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Pork Barrel first the poor can wait

MANILA (UCAN): Faced with the high costs of the siege and martial law in Mindanao coupled with the billions of pesos eaten up by the slaughter campaign disguised as a war on drugs, the poor of The Philippines are being dealt a further blow with a radical slashing of social service budgets.
 
Instead, billions of pesos are being transferred to budgets for the most indefinable and least transparent area of state expenditure; security.
 

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Bishop in Shaanxi accused of corruption

HONG KONG (UCAN): A group of priests in Hanzhong in Shaanxi province has accused 85-year-old Bishop Louis Yu Runshen of corruption and are demanding that he step down.

A letter signed by 20 of the 27 priests in the diocese, including the coadjutor bishop, 87-year-old Bishop Matthias Yu Chengxin, who is partially paralysed, was sent to Bishop Louis Yu.

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The downside of corruption purges

BEIJING (AsiaNews): They drown themselves in rivers; drink poison; jump from bridges or the upper floors of their offices.

A rising number of worried bureaucrats from the Chinese Communist Party are choosing to take their own lives rather than face a corruption investigation.

This has proved to be an unwanted by-product of the anti-corruption campaign launched by the current president, Xi Jinping.

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Priest allegedly attacked by corrupt police

Hanoi (AsiaNews): Father Joseph Nguyễn Văn Thế, assistant parish priest of Đồng Chuong parish, in the diocese of Bắc Ninh, Tuyen Quang province, northern Vietnam, was allegedly attacked by police while on his way to celebrate two Masses in a remote area on May 7.

The priest, who has been boldly critical of the corruption of the local authorities and police, was beaten with sticks and metal bars, sustaining serious injuries to his hands and feet. He has beean hospitalised.

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Casinos and bank heists

MANILA (Agencies): The casino industry in The Philippines is growing at an alarming rate, as it encourages the activities that corrupt politicians can easily profit from; money laundering, drug running and prostitution—all of which assuredly are more fun in The Philippines.

The Philippine bishops have released a statement in the wake of a US$81 million ($627 million) bank heist that saw the money spirited away from Bangladesh to a commercial bank in the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

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Religious affairs officials accused of corruption

Beijing (AsiaNews): Ye Xiaowen, a former head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, and Zhu Weiqun, the former head of the Tibet section of the United Front Work Department, have been called out by a Tibetan scholar of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing for corruption in connection with the designation of Living Buddhas, or tulku.

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Top religious affairs official faces corruption probe

BEIJING (UCAN): Zhang Lebin, a deputy director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs in Beijing, is facing investigation as part of the far-reaching anti-corruption drive of the president, Xi Jinping.

It is the first such case against a top party member from a bureau responsible for the management of religion in China.

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Indian prime minister insults the nation

 

HONG KONG (SE): “The mindless atmosphere of negativity and pessimism that is sought to be created over the issue of corruption can do us no good,” said the prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, on October 10, in condemning a widespread protest movement running under the theme of India Against Corruption.

Singh’s outburst has prompted people to question exactly what good he expects corruption will do for the nation.

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