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Execution seems okay by president

JAKARTA (SE): Following his debut appearance at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held in Vientiane, Laos, on September 5 and 6, the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, made his first visit as head of state to Indonesia.

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A million roses for the world

MANILA (SE): Running under the theme of A nation at prayer is a nation at peace, the bishops of The Philippines have launched a prayer crusade called A Million Roses for the World: Filipinos at prayer for the nation, in an attempt to heal what they describe as their wounded nation torn by socio-political issues.

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Black Nazarene gets home in Northern Samar

CATARMAN (SE): The St. Rock the Healer Mission Centre located in Barangay Cawayan on the outskirts of Catarman in Northern Samar was elevated to the level of Diocesan Shrine of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno on September 12 at a Mass celebrated by Luis Cardinal Tagle.

CBCP News reported that the dedication and blessing is the first of its kind in the diocese.

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Children in crossfire of Philippine Inquisition

The death of two small children caught in the gunfire of the vigilante assassins sent to kill suspected drug users and peddlers is an unfolding tragedy. The shoot-to-kill policy that has claimed at least 2,500 lives in the past few months is a descent into hell. 

Five-year-old Danica Mae Garcia was shot dead when two men on a motorcycle stopped at the house of Maximo Garcia while he was having lunch with his wife Gemma and their two grandchildren in the village of Mayombo, Dagupan City.








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Former bishop of Zamboanga dies

MANILA (SE): The former archbishop of Zamboanga, Archbishop Carmelo Morelos, died from an age-related illness on the afternoon of September 17 at the age of 85.

He began his career as a bishop in Butuan in 1967, where he remained for 27 years before being transferred to Zamboanga until his retirement in 2006. Archbishop Morelos was the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines from 1991 to 1995.

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Human rights with Asian characteristics

MANILA (SE): The old boys’ club was on hand to welcome the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to his first Association of South East Asian (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on September 5.

No doubt eager to make an impression, he pushed his big domestic barrow of the elimination of all drug-related creatures from the face of this earth among his newfound peers, encouraging them to adopt his methods and make a big push for a drug-free ASEAN region.

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Who cares what God thinks?

MANILA (SE): “At the sunset of life, the blood that has spilled all over our sidewalks and streets will judge us because when we could have done something, we chose to keep quiet. There is no peace for cowards. The next life to be snuffed out could be yours,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a pastoral letter read out at all Masses in Lingayen Dagupan on September 4.

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Applause for peace process

OSLO (SE): The long stalled peace negotiations between the government of The Philippines and the National Democratic Front opened at the Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel in Oslo, Norway, on August 22, after what in effect has been a 15-year hiatus.

Delegates gathered in a friendly fashion with the knowledge that they had the best wishes and full support of the bulk of the population of Mindanao and most of The Philippines behind them.

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We can’t choose who lives

MANILA (SE): In many parts of the world today lives are selectively being discarded in the interests of promoting fear campaigns designed to achieve political ends.

Australia turns boat people away from its shores in the name of saving lives at sea, some parts of Europe turn refugees away in the name of screening  terrorists and in The Philippines, the president is murdering people at random in the name of ending a culture of drug dependency.

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Supreme Court hearing on Marcos burial opens

MANILA (SE): August 24 saw the opening of discussions in the Supreme Court of The Philippines on the controversial issue of the burial of the body of the former martial law president, Ferdinand Marcos, in the nation’s Heroes Cemetery, which the president, Rodrigo Duterte, has okayed to take place later this month.

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