Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and government officials are guilty of “social cleansing” under the guise of a war on drugs, advocates testified on Capitol Hill on Thursday. “Duterte and other high officials of the land, having had to find a particular section of Philippine society worthy of elimination, have effectively put in place a de
As violent conflict unleashed by Islamic militants in the Filipino city of Marawi continues to rage, the nation’s bishops have stressed that the problem is not a religious one, and have urged all faiths to work together for peace. “We all cry from our hearts: War in Marawi, never again! War in Marawi, no more!”
Last week, members of a terrorist group destroyed a Catholic chapel, desecrating consecrated hosts and religious icons, during a nine-hour long attack on the town of Malagakit in southern Philippines. The June 21 attack was reportedly carried out by about 300 gunmen of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, known as BIFF, which has pledged allegiance
Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in the Philippines have ransacked a Catholic church and posted a video of their destruction. The video comes just days after they kidnapped 15 people, prompting President Duterte to declare war on their organization. Terrorists from the Philippine ISIS affiliate, Maute, have ransacked a Catholic church on the island of Mindanao and
Fr Chito was kidnapped by Islamist militants last Tuesday along with at least a dozen worshippers and church workers Kidnapped Philippine priest Fr Teresito “Chito” Suganob has appeared in a video pleading for help a week after his abduction by Islamic militants. Fr Chito said the terrorists were demanding the Philippine government stop its military
Islamic State-allied militants in the Philippines have taken a Catholic priest and a group of church-goers hostage, threatening to kill them if the nation’s military does not cease its current offensive against them. The hostages were taken during a militant siege in the southern Philippines city of Marawi on Tuesday and Wednesday. Militants also burned
A video of a statue of Our Lady, protecting a coral reef in the Philippines has gone viral. Perhaps the most curious thing about the statue is that it is situated underwater. Off the coast of the Bohol province in the Philippines, is a 14-foot statue of the Virgin Mary, situated underwater. To visit the
Caught in the throes of a brutal war on drugs, the people of the Philippines are increasingly looking to the Catholic Church to provide refuge and resistance. Since last summer, more than 7,000 people, usually suspected drug addicts or dealers, have been killed by law enforcement officers in President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs.
In a heated speech following a meeting with the grieving families of fallen police officers on Tuesday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte launched a passionate attack against Catholic priests and bishops. Since his ascension to power, many clergymen have spoken against the President’s violent war on drugs. Hundreds of pictures of dead drug dealers littered the
The Philippines is the only Asia-Pacific country where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the last two decades Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said on Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the Church.