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American pastor laments ‘military harassment’ in Mindanao disaster areas

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11:23 AM July 18th, 2013

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By: Germelina Lacorte, July 18th, 2013 11:23 AM

Armed Forces of the Philippines. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Americans joining a four-day international solidarity mission to disaster areas in Mindanao said they were appalled by the “military harassment” suffered by people even in communities worst-hit by Typhoon Pablo last December.

The Rev. Frank Wulf, a pastor of the United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California, said they would pressure the US government to stop sending military aid to the Armed Forces of the Philippines because they observed that civilians were being made to suffer in communities with a heavy presence of soldiers.

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