June 27, 2018

My Dear Priests in the Archdiocese of Manila,

Greetings of joy and peace! I am now in Geneva for the UN Conference on Migrants and Refugees sponsored by the Holy See, Caritas Internationalis, the World Council of Churches, International Detention Coalition and other groups. Msgr. Clem Ignacio has requested for my thoughts on the recent issues in our country. I admit that I do not have a complete picture of the context. but I would like to share some random thoughts with you.

1. Be at peace. Be calm. Don’t let things disturb your inner peace. Let us read the situation with the eyes of faith.

2. Vatican II stressed that we Catholics should respect non-Catholics and their religions. We also respect those who do not believe in God. All people should strive to respect those who differ from their beliefs. Religions are not to be used for conflicts but for mutual understanding and peace.

3. Questioning God and God’s ways is not new. It is as old as humanity and religions. In the history of the church they have become moments for study, reflection and clarification of doctrine. Creation and evolution. God’s goodness and evil, God’s grace and human freedom. God’s mercy and eternal punishment – these topics have been raised at various moments of the Church’s history. In my visits to colleges and universities. I have been asked similar questions by young people. Their scientific and technological education calls for a review of the relationship between Faith, science and reason. Remember Glyzelle. the young girl who asked Pope Francis at UST. “Why does God allow children to suffer?” These questions are always raised and will continue to be raised. As a constructive step, perhaps, we can invite our philosophers, scientists, theologians, bible scholars, catechists and social workers to revisit these concerns and present responses appropriate to our contemporary sensibilities. Maybe a renewed apologetics is needed for those who are sincerely searching for the truth.

4. While these questions are extremely important for the dialogue between faith and current concerns. let us not be distracted from addressing other pressing concerns with the fervor of faith and love: for example, the increasing prices of goods, job security, exploitation of women and children, violence in homes and neighborhoods, different types of addictions. crimes, vulnerabilities of OFWs, the daily paralyzing traffic in big cities, flooding, reconstruction of destroyed cities, combatting terrorism, corruption and others. We need to come together and contribute to positive responses according to each one’s capability. We cannot address these problems by just blaming someone. Those who believe in God most work faithfully and joyfully for the Lord. Those who do not believe in God most serve out of human decency, generosity and concern for neighbors.

5. Some biblical texts might help restore a faith perspective and interior peace when people get disturbed by questions about God and God’s ways.

Here are some:

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” (Isaiah 55.8)

“We preach Christ crucified: a scandal to Jews and absurdity to Gentiles But to those who are called, Christ the power of God and the Wisdom of God. For God’s folly is wiser than men and his weakness, more powerful than men… (I Corinthians 5:23-25)

“Blest are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice. for your reward is great in heaven.” (Matthew 5.11-12)

To sum up, please remind our Christian faithful to rejoice always. as Pope Francis in his latest exhortation Gaudete et Exultate tells us. Celebrate the faith! Fill up the churches! Sing loudly at mass. Pray fervently. Serve joyfully. Tell the world of God’s love for you Be fools for Christ. Be at peace. God is the Savior. We do not need to save God. It is God who will save us.

I hope these “scattered” ideas could help. Please pray for our meeting here at Geneva. God bless us and our country!

+ Luis Antonio G Cardinal Tagle
Archbishop of Manila

Duterte hates the weak, not the women — Sara

President Rodrigo Duterte hates not the so-called “weaker sex” or the women but instead loathe weakness in whatever form.

This was the explanation made by Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte in a social media post Wednesday, June 27, at a time the President is drawing flak for his “stupid god” statement.

“This is the first time I will say it out loud and I hate to admit it because I love my two brothers too much but yes I am the favorite child, so that #babaeako campaign is doomed. What he doesn’t like lies not in the gender, but in the character, he has no respect for weakness. And many women and some men are known to be damsels in distress, that #babaeako included,” the young Duterte said.

The city mayor, at the same time, appealed to the public not to listen to her father when he is talking outside governance and public service.

She said that her father is not a priest thus his opinion on religion and God should not be taken seriously.

“Please do not listen to him interpret the bible or quoran, he is not a priest, a pastor or an imam. He is the President, listen only when he speaks about his work. And criticize him on his work not on his “talkkalese” 🤣🤣🤣 Do not waste your negative energy on his interpretation of the bible, that is his opinion. He is protected by the Constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression even if he is President. #indaysaraduterte,” wrote the mayor.

2 bodies recovered in Maco

Republic of the Philippines
National Police Commission
Police Regional Office 11
Maco Municipal Police Station
Maco, Compostela Valley Province


FOR : Acting Provincial Director
Compostela Valley Police Provincial Office
Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province

FROM : Chief of Police, MACO

SUBJECT : Spot Report on Found Dead Body

DATE : June 27, 2018

1. Reference: Standard Operating Procedure.

2. At About 5:20 A.M. of June 27, 2018, Maco MPS received a phone call from Romel Lubiano, Barangay Chairman of Barangay Anislagan informing that they discovered Two (2) dead bodies near National Highway particularly at Purok 4, Anislagan, Maco, ComVal Province. Immediately, PNP personnel of said station led by PCI GOMERSENDO L DIWATA II, COP proceeded to the above-mentioned place to conduct ocular investigation and subsequently called Compostela Valley Provincial Crime laboratory to process the crime scene.

3. Initial investigation conducted revealed that both victims sustained gunshot on their heads and were intentionally dumped at the said area. Accordingly, residents nearby did not heard any gun fire but instead, a vehicle was noticed at the place around 1:00 a.m. of same date. The Identity of two victims as well as the motive of killing is still to be determined. Moreover, Maco MPS is still determining whether this incident is related to the previous shooting incident that transpired at Barangay Binuangan dated June 26, 2018. Recovered pieces of physical evidence from the crime scene were; Three Thousand Pesos cash (P 3,000.00), 2 Cell Phone Batteries, One (1) Cell Phone Charger and One (1) Live Ammunition of .45 Caliber. The cadaver of two victims now lies at Maco Funeral parlor at Anislagan, Maco, ComVal Province.

4. Progress Report will follow.

Kagawad killed in Maco

WHAT: Report re Shooting Incident
WHEN: 12:40 PM of June 26, 2018
WHERE: National Highway along the bridge of Purok Tagumpay, Brgy Binuangan, Maco, Compostela Valley Province

WHO: victim identified as OMAR MACUSANG y ESCOBAR 45 y/o, newly elected Barangay Kagawad of Barangay Pangi

HOW: initial invest conducted disclosed that victim came from the oath taking of the newly elected brgy. Officials at Maco Municipal Gym onboard black Ford Ranger Pick-up, suddenly one Yamaha XTC motorcycle without plate number arrived and shot the left side portion of the vehicle several times hitting the victim on different parts of his body.

Immediately, victim was rushed to Davao Regional Medical Center, Apokon Tagum City by responding personnel of Maco MPS but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

After the incident suspect fled the crime scene PNP personnel detailed security at Maco Municipal Gym encountered the perpetrators and engaged in a firefight and manage to hit the leg but was able to ride the waiting get away motorcycle and fled towards unknown direction.

Recovered from the crime scene were fifteen (15) empty cartridges of unknown caliber and four (4) fired bullets. The Motive as well as the identities of the suspect is yet to be determined. For info and progress report to follow

Mayor Sara cites role of ICT in economic, social growth

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte acknowledged the very significant role played by Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the continued growth of the city – both socially and economically.

“We recognize that ICT is an integral tool in governance and economic development,” Mayor Inday said during the opening of the two-day National ICT Summit 2018 last week.

She said this is the reason why the City Information and Technology Center (CITC) advocates the furtherance of ICT, through the development of various information systems.

One of the information systems being worked on by the CITC is the development and enhancement of an online payment system for occupational and business permits.

“Another is related to the development of an information system for public governance to support the internal business processes of the city government,” she said.

This includes the system being developed for the farmers and the agriculture sector, and the public utility drivers information and the vehicle profiling system being used by the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) to prevent, detect and respond to possible threats in the city.

“This is an affirmation of how digital transformation can leverage government thrust such as public safety,” Mayor Inday said.

The Summit, with the theme “Empowering the Filipino through Digital Transformation”, is now on its 10th year and is being held outside Metro Manila for the first time.

“We are truly happy you have chosen Davao City to be the venue this year,” she said.

The mayor said she welcomes the technology presented by various companies that joined the Summit as exhibitors.

In adherence to the 2030 United nations agenda for sustainable development, she hopes that the Summit will elevate the city and the country in the realm of information governance towards “combating system corruption, dissolving digital divide and promoting global competitiveness.”

“The ICT revolution shall serve as our access point to a network of possibilities in digital transformation, economic expansion and in Filipino empowerment,” Mayor Inday said. CIO