The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is deeply offended and gravely concerned by the recent forced entry of the para-military group, Alamara, in the compound of UCCP-Haran which we believe arose from the resolution of the Regional Peace and Order Council of Region 11 seeking the immediate closure of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Center on F. Selga St., Madapo, Davao City. We find such resolution undoubtedly offensive against the Church and against those that advocate peace, justice and human rights – a clear violation of the principle of separation of church and state.
United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Southeast Mindanao Jurisdictional Area stands firm on our commitment to serve the indigenous peoples in Davao region. By doing our duty to act as shepherds of the poor and the deprived we manifest our unwavering commitment to defend the rights of those who are deprived of their civil liberties.
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) strongly deplores the recent tagging by the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) as a communist/terrorist front. Such accusation aside from being unfounded is patently reckless and blatantly hateful. It brings back to mind the memories of Martial Law when NCCP was also labelled by the military-backed Marcos dictatorship as communist front. In June of 1974, the main office of NCCP was raided by the military and some of its staff members were arrested.