Strokes of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking in Manila

The Manila leg of “Sounds, Strokes and Scribbles (SSS) of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking” was held on Saturday, 22 November 2014 afternoon at 6/F Benedict Building of Quiapo Church. Through the support and assistance of MAPSA, as well Talitha Kum and Network of Families Living in the Street, seventy-three (73) participants from 5 Catholic Schools (Paco, Ermita and San Isidro Catholic Schools; Espiritu Santo and San Diego Parochial Schools) one Barangay (Talayan) and one partner organization (Kariton Empowerment Center) participated. This is the third and last leg of the Strokes (Poster making contest) component of the SSS to…

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Invitation to join “SSS of the Soul to fight Human Trafficking”

“Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity, a disgrace to our society which calls itself civilized.” – Pope Francis Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. It forces victims into prostitution, involuntary servitude, unpaid labor, debt bondage and the illicit sale and harvesting of organs, as well as forces victims to perform sexual acts for pornography. Global Slavery Index of 2013 reveals that 140,000-160,000 Filipinos have been reduced to slavery, and 60,000–100,000 children are sexually exploited. Most vulnerable are women and children, and those who are poor, ignorant and desperate enough to take risk to feed their families. As such, our Holy…

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Strokes of the Soul to fight Human Trafficking spearheaded in QC

The first PIMAHT activity for the “Sounds, Strokes and Scribbles (SSS) of the Soul to Fight Human Trafficking” – led by CBCP (represented by NASSA and Talitha Kum Philippines) – was held at St Peter’s Parish: Shrine of Leaders, Quezon City on 17 October 2014.   One hundred youth members (81) and leaders (24) of various parishes and schools (Batasan Hills National High School, FEU-NRMF, Dona Rosario High School, Tala High School, Women and Children’s Rights Advocates (WCRA), Brgy Bagong Silangan Elementary School, PUP, Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), H. Bautista Elamentary School, Puso sa Puso…

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Church to celebrate mass with workers, laity on Labor Day

Catholic Bishops, instituting a new tradition, will celebrate Holy Mass with workers, farmers and fisherfolks on Labor Day at the historic Church of Quiapo, whose regular churchgoers are composed mainly of toiling masses. Dubbed the Concelebrated Mass for the Working People at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the Holy Eucharist will be concelebrated by the clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila, and will be led by Bishop Jesse E.  Mercado, D.D., the National Director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines(CBCP) Commission on the Laity. “We certainly believe that these heroes, the farmers, fisher folks and laborers…

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ELECTION REPORT OF LEGAL NETWORK FOR TRUTHFUL ELECTIONS

  “There was no genuine elections,” says the Legal Network for Truthful Elections, not in accordance with international standards of inclusiveness, transparency, accountability and public confidence in elections. Voters being victimized by discrepancies between voters’ lists, discrimination, and insufficiency and manipulation of ballots increased disenfranchisement and the chances of ineligible people casting votes at the expense of legal voters. The lack of speedy mechanisms addressing the mentioned causes of disenfranchisement and the widespread commission of vote-buying is a clear danger sign of lack of accountability and culture of impunity easily taken advantage of by election law violators. That there were…

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AES WATCH ELECTION REPORT

2013 MID-TERM AUTOMATED ELECTIONS: FROM BAD TO WORSE; Comelec is now anointer of presumed winners By committing more errors than those recorded in 2010, by making arbitrary and highly-irregular decisions during canvassing, and proclaiming presumed winning candidates prematurely the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has turned the second automated elections from bad to worse – a technology and political disaster. Aside from Comelec’s non-compliance – yet again – of the election law and the technical glitches, there was an unprecedented large-scale vote buying. Political clans are now even more entrenched with a bigger number of their members being fielded in extensive areas…

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NAMFREL HAILS FILIPINOS FOR EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE AND FOR A GENERALLY PEACEFUL ELECTION

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections noted that the 2013 National Elections was generally peaceful and organized. Over 50,000 Namfrel volunteers around the country have been continuously sending incident reports to the NAMFREL National Headquarters located at the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Building at Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. NAMFEL National Chairperson Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo said “We are happy to note the enthusiasm and patience of voters who braved the long queues and heat. We would like to thank our volunteers, and most especially the BEIs and PNP, who performed their duties as Filipinos in ensuring a clean and peaceful election.” A few…

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