No. 946 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 25 July 2017
- PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S SONA 2017
Date, time and venue: 24 July 2017, 4:20pm, Batasan Complex, Quezon City. Lasted 2 hours.
Theme: “A Comfortable Life for All”
- Relentless campaign against illegal drugs trafficking and all forms of criminality. “I value human life, stressed President Duterte.
- He will continue to pursue peace. But no more talks with CPP/NDF/NPA. The Communists make so many demands.
- Martial Law is the fastest way to quell rebellion. Mindanao provinces are “porous”. Rebels/terrorists can go easily from one place to another. Marawi will rise again. Plans to have a more credible defense system.
- National land use act. Ours is a rich country. Poor to benefit from factories, etc.
- Protection of environment. No to destructive mining. Preserve watersheds. Miners enriched themselves; but they did not pay correct taxes. Neither did they rehabilitate destroyed areas. No to open-pit mining – President Duterte lambasted the Commission on Appointment for rejecting Gina Lopez’ appointment as DENR Secretary. A healthy and balanced ecology as mandated by the 1987 Philippine Constitution is non-negotiable. Rivers have no more fish – polluted by mining. Poor suffer because of mining activities. He warned mining companies to respect watershed.
- He spoke on climate change, disaster preparedness, earthquakes, Yolanda and other typhoons.
- To fast-track the Bangsamoro Basic Law to spur development in Morolandia and address the issue of rebellion.
- Federalism to be pushed. Deliberations on what kind.
- Reimposition of death penalty for heinous crimes, like drug trafficking. Death penalty is both deterrence and retribution.
- Challenged human rights advocates to promote in deeds the rights of people, instead of simply talking.
- Achievement of just and lasting peace through inclusive growth and development.
- Foreign relations. Independent foreign policy; based on mutual respect and non-interference. The Philippines is, this time, president of ASEAN. Rule of law will be observed.
- Improved relations with China to address the West Philippine Sea issue.
- Urged the United States to return the Balangiga Bells to Samar.
- No corruption in government. Excessive salaries, allowances, bonuses in government owned and controlled corporations will not be allowed.
- Peoples’ access to government through hotlines 911 and 8888.
- TRO on RH Law has hindered full implementation. It must be lifted.
- Directed MMDA, LGUs in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu to clear roads of obstacles.
- Asked the Senate to pass the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act Bill (TRAIN).
- Submission to Congress of P3.767 trillion for 2018.
N.B. Prepared SONA has 14 pages only (PDI, July 25, 2017, p. A2).
- FR. RAMIL NERIO’S LETTER
Ramil Nerio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The School Year 2016-17 has just ended. I have taken all my exams and submitted all my requirements. I have extended my stay for two weeks here in PCF as I intend to write a major paper on the Book of Psalms (Ps 63). Though its submission is still next semester, I thought of better doing it now before going for vacation.
I will only have two courses left for the next semester. And most of my time then will be for writing my Tesina, which I am writing under Prof. Dominik Markl, SJ, a new addition to the PIB faculty, an expert on the Pentateuch especially Exodus and Deuteronomy. I will be writing on Chap. 25 of the Book of Numbers with a working title The “Covenant of Perpetual Priesthood” in Numbers 25. I am hoping to finish all my requirements at PIB within the first semester, and looking forward to returning to our Diocese by summer of 2018.
I thank you for your kind support and generous help and for your constant prayers and encouragement. I pray for your continued good health and for all your intentions.
Sending my regards to all my brothers in the ministry and to all the good faithful of the Diocese.
- Fr Ronald is here, and very much enjoying and learning from the ‘Ratio’ seminar.
- AUGUST SCHEDULE
|04 –||Mass. Adoration Chapel, Cathedral,||12 –||Conversation, DXCP, 10am|
|8:30am||15 –||SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION|
|05 –||Conference, LAYCOS Marbel, Bp.’s||OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,|
|Res., 9am||Fiesta, Bolul Mission, Brgy.|
|–||DIOCESAN GATHERING, “Parish as||Assumption,, Kor. City|
|Communion of Communities”, South||18 –||Conference, PREX, Bp.’s Res., 6pm|
|Cot Gym & Cultural Center, Kor. City||19 –||Conference, CFC, SagradaFamilia,|
|06 –||FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION||Bo. 5, Kor. City, 5:30pm|
|OF THE LORD, St. John Baptiste Marie||21-24-||Annual Retreat, Diocesan Clergy, HCSC|
|Vianney Sunday. Special collection.||Calumpang, GSC. 21st after supper to|
|(see ORDO)||24th after supper.|
|08 –||MEMORIAL OF ST. DOMINIC||26 –||Mass & Confirmation, Sto. Niño P., Sto.|
|09 –||Conference & Mass, TOEs, Bp.’s Res.,||Niño, 8am|
|9am||28-Sept. 1-||National Meeting, Liturgy Directors,|
|11 –||Fiesta Mass, St. Clare Monastery,||Jaro, Iloilo|
|Polomolok, 9am||29 –||Conference & Mass, Trappistines,|
|Landan, Polomolok, 9am|
- AUGUST BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS
Prayerful birthday greetings to:
Fr. Eugene Porras (Aug. 01);
Fr. Raul Vale (Aug. 02); and
Fr. Reynaldo Mission (Aug. 30).
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