Statement of KADUAMI on the Incarceration Based on Trumped-up Charges of BISHOP CARLO MORALES, IFI

May 13, 2017

On behalf of the Katinnulong Daguiti Umili iti Amianan, Inc. (Kaduami), its Board of Directors, join many organizations and individuals calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Bishop Carlo Morales and his companions.

Bishop Carlo Morales is the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Ozamis of the Aglipayan Church or the Iglesia Filipina Indepediente (IFI). The Bishop, his wife, his driver, and another companion were on their way to Ozamis City when they were apprehended by the military’s 102nd Infantry Brigade, accompanied by police, at a check point in Barangay Gango, Ozamis City on May 11 around 6 in the evening. Their personal possessions were confiscated by the police, barring their lawyer to be present during the inventory of materials. The Bishop, together with his two other companions are facing trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms. They were immediately subjected to inquest proceedings the following morning.

The Board of Directors, the staff, and members of Kaduami are deeply saddened by the illegal arrest and continued detention of Bishop Morales. We believe that the good Bishop is incapable of illegally possessing high-powered firearms because he is a good servant of God and is known to be a responsible servant of the people under his jurisdiction.

We call on the government and the police unit responsible for the Bishop’s incarceration to immediately release Bishop Morales. We are apprehensive that if this thing happens to respected religious leaders, how much more for the simple lay ministers who wholeheartedly give their service to God and the lowly people?

We join the call to stop political harassment and persecution.

Free Bishop Morales now!

 

For reference:

Bishop Elorde M. Sambat, UCCP

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Kaduami-RDC

Visiting the water tank, Cacafean, Marcos, Ilocos Norte

The water tank was constructed for drinking and cooking water. It has reduced the labor time for mothers who are tasked to carry water from wells. It has reduced water borne diseases and reduced firewood need to boil water safe for drinking. The settlers of Cacafean have benefited with access to safe water because of the water tank project.

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Barangay captain Chito Pugyao opens a working faucet installed in one of the homes in the barrio.

 

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Swollen mouth of Cagayan River

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No, this is not China sea. This is Cagayan river and across is Bisagu, Aparri. To cross the wide river mouth, one has to ride a banca. Bisagu and Punta are sites of magnetite mining by Taiwanese and Chinese mining firms.

The people of Punta tell us that usually during summer, they can play volleyball or basketball on the beach. Now, there is no more beach and flooding of the barrios along the Cagayan river is a common occurrence since magnetite mining began.

 

Afternoon work for fishermen, Punta, Aparri

It was afternoon and time to work on the nets. Fishermen of Punta, Aparri mend their nets for fishing in groups. This is near the PAGASA weather station. They sew, repair and mend while they banter and joke. It is not every day they have visitors and see a tall, white guy taking pictures. The task of mending nets is easy compared to the long hours they spend in the sea to get smaller and smaller catch to feed their families.

 

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Exposed roots, planted mangroves

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The fishpond might have dried, the mangrove roots might have been exposed but the long seeds of the mangrove will make a forest someday. Nagpanaoan, Aringay, La Union.

Mangroves have proven to be climate resilient, have protected coastal communities from storm surges and are loved by marine life for they offer food, habitat and filter the dirty waters of the rivers and the seas.