MANILA, June 30, 2016— A Catholic priest and founding chair of the ecumenical organization Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) has died on Monday, June 27.
Fr. Pedro “Pete” Arguillas of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart succumbed to heart attack inside his room at the MSC provincial house in Quezon City. He was 80.
PCPR, an interfaith group for the advancement of justice and peace was born during the time of Marcos dictatorship.
Many priests, pastors, religious, seminarians and laity from Catholic and Protestant Churches openly opposed the dictator and supported the people in the struggle for justice and freedom.
Arguillas was among the original members of the Philippine Priest Forum that spearheaded the Filipinization movement which campaigned for reforms in the local Church in the post-Vatican II era.
The priest was also a former chairman of the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) and has been a member of research think tank Ibon Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 1998.
Arguillas was born in Dapa, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. He finished his theological studies and ordained in Australia— and making him the first priest from Siargao Island.
In a statement, Ibon said: “Fr. Pete was dedicated to a Philippines free from poverty, oppression, exploitation, and foreign domination.
“His commitment will be remembered even as he will be missed especially in these urgent times of our seeking peace based on justice,” it said. (Glenn Figuracion/CBCPNews)