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5 Ateneo university presidents join condemning Bongbong Marcos for historical revision

March 10, 2016 Leave a comment

412 Ateneo professors first release the condemnation letter recently. it has now ballooned to 512 signing the letter which includes 5 presidents of Ateneo universities, all Jesuits.

praise Ateneo and praise the Jesuits.

 

MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of the Philippines’ 5 Ateneo universities, run by the biggest religious order in the Catholic Church, joined the call against the “revision of history” by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Like nearly 530 others as of Monday, March 7, the 5 Ateneo presidents signed a statement titled, “We are not blind to the darkness and oppression of the Marcos years!”

Initially released on March 2, it is a statement “of concerned members of the Ateneo de Manila University on the martial law regime and Bongbong Marcos’ revision of history.”

The statement was initially signed by at least 412 members of the Ateneo community, a number that rose by more than a hundred in less than a week.

The following Jesuit leaders lent their weight to the statement:

  • Father Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, president, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Father Primitivo Viray, SJ, president, Ateneo de Naga University
  • Father Joel Tabora, SJ, president, Ateneo de Davao University
  • Father Roberto Yap, SJ, president, Xavier University/Ateneo de Cagayan
  • Father Karel San Juan, SJ, president, Ateneo de Zamboanga University

source : http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/124969-ateneo-presidents-marcos-statement-signatures

 

412 Ateneo de Manila professors to Bongbong Marcos : “We vehemently oppose and condemn the ongoing willful distortion of our history”

March 2, 2016 Leave a comment

We are not blind to the darkness and oppression of the Marcos years!

Statement of concerned members of the Ateneo de Manila University on the Martial Law regime and Bongbong Marcos’ revision of history

2 March 2016

“Ipaubaya natin ang kasaysayan sa mga propesor, sa mga nag-aaral tungkol sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Kami hindi namin trabaho yun. Ang trabaho namin ay tingnan kung ano ba ang pangangailangan ng taong bayan ngayon.”

– Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr.

In response to Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr.’s call that teachers and students of history should make a judgment about the Marcos administration, we, the undersigned members of the Ateneo de Manila community, vehemently oppose and condemn the ongoing willful distortion of our history. We deplore the shameless refusal to acknowledge the crimes of the Martial Law regime. We reject the revision of history, disturbing vision of the future, and shallow call for “unity” being presented by Marcos Jr. and like-minded candidates in the 2016 elections.ateneo-de-manila-300x291

The Marcos regime’s economics of debt-driven growth was disastrous for the Philippines. The regime was not interested in inclusive development, long-term state-building, nor genuine social transformation of the country, despite its “New Society” rhetoric. Instead, Marcos was mainly concerned with perpetuating his personal hold on power by favoring family members, friends, and other cronies. Thus, Marcos simply created new elites or “oligarchs” rather than abolish them — supposedly one of his main justifications for declaring martial law. Those who dared challenge the regime’s monopoly on power, whether politicians, business people, political activists, organized labor, peasants or urban poor, Church workers, students — young or old, rich or poor — were intimidated, imprisoned, kidnapped, tortured or summarily executed.

We refuse to forget the atrocities committed by the Marcos regime, and we renew our demand that the perpetrators of these crimes be brought to justice. We also reiterate our position that the government should relentlessly pursue and reclaim all the ill-gotten wealth accumulated by the Marcos family and its cronies. Moreover, victims and their families should be given justice and compensation in full. Any call for unity, most especially from the heirs of the Marcos regime which bitterly divided the country, will be empty and meaningless unless truth and justice are upheld.

We affirm our commitment as faculty members and formators always to teach the truth. The Marcos dictatorship should be remembered as one of the darkest periods of Philippine history. We reaffirm our responsibility as teachers and professionals to keep the spirit of EDSA 1986 alive by imparting to the young that the structures, actions and ideas — including the many lies — that allowed

the Marcos dictatorship to impose and perpetuate itself, should be eliminated and never again be allowed to flourish. At the same time, we will work to bring to fruition the dream of EDSA for a more just and democratic society.

We reject the argument that democracy does not “work” in the Philippines and that only a dictatorship, benevolent or otherwise, is capable of bringing our country to prosperity. We must instead encourage and harness the full democratic capacity of our people and institutions in order to progress as a nation. Although inequality and injustice continue to persist, we believe the solution to these problems lies in deepening our democratic institutions and practices, empowering the marginalized, and exacting accountability from our leaders and ourselves.

We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, attempts by some individuals and particularly public figures, to whitewash the Marcos regime’s wanton violation of human rights and to distort its political-economic record. We call on all our politicians, especially those who are running for office in the 2016 national and local elections, to take a definite stand on the abuses of the Marcos dictatorship. We challenge them to join our call never again to allow the conditions of tyranny to take root in our society. We demand that candidates who directly or indirectly participated in and benefited from the regime, apologize and, if necessary, make restitution for their role in the regime or their support for it. Finally, we reject any attempt to give Ferdinand E. Marcos a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

We vow as teachers and formators to continue to tell the stories of the brutality and corruption of the Marcos family, regime and closest allies. We aspire to keep alive the ideals and heroism of the many brave Filipinos who fought the regime. For as long as we remember and share these stories, we believe that future generations of Filipinos will learn the lessons of the years of struggle leading to the overthrow of the dictatorship during those historic days of the People Power Revolution in 1986.

It has become a glib talking point of the Marcos revisionists and loyalists to say that the People Power Revolution has “failed.” We vehemently disagree. It was truly a genuine popular uprising and triumph against dictatorship. The revolution, however, is unfinished. The fullness of democratization, especially the creation of a social order which respects the dignity of all Filipinos, has yet to be achieved. It is our responsibility now as a people to continue and complete this unfinished struggle.

We must start with the truth.

Ginoong Marcos, mga pinunong tapat sa katotohanan ng kasaysayan ang siyang kailangan ng taong bayan ngayon!

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The undersigned (412 signatories as of 1130 am, March 2, 2016),

  1. Miguel Karlo L. Abadines, Political Officer, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
  2. Carmel V. Abao, Ph.D. cand., Instructor, Department of Political Science
  3. Hubert James P. Abergos, Head – Facilities and Physical Resources, Ateneo Professional Schools
  4. Alva Q. Aberin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
  5. Alexis A. L. Abola, M.A., Assistant Professor, Department of English
  6. Hilda Kapauan Abola, Administrative Officer, Office of the President
  7. Isabella Louise A. Abustan, Research Assistant, Institute of Philippine Culture
  8. Joy G. Aceron, M.P.A., P roject Director, Political Democracy and Reforms, Ateneo School of Government
  9. Maria Virginia Acevedo, Director, Loyola Schools Bookstore

10. Christopher Ryan I. Adalem, Project Officer, Ateneo Center for Educational Development 11. J ohn Glenn C. Advincula, M.A. cand, Formator, Office of Student Activities
12. Leslie V. Advincula-Lopez, Ph.D. cand., Research Associate, Institute Of Philippine Culture
13. Joaquin Julian B. Agtarap, M.B.A., Registrar, Loyola Schools and Professional Schools
14. Raymond B. Aguas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
15. Angela Desiree M. Aguirre, M.S., Research Associate, Institute of Philippine Culture
16. Ariel Lorenzo Jose Y. Aguirre II, M.D., M.B.A., Instructor, Department of Biology
17. Arjan P. Aguirre, M.A., Instructor, Department of Political Science
1 8 . R o a n n a R . A g u i r r e , A s s i s t a n t t o t h e A s s o c i a t e D e a n f o r S t u d e n t a n d A d m i n i s t r a t i v e S e r v i c e s , L o y o l a S c h o o l s
19. Roy Tristan B. Agustin III, M.A. cand., Assistant Instructor, Department of English
20. Niña Ann S. Ajon, M.A., Senior Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
21. Andrew Albert J. Ty, M.A., Instructor, Department of Communication
22. F ernando T. Aldaba, Ph.D., Dean, School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools
23. Ma. Cristina M. Alikpala, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Economics
24. Xavier C. Alpasa, S.J., M.A., Executive Director, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
25. Suzanne Alvarez, Head, Campus Ministry Office
26. Ophalle Alzona-Pornela, Assistant to the Associate Dean for Student Formation, Loyola Schools
27. Helen U. Amante, Ph.D. cand., Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
28. Dianne Amigable, Project Staff, P olitical Democracy and Reforms (PODER), Ateneo School of Government 29. J ilyan Ampog, Project Staff, Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER), Ateneo School of Government
30. Rodolfo P. Ang, M.B.A., Dean, Graduate School of Business
31. Amanda Luz P. Angeles, Associate Director for OD, Ateneo CORD
32. Raymund Martin A. Angeles, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School
33. Raymund Luther B. Aquino, Political Officer, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
34. Ralph Jason Aquino, Information Technology Resource Management Office, Loyola Schools 35. Marcelino A. Arabit, Social Involvement Coordinator, Ateneo Grade School
36. Leilani E. Arellano, Accounting Officer, Central Accounting Office
37. Delmark A. Aseron, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
38. Michael Stephen G. Aurelio, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
39. Michael Eric C. Avendano, Instructor, Department of Quantitative Methods and InformationTechnology

40. Rowena Anthea Azada-Palacios, M.A., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
41. Benedict A Balaoing, Guidance Counselor, Ateneo de Manila High School
42. Marcial Orlando A. Balgos Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ateneo Graduate School of Business 43. Remmon E. Barbaza, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Philosophy
44. Benjamin Roberto G. Barretto, M.P.M., Lecturer, Department of Political Science
45. John Arvin C. Basa, Campus Minister, Loyola Schools Office of Campus Ministry
46. Dennis B. Batangan, M.D., M.Sc., Research Associate, Institute of Philippine Culture
47. Donna L. Batongbacal, M.A., Research Officer, Office of the Vice President for Basic Education 48. Ana Maria A. Bautista, Staff, IT Resource Management Office
49. Germelino M. Bautista, PhD., Professor, Department of Economics
50. Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
51. Jan Robert V. Beltejar, J.D., Lecturer, Department of Leadership and Strategy
52. Ma.Lourdes A. Benito, MBA, Assistant to the Dean, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health 53. Reagan D. Berganio, Developer, Information Technology Resource Management Office, LoyolaSchools
5 4 . M a r i a E l i z a b e t h B . B e r m i o , A s s i s t a n t t o t h e H e a d m a s t e r f o r H u m a n R e s o u r c e , A t e n e o d e M a n i l a G r a d e S c h o o l
55. P ilar Preciousa P. Berse, Ph.D. cand., Instructor, Department of Political Science
56. Leopoldo B. Biso, Registrar, Ateneo de Manila High School
57. Eunice Mae Biteng, Instructor, Department of Chemistry
58. John Paul A. Bolano, M.A., Instructor, Department of Theology
59. Rica Bolipata-Santos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of English
60. Arvin Jay E. Boller, M.A., Instructor, Department of Psychology
61. Marilou C. Borje, Guidance Counselor, Office of Guidance & Counselling, Loyola Schools 62. Rofel G. Brion, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
63. Jeric C. Briones, M.A.M., Instructor, Department of Mathematics
64. Oscar G. Bulaong Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
65. Jude C. Buot, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Mathematics
66. Victoria M. Cabason, Assistant to the Dean, School of Science and Engineering
67. Nerissa G. Cabacungan, Coordinator, Child Development Center, Ateneo de Manila Grade School 68. Mark Joseph Calano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
69. Eduardo Jose E. Calasanz, Ph.M., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
70. Eduardo Caligner, Ph.D, RGC, RP, RPm Guidance Counselor, Ateneo de Manila High School 71. J an Patrick D. Calupitan, M.S., Instructor, Department of Chemistry
72. Nicko R. Caluya, B.S., Assistant Instructor, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
73. Maria Obiminda Cambaliza, Ph.d., Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
74. Anne Lan K. Candelaria, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
75. Nico A. Canoy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
76. J ose Jowel P. Canuday, D.Phil. (O xon) , Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
77. P amela Joy Mariano Capistrano, MA, Instructor, Department of Philosophy
78. J oseph Adrian D. Capuno, S tudent Affairs Professional, Office of the Associate Dean for Student Formation, Loyola Schools
79. Anna Katrina Carillo-Paras, Office Staff IV, Ateneo Human Rights Center, Ateneo Law School
80. Dan Ephraim N. Casiño, Student Affairs Professional II, Office of Student Activities, Loyola Schools

81. Christopher F. Castillo, Director, Office of Student Activities, Loyola Schools
82. Nicole S. Castro, RPm, Research Assistant, Ateneo CORD
83. Marcos Louis D. Catalan, S.J., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy 84. Arjohn M. Ceperiano, Formator, Office of Student Activities, Loyola Schools
85. Christoffer Mitch C. Cerda, M.A., Instructor, Kagawaran ng Filipino
86. Maria Patricia R. Cervantes-Poco, J.D., Lecturer, Ateneo Law School
87. Karl Ian U. Cheng Chua, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History
88. Nathania A. Chua, Assistant Instructor, D epartment of Quantitative Methods and Information Technology
89. J acklyn A. Cleofas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
90. Edna Estifania A. Co, D.P.A., Lecturer, Ateneo School of Government
91. Alan Eric F. Concepcion, IT Officer, Office of VP for Basic Education
92. Maria Katrina C. Constantino, M.Sc., Instructor, Department of Biology
93. Rachel C. Consunji, M.B.A., Ateneo Graduate School of Business
94. J ayeel S. Cornelio, Ph.D., Program Director, Development Studies Program
95. Marlon Cornelio, Researcher, Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER), Ateneo School of Government
96. Anicia Y. Corpuz, Assistant Director for Operations, Rizal Library
97. Maria Victoria T. Cortez, Director, O ffice of Human Resource Management and Organization Development
98. I nez Louisa C. Crisostomo, Associate Faculty, Math Subject Area, Ateneo de Manila High School
99. J an Fredrick P. Cruz, Lecturer, Department of Economics
100.R onald Allan L. Cruz, M.Sc., Instructor, Department of Biology
101. Manuel D. Cuenca, Jr., MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
102. Waldette M. Cueto, Librarian III, Rizal Library
103. Dennis Ryan V. Cruz, MBA., Student Activities and Formation, AGSB
104. Juliet Cruz-Bautista, Staff, Office of the Vice President for Social Development
105. Priscilla Angela T. Cruz, PhD, Department of English
106.Rica Vina Cruz-Evangelista, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Psychology

107. Minnette Cruz-Soriano, M.A., Lecturer, Ateneo School of Government
108. Mars dela Cueva, Project Staff, P olitical Democracy and Reforms (PODER), Ateneo School of Government
109. Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng, Ph.D., Department of Leadership and Strategy
110.P atricia Irene Dacudao, Ph.D. Cand., Instructor, Department of History
111. Jeremy D. Dalisay, Office Assistant, Office of Social Concern and Involvement, Loyola Schools
112. Ma. Monette C. Dator, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School
113. T . S. David, Ph.D., Department of Leadership & Strategy
114. Manuel M. Dayrit, M.D., M.Sc., Dean, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health
115. Antonio Francisco B. de Castro, S.J., E.H.D., Associate Professor, Loyola School of Theology
116. Francis Matthew R. De Guzman, D iscipline Formator, Office of the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Discipline
117. Judith M. de Guzman, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Psychology
1 1 8 . L e l a n d J o s e p h R . D e l a C r u z , P h . D . , D i r e c t o r , O f f i c e f o r S o c i a l C o n c e r n a n d I n v o l v e m e n t , L o y o l a S c h o o l s
119. Ma. Henrietta Teresa O. de la Cruz, Director, Office of Health Services, Loyola Schools
1 2 0 . E r w i n e S . D e l a P a z , M . S c . , T e a c h e r , A t e n e o d e M a n i l a H i g h S c h o o l
121. Rey delos Reyes, Jr., Senior Systems Administrator, I nformation Technology Resource Management Office 122.G ina F. delos Santos, Staff, Jesuit Residence
123. Miriam R. Delos Santos, M.A., Director, Office for Mission and Identity
1 2 4 . F e l i c i s i m o A . D o l o r J r . , S r . S y s t e m s A d m i n i s t r a t o r , I T R M O
1 2 5 . F l o r d e l i z a A . D o m i n g o , A d m i n i s t r a t i v e A s s i s t a n t , R i z al L i b r a r y
126. Manuel B. Dy, Jr., Ph.D. Professor, Department of Philosophy
127. Antonio Rafael N. Elicaño, Lecturer, Department of English
128. Socorro P.E. Escarez, M.A., Basic Education Admission & Aid Officer
129. Emilyn Q. Espiritu, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work, Loyola Schools 130.A one Estipona, Project Staff, Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER), Ateneo School of Government
131. Den Kevin U. Fajardo, Instructor, Fine Arts Program
132. Patrick Z. Falguera, S.J., M.A., Formation Director, Ateneo School of Government
133. Jose Felix G. Falgui, M.A., Regular Faculty, English Subject Area, Ateneo Junior High School 134.A bigail Marie T. Favis, MSc, Instructor, Department of Environmental Science
135. Doris T. Faylona, Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages
136. Ana Marie O. Fernandez, Assistant Professor, Department of English
137. Karina Therese G. Fernandez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology 138.P atricia Katrina V. Fernandez, Managing Director, Ateneo CORD
139. Andrew D. Ferrer, A dministrative Assistant for Health Programs, Ateneo Graduate School of Business
140. Maria Audris A. Ferrer, M.A., Assistant Teacher, Ateneo Grade School
141. Juan Lorenzo R. Flojo, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School
142. Gino Cecilio N. Flores, Student Affairs Professional, Office of Student Activities, Loyola Schools 143.J aime Manuel Q. Flores, M.A., Instructor, Department of Communication
144. Flordeliza F. Francisco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
145. Edna P. Franco, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
146. Timothy G. Gabuna, Director of Resident Students
147. Feric Gaius L. Galvez, Assistant Instructor, Department of Psychology
148. Javier Miguel A. Galvez, M.A. cand., Assistant Instructor, Department of Theology 149. Melissa R. Garabiles, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Psychology
150. Gabriel Garbo, Library Staff, Rizal Library

151. Bienvenido F. Garcia, M.B.M., Department of Marketing and Law
152. Henedina Shanice A. Garcia, Lecturer, Fine Arts Program
153. Leovino Ma. Garcia, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
154. Lermie Shayne S. Garcia, M.A., Instructor, Department of History
155. Arni G. Gilbuena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
156. Fr. Pasquale T. Giordano, S.J., Associate Professor, Department of Theology
157. Brian Paul A. Giron, M.A., Instructor, Department of History
158. Albert A. Go, M.A., Psychologist, Office of Guidance & Counseling, Loyola Schools
159. Javier Luis P. Gomez, M.A., Instructor, Department of Theology
160. Sarah Rebecca Gonzaga, Associate Director, Ateneo CORD
161. Ma. Celeste T. Gonzalez, Ed D, Associate Professor, Education Department; Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
162. Lailani Gotao, M.A., Instructor, Department of History
163. James Patrick Gregorio, Director, Office of the Management Information Systems
164. Hector P. Guballa, Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and Strategy 165. Geoffrey A. Guevara, Ph.D. Cand., Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
166. Marita Concepcion Castro Guevara, Ph.D., Director, Institute of Philippine Culture
167. Roberto Conrado O. Guevara, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Formation
168. Armando M. Guidote Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry
169. Pia Clarisse R. Gulpeo, M.Sc., Instructor, Department of Biology
170. Vernon D. Gutierrez, Lecturer, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
171. Angela Fatima H. Guzon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
172. Olivia Anne M. Habana, Ph.D., Chair, Department of History
173. Maria Regina M. Hechanova, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychology
174. Anne Heramia, Program Manager, ITRMO
175. Ranilo B. Hermida, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
176. Ma. Victoria T. Herrera, Director and Chief Curator, Ateneo Art Gallery
177. Dennis Heruela, Instructor, Department of Marketing and Law
178. Beverly Lorraine C. Ho, M.D., M.P.H., Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences
179. Jaime G. Hofileña, Ll.B., Vice President for Social Development
180.  Josefina D. Hofileña, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Loyola Schools
181. Venus C. Ibarra, D.B.A., Associate Professor, Department of Finance and Accounting
182. Ma. Teresa Q. Ibarrientos, M.A., Junior Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Grade School

183. John Owen F. Ilagan, M.S., ITRMO
1 8 4 . F r a n c i s I s a a c , R e s e a r c h e r , P o l i t i c a l D e m o c r a c y a n d R e f o r m s ( P O D E R ) , A t e n e o School of Government
185. Emerald Jay D. Ilac, Ph.D., RPm, Instructor, Department of Psychology
186. Cecile Angela A. Ilagan, M.B.A., Coordinator, Ateneo de Manila Journals Office
187. Ramir C. Intatano, IT Resource Management Office
188. Jean Meir P. Jardeleza, Teac hing Assistant, Department of Environmental Science
189. Carla Denise B. Javellana, Project Officer, Ateneo Center for Educational Development
190. Julie Javellana-Santos, Editorial Head, University Communication and Public Relations Office 191.J oaquin U. Jochico II, Staff, Rizal Library
192. Paulo Rafael S. Joson, M.Sc., Instructor, Department of Biology
193. Carissa Mae P. Juaneza, Project employee, CAO
194. Celeste Aida Abad Jugo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of English
195. Hansley A. Juliano, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Political Science
196. Jose Paulo L. Justiniano, Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy
197. Anna Marie A. Karaos, Ph.D., Associate Director, John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues

198. Alyda Yasmin A. Keh, M.A., Instructor, Department of Psychology
199. Florence T. Ladion, M.A., Career Counselor, Office of Placement and Career Services, Loyola Schools
200. Corazon Lalu-Santos, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kagawaran ng Filipino
201. Maria Elissa J. Lao, D.P.A., Chair, Department of Political Science
2 0 2 . R i a B . L a s c o , O f f i c e A s s i s t a n t , G o v . J o s e B . F e r n a n d e z E t h i c s C e n t e r , A t e n e o G r a d u a t e S c h o o l o f B u s i n e s s 203.A ntonio Gabriel M. La Viña, J.S.D., Dean, Ateneo School of Government
2 0 4 . E n r i c o A n t o n i o B . L a V i ñ a , R e s e a r c h e r , S i m b a h a n g L i n g k o d n g B a y a n
205. Skilty C. Labastilla, PhD Cand., Research Associate, Institute of Philippine Culture
206. Justin Robert G. Ladaban, Lecturer, Department of Leadership and Strategy
207. Leonardo A. Lanzona, Jr., Ph.D. , Professor, Department of Economics
208.  Henson L. Lee Yu, M.Sc., Instructor, Department of Chemistry
209. Lorenzo Z. Lerma, M.A., Instructor, Department of Psychology
210. Enrique Nino P. Leviste, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology 211.K aren Anne S. Liao, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
212. Michael J. Liberatore, Ph.D. cand., Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
213. Joseph Anthony Lim, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Economics
214. Mark Benedict F. Lim, M.A., Instructor, Kagawaran ng Filipino
215. Melanie Ramos Llana, M.A., Research Associate, John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues

216. Salome S. Llanes, Administrative Assistant, Department of Political Science
217. Carmel Llarenas, Project Staff, P olitical Democracy and Reforms (PODER), Ateneo School of Government

218. Erlinda Eileen G. Lolarga, M.A., lecturer, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
219. Sandra Francesca A. Lovenia, M.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science; Director, I.T. Resource Management Office
220. David O. Lozada III, Ph.D. cand., Assistant Professor, Department of History
221. Lucia M. Lucas-Chavez, A ssistant to the Director for Operations, Office for Social Concern & Involvement 222.N icolo Paolo P. Ludovice, M.A., Lecturer, Department of History
223. Maria Milette E. Macalinao, Ateneo Grade School
224. Regidor B. Macaraig, Director, Central Purchasing Office
225. Maria Margarita C. Madroño, M.A., Associate Teacher, Ateneo Grade School
226. Blesilda A. Mallillin, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
227. Gabriel F. Mallillin, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Junior High School
228. Maricel Maninang-Agapay, HR Assistant, OHRMOD
229. Alex C. Manuel, M.A., RGC, Counselor, Ateneo de Manila High School
230. John Paul F. Marasigan, S tudent Affairs Professional, Office for Social Concern and Involvement, Loyola Schools 231.R eginaldo M. Marcelo, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
232. Ma. Mahalia Cristina B. Marci, M.A. cand., Assistant Instructor, Department of English 233. Michael Ner E. Mariano, M.A., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
234. Gemma Rita R. Marin, M.A., Executive Director, John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues
235. Norman Dennis E. Marquez, M.D., Program Director, Health Sciences Program
236. Isabel Pefianco Martin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English
237. Jesus Lemuel L. Martin, Jr., M.S., Instructor, Department of Mathematics
238. Jocelyn S. Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of English
239. Glenn Sevilla Mas, MFA, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Program
240. David Allen M. Masakayan, Social Involvement Formator, Ateneo de Manila Grade School 241.R oselle Elinore H. Matias, Subject Area Coordinator for Music, Ateneo de Manila Grade School 242.P atrick J. Medina, Manager, I.T. Resource Management Office
243. Maria Isabel Melgar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
244. Anna A. Mendiola, M.B.A., Acting Dean, John Gokongwei School of Management
245. Diana J. Mendoza, Ph.D., Associate Chair, Department of Political Science
246. Jocelyn C. Mendoza, Staff, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
247. Lara Katrina Tajonera Mendoza, Ph.D. cand., Instructor, Department of English
248. Meynardo P. Mendoza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History
249. Ruben C. Mendoza, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Theology
250. Armando G. Miclat, Jr., Faculty, Department of Marketing & Law
251. Maelyn Mequi, Assistant Teacher, Ateneo Grade School
252. Karla C. Mercado, Staff, Ateneo University Press
253. Dante Miciano, Staff, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
254. Enrico C. Mina, D.B.A., Lecturer, Ateneo Graduate School of Business

255. Noel P. Miranda, Senior Faculty, Ateneo de Manila High School
256. Eden Delight P. Miro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
257. Jovino G. Miroy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
258. Jose Claro N. Monje, M.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics, Computer, & Communications Engineering 259.C ristina J. Montiel, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology
260. Amy Muga, Senior Counselor, Ruben M.Tanseco Center for Family Ministries (RMT-CEFAM) 261.A rminda A.Muga, RGC, Guidance Counselor, Office of Guidance and Counseling, Loyola Schools
262.  Felix P. Muga II, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
263.J ob A. Nable, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
264. Marcelo A. Nacionales, Jr., Junior Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School
265. Carolyn Soledad P. Natividad, M.A. Ed., Assistant to the Vice President for Student Discipline 266. Maria Lucia C. Natividad, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Theology
267. Francis M. Navarro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History
268. Isabel Consuelo A. Nazareno, M.A., Instructor, Department of History
269. Jaime Jose G. Nicdao, Finance Officer for Basic education
270. Rhodora F. Nicdao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Education
271. Apple Audrey L. Noda, Admission Officer, Office of Admission and Aid
272. Jocelyn M. Nolasco, M.A., Instructor, Department of Psychology
273. Anna Marie S. Oblepias, M.Ed., Instructor, Department of English
274. Ambeth R. Ocampo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History
275. Edwin B. Odulio, M.A., Instructor, Department of Theology
276. Nelvin T. Olalia, Computer Subject Area Coordinator, Ateneo de Manila High School
277. Ma. Jessica V. Ona, Assistant Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
278. Karen Patricia N. Ong, Director for Scholarships and Financial Aid, AHS-Office of Admission and Aid
279. Thelma G. Padero, Assistant to the VP for Administration
280. Marissa Maricosa A. Paderon, Ph.D., Program Director, European Studies Program
281. Devi Benedicte I. Paez, M.A., Instructor, Department of English
282. Jema M. Pamintuan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kagawaran ng Filipino
2 8 3 . F a r i d a R . P a n g a n , M . A . , A s s o c i a t e D i r e c t o r , C e n t e r f o r O r g a n i z a t i o n R e s e a r c h & D e v e l o p m e n t

284. Ma. Victoria Panlilio-Dimalanta, Facilities Management ans Security Officers, Basic Education 285. Michael D. Pante, Ph.D. cand., Instructor, Department of History
286.J asmine Nikki C. Paredes, M.F.A., Instructor, Fine Arts Program
2 8 7 . A i l e e n B . P a s c u a l , M D , F P A F P , A s s i s t a n t P r o f e s s o r , A t e n e o S c h o o l o f M e d i c i n e a n d P u b l i c H e a l t h

288.A llan Justo Pastrana, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
289.B eatriz Anne Irene O. Paterno, Rpm, Research Assistant, Loyola Schools Office of Guidance and Counseling
290. Jhoanna Michelle G. Paterno, M.A., Instructor, Department of English 291.J erry Pavia, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School

292. Alma Renee R. Pavia, Section Head-EERE, OHRMOD
293. Ma. Margarita M. Pavia, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School
294. Adelaida L. Pedraja, MD, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health
295. Amelia Lorena R. Perez, Project Officer, Ateneo Center for Educational Development
2 9 6 . R o b e r t A l f i e S . P e ñ a , R e s e a r c h F e l l o w , D e p a r t m e n t o f E l e c t r o n i c s , C o m p u t e r a n d C o m m u n i c a t i o n s E n g i n e e r i n g 297. Frances Doplon Perez, M.A., Instructor, Department of English
298. Josephine P. Perez, M.A., Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology
299. Teresita R. Perez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science
300. Marianne Rachel G. Perfecto, Associate Professor, Department of English
301. Marlon P. Pia, Formator, Office for Social Concern and Involvement, Loyola Schools
302. Rosarito F. Pizarro, Staff, Department of Psychology
303. Ser Percival K. Peña-Reyes, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Economics
304.  Chanda C Policarpio, Office Staff, Office for Mission and Identity
305. Ma. Inez Angela Z. Ponce de Leon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication 306.E mma E. Porio, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
307. Jesus Deogracias Principe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
308. Stephanie Ann Y. Puen, M.A., Instructor, Department of Theology
309. Ryan Jeremiah D. Quan, LL.M., Coordinator, Graduate Legal Studies Institute, Ateneo Law School 310.N emesio S. Que, S.J., Vice President for Administration, Ateneo de Manila University
311. Oliver John C. Quintana, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Political Science
312. Mary Racelis, Ph.D. (Honoris Causa), Research Scientist, Institute of Philippine Culture
313. Mark Raftery-Skehan, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy
314. Gema B. Rementina, Accounting Officer, CAO
315. Jerry C. Respeto, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kagawaran ng Filipino
316. Ma. Luisa T. Reyes, Ph.D., Professor, Department of English
317. Melissa S. Reyes, M.Com., Lecturer, Department of Psychology
318. Reinabelle C. Reyes, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
319. Rosula S.J. Reyes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, D epartment of Electronics, Computer, and Communications Engineering
320. Alexander C. Rivera, Jr., Secretary, Office of the Computer Center, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
321. Roberto E. N. Rivera, S.J., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
322. Raymond S. Rodolfo, Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science
323. Miguel Paolo P. Rivera, M.A., Lecturer, Department of Political Science
324. Deborah N. Rodrigo, M.E., Lecturer, Department of Marketing and Law
325. L uis Francis A. Rodrigo Jr., J.D., Lecturer, Department of Marketing and Law
326. Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
327.A gustin Martin G. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy
328.R aul P. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Quantitative Methods and InformationTechnology

329. Matthew C. Romero, Asst. Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School
330. Segundo Joaquin E. Romero, Ph.D., Professorial Lecturer, Development Studies Program 331.R aoul R. Roncal, Instructor , Department of Theology
332. Joana Marie B. Rucio, Project Officer, Office of Admission and Aid
333. Mari-Jo P. Ruiz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Mathematics Department
334. Dionie J. Salamat, Project Staff, Ateneo School of Government
335. William Patrick L. Sales, Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
336. Alma Maria O. Salvador, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
337. Edgar C. Samar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kagawaran ng Filipino
338. Rene Salvador R. San Andres, M.A., Assistant to the Vice-President for Formation, Loyola Schools 339.J onas N. San Diego, Associate Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Grade School
340. Geoffrey A. San Esteban, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Associate Dean for Student and Administrative Services
341. Louie Jon A. Sanchez, M.F.A., Instructor, Department of English
342. Rachel Joyce Marie O. Sanchez, Ph.D. Cand., Instructor, Theology Department
343. Joseph Sedfrey S. Santiago, Esq., Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing and Law
344. Ray Paolo J. Santiago, J.D., Executive Director, Ateneo Human Rights Center
345. Bernie C. Santos, Senior Teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School
346. Joseph Gideon V. Sarreal, Professional, Office for Mission and Identity
347. Joselito T. Sescon, M.D.E., Lecturer, Department of Economics
348. Carmela S. Siojo, Director, Office of Placement and Career Services
349. Manolet M. Siojo, Chair, Department of Leadership and Strategy
350. Fernando J. Sison III, M.B.A., Administrator, Office of the VP for Finance and Treasurer 351.F rancis C. Sollano, M.A., Instructor, Department of English
352. Gabriel S. Soong, Formator, Office for Social Concern and Involvement, Loyola Schools
353. Maria Flor V. Soriano – Student Affairs Professional II, Office for Social Concern and Involvement 354.C ornelia C Soto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Education
355. Amparita S. Sta. Maria, Ll.M., Director, Ateneo Graduate Legal Studies Institute
356. Elineth Elizabeth L. Suarez, Ed.D., Lecturer, Department Of English
357. Therese Marie Z. Sunga, M.St., Instructor, Department of History
358. Janny S. Surmieda, Librarian, Rizal Library
359. Winfer C. Tabares, M.S., Instructor, Department of Mathematics
360. Jean P. Tan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
361. Angelo Ramon A. Tanchoco, M.S., Lecturer, D epartment of Qualitative Methods and Information Technology 362.L ota A. Teh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
363. Mendiola Teng-Calleja, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
364. Jethro Niño P. Tenorio, M.A., Assistant Professor, Kagawaran ng Filipino
365. Tomas L. Testa IV, Head, Policy Development & HR Relations Section, OHRMOD
366. Mary C. Thomas, PhD., Assistant Professor, Department of English

367. Paolo Miguel G. Tiausas, Lecturer, Fine Arts Program
368. Jose Ma. Edito K. Tirol, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History
369. Jacqueline Marie J. Tolentino, M.A., Instructor, Department of Philosophy
370. Benjamin T. Tolosa, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
371. Harald Eustachius A. Tomintz, M.A., Instructor, European Studies Program
372. Aldo Zelig U. Tong, M.S., Instructor, Department of Finance & Accounting
373. Anne Marie D. Topacio, M.A., Instructor, Department of Psychology
374. Aileen D. Torres, M.B.A., Assistant Director, Central Accounting Office
375. Mary Dana Louise B. Torio, Assistant Teacher, Ateneo de Manila Junior High School
376. Cynthia T. Totanes, Asst. to the VPLS for QA, Loyola Schools
377. Edwin S. Totanes, Lecturer, Department of Leadership & Strategy
378. Vernon R. Totanes, Ph.D., Director, Rizal Library
379. Gino Antonio P. Trinidad, M.A., Instructor, Department of Political Science
380. Jose Eos R. Trinidad, Lecturer, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
381. Philip Arnold P. Tuaño, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
382. Richie Tugawin, Researcher, Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER), Ateneo School of Government
383. Ma. Rosanne R. Unson, Professional, ITRMO
384. Bernadee Uy, Lecturer, Department of Leadership and Strategy
385. Jhanna Uy, Part-time Faculty, Health Sciences Program
386. Nikki T. Valencia, HR Officer, Office of Human Resource Management and Organization Development
387. Alvin Patrick M. Valentin, M.B.A., Instructor, Department of Quantitative Methods and Information Technology
388. Hidde van der Wall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History
389. Pocholo Andrew E. Velasquez, Ph.D. cand., Instructor, Department of Psychology
390. Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science 391.V ictor S. Venida, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Economics
392. John Paul C. Vergara, PhD, Professor, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science 393.J ean Abigail Victoria, Praxis Formator, Office for Social Concern and Involvement
394. John Noel C. Victorino, M.S., Lecturer, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science 395. Maria Luz C. Vilches, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of English
396. Miguel Martin R. Vilchez, M.Ed., Assistant to the ADAA for Curriculum, Loyola Schools
397. Deborah M. Villa, Lecturer, Environmental Science Department
398. Mary Ann F. Villanueva, M.A., Psychologist, Office of Guidance & Counseling, Loyola Schools 399.V enus V. Vinluan, Administrative Assistant, Ateneo School of Government
400. Bianca Nicole S. Vinoya, Communications Assistant, Institute of Philippine Culture
401. Angelique Pearl Virtue P. Villasanta, RPm, MA cand., Lecturer, Department of Psychology 402.C atherine P. Vistro-Yu, Ed.D., Professor, Department of Mathematics

403. Raphael Yabut, Assistant Instructor, Department of Theology
404. Bernedita G. Yacaba, Staff, Office of the Vice President for Basic Education
405. Alyson L. Yap, M.B.A., Instructor, Department of Quantitative Methods and Information Technology
406. Analyn L. Yap, Lecturer, Fine Arts Program
407. Carlos C. Ycasiano, M.A, MBA, Lecturer, Department of Leadership and Strategy 408. Ma. Luisa P. Young, M.A. Chair, Department of Modern Languages
409. Darwin D. Yu, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Finance and Accounting
410. William Yu, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science 411.G ladys Marypet R. Yusingco, Project Staff, Ateneo Institute of Sustainability
412. Brian Karlo W. Zuniga, Lecturer, Health Sciences Program

source : http://www.ateneo.edu/sites/default/files/attached-files/Concerned%20Ateneo%20de%20Manila%20Members%27%20Response%20to%20Senator%20Marcos%20Jr.%203-2-16%201130%20AM.pdf

 

 

ateneo upholding academic freedom : “The university has its own purposes which cannot be subordinated to other objectives”

September 3, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Understanding Catholic universities

by: fr joaquin bernas sj

In discussing Catholic universities one must  begin with Canon 808 of the Code of Canon Law which says: “Even if it really be Catholic, no university may bear the title or name Catholic university without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.” In that technical juridical sense, the Ateneo and almost all other institutions in the Philippines, save one perhaps, which are publicly regarded as Catholic, are not in juridical terms Catholic. But are they Catholic in any other sense?

Even Canon 808 suggests that institutions which do not have the ecclesiastical title of Catholic can in fact be “really Catholic.” The appellation of Catholic can come from various sources. It can come, for instance, from its origins as founded by various religious orders of men and women. That in fact is how most Catholic institutions in the Philippines started. The appellation also comes from what in fact they do. For this reason these institutions are recognized as affiliated with the Church even if not “canonically Catholic.”

It must also be said that a canonical title is not the litmus test for being truly Catholic. Pope John Paul II in fact looks for more in a Catholic university. In a speech before Catholic universities in the United States, both canonically recognized and not, he said:

“A Catholic university or college must make a specific contribution to the Church and to society through high-quality scientific research, in-depth study of problems, and a just sense of history, together with the concern to show the full meaning of the human person regenerated in Christ, thus favoring the complete development of the person. Furthermore, the Catholic university or college must train young men and women of outstanding knowledge who, having made a personal synthesis of faith and culture, are both capable and willing to assume tasks in the service of the community and of society in general, and to bear witness to their faith before the world. And finally, to be what it ought to be, a Catholic college or university must set up, among its faculty and students, a real community which bears witness to a living and operative Christianity, a community where sincere commitment to scientific research and study goes together with a deep commitment to authentic Christian living.

“This is your identity. This is your vocation. . . .  The term ‘Catholic’ will never be a mere label, either added or dropped according to the pressures of varying factors.”

Briefly, a Catholic university is not just an institute for teaching catechism.

Further, in the same speech, John Paul II emphasized the importance of academic freedom:  “As one who for long years have been a university professor, I will never tire of insisting on the eminent role of the university, which is to instruct but also to be a place of scientific research. In both these fields, its activity is deeply related to the deepest and noblest aspiration of the human person: the desire to come to the knowledge of truth. No university can rightfully deserve the esteem of the world of higher learning unless it applies the highest standards of scientific research, constantly updating the methods and working instruments, and unless it excels in seriousness, and therefore in freedom of investigation.”

It is in this context that Fr. Jose “Jett” Villarin has defended what the Ateneo professors have been doing. At the same time, this is the measuring rod according to which Ateneo professors, and other professors of Catholic universities, must examine their individual consciences. Similarly, those who criticize them must meet them in the context of the field of expertise from which they write and not only in the limited context of the Baltimore Catechism.

One might also ask, is Father Jett being faithful to the teachings of the Society of Jesus? We Jesuits tend to disagree among ourselves about almost everything. As an Italian saying goes, Tre Jesuiti, quattro opinioni. Perhaps cinque or even more. But I think if we surveyed the opinion of Jesuits in school work we will find them overwhelmingly in agreement with the words of the superior general of the Jesuits, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach in an address titled “The Jesuit University in the Light of Ignatian Charism.” He said: “Far be it from us to try to convert the university into a mere instrument of evangelization or, worse still, for proselytizing. The university has its own purposes which cannot be subordinated to other objectives. It is important to respect institutional autonomy, academic freedom, and to safeguard personal and community rights.” Father Kolvenbach goes on to insist that there is no inherent schizophrenia in the identity of a Jesuit college or university. “In a Catholic university, or one of Christian inspiration, under the responsibility of the Society of Jesus, there does not exist—nor can there exist—incompatibility between the goals proper to the university and the Christian and Ignatian inspiration that should characterize any apostolic institution of the Society of Jesus.”

Father Jett told me at supper that Archbishop Chito Tagle, at the wake for Jesse Robredo, condoled and commiserated with him (probably with a wink!) as he parries the slings and arrows coming his way from “loyal Catholic catechists.”  Jett can take it. He is young and was valedictorian of the same Ateneo college batch as Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

ateneo president fr villarin ignores bishop, upholds independent thinking and appreciates ateneo professors efforts on rh bill

August 21, 2012 5 comments

in the long held tradition of the ateneo, fr. villarin, ateneo president not only upholds independent thinking but more importantly appreciates the 192 professors who have released a statement of their support on the rh bill. the latter to me was unexpected.

some weeks ago,  the ateneo professors released a statement where 160 of them stated their support for the rh bill, calling for congress to pass the bill. that caught the attention of the rh bill advocates and was one of the most talked about among groups involved on the bill.

then just a few days ago, the same group of ateneo professors released another statement saying an additional 33 professors signed on to their statement of support for the rh bill.

that once again caught the attention of opposing forces on the rh bill debate and this time  included traditional media. it helped that that was the time that president aquino included the rh bill on his SONA and it was causing excitement in congress. the renewed interest and strong publicity of the statement of the ateneo professors supporting the rh bill also caught the attention of the CBCP and a permanent member of it.

CBCP member bishop medroso has said the ateneo professors who aired their support for the rh bill should be investigated to see if they should be fired for teaching the rh bill at the ateneo. the CBCP opposes the rh bill.

bishop medroso says the ateneo being a catholic school should toe the line of the CBCP on the rh bill. according to him by implication, ateneo can lose its recognition as a catholic school and the professors their jobs if they teach their students their support to the rh bill in the classrooms.

as a reaction to the growing and very loud voices on the ateneo professors’ statements,  this letter was released by  fr. villarin. it was released very quickly, just one day after the threat of the bishop was written up in the press.

the letter states that it recognizes the individual stand of the professors in their support of the rh bill and accepts that there are divergent views on the rh bill and the ateneo professors position is one of them.

the most important part is that he does not sanction the ateneo professors for their stand supporting the rh bill which is contrary to the school’s stand and the CBCP. the CBCP bishop was in less than subtle terms wanted the sanction.

read here:

bishop wants pro rh bill Ateneo professors fired – hahahaha – http://wp.me/pnw03-1DB

fr. villarin even goes on to give the ateneo professors encouragement, saying they should “continue in their discernment of the common good“, appreciating the intent the professors stated in their position paper which was to help the poor, saying “I appreciate their social compassion and intellectual efforts“.

we thought that the last part on the “intellectual efforts” was not just a recognition of the high quality work and thinking the professors put into their statement but also a subtle allusion to the quality, or lack of it, of the discourse from anti rh bill proponents.

Church Of The Gesu At The Ateneo De Manila University

it is very clear that in this letter, fr. villarin:

  1. ignores, rebukes and delivers a slap in the face of the CBCP and the bishop who was calling for the ateneo professors to be fired from their teaching jobs at the ateneo
  2. key here is fr. villarin has stated no sanctions of any sort or censure on the ateneo professors. this is the exact opposite of what the cbcp and the bishop wanted
  3. he sees the action of the ateneo professors in a very different light from what the bishop was trying to say
  4. the ateneo agrees to disagree with the ateneo professors as fr. villarin states that the ateneo as a catholic school opposes the passage of the rh bill
  5. respects the opposing view of the ateneo professors and allows them to pursue their views as the professors see fit
  6. states that the school has been teaching in the classrooms the anti rh bill position of the school and the CBCP. this is important as this establishes the CBCP may not sanction ateneo as it is in fact teaching its position.
  7. that sets up the point that the statement released by the professors are indeed just their individual and personal view on the rh bill and thus cannot be sanctioned by the school or the CBCP. fr. villarin has drawn a differentiation between what the professors teach in the classroom and what they say as individuals. the latter goes to freedom of expression and academic freedom.
  8. although obviously unstated, we think fr. villarin is pro rh bill. he just could not say it being the president of the catholic school ateneo. not saying comes within the territory of his job as president of the catholic school he heads.
  9. rather than calling for the non passage of the rh bill, fr. villarin is calling for amendments to the bill.
  10. he also probably thinks the rh bill will be passed, saying that the community should work for making sure no coercion is done in its implementation allowing for people to exercise free will to decide to avail or not avail any of the components of the rh bill.
  11. the  letter shows a very keen appreciation of the pro-poor and pro-people stance of the ateneo professors in their support of the rh bill. we think it is obvious from here that fr. villarin together with the ateneo professors believe and practice in being “man for others”
  12. upholds the ateneo tradition of encouraging, in fact teaching informed independent thinking, inclusive of whether it agrees or disagrees with its own position. this is a tradition in the school. if the students are taught this, why shouldn’t it allow the professors to exercise the same?
  13. we think this one of the strongest statements in that letter : “Nevertheless, Catholic tradition has always taught that reason and faith are not enemies but allies in the service of God’s truth.” reason here refers to the position paper released by the ateneo professors while faith refers to the position of the CBCP, the bishop and the university. he is saying here that they really should not clash or one cancel the other, and that in fact both can be combined to reach the “service of God’s truth”. he is saying both are right and not one is wrong over the other.
  14. in saying both are right and not one is wrong over the other has the effect of siding with the ateneo professors. the previous and original statement released by the ateneo professors had this as the topic : “catholics in conscience can support the rh bill”. (click here: Catholics Can Support The RH Bill In Good Conscience – Ateneo Professors’ Position Paper RH Bill 5043)

clearly, fr. villarin is a man of high intellect with a genuine gift for communicating and words. it is also obvious he has a full understanding of his role, the ateneo professors and the school and its dynamics and core values.  he has done his job well as president of the ateneo.

this is a proud day for ateneo and ateneans.

Memo to the University Community from the President

date posted: 2012-08-21 12:30:09

20 August 2012

Memo to:       The University Community

Subject:          HB 4244

Together with our leaders in the Catholic Church, the Ateneo de Manila University does not support the passage of House Bill 4244 (The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Bill).  As many of these leaders have pointed out, the present form of the proposed bill contains provisions that could be construed to threaten constitutional rights as well as to weaken commonly shared human and spiritual values.

Now that the period for amendments is about to begin, I enjoin all in the Ateneo community to continue in-depth study of the present bill, and to support amendments to remove provisions that could be ambiguous or inimical from a legal, moral or religious perspective.

In connection with this, I call attention to the 192 members of our faculty who have grappled with the underlying issues in the context of Catholic social teaching, and who have spoken in their own voice in support of the bill.  Though the University must differ from their position for the reasons stated above, I appreciate their social compassion and intellectual efforts, and urge them to continue in their discernment of the common good.  As there is a spectrum of views on this ethical and public policy issue, I ask all those who are engaged in the Christian formation of our students to ensure that the Catholic position on this matter continues to be taught in our classes, as we have always done.

Should the bill with whatever amendments be passed, we should neither hesitate to bring to the judiciary whatever legal questions we may have nor cease to be vigilant in ensuring that no coercion takes place in implementation.

If there is no easy answer to the concerns that the proposed bill raises or no facile unanimity among divergent views, this only proves the complexity, depth, and sensitivity of these concerns.  Nevertheless, Catholic tradition has always taught that reason and faith are not enemies but allies in the service of God’s truth.  From this tradition, we can draw strength and compassion in our often tortuous journey as persons in community toward the greater glory of God and the service of God’s people.

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ

President

source: http://www.admu.edu.ph/index.php?p=120&type=2&sec=29&aid=11138

bishop wants pro rh bill Ateneo professors fired – hahahaha

August 20, 2012 6 comments

the rhetoric on the rh bill and the ateneo de manila professors just got raised a few levels up with a bishop medroso saying the ateneo professors who are pro rh bill should be investigated and should be fired from their jobs if they are giving “instructions”  contrary to the catholic church’s teachings, the rh bill in particular. the catholic church is against the rh bill.

good luck to the bishop on that one. the statements of the ateneo professors have been released on the basis of what they say there as their individual and personal view on the rh bill and not of the university nor does it say it is what  they teach in the classrooms of the ateneo. the disclaimer is written on the first few paragraphs of the statement the professors released.

Ateneo De Manila College Administration Building

there are few grey areas on the threat of the bishop.

professors and doctors who teach at the ateneo medical school will need to teach about modern methods of contraception. it is part and parcel of any lesson on reproductive health and obstetrics. all ob-gyn doctors should know this. will the doctor teachers covering the topic be fired from their jobs?

an economics professor for example can cover the topic of population as it relates to economic theories. population and family size is a key component of the rh bill discussion, will these professors be fired too?

when students bring up the topic of rh bill during class discussion, should the teacher refuse to discuss it?

read the statements of the ateneo professors here:

160 Ateneo De Manila University Professors declare support for the RH Bill – http://wp.me/pnw03-1Cy

Catholics Can Support The RH Bill In Good Conscience – Ateneo Professors’ Position Paper RH Bill 5043 – http://wp.me/Pnw03-2q

we think that as long as the professors say in class, to their students that the school as a whole is anti-rh bill, the professor and students can proceed to discuss everything and anything about the rh bill. college education is all about discourse on the two sides of any issue or topic.

the ateneo classroom in particular is known for such discourse. one of the cornerstones of  an ateneo education is informed independent thinking. building independent thinkers is one of the most cherished goals of an ateneo education.

good luck to changing the very core of what the ateneo education is all about.

Catholic Church wants pro-RH bill Ateneo professors sacked
By 10:20 pm | Monday, August 20th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—It’s not exactly an inquisition but 159 members of the Ateneo de Manila University faculty may face investigation, and sacked if found guilty.

Bishop Leandro Medroso, in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas on Monday, called for an investigation of the Ateneo faculty members who signed a statement declaring support for the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill being pushed by the Aquino administration in Congress.

Medroso, the permanent council member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Canon Law, said the university should make sure that the teachers who endorsed House Bill No. 4244 have not been teaching concepts against Church laws.

“That has to be investigated. The first principle of Canon law about this matter is that we don’t allow teaching that is against the official teachings of the Church. Now, if there is somebody who is giving instructions against the teachings of the Church, then they have to investigate immediately,” Medroso said.

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