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Military bullets leave two more dead as others flee

DAVAO (SE): Some 200 indigenous people have flocked to Davao City in the southern Philippines, saying that they had been forced to flee their homes in Compostela when they were intimidated by the Armed Forces of The Philippine in the Mangayon village area at the end of November.

UCAN reported they said that government soldiers had occupied the community school and their homes, claiming that they were looking for Communist rebels.

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Manila’s black hole is a health hazard

MANILA (UCAN): On the eve of the culmination of the climate summit in Paris, members of the Urban Poor and some Church groups in Manila joined hands in protest against the operation of a coal dust storage facility in the middle of the Philippine capital.

“It is terrible that these poor people are exposed to such dangerous health hazards,” Notre Dame Sister Anne Brittain, said.

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Face with a familiar sound nets Caritas million peso Christmas

PASAY CITY (Agencies): A one million peso ($165,000) bonanza came the way of Caritas Philippines when a face with a familiar sound took out the first prize of two million pesos ($330.000) in the Your Face Sounds Familiar talent quest in Pasay City on December 13.

Singer-actor, Denise Laurel, who donated half of her prize money to Caritas Manila, told Radyo Veritas that Caritas is her favourite social action group.

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A faith life turned upside down

HONG KONG (SE): People at an Advent Recollection Day said that they are more proud of being Catholic than ever after listening to Noe Dura, a former Evangelical pastor, tell the story of his long journey to the Catholic Church.

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Eucharistic Congress is for the whole world

manila (SE): The International Eucharistic Congress scheduled to be held in Cebu from January 24 to 31 is an activity of the worldwide Church, not just The Philippines.

Luis Cardinal Tagle described it as being a search to find ways to address modern problems in the world, which can make a real difference, especially in the areas of violence and climate change.

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Islamic State rumoured to be in Mindanao

COTABATO (UCAN): One of the top Muslim religious leaders in The Philippines has voiced concern over reports pointing to a growing presence of the group calling itself the Islamic State in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

“This is alarming, very disturbing,” Sheikh Abdulrahman Udasan, the grand mufti of the Darul Ifta of The Philippines, said on December 2.

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Where is all the land going?

MANILA (UCAN): Farmers have decried what they are calling the plunder of the land they till through “unbridled expansion of corporate agricultural plantations” in the southern region of Mindanao.

“There will be no more land in Mindanao even for cemeteries if plantations are allowed to expand,” Ranmil Echanis, the secretary-general of the Union of Agricultural Farmworkers, said.

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Mayor goes one expletive too far

DAVAO (SE): Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that the gun-slinging mayor of Davao City and currently presidential candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, went one expletive too far when he cursed the figure of Pope Francis during a November 30 rant over traffic congestion during the pope’s visit to The Philippines in January this year.

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Aquino meets pope

VATICAN (SE) : The president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, met in private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on December 4 for what diplomatic protocol described as a cordial discussion.

Subsequent to the meeting with the pope, Aquino then had discussions with the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, who was accompanied by the undersecretary for relations with states, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, where talk centred on the peace process in Mindanao.

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War and peace on the high seas

MANILA (AsiaNews): The sidelines of the November 18 to 19 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held in Manila, The Philippines, was a busy place, with negotiations on war and peace on the high seas a big part of the unofficial agenda.

The president of the host nation, Noynoy Aquino, was busy lobbying Japan for support ships to patrol the waters of the West Philippine Sea, which China refers to as the South China Sea.

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