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Filipinos form coalition to protest Duterte’s ‘autocratic rule’

A young man in Manila, Philippines, held a placard Aug. 25 at a memorial for Kian Delos Santos, a 17-year-old shot in an escalation of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

MANILA, Philippines — Clergy, academics, lawyers, journalists and artists launched a broad coalition against the "autocratic rule" of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ucanews.com reported that more than 400 people representing an array of organizations launched the Movement Against Tyranny at the Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City Aug. 28, just days after more than 1,000 protesters joined the funeral march of a 17-year-old student killed by police.

Two Philippine prelates criticize country’s war on drugs

People mourned the loss of Leover Miranda, a 39-year-old victim of a drug-related killing, at a funeral Aug. 20 in Manila, Philippines. Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle called the problem of drugs a “humanitarian concern that affects all of us.”

MANILA, Philippines — Two prominent Philippine bishops criticized the government's war on drugs after a week in which more than 80 people were reportedly killed in stepped-up efforts to end drug use.

In a pastoral letter read at Masses Aug. 20, Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle called the problem of drugs a "humanitarian concern that affects all of us."

"The illegal drug problem should not be reduced to a political or criminal issue," he said.

Gunmen take Catholic hostages; Philippines’ Duterte imposes martial law

Philippine government troops stood guard May 24 at a checkpoint along a main highway in Lanao del Norte province. Residents started to evacuate the town of Marawi after President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao.

MANILA, Philippines — Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi May 23.

President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao late May 23, but ucanews.com reported that many, including Church leaders, characterized the imposition of martial law as an overreaction.

Detox, rehab, food: Parish works to fight Philippine drug problem

A relative carried the son of Eric Quintinita Sison during a funeral Aug. 31 in Pasay City, Philippines. Sison, a 22-year-old pedicab driver, was killed for being an alleged drug pusher.

MANILA, Philippines — As the body count rises in the Philippines' war on drugs, a Catholic priest is trying to create a space where healing takes precedence over killing.

On Sept. 1, 20 drug users surrendered to police under the watchful eye of Father Luciano Feloni, an Argentine priest who is pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Caloocan City, on the edge of Manila. Another 20 were expected to surrender under a program the parish has dubbed "Healing, not killing."

Aid workers assess areas hit by typhoon as Philippines gets more rain

MANILA, Philippines -- Catholic relief workers were on their way to a typhoon-stricken portion of the northern Philippines, including an area from which there had been no communication.

Catholic Relief Services country director Joe Curry said teams from his agency and Caritas Philippines were making their way to at least three provinces in central and eastern Luzon, where much of the damaging floods have been reported.

Philippine students inspired by pope's words about emotions, feelings

MANILA, Philippines -- Young people drew inspiration from an encounter with Pope Francis at the University of Santo Tomas.

Rain started to fall the moment the pope took the stage before a sea of young people in bright-colored T-shirts, but the 30,000 students and youth leaders remained rooted in their sections, listening to the pope urging them to cry, to love and to think, feel and act.

Csherina Sanchez said she was inspired by his words.

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