|Philippines||INDIGENOUS CHURCH CRIES HARASSMENT AFTER ARREST, WARRANTS|
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two Protestant clergymen who are suspects in the murder of Catholic priest-turned-rebel Conrado Balweg.
Two parishes of the Philippine Independent Church suspended Sunday services this past weekend after their pastors learned they were suspects. Rev Noel Dacuycuy and his wife Reverend Emelyn Gasco-Dacuycuy fled their parishes in Abra province, northern Luzon, after they learned of the charges, reports UCA News.
In an 1 April statement, the Church's Supreme Bishop Tomas Millamena dismissed the charges as false. The two pastors are also falsely accused of being leaders of the communist New People's Army because of their vocal opposition to a government dam project that would displace indigenous communities, Bishop Millamena said.
Balweg, who was killed on 31 December last year, left the Divine Word Missionaries and joined the NPA in 1979. He abandoned from the movement seven years later and formed the Cordillera People's Liberation Army to fight for the rights of indigenous people of the mountainous Cordillera region in northern Luzon.