Philippines: Pax Christi International Board member signs statement denouncing extrajudicial killings
8/8/19 - Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma of the Philippines, a member of the Pax Christi International Board, has signed onto a letter denouncing extrajudicial killings in in Negros in the Philippines. The letter is from the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP). It begins:
The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) denounces the rash of extrajudicial killings that has terrorized the island of Negros. We support the joint pastoral letter of Bishops Gerardo Alminaza (San Carlos) Julito Cortes (Dumaguete), Patricio Buzon (Bacolod) and Louie Galbines (Kabankalan) condemning the killings. We condole with the families of the 17 victims, including a 1-year old baby, that were killed during the month of July alone. May God’s consoling hands be with them in their time of grief. We also offer our prayers to the families of the four police officers who were also killed in an attack by the New People’s Army (NPA) last July 14.
The island of Negros has experienced a very disturbing pattern of human rights violations in recent times since the murder of known human rights lawyer, Atty. Ben Ramos, the massacre of nine farmers in Sagay in 2018 and the mass killings last March 30 of 14 farmers by police officers in Canlaon City and Manjuyod and Santa Catalina towns in Negros Oriental. There was also the illegal arrest of Jimmy Teves, a pastor of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and his members in Buenavista, Himamaylan, Negros Occidental last June 26. The recent victims include two lawyers, a former mayor and his cousin, a city councilor, a village chief, a school principal and his sister also a teacher, a doctor, and other human rights defenders and community leaders...