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CBCP Commission on Prison to Attend Congress in Rome

MANILA, July 19, 2007—The Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC) Executive Secretary Rudy Diamante is set to attend the 12th International Catholic Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ICCPPC) Congress in Rome this September.

“On behalf of the CBCP, I will attend with seven chaplains and convenors to represent the Philippine delegation to this congress,” Diamante said.

To deliver a talk on the Death Penalty situation in the Philippines, Diamante is also set to conduct a workshop on children in conflict with the law.

“Aside from reporting on the status of the campaign against death penalty in our country, I will likewise give the congress a view of how children in detention are treated in different nations,” he said.

Diamante likewise said his lectures are all in relation to UN’s concrete plan of action that will resolve issues on international conflicting laws on death penalty and juvenile detention cases.

“At the end of the convention, the congress will draft a plan of action that will include moves to compel nations under UN to comply with the ICCPPC resolutions on death penalty and juvenile detention cases,” he said.

During the congress, Diamante will be accompanied by Fr. Tony Saniel, Fr. Angelo Durana, Fr. Burton Villarmente, Juanito Sieras, Gerald Bernabe, and Walen Ponce.

Moreover, Diamante said the ECPPC will spearhead an appreciation day celebration of the “Justice that Heals” fund-raising campaign on October 22, and lead the celebration of the 20th Prison Awareness Week on October 23 to 29. It will likewise conduct the seventh General Assembly of Chaplains and VIPs on November 27 to 30 at Maryhill Renewal Center in Taytay, Rizal.

Apart from these endeavors, the ECPPC also targets to complete a number of its plans for the remainder of the year. Its targets include the conduct of Restorative Justice Seminars among policy makers, the advocacy for the signing of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the publication of the second edition of Sourcebook on Restorative Justice, and the lobby for the passage of bills pertaining to Pre-Trial Release Program, Correctional Act of 2007, and grant of Executive Clemency.

Diamante said the commission doesn’t see any problem implementing their remaining projects. (Kris Bayos)

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