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Watch your bags at Manila airport

MANILA (Agencies) : Bishop Ruperto Santos is warning migrant workers against the latest scam of security personnel at Noynoy Aquino International Airport—slipping bullets into people’s luggage in order to extort money from them (tanim-bala), even when their own bags are being searched in front of them.







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The K-12 system will produce dropouts and what else?

MANILA (UCAN) : Catholic educators in The Philippines have called on the government to prioritise laws to upgrade the quality of education in the country.

“Most of our legislators are only interested in creating state universities and colleges that only contribute to the number of schools with poor standards,” Jesuit Father Joel Tabora said.







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Former priest abducted in Dipolog

DIPOLOG (AsiaNews) : Unknown gunmen seized Rolando del Torchio, a former member of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, on October 10, where he owned the Ur Choice Bistro Café.

Initial police reports indicate that six or seven gunmen, posing as customers, entered the café and forced del Torchio to go with them. 







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Military stood by as murders took place

MANILA (UCAN) : “I can testify that their ground commander was there,” Bishop Nereo Odchimar said in claiming that the government military troops stood aside while the Magahat-Bagani militia force is believed to have been in the act of shooting two tribal leaders and a teacher in the village of Han-ayan in Liangga town, Surigao del Sur, on September 1.







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Environment encyclical available in Tagalog

MANILA (Agencies) : The encyclical on the environment, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si), is now available in Tagalog, CBCP News reported on September 29.

Since its release on May 24 this year, the encyclical by Pope Francis has been translated into eight languages. 







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Supposed miracles do not warrant a gold rush

MANILA (UCAN) : Father Melvin Castro put out a warning on September 16 saying that reports of miracles and apparitions of Our Lady do not warrant a gold rush.

The coordinator of the Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace warned that stories of weeping images of the Virgin Mary that have recently surfaced in the media is not an occasion for money-making.







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Hamleting makes ugly comeback

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission reports that on March 30 this year at 6.00am, soldiers from the 73rd Infantry Battalion of The Philippine Armed Forces forcibly entered civilian homes in Malapatan, Sarangani, in Mindanao, demanding refuge.

At 1.00pm the soldiers started firing their guns indiscriminately, despite being in a populated area.







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Reflection on typhoon recovery takes out book award

DAVAO (UCAN) : A book of reflections and personal experiences penned by Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar, who worked with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, has won two awards at this year’s Manila International Book Fair.

Desperately Seeking God’s Saving Action: Yolanda Survivors’ Hope Beyond Heartbreaking Lamentations, won the spirituality and ministry categories of the Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards, held over the weekend of September 19 and 20.







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Anti-trafficking laws are to protect not harass

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : On October 17 last year, the secretary general of the General Alliance for the Advancement of Human Rights (Karapatan), Hanimay Suazo, was travelling in a taxi with Kae Solis in Davao City.

Suazo got out of the taxi at her home in Nova Tierra Village and went inside her house. Solis was waiting for the change, but when she got out a stranger pushed her.

The tall man shouted, “Where are you going? Where?”







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Anti-trafficking laws are to protect not harass

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : On October 17 last year, the secretary general of the General Alliance for the Advancement of Human Rights (Karapatan), Hanimay Suazo, was travelling in a taxi with Kae Solis in Davao City.

Suazo got out of the taxi at her home in Nova Tierra Village and went inside her house. Solis was waiting for the change, but when she got out a stranger pushed her.

The tall man shouted, “Where are you going? Where?”