PCEC defends NCCP after being targeted by DND as communist front
The Department of National Defense (DND) included the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) in the list of “front organizations of local communist terrorist groups.” NCCP is an ecumenical federation of churches of non-Roman Catholic denominations. (EF)
Baseless and unfounded accusation
In a statement, the NCCP “decries the baseless and unfounded inclusion of its name in the list. “The NCCP deems these moves as desperate attempts by the authorities to criminalize dissent and to weaponize the law against the people,” it said.
NCCP defends its criticism of the government in a letter that said, “…There have been raids, illegal arrests, and vilification. Before this, of course, there were even killings of activists and human rights defenders.”
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PCEC defends NCCP, WEA Condones Government Protest
The actions of the Duterte government has been condemned and criticized by CBCP, WEA, PCEC, and NCCP. “We call the government to rescind the accusation. We are unwavering in our confidence that NCCP is not a communist front…” said PCEC National Director, Bishop Noel Pantoja.
Likewise, Bishop Tendero, Secretary-General of WEA, condones government protest. He said in an interview, “Christian churches are relentless in shouting for justice and crying for peace… Last 25 January, a big group of Christians, representing both Catholics and Protestants, along with justice and peace advocacy organizations, held a big rally in Metro Manila.”
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An unfortunate testimony
Unfortunately, many see this as a violation of the separation of church and state, justifying PCEC’s monicker, “Political Council of Evangelical Churches.” These organizations are at the forefront of wanting political change.