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Bishops against Duterte’s constitutional changes
Prelates bemoan a “feeling of a creeping dictatorship is conjured by past experience.” They warn of a lack of transparency and a shift towards authoritarianism, calling on Catholics to be vigilant and understand the risks of "a rash move for a new Charter".
01/07/2016 08:29:00 PHILIPPINES
CBCP: We’re not enemies, but we’ll remain vigilant on new government
President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said the Church would collaborate for the sake of Filipinos, but would be vigilant at the same time. “Pursuing the same vision as Filipinos and as Catholics, we will be vigilant because vigilance is the great price for freedom.”
07/04/2017 18:21:00 PHILIPPINES
Filipino bishops call for positive dialogue with the Duterte administration
Mgr Socrates Villegas acknowledges differences in principle, but adds that they should not “prevents us from cooperating). He urges bishops and government to tone down the confrontation. For the CBCP president, silence is not an option; “disregard for human life” must stop. Contrary to what some believe, the Catholic Church is not an enemy of the Duterte administration, says Mgr Antonio R. Tobias.
18/08/2017 18:41:00 PHILIPPINES
More killings take place in anti-drug operations in Manila. Fr Gariguez notes Duterte encourages executions
The killings are the “epitome of the aggressive campaign of the present government against illegal drugs,” Fr Gariguez said. The “President is determined to push for his violent and barbaric method in waging the war on drugs. He cannot be swayed, even by the moral admonitions of the Church which he admittedly despises.”
27/05/2016 14:15:00 PHILIPPINES
Death squad nightmare returns to the Philippines
Ferdinando Marcos’ infamous “special forces” were abolished with the fall of his dictatorship. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly praised them, and, as mayor of Davao, has apparently re-established them turning the city into a security fortress. In the past week, gunmen have shot eight alleged drug dealers. For Cebu archbishop, the new president has a tendency to change his statements.
24/05/2016 15:57:00 PHILIPPINES
Duterte’s attack on Filipino bishops "violent and unprovoked"
The new president has attacked the church calling it "the most hypocritical institution" in the world, offending bishops and accusing them of being corrupt. He adds that he will "challenge the Catholic faith", imposing a limit of three children per family, free the former president Arroyo and bury the dictator Marcos in the "graveyard of heroes." Catholic source: "I am surprised by this violent and unprovoked attitude, particularly unsuitable in a president."
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