Prayer rally held against pork barrel, Zamboanga siege
Muslim and Christian religious leaders reiterated their belief in the power of prayer and a peaceful resolution to the divisions that afflict the country today.
Muslim and Christian religious leaders appealed for accountability in the government over the pork barrel scam and an end to Mindanao crisis during an interfaith prayer service at Manila’s Quezon Memorial Circle on Wednesday.
They reiterated their belief in the power of prayer and a peaceful resolution to the divisions that afflict the country today.
National director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, Bishop Efraim Tendero, and President of the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines, Dr. Amina Rasul, convened the prayer rally. The gathering is also a collaborative work with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, the Imam Council of the Philippines and Sulong CARHRIHL.
The religious networks’ intention was to sustain public attention to the pork barrel controversy. Bishop Tendero said the public should wage war against the pork barrel. The scam pertains to misuse of funds meant for local area development given to legislators.
The groups also sought to keep the bond of solidarity and peace between peoples of faith in a united call to put an end to the on-going armed conflict in Zamboanga City of Mindanao Islands.
One of the participating groups, Sulong CARHRIHL, is an NGO network that monitors the Government’s and the Maoist rebels' compliance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), which the two parties signed in 1998.