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IN all masses from June 21 to June 29, a prayer is now being read asking God to bless the nation’s leaders with “true love for the poor,” with “passion for truth,” with “sincere generosity and courageous simplicity of lifestyle,” with “spirit of heroic sacrifice,” and true reverence for human life and unheeding opposition to the culture of death.”

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IN the last Congress, a bill was filed in the House of Representatives to split the Department of Environment and Natural Resources into two departments – the Department of Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

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WHEN the new administration assumes office on June 30, just six days from today, the new officials will be moving quickly to effect changes in their respective areas, with law enforcement to stop crime, particularly the spread of drugs, on top of the priorities.

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THERE are three ways by which amendments to the Philippine Constitution may be proposed. One is by Congress, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its members. Another is by a Constitutional Convention (Con-con). The third is by People’s Initiative, whereby a proposal is approved by at least 12 percent of the total number of the country’s registered voters, and by at least 3 percent of the votes in each of the nation’s congressional districts.

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FILIPINOS have been following developments in the recent mass killing in Orlando, Florida, United States. Anytime so many are massacred in one place at one time anywhere in the world, it is news, whether it be in Paris, Kenya, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, or Ukraine. Filipinos are specially drawn to reports of a massacre in the United States because millions of Filipinos live there today and some of them may turn out to be involved.

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REPUBLIC Act 7166 providing for Synchronized National and Local Elections and for Electoral Reforms provides in Section 14 that every candidate and treasurer of a political party participating in an election must file an itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election within 30 days after election day.

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