Last July 12, the Quezon City’s Department of Public Order and Safety took pictures and videos during the morning mass of Fr. Robert Reyes at San Isidro Labrador Parish. The actions were taken without the priest’s prior knowledge and consent, raising worries for his and his parishioners’ safety.
DPOS chief Elmo San Diego stated the actions were part of “routine inspection” to make sure social distancing was observed during religious services, but the priest maintains that guidelines are strictly followed, and raised that the operations were out of the ordinary and a “violation of the sanctity of the Eucharist”. San Diego said he directed the personnel to check on the church activities and to make no arrests, but stated that they will begin arrests this week, even if they are priests or imams.
Last July 9, United Church of the Philippines pastor and Karapatan Bicol Spokesperson Dan San Andres was arrested by ununiformed police officers of PNP-Sipocot on trumped up charges of double murder, implicating him to be a member of the New People’s Army.
The youth condemns these attacks because as a sector, we have also been targets of the state’s fascist measures and attacks. We condemn in the strongest terms and demand the state to cease in its attacks on church leaders and the people in general. The state has a long history of perpetrating abuse and violence against the people, and under Duterte’s regime, such abuses have only intensified. With Duterte signing the Anti-Terrorism Law, the people could only expect state terrorism to be more prevalent. We call on the youth and the people to resist Duterte’s tyranny and fight state fascism.