this happens only when the topic hits my heart hard…
this happens only when the topic hits my heart hard…
By Niña Calleja
MANILA, Philippines—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is now training its guns on the anti-discrimination bill, saying the possible enactment of the bill into law would open the door for the legalization of same sex marriages.
Speaking at a weekly forum in Greenhills, San Juan City, on Wednesday, lawyers of the CBCP and a Catholic bishop hit the Senate for amending the previous version of the anti-discrimination bill or the Senate Bill 2814.
The Senate has recently passed on third reading the bill which is after penalizing all forms of discrimination.
The SB 2814, known as Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling Act of 2011, will be discussed by a bicameral conference committee tasked to harmonize the Senate bill with similar bills passed by the House.
Ronald Reyes, a lawyer of the CBCP, said they had no qualms about the bill before but became concerned when the bill was amended and “sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity” were included.
“It’s opening the door for same sex marriages, which our country doesn’t allow,” Reyes told reporters.
He said the Catholic church, which would not officiate same sex marriages, might be punished if the bill became law.
“This is alarming and it might change our society,” Reyes said.
Another CBCP lawyer Jo Imbong said the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender) should not be considered the same as the elderly, the handicapped, and the poor.
“These people are disadvantaged not by their own choice. But the third sex, they choose this. How can you give protection to a choice like that?” Imbong said.
Imbong said the bill violated religious freedom and the “no prior restraint” accorded by the law to freedom of speech.
“The government may not penalize a religious organization for … excluding a person from Church responsibilities, for example, based upon that person’s moral behavior which could include the practice or promotion of homosexuality,” she said.
The bill would hinder the Church from teaching what it believed to be right or wrong, Imbong said.
The lawyer noted that under the bill, the priest who refused to officiate same sex marriages may be fined with P500,000 and jailed for 25 years.
Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes said the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the CBCP has been appealing to the Senate and the House of Representatives to exclude the LGBT from the bill.
I cannot believe this. These statements are so alarming. Sobrang self-righteous and impokrito. I truly believe that this kind of thinking is what keeps Filipinos and the Philippines in a backward state. The reason we don’t progress as a nation and as human beings is that we like to think of ourselves as superior. And because of what? We’re Catholics?!? Such hypocrites. Nobody, as in nobody, in the Philippines can honestly say that he/she is better than any gay or a lesbian. Pare-parehas lang tayong may basura sa bakuran at skeletons na tinatago. Bawal magpanggap. At mag-maganda. Minsan talaga nakakahiyang maging Pilipino dahil sa klase ng pag-iisip ng marami sa atin. Akala mo kung sinong magaling at malinis at relihiyoso. Hoy. pare-pareho lang tayong nagmumura at nakakagawa ng kasalanan. Pero kahit ganun, lahat tayo, bading man o tibo, tao pa din. Nobody has any right to say who deserves or does not deserve protection and/or service.
@ Ronald Reyes: What the hell is wrong with changing our society? Do you want to be stuck in the times of prayles and indios forever? My gulay! Wake up! If you are really bent on NOT changing the society, then do away with your riches and gadgets and everything. It’s money and technology that changed the world, not an anti-discrimination bill.
@ Jo Imbong: Gays and lesbians are humans, in every aspect. They deserve every right to be protected and serviced by the government and yes, the church too. They are only disadvantaged because the rest of society (i.e. YOU) are not as open and willing to accept and respect them. The government, and yes even the CHURCH, does NOT have the right to choose which people to protect or provide for. Every human being here in this world has that right.
By Tarra Quismundo
MANILA, Philippines – Previously honored in state banquets and military salutes, a frail former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was formally booked Saturday in a police registry on charges of electoral fraud, becoming the second Philippine President to be detained on criminal allegations.
Still wearing her neck brace over a hospital gown, Arroyo was hypertensive, “frail-looking” and hooked to intravenous fluids when she underwent the standard detainee booking procedure Saturday afternoon, police said.
“We proceeded to the room of former President Arroyo. We took her photographs, portrait and profile (left and right side) for our mug book reference,” said Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel, chief of the Metro Manila regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Police also took Arroyo’s finger and palm prints and medical officers checked her condition to see if the Pampanga congressional representative indeed needed to remain detained at the hospital.
“The President will remain under guard and detention here… until such time the warrant will be returned to court and a compliance report shall be submitted to court. And it will be up to the court, again exercising its sound discretion, whether to order the continued confinement of President Arroyo here or transfer her to another detention facility,” Coronel told reporters.
Arroyo’s husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, other relatives and friends surrounded the arrested former leader during the two-hour procedure, which started at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
Contrary to earlier reports that the Arroyo family requested to supply her mug shots, Coronel said police photographers took the former President’s booking shots. He added that police was not aware of any such request.
As Arroyo was “not capacitated to hold anything” at the time of the booking, Coronel said police technicians held up her name plate, on which her name and case number were written.
Commenting on the Arroyo camp’s request to withhold her mug shot from the public, Coronel said police would submit to the court’s decision on the matter.
“I think the appropriate authority which will direct the release of such photographs will be the court, and we leave it up to the honorable court to release it or not,” said Coronel.
Mug shots of former President Joseph Estrada were publicly released when he was booked on plunder charges at the national police headquarters in Camp Crame in April 2001, just a few months after he was ousted.
Arroyo took his place and was later reelected in a controversial election, serving a total 10 stormy years in office until last June.
Arroyo lawyer Ferdinand Topacio appealed to the authorities and the media to keep the Pampanga representative’s mug shots away from public view, saying the photograph would be especially unflattering as “the former President is also a woman.”
“She’s not in her best appearance. Of course, women have their needs, men have their needs,” Topacio told reporters.
Coronel said they will file Arroyo’s booking records – mug shots, finger and palm prints – in court on Monday and said the judge handling the case would decide whether the pictures will be released or not.
He said Arroyo was given due respect as a former President throughout the procedure.
“We took consideration of her present medical condition… she was suffering from severe stress and hypertension last night [Friday, when the arrest warrant was served]. I was informed by our medical officers that she’s not feeling well and, for this reason, we gave her a small latitude, the courtesy and respect accorded to a former President,” Coronel said.
Senior Superintendent Herminigilda Salangad, a police doctor who checked Arroyo during Saturday’s booking procedure, noted that Arroyo was still weak and had elevated pressure that read 140/100 at the time.
“We saw her fragile-looking, suffering from hypertension, she’s on IV fluids and of course on neck braces. She’s slightly dehydrated, thin looking, she’s frail-looking, much thinner than how she looked before,” Salangad said.
Arroyo’s attending physician, Dr. Juliet Gopez-Cervantes, said her patient has been refusing to eat and was given antibiotics because of bacterial infection in her large intestine. She is expected to remain confined in the hospital for several more days or weeks.
She also noted some improvement in the condition of Arroyo’s cervical spine, which underwent operation earlier this year. Doctors are currently monitoring bone growth in her neck area.
Asked if Arroyo’s condition was life threatening, the doctor said: “As a doctor, when you say matter of life or death, there is multi-organ involvement, there is deterioration of the vital signs. That’s an urgent thing that is a matter of life or death. Probably, objectively speaking, if we are talking about that, she is not in that condition as of now.”
“However, we do not know what is in store for her. If this bone that is growing is not strong enough, that anytime it will collapse, if support will be removed, that will be a matter of life or death,” she said.
She added that there was “some risk” in allowing Arroyo to travel but that the former President could bear a flight given proper medical support.
Call me evil, but I don’t really buy the health condition excuse. I mean, given that she’s sick as hell… I don’t believe that she needs to go to another country just to get medical attention. There are a lot of very capable doctors and hospitals in the Philippines. We, Filipinos, are just used to giving people the benefit of the doubt, even bad people. May sakit sya so hindi sya mag-aattempt na tumakas. My gulay! Even Lacson has admitted to being able to hide from the police. And just because she’s in a wheel chair, she couldn’t and wouldn’t do it? Come on, she and her family and allies have led us on several times during her tenure. Do we honestly think that they are not capable of doing that?
Her camp has been making a lot of excuses and requests, which I believe should not be given and provided for. She does not have those privileges anymore. She has wronged a lot of people already; the whole country, in fact. It’s about time she pays her dues.
bumili ako ng tv kasi para ma-entertain ang nanay ko sa pinas. pero pagdala palang ng tv sa pinas ay hassle na.
ipapauwi ko dapat kay patrick para magamit na sana, kahit na magbayad nalang ng excess baggage. pero nung tumawag kami sa jetstar, di daw sila responsible sa possible na damages, if ever ma-damage nga. so wag na lang. saka naisip ko mata-tax-an lang yun pagdating ni patrick kasi buwaya ang mga tao sa customs sa pinas. and ganun nga pala ang mangyayare. nag-research ako at sabi sa mga forum, yung mga less than six months nag-stay sa ibang bansa at bumili ng electronics/gadgets ay mata-tax-an. so wag na lang.
lbc nalang. kahit mahal. o kaya ako nalang pag-uwi ko sa october. excess baggage nalang.
pero praning kasi ako so research pa uli. nakaka-bother yung mga nabasa ko sa pinoysg forum. bakit maraming nagbabayad at naglalagay? bakit nire-recommend ng maraming tao na mag-ipit ng $50 o P1000 sa passport para wala na daw tanong-tanong? at kung sabihin nila ay parang…wala lang… normal na gawain lang. at ine-encourage pa talaga yung mga nagtatanong na ganun nalang ang gawin.
potah. nakakainis magbasa. nare-realize ko lalo kung bakit maraming may ayaw sa pinas. kaya ka nga nagtrabaho sa ibang bansa para gumaan ang buhay mo e, kasi ayaw mo ng patakbo ng gobyerno sa pinas, dahil puro tax nang wala namang nangyayare. tapos pag umuwi or nagbakasyon ka e maglalagay ka lang din? ano yun? nakakasura. para daw wala nang hassle at tanong at kung ano man. oo malaki ang tax, pero may ibang options pa naman. para san ang couriers at delivery services? malaki ang fee, pero wala nang hassle. may risk nga, pero kaya nga dun ka sa mga alam mong may reliable na service e. hindi yung parang nagbabayad ka lang ng pamasahe sa jeep na ibibigay mo ng patago yung lagay mo sa mga buwayang customs officer na yun. marami namang paraan siguro para hindi maglagay.
putek. nakarating at nakapagtrabaho ka sa ibang bansa kasi kahit pano may pinag-aralan ka. pero kung ganun lang ang gagawin, nagpaka-tanga ka din at kinonsinte yung maling gawain nung mga buwayang yun. putek. nakakainis talaga. kaya hindi sila tumitigil mang-buwaya at manlamang ng ibang tao kasi pumapayag tayo. hay nako. nakakainis talaga.