Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says drug war survey an ‘encouraging sign’

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says drug war survey an ‘encouraging sign’

Photo. An alleged drug pusher lies on the ground after he was shot dead following a police operation at a slum area in Navotas City, August 17, 2017. VINCENT GO

MANILA— A Catholic bishop said it’s an ‘encouraging sign’ that majority of Filipinos are convinced that many drug suspects killed in anti-illegal drugs operations were victims of summary executions.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan said this perception of the government’s war on drugs is something that the authorities should take seriously.

“Even if many of us have known this all along, the survey result is definitely still an encouraging sign,” David said.

The prelate was referring to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey wherein 54 percent of Filipinos believed that suspected drug pushers and users killed in police operations did not resist arrest.

In the same survey, nearly half or 49 percent even believe that police are killing innocent people. Twenty-three percent, however disagreed, while 26 percent were undecided.

“I think the survey merely shows that most Filipinos know how to follow their basic common sense,” he added.

The bishop said it’s simply illogical for a drug suspect to fight back knowing that he could be killed on the spot.

“It does not make sense that a drug suspect’ who knows he’ll surely die if he engages heavily armed policemen in a special operation in a firefight, would still fight,” David said.

He reiterated his call for the government to observe due process, adding that the rule of law should not be disregarded in the campaign against illegal drugs.

“Even presuming that they are involved in drugs, I know of no law that says they can just be summarily executed,” said David. CBCPNews

Read the source:

EJKs get spotlight in seminarians’ docu-play

Two gunmen try to eliminate Juan, an addict. ACE SAN GABRIEL

PLARIDEL, Bulacan – A group of seminarians from Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) presented on Sept. 23 a docu-play entitled Tugon ng Langit sa Panaghoy ng Lupa that trained the spotlight on extra-judicial killings (EJK) in the country.

According to organizers, the docu-play is indicative of the parish’s proactive stance to fight for life through the efforts of the parishioners, the seminarians and of Fr. Teodorico Trinidad, the parish priest.

The docu-play revolves around the inner world of Juan, a drug dependent who awaits impending death at the guns of unnamed persons. The docu-play presents the many angles of the “war on drugs” — from the perspective of a parent who lost his daughter because of an addict, of a church worker who lost his son but did not lost his faith, of an ex-addict who feels the love and support of his family that lead him to rehabilitation, to that of a father who has a drug dependent son.

The docu-play is based on interviews with different personalities entangled in the Duterte administration’s long-running campaign against illegal drugs: a mother of an EJK victim, a social worker who serves addicted teenagers, the wife of a man who killed got killed in front of his family, an ex-addict turned seminarian, and a bishop, most of whom come from Holy Angels Parish.

Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, D.D. urged in the interview, “We don’t need bullets. What they need is our compassion … The drug suspects, the pushers, and drug users, they are not the enemies in the war on drugs. They are victims whom we need to save.” Taking many victims under the diocese’s wing, the prelate started the campaign “Stop the killing. Start the healing.”

According to the organizers, the docu-play aims to paint the reality of the “war on drugs” for the parishioners of Holy Angels and the wider public. At present, nine EJK victims come from the parish, some of whom received help from the parish cemetery.

The docu-play evokes the reality of the temptation of the devil and of the presence of angels present, said the organizers, not only in one’s personal life but in socio-political events in Philippine society. The prelate explained, “There is hope if our consciences stay alive. The death of conscience is worse than death.”

David also urged Catholics not only to criticize but to actually take concrete steps to address the country’s drug problem. The Church is not a place to condemn those who commit mistakes, he said, but a place of hope for a new life.

The play is preceded by the celebration of Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Kent Andrew E. Apeña, director of Spiritual-Pastoral Formation Year of ICMAS, on the first day of the parish’s novena Masses. Samuel A. Estrope II/Rey David A. Gayas/CBCPNews

Read the source:

Related articles/ Videos click below:

‘Killing of conscience’ worse than killing of addicts – Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

Archbishop Socrates Villegas: Church seeks justice, healing amid calls to end drug killings

Cardinal Tagle: ‘We cannot govern the nation by killing’ as the government’s brutal drug war continues to escalate

Drug war turns diocese into ‘killing field’ – Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

Bishop Pablo David slams killing of 17-year-old boy in drug war

President Duterte told: The Church you despise helps you – Bishop Antonio Tobias

Following Speaker Alvarez’ admission CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas: Don’t consider adultery as normal

Cardinal Tagle enjoins faithful to join ‘Penitential Walk for Life’ campaign against the drug-related killings and the death penalty this 2017 Lenten season

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty (March 19,2017) – Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President

Debate: The issue of death penalty and the Catholic Church stand by Echica and Bañoc

Press Statement on Death Penalty in the Philippines – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Real Christians uphold ‘Gospel of Life’

Holy See’s Statement on ‘Death Penalty’ at 34th Session of Human Rights Council

Standing up for life in a “Country shrouded in the darkness of vice and death” & Is death penalty the answer?

Bishop Bagaforo of Kidapawan condemns killing of Church worker

Cardinal Tagle urges all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary

Archbishop Socrates Villegas decries ‘rape’ of EDSA spirit

Human life is sacred in all areas of life: ‘Walk for life’ every day, Cardinal Tagle urges faithful at Quirino Grandstand in Manila

Killings must end now, says CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Archbishop Socrates Villegas on President Rodrigo Duterte: Moral ascendancy of Church comes from God

Archbishop Socrates Villegas: Jesus, Rizal, Bonifacio innocent victims of death penalty


Solons told: Make conscience vote on death penalty and don’t play God

Global lay movement backs CBCP against death penalty Read the source:

Pastoral letter on drug war grounded in truth— Bishop Ruperto Santos

CBCP Pastoral Letter: For I find no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies – oracle of the Lord God (Ezekiel 18:32)

Philippine Bishops stand firm against death penalty

Death penalty seen to punish mostly poor said the Franciscans

Philippine Gov’t told: Target syndicates, not children – CBCP President Socrates Villegas

Cardinal Tagle and Archbishop Villegas denounce death penalty

In Philippines, brutal drug war prompts Catholic outcry: President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war is “not any more in accord with the legal processes…”

President Duterte could be clueless the Church wants to help fulfill his constitutional duty to defend life

Church will not be silent amid killings — Archbishop Ramon Arguelles

Archbishop Socrates Villegas condemns extra judicial killings in Christmas message

Bishop Ruperto Santos: Church open to dialogue with gov’t but cannot stop spreading the Gospel of life

Philippines’ Death Penalty: Retaliation or Restoration?

Cardinal Tagle: ‘I will not give up on criminals’

Bishop Broderick Pabillo: ‘Drug war kills only the poor’

Filipinos urged: ‘Oppose death penalty’ – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Bishop Arturo Bastes: ‘Horrible advice inspired by Satan’ – Reinstatement of the death penalty

Bishop Joel Baylon alarmed: Public ‘desensitized’ amid killings

Over 300 NGOs call on the United Nations to take immediate action on the hundreds of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines


CBCP Ethical Guidelines on Proposals to Restore the Death Penalty in Philippines

CBCP President Socrates Villegas laments: Filipino values slowly eroding, being twisted

Negros bishops: Gov’t action on killings ‘inadequate’ in the Philippines

Pope Francis: Death penalty fosters revenge, not justice, pope says

Tolerating Terror

Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo on killings: Crime can’t stop crime

Bishop Ruperto Santos to law-enforcers: ‘Respect dignity of life’

Bishop Teodoro Bacani alarmed by rash of drug suspect slayings

CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas: ‘We will resist the moral wrong’

Archbishop Socrates Villegas’ Pastoral appeal to our law enforcers: Appeal to Reason and Humanity – Seek peace and pursue it (Ps.34:14)

Cardinal Tagle: Oppose ‘culture of death,’ Church prays for leaders

CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas alarmed over vigilante killings

Death penalty won’t solve crime: Branson – Visiting tycoon cites experience in Europe

Is death penalty Biblical? Priest explains why not

Law dean raises 7 arguments vs death penalty

Pope Francis Calls for Abolition of Death Penalty

If death penalty returns, bishop says he’ll volunteer to die

In a letter (March 20,2015) to the International Commission against the Death Penalty, the Pope Francis says that today the death penalty is “inadmissible, no matter how serious the crime committed. It is an offence against the inviolability of life and the dignity of the human person.” He adds that it “does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.”