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‘Social ills represent spirit opposed to Jesus’—priest

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‘Social ills represent spirit opposed to Jesus’—priest

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LIPA, Batangas, May 10, 2013—Take away God from society and the world is left to grapple with a plethora of social ills like contraception, an increasing gap between the rich and the poor and environmental degradation, among others, a priest said. 

“[There is ] a denial or a removal of God from our lives, our families, our nations,” Fr. Yulito Ignacio, head spiritual director of the Philosophy Department of San Carlos Seminary said during a talk to some 1,300 pilgrims last May 1. 

Fr. Ignacio explained how the ‘spirit of the world’ will always concretely go against the ‘spirit of Christ’ and this gives rise to socio-economic problems like birth control, environmental pollution, drug abuse and increasing poverty. 

Pagpigil sa pag-aanak…Di ba RH [Law] ‘yan (Preventing child birth…Isn’t that the RH Law)?,” he asked, specifically pointing to R.A. 10354 as a denial of God and His dominion, which is manifested in practice. 


No sin, no guilt 

Closely tied to this spirit of the world is a decreased sense of sin and guilt. 
Ayaw mo aminin na masama (You don’t want to admit that something is bad),” Ignacio described this modern sentiment that people and institutions use to justify certain practices. 

To counter this spirit of the world and to live in the spirit of Christ, he suggested examining one’s conscience, praying, denying one’s will, personal sacrifices and practicing purity of heart.

Ignacio gave the second talk of the Total Consecration Conference and Pilgrimage titled “Spirit of the World vs. the Spirit of Christ” held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Lipa, Batangas. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]



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Some candidates express fear of PCOS ‘hocus pocus’

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MANILA, May 9, 2013—Barely four days before the May 2013 midterm election, some candidates endorsed by the White Vote Movement expressed fear a “hocus pocus” might happen using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS). 

In a Church forum last Tuesday, senatorial candidates Miguel Zubiri and Atty. Marwil Llasos expressed concerns on possible PCOS anomalies during Election Day on May 13. 

“We feel threatened and afraid that some PCOS machines may not read the right vote for senatorial candidates. I also urged the public, especially the voters to take care of their votes and be vigilant about some cheating tactics during the voting day,” Zubiri said. 
Zubiri also asked poll watchers to be on alert for possible fraud in polling precincts that can be done prior to the elections and prior to voting. 

Llasos on the other hand said that there is a very real threat. 

“The PCOS machine is very much imperfect and the Commission on Election (Comelec) doesn’t want to fix imperfection,” Llasos said. 

Comelec has been sitting on the issue despite the alarms raised by concerned sectors, he added. 

But despite the imperfections, the senatorial neophyte still encouraged fellow Filipinos to vote on the May 13 polls. 

Meanwhile, Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action said anomalies surrounding the PCOS machine and other issues concerning the coming election may bring frightening scenarios.

It may happen that people would not accept the result of the election just because the Commission on Election (Comelec) didn’t have transparency, he said 

“We must monitor what will happen on election day because our future will depend on [its outcome],” Gariguez added. (Jandel Posion)




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