Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Prison transfer link to US renditions: NDF
Communists say transfer of Alan Jazmines undermines peace process
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- July 5, 2012
Luis Jalandoni, head of the negotiating panel of the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF), said moving NDF consultant Alan Jazmines from his cell in the national police headquarters to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan on June 19 violated immunity guarantees afforded consultants in the ongoing peace process.
The government has said it will continue to detain 14 jailed consultants working for the NDF until it receives a complete list of their names.
â€śThis is a further gross violation of the basic rights of Alan Jazmines,â€ť Jalandoni said.
Jazmines was removed from Camp Crame, he said, after exposing the â€śdeplorable conditions of political prisoners [there] and the presence of victims of US rendition being subjected to interrogation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).â€ť
Jalandoni urged President Benigno Aquino to investigate what he termed the illegal action of the Americans, claiming their presence was a violation of the Philippinesâ€™ sovereignty.
Jazmines first made allegations of FBI renditions at Camp Crame at the start of June a few weeks before his transfer.
The human rights group Karapatan has previously complained to the governmentâ€™s Commission on Human Rights that alleged ill treatment and increasing restrictions of political prisoners had become routine at Camp Crame and the nearby Fort Bonifacio army camp.
â€śFor two years, Aquino has not lifted a finger to act positively on the situation of these political prisoners who are unjustly detained,â€ť said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairwoman of Karapatan.
â€śHe has instead allowed the plight of the political prisoners to worsen to the point of even betraying and forgetting his own fatherâ€™s sufferings in jail,â€ť she added in a reference to Aquino's father who spent seven years in prison in the 1970s during the Marcos regime.
Jazmines was arrested in February last year on the eve of the resumption of peace talks between the government and the NDF despite his apparent immunity under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees signed by both sides.