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BY Jim Cosgrove
QUEZON CITY, Philippines—The leader of the Anglican Church in the Philippines has protested against the government's inclusion of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on a list of “potential troublemakers.”
The Philippines government put Archbishop Tutu's name on the list as part of security preparations for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit beginning on Nov. 25 at Subic Freeport, 90 kilometers from Manila. President Clinton and many other government heads will attend.
According to Philippines News and Features news service, the “banned” list drawn up by the government's Bureau of Immigration includes about 100 individuals from 19 countries, mostly prominent people and human rights advocates, who are coming for “anti-APEC” conferences to be run in parallel with the APEC summit.
The banned list includes East Timorese activist Jose Ramos-Horta, who along with Timorese Roman Catholic Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, won the Nobel Peace prize last month; Danielle Mitterrand, wife of the late French President Francois Mitterrand, and retired Catholic Bishop Aloysius Nobuo Soma, of Nagoya, Japan.
Narciso Ticobay, Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines has written to Philippines President Fidel Ramos expressing his indignation at news reports that Archbishop Tutu— winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace prize— has been included in the government's list of potential troublemakers. (ENI)