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ICC Note: A bishop is stabbed but it appears to be a robbery.

Christian Sect’s Bishop Fatally Stabbed in Philippines

10/3/06 Philippines (International Herald Tribune) An unidentified men on Tuesday fatally stabbed a Philippine Christian sect’s bishop, who was also a human rights activist, inside his convent north of Manila , police said.

Left-wing groups condemned the killing of Alberto Ramento of the Philippine Independent Church in Tarlac province as the latest in a string of political killings in the country.

Tarlac’s police chief, Senior Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome, said an aide found Ramento’s bloodied body on the second floor of the convent. Investigators found his empty wallet near his body and the convent staff were checking if items were stolen from the ransacked building, Bartolome said.

Police Deputy Director General Avelino Razon, who heads a police task force investigating a series of killings of activists and journalists, said police will look into all possible motives for Ramento’s killing, including robbery.

Ramento, was also the provincial leader of the local human rights group Karapatan. He had received death threats from men believed to be elements of the military, Karapatan said in a statement.

“We decry and express our outrage over this heinous killing against a peace and human rights advocate,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Jigs Clamor.

The left-wing alliance Bayan said Ramento had spoken out against a spate of extra-judicial killings under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s administration.

Rep. Satur Ocampo, president of the Bayan Muna political party, paid homage to the man who he said supported causes such as human rights, civil liberties and good governance.

He blamed the Arroyo government for failing to stop political killings and to undertake a genuine independent investigation.

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