CBCP President Angel Lagdameo to GMA: No Political Ceasefire

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo is firm on his stand: Radical Change! for the Philippines. Jaro (Iloilo) Archbishop and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Angel Lagdameo called for the people to support the “radical reforms” although he and other bishops did not specify how the change be executed.

No one except the militant groups welcome the idea of the bishops. Many even lambasted them for instead of helping, they only complicate the situation.

CBCP strikes and rock the boat when the sea is rough, wrote Jun Ledesma in his column in Sun.Star Davao.

President Arroyo

When President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called for “political ceasefire”  and set aside personal differences and focus on improving the lives of the people. Lagdameo’s answer is clear: NO, NO, NO!

I have hight respect to the leaders of the church, specially the CBCP president but it appears to me that Archbishop Lagdameo is just over-acting. It is not clear what change he is talking about.

When we talk about change, there are many change that are needed in Lagdameo’s own yard. Isn’t the Catholic church not wrapped with issues of corruption, priest molesting poor girls and boys, among others. But it is a sensitive issue that nobody would like to talk about. I hope that is one of the change Lagdameo wants to look up too.

While I agree that corruption is already drowning us, but I don’t agree with the way Lagdameo ang his mean tackle it.

I suggest to the good Archbishop to focus on his primary role – to spread the gospel and teach the people the lessons that must be learn to become moral and responsible citizen. That’s the area CBCP should focus first.

For President Arroyo, I call her to prove to the people that she is really figthing against corruption by staying away from suspecious characters and transactions. Instead of giving attention to the senseless calls, continue to discuss with country’s financial managers so that we can do well even at times of global financial crisis.

Gallup International: Filipinos are 5th hungriest worldwide

Gallup International ranked the Philippines fifth out of 55 countries in the recent global hunger survey called “Voice of the People”.

The Gallup survey noted that 40% of the Filipino respondents were found to have experienced an empty stomach in late 2007 to the present. This means that four out of 10 poor Filipinos experienced empty stomach in the last 12 months.

This may not be very surprising. But for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her administration, may find this as little insult to the “food for every Filipino” line that GMA keeps on bragging in her speeches. In fairness to President Arroyo, she is doing her part well as chief executive to fight hunger. The problem is just too big to handle on.

A related survey conducted from September 24 to 27, 2008 by Social Weather Station (SWS) found that 3.3 million Filipino families were suffering from hunger in the last three quarters.

The Philippine government aims to reduce poverty incidence to between 17 percent and 20 percent by 2010, thus lessen the the number of hungry Filipinos.

According to National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), there are 27.6 million Filipinos in 2006 or 32.9 percent of the population.

Too many, indeed!

But hunger is not specific to the Philippines. Many countries in the world have the same fate – with many of its poor citizens have nothing to eat.

Source: The Manila Times

No Pardon, Please

I can’t get over my disappointment with President Arroyo’s pardon to convicted former President Joseph Estrada. I insist, Estrada must serve his sentence in jail. I insist that the years spent by Estrada in Veterans Memorial Medical Center and in his rest house in Tanay were not sufficient penalty for the crime he committed.

Another disappointing move is running in Philippine political arena. Now, military officials and top government officials are calling for a pardon for nine convicted 2003 Oakwood coup plotters (Magdalo mutineers) who were sentenced to 12 to 40 years for their crime. The call for pardon surfaced even before the court decision. How sad.

I stand on my strong opposition to this pardon as I strongly oppose GMA’s pardon to Erap.

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Thursday’s Bits and Bites

President Arroyo revoked yesterday EO 464 issued in September 2005. Executive Order 464 barred government officials from testifying to investigations without the President’s permission. Last week the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) asked the President to abolish the controversial order. I’m grateful but I still doubt there is a free flow of truths after this.

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People Power, Call for Change

The call for truth can be translated into the desire for change. Some want to have an abrupt change. However, silent majority prefer a change through a peaceful process.

We all want change. Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life, says Alvin Toffler.

But change cannot be done overnight. It is a process – a long process. It seems there are those who just can’t wait. There are many who noisily chant for change yet failed to initiate change within themselves.

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Thursday’s Snippet

In programming, an ABEND (also abnormal end or abend) is an abnormal termination of software, a crash. With some indicators, is GMA’s administration close to an abnormal end? Wait and see.

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Some say CBCP’s position on the national crisis is just right but many are discontented. Do they expect the clerics to say: Go to EDSA and revolt? Multiply politicking

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Political Trauma

Former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, for the second time, called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign.

Aquino was quoted by Inquirer saying, … the most noble — and least disruptive — way out of the moral crisis would be for the President to resign from office.

With due respect, I disagree with the former president. Even if President Arroyo resigns today, the moral crisis will continue and even worsen – much more the nation’s political crisis.

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