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The death penalty has already arrived

The speaker in the House of Representatives, Pantaleon Alvarez, and the member from Capiz, Fredenil Castro, want to put the death penalty back on the Philippine law books claiming that it is a deterrent to crime.








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Playing with chaos a dangerous game

MANILA (SE): The purge of the poor being orchestrated in The Philippines by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, under the guise of a war on drugs, claimed a five-year-old girl as one of its latest victims on August 23.

Danica Mae Garcia, the kindergarten-aged granddaughter of Maximo Garcia, was shot in the head as she was having lunch in their home in Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

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Lord Heal Our Land

MANILA (SE): “The killings continue to rise. The divisions seem to widen even more. The indifference to the violations of the commandments of God is spreading. We must not give up,” the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said in issuing a prayer to be said at all Masses on August 25.

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Rebel leaders freed ahead of negotiations

Manila (UCAN): “There should no longer be any doubt that President Rodrigo Duterte is serious and determined to find a peaceful solution to the decades old communist insurgency,” the peace adviser of the Philippine government, Jesus Dureza, said after 17 Communist rebel leaders were released from prison on August 19 prior to peace negotiations aimed at ending almost five decades of conflict.

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Priest wants facts from Duterte not guesses

MANILA (Agencies): Monsignor Meliton Oso accused the president, Rodrigo Duterte, of shooting his mouth off when he randomly publicly accuses people of involvement in the drug rackets.

The director of Social Action in Jolo told Radyo Veritas on August 11 that he is taking particular exception to the naming of Jeffery Selis, who was included in Duterte’s latest round of accusations and was described as a former member of the congress.

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Sunday consulate in Macau

MACAU (SE): News that the Philippine Consulate General in Macau will open on Sundays from mid-September was described by the chairperson of Migrante-Macau, Emerlina de Lina, on local news programme TDM as a long awaited response to the consistent demands by locals for whom it is their only day off.

The consul general, Lilybeth Deapera, was quoted as saying the request has already been sent to Manila.

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Indentured labour is the way in Sugar Bowl

BACOLOD (SE): Nanay Lani holds up her pay slip, a small piece of paper more akin to a debt notice that the kind proprietor of your neighbourhood sari-sari store hands you to point out that you have run out of credit.

She receives one from the hacienda supervisor every 15 days, usually showing her take-home pay will be less than a hundred pesos ($17) in cash for her toil as farmworker among the sugarcane.

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Duterte coy on what he is covering up

MANILA (SE): As social pressure mounts against the wholesale slaughter being perpetrated in The Philippines by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, he is becoming increasingly coy on the real reason for his massive blood-letting campaign and more determined not to engage with the public in any discussion on the matter.

The Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum has called for an in depth analysis of the campaign and an investigation into what the president is covering up.

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Confused about my Philippines

MANILA (SE): “The violent procedure in tackling the drug scourge is causing apprehension among the majority of our citizens who are against any form of drug trafficking,” the Salesians of Don Bosco say in a statement posted on the website of the Philippine bishops’ news service.

And there is plenty to be disturbed about, as both trigger happy police and goons roam the streets removing anyone they fancy who does not have political or financial clout.

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Don’t destroy the good relations of the past

ZAMBOANGA (SE): An emergency appeal over rising tensions between Christians and Muslims in Jolo, Sulu province, from Father Sebastiano D’Ambra, a long time promoter of interfaith dialogue and peaceful relations among rival religious and ethnic groups, says the good work done by people in the past is being destroyed.

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