Philippines Unplugged

Liberato Bautista, a staff member of the
General Board of Church and Society based in New York at the Church Center for
the U.N. says a statement by the Roman Catholic bishops of the Philippines
unplugs the country from the people’s yearning for justice and plugs the country
as a place where journalists and others are being killed.

The killing continues in the Philippines. The delegation of which I was a member in January, 2006 which talked with Filipino victims and government officials stated that our success would be measured in the halting of the extrajudicial murders.

Sadly, since we were in Manila additional deaths have occurred. Liberato Bautista, a staff member of the General Board of Church and Society based in New York at the Church Center for the U.N. says a statement by the Roman Catholic bishops of the Philippines unplugs the country from the people’s yearning for justice and plugs the country as a place where journalists and others are being killed.

Writing in the current newsletter of the General Board, he says the bishop’s statement has found resonance with others concerned about the murders of human rights workers, journalists, clergy and lay workers.

The voices of the religious community are remarkably unified about the selective violence that is threatening law and order in the Philippines. The concern for human rights and the pain of the families of those whose “crime” is that they are working with the poor and are advocating for justice continues to undermine the Filipino society. It’s a tragedy that need not continue.

I posted the bishop’s statement here.

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