• Evangelical church asks govt to end ‘culture of impunity’


    THE evangelical National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) has condemned the recent bombing of its church in Pikit, North Cotabato, in Mindanao even as it called on the government to end “the culture of impunity” in the country.

    Rev. Fr. Rex Reyes, NCCP secretary general, on Friday said they, together with the United Church of Christ of the Philippines, mourn the loss of life of and injury to its members.

    “When one part of the church, suffers we all suffer,” Reyes noted.

    “Our prayers at this time are with those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, we are praying for those who have been injured, for the congregation at Pikit, and the leadership of the UCCP,” he said.

    “We have had enough of the culture of impunity in our country where the innocent suffer and the guilty go free,” Reyes added.

    He appealed to authorities “to conduct a proper and thorough investigation” of what the UCCP calls “atrocity.”

    Last Wednesday night, two motorcycle-riding men fired an M203 grenade at the UCCP church while the congregation was gathered in prayer.

    A government nurse and a government teacher were killed in the blast and three others were wounded.

    Reyes said they also condemn those who are behind the heinous attack, adding that the “motives behind this attack are still unclear.”

    “It is yet another suffering inflicted on the UCCP, which has already experienced the extra-judicial killing, disappearance and illegal detention of many of its members and pastors over recent years,” he added.

    The UCCP is known for its strong stand for human rights and in defense of the poor.


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