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Justice for Fr. Pops, Truly a Father of Lumad Children!

We condemn to the strongest possible term on the brutal killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio yesterday morning, October 17, 2011 while boarding his vehicle going for a clergy meeting in the diocese of Kidapawan. Fr. Pops, as we fondly called him was a known child rights advocate whose advocacy is for the interest of the Lumad children. Because the social services especially education is inaccessible to Lumad children, he helped set up day care centers in the far-flung areas of Arakan Valley.
The killing of Fr. Pops only proves that even the innocent and kind-hearted person will not be spared from the claws of the reigning state aggression to the people who continuously fight for the interest of the toiling masses. Fr. Pops’ deathwas part of the counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan where the manner of killing is no different on the manner of killing during the implementation of Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya programs.  The Aquino government should be held accountable for the wantonly killing of man of God who chose to dedicate his life to serve the Filipinos. 
We are deeply saddened by the death of Fr. Pops a foreign missionary with the heart for the oppressed. It is a great loss for us, child rights advocates, but his death does not mean that his advocacy will also end. Instead, his life will be an inspiration for us to continue the fight for the indigenous children. ###
 Justice for Fr. Pops! Justice for all victims of Extra-Judicial Killings!