“… we are alarmed at the increasing number of extrajudicial killings
seemingly perpetrated in the name of the government’s drive to stop
drug-trafficking. The execution of suspects, without due process of law,
is a violation of their right to life, the most basic of all human rights. ”

2016 AMRSWP Convention Statement
(Association of Major Religious Superiors
Of Women in the Philippines)

With a 47-year history of prophetic engagement, as an Association of
consecrated persons, making visible God’s merciful Face through our
congregational charisms and in solidarity with the suffering and
marginalized peoples,

WE, the Association of Major Religious Superiors for Women in the
Philippines (AMRSWP), represented by 91 women religious superiors coming
from 76 congregations, together with our Mission Partners and lay
workers, gathered at the Central Luzon State University in the Science
City of Munoz, the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija from July 11-15,
2016. Guided by the theme BECOMING FACES OF GOD’S MERCY TO THE POOR OF
HUMANITY AND OF CREATION, we listened to each other, prayed and
internalized the theme in our congregations and as an Association.

Through this encounter, we deepened our understanding of the empowering
partnerships among the marginalized, the local church and congregations,
particularly in the pursuit of organic and sustainable farming and in
gender-fair local governance of urban poor women relocatees. We
recognized the impact of the work of religious congregations with the
Yolanda typhoon victims and the displaced families who are struggling to
rebuild their lives and homes. We appreciated the magnitude of our
Mission Partners’ work with the rural farmers, laborers, urban poor and
indigenous peoples; the overseas migrant workers and their
families-left-behind; and human trafficking victims. Finally, we
witnessed the expanding role and responsibility, along with new and
increasing challenges, of the JPICC (Justice and Peace and Integrity of
Creation Commission) in the local and global movement on climate change
and the care of creation.

In these five days of sharing, reflection and realization, we were
brought to a re-encounter with God – an experience that evoked in us
feelings of awe, love and wonder at His continuing mercy and compassion.

Re-encountering God changes us. True conversion sharpens our
sensitivities to goodness , cultural differences, respect for religious
diversity, and our reverence for creation. Converted, we become healers
and compassionate weavers of peace, of humane, just and empowering
relationships with the poor and marginalized. Transformed, we embrace
the feminine at the core of our beings, allowing us to give birth to
sustainable systemic changes.

In our constant efforts to embody God’s mercy, the AMRSWP shall continue
to discern Gospel imperatives that are inclusive and that uphold the
inherent dignity of humanity and creation. Encountering God in human
vulnerabilities and in the lives of the poor and marginalized is the
wellspring of our courage to seek new ways of being and becoming Church.

In this light, the Association supports the vision for systemic change
and will relate with the newly-elected government, and in particular
with its programs to achieve this, on the basis of principled participation.

We support President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his administration’s peace
initiatives in the country and the programs to protect and preserve
national sovereignty and patrimony. We likewise support the empowerment
and active participation of the poor and marginalized in governance. In
line with this, we strongly urge the government to pass the implementing
policies on land conversion to save green spaces for the coming generations.

On the other hand, steadfast in our mission to be witnesses of God’s
mercy and compassion, we will not waver in our resolute stand against
government programs, policies and directives that diminish human life
and violate the rule of law; perpetuate poverty, corruption and
contractualization; disregard human and women’s rights; and endanger our
“common home.” (Laudato Si)

Today we are alarmed at the increasing number of extrajudicial killings
seemingly perpetrated in the name of the government’s drive to stop
drug-trafficking. The execution of suspects, without due process of
law, is a violation of their right to life, the most basic of all human
rights.

The AMRSWP believes in and upholds the principle of restorative justice,
which can lead to transformation of people, relationships and
communities. Restorative justice is an expression of mercy and
compassion — and this is not possible when the life of an offender is
taken.

In this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, our life of consecration and
ministry of leadership and stewardship impel us to become faces of God’s
Mercy to the poor of humanity and creation:

“We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire
cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking Him to pour out His Mercy upon
us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a
brighter future.” (Misericordiae Vultus, 5)

Signed, on this day of July 15, 2016.

AMRSWP Executive Board

Sr. Regina Kuizon, RGS – Chairperson
Sr. Julie Saguibo, SFIC – Vice-Chairperson

Board Members
Sr. Niceta Vargas, OSA
Sr. Sr. Gertrude Neri, TDM
Sr. Marife Leslie Luna, LGC
Sr. Josephine Mata, FAS
Sr. Sofia Taguinod, OP

AMRSP National Secetariat
#28 Acacia St. New Manila, Quezon City
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