• Bishop calls for stop to vigilantism

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    BALANGA CITY: Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos on Friday called for a stop to vigilante killings of suspected drug offenders, describing such killings as wrong.

    “The campaign against illegal drugs must be done without giving rise to a mentality that extra-judicial killing is acceptable. Vigilante killing is wrong because it puts justice outside the law,” the prelate said.

    Santos, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, issued the call in reaction to the vigilante style of drug-related killings nationwide.

    He urged respect for life and dignity of every human being, pointing to laws that make justice available to all.

    “I am afraid that such an environment [of vigilante killings]is not healthy for peace because it uses violence that is outside the law,” the bishop added.

    ERNIE B. ESCONDE

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