Religious workers are still being killed in the Philippines. This statement was received from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.Read more
I. WHAT WE SAW AND HEARD
• Serious justice and human rights issues have attracted world-wide attention and must be addressed. These issues stem from long-standing labor and land issues, as follows.
• Killings of Workers at Hacienda Luisita, November 16, 2004.Read more
At the invitation of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, a Pastoral Ecumenical delegation under the auspices of the World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia visited the Philippines from the 14th to the 21st of July 2005. Apart of the delegation visited Leyte and Samar to listen, learn and dialogue with a cross section of the people about increasing incidences of political repression and human rights violations. Amongst others, the delegation met church leaders, representatives of people’s organizations, families of victims, local government authorities and political parties, and military officials.
Dear Colleagues in Christ,
Greetings! I have return to the US after a week-long visit with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) Pastoral Ecumenical Delegation to the Philippines on human rights violation.
WHAT WE SAW AND HEARD
Just 9 years old, he stood holding the microphone, but he was too overcome to speak. Only after a full minute of silence did the words come out. The soldiers had held a knife at his throat, said that as he would probably become an NPA they may as well kill him now, and told him to start digging a hole for his grave with his bare hands. As he spoke, he wept, and we wept with him.Read more
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
On behalf of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), allow me to express to you all our deepest appreciation for your expressions of sympathy and solidarity over the brutal assassination of the Rev. Edison Lapuz, a dedicated, able leader of the UCCP, a fearless defender of the cause of justice for the exploited and the weak, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.Read more
As leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we join in expressing outrage and sorrow over the assassination of the Rev. Edison Lapuz, conference minister of the Northeastern Leyte Conference of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, along with Mr. Alfredo Malinao. These deaths continue a pattern of harassment and intimidation of progressive church and social leaders whose prophetic voices have been committed to justice for the poor and marginalized. In response to this killing, weRead more