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Friday, February 23, 2018

RAPPLER WALA NANG PAG ASANG MAKAPASOK SA MALACAÑANG

February 23, 2018 - Pretending to Be and Truly Being Holy


Friday of the First Week of Lent
Father Alex Yeung, LC 

Matthew 5:20-26

"I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, 'You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.' But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, 'Raqa,' will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, 'You fool,' will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny."

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for this time I can now spend with you. You constantly fill my life with so many blessings. How ungrateful I am at times! I wish to collaborate more perfectly in establishing your Kingdom on earth. I love you Lord, and with the help of your grace I will strive to become someone to whom any soul can come in order to discover your truth, your life, your love. Take my life, take this day and make it yours. Amen.

Petition: Father, help me to shun hypocrisy and seek true holiness.

1. Subjective Impressions: How much righteousness would it take to surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees? Not much, we suspect. Theirs was holiness in appearance only, which is to say no holiness. And what would one discover on the “inside” of such a soul? Plenty of self-deception; plenty of self-indulgent complacency in a subjective impression of holiness; a repugnant holier-than-thou demeanor. It’s easy enough for us to read the Gospel and wrinkle our noses at those bad ol’ Pharisees. In fact, it’s about as easy as telling ourselves that we could never come under the spell of our own subjective impression of holiness. That is why we must always be ready to examine ourselves, before Christ and with an acute awareness of our misery and limitations. Do I live my life engaged in a genuine pursuit of holiness or in a genuine pursuit of my own vanity and self-glorification?

2. Humility is the True Test of Holiness: Pride and personal holiness mix about as well as oil and water. Where our ego is, little if any room is left for God. What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ but to be someone who fills himself totally with God in order to bring him within the reach of everyone. But what union, grace or friendship with God can there be in a proud soul? What fervor, what degree of holiness? There is no possible compromise between God and a proud soul – either the soul would have to let go of itself, or God would have to stop being God.

3. Integrity is the Heart of the Matter: At the heart of genuine holiness is the virtue of integrity, a virtue rich in nuances and meaning. Integrity means being a person with only one face, a person who is the same on the inside and on the outside: “what you see is what you get”. Indeed, integrity is foundational for holiness, because it constitutes the very essence of personal honesty and sincerity, which are fundamental for the moral life and the seedbeds for a host of other virtues. In our pursuit of holiness, we should never tolerate duplicity of any kind in our behavior. We should avoid like the plague the least hint of ambivalence in our motivations, or incongruity between our thoughts, judgments, choices and actions. There can be no holiness without integrity. In fact, there can be no genuine human happiness unless it lies on the bedrock virtue of integrity.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I want you to be the meaning and center of my entire life. Let me disappear and you appear more and more in my life so that, with a holiness that is genuine, humble and true, I will always be an instrument for the salvation of all people. Amen.

Resolution: I will take a hard look at my life to identify the areas where duplicity manifests itself and take a concrete step toward living with more integrity.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

SA WAKAS! GOODBYE PIA RANADA! WALA NANG RAPPLER SA PRESS BRIEFING!

PNoy didn't prevent Spratly from being taken

Rappler reporter now banned from entering entire Malacañang compound, says exec

Published February 21, 2018 9:53pm By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News

Rappler reporter Pia Ranada is now barred from entering the entire Malacañang Complex not just the presidential palace, an official said on Wednesday.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary for Media Relations Mia Reyes confirmed in a text message that Ranada could no longer the Malacañang compound starting Thursday.
Ranada also tweeted about the development.
The Malacañang Complex houses the presidential palace several office buildings, Malacañang Park, and Bahay Pagbabago, the official residence of President Rodrigo Duterte.
On Tuesday, presidential guards barred Ranada from entering the New Executive Building, where the press working area and the press briefing room are located.
She was later allowed to attend a news conference by presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. but prohibited from covering the President's speech at the palace before Indian businessmen.
Roque said Duterte had decided to bar Rappler from all presidential coverage.
The order came a day after the Senate summoned Duterte' top aide, Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go, to answer questions following a Rappler report claiming that he had intervened in the selection of the combat management system of the two frigates the Philippine Navy was buying.
Rappler has repeatedly earned the ire of Duterte and other Palace officials over the online news outfit's reports critical of the administration. —NB, GMA News
 

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/644238/rappler-reporter-now-banned-from-entering-entire-malacanang-compound-says-exec/story/?utm_source=GMANews&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=news

Roque: Duterte felt ‘betrayed’ by Rappler reporter

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
 / 06:10 PM February 21, 2018

Harry Roque
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (Photo by JOAN BONDOC / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

President Rodrigo Duterte said he felt “betrayed” by Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, whom he said he treated like his granddaughter, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte had issued an order to his officials not to allow Ranada to enter Malacañang and cover his events.

“Nag-isyu na ang Presidente ng order na hindi pupuwede si Pia [sa Malacañang],” Roque told reporters.

“Trinaydor siya ni Pia, dahil alam naman ng marami sa Malacañang Press Corps, itinuring niya na parang apo ni presidente. Pero para pagpilitan ang fake news, wala nang dahilan para siya’y manatili sa Malacañang kung puro fake news naman ang kanyang ibabalita,” he added.

[Pia betrayed him, considering that, as many members of the Malacañang Press Corps know, the president treated her like a granddaughter. But for insisting on putting out fake news, she has no more reason to stay in Malacañang, if it’s it all fake news that she insists on reporting.]

Only restriction is Malacañang coverage, access to Duterte

In another interview aired on Wednesday over AM radio dzMM, Roque said Duterte was pissed with Ranada.

“Lilinawin ko lang po: Bagama’t hindi na siya pupuwedeng mag-cover sa Malacañang, puwede siyang magsulat kahit anong gusto niyang isulat, kahit puro fake news iyan. Kung kaligayahan niya iyan, ituloy niya iyan. Kaya nga po walang paglalabag, walang pagsusupil sa kalayaan ng pamamahayag,” Roque said.

[Let me just make it clear: Though she would no longer be able to cover Malacañang, she can still write whatever she want want to right, even if it’s all fake news. If that makes her happy, she can keep on doing that. That’s why there’s no violation, no suppression of the freedom of the press.]

“Ang hindi lang siya pupuwede ay magkaroon ng access ngayon kay Presidente, dahil bwisit sa kanya ang Presidente,” he added.

[The only thing she can’t have is access to the President for now, because the President is annoyed with her.]

No curtailment of press freedom

In a statement, Roque said the ruling of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoking Rappler’s registration would be executory for now.

“This is to inform everyone that under the Rules of Court, judgments and final orders of quasi-judicial agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, are not stayed while on appeal with the Court of Appeals, unless the CA directs otherwise,” he said. “In Rappler’s case, no such directive from the CA has been issued.”

Roque said Malacañang had no intention to curtail the press freedom of Ranada.

“We did not implement the SEC decision at once,” he said. “We could have earlier disallowed Rappler’s Palace beat reporter, Pia Ranada, from entering Malacañang when the SEC decision was handed down if our intent is to infringe press freedom.”

“However, we allowed Miss Rañada to continue performing her work assignments unimpeded, notwithstanding that trust with the news source had already been adversely affected, in the hope that this would be restored,” he added.

Roque said the government had given “Rappler ample time to avail of legal remedies.”

“However, it became apparent that Rappler is more interested in spreading fake news, and as yesterday’s incident demonstrated, it would rather sensationalize the issue of non-entry in Malacanang rather than comply with the rules,” he said.

Roque insisted that barring Ranada from the Palace premises was not an attack on press freedom.

“Let us be clear: The case of Rappler is not an attack on press freedom. Members of the media, including the Philippine Daily Inquirer, continue to be hard-hitting yet they can cover the activities of the President. Ms. Ranada’s accreditation, which would give her access to Palace activities, lies on Rappler’s accreditation.”

Rañada may apply for accrediation through Focap

The Palace official suggested that, if Rappler would want to have direct coverage of events inside and outside Malacañang, it could apply for accreditation through the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap).

“Two things could have avoided Rappler’s present predicament: One, get a temporary restraining order. Two, be a Filipino corporation,” he said. “Unfortunately, Rappler failed to obtain a TRO and failed to show that it is a Filipino entity.”

He said the government had given “Rappler sufficient opportunity to rectify the infraction of ownership rules or obtain judicial relief, but instead of doing so it spent time and resources to foment false news and opted to twist the facts like it often does.”

“Peke na nga ang balita ng Rappler, peke pa rin ang pagiging Pilipino nila,” Roque added. “Ayusin muna nila ang dalawang bagay na ito bago sila sumigaw ng kalayaan sa pamamahayag.”

[Not only is Rappler’s news fake, its being Filipino is also fake. They should fix these two things before they start clamoring for press freedom.] /atm

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/970379/roque-duterte-felt-betrayed-by-rappler-reporter#ixzz57jijCglZ

February 22, 2018 - The Most Important Question


Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle 
Father Alex Yeung, LC

Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

Introductory Prayer: Lord, you know how much I need you and depend on you for everything. You know my weakness and my faults. I put all my confidence in your love and mercy in my daily actions. I trust in your power, your promise and your grace.

Petition: Lord, let me acknowledge you with my words and actions.

1. Opinion Polls and Private Certitudes: People give all sorts of answers to the question of who Jesus is. No figure in history has provoked more comment or more debate than Jesus Christ. And it is fair to say that in every case, how we answer the question of who Christ is determines how we live our lives: the values and moral convictions we will have, the hope we have for the life to come, the charity and service we live now in our daily lives. All of this is inspired by the stance we take on the person of Jesus. “Who do you say that I am?” is a question that necessarily involves a commitment on our part. The answer to this question requires a change in our attitudes and behavior.

2. The Life-changing Moment: For Peter, this was a moment of true openness to the grace of the Holy Spirit. He grasped in a moment that Christ was no mere prophet or enlightened teacher of moral truths, but something much more. He was the Christ, that is, the Savior. And not only Messiah, he was the Son of the Living God—Jesus was equal to God in all things. This profession of faith would change Peter’s life from that moment on. In the Creed, we profess the same faith as Peter did. Every time we receive the Eucharist, we join our response to that of Peter: We believe you are the Son of God, and there is no salvation by any other name. What changes does this faith require of me? Can I continue to be the same as before?

3. A New Name and a New Mission: Peter’s profession of faith was no simple intellectual response to a question. It was the taking of a position, a definitive stance before God and before the world. Peter embraced the truth about Christ, and in return, Christ entrusted him with the care of the Church. He would be “Rock,” the foundation of his Church, and Christ offered him the guarantee that the Church would persevere forever. When we profess our faith, Christ gives us a task also. We are made “apostles” and sent out as “ambassadors of Christ” to the world. Our stance before this truth has consequences: We must be consistent with our faith each day.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, teach me not only to acknowledge you with my mind, but to embrace the truth that you are the Son of the Living God with all my life, words, and actions. Let the conviction I have become a way of life, so that I can give witness to you before all men.

Resolution: I will examine my life and evaluate what sort of witness I give to my faith that Christ is the Son of the Living God.