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  • Naga City (10 October) - Amidst the on-going criticisms directed at the Catholic Church hierarchy for being vocal against the proposed Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, Caceres Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi has come out with a pastoral letter seeking to clarify why the Church, particularly the clergy, is intervening in the contentious issue.

  • Naga City (14 Sept) -- The highest political power in the land has declared during the Peñafrancia Novena Week Naga City and the province of Camarines Sur as 'pilgrimage capitals' of the Bikol region.

    In his Executive Order (EO) #33 dated September 10, President Benigno Aquino III, took cognizance of the annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia as an "epic historical event that [had] become part of our cultural heritage," and that Naga City "where the 300-year old image is enshrined, has long been recognized and considered as the pilgrimage capital of the Bikol region."

    The President's EO stated that programs and activities held as part of the Peñafrancia Fiesta "must be assisted and maintained by the government, and that the solemnity and sensitivity to the nature and character of the festivities must be preserved."

    Moreover, the EO stipulated that government must ensure that aside from respecting the essential activities of the feast, "commercial exploitation during the pilgrimage period such as street parties that may become rambunctious, drinking sprees in plazas, street vending that obstruct passages towards the pilgrimage sites, and other similar activities, shall be discouraged."

  • Sipocot, CamSur (10 April) - A huge multi-sectoral protest action against the Libmanan-Cabusao Dam Project (LCDP) is set to be held on Wednesday, April 14 in the municipalities of Sipocot and Lupi, Camarines Sur.

    The protest action is led by the Alyansa kan mga Namamanwaan laban sa Dam or AnDam (Alliance of Concerned Citizens against the Dam) which is opposing the implementation of what has come to be known as "Dato's Dam" following the sponsorship of the said dam project by Congressman Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo.

  • NAGA CITY (19 March ) -- Comelec citizens' arm, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in the province, together with church groups and non-government organizations, is set to sponsor a series of candidates' fora on April 10, 12, 14, and 16 at Naga City's Plaza Quezon beginning 6:00 PM.

    Fr. Louie Occiano of the Caceres Commission on Communications or CCCom released recently information and guidelines on the said political fora.

  • "The Board . . . heard of your resignation after your term had ended [and] when it really had no intention of re-electing you."

    This was the statement contained in the letter written last March 1 by Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU) President Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J. which responded to Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo's resignation from the Board of Trustees of the said university.