Ramento Slay Shows Death Squads Still on the Loose — Pimentel

Oct. 04, 2006

MANILA — Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Nene Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today condemned the murder of Bishop Alberto Ramento, chair of the Supreme Council of Bishops of the Philippine Independent Church, saying his death is a great loss to the Christian world and the nation itself.

Pimentel asked President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to order law enforcement authorities to get to the bottom of the slaying of Bishop Ramento amid allegations that the religious leader was intended to silence him to end his support for many pro-people causes, including human rights, civil liberties and good governance.

Extra-judicial killers took the life of Tarlac Aglipayan Bishop Alberto Ramento. Justice demands that Mrs. Arroyo orders the military and police to go after the killers and punish them. Otherwise, there may be another miscarriage of justice, he said.

The killing of the Protestant bishop illustrates anew that the mercenary death squads, are still on the loose, undeterred form carrying out their wicked mission despite the much-vaunted administrations pledge to unmask the perpetrators of political and media killings through the formation of the Melo fact-finding commission. (Office of Senator Pimentel)

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