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Know Their Stand: Loren Legarda, Senatorial Candidate

teampnoy-thumb400-lorenElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Loren Legardas responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.


Reproductive Health – FOR

“Because it’s for the rural women of our country. The RH law offers a small measure of support to make sure that access to information and services is made less difficult for the poor.”


Sin Tax – FOR

“It is earmarked for the universal healthcare, kalusugang pangkalahatan to give healthcare coverage to the 25 million poorest Filipinos.”


Cybercrime – AGAINST

“(Voted for it but) I’m not in favor of it. I was one of those who proposed amendments especially on the libel provision na kailangan tanggalin.”


Freedom of Information – FOR

“I’m one of the authors.”


Anti-Political Dynasty – NO STAND

“I’m not from a political family but it will be a Herculean job to ban it. If there is a bill then I will study it. It’s hard to say.”


Divorce – AGAINST

“I believe in civil annulment and what we should do is expand and broaden the base of civil annulment and make it more accesible to the poor women who are trapped in abusive marriages. Annulment should be inexpensive even free for victims of abusive relationships.”


Death Penalty – NO STAND

“I want to see how it can be a deterrent to crime but definitely we need to do something about criminality but if it’s a deterent to crime but I’m very angry when it comes to insestious rape and to gruesome murders it angers me but I want to see the direct correlation between death penalty and it being a deterrent to crime.”


Same-Sex Marriage – NO STAND

“I believe in civil union and granting the rights and privileges to the LGBTs. Marriage, that I think we have to study that because I’m not sure may constitutional prohibition.”


Total Gun Ban – FOR

“I’m for a gunless society and those who can carry firearms should only be military officers and soldiers.”




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Al Gore goes the convenient route

In his first public event following his divorce with wife of forty years Tipper Gore, Al Gore went to the Philippines to preach his message about climate change and man’s responsibility to do something about the pressing problems of the changing times. For the most part, regardless of what side you’re on in the climate change debate; you can more or less see that Gore’s conviction is sincere.

In what was touted to be an updated version of the Inconvenient Truth – an Academy Award winning documentary back in 2007. There were some issues that were rebuked in recent years so Gore had to go back on his world tour caravan to put the stamp on his landmark advocacy. The speech that he delivered at the SMX Convention Center was supposedly a more nuanced and contextualized take on the hot button issue of climate change.

What Gore did while he had the floor last June 8 was almost insulting and degrading to the intelligence of the Filipinos in attendance. While Gore did show a good amount of slides showing breath taking and dramatic contrasts of glacial thaw and ice sheet melting; the conclusion of his speech left much to be desired.

In the end, Gore suggested that it was a “spiritual” obligation of the people to do something about the climate change crisis. Regardless of how compelling the argument was, it was quite degrading for Al Gore to try to coerce of coax people into action with the relative standards of morality despite the supposedly strong empirical evidence that much care should be taken.

He may have been given a heads up that Filipinos are mostly religious but at the same time, most Pinoys would know that a spiritual imperative would not be necessary if an empirical reason to take action is already present.

After watching him speak for roughly 90 minutes, I was left unimpressed with his ability to convince people – he was merely preaching to the choir and he barely even responded to the criticism against his philosophy. The speech sounded like something that a televangelist would deliver to his already devoted flock. I doubt if he inspired new believers. It’s possible that he came into the even thinking it was and would be an all out Gore love fest.

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