MANILA—A religious group on Tuesday slammed the military's red-tagging of missionaries.
In a statement, the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) said labeling missionaries as communists puts them at risk and violates their human rights.
"Red-tagging, accusing individuals and organizations as communist terrorists, is inimical to democracy and respect for human rights. In its most extreme, red-tagging, can lead to warrantless arrest, detention without charges, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings," the group said.
The statement came after the military alleged that various non-government organizations, such as the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, are funding communist rebels.
"We long, thirst, hunger and pray for social equity and just peace in our country," it said.
"Let the members of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines do their jobs where we in the government and church agencies have failed to go to address issues of peace, education, respect for life, freedom, dignity of persons, good governance and good politics in the far-flung rural areas." — With a report from Jeff Hernaez, ABS-CBN News