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The culture of fear and silence

Twenty young girls, some of them only 14 years of age, were finally rescued from the Victory Hotel that caters to foreign sex tourists in Mabacalat, Pampanga, a few kilometres north of Angeles City by the anti-trafficking police unit in Camp Crame, Quezon City. It was an open fact that child prostitution was the daily routine there. 
 








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When children cry out

Catholics around the world could not have imagined that a Roman Catholic cardinal and archbishop, George Pell, a close confidant of the pope would ever be convicted in a civil court for the sexual abuse of two altar boys aged 13. He was treasurer of the Vatican Bank.
 








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The end of the earth as we know it

Human society of which we are all a part, is facing an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in history. The planet is in dire condition and ecosystems that keep all species of plant, animal and insects in harmonious co-existence, ensuring the survival of all, are moving quickly toward collapse.
 








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When children are criminalised

The lower chamber of the Philippine Congress is going to approve the lowering of the minimum age of criminal liability of a child from the present 15 years of-age to 12 years of age. They really wanted to reduce it to nine-years-old, but public outcry forced the politicians to change. 
 
Yet, 12-years-old is too young to impute criminal liability. What knowledge and discernment do uneducated, impoverished hungry street children at 12-years-old know and understand?
 








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The warming of Planet Earth

There is something strange and unusual happening to our world, and every one of us will be impacted. One indigenous people of the Philippines, the Aeta people of Luzon, have survived for as many 30,000 years by their unique survival skills in the rain forests as hunters and gatherers. 
 








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Children are the victims of a globalised world economy

The Philippines is a country with some of the greatest inequity in the world. Sixteen million Filipinos suffer serious poverty out of a population of 107 million. Six million live in extreme poverty. 
 








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The challenge to protect children in 2019

The world in 2019 has to wake up to the prevalence of child sexual abuse and everyone has to act more decisively about it. Parents, politicians and citizens must be aware that this is a horrendous crime, and all must do much more to prevent it and rescue and cure the child victims, and bring the perpetrators to justice, convict and jail them.
 








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Justice for abused children

Hundreds of children are sexually abused in the Philippines daily and millions are abused around the world. Strict justice is needed and an unrelenting crackdown on child abusers is what is needed to protect children from sexual abuse.
 








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The greatest Christmas gift for children

Christmas is the celebration of the wonder and great value we place on children. We celebrate their rights and dignity. Every family ought to protect and care for their children, not pamper and spoil them as objects and even victims of crass commercialisation and exaggerated gift-giving. 
 
No gift can ever buy the love of a child. No gift is more valuable than the genuine love and appreciation of parents for their children.
 








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Born to change the world

Christmas is a festival of children. We see images of a child born in a stable surrounded by animals, Mary and Joseph by the crib. Although recalling the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is the purpose of Christmas, outside the church buildings, it is replaced by secular, non-Christian commercial money-making enterprises. The traders have kept Christ out of Christ-mas as they proclaim “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Holidays.” Have the pagans won?