Author: CBCP News

Lowering criminal liability age is ‘anti-poor’, says group

MANILA, Jan. 26, 2017 – Far from being the answer to addressing crime in the country, lowering the age of criminal liability to 9-years old as will not just ineffective but is “anti-poor” as well, said a non-government organization advocating children’s rights and psychosocial support for children. “It is ‘anti-poor; as majority of children in conflict with the law come from lower income families who have been remiss in teaching children proper social behaviors,” reads a statement issued by the Psychosocial Support and Children’s Rights Resource Center (PST CRRC) that cited DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo’s letter to members of...

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Bishops mourn execution of OFW in Kuwait

MANILA, Jan. 26, 2017— Catholic bishops voiced grief over the execution of a Filipina domestic helper in Kuwait and called on Filipinos to reconsider their stance on the revival of the death penalty in the country. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines expressed their sorrow for the execution of Jakatia Pawa yesterday and said it should serve as a clear message for Filipino to reject the capital punishment. “The CBCP condoles most sincerely with the family of the late Jakatia Pawa, our fellow Filipino, who was executed in Kuwait,” Villegas said. “The fact that Jakatia protested her innocence...

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Caritas appeals for flood aid

MANILA, Jan. 26, 2017–Caritas Manila is appealing for aid for victims of severe flooding in different parts of Mindanao. Floods caused by torrential rains last week inundated many areas particularly in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and Diocese of Butuan. In a statement, Caritas Manila said more donations are needed as affected communities continue their recovery from the disaster. “We appeal for prayers for Divine protection and to help alleviate the sufferings through our donations in cash and in kind for the relief and rehabilitation needs of our kababayans in the affected areas,” it said. The social action...

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CBCP condoles with the family of Jacatia Pawa

The CBCP condoles most sincerely with the family of the late JACATIA PAWA, our fellow Filipino, who was executed in Kuwait yesterday. The fact that Jacatia protested her innocence to the end of her life only underscores the abhorrence at the death penalty. The sadness that we feel at Jacatia’s death should make us all advocates against the death penalty. +SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS, D.D. Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan President,...

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Bishops hit killings in Mercy congress

MANILA, January 25, 2017–The Church just can’t talk about mercy without talking about the life. The recently held 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM 4) was dominated by talks on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs as cases of extrajudicial killings keep escalating. Even if Duterte continue to unleash tirades on the bishops for criticizing his drug war, the prelates said they can’t stay silent in the face of increasing human rights violations in the country. Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa said the Church, with all its imperfections and weaknesses, will continue to teach the Gospel of life...

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