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Halloween is un-Filipino, says CBCP’s spokesman

MANILA, Philippines?Instead of highlighting horrifying images of the dead, Filipinos should focus on remembering and loving those who have passed away as the country marks All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, an official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Saturday. CBCP spokesperson Monsignor Pedro Quitorio reminded Filipinos that the fast-becoming popular practice of celebrating Halloween?with all its horrifying images of ghosts and…

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But for Golez, all quiet on repro health front

BY GERARD NAVAL –> THE Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is urging members to observe the “cease-fire” with government over the controversial reproductive health bill. CBCP president Bishop Nereo Odchimar has issued a verbal request for bishops to focus on the forthcoming dialogue with the government instead of giving out public statements, according to Fr. Francis Lucas, executive secretary of the CBCP

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CBCP calls for safe waste recycling

MANILA, Philippines?An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Friday urged the government to craft a safe recycling program that would protect poor garbage pickers from harmful and toxic wastes in dump sites. Dubbed as “recycling champions,” scavengers who scour dump sites for their daily source of income must…

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‘Legalized abortion to hike excommunication cases’

ARCHBISHOP emeritus Oscar Cruz, an expert in Church law and former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, yesterday said the number of candidates for excommunication could increase once abortion is legalized in the country. Cruz said its legalization would almost certainly result to an increase in the number…

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CBCP starts reviewing sex education modules

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is reviewing the controversial sex education modules that are supposed to be integrated into the basic education curriculum this school year. Education Secretary Mona Valisno said Bishop Oscar Cruz told her over the weekend that the CBCP

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Solon hits Church double standard

MANILA, Philippines?The Catholic Church in the Philippines is practicing a double standard when it tells the people to choose the country’s next leaders by following their conscience, but at the same time it tells them not to vote for those candidates that support the reproductive health (RH) bill, Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello said.

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‘Re-shuffle won’t save GMA’

Bishop says Arroyo administration counting its days A Catholic bishop who is a consistent critic of President Arroyo yesterday said a reshuffle in the Cabinet the other day will not save the administration from being a lame duck until her exit. “The administration is already running (on flat tires). It is already counting its days at the helm.

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RP seen as Asean auto hub

A top official of Ford Group Philippines said the Philippines has a potential as another automotive hub of Asean other than Thailand. In a presentation on the Local Government Unit Conference for Sustained Philippine Competitiveness at the AIM last month, Ford Group chairman Henry T.

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Big business seeks end to fuel price freeze

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Tuesday stood firm on its order freezing fuel prices amid calls by business groups to end the price cap that was imposed in Luzon because of the massive damage caused by Storms ‘Ondoy’ and ‘Pepeng.’ Gary Olivar, the economic spokesperson of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said Executive Order No. 839 was justified, ‘but may be lifted on a time schedule, independent of the state of calamity.’ The President has the discretion to lift ‘any kind of price freeze or control, in full or in part, in any part of the country at any time,’ Olivar said