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Millions to flood fluvial procession for Our Lady

NAGA CITY (Agencies) : The river procession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in Naga City expected an estimated record three million people to flood into the northern city for the beginning of its year-long commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the pilgrimage.

Father Luisito Occiano, director of social communications for the diocese, said at least half a million people had arrived by September 16 for the novena ahead of the main celebration scheduled for the following day.







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Bombings in Cotabato prompt fears in Manila

MANILA (UCAN) : Fear is spreading around Metro Manila that a series of systematic terrorist attacks will take place following a series of bomb blasts in Cotabato City during the week prior to September 17. At least one chapel was destroyed in Mindanao and its entire interior was decimated.







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The state is the criminal not the children

MANILA (Agencies) : The Senate of the Philippine congress is contemplating a move back to the Dark Ages and considering lowering the age of criminal liability from 15-years-old to nine.

If the Juvenile Justice Law (Republic Act 9344), which protects the rights of minors, is suspended, social workers say that it will do nothing more than aggravate the already rampant problem of child abuse. 







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WikiLeaks points finger at Philippine bishops and Vatican

MANILA (Agencies) : The Philippine bishops and the Vatican have been hit by the latest round of WikiLeaks, with the self-appointed whistle-blower claiming that a cable from the embassy of the United States of America (US) in Manila says that the Vatican pressured the Philippine bishops not to support calls to ouster former president, Gloria Arroyo, at the height of the Hello Garci scandal in 2005.







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Priest charged with rape

TUBAY (UCAN) :  The diocese of Butuan announced on August 30 that it had formed a committee to review allegations of rape made against Father Raul Cabonce by an 18-year-old woman.

The parish priest of St. Anne in Tubay town is facing charges of two counts of rape, child abuse and acts of lasciviousness, filed on August 25 at the provincial prosecutor’s office.







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Church on Capul Island listed as historical site

MANILA (Agencies) : The 400-year-old Fuerza de Capul
parish church in Capul town, northern Samar, has been declared an historical site by the National Historical Commission of The Philippines.

It is the fourth church in the area to be listed as a national treasure and now rates with churches in Guiuan, in eastern Samar, and Catubig and Palapag, which are both in northern Samar.







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WikiLeaks reveals what we all know about birth control

  MANILA (Agencies) : A sure way to hit the headlines in world news is to get included in the latest round of WikiLeaks, a whistle-blower Website putting formerly confidential emails and cables on the Internet for public consumption.

During the last 10 days the Philippine Church has made it twice, once over supposed Vatican pressure on the bishops to support the then-president, Gloria Arroyo, and now over the Reproductive Health Bill.







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Real life is not in the health bill

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Philippine government has been described as a head without a body, and the people of The Philippines as a body without a neck connecting to its head.

With a government mostly made up from an elite class of wealthy aristocrats and a population mostly composed of the working poor, there are few meetings between government agendas meet people’s aspirations, and even less comprehension of government policies.







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What is the point of health care services that can’t be accessed?

QUEZON CITY (Agencies) : The floor of the congress became a theatre of debate over theology, history, the constitution of The Philippines, medical science and almost everything else that most members are ill-qualified to pontificate on during the opening of the controversial debate on the Reproductive Health Bill.
With an admission from a co-sponsor of the bill from Pangasinan, Kimi Cojuangco, that its prime purpose is to curb population growth, Zambales representative, Milagros Magsaysay, asked why the other co-sponsors of the bill claim it is a poverty alleviation measure.
Cojuangco said,