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Ecumenical Bishops Forum and Isaiah Ministry say the actions of the Duterte administration against critics show his steady move towards violent repression and total dictatorship
A fly buzzes into President Rodrigo Duterte's face as he expresses frustration at the Catholic Church's teachings
(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra immediately forms a panel to investigate the complaint
Here's a look at the times when Catholic bishops and priests took sides in Philippine politics
'Wala akong pakialam kung mamatay kayong lahat, maluwang pa ang ating cemetery,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that priest's IQs are 'deficient'
'Huwag tayong matakot. Ang proteksyon natin ay kapag tayo'y nagsalita,' says a priest who faces death threats and is critical of President Rodrigo Duterte
Father Flavie Villanueva, a priest critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, bares details of alleged threats to his life
Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages
(3rd UPDATE) Fathers Flavie Villanueva, Robert Reyes, and Albert Alejo expose death threats they have recently received under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte
A parish priest in Cadiz City is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl
In 2010, Father Ricky Bacolcol was injured in a blast during a Christmas Day Mass also in Jolo, Sulu
'Most of those who died were our regular Sunday 8 am Mass-goers,' says Jolo apostolic administrator Father Romeo Saniel
'Even if we are persecuted, we do not lose hope. We do not lose faith,' says Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, the priest once held hostage by terrorists in Marawi City
There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think it is acceptable for the common good.
'It can be filed in the lower courts and it will be acted upon expeditiously,' Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque assures Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal
Suspended Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes, who also admitted to financial irregularities, is believed to have fled to the Philippines
Washing his feet will symbolically send a powerful image of subservience rather than prophetic witness, and will be used to coopt your credibility and cause confusion and division within the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
The President doesn't want criticism of his administration to come from priests, citing the separation of Church and state. He has previously used the presidential podium to comment on religious belief.
'Huwag nating hayaang humantong sa sukdulan ng kaguluhan ang kalagayan ng ating bayan,' says Robredo
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Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo is shot dead on June 10, just as he was preparing to say evening Mass. There are now 8 suspects in the killing.
Manuel Torres allegedly paid P100,000 to self-confessed gunman Omar Mallari to kill Father Richmond Nilo
The Cabanatuan City RTC orders the withdrawal of criminal charges against Adell Milan
The blog post uses a November 2016 news report that is unrelated to the murder. Authorities have not yet officially named any suspect in the case nor confirmed there is a video of the crime.
Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, says the CBCP gives its 'trust and confidence' to the Philippine National Police
Kill us if they wish but our blood will speak louder than our voices. There is a message that only martyrdom can teach. We will not be threatened.
Police confirm that no snatching incident was recorded on June 17, when the wallet of Father Raul Cabonce was allegedly snatched
The family and lawyer of Adell Milan present CCTV footage showing the primary suspect in the murder of Fr Richmond Nilo in another town less than an hour before the priest is killed
Diocese of Cabanatuan Vicar General Noel Jetajobe says, 'It will be a double injustice if we send the wrong guy to jail and fail to get the guilty ones'
Elena Matias, grandmother of the accused Adell Milan, says the PNP’s facial sketch will show that her grandson does not look like the suspect at all
Yet President Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as 'full of shit' and has continued verbal attacks against it amid the recent killings of priests
This announcement from the Philippine National Police follows the series of killings of priests in the country
Top presidential aide Bong Go says President Rodrigo Duterte called Bishop Sofronio Bancud on June 14 to convey his condolences for the murder of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo
President Duterte’s persistent attacks against the Catholic Church, even after these killings, leave us with only one thought: that beyond his insensitivity, he is out to silence an institution that has now become his fierce critic
'Let us not stop making noise until our cry for justice and truth is heard. Let the killings stop!' says Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco after the recent murder of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo.
'Ipanalangin natin ang mga pari, na nagsisilbi ring ama sa kanilang mga parokya at Simbahan, na biktima na rin ng mga karumal-dumal na pagpatay,' says Senator Leila de Lima on Father's Day 2018
(3RD UPDATE) Authorities identify the suspect as Adell Milan
(UPDATED) As Father Nilo is buried at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, authorities announce the arrest of the principal suspect in his killing
'These killings, alongside the thousands of deaths in the drug war, are grim reminders of the vulnerability of the poor and those who speak out for their rights,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde
'Ang problema ng mga buwang na ito, santo lahat. Gobyerno, military, police, puro demonyo na,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about Catholic leaders urging him to tone down his tirades against the Church
(UPDATED) Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution urging the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs to probe the killings of priests amid President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church
'Walang Karlistang duwag,' say the men of San Carlos Seminary, as they condemn the killings of two of their alumni, including Father Richmond Nilo of Nueva Ecija
'We join the Catholic bishops and faithful in condemning the murder of Catholic priests,' says Malacañang, but remains mum on calls for President Rodrigo Duterte to tone down verbal insults against the Church that may embolden more attacks
The gunman who killed Fr Richmond Nilo fired his gun from the window of the chapel while the priest was preparing to say the 5 pm Mass
From an adjacent barangay, Father Richmond Nilo was followed by a vehicle until the priest reached Nuestra Senora de las Nieve chapel in Barangay Mayamot where he was later shot, Central Luzon police say
Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde also orders all local police chiefs to reach out to priests and ask if they face threats
Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg speaks up after President Rodrigo Duterte claims Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was killed because of his illicit affairs
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
The appointment of Father Arturo Albano who came to the US in 1979 takes effect July 1
Hailing from Bohol Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza becomes the first Filipino to represent the Vatican before the United Nations