Letter to Bishops

“Like in basketball, the bill has not yet reached the first base.” – Sen. Joker Arroyo on the RH bill

Your Graces,

Thank you for declaring a unilateral ceasefire in your war on the President’s advocacy for responsible parenthood. It calmed the hysteria that your hysterics created. Everyone needed a little peace, especially me, after what I had been through recently.

I threw away my wife’s facial creams and body lotions.

“Why?” she screamed.

“They are made from the fetus of sheep,” I explained to her.

“But the Church does not prohibit aborting sheep,” she protested.  So I reminded her that we are all sheep in the eyes of the Lord.

She kicked me out of the house. But I forgave her. One can be Christian and Catholic at the same time, Insha’Allah.

Your Graces, I have never questioned anything you taught me. I still shave my hands everyday even though I’ve been told that what you said about hair growing on the palms of naughty hands is not true. I still rue the day Congress passed the Rizal Law making the Noli and the Fili compulsory reading in schools.

That law exposed me, at a tender age, to Rizal’s sacrilegious thoughts and subversive ideas.

Don’t worry, I have never wavered, my faith remains strong. I must confess, however, that I find the behavior of some people coming from opposite ends of the responsible parenthood debate quite comical.

Sen. Joker Arroyo mixed up basketball and baseball. (See quotation above.) Hopefully he will not confuse contraception with abortion when the bill reaches first base.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz who is against all forms of gambling wants couples to gamble on the rhythm method.

Carlos Celdran, the tour guide, got so worked-up by your supposed meddling in politics that he dressed up like Charlie Chaplin and likened you to Fr. Damaso.

I wanted to tell him Fr. Salvi was the evil friar but… Oh well, as historian Ambeth Ocampo said, “It’s a pity that we have a national hero who wrote a lot for a nation that does not read.”

Celdran must have read the constitutional provision on the separation of Church and State ass backwards. It is the State that is forbidden from meddling in religion– not the other way around. Sadly, Celdran is not alone; the loquacious Rep. Edcel Lagman stands with him.

“The message of Celdran is that ‘Father Damasos’ have survived the Spanish era and continue to bedevil government up to today,” Lagman said, echoing Celdran. Stupidity is contagious, the urge to display it irresistible.

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philipines (CBCP) president Bishop Nereo Odchimar threatened the president with excommunication and then said he did no such thing.

He denied ever saying that Aquino’s excommunication was a “proximate possibility” but he did not disavow his statement that Aquino could be excommunicated.

Dahil (Because) for us, abortion is a grave crime, as a matter of fact, excommunication is attached to those who commit abortion,” he said. By the way, I don’t hear much about pedophile priests being excommunicated, is pedophilia a misdemeanor?

I’m starting to digress so before I wander off to some other issue, let me get to the point: I think all presidents should be excommunicated. That way a president who is robbing the country blind will not be able to hide behind false piety. The people will hold him accountable to the Constitution and the laws of the land only. That will be good for the country. And for Catholics as well because you won’t have to shower blessings and give Holy Communion to a corrupt president ever again.

Yours in Christ, Insha’Allah


Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

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  • GabbyD

    Someone is hack commenting.

  • mario taporco


    Gnashing of teeth may not work quite as well, but for sure bringing precious gifts always works like a charm.
    Got to handed to you, medyo bumaliktad ako when I first read itong article mo. Galing.

  • manuelbuencamino


    I bought her plant-based stuff.

  • mario taporco

    @Mark and Merejan Borders,

    I was not annoyed nor offended by what manuelbuencamino has stated. It was his gesture, on his part from being expelled out to the doghouse, and for being belligerent. So he was extruded out of the house, but not excommunicated. Just my thought.

    MB! you are still on speaking term with the wife…,?

  • manuelbuencamino

    Mark and Merejan Borders,

    One thing that I know that Christ preaches is love and tolerance. (Read the sermon on the mount.) That’s why I don’t condemn those who worship Lady Gaga.

  • Manuel Buencamino (author)??? You have to be kidding me; apparently all you write, must be is a bunch of Satan worship trash! You lack good moral values; if you claim that Muslims, Catholics, {all other faiths???} Would you mean Christians, are you afraid to utter the word? You should be, since you are no doubt a person not worth anyone’s time
    Muslims are direct descendants of Cain who murdered his brother out of Jealousy, and hubris. Your destiny is the fiery pits of hell; there is no hope for you minions of Satan, you seed of that serpent of old. Your works have been counted in Heaven, and on your judgment day, you shall be told; depart from Me you wicked seed, I never knew you.
    As for the Catholics, it is written; in the Last Days, you will stand beside the anti-Christ, proclaiming him to be the savior of the world, when everyone knows full well who you are serving; as is all too evident here in the Philippines.
    As for atheists, you sir have only one hope, and he is Jesus Christ; the one and only Savior of this world. He will come back in Glory to take away His Children; who have accepted Him, and Have Been Washed in the Blood of the Lamb. Of course you know nothing about those words. Author? You GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. Actor more like; acting like you are so superior; when it’s obvious you lack the good moral character and maturity, that would allow you to be free in this world. I urge you to run to the nearest Police Station, PERHAPS give them the SOP, that you think will keep you out of trouble when your judgment day comes; Depart from Me, I never knew you..
    But now for the Christians, there are many blessings and Rewards; coming their way. They will be given the Keys to the City of Gold, they shall live on this earth for a thousand years with Jesus as the Kind and Gentle Sheppard He IS. They will Gather with Loved Ones who have gone on before. They will sing Precious Memories in a voice most beautiful and clear. Those voices proclaiming and end to all sin once and for all. 1000 Years, before the final judgment of Satan and his followers, and they are thrown into the lake of fire, and brimstone, gnashing their teeth in anguish; beyond any pains here on earth.
    I am proudly a True Christian, serving my Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ! My Lord gave his life, was tortured 42 times with a lash. One lash for all the types of sins; that ALL are guilty of, you sir, how many lashes did he take for you? What can you say when you stand before the Lord and explain to Him, that He does not exist. It’s your decision how you want to spend eternity. Chose wisely, you might have one chance left to repent, Jesus is coming soon, get ready to face your judgment or reward.

  • manuelbuencamino


    Thanks. Glad I made you laugh.

    As to the morning after pill…I think Rep Golez made the right call when he said Congress should make the determination as to when life begins. That way the Conctitutional protection agaibst abortion will be clearly defined.

  • baycas2



    the “emergency contraception” will be debated on, i predict. the “morning after” pill (in several forms and names) may work before conception (fertilization) or before implantation. It’s a contraceptive and an abortifacient rolled into one.

    N.B., the life of the unborn child after conception is constitutionally protected.

  • manuelbuencamino


    nahanap ko lang sa google at hindi ko binago so maybe talagang mahaba ang dila niya, parang sa ahas

  • Bert

    Ang galing mo naman, MB, totoo ba iyang picture ni GMA? O gawa iyan sa PhotoShop? Napahaba mo dila ni GMA.

  • Mark and Merejan Borders,

    It’s my way of putting the beliefs of Catholics, Muslims, and all other faiths that believe in God on equal footing.

    A contradiction would exist if I had said “Yours in Christ, Insha’Allah – God does not exist.”

    Also atheists will not view the current controversy through religious teachings. Rather they will look at it as a question of policy that needs to be studied purely on its own merits.

    That’s where I stand.

  • So just asking, Manuel Buencamino, “Yours in Christ, Insha’Allah” is a contradiction to me. Insha’Allah is Arabic for “God’s Will”, are you Islam? A Muslim? If so what then does the first part of that statement mean? Islam does not recognize Christ other than a prophet. So just where do you stand?