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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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Exclude congress from charter change decision

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Arturo Bastes told Radyo Veritas on August 2 that the congress should be excluded from any process aimed at amending the Philippine constitution.

He said that he believes that for the congress to amend its own status would be a classic example of serving self over and above the interests of the people.

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Public rift deepens over Marcos burial

MANILA (SE): A decision by the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to allow the burial of the body of former martial law dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, in the Heroes Cemetery in Manila is not healing the public rift over his final resting place, but serving only to deepen divisions on the controversial topic.

“As a former soldier and former president of The Philippines, I see nothing wrong in having Marcos buried at the cemetery,” Duterte said in a statement released on August 7.

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Bishop cries for lost humanity

MANILA (SE): Will the Filipino people progress from being a generation of drug addicts to a generation of street murderers is the question the lonely voice in the episcopal wilderness of Archbishop Socrates Villegas asked his flock at all Masses in his archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan in The Philippines on August 7.

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Ceasefire flops within a week

MANILA (UCAN): After ordering an immediate ceasefire in Mindanao during his State of the Nation Address on July 25, the newly-elected president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, reversed the order on July 30 after one militiaman was killed and four others wounded when ambushed on July 27 in the province of Davao del Norte.

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