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Philippine bishop not cowed by threats

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, Metro Manila, the Philippines, who has received death threats for criticising the Rodrigo Duterte’s government’s bloody narcotics crackdown, said while he fears for his safety, he “fears more for children and the poor victims of this drug war” and vowed to continue speaking out against it.
 

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More Philippine Church leaders and rights workers ‘red tagged’

CAGAYAN DE ORO (UCAN): The ‘red-tagging’ of Church leaders and advocates—linking them to the Communist Party of the Philippines—has intensified with priests of the Philippine Independent Church included on a new list of people alleged to have ties with communist rebels.
 
The list also included the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, the Union of Peoples Lawyers, and youth group, Kabataan.
 

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Wolves prowl while the muted shepherds cower

Inday Espina-Varona
 
The arrest of Father Kenneth Hendricks, an American priest who allegedly abused minors gave Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, a weapon against clergy who dare to criticise his bloody war against narcotics.
 
Police served five more arrest warrants on the priest, who was nabbed in December by a joint team of Philippine and American law enforcers in the central Philippines (Sunday Examiner, 16 December 2018).








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Bishop of Bacolod condemns murder at church

Manila (UCAN): Bishop Patricio Buzon of Bacolod, called the murder of 54-year-old Filipino-Chinese businessman, Alex Yao, by gunmen inside the compound of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine in Bacolod City, the Philippines, on February 19, a “deplorable act ... that has no place in Christian communities, more so in a society that upholds the principles of law and order.”
 
Yao’s wife, Maria Theresa, survived the shooting, which occurred while the couple were leaving the church after attending a prayer meeting.
 

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Marching against culture of death

MANILA (UCAN): On February 16, thousands of Catholics took to the streets of several major cities across the Philippine for the third annual Walk for Life march to voice concerns over threats to life.
 
Simultaneous events, which started at four o’clock in the morning, were also held in the cities of Dagupan, Tarlac, Cebu, Ormoc and Cagayan de Oro.
 
Groups also gathered in the towns of Palo and Palompon in the province of Leyte.
 

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Marking Valentine’s Day with protest dance

MANILA (UCAN): Women from various Church groups in Manila, the Philippines marked Valentine’s Day and the seventh year of the One Billion Rising campaign with a protest dance to dramatise their call for an end to violence against women.
 
The February 14 gathering aimed to “affirm the participation of women in defending life and dignity,” the Ecumenical Women’s Forum said in a statement.
 

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New houses for Yolanda survivors

MANILA (SE) Around 263 houses were turned over to families in Tacloban, Leyte, the Philppines, who were displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), in 2013, CBCP News reported on February 13.
 
They were were among the first batch of recipients of permanent housing units at the Pope Francis Village, which is slated to house 566 survivor families.
 

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New houses for Yolanda survivors

MANILA (SE) Around 263 houses were turned over to families in Tacloban, Leyte, the Philppines, who were displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), in 2013, CBCP News reported on February 13.
 
They were were among the first batch of recipients of permanent housing units at the Pope Francis Village, which is slated to house 566 survivor families.
 

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Lawmakers U-turn on death penalty for party drugs

Manila (UCAN): In a dramatic U-turn, members of the Philippines’ Lower House of Congress decided on February 4 to drop provisions in a bill that could reimpose the death penalty for people found possessing illegal drugs at parties and social gatherings.
 
“We decided to reconsider approval (of the bill) in order to clarify provisions that refer to the death penalty,” Fredenil Castro, majority leader of the House of Representatives, said.
 

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Former police chief asks forgiveness for drug war deaths

Manila (UCAN): “I am asking for forgiveness for all those killed in our war on drugs because it (bothers) my conscience,” Ronald dela Rosa, the retired chief of the Philippine National Police, said on February 6.
 
After his retirement in April last year, the one-time national police chief was named director-general of the Bureau of Corrections. He is now running for the Philippine Senate in the upcoming midterm elections in May.
 

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