Church leaders in the Philippines are maintaining their campaign against alleged abuses of human rights under martial law.
GV ZOOM OUT: Catholic Church in Manila
GV: People going into church PAN TO people standing outside
CU ZOOM OUT: Statue in school yard
SV PAN: Priest overseeing students at vocational school
GV: Villa San Miguel in Manila (residence to Cardinal Sin)
SCU AND SV: Cardinal Sin with followers and fellow priests
CU: Cardinal Sin speaking in English
SV: Cardinal seated behind desk
GV ZOOM IN: Church
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.
REPORTER: PETER MUNCKTON
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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.