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Australian missionary to get visa back

MANILA (UCAN): The Department of Justice of the Philippines decided on June 18 that 71-year-old Sister Patricia Fox, who had been ordered immigration authorities to leave the country, should get her missionary visa back.
 
The justice department declared the forfeiture of the nun’s visa by the Immigration Bureau “null and void” because there was no legal basis to declare it forfeit. 
 

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Bishop dares Duterte to dish the dirt

MANILA (UCAN): “Let him reveal his so called exposé as long as it is the truth,” Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila, said challenging Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to come good on a threat and reveal alleged sex scandals committed by priests, saying it would not ruin the Church.
 
The bishop said Church leaders would thank him if what he revealed was the truth.
 

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Philippine police arrest suspect in priest’s killing

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine authorities announced on June 15 that they had arrested their “prime suspect” in the killing of Father Richmond Villaflor Nilo, the same day his body was laid to rest.
 
Identified as Adell Roll Milan, the suspect was arrested in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, on June 14.
 
A witness reportedly identified Milan, an alleged former drug user and hitman, as having shot the priest on June 10.
 

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Calls for unity and hope at Philippine Independence Day celebrations

HONG KONG (SE): Filipinos in Hong Kong were reminded to be united as well as to have hope as the 120th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence was celebrated two days early in Chater Road, Central, on June 10.
 
An interfaith prayer service kicked off the day’s events, with leaders of the Filipino Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities offering prayers for good governance, peace and unity.
 

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Law upholding rights of nature in the works

MANILA (UCAN): Polluters of the environment, including big business and government officials, will be guaranteed to face criminal charges if advocates have their way and Philippine legislators pass a bill being prepared to grant rights to nature.
 
Church and environmental advocates ended a nationwide caravan in Manila on June 5, World Environment Day, to dramatise their call for the passage of a rights of nature law.
 

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Philippine Church leaders denounce killing of priests

MANILA (UCAN): Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, archbishop of Manila, said “freedom is fake” because people are “toying around with justice” amid the spate of killings in the country as Church leaders in the Philippines railed against the attacks and killings of members of the clergy in recent months.
 
“We repeat: It is against the will of God to destroy life. Killing is not a solution to personal and societal problems,” said the cardinal in his Philiippine Independence Day message on June 12.
 

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No to pistol-packing priests

MANILA (UCAN): “Arming priests is not a solution to crimes against them,” said Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Public Affairs Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, which has expressed strong opposition to the idea of arming priests in the wake of recent attacks on members of the clergy.
 
Father Secillano said there is no need for priests to arm themselves because, like any ordinary citizen, they are also entitled to protection from the government.
 

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Fighting and dying for Filipino freedoms

What is independence but the freedom from the domination and control of others? Freedom is firstly an inner, non-material spiritual value. The desire for it is a natural right and when achieved, it is a joyful experience. The freedom to practice our religious beliefs and to be freed from chains and bondage, the freedom of expression and to live in dignity free from poverty and fear are the greatest values of being human. They are universal human rights.
 








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Filipino killed in Slovakia called a hero

MANILA (UCAN): Henry John Acorda, a Filipino expatriate died in Bratislava, Slovakia, on May 31 from injuries sustained after being beaten and kicked in the head by a man believed to be a neo-Nazi on May 26.
 
Acorda, a 36-year-old financial analyst, had reportedly intervened to stop the alleged attacker from harassing two women in Slovakian capital.
 
A 28-year-old local, identified only as Juraj H., was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
 

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Philippine police try to spice up image with Santacruzan procession

TACLOBAN (UCAN): Beset by allegations of playing an active role in hundreds, if not thousands, of drug-related killings, the Philippine police have sought to boost their battered image by holding religious pageant in honour of the Blessed Virgin. 
 
In Tacloban, Leyte, in the central Philippines, about 300 policemen held a Santacruzan pageant to promote what they said are the police’s core values: “pro-country, pro-people, pro-environment, and pro-God.” 
 

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