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LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

More priests bare death threats under Duterte's watch

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Fathers Flavie Villanueva, Robert Reyes, and Albert Alejo expose death threats they have recently received under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte

Catholic Priest Fathers Albert Alejo, Flavie Villanueva holds a press conference to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch today at St. Vincent School Theology QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Tinig sa karimlan ang simbahan

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Batid ng mga pari na hindi lamang ito atake sa ating pampulitikang institusyon – atake rin ito sa ating moralidad, dignidad, at espiritwal na buhay

Caloocan diocese prays for Bishop David's safety: 'Sasamahan namin siya'

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:06 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot na tumayo sa ating pananampalataya, ipaglaban natin ito at lalo nating paigtingin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating Panginoon,' Fr Jay de Leon says

PEACE AND SECURITY. Catholic devotees attend a prayer vigil for the safety and peace of bishops, priests, lay faithful, and the nation, at the San Roque Cathedral on Friday, March 1. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

WATCH: Bishop David rebukes Catholics who back drug war killings

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Maraming Kristiyanong namimili lang nung kayang tanggapin na sinasabi ng Panginoon,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

PROPHETIC VOICE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David officiates a Mass for the dead at La Loma Catholic Cemetery on All Souls' Day, November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte said kill the bishops – and his word became flesh

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's violent tirades against clergymen begin to take flesh in the form of death threats. What Duterte says, Duterte gets.

Robredo, Diokno hit death threats vs bishop critical of Duterte’s drug war

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:19 PM

'Kailan ba ito mahihinto? At bakit pinapayagan natin itong kulturang ito na siyang manaig sa atin?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

TEACHING HIS FLOCK. Calookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David delivers a scathing homily against extrajudicial killings on July 2, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo: Maria Ressa, Bishop David prove human rights worth fighting for

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo praises Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for her 'revolutionary' resilience and Bishop Pablo David for his compassion

KA PEPE DIOKNO AWARDS. (From L-R): DLSU president Brother Armin Luistro, ex-president Noynoy Aquino, UP professor Randy David, Vice President Leni Robredo, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, DLSU Chancellor Brother Bernie Oca, and DLSU College of Law founding dean Chel Diokno. Photo from OVP

Bishop critical of Duterte drug war gets death threats

Feb 26, 2019 - 3:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle alerted him about death threats against priests. He backtracks on his call to kill 'useless' bishops.

SHEPHERD. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb and prays for the soul of Kian Loyd delos Santos, at La Loma Catholic Cemetery in Caloocan City on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Maria Ressa, Bishop David receive Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Bishop Pablo David does not attend the awarding ceremony after receving a number of death threats in the past week

FREEDOM FIGHTER. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa delivers her speech during the Ka Pepe Diokno Human Rights Awards. Screenshot by Rappler

[OPINION] Pablo Virgilio David: The shepherd of Caloocan

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:00 PM

We need Church leaders who will describe rightly what we are facing: a death of conscience by those who justify the killings

Led by Davao archbishop, CBCP defends Bishop David vs Duterte

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says he is 'saddened and disturbed' by President Rodrigo Duterte's statements against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CHURCH OFFICIALS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop David hails conviction of Kian delos Santos killers

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:31 AM

'Salamat sa Diyos!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a drug war critic detested by President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAYING FOR KIAN. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a teenager gunned down by Caloocan policemen, as part of the remembrance of All Souls' Day on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Build chapels in your house, no need to go to church

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a vocal critic of the government's bloody anti-drug campaign, responds to the President's renewed attacks on his person

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Caloocan bishop denies Duterte's accusation of stealing

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:03 PM

'I think he has confused me for someone else,' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a thundering voice against the killings under the Duterte administration

Diocese of Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, DD officiated a mass for the dead at the Old Chapel of the La Loma Catholic Cemetery on All Souls' Day, November 2, 2018. Hi homily centered on the value of the human being. November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts, then stops

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Many of those evacuated say they fear a repeat of the deadly June eruption

Catch your favorite acts from Europe, Asia, and the Philippines in one music festival

Nov 19, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Enjoy 24 musical acts from November 24 to 25 at All of the Noise, a music fest featuring SOBS, Boy Pablo, IV of Spades, Ben&Ben, and others

Pray for Duterte, 'he is a very sick man' – Bishop David

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The Caloocan bishop is reacting to comments made by President Duterte that Catholic saints are fools and drunkards

‘SANTO RODRIGO.’ President Rodrigo Duterte tells an All Saints’ Day audience that Catholic saints are ‘gago’ and ‘lasenggo,’ so they should just place his photo at their altars. File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

Four-cornered fight for governor of Aklan

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Seasoned politician Florencio Miraflores takes on three opponents in his bid for a third and final term as governor of Aklan

THIRD TERM. Incumbent Florencio Miraflores takes on three challengers for governor of Aklan.

Bishop hits killings as Padre Pio heart relic visits UST

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Killing ‘is never the way of Jesus Christ,’ says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, pointing out that the heart of Saint Padre Pio is ‘like that of Jesus’

PADRE PIO. The heart relic of Saint Padre Pio is seen on display at the University of Santo Tomas for overnight veneration. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Peru annuls ex-president Fujimori's pardon, orders arrest

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Supreme Court has 'issued the arrest and detention orders against former president Fujimori so that he may be re-integrated into the prison establishment'

Repent, bishop says after Duterte admits to EJKs

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'We should welcome this public confession,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after President Rodrigo Duterte admits his 'only sin' is extrajudicial killings

REJECTING KILLINGS. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is one of the bishops most outspoken against drug war killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Creation of PH homeland security department eyed as key vs terrorism

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The department is seen to consolidate security agencies like the Philippine National Police to focus on internal security

SECURITY CRISIS. A Philippine Marine walks past graffiti during a patrol along a deserted street at the frontline in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

[OPINYON] Orakulo ng propeta laban sa mga mamamatay-tao

Aug 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Dumanas nawa kayo ng kasawian, kayong walang pakialam at nanonood lamang habang pumapatay ang mga naka-bonnet na salarin sa liwanag ng araw!

Photo of victim's family and spectators, by AFP; photos of police and politicians by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] A prophetic oracle against murderers

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Woe to you who call yourselves 'Christians' but do not care an iota about the victims of extrajudicial killings

Colombia's ELN says will free hostages after pressure from president

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The rebels' chief negotiator Pablo Beltran says the group is discussing how to carry out the releases with the International Committee of the Red Cross

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Monsters invade Pablo Gallery in new group show

Aug 01, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'Shape of Shadows' is an ode to both the feared and the fearful

Photo courtesy of Jo Emil Gregorio

Bishop David on drug users: They're drug victims, too

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:32 PM

'Isn't it obvious that they are also victims, and that they also need to be saved, not killed?' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, reacting to SONA 2018

SHEPHERD, PREACHER. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David delivers the homily at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Manila on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishops hit Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings are not human lives!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after SONA 2018

DEFENDING LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David attends the recently concluded Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. Days later, he criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte for pitting human rights against human lives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Whispers can kill,' bishop warns amid drug war, Fox case

Jul 22, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David hits 'figurative serpents' who 'are very fond of juicy gossips and intrigues that are best said in whispers'

HOLY MASS. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David leads the Mass on the 4th day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

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Jul 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

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Bishop slams 'death squads' in 2 overnight Caloocan murders

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We used to call them bonnet gangs. Now we just call them what they really are – death squads,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

SHEPHERD. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David celebrates Mass at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on July 19, 2018. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Myla Pablo shocked to win PVL MVP plum

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:33 PM

The Lady Warrior expected Alyssa Valdez to take home the MVP honors of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference

SURPRISE. Myla Pablo led the Pocari-Air Force Lady Warriors to the semifinals before suffering from a lower back injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hard-luck Lady Warriors fall minus Pablo

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:09 PM

The team star gets injured as Pocari Sweat-Air Force absorbs a sorry setback in the winner-take-all semis

DEPLETED. Pocari's Arielle Love was left to carry the load against Creamline. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Diyos ni Digong ang diyos ng hidwaan

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Hindi hinubog sa imahe ng kanyang ‘sensible God’ si Rodrigo Duterte

[OPINYON] May panahon para manahimik, magsalita

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

May panahon para basagin ang katahimikan, may panahon para magsalita. At ngayon na ang panahon na iyon.

PANAHON. Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David gives a homily at Sts. Peter and John Parish on June 23. Photo courtesy of Angelo Mangahas

'Loving Pablo': Menguak kisah hidup sang gembong narkoba

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:46 PM

‘Loving Pablo’ diangkat dari buku ‘Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar’

Film 'Loving Pablo' diangkat dari buku 'Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar' karya Virginia Vallejo. Foto dari Loving Pablo

[OPINYON] Tungkol kay Adan, Eba, at pananampalatayang Katoliko

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Iginagalang ng mga Katoliko ang tungkulin ng Pangulo, at ang mandato niya bilang Pangulo. Sana igalang din niya ang mga Katoliko kahit hindi siya sumang-ayon sa doktrina ng Katoliko.

Duterte photo courtesy of Malacañang

Bishops hit Duterte for calling God stupid

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Paano siya magiging Pangulo para sa lahat ng Pilipino kung wala siyang paggalang sa mga mananampalatayang Katoliko?' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) issue statements criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte (right) for calling God stupid. File photo of Duterte courtesy of Malacañang; file photos of David and Villegas by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishops hit priests carrying guns amid killings

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Gun-toting priests? They might want to consider leaving the priesthood and joining the police or the military instead,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

NO TO KILLINGS. The Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) leads a lightning protest to urge the government to immediately resolution of the killing of Father Richmond Nilo and other victims of murder. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fr Mark Ventura's bishop hits 'unfounded rumors' on his murder

May 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg speaks up after President Rodrigo Duterte claims Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was killed because of his illicit affairs

SLAIN PRIEST. Father Mark Ventura, who was shot dead by riding-in-tandem assailants, is the second priest killed in 4 months. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

At least 5 dead in San Pablo kidnap rescue operation

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Police reveal the real identities of the killed suspects. A female cop who was injured during the encounter has also died.

VIRAL: San Pablo students dance in one-of-a-kind graduation rites

Apr 08, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Students in San Pablo City, Laguna, do a flash mob on their graduation day

‘Mama, please let's bring Jesus to the hospital’

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'Mama, why is Jesus bleeding? Kawawa naman siya!'

CRUCIFIED CHRIST. Christians around the world remember the crucifixion and death of Christ on Good Friday. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In defense of Judas

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Have we forgotten that the Eucharist was really for him (and for the potential Judases that we all can turn into)?

Holy Week reflections: Alab ng Puso

Mar 28, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Kapag ang relihiyon sa atin ay naging ritwal na lang; kapag ito'y parang obligasyon na lang na wala nang epekto sa buhay, pag-iisip at pag-uugali ng tao, para itong templong wala nang apoy

Holy Week reflections: The path of nonviolence

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Let us never allow ourselves to be motivated by anger or hatred, resentment, revenge, or the instinct to retaliate or return evil for evil