Nine Filipinos Detained in Qatar

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THE families of nine Filipinos, five of them pastors, appealed to the government on Sunday to intervene following their two-month detention in Qatar for still-uncertain reasons and without charges being filed against them.

It was learned that six of the detained Filipinos are bona-fide members of The Lord’s Hand Ministries, established in the Philippines in 1993 with principal church-office at 14 T. Concepcion Street, Marulas Valenzuela City, with satellites and churches in several cities, provinces and abroad, including one in Doha, Qatar.


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Among those detained is Joseph Apilado, the congregational apostle and senior pastor of the church who was on a visiting status, and the others are migrant workers.

Apilado went to Doha, Qatar, on March 5 for the purpose of visiting the church in Doha, to hold church trainings and to celebrate the anniversary of the church. He was also there to give spiritual-moral support and to encourage one of the church leaders, Abdallah Yousef Chua, who was so discouraged at that time owing to company-related problems.

According to the witnesses, on the dawn of March 28, between 1 and 2 a.m., people who identified themselves as Doha policemen barged in by destroying the front door of the villa where Apilado and other members of the church were staying.

The men arrested Chua, Domel Perez and Apilado. The detailed report of the incident was submitted immediately by their families to the Philippine Embassy to Qatar.

The three were allegedly detained in a safe house for almost a month. After the three’s arrest, other Filipinos were also picked up on different occasions for questioning and were likewise detained.

The other Filipinos who were arrested include Ronald Ulep, Rafael Alamares, Renie Magcosta, Abner Penaranda, Boyet Salvosa and a certain Ibrahim.

After being taken into custody, the detained Filipinos were held incommunicado. Inquiry of the Philippine Embassy in Qatar as to their conditions and the charges against them had not been answered clearly by the Qatar government.

The Foreign Affairs Office and Ministry of Interior of Qatar admitted only after a month that the following Filipino nationals were in the custody of State Security Bureau and they used the protracted process of investigation as excuse for arbitrary detention and deprivation of communication.

Source: Business Mirror

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  1. Rhioirish_12 says

    the battle is in the Lord's hand! btw, the case is closed. because of God's justice, it's proven that TLH Pastors are innocents! and TLH are thankful for this event… we bombared qatari officials, the injustice of the qatari law, through fervent prayers! our ministry moved in faith… visit my site raplourishphen.multipy.com … God move the mountains for us! and we are proud to say that our leader, our kingdom church is truly annointed one! though we are not like the big churches ther–still we truly possessed a Spirit-filled life… there's always justice for the righteous man of God and… Lord judges according to one's faith, integrity and passion to pursue GOD's calling… like other man of God in the bible.david, daniel, paul, etc… GOD uplifts the humble! God gives grace to all obedient, God' favor is in THE LORD'S HAND MINISTRY!

  2. lito says

    Attention everyone who is concern about INJUSTICES and DISCRIMINATION in foreign land like QATAR. Many Filipinos experienced the same what these 5 Pastors experienced from the hand of the Qatary government. Untill today JULY 11, 2012, the other THREE (3) pastors are still under detention with no clear cases against them. This is truly and clearly a form of INJUSTICE and Human Rights Violation. Let us express our united effort to come against such discrimination.

  3. Lito Quines says

    Yes! its not yet over. Let us bring this concern to the greater population in order to bring justice to the persecution and discrimination our other 3 pastors suffered for the last 2 years. Liberating them also means liberating other filipinos.

  4. Lito Quines says

    Yes! its not yet over. Let us bring this concern to the greater population in order to bring justice to the persecution and discrimination our other 3 pastors suffered for the last 2 years. Liberating them also means liberating other filipinos.

    As TLH let start spreading LIGHT to this issue.

  5. Belen Pineda Delos Reyes says

    Its time for the qatar government to act upon this concern, their being reluctant to clear on this matter is enough,,, now is the time to give justice to those whore are still in jail with no charges up until now…

  6. Jonathan C. says

    This is really a brutal torture done by the Qatai Government. It is obviously a discrimination & Human Right Violation!

    Will there be any help coming from the Philippine Embassy in Qatar? Qatar should pay …… Let the World know what they are doing to Overseas Workers and Foreigners in their land.

  7. Jonathan C. says

    It is time for the Qatari Government to be expose…..

    To all Filipino in Qatar who suffer human rights violation, injustices and abuses… Let your voice be heard. Let us shake Qatar. Freedom for our 3 Pastors who are illegally detained in Qatar will also become a key to the justice you are looking for….

  8. Jos Apilado Jr. says

    NOT YET OVER!

  9. Rhio Irish Aquino Finianos says

    Yes, It is not yet over…We are just starting to FIGHT! Let’s wage war against abusive authorities, against all kinds of injustices, because the battle is in the Lord’s hand now!

  10. Jonathan C. says

    This is a long overdue for the Qatari government to release our 3 pastors.

  11. rhojher says

    Justice for the Servants of God

  12. jovy says

    this is a wake up call to the government of QATAR…..stop this act of INJUSTICE, they are humans and a servant of God…..WAKE up or we will gonna WAKE YOU up…..

  13. Domel says

    I want to inform all our kababayan OFW in Qatar this problem was already 2 years and 3 months of endless court hearing that you wouldn't believe the logic of why there is no result until now. Giving them no bail in this case while there is no enough hard evidence that they present, that even the authorities who conducted the investigation cannot give statement that can be related on the case that they are implying to the accused which is Espionage ???? they are pastors, man of God, ambassador of life and peace not JAMES BOND!!

  14. Alvan Jesse Torrijos says

    this a fight of a good fight.
    we must fight the good fight of faith!

  15. Alvan Jesse Torrijos says

    this is not over.
    lets do it with focused faith!

  16. Jonathan C. says

    Up to now, our pastors are suffering in prison. No financial assistance given to the family from the Qatari Government. Our Church were constantly monitored by Qatari Government, This is really injustice.

  17. Jonathan C. says

    Apostle Joseph was released from prison (most of the days was solitary confinement) last July 2010 but was not permitted by the Qatari Government to go home until November 2010. But some of the valuable things taken from him like laptop, cash and others was not returned until now…..

  18. Jonathan C. says

    We are making petition to the QATARI GOVERNMENT to release our Pastors. We are also appealing to the AQUINO Administration to please act. Bless God!

  19. Areceli Citco says

    Let us fight against this kind of discrimination and injustices to our brethren!

  20. Areceli Citco says

    Servants of God should not be treated like this!

  21. Kia says

    It's been 2 years and 3 months and until now the case is not yet over?!! My God…what do they want to do with our pastors who are still there suffering from the injustices and abuses that they are receiving from the Qatari government..THIS IS TOO MUCH FOR US TO SEE OUR FILIPINO PASTORS SUFFERING FROM THEIR HANDS…!!! This is now the time to act upon this matter….!!! We want ACTIONS not just WORDS or PROMISES that you CAN"T FULFILL..!!!!

  22. Kezia Garvida Magno says

    Sobra na ang pangaabuso na ito! Ito na ang panahon na malaman ng buong mundo ang mga pinaggagagawa nila sa ating mga Pilipinong Pastor..Sila'y mga LINGKOD NG DIYOS at HINDI KRIMINAL para itrato ng ganito..tama na. sobra na! Hindi kami titigil hanggat di namin nakakamit ang hustisya para sa mga PILIPINONG LINGKOD NG DIYOS.

    1. Rhyan Anthony Tiangco says

      Sobra na sa katamaran ang Qatari government sa pagdedelay nila sa kaso ng mga pastor.

    2. Kezia Garvida Magno says

      Tama! Sobrang katamaran na ang pinapakita nila… Dahil sa KATAMARAN nila NAGHIHIRAP ang mga Pilipino nating Pastor pati pamilya nila naghihirap…Mga Pastor na ito ah..panu kaya yung mga ordinaryong Pilipino na nakakaranas ng pang-aabuso nila…SOBRA NA..!!! TAMA NA..!!!

  23. kezia says

    These are Filipino pastors and yet they are treating them like criminals,,they're abusing them,beating them,,they didn't give justice to them.. how much more are the ordinary Filipinos suffering from their hands?? It's a wake up call for our PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT to act upon this matter..!!! Can't you see how much they suffered..?? We will not tolerate this.. we will not be quiet about this matter !! This is too much to bear!!!! We want JUSTICE for our FILIPINO PASTORS..!! JUSTICE for our BRETHREN..!!!

  24. Jean Sedillo says

    These pastors did not do any harm to other people there at Qatar yet the Qatar government is still passive in this case and what's worse?
    TORTURING GOD'S SERVANT!!
    TORTURING INNOCENT FILIPINO PEOPLE!!!

    WE DESERVE JUSTICE!
    WE DESERVE JUSTICE!
    WE DESERVE JUSTICE!

    THIS BRUTALITY MUST END!!!

    IT'S NOT YET OVER
    THE QATAR GOVERNMENT SHALL PAY!!
    It's PAYBACK TIME!!

  25. luis says

    This is delaying tactics for this case and they want to prolong this case for thier own interest and purpose,every hearing that we attend here the ears of the judges are close and they insist that they are following the process of the law but the thing is almost two and a haft years they reviewing the case,yesterday we attend the hearing and they said they will review again the file or the case and the next hearing is on Nov.5,2012 which is two long for us,so i encourage every one to expand this comments about this case.Also i suggest to remind our authorities of our country to give more inportance about this case because they said the only way to thier FREEDOM is the order coming from the highest possition here in qatar.We are living in God's way and for us we believe that God's power will move to dismissed this case.
    Yesterday we see again Ptr.Ronald crying infront of the judge but they did'nt feel what is in his heart,he want to see his family.
    WE ARE IN THE YEAR OF AMAZEMENT,AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS OUR TIME TO MOVE ON,DO SOMETHING TO CONQUER THIS LAND.

  26. luis says

    This is delaying tactics for this case and they want to prolong this case for thier own interest and purpose,every hearing that we attend here the ears of the judges are close and they insist that they are following the process of the law but the thing is almost two and a haft years they reviewing the case,yesterday we attend the hearing and they said they will review again the file or the case and the next hearing is on Nov.5,2012 which is two long for us,so i encourage every one to expand this comments about this case.Also i suggest to remind our authorities of our country to give more inportance about this case because they said the only way to thier FREEDOM is the order coming from the highest possition here in qatar.We are living in God's way and for us we believe that God's power will move to dismissed this case.

  27. Jean Sedillo says

    THIS AIN'T OVER!

  28. Ron Del Rosario says

    This case is almost 2 years now, yet 3 of them are still detained, tsktsk..LET JUSTICE PREVAIL!

  29. Eric Citco says

    We want JUSTICE for the SERVANTS of GOD! Philippine Gov't this is a wake up call for you! A lot of Filipinos are suffering in the hands of the the QATARI Govt.. . Open up your eyes! Huwag kayong mag tutug tulugan! GISING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Paul Rosales says

    Let us unite against this injustice Filipino people and other nations, it could happen to your families. Bless God!!!

  31. @deirizireid says

    We want justice
    racism must end

  32. michelle m.parang says

    We want justice for our pastors who is detained in Qatar they are servants of GOD not criminals that is why we deserved JUSTICE let's have one heart one mind let's focus our faith to GOD the battle is in the LORD

  33. petchie antonio says

    JUSTICE
    JUSTICE
    JUSTICE

    WE NEED IT
    LET'S DECLARE JUSTICE FOR OUR PASTORS

  34. Onel Salangsang says

    justice, justice, justice!!!!!! ang kailangan namin… Philippine Gov't where are you? ano ginagawa nyong hakbang para makalaya ang mga Pastor namin na nakakulong sa Qatar?!!!

    1. rommel ulep says

      Tama nga po, justice na para sa mga Pastor natin . miss na namin kapatid ko.

  35. rommel ulep says

    Give us JUSTICE. and FREEDOM.
    Justice for our PASTORS. We serve to your country and we hope they give us good feedback.

  36. Jaysons says

    We call on the government of the philippines to act on this case and every case our fellow filipino citizens are involved in overseas. Seems like the philippine consul in qatar is informed on this case but sitting on it, powerless to do any action. Its only JUSTICE that we seek, not impartiality. MERITS of the case which there is none as of the moment. Its been more than 2 long years of illegal detention already. We always read in our newspaper about OFW's being our heroes, do we really consider? Its already sad to see parents go off for work and leave their children behind for years just to be able to make ends meet, yet the least our government can do is extend assistance to bring justice to those who are being maltreated overseas.

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