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The term “Right to Life” is based on the philosophy that every person has the right to live and that a human life should not be taken by another human being.

Why we don’t support the return of the Death Penalty in Philippines:

• Not an effective crime-deterrent:
“It’s the certainty of apprehension that’s been demonstrated consistently to be an effective deterrent, not the severity of the ensuing consequences,”
-Daniel Nagin (Professor at Carnegie Mellon University)

• Death Penalty is anti-poor:
Whilst it is easy for the rich to receive quality legal representation, the same cannot be said of the poor. In a country where case results are not decided by the jury, most of the time the law favours the rich.

• Flawed justice system:
Because the justice system is not perfect, wrong conviction is unavoidable.

“The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights.”
-Amnesty International

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[People] Respect for Life and Human Dignity -by Fr. Shay Cullen, mssc

Respect for Life and Human Dignity
Father Shay Cullen, mssc
6 January 2017

325-fr-shay-cullenBennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few months, could not read or write and he was a one-meal man. He ate once a day. He was dressed in shorts and a dirty t-Shirt. His flip-flops were worn thin. They were his only possessions. He pushed a small wooden cart along the back streets of Manila picking up discarded plastic bottles, bits of metal that fell off a jeepney or a truck. He was a discarded piece of humanity himself.

On a lucky day in a garbage bin outside the gate of a mansion, he found an old computer keyboard. Finds like these were the treasures of his long walk. That was a big day for him and he sold it at the junk shop with the other bits and pieces he picked up. He joined his fellow scavangers and together they cooked what they  found in the garbage -a plate of pagpag and a little rice. Pagpag is made from the throwaway leftovers from the plates of the diners that ended up in the restaurant’s garbage bags in the back alleyways. It is retrieved by the very poor and boiled in a big pot on the side of the road. It made an excellent meal– for the hungry poor.

After eating his pagpag, Bennie decided he would celebrate. That night he went down an alleyway to buy a small sachet of marijuana from the local reseller named Joey who was not much better off than him. Bennie just wanted to ease the loneliness of life, the ache in his back and legs, the pain in his feet and to forget for a short while the misery of his daily search for junk and his one meal of cheap pagpag food. There was nothing else in his life.

So just imagine what happened. Bennie was the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time. The small pusher Joey was a target of the hit squad that very night. They cut off the alleyway and moved in on the hovel of Joey. Two of the killers stepped inside and opened fire. Bennie and Joey were hit several times; their bodies bled copious amounts of blood they died within minutes. The hit team had a signboard ready, it read:  “I’m a drug addict. I deserve to die.”That’s how they were found one hour later. It was a fast response. Imagine Bennie’s and Joey’s lives ended over a one-dollar deal.

That can be a typical scene from the war-on-drugs. There has been a lot of success in the one-sided war since June this year. Over 6000 Bennies, Joeys and others too, suspected sellers of marijuana or crystal meth dead, but no one is sure how many more. That’s about 1000 suspects killed a month.

The advocates of the hit squad policy say it’s a big success and takes the hardship and boredom out of routine police work. It is the death penalty in action, they say. There is no need for a death penalty law because in effect we have one already by having no rule of law.

What Bennie and Joey got and thousands more is what the advocates of the war say is a very convenient and effective method to deliver capital punishment. It swiftly bypasses the dangers of investigation, the boredom of surveillance and painstaking evidence gathering, and making dangerous arrests. Think too of the difficult case-building, the preservation of evidence and long drawn-out court trials and the difficulty to get a conviction beyond reasonable doubt. Then there are the endless appeals and finally the stay of execution.

The President knows what it is like to prosecute fruitlessly with thousands of crimes to be solved and prosecuted in a judicial system that is rife with corruption and one case can take seven years or more. He was a prosecutor in Davao City and that’s why he launched the bloody shoot-to-kill war-on-drugs.  The old methods, claim the advocates of war, never worked. Instead the elimination by summary execution outside the system has been very effective, according the supporters of the policy. And it will keep on going, no end in sight. This instant solution to crime, just one gunshot, has, it seems, an overwhelming approval of 76 percent of Filipinos. During the same period after the election, President Aquino had 71 percent approval rating and Estrada had 69 percent. Not a huge difference but they were not advocating extrajudicial killings.

The Senate may follow the Congress and may pass a capital punishment law, despite all the arguments against it such as: it doesn’t deter crime, it kills innocent framed up suspects, it is anti-poor because they can’t afford lawyers, it causes cruel punishment, it is vengeance-seeking, it deprives the accused of reform, it’s against the sacred value of life and the dignity of human person. One hundred forty one nations have banned it and the United Nations also. If it is passed, it would be a legal way for President Rodrigo Duterte to kill the convicted. He wants to hang six people a day. “Restore it and I will execute criminals every day – five or six. That’s for real,” he said. Of course he was just joking. The hit squad is quicker.

Killing a thousand people a month as is the present practice is not a cruel joke. Something sinister has been unleashed. It is cruel capital punishment seen every day. Critics say it is one monster crime to counter many little ones. It must stop so life will be respected and cherished and the lives of the suspects are given a chance to defend themselves against their unknown secret accusers, as is their constitutional right. But those rights have been suspended and the challenge to all is how to restore them. We need to call for a ceasefire and stop what is happening to the Bennies and Joeys of the Philippines.

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[People] Revenge ,forgiveness and making peace by Fr. Shay Cullen

Revenge ,forgiveness and making peace
by Fr. Shay Cullen

325-fr-shay-cullenThe terrible crimes we witness against women and children, bombings against the innocent people in Boston, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere cause us to feel not only pity, but compassion with the victims and their families. Many people feel anger that cries out for revenge and vengeance. The perpetrators are acting out of the same desire for revenge against the perceived injustice and crimes they experienced. One act of revenge calls for another in retaliation. It becomes a sickening and maddening cycle of violence, one attack followed by another that seems to go on without end. In this Tsunami of hate and revenge seeking, peace doesn’t have a chance. In the Philippines this cycle of hatred between warning factions needs a new approach. Killings of social workers,justice advocates, and community organizers, branded as enemy combatants must stop. Rebels with or without a cause must review their positions and end revenge killings and make peace.

Revenge or “Honor” killings are a horrific crimes and is increasing around the world especially in the United Kingdom 47 percent increase in 2011. Family “Honor”, is difficult to define, but for some it is a family’s prestige, worth, and status. To violate that “honor” ,in there misguided view , damages the family name and the value of the members. The member who “betrays’ the family is the enemy. This leads to mutilation,abuse and the murder of daughters by their own families.

So too in the wider world where one religious sect or political rebel group, like a family, it feels its “honor”, sacred identity and cause for national honor and sovereignty is being lost by the betrayal by government or another group and wages violent resistance. In the name of survival,they call for continued military action, revenge and in some places a holy .

The Syrian protests began two years ago as a result of a terrible revenge attack by government forces against teenage boys. Their crime was to spray paint graffiti slogans on their school walls calling for an end to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The government retaliated revengefully against the children with terrible vengeance and severe violence. They arrested them and subjected them to brutal torture and execution. This sparked the street protests that led to further repression and ignited the civil war that is still raging. An estimated 70,000 have been killed and 2 million are refugees in neighboring countries. Revenge seeking has now escalated into a sectarian civil war.

In the Philippines ,dialog ,negotiation is under way with the Muslim Communities but the longest running communist rebel group ,the national People’s Ary(NPA) is as yet in conflict with the government. More must be done to make peace.

There are those voices of moderation that call for an end to violence and say that peace can only be found through forgiveness and amnesty. While these virtues and acts of mercy,understanding and forgiveness are essential to peace something is still missing.

The most essential need of all is social and personal justice. Anyone of us who have been hurt ,deprived or wronged feels it as a blow against one’s dignity and self worth and value as a human person. We naturally desire and long for that wrong to be righted. A group or nation that has suffered injustice desires that a wrong be righted, the pain, emotional or physical, must be acknowledged,apologized for and victims compensated, justice must be guaranteed to be done,only then is peace possible.

When it is proven that there has been injustice,then Justice demands the person or group who did the hurtful act must accept guilt, repent, and receive a just punishment for the crime committed and make restitution. Compromises many have to be made ,but not with the granting of basic justice.

However, the complaint and demand in all cases must be proven to be true, right, and proper. Not a fake contrived complaint that is for personal monetary gain. Those complainants making false money-seeking demands are abusing justice for self-enrichment.

Without real justice for proven wrongdoing peace and reconciliation, mutual respect and happy coexistence will not come to be. The warring parties have to end hostilities, stop the cycle of revenge with a cease fire and move to a non-violent sage of discussion and mediation by neutral respected third parties. This ought to focus on the causes of injustice and seek ways to put it right. Later, when justice is restored, then there can be forgiveness. It’s the only way to restore true honor in the family of nations and communities and bring about peaceful coexistence.

(Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.)

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[In the news] Girl’s death triggers gun debate -PhilStar.com

Girl’s death triggers gun debate
The Philippine Star
January 4, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The death of a girl hit by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve sparked calls yesterday for stricter gun controls in the country, where unlicensed weapons are widely blamed for rampant violence.

Stephanie Nicole Ella, aged seven, died Wednesday from a gunshot wound to the head, triggering outrage and condemnation of poor law enforcement that allows hundreds of thousands of unregistered firearms to be on the streets.

“This incident should not be allowed to become just another statistic,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said in a statement.

“We have enough laws to penalize but the problem has always been in the enforcement of laws,” he stressed, as he challenged the police to catch the person responsible for Nicole’s death.

Nicole and her father were watching a fireworks display outside their home in Caloocan on New Year’s Eve when a bullet, apparently fired from celebratory gunfire, struck her.

Nicole was the second young victim to die from stray bullets in New Year’s Eve celebrations, when gun owners traditionally fire bullets into the air or explode powerful firecrackers to make noise.

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[Statement] AFAD Condemns Arrest of Family Members of Disappeared and FOD Members at the Conclusion of its Council Meeting

AFAD Condemns Arrest of Family Members of Disappeared and FOD Members at the Conclusion of its Council Meeting

AFAD3 December 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) concluded its week-long Council Meeting in Sri Lanka with a solidarity night together with local civil society organizations and family members of the disappeared. The night of sharing, video presentation, music and dancing ended with the arrest of six persons, including two elderly women family members of the disappeared, Ane Teresa Fernando and Ariyawathi de Silva; the Secretary of the Families of the Disappeared (FOD), Wasantha Ranile Kumara; Executive Director of the Right to Life, Mr. Philip Dissanayake; a vehicle driver and a friend. Their laptops, mobile phones and the key to the vehicle of Mr. Dissanayake, with plate number 59-9700 were taken into police custody. The victims were put into a police jeep by uniformed policemen, including the Headquarters Chief Inspector in Negombo, and another policeman who introduced himself as Assistant Superintendent of Police, but was plain clothed. Witnesses took the following official police numbers: 89218; 79573; 89568; 10701; 51717.

In a heated confrontation between the policemen and FOD leaders headed by FOD President, Mr. Brito Fernando, the FOD learned that the motive of the arrest was the presentation of a video on the recent commemoration of the anniversary of the Monument of the Disappeared in Seeduwa, Sri Lanka held on October 27, 2012. Mr. Fernando asked if he was being arrested and what the charges were, which one of the policemen, who introduced himself as Sub Inspector, said that the charge was the act of showing a video documentary against President Mahindra Rajapaksa. Mr. Fernando told the police that he took responsibility of the video and challenged the policemen to arrest him. The policemen responded that they only needed a copy of the film, which Mr. Fernando refused to give.

Mr. Fernando and other leaders confronted the police and asserted that the arrest of the six persons was illegal. For which reason, the policemen were forced to release the victims after holding them in their vehicle for more than an hour.

The AFAD Council condemns in strongest terms the act which reconfirms that Sri Lanka is indeed a human rights violator which deserves no support whatsoever from any UN Member. Furthermore, the AFAD Council expresses its profound disappointment at the sorry state of human rights in this country. The undersigned personally met Pres. Rajapaksa a few years back, when he was the Prime Minister of the country. He promised to facilitate the speedy signing and ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which never happened and on the contrary, thousands of people have been violated of their rights, including the right not to be subjected to enforced disappearance. The continuing massive commission of enforced disappearances and many other human rights violations in the country are a cause for alarm that necessitates a strong response from the international community.

Art. 24.7 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, “Each State Party shall guarantee the right to form and participate freely in organizations and associations concerned with attempting to establish the circumstances of enforced disappearance and the fate of disappeared persons, and to assist victims of enforced disappearance.” The recent incident is a blatant disregard of the provision of this anti-disappearance treaty.

The Council Meeting of AFAD held on 28 November – 3 December 2012 was attended by human rights organizations in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and a delegation of AFAD Secretariat members from the Philippines with an online participation from its member –organization in Kashmir, India. It was also attended by an observer from Thailand-based organization, ND Burma and a consultant of the Bread for the World/Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED).

Signed by:
MUGIYANTO
Chairperson

and

MARY AILEEN DIEZ-BACALSO
Secretary-General
Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)
Rms. 310-311 Philippine Social Science Center Bldg.,
Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, 1103 Quezon City

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[Press Release] Prosecute Officials for ‘Death Squad’ Killings -HRW

Philippines: Prosecute Officials for ‘Death Squad’ Killings
Heed Rights Commission’s Recommendations

(New York, August 17, 2012) – The Aquino administration should act on the Philippine Commission on Human Rights’ recommendations to investigate and hold accountable officials responsible for hundreds of extrajudicial killings in Davao City, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a long awaited statement, the commission on August 15, 2012, released a “resolution” on its investigation of the so-called Davao Death Squad. It affirmed reports of the targeted and systematic killings in Davao City, on the southern island of Mindanao, mostly of suspected criminals, many of them young men and teenagers. The commission said it verified 206 out of an alleged 375 killings between 2005 and 2009 that it had previously listed.

“The Commission on Human Rights’ Davao Death Squad statement is an important opportunity for the Aquino administration to show that it is serious about holding officials accountable for the worst abuses,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should promptly implement these recommendations.”

The resolution denounced the failure by local authorities to stop the killings and to investigate and bring those responsible to justice. Among the commission’s recommendations is for the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate possible criminal or administrative culpability of Rodrigo Duterte, then the mayor of Davao City, for the killings. Duterte, now vice mayor, had publicly issued warnings that criminals were a “legitimate target of assassination” in Davao City.

The commission also recommended a “serious, impartial and effective investigation” of these killings by the National Bureau of Investigation. It also called for the investigation of possible obstruction of justice by other local civilian and police officials and a congressional review of the control by city mayors of police forces.

President Benigno Aquino III should instruct the National Bureau of Investigation to open an investigation into the death squad killings in Davao City, and the ombudsman should open a long overdue investigation into Duterte, Human Rights Watch said.

In March, the Office of the Ombudsman found 21 Davao City police officials and officers guilty of “simple neglect of duty” for failing to stop or solve the killings. Each was punished with a fine of one month’s salary. The ombudsman said its investigation established that 720 people were summarily executed in Davao City from 2005 through 2008.

In its resolution, dated June 28, the Commission on Human Rights stated that, “The continuing pattern of killings and the failure to conduct a meaningful investigation of such incidents can be construed as tolerance on the part of the authorities of the crimes heretofore described, thereby contributing to the climate of impunity.” It accused the government of failing in its “responsibility to protect,” citing international human rights agreements that the Philippines has ratified.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which the Philippines ratified in 1986, obligates governments to ensure respect for fundamental human rights. The Human Rights Committee, the international expert body that monitors compliance with the ICCPR, has stated that governments that permit or fail to take appropriate measures “to prevent, punish, or investigate or redress the harm” caused by criminal acts may be violating basic rights.

The Commission on Human Rights criticized the “consistent failure” of the police to investigate the killings. Witnesses have told Human Rights Watch that police routinely arrived at the scene of a shooting long after the assailants left, even if the nearest police station was just minutes away. Instead of using forensic investigation techniques, police often pressured families of victims to identify killers, putting them at grave risk.

Human Rights Watch in its April 2009 report, “You Can Die Anytime,” documented killings by the Davao Death Squad and similar armed groups in other Philippine cities. The report exposed the workings of the death squad, which was controlled largely by police officers or former police officers with the complicity of local government officials, who would provide lists of targets. The killers, who were often paid for each successful execution, were usually former communist guerrillas who had surrendered to the government or criminals who joined the death squad to avoid being targeted themselves.

Recent research by Human Rights Watch indicates that death squad killings continue to occur in Davao City, although on a much smaller scale. The local media have stopped referring to the Davao Death Squad in reporting, but the nature of these killings suggests that death squad activities continue. The local government, meanwhile, takes pride in the supposed relative peace in Davao City, often citing the purported low crime rate as a factor for its progress. Similar death-squad style killings have been reported in the cities of Zamboanga, Tagum, General Santos, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro.

“By holding Davao City officials accountable for their failure to prevent and investigate the killings, the Aquino administration can stop the spread of these atrocities to other parts of the country,” Adams said. “This would be a concrete way to help families of victims obtain justice and show that its rhetoric on ending impunity is meaningful to ordinary Filipinos.”

To read the April 2009 Human Rights Watch report “You Can Die Anytime,” please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2009/04/06/you-can-die-any-time

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on the Philippines, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/asia/-philippines

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[In the news] Afraid: ‘Killings of LGBTs in Philippines on the rise’ – Interaksyon.com

Afraid: ‘Killings of LGBTs in Philippines on the rise’ – Interaksyon.com.

by Joseph Holandes Ubalde, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philipines – There has been a steady and alarming rise in violence against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community in the Philippines over the past 15 years, new research conducted by an LGBT advocacy group suggests, in line with a call for the police and the Commission and Human Rights to acknowledge and formally look into the troubling trend.

For the first half of 2011 alone, as of June 17, the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch says it has documented 28 killings within the gay community. This figure already nearly equals homicide and murder figures for 2010, which is pegged at 29.

“Expanding the timeframe to as early as 1996, a total of 103 (killings of LGBTs have been monitored),” the group said.

Of the 103 cases that the group considers hate crimes, 61 attacks were against gay men, 26 against transgenders, 12 against lesbians, and four targetted bisexuals.

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HRonlinePH says…

“As men and women of conscience, we reject discrimination in general, and in particular discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity…  Where there is tension between cultural attitudes and universal human rights, universal human rights must carry the day”— UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York, 10 December 2010.

It was established in the UDHR that it is an obligation on the part of States to protect people from discrimination, including on the basis of “sex … or other status.”

 

[Statement] Enforced Disappearance is Anti-Life… No to Untold Sufferings…. Sign and Ratify the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance! – AFAD

Enforced Disappearance is Anti-Life…
No to Untold Sufferings….
Sign and Ratify the UN Convention
for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance!

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances joins all families of the disappeared persons around the world in the commemoration of the International Week of the Disappeared from May 26 to June 1. This week of the desaparecidos was first commemorated by the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared-Detainees (FEDEFAM) more than a couple of decades ago.

In the observance of this occasion, AFAD affirms the right of every person to life, liberty and dignity and therefore, the right not to be subjected to enforced disappearance. The essential value of one’s existence is to live freely without discrimination, prejudices and harm. Enforced disappearance does not only violate these basic human rights by physically removing a person from the protection of the law but it also denies the families of the disappeared persons the right to know the truth and to seek justice.

Enforced disappearance is a global phenomenon. It has been occurring everywhere – down the street, in the barrios, in the upland, on the highway, in the woods, in the desert, at the border, and even in the household. In many points of the globe, there are people who are made to disappear for exercising their rights and for opposing against human rights violations. It is done mostly in the context of widespread and systematic way under a climate of impunity where the perpetrators are free to do what they want without accountability. Asia is now considered the graveyard of the desaparecidos for having submitted the most number of cases to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in recent years.

The disappearance of every person brings terrible sorrows and sufferings to his or her family. The long and agonizing search for the victims’ whereabouts usually ends in fruitless undertaking. The normal life that their families used to have is now shattered by emotional and psychological devastation, economic dislocation, uncertainty… Their lives are even at risk for having to undergo the same fate that their loved ones succumbed for seeking truth, justice, redress and reparation.

But the families of the disappeared refuse to give in to fear. They know that their disappeared loved ones’ only hope to return alive and to find truth and justice is for them to be strong and united. Their faith is as clear as the light at the end of the tunnel and as bright as the rainbow after every rain.

The adoption of International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced or Disappearance by the United Nations General Assembly on the 20th of December 2006 sparked a ray of hope for the families of the disappeared. To date, however, only four countries in Asia have affixed their signatures to the Convention. Asia, being the continent which submitted a huge number of cases to the United Nations needs the ratification by its governments of this new treaty and to pass domestic laws criminalizing enforced disappearance.

The International Week of the Disappeared is an expression of solidarity of all families of desaparecidos of the world. It is a celebration of life to honor the historical memory of those who have given their lives for the ransom of many. It is a renewal of commitment of the families of the disappeared and all human rights advocates to keep on the struggle against enforced disappearances and impunity until the dawning of the day when there are no more desaparecidos.

On this occasion, families of the disappeared call for an end to their untold sufferings brought about by this anti-life instrument used to silence their beloved desaparecidos. Despite their physical absence, the desaparecidos refuse to be silenced. For indeed, the perpetrators have miserably failed to silence them by physically eliminating their victims. As we commemorate the International Week of the Disappeared, we reiterate that the desaparecidos remain ever present in our minds and hearts.

Enforced disappearance is anti-life…
No to untold sufferings…
Ratify the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance!

Signed:

MUGIYANTO                                                                          MARY AILEEN D. BACALSO
Chairperson                                                                                    Secretary-General

Prayer vigil para sa 3 Pinoy na bibitayin sa China, sinimulan na ng CBCP at ilang cause-oriented groups

Source: http://www.dzmm.com.ph, Posted: 3:02 PM  03/29/2011

Sally Ordinario Villanueva

Ramon Credo

Elizabeth Batain

 

 

 

(Update 2) Sinimulan na kaninang alas 6:00 ng gabi ng Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) ang prayer vigil para sa tatlong Pinoy na nakatakdang bitayin sa China bukas matapos mahatulan dahil sa kasong drug trafficking.

Pinangunahan nina CBCP Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care for Migrants Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Coros at Fr. Artemio Fabros, director ng Manila Archdiocese Migrants Ministry sa Nuestra Señora de Guia Parish Shrine sa Ermita ang vigil sa pamamagitan ng misa at susundan ng magdamag na pagdarasal hanggang alas 8:00 ng umaga bukas.

Sa isang chapel sa Batasan Complex sa Quezon City na malapit lang sa bahay ng mga Ordinario, nagtipon-tipon na rin ang mga kamag-anak nito at ilang miyembro ng cause-oriented groups para magdasal.

Umaasa ang pamilya Ordinario na magkakaroon ng himala at makakaligtas sa bitay ang kanilang kapamilya.

Sa bahay ni Ramon Credo sa Dasmariñas, Cavite, may prayer vigil din ang mga kamag-anak nito na tatagal hanggang sa oras ng pagbitay sa mga biktima.

Habang sa Panapaan sa Bacoor, Cavite sa tirahan ng dating misis ni Credo, mayroon ding prayer vigil.

Ang mga Pinoy na sina Sally Ordinario-Villanueva at Ramon Credo ay bibitayin sa pamamagitan ng lethal injection sa Xiamen habang si Elizabeth Batain ay sa Shenzhen sa parehong paraan. Reports from Noel Alamar, Radyo Patrol 38; Dexter Ganibe, Radyo Patrol; and Johnson Manabat, Radyo Patrol