Justice for Father Fausto "Pops" Tentorio
ITALIAN PRIEST IN ARAKAN PHILIPPINES SLAIN BY STATE FORCES! JUSTICE FOR ITALIAN MISSIONARY FR. FAUSTO TENTORIO, PIME! STOP THE KILLING OF CHURCH LEADERS UNDER, THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENTS COUNTER INSURGENCY CAMPAIGN, "OPLAN BAYANIHAN"! Case: EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLING Victim: FR. FAUSTO TENTORIO, PIME Date of Incident: October 17, 2011 Place of Incident: Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Church, Arakan, North Cotabato Profile of Victim: - Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, PIME, 59 y.o., was born on January 7, 1952. He is an Italian Missionary Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME). - He was assigned in the Philippines in 1980. He was assigned in Arakan in 1983. He helped - Since then he has launched literacy and health programs / missions serving the indigenous peoples and farmers in North Cotobato. To date, there are 3,000 lumad and peasant scholars who benefit from his programs. - He heads around 80 daycare centers in in Arakan, Tulunan, Antipas, Makilala, Mlang, in North Cotobato. He also supports 10 Ata-Manobo schools in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte. - He has initiated a Health Program under the Tribal Filipino Program Center for Devt. Inc (TFDCI). - Fr. Pops is the Board Member of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Southern Mindanao and the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc. - In 2003, Fr. Pops had a near – death experience with the vigilante group Alamara who wanted to kill him. Account of Incident: On October 17, 2011, Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME was shot dead in the compound of the Mother of Perpetual Help parish church in Arakan, North Cotabato at around 7:30 a.m., by two unidentified men wearing helmets. Fr. Tentorio sustained 10 gunshot wounds from 9 mm weapon. His colleagues brought gim to the Antipas Medical Specialist but was announced dead on arrival. Possible Motive: Fr. Pops, since his encounter with the Alamara in 2003, has been getting death threats. Fr. Pops has been targeted under the Oplan Bantay Laya’s crackdown on alleged supporters of the progressive groups. He was a staunch IP and Peasant advocate who supported the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) or House Bill 374. He is also an anti-largescale and foreign mining advocate. Fr. Pops is the 56th Victim of EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS under the Aquino Government nationwide. He is the 1st Roman Catholic Church leader slain under by the Peace and Development Team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.