FREE BISHOP CARLO MORALES and All Political Prisoners
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For The Immediate Release of Political Prisoner Bishop Carlo Morales
Wrongly accused and unjustly detained IFI Bishop Carlo Morales is still languishing in Ozamiz City Jail. Though, he is still in good condition and in high spirit, he should be released immediately. Since May 11, 2017, Bishop Carlo Morales and NDFP Peace Consultant Rommel Salinas were incarcerated for allegedly violating RA 9516 or illegal possessions of explosive. At the time of their arrest, combined forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) stopped the car at the checkpoint in Brgy. Gango, Ozamiz City.
One of the arresting officers told Bishop Carlo Morales that they (with wife Ma. Teofilina Losaria Morales and the bishop’s driver Isadome Dalid) can go because the military are only after with Rommel Salinas. Bishop Morales asked the arresting officer if they can assure the safety of Rommel Salinas if they will leave. But the military did not answer. So Bishop Morales and company decided to accompany Rommel Salinas as he was brought by his captors to Ozamiz City Police Station. Bishop Morales was escorted to a vehicle while Rommel Salinas was blindfolded and loaded in a separate car. Their bags and other belongings were not in their possessions when the PNP brought them to the police station.
At the Ozamis City Police Station Bishop Carlo Morales was again told by the police that they are free to go. And for the second time around, the good Bishop asked for the assurance of the safety of Rommel. Silence was still the response. To his surprise they were made to sit and then he, his wife and his driver were handcuffed. The following day, he and Rommel Salinas were charged of illegal possession of explosive because the bag of Rommel Salinas has allegedly contained a hand grenade.
The Iglesia Filipina Independiente cannot and should not remain indifferent against this monstrous lie. It is an affront against the spirituality Bishop Morales and thousands of IFI lived out. Rather, we found such allegations against our good bishop as malicious and ridiculous. It is clearly a harassment, an ordeal similar to those suffered by countless individuals, who in their aspirations for peace and justice, are now facing the brunt of the state.
The Iglesia Filipina Independiente is committed to intensify the campaign for the release of Bishop Carlo Morales in all platforms whatever way possible.
Join us in our demand for the immediate release of Bishop Carlo Morales so that he can freely continue his mission and ministry. His love for justice and lasting peace must be preached beyond the prison walls. And above all, his immediate released is a matter justice. His captors are the ones supposed to be jailed for accusing a righteous person.
Cognizant of the grim realities plaguing the country, we enjoin all IFI faithful, ecumenical friends and those who, like Bishop Morales, aspire for genuine change and transformation, to support, drumbeat this and show our aghast and indignation to what the Government of the Republic of the Philippines have done to Bishop Carlo Morales and to all political prisoners.###
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