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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ANGARA AND THE PLIGHT OF THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE POOR IN CASIGURAN

Outgoing Sen. Edgardo Angara’s speech delivered before graduates of the University of the Philippines batch 2013 was the height of hypocrisy and only proved his double-sided character, CBCP-NASSA Executive Secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez said on May 7. “He is a fraud! He pretends to be the champion of the Filipino middle class when in fact, his actions say otherwise. We wonder how he can say one thing and then do something else,” Fr. Gariguez rebuked Angara following the senator’s call on the new Iskolar ng Bayan graduates to “build and expand” the middle class. Fr. Gariguez said that on the…

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Call to save trees in Luneta Hills, Baguio

Greetings from CBCP-NASSA! We are presenting to you a humble request from the Diocese of Baguio-Benguet.  We hope that you can support their information and signature campaign to save the trees in Luneta Hills, Baguio, especially by covering their story and publicizing their effort and campaign widely. Since 19 January 2013, the Diocese of Baguio, headed by Bishop Carlito Cenzon, CICM, together with religious men and women and concerned citizens in Baguio, launched a signature campaign at the local level, and produced a Manifesto to Save Trees in Baguio. They hope to raise public concern about the lives of the trees…

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Church, solon outraged by ambush of tribal leader and his family, Gov’t talks on peace, while indigenous peoples are killed

Church leaders and a solon joined human rights and environmental groups calling on the government for immediate action on the murder of three innocent civilians in an ambush raid at the farm house of B’laan tribe leader Daguil Capion yesterday morning.   The diocese of Marbel through the Social Action Center condemned the brutal killing of the innocent and call for an immediate investigation to the concerned agencies of the government.   Several anti-mining advocates in Mindanao have been killed in the past decade since the South Cotabato gold-copper reserve entered the area with its exploration activities. .   The…

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CSOs release results of independent investigation on Philex’s tailings spill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2012 On September 16-17, 2012, a fact-finding mission team, lead by the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines  (CBCP-NASSA) and the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) together with representatives from Philippine-Misereor Partnership and its Northern Luzon Cluster,  Caritas Baguio, Cordillera People’s Alliance, Peace Foundation, Pambansang Kaisahan ng mga Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Katribu Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist, and Community Volunteer Missioners,conducted  an independent investigation on the  reported mining tailings leakage of Philex’s Padcal Mine in Benguet. The first leakage incident happened on August 1, 2012, and was immediately…

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Fact-finding mission conducts probe on Philex Mines’ tailings pond leaks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 September 2012   In light of the reported tailings leaks in Philex’s Mining Corporations’s Tailings Pond 3 (TP3) from August 1-30, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP NASSA) and the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) organized an independent, third party fact finding mission composed of sixteen individuals from different national and local institutions and peoples’ organizations  to gather first hand information on the impact of the mine leaks, and to help identify major problems, concerns and recommendations to address the situation, from September 16-17, 2012 in Benguet…

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UPDATE ON NASSA/CARITAS-PHILIPPINES EMERGENCY RESPONSE

  UPDATE ON NASSA/CARITAS-PHILIPPINES EMERGENCY RESPONSE 10 August 2012 The combined teams of NASSA and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has just completed the first day of assessment of the flooded areas now accessible, including the evacuation centers in Marikina and Bulacan. The assessment is to be concluded today and report is to be made available as basis for sustained and programmatic emergency response. Situation Report No. 2 was also released to update our international partners of the needs and the on-going emergency response (see the attached document). NASSA Caritas-Philippines has released its appeal to the dioceses and Social Action Centers…

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CBCP-NASSA/ Caritas Philippines APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY ASSISTANCE FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

9 August 2012 CBCP-NASSA/CARITAS-PHILIPPINES: APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY ASSISTANCE FOR FLOOD VICTIMS Our dear Bishops, SAC Directors, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, CBCP-NASSA/Caritas Philippines monitored the devastating impact of Southwest Monsoon and Shallow Low Pressure Area (SLPA) in the National Capital Region and a number of dioceses in the Philippines. The torrential rain caused catastrophic flooding and widespread damages. The disastrous flooding in Metro Manila is similarly experienced in other dioceses in Luzon as well. We received reports from the Diocese of Iba that a total of 2,701 families are affected, while it was around 200 families in the Diocese of…

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CBCP-NASSA/ CARITAS PHILIPPINES PRESS RELEASE ON FLOODING

Press Release CBCP-NASSA/Caritas-Philippines 8 August 2012 NASSA-Caritas Philippines monitored the devastating impact of Southwest Monsoon and Shallow Low Pressure Area (SLPA) in the National Capital Region and a dozen more provinces in the Philippines. The torrential rain caused catastrophic flooding and widespread damages forcing thousands of families to seek refuge in evacuation centers. Since mobility is impossible due to flooding of major road networks and streets, we relied on respective parishes and dioceses to attend to the communities affected by this calamity. Metro Manila received substantial media coverage. But reports from the provinces and affected dioceses reveal an equally desperate…

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