Villegas clarifies he’s not attacking Duterte with drug war criticism
In light of his recent Chrism Mass homily, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas clarified that he was not attacking President Rodrigo Duterte when he criticized the war on drugs.
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“We are taking a stand on issues. And I hope the discourse will remain on the level of issues and not on persons,” Villegas said during an interview.
The bishop even shared that he prays for the success of the Duterte administration even if the Church is vocal on its stand against the spate of killings linked to the drug wars.
“I hope it is clear that we are not personally against [Mr. Duterte, the individual],” Villegas clarified.
Besides the drug wars, the Church has also been actively campaigning against the re-imposition of death penalty in the country by emphasizing the Ten Commandments in their advocacy posters.
“The Ten Commandments are commandments. They are not suggestions. They are God’s commandments, that is why they are obligatory. No exceptions,” Villegas said.
With reference to the Commandments, the slogan of their advocacy materials use the phrase “huwag kang papatay” which is used to rally against the killing of drug suspects.
Villegas clarified that these information materials are hung by laymen and not by priests or Church officials.
He also added that no matter the tirades thrown at them by the President, the Church will stand strong.
“We were fed to the lions. We were jailed. We were beheaded,” said Villegas, referring to early Christians who had been hunted for their beliefs and executed.
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