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Philippines: Filipino nuns accused of aiding terrorists

More than a dozen people, including several Catholic nuns, have been accused of financing terrorists and violating the Philippines’ anti-terrorism law.

The individuals are accused of financing and aiding the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), which is branded a terrorist organization by the Philippine government.

If proven guilty, the accused individuals, whose names have not been disclosed, may face up to 40 years in prison and a fine between 500,000 to 1 million Philippine pesos.

Justice Department lawyer Mico Clavano said that if the court agrees with the Justice Department, it can issue an arrest warrant against the accused, including the nuns.

“The charge is terror financing, and the law provides that the offense is a nonbailable crime, they would go to jail while the trial is ongoing… It is what the law says,” Clavano added.

The nuns are members of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a Catholic organization that has been working to help and educate the underprivileged in the Philippines since 1969. BKM/ Expat Media


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