[In the Web] Church leaders, groups urge Aquino to halt extra-judicial killings


Father Fausto Tentorio was killed just minutes after celebrating the Mass. Photo fromhttp://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-Year-of-Faith-and-the-martyrdom-of-Fr-Fausto-Tentorio-22933.html

MANILA, Oct. 19, 2011—In snowballing protests against the seeming inaction of government to halt the spate of killings, church leaders and groups called on President Benigno Aquino to act decisively and put a stop on extrajudicial killings and bring to justice perpetrators of the crime.

The recent murder of PIME priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio has once again revealed the “culture of impunity” that has been prevailing in the country because of the government’s failure to provide protection and justice to human rights defenders, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in a statement.

Pabillo, who also chairs the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace, hit the government’s failure to bring murderers to justice.

He said families and friends of victims need more than just the government’s offer of “condolences” and “condemnation” of the crime.

“Families and friends [of victims] don’t need these futile words,” Pabillo pointed out, adding that “we desire to see these killings stop than be consoled by the platitudes they give in exchange of our grief.”

“No peace workers and human rights defenders should ever live in fear or shed blood because of what they believe in and what they stand for,” he added.

Tentorio was shot eight times by an assassin on October 17 as he was getting into his pick-up truck parked at the Mother of Perpetual Help Church compound in Arakan, North Cotabato.

Fr. Pops, as Tentorio was called by the locals, was a staunch advocate against mining and other extractive operations that threaten the indigenous people. He had been an inspiration to his parishioners as wells as the lumads who have been opposing activities that are harmful to the environment.

 

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