Dear Friends,

Please find below the unity statement of various Filipino legislators, religious leaders, human rights advocates and concerned citizens calling on the public to join a “National Day of Prayer and Action for Peace and Human Rights”, on June 12, Independence Day.

Solidarity messages and actions will be very much welcome!

Warm regards,

Angie M. Gonzales
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

—– Forwarded Message —–

News Release
June 10, 2017

In the wake of continued fighting in Marawi


Various former and incumbent legislators, Catholic and Protestant leaders, human rights advocates and concerned citizens are calling on the public to join a “National Day of Prayer and Action for Peace and Human Rights” on June 12, Independence Day. 

In Manila, a big inter-faith prayer and rally will be held at the Andres Bonifacio Shrine beside the Manila City Hall from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Simultaneous actions are expected in various parts of the country.

The following is the “Unity Statement” in time for the June 12 event. Among the signatories are former senators Rene Saguisag, Wigberto Tañada as well as members of the Makabayan Bloc in Congress. Also Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo and National Council of Churches of the Philippines Secretary General Rev. Fr. Rex Reyes, Jr.:

National Day of Prayer and Action 
for Peace and Human Rights
June 12, 2017
No to Terrorism!
Lift Martial Law!
Stop Aerial Bombings of Communities!
Stop Extrajudicial Killings!
Defend Human Rights!
Pursue the Peace Talks!
On June 12, Independence Day, we, concerned Filipinos from various faiths, sectors and political affiliations, will come together in a day of prayer and action to renew the call for peace and respect for human rights amidst the rising tide of terrorism, martial rule and impunity that threatens to rip the nation apart.
We extend our solidarity to the victims of the Marawi siege. We condemn the deliberate acts of terror by the ISIS-inspired Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups. We call on all people to come to the aid of thousands of internally displaced persons in Lanao del Sur and nearby areas.
Likewise, we gather to show our opposition to martial law in Mindanao and possibly other parts of the country. We call for an end to the aerial bombardment of Marawi and other conflict areas. 
As the Marcos dictatorship showed, martial law is not the answer to the complex problems of Mindanao. A regime that trades Filipinos’ human rights for vague, ever moving law and order goals can only add fuel to armed rebellions and set back efforts to address the roots of the conflict. Martial law will further embolden law enforcers and state-sponsored vigilante and para-military groups to commit even more extrajudicial  killings and curtail civil and political rights.
In the last year, atrocities have mounted nationwide. Filipinos are right to protest the murders of thousands in the drug war, as well as the extrajudicial killing of suspected rebels, ordinary farmers, indigenous peoples and Moro people in the counterinsurgency war. It is the poor that bear the brunt of these wars. It is the poor that are killed. It is their rights that are violated. It is their communities that are subject to aerial bombings and abuses during military and police operations.
As the poor suffer, the drug lords, the landgrabbers, big mining corporations, and their protectors in government, continue to get away with their crimes.
We likewise unite against the dangers of reimposing the death penalty and lowering of the age of criminal responsibility. Given the weaknesses and failures of our justice system, such measures will most likely further victimize the poor, weak and powerless.
Drug abuse, criminality, social unrest and rebellion are but symptoms of deep-seated, historical problems that cannot be solved by wars against the poor or the imposition of martial law. We need to address the roots of the problems – massive poverty, social injustice, corruption, and failure to assert national sovereignty and genuine independence.
In this light, we also call for the continuation of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Only by mutually addressing the roots of the armed conflicts can all parties hope to forge a just and lasting peace for our people. 
We shall continue to pursue various paths to peace based on justice and the full respect for human rights. It is our hope and prayer that President Duterte and all government officials can still listen and change.
Current and Former Members of Congress:
Former Sen. Rene Saguisag                    Former Sen. Wigberto Tañada
Rep. Carlos Zarate (PL- Bayan Muna)    

Rep. Emmi de Jesus (PL – Gabriela)     Rep. Arlene Brosas (PL – Gabriela)        
Rep. Antonio Tino (PL – ACT Teachers) Rep. Sarah Elago (PL – Kabataan)         
Former Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III              Former Rep. Neri Colmenares
Former Rep. Teddy Casiño
Bp. Broderick Pabillo, D.D., Auxiliarry Bishop, Diocese of Manila
Bp. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D., Diocese of San Carlos
Bp. Joel Tendero, UCCP South Luzon Jurisdiction
Bp. Elorde Sambat, UCCP North Luzon Jurisdiction   
Bp. Alexander Wandag, Episcopal Diocese of Santiago City
Bp. Redeemer Yanez, IFI, Diocese of Koronadal
Bp. Ernesto Tadly, IFI, Diocese of Eastern Pangasinan
Bp. Rudy Juliada, IFI, Diocese of Libertad
Bp. Melzar Labuntog, UCCP North East Mindanao Jurisdiction        
Bp. Antonio Ablon, IFI, Diocese of Pagadian
Bp. Modesto Villasanta, UCCP Agusan del Sur
Bp. Alger Loyao, IFI, Diocese of Cebu
Bp. Ronelio Fabriquier, IFI, Diocese of Romblon
Bp. Godofredo David, IFI                            Bp. Rodolfo Juan, UMC                  
Bp. Ciriaco Francisco, UMC 

Rev. Fr. Rex Reyes, Jr., Secretary General, NCCP 
Fr. Leonardo Cabrera, MSC, Provincial Superior
Mo. Adele Ygrubay, OSB, Prioress, Missionary Benedictine Sisters
Sr. Marinela Narvaez, SSS, Coordinator, Sisters of Social Service
Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS, Regional Coordinator, Notre Dame de Sion
Fr. Joselito S. Sarabia, CM, Director, St. Vincent’s Seminary
Fr. Michael Imperial, Diocese of Sorsogon
Rt. Rev. Jonathan Casimina, Davao Episcopal Dioces of Mindanao
Mo. Mary John Mananzan, OSB                Sr. Maureen Catabian, RGS
Fr. Ben Alforque, MSC                                 Br. Jun Santiago III, CSsR             
Fr. Gilbert Billena, OCarm                         Fr. Rolly de Leon, PCPR                
Fr. Arvin Bellen, CMF                                    Fr. Paul Medina, OCarm
Fr. Ety Ignacio, Diocese of Malolos          Fr. Rudy Abao
Fr. Mike Peralta                                             Fr.Melvin A. Ordonez,SMM  
Fr. Val Narcise, CICM                                  Rev. Israel Painit, UMC
 Sr. Helen Graham, MM                               Sr. Virginia Fabella, MM
Sr.Fidelis Abad Santos, MMS                    Sr.Joey P. Eduvane,NDS
Sr. Carmelita Arenas, RGS                       Sr. Celine Cajunding, RGS
Fr. Helmuth Peter, SVD                               Fr. Manuel Gatchalian, SVD
Fr. Wilfredo Dulay, MDJ                               Fr. Joel Canuel, MDJ
Rev. Mary Grace Masegman, IFI               Rev. Irma Balaba, PCPR
Rev. Fr. Jonash Joyohoy, IFI                      Rev. Igmedio Domingo, UMC

Rev. Manuel Buenaventura, Jr., UMC      Dss. Darlene Caramanzana                    

Dss. Norma Dollaga                                              Nardy Sabino, PCPR
Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija
Fr. Miguel Peralta                                         Fr. Carlos Sayson
Fr. Sam Ferrer                                               Fr. Joe Corral
Fr. Manny Fernandez                                   Fr. Luke Heindrich
Fr. Nando Salvador                                      Fr. John Ferrera
Fr. Angelo Santos                                         Fr. Manny Guico
Fr. Joselito Sarabia, CM                             Fr. Efren de Guzman, SVD
Fr. Tito Paez                                                   Fr. Apolo de Guzman
ICM Sisters
Sr. Lyn Leuterio                                             Sr. Montserat Agcaoili
Sr. Medz Encommecia                                Sr. Rochee Austria
Sr. Corazon Caguioa                                   Sr. Lita Perez
Sr. Purita Resigon                                        Sr. Aqueda Bernardo
Sr. Rose Marie Iñigo                                    Sr. Julieta de Leon
Sr. Clarita Dolencia                                      Sr. Alne lansang
Sr. Eleanor Llanes                                       Sr. Lydia Lascano
Sr. Cleofe Bacon                                          Sr. Mechtilde Alabarza
Maryknoll Sisters Parish Work, Inc
Lani Abriol                                                      Genny Olivario
Rogelio Bedando                                         Naty Cipeas
Human Rights Advocates, Sectoral Leaders, Concerned Filipinos:
Cristina Palabay, Sec. Gen., Karapatan Dr. Carol Araullo, Chairperson, BAYAN
Renato Reyes, Jr., Sec. Gen., BAYAN     Gloria Arellano, Chairperson, Kadamay
Eule Rico Bonganay, Salinlahi                 Atty. Edre Olalia, President, NUPL
Atty. Ephraim Cortez, Sec. Gen., NUPL   Bonifacio Ilagan, CARMMA
JL Burgos, brother of Jonas Burgos       Marie Hilao Enriquez, SELDA
Trinidad Repuno, SELDA                          Evangeline Hernandez, Hustisya
Mae Paner a.k.a. Juana Change              Gabriela Lluch Dalena, RESBAK
Maria Isabel Lopez                                       Maria Carmen Sarmiento                           
Michele Campos                                          Mark Vincent Lim, CEGP                
Donna Miranda                                             Angelo Suarez