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Hope and life emerge amid drug war deaths

A MEDAL AND A ROSARY. These are the precious gifts that Cebu Archbishop Jose  Palma gave to each of the  25 drug surrenderers who, after six months, cleaned themselves of drug addiction and graduated from the barangay-based drug rehabilitation program. The event was commemorated with a Mass officiated by Palma at the San Roque Parish in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City.

They surrendered and lived to tell their stories. And to these men and women who, only months ago, could not even imagine giving up a life of drugs, it was a day like no other. Wearing green shirts with a scripture text proclaiming a rebirth in Christ, at least 25 individuals who were once enslaved […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

My God, I pray


That as I am wracked with doubt that you are even there at all, I will never lose sight of the wisdom in believing in you, exactly as the ages and my own parents had taught me; that the more I doubt, the more I should argue in favor of faith such as my mother […]

Posted: February 14th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

CCPO: No drug deaths since January


Months before Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa yanked the police out of the war on drugs, there has been no death related to police anti-drug operations in Cebu City. Since late last year, no drug-related killing occurred during operations by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said Senior Supt. […]

Posted: February 12th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Reign of terror


The recent debate between the Catholic Church and the Duterte administration in the war against illegal drugs came amid two major developments: one, an Amnesty International report that accused the government of tolerating not only a culture of impunity but also allowing police to benefit from the extrajudicial killings of indigent drug suspects; and two, […]

Posted: February 8th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »


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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) is ready to take on the drug war that was let go by the Philippine National Police (PNP) but admitted it only has enough manpower to handle “high-value targets.” “Our manpower is only for high-value targets. We don’t have enough men to go after the street […]

Posted: January 31st, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Timeout for PNP

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Somehow, we don’t believe that the Duterte administration will drop the police from its war on illegal drugs despite the pronouncement of PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. In fact, we suspect that the police will assume a below-the-radar role in the antidrug operations even if the PNP leadership won’t admit it. Dela Rosa […]

Posted: January 31st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

The good Catholic


Surely, we have come to a time when we have to define for ourselves — and once again — what it means to be a good Catholic. The president has called the Philippine Catholic bishops corrupt sons of bitches. And we must have to make sense of that. And it is not easy. I did […]

Posted: January 31st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Can Trump manage NoKor?

Denver — US President Donald Trump’s administration, like many before it, has had a rocky start, but the most pressing challenges are yet to come. Among them will be North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong-un used his New Year’s Day address to announce that his country has built — and is prepared to test — […]

Posted: January 31st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Will CBCP history repeat itself?

Five months ago, I intended to write “The Church is doing its part” to combat the escalating extrajudicial killings. I kept a list of Church statements and initiatives including an early item on a wear-black Mass at San Marcelino Church to coincide with President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address. I clipped statements by […]

Posted: January 31st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

SAF 44 widow wants Medal of Valor for slain husband

Pallbearers carrying caskets of the troopers  during arrival honors at the Mactan Cebu-International Airport (MCIA). (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

HER request for educational assistance for her nine-year-old son had been approved. Instead of paying an annual tuition fee of P30,000, Michelle Candano pays P12,000 to the school where her son is enrolled — a benefit given to the family of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members who were killed during a clash with […]

Posted: January 24th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »