The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) held a prayer vigil today at the EDSA Shrine to advocate “Stop the Killing, Start the Healing”, calling it Heal our Land Sunday on November 5, 2017.
On the news release from Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque he said that the President Duterte has repeatedly mentioned that he allows constructive dissent and that he would give protesters the democratic space and time to enjoy the rights to peacefully assemble, seek redress and air their grievances.
“We reiterate that this administration does not – and will never – condone extrajudicial and vigilante killings,” the statement said.
“Our authorities have been investigating 2, 243 incidents with drug-related motives, as of end September, and the President himself made a clear stance that any violation committed by the police during operations would be dealt with accordingly. Accountability is essential to good governance,” it added.
CBCP was very vocal in their grievance against Duterte’s war on drugs, thus condemns extra judicial killings.
Archbishop Soc Villegas reiterated on the EDSA Mass the changing of their wrongdoings. “Magbagong buhay na tayo, kasama ako,” he said.
But he gave his tirades to his fellow priests, cops and politicians, “If we do not stop the killings, a curse awaits the nation that kills its own people.”
But on the ironic part, the total silence of the Catholic church on the death of Horacio “Atio” Castillo, the University of Santo Tomas student who was killed allegedly through hazing by the Aegis Juris fraternity, was quiet surprising, and yet they are so loud in condemning the killings on the land but most likely hiding in conspiracy the justice meant to be done for Atio.
Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile believed that they knew what happened but still tolerated the act. “The act of one is the act of all, they are fraternity and there’s a conspiracy,” he said.
Atio died during an initiation rites/hazing of the Aegis Juris Fraternity last September 17, 2017.