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Veloso still in limbo

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos is calling on the Philippine authorities to speed up the trial of drug recruiters accused of duping a Filipino migrant worker, Mary Jane Veloso, who has been condemned to death by an Indonesian court for carrying drugs.

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Chance for migrant workers to make a future at home
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Disaster recovery must be linked with development

HONG KONG (SE): Recovery from climactic disasters such as the devastating typhoons experienced in The Philippines in recent years and rehabilitation activities must be directly linked with economic development to have any lasting impact.

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Human trafficking alert

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine embassy in Beijing issued an advisory notice on November 1 warning Filipinos, especially migrant workers, to beware of people offering jobs in mainland China.

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Priests prepare to swap their stoles for politics

MANILA (Mabuhay) : As the season for filing for candidacy for the thousands of political vacancies in The Philippines opens prior to each presidential and mid-term election, clerical politics take on a new meaning.

While the round of priests lobbying for pastoral plans in various dioceses continues as usual, there are always a few who want to take their political life into the secular realm as well. This year is no exception.

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Devils out saints in

AREVALO (Agencies) : Holy Name of Jesus parish in Arevalo, Iloilo, replaced the popular Halloween festival of ghouls, goons and ghosts, with a Procession of Saints on October 31.

Parish priest, Monsignor Amadeo Escañan, told CBCP News that the genuine meaning of Halloween is the festival of all holy men. He lamented that the modern celebration of Halloween, which is usually confined to upmarket villages and shopping malls, has degenerated into an over-commercialised event.

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Military murder five Manobo in Mindanao

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Five people from the Manobo indigenous group were murdered on August 18 in Bukidnon, northern Mindanao, by trigger-happy soldiers from the Armed Forces of The Philippines who had accused them of being members of the New People’s Army.

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Radio reporter murdered on Halloween

MANILA (UCAN) : A gunman shot and killed a radio broadcaster, José Bernardo, a staff reporter for the DWIZ in Manila, during the dark hours of Halloween celebrations on October 31. Bernardo becomes the latest victim in a spate of murders of media personnel in The Philippines.

Authorities identified the victim, who died after being shot several times as he was parking his motor cycle outside a fast food restaurant in Quezon City around 9.30pm.

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50,000 candles line roads for Yolanda anniversary

TOLOSA (Agencies) : Almost two years after super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) pummeled the Central Visayas, the massive death toll is still deeply imprinted on the hearts and minds of local people.

Although the government pegged the official death toll from the super typhoon at 6,300 with 1,061 missing and unaccounted for, forensic experts claim the actual number of deaths is closer to 18,000, including missing victims, three times higher than the official estimate.