Human rights organizations call justice for slain Filipino priest

Catholic priest Marcelito “Tito” Paez was killed December 4th, after helping free a political prisoner in the Philippines.

According to reports — the 72-year-old priest was attacked by four motorcycle-riding men in Jaen, Nueva Ecija.

In South San Francisco, California, the family of Father Paez attended mass at St. Augustine church this past Sunday in his memory.

“What Tito father has taught us is to go out of our comfort zone and use or gifts if you gift is to organize and that’s what he did,” said Melanie Paez Nicolas.

Sunday also marked International Human Rights Day — to which his family and the Fil-Am Human Rights Alliance, or FAHRA, believe he was the most recent victim of human rights violations in the Philippines.

“Fr. Tito Paez made it clear as Filipinos we need to stick to the rule of law. We’re against violence and we have to stick to democratic processes of life. And for that reason he was gunned down by the element of the state,” said Ago Pedalizo.

The Philippine National Police or PNP vows to solve the murder of Father Paez; however, FAHRA says the PNP is responsible due to the impunity they receive under President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Ago Pedalizo calls out director general of the PNP Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on his recent visit to the San Francisco Bay Area.

“We are offended by his presence,” he said.

Pedalizo also slams Daly City Fil-Am Mayor Glenn Sylvester for welcoming General Bato.

“That’s a countenance to the murderous policy of Duterte, which has resulted in the 15,000 deaths of Filipinos and counting.”

He cites how other local political figures and organizations have denounced the war on drugs based on the accusations of human rights violations.

“Also know that San Francisco police department has stopped its trainings of the Philippine National Police forces because of these issues of human rights violations.”

Meanwhile, the family of Father Paez, hope that his death reminds others to speak out against evil.

“It is a call to action to speak for peace. For us who have the opportunity to have a job, to practice our faith, to practice our political beliefs it is important we stand up for human rights,” said Paez Nicolas

BA reached out to Mayor Sylvester however at this time there is no comment.

 

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    15 December 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    It makes me wonder that the figures circulated (14,000 or 43,000 death from Philippines drug war) could have come from highly reliable sources such as Francisco Tatad, Sheila Coronel or the Rappler? According to Tiglao, this figures were grossly exaggerated to paint Duterte as the president “bathed in blood” by Sheila Coronel…there are wannabe bloggers or advocates out there who would “cut and paste” anything so they have something to say for the day for giggles. It is just sad that there are those who are easily misguided by fake news or fake information…

    Tito Ago Pedalizo is back crying again and for what? He should look at the figures that the media are using are inaccurate, that, he should be offended for… General Bato, WE THANK YOU FOR VISITING US, a real PNP Chief would do that, specially when there are millions of Filipinos and Fil-Ams are expecting some clarity regarding these fake news being advocated wrongfully against the Philippine National Police. Tito Ago, you should let go of your rice bowl first before you get offended, you’ll feel better next time…

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