Christ Community Chapel launches 'world is watching' campaign targeting Filipino FBI

By Tim Troglen Hudson Hub-Times Published:

Members of the Free Tom Randall Facebook page launched a "world is watching" campaign Monday targeted at the National Bureau of Investigation Facebook page.

The NBI is the Filipino equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An "action request" was posted on the Free Tom Randall page shortly after noon.

"Tom's hearing at the NBI should be within 48 hours," the posting read. "Please go to their Facebook site below and post the message 'the world is watching #FreeTomRandall' and then please pray."

Randall, a pastor at Hudson's Christ Community Chapel, 750 W. Streetsboro St., has been in jail in the Philippines since his Jan. 12 arrest. Randall has been awaiting a hearing to determine if he will stand trial or be freed on a charge stemming from a human trafficking investigation at Sankey Samaritan Orphanage, which Randall founded.

Randall has been charged with negligence in the case, according to the Rev. Joe Coffey, lead pastor at the church. Randall was arrested Jan. 12, along with Toto and Jake Luchavez.

Church members have been fearful of Randall's health and safety since his arrest. There has been communication through visits with Randall's wife, Karen, and about 580 text messages Randall has sent to Coffey.

And, it appears, just over a week after Randall was afraid he would die in his cell, conditions are improving.

According to Karen, during a Jan. 26 visit "We had a table full of friends and food and loved every minute of it."

Karen is planning another visit with Randall Wednesday, she said.

"Hopefully will have some news about the case," Karen said.

Wednesday is the date that Filipino officials must let Randall know if he will be tried or set free.

"According to Filipino court filing procedures, Randall can be held for 15 days, or until Wednesday, when he will either be released from this charge and prison, or a decision will be made to try him for negligence in court," according to a church press release issued Jan. 23.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9435 or ttroglen@recordpub.com

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