June 2017

Thoughts about the martial law in Mindanao
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )

I was shocked by the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Under martial law, the just and lasting peace every Filipino family aspires for will be unreachable. When there is no just and lasting peace, human rights abuses and violence will reign over our Mindanao. The imposition of martial law will only worsen the present critical condition of human rights in there. 
I feel sad seeing the plight of...
Tribute to the heroes
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )

On June 12 Philippine Independence Day was celebrated in different parts of the country or even by Filipinos abroad. But what more touching was the giving of honour and respect to all the marines, armed forces and police who have died in the war in Marawi city in Mindanao. It was a heartbreaking moment seeing many coffins with the lifeless bodies inside. Fighting to their last breath for our country due to the love for service, they deserved honour and respect.  ...
Death penalty bill directed at individuals
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )

Life is for living. It is to experience freedom to love and help others, to be free to grow and have a family. To be human is to be free from fear and punishment and ill health, poverty and hunger.
Living is to be free to think, to speak our thoughts and freely choose the good. To be alive is to have justice and dignity and the fullness of existence. To be able to say I am alive and I know that I am is to be aware of life.
Can a robot do your job?
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )


An important document on the The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation was published by the Oxford University Engineering Sciences Department and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impact of Future Technology in September 2013.
The authors of the...
Calls increase for release of ailing Liu Xiaobo
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )


HONG KONG (SE): News of the release on medical parole of Nobel laureate, literary critic, scholar and human rights advocate, Liu Xiaobo, flooded media outlets on June 26. The Guardian reported one of Liu's lawyers, Shang Baojun, as saying that the he had been diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer on May 23.
He is reportedly being treated at the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang, Liaoning province, but remains under surveillance....

Face challenges with faith commission urges
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, Christians have been urged to care for marginalised people and value the formation of young people.
In a statement published in Kung Kao Po on June 18, the Justice and Peace Commission said that Hong Kong people have been facing increasingly tough situations since the handover, which makes it all the more imperative for Christians in Hong Kong cling to their faith...
China visit by Macau delegation gets minimum mention
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, the bishop of Macau, led a 12-member delegation on a May 29 to June 2 visit to Beijing. The occasion was largely downplayed by religious officials in the Chinese capital.
The delegation from Macau aimed to learn more about the state of seminary formation, pastoral care, parish work and educational activities of the Church on the mainland, and to “promote mutual understanding and exchange.”
Old timers hold up the Church in rural China
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Every evening, no matter how busy or tired she may be, Yiu reads the bible at home to her seven-year-old granddaughter. Sometimes friends from her parish come and join her.
Yiu lives in Changzhi, a diocese with 80 churches and 37 prayer houses for its 60,000-strong Catholic population. Among them, only four are in cities, 18 are in suburban areas and the rest in rural zones.
Local people do not believe that it...
Vatican expresses grave concern over missing bishop
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): “The Holy See is following with grave concern the personal situation of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, forcibly removed from his episcopal see some time ago,” Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said in a statement on June 26, CNS reported.
Bishop Shao has been detained since Holy Week and has been repeatedly moved in an apparent attempt to prevent him from assuming leadership of the diocese; he is...
Supreme Court allows partial implementation of travel ban
(Saturday, 1 July 2017 )

WASHINGTON (SE): The Supreme Court of the United States of America (US) delivered a mixed ruling on June 26 that will allow a partial implementation of the controversial travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries of the president, Donald Trump, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
The court ruled that a complete ban went too far, and it only blocked that part affecting those with standing to challenge Trump’s executive order in US...