A morning liturgy for the 2016 Kidapawan incident was held April 1 at Spottswood Methodist Center with the theme “A Journey to the Fullness of Life.” Many of those attacked were from an indigenous group called the Lumads.
The bloody dispersal on April 1, 2016 had evoked a range of reactions, thoughts and feelings among the people. The Spottswood compound gave sanctuary to 4,000 farmers and indigenous peopleafter a protest for food relief turned deadly.
Three protesters were killed and more than 100 injured when security forces fired on the crowd blocking a major highway. Protesters poured into the Spottswood center for refuge, which was then surrounded by police.
Last May, indigenous leaders from the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines visited United Methodist General Conference 2016 in Portland, Oregon, to seek solidarity with and support from United Methodists.
Daniel Ela, executive assistant to Bishop Rodolfo Juan, said that Davao area upholds the aspiration and vision to pursue and attain peace and fullness of life.
Those at the liturgy expressed a willingness to participate in principled and unifying engagements and dialogue between and among each other, he said.