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Bishops, labor groups oppose Duterte’s tax reform law

December 26, 2017 ·  By Joe Torres, Manila for www.ucanews.com

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the military at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, suburban Manila on Dec. 20, a day after announcing his tax reforms. (Ted Aljibe/AFP)

Changes are intended to make Philippine taxation system ‘simpler and fairer’ and generate US$2.6 billion in revenue A tax reform law that aims to generate funds for the Philippine government’s infrastructure and socio-economic programs has been met with disapproval by the country’s bishops and labor unions. President Rodrigo Duterte on Dec. 19 signed the “first […]

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Father Tito Paez: ‘A comrade for others’

December 20, 2017 ·  By Eloisa Lopez for www.rappler.com

'HERO, MARTYR'. Catholic priest Marcelitio 'Tito' Paez was gunned down by unknown men on December 4, 2017, after facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan City, NUeva Ecija. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

‘He offered his life not only as a priest but also as a comrade. He was a comrade for others – a hero, a martyr,’ says San Jose City Bishop Roberto Mallari of slain activist priest Marcelito ‘Tito’ Paez NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – Unlike most funeral masses, the casket of Father Marcelito “Tito” Paez rested […]

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Homiliya sa Misa ng Paglilibing kay Reb. Padre Tito Paez

December 20, 2017 ·  By www.cbcplaiko.org

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11 Disyembre 2017 | Katedral ni San Jose Manggagawa, Lungsod ng San Jose, Nueva Ecija To our Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines, His Excellency Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia: thank you for bringing in our midst the silent, loving and prayerful presence of our beloved Pope Francis, all the more your presence makes us feel concretely […]

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Midnight replacements roil human rights claims board

December 18, 2017 ·  By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet for newsinfo.inquirer.net

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After adjudicating 93 percent of some 75,000 cases filed by human rights violations victims and five months before its mandate ends in May 2018, the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) was surprised to learn this week that President Duterte had replaced two of its members. The midnight replacements have claimants worrying other board members […]

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Church group blames gov’t for attacks on priests

December 18, 2017 ·  By Julie M. Aurelio for newsinfo.inquirer.net

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The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines blamed the government for recent incidents of violence against church people who work for and with the poor. “[The National Secretariat for Social Action (Nassa)] demands the government to stop its security forces from acts of violence on Church people, who commit themselves […]

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A Christmas appeal

December 14, 2017 ·  By opinion.inquirer.net

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Dear President Duterte: With 12 days to Christmas, children and families deserve the best of this season’s gift — to be able to celebrate Christmas with all their loved ones. We ask you to give the gift of freedom to Bishop Carlo Morales of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and over 400 political prisoners in the […]

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MMDA official jokes about shooting ‘negative’ journalists

December 14, 2017 ·  By Rambo Talabong for www.rappler.com

JOKER JOJO. MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia gives a press briefing. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia jokes that journalists who write unflattering reports about his agency should become targets of Oplan Tokhang MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia is in hot water after joking that journalists who write “negative” reports about the MMDA should be shot. Garcia was preparing […]

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PNP drug enforcement chief: No need for body cameras, we have God

December 14, 2017 ·  By Rambo Talabong for www.rappler.com

DRUG ENFORCEMENT. Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol talks to reporters in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

(UPDATED) ‘Our camera as policemen is God,’ says PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief Joseph Adnol MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Cops don’t need body cameras – they only need God watching over them. This was the sentiment of Philippine National Police (PNP) Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) Director Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol on Wednesday, December 6, reacting […]

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Eight tribal leaders shot dead by Philippine troops

December 13, 2017 · 

People in Manila flock to an exhibition on rights violations against indigenous people fighting against the encroachment of big development projects on their ancestral lands. (Inday Espina-Varona)

Two soldiers also die in what military claims was a clash with rebel group Religious leaders and human rights workers condemned the killing of eight tribal members during a military offensive on Dec. 3 against communist rebels on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. A military spokesman claimed all the dead were members of the […]

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New drug war deadline? ‘Give me another year’ – Duterte

December 13, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for www.rappler.com

FIGHTING DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte skims through the report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as he explains the effects of various illegal drugs while delivering his speech on December 5, 2017. Malacañang photo

The President says he will no longer respond to criticisms of his drug war by human rights groups MANILA, Philippines – A new deadline for his controversial drug war? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, December 6, that he may need only just one more year to suppress drugs. “Basta sabi ko sa droga […]

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