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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Duterte: Kailan Matatapos Ang Kalbaryo Ng Mga Pinoy?

Ang Kalbaryo Ng Pinoy: KUNG gusto ninyo pa rin ng EJKs pero nakakalusot ang mga mayaman na drug lords, bola lang ang "end of Endo", ang yaman ng bayan para na lang sa mga plunderers at mga dayuhan! Iboto ninyo ang mga "popular" na kandidato ni Digong! Kalimutan na lang ang Bayan.
From The New York Times
MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Thursday said for the first time that extrajudicial killings had happened under his government’s brutal war on drugs, an admission that could bolster two cases filed against him at the International Criminal Court.
In a rambling speech before government executives at the presidential palace, Mr. Duterte again touched on the government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, a common theme in his two-year-old presidency.
He said he had challenged the country’s military and police brass to remove him from office if they were not satisfied with the way he was running the country.
“I told the military, what is my fault? Did I steal even one peso?” Mr. Duterte said. “My only sin is the extrajudicial killings.”
He did not elaborate. But it was the first time Mr. Duterte publicly acknowledged that extrajudicial killings by the authorities had occurred in his presidency, and it added credibility to claims by rights groups that he had engineered mass killings of alleged drug suspects.
Two criminal complaints against the president have been filed with the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague. Angered by what he called foreign interference in the Philippines’ internal affairs, Mr. Duterte subsequently pulled out of an international treaty that established the court.
From Asian Correspondent
PHILIPPINE prosecutors have set aside complaints against several suspected drug kingpins, citing lack of evidence to bring them to trial.
This came amid President Rodrigo Duterte bloody war on drugs, in which the leader had publicly named and shamed provincial politicians and businessmen as “drug lords” controlling the narcotics trade in the Southeast Asian nation.
“We are mindful of the zealous intention of the complainant to eliminate the illegal drug menace prevalent in our country today, and it is public knowledge that this fight has taken numerous lives,” a Department of Justice panel said in a ruling seen by Reuters, dated Dec 20 last year, but not made public.
According to the Inquirer wealthy Cebu businessman Peter Lim, President Duterte’s kumpadre (wedding cosponsor), and several other suspected high-profile drug personalities were exonerated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a drug trafficking case filed by the police last year.
Silent Church?
From CBCP News
WHY is the Church silent? Why is the Church not doing enough? What is the Church really doing? These are some of the questions that are often asked as the number of killings perpetrated by the police and death squads continues to rise and in the face of authoritarian rule.
Those who ask these questions often do not have a clearly idea of who they are really referring to when they talk about the Church. Nor are they fully aware what individuals and groups within the Church have been doing as a response to the violation of human rights, the extrajudicial killings, and the drug problem.
Whenever we talk about the Church we often refer to the Roman Catholic Church made up not only of the clergy and religious but also the lay members who make up the majority.
The ordained ministers—the bishops and priests—provide leadership, and they are expected to speak and act in the name of the Church. The laity are called to actively participate in the life and mission of the Church. However, the Church is not a monolithic organization or community and cannot be expected to act and speak as one, especially when it comes to complex political and social issues. In questions regarding faith and morals, the voice of the hierarchy becomes authoritative (e.g. the statements from CBCP). There are also bodies like the AMRSP that can speak as one in the name of the religious congregations and orders they represent. There are also groups of lay faithful like the Council of the Laity or Laiko that represent various lay organizations and movements within the Church. The Church is made up of dioceses and every diocese is made up parishes and every parish is a communion of communities or Basic Ecclesial Communities.
Has the Church been really silent? While the Church as a whole cannot be expected to speak and act as one, there have been elements, groups, and individuals within the Church that have fulfilled their prophetic and servant mission and have risked their lives in doing so.
Even before the elections, some bishops and priests already warned the faithful about electing candidates with records of corruption and human rights violations and those associated with death squads. This was reflected in the pastoral letters of the CBCP and some individual bishops. While they did not refer to him by name it was obvious who they were talking about. A report on the EJKs perpetrated by the DDS and inspired by the mayor was circulated which warned that what happened in Davao could be multiplied many times over in the Philippines.
Since the beginning of the Duterte administration, in spite of the threats made by the president to expose the sins of the clergy, the CBCP came out with three pastoral letters denouncing the EJKs – the first one in September 2016, the second one in February 2017 which was read in churches all over the Philippines. The latest one in September 2017, which was the strongest so far, called for the tolling of the De Profundis bells in churches all over the Philippines to pray for the victims of EJKs. Individual bishops have also came out with their own pastoral letters, including Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, Bishop Ronnie Bancud, and the bishops of Negros. The most vocal is Bishop David whose diocese in Kalookan has the most number of EJKs.
The AMRSP also came out with statements condemning EJKs, so have individual religious congregations like the Jesuits, Redemptorists, Marists. The Council of the Laity also denounced the killings. Many priests have also denounced the killings and preached about the value of life.
Priests, nuns, seminarians are helping organize and participate in protests and prayer rallies against EJKs and capital punishment.
What is needed is the greater involvement of the clergy, religious, and lay faithful in promoting the culture of life amidst the culture of death.