubbing, or better still “intriga”.

        This “white-anting” of Sereno is more dangerous than mere slight because it is peer thuggery and collegial bullying operating in a closed environment. I imagine it’s not only the flag ceremony non-attendance but also the sideway looks and the raised eyebrows; the De Castro-fronted criticism; and now, as you point out, the antic of attending a flag-ceremony in Sereno’s absence. These are unconscionable acts of mockery of a peer by justices of alleged “competence, integrity, probity and independence”. Justices who are supposed to be possessed of high intellect and the best judgmental capacities in the country. You can excuse the elected Neanderthals in all levels of government for this spiteful sort of behaviour but surely not the selected justices of the Supreme Court.

        Sereno has great internal integrity and strength coupled with her intense faith, but she must be going through hell right now, a baptism of and ordeal by fire. She has received public support, and (Maritess) Vitug over at Rappler has shed much needed light on the RCAO imbroglio, validating the correctness, but not the propriety, of Sereno’s decision. I would like to believe that Perlas-Bernabe and Leonen would be supportive of her, but the 7 White Ants I have identified (based on the first three flag-ceremony attendances) – Bersamin, Brion, Carpio, De Castro, Peralta, Velasco and Villarama – would be as petty and spiteful as Corona. You will recall Corona’s unbelievable shabby treatment of Carpio-Morales on her retirement.

        Sereno has the upper-hand in terms of age. She can outlive all of them. But I would not want to be in her shoes right now. Brion and Villarama will retire in 2016; De Castro and Velasco in 2018; Bersamin and Carpio in 2019; and Peralta in 2022. So she’ll have to wait at least 7 long years (2019) to be free of the majority of albatrosses around her neck, and serve the last 11 years of her term (2030) in productive reformation of the Judiciary.

        • Joe America says:

          Yes, and when thrown into a pit of sharks, one might flail a bit. I also feel for her. I think she needs to work one-on-one with the other justices to develop relationships and take it out of the arena.

          I’m formulating the idea in my mind that judges in the Philippines are a peculiar breed of child, empowered with tenure, empowered with kingly renditions, empowered by everyone rising when they enter. So they don’t exactly have good interpersonal skills. They are like autocrats on steroids with overblown senses of self and skin as thin as a micron. (Is that thin?) You get teh picture.

          In shorter terms, they are babies. Center of the universe.

        • leona says:

          but it could be that the 7 white ants will die 5 years before reaching their 70s! What reason?: they have started losing their “spirit” to know none of them will every be Chief Justice! A slow deathing is on the making in them!

        • Rene-Ipil says:

          Springwoodman, all CPMers

          Now that the Bicameral committee has approved the RH bill, we should focus our efforts on helping CJ Sereno. She needs our help very much. Our aim must be to initiate public clamor to impeach the 7 “white ants”. No amount of pressure could force these senile and thick faced justices with “wang wang” mentality to resign. I am always reminded of the exorbitant amount we are paying the SC justices, which amount we discovered during the Corona impeachment trial. But I would not mind paying them more if they would only serve us well as our SC justices.

          Raissa, please write a blog about the 7 “white ants” and the CPM will do the rest.

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