The spectre of Constitutional changes is again haunting our national life. President Benigno Aquino III has said he may try to change the Constitution, serve a second term in office, and limit the powers of the Judiciary.
The President says that he is responding to the voice of the people. However, as the President’s popularity ratings decline in the face of massive government corruption and a failure to deliver real economic gains to the majority of Filipinos, it is difficult to see any evidence of such a clamour.
The term restrictions on our President come out of our long history of struggle against the dictatorship. Our current President is often brought to tears as he recalls the legacy of his mother in consolidating democratic governance after the dictatorship, it appears a sad irony that the he would be so willing to contemplate subverting that very legacy.
The NCCP supports the call by the People’s Initiative to Abolish Pork Barrel for a full accounting of all discretionary funds and the introduction of an abolition law that will criminalize and penalize the allocation and use of any form of congressional and presidential pork.
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In order to carry forward the spiritual accompaniment of the Korean peninsula and the churches of North and South Korea the WCC is invited to join the Christians of North and South Korea in a joint moment of prayer. Each year, the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation jointly prepare a Prayer for Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula. This prayer is used on the Sunday just before August 15 of each year, the day when Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial oppression, and ironically, the day when it was divided by external forces.
God of Love!
It has been 25 years since we agreed to keep the week of Independence Day as a joint prayer week with the wish of reconciliation, and peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula. It was a promise from the South and North Korean churches’ deep prayer to God for peace and reunification and was a vow of love in a very difficult time. We, however, still have not reached full liberation and still are experiencing conflict and hostile policies. Oh Lord! Have mercy on us.
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The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches met in a region where nuclear explosions, accidents and threats have taken a heavy toll. Northeast Asia is the only place on earth where nuclear weapons have been used in warfare. During the Cold War more than 1,000 nuclear bombs were tested in adjoining areas of the Pacific and Asia. Today all states in the region either possess nuclear weapons or depend on the US nuclear arsenal. The 100-plus nuclear power plants in East Asia and the many more planned are signs of economic prowess but also reminders of the Fukushima tragedy. South Korea has the highest geographic concentration of nuclear power plants in the world.