Category Archives: RELIGION


MANILA – Malacañang on Sunday night has declared May 3 as a regular holiday throughout the country to mark the Eid al-Fitr or the end of the month of Ramadan.Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed this in a text message to reporters, following the declaration by Bangsamoro… Read More

Eid al-Fitr time to promote social healing: Defense chief

 May 2, 2022, 10:03 am Updated on May 2, 2022, 2:26 pm

MANILA – This year’s celebration of Eid al-Fitr is a time to promote social healing and reconciliation as the country prepares to usher in its next batch of leaders, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday.”The observance of this year’s Eid al-Fitr… Read More

PRRD exhorts Muslims to remain models of goodwill, compassion

 May 2, 2022, 5:26 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on the Filipino-Muslim community to not only be models of the Islamic faith, but also of “goodwill and compassion for all of humanity”.In his Eid’l Fitr message, Duterte greeted Filipinos-Muslims around the world Eid Mubarak… Read More


ISKO TO DEVOTEES: Stay away from Quiapo Church

The city government of Manila has appealed to all replica owners of the Black Nazarene not to go to Quiapo Church as traditionally done.

Every year, before and during the January 9 feast day of the Black Nazarene, replicas are brought by devotees from the National Capital Region and neighboring provinces to the minor basilica for the blessing.

However, rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections placed Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 while the Archdiocese of Manila will not hold physical masses from January 7 to 9 to prevent the crowd.

Sa mga organisasyon na may mga replica katulad sa amin, kami mismo, meron kaming replica sa Velasquez, Tondo, ipanatili nyo na lamang sa ating mga chapel ‘yung ating mga replica at yung mga deboto ng Nazareno at doon na lamang tayo magdasal sa kaniya kaniyang chapel (To the organizations that has the replica, like us, we have a replica in Velasquez, Tondo, keep your replicas in your own chapels, and to the devotees of the Black Nazarene, just pray in your chapels),” Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said in a PNA report.


Quiapo Church to heed NTF reso scrapping feast activities

Officials of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, commonly known as the Quiapo Church, will follow the decision of the government prohibiting in-person Masses at the basilica during the celebration of its feast this weekend.

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“We are complying because of the health situation,” Quiapo Church rector, Monsignor Hernando Coronel, said in an interview on Wednesday.

This came as the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, in a resolution, ordered the temporary closure of the church from January 7 to 9, as Metro Manila was placed under Alert Level 3 due to soaring coronavirus infections.

“We are once more in another surge. We pray for an end to this pandemic. For those who passed away, we commend them to the mercy of the Nazareno. For those who are sick, a fast recovery. For those affected by economic hardships, help from a concerned community. For those affected by Typhoon Odette, compassion from those more blessed in life. We continue responding in faith and charity as long a

Rehabilitated Grand Mosque to be unveiled


MANILA – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) will launch on Sunday the newly constructed Grand Mosque in Marawi, four years after the government started its rehabilitation of the city razed to the ground when government forces took out the Maute-led terrorist… Read More

A black smoke billows from downtown of Marawi City June 27, 2017 after a military airstrike. A government official trashed the demands of the leader of Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists holed up in Marawi City to free their Roman Catholic priest hostage in exchange for the freedom of his parents and relatives.

Gov’t works double-time to complete Marawi rehab

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday promised that his administration will double its efforts to hasten to complete the rehabilitation projects in Marawi City.Duterte made the vow as he led the commemorative rites of the fourth anniversary of the liberation of Marawi City from… Read More

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No CBCP move to influence case of convicted rapist, murderer ex-mayor 

ex-calauan-laguna-mayor-antonio-sanchezThe Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday said there is no move from the clergy to influence the case of convicted rapist and murderer, former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez.

This came after retired Pasig City Regional Trial Court Judge Harriet Demetriou claimed in a news report that the late former Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin met her during the trial of sanchez and gave her a letter from the late Lucena Bishop Pedro Bantigue. 
“As I understand her comments, It’s not as if the bishops were stalling or influencing her to rule in favor of Mayor Sanchez,” Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA) said in a statement. 
“I think, Judge Demetriou also said that Cardinal Sin told her to do what was necessary,” he added. 
Secillano also reiterated that “whatever the law says, the church adheres to it”, clarifying that the Church is not being asked regarding its opinion on legal matters, thus its silence on the case. 
“Because the church wasn’t asked for an opinion. The media was focused on the legality of the issue. I don’t think the opinion of the church on legal matters is needed,” Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA) said in a statement.  
Meanwhile, CBCP Episcopal Commission on Prison and Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC) executive secretary Rudy Diamante believed that Bantigue just expressed his opinion when he claimed the innocence of the former mayor.
“The late good Bishop (Emeritus) of San Pablo (Laguna) was just stating his personal experiences and knowledge of the former mayor,” Rudy Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Prison and Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC), said in an interview. 
“He must not have been aware of the dark side of the mayor until the crime was committed,” he said. 
In 1995, Demetriou meted seven counts of reclusion perpetua (up to 40 years imprisonment) to Sanchez and six others for the rape-slay of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños student Eileen Sarmenta and the killing of her companion Allan Gomez in 1993.
The late bishop was appointed to the Diocese of San Pablo on January 25, 1967 and stayed there until his retirement in 1995.
Bantigue died in 2012 at the age of 92.  (PNA)