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Philippine police re-launch drug war

Manila (UCAN): Church leaders in the Philippines warned of more killings after the national police announced the re-launching the government’s controversial anti-narcotics war.
 
Human rights groups say that the deadly drug war of the president, Rodrigo Duterte, has claimed the lives of at least 13,000 people since it began in 2016.
 

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Marawi siege leaves lifelong scars

COTABATO (UCAN): The deadly five-month conflict in the southern Philippine city of Marawi, Mindanao, in 2017 not only left the city destroyed, but also scarred the survivors, leaving them with nightmares that will likely haunt them for the rest of their lives.
 
The scenic lakeside city was jolted by gunfire on 23 May 2017 when Islamic State-inspired gunmen attacked, resulting in an exodus of about 400,000 people from their homes.
 

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Philippine soldiers charged with priest’s murder

MANILA (UCAN): The Philippines’ Department of Justice has ordered the filing of charges against two ranking military personnel and several members of a militia group for the 2011 murder of Father Fausto Tentorio Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) in Mindanao (Sunday Examiner, 30 October 2011).
 
The Italian priest, who had dedicated himself to the literacy and development of the Lumad people since 1978, was shot dead inside his church compound in Arakan in the hinterlands of North Cotabato on 17 October 2011.

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Record numbers at Baclaran church

MANILA (UCAN): A record number of people attended this year’s first Wednesday Mass at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Manila, The Philippines.
 
Redemptorist Father Carlos Ronquillo, the rector of the shrine—known colloquially as Baclaran church, said that around 300,000 people attended the January 3 Mass, exceeding the previous year’s 230,000.
 

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Feast day a national holiday

MANILA (AsiaNews): The feast day of the major patron of The Philippines, the Immaculate Conception of Mary, has been declared a national holiday by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, and was signed into law by the majority leader of the house of representatives, Rodolfo Fariñas, on December 29.
 

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Top prize to Philippine movie

MANILA (SE): Ignacio de Loyola has become the first Philippine-produced movie to receive the Best Film Award at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in the Vatican.
 

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Mining cause of deadly floods

MANILA (SE): The large gathering of predominately Filipino migrant workers paused prior to a celebration of Christmas at a Mass in Chater Garden on Christmas Eve to pray for the victims of Tropical Storm Tembin, which poured swathes of water onto Mindanao flooding many parts of the island on December 22 and 23.
 
Approximately 100 people are dead and a further 80 or so had not been accounted for by December 27. Few hold much hope for their welfare.
 

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Caritas condemns attack on relief operations

Manila (UCAN): “The ambush of soldiers while delivering relief goods is deplorable,” Father Edwin Gariguez, the executive secretary of Caritas-Philippines, said.
 
Fifty gunmen from the New People’s Army shot at troops from Philippine Army’s 20th Infantry Battalion who were assisting families in the town of Catubig, Northern Samar province in the central Philippines, which was battered by the tropical storm, Kai-tak, a week before Christmas.
 

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Philippine killing fields still in business

HONG KONG (SE): The killing fields of The Philippines are still very much open for business and on December 3 the military took possession of enough hectares to liquidate eight leaders of indigenous groups near Marbel in the island province of Mindanao.
 

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Stop the creeping tryanny

HONG KONG (SE): Dressed in black with only red handkerchiefs as a prop, four barefooted women danced the drama of the killing fields of The Philippines at a candlelight vigil held in Chater Road, Central, to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
 

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