When Government Agencies Break The Law

How does this government even expect the citizenry to be law-abiding?

“Mr. President, I understand lalabas daw yung FDA certification first week of December,” Guingona said.
But Sotto pressed for a categorical answer from the DOH.
The session was temporarily suspended and when it resumed, Guingona reiterated that the FDA certification would come out on the first week of December.
“So perhaps we can make that a part of the budget, or part of the records of the Senate for the budget of the DOH . That if we don’t get the certification, we remove the entire budget for those commodities that can’t be certified by the FDA, ” Sotto said.

Source: Sotto Questions P1 Billion DOH Budget for Family Planning Items

As early as three days after the SC decision, RH Law advocate Risa Hontiveros boasted that the RH law guarantees government provision of contraceptives.

A mere two months after the SC decision, the Department of Health aired this ad on national TV:

A screenshot from the above ad:
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And on July 15, Undersecretary of DOH Janette Garin reported that contraceptive patches are already being offered to teenage moms.

On August 19, Inquirer published a letter from Rosie Luistro of the Alliance for the Family Foundation (ALFI) asking if the Department of Health is ignoring the SC Decision. She has yet to receive an answer.

An August 20 article in Manila Bulletin reports that the DOH has budgeted for 600,000 women to receive the implants, but says:

But the DOH has to wait for the Food and Drugs Administration’s (FDA) resolution certifying that the implant is not abortifacient, in compliance to RA 10354 (Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012).

Finally, in late August 2014, the FDA issued an invitation on their website, which they have since scrubbed. “All concerned are hereby invited to give their written comments to said applications on or before 08 October 2014.”

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Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, warned against the FDA/DOH railroading of RH in September and his warning does not seem to be unwarranted, as evidenced by a September 27 Facebook posting from Roeweh Shauf, inviting people to come to the Brgy. Calamba Health Center to receive implants, despite the fact that implants have yet to be re-certified.

Filipinos for Life submitted their letter and supporting material October 8. This was the sole response sent by the FDA:

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Note that it is addressed to Lorna Melegrito, Executive Director of Pro-Life Philippines, while the salutation is addressed to Filipinos for Life President, Anthony James Perez. No separate acknowledgment was received at the address provided by Filipinos for Life. Saving stationery, perhaps?

The FDA response certainly did not follow RA6713 by a mile. Section 3 of Rule VI of its implementing rules says:

Section 3. In case of written requests, petitions or motions, sent by means of letters, telegrams, or the like, the official or employee in charge shall act on the same within fifteen (15) working days from receipt thereof, provided that:

(b) If the communication is within the jurisdiction of the office or agency, the official and employee must:

(1) Write a note or letter of acknowledgement where the matter is merely routinary or the action desired may be acted upon in the ordinary course of business of the department, office or agency, specifying the date when the matter will be disposed of and the name of the official or employee in charge thereof.

(2) Where the matter is non-routinary or the issues involved are not simple or ordinary, write a note or letter of acknowledgement, informing the interested party, petitioner or correspondent of the action to be taken or when such requests, petitions or motions can be acted upon. Where there is a need to submit additional information, requirements, or documents, the note or letter of acknowledgement shall so state, specifying a reasonable period of time within which they should be submitted, and the name of the particular official or employee in charge thereof. When all the documents or requirements have been submitted to the satisfaction of the department or office or agency concerned, the particular official or employee in charge shall inform the interested party, petitioner, or correspondent of the action to be taken and when such action or disposition can be expected, barring unforeseen circumstances.

(c) If communication is outside its jurisdiction, the official or employee must:

(1) Refer the letter, petition, telegram, or verbal request to the proper department, office or agency.

(2) Acknowledge the communication by means of a note or letter, informing the interested party, petitioner, correspondent of the action taken and attaching a copy of the letter of the letter of referral to the proper department, office or agency.

The department, office or agency to which the letter, petition, telegram or verbal request was referred for appropriate action must take action in accordance with subsection (a), pars. 1 and 2 hereof.

Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health have blatantly ignored the petitions opposing the re-certification of specific contraceptives, which they are mandated to settle before proceeding. No proof has been provided to counter claims from pro-life groups. As per the Supreme Court mandate, there should be no budget inclusion for RH if the IRR has not been complied with.

FDA Blatantly Ignores Petitions Against Re-Certification of Contraceptives

In August 2014, the FDA posted an invitation on their website for concerned parties to give their written comments on applications for re-certification of contraceptives on or before October 8, 2014.

Filipinos for Life submitted their letter on October 8, 2014. The letter and enclosed table (pdf) are below.

On October 21, 2014, Pro-Life Philippines, a separate entity from Filipinos for Life, received a letter acknowledging receipt of the comments, addressed to the Executive Director of Pro-Life Philippines, Lorna Melegrito, but using the salutation “Dear Mr. Perez”.

As of November 25, 2014, the FDA has not responded appropriately to the Filipinos for Life petition and by all indications, the Department of Health is simply going ahead and proceeding with contraceptive distribution, as they have been since the April 8 Supreme Court decision, and before they have complied with the SC mandate on the IRR.

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Table OCP Abortifacients – Summary (1)

Laban para sa Diyos ng Lipunan (On the Secular State and Secular Humanism)

Guest post by Jeremiah Belgica.

Ang malalim na pagkilalang mga Pilipino sa katotohanan na mayroong Makapangyarihang Diyos ay malinaw namakikita sa panimula ng1987 Constitution kung saan ay mababasa sa Preamble ang mga katagang “We, the sovereign Filipino People,imploring the aid of the Almighty God”

Ang paniniwala sa Makapangyarihang Diyos ay isang conviction na mahigpit na pinanghahawakan ng mga Pilipino since time in memorial sa lahat ng mga versions ng ating Constitution,whether past or present. Ultimo ang 1899 Malolos Constitution na ang pagsulat ay pinangunahan mismo ng ating bayani na si Apolinario Mabini ay nagsabi nang “We, the Representatives of the Filipino People…imploring the aid of the Sovereign Legislator of the Universe.”

Kaya nga ba ang galaw ng ilang mga grupo na nagnanais tanggalin ang pagkilala sa makapangyarihang Diyos sa lahat nang polisiya at opisyal na talaan ng ating pamahalaan ay isang malaking hamon sa ating mga Pilipino. May ongoing at sustained efforts ang ilang grupo sa ating bansa na ibahin ang mga values at ang mga batas sa Pilipinas mula sa pagiging“God-centered” or “God-conscious” patungo sa isang “godless” na worldview or sa madaling sabi ay isang “secular” view of the State.

Halos mag-iisang taon nang nakalipas noong inilabas ng Department of Education ang pagbabagong ginawasa kanilang Vision Statement kung saan tinanggal na ang salitang “God-loving.” Ang pagbabagong ginawa ng DepEd ay naganap kaalinsabay ng pahayag ng grupong “Filipino Freethinkers” sa isang open letter na mariing tinututulan ang pagkakaroon ng mga katagang “God-loving” sa Vision Statement at salitang “Maka-Diyos”sa Statement of Core Values ng DepEd. Napabalita din na nais ng grupong ito na alisin ang mga kataga sa ating P100 bill na “Pinagpala ang bayan na ang Diyos ay Panginoon” at sa P500 bill naman na “Faith in our people and faith in God.” Ilan lamang ito sa mga nais baguhin ng grupong ito sa ating pamahalaan na may patukoy at kuneksyon sa Diyos. Ayon sa kanila ang mga ito ay lumalabag sa prinsipyo ng “secularism” na naaayon daw sa ating Konstitusyon.

Ngunit ano nga ba angibigsabihin ng pagkakaroon nang secular na estado or “Secular” State? Ayon sa libro nila Madeley, John T. S. at Zsolt Enyedi ang isang secular state ay isang “concept of secularism, whereby a state or country purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion.” Samakatuwid ang “secular state” ay diumano isang bansang walang kinakatigan sa mga bagay na may kinalaman sa relihiyon at ‘disumusuporta sa pagkakaroon o sa kawalan nang relihiyon.

Ang problema sa konseptong ito ay ang madayang panlilinlang na ang pagiging “secular” ay posisyon na wala kang kinakatigang relihiyon. Pero kung susuriing mabuti ang “secularism” mismo ay sumusunod sa paniniwala ng isang relihiyong na kung tawagin ay “Secular Humanism.” Lingid sa kaalaman ng marami, maaaring magkaroon ng relihiyon na hindi naniniwala sa isang spiritual being or makapangyarihang Diyos.

In fact, noong 1961 ibinaba ng Supreme Court ng Amerika ang Torcasov. Watkins decision patungkol sa isang notary public sa Maryland na na-disqualify from office dahil ayaw niyang magpahayag ng belief sa Diyos. The Court ruled in his favor sa pagsasabing hindi dapat paboran ng Korte ang mga theistic religions over non-theistic religions. Sa footnote ng nasabing desisyon, nilinaw ng Supreme Court kung ano ang ibig sabihin nito sa “non-theistic religions.” We read: “Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism, and others.”

Ang Secular Humanism ay isang relihiyon na hindi naniniwala sa Almighty God dahil sa kanilang paniniwala ang tao ang tanging Diyos ng kanyang sarili. The god in any belief system is the final law giver of that system. In a Secular Humanist system man is the final authority in himself in all matters of life. Malayung-malayo ito sa paniniwala ng mga nakararaming Pilipino na ang Diyos ang “final standard and law” para sa Kanyang buong sangnilikha. Ayon nga sa 1899 Malolos Constitution, “He is the Sovereign Legislator of the Universe.”

Makatwiran laman na labanan ang anumang hakbang upang tanggalin ang Diyos sa gobyerno at pamahalaan dahil ito ay taliwas hindi lamang sa Constitusyon at paniniwala ng Pilipino pero higit sa lahat labag ito sa sinasabi ng Salitang Diyos.

Sabi sa Colosians 1: 16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible andinvisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,or powers: all things were created by him, and for him”

Tandaan natin, ang Diyos ang siyang tunay na Diyos ng lipunan at hindi ang tao.
Ang Opinyon ng Pilipino ay isinulat ni Atty. Jeremiah Belgica ng Pananaw Pinoy. Dahil sa isang bansang may demokrasya, opinyon ng bawat isa ay mahalaga.

When Abstinence is Not the Answer

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Oi this woman. I wanna smack her and give her a hug at the same time. People are so messed up when it comes to sex!!

So many red flags here to address, we’ll just have to list them all:

There is a difference between abstinence and chastity. Abstinence is saying no to sex. Chastity is saying YES to God’s plan for sex. Teaching kids to say no to sex without adequate explanation or guidance is the same thing as saying “Don’t Smoke, Because I Said So”. Why would any child take you seriously?

The only way abstinence pledges will work is if the person making the pledge “gets” the whole picture. A ten-year-old especially today would be unlikely to “get it” because of Comprehensive Sexual Education (from here on out referred to as CSE) which is so far removed from chastity education it ain’t funny. That’s why we see these stories of abstinence pledges “not working”. How do we expect a ten-year-old girl to understand exactly what she’s saying yes or no to, when she takes an abstinence pledge? Unless there is adequate, consistent, continuous information/formation behind the decision, chances are that pledge means nothing to the person and may eventually backfire, as we see here.

There’s a difference between EXTRAMARITAL SEX and PREMARITAL SEX. Both go against God’s design for sex, but it is important to understand the distinction. EXTRAMARITAL SEX is sex with someone other than your spouse. PREMARITAL SEX is sex with someone prior to marriage.

I don’t know what church she goes to or which Bible she’s referring to, but the Christian Bible does NOT teach that ONLY women should remain pure. The Bible does NOT teach or condone misogyny. On the contrary, the Bible calls EVERYONE to purity and chastity: singles, men, women, those who self-identify as homosexual, and YES, even MARRIED people. (This is also why you gotta be picky about what Bible you’re reading — they’re not all the same, but I digress.)

Sex within marriage is meant to be both UNITIVE and PROCREATIVE. It is not about “duties” or “fulfilling someone’s sexual needs”. That is a very distorted view of sex and one that we need to correct wherever we see it.

If GOSSIP were the *lifeblood* of ANY church, then that church would hardly be Christian. If the previous sentence is how one understands church, then a) the basic understanding of church is already flawed and b) the basic understanding of CHRISTIANITY is also flawed, right off the bat.

Holding on to virginity is not about having something to brag about. Sure, it’s admirable. But to hold on to purity so that it could be the source of PRIDE is missing the point. Holding on to purity is holding on to God’s GIFT. While yes, we could be great examples to younger girls, and that’s certainly something to shoot for, that is not the primary purpose of living a chaste life.

Just like SLUT is not an identity, VIRGIN is not an identity either. We are made for so much more than sex. The mantra “My Body, My Choice” is not a Christian mantra. Christ died on the Cross, for goodness’ sake! This author actually found a man who respected her wishes to wait until marriage. He was actually following Christ’s example to *die to self*. That in itself is remarkable and a gift of grace. How many men out there today can say the same thing?

“What is sexual enough” is NOT the question that needs asking. Everything we do when it comes to sex, whether prior to or after marriage, is about giving God’s gift the proper respect and reverence it deserves.

Whether someone is a virgin or not is a PRIVATE matter. It’s not something you need to advertise. Granted, it is a shame that we now have to worry about sexually transmitted diseases and it’s probably a good idea to know your fiance/fiancee’s STD status before you utter those vows, but that is still a conversation that needs to take place between two people considering marriage — it is not for public consumption. In fact, any discussion about sexuality rightly belongs between a man and a woman headed toward marriage, and anything deviating from this is an abuse of the spousal privilege that should be reserved between married persons or those engaged to be married. (An example of acceptable discussion on sexuality between unmarried people would be between a woman and her fiancé as they discuss options for Natural Family Planning in reference to their wedding date and honeymoon.)

Using contraception on your wedding night is a great way to start a marriage. NOT.

If sex is/was painful, inexperience with sex is not necessarily THE reason. Pain-free sex is NOT dependent on whether you have sex before or after marriage. If anything, sex could be more painful prior to marriage because not only are people dealing with inexperience but also with youth, immaturity, impatience, ignorance, etc. While inexperience with sex may be a contributing factor, there may be other things, including medical conditions or an anatomical problem, or contraceptive use which can cause vaginal dryness. A good pro-life OB-GYN doctor can help address these issues. Planned Parenthood will probably tell you to try a whip. Don’t confuse things.

Chastity is first and foremost between you and God. Because chastity isn’t just a physical thing, it’s a HEART thing. And only God knows your heart. But understanding God’s plan for sex and marriage provides us with the proper framework in which to understand and live chaste lives.

Sex according to God’s design is SACRED. Any message or teaching that detracts from this truth is not from God, EVEN if it comes from your pastor’s mouth. Sex according to God’s design is FREE, TOTAL, FAITHFUL, FRUITFUL. Does that mean easy? No, because marriage is a journey, and sex is just one small part of that journey. It’s also a journey that transforms both spouses, and saying I Do at the altar doesn’t automatically translate to bliss in bed. If that’s what your church is teaching you, come check out the Catholic Church. We don’t compromise on the truth.

If you hate sex, don’t stop there. Aversion to sex may be related to self-esteem issues, or hormonal imbalance, or past physical or psychological trauma. Get professional help and find out what can be done. But don’t blame “not losing virginity before marriage” for it. Married sex is still sex between two fallen creatures and therefore it won’t be perfect or blissful, certainly not all the time, and quite possibly not the first time. Sex is a language that is learned and developed between spouses within marriage — it’s not an instant thing, but learning together is what grows a good marriage.

Men who put their wives’ sexual needs high up on the scale of priorities aren’t necessarily feminists. There’s no need to put the FEMINIST label on simple decency and kindness and consideration that all CHRISTIAN men aspire to, or should if they aren’t. Learning about the gift of sexuality and fertility is one way to demonstrate this, and marriage is the perfect venue for such learning. So no, you weren’t sold a fairy tale. You were sold LIES. And I’m happy that you found your way out of some of those, but the whole TRUTH is still out there, waiting for you and others to discover it.


The rest of the article is just more whining and griping about the “disadvantages” of staying a virgin prior to marriage, all of which come from a misunderstanding and misinterpretation of God’s design for human sexuality and marriage.

I couldn’t figure out how to be both religious and sexual at the same time.

The only reason this statement rings true for you is because the stuff you learned via your religion and your sexuality don’t match up.

Contrast that with the Catholic view of human sexuality:

St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving
Mulieris Dignitatem: On the Dignity and Vocation of Women
Casti Connubii: On Christian Marriage
Love and Responsibility
Man and Woman He Created Them
Theology of the Body for Teens (preferably taught in small group sessions involving parents and their teens)
Humanae Vitae: On the Regulation of Birth
Live Pure Movement
Chastity Project
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Divorce — A Daughter’s View

Contributor Post: Ann Christine Sison

My parents just celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary 5 days ago. You can say that my mom is one of the so-called “June bride.”

Their 31 years of being together produced nine kids…and I’m a witness to their struggle and sacrifices just to give us a good future.

And now, my parents are starting to reap what they sow in us….a better life than before. You see, we’re not a rich family, but my parents did everything just to meet both ends for us…and also just to stay together as husband and wife.

My parents were not different from other couples…they also have their quarrels and misunderstandings. At one point, they’re reached the verge of separation. Yes, I can still remember that day where I thought everything is going to end for our family. Now we wonder what make them stay with each other and reached this 31 years of being together…further reflection, I believe that there’s one thing that kept them to stay by each other’s side: us, their children.

Divorce is prominent now in the lives of some famous people. The sad thing is, this kind of lifestyle, as other sees it, imprints the message to the people that divorce is an acceptable thing, but it is not. I know all of us know the saying “Ang pag-aasawa ay hindi parang kaning mainit na iluluwa mo na lang pag napaso ka.” Simply put, marriage is not something that you turn your back to, that you can consider to be void when the going gets tough between you and your partner. That’s why it is still a wise thing to know first your partner well before settling down. Its sad to think that a lot of young people nowadays are so in a hurry to get married, only to find out that they’ve married a beast and not their prince. What’s worse, their union produces a child whom they ignore because they’re so busy healing themselves from the pain they’ve inflicted on each other. In the end, the one who suffers the most from their separation is their child.

I’m not a married person, but if my parents choose to separate that time before, I belive, I will become one of the burden of this society…a product of a broken family…a broken person with an unsure future. Thank God that they didn’t.

Here’s the thing: Divorce is an attribute of the selfish and the coward. Selfish because couples only thought of themselves and they neglect to nuture their child with parental love and provide them with a good environment – a complete family. Couples choose to think only of their own rights, of their own convenience. Coward because instead of facing and talking to each others to settle their differences and to decide to meet halfway, they choose to run away. Coward because they failed to practice one attribute of a really strong person – humility and forgiveness. A married friend once told me this valuable lesson about his married life: he loves his wife not because of what he feels towards her, but he CHOOSE to love her, no matter what the circumstances or his feelings might be. I think this is the same thing for my parents who choose to love each other in spite of everything that they’ve been through in life.

Recently, a lot of my contemporaries are now married or getting themselves ready to be married. So far, I can see for those who are married enjoying their family life, and I’m happy for them. I only pray that when things gets tough for their married life, they must remember these things so they can save their marriage: learn to be selfless, brave, humble, understanding, forgiving and loving…just like what my parents did in 31 years.

Apostolate for Family Consecration Update

Change of AFC Strategy for its Asian Missions

We must be clear: we are closing a facility, not pulling out of Asia. The mission of the AFC continues to thrive under the leadership of Lay Evangelization Teams. We are humbled and enthusiastic to be serving the Church at this time in history when so much renewal is coming from Asia. We look forward to being able to serve families throughout Asia from the “grassroots” up without the considerable demands of maintaining a local physical center.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Change of AFC Strategy for its Asian Missions

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