The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) is in solidarity with people in countries undergoing popular uprising to press for reforms in government or oust abusive regimes. Hands in supplication have turned to clenched fists as long-suffering people demand human dignity long denied them.
Notwithstanding this development we continue to express concern over the situation of overseas migrant workers in those countries, especially our own sisters and brothers from the Philippines. In Libya alone, Migrante International reported 30,000 Filipinos.
We grieve with the families who have lost their relatives. We stand with those anxious over their loved ones uncertain as we all are of their whereabouts and situation. We are glad for those who have arrived safely home.
We demand a more resolute and speedy action from our government. A missionary in Libya has informed us that our government’s response is “sluggish”. As these popular uprisings escalate to other countries, we urge our government to take necessary proactive measures. Certainly our compatriots deserve better. Each one of them counts.
We reiterate our call for the constituency to be unceasing in our intercession for our Filipino overseas workers. May they be safe and be home if need be.
We pray with the faith communities in those places where social upheaval is taking place. May lives of civilians and non-combatants especially, be spared. May our partners overseas and the wider ecumenical community be faithful in providing the much-needed support to stranded foreigners.
May God’s finger of freedom and peace touch the parched lips of all those seeking it.
REV. REX RB REYES, JR.
March 11, 2011