• Short Summary

    Church leaders in the Philippines are maintaining their campaign against alleged abuses of human rights under martial law.

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    1.
    GV ZOOM OUT: Catholic Church in Manila
    0.08

    2.
    GV: People going into church PAN TO people standing outside
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    3.
    CU ZOOM OUT: Statue in school yard
    0.30

    4.
    SV PAN: Priest overseeing students at vocational school
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    5.
    GV: Villa San Miguel in Manila (residence to Cardinal Sin)
    0.48

    6.
    SCU AND SV: Cardinal Sin with followers and fellow priests
    1.10

    7.
    CU: Cardinal Sin speaking in English
    1.36

    8.
    SV: Cardinal seated behind desk
    1.50

    9.
    GV ZOOM IN: Church
    2.02


    MUNCKTON:"More than eighty five per cent of the forty seven million people in the Philippines are practising Roman Catholics. It's the biggest Christian country in this half of the world. The church regards itself as being among the more Liberal, perhaps in keeping with the outward-going nature of the Filipinos themselves. Since the earliest Spanish times, it's had a deep commitment to the community. The Church school system, now under attack in some Government quarters, is immense. As well as academic pursuits, some schools take in jobless youths from the streets, for crash courses in vocational training. The Villa San Miguel, in Manila, is the residence of the country's leading Churchman, Cardinal Jaime Sin. Extroverted, like many of his countrymen, informal with his fellow priests, the Cardinal has seriously questioned President Marcos's rights to extend martial law. he's also voiced a quiet concern that continuance of martial law could lead to more violence and de-stabilisation of the Filipino community.



    CARDINAL SIN:"To say that it is a civil war is a very strong word, I should say this violence. And so we issued a letter exhorting our people against violence. Because we believe, in the current solution to the problem, violence begets violence."



    MUNCKTON:"Cardinal Sin says thee must be no open confrontation between Church and State, but he says that, so long as there's no one else to do so, the Church will point out to the martial law authorities where it believes they've gone wrong, or their people's basic rights have been tampered with. There are other, younger, Churchmen, who are more radical in their opposition, and who've defied martial law provisions by demonstrating against the Government.




    Initials RH/


    REPORTER: PETER MUNCKTON

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Church leaders in the Philippines are maintaining their campaign against alleged abuses of human rights under martial law. The most outspoken critic is Cardinal Jaime Sin, who says opposition will continue until the Church can see a return to normality in the country. A report by Peter Munckton of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2THNXRKTXCFKWRW9FZW0YLTN8
    Media URN:
    VLVA2THNXRKTXCFKWRW9FZW0YLTN8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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