The Ramento Project for Rights Defenders (RPRD) expresses concern and alarm over the arrest of 13 church workers and faith-based development workers in Mindanao.

The arrest were made during a program consultation on farmers and Lumad issues on July 4, 2018 at General Santos City. The charges against them remain unknown.

Those who were arrested include 2 volunteer staff of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente-Visayas Mindanao Regional Office for Development (IFI-VIMROD), together with other 11 development workers from people’s organizations. Arresting police brought them to Camp Lera Police Headquarters.

Bishop Felixberto Calang, Chairperson of IF-VIMROD strongly condemns the arrest as a “case of human rights abuse under martial law regime in Mindanao.”

He demands for the immediate release of the 13 development workers and asks the governent and the police to “ensure their safely so that they could continue their development work without any threat of harassment and violence.”

This happens two weeks after Iglesia Filipina Independiente priests Fr. Randy Manicap and Fr. Randy Mangrubang who serve in the Diocese of Laoag were reported having been tailed, put under surveillance and receiving death threats.

#FREEGenSan13

Source: Alberto Ramento facebook page

Date: July 05, 2018