Who is John Pope?


“I have spent helping single-parent mothers and their children. And I will continue this sponsorship until the day I die. The other part of my life will be fighting for justice and against corruption. And I will continue this fight until the day that I die.”

John Holdridge Pope, who lived in Cebu for over 15 years,made good the promise he wrote in a personal journal entitled “Justice Denied” where he expressed his dismay over the criminal justice system in the country.

The bookbound journal documented his legal skirmishes with his perceived enemies, including Dr. Rene Rafols, who was among those killed in yesterday’s shooting rampage.

“The best I can hope for is probably not to be deported from the Philippines, a country and people I have come to love despite its widespread poverty and corruption. And regardless of what happens, my legacy will always be that I made an extraodinary effort of fighting both,” he said.

Pope said he spent at least P3 million helping single mothers and their children in the last 14 years.

He said he helped families in Argao, Alcantara, Negros Occidental, and Cebu City, among others.

Pope recounted an experience with Deputy City Prosecutor Oscar Capacio which he accused of demanding money from him.

“All it takes to bribe a police or court officials in the Philippine is about P40,000,” he said.

He was also disappointed when he was accused of sexually abusing children.

The book he wrote, Justice Denied, was based on his experiences in his quest for justice in the past three years.

Based on the records of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC), Pope has three pending cases: unjust vexation, grave threats, qualified trespass to dwelling, and malicious mischief—all were filed by Dr. Rene Rafols. He is also facing charges of Violence Against Women for purportedly inflicting harm upon his live-in partner. A case for illegal gun possession against Pope was dismissed by the court.

Pope said he worked as a full time speechwriter and researcher for the provincial caucus of backbenchers in the ruling Progressive Conservative Party for the province of Manitoba in Canada where he was asked to give input on mandatory mediation required for divorce cases./Ador Vincent Mayol and Jucell Marie Cuyos

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  • Incantare

    What an imbecile.  Why spend so much money to help individuals in a country that doesn’t care? Why call out the corruption and then commit a crime like this?  Now, everyone will doubt the helpers.  Giving money locally will help for sure but it’s the whole political scene that needs to be completely revamped and the old mentalities changed, and the evil people dethroned.  I’ve been there and even though I saw a lot of shacks and slums, I noticed that they aren’t rich, but they are well fed and mostly well dressed and happier than most other places I’ve seen.  They are poor but not in the sense that they are dying, far from it.  They just don’t have crazy luxuries, but they all have a TV.  

  • Legally Black

    Bitin pa rin ang news. Get a better researcher. Please PDI, you can do better than this.  We want to know more about his life and his sentiments over the Philippine Judicial System. This case is a wake up call to the judiciary.    

    • Noli515

      More about his life.For what? Why not write a book about him…better yet build him a memorial and teach the Filipino children about his life and how he has awaken the Philippine Judiciary system. Maybe they’ll follow…who knows…and raise the Philippines standing in the top countries with most random shooting fatalities. Yah…this is what we really need right now. Look…this is not about our laws and our lawmakers or the injustices in the Philippines. It’s about the lives that this deranged person has taken.It just cannot be justified.Next time…try to get information about the lives of the victims,
      their ideals, their purpose , the people they’ve helped and touched and the families they left behind. Just try it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    there is absolute truth that judges and prosecutors are corrupt, it is just a NORM in this country

    • Incantare

      But unfortunately, only Filipinos can change their own country.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/PP6H2LEJMPMKYBZDSSF3SII5YU Max

         but will they?? will they want to make it better??

  • http://karmaeconomics.blogspot.com/ lavista4u

    Philippines is one of the most corrupt countries on earth. Its a fact. Many foreigners are unaware of the severity of corruption in PH until they face it. Bribe rules the day and if you fight with a local, chances of winning the case are slim.

    For god sake, how far can you push an old man for him to commit murder, the guy was a heart patient and was dying. How cruel to deny him justice for few pesos.

    Instead of putting blame on the foreigner. The Philippine government must investigate what caused him to take such a drastic actions. Nobody goes this far, until some grave injustice was done to him and he saw no other option.

    • itsmetruth

      There is always an option. To the deranged, there is none. Don’t try to justify his actions or the fact that he killed two people (and it would’ve been more if he found them), because he wanted justice.
      There is no justification in murder. No excuse could ever make what he did okay. He was a heart patient, he was dying, he was old…so it’s now time to sympathize with his cause and “understand” what he did? Tell that to the victims’ families.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/PP6H2LEJMPMKYBZDSSF3SII5YU Max

         this man did what he felt what had to be done, I call him a TRUE HERO he stood up to those that abused him. shame that he didnt find the real ones who hurt him.
         he killed himself as he believed in his cause/
         the 2 who died, well? had they been far and honest, they would been alive,
         had a Filipino did this, would this even be newsworthy?? well???

      • Noli515

        How sure are you that the ones who died are dishonest people.Who are you to judge! I’m even surprised that instead of talking about the victims, here you all are making this psycho more popular. As if you are inviting more people to put the laws in their hands and follow his actions. Yes you are right, if it wasn’t a foreigner, journalist would not pay too much time to sensationalize the issue. But that’s how Filipinos are, they look up to foreigners (specially Caucasians) as some sort of supreme beings. I’m sure the guard at that court got intimidated to do a thorough search on this deranged person. And if he’s sick and tired of the corruptions in the Philippines, why is he staying…to help poor people in the Phil…like there are no unfortunate beings in Canada… Or maybe he himself is enjoying the unlawfulness of the Filipino people being able to bribe and get away with anything easily ($$$).

      • itsmetruth

        So you worship murderers, now? Why don’t you go ahead and build a shrine for all the terrorists in the world who believe that they are “fighting” and “standing up” for their cause!?

    • rjimenez1226

      You are a despicable person who  judges without knowing the  facts. That makes you scummiest of scums and you are probably a pervert!

  • bictima

    john pope is victim corrupt prosectuion in cebu city led by oscar capacio  Prosectors led oscar capacio made him evillllllllllllllll………..

  • Egg Man

    Maybe he was a child molester. Never married. No kids. Evidence will surface later if he was. If

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