Letter to Congress Regarding the Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines

November 16, 2007



Dear Members of the United States Congress,

We, the leaders and members of faith-based, Filipino-American, labor, and human rights organizations concerned with the on-going human rights crisis faced by our friends and colleagues in the Philippines' civil society, wish to express our support and appreciation for the attention and efforts undertaken by members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees (H.R. 2764). In the weeks ahead, a joint conference committee will work to resolve the differences in the House and Senate versions, and we are calling to your attention the significant consequences for the Filipino people of the military aid being extended unchecked to the Government of the Philippines.

In August, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings, Philip Alston, reported to the United Nations General Assembly that:

Many in the Government have concluded that numerous civil society organizations are "fronts" for the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed group, the New People's Army."

One response has been counter-insurgency operations that result in the extrajudicial execution of leftist activists. In some areas, the leaders of leftist organizations are systematically hunted down by interrogating and torturing those who may know their whereabouts, and they are often killed following a campaign of individual vilification designed to instill fear into the community. [1]

This policy has resulted in extrajudicial executions aimed at eliminating "key civil society leaders, including human rights defenders, trade unionists, land reform advocates, and others."[2] The Government of the Philippines' own Melo Commission, appointed to investigate the causes of the human rights abuses, found evidence to link the military to the killings. Furthermore, the Melo Commission also noted that "the likelihood . . . of violence increases after senior military officials label those organizations as communist fronts and 'enemies of the state.'"

Human rights groups in the Philippines continue to report being wrongly targeted for human rights violations by Philippine military and paramilitary forces working with the military with impunity carried out openly and without fear of prosecution by the government. The Government of the Philippines continues to deny the military's involvement in the killings, claiming that "the Melo Commission clearly indicated that there was no evidence showing that the police and the military were the perpetrators of killings and other actions."[3] (emphasis added). These denials have prompted the U.N. Special Rapporteur to state that the military was in a "state of denial" about its role in the killings. Human Rights Watch (HWR) has cited this state of denial and the "unwillingness of senior military officials" to recognize command responsibility as a "roadblock" to prosecutions. This September, HRW noted that not one single case it investigated has been solved in the past year.

As a result of the attacks on certain segments of civil society, including church groups, clergy, opposition political parties, labor unions, and NGOs, democracy in the Philippines is suffering. Abuses by the military have prompted Freedom House, in its annual 2007 survey, to downgrade the Philippines from a "Free" democratic country to a "Partly Free" country, citing "minimal concrete steps to reduce these extrajudicial killings . . . [and] doubts as to whether the perpetrators would be held accountable under [Pres.] Arroyo, who remained heavily dependent on military support to stay in power."

Section 688 of the Senate version, H.R. 2764 EAS, will help to ensure that U.S. military aid to the Philippines is not being used to further abuses by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It will condition the release of $2 million out of a total of $30 million in military aid to the Philippines on the State Department reporting that (1) the Philippine government is successfully implementing the recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings; (2) the Philippine government is investigating and prosecuting military personnel and others who have committed human rights violations; and (3) the Philippine government has ended its campaign against members of civil society organizations. These conditions are a necessary first step in ensuring that U.S. military aid does not directly or indirectly promote human rights violations and undermine democracy in the Philippines. They must remain in the final version of legislation.

We are very concerned, however, that the amount of military aid provided to the Philippines in the Senate bill is nearly three times the $11.1 million originally requested by the State Department for FY 2008. Increasing the amount of aid by $19 million over the State Department's request has already sent a message to Philippine Government that the United States government supports the Philippine military's counter-insurgency strategy cited by the U.N. Rapporteur as the cause of many serious human rights abuses. We urge the Committee to limit military aid to the Philippines to no more than $11.1 million, a figure that was not altered by the House. In addition, all of the military aid should be conditioned on the State Department reports described in H.R. 2764 EAS.

We also believe that transparency and accountability in the reporting process are vital so that people in both the United States and the Philippines will have a full understanding of the efforts by the United States Government to ensure that our military aid is not promoting human rights violations. Therefore, we urge that members of Congress ensure that the State Department's reports regarding the end of the Philippine government's campaign against civil society (Sec. 688, H.R. 2764 EAS) and the process used to monitor that military aid is not being misused by the Philippine government are made publicly available. (Sec. 671, H.R. 2764 EAS)

We urge that the Committee ensure that the final version of H.R. 2764 will:

(1) limit the amount of military aid to the Philippines to the $11.1 million requested by the State Department in the Congressional Budget Justification; Foreign Assistance and USAID Operations FY 2008 Budget Request.

(2) ensure that the human rights conditions (Sec. 688, H.R. 2764 EAS) are applied to the entire amount of military aid to the Philippines; and

(3) make publicly available the reports by the Department of State requested by the Senate committee in Sec. 671 and Sec. 688 in H.R. 2764 EAS in order to promote greater transparency and understanding between the United States and the people of the Philippines.

The rights and freedoms of the Filipino people depend on it.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Presbyterian Church, (USA)

Rev. John H. Thomas

General Minister and President

United Church of Christ

Rev. William G. Sinkford

President

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Bishop Roy I. Sano

Executive Secretary, The Council of Bishops

The United Methodist Church

Andrew L. Stern

International President

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Bob Edgar

President and Chief Executive Officer

Common Cause International

Ramsey Clark

Former US Attorney General

International Human Rights Attorney

New York, New York

Rev. John L. McCullough

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Church World Service

James E. Winkler, General Secretary

General Board of Church and Society

United Methodist Church

Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte

Executive Minister

Wider Church Ministries,

United Church of Christ,

Co-Executive,

Common Global Ministries Board

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. David Vargas, President

Division of Overseas Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Co-Executive of the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos

Associate General Secretary for International Affairs and Peace

National Council of Churches USA

Rev. Dr. Xiaoling Zhu

Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific

Common Global Ministries Board of the

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

Bishop Beverly J. Shamana

California Nevada Annual Conference

United Methodist Church

West Sacramento, California

David Robinson

Executive Director

Pax Christi USA: National Catholic Peace Movement

Bama Athreya, Executive Director

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

Brian Campbell, Attorney

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

Prof. Howard Zinn

Professor Emeritus,

Department of Political Science

Boston University

Boston, Maryland

Marie Dennis, Director

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Rev. James Kofski, Associate

Asia/Pacific and Middle East Issues

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Maryknoll Global Concerns

Amy Woolam Echeverria, Director

Columban Missionaries Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office

(The Rev Canon) Brian J Grieves

Director, Peace and Justice Ministries

The Episcopal Church

New York, New York

Derek Duncan

Associate for Global Advocacy and Education

Common Global Ministries of

the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

Neil Watkins, National Coordinator

Jubilee USA Network

Kristin Sundell, M.Div., Director of Advocacy and Organizing

Jubilee USA Network

Ethan Vesely-Flad

Editor, Fellowship magazine

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Rev. Emmanuel Orendain, Pastor

Calvary Filipino Presbyterian Church

Wilmington, California

Moderator,

National Filipino Presbyterian Council

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Alex Vergara

President

National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM)

Pong Javier, Dir. of Communication and Information

National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM)

Jon Melegrito

Communications Director

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)

Rev. Kathryn J. Johnson

Executive Director, Methodist Federation for Social Action

Tina M. Foster, Executive Director

International Justice Network

Sara Flounders

Teresa Gutierrez

National Co-Directors

International Action Center

Zack Knorr

International Campaigns Coordinator

United Students Against Sweatshops

Rick Ufford-Chase

Executive Director

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Nestor Villatoro

President

American Guatemalan Association (AGUA)

Galatea King, Co-Chair

Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES)

Inday Day

Executive Director

National Federation of Asian American United Methodists

Brewster, New York

Rev. Dr. John R. Deckenback

Conference Minister

Central Atlantic Conference United Church of Christ

Sally Hinchman

General Executive

Presbyteries of Sacramento, Stockton and Nevada

Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Rev. Jay Olsen

Associate Executive

Presbyteries of Sacramento, Stockton and Nevada

Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Barbara Farley, Moderator

Presbytery of Sacramento (PCUSA)

Sacramento, California

Rev. Bryce Little and Phyllis Little

Mission Co-Workers in Spain & Portugal

Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Rev. Jose Olagues

Associate Executive

The Presbytery of Grand Canyon (PCUSA)

Phoenix, Arizona

Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink

Campus Minister

Presbyterian Campus Ministry

Tucson, Arizona

Rev. Michael Yoshii

Buena Vista United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church California-Nevada Annual Conference

Co-Coordinator Philippine Task Force

Alameda, California

Rev. Ruth Cortez (retired)

United Methodist Church California-Nevada Annual Conference

Co-Coordinator Philippine Task Force

Mara Ibarra, Vice President

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) - Northern California

Rev. Pam Fine, Pastor

Wesley United Methodist Church

Bakersfield, California

William McKinney, President

Pacific School of Religion

Berkeley, California

Rev. Debbie Lee, Director

Pacific Asian North America Institute (PANA)

Pacific School of Religion

Berkeley, California

Fe Koons, Chairperson

Philippine Action Group for the Environment

Carson, California

Rev. H. Wilson de Ocera

United Methodist Church

Daly City, California

Professor Rowena M. Tomaneng

Co-Director, Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

De Anza College, California

Rev. Dennis Duhaylongsod

Filipino-American United Church of Christ

Fremont, California

Rev. Leomyr de Jesus, Pastor

Filipino American Evangelical Church (UCC)

Fremont, California

The Rev. Kathryn Schreiber

Hayward United Church of Christ

Hayward, California

Rev. David Hill, Pastor

Grace Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Lodi, California

Dr. Pam Brubaker

Professor, Religious Studies

California Lutheran University

Los Angeles, California

Beverly Tang

Anakbayan

Los Angeles, California

Apollo Victoria

Habi Arts

Los Angeles, California

Kathryn Poethig

Associate Professor, Global Studies

California State University

Monterey Bay

Dr. Angie Ngoc Tran

Professor, Political Economy

California State University

Monterey Bay

Dr. Gerald Shenk

Associate Professor, Social History

California State University

Monterey Bay

Armael Malinis, Chairman

Anak Bayan East Bay

Oakland/Union City, California

Lillian Galedo, Executive Director

Filipinos for Affirmative Action

Oakland, California

Rev. Ella Ray Toscano, Pastor

First Congregational Church (UCC)

Rio Vista, California

Dr. David Thompson, Pastor

Rev. Gary Cox, Associate Pastor

Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Sacramento, California

Rev. Larry Emery,

Pastor, Community Presbyterian Church

Chairperson, Philippine Partnership Committee

Presbytery of Sacramento (PCUSA)

Walnut Grove, California

Rev. E. Dexter McNamara, Director

Inter-Faith Service Bureau

Sacramento, California

Rev. Philip Trinh, Pastor

Bethany Vietnamese Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Sacramento, California

Rev Agustinus Tiwa, Pastor

Sacramento Indonesian Presbyterian Fellowship (PCUSA)

Sacramento, California

Rev. Jack Raymore, Pastor

Rev. Jean Shaw, Associate Pastor

Northminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Sacramento, California

Rev. Ginny Curinga, Pastor

Sierra Arden United Church of Christ

Sacramento, California

Rev Aart Van Beek, Pastor

Parkview Presbyterian Church(PCUSA)

Sacramento, California

Rev. Warren Barnes, Pastor

Grace Presbytrerian Church (PCUSA)

Sacramento, California

Rev. Richard Wylie (retired)

Associate Executive

Synod of the Pacific,

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Sacramento, California

The Rev. Warren Lee, Ph.D.

Professor of Ministry in Asian American Context

San Francisco Theological Seminary

San Anselmo, California

The Rev. Walt Davis, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of the Sociology of Religion

San Francisco Theological Seminary

San Anselmo, California

Rachel R. Redondiez, Co-Founder

Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

San Francisco, California

Terrence Valen, Executive Director

Filipino Community Center

San Francisco, California

Marisa Mariano

Chair, BABAE

San Francisco, California

Father Art Balagat

St. Anthony Catholic Church

San Jacinto, California

Dr. Jennifer Rycenga

Professor, Comparative Religious Studies

San Jos� State University, San Jos�, California

Dr. Victoria Rue

Faculty, Comparative Religious Studies

San Jos� State University, San Jos�, California

Rev. Dante Simon, Pastor

Rev Reuel Talapian, Associate Pastor

St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Stockton, California

Alan Cook

Director of Family Ministries

Central Methodist Church

Stockton, California

Rev. Byron Nelson, Pastor

Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Stockton, California

Rev. Alex Cambe

United Methodist Church

Sutter Creek, California

Rev. L. Don Smith, Pastor

First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Tracy, California

Linda Blagburn, Program Staff

San Francisco Presbytery

San Francisco, California

Rev. Lily M. Villamin

District Superintendent

Long Beach District Office UMC

Lakewood, Ca.

Rev. Brian Stein-Webber, Executive Director

Interfaith Council of Contra Counsel

Walnut Creek, California

Pastor Sharom Brostrom, Pastor

Grace Lutheran Church

Richmond California

Rev Ken Chambers, Pastor

West Side Missionary Baptist Church

Oakland, California

Rev Peggy Cross, Pastor

St. Stephens Presbyerian Church (PCUSA)

North Highlands, California

Laddie Perez-Galang, Chairperson

Asian American Ministry Caucus

CA-NV Annual Conference -

The United Methodist Church

Pittsburg, CA

Rev. Sandra K. Owewine

Pastor, The Neighborhood United

Methodist Church

Long Beach, CA

Carl Halpern, Director

Alameda Multi-Cultural Center

Alameda, California

Herbert Behnstock, Board President

United Nations Association - East Bay

Berkeley, California

Rev. Dr. Benoni Silva-Netto

District Superintendent

Shasta District, United Methodist Church

Chico, California

Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Virts

District Superintendent

Delta District, United Methodist Church

California-Nevada Annual Conference

West Sacramento, California

Rev. David Bunje

Chair, Board of the Ordained Ministry

United Methodist Church

California-Nevada Annual Conference

West Sacramento, California

Rev. Jane E. Schlager, District Superintendent

Golden Gate District

United Methodist Church

California-Nevada annual Conference

San Francisco, California

Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub

United Methodist Foundation

California-Nevada Annual Conference

West Sacramento, California

Rev. Dr. Felicisimo S. Cao, Pastor

Valley Faith United Methodist Church

Sunnyvale, California

Rev. Reynaldo J. Letana, Pastor

Grace United Methodist Church

San Francisco, California

Rev. Jola Bortner, Pastor

St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Stockton, California

Rev. Carol Carter, Pastor

North Sacramento United Methodist Church

Sacramento, California

Rev. Martin Murdock, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Redding, California

Rev. Allen Yan Chamberlain, Pastor

First Untied Methodist Church

Fremont, California

Rev. James Garrison, Pastor

Georgetown United Methodist Church

Georgetown, California

Rev. Debra L. Brady, Pastor

Modesto First United Methodist Church

Modesto, California

Rev. Jinsik Lee, Pastor

Petaluma United Methodist Church

Petaluma, California

Rev. Peter Lau, Pastor

Chinese community United Methodist Church

Oakland, California

Rev. Myrna Bernadel-Huey, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

San Leandro, California

Rev. Dan Sturdivant, Pastor

Byron United Methodist Church

Byron, California

Rev. Linda Dew-Hiersoux, Pastor

St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Sacramento, California

Rev. David Leeper Moss, Pastor

Chico Trinity United Methodist Church

Chico, California

Rev. Maile Koloto, Pastor

Laurel United Methodist Church

Oakland, California

Rev. Kaluseti Fisi'ihoi, Pastor

Laurel United Methodist Church

Oakland, California

Rev. Alan Kimber, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Lodi, California

Rev. Neal Harrell, Pastor

Point Pleasant United Methodist Church

Elk Grove, California

Rev. Cynthia Hamilton, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Modesto, California

Rev. Carol Layton, Pastor

Crescent City United Methodist Church

Crescent City, California

Rev. Dale Weatherspoon, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Redwood City, California

Rev. Robert Jones, Pastor

Oak Park United Methodist Church

Sacramento, California

Rev. Siosifa Setoki, Pastor

Trinity United Methodist Church

Sunnyvale, California

Rev. Christine Banfill, Pastor

Orland Federated Church

Orland, California

Rev. David Niu, Pastor

Escalon United Methodist Church

Escalon, California

Rev. Rochelle Frazier, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Oroville, California

Rev. Karen Watson, Pastor

Trinity United Methodist Church

Colusa, California

Rev. Maggie McNaught, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Loomis, California

Rev. Kathleen Love, Pastor

Fair Oaks United Methodist Church

Fair Oaks, California

Rev. May Elyn Bahlert, Pastor

Lake Merrit United Methodist Church

Oakland, California

Rev. Kathleen LaPoint-Collup, Pastor

Elk Grove United Methodist Church

Elk Grove, California

Rev. Linda Prendergrast, Pastor

Pinole United Methodist Church

Pinole, California

Rev. Pamela Kurtz, Pastor

Twin Towers United Methodist Church

Alameda, California

Rev. Kathleen Smith, Pastor

Community United Methodist Church

Los Molinos, California

Rev. Robin Matthews-Johnson, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Watsonville, California

Rev. Lisa Warner-Carey, Pastor

Ukiah United Methodist Church

Ukiah, California

Rev. Scott Wylie, Pastor

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

San Rafael, California

Elmar De Ocera, Pastor

Delano United Methodist Church

Delano, California

Rev. Dr. Gaye G. Benson, Pastor

El Sobrante United Methodist Church

El Sobrante, California

Rev. Denise K. Leslie, Pastor

Memorial United Methodist Church

Clovis, California

Rev. Nancy Landauer, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Sunnyvale,

Rev. Ardyss Golden, Pastor

Hollister United Methodist Church

Hollister, California

Rev. Alexis Easton, Pastor

Brentwood Community United Methodist Church

Brentwood, California

Rev. Kathleen McShane, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Sacramento, California

Rev. Kristie Olah, Pastor

Good Samaritan United Methodist Church

Cupertino, California

Rev. Pamela Cummings, Pastor

Sonoma United Methodist Church

Sonoma, California

Rev. Rod E. Brayfindley, Pastor

Church of Joyful Healer United Methodist Church

McKinleyville, California

Brenda Baca, Pastor

Temple United Methodist Church

San Francisco, California

Annie Sayo

Coorindator

Filipino Community Support (FOCUS)

Silicon Valley, California

Malaya Arevalo

Health Educator

Asian Americans for Community Involvement

San Jose, California

Dr. Peter Chua

Chair

Critical Filipino and Filipina Studies Collective

San Jose, California

Lyle Prijoles

Chairperson

League of Filipino Students- San Francisco State University Chapter

Daly City/ San Francisco, CA

Rev. Daniel Klawitter, Pastor

United Methodist Church

Denver, Colorado

Emira Woods, Co-Director

Foreign Policy in Focus

Washington, DC

Dr. Robin Broad

Professor

International Development Program

School of International Service

American University

Washington, DC

Professor Maria S. Floro

Department of Economics

American University

Washington, DC

Rev. John W. Wimberly, Pastor

Western Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Washington, DC

Diana Galindo, MD

Miami, Florida

JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto

Peace with Justice Educator

California Pacific Conference

United Methodist Church

Pearl City, Hawaii

Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple

Trinity United Methodist Church

Pearl City, Hawaii

Rev. James E. Brooking

West Kauai United Methodist Church

Kekaha, Hawaii

Jose Bulatao, Jr.

Chairman, Administrative Board

West Kauai United Methodist Church

Kekaha, Hawaii

Rev. Colleen Chun

Trinity United Methodist Church

Pearl City, Hawaii

Daya Mortel

Chair

Sandiwa - National Filipino American Youth Alliance

Honolulu, Hawaii

Rev. Rita M Root, President

Conference Council

Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ

Rev. Richard Williams, Campus Minister, Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Agape House at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Lisl Heymans, Campus Minister,

United Methodist Church

Agape House at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Co-Coodinator, Northern Illinois Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action

Chicago, Illinois

Juanita Salvador-Burris

Coordinator

Filipino Human Rights Coalition of Chicago.

Chicago, Illinois

Angela Mascarenas

Executive Director

CIRCA-Pintig

Chicago, Illinois

Jerry Clarito

Director

Filipino Civil Rights Advocates

Chicago, Illinois

Shelley Milosevich

Philippine Solidarity Project

Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Julius A. Montero, Jr.

Faith Community Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Deborah Paton

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Brenda Barnes-Jamieson

Presbyterian Church of Norwood Park

(PCUSA)

Chicago, Illinois

Arnaldo C. de Villa

Human Rights Coalition

Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Daniel Dale

Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ

Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Matthew Lang

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Des Plaines

Des Plaines, Illinois

Rev. Mamie Broadhurst

First United Church of Oak Park (PCUSA/UCC)

Oak Park, Illinois

Rev. Jenny Gleichauf

Winnetka Congregational Church

Winnetka, Illinois

Rev. Dick Clark, Pastor

St. Timothy's United Methodist Church

Peace with Justice Coordinator

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Rev. William Coop

Co-Chair, Bi-National Service

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Brunswick, Maine

Katrina Abarcar

Coordinator

Katarungan: Committee for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights in the Philippines

Owings Mills, Maryland

Rev. Arthur Waidmann (retired)

Acting Associate Conference Minister

Potomac Association

Central Atlantic Conference United Church of Christ

Silver Spring, Maryland

Mary Hunt, Ph.D.

WATER (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual)

Silver Spring, Maryland

Rev. Dana Allen Walsh

Associate Minister, Hancock United Church of Christ

Lexington, Maryland

Rev. Cynthia A. Maybeck

Trinity Church

Northborough, Maryland

Rev. Roger N. Pohl (UCC)

Ecumenical Center and International Residence

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mary Grant

Minnesota Conference Coordinator of Peace with Justice

United Methodist Church

Eleazar S. Fernandez, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

New Brighton, Minnesota

Paul R. Bloom, Ph.D.

Chair

Human Rights Committee

Philippine Study Group of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota

Rev. Peter Monkres, Pastor

First Congregational Church

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Rev. Kathryn Nelson, Lead Pastor

Peace United Church of Christ

Duluth, Minnesota

Rev. John Clark Pegg,

Retired Pastor, Peace United Church of Christ

Duluth, Minnesota

Thomas Liddle

Chairperson, Philippines Partnership Committee

Peace United Church of Christ

Duluth, Minnesota

The Congregation of Peace

United Church of Christ

Duluth, Minnesota

Gary W. King, PhD

President

Philippine Scholars

Fridley, Minnesota

Meg Layese

Coordinator

Philippine Study Group of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota

Rev. Glen N. Herrington-Hall,

Director of Admissions

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Chair, Philippine Partnership Task Force,

Minnesota Conference of the UCC

St. Paul, Minnesota

Elsa Batica, Co-Chair

Filipino American Women's Network Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rev. Richard Wagner, Pastor

Union Congregational United Church of Christ

St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Michael Thompson

Mental Health Therapist

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rev. Roxanne Grant-Atkinson

New Song Disciples of Christ Faith Community

Kansas City, Missouri

Rev. James Houston-Hencken, Pastor

First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Rev. Dixie Jennings-Teats, Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Carson City, Nevada

Rev. Bruce Taylor, Pastor

Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)

Sparks, Nevada

Rev. John Auer, Pastor

Rev. John H. Emerson, Pastor Emeritus

First United Methodist Church

Reno, Nevada

Chito Quijano

Union Organizer

California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee

Reno, Nevada

Rev. Dion R. Tanion, Pastor

Asian American Ecumenical Church - UCC

Cresskill Congregational Church

Cresskill, New Jersey

Rev. Rusty Eidmann-Hicks

Holmdel Community UCC

Holmdel, New Jersey

Rev. Adam Tietje, Associate Minister

Holmdel Community United Church of Christ

Holmdel, New Jersey

Emerito F. Salud, Esq. Advocacy Director

National Federation of Filipinos-American Associations (NaFFAA), Region 1

Jersey City, New Jersey

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth S. Tapia, Director

Center for Christianities in Global Context

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

Rev. Sherry Mason Taylor, Associate Conference Minister

United Church of Christ

Plainfield, New Jersey

Lester Edwin J. Ruiz, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

Professor of Theology and Culture

New York Theological Seminary

New York, New York

Clare Nolan

Sisters of the Good Shepherd

New York, NY

Julia Camagong

Executive Director

Philippine Forum

New York, New York

Rev. Dr. James K. Law

Senior Pastor

Chinese United Methodist Church

New York, New York

Berna Ellorin

New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

New York, New York

Valerie Franciso

Secretary-General

Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment

New York, New York

Henry Soliveres

Community Health Worker

Project AsPIRE

New York, New York

Rev. Douglas Cunningham, Pastor

Bethany United Methodist Church


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