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Don’t snub the Communists

MANILA (UCAN): Pilgrims for Peace, a faith-based group working to bring peace into troubled Mindanao, is urging people to actively participate in the peace process between the government and armed wing of the Communist Party, the New Peoples’ Army.

With disastrous consequences for the people and the economy of the lush province of Mindanao, the two have been at loggerheads for almost 50 years resulting in the death and displacement of tens of thousands of people.

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Philippines welcomes a president of surprises

MANILA (SE): Hidden from the public eye and away from the scrutiny of the media, the newly-elected Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the 16th president of the Republic of The Philippines on June 30.

Riding to victory in the May 9 poll, Duterte came home on a populist vote promising a new type of presidency which he says will achieve radical change in the areas that the general population has been fed up with for decades.

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Supreme Court acts against environmental pests

MANILA (SE): The Supreme Court of The Philippines issued a Writ of Kalikasan (Writ of Nature) on June 21 in response to a request filed by residents of the Santa Cruz area of Zambales, ordering that the natural environment be protected against all destructive practices.

Father Daniel Resto, from Iba, said that at least five mining companies would be immediately affected.

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The peace of the cemetery on the order of a death squad

OLONGAPO (SE): “We are disturbed at the increasing number of reports that suspected drug-peddlers, pushers and others… have been shot, supposedly because they resisted arrest,” an appeal from the bishops of The Philippines for an end to vigilantism, signed on June 20 by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, reads.

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Death penalty deprives victims of justice

HONG KONG (SE): In the wake of an announcement by the government in Indonesia that it plans to execute a further 16 convicted drug traffickers after the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the end of the holy fast of Ramadan, Pope Francis has come out strongly against the death penalty.

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What sits behind the drug mafia?

Maria Rae was just 13-years-old when she began to have conflict with her aunt. She came from a broken home. She was abandoned when her parents split up.

This is the great injustice and hardship suffered by the children of couples who come together without lasting love. They are driven more by impulse, have an unwanted child and then part ways, abandoning the child.








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Make decisions on fact not ignorance

MANILA (SE): The tough stance on crime mouthed by incoming Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, may sound good, but it does not mean that the extreme measures he is proposing will do anything more than put a blindfold across a few blights in society.

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Philippines thanks Hong Kong for welcome

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine consul general, Bernardita Catalla, spoke of the long history of contact between her country and Hong Kong in welcoming guests from the diplomatic corps, business and social service sectors in Hong Kong to a reception at the Conrad Hotel on June 14 to mark the 118th anniversary of the declaration of independence.

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Philippine Independence Day a big splash in Chater Road

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine flag, which rightly claims a place in both its own history and that of Hong Kong, was flown proudly in Chater Road, Central, on June 12, at the local Filipino community’s celebration of their nation’s 118th anniversary of the declaration of independence from Spanish colonial rule.

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