Franciscans to offer Mass for martial law, EJK victims

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MANILA, Nov. 23, 2016 – The Franciscan Solidarity Movement for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation is set to offer a Mass for the victims of martial law and extra-judicial killings at St. Joseph College of Quezon City on Nov. 24 at 3:00 p.m.

The Misa ng Pahimakas would symbolize “a farewell to the democracy restored” by sacrificing hundreds of lives, said Br. Angel Ace Cortez, president of the Inter-Congregational Theological Center student body.

An “indignation rally” at the Bantayog ng mga Boy Scout will follow after the Mass.

Killing not the answer

Cortez expressed alarm over the threats to democracy, attempts to revise history, and the concept of achieving change by killing people.

“History cannot be changed by anyone,” he said in Filipino. “Democracy cannot be repressed by a leader who thinks change can be achieved by killing people)

Cortez added, “Forgiving without justice is not forgiveness but pretension.”

Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, admitted to having sinned and asked for forgiveness, he explained.

The people, especially the young, should listen and reflect, Cortez said.

Ill-gotten billions

In a post by The Philippine Star on Feb. 25, 2016, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) was reported to have recovered Php170 billion worth of ill-gotten wealth from Marcos and his cronies from 1986 to 2015.

The Inquirer.Net, in a post on June 28, 2012, reported that the US federal court in Hawaii ruled in favor of the human rights victims, who were awarded $1.9 billion as payment for exemplary damages.

According to Amnesty International, 3,240 were killed during martial rule, 34,000 tortured, and 70,000 imprisoned. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)

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