Eventually, the incident led to the death of three people, injuries to over 100, the detention of over 80, and thousands of protestors running into the nearby Spottswood Methodist Mission Center for sanctuary. In a Pastoral Statement, United Methodist Bishops Rodolfo A. Juan, Ciriaco Q. Francisco, and Pedro M. Torio, Jr., of the Philippines valiantly defended those protesting and seeking safety.
The delegation listed what they now seek, in light of recent violence, which included a fact-finding mission into the incident, the dropping of all falsely pressed charges against protestors, and help creating awareness around the effects of climate change.
The Philippines Task Force of the California-Pacific Conference has a long-standing relationship with the indigenous people of the Philippines, working alongside the General Board of Church and Society and the General Board of Global Ministries.
A welcoming event, “Lakbay Mindanao,” will be hosted by the Philippines Task Force on Friday, April 22, 2016.Follow the PTF on Facebook
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