Archbishop Cruz tells Duterte: File complaint on sexual abuse claims

MANILA (Mabuhay) – File a complaint. This was the reaction of Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz on claims by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that a priest sexually abused him when he was young. Cruz said that while he understands Duterte’s manner of speaking, for which the...

NAMFREL launches online ‘shaming’ vs. early campaigners

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) has launched a drive against “overeager” politicians engaging in premature campaigning for the 2016 elections. NAMFREL came up with a Facebook page “Election 2016 Pampams,” which will show photos and...

PHL Catholic Church stands firm vs gay marriage

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The leadership of the Philippines’ dominant Roman Catholic church stressed its opposition to legalizing gay marriage on Sunday despite last week’s landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The Philippine government meanwhile affirmed that under its...

CBCP: Reject the ‘notoriously corrupt’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is urging voters not to vote for candidates who are “notoriously corrupt” while also warning against the work of spin doctors who malign deserving candidates. In a pastoral letter, CBCP president and...

CBCP: Reject the ‘notoriously corrupt’

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is urging voters not to vote for candidates who are “notoriously corrupt” while also warning against the work of spin doctors who malign deserving candidates. In a pastoral letter, CBCP...

Helping ‘boat people’ moral duty: CBCP chief

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Soc Villegas lauded the Philippine government for its willingness to accept sick and hungry refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh. In a statement, the Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop said “there is a...

CBCP exec airs concern on link between climate change, poverty in PHL

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines this week aired concern over what he called the link between climate change and poverty in the Philippines. Caritas Philippines executive director Fr. Edu Gariguez told the Caritas...

CBCP reminds faithful: Keep Santacruzan simple, dignified

MANILA, Apr 16 (Mabuhay) – Keep the Santacruzan simple and dignified. This was the reminder of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to Filipino faithful as they prepare for the yearly May pageant. CBCP public affairs committee executive secretary Fr. Jerome...

Don’t be choosy with 1st jobs, priest urges new grads

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Don’t be choosy in job hunting. This was the advice of a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines official to this year’s graduates as they hunt for their first jobs. “Don’t be choosy. Oftentimes, the job we wish to get is not easily available. Start...

Ombudsman asked to probe Comelec-Smartmatic ‘midnight deal’

MANILA, Apr 1 (Mabuhay) — A former attorney for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has asked the Ombudsman to investigate the poll body for the alleged illegality of a “midnight deal” with Smartmatic for the repair, refurbishment and diagnostics of 82,000 vote-counting...