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Tribal teachers in Mindanao seek church sanctuary

MANILA (UCAN): A group of six tribal teachers in the southern Philippines accused soldiers of trying to arrest them and sought sanctuary in a parish church in the province of Surigao del Sur on June 20.
 
Father Raymond Ambray, head of the social action centre of the Diocese of Tandag, said that soldiers had tried to take the teachers to a military camp. 
 

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Whose shadow lurks behind the killers in the Philippines?

The defenders of the rights of the people, those who stand for justice, tolerance, equality, human dignity and freedom of speech are the conscience of a nation. In the Philippines, more social activists are being killed than ever before. Pastor Lovelito Quiñones of the King’s Glory Ministry, was shot and killed by police near his home in Mansalay Town, Mindoro Occidental, on 3 December 2017.
 








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Over 200 priests and pastors applied for gun permits

MANILA (UCAN): Nearly 250 Filipino priests and pastors have applied for permits to carry firearms however, many did so before the recent spate of priest murders, according to Oscar Albayalde, the national police chief.
 
Of 246 permit applications filed with the Philippine National Police over the last year, 188 came from Catholic priests while 58 came from Protestant pastors and ministers.
 

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Workers strike against labour-hostile policies

MANILA (UCAN/Agencies): Church groups and university students in Manila, the Philippines, launched campaigns in the third week of June in support of at least half a dozen labour strikes around the Philippine capital.
 
The Council of the Laity of the Philippines has issued a call of support for the striking workers of a US$360-million ($2.8 billion) food conglomerate.
 

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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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