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The Enemy Within

July 27, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Many people were inspired and uplifted to hear the resounding words of President Noynoy Aquino in his State of the Nation Address recently: “nothing is impossible to a united nation.” Millions of people wish it were so. For Filipinos to be united in bonds of fraternity, justice, equality, the rule of law, compassion and modest […]

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The Olympic Game of Life

July 18, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

The Olympic Games are about to be declared open. The travelling Olympic Flame carried the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales; it is a symbol of freedom, enlightenment and a burning desire to achieve greatness in sport, in history, personal fulfilment and national pride. The Games inspire the Olympic Spirit whereby men and […]

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The Presidential Mining E.O.

July 12, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

The Presidential Executive Order (EO) outlining the administration’s policy on mining  is something to be welcomed as it shows a positive concern in protecting sensitive ecological areas that could be adversely affected by mining, especially the horrific open pit-mining that rips out the heart and soul of mountain-sides and forests, and does untold ecological damage. The […]

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The brave non-violence of the Subaanen people

July 6, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Some  thousands of indigenous people all over the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, especially the Subaanen people,  on the Zamboanga Peninsula have struggle for years to stop mining corporations from moving in to explore and mine the mountains and hills. They are victims of corrupt government officials and even judges who are captivated by the vested […]

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Coal and Mining – The Killing Industries

June 27, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Death came swiftly suddenly but not it was not unexpected. One day in October 2011the motor bike pulled into the open entrance in front of the church rectory of Italian missionary, environmentalist and human rights defender Father Fausto Tentorio.

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A Sustainable Life of Dignity, Rio+20

June 21, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

My faith is greatly challenged when I look upon the earth and the ongoing destruction of the beautiful valleys, hills, rivers and forests. Does the Lord of the Universe allow the ravages of mining, river pollution, reckless forest destruction, the depletion of marine life and destructive greed?

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The Greatest Freedom

June 15, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Independence Day celebrates political and economic freedom from the domination and exploitation of foreign powers and the establishment of a sovereign nation. It ought to be the freedom to build a country filled with patriotic fervor that cherishes its independence and sovereignty.

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More fun in the Philippines?

June 7, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Sex tourism is a world wide reality and those who deny it are living far from reality. In the Philippines an estimated 60,000 commercially sexually exploited children are suffering abuse and lost childhoods according to a UNICEF estimate and millions more worldwide. There are stringent laws against it that are not being enforced.

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The Time of Transparency

June 2, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

The conviction of the Philippine Chief Justice Corona for dishonesty having failed to tell the truth in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) as required of every public official by law is a serious event in the history of the Philippines.

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Why Blame Children for Adult Crime?

May 25, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

What level of callous cruelty does it take to put children as young as six or twelve-year-old behind bars? That is the way it was in the Philippines until the passing of the Juvenile Justice Welfare Bill (RA 9344) in 2006.

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