We call upon our churches and all Filipinos to speak out to assert our sovereignty, saying, “NO TO FOREIGN INTRUSION!” Feasible actions to take may include conducting massive educational programs in our local churches and communities pertaining sovereignty in light of Christian faith and God’s emancipating words. This may be coupled with active participation with civic and religious groups’ advocacy works to denounce all forms of foreign intrusion in the affairs of our country.
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines through its Council of Bishops strongly deplores the arrest of Pastor Dan Balucio, around 3:30 A.M. today, May 2, 2021 at his home in San Isidro,
Sto. Domingo, Albay. He is a church worker of the UCCP under the South Bicol Conference. Pastor Dan Balucio was taken into custody by armed men who introduced themselves as a raiding team of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) from Camp Simeon Ola, Legazpi City who showed a suspicious search warrant issued by Judge Edgar Armes, the
Presiding Judge of Branch 4, Regional Trial Court, 5th Judicial Region, Legazpi City, at his home in San Isidro, Santo. Domingo, Albay.
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines reverberates the mission imperative that the Church sides and journeys with the poor and the downtrodden, the way Lord Jesus Christ lived his lifetime and ministry. It condemns those in authorities who cause people’s misery especially when their Godendowed rights are violated in the guise of “peace and order”. It echoes anew its call to genuine peace through the resumption of the peace talks being sidetracked by a government whose well-loved strategy is terrorism and wanton human rights violations.