Posts Tagged ‘President Rodrigo Duterte’

Philippines to review thousands more ‘drug war’ killings

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

The Philippines will look into thousands of killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, its justice minister said on Wednesday after a review of a sample of cases indicated foul play in dozens of deadly police operations. Menardo Guevarra said the Department of Justice (DOJ) would expand its review to include the more than Read more

The Philippines wants to revive nuclear ambitions

Monday, March 7th, 2022

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the country’s energy department to revive a nuclear power plant built by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Duterte said on March 3 that the move was to lessen the country’s dependence on non-renewable coal, which contributes 57 percent of the country’s power. “The energy department is hereby mandated Read more

Record COVID-19 infections as Philippines lockdown eased

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
Philippines COVID-19 infections

Authorities in the Philippines eased lockdown in the capital despite recording its highest daily number of Covid-19 infections on Friday. More than 13 million people in the national capital region went into lockdown on August 6 as the hyper-contagious Delta variant helped drive a resurgence in infections that has strained hospitals. A Covid-19 task force Read more

Duterte critic as Philippines Bishops Conference president

Monday, July 12th, 2021
bishops elect Duterte critic

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Caloocan, an outspoken critic of President Duterte, has been elected as president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. David, 62, has served as the conference’s vice president for the last four years. He will begin the two-year term as head of the conference on December 1. The bishop Read more

Duterte to invite Russian Orthodox missionaries to Philippines

Monday, October 7th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to invite Russian Orthodox missionaries to the Philippines as he hit the Catholic Church anew for supposedly “attacking” him. “I’m planning to invite the Russian Orthodox missionaries to come to the Philippines so that we can look for a place where we can build the Orthodox Church,” Duterte said Read more

Duterte threatens people who threaten priests

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

People who threaten priests in the Philippines may attract the wrath of their president. After calling the country’s Catholic bishops “useless fools” who should be “killed,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has now warned anyone against harming priests and prelates. The president made the warning after being told that people close to his family have threatened Read more

Former police chief asks for forgiveness

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The former national police chief who began the Philippine government’s war on drugs has asked a Catholic archbishop for forgiveness for the thousands of deaths that occurred during his watch. Human rights groups claim more than 20,000 suspected drug users and dealers have been killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s two-and-a-half year drug war. Read more

Bishops should be killed says Filipino president

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte says bishops should be killed. In a speech last week, Duterte accused bishops of being useless because they criticised his administration, which came to power in 2016. Besides deriding Church leaders as “useless fools” who worship a “stupid” god, Duterte called the Church “the most hypocritical institution” for casting doubt on Read more

President says pray at home, don’t pay idiots at church

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte is urging Filipinos to pray at home instead of going to church. “When someone is baptised, you have to pay…when someone dies, you have to pay,” he says. “Build your own chapel in your own house and pray there. You don’t have to go to church to pay for these idiots,” he is Read more

Patricia Fox to leave Philippines

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Patricia Fox, an Australian nun who battled a government bid to expel her from the Philippines after she angered President Rodrigo Duterte, said Wednesday (Oct 31) she will leave rather than face certain arrest and deportation. Continue reading