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Tagle celebrates Christmas Mass with prisoners

December 29, 2016 ·  By www.ucanindia.in

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Manila: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said illegal drugs “squander life” in the Philippines, but added that killing also does not offer hope to those who make mistakes. In an early morning Mass at the national prison on Dec. 17, the Manila prelate urged prisoners not to lose hope. “Life should be shared,” Cardinal […]

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UN told: PH gov’t respect for human rights ‘resolute, uncompromising’

December 29, 2016 ·  By Estrella Torres for globalnation.inquirer.net

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva said the Duterte administration’s commitment to human rights is resolute and uncompromising and appealed to the international community to respect the government’s war on drugs. Ambassador Cecilia Rebong, permanent representative of the Philippines to UN and other International Organizations handed an aide memoire to Zeid Ra’ad […]

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Lawmakers urge Duterte to undergo medical exam

December 21, 2016 ·  By newsinfo.inquirer.net

IN PAIN President Duterte has said he suffers from daily migraine and ailments, including Buerger’s disease, a cardiovascular illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels usually due to smoking. —MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that he used a powerful painkiller has prompted concern about his health, with lawmakers urging him on Sunday to undergo a medical examination and disclose the results. Mr. Duterte on Monday revealed that he used to take fentanyl, a drug often prescribed for cancer pain and other chronic ailments, because of […]

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8 of 10 Filipinos fear getting killed in drug war

December 21, 2016 ·  By INQUIRER.net for newsinfo.inquirer.net

About 85 percent of Filipinos are ‘satisfied’ with the antidrug campaign of the Duterte administration despite 78 percent of them fearing that they could fall victim to extrajudicial killing. That was the result of the latest Social Weather Station survey done from Dec. 3 to 6, 2016. INQUIRER FILE

Nearly 8 out of 10 adult Filipinos are worried that they, or someone they know, would fall victim to extrajudicial killing amid the ongoing antidrug campaign of the Duterte administration, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. A total of 78 percent of 1,500 respondents asked in the nationwide SWS survey expressed worry that […]

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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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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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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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