Two Bishops, Ex-Political Prisoner Visit New York To Report On Human Rights in the Philippines
17 March 2012
New York – Sixty-seven extrajudicial killings, nine disappearances and 78 political arrests in the first one-and-a-half years in power of President Benigno Aquino III.
These and more are part of the report on the human rights situation in the Philippines that two Filipino bishops and a former political prisoner will discuss with the New York City-based Filipino-American media on March 19, Monday at 10:30 a.m.
The press briefing will be held at the Church Center for the United Nations at 777 First Avenue, corner 44th Street, in New York, NY 10017.
To present their report on the human rights situation under President Aquino are:
Bishop Reuel Norman Marigza, vice chairperson of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and general secretary of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP);
Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI, or Philippine Independent Church), chairperson of the Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao (InPeace Mindanao); and
Mrs. Angelina Bisuna Ipong, coordinator of SELDA (Association of Ex-Detainees Against Detention and Arrest), and a former political prisoner and author of the book “Garden Behind Bars”.
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