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When the truth will set us free

If there is one thing that humans hunger and thirst for it is the truth. Knowledge is vital for human learning, survival, safety, progress and interpersonal and social relationships. At the beginning of humankind, knowing where in the forest to gather food, how to hunt and to be alert to danger was a life or death learning process.  
 








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The drug corporations that kill

His name was Arnel. He was a bright, intelligent, fun-loving student and he was brilliant at math. He wanted to be an engineer and work in the United States (US) Navy Base at Subic Bay. He was my student. 
 








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The curse of sex tourism - part 2

Hundreds of thousands of young girls and boys are lured, forced or trafficked into the sex industry every day worldwide. Human traffickers are the curse of the nation but they operate with relative impunity and sell the youth into the sex bars and clubs that are given government permits and operating licenses. This makes the state part of the corrupt industry where drugs and sex dominate, and young people are sold as commodities in a slave market for the wealthy sex tourists.
 








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The curse of sex tourism - part 1

The depravity of human nature reveals itself in the most shocking way as sex tourism. This phenomenon has become a government-supported and encouraged form of personal and national income generation in many countries which exploits and abuses millions of people around the world.
 

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The future of the natural world

We humans, the species on this planet with the large brains, so-called intelligence and abilities, and power to change the face of our planet, are doing so with a huge negative impact. We are endangering ourselves, our children and grandchildren. Generations of children to come will be harmed by our wasteful and negligent ways.
 








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Selling children to the sex trade

Human trafficking is the most widespread crime against persons and is the third biggest earning business in the world after drug trafficking and arms smuggling. The earnings are estimated to be US$32 billion ($251 billion) a year, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
 








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When we celebrate Easter

Easter is the time we recall the tragic events of 2,019 years ago when a Jew, a man from Palestine, was spied upon, betrayed, persecuted, falsely charged, vilified, abandoned and arrested. It started with a mock trial that handed down the death penalty for the man from Nazareth, the Son of Man; Son of God, Jesus.
 
We also celebrate the resilience, the determination and the belief and hope of the persecuted and oppressed to rise up and speak out and challenge the forces of oppression.








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The evil web of human trafficking

The most recent case of human trafficking that I have been involved in, and they are many, is that of Angelica, a 15-year-old girl sold by her mother to her employer. He is a rough, crude man, the owner of several mini-buses from which he earns a lot of money and can afford to buy children for sexual abuse.
 








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Child sexual abuse in the institutional Church

There are serious and profound changes taking place in the Catholic Church to acknowledge and prevent child sexual abuse by clerics and laypeople, to prosecute the perpetrators and to heal the victims. It is the belated result of generations of historical clerical child sexual abuse, and the denial and cover up of their crimes by some bishops and cardinals around the world. It has become a crisis for the Church as an institution.
 








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The empowerment of women and children

There is a rising tide of people power in the world today and it is female power. Women are standing up and speaking out as never before and more people are sitting up and listening to what they have to say. Their message is basic, straightforward and its most important words are: freedom from abuse, equality, justice, education.