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July 31, 2015, Friday
  • Roxas on serving gov’t: “Ibubuhos ko ang lahat. Wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko.” 3 hours ago |
  • Roxas to the Filipino people: “Mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala ninyo.” 3 hours ago |
  • Roxas on Pres. Aquino: “Pnoy allowed us to imagine again what the Filipino is capable of.” 3 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Ako si Mar Roxas at tinatanggap ko ang hamon ng ating mga boss.” 3 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Buong tapang at buong paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng daang matuwid.” 3 hours ago |
  • Roxas to Aquino: “I have never met a president who sacrificed so much for the country.” 3 hours ago |
  • Roxas’ voice breaks as he remembers his brother Dinggoy’s memory. 3 hours ago |
  • Roxas says it was his brother Dinggoy who died in 1993 who should have taken on the legacy of serving government. 3 hours ago |
  • Roxas: Dito sa Club Filipino ko unang sinabing “Bayan, bago ang sarili.” 3 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Ang magtutuloy sa atin sa Daang Matuwid, ang paniwala ko po, walang iba ang taong ito kundi si Mar Roxas.” 3 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Bakit tayo magpapaakit sa ‘baka,’ kung meron namang sigurado?” 3 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “All of us have the obligation to choose the right President.” 3 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino recalls Fmr. Sen. Joker Arroyo used to compare his group as a gathering of people who could fit into a Volkswagen Beetle. 3 hours ago |
  • Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado at Club Filipino praises the peace that Aquino gov’t has put in place in his town. 4 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas enter Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino. 4 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino includes testimonials from Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program’s beneficiaries. 4 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s convoy arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan. 4 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a residential area in Laong Laan, Sampaloc, Manila. 4 hours ago |
  • Road in front of Club Filipino in San Juan currently closed to motorists. 4 hours ago |
  • Liberal Party calls the jam-packed event at Club Filipino ‘A Gathering of Friends.’ 4 hours ago |
  • LP Senators Frank Drilon, Ralph Recto, Bam Aquino & TG Guingona as well as DBM Sec. Butch Abad among those present at Club Filipino. 4 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino where LP’s event is being held is also where Cory Aquino had taken her oath as PH President. 4 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino is where Roxas had announced that he was giving way to Aquino for 2010 polls. 4 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan with wife Korina Sanchez. 5 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino in San Juan for Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Mar Roxas’ presidential candidacy begins at 10:30 am Friday. 5 hours ago |
  • Solgen says Manila City Gov’t violated ordinance when it granted zoning & building permits to Torre de Manila’s builders. 21 hours ago |
  • Solgen Florin Hilbay blames Manila City government for the construction of Torre de Manila. 21 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman perpetually bars Ex-ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan from holding public office. 21 hours ago |
  • Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio named new Quezon City Police District Chief. 21 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas’ campaign will be backed by government’s machinery. 21 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas is not a threat to his presidential bid. 21 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a school in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. 21 hours ago |
  • Malacanang says the 2016 national budget has no pork barrel allocation. 21 hours ago |
  • DOJ files case against the importer of trash from Canada. 21 hours ago |
  • Alma Moreno and Princess Jacel Kiram to run under UNA’s senatorial slate. 21 hours ago |
  • Binay says he has yet to complete his UNA senatorial slate. 21 hours ago |
  • Mar Roxas visits graves of Roxases at Manila North Cemetery prior to Aquino’s pres’l endorsement. 21 hours ago |

Bacolod bishop takes tarpaulin issue to SC

By Rey E. Requejo | Mar. 02, 2013 at 12:01am
The Supreme Court on Tuesday was asked to stop the Commission on Elections from ordering Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra to remove a tarpaulin poster in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral, saying the order was unconstitutional.

The poster contains a list of the candidates that the Diocese of Bacolod is supporting and those it is repudiating in the May 13 midterm elections, and on Friday Navarra’s lawyer, Ralph Sarmiento, filed a petition for certiorari and prohibition against the Comelec.

“On behalf of the bishop and the Diocese of Bacolod, I have just filed with the Supreme Court a petition for certiorari and prohibition with application for injunction and TRO versus the Comelec,” Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento filed his petition even as the Comelec threatened to file a case against the officials of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City for failing to remove the “Team Patay and Team Buhay” poster hanging in front of the church.

Still, election law specialist Romulo Macalintal said the Church’s action was not covered by the Comelec because it was merely expressing its religious freedom.

“Strictly speaking, the Church is not campaigning but merely reiterating and giving emphasis on the Church’s stand against the Reproductive Health Law,” he said.

“The church cannot be prevented by Comelec from putting up their huge tarpaulin of ‘buhay’ and ‘patay’ candidates even if oversized since the church is private property.”

But Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the failure of the owners to remove the poster might result in the filing of a case against them.

He said they had received a letter from the Diocese of Bacolod informing the commission it would not remove the poster until the poll body had established that it was campaign material.

The poster identifies which senatorial candidates and party-list organizations that the Church would support or reject based on their stance on the RH Law.

The “Team Patay” senatorial bets who supported the RH bill were Liberal Party bets Senators Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano and Loren Legarda, Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros. The two others were independent candidate Rep. Teddy Casiño of Bayan Muna and Jack Enrile of Cagayan who is with the United Nationalist Alliance.

“Team Buhay,” according to the Church, is composed of Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Aquilino Pimentel III, and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar who are also from Team PNoy.

The others from UNA are Senator Gregorio Honasan and Reps. Joseph Victor Ejercito-Estrada of San Juan and Mitos Magsaysay of Zambales.

The petitioners against the Comelec— the Diocese of Bacolod through Navarra and the bishop himself in his personal capacity—appealed to the high court to reject the Comelec’s order directing Navarra to remove the Team Patay/Team Buhay tarpaulin posted on the wall of Bacolod San Sebastian Cathedral. With Joel E. Zurbano
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