Church groups back rallies against the “rise of another dictator” - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Church groups back rallies against the “rise of another dictator”

Catholic prelates and leaders joining move against tyranny / File photo only grabbed from Politiko

Manila, Philippines - An archdiocese in the province of Iloilo and some major Catholic Church organizations have called its faithful and other church institutions to join the simultaneous rallies against the government, saying it was to condemn the “rise of another dictator.”

On Wednesday, the said church organization said that they hoped the protest might awaken their desire to fight for human rights.

“[and]stand firm against the continued damaging effects of Martial Law in 1972 to our economic, social and political life [and]historical revisionism and [also on the]commitment to disallow another dictator to rise.” the group said

 Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Council of the Laity of the Philippines), and Promotion of Church People’s Response and Religious Discernment Group (RGD) called on the faithful to join them at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila.

Also, according to the statement signed by Fr. Cielito Almazan and Sr. Regina Kuizon, chairmen of AMRSP, and Sr. Patricia Fox, RGD convenor, who is facing a deportation order and Fr. Rolly de Leon, co-chairman of PCPR, the religious groups said the event would be “balanced with the hopeful celebration of the International Day of Peace.”

The group added that they would march with various church sectors to the “United People’s Action Against Dictatorship” at Luneta Park in Manila at 3 p.m.

The Church had earlier claimed that the situation under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was “reminiscent of the dark past.”

“I would like to urge our Catholic faithful living nearby and Catholic institutions to join the ecumenical rally in front of the Provincial Capitol Grounds,” wrote Jaro Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo in a letter, which was also posted the Archdiocese of Jaro Commission of Social Communications on its Facebook page.*

Lazo added that he hoped for a “peaceful” gathering.

On his letter, Lazo cited that the society was built on “fostered inward sense of justice and kindliness, and of service to common good and strengthened basic convictions as to the true nature of the political community,” not in “compulsion” and dictatorship.

Ever since, the Church has criticized the policies of President Duterte such as his campaign against illegal drugs, saying it was a violation of human rights, some prelates were also accusing him of turning “blind eye” to the problems of the country.

Some church officials also said that instead of focusing on  “silencing his critics” such as Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, Sister Fox and Sen. Leila de Lima, the president should address the main problems.

On September 21, 1972 President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law through Proclamation 1081. The University of the Philippines on Wednesday, declared the said date as Day of Remembrance.

Senators Leila De Lima and Antonio Trillanes / composite photo from ABS CBN

Source: Manila Times