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Monday, July 9, 2018



Journalist accuses Catholic Church of protecting narco-personalities



Journalist Ermin Garcia Jr., via a Facebook post, recently attacked the Catholic Church, accusing them of “protecting narco-personalities” when a Wall Street Journal article went out saying that the Catholic Church was opening its doors for those fear for their lives in the president’s war on drugs.
Bishops and Priests / Photo from PagadianDiocese.org

The article stated that the church has become open to sheltering people who are afraid they may be tagged as drug users or dealers, and killed in cold blood in broad daylight, as many local government officials have been.

Garcia, however, looked at it differently, saying that the church seems to be helping “those who exploit our people’s weaknesses and poverty”.

He says that maybe one of the reasons that the church is doing this is because it is these “narco-politicians” that contribute the most to the church. Garcia says that this is shameful and that the people of the church should focus more on and protect are those broken families, those who have been torn apart because a member of their family has been linked to drugs, or has been killed or hurt by someone on drugs.
Ermin Garcia Jr. / Photo from his Facebook account

"Why should clergy help those who exploit our people’s weaknesses and poverty, breaking up and killing members of helpless families? Is it because the narco-polliticos, generals and drug lords were and remain the biggest contributors to the dioceses?" Garcia said.

Garcia adds that the church has not help the families of those who have been victimized by drug users and dealers, saying that these are the people who need help the most. He also says that there is not even a policy or program in the church that will directly help those involved in drugs.

Ending his post, he calls out to the people of the church telling them to “stand up to our bishops” and tell them to stop protecting the “narco-personalities”.

Read his full post here:

"CHURCH OUT TO PROTECT NARCO-PERSONALITIES?

Just when we thought it was bad enough that some Catholic bishops are encouraging the laity to support efforts to destabilize and overthrow the Duterte government, I get this news – “Catholic Church Opens Sanctuaries to the Hunted in Philippines Drug War” - Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Why??

The Church is fully aware that the government is going hammer and tongs against narco-generals, narco-politicos, drug syndicates and their networks of pushers who are hard at work at turning the country into a narco-state.

For the Church to offer sanctuaries to these same narco-personalities is a direct affront to the government. It is in fact, taunting our government.

Why should clergy help those who exploit our people’s weaknesses and poverty, breaking up and killing members of helpless families? Is it because the narco-polliticos, generals and drug lords were and remain the biggest contributors to the dioceses?
The Catholic Church / Photo from NewsOdy

Even simply invoking EJK as reason for the sanctuary is telling us in the laity that the lives of the narco-personalities are more precious than ours and our families’.

The narco-politicos, generals and syndicates et al. are NOT being persecuted for their Christian faith, so why the sanctuary for the favored drug-criminals?

Those who desperately need the clergy’s support are the broken families who have been victimized by the drug syndicates protected by narco-generals and politicians.

Drug-users particularly addicts, are not the enemies of the state because they are the victims.. 

This is the reason why the government established rehabilitation centers across the country for them.

But the church's affluent dioceses have not lifted a finger to help the thousands of families of drug-users who need and want to have their sons, daughters, wives and husbands be rehabilitated but don't have the means. It is they who don’t just need sanctuary but direct financial help. But why are our affluent dioceses not charitable with the victims of drug-use?

With the exception of one community-based rehab program that Cardinal Luis Tagle supported, there is no policy among the CBCP to directly provide sanctuary and support for drug-users and addicts who want to be rehabilitated.

As the WSJ article pointed out, some of those given sanctuary go out during the day, and return in the evening. Wow!

The laity should finally stand up to our bishops and tell them to stop protecting the narco-personalities being hunted and begin their charity work with the drug-users instead.

TAMA NA PO ANG PAGKA-HIPOCRITO NYO! ANG TAONG BAYAN ANG TULUNGAN NYO, HINDI ANG MGA kRIMINAL NA NARCO-GENERALS, POLITIKO AT MGA SINDIKATO NG DROGA."