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Emerging patterns from Duterte’s erratic rhetoric

HONG KONG (SE): Despite the highly confusing and seemingly contradictory statements on foreign policy articulated by the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, some patterns are beginning to emerge.

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Selective indifference to human tragedy

ROME (SE): The selective indifference of sympathy was lamented by the bishop of Cotabato in the southern Philippines, Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, in speaking to religious leaders at the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi on September 19.

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Trusting in the tried and failed

HONG KONG (SE): While in one breath, the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, proclaimed his war on drugs is succeeding, he wisely never answered the question, “Succeeding at what?”

If his criteria is the height of the pile of dead bodies of the predominately poor that he has had liquidated, then he has some cause to celebrate. If it is the number of pushers or users who have surrendered (although some of these are already dead as well), then there is more to celebrate.

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Swapping drug addiction for blood addiction

ARAKAN (SE): Father Peter Geremia, the Italian priest who came into the news as the offsider of the murdered Father Fausto Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato, in 2011, says that he had been told by a Filipino priest that the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, knows the heart of the ordinary people and knows that they want to oppose the drug syndicates, the murders, rapes, holdups and the system of corruption of the police and judiciary, as well as that in every other public office in the land.

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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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