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Thousands protest against new coal-fired power plant

MANILA (Agencies): Around 10,000 people from various Church groups, concerned citizens, and civil society organisations marched in Batangas City, The Philippines, on May 4 to call for a moratorium on new coal plants in the country.

Led by Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, from Lipa, the demonstrators demanded that the next administration cancel all proposed coal-fired projects and shift to renewable energy, according to a report of CBCP News.

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Election comes with responsibilities cardinal says

MANILA (Agencies): Before the Philippine electorate took to the polls on May 9 to elect Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s next president, Luis Cardinal Antonio Tagle delivered a message on servant leadership to the candidates for national positions during a Mass at the Manila Cathedral on May 2.

Of the five presidential candidates, only outgoing vice-president, Jejomar Binay, and administration bet, Mar Roxas, were present during the event. 

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Promises of change can be misleading cardinal says

MANILA (UCAN): “Do not be mesmerised by surveys and claims of change by any means. Follow the road of the Christian disciple, faithful to the Lord Jesus and to the teachings of his Church,” Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, from Cotabato, The Philippines, said as he cautioned people not to be affected by promises of change made by those who ran for public office in the May 9 elections. 

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Bishop denounces hostage beheading

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga has condemned the beheading of a Canadian tourist held hostage for months by the Abu Sayyaf in Mindanao.

The bishop, who chairs the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, expressed outrage over the execution of a 68-year old Canadian man, John Ridsdel, who was abducted from a resort along with three others in September last year.

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Farmers demand aid on Earth Day

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine environmental advocates and farmers marked Earth Day, April 22, with rallies in various cities around the country to demand government action in drought-stricken areas.

“The drought has worsened the poverty and hunger of farmers,” said Pedro Arnardo, a peasant leader from the southern region of Mindanao.

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Tributes to a champion of the poor

MANILA (Agencies):  Tributes came in for Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen who died on the morning of April 27. The 89-year-old, who for many years served the cause of the poor in the field of social action, passed away at about 6.52am at a hospital in Manila where he had been confined.

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, from Caceres in Naga City, Camarines Sur, said Bishop Labayen offered his 60 years of priestly ministry serving the marginalised and fighting for the protection of the environment.

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Irish street cleaner pledges help to Filipinos

DUBLIN (CNS): Mark Crosbie, a street cleaner with Dublin City Council, Ireland, recounted how his perspective on life changed forever since he spent a few days cleaning the streets of the Philippines’ densely populated capital, Metro Manila, for a television documentary, Toughest Place To Be.

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Historic bell returned to The Philippines

West Point (UCAN): After a farewell ceremony and Mass on April 29 at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel, West Point, New York, the United States of America (US), a bell which had been in the US for decades, was finally sent back to Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Bauang, La Union, The Philippines.

It was rung one last time on April 29, before being sent back.

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Release the drought relief funds now

MANILA (Agencies): Three weeks on from the massacre in Kidapawan City of hungry farmers calling for government drought aid to be released by local authorities in Mindanao, Father Edwin Gariguez complained that nothing has been done, even though the national government has already made it available for distribution.








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A shameful event in Philippine history

Is it too hard to understand the saying that the one and only rational response to hunger is food? Reason and logic—even morals and ethics—can be well be irrelevant to hungry people.

Hunger and despair go hand in hand, especially for helpless and hopeless people. And to respond to such people with unbridled anger and deadly force makes the perpetrators not simply callous and merciless, but also downright inhuman, if not emotionally impaired or mentally burdened.