PRIEST: ‘THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH OUR POLITICS’

“Sino ba ang pinipili ng tao? (Who are being chosen by the people?)” This was a striking question during an interview with Fr. Edu Gariguez, CBCP-NASSA Executive Secretary right after the election symposium entitled “Simbahan at Halalan 2013” held at the Caritas Manila last April 22 in cooperation with Radyo Veritas. “Ang realization dito ay may maling kamalian sa ating electoral o political system na yung mga karapat dapat na mga kandidato, ay parang napakaliit ang tsansang mahalal samantalang yung mga kandidatong may pera, maimpluwensya at TRAPO na naroon din, nakadikit din sa political dynasty ang siyang mas may kakayahang,…

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POSITION PAPER FOR THE SENATE HEARING OF COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES, ON THE ISSUE OF PHILEX MINE WASTE SPILL

19 March 2013 Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP–NASSA) Mining or extractive industry can be destructive to the environment – “Our experiences of environmental tragedies and incidents with the mining transnational corporations belie all assurances of sustainable and responsible mining that the government is claiming. Increasing number of mining affected communities, Christians and non-Christians alike, are subjected to human rights violations and economic deprivations. We see no relief in sight” (CBCP, A Statement on Mining Issues and Concerns, January 29, 2006). The Church challenges the government policy on mining and categorically declares that:…

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Guiding Principles of the Social Action Network on Partnership for Election-Related Campaign and Advocacy

19 March 2013   To our Dear Arch/Bishops, Diocesan Social Action Directors and SAC Coordinators/Personnel:   Greetings of Peace! On 12 February, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) circulated the Guiding Principles of the Social Action Network on Partnership for Election-Related Campaign and Advocacy.  The document aims to provide a framework to “coordinate agreements” among election groups, watchdogs or citizens’ arm, partnering with the social action centers to mobilize volunteers. On March 8, 2013, the Executive Committee (ExeCom) of the Social Action Network (SAN) met to resolve the issue of seeming confusion with regards to parallel and simultaneous engagements…

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Church pushes moratorium on Apeco

MANILA, Nov. 22, 2012— A group of indigenous peoples, farmers and fishermen are marching across central Luzon to demand a moratorium on the ecozone’s operation in Aurora province. Previous protests hounded the 12, 923-hectare Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco), though it remains operational. More than a hundred people are taking part in the 20-day march from Casiguran, Aurora to Malacañang Palace, roughly 370 kilometers north of Manila. Dubbed “Lakad Katarungan, Lakad Matuwid na Daan”, the walk from Nov. 24 to Dec. 14 will cross through treacherous mountainous areas, rainforest and coastal zones, rural flatlands and peri-urban landscapes….

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NASSA probes tailing pond leaks

MANILA, September 18, 2012—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)-National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) together with the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) organized an independent probe to gather information on the impact of mine leaks in mining operation of Philex Mining Corporation in Benguet province last Monday. In the regular press briefing in Intramuros today, NASSA’s Fr. Edu Gariguez informed reporters that the group gathered data and information from the communities affected by the Tailings Pond 3 (TP3) leaks in the company’s mining operation in Benguet which was discharged into the Balog River last August 1, followed by…

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Learn to accept criticism, bishop tells Aquino

MANILA, July 19, 2012— President Benigno Aquino III should learn how to take and respond accordingly instead of hitting back his critics, a Catholic bishop said. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that Aquino must realize that critics, even from the religious sector, were important component of society whose criticism served as input to politicians. “I hope he realized that the criticisms raised by the Church are to help his administration and we hope he would be open to that,” he said. Pabillo who heads the Church’s National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (Nassa) is among the vocal…

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