we got this interesting comment from one of this blog’s regular posters:
Estipona ng Davao :I appreciate the effort of wawam for creating this blog.Wawam gives us an avenue to express our opinions(even it is outrageous or sober)and ideas to others.Even I do not agree with wawam’s opinions,I agree to disagree with him.Let us express our opinion without slandering or cursing others,it reflects our maturity(immaturity) to face opposing views.I hope wawam will continue this blog even after its expiry date.Maybe,a blog about our new president and officials after election.How about it wawam? God bless you always.
this was our reply:
i have received similar requests and suggestions from many others. this blog will continue to be open even after the election. as others have also told me, i think we have collected here a very wide body of thoughts and opinions not only on the candidates but also on our country and what is good for our people. i think we have here by and large excellent views. they are diverse, wide and well thought of. we like to build on these good things that readers and authors have in this blog.
to be honest, because of the authors, readers and those who post comments here, the blog has exceeded my personal expectations. it has grown from a specifically marketing and advertising in politics to a much wider but pointed discussion not only on politics but good governance.
thank you again for everyone in this blog – authors, readers and those who post comments for making this a rich and uplifting experience on the net. and thank you for your suggestion and compliments.
we like to get your comments and POV.
this is next in The 2010 Presidentiables Blog.
catholic church’s double standard – use conscience on election but do not use conscience on RH Bill 5043
apparently, the catholic church is asking its faithful to use their conscience on some things but find it okay that its faithful do not use their conscience on others.
Solon hits Church double standard
By Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:12:00 01/26/2010
MANILA, Philippines—The Catholic Church in the Philippines is practicing a double standard when it tells the people to choose the country’s next leaders by following their conscience, but at the same time it tells them not to vote for those candidates that support the reproductive health (RH) bill, Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello said.
“On the one hand, [the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines] has said vote according to your conscience. On the other, it says it’s not moral to vote for people who support the reproductive health bill. There is a double standard here,” Bello said in a press conference.
He said the Church should not blackmail the candidates who support the RH bill by trying to influence their voters based on this issue, which has proven to be very contentious.
He called on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to tackle the measure despite the Church’s opposition and its branding of the bill as morally reprehensible.
“What is morally reprehensible is to keep the reproductive rights of Filipinas at the mercy of the Church’s political opinion,” he said in a separate statement.
“Does it sit well with our conscience that families are condemned to poverty owing to the lack of means for effective family planning? Or that there are rising numbers of people infected with sexually transmitted diseases due to the lack of decent information?” Bello said.
Bello also lamented that the remaining session days of the House had been devoted to a measure that was going nowhere, specifically the bill to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).
He said the BNPP bill, which has also met stiff opposition on the floor, has no future since it does not even have a counterpart measure in the Senate.
The House therefore should discuss the reproductive health bill which has been tackled in three congresses already, he said.
Fine secular line
“As the Congress, we must assert our independence from the Church’s opinions and maintain the fine secular line between the functions of Church and state,” he added.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, one of the main proponents of the RH bill, had earlier said that he would block the pet measures of other legislators, such as those calling for a constitutional convention and for imposing new taxes, if the reproductive health bill was not taken up in the House.
The reproductive health bill seeks to promote both natural and artificial birth control methods through government programs.
The Catholic Church hierarchy in the country is strongly opposed to the measure, saying that it promotes the use of abortifacients. It recommends the use of rhythm and other natural methods of birth control for couples who want to limit the size of their families.
we think the C-5 controversy has taken a very bad turn from something that looks bad to something that can be disastrous for manny villar. as of yesterday, just a few months away from election, the senate is painting villar as corrupt, having manipulated the C-5 road extension project for his company’s gain.
corruption is huge issue in this election. it is one of the legacies of president arroyo as she leaves office and one of the strengths of noynoy aquino that has brought him up to dominant leader in the surveys. aquino has taken a very strong anti-corruption stand. one of aquino’s ads very boldly declared – “Hindi ako magnanakaw.”
villar is doing very well in the polls. he has consistently come up as a strong second and more importantly a growing 2nd placer. it is our view that this election is for aquino to lose and for villar to win. we think at election time, this will be an election between aquino and villar.
with the stage set and the front runner boldly declaring his anti-corruption stance, this C-5 controversy is bound to hit villar down the stretch, the senate it appears will not let this pass. media has put this issues as its headline news. this will not go away easily and certainly not soon.
villar has not been attending the senate debates and hearings on the controversy. we thought it was a wise move. but now we are seeing it as a wise move then, but no longer as the senate is hell bent into giving a lot of time on it.
if it has not done so, the villar campaign should put up a high powered crisis management team to make this go away. we think villar’s options are very limited and whatever effort this crisis management team will do will not be able to remove all of the ill-effects. there will be ill-effects.
senator nene pimentel dives into a pool of shame and dishonor with “insertion” remark towards mar roxas, takes the senate with him
we watched with disgust what happened at the senate on the manny villar censure debate on the C-5 controversy. the senators – jamby madrigal, allan peter cayetano and nene pimentel turned the senate floor into a floor of shame and embarrassment when they exchanged trash talk unfit for sennators who were elected by the people. we feel the senate was tainted with shame and dishonor.
we take particular offense on senator pimentel’s bastos remark towards senator mar roxas. we thought pimentel was one of the more respectable senior senators among them. he had always something to say on national issues and often times they were of law and made a lot of sense. but we think this remark of senator pimentel had taken him to dive into a pool of shame and dishonor.
The debate took a turn for the worse when Pimentel used the same word to comment on Sen. Mar Roxas’ defense that he, too, had no insertion in the national budget.
“After your marriage, you will have your insertions,” quipped Pimentel, a rather unsavory remark that drew Roxas’ ire.
“I demand that that be removed from the record!” shouted Roxas. “This is an affront to my wife.”
Roxas was recently married to broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez.
“Then remove it immediately,” retorted Pimentel.
Pimentel apologizes; Roxas gets ice cream, cake
Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas’ remark that it was a pity some men turn vulgar when they grow old may have worked.
On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. asked for forgiveness for using “intemperate language” during heated Senate debates on Monday on a resolution seeking to censure Sen. Manuel Villar over alleged “double insertions” in the controversial C-5 road budget.
Pimentel had said Roxas would have his own “insertions” now that he was married.
“To those who I might have hurt in this chamber by the use of intemperate language or unseemly expressions, I apologize and beg their forgiveness from You through You, O Lord,” Pimentel said as he led the chamber in its opening prayer.
Ayala, a recipient of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism, will even help compose the campaign song and participate in some of Perlas’ campaign sorties, a statement from Perlas’ camp said.
Ayala also allowed Perlas to use any of his more than 100 songs, which include the classic “Walang Hanggang Paalam.”
“Si Nick lamang ang nakakaintindi ng tunay na pakikipag-ugnay sa kalikasan at tunay na pagbabago (Nick is the only one who understands true interrelatedness with nature and genuine change),” Ayala said.
The critically-acclaimed Alexander, Ayala’s sister, as well as Tapati Tarangoy of Ayala’s band Bagong Lumad have also lent their support to Perlas.
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