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The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) is headed for a clash with the Catholic Church as the INC openly expressed its support for the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill being authored by Representative Rogelio Espina.
The INC has wrote a letter of support for the RH Bill to Congressman Espina, the House population and family relations committee chairman, on October 2010.
In the letter, INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo said that it is the “moral imperative” of every parent to guide their children and make sure they have food, shelter, clothing, and proper education. This can be done if they “plan the number of their children and keep it under control.” Manalo added that “INC supports artificial family planning methods as long as they do not induce abortion.”
Below is part of the letter of support sent by the INC to Rep. Espina. The statement has openly contradicts the stand of the Catholic Church on natural way of family planning.
These methods are not only unnatural and ineffective but they also are immoral, since they contradict the commandment that God has given to married couples. The Bible instructs married couples not to deprive one another of intimate marital relations for long, extended period of time.
“Further, any abstinence at all for a married couple is supposed to be with the mutual consent of husband and wife and not for the purpose of preventing pregnancies,” he said.
Philippine President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ S. Aquino III or PNoy has announced the official list of Regular Holidays, Special Non-Working Holidays, and Special Holidays for all schools for the year 2011. The announcement of the 2011 Holidays in the Philippines was made through Proclamation No. 84 issued last December 20, 2010. The issuance of the list of Holidays for 2011 was announced early so that everyone will have more time to prepare their calendar of activities for the year.
There will be no more long weekends in 2011 as previously experienced due to the Holiday economics that was implemented by the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Former President GMA is now serving as Representative of the first district of Pampanga. Holiday economics was established through Republic Act (RA) 9492 is also known as “An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays,” signed by former President GMA. The law provides that holidays that fall on a Wednesday will be observed earlier by transferring it on the Monday of the week. Holidays which fall on a Sunday will then be observed on the following Monday. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Islamic Ed’l Fitr and Eidul Adha are considered movable holidays wherein the President shall issue a proclamation at least six months prior to the holiday. The date specified will automatically be a non-working holiday.
Starting this year, holiday economics will no longer be observed as PNoy decided to follow the original scheduled holiday dates for 2011. The decision of the PNoy is aimed in helping daily wage earners to earn more.
Here is the complete Proclamation No. 84 taken from the Philippine government official website that listed down the complete Holidays for 2011 in the Philippines:
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 84
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2011
WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;
WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:
SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2011 shall be observed in the country:
A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)
Maundy Thursday – April 21
Good Friday – April 22
Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)
Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)
National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)
Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)
Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday)
All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday)
Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday)
SECTION 2. The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.
SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 20th day of December in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines / www.gov.ph
The nude photo of Aphrodite in the New Cyprus Passports created conflicting views from foreign and interior ministry of Cyprus. The new passport was reported to have the photo of the naked Aphrodite, also known as the Goddess of Love and beauty in Greek Mythology.
According to the Foreign Ministry of Cyprus, the naked image of Aphrodite may depict a negative image on Cyprus citizens in foreign countries.
The new Cyprus passport will also feature a biometric tracking chip for security and ease of verification.
Through Memorandum Circular No. 4, Malacanang has ordered the suspension of work in government offices in Regions I, II and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). These areas are pounded by Super Typhoon “Juan” (international codename: Megi).
Malacanang has suspended government work in the three regions based on the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Here is the complete Memorandum Circular No. 4 issued by Malacanang:
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OF THE PHILIPPINES
MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 4
Upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought by typhoon “Juan,” work in government offices in Regions I, II and CAR is hereby suspended tomorrow, 19 October 2010.
However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.
This Circular shall take effect immediately.
By authority of the President,
for PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
(Sgd.) JOSE AMOR M. AMORADO
Senior Deputy Executive Secretary
Source: Official Gazette of the Philippine Government