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Philippines Statement, 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (29 September 2014) by Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario

[Reproduced for reference is the Statement of the Republic of the Philippines, delivered by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, High Level General Debate, on 29 September 2014 at the General Assembly Hall UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America. Emphasis has been given by certain sectors on the portions on these segments: On Peace, Security and the Rule of Law and On Peacekeeping. Full text below.] (more…)

Rape: It’s a Snuggle with a Struggle

It's Not Rape: It's a Snuggle with a Struggle

Rape is committed in the Philippines every 72 minutes. Someone is likely being raped right now and by the time you’ve finished your lunch, someone has been sexually abused and traumatized. The rape victim could be a total stranger or that person could be your relative. Official figures in 2013 reveal a total of 7,409 reported rape cases. This is a relatively low figure because, fact is, a lot of rape cases are unreported. And the figure increases every year. These are some of the reasons why rape is always a serious problem. It’s never a funny topic, even on t-shirts. (more…)

Church Annulment and Court Annulment

Annulment, loosely referring to the processes of declaration of nullity or annulment itself, is complicated, time-consuming and expensive. This is the usual complaint we’ve heard from clients, both existing and prospective, on the only legal process allowed by Philippine law to end marriage for Christians. Of course, we’ve known a lot of cases when people converted to Islam in an attempt to take advantage of the divorce provisions under Sharia law. The other alternative is death, which severs the marital bond (incidentally, any attempt on the life of the other spouse is merely a ground for legal separation). (more…)

The Abad Incident: Statement from the Faculty of the University of the Philippines School of Economics

[Note: On 17 September 2014, University Student Council and the UP School of Economics Student Council (SESC) sponsored a forum on the proposed UP budget. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad, who was invited as a speaker, attended the forum. After the forum, as Sec. Abad made his way towards his vehicle, members of the STAND UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP) threw crumpled paper, coins and placards at him. The Econ Faculty, through its official statement reproduced below, says it's hooliganism. The concerned students, on the other hand, say that the real issue is DAP. What do you think? Use the comment section below.] (more…)

Palabra de Honor

Palabra de honor DBP Commercial

Whenever I have to go out under a heavy downpour, I’m reminded of the 1980s commercial of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). The commercial is weaved into my subconscious. It shows a son asking his father to postpone going to the bank because of the heavy rain. The father explained that he must go out, go to the bank and pay their obligation. He explained, “Anak, sa kasunduan, ang salita pinaninindigan. Ang pangako, tinutupad.” It’s about palabra de honor. Word of honor. Same with work, when the first thought should be, “I have to go” (not “walang pasok?”). Good thing somebody posted the ad for posterity. Here: (more…)

Equality and Unity, the Vision in UP Pep’s Routine, and Judging based on Facts

UP Pep Vision 2014UAAPCDC

It may be a surprise why we’re talking about cheerdance in this blog. We’re supporting the UP Pep Squad and its message/vision during the 2014 UAAP Cheerdance Competition. While the UP Pep Squad fell a little short of reclaiming the championship trophy, it succeeded in driving home a message. The second-place finish of UP Pep Squad must be viewed through the vision weaved into their routine — equality. Pantay-pantay. (more…)

Boatlift and 9/11: I Never Wanna Say I Should Have

“I have one theory in life. I never wanna say the word ‘I should have’. If  I do it and I fail, I tried. If I do it and I succeed, better for me. And I tell my children the same thing: Never go through life saying ‘I should have;’ if you want to do something you do it.” From Boatlift, a documentary of the boat lift in Lower Manhattan that evacuated more than half a million people in less than 9 hours. Reminds you of the quick response in Yolanda, 11/8. Makes you want to cry. (more…)

Hopefully Metro Manila Traffic Gets Worse

Metro Manila traffic is bad. It’s an established fact without need of further proof on top of the gridlock photos. Studies have shown that we’re losing MILLIONS per DAY because of Metro Manila traffic. Anyone stubborn enough to demand proof could simply take a ride in an open jeepney along EDSA during rush hour. In the past days, traffic is at a standstill throughout Metro Manila. It will get WORSE, the traffic authorities warned us. I hope it will grow to its absolute WORST condition. (more…)

Legalize Marijuana in the Philippines?

Marijuana is legal in some US states. In the Philippines, as the law stands today, marijuana is illegal. It is a dangerous drug and the selling/use of marijuana is a criminal offense. Soon it would be completely legal to use marijuana in the Philippines. That is, if Congress passes a proposed bill and President Benigno Aquino signs it into law.   (more…)

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