At­tack on as­pi­ra­tions for truth, jus­tice

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORY! -

THE lat­est se­ries of tirades of Pres­i­dent Duterte against church peo­ple is no joke and never should be con­sid­ered as one; rather, it is part of the sys­tem­atic at­tack against those who work to build a bet­ter so­ci­ety for the Filipinos and those who crit­i­cize the un­ac­cept­able, an­tipeo­ple poli­cies of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In fact, his rants were so scan­dalous that it smoke­screens and con­ceals hor­ridly his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ne­glect of its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the peo­ple and its plans that poses even graver dan­ger to the na­tion and our fu­ture.

It has mas­tered the use of sloppy pro­pa­ganda and di­a­tribe to con­ceal and route its ad­min­is­tra­tion’s agenda from all ra­tio­nal dis­cus­sion and crit­i­cism. He even re­sorted to in­cit­ing vi­o­lence and in­duc­ing to its forces to com­mit more crimes aimed at the peo­ple, in­clud­ing church peo­ple.

With the bloody record of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion, we, as faith­ful, regis­ter our strong­est con­dem­na­tion to his most re­cent state­ment in­cit­ing va­grants to “rob and even kill bish­ops.” It de­lib­er­ately per­suades re­li­gious dif­fer­ences and am­pli­fies dis­re­spect and vi­o­lence among the peo­ple. Without amour as a na­tion’s fa­ther, his words do not even at­tempt to pro­mote unity and to re­solve any sin­gle so­cial prob­lem.

Much more fear­some now is the press­ing re­al­ity and pos­si­bil­ity that Pres­i­dent Duterte’s provo­ca­tions might lead to ac­tual phys­i­cal at­tacks con­sid­er­ing that there are al­ready seven cases of killings of clergy and re­li­gious per­son­nel and more frus­trated at­tempts and threats and harass­ment fol­low­ing his stint in jus­ti­fy­ing Fr. Ven­tura’s killing. His state­ments might even re­in­force and back up the forces be­hind the tens of cases of at­tacks against church peo­ple who pro­claim the Good News of sal­va­tion, in the pul­pits and, more im­por­tantly, in af­flicted peo­ple’s com­mu­ni­ties, and de­nounce the evil’s works in the coun­try.

“In this midst, we can­not re­main silent. We are called to par­take “...in the procla­ma­tion of good news to the poor. To pro­claim lib­erty to the cap­tives and re­cov­er­ing sight to the blind, to set at lib­erty to those who are op­pressed, and to pro­claim the year of the Lord’s fa­vor (Luke 4:18-19).” -

Nardy Sabino, Pro­mo­tion of the Church Peo­ple’s Re­sponse

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