Fol­low smok­ing ban, CBCP tells cler­gy­men

Panay News - - NATION -

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. (

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