The staple of RH forces is deception. RH forces are wise as serpents since their work is that of the ancient serpent. They push their diabolical agenda through lies, as their father is the father of lies. They turn the truth on its head. As such, we must be wary of what they say and do, and even mistrust them and not just give them the benefit of the doubt.
Why has PNoy called for a dialogue with bishops at this time? It is tactical. The Palace is afraid that theTEAM PATAY–TEAM BUHAY campaign will snowball. With PNoy seemingly open to dialogue, then our bishops, good people that they are, may be led to tone down Church opposition. Perhaps they might even become nice to PNoy. Big mistake.
Notice the RH law was not even on the agenda. They met “to find common ground on other issues.” But the most fundamental issue, on which all other issues rest, is RH. FOI? RH is about massive disinformation. Land reform? RH is about blaming the masses of the poor for poverty. Corruption? Contraception is corruption. Poverty? RH will ultimately lead to economic collapse. Killing of an Ati leader in Boracay? RH is anti-life and promotes a culture of death. Extrajudicial killings? RH will lead to legalized abortion, which is judicial killing.
The meeting was described as “very friendly, very open.” Both sides look to “further mutual cooperation and collaboration in the spirit of understanding and dialogue.” All well and good. There are indeed many other issues. However, given that the most fundamental issue is the culture of life/death, given that RH forces are intrinsically deceptive, given that RH is pushed globally by world powers that have a diabolical agenda and are not really open to dialogue, given that the Church is the only strong institution standing in the way of all-out RH, given that this is a fight between good and evil, given that our very faith is under attack, we too must be wise as serpents (but innocent as doves). We must not be nice to those who are burning the house down.
Again, PNoy already showed his hand when he corrupted the legislators to have the RH bill passed, and in the process his minions attacked the Church. He is not interested in dialogue (or rather he is interested in “dialogue” only for his own benefit). This move is merely tactical.
The best thing is for a few other dioceses to follow the lead of the diocese of Bacolod. Put up thoseTEAM PATAY–TEAM BUHAY posters. Then let it snowball to all the dioceses in the nation. We are in all-out war. Do not let the enemy disarm and charm us.
God bless the Philippines.
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Aquino, bishops meet at Palace
Issues tackled include FOI, land reform, corruption
By Philip C. Tubeza, TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
1:27 am | Thursday, March 7th, 2013
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Avoiding the divisive reproductive health (RH) law and posters against pro-RH senatorial candidates, President Aquino and Catholic bishops met for more than four hours on Tuesday night to find common ground on other issues affecting the country, a Church official said Wednesday.
The President pushed the envelope and designated Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. as a “go-between” between the Palace and the bishops.
Monsignor Joselito Asis said the issues discussed were wide-ranging—the Freedom of Information Act, the delay in the distribution of agrarian reform lands, the killing of an Ati leader in Boracay, concerns about the automated elections, corruption in the administration, extrajudicial killings, poverty, mining and the total log ban.
However, the issue of political dynasties, which was raised in the pastoral letter, was not discussed, said Asis, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
He said the President called the meeting so that he and concerned Cabinet secretaries could explain the issues raised by the bishops in their scathing pastoral letter against the Aquino administration in January.
‘Friendly, very open’
The dialogue was “very positive and very open” with both sides agreeing that CBCP members could have “direct access” to the President and Cabinet members so that they could air their concerns, said Asis.
“[T]his process is very friendly, very open. It opens the door to further mutual cooperation and collaboration in the spirit of understanding and dialogue,” Asis said in an interview.
The Church delegation was led by CBCP president Archbishop Jose Palma, members of the CBCP permanent council and some other bishops.
Aquino was joined by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes.
Over dinner of roasted asparagus soup, Caesar’s salad, paella, red snapper, beef salpicao, and “canonigo” with mango balls, the bishops made a PowerPoint presentation of the issues they raised in their pastoral letter, which the President and mainly Cabinet officials addressed point by point, the officials said.
For instance, businessmen’s proposal to buy illegally cut logs cropped up, and the President responded by saying that the government would convert them into desks and chairs, said Secretary Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesman.
All throughout, Aquino took note of the environmental concerns raised by the bishops in their dioceses, Lacierda said.
Isues concerning the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Apeco) and precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines were also tackled, the officials said
Roxas also reported the drop in crime rate and increase of offenders relating to drugs in 2012, compared with previous years, Lacierda said.
“It was a very good discussion. The bishops were able to raise concerns,” he said.
Abad, for his part, responded to questions about good governance and corruption, acknowledging the need “to reorient the bureaucracy,” said Undersecretary Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson.
On the nonapproval by the House of Representatives of the freedom of information bill, Abad stressed the importance of crafting “a meaningful FOI bill,” Valte said.
Asis said the bishops wondered why the FOI bill was not certified as urgent. “(The President and Abad) explained that government agencies were still digitizing and encoding their data,” the monsignor said.
“They said some agencies were not yet finished upgrading their system…(The bishops) pointed out that the bill could be passed now to force the issue,” he said.
Asis said the bishops were concerned that while the FOI bill might have a chance of passing under the Aquino administration, it could be lost when a new President takes over in 2016.
“So, [the] bishops asked if it could be done now but they replied that they are laying down the groundwork for a well-meaning FOI,” Asis said.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)