Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Obispado Maximo
1500 Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines

Pastoral Statement on Kidapawan Massacre

 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 
Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? (Matthew 7:9-10)

Unfortunately, there are people who would; and they fed starving farmers with bullets. 

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente strongly condemns the cold-blooded murder of three protesting farmers in Kidapawan City last April 1 when the police opened fired to disperse the barricade, which was formed to press the government to provide due rice subsidy following months of cruel dry spell. Apart from the three killed, there were also 116 injured, where eight sustained gunshot wounds. 

The bloody Kidapawan massacre marks another harrowing episode in the fight of the peasantry against poverty and hunger, and landlordism in the Philippines. Sadly, every time government troops employ brute force, it has gone from worse to worst. The killing, the continuing harassments and the peddling of lies to discredit the farmers' struggle remind us of the 1987 Mendiola massacre and the 2004 Hacienda Luisita massacre. 

3rd April 2016

Second Sunday in Easter



Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Obispado Maximo
1500 Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines


 Pastoral Statement on the Faithful’s Moral Responsibility in the Elections

 "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Look, your king is coming to you! 
He is humble and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt of a donkey.'"(Matthew 21:5)

Today, we commemorate the Lord Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem where people hailed him as the bearer of God's kingdom of justice and peace, shouting "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" We celebrate this Holy Day, and we also pray for the coming of God's kingdom in its fullness in the present moment of our history, and for justice and peace to flourish in our land. 

We address you today to remind you about our Christian duty to work towards a world marked by God's justice and peace. In this spirit, we must take the challenge of the forthcoming May 2016 elections as an opportunity to fulfil our responsibility as we choose the best possible leaders to govern the nation. 

We should judge the merits of each candidate against the most compelling and critical issues the country has been perpetually facing. Let us pay attention to what candidates and their parties are espousing in relation to people's issues and policies in the pursuit of a just and peaceful society, and their commitment to the principles of public service and dedication to the common good. 

20th March 2016

Palm Sunday