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Gov't should focus on pandemic recovery, not death penalty – Church leaders
Oct 10, 2020 Aika Rey

Church leaders said on Saturday, October 10 – World Day against Death Penalty – that the government should focus its efforts on social protection and economic recovery from the pandemic, instead of reviving talks on capital punishment.

Bishops, religious urge PET to dismiss Marcos protest vs. Robredo
October 7, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines - Episcopal Commission on Lay Apostolate (CBCP-ECLA LAIKO) on Wednesday appealed to the Supreme Court to dismiss with finality the election protest of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

CBCP-ECIP calls on gov’t to heed plea of IPs
October 7, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples (CBCP-ECIP) has called on the government to heed the call of indigenous peoples (IP) in recognizing their rights, ancestral domains, and self-determination.”

Diocese of Bataan vs BNPP rehab
October 4, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

The Diocese of Bataan opposes the rehabilitation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong, Bataan.

Caritas Philippines urges government to ban fossil fuels
Robin Gomes 02 October 2020

The humanitarian, development and advocacy arm of the Catholic Church in the Philippines is pressuring President Rodrigo Duterte to make good on his promise to ban coal-generated factories in the country.
The government must show sincerity in pushing for renewable resources of energy by revoking licenses of coal-dependent companies, said Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo of Kidapawan, the National Director of Caritas Philippines.

Stop the violence, says bishop after murder of Albay village officials
Sep 27, 2020 Rhaydz B. Barcia

'Peace and security cannot be achieved at the expense of justice and human rights,' says Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon
Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi asked government forces and the New People's Army (NPA) to halt violence after the recent murder of a village chief and her treasurer in broad daylight.

Bishops oppose postponement of 2022 national, local elections
September 27, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

Catholic prelates are opposed to postponing the May, 2022 National and Local elections.

Proposal to defer May polls alarming, says CSO
September 27, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
Democracy Watch Philippines said the proposal to postpone the May 2022 polls is “alarming.”

Opposition to postponement of 2022 polls mounts
Nestor Corrales September 27, 2020
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Saturday rejected the proposal to postpone the 2022 presidential elections due to the coronavirus pandemic

Religious group urge faithful to sign up for PIRMA’s ABS-CBN franchise initiative
September 24, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) has urged the faithful to help ABS CBN get a legislative franchise by supporting the Pirma (People’s Initiative for Reforms and Movement for Action) Kapamilya initiative.

Church groups remind Filipinos: 'Despotic’ Duterte is failing the country
September 21, 2020 Jodesz Gavilan

On the 48th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, a church group says it is time for Filipinos to 'exercise self-respect, our history lessons, and our patriotic duty'

‘Nightmare’ of Marcos rule ‘still haunts us today’
Tina G. Santos September 21, 2020
Several Catholic bishops on Sunday urged Filipinos not to forget the lessons of martial law, which was declared by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos 48 years ago, amid charges that the Marcoses are bent on revising history to erode its horrors through social media.

Prelates: Remember lessons from martial law
September 20, 2020 Leslie Aquino

Three Catholic prelates lamented Sunday that many Filipinos still have not learned their lessons from martial law which was declared 50 years on Sept. 21, 1972.

IMPORTANT to read: Marcos and Duterte
Randy David September 20, 2020

Internat'l church groups: Killings in PH fueled by Duterte's 'unabashed incitement to violence'
September 17, 2020 Jodesz Gavilan

'We are concerned that a general climate of impunity has been synergized with the Philippine President’s unabashed incitement to violence and regular calls for state forces to punish legitimate dissent by the citizenry,' the groups said

Int’l church bodies urge ‘impartial probe’ into human rights violations in PH
September 17, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
Several international church organizations and institutions have supported the call for the UN Human Rights Council to “establish an on-the-ground independent, impartial investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines.”

Philippine diocese, activists oppose coal power plants
Robin Gomes 04 September 2020

Environmental activists have rallied around a Philippine diocese in Quezon province demanding the government stop the construction of new coal-fired plants in the area as it is inconsistent with the efforts to mitigate climate change.

Even church will be persecuted, Catholic leaders say in 30th terror law petition
August 26, 2020 Lian Buan

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), which was at the forefront of community resistance during the Martial Law years under Marcos, files the 30th petition against the anti-terror law

Church leaders oppose push for ‘Rev Gov
August 24, 2020 Leslie Aquino & Christina Hermoso

Catholic Church leaders are strongly condemning the proposed revolutionary government by some supporters of President Duterte.

Groups slam gov’t for relying on religious leaders as suicide cases rise in PH
August 24, 2020 Niña Diño

“Let us also not forget our important frontliners who are at their best in innovating approaches to tackle the psychological toll of COVID-19 such as suicide,” says advocacy group MentalHealthPH

'Free' Virgin Mary figure from mafia abuse says Pope Francis
Agence France-Presse Aug 21 2020
Vatican city
'You can't believe in God and belong to the mafia,' says the Pope
Pope Francis has given his full backing to attempts to "liberating" the figure of the Virgin Mary from "abuse" by association in some mafia-style criminal rituals.
The head of the Catholic Church said in a letter released Thursday, August 20, that devotion to the holy saint needed to be freed from "the influence of criminal organizations."

The Video: Pope asks to protect devotions to Our Lady and the saints from mafioso influences
Aug 21, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English

Filipino bishops: Keep courage despite Duterte ‘regime of death’
Paterno R. Esmaquel II Aug 12 2020

‘Refuse to get discouraged,’ says the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged Filipinos to keep their courage even as the “regime of death and darkness” under President Rodrigo Duterte “seems to be enjoying its fine hour.”

Philippines Bishops explain opposition to death penalty
Vatican News 10 August 2020
In a statement issued at the beginning of August, the Bishops of the Philippines reiterate their opposition to the reintroduction of the death penalty in their country.
The Bishops of the Philippines are once again voicing their “strong opposition” to the reintroduction of capital punishment in the nation.
Bishop calls on youth to play a more active role amid the pandemic
August 16, 2020 Christina Hermoso

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth has called on the young generation “to play a more active role in their communities amid the pandemic.”

Philippine Bishops hold prayer campaign to heal the nation
Robin Gomes 13 August 2020

The Catholic Bishops of the Philippines are calling for a massive, nationwide prayer campaign for the healing of the country and the end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Villegas asks faithful to do away with fake news, calls for revolution of grace
August 6, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has called on the faithful to reject the culture of fake news by being truth tellers no matter the cost.
Do not repeat gossip. Do not add to gossip. Do not laugh at gossip. Resign from your job as a troll and get back your dignity.

Filipino bishop calls for transparency in nuclear power study
Vatican News 31 July 2020
Following the announcement of government plans to explore the possibility of the use of nuclear power in the Philippines, Bishop Ruperto Santos says he hopes the study will be “transparent, non-partisan, and not exclusive.”
PNP confiscates alleged anti-gov't magazine after Anti-Terror Law takes effect
Rambo Talabong July 26 2020

The incident marks a first in recent history that police confiscated copies of a magazine considered a threat to the government.
On Sunday morning, July 26, policemen seized bundles of Pinoy Weekly from the Bulacan office of an urban poor organization and stacked these at the back of a police vehicle before driving off.

Does the PNP view ordinary Filipinos as the enemy?
Francis Isaac Aug 01, 2020
'Though the PNP is supposedly civilian in orientation, its history as a tool of repression is still deeply ingrained in its organizational DNA'
At around 11 in the morning of July 27, two officers from the Manila Police District (MPD) entered the nave of the Quiapo Church, walked towards a small group of activists sitting on the back pew, and without any warning, seized a blue-and-white paper bag containing several placards from party-list group Akbayan. The officers did not immediately offer any explanation for their action, but as Rappler’s Camille Elemia wrote later in her article, the posters “were not being used” when the incident occurred.

The Video: Bishop Pabillo sa mga pulis, nagsisimba: Respetuhin ang mga simbahan, misa
Jul 28, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Pinaalalahanan ni Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo ang mga taong dumadalo sa mga misa at mga pulis na respetuhin ang "place of worship" at misa kasunod ng pagkumpiska ng ilang pulis sa placards ng mga nagsisimba sa Quiapo Church noong Lunes.

Cops seize protest materials during Quiapo Church Mass
Camille Elemia July 27 2020 - with Video
Manila police confiscated Anti-Terror Law protest materials from some Akbayan members who were attending Mass inside Quiapo Church on Monday, July 27, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Kadamay slams warrantless arrest of community leader, periodical seizure
July 26, 2020 JULIA MARI ORNEDO, GMA News
Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) on Sunday slammed the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the “warrantless and baseless” arrest of a community leader and the raid on the Villa Lois housing site in Pandi, Bulacan.
In a statement, Kadamay “vehemently condemned” the arrest of community leader Rose Fortaleza and the confiscation of the group’s flyers along with issues of the alternative news publication Pinoy Weekly.

Catholic bishop on SONA: ‘Listen to the cries of the people, present concrete solutions’
July 25, 2020 Analou De Vera

A Catholic prelate urged President Duterte to reveal the country’s true condition during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27.
“In his upcoming SONA, we appeal to the President not to turn a blind eye on the dire state of our people,” said San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza in a statement on Sunday, July 25.
Today, the spate of deaths continues not only through state endorsed killings, but also through rampant hunger, loss of livelihood, and environmental degradation, among many others,” he added.

Priest, prelates speak out on SONA
July 26, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
An official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed hope that President Duterte’s State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) Monday will be truthful.
Fr. Jerome Secillano, CBCP Public Affairs Committee executive secretary, said the public deserves to know the truth.
“I think the public deserves to know the truth. This is not the time to blame anybody. This is not the time to criticize anybody. This is the time for us to know the truth,” he told church-run Radio Veritas Saturday.

To be Christian is to be angry
Jayeel Cornelio - Rico Villanueva Jul 23, 2020

'In a manner that might surprise many, the command to hate evil elevates anger to a Christian duty. To hate evil includes speaking out against it.'
Compared to other emotions, anger is placed under so much surveillance. Happiness needs to be encouraged and sadness accepted.

Bishops say ‘no’ to Charter change
July 21, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

This is not the time to push for Charter Change, Catholic prelates said, urging the government to focus on uplifting the lives of the people amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.


Church will cease to exist if it stays silent when wrongs are committed
CBCP releases pastoral letter, asks for prayers against threats to freedom of expression
Jul 20, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Catholic Church will cease to exist if it keeps silent on wrongs being committed, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said Monday as the President's lawyer accused it of violating the Constitutional provision on the separation of the Church and State. Look also this article
PH Bishops: Church leaders not barred from expressing political opinions
Jul 20, 2020 ANC 24/7
Philippine Bishops insist the doctrine of separation of Church and State does not bar Church leaders from expressing political opinions - that's after President Duterte's Chief Legal Counsel, Salvador Panelo criticized their Pastoral letter.
Senators defend right of church leaders to voice opinions on current issues
Jul 21, 2020 ANC 24/7
Several Philippine senators joined religious groups in defending the right of church officials to speak out on issues hounding the country.
This comes after the presidential chief legal counsel accused Catholic bishops of violating the constitutionally mandated separation of Church and State when they condemned some of the administration's recent moves

Church-State separation doctrine not breached by CBCP pastoral letter vs. anti-terror law, says Roque
July 20, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque believes that the most recent pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) does not violate the doctrine of the Separation of Church and State.

Bishop dares Panelo to sue religious leaders criticizing anti-terror law
July 20 Leslie Ann Aquino

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, on Monday, maintained they didn’t violate the principle of separation of Church and State by issuing a statement against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

CBCP calls for prayers for Philippines and other Asian countries with similar Anti-terror law concerns
July 19, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has sought prayers for the country alarmed by the newly signed Anti-Terror Act of 2020.

Philippine religious orders urge 'stay order' on controversial anti-terror law
Robin Gomes 07 July 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 signed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which local and international rights and civil society groups fear could be used to target critics and dissenters.

Why did priests and religious vote for Duterte?
Father Amado Picardal July 03, 2020

'My classmate who told me that he voted for Duterte after a process of discernment was most likely influenced by regionalism rather than the Holy Spirit'

Philippine Church urges probe into Filipino deaths in Saudi Arabia
Vatican News 25 June 2020

The Catholic Church of the Philippines has called on the government to investigate the deaths of more than 350 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia, who allegedly died of natural causes

Vatican advocates for responsible freedom of expression
Vatican News 23 June 2020

The Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) advocates for freedom of expression for the media, especially in regards to religion

Vatican praises Philippine diocese for the first to adopt solar energy
Vatican News 23 June 20

The Vatican has lauded the Philippine Church, particularly Maasin Diocese, for its response to the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si' on the care of creation.

Should Christians protest?
Jayeel Cornelio and Rico Villanueva May 17, 2020

'Some Christians today say that Jesus had nothing to do with politics. He criticized religious leaders but not the political ones, they reason. But this is a distorted reading of the Bible.'

Activism as a call from Christianity
June 21, 2020
'Calling our aid charity posits a hierarchy between you and the ones you choose to help'

Bacolod bishop urges Duterte: Listen to the people, veto anti-terror bill
Marchel P. Espina June 13, 2020
'We feel that there is a need for this government to listen to its people and in turn reconsider and reassess the bill in its present form. There is no point rushing the process,' says Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod

Catholic, Protestant leaders condemn anti-terror bill
Paterno Esmaquel II June 03, 2020
Christian leaders warn that silence about the Philippines' proposed anti-terror law 'only assures the impending destruction and abuse of our people'

Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers join forces vs anti-terror bill
Paterno Esmaquel II June 05, 2020
'Instead of being a measure to protect our people, in the wrong hands, this bill can be used to oppress our people,' warned the Jesuit priests and the La Salle brothers

Philippine Christian leaders unite against new anti-terrorism law
Devin Watkins 04 June 2020
Christian leaders in the Philippines join their voices to oppose a proposed anti-terrorism law, saying it will erode respect for human rights and civil liberties.

Replays of Masses not 'invalid' amid pandemic, says Bishop David
Paterno Esmaquel II May 24, 2020

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, sets the record straight after a viral post claimed that the blessing of the Mass 'is only for those joining the livestream and not the replay'

Philippine Bishops warn against online child sexual predators
Robin Gomes 02 June 2020

As online child sexual exploitation in the Philippines has more than tripled during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Catholic Church is calling on families to protect their children.

Look also HERE and HERE


Why Christians should protest
May 25, 2020

This discussion may shake your faith or make it stronger. Historian Leloy Claudio questions the tenets of some religions.
Sociologist and development studies associate professor Jayeel Cornelio and Hebrew scriptures scholar and theology teacher Rico Villanueva discuss the controversial topic of Christians "meddling" in politics. Look also this article

FALSE: Archbishop Villegas says it would be better if Duterte resigned
May 21, 2020

Archbishop Socrates Villegas did not say this quote. An earlier source of this quote was a site that published fake reports.

Ang shutdown ng ABS-CBN
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas May 07, 2020

'Apaw na ang poot at galit. Ang init ng panahon dahil sa masasakit na salitang itinatapon sa hangin. Kung nais nating maghilom, makinig tayo sa isa’t isa. Huwag natin ishutdown ang may ibang pananaw kaysa atin.'

Filipino Bishops denounce closure of broadcasting network
11 May 2020 Vatican News
The Bishops of the Philippines speak of freedom of press, denouncing the government’s closure of the country’s biggest broadcast company.


How a Cardinal Pushed the Democracy of the Filipinos
Feb 24, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online

History Professor Xiao Chua dissects how the late Jaime Cardinal Sin's broadcast message brought the Filipino people in unity during the height of the People Power Revolution of 1986

A nun in the revolution: Remembering, forgetting EDSA
Pia Ranada February 25, 2020
For Sister Helen, nothing beats physical activism in terms of impact. 'I think unless you get a mass of people out on the streets, nothing will change.'


Philippine Bishop decries ‘unreasonable’ restrictions on churches
Devin Watkins 19 May 2020

Bishop Broderick Pabillo criticizes new government restrictions on religious services, as the Bishops’ Conference releases new guidelines for public Masses.

The Video: Catholic Church sent proposals on Mass services weeks ago: bishop
May 20, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Catholic Church submitted its guidelines on the resumption of Holy Mass services 2 weeks ago, a Manila bishop said after government called for proposals on the matter.


Emergencies and Charity. A reflection by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Mar 26, 2020 Vatican News - English
Pope admits Church losing clout, calls for 'change in mentality'
Agence France-Presse December 21, 2019

'We are no longer the only ones today to produce culture, neither the first nor the most listened to,' says Pope Francis

We need to think and re-think our theology
Bishop Antonio Ablon April 08, 2020

Today, we are challenged by John in his letter: 'We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us - and we ought to lay down our lives for one another'

Why do we suffer?
Michael Demetrius H. Asis April 08, 2020
Let us not focus on the suffering, but on what we can do to alleviate it

What would Jesus do: The Christian dilemma in the time of Duterte
Andre Lorenz B. Feria January 22, 2020

'I learned that the religious organization I was part of had endorsed politicians who went against the very teachings of my faith... I was disappointed with how the church was seemingly being used to win the ‘Christian vote’

Church leaders, advocates say human rights ‘deteriorating’ in Visayas
Ryan Macasero December 10, 2019

Catholic priest Jose Bagadiong says basic rights are deteriorating on all fronts in the region

“Religions for Peace” pledge concrete actions for common good of mankind
Robin Gomes 24 August 2019

Religion peace assembly declaration common good

Celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines
Father Amado Picardal October 20, 2019

Marking Christianity's 5th centenary in the Philippines is not just an ecclesial celebration, but also a celebration of who we are as a people and nation
A government leader can regard this as purely a celebration for the Catholic Church which does not concern the State. After all, there is a constitutional separation of the Church and State.

Understanding separation of Church and state
Father Amado Picardal June 30, 2019
Its misunderstanding can be used to silence the Church

“Separation of Church and State” in the Philippines

Philippine “Separation of Church and State” Constitutional Clause:
Nature, Purpose, Tests Based on Philippine and American Religion Clause History, Law and Jurisprudence

The principle of separation of church and state

INC’s defeat: Actualizing separation of church and state

Pope Francis cites PH Church as among world’s great Catholic nations
December 2, 2018 By Leslie Ann Aquino and Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Pope Francis has cited the noble Church in the Philippines as among the great Catholic nations in the world.
The Pope declared this in his letter of appointment for Osaka Archbishop Thomas Manyo Cardinal Maeda as his envoy to the upcoming 60th anniversary celebration of the postwar Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.
“Indeed, the noble Church in the Philippines now stands among the great Catholic nations in the entire world. Hence, no wonder, she continuously sends missionaries to other regions,” the Pope wrote.

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The album - Duterte criticizes Catholic church:

Duterte shows resentment towards Catholic church anew
Manila Bulletin Sep 16, 2019
If he were alive during the Spanish colonial period, President Duterte would have executed the priests by hanging for their alleged abuses.
Duterte hits Church: You have no moral ascendancy
Duterte to Church: Help, don't criticize drug war
Both Jan 19, 2017
President Duterte criticizes catholic groups, priests during PNP oath taking speech
Jan 20, 2017
Palace seeks dialogue with Church after Duterte
Jan 19, 2017
Malacanang is now seeking a dialogue with Church authorities, days after President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted Catholic officials for criticizing his war on drugs.
Duterte slams Catholic Church, priests anew
Feb 8, 2017
President Duterte has once again blasted the Catholic Church and its priests, saying that there is graft and corruption occurring within the church.

Duterte: Skip priests, go straight to God
Pia Ranada February 08, 2017
The President continues his word war against Catholic church leaders. While he mistrusts priests, he says he has a 'deep and abiding faith in God.'

Palace to Church: Don't be 'adversarial' when criticizing Duterte
Pia Ranada January 26, 2017
'While the government is open to criticism, it would appreciate if it were not adversarial and coming from a moral high horse,' says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

Duterte to Catholic church: You're full of shit
with video
Pia Ranada January 24, 2017
'Pareho pala baho natin,' says President Duterte about Catholic Church bishops whom he accuses of sexual escapades and corruption

Should the Catholic Church shut up?
Jayeel Serrano Cornelio January 24, 2017
The Catholic Church is now under attack. President Duterte, Mocha Uson, and their many allies have rallied together to shame religious leaders.
The President questioned the clergy's moral ascendancy in the midst of corruption and sexual abuse. In her viral column, Mocha Uson suggested that the CBCP is the anti-Christ.

Church in Bulacan runs 27-year-old drug rehab program
Paterno Esmaquel II January 22, 2017
Despite efforts like this, President Rodrigo Duterte asks Catholic leaders, 'Meron ba kayong isang bahay lang, maski limang kuwarto para rehab?'

Bishop on Duterte tirades: 'Sick doctor still cures others'
Paterno Esmaquel II January 21, 2017
'Churchmen are not perfect,' Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles admits, but they should 'proclaim what is right and proper' despite their own misdeeds.

Duterte to Church: Help, don't criticize drug war
Pia Ranada January 19, 2017 - with Video
If the Roman Catholic Church cannot atone for its own sins, President Rodrigo Duterte says its leaders 'have no moral ascendancy to lecture on us all'

Duterte to priests, cardinals: 'Try' shabu to understand drug problem
Pia Ranada January 18, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte poked fun at parish priests and religious groups who recently criticized his campaign against illegal drugs, suggesting they themselves take shabu (methampethamine) to understand the problem.

Bishops pray for sedition accusers: 'May they meet the God of all Truths'
Mara Cepeda September 08, 2019

'We will not be discouraged,' say the 4 bishops who vowed to continue serving their flock despite the sedition complaint filed against them

Sr. Patricia Fox defends fellow missionary charged with perjury
JC Gotinga December 14, 2019

The Australian nun insists Sister Elenita Belardo is innocent, and has done nothing but advocate Lumad children's right to receive an education, and better lives for peasants

Bishop laments closure of indigenous schools in southern Philippines
Robin Gomes 14 October 2019

The Department of Education (DepEd) in Davao on October 8 ordered the permanent closure of 55 Lumad schools in Davao area.

Is it dangerous or about love? Church groups split over SOGIE bill
Aika Rey September 04, 2019

Koko Alviar of the Aglipayan Church says his faith teaches him to 'exist in a community of love.' Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines lawyer Lyndon Caña argues that gender identity is a mere 'feeling' and not a fact.

FALSE: SOGIE equality bill will 'undercut' freedoms, destroy family
September 06, 2019
The bill seeks anti-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE, not infringement on religious liberties or parental authority

State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

Negros bishop to banks: Stop giving loans to coal plant developers
Lian Buan February 29, 2020

'Banks financing coal are not only funding the climate crisis, they are also enabling the continued suffering of coal-affected communities,' says Bishop Gerardo Alminaza

Filippine bishops issue pastoral letter on “climate emergency”
Robin Gomes 16 July 2019

8th in a series of pastoral letters over the past 30 years, the latest document of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges concrete actions on responding to the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si”.

Militarization has turned Negros into 'howling wilderness'
Jodesz Gavilan August 20, 2019

'The deployment of additional troops complicated the already worsening human rights situation in the areas,' says the United Methodist Church

Eddie Villanueva claims SOGIE bill 'threatens' freedoms of non-LGBTQ+
Mara Cepeda August 28, 2019

'What happens to a Christian like me... if we are to be threatened by punishment every time we share our Bible-based beliefs on matters of transgenders and homosexuals?' asks Brother Eddie Villanueva, founder of the Jesus Is Lord Church.

The Video: Eddie Villanueva on the SOGIE Bill
CIBAC Party-list Representative Eddie Villanueva delivers a privilege speech on the SOGIE Bill in a house plenary session on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Baguio Muslims and Catholics stand together against terrorism
Mauricio Victa August 11, 2019

The Muslim community in Baguio says terrorism has no religion and no place in the city.
The Muslim community in Baguio went to the famous Catholic Church of the city to offer their support to the efforts of all the sectors and the government against threats of terrorism.

Duterte blames priests for fly interrupting his speech
Pia Ranada July 30, 2019 - with Video

A fly buzzes into President Rodrigo Duterte's face as he expresses frustration at the Catholic Church's teachings.
As he attempted to swat the insect away, the President joked that the creature must have been sent by priests angered by his words.
"Maski noon pa talagang may away na ako sa pari kagaya ng langaw na ito. Utos man nila ito," Duterte said during an event in Taguig City. (Even before, I had a quarrel with priests like this fly. I'm sure they sent it.)

FALSE: Catholic priests 'perform witchcraft' to make Duterte die
August 01, 2019
Organizers say the photos were taken during a symbolic street theater activity called 'Lamay para sa Demokrasya' in May 2018
Claim: A Facebook post showing a photo of Catholic priests supposedly doing a ritual praying for President Rodrigo Duterte's death made the rounds online.

The facts: The photo was taken out of context. A Google reverse image search reveals similar photos taken during a symbolic street theater activity called "Lamay para sa Demokrasya" – part of Coalition for Justice's (CFJ) Dasal at Ayuno faith rally – at Padre Faura Street in Manila in May 2018.

Tagle calls on Catholics to ‘pray for the nation’
Sofia Tomacruz August 01, 2019
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes the call as several bishops and priest are subject to ‘persecution and false accusations’ by government

FALSE: ‘Sex video of Ateneo priest and college student'
October 18, 2019

The priest and the college girl are not the subjects of the alleged sex video
The website posted a video titled, “College Student at Pari ng Ateneo De Manila Viral ang S3X Video.” (Video of college student and priest in Ateneo de Manila went viral.)

Why Filipinos believe Duterte was 'appointed by God'
Paterno Esmaquel II June 28, 2019 - with Video

It's rooted in the Filipino view of God as 'Punisher' – like Rodrigo Duterte

Look all links in the articles:

CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos
Lian Buan July 18, 2019

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra immediately forms a panel to investigate the complaint

Marlon Manuel on fighting inciting to sedition case vs Robredo
September 24, 2019 - with Video
On Tuesday, September 24, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Marlon Manuel to discuss the case and what the harassment against the opposition means to the rule of law

Calida: Bikoy's Narcolist videos published using Ateneo server
Lian Buan August 20, 2019
'Could Advincula stage the grand scheme Project Sodoma all by himself?' says the solicitor general

Bishop David says he refused Bikoy's request for church sanctuary
Lian Buan August 16, 2019
'I whispered to [Fr Alejo] to better check first on the veracity of the man's story who came and left as a total stranger to me,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

Bikoy vs Bikoy
The biggest flip-flops of the government's star witness

August 12, 2019
Lian Buan and Rambo Talabong
Developed by Patrick Santos
Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal
Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, has told many versions of a sensational tale about drugs and the country’s most powerful

Ecumenical groups condemn sedition charges vs bishops, priests
Jodesz Gavilan August 07, 2019
Ecumenical Bishops Forum and Isaiah Ministry say the actions of the Duterte administration against critics show his steady move towards violent repression and total dictatorship

Philippine bishops call for prayer for clergymen accused of sedition
Robin Gome 05 August 2019
The Philippine National Police has charged 4 Catholic bishops, 3 priests, a religious brother, the country's vice president and 35 members of the opposition, for inciting sedition, cyber libel, libel and obstruction of justice. If found guilty, they could face imprisonment.

Bikoy applies for state protection
Lian Buan August 05, 2019
'My life and the life of my family... is at risk,' says Peter Joemel Advincula

Robredo on Bikoy complaint: Calida trying to oust me for Bongbong Marcos
Lian Buan July 28, 2019
'Alam na talagang talo na sa protesta kaya naghahanap na naman ng ibang paraan.… Hanggang sa pagsisinungaling, gagawin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Cubao diocese refutes sedition claims: 'Bishop Ongtioco never met Bikoy'
Aika Rey July 27, 2019
'It is... beyond belief that a case like sedition should be filed based on Bikoy's testimony, whose credibility is questionable,' says Fr Steven Zabala, vicar general of the Diocese of Cubao

Robredo 'ready to face trumped up charges' in sedition complaint
Mara Cepeda July 25, 2019
'This is clearly politically motivated,' says the Vice President's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez of the sedition complaint

DOJ to start sending subpoenas to Robredo, LP lawmakers in Bikoy complaint
Lian Buan July 24, 2019
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra dismisses Bikoy's link to the Office of the Solicitor General

The Video: Robredo, opposition figures face sedition raps over 'Bikoy' videos

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: FB post MISLEADS with doctored Trillanes tweet on ‘Bikoy’ video

CBCP president: Sedition allegations vs bishops 'beyond belief'
July 20, 2019
'They may be perceived as very vocal and very critical in their pronouncements. But that they consciously worked promoting seditious activities and other related crimes, these honestly I cannot believe,' says Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles of the 4 bishops included in the CIDG's sedition complain

Christian churches fear more PNP, AFP in Negros may mean more deaths
Jodesz Gavilan August 07, 2019

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines says that rights of the citizens to speak and organize should be respected, amid rampant red-tagging of human rights organizations

Cebu Archbishop Palma warns public vs investment scams
June 11, 2019

'Some people have ways to use schemes that fool other people,' Cebu Archbishop Palma says in a statement.
The statement comes amid the raid of the office of Kapa-Community Ministry in Cebu. The group is accused of running one of the largest investment scams in recent history.

EXPLAINER: How Kapa Ministry took advantage of investors
Ralf Rivas June 11, 2019
Kapa Ministry merges religion and social media to orchestrate one of the biggest investment scams in Philippine history

Pope backs Filipino bishop fighting deadly ‘drug war'
Linda Bordoni and Mario Galgano 30 May 2019

Filipino Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is on the front-lines of a campaign to stop extra-judicial killings as part of government crackdown on illegal drugs. He told Vatican News that Pope Francis said he is praying for him, and that the Pope has encouraged him to be a prophetic voice for human rights and dignity.
Listen to the interview with Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

FALSE: Nun Mary John Mananzan calls for ouster of Duterte
May 30, 2019

Sr Mary John Mananzan has been a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, but she hasn't called for the ouster of Duterte and his replacement by Robredo


Will religious endorsements work in 2019 polls?
May 08, 2019 - with Video

Rappler talks to sociologist of religion Jayeel Cornelio about religious endorsements – in the time of the President who said God is stupid – as well as other topics, such as the youth vote.

Archbishop Villegas: Ignorance killing PH 'softly, slowly'
Paterno Esmaquel II April 18, 2019

Ignorance 'has made us a nation that glees in murder' and 'votes for incorrigible liars,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

Tagle on Palm Sunday 2019: Follow humble leaders
Mara Cepeda April 14, 2019

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle warns against the 'more attractive' tendency to follow the high and mighty.
In his homily on Sunday, April 14, Tagle said it is indeed easier to follow those who are popular, because people tend to hope for the latter's fame to rub off on them. But he said he hopes Filipinos would opt to become followers of modest leaders like Jesus, even if doing so is more difficult.

Cardinal Tagle slams culture of bullying, 'paninindak'
Paterno Esmaquel II April 20, 2019 - with Video
'Mangako kayo ngayong Biyernes Santo, hindi kayo maninindak. Hindi kayo magiging marahas. Hindi kayo magiging bully,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

When the Catholic Church flexes political muscles
Paterno Esmaquel II March 17, 2019

Here's a look at the times when Catholic bishops and priests took sides in Philippine politics

An open letter to President Duterte
March 17, 2019

'Just as you take seriously your duty to protect the country,
priests are earnestly committed to defending the Word of God,'

students tell President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte says priests should be shot
Pia Ranada March 14, 2019

'Wala akong pakialam kung mamatay kayong lahat, maluwang pa ang ating cemetery,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that priest's IQs are 'deficient'.
President Rodrigo Duterte again launched into a tirade against priests, studded with violent language and threats.

BY PATERNO ESMAQUEL II Published March 14, 2019
Do the times call for a Catholic vote?
A viral video of Archbishop Socrates Villegas fuels hopes that more bishops will openly – though indirectly – campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's bets

President Duterte and his administration vs the International Criminal Court - ICC
Christian group slams red-tagging of Aglipayan bishops
Paterno Esmaquel II March 13, 2019

'We call on the government to stop these vehement attacks,' says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.
A major group of Christian churches condemned accusations that two Christian leaders, Bishops Felixberto Calang and Antonio Ablon of the Aglipayan Church, belong to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Rural Missionaries of the PH denies being a communist front
Pia Ranada March 14, 2019
RMP national coordinator Sister Elenita Belardo denies the accusation of Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr that her group funds terrorist activities

Villegas video hits Duterte ahead of polls
Paterno Esmaquel II March 05, 2019 - with Video

'Are you going to betray God again?' asks Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a video released ahead of the May 13 elections

Look also this Video


Duterte: Catholicism will disappear in 25 years
CNN Philippines Feb 26, 2019

Malacañang made some clarifications after President Rodrigo Duterte took another swipe at the Catholic Church and its leaders.
The Palace dismissed it as just "healthy criticism."

Look below Priests should be allowed to marry, says Duterte


Palace refuses to take blame for death threats vs Church officials
ABS-CBN News Feb 26, 2019

A Catholic bishop critical of the government's war on drugs bared he has been receiving death threats

Duterte hits Church ahead of sex abuse summit
Paterno Esmaquel II February 20, 2019

'The Pope is now calling for a summit to address this particular problem because 4 out of 5, sabi ng Rome, ang pari bakla,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

AboutPhilippines ask: What about Incest and Child - Sexual abuse in Philippines, have he forgot that?

Priests should be allowed to marry, says Duterte
Paterno Esmaquel II February 25, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte says 'even the gay ones' among priests should be allowed to have same-sex marriage

Again AboutPhilippines ask:  ???? Duterte supports same-sex civil union, while same-sex marriage is not, says his spokesman Harry Roque July 02, 2018

Muslims, Christians join forces vs terrorism in PH
Sofia Tomacruz February 03, 2019

In a show of unity and peace, Christians and Muslims joined forces in a prayer rally on Sunday, February 3, to condemn the deadly blasts that rocked the southern Philippines last week.
'We are showing the world that we Filipino Muslims and Christians are one,' says Imam Council of the Philippines Chairman Aleem Said Basher

Muslim religious leaders call for unity after Zamboanga City mosque blast
Sofia Tomacruz January 31, 2019

'We call on everyone, Muslims and Christians alike, to maintain our solidarity and harmony as advocates of peace,' says the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula


After Jolo bombing, CBCP hits 'cycle of hate'
Paterno Esmaquel II January 28, 2019 - with Video

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says a 'cycle of hate' is 'destroying the moral fabric of our country


Pope Francis: ‘death penalty inadmissable’
After an audience with Pope Francis earlier this year, and following his approval, the Vatican’s CDF says it has made changes to the CCC on the death penalty according to which capital punishment is inadmissible.
Look both The new text and The previous text

Letter to the Bishops regarding the new revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty

Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update
Agence France-Presse August 02, 2018

The update to the Catechism text also says the Church will 'work with determination' for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide

House OKs death penalty

A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite
Carmela Fonbuena January 29, 2019

Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.

Panelo to CBCP: Stick to 'spiritual' matters, don't criticize Duterte
Pia Ranada January 29, 2019

'We have enough critics. We have the opposition, we have the human rights, dadagdagan mo pa,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

Duterte to tambays: Steal from, kill 'rich' bishops
Pia Ranada January 10, 2019 - with Video

'Kayong mga tambay diyan, 'pag dumaan 'yang obispo ninyo, holdapan 'yan, maraming pera 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte said kill the bishops – and his word became flesh
Paterno Esmaquel II February 28, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte's violent tirades against clergymen
begin to take flesh in the form of death threats.
What Duterte says, Duterte gets.

Bishop critical of Duterte drug war gets death threats
Paterno Esmaquel II February 26, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte says Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle alerted him about death threats against priests. He backtracks on his call to kill 'useless' bishops

‘Just pray’ for Duterte, Malacañang tells Bataan bishop
January 15, 2019
Bishop Ruperto Santos has said President Duterte ‘is a disappointment and disgrace to our country,’ after the President urged bystanders to ‘rob and kill rich bishops’

Duterte willing to be crucified if priests debunk corruption allegations
Pia Ranada January 10, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte dares the Catholic Church to rebut the allegations against priests and bishops in 'Altar of Secrets,' a book on the abuses of bishops and priests by the late Rappler senior investigative reporter Aries Rufo

'Kill bishops, all they do is criticize,' says Duterte
Pia Ranada December 06, 2018

'Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo, walang silbi 'yang mga gagong 'yan,' President Duterte says a week after he made allegations against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

Philippines' Duterte: 'Kill those useless bishops'
Ted Regencia 5 Dec 2018
Provocative president intensifies attack on the Catholic Church, which opposes his deadly war on drugs.

Duterte urges gay bishops to ‘come out,’ ‘cancel celibacy’
Argyll Cyrus Geducos January 11, 2019

President Duterte said gay bishops should come out into the open and be allowed to have boyfriends as he renewed his attacks against the Catholic Church for criticizing his drug war.

The Video

Stand up for the newborn Jesus!
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas December 24, 2018

Stand up for life. Stand up for purity. Stand up for human dignity. We cannot find Christmas joy in timidity and cowardice. Stand up and choose the Lord!

Christmas in a sea of sadness
December 24, 2018
We wish everyone clarity of thought to realize our contradictions, our duplicity, nay, our hypocrisy.

On 1st Simbang Gabi, Cardinal Tagle hits abuse of power
Kurt Dela Peña December 16, 2018

'Do not bully anyone,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the first day of the Philippines' traditional Simbang Gabi

Malacañang reacts to Cardinal Tagle homily: Duterte not a bully
Pia Ranada December 18, 2018
Malacañang insists that the Chief Executive 'doesn't bully people'

Challenge to Catholics: Time for appeasing Duterte is over
Fr. Amado L. Picardal December 12, 2018

The threat of violence is meant to intimidate the leaders of the Church, to instill fear in their hearts so that they will remain silent and will not be a threat to his authoritarian rule.

Borongan diocese claims priests in Balangiga Bells turnover asked to leave
December 15, 2018

In a Facebook post, the Diocese of Borongan says President Rodrigo Duterte 'only wants [Archbishop Romulo] Valles to be in the area'
The Diocese of Borongan in Eastern Samar claimed on Saturday, December 15, that the priests including the bishop of Borongan, the Archbishop of the Military Ordinariate of the United States, and the Apostolic Nuncio, and some Catholic leaders were told to leave the turnover of the historic Balangiga Bells (UPDATED Dec 26, 2018), an event attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Some priests were even asked to remove their Roman collars so as not to offend the President. Also, chairs were placed in front of the priests to cover them"

Malacañang denied on Sunday, December 16, that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Catholic Church leaders and priests to leave during the turnover of the historic Balangiga Bells.

Duterte says Christian belief in Trinity is ‘silly’
Mara Cepeda December 29, 2018
'There’s only one God, period. You cannot divide God into 3, that’s silly,' says President Rodrigo Duterte.
President Rodrigo Duterte mocked the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity, calling it “silly” on Saturday, December 29.

On All Saints' Day, Duterte calls saints 'gago, drunkards'
Pia Ranada November 02, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly advises Catholics to pay tribute to just one 'patron saint' – 'Santo Rodrigo'
After calling on Filipinos to "emulate" the saints, President Rodrigo Duterte questioned the Catholic's commemoration of All Saints' Day and called saints "gago (fools)" and "lasenggo" (drunkards).

the Video: On All Saints' Day, Duterte calls saints 'gago, drunkards'
Nov 1, 2018

Pray for Duterte, 'he is a very sick man' – Bishop David
November 02, 2018
The Caloocan bishop is reacting to comments made by President Duterte that Catholic saints are fools and drunkards

Duterte 'confesses' he molested their maid as a teen
December 30, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte bares details of the supposed incident before a large crowd in Kidapawan City, as he attacked the Catholic Church for its 'abuses'

Duterte's maid-molesting story 'concocted'
Pia Ranada January 03, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte claims he made up his story about touching a maid in order to 'dramatize' the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church

De Lima on Duterte ‘confession’ of molesting maid: ‘It’s time to get angry’
January 01, 2019
Senator Leila de Lima calls on Filipinos to 'stand strong and united to destroy this evil'

Duterte urged to resign after 'disgusting' confession
Mara Cepeda December 30, 2018
ACT Teachers Representative France Castro calls as 'really disgusting' [and] uncalled for' President Rodrigo Duterte's confession of molesting their maid when he was a teenager

the Videos Updated Jan, 02 2019 about: Duterte 'confesses' he molested their maid as a teen

President Duterte's sexual harassment & misogyny


Catholic priest: PH situation now similar to martial law years under Marcos
Nov 3, 2018

The present situation in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is no different from the martial law years of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, according to Fr. Angel Cortez, co-executive secretary of the Association of the Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines.

Military rule in Duterte's homeland
Sofia Tomacruz December 14, 2018
What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?

Militarization of government? 'Correct!' says Duterte
Pia Ranada UPDATED August 18, 2019

Caloocan bishop denies Duterte's accusation of stealing
Pia Ranada November 23, 2018

'I think he has confused me for someone else,' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a thundering voice against the killings under the Duterte administration.

Pablo Virgilio David: The shepherd of Caloocan
Tony La Viña November 30, 2018
We need Church leaders who will describe rightly what we are facing: a death of conscience by those who justify the killings

Led by Davao archbishop, CBCP defends Bishop David vs Duterte
Paterno Esmaquel II November 29, 2018 - with Video
Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says he is 'saddened and disturbed' by President Rodrigo Duterte's statements against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

In dispute with Catholic leaders, Duterte tells Filipinos to quit church
Nov 28, 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his attacks on Catholic leaders and urged Filipinos to stop going to church altogether.
The president, who earlier this year called God "stupid," suggested in a Nov. 26 speech that people should instead build their own chapels where they can pray

Duterte: Build chapels in your house, no need to go to church
Pia Ranada November 27, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte also says he suspects that Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a vocal critic of the government's bloody anti-drug campaign, is himself into drugs.
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, responds to the President's renewed attacks on his person

Repent, bishop says after Duterte admits to EJKs
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 28, 2018

'We should welcome this public confession,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after President Rodrigo Duterte admits his 'only sin' is extrajudicial killings

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte admits 'my only sin is the extrajudicial killings'
Peter Stubley September 27, 2018 - with Video
Strongman also appears to blame 'ninja cops' for death toll during war on drugs

Duterte admits being a dictator

Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH
Pia Ranada February 09, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime.
AMID fears of looming autocrat rule under his watch, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, admitted to imposing a "dictatorial" style of governance.
Duterte said he prefers to act like a "dictator" to be able to sustain the country's progress.
"If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. If I don't act (like a) dictator, son of a b****, nothing will happen to this country," the President said in Visayan.
"That's true. If I don't act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country," he added.

Filipinos remember Martial Law: 'Dictatorship is back'
Paterno Esmaquel II September 21, 2018 - with Videos
Thousands of protesters gather to denounce a 'creeping dictatorship' as the Philippines marks the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

Robredo: 'It’s time to take a stand because democracy is at risk again'
Mara Cepeda September 21, 2018
'Tinatawag tayo ng panahon upang umaksyon at ang pagkakataong ganito ay minsan lamang babalik sa atin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo


June 28, 2016 Romeo Hontiveros - with Video

Rodrigo Duterte: “I’ve been colliding with the Church because it’s no longer realistic”

Duterte wishes death for priests by venereal disease
Faye Orellana September 08, 2018

Shortly after his arrival on Saturday from his visits to Israel and Jordan, President Rodrigo Duterte wished that priests contract, and die from venereal diseases.

The Video HERE

The silence of the shepherds
Father Amado Picardal September 16, 2018

There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think that this acceptable for the common good.
As the death toll of the government's war on drugs reaches over 25,000 after two years, one of the questions frequently asked is: "Why are many priests silent?"

Duterte and the hypocritical Church
Jayeel Cornelio, sociologist of religion at the Ateneo de Manila University
December 08, 2018

Every time he attacks priests for their hypocrisy, President Duterte echoes the sentiments of many

Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH
Paterno Esmaquel II July 21, 2018 - with Video

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

Pained by the Philippines' bad reputation abroad, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded ordinary Filipinos that they, not the Philippines' "official representatives," serve as the "real representatives" of our country.

Bishop slams 'death squads' in 2 overnight Caloocan murders
Paterno Esmaquel II July 19, 2018 - with Video

'We used to call them bonnet gangs. Now we just call them what they really are – death squads,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

Priests, nuns donate P300,000 to kids of murdered mom
Paterno Esmaquel II July 19, 2018
Hospicio de San Jose offers to accept the orphans of slain 27-year-old Jennifer Taburada, who was killed by masked gunmen in Caloocan City.

Duterte agrees to stop talking about the Church for now
Pia Ranada July 09, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to a 'moratorium on statements about the Church' after meeting with CBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles, says Malacañang.
When it comes to controversial remarks about the Catholic Church, President Rodrigo Duterte will hold his tongue.

Duterte: 'Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass'
Paterno Esmaquel II August 14, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte hits the Catholic Church and the European Union again in a speech at Malacañang

Duterte says 'sorry God'
Pia Ranada July 11, 2018
But the apology is qualified with the President saying he is sorry if the God he wronged is 'the same God' as his. Look the Video in HD

In 24 hours, Duterte breaks vow to stop hitting the Church
Paterno Esmaquel II July 10, 2018
Referring to millions of Filipinos who voted for him, President Rodrigo Duterte claims, 'Sila ang Diyos ko'

Duterte wants priests to stop criticizing him from pulpit – Roque
Pia Ranada July 10, 2018 - with Video
The President doesn't want criticism of his administration to come from priests, citing the separation of Church and state. He has previously used the presidential podium to comment on religious belief.

In 24 hours, Duterte breaks vow to stop hitting the Church
Paterno Esmaquel II July 10, 2018
Referring to millions of Filipinos who voted for him, President Rodrigo Duterte claims, 'Sila ang Diyos ko'

Incoming CBCP head views self as Duterte's 'friend-sinner'
Paterno Esmaquel II November 30, 2017 - with video

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says there was 'no conflict' between the local church and Rodrigo Duterte when he was Davao City mayor.

Becoming Catholic in the age of Duterte
Jovito V. Cariño July 08, 2018

The only way God can seem stupid is when lives are wasted, rights violated, rule of law undermined and justice compromised, and believers, Catholics or non-Catholics alike, remain quiet on the sidelines

Huge Christian church hits Duterte, says PH 'in sickbed'
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 23, 2018 - with Video

'The nation is now in sickbed and our people are in distress,' says the Council of Bishops of the UCCP - United Church of Christ in the Philippines

Religious leaders urge gov't, NDF: Seek peace and pursue it
June 30, 2018

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform encourages both government and the National Democratic Front to 'open the doors to dialogue'

Duterte invited to Pope's Day
by Pia Ranada June 27, 2018

Pope Francis' envoy to the Philippines invites President Rodrigo Duterte to the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, but Malacañang is not certain if the Chief Executive will attend.

Duterte a no show at Papal Nuncio's Pope's Day event
by Pia Ranada June 29, 2018
Members of his committee for talks with religious groups will attend in the President's stead, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Catholic bishops slam abuses under Duterte, call for 3 days of fasting
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 09, 2018

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines issues one of its most stinging critiques of the Duterte regime, covering the 'tambay' crackdown, drug war killings, and the sin of calling God stupid.

3-day Catholic fasting vs blasphemy can include Facebook
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 17, 2018
The Catholic Church is holding days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving from July 17 to 19 to atone for the sins of blasphemers, liars, and murderers in the Philippines.

FULL TEXT: CBCP statement on blasphemy, killings, social ills
July 09, 2018 - with Video
Read the full text of the statement 'Rejoice and Be Glad!' issued by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines at the end of its 117th plenary assembly.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday, July 9, issued one of its strongest statements against abuses under the Duterte administration.

Bishops hit Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 24, 2018 - with Video
'Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings are not human lives!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after SONA 2018

Bishop David on drug users: They're drug victims, too
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 25, 2018
'Isn't it obvious that they are also victims, and that they also need to be saved, not killed?' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, reacting to SONA 2018

After rants vs Catholic Church, Duterte to meet CBCP president
June 30, 2018

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Pope Francis' envoy to the Philippines, 'also welcomes further meetings' with the President, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Bishop warns vs propaganda in Duterte admin's talks with churches
July 08, 2018
The proposed dialogue will only be fruitful if it convinces President Rodrigo Duterte to stop killings and respect human rights, says Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon

Stay faithful, Davao archbishop tells flock after Duterte rant
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 30, 2018
Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'a peaceful and charitable spirit' after their long-time mayor, President Rodrigo Duterte, called God stupid

HOAX: Pope Francis 'defends’ Duterte’s 'God is stupid' remark
June 30, 2018

No documents in the Vatican’s website nor news reports support the claim

HOAX: ‘Pope Francis called Duterte a blessing, a good leader’
June 27, 2018

The video in the blog post is an April 2 CNN Philippines newscast that reported on Duterte and Pope Francis’ separate Easter Sunday messages. The Pope does not mention Duterte at all in this message.

HOAX: Tagle's 'verbal exchange' with Duterte, 'replace the State' quote
June 30, 2018

The office of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle confirms the two 'memes' are fake

Duterte forms committee to dialogue with Catholic Church
by Pia Ranada June 26, 2018 - with Video

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, and Pastor "Boy" Saycon are tasked to hold talks with religious groups to 'lessen the rift between the government and Church'

Roque claims Church leaders working with Left to oust Duterte
by Pia Ranada July 02, 2018
Malacañang also claims that Church leaders are only criticizing the President because 'their candidate' lost in the 2016 elections. But criticism from Church leaders began when Duterte cursed Pope Francis, months before he topped presidential surveys.

Malacañang disputes Church 'destabilization plot' floated by Boy Saycon
by Pia Ranada June 28, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls Boy Saycon a 'bagito' in government who should be given a 'thorough briefing on how we go about releasing information to the public'

God is love
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas June 26, 2018

We are in a spiritual warfare against error and sin. Shield yourselves from error and guide your fellow youth in godliness. Read more about the faith.

Cardinal Tagle on Duterte's rant vs God: Don't be distracted
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 27, 2018
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminds priests of 'other pressing concerns,' such as violence in communities, as he tells them to 'be calm' in the face of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against God.

Duterte violated Constitution by calling God stupid
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 27, 2018
'When you are a leader, especially the highest leader of the nation, and you mock, wittingly or unwittingly, the God being acknowledged by your Constitution, you are actually violating the soul of the nation,' says Brother Eddie Villanueva.

Why did God give us Duterte?
by Bishop Broderick Pabillo July 01, 2018

God did not give us Duterte to be our President. The 16 million voters chose him to be President and he is now President. But God can write straight with crooked lines. Even from something bad, good can come out.

God gave us Duterte
by Jayeel Cornelio July 03, 2018
The unfortunate reality is that the biblical injunctions are blind to the social conditions that lead to the proliferation of drug use and criminality in our society

Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 02, 2018

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.

‘CBCP-owned’ stocks
July 06, 2018

Stocks owned by two bishops in the 'list' are not necessarily owned by CBCP. The remaining 13 are not bishops but priests and nuns.

Activists slam arrest of 13 church, dev't workers in GenSan
by Bobby Lagsa July 06, 2018

'These individuals were arrested with no weapon on them but their laptops, pens, and papers,' says Deacon Allan Khen Apus of Iglesia Filipina Independiente and convenor of Movement Against Tyranny-Northern Mindanao.

Duterte and the defensive Catholic Church
by Jayeel Cornelio June 19, 2018

The bigger issue for the Church hierarchy is that for many of its faithful, its institutional credibility is in doubt. This situation Duterte clearly exploits.

The Video: Duterte and his God

and the articles:

How a Duterte supporter fell out of love with the President
by Pia Ranada June 30, 2018
'The hardest part is admitting that the man you thought he was is different from the man he is,' says a Duterte supporter who has decided to become a critic.
The sari-sari store Joseph* was buying from happened to have a small television flashing a clip of President Rodrigo Duterte calling God stupid. Something about the presidential outburst gnawed at Joseph’s brain until he got home.

Robredo reminds Duterte: ‘We are obligated not to offend religious beliefs’
by Mara Cepeda June 28, 2018
Vice President Leni Robredo says President Rodrigo Duterte, who had called God 'stupid,' should be more sensitive to Filipinos' beliefs.

Sara Duterte defends President over 'stupid God' rant
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 27, 2018
'He is the President, listen only when he speaks about his work,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio after her father drew flak for calling God 'stupid' in a work-related speech.

Will excommunication and exorcism help?
By FRANCISCO TATAD June 27, 2018
JUDGING by President Rodrigo Duterte’s insane and unprovoked attack on God, the Catholic Church and biblical teaching, and the faithful’s aggrieved reactions to it, it is not unreasonable to suspect that we may soon be reaching a “tipping point.”

Duterte 'committed sin that only Satan can do' – Christian group
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 26, 2018
'President Duterte has crossed the line!' says Bishop Daniel Balais, national chairman of the Christian group Intercessors for the Philippines.

Evangelical churches slam Duterte barbs vs 'stupid God'
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 26, 2018
The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches says it is 'immensely offended' after President Rodrigo Duterte blasted as stupid 'the God of the Christian faith'

Duterte tirade vs stupid God and vagrants
By YEN MAKABENTA June 26, 2018

Bishops hit Duterte for calling God stupid
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 25, 2018
'Paano siya magiging Pangulo para sa lahat ng Pilipino kung wala siyang paggalang sa mga mananampalatayang Katoliko?' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. Look the Video in HD

Duterte: 'Your God is stupid, mine has common sense'
by Pia Ranada 2018 July 01, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte, in an attempt to explain his controversial remarks, says he was deriding only the God of his critics

'One evil man': Senators hit Duterte over 'stupid God' remark
by Camille Elemia June 25, 2018
Several senators expressed outrage after President Rodrigo Duterte took his tirades against the Catholic Church further and called God "stupid."
This remark did not sit well with some senators from both sides of the political fence.
'May God bless his heart,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

'Stupid' God? Panelo says Duterte has shown highest levels of 'spirituality'
by Pia Ranada June 25, 2018
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo likens President Rodrigo Duterte to an 'academician' weighing in on the 'logic' behind the Bible's creation story.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo took a shot at defending President Rodrigo Duterte for his calling God "stupid" in a recent speech.

Roque on Duterte's 'stupid God' remark: It's his personal belief
by Pia Ranada June 25, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte has a right to express his thoughts on religion, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Lacson: May God forgive Duterte, 'make him atone for all his sins'
June 24, 2018
'Between him and my God to Whom I pray every single day... I don't even have to think of my choice,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, in reaction to President Rodrigo Duterte calling God 'stupid'

Duterte blasts Bible creation story: 'Who is this stupid God?'
Pia Ranada June 23, 2018
After recent tirades against priests and the Church's "hypocrisy," President Rodrigo Duterte cursed God and called God "stupid" for the concept of "original sin" in the Bible's creation story. Look the Video in HD

Duterte hits Church’s ‘stupid’ teachings

FACT-CHECK: Fake details on priest's wallet with '2 condoms'
June 24, 2018

Police confirm that no snatching incident was recorded on June 17, when the wallet of Father Raul Cabonce was allegedly snatched.
Be wary of fake news related to timely topics. The post may have been written in connection to President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church, while 3 priests have been killed since December 2017.


Catholic Faith Responses to Political Crisis
Jun 22, 2018

The Catholic Church has always played a key role in historic junctures in our national life – like the bloodless 1986 People Power revolution.
How should the Church respond to the unique challenges it is now confronting in the time of Duterte and Social Media?
How does the clergy deal with being a Christian and Filipino? How do they respond in a relevant way to the needs of their flock who are victims of extra-judicial killings? How does the President Duterte's unrelenting attacks against priests affect their work? How do they continue to nurture the moral fiber of their flock in the face of a foul-mouthed and mysoginist leader?

Cardinal Tagle hits 'fake freedom' on Independence Day 2018
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 12, 2018

'Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the 120th Independence Day.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle criticized "fake freedom" brought about by killings and other injustices, as the Philippines marked its 120th Independence Day on Tuesday, June 12.

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever
by Rambo Talabong April 01, 2018

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018
Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte called for an end to the "present darkness" in the Philippines, as Filipinos on Easter Sunday, April 1, celebrated the feast of Jesus' triumph over death.

Tagle hits violent, arrogant 'kings' on Palm Sunday

Rambo Talabong March 25, 2018 - with the Video: Cardinal Tagle’s homily, Palm Sunday 2018
'Tinatanong tayo ni Pilato: Sino ang pipiliin ninyo – ang mga Barabas ng panahon ngayon, o si Hesus, ang Hari?' says Cardinal Tagle as Holy Week 2018 begins

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle's homily on Palm Sunday 2018
March 25, 2018 - with the Video: Cardinal Tagle hits violent, arrogant ‘kings’ on Palm Sunday 2018
'Sa panahon natin ngayon, kay dami-raming sumusunod sa mga hari na ang ginagamit ay dahas, armas, pananakot – kapos na kapos sa pag-unawa at pakikiisa sa mga mahihina'

Bishops call for vigilance amid 'creeping dictatorship'
Paterno Esmaquel II February 25, 2018 - with Videos

'We must guard our democracy,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, as the Philippines marks the 32nd anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

He is insane. He is possessed.
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas June 10, 2018

Dear children, as for those who dare to teach you error, pray for them and forgive them. They might be insane or possessed. They need God.

Priests, pastors oppose Martires’ Ombudsman application
Lian Buan June 18, 2018

Martires’ quo warranto vote and a past disciplinary action show lack of probity, according to Catholic priests, Evangelical pastors and theological teachers

NCCP opposes National ID system: No More IDs, please
Samantha Bagayas June 08, 2018

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines urges lawmakers to ‘be more attuned to responding to the people’s needs'

Philippines orders 3 Methodist missionaries to leave
Paterno Esmaquel II July 03, 2018

The Bureau of Immigration says Methodist missionaries Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Thomas Shaw, and Miracle Osman engaged in 'political activities,' like Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

Bishop fears crackdown amid Australian nun's detention
Paterno Esmaquel II April 16, 2018

'Ibig sabihin wala pang martial law ngayon, iniisa-isa na nila ang mga taong kumokontra sa kanila,' says Bishop Pabillo as he visits detained Sister Patricia Fox.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said he fears a crackdown on government critics after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday, April 16, detained an Australian nun known for promoting farmers' rights and opposing extrajudicial killings (EJKs).

The Video: CHR: Foreigners visiting PH shouldn't lose rights to free speech, assembly
Apr 25, 2018
Entry to the Philippines should not equate to the surrender of rights to free speech and assembly for foreign nationals, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Thursday, amid an alleged crackdown of visitors critical of the government

and the articles:

Sister Patricia Fox to Duterte: Listen to the oppressed
'Sana makinig siya sa mga daing ng maliliit na tao. 'Di lang ang military, 'di lang mga business people, pero mga urban poor, mga manggagawa, mga katutubo,' the Australian missionary says before leaving the Philippines

Sister Patricia Fox: I will return
'May panahon, babalik talaga ako,' says Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox after a farewell mass hours before her flight out of Manila

Both above by Rambo Talabong November 03, 2018


It’s final: Sister Fox can’t renew missionary visa
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 08, 2018
The Bureau of Immigration now requires Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox to apply for a 59-day tourist visa, or else she faces a second deportation case

Philippines denies extension of Sister Fox's missionary visa
September 16, 2018
Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now required to apply for a 59-day temporary visitor's visa, says the Bureau of Immigration

Philippines affirms deportation of Australian nun Patricia Fox
August 29, 2018
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Fox can take it all the way up to the courts

Fox questions BI for citing Duterte in deportation order
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 25, 2018
Saying the Bureau of Immigration 'prejudged' her case, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appeals the deportation order issued against her.

Sister Patricia Fox to challenge BI deportation order
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 20, 2018
Sister Patricia Fox's lawyer says the deportation order 'will set a very bad precedent for other missionaries who also want to stand in solidarity with Filipinos'

Philippines orders deportation of Sister Patricia Fox
Paterno Esmaquel II July 19, 2018
The Bureau of Immigration blacklists Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox because she allegedly joined political activities in the Philippines

Sister Patricia Fox 'not yet off the hook,' says Malacañang
Pia Ranada June 19, 2018
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says there are still ongoing deportation proceedings against the Australian nun

DOJ: Australian nun Patricia Fox can stay in PH for now
Lian Buan June 18, 2018
But the Department of Justice leaves open the possibility of visa cancellation

EXPLAINER: Patricia Fox case puts spotlight on PH immigration laws
Lian Buan June 05, 2018
The forfeiture of the Australian nun’s missionary visa calls into play guarantees such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. But do they apply to a foreigner?

Sister Patricia Fox hits BI's definition of 'missionary work'
Paterno Esmaquel II May 05, 2018
While she has joined rallies for social justice, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox calls these activities 'part and parcel of my apostolate and missionary work'

Malacañang backs BI order for Australian nun to leave
Paterno Esmaquel II April 25, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stresses that Sister Patricia Fox 'violated the terms and conditions' of her missionary visa in the Philippines

Sister Patricia Fox: 'Whatever happens, I will be forever grateful'
Paterno Esmaquel II April 25, 2018
'I may lose my right to be in the Philippines, but I can never lose the learnings and beautiful memories,' says Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, whom the Bureau of Immigration ordered to leave the Philippines

Philippines orders Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave
Paterno Esmaquel II April 25, 2018 - with Video
The Bureau of Immigration forfeits the missionary visa of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox 'due to her involvement in partisan political activities'

FACT CHECK: CBCP never claimed Sister Patricia Fox didn't speak at rallies
April 20, 2018
Malacañang falsely claims the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines issued such a statement. The statement came from Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao.

CHR: Arrest of Australian nun a 'dangerous' precedent for human rights workers
Jodesz Gavilan April 19, 2018
'Framing their work as interference without concrete basis may discourage foreign nationals from doing important missionary and humanitarian work in our country,” the Commission on Human Rights says

Duterte admits ordering probe vs Australian nun
Pia Ranada April 18, 2018
'Huwag mo papasukin kasi walang hiya ang bunganga ng madre na 'yan,' says a fuming President Rodrigo Duterte about Sister Patricia Fox

Duterte critics slam detention of 71-year-old Australian nun
Lawmaker Carlos Zarate refutes claims that Sister Patricia Fox is engaging in partisan activities, as upholding human rights is not a form of meddling

Bureau of Immigration releases Australian nun Patricia Fox with Video
The Bureau of Immigration says Sister Patricia Fox is released after it was established that 'she is a properly documented alien'

Both by Paterno Esmaquel II April 17, 2018

Archbishop Villegas: Stand up vs 'reign of murder, vulgarity'
Paterno Esmaquel II May 22, 2018

"Hindi ba sobra na? Hindi pa ba tayo maninindigan? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?" Villegas said. (Isn't it too much? Will we not stand up yet? If not now, when?) says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

Church sets February 24 walk vs killings, dictatorship
Paterno Esmaquel II February 17, 2018

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is expected to say Mass at the Walk for Life to be held at the Quirino Grandstand
The Catholic Church is set to hold a Walk for Life next Saturday, February 24, to oppose drug war killings, the death penalty, and the looming resurgence of dictatorship in the Philippines.

The Videos (one album): Cardinal Tagle delivers homily at Walk for Life 2018
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily at Walk for Life 2018 held in Quirino Grandstand, Manila
Cardinal Tagle and the barquillos vendor
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle shares an anecdote about him and a barquillos vendor, to drive home the point that every life is a gift, in his homily on the Feast of Our Lady of EDSA (Mary, Queen of Peace) on February 24, 2018

Cardinal Tagle backs February 24 walk vs killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 23, 2018
'Maglakad para sa buhay,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ahead of the Walk for Life on Saturday, February 24, 2018

CBCP hits use of rosaries as politicians' freebies
by/Paterno Esmaquel II July 13, 2015

The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday, July 13, criticized the use of sacred objects such as rosaries for "secular motives," as when politicians distribute these as freebies.

Religion and our state
by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino August 04, 2017

When 'secular state' becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself, that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 22, 2017 - with the 3 Videos:
What is Red Wednesday?
Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'
Marawi bishop delivers homily on 'Red Wednesday'

'We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East... would come to the Philippines,' Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says

Christian persecution to be brought to light on ‘Red Wednesday’
November 18, 2017 - with the Video #RedWednesdayPH
The campaign aims to inform Christian communities and the general public that Christians were the "most persecuted faith group in the world."
Over 90,000 Christians were murdered in 2016, according to a study from the Center for New Religions.

Look all 4 Videos in HD HERE

The Church & religious leaders about: Drug killings, Extrajudicial killings - EJK, Death penalty - Press Freedom - Etc.

got to overview

LOOK: Caritas PH director wears shirt to defend press freedom
January 19, 2018

Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD wears the statement shirt at the plenary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

Caritas Philippines: ‘A government that curtails press freedom is insecure'
January 24, 2018
Archbishop Tirona says, 'the (SEC) action smacks of a reign of terror, an arrogant and high-handed warning to the media practitioners that do not kowtow to the administration'

Tagle: Freedom of the press is Church's 'conviction'
by Bea Cupin January 19, 2018 - with Video
'It's our conviction that there should be freedom of the people to share information and the right of people to receive information,' says Cardinal Tagle.

Church leaders tell PNP: Stop theatrics, just follow the law
by Roy Lagarde Feb 2, 2018

Catholic officials made a clarion call to the police to do away with and “theatrics” and “exaggeration” and rather focus on addressing alleged abuses in its anti-drug campaign.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan said the Philippine National Police needs to do more to resolve cases of extrajudicial killings.

CBCP hits move to let Congress change Constitution
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 29, 2018 - with Video

The CBCP voices its fears of a 'creeping dictatorship' in the face of 'self-serving' motives for Charter Change
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) criticized the move to allow Congress, sitting as a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass), to revise the 1987 Constitution.

Diocese of Legazpi forms coalition to stop killings, promote human rights
by Rhaydz B. Barcia December 09, 2017

The 'Andurog sa Derechos' is a multisectoral coalition of government agencies, civil society groups, and faith-based organizations in the Bicol region


Archbishop Socrates Villegas on his 4 years as CBCP head
Dec 3, 2017

Archbishop Socrates Villegas about his experience as CBCP president, and his views on issues such as the proposed revolutionary government

Villegas also addresses current issues, such as the proposed revolutionary government under President Rodrigo Duterte, as well as updates on policemen willing to testify about extrajudicial killings.

Cebu Bishop Palma urges PNP to follow law in anti-drug war
by Mars W. Mosqueda Jr. November 23, 2017

‘We might have erred at one point in time, but we are still capable of changing for the better, and that is also our hope even for those who are involved in illegal drugs’

Villegas hits 'huling baraha' mentality amid PH killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 03, 2017

'Ang kakapitan natin ay ang Diyos, hindi ideolohiya, hindi partido,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says ahead of an anti-EJK event along EDSA on November 5

Church to hold EDSA march vs killings on November 5
Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls on Catholics to join a huge procession along EDSA against the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Cebu archbishop hits EJKs ahead of EDSA procession
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 04, 2017
'Lord, heal our wounded land!' says Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as Catholics in Cebu also prepare for a major procession against extrajudicial killings

Villegas hits priests, cops, politicians in EDSA Mass
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 05, 2017

'Magbagong buhay na tayo, kasama ako,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas said at EDSA Shrine on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday

FULL TEXT: Villegas homily on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas November 05, 2017

Start the healing by repenting now,' says outgoing CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday in EDSA Shrine

Both with Videos

CBCP sets 40 days of prayer for drug war, Marawi victims
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 12, 2017

'Let the healing begin,' the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says as thousands are killed in the drug war and hundreds die in the Marawi clashes.

Cardinal Tagle: 'We cannot govern the nation by killing'

'We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal,' Cardinal Tagle says in his strongest written statement against drug war killings .

Toll our bells, Cardinal Tagle says amid drug war killings
Cardinal Tagle calls for the 5-minute tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila at 8 pm starting September 14
Read the briefer and prayer

Both articles by Paterno Esmaquel II September 08, 2017

Negros Catholic leaders hit double standard in drug war
Marchel P. Espina September 09, 2017 - with Video

The 4 dioceses in Negros Island say the Duterte administration's war on drugs 'is based on a shortsighted and superficial understanding of the problem'
"Due process is strongly demanded in cases where rich and influential people are involved like children of top government officials, while the poor who are merely suspected of the crime are summarily executed. We believe that this drug war as presently waged is based on a shortsighted and superficial understanding of the problem which needs a more comprehensive and integrated approach," they said.

CBCP: 'In the name of God, stop the killings!'
Paterno Esmaquel II September 12, 2017

In its strongest statement against drug-related killings, the CBCP calls for a stop to the 'reign of terror' and the 'systemic murders' of children and the poor.

Family of witnesses in Kian slay seeks Church protection
September 10, 2017

After a standoff, the family of witnesses in the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos chooses to run to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

The Video

'Can gov't blame witnesses if they feel safer with the Church?'
Paterno Esmaquel II September 12, 2017

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the Catholic Church is not 'obstructing justice' by protecting witnesses to the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos.

FULL TEXT: Caloocan Bishop David addresses PNP on drug war
September 11, 2017

'I am not a simplistic person. I will never blame the mistake of a few police officers on the whole institution,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.


Caloocan bishop's models: Oscar Romero, Maximilian Kolbe
Sep 16, 2017

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David says he looks up to Catholic martyrs Blessed Oscar Romero and Saint Maximilian Kolbe, as well as Pope Francis, as fights drug war killings in the Philippines.


Caloocan bishop 'shaken' by P1,000 budget for CHR
Sep 14, 2017
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says he was 'shaken' by the P1,000 budget that the House of Representatives voted to give the Commission on Human Rights - CHR

Remark this is an album CHR, Commission on Human Rights" in the album "Authorities, Commissions, Committees - Etc.


Caloocan bishop hits Catholics who support drug war killings
Sep 15, 2017
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes Catholics who support drug war killings. David makes these remarks at the Family Rosary Crusade Marian Conference on September 13, 2017.
Video courtesy of the Diocese of Cubao Media and Communications Ministry.
Duterte's 1st year an 'eye opener' for Catholic Church
Paterno Esmaquel II July 02, 2017

'It appears that our pastoral education for people has not been enough. That's why, for them, it seems okay to kill to eliminate the problem of illegal drugs'


Tagle SOT - paterno
Jun 4, 2017

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle cites the Marawi clashes and the Resorts World Manila attack as examples of the deteriorating human condition

Cardinal Tagle: 'What has happened to humanity?'
Paterno Esmaquel II June 04, 2017 - with videos
Cardinal Tagle cites the Marawi clashes and the Resorts World Manila attack as examples of a 'modern' world that 'throws away' its values

Cabanatuan bishop: Indifference to killings means consent
Paterno Esmaquel II September 09, 2017

Stand firm against killings, says the bishop of the city where 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman, also known as 'Kulot,' was found dead in a creek

Religious superiors on killings: 'What have we done to deserve this?'
Paterno Esmaquel II August 30, 2017 - with Video

President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war 'is no other than an extermination program of a section of our society,' says the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP)


Cardinal Quevedo slams terrorism as 'demonic ideology

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo slams terrorism as a 'demonic ideology' that is destroying friendships between Christians and Muslims, as clashes continue in Marawi City
Cardinal Quevedo seeks help for Marawi evacuees

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo seeks help for evacuees from Marawi City, as well as those from broken families, victims of drug abuse, and other poor and neglected people

Both May 31, 2017

Cardinal Quevedo urges interreligious dialogue amid terror
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 17, 2017
The first cardinal from Mindanao also says Muslim leaders can correct terrorists on their wrong interpretation of Islamic teachings.

Christian churches: 'Stop the killings, Mr President!'
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 13, 2016
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines asks why 'he who expressed disdain over Filipinos killing fellow Filipinos would now tolerate impunity'
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) joined the call for President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the killings under his watch, as more than 5,900 people have died in Duterte's war on drugs.
The NCCP also denounced the death penalty, which Duterte has vowed to restore through his allies in Congress.
Propaganda shows Marawi priest echoing kidnappers' demand
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 30, 2017

'Do not be happy, Mr President, that we are the collateral damage of war,' Father Teresito Soganub says in a propaganda video after he was kidnapped in Marawi City.

Hostaged Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued
September 17, 2017

4 hostages flee as Maute captors sleep – report
August 12, 2017
The escaped hostages say Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, who was taken on May 23 from Marawi City, is still alive.

Abducted priest seen alive as Mautes hold out in Marawi
by Agence France-Presse June 26, 2017
Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, a Catholic priest assigned to Marawi, was seen alive in a part of the city still in the hands of the Maute Group, the military says.

Terrorists in Marawi holding 'more or less 100' hostages
by Carmela Fonbuena June 08, 2017 - with video
Marawi priest Father Teresito Soganub is still alive, according to ground commander Major General Rolando Bautista.

Kidnapped priest made video message 'under duress,' says bishop
by Carmela Fonbuena May 31, 2017
'When you are a captive, you are not free to speak your mind. I hope the netizens would consider that,' says Bishop Edwin dela Peña.
Look the Video in HD


Why the needless and remorseless violence?
by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino June 09, 2017
The video clip of alleged Maute gang members smashing statues, tearing pictures of the saints and of the Pope and finally setting a Catholic Church ablaze have gone viral. And many are outraged. Many are incensed.


Caritas Philippines appeals for donations for Marawi
May 29, 2017

Caritas Philippines, the social action arm of the Catholic Church, initially releases P300,000 to support the relief operations of the Diocese of Iligan social action center.


Christian churches slam martial law in Mindanao
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 25, 2017 - with video

'We urge our President to lift martial law at the soonest possible time,' says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.
Christian churches slammed President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the whole of Mindanao, and urged Duterte to lift military rule in the island group.


Bishop slams killing of 17-year-old boy in drug war
by Paterno Esmaquel II August 18, 2017 - with Video

Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David slammed the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old student shot by the police after he allegedly fought back during anti-drug operations in Caloocan City.
‘Who needs martial law if our police would behave this way?’ says Kalookan Bishop Pablo David, citing other alleged abuses by the police.

More bishops call for tolling of bells vs drug war killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II August 29, 2017
The bishops of Cagayan de Oro, Cubao, Bacolod, and San Jose in Nueva Ecija ask churches to toll their bells against drug-related killings in the Philippines

Caloocan bishop: 'Stop the killings, for heaven's sake!'
by Roy Lagarde August 26, 2017
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the death of teenager Kian delos Santos 'served as a thorn that has pricked the conscience of our people and has awakened them from moral slumber'

Tagle, Villegas speak out vs new drug war killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II August 20, 2017
This comes after a series of drug raids killed at least 81 people – including 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos – in only 4 days.


Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers hit drug war killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II August 26, 2017

'We cannot build the Philippine nation on the cadavers of the Filipino people,' says Jesuit provincial superior Father Antonio Moreno.


Stop EJKs to stage Day of Prayer and Action on Independence Day
May 18, 2017

Former Rep. Teddy Casiño is urging concerned Filipinos to show their rejection of extrajudicial killings by joining the Day of Prayer and Action on June 12, 2017, in Malate, Manila. (Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO)

Catholic Church and capital punishment

After the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church has been staunchly opposed to the death penalty.
More recently, Pope John Paul II appealed for a consensus to end the death penalty on the ground that it was "both cruel and unnecessary."

Catholic Church and capital punishment

Bishop vs death penalty: 'God did not cast the first stone!'
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 21, 2017
'Even if anyone has a sinful or scandalous past, remember, that person can still be redeemed and renew his life,' Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos says

Jesus didn't advocate legal killing, CBCP reminds faithful
March 19, 2017

'To the people who use the Bible to defend death penalty, need we point out how many other crimes against humanity have been justified, using the same Bible?' the CBCP says.

CBCP on House death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced
Paterno Esmaquel II March 07, 2017

'They may have won, but it does not mean that they are right,' CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill.

Cardinal Tagle to parishes: Hold People Power activities
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 24, 2017

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle makes this unprecedented move as the Duterte administration chooses to hold a low-key celebration of People Power this year.

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Villegas' open letter to Cardinal Sin on EDSA
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas February 24, 2017
'4 days of bloodless revolution! Wow! Now 8 months of relentless killings of the poor in the name of 'change'! It is a nightmare, Your Eminence! It is a shame.'

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Choosing between Hell with Duterte and Heaven with the CBCP
Fr Joel Tabora, SJ February 12, 2017

Unless we discern the straight and narrow path enlightened by God, we are doomed to bring the death penalty onto ourselves

CBCP taps bishops to speak with Duterte admin
Paterno Esmaquel II February 14, 2017

'It is still critical collaboration,' CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says, referring to the Catholic Church's similar stance during the Marcos dictatorship.

CBCP denounces 'reign of terror' in Duterte drug war
February 05, 2017
'Let us not allow fear to reign and keep us silent,' Filipino Catholic bishops say in their strongest statement yet against drug-related killings in the Philippines.
"We, your bishops, are deeply concerned due to many deaths and killings in the campaign against prohibited drugs," CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in their strongest statement yet against the drug-related killings in the Philippines.
"An additional cause of concern is the reign of terror in many places of the poor. Many are killed not because of drugs. Those who kill them are not brought to account," Villegas added on behalf of the CBCP.

Look the FULL TEXT: CBCP pastoral letter on drug-related deaths

Robredo: Church can empower Filipinos to speak out vs killings
by Patty Pasion February 07, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo also says there are families of fatalities in the drug war who want to file charges but are just too afraid.
Vice President Leni Robredo lauded the pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released over the weekend that denounced the extrajudicial killings in the country linked to the war on drugs.

The Video

Dela Rosa to CBCP: Would you rather we let drug problem continue?
by Bea Cupin February 06, 2017 - with video
'I go to church because I respect the Church. Hindi lahat ng pari, masama. So dapat gano'n rin ang tingin nila sa amin,' says the PNP chief.

Palace to CBCP: There's a reign of peace, not terror
February 05, 2017
'The officials of the CBCP are apparently out of touch with the sentiments of the faithful who overwhelmingly support the changes in the Philippines,' says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.


Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas Meets Inquirer Multimedia
Feb 13, 2017

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Full text of pastoral letter for Christmas Day

Archbishop Villegas on killings and Christmas
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas December 24, 2016

'Christmas comes to us as a feast of beauty, but we are not blind and numb to the ugliness that has come upon us,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas.
Here is the full text of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas' pastoral letter for Christmas Day. Villegas, also president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, denounces the killings of thousands as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a war on drugs.

Cardinal Tagle on Christmas: Why no hope for those astray?
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 23, 2016
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asks, 'Why is there room for destroying lives but minute space for saving them?'

The silent Church
Walden Bello October 17, 2016

The Catholic Church is undergoing a very deep crisis of credibility, if not legitimacy – one that its leaders feel could worsen should it challenge President Rodrigo Duterte on the killings

Church silence on killings 'media-perceived,' cardinal says
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo adds that 'we should think of the Church as not the bishops only'

Cardinal Quevedo on killings: 'We do not practice our faith'
'We are a country where our faith has a dichotomy… We believe but we do not practice it,' says Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo

Both above by Paterno Esmaquel II January 17, 2017

Both above with video

Default by timidity
Vergel O. Santos October 19, 2016
Circumstances seem to be now conspiring to force the hand of the Church

CBCP head: 'A defensive church will not inspire souls'
January 29, 2017

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas tells his fellow bishops, 'We can victims of change, but we can be its authors as well as its guardians'.


Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings
Jan 18, 2017

The Catholic church, one of the Philippines' oldest and most powerful institutions, speaks out against the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's war against drugs, which has claimed about 6,000 thousand lives.

Archbishop Villegas: Amid terror, dare to be merciful
Paterno Esmaquel II January 17, 2017 - with Video

'Do not be afraid to wait because love is patient, and love always waits. Do not be afraid to wait even if it takes forever,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

Bishop hits PNP, says Oplan TokHang 'a bringer of death'

'What kind of police force do we have that cannot catch the killers of 4,000 people?' asks Bishop Teodoro Bacani at the Congress on Mercy.

Bishop on killings: Filipinos 'quiet like in time of Hitler'

'Let us boldly reject merciless ways of dealing with the most miserable, including our drug addicts,' Bishop Teodoro Bacani says at the Mercy Congress.

Lipa archbishop: 'Christ embraces the miserable'

'Imagine Christ who embraces…the addict fearful for his life,' Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles says at the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy

All by Paterno Esmaquel II January 18, 2017

Legazpi bishop, flock on killings: Have we become heartless?
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 03, 2016
'We are sadly witnessing a growing callousness among our people,' Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon and his flock say in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Baylon and the priests, nuns and brothers, and lay leaders of the Diocese of Legazpi also called on Duterte to stop and investigate these killings.
FAST FACTS: What is active non-violence?
by Michael Bueza February 18, 2017

This form of peaceful protest has been employed in many countries, including the Philippines, in response to issues ranging from racism to oppression

Wake up, my people! Wake up!
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas September 03, 2016
'There is no peace for cowards. The next life to be snuffed could be yours.'

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued a pastoral message on the recent killings in the Philippines. Villegas ordered all priests in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan to read this message in full on Sunday, September 4, in place of their regular homilies.
Here is the full text of Villegas' pastoral message.

Look - download the full text as pdf HERE

The Video:

Church leaders express concerns over killings
Oct 10, 2016
Some leaders of the Catholic Church have expressed their concerns over the rising death toll in the government's war on drugs

and the articles:

Confused and sad yet hopeful
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas October 02, 2016
'What can I do to change the downward course of my beloved Philippines?
This is the full text, both in English and Filipino, of the message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7, 2016 and First Friday of the Rosary Month

Look - download the full text as pdf HERE

4 dioceses in Negros condemn extrajudicial killings
by Marchel P. Espina October 06, 2016
'As pastors of our flock, we commit ourselves and our dioceses to pray constantly that our country may be effectively rid of drugs, but in the manner that is just and lawful,' several dioceses of Negros Island Region say in a joint statement

CBCP President Soc Villegas grieved over Duterte’s cursing

Church launches prayer campaign amid killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 20, 2016 - with Video
'You cannot imagine what prayer can do,' CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

Austrian bishops slam human rights abuses in PH
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 18, 2017

This is the first non-Filipino Catholic bishops' conference to speak out against human rights abuses in Duterte-led Philippines

Duterte curses bishops, priests who criticize drug war
by Pia Ranada October 10, 2016

'Mga pare, putangina, bwisit. Mga pa-moral, moral,' says President Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte resumed his word war with the Catholic Church and its leaders, calling some of them "sons of bitches" for criticizing his drug war

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Catholic leaders hit 'silence' vs PH killings
'We are alarmed at the silence of majority of the people in the face of these killings,' the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines says

Jesuit head in Philippines: Killings 'deplorable'
Father Antonio Moreno, provincial superior of the Philippine Jesuits, hits 'a dangerous culture of impunity' that 'is seeping into our social fabric'

Cardinal Tagle breaks silence: Condemn murder
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle denounces not only extrajudicial killings but also other forms of murder, such as abortion

All by Paterno Esmaquel II August 27-28, 2016

CBCP speaks up on killings: Respect human rights
by Jee Y. Geronimo September 15, 2016
'Our fear of reprisal and our timidity born from misplaced prudence have brought about these upheavals,' says the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

FULL TEXT: CBCP statement on human rights
September 15, 2016
'May our cold indifference be cured by a new fire of Pentecost,' says the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Read the full text, in English and Filipino, here.

Look - download the full text, in English and Filipino as pdf HERE

December 25, 2016
At the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the brutality of extrajudicial killings becomes the image of Christmas.
Text by Patricia Evangelista, Photos by Carlo Gabuco, Research by Rambo Talabong

PH to host Congress on Mercy amid killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 03, 2017
The 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy hosted by the Philippines 'will be a healing process for us,' Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos says.

Bishop to Marcoses: Don't use a corpse for ambitions
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 25, Updated November 26, 2016
The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos needs prayers, not honors, says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a prayer rally in Dagupan City.

I am calling on the family of the late Ferdinand Marcos. May the living not use a corpse for their own dreams and ambitions.

Wearing black like other protesters, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas made this appeal to the Marcoses during a prayer rally in Dagupan City on Wednesday, November 23.

The Burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani - 'Heroes' Cemetery  and the Protests in the time after - etc.

Archbishops Tagle, Villegas denounce death penalty
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 12, 2016

'Every life has hope,' Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle says, while Archbishop Socrates Villegas pushes to reform the justice system.
The Philippines' two most influential Catholic bishops have spoken!

Cardinal Tagle: 'I will not give up on criminals'
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 14, 2016
'Tao 'yan, buhay 'yan! May pag-asa 'yan,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says of drug addicts and others 'drawn into vices'
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle made an impassioned appeal for criminals, including drug addicts, as he denounced the death penalty being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies in Congress.
Bishop calls for prayer rally vs death penalty on December 12
Paterno Esmaquel II December 06, 2016
'What a tragedy if this would be passed in this holy season of Christ's birth,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says, referring to the death penalty bill

Prayer vs death penalty


Church leaders oppose moves to revive death penalty
Dec 9, 2016
Catholic Church leaders oppose the revival of the death penalty now that a measure seeking its reimposition is submitted for plenary deliberations at the House of Representatives.

Manila Archdiocese releases prayer vs death penalty
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila has released a prayer which aims to combat the reimposition of death penalty in the Philippines.

Cardinal Tagle releases prayer vs death penalty
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 10, 2016
'Help us to work tirelessly against state-sanctioned death,' says the Archdiocese of Manila's prayer against the death penalty.

Alvarez to ostracized pro-death penalty Catholics: Change your religion
by Mara Cepeda December 06, 2016
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says if Filipino Catholics who support the death penalty are ostracized by the Church, they should instead find another religion.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advised Filipino Catholics to look for a new religion should they be ostracized for supporting the reinstatement of the death penalty in the country.

"AboutPhilippines" says: We are angry - NEVER death penalty!

German bishops lobby to end Philippine killings
German bishops back the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in fighting extrajudicial killings and opposing the death penalty.

Austrian bishops slam human rights abuses in PH
This is the first non-Filipino Catholic bishops' conference to speak out against human rights abuses in Duterte-led Philippines
Both by Paterno Esmaquel II March 18, May 13, 2017

Vatican says Philippine killings 'deeply troubling'
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 09, 2017

The Vatican also voices concern over enforced disappearances as well as human trafficking in the Philippines.

Philippine Muslims called to jihad vs extremists
by Carmela Fonbuena September 09, 2017 - with Videos

The prolonged war with local terrorist groups is a wake-up call that prompted collective action from a region that has long suffered from violent extremism

Look the Videos in HD HERE


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Inter-faith rally for peace, human rights set for June 12
June 10, 2017
Current and former lawmakers, religious leaders, and advocates will lead the call for peace and respect for human rights 'amidst the rising tide of terrorism, martial rule and impunity that threatens to rip the nation apart'
Catholics to stage 'Walk for Life' on February 18
incl. the video:
Death cannot solve our problems, bishop says
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 11, 2017

Called a 'grand procession,' the Walk for Life is set at the Quirino Grandstand Parade Ground in Manila.
Catholics will stage a "Walk for Life" on February 18 to oppose drug-related killings, the death penalty, and other measures labeled by the Catholic Church as "anti-life."

CBCP head: Join 'Walk for Life' on February 18
February 07, 2017
'Let us fill our streets not with blood, not with dead bodies, but with prayer, with courage,' says CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

The Video: Join 'Walk for Life' on February 18
Feb 16, 2017

CBCP head on Walk for Life this Saturday: 'Huwag matakot'
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 17, 2017
The Walk for Life is set from 4:30 to 8 am on Saturday at the Quirino Grandstand Parade Ground in Manila

'Running priest' Robert Reyes: PH at a crossroads under Duterte
by Rhaydz B. Barcia May 14, 2017

Fr Robert Reyes leads 15 pilgrims in Lakbay Buhay (Walk for Life) and calls on Filipinos to take a stand against the death penalty.


LIVE: #WalkForLifePH, a grand Catholic procession vs killings, death penalty
February 18, 2017
The Walk for Life from 4:30 to 8 am at the Quirino Grandstand Parade Ground in Manila.
"Malapit nang sumikat ang araw. May pag-asa tayo. Huwag matakot sa dilim," Villegas said in a message set to be delivered early Saturday morning, February 18. (The sun is about to rise. We have hope. Do not be afraid of darkness.)
CBCP head on Walk for Life: 'Huwag matakot sa dilim'
Feb 18, 2017
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, speaks at the Catholic-led Walk for Life on February 18, 2017
Cardinal Tagle's speech at Walk for Life
'Lakas, hindi dahas,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says at the Walk for Life, a huge Catholic procession against killings in the Philippines
February 18, 2017
VLOG: 10,000 Catholics march vs killings, death penalty
Feb 18, 2017
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle calls for 'active non-violence' while Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges Filipinos not to 'fear the darkness'

Walk for Life: 'Malapit nang sumikat ang araw'
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas February 18, 2017
FULL TEXT ng mensahe ni Archbishop Socrates Villegas, pangulo ng Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, para sa Walk for Life sa February 18

Cardinal Tagle's speech at Walk for Life
FULL TEXT 'Lakas, hindi dahas,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says at the Walk for Life, a huge Catholic procession against killings in the Philippines
February 18, 2017

Cardinal Tagle urges 'active non-violence' amid killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 18, 2017
'Hindi mapupuksa ang karahasan ng kapwa karahasan,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says in a rare open-air speech at the Walk for Life against extrajudicial killings and the death penalty

'Let us not be intimidated,' bishop says at Walk for Life
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 20, 2017
'When we are bullied because of trolls in cyberspace, let us continue to use Facebook responsibly,' says Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Valentin Dimoc.


Walk for Life on Good Friday 2017 (2 videos)
Cardinal Tagle's speech at the Walk for Life
Apr 14, 2017

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads Catholics on a 'Walk for Life' on Good Friday.

The Penitential Walk for Life is the second to be held, following the February protest attended by at least 10,000 Catholics. On Good Friday, Tagle was consistent in expressing the Church's opposition to anti-life measures under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

IN PHOTOS: Penitential 'Walk for Life' on Good Friday
April 15, 2017
Around 3,000 Catholic devotees go through the Stations of the Cross in Manila, and offer prayers for various intentions

Bishop slams vigilantes as 'termites,' 'new Judases'
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 03, 2017 - with videos

'God knows who you are,' Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David in one of the most scathing homilies against EJKs, David also questioned why the Philippine National Police (PNP) fails to catch these vigilantes, and also if the PNP has resolved even one of those they call "deaths under investigation" (DUIs).


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