Rural Missionaries of the Philippines - updates

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Sr. Patricia Fox defends fellow missionary charged with perjury

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The Australian nun insists Sister Elenita Belardo is innocent, and has done nothing but advocate Lumad children's right to receive an education, and better lives for peasants

DEPORTED MISSIONARY. After helping Filipino peasants for 27 years, Australian nun Patricia Fox was deported by the Philippine government in November 2018 for supposedly engaging in political activities. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nun charged with perjury in Esperon complaint posts bail

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Sister Elenita Belardo, 80, is charged because of a revoked SEC registration of her group, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines

COURT PROCESS. Sister Elenita Belardo pays P18,000 bail at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court over one count of perjury rooted from the complaint of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo courtesy of Karapatan

Alleged communist leaders arrested in Butuan City

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

But the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines says Melissa Comiso and Nore Torregosa are Lumad teachers and not New People's Army leaders

Esperon sues groups that filed for protection vs gov't harassment

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:03 PM

Karapatan slams the National Security Adviser's perjury complaint as another government attack aimed at discrediting their advocacy against human rights violations

Retired General Esperon advoser on national security, at the senate inquiry on the uldates and franchise issues of the third telco, Mislatel, January 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rapppler

Rights groups fail to get court protection from army harassment

Jun 29, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'There is no evidence of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, malicious prosecutions, and defamations,' says the Court of Appeals

AMPARO HEARING. Karapatan's Cristina Palabay talks to media after the first and last hearing of the Court of Appeals on their writ of amparo petition on June 18, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court issues writ of amparo in favor of rights groups

May 30, 2019 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court directs the Court of Appeals to hear the petition of Gabriela, Karapatan, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines on June 18

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Other groups follow NUPL lead, ask SC for protection vs red-tagging

May 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

One of the petitioners is the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, which is being investigated by the European Union for communist financial links upon the request of the Philippine government

PROTECTIVE WRIT. Karapatan and other human rights groups run to the Supreme Court to ask for a protective writ from government red-tagging. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

EU to audit funds given to NGO with alleged communist links

Mar 30, 2019 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) The European Union says an 'external company' will conduct the audit in April to validate the claims of the Philippine government

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. File photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Rural Missionaries of the PH denies being a communist front

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:55 PM

RMP national coordinator Sister Elenita Belardo denies the accusation of Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr that her group funds terrorist activities

PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

Church groups condemn harassment: Defending poor, powerless not a crime

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'Hindi pwedeng hindi tayo magsasalita dahil ito ang misyon natin, ito ang purpose ng church, ang mag-minister sa mga api at dukha,' Reverend Marie Sol Villalon of the Promotions of Church People's Response says

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the AFP

Priest killed in Nueva Ecija

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:53 AM

(UPDATED) The incident happened hours after Fr Marcelito Paez assisted in facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan, says rights group Karapatan

KILLED. Fr Marcelito Paez, coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Central Luzon, is gunned down in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, on December 4, 2017. Photo from the Commission on Social Communication, Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija

Rebel or missionary? 'Senior NPA member' arrested in Cebu

Aug 20, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The police arrest Adelfa Toledo an alleged senior NPA member in Cebu City but the suspect and her supporters claim she is Amelia Amy Pond a missionary and educator to Lumads