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Manila refuses to ignore The Hague ruling

MANILA (AsiaNews): Manila has rejected a suggestion from Beijing that negotiations over the South China Sea be commenced outside of and in contempt of the ruling handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on July 12, which declared China has no historical or legal claim to the waters embraced by its ill-famed Nine-Dash Line.

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Do you think the new president can bring hope?

President Rodrigo Duterte is the new hope for the Filipino people. I trust that he will free our country from corruption, illegal drugs and protect the people, especially the children.

In the first week after he became president, he proved himself by changing people’s lives. He has offered high bounty for arresting drug lords and planned to impose a curfew for minors to fight crime.








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Safety advisory for Filipinos in China

BEIJING (SE): The Philippine embassy in Beijing circulated a safety advisory among its citizens resident in mainland China ahead of the decision handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in favour of a case filed by the Philippine government.

It was anticipated by China and The Philippines that the court would rule in favour of the case presented by Manila over territorial rights in the West Philippine or South China Sea, the bulk of which China is also claiming.

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Bishop’s timely call for prayer for peace in South China Sea dispute

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong called on people of the diocese to particularly pray for peace in the dispute between China and The Philippines, as well as among other stakeholders in the tensions arising over the South China Sea decision handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on July 12.

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Making children scapegoats for criminals

OLONGAPO (SE): Two bills have been filed in the lower house of the Philippine congress by the speaker, Feliciano Belmonte, one proposing a change in the law to make children possibly as young as nine- or 12-years-old criminally responsible and the other to reintroduce the death penalty.

“This is draconian and repressive for children and not worthy of the administration of Rodrigo Duterte or the Philippine people,” social commentator, Father Shay Cullen, told the Sunday Examiner on July 15.

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Bishops’ language doesn’t talk

MANILA (SE): The bishops of The Philippines began their 113th plenary meeting at the Pius XII Centre in Pasay City on July 9 comparing themselves with the biblical voice crying in the wilderness and Archbishop Socrates Villegas lamenting that bishops’ language no longer talks to the people, saying they find it archaic.

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Marcos not even close to being a hero

MANILA (UCAN): The Running Priest was back on the streets of Manila on July 17 calling on the newly-elected president, Rodrigo Duterte, to renege on his plan to allow the martial law dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, to be interred in the nation’s Heroes Cemetery.

Franciscan Father Robert Reyes said Filipinos should rise up, come out and not be afraid to stand for the truth and oppose the plan.

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Drug purge success or sham?

MANILA (SE): “The fight against crime is apparently becoming a looming state-sanctioned cover for a policy of summary executions and extrajudicial killings,” Leila de Lima, a former secretary for justice and currently member of the senate, wrote in filing a resolution on July 13 seeking a congressional investigation into the mass murder of civilians. 

Under the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, around 300 dead bodies have been found strewn around the country since polling day on May 9.

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A nation is mute as door opens to genocide

HONG KONG (SE): “This morning my neighbours were shot. A father and a son. I know they used cocaine, but they were good people and helped me on many occasions. It was brutal and horrible. The shouting and cursing—then the gunshots. They look sickening,” a report from Zamboanga del Sur received on July 12 says.

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The killing fields and traumatised people

MANILA (SE): “Three people died today. They were shot. Brutally killed. We don’t know why. We are scared. It is so dangerous,” a note received on July 6 from Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur reads.

The note goes on to describe the fear of going to sleep at night, of walking in the street and the memory of the mutilated, defaced and bloodied bodies.

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