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Today's Punto
A ministry lived out among the poor

Dec 07, 2017

“WOE TO you, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous.” (Matthew 23:29)

We, the Stop the Killings Network-Metro Manila, strongly denounce the killing of Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez of the San Jose Diocese, Nueva Ecija.

As a priest, prophet and activist, he lived-out his ministry among the poor and the oppressed, especially the peasants and farm workers in Central Luzon.

He stood for life, justice, and peace.

He worked for the consolidation of organized responses through the Promotion of Church People’s Response, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines and other ecumenical fellowships of different denominations and churches.

Killing Fr. Tito will never silence the men and women of God, rather, it ignites and deepens our commitment to serve the basic masses, to whom Fr. Tito offered his entire life.

The narrative of Fr. Tito’s life and death opens the eyes of the Church people.

His life was a manifestation that faith has a great role in the social movement. Fr. Tito’s blood has been poured out in the land dominated by big landlords.

It must be used to spread the seeds of love, which he planted, so that it will bear the fruits of justice, peace and abundance.

The cry and grief of the people, whom he had served, must be transformed into a vibrant and active participation in social movements for national liberation. We demand justice!

Justice for a kind and loving servant, Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez, and justice for all victims of extrajudicial killings.

We urge President Rodrigo Duterte to terminate Oplan Kapayapaan, the government’s counter-insurgency program that justifies the killings of innocent civilians, human rights defenders, activists, and Church workers.

We urge the Duterte administration to pursue the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines; retract his pronouncements of threats against legal and progressive organizations; and stop all killings.

As the Prophet Amos says, and we say it also: “Let justice roll like an overflowing stream” and let the Shalom be felt by the people of God in our land.

(Statement of the Stop the Killings Network-Metro Manila signed by spokesperson Fr. Dionito Cabillas)

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