BCBP STATEMENT ON THE MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE
We, the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP), together with our 30,000 members in 113 Chapters and Outreaches all over the Philippines, decry, in the strongest possible terms, the senseless killings and carnage of 57 innocent victims in Maguindanao last November 23, 2009.
The violence which attended this dastardly act is unequalled in our country’s history and was carried out by heartless individuals with a clear disregard for human decency and the sanctity of life.
We pray for all the innocent victims — civilians, women and media practitioners who lost their lives in this tragedy. We especially pray and grieve with the family of Atty. Cynthia Oquendo-Ayon, a member of our BCBP Gen San Outreach and her father Catalino Oquendo who both perished in this senseless and unexplicable massacre.
We plead with the civil and military authorities to immediately restore peace and ensure the safety of the entire population in Maguindanao.
We call on all those involved in this incident to heed their conscience and submit themselves to the authorities as a gesture of genuine repentance for their involvement in the crime.
We urge the government to act with dispatch to bring the perpetrators of this criminal act to justice and prosecute them without delay under the full extent of the law.
BROTHERHOOD OF CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMEN AND PROFESIONALS
[Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Saturday, November 28, 2009, page 8]