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October, 2016


Cops turned hitmen

October 20, 2016 · 

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As has been made obvious, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is quite the showman. Naturally at ease before the cameras, the top cop comes across as both affable and unflappable, ever ready with a disarming quip or an earnest remark about the government’s touchstone war on drugs and crime. Recently, he […]

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The silent Church

October 20, 2016 ·  By Walden Bello for www.rappler.com

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The Catholic Church is undergoing a very deep crisis of credibility, if not legitimacy – one that its leaders feel could worsen should it challenge President Rodrigo Duterte on the killings A recent Reuters article portrayed the Catholic Church as an institution intimidated by the new Philippine president and very careful in voicing its views […]

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Who cares what God thinks?

October 19, 2016 · 

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Sunday Examiner .Hong Kong. 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 […]

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Selective indifference to human tragedy

October 19, 2016 · 

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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. He said that he wonders why the world proclaims such shock when a terrorist attack takes […]

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FULL TEXT: ICC prosecutor on situation in Philippines

October 19, 2016 ·  By www.philstar.com

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“Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda concerning the situation in the Republic of the Philippines (issued on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016; Friday in Manila) “My Office is aware of worrying reported extra-judicial killings of alleged drug dealers and users in the Philippines, which may have led to over 3,000 deaths […]

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Australian falsely accused in Philippine drug war: Court

October 19, 2016 ·  By thestandard.com.ph

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A Philippine judge dismissed a narcotics trafficking charge against an Australian man after ruling police made up evidence, court documents show, as concerns mount about new President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. A Canadian man who was arrested in the same police operation was jailed by a different judge for life, with authorities hailing his […]

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PROFILE: ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, THE CATHOLIC TIPPED TO BE THE NEW HEAD OF THE UN

October 18, 2016 · 

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(The Tablet via CNUA) The Portuguese bishops’ conference reacted quickly and positively to his nomination The new favourite for Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is a committed Catholic who, while Prime Minister of Portugal, opposed the legalisation of abortion. He will succeed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea early next year. […]

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The Christian is never still, but always on the way to do good

October 18, 2016 ·  By Pope Francis

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“A Christian cannot stand still. The Christian must always move forward, he must walk. The Christian who stands still is the Christian who received the talent and for fear of life, fear of losing, fear of their boss, out of fear or convenience, buried it. He is calm and spends his life going nowhere. The […]

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Scotland’s first human trafficking strategy launched

October 18, 2016 ·  By Lucy Adams for www.bbc.com

There were 145 potential victims of trafficking identified in Scotland last year

Consumers are to be asked to consider whether people working in their local nail bar, car wash or shop might have been trafficked into the country. The new Scottish government guidelines are part of the country’s first human trafficking strategy. Scots will be urged to look for signs that people have been trafficked and ask […]

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Why are 10,000 migrant children missing in Europe?

October 17, 2016 ·  By Europe for wwww.bbc.com

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Europol, the EU’s police intelligence unit, estimates that around 10,000 unaccompanied children have gone missing in Europe over the past two years. The BBC World Service Inquiry programme asks why so many have disappeared. “There are different reasons [children] arrive unaccompanied,” according to Delphine Moralis, secretary general of Missing Children Europe. “Some of them have […]

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