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Philippines: Church Workers are Targeted for Political Killings

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Philippines: Church Workers are Targeted for Political Killings

Protester holds picture of slain relative during rally in front of Philippine National Police headquarters against alleged political killings of leftist activists.

Questioning the government's treatment of the poor can be dangerous in the Philippines . In past month on Worldview, we’ve heard from a woman who left the country after co-workers were killed and she was threatened. I've also spoken with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings about his report on the 900 political killings in the Philippines since 2001.

26 of those assassinated were church workers. While the great majority of Filipinos are Christian, the government frequently brands church activists as communists and threats to society. 

Bishop Eliezer Pascua (Ill-i-zer Pas-qua) is the General Secretary of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines . He was in Chicago last month to raise awareness of extrajudicial killings of church workers in the Philippines

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