Magazine article The Christian Century

Filipino Churches Seek Global Christian Help over Assassinations

Magazine article The Christian Century

Filipino Churches Seek Global Christian Help over Assassinations

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Filipino churches seeking justice over the summary killings of church and human rights workers are looking to the international Christian community to pressure the government in Manila to put a halt to the assassinations.

The latest church delegation to visit this predominantly Catholic country of 88 million people was from the United Methodist Church, whose representatives from the United States, Europe, Africa and Russia urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to probe all summary killings and make efforts to put a stop to them.

United Methodist bishop Solito Toquero of Manila said the denomination's local church invited the delegation "to express deep concern over the worsening human rights situation in the country, especially the killing of activists and church workers."

Methodist bishop John Hopkins of Cleveland, who headed the delegation, said at a January 6 news conference: "We implore the government and military officials to recognize the important work of those who seek to minister with the poor and marginalized and to distinguish their work as vital and important to the country."

Hopkins said he and eight delegates had met and talked to more than 20 people, including local Methodists, who lost relatives in the killings. …

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