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Bishop laments Church silence over Negros killings

MANILA (UCAN): Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila, condemned what he described as the silence of Catholics, especially priests and bishops, regarding an upsurge in targeted killings in recent weeks (Sunday Examiner, August 4; August 11).
He said Church leaders “except for some bishops and religious whose flocks were directly affected” have been silent and warned that by keeping one’s silence “we side with the aggressors (and) we give them the liberty to continue their assaults and lies.”

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Anguish in the Philippines as lush lands become killing fields

Belligerents in Asia’s longest-running armed conflict have left residents on Negros, the Philippines’ fourth largest island, terrorised over the last two weeks of July.
Armed men killed 21 people in 10 days, now 300 elite police commandos have headed for the island, which has two provinces and a population of four million people.