Sunday, April 1, 2018

Why does the church and human rights groups favor criminals not enforcers and victims?



Photo credit: kahimyang.com
Ideally, the Church should stand for the right of life of all human beings, but even the so-called institution that is supposedly independent from the government ends up taking sides in the face of major overhauls, political extremes, and radical changes.

What is impressionable, however, is the adamant stand of the Church against the 4,000 slain during the intense anti-drug wars waged by a headstrong President Rodrigo Duterte against their deafening silence over the 8,000 murderers, 9,000 rapes, 60,000 robberies, and over 200,000 assaults every year in the Philippines, largely of which have been induced by substance abuse.

And these shocking numbers can go higher considering the rampant poverty, strife, and crimes committed especially during the Aquino regime where a record of 324,083 incidents in 2009 and over a million from 2013 to 2014 tarnish the number of deaths linked to the anti-drug wars in the current Duterte administration.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) have denounced Duterte’s rigorous strategies against the once rampant and damaging narcotic problem of the country, justifying it with numbers and violence when, on the other hand, they were shut silent on the around one to four million Filipino lives destroyed by narcotics.

The same sentiment is echoed once it comes to casualty count between the insurgents and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with the Church expressing strong sentiments against the AFP but never fully addressing the issues faced by our AFP during dangerous and damaging encounters.
Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s meticulous and diligent attempts to bridge the welfare of the Filipinos to those of the Islamic front, the latter continues to threaten and violate unilateral ceasefires and other terms integral to peace-building.

It should come as no surprise that Duterte only responds accordingly, facing betrayals and violence with the same amount of fierce offensive and defensive that the Philippines needs from these religious fronts, but the Church tends to taint the President’s responses as those initiated by a wanton for blood and domination.

Ricardo Saludo captures these integral points as he asks “why does the Church favor lawbreakers, not enforcers?” in his December 12, 2017 Manila Times article.

Source: kahimyang.com