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The Protestant bishops said “red-tagging” and false accusations “lead to a serious threat to life,” which “cannot be condoned”
The arrests "are reminiscent" of the days when church people "were arrested or killed for being vocal in their ministries for the poor"
Pastor Benjie Gomez was arrested after holding Sunday service in the town of Leon Postigo in Zamboanga del Norte province on June 6
Police arrested Pastor Daniel Balucio of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines for alleged possession of firearms and explosives
The Protestant Church council called on the government to stop the 'harassment' against the United Church of Christ in the Philippines
The UCCP said the “persecution of the Church” aims to stop it from its "prophetic witness in the midst of intensifying authoritarian regime"
Bishop Reuel Marigza said that even without the new anti-terrort law, violations of human rights have already been happening
Authorities said the church groups are communist "above-ground organizations" tasked for the "recruitment of members from various sectors"