DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Dagupan Bureau) – Former Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Socrates Villegas has vehemently denied involvement in any plot to overthrow the government of President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a signed statement, Villegas denied being at a meeting on December 12, 2018 with the plotters, saying he was delivering a homily at the first mass of a newly-ordained priest friend.
”I have no capacity to be in two places at the same time,” he declared.
But a teaching by the Catholic Church could incriminate Villegas and dispute his claim.
The teaching: “God is everywhere.”
Not just in two places at the same time. Everywhere.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Independent Bishops Conference of the Philippines (not to be confused with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) has just released the list of 12 Senatorial candidates it is endorsing for the coming May 13 elections.
However, Filipinos can’t help but notice that the bishops’ list shows one candidate whose name was stricken out and replaced with Senator Francis Tolentino.
Immediately, netizens speculated on which candidate the bishops chose, then subsequently dropped. Many believe it was Senator Grace Poe.
Poe, along with Cynthia Villar, consistently topped the list in previous surveys conducted by SWS, Pulse Asia and other polling groups.
If indeed the cancelled name was that of Poe, she has no reason to say “salamat Poe” to the independent bishops.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Following the lead of Montreal, Canada, the Philippine Senate is now conisdering a bill that would strike down the tax exemption for churches. Not all churches, but the two largest denominations — the Roman Catholic Church and the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ).
(Montreal has begun to tax churches, especially those that use their facilities for non-worship purposes.)
The Senate bill is authored by Senator Kiko Pangilinanan, chair of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws. It has the full support of 100% of the Senators.
In justifying the proposed law (which would require a Constitutional Amendment). Pangilinan said that since the Catholic Church and INC have been using their religious platforms to meddle in politics, their tax exemption is no longer warranted.
”Catholic churches have used the pulpit to influence people on who to vote for in this coming and past elections while allowing church builidngs to serve as venues for political campaigns and partisan propaganda,” Pangilinan said. He also alluded to the Catholic Church’s huge investments in the stock market.
As for INC, Pangilinan said that it has always been known to vote as a block, dictating their followers to vote for chosen candidates.
As expected, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and INC head Eduardo V. Manalo have expressed stiff opposition to the proposed law, citing the Constitutional guarantee of Separation of Church and State.