Solidarity Statement on the killing of Freddie Neri

WE LAMENT IN HIS LOSS YET WE CELEBRATE HIS LIFE

The Office of the Bishop of the Davao Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church is deeply saddened by the brutal killing of Mr. Freddie Neri on June 22, 2010. We enjoined our hearts to convey our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and to all members of the Nuevo Iloco United Methodist Church.

The untimely demise of Brother Neri from the hands of a military man, made our hearts and spirits in anguish. We would like also to express our utmost outrage over this incident because it speaks about the irony of official oath. “Men in uniform are supposed to be protectors of the civilians and not be their executioner. The Office of the Bishop pledge to work out in solidarity with all the victims of this irresponsible act to let justice prevail and the full force of the law is applied to the perpetrator.

We lament because we lost a man of God. While we lament over his death we celebrate his life because he has been an active member of the body of Christ. He remains faithful to the church and never turned his back. In his death we could not see any tilt of defeat instead we are seeing a challenge for the quest for social responsibility, social accountability, justice and peace. With trust and confidence with the glorious message of life, death, and resurrection we say: “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” Indeed, Brother Freddie Neri is no longer with us yet his life remains in us because in one way or another he has journeyed with us towards the fullness of life.

LEO A. SORIANO

Bishop

June 28, 2010

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