President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo received nods of approval from the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) – which has been issuing statements increasingly critical of her policies – for her recent declaration commuting all death sentences to life imprisonment. She wants to come across as a strong president with a humane side. But there can be no fooling anybody, as state forces under her watch have continued to kill activists with impunity. The virtual death sentence on activists remains.
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