you know that you are no longer considered a friend but just a mere office mate……
when someone you thought was your friend wrote the names of her friends on a paper and she didn’t write your name

you know that you are no longer considered a friend but just a mere office mate……

when someone you thought was your friend wrote the names of her friends on a paper and she didn’t write your name

SC declares RH law constitutional

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – The Supreme Court (SC) unanimously declared the Reproductive Health (RH) law constitutional but struck down 8 provisions partially or in full.

SC spokesman Theodore Te said in a press briefing on Tuesday, April 8: “The RH law is not unconsitutional.”

An SC insider said the “core provisions were upheld.”

Te explained to reporters later that all the justices considered the basic law consitutional “except those provisions they declared unconstitutional.”

The following are the 8 provisions struck down in full or partially:

1.) Section 7, only insofar as it: (a) requires private health facilities and non-maternity hospitals owned by religious groups to refer patients not in an emergency or life-threatening situation to another health facility which is conveniently accessible (b) provides access to family planning and RH services to minors who have been pregnant or had a miscarriage without a parental consent

The rest of Section 7, however, which provides access to family planning, was upheld by the Court, notably this line: “All accredited public health facilities shall provide a full range of modern family planning methods, which shall also include medical consultations, supplies and necessary and reasonable procedures for poor and marginalized couples having infertility issues who desire to have children.”

2.) Section 23-A-1, which punishes RH providers regardless of their religious belief who fail or refuse to dissiminate information regarding RH services and programs

3.) Section 23-A-2-i, which allows a married individual not in a life-threatening case to access RH procedures without the consent of the spouse

4.) Section 23-A-3, insofar as it punishes an RH provider who fails to refer any non-life-threatening case to another RH provider

5.) Section 23-B, insofar as it punishes any public officer who refuses to support RH programs

6.) Section 17, which mandates a 40-hour pro bono service by private and nongovernment RH service providers including gynecologists and obstetricians as a prerequisite for PhilHealth accreditation

7.) Section 3.01-A and J of the RH law Implementing Rules and Regulations, which defines abortifacients as “primarily” inducing abortion instead of simly inducing abortion

8.) Section 23-A-2-ii, which prohibits RH service providers from refusing to perform legal and medically-safe reproductive health procedures on minors without parental consent

15 days to appeal

The RH law – which took 13 years and 4 months to pass in Congress –was temporarily halted by the Supreme Court (SC) on March 19, 2013, following the filing of 14 petitions questioning its constitutionality. (READ: RH law: The long and tough road)

The petitioners have 15 days to appeal the decision, Te said.

Not necessarily defeated

Father Melvin Castro of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said he does not consider the SC decision a defeat for the “pro-life” camp.

"When we remember the Lord, when he suffered and died, before the human courts, he lost. Before the public opinion, they were crying out crucify him. And the Lord said, followers would suffer just as he did. We’re prepared to suffer. We’re very much prepared to suffer… What matters is to teach what is true and good," he said in an interview. – Rappler.com

Source: http://www.rappler.com/nation/54946-supreme-court-rh-law-constitutional

Interview and Supporting Documents: What you Say and Not what you Show Matters (NIV)

Are you applying for a nonimmigrant visa and preparing for your interview, trying to decide which supporting documents to bring to justify your purpose of travel and ties to your home country?  One of the common misconceptions regarding the nonimmigrant visa process is that an applicant’s documents are central to their application. While it’s always advisable to be prepared and important to know which documents are required for certain visa classes, consular officers typically will base their decision more on the interview they have with the applicant than they will on the supporting documents presented to them. The consular officer will likely want to hear you explain your purpose of travel and ties to your home country. If an officer would like to view your documents, he/she will ask for them during the interview. There is no need to present documents if the consular officer does not ask for them.

Consular Officers often use the information in the DS-160 application to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa. When preparing your application, you must provide accurate information in your DS-160 application. Be prepared to answer the questions asked by the consular officer. The consular officer is likely to be interested to know your purpose of travel, how long you intend to stay in the United States, your contacts in the U.S., and your ties to your home country that would compel you to depart the U.S. after your visit.  Do not lie to a consular officer. Lying has serious consequences and can make you permanently ineligible for the visa. Applicants should be honest in discussing their residence (at home and abroad), employment, and family relationships with the consular officer.

Always remember: It is what you say, not what you show, that matters in your visa interview.

Visit the Nonimmigrant Visa website for a list of required documents for applicants at http://manila.usembassy.gov/niv-application.html. If you have questions or comments about this topic, feel free to post your comments below.

Source: http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/?p=2276

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