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No pope for congress

MANILA (Agencies) : The much anticipated presence of Pope Francis at the International Eucharistic Congress during January next year is not to be.

Although his presence was originally anticipated, Pope Francis will not attend the 51st congress in Cebu City, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, announced on July 13.

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One Ampatuan dead is no resolution

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The man suspected of being one of the leading masterminds behind the slaughter of 58 people in Maguindanao on 23 November 2009, Andal Ampatuan Sr., has died in a Manila hospital on the evening of July 17 after failing to recover from a heart attack. confirmed news of his death and his lawyer, Salvador Panelo, told Agence France Presse that the former governor of Maguindanao had been informed that he only had three to six months to live.

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Court delays hearing to promote mining

AURORA (Mabuhay) : A trial currently being conducted at the Regional Trial Court in Aurora City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao appears to be more about protecting the interests of mining companies than finding the murderer of two stalwarts of the struggle to protect the environment, a timuay, Barlie Balives, and his son, Gerry Barlie, at 7.20pm on 4 June 2012.

People from Midsalip made the arduous journey to Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur, on June 15 for a hearing in the trial.

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Aerial military bombing leaves indigenous land clear for mining

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A series of aerial bombardments conducted by the military in the province of Sarangani on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao during the first half of this year would seem to have more to do with clearing the land for mining companies to move in than the supposed agenda of flushing out members of the New People’s Army.

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United States blocks entry of former congress member

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A former member of the Philippine congress, Liza Largoza Maza, was denied boarding rights to a flight destined for the United States of America (US) on July 9 this year.

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Dirty politics in closure of schools

DAVAO (UCAN) : Groups advocating for the rights of indigenous Filipino children to education say they are highly suspicious that there is underhand collusion going on between education officials and the military in the closure of 24 schools in the Mindanao region of the southern Philippines.

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National Prayer for Peace

O Lord our God, maker of heaven and earth, the sky and the seas, look kindly on us, your children of the Philippine islands, our home, now beset with tensions over our West Philippine Sea.

We pray to you for peace over that part of our islands and waters.

We pray that questions over it may be resolved through justice and respect for people’s rights.

We pray that no harm may be done to our marine creatures and habitat.

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Where are those witnesses who never show up?

ILIGAN (Agencies) : It does not take much to get up the nostrils of the Philippine landed class, which has proven to be quite resourceful in using its power to remove anyone who challenges its privilege in any way at all.

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Threats of war prompt national prayer for peace

MANILA (Mabuhay) : “If there is an escalation of tension and we are faced with a problem of peace, how can the Church not be involved?” the president of the Philippine bishops’ conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said in announcing that the Church is introducing a compulsory prayer to be offered for peace at all Masses across the country.

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Call for vigilance against MERS

MANILA (UCAN) : The bishops of The Philippines called on the government to exercise due diligence in ensuring that people are protected from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS), which is threatening the Asian region, on July 7, a day after it was confirmed by the Department of Health that a 36-year-old foreigner from the Middle East, who had travelled to Manila, tested positive to the virus.