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Prelates for reopening of probe on Mamasapano

Catholic prelates favor reopening the investigation of the bloody Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao which claimed the lives of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF). Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said the Filipino people and the families of the SAF 44 deserved to know the truth. The prelate said: “There were lies and inconsistencies in the whole tragic affair …the people especially the bereaved, deserve to know the truth.” Arguelles, who was formerly Military Ordinariate of the PNP and AFP, highlighted that the reopening of the investigation would finally clarify the role of the United States in the encounter. “Even the role of the US needs to be clarified,” said Arguelles. Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez agreed with Arguelles on the reopening of the probe, saying this is in order for “the truth to …

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Voter registration for brgy, SK polls to resume Nov. 7

The registration of voters for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will resume on November 7, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said. The Comelec en banc promulgated on Tuesday, October 25 Resolution No. 10166 on the resumption of the continuing voter registration. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista posted a picture of the resolution in his Twitter account. Resumption of registration for voters to start on November 7, 2016 pic.twitter.com/SoqqlHzXOZ — Andy Bautista (@ChairAndyBau) October 25, 2016 Based on the resolution, the registration period for the 2017 barangay and SK polls will take place from November 7, 2016 to April 29, 2017, including Saturdays and holidays, except on December 24 and 25, 2016 and April 13 and 14, 2017. The poll body was supposed to resume the voter registration last October 3 but had to wait for President Rodrigo Duterte to …

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Caritas supports relief operations

Eight Caritas Internationalis Member Organizations (CI MOs) have pledged their support to the Philippine Catholic Church’s on-going response to Typhoon Lawin (Haima). The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) / Caritas Philippines said that  CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales), Caritas Belgium, Caritas New Zealand, and Development and Peace (Caritas Canada), Caritas Española, Caritas Luxembourg, Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) and Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands) have pledged to support relief operations. According to CBCP NASSA, Caritas Española and Caritas Luxembourg helped in finalizing their response plans while assessment teams from the Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) were deployed in Isabela. Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands) is set to join the rapid assessment, Monday. “As always, our heartfelt thanks to the Caritas family who worked side by side with us in bringing humanitarian …

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DOLE: Random workplace drug test a must

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III reminded employers to comply with the order to conduct random drug testing in workplaces. In a statement, Bello stressed that DOLE’s Department Order No. 53-03 (Guidelines for Implementation of a Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs for the Private Sector) which calls for random drug testing of employees, "applies to all establishments in the private sector, including their contractors and concessionaires." "As required under the D.O., a random drug test must be conducted by the employers on their employees and officials, and its schedule must be unannounced, with each employee having an equal chance of being selected for testing,” he said. Under the DOLE Drug-Free Workplace Policy and Program, there are two circumstances wherein employers can subject their employees to a mandatory drug test,  the ‘for …

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Marcos to file petition opposing return of counting machines

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA - The camp of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos on Wednesday said they will file a petition seeking to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from returning to Smartmatic International more than a 1,000 vote counting machines (VCM) that were supposedly unused in the May 2016 polls. Jose Amor Amorado, the legal counsel of Marcos, said he will file the petition before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), where the election protest of Marcos in relation to the 2016 vice presidential race is currently pending. "Ferdinand Marcos is vehemently opposing the plan of Comelec to return the 1,356 VCMs to Smartmatic for the simple reason that there is no approval from the PET," he said in an interview after meeting with Comelec and Smartmatic officials in Laguna where the VCM …

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Bishop says limit, not ban firecrackers

Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros is opposed to the idea of implementing a total firecracker ban in the country. In an interview, the prelate said while what happened recently in Bocaue was “unfortunate”, he is still not in favor of the idea of a total ban as this could affect the source of livelihood of some people. “What happened in Bocaue yesterday was an unfortunate incident,” said Oliveros. “(but) Many people in Bocaue and other parts of the Philippines would lose their source of income and way of living.” The Malolos prelate said another reason why he is against a total firecracker ban is that it has already become part of the Filipino culture. “I am not in favor of a total ban because fireworks are already part of our culture and custom,” Oliveros said. It …

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CBCP to gov’t: Free ageing, sick prisoners

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Prison and Pastoral Care appealed to President Duterte to grant executive clemency to aging and sick prisoners. “We would like to appeal to His Excellency to grant their plea for executive clemency,” Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak of the Military Ordinariate and ECPPC chairman said in a letter to Duterte obtained by CBCP News. “The prisoners are longing to be free.  They have sought our help on this matter,” he added. Tumulak said the prisoners and their families have been enduring the effect of incarceration for several years especially those who have been sick and are presently confined at the hospital. Their release, he said, will be a “humanitarian act” of the Chief Executive as the Church marks Prison Awareness Week, which coincides with …

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New bishop for Tagbilaran

A new bishop has been appointed to the Diocese of Tagbilaran in Bohol. Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Monsignor Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Talibon as the new bishop of Tagbilaran, replacing Bishop Leonardo Medroso. Medroso’s resignation has been accepted by the Pope. According to a CBCP News post, Uy's appointment came days before his 50th birthday on  October 18 and before the third anniversary of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated the diocese in 2013. A native of Ubay, Bohol, Uy, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Talibon on April 14, 1993. A priest for 23 years, he also served as dean of seminarians at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City from 1995 to 1997 and Vice-Rector at St. John Mary Vianney theological seminary in Cagayan de Oro …

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Relics on St Pope John Paul II up for display Oct 14 to 22

The public may venerate the relic of Saint Pope John Paul II starting Thursday, October 13. His first class relic, "ex-sanguine" (from his blood) will be available for public veneration from October 13 to 22 at the Radio Veritas Chapel in Quezon City. Devotees of Saint Pope John Paul II may visit his relic from 8 am to 5 pm at the Radio Veritas Chapel located at the second floor of Veritas Tower, 162 West Avenue cor EDSA in Quezon City. Born on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul II was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than …

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Death is not the answer – CBCP

On the occasion of the observance of the World Day Against Death Penalty, the Catholic Church appealed anew to those pushing for the revival of death penalty not to resort to quick fix solution to the problem of criminality in the country. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Épiscopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care stressed that “death is never the answer.” “We appeal to the President and our lawmakers not to resort to a quick fix solution to the problem of criminality and stop gving us false hope that we will be safe and secure by putting people to death,” Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP-ECPPC, said in a statement. “Death penalty is the easy way out of addressing the complex and pervasive problems of criminality. It is no more the …

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