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Cardinal to remain active in retirement

SOUTH COTABATO (UCAN): Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of Cotabato, in the Mindanao, the Philippines, has vowed to remain active after his retirement in January 2019 especially in his peace advocacy. Pope Francis accepted Cardinal Quevedo’s resignation on November 6.
 
The country’s eighth cardinal and the first from Mindanao had originally tendered his resignation, as mandated by Church law, on 11 March 2014 upon reaching the age of 75. He had, however, been made a cardinal two months earlier.
 

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Government workers receive bonuses but others are still jobless

MANILA (UCAN): The Philippine government’s Department of Budget and Management announced that more than 1.5 million qualified government employees would receive their year-end tax-free bonus, equivalent to a month’s basic salary along with a US$100 ($780) cash gift starting November 15. A “productivity enhancement incentive” for government workers will be released on December 15.
 
The government has allotted about US$680 million ($5.3 million) for the year-end bonus, and about US$138 million ($1.4 million) for the cash gifts.

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Martial law extension in Mindanao mooted

MANILA (UCAN): “Tribal schools have been attacked by the military on the basis of martial law and the unfounded claim that these schools are communist fronts,” Rius Valle, a spokesperson for the Save Our Schools (SOS) Network said, responding to indications from the Philippine military on November 14 that it is keen to extend martial law period in Mindanao until the end of 2019.
 

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Tribal groups protest visit of Xi Jinping to Philippines

HONG KONG (SE): Tribal groups in the Philippines have vowed to hold protests when China’s president, Xi Jinping, visits from November 19.
 
His visit is expected to herald more development aid and progress on joint undersea fuel exploration for the Philippines.
 
However, the Network Opposed to Kaliwa-Kanan-Laiban Dam, an alliance of tribal groups, called on the Chinese government to pull out of committed loans and projects that will have a catastrophic effect on tribal lands.
 

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Imelda Marcos found guilty of graft charges

MANILA (UCAN): The Sandiganbayan 5th Division (the special appellate collegial court) of the Philippines has ordered the arrest of Imelda Marcos, widow of late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, after she was found guilty on seven counts of graft.
 
The 89-year-old was found guilty of corruption for using her cabinet position during the rule of her husband to maintain Swiss bank accounts.
 

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Fight injustice nun says as she leaves Philippines

MANILA (UCAN): “Pope Francis said you can’t call yourself a Christian if there are massive human rights violations and you are just silent,” Australian Sister Patricia Fox, of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, said as was finally compelled to leave the Philippines on the evening of November 3, after the Bureau of Immigration refused to extend her missionary visa.
 

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Study uncovers police abuse of Filipino women

MANILA (UCAN): A study by the Centre for Women’s Resources revealed that 56 Filipino policemen were involved in 33 cases of violence against women over the past two years. 
 
The results of the study were released on October 31 in the wake of reports that a police officer in Manila allegedly raped the 15-year-old daughter of a suspected drug dealer.
 
Data collated showed that out of the 33 cases since July 2016, when the president, Rodrigo Duterte, came to power, 13 of them involved minors.
 

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Dangerous times for missionaries in Mindanao

SOUTH COTABATO (UCAN): Religious missionaries working in Mindanao, the southern Philippines, continue to live in “dangerous and dark times,” in which justice is hard to come by, according to the Sisters’ Association in Mindanao (SAMIN).
 
The group pointed out that the killing of Italian Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions Father Fausto Tentorio in 2011, remains unsolved to this day. 
 

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Anti-martial law protests in Mindanao

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (UCAN): Church people joined advocates and tribal groups in protest marches in the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, and Butuan in Mindanao, the Philippines, on October 23, to demand the lifting of martial law, which Congress has twice extended. It is in effect until December 31.
 
However, activists under the banner of the Movement Against Tyranny said martial law had increased incidents of human rights abuses, such as arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings, by security forces.
 

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Religious leaders push for new Muslim region in Mindanao

SOUTH COTABATO (UCAN): Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Mindanao, the southern Philippines, have vowed to work for the ratification of the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law that will create an autonomous Muslim region to be called the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It will be bigger than the current entity and will have fiscal autonomy and its own justice system.
 
“We will go all out to win the hearts and minds of the electorate,” said Hamid Barra of the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines.

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