'Running priest' Robert Reyes asks Cardinal Tagle to stand up against Duterte - The Daily Sentry

Friday, December 7, 2018

'Running priest' Robert Reyes asks Cardinal Tagle to stand up against Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte and Father Robert Reyes / compiled photo from the Herald and Google (ctto)

“Stop criticizing, and do something good.”

That was the message of Presidential Spokesperson and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo when he was asked by media men regarding the most recent and fiercest tirade of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte calling out for the bishops to be better off dead than alive.

“Itong mga Obispo ninyo, patayn ninyo. Walang silbi iyang mga gagong iyan. (KiIl your bish0ps. They have no use.) All they do is criticize,” President Duterte said in Malacañang.

A call to speak up against the president

Running priest and activist Robert Reyes hits the news again when he called out his other fellow priest to answer the comment or suggestion of the President regarding them being better off dead than alive.

Reyes also made an appeal to the head of the Catholic church in the country- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle regarding this matter with the president.

“Puwede mag salita na kayo Cardinal Tagle? (Can you speak up Cardinal Tagle?) Let us help one another, not another priest kiIled," he told in an interview with ABS-CBN.

Reminder to be mindful of his words

From December 2017 to June 2018, four priests have been slain, which prompted an opposition senator Risa Hontiveros to call out for a probe whether or not there is a systematic killing of members off the clergy under the Duterte administration.

Reyes reminded the chief executive to be mindful of the words that comes out of his mouth since this is taken as a state policy.*

“Kung ikaw ama, 'wag kang mag-mura, lalong-lalo na huwag mo sabihing 'patayin nalang',” he said.

(If you are a father, you shouldn't curse, especially say 'just kill.')

“Bakit ka walang katakot-takot? Nawala na ba ang Diyos sa buhay mo? Diyos na ba ang tingin mo sa sarili mo?” he added.

(Why do you have no fear? Has God left your life? Do you see yourself as a god?)

Malacanang already made a clarification of the remarks of President Duterte regarding the bishops; the continued tirade of the President was only a response to the previous statements given by  Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, one of the most outspoken members of the clergy that is critical to the policies of the chief executive.

“That’s only hyperbole on the part of the President… He is making these statements for dramatic effect,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace press briefing in Malacanang.

Reyes’ Christmas wish

Christmas being just around the corner, Reyes was quoted saying that Duterte should change his mind set in carrying out of his war on illegal narcos and instead focus on helping wounded communities.

"Sana iba naman po, baguhin ang pananaw niyo. Hindi war on drugs…Help wounded communities. Hindi kill, kill,...”he said.

Source: ABS CBN