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No delay but RH bill won’t be passed this year—Enrile

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile

Are opponents of the reproductive health (RH) bill intentionally delaying the passage of the measure or are its proponents simply in a hurry?

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Thursday doubted Senate Bill No. 2865 would be passed by the chamber before Congress goes on its Christmas break in two weeks.

But he made it clear that he and the other senators who had expressed reservations about the bill were not trying to delay its passage.

“I don’t think it will pass this year,” he said at the weekly Senate media forum. “There are (still) many issues to be clarified. We are not delaying it.”

Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III earlier cried foul over the allegation of Senators Pia Cayetano and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, cosponsors of SB 2865, that some senators were trying to torpedo the bill.

On Monday, Cayetano took the floor and manifested her desire to move for the termination of the period of interpellation. “There do not seem to be any other senators who have indicated their desire to interpellate,” she had said.

“I take exception to the fact that they mentioned the word ‘delay,’” Sotto said. “The last thing I would want to do is not discuss the RH bill. I want to discuss it because I want an intelligent vote from the members of the Senate. I want them to find out more about the bill, like what is happening in the House (of Representatives).”

Still in line to interpellate Cayetano and Santiago are Sotto, Enrile, Ralph Recto, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Lito Lapid. Lacson is the principal author of another version of the RH bill.

“We are not delaying. We still have plenty of questions… I have just started discussing the economic impact of this bill because I am concentrating on the population aspect. I have not yet dealt with the religious aspect. There is (also) a security aspect in this bill,” Enrile said.

“I would support this bill if it is only to provide health measures to womanhood. But this has an impact on our country and its future, not only in terms of health but (also) in terms of economic growth, its security and viability as a country.”

Early this year, the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) received P4.4 million from the United Nations Population Fund to push for the passage of the RH bill before the end of 2011. Dr. Junice Melgar, RHAN secretary general, admitted that her group solicited the amount because it “has no ongoing funding.”

Based on RHAN’s budget proposal, the amount was to be spent on activities such as “education and mobilization” program. One item worth P2,837,500 was to go to organize “two nationally coordinated (and) high-profile mobs.”

The group scheduled the “peak” of its pro-RH rally for September and set aside P1,750,000 to organize a rally of “at least 5,000 people.” Each participant was supposed to receive P350.

Originally posted at 08:27 pm | Thursday, December 01, 2011


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    IIRC, there was an article about this a month or so ago, where it was basically said that interpellation would continue next year.  This isn’t really news.

    Also, the last bit has nothing to do with the main story, and I’d never actually heard about RHAN.  Curious, I looked up their website, and I can safely say that the money would’ve been better used on improving their website.  I know they’re pro-abortion, but that doesn’t mean their website needs to be one.

    • Anonymous

      Replying to Jose,

      You are still the ‘spaced out propagandist’. hahahaha

      As if you do not know the truth about this pro rh lobby groups that try to influence the rh debates by using funds from pro-abortion groups.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

        Oh, I know that they do, just as I know that there are anti-RH groups trying to influence the debate by using funding from anti-abortion groups.

        Regardless, it doesn’t actually have anything to do with Enrile’s comments.  It’s on the same issue, but looks like it should’ve come from a different news item.

        Wait, why am I feeding the troll?

      • Anonymous

        Replying to Jose,

        sabi mo — “Wait, why am I feeding the troll? ”

        sagot ko — You are so stupid and you don’t know it…  for thinking that it is the other person (and not yourself) who is the ‘troll’ , and for trying to feed your own trolling (without realizing it).

        Hindi mo alam ang ginagawa mo.. Hahahaha.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

        You really haven’t been around on the internet, have you?

        Look up the internet definition of the term, troll.

      • Anonymous

        Replying to Jose,

        Nasa realm ka pa rin ng ‘form’ … puro form pero wala namang ‘substance’ ang mga sinasabi mo.

        Talagang walang laman ang isip ni jose, kundi mag-sabi ng ‘troll, liar, and stop wasting my time’.    hahahaha.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

        No, ‘troll’ is a term that is used on the internet.  ‘Don’t feed the troll’ is an internet meme.

        And substance?  You haven’t offered any comments of substance in this thread.  All you’ve done is insult people, and display your amazing logical leap of ‘you support the RH bill so you should castrate yourself.’  In essence, you’ve acted like a troll.

        Now please google the term before you embarass yourself further.

  • http://twitter.com/321kick henry samonte

    This is what we get for taking in so many talkative legislatures both in the Senate and in the Lower House. So much talks but very few results. Why don’t we just reduce the number of Congressmen into three. One for Luzon, the second for Visayas, and the third is for Mindanao. With the advent of internet and helicopters, it will be easy for each Congressmen to inspect his domain through the helicopter. 

    By reducing the number of Congressmen and Senators, we will be saving on the pork barrels, and the cost of maintaining so many Congressmen and Senators. Just imagine, Juan dela Cruz is putting up approximately 30 million pesos each Congressman, plus his pork barrel of 70 million pesos. For a Senator, Juan de la Cruz spend 35 million each to run his office, including his allowances and transportation and representation allowance. Then again, there is the 200 million pesos pork barrel. By reducing both Chamber to only 3 members each, laws would not take so long to debate on.

    Up to now, more important Legislation has not yet been touch. One of these is the Freedom of Transparency. The people deserve to have the right to know and to acquire public documents from their elected officials. This is very important more than any other legislation right now.

    • Anonymous

      yeah…and then you’re the only citizen in this country. Idiot!  NO TO RH BILL!

  • Anonymous

    I know the intelligent vote Sotto is talking about – a vote that would please his puppeteers in the CBCP and in Rome.

    • Anonymous

      and the unintelligent vote would please you – IDIOT!

    • Anonymous

       Sesame Street na pala ang Senado. LOL.

  • Anonymous

    This old fool Enrile is taking us for a fool. Is what he is doing not a delaying tactic? Idiot ba ang mga readers dito, Enrile. Mahiyahiya ka. Akala mo maloko mo kami. Napakalinaw na your action is nothing but delaying tactic. Good try. But we are not biting. Try another trick that is more convincing. We know why you are adamant: your wife is the Philippine ambassador to Vatican and the Mitsubshops are your handlers. Ang tanda tanda mo you still allow yourself to be manipulated by these friars. Have a mind of your own if you have the guts.

    • Anonymous

      Idiot ka nga!

    • Anonymous

      Keep up with the news please.  Our Ambassador to the Vatican is Mercedes Arrastia-Tuason.  She replaced Cristina Ponce Enrile.

  • Anonymous

    O plan “Put the RH Bill to Sleep”,,, forever.

  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    These senators are just good at delaying tactics, hoping they would eventually kill the bill. Take their position for example, that “the bill would depopulate the country.”  WTF are they talking about? This country will never be depopulated, not within 500 years. 

    • Anonymous

      Bogok!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LH6TVGXRXF7EIBFRWC7MPXSZKA morpheus_jr16

    How many times should one answer the same  questions fielded by these people to be able to vote “intelligently” on this issue? Or are the anti-RH are just waiting to shore up the only “intelligent” vote possible for them which is against it. Furthermore, if you would look at the supposed list of would-be interpellators, this is still the same list of senators that we have seen in national TV interpellating the RH bill proponents on the floor. If they still have to interpellate the RH bill proponents, what are they doing during those questions when they even ask the chemical composition of birth control pills?

    • Anonymous

      The Senate is a smaller group than representatives in the Lower House.  They need more time and research to get down to brasstocks over this complex and controversial issue. The overriding issue in this are: Would, after thorough deliberation, the proposed bill in both houses, be really responsive to raise the quality of life of people especially the poorest of the poor in the best way possible?  Are there other ways, even more effective, than coming up again with a law that cannot be sustained for generations (some scholars say 40 years) or else put a heavy toll on the tax paying public or drive government to borrow money to sustain it?  Are there no existing laws or measures that only need revisiting to give us better, more efficiently focused solutions on maternal and child care and nutrition while informing married couples of their responsibility as parents who, if family planning is decided on, can choose Natural Family Planning Methods that are less expensive, safer and more reliable, not by accepting artificial contraceptive practices against the  Natural Law?  Can the hundreds of billions over generations not be better spent on total human development so that “those who have less in life would have more in law” and thus promote social justice and the restoration of the social order that civil society is really about?  By providing hope to those in abject poverty, in the slums and in the poor countryside, you spread the blessing of democracy by education, jobs, opportunities, livelihood, skills training, inrastructure development, etc.  When you have challenged the full potential of people, you give them real hope and, surprise of surprises, less fixation on sex/copulation.  We do not need the rh bill; we need true human development! 

  • Anonymous

    Ianpatrick85-ohohoooo!!! Pinaiyak mo naman ako. Bishop Ianpatrick-maawa ka naman. Hindi bale magkaroon ka ng Pajero sa birthday mo. Ilan na bang bata na ginahasa mo? Babae at lalake-kayo naman ay walang kinikilala-basta may butas.

  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    You can delay it tanda at iskul bukol, but we’ll never stop pushing this bill forward until its final passage in both houses.

    • Anonymous

      Replying to Rey Gan,

      Ingat ingat… baka sa sobrang push, eh sa bangin na pala kayo patungo; di ninyo man lang namamalayan.

      Magkano ba bayaran diyan para maki-propaganda?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      This.  You can’t stop progress.

      And I’d suggest ignoring Ian.  I think I’ve broken him, as he at least used to try to debate.  I guess after being owned so many times he’s decided trolling’s easier.

      • Anonymous

        Replying to Jose,

        After all the humiliation that you received, you still haven’t learned.  Talagang puro kabobohan ang ginagawa mo.

         What progress are you talking about? the rh bill? —- Stop your stupidity.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

        Still can’t read, I see.

        Still don’t know what humiliation means either.  I’ll give you a hint: it’s generally what happens to you before you result to insulting people.

        Well, that was in the past.  Nowadays insulting people is pretty much how you say hello.  You at least tried to reason back then.

        Ah well, no real loss.

      • Anonymous

        jose,

        Puro delusion lang yung mga comment mo. hahahaha

        Basahin mo yung mga post mo.. parang baliw na kinakausap mo sarili mo

  • Anonymous

    The pro-RH groups cannot match the size of the Pro-Life rallies.  

    Pro-Life advocates dig from they own pockets to pay for their participation in Pro-life rallies while pro-RH groups have to pay  350 pesos each participant so they can muster a crowd of 5,000

    A small parish in the province will have no problem organizing a pro-Life rally of more than 5,000 people.

    No wonder many politicians are having second thoughts supporting the RH Bill.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t everyone just lay their cards on the table and start voting?

    Honestly, if compiling questions and asking them a question a day is not delaying, I don’t know what is.
    There are better, less obvious ways to delay this bill. For example, FOI.
    Everyone feels this is important, raise it, clamor about it.
    History shows that when a hotter topic comes up, the majority of filipinos will forget the current “in” thing like it was William Hung.

  • Anonymous

    Ianpatrick85: relax ka lang, MitsubishopPatricio baka maatake ka sa puso. Yong mga malalaking tian na gaya mo ay delikado yan. Intindihin mo yong sacristan mo baka makahanap pa ng ibang pare.

    Alagaan mo na lang yong sacristan mo. Wala namang kabuluhan yong comment mo dito.

  • Anonymous

    Senator Enrile said:
    “I would support this bill if it is only to provide health measures to womanhood.
    But this has an impact on our country and its future, not only in terms of health but
    (also) in terms of economic growth, its security and viability as a country.”

    You know, what, Mr. Enrile. You have been a politician for more than 20 years. Your stand on
    this issue has always been the same: oppose it. Are we better off today because of your stand ?
    No. That translates for you accomplishing NOTHING. You are condemning this country to
    economic  backwardness. The Philippines’ resources is VERY limited. Overpopulation has made
    things worse. It’s now unsustainable. Then there’s billions of dollars lost to corruption. If
    you are worried about your soul, nobody ever came back from the dead to tell us there is one.
    And if the self-righteous Catholic Church is serious about their stand, they’ll convert their acres of
    lands to agriculture and housing to feed and shelter the poor for free, rather than channeling
    funds to support their colleagues in Western countries accused of sexual predation and
    pedophilia.

    You are on the twilight of your life, Sir. Please do something right. Let the the RH Bill pass.

  • Anonymous

    Just another person: thank you for the correction and update.

  • Anonymous

    Define ‘pass’ : permit, allow, authorize

    Thanks Senator Enrile for passing the RH Bill. We will count on you to uphold the rights of women and children.

  • Anonymous

    “There are (still) many issues to be clarified. We are not
    delaying it.” REALLY?! That bill has been pending since the 8th or
    11th congress & you’re still not done deliberating it?! 16
    yrs.?!  2 things are glaring here – either
    you’re SO incompetently slow to work on a bill or just intentionally delaying
    it. Please don’t insult our intelligence, Pinoys are wiser now – you & the
    CBCP can’t fool us any longer!

  • Anonymous

    “RIP”,,, R H Bill to die a natural death is what this Bill destined to be, so long suckers, 

  • Anonymous

    old enemy Jose? hehe, just kidding… have fun blogging…chow..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      Heh, cheers.

  • Anonymous

    wla talaga pati sa RH bill my vote buying…ano to? may 350 ka pag aatend ka ng rally ng PRO-Red Horse bill?  So meaning pag-napasa nato..may budget allotment din sa mga PRO? Controversial nga talaga to…haist…haist…

  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    Bring it on tanda at iskul bukol, start the voting.  Susginoo, ano kinakatakutan niyo? If you’re so convinced it won’t be passed, then why in the h–l are you delaying the votes? Magpakalalaki kayo, hindi yung puro porma, para kayong si piolo..

  • Anonymous

    The RH Bill will do more harm than good to us, Filipinos. Why? First: As a Christian Nation, Its against the word of God on the sixth day of creation. Go ye and multiply and fill the earth. Second: prone to be corrupt, hopefully it won’t now that Pnoy’s government is active to shut it out. Third: proliferation of immoral acts due to presence of unceasing supply of condoms, contraceptives, pills and others. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EOPTE2MND2X4US7LRXVBXIZNYM Dino

    The writer’s anti-RH slant is very obvious in this piece.

  • Anonymous

    Hay sus. 350 is for food and expenses? Sure. Pero kung 350 sa small rallyists, paano na ang congressmen, este tongressmen? Melgar, Lagman, et. al. Magkano nakuha niyo?

  • http://twitter.com/MarineDiatoms Marine Diatoms

    P350! 

  • http://twitter.com/MarineDiatoms Marine Diatoms

    //Why did you say that the P350 was given directly to the participants?// Maybe because that’s the truth? :) One of the participants even complained that he received only P250. Hahaha! And he wasn’t a jeepney driver, but a mere “hakot.” ;)

  • Anonymous

    Research may indeed by done by staff but the decision on what to do or legislate always depends on the representative (senator or congressman) of the people in Congress.  The nature of our legislative system as you know, I’m sure, is bicameral and the Senate, although they are fewer in number, must always act to balance matters, even those approved by the Lower House.  Being fewer in number and given the nature of our legislative system, there is no harm in thoroughly studying a controversial matter of legislation more thoroughly before throwing caution to the wind.  This is not the only bill being studied for legislation by the Senate; time is surely needed here, not to be a laughing stock later for nitpicking opportunities by others.  Even without the rh becoming law, many are practicing artificial contraception and it has always been a big wonder why despite it, many have made it a holy war to push for legislating that condoms and artificial contraception be made legal.  Let us give senators the benefit of the doubt.

    Modern Natural Family Planning Methods are, as years of research and hard data confirm, safer and more reliable at a 99.5 – 99.98 % success reliability rate (for example, research on the Creighton Model Fertility Care System or the system developed by Fr. John Carroll, SJ in the Philippines).  It is a pity that instead of the NFPM’s being the subject of “informed choices”, condoms and artificial contraception (mechanical, surgico-medical, chemical including injectables) are held out as the more reliable methods, eliminating information for those of reproductive age that values build character and that the practice of self-control, temperance, abstinence and discipline are also necessary for full human development and for nation-building.  Our position has been that public funds should be spent prudently, without corruption, for more sustainable job creation, providing livelihood opportunities and skills training that are relevant, spreading basic education to the countryside (more school building and facilities, more hiring of teachers, use of audio visual aids to make teaching more effective, etc.), more insfrastructure developments for tourism and industry and mass transportation, lower electricity rates, more productivity especially in food and agricultural production, etc., etc., so that with improved quality of life, especially for those in abject poverty, “those who have less in life would have more in law,” in short, with hope and social justice, the very poor would, surprise of surprises, see something to strive for and be weaned from excessive preoccupation with sex/ copulation.  For many living in sub-human conditions, sex is the cheapest outlet from the frustrations of an empty life, from which democracy has no solution to offer.  Let economic policies be translated into sound economic management, firmly rooted in a social order founded on justice, love and peace.

    Maternal, infant and child care and nutrition have been lengthily tackled in the Magna Carta for Women Act, as well as in subsequent IRR and Memoranda Orders, particularly of the DOH (see, e.g., AO 2008-0039).  If there would be updates, it would be more appropriate to introduce amendments to pertinent existing legislation, not to burden again the taxpaying public with an unnecessary law with allocations for the purchase of “essential medicines” for over 2 generations, just to see negative population growth rates or zero population growth rates that would put us through another population crisis!  Your comments point to the more effective implementation of “information” on Modern Natural Family Planning Methods, rather than militate against the method that is in full accord with the obligation of man to act in accordance with the Natural Law.  You are correct, more effort in this right way  (Daang Matuwid)  should be spent to restore the social order which was corrupted when man thinks that he can veer away from the true path of righteousness, fear of the Lord, against morality, but weakening the moral fiber of this nation.  After all, empowering women does not really mean losing the integrity of one’s body, but in accordance with the Natural Law, control it, even denying one’s partner from using it as a mere sexual toy,  as circumstances warrant.    

  • Anonymous

    If taxpayers money becomes public funds, those funds should be used for total human development, not to cater to a legislation against the consciences of taxpayers who, evidently, contribute more to those public funds.  That is where precisely, use of tax payers money for an unjust law becomes untenable.  It is not now a question of passing the bill without due consideration of the  efficient, final, formal and material causes involved in the issue of “reproductive health.”  Why so in a hurry to pass it?  Why not allow the lawmakers to consider every angle of this controversial bill?

  • http://raggster.wordpress.com raggster

    Please read my response again. I clearly laid out why your statement is wrong either way.

    As far as I know, abortion remains illegal and unconstitutional in the Philippines even with the passage of the RH Bill, so I don’t see the relevance of your second sentence.

    Yet wouldn’t you agree that Christian moral teachings provide the basis for many of the objections against the RH Bill?

  • http://raggster.wordpress.com raggster

    First, the appropriation of public funds is done by representation through Congress – and not on the basis of who contributes more to the tax pool. Your view that those who contribute more to taxes necessarily have a bigger say in how those taxes are to be spent is disconnected from how government actually works, and gives me an impression that you are in some ways an elitist. You may want to clarify this position of yours, or otherwise revise it.

    Second, before you assert as fact that the RH Bill is an unjust law, you must show us why it is so. Otherwise this is just your opinion, one which I am under no obligation to share.

    Third, 16 years is not “in a hurry,” unless your perception of time is on a plane far different from what we have here on Earth.

    Fourth, 16 years is more than enough time for lawmakers to consider every angle. In fact, as Sen. Santiago and Seb. Pia Cayetano point out, there are no more scheduled interpellations and the RH Bill in the Senate, and no further queries have been put forward. So why not allow the Bill to proceed to the amendments stage?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LH6TVGXRXF7EIBFRWC7MPXSZKA morpheus_jr16

    “against the consciences of taxpayers” Are you saying that the overwhelming numbers who have been respondents by the numerous social surveys are not taxpayers? Also what other angle does they haven’t discussed yet? The fact that they have already trying to discuss even the chemical compositions of these artificial contraceptive methods shows that they have already exhausted the social angles and are trying to be experts in the technical compositions.

  • Anonymous

    opo sa amin po pagsinabing volunteers talagang “volunteer” sa madaling salita di nag aantay ng anumang kapalit boluntaryong pag gawa..

  • Anonymous

    di po natin masasabing 100% effective ang natural family planning, pero ang artificial contraceptives po ba 100%? ang maganda sa pag tuturo ng Natural Family Planning di lang method ang itinutoro dito,, dito din pinapaliwanag kung pano ka magiging responsableng magulang para sa iyong magiging anak.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LH6TVGXRXF7EIBFRWC7MPXSZKA morpheus_jr16

    Please read the original research output for the claim of  99.5 – 99.98 % success reliability rate in using the Creighton Model Fertility Care System. The only study that verifies was made by the same institute who endorses that method. Other independent studies was not able to verify those results by the institute. It is because the institute’s researchers has conveniently disregard results that does conform to their so-called “parameters”. Those parameters has effectively weaned out almost all of the research subjects that got pregnant when they are using that method. That is not scientific research, that is manipulative research. The Magna Carta for women has not lengthily tackled the most of the controversial matters being discussed in the RH Bill. In fact, most of them are consists of only 1 or 2 sections which are watered-down versions. Furthermore, the Memoranda Orders you are referring to could be easily changed depending on the policies set by the executive as seen during GMA’s rule where artificial family planning methods are banned and are usually not discussed during family planning seminars.

    Also, RH Bill does not only allow for the use of artificial
    contraceptive methods for the informed choices. It says that all
    available family planning methods which includes the natural family planning ones. It is not the fault of the government if they will use independently verified data on the reliability of these methods.

    Also by saying that using artificial family planning methods corrupts a man to “thinks that he can veer away from the true path of righteousness, fear of the Lord, against morality, but weakening the moral fiber of this nation” are you saying that the other Christian groups who are not espousing the stand of the Roman Catholic Church were immoral?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LH6TVGXRXF7EIBFRWC7MPXSZKA morpheus_jr16

    Have you read the RH Bill? because it seems with your comment that you haven’t. Aside from teaching both the Natural and artificial family planning methods, there is also a section that mandates to teach the physical, and social aspects of using these methods.  RH Bill contrary to what the Catholic Church says does not only deal with artificial methods. It espouses the information dissemination on both AFP and NFP thereby giving couples a choice on which method is appropriate for their bodies and family values. Furthermore, no one is forcing anybody to use artificial methods. It only says that it provides funds such that those in the lower income strata who could not afford buying it themselves would not be deprive of availing these methods. There are other provisions in RH Bill such as maternal pre & post natal care and other things. It is also not TRUE that it espouses abortion. In fact it says in the bill several times that it is against it.

    Vasectomy and Tubal ligation is 100% if not 99.99 percent effective. Other methods range around 85-90% which is much higher to what the scientifically established reliability data of natural family planning methods.



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  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • We treasure our Sierra Madre
  • OFW from UAE tests negative for MERS-Cov–health chief
  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
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