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Dumaguete City, Philippines Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Button 4 troops, 5 ‘Abu Sayyaf' men killed in encounter in Bohol
Button Priests urged to stay grounded, serve people
Frogs at risk due to climate change
PHL, US sign pact vs. child trafficking 

4 troops, 5 ‘Abu Sayyaf' men
killed in encounter in Bohol

Four troops of the 47th Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police and five alleged Abu Sayyaf Group rebels were killed in an encounter early yesterday in Sitio Ibaya, Barangay Napo in Inabanga town, Bohol.

Three of the government casualties included a lieutenant and two soldiers and a Philippine National Police member of the Special Weapons and Tactics, who were killed in action, Lt. Dodie Belloga, commander of the 47th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Bohol, said.

One soldier was also wounded in action, he added.

Priests urged to stay
grounded, serve people

Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete reminded priests under his leadership to stay rooted to Jesus Christ and serve the people with utmost humility.

He issued his call as more than 100 priests took their renewal of vows during the Chrism Mass held Holy Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Dumaguete.

Not only diocesan priests but those coming from different religious congregations covered by the Dumaguete diocese attended the yearly renewal of priestly vows. .

Frogs at risk due
to climate change

National Scientist Angel Alcala wrote that since the 1970s, frogs have been dropping dead in significant numbers around the world. These were recorded by scientists in western United States, Puerto Rico and Western Australia in the 1970s and in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Venezuela in the 1980s.

At first, the events were believed to be just “normal variations in natural populations.” At other times, the causes were linked to fungus attacks, as in five continents where 100 species were infected.

But as the declines grew even more widespread and more severe towards the 1990s and 2000s, the scientists concluded that these resulted from climate change—in addition to already known human-induced causes of habitat (forest) fragmentation and

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