Friday, April 23, 2010

Pro-life group junks Aquino

CEBU CITY—A pro-life group in the Visayas has junked Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for supporting the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill and called on pro-life voters to reject him at the polls.

Paul Hubahib, spokesperson and member of the Task Force Family and Life (TFFL)-Visayas core group, said Aquino and most of his senatorial candidates are staunch proponents of the RH bill.

“I don’t care if the Catholic Church will abandon me because of my support for the ‘Reproductive Health’ bill...We must ensure full availability of contraceptives,” Hubahib quoted Aquino as saying.

Read the full article from the Inquirer by clicking on the title above)

May take:

These pro-lifers should get real. The Catholic Church offers several arguments to support their stand. Among them is the reasoning classified in "Nature" from the website. Let me quote:

"Contraception is wrong because it’s a deliberate violation of the design God built into the human race, often referred to as "natural law." The natural law purpose of sex is procreation. The pleasure that sexual intercourse provides is an additional blessing from God, intended to offer the possibility of new life while strengthening the bond of intimacy, respect, and love between husband and wife. The loving environment this bond creates is the perfect setting for nurturing children.

But sexual pleasure within marriage becomes unnatural, and even harmful to the spouses, when it is used in a way that deliberately excludes the basic purpose of sex, which is procreation. God’s gift of the sex act, along with its pleasure and intimacy, must not be abused by deliberately frustrating its natural end—procreation."

The bottomline for this argument is that, "Sex is primarily for procreation. Pleasure is just an add on."

The Catholics should ask themselves, "Is this really true to humans?" To animals, it is natural, but to human? Lets enumerate animal behavior as we observe it. Let us choose dogs but for pigs and horses, this is also the same. Dogs mate for one purpose: procreation. A bitch in heat SEEKS OUT STUDS to mate with her. It only does this when it is in heat. In all other times during its menstrual cycle, it does not entertain studs. Studs on the other other hand, will only mate with a bitch in heat because it has only one purpose: procreation. Now that is natural because the main sex organ of the animals are located in between their legs.

How about humans? Men and women are capable to engage in sex morning noon and night. Humans can have sex during menstruation, ovulation, menopause, and almost all other times. This is so because the main sex organ of humans is located in between their ears. Those who cannot grasp this concept are totally unqualified to argue about birth control--like the priests. Or do they really?

It’s final: High court rules Arroyo may appoint new CJ


BAGUIO CITY—Ruling with finality, the Supreme Court Tuesday reiterated that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may appoint the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, and that the high court was exempt from the election ban covering midnight appointments.

Supreme Court Administrator Midas Marquez said the justices denied the motion for reconsideration filed by 17 petitioners and intervenors against the tribunal’s March 17 ruling that authorized Ms Arroyo to appoint the next Chief Justice during election season.

(Click on the title for the full article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

My take:

Why is the President, who is on her way out, so hell bent to appoint the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, despite the protests from almost all fronts? Could it be because she has the only the interests of the nation in keeping the balance between the three branches of the government, thus leaving behind a legacy of stable government? But her 9 year in office had shown that the interest of the nation is almost at the bottom of her priorities whenever she make monumental decisions. ZTE, fertilizer scam, road users tax, etc. There were just too many to mention them all. So what is this all about?

Except for the Chief Justice, all justices are now Arroyo appointees. So what is the significance of this? Well, from my pulis point of view, Arroyo is not stepping down on June 30. All indicators point to her holding on to power. She had consolidated the armed forces with the appointment of her "mistahs" in key positions. She need not force Versoza to quit his post as Chief PNP because she knows that the key PNP force, NCRPO is under her loyal general, another Class 78 in Director Rosales. That said, all she has to mind now is a Supreme Court that will uphold the legitimacy of her actions, whatever she does next, much like the way the Supreme Court upheld her legitimacy during EDSA II.

So what are these options?

She can manipulate the correct agencies to declare a failure of elections. In this case, she holds on to power by force and the AFP can invoke tha they, being the "protector of the people," concurs with her. If the Supreme Court upholds this, then Noynoy Aquino can kiss his presidential ambitions goodbye.

She can orchestrate the military to declare a coup-de-etat and grab power for a "junta." Being a member of Class 78, she has a good shot of squeezong herself in the inner circle, thus perpetuating her power. Or the military, after declaring a coup, goes into the drama of returning the power to the civil authorities--namely gloria Arroyo because there is no legitimately elected president because of the coup.

Another option is that, as a member of the House of Representatives, she can manipulate the House into convening and declaring a caretaker head of government. This is possible if there will be a partial failure of election wherein the counting of votes for the national candidates will not be finished on time. At this juncture, there is no President, Vice President, and Senate President. As such the legitimate successor based on the law is the Speaker of the House. If she does this, then she will only need the concurrence of the Chief Justice to complete her hold to power.

In the worst case scenario, Arroyo needs the Chief Justice to declare Gibo Teodoro the winner. This is a very real possibility and she is already laying the ground work with the filing of Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on April 5 of a petition asking the Supreme Court to abolish the presidential electoral tribunal (PET) and declare the body as unconstitutional. Click on this link to read the news article in Yahoo. In a nutshell, the petition asks the Supreme Court to stop convening itself as a Presidential Electoral Tribunal and simply leave everything to the Chief Justice. The petition is so brazen and its sinister purpose so obvious, that the Office of the Solicitor General, led by the now infamous Alberto Agra, despite all his frailties and schemes in the Ampatuan case, had already made its stand objecting to the petition.

So the pattern is established at this point. Arroyo is hell bent in making sure that the Chief Justice is hers. This is to ensure that the SC will uphold the legitimacy of her next move to hold on to power. Then she can do anything and everything.

If she can legitimize her manicurist in the Pag-ibig board and her gardener as Deputy of the Luneta park Administration, then she can legitimize herself as the hold over President of Republic of the Philippines.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Ang Ladlad and the Bishop

Bishop opposes party-list group Ang Ladlad

By Leila B. Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:43:00 04/09/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Churches (organisations)

MANILA, Philippines—Despite the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Ang Ladlad's right to run in the May elections, an official of the Catholic Church believes the party-list group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders should not be allowed to enter Congress, and said he would discourage people from voting for it.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, chairman of the committe on public affairs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the Catholic Church disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling and said accrediting Ang Ladlad as a party-list group would encourage an “abnormality.”

Please click on the title above for the complete story from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

My take:

I am very busy lately so I have not posted anything for quite a while. I am still very busy now but I just want to vent the expletives building up inside me. Yes, there are a lot of shit going on in this country: Mike Arroyo the Fatman behind every scam, the lame duck CPNP Versoza, the Liar in Villar, and of course the Shameless President Gloria. But among the most apalling among these bull is the pretentiousness of the Roman Catholic Church.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, chairman of the committe on public affairs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines really went overboard in disagreeing with the Supreme Court to the extent of calling the situation of the LGBT sector an abnormality. If that was the case, then a lot of the priests, bishops, and cardinals are ABNORMAL! Let them dispute that in the light of the apology of the Pope himself for the sexual abuse committed by priests against young boys in Ireland. One article read:

Last week, a psychiatrist who treated a priest decades ago in a German archdiocese run by the future pope said he had repeatedly warned that the priest, who was accused of sexually abusing boys, should never work with children again. The priest was re-assigned to parish work almost immediately after his therapy began, and one of Benedict’s deputies at the time has taken responsibility for that decision. Less than five years later, the priest was accused of molesting other boys, and in 1986 was convicted of sexual abuse.


Here are some links that you need to read before you open your mouth, Bishop!