Posts Tagged ‘President Rodrigo Duterte’

Sister Patricia Fox can stay as a tourist but not as a missionary

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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Sister Patricia Fox’s renewable missionary visa, which was due to expire in September 2018, was cancelled on Monday. She has been labelled an “undesirable” foreigner for what the country’s Bureau of Immigration says is “her involvement in partisan political activities.” The 71-year-old Australian nun has 30 days to leave the Philippines. An immigration spokeswoman said Read more

“You have no right to criticise us” Duterte tells Sister Patricia Fox

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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“Who are you? Just because you are a nun? You go back to your country and try to ponder the enormity of your problems,” said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. His words were directed at an Australian nun, Sister Patricia Fox, who was detained by immigration authorities last week. “You nun, why don’t you criticise your own government, the Read more

Duterte wants better relationship with the Church

Monday, November 6th, 2017
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A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte has responded to the launching of a 33-day period of religious activities aimed at stopping extrajudicial killings in the country, by expressing a desire to build a better relationship with the Catholic Church. Harry Roque said that as of September 30, authorities have been investigating 2,243 incidents with “drug-related motives”. He added Read more

Philippine president’s popularity dive doesn’t surprise church leaders

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Catholic church leaders say they are not surprised by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drop in popularity. They were reacting to Sunday’s results of a Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) survey showing Duterte’s net satisfaction rating fell from June’s “very good rating” to “good”. According to the third quarter survey, which was conducted from September 23 to Read more

Catholic Church is Duterte’s strongest opponent

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The Catholic Church in the Philippines is showing itself to be President Rodrigo Duterte’s strongest opponent, criticising and renaming Duterte’s “war on drugs” as “extra-judicial killings”. Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos, where 32 of last week’s 81 victims died, says: “We are all concerned about the number of drug related killings in the province because Read more

ISIS kills, kidnaps priest, parishioners in Philippines

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

ISIS has burned buildings, beheaded a police chief, killed five soldiers and two policemen and kidnapped a priest, parish staff and parishioners in a rampage through Marawi, a mainly Muslim town in the southern Philippines. Further atrocities are emerging as news reports filter out of the region. The militants have raised the black ISIS flag Read more

Bible mustn’t be used to justify killings warn Bishops

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Bible mustn’t be used to justify killings, the Filipino Bishops wrote in a pastoral letter. Their concern follows months of killings as Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, fights a war against drugs. In their letter, which was read at all Masses on Sunday, the bishops recounted the passage of a House of Representatives bill that Read more