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December, 2016


Philippines: Duterte confirms he personally killed three men

December 20, 2016 ·  By Asia for www.bbc.com

Mr Duterte made the speech before leaving the country for visits to Cambodia and Singapore

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed to the BBC that he shot dead three men while mayor of Davao. He said: “I killed about three of them… I don’t know how many bullets from my gun went inside their bodies. It happened and I cannot lie about it.” His statement came hours […]

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Missionary criticizes Filipino bishops’ quiet as drug war death toll rises

December 20, 2016 ·  By Sarah Mac Donald for www.ncronline.org

Mr Duterte made the speech before leaving the country for visits to Cambodia and Singapore

KILLARNEY, IRELAND An Irish missionary who has championed the protection of women and children from sex slavery in the Philippines has criticized the Filipino bishops for their failure to speak out against the rising death toll of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Speaking to NCR when he was in Ireland recently to receive the […]

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Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte says he personally killed criminals

December 15, 2016 ·  By Oliver Holmes and agencies for www.theguardian.com

Controversial leader – who has endorsed extrajudicial executions of drug offenders – says he killed to show police officers ‘if I can do it, why can’t you?’ Rodrigo Duterte: I used to personally kill criminals  Rodrigo Duterte has announced he personally killed suspected criminals when he was mayor of his home city of Davao in […]

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Senate joint panel to Duterte: Observe due process in war vs illegal drugs

December 13, 2016 ·  By Maila Ager for newsinfo.inquirer.net

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

Due process must still be observed while waging war on illegal drugs, a joint panel in the Senate told President Rodrigo Duterte. The Senate committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, joint with the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson, issued the reminder to the […]

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The horrors of modern slavery, in numbers

December 13, 2016 ·  By Rosamond Hutt for www.weforum.org

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Modern slavery is a hidden crime, yet it’s happening right under our noses, in every part of world. In fields, factories, building sites, brothels and homes. It takes on many different forms: human trafficking, forced and bonded labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, organ removal, and often exists in more than one of these […]

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Philippine bishop warns of upsurge in child soldiers

December 13, 2016 ·  By Joe Torres, Manila for www.ucanews.com

A military armored personnel carrier is parked inside a devastated school campus after the Philippine military took control over the town of Butig in Lanao del Sur province. Members of the Maute group, which claims allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, captured the town in the last week of November. (Photo by Froilan Gallardo)

A Catholic bishop on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao has warned against an upsurge in the recruitment of child soldiers by terror groups. Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz said the Philippine government should double efforts “to win the sympathy of our young on the side of goodness.” The prelate said recruitment of children into […]

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Filipino bishop issues rallying cry against death penalty

December 12, 2016 ·  By Joe Torres, Manila for www.ucanews.com

Filipino Catholics wear black shirts printed with 'Thou Shall not Kill' during a candle-lighting ceremony in Manila. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

Lawmaker urges Catholics to change religion if threatened by church over backing capital punishment A leading bishop in the Philippines has urged Catholics to take a stand against the proposed revival of capital punishment by joining an anti-death penalty prayer rally on Dec. 12. Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on “God-loving people” in his archdiocese to […]

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Why are they killing people in Catholic Philippines?

December 12, 2016 · 

Family members of a slain drug user cry upon learning the death of their loved one. (Photo by Vincent Go)

By Mary Aileen Bacalso Manila:In just four months, about five thousand people — at least 4,485 suspected drug users and dealers to be exact, according to the Philippine National Police — have been killed in this predominantly Catholic country. The war against illegal drugs was President Rodrigo Duterte’s main platform when he campaigned for election […]

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New Zealand Solidarity Groups Call for Release of Political Prisoners and End to Extrajudicial Killings

December 12, 2016 · 

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Human Rights Day Statement: New Zealand Solidarity Groups Call for Release of Political Prisoners and End to Extrajudicial Killings 10 December 2016 As long time supporters of the struggle for genuine democracy and peace in the Philippines we are pleased to see some positive change under the Duterte Administration. It is great to see mining […]

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What is the Happiness of Christmas?

December 12, 2016 · 

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What is the Happiness of Christmas? Fr. Shay Cullen 9 December 2016 What is it that makes Christmas so beautiful, so cheerful and a happy time especially for children? It has to be the gift-giving, the time when children look forward to gifts and signs of love and caring and sharing. The children of some […]

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