Title: Safeguarding Human Rights, Life, and Dignity: Ending the Culture of Impunity
Author: Bishop Solito K. Toquero, Ecumenical Bishops Forum
Voices from the South E-Newsletter: October 2012
In the mid-1980s, during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, a group of Bishops representing various denominations across the Philippines formed the Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF): a gathering of religious leaders who were willing to speak out against the countless human rights abuses occurring under the oppressive regime. 28 years later, the EBF still stands firm against systems of power and oppression – serving as advocates for the poor, deprived, oppressed, and marginalized in the Philippines today.
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Karibu speaks with Bishop Solito K. Toquero, co-chair of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum. Bishop Toquero reflects on the current human rights situation in the country, the state of the peace process in the Philippines, the recent peace framework signed by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the growing American military presence in the region.