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Kilusang 99%

Dear friends,

I write on account of a social movement on its nascency called Kilusang 99%. This movement envisions putting the poor at the center of development and pushing for alternative policies to replace the existing economic paradigms that are bereft of social justice and have spawned social inequities and dislocation.

Kilusang 99%, or simply K99, is multisectoral and non-partisan composed of people’s organizations, sectoral groups, church institutions, the academe, and individuals who push for the implementation of four asset reform programs: (1) agrarian reform, (2) urban land reform and housing, (3) ancestral domain reform, and (4) fisheries reform. It also calls for the protection of the rights of workers from nefarious labor practices such as contractualization, and the resolution of all human rights violations.

The movement was conceived in early October when several government policies were revealed to be countering the objectives of the above-mentioned programs. The “M…

Homily at the Supreme Court

I am here not because I am pro-Supreme Court. In fact I have my own deep misgivings towards the Supreme Court, such as the flip-flopping in the FASAP case, the non-action in the Dusit case, and the long wait on coco-levy case.

So I’m here not because I am ok with the Supreme Court.
I am here as a bishop because as a shepherd I have to serve all, to pray with and to pray for those who request my services. And I am requested to offer this mass here.

I am here as a Filipino. I am very concerned that we should have good governance in the country. Part of good governance in a democratic system is to have proper check and balance in the different branches of government. The independence of each branch is to be safeguarded. It is for this intention that we pray together. It is very unfortunate that the independence of the lower house is no longer there because of the pork barrel, not only in this administration but also in the last. We pray in this mass that the senate will be more independent.…