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Just one more on someone’s hit list

OZAMIZ CITY (SE): “The wound in the people’s minds is deeper and more painful than the wounds in the body of Sister Kathleen Melia,” Father Sean Martin from Ozamiz City in The Philippines told the Sunday Examiner after the 70-year-old Columban sister was bashed in her home on March 1.

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Columban sister bashed in Mindanao

OZAMIZ CITY (SE): Columban Sister Kathleen Melia was assaulted shortly before 9.30pm on March 1 as she was closing the window of her house in Midsalip in the Zamboanga region of Mindanao, The Philippines.

The 70-year-old Irish missionary has lived in Midsalip since 1983, working among the Subaanen tribal people.

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Murder of faceless barangay captain

MIDSALIP (SE): “He was one of our best barangay captains and a great servant of the people,” Father Sean Martin said from his parish in Midsalip in Misamis Occidental of Jovani Romo, who was shot 14 times by unknown assailants and died on the road just 30 metres from his home in Barangay Kanokano on July 29.

Romo is one of the faceless deaths in a Philippines swamped in a frenzied daily attack on the poor being carried out by the state under the guise of a war on drugs.

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