Religious of the Good Shepherd celebrates nun’s acquittal from perjury charges

Sr. Elenita Belardo, RGS. (Photograph from RMP through CBCP information)

The Non secular of the Good Shepherd (RGS) congregation lauded the acquittal of their confrere, Sr. Elenita Belardo, from perjury costs, calling it a victory ‘for God’s little ones’.

“The latest court docket determination is a glimmer of hope amidst the darkish instances our nation resides in,” mentioned the RGS Philippines-Japan Province in a press release.

“The acquittal isn’t solely a victory of these accused however of all ‘God’s little ones’ for whom and with whom this battle is being fought and continued,” it mentioned.

A Quezon Metropolis court docket on Jan. 9 acquitted Sr. Belardo and 9 different human rights activists of perjury costs filed by the nation’s former nationwide safety adviser, Hermogenes Esperon Jr, in 2019.

The 83-year-old nun is the previous nationwide director of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP).

The RGS mentioned Sr. Belardo is “a mild follower of Christ” who had been working with the poor, the susceptible and the marginalized “and in doing so caught the ire of the mighty and highly effective”.

“She has impressed us together with her religion, braveness and unwavering dedication to the farmers, fisherfolks and indigenous peoples whom she untiringly served by means of the RMP all these years,” it added.

The congregation additionally reaffirmed their dedication “to advertise justice” and to “assist result in change in no matter condemns others to reside a marginalized life.”

“Within the spirit of synodality, together with fellow church staff and human rights defenders, we proceed strolling with and among the many poor, listening to and together with voices from the margins and holding our floor regardless of threats and political repression,” it mentioned.