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Can Philippines scratch the surface of its faith?

MANILA (UCAN): In just four months, official figures released by the Philippine National Police show that around 4,500 people have become victims of extrajudicial murder under the guise of the war on drugs instigated by the current president, Rodrigo Duterte.

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Who cares what God thinks?

MANILA (SE): “At the sunset of life, the blood that has spilled all over our sidewalks and streets will judge us because when we could have done something, we chose to keep quiet. There is no peace for cowards. The next life to be snuffed out could be yours,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a pastoral letter read out at all Masses in Lingayen Dagupan on September 4.

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The death penalty has already arrived

The speaker in the House of Representatives, Pantaleon Alvarez, and the member from Capiz, Fredenil Castro, want to put the death penalty back on the Philippine law books claiming that it is a deterrent to crime.








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Playing with chaos a dangerous game

MANILA (SE): The purge of the poor being orchestrated in The Philippines by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, under the guise of a war on drugs, claimed a five-year-old girl as one of its latest victims on August 23.

Danica Mae Garcia, the kindergarten-aged granddaughter of Maximo Garcia, was shot in the head as she was having lunch in their home in Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

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Lord Heal Our Land

MANILA (SE): “The killings continue to rise. The divisions seem to widen even more. The indifference to the violations of the commandments of God is spreading. We must not give up,” the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said in issuing a prayer to be said at all Masses on August 25.

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Confused about my Philippines

MANILA (SE): “The violent procedure in tackling the drug scourge is causing apprehension among the majority of our citizens who are against any form of drug trafficking,” the Salesians of Don Bosco say in a statement posted on the website of the Philippine bishops’ news service.

And there is plenty to be disturbed about, as both trigger happy police and goons roam the streets removing anyone they fancy who does not have political or financial clout.

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Stop cardboard justice

MANILA (SE): In a first Church-inspired public demonstration against the outright slaughter being perpetrated against his people by the president of the Republic of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, students lay prone outside the office of the Human Rights Commission in Quezon City on July 25 with placards reading, Stop Cardboard Justice.

Students imitating dead bodies lay prone in a protest initiated by Bishop Broderick Pabillo under the name of Thou Shalt not Kill (Huwag Kang Papatay).

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A nation is mute as door opens to genocide

HONG KONG (SE): “This morning my neighbours were shot. A father and a son. I know they used cocaine, but they were good people and helped me on many occasions. It was brutal and horrible. The shouting and cursing—then the gunshots. They look sickening,” a report from Zamboanga del Sur received on July 12 says.

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The killing fields and traumatised people

MANILA (SE): “Three people died today. They were shot. Brutally killed. We don’t know why. We are scared. It is so dangerous,” a note received on July 6 from Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur reads.

The note goes on to describe the fear of going to sleep at night, of walking in the street and the memory of the mutilated, defaced and bloodied bodies.

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The peace of the cemetery on the order of a death squad

OLONGAPO (SE): “We are disturbed at the increasing number of reports that suspected drug-peddlers, pushers and others… have been shot, supposedly because they resisted arrest,” an appeal from the bishops of The Philippines for an end to vigilantism, signed on June 20 by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, reads.

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