In a press statement, Karapatan-SMR said Callao, 45, received a text message at around 2:50 p.m. on December 31, saying “mag-ingat ka, bilang na ang oras mo” (watch out, you only have a few hours left).
The message came from phone number 0920-601-2624.
Karapatan-SMR secretary-general Kelly Delgado said the Bishop was elected vice chair of Karapatan in August 2005. “Since then, he (has been) active in advancing the campaigns for human rights, justice and peace in the region.”
He said the harassment is a “desperate move” of the government.
“This is a desperate move of the state agents (against) people who are doing Godly works (for) the Filipino people. If they think by means of threat they can silence us, they are wrong,” he said, adding that as human rights workers, they are “committed to advance and defend people’s rights amidst odds.”
Before Callao, Delgado said, Priel Booc, a lay worker of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and chair of Karapatan’s Task Force Militarization also received a similar death threat. (MindaNews)