JERSEY CITY, NJ — Filipinos in New Jersey are praying for peace and justice in the Philippines.
The mass for “Katarungan” at St. Aedan’s church in Jersey City commemorated the lives of three Filipino priests mysteriously killed in the Philippines.
Father Richmond Nilo, a local parish priest in Nueva Ecija, was about to celebrate mass when he was shot and killed by 2 gunmen inside a chapel last June.
Last April, Reverend Mark Anthony Ventura was also shot dead by an unidentified gunman after celebrating mass in Gattaran, Cagayan.
In December 2017, Rev. Marcelito “Tito” Paez was gunned down by unidentified assailants after he assisted the release of a political prisoner in Jaen, Nueva Ecija.
“Even the faith communities being attacked by our own government, wala nang ligtas sa atin, kahit yung mga nag-aadvocate for human rights are being attacked, kailangan natin na lumaban na,” said Jonna Baldres.
Organizers of the mass say the three priests all have one thing in common – they dedicated their lives to serving the people and defending the rights of the less fortunate, and now they are dead.
“Speak out against the injustices committed by the Duterte regime in the Philippines, and second, we urge you to call your representatives in the US, ask them to cut any aid, military aid or funding that goes to fund and support these atrocities,” said Yves Nibungco.