Filipino churches seek global Christian help over assassinations

Church workers and human rights activists in danger
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.”


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