May 11

Vatican’s official profile of Blessed John Paul II

Blessed John Paul II visited the Philippines twice during his papacy.

The Roman Catholic Church on May 1, 2011 beatified Pope John Paul II, giving him the title of “Blessed” and taking him one step closer to sainthood.

Here is the full English text of Blessed John Paul II’s profile as published in the “Booklet for the Celebration” released by the Vatican for the mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI honoring and extolling the departed pontiff Continue reading →

Mar 11

Monique Wilson’s call to fellow artists in the Philippines

Monique Wilson, a respected stage actress, writes about the Willie Revillame and TV entertainment. Photo from http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com

Willie Revillame’s treatment of Janjan who was made to dance like a gigolo on his primetime game show beamed on national television last March 12 has attracted a whole array of opposition and strident criticism, and, of course, defense from his diehard fans and defenders of his new home network.

Monique Wilson, a respected stage actress, gives us another point of view, and a call to her colleagues in the Philippines. Continue reading →

Mar 11

The people’s impeachment case vs. Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. Photo from the Ombudsman's official website.

Merceditas Gutierrez, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s choice of ombudsman, now faces two impeachment complaints now being heard in a single proceeding by the House justice committee.

Previous impeachment proceedings against Gutierrez failed when the House of Representatives was still controlled by a pro-Arroyo majority. The new proceeding should have a different outcome. It is only reasonable to expect that the new majority, led by partymates of President Benigno Aquino III, would muster the political will to impeach Gutierrez in the House and send her to the Senate for an impeachment trial.

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Feb 11

Full texts of pending ‘Cybercrime’ Prevention bills

Photo from maxdy1412.wordpress.com

While Filipino netizens are pressing government, Congress included, for action so we could finally have #betterinternet, some Members of Congress want to do something else: Launch a crackdown on vaguely-defined “cybercrimes”.

Lawmakers have not given up on their dangerous project and on Feb. 2, the House ICT Committee holds a meeting to tackle seven “cybercrime” prevention bills that are pending in the current Congress. Continue reading →

Jul 10

President Noynoy Aquino’s first state of the nation address (SONA)

Legislators packed the session hall of the House of Representatives for President Aquino's speech. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez via Yahoo! News)

Here is a text of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino’s first  State of the Nation Address which he delivered on July 26, 2010 before a joint session of Congress at the Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City:

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Vice President Jejomar Binay; Chief Justice Renato Corona; Former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada; members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; my fellow workers in government; Continue reading →