We are seriously troubled and terribly enraged by the illegal detention of the members of the National Solidarity Mission who have been held by the PNP-Talaingod, led by Chief of Police Rogasciano Gara and Deputy Chief of Police Sison, the 56TH IB of the AFP and ALAMARA. They were detained for three days and two nights with no apparent reason.
The UCCP has declared it before and we declare it once more. “The UCCP is not, never was, and will never be a communist.” All our actions and ministries are born out of our deep faith in God and commitment to obey our Lord Jesus Christ. “For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall”, as the Prophet puts it in Isaiah 25:4.
As your shepherds in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, the Council of Bishops implore our constituents to be vigilant during these changing times especially as we do the mission of Christ. We entreat you all to be in solidarity with those who work for peace and righteousness. Hand in hand let us do the mission of Christ by serving the poor, the oppressed and the desolate people! “and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10)