Follow smoking ban, CBCP tells clergymen
MANILA – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of t he Philippines’ Public Affairs Committee ( CBCP- PAC) expressed support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 26, which imposes a nationwide smoking ban.
“It’s a good l aw. It has health and environmental benefits. Let’s hope that it will be strictly implemented,” Father J erome Secillano, CBCP- PAC public executive secretary, said on Tuesday.
Members of the clergy are expected to follow the smoking ban, the priest said.
“Parishes would have t o c o n s t a n t l y r e mi n d parishioners about the law and ban smoking within church premises,” he said.
Churches may also remind the faithful regarding the s moki n g p r o h i b i t i o n by placing posters and t arpaulins within t heir premises, said Secillano.
“If parish priests would like to do it, they can initiate. But it’s not imposed on them,” he clarified.
On May 16 the President signed EO 26, which prohibits smoking in all public places, including church grounds, across the country. (