In Solidarity with the Iglesia Filipina Independiente:
LET ALDEEM YANEZ GO!
Christendom just observed Holy Week. Part of our Holy Week recollection was the arrest of Jesus Christ before daybreak. Then he went through a mock trial and sentence, a torturous road to Calvary and ultimately his crucifixion and death. We pondered how power was subverted to fit those thirsty for hatred, vengeance and blood. We pondered how vile men could become. These imageries of the trial and crucifixion of Christ are played again and again. But, they are the actual experiences of many people in our day, that is until justice reigns supreme.
It is within the forgoing context too, that the Council of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines joins the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and all who cherish freedom in denouncing the illegal arrest and detention of Aldeem Yanez in the early morning hours of Palm Sunday, in Cagayan de Oro.
In his statement, the Obispo Maximo fully identified Aldeem, and the leadership role he plays in the IFI since his youth. He is a church and ecumenical leader. He is not a terrorist. We stand alongside the IFI: Let Aldeem go! Truth is obscured many times. But it cannot remain hidden for long.
When a policeman struck Jesus on the face for replying to the high priest, Jesus said: “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” (John 18:22-23). We earnestly call on the authorities to end arresting people under dubious pretexts. “Bear witness to the wrong” neither on perceived nor trumped up wrong.
The Rt. Rev. Ernie M. Moral
Secretary, Council of Bishops
The Most Rev. Brent Harry W. Alawas
Easter Sunday 2022