Schol­ar­ship fund for kids of drug war ca­su­al­ties

Manila Bulletin - - News - By LES­LIE ANN G. AQUINO

Cubao Bishop Hon­esto Ong­ti­oco is cre­at­ing a schol­ar­ship fund for chil­dren or­phaned by the war on drugs. "I am cre­at­ing a schol­ar­ship fund to fi­nance the school­ing of chil­dren left or­phaned by the vic­tims of these vi­o­lence," he said in a pas­toral let­ter dated Septem­ber 15.

Ong­ti­oco said these chil­dren will be en­rolled in the parochial schools of his dio­cese.

"Ed­u­ca­tion is our gift to help them se­cure a more promis­ing fu­ture," he said.

The Cubao prelate said those in­ter­ested to help can bring their dona­tion to their par­ish or the dio­cese.

Last Septem­ber 12, the Catholic Bish­ops' Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pines (CBCP), led by its pres­i­dent, Lin­gayen Dagu­pan Arch­bishop Socrates Vil­le­gas ap­pealed to the faith­ful to con­trib­ute to the sup­port and the school­ing of the or­phaned chil­dren, sib­lings, fam­i­lies of those killed in the govern­ment's cam­paign against drugs, vic­tims of vi­o­lence and the war in Marawi.

The CBCP also asked the faith­ful to of­fer prayers by recit­ing the rosary daily for the said vic­tims for 40-days start­ing Septem­ber 23 and end­ing on Novem­ber 1.

It also ap­pealed for the tolling of church bells at 8 p.m. dur­ing the same pe­riod in re­mem­brance of the souls of those killed.

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