Davao Episcopal Area

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Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a camp for displaced people in Malaybalay, Philippines, in 2017. On Feb. 22, Juan made contacts on behalf of a team of five — including two missionaries with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries— who were briefly detained at a police checkpoint in Koronadal City, Philippines. File photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

Missionaries briefly detained in Philippines

Two United Methodist missionaries were among a group of five briefly detained at a police checkpoint in Koronadal City, Philippines.
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Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) hands out crayons to children who fled with their families to escape fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The families are staying at an evacuation center in Bito-Buadi, Marawi City, where United Methodists are helping those displaced. Photo by the Rev. Israel M Painit

Assisting those fleeing siege in Philippines

United Methodists are reaching out to civilians caught in battle with Islamic State militants in Marawi City, Philippines.
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In a file photo from December 2016, Norma Dollaga, on left with microphone, speaks during an ecumenical action of Kadamay: Stop the Killings, a community organization that advocates for the poor in urban communities, in Quezon City, Philippines. The placards in Filipino say, "Dismantle illegal drugs, Save the victims!" Photo courtesy of Norma Dollaga.

Filipino deaconess: ‘Resistance is a gift’

Norma Dollaga fights extrajudicial killings and raises money for school for indigenous people in the Philippines.
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Rise Up for Life and for Rights and the National Union of People’s Lawyers-National Capital Region joined forces during a press conference to condemn drug-related extrajudicial killings and violations. Emily Soriano holds a photo of her son, who was killed in 2016. To her left are Norma P. Dollaga, a United Methodist deacon, and Ephraim Cortez, an attorney who is a United Methodist. Photo courtesy of Rise Up for Rights and For Life.

Filipino United Methodists condemn killings

United Methodists are leaders in an alliance opposing drug-related extrajudicial killings in which more than 7,000 Filipinos have died.

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