Category: Philippines

Christians Among Executed, Tortured People in Philippines

Philippines human rights violations A Protestant pastor who says he was tortured while being detained in the Philippines has warned of widespread killings and other attacks against church members in the Asian nation.

Berlin Guerrero of the United Church of Christ testified last week for the United Nations Committee against Torture, amid reports of executions and other abuses carried out by the Philippines’ military. Victims have been accused of supporting rebel groups opposing the government. “Church people have not been spared from torture,” Guerrero told the UN Committee

Robbers behead statue in Church

Fishermen or members of a cult group could be behind the recent stealing of the head and two hands of the Blessed Virgin Dolorosa, patron saint of the St. Paul Parish Church, in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, police said yesterday. The incident took place almost nine months after robbers also beheaded and stole the two hands of a statue of a similar patron saint in Brgy. Inayauan, Cauayan, in July last year. Insp. Rudy Bico, Cauayan police chief, yesterday said two unidentified suspects forced their way into the St. Paul Parish Church at midnight of May 25, and took the head

Hundreds of children held by cult

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Police in Sultan Kudarat have started looking for a cave where hundreds of children were allegedly being held captive by a cult. An account by a 14-year-old boy who claimed to have escaped from the cult prompted authorities to search for the cave, possibly located in the mountains near Lutayan town. The cult is believed responsible for the disappearance of children in various places, including South Cotabato, Sarangani and this city. The boy, whose identity and address was withheld for security reasons, was brought to the Lutayan police station by residents approached by the child after

Cannibalism case leaves a pall over Narra town

NARRA — The prosperous town of Narra was planning to promote itself as an ecotourism destination but instead has gained notoreity for a grisly cannibalism case that has shocked the Philippines. Four men now languish in the Narra town jail, awaiting trial for allegedly killing a guest at a wedding party and eating parts of their victim. International newspapers reported the crime and local television stations carried footage of the victim’s fire-blackened bones across the nation. Narra police chief Perla Bacuel said officials and residents of the town on the western island of Palawan “do not want this attention. This

Cult link probed after gory wedding murder

Puerto Princesa – Filipino police have arrested four people for murdering a wedding guest, roasting and eating parts of the body and serving some of the remains at the reception, they said on Wednesday. Narra town police chief Senior Superintendent Perla Bacuel said they were looking into the possibility that some of the suspects may have been involved in other disappearances in the western island of Palawan since the 1980s. Farm labourer Eladio Baule, his son Gerard Baule and nephews Sabtuary Pequi and Johnny Buyot allegedly killed the victim, Benjie Ganay, on July 17 after Ganay accidentally touched Eladio Baule’s