Friends of a Hudson pastor jailed in the Philippines since Jan. 12 continued to rally around him at three prayer services Monday, hoping for his freedom and needed medical attention.
Tom Randall, a pastor at Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, has been in a Manila jail since his Jan. 12 arrest in connection with allegations of human trafficking at Sankey Samaritan Orphanage in the Philippines. Two workers from the orphanage, Toto and Jake Luchavez, were also arrested.
Randall, a former pro basketball player in the Philippines and chaplain of the PGA Champions Tour, founded the orphanage and World Harvest Ministries, according to Joe Coffey, lead pastor at Christ Community Chapel.
Randall has been charged with “negligence” stemming from alleged human trafficking, according to Coffey. A hearing, originally scheduled for Jan. 17, was delayed until Wednesday.
As of Tuesday, Randall had not been to the hospital for treatment of high blood pressure, which is 170 over 100, toxic poisoning, a urinary infection, a chest infection and various bumps and bruises, Coffey said. Randall’s godson, a doctor, has been visiting the cell and helping as he can, Coffey said. Randall has been treated “some in his cell,” which included intravenous fluids for dehydration.
Filipino officials could not be reached for comment.
Randall, who initially feared for his life, has received visits from Filipino actor and model, “Hayden,” which has given the pastor “celebrity status,” Coffey said.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s office was made aware of the situation by members of Coffey’s congregation.
“Senator Portman’s staff reached out to and spoke directly with Ambassador Cuisia, the Filipino Ambassador in Washington, regarding Tom Randall,” Michael Haidet, Portman’s deputy press secretary said. “Our office is continuing to work all diplomatic channels to investigate this situation.”