Last week we asked our readers to pray for justice in the Philippine missionary child abuse case we’ve been covering.
We received a report afterwards from our friend, missionary Joe Mauk who was at the trial and he informed us that the trial had been continued for 6o days.
I responded to Coffeys’ tweet with my own information…he did not and has not responded.
That was followed up with this tweet from Coffey to a inquiry from a parishioner.
Somebody is either seriously misinformed or is simply not telling the truth.
The following is Joe Mauks’ report from the trial itself.
“I wanted to give you a little update on the Sankey situation. Still incredible to see what is trying to be manipulated behind the scenes. As you may remember Aug. 8 there was a hearing where none of the witnesses received notices. The presence “by chance” of one of our fellow rescuers caused the judge to re-schedule the hearing for three weeks later, Aug. 29. We arrived for that hearing last Friday with 4 victims ready to give testimony and 11 others attending in support of them, including the former principal of the Cugley (Sankey) School and her husband (Alice and John Shepherd), also the teacher (Shirley, who received the first written reports smuggled out by two girls and passed them on to my daughter), my daughter and her husband, Trevor and Kathy Hill and others. At first the attorneys of the two defendants did not show up. The judge ordered them to be located and they appeared two hours later. We discovered that this is still not the trial. It was a continuation hearing on the defense motion to quash. They were making the argument that the arrest of the two was not proper in procedure. They objected to any testimony being entered as to the abuses reported to be going on but only wanted to prove that the two were not actually committing a crime at the time of the arrest. The only witness called was the NBI agent from the Manila office who organized the raid. Although the argument about invalid arrest should not apply to institutional abuse/human trafficking cases, they pressed issues like “where were they standing and what were they wearing at the time of the arrest?” At the end of the testimony the judge ordered both sides (the government appointed prosecutor and the privately-hired defense attorneys) to present their final written arguments in a matter of days. After which submission, he would make a ruling on the motion to quash. The prosecutor asked for more time to prepare, the defense agreed to an extension and the judge dictated a memorandum to both attorneys instructing them to present their final written arguments within 60 days.
Nine hours later, the pastor of the church where Tom Randall is now living, tweeted the following: “News frm filipines. all charges dropped against toto and jake.raid deemed completely unjustified by judge #timeandtruth”
Tom Randall spoke in this pastor’s church this past Sunday morning and began with this statement: “Good news for Karen and me. Got a call from my lawyers about 2:30 a.m. and they said hearing finished and they are going to drop the charges against Toto and my godson.” Wild applause followed.
How sad that there sat four victims ready to testify of the sorry state of the orphanage administration and the long-term systematic abuse that took place there and yet mission-funded attorneys were fighting desperately to not allow their voices to be heard. We pray it will indeed go to trial and the voices of the victims will be allowed to be heard.”
We ask some questions…
Who is financing the defense of the accused?
Are the accused still involved with children on the mission field in any way?
Why are there conflicting statements with no response when questioned?
Why would either side deliberately misinform the public (and donors)?
Why am I the only person in media writing about this?
We covet your prayers.