Philippine Protestant and Catholic leaders plan continued activism
Against extrajudicial killings and environmental destruction
Feb 12, 2008
Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders in the Philippines, Asia’s most predominantly Christian nation, have said they plan to be as active in the affairs of civil society this year as they have been in the past.
Christians have been active in the social and political life of this mainly Catholic country, particularly in the campaigns against environmentally destructive industries and extrajudicial killings. They have also supported farmers’ calls for genuine agrarian reform and have been involved in peace-building efforts.
Both the Catholic Bishops Conference and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines have condemned environmentally destructive industries such as large-scale mining. The council’s general secretary, Rex Reyes, said such mining dislocates and further impoverishes indigenous and rural populations.