“We cannot see eye-to-eye with our pro-RH brethren on this divisive issue but we can work hand-in-hand for the good of the country.”
Socrates Villegas, archbishop of Lingayan Dagupan and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines; on the recent decision of the Supreme Court that upheld the most controversial Reproductive Health Law as “not unconstitutional” but struck out the contentious provisions to the satisfaction of pro-lifers.
“The saddest thing about this disaster is that the young students did as the adults told them to, but the adults abandoned them in a crisis and the system didn’t save them.”
M. J. Hwang, professors of sociology at Korea University; on the difficulties young students have in questioning decisions by their elders in the Confusian and hierarchical South Korean society that, following such mores, claimed the lives of scores of teenagers in a recent ferry disaster; the captain told them not to abandon ship until too late.
“There is poverty and suffering in the country and the world, not because of overpopulation but because if inequality.”
Gerardo Alminaza, bishop of San Carlos in Negros Oriental and convenor of Visayas Clergy Discernment Group; in a recent statement titled “Unemployment: social exclusion not pleasing to God” that bewailed the rising unemployment rate in the Philippines and the worsening plight of laborers.
“The Philippines could have been one of the most progressive countries in the world had it not been for corruption and incompetence in government.”
Romualdo Kintanar, convenor of Cebu Coalition Against the Pork Barrel System; in a recent statement in support of the Ombudsman’s intent to file charges against senators who are allegedly involved in a massive thief of their very own Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
“We oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands.”
Barack Obama, American president; on the disputed islands in the East China Sea that are at the center of a tense standoff between Japan and China which are covered under the mutual defense treaty between the United States and Japan; perceived to be one of the discussion points at Barack’s four-country tour of Asia this April.
“Up to now SMI Glencore/Xstrata has not given any proof that open pit mining preserves the integrity of God’s creation.”
Dinualto Gutierrez, bishop of Marbel in Mindanao; in a letter sent to President Benigno Aquino, Jr., urging him not to allow Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) to exploit the mountain of Tampakan in South Cotabato that has a good deposit of gold and copper; the letter was endorsed by Mindanao bishops in March.