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Get military off indigenous land

MANILA (SE): In the wake of a series of murders and executions of leaders of tribal communities in the southern island of Mindanao in The Philippines by the military and military created paramilitary forces, Luis Cardinal Tagle has called for the creation of peace zones on land belonging to indigenous peoples.

The cardinal wants a complete withdrawal of all government forces, as well as the forces of the Communist New People’s Army.

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Disaster recovery must be linked with development

HONG KONG (SE): Recovery from climactic disasters such as the devastating typhoons experienced in The Philippines in recent years and rehabilitation activities must be directly linked with economic development to have any lasting impact.

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Voice of the people is the voice of the Church

 

The fight for the hearts and minds of the people may have become a bit of a cliché in today’s political world, but it is not a bad description of the year-long battle that the Church in Asia’s only majority Catholic country has been involved in as it unsuccessfully pitted itself against the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino.