We are challenged today to be the wheat sowed by Jesus into the field, the world. But we can only respond to this challenge when like Jesus we know who among our societies are the weeds sowed by the devil.
The resource speakers provided key messages related to the common call of the April 28 Coalition on the full citizenship rights for migrants and refugees.
From within, Duterte’s rising tyrannical rule has resulted to the jeopardy of people’s well-being and dignity by its increasing incidence of human rights violations, extra-judicial killings and wanton disregard of the fundamental laws of the land.
“The report is highly significant, relevant, and timely for the Filipino people concerning the ongoing situation and what needs to be done. It is mainly and essentially a condemnation of human rights violations and impunity under the Duterte regime,”
With the pandemic, the long under-funded and neglected health care systems and the debilitating shortages of health workers even among industrialized countries, is putting an enormous strain on its already depleted resources and its capacity to provide urgent and quality care for all.
Migrants and immigrants share the commonality on the root cause of migration. Migration now becomes a forced choice, if we still can consider it a choice, for people to earn for a living and conserve the dignity as a person.
It was supposed to be a short and temporary exile, as I still feel it to be until now. Circumstances and worsening situations for human rights defenders in the Philippines, however, made it to extend my tourist status until I got a residency visa for a period of another one year until I realized that I am already here for a year today. Happy or sad? Not exactly. The feeling is ambiguous but surely thankful.
Fr. Raymond Ambray opted to exercise his apostolacy with the lumad people, and so do with our bishops and clergy in the IFI, in faithful obedience to the word of our Lord Jesus mandating us to serve the least of his brothers and sisters like the lumad people.
The EBF says enough of this deliberate plot to further acrimony or hostility now wreaking havoc on our social fiber. Let us begin to “HEAL AS ONE”.
WITH THE MILITARIST LOCKDOWN IN PLACE, POVERTY, HUNGER AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION PLAGUING THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, THERE IS NO OTHER SOLUTION BUT TO WAGE A JUST STRUGGLE FOR REGIME AND SYSTEM CHANGE.