Mission Leaders Deplore Massacre in Philippines

December 08, 2009

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Two United Methodist bishops have added their voices to those deploring the massacre of 57 people on their way to register a political candidate on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

Bishop Bruce R. Ough of West Ohio, president of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, and Bishop Joel N. Martinez, interim general secretary of the agency, have commended Filipino Bishop Leo A. Soriano of the Episcopal Area of Davao for his courage in condemning the atrocities, and in insisting that the government be held accountable for justice.
The Ough-Martinez statement expressed concern and offered prayers for "the families of those killed as well as with the churches and other advocates of peace with justice in the Philippines, and also with those in political power who are called up to adjudicate civil justice."
The global ministries statement, as well as a pastoral letter from Soriano, can be found on the GBGM website.
Jimmy Cabillo, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Koronadal City and a radio reporter, was among 27 journalists killed.