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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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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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New president welcome but his guns are not

HONG KONG (SE): Dolores Balladares Pelaez, the chairperson of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong, said she is happy about the first State of the Nation Address of the newly-elected president, Rodrigo Duterte, because he showed concern for overseas Filipino workers.

She added that Duterte’s pledge to the Filipino people is unprecedented. “No other previously elected president has delivered with such intensity, simplicity and sincerity,” she said.

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Stop cardboard justice

MANILA (SE): In a first Church-inspired public demonstration against the outright slaughter being perpetrated against his people by the president of the Republic of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, students lay prone outside the office of the Human Rights Commission in Quezon City on July 25 with placards reading, Stop Cardboard Justice.

Students imitating dead bodies lay prone in a protest initiated by Bishop Broderick Pabillo under the name of Thou Shalt not Kill (Huwag Kang Papatay).

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Rising from the rubble of sorrow and pain

MANILA (SE): In his first State of the Nation Address delivered to both houses of the congress on July 25, the president of the Republic of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, painted a pretty grim picture, describing its dysfunctional legal system, inefficient and corrupt public service, shoddy law enforcement, volatile warring lands and vast poverty as leaving the nation in bad shape.

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Helping the president’s anti-crime crusade

There is a wise saying, “Be careful of what you promise. People might believe it.”

On June 30, Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the new president of The Philippines. A politician well-known for his somewhat exaggerated style of speaking and promises to eradicate crime and corruption, this time he promised to do it within three to six months of his inauguration.








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The killing fields and traumatised people

MANILA (SE): “Three people died today. They were shot. Brutally killed. We don’t know why. We are scared. It is so dangerous,” a note received on July 6 from Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur reads.

The note goes on to describe the fear of going to sleep at night, of walking in the street and the memory of the mutilated, defaced and bloodied bodies.

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Philippines welcomes a president of surprises

MANILA (SE): Hidden from the public eye and away from the scrutiny of the media, the newly-elected Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the 16th president of the Republic of The Philippines on June 30.

Riding to victory in the May 9 poll, Duterte came home on a populist vote promising a new type of presidency which he says will achieve radical change in the areas that the general population has been fed up with for decades.

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The peace of the cemetery on the order of a death squad

OLONGAPO (SE): “We are disturbed at the increasing number of reports that suspected drug-peddlers, pushers and others… have been shot, supposedly because they resisted arrest,” an appeal from the bishops of The Philippines for an end to vigilantism, signed on June 20 by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, reads.

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