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The Council emphasized that the current push for Charter change is not the appropriate solution for just and sustainable change
The Protestant Council also denounced the “series of fabricated charges,” under the Anti-Terrorism Law, against church workers
“We convey high hopes that barriers to peace in our country be resolved through dialogues and negotiations"
A lay leader of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or the Philippine Independent Church, was elected by NCCP’s highest policy-making body
Labuntog lambasted the government for “exploiting” the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act to target rights defenders, including church workers
“When human rights are denied and violated, God’s image is also violated in us, as we are created in God’s image”
The failure to get justice and accountability for human rights violations has contributed to the climate of impunity in the Philippines
The religious leaders called on Marcos “to reconstitute the [government] peace panel and resume the … peace negotiations"
"We honor his life especially his legacy for peace," read the statement of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines