Bishop seeks end to drug killings

MASS COMFORT Members of Huwag Kang Papatay Movement light candles during a Mass for victims of extrajudicial killings. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

MASS COMFORT Members of Huwag Kang Papatay Movement light candles during a Mass for victims of extrajudicial killings. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

A Catholic bishop on Monday sought a stop to the killing of suspected drug peddlers during a Mass held at the Adamson University in Manila.

“You are wearing black because we are here to pray for the souls of those killed during the anti-illegal drugs operations. We are here to comfort the families of those killed,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo told the faithful who gathered at the Saint Vincent de Paul Parish church.

“Why kill them when they were just suspects? We are not sure if they indeed are criminals and you only placed a placard on their cadaver that they were pushers,” he said.

Policemen were guarding the premises of the church as a candle lighting ceremony was held inside the university after the Mass.

Pabillo was joined by Vincentian priests Nono Fajardo and Nick Velasco. Former Peace Process adviser Teresita “Ging” Deles was among those spotted inside the church.

Hundreds of suspected drug dealers have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office on June 30.

The Philippine National Police said Monday that 293 drug suspects have been killed from July 1 to 24. More than 3,000 drug suspects were arrested and 129,753 drug suspects have surrendered to the authorities.

The National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila has the most number of drug suspects killed at 77. It was followed by Central Luzon with 64 drug suspects killed. The Southern Tagalog region is third with 30 drug suspects killed, followed by the Bicol region, 12.

The PNP said eight drug suspects were killed in the Ilocos Region, seven in Soccskargen, five in Davao, four each in Central Visayas and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), and three in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

One drug suspect was killed each in Eastern and Western Visayas and Caraga Regions.


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  1. Why is it that the church are sobbing much for those personalities being killed related to illegal drugs causing the destruction of our citizens? Drug lords and drug dependents are the root cause of several criminality and proliferating chaos among peace loving people and productive individual who are contributing much to our economy. Criminals are the enemy of the state who does not give respect to our laws and authorities in power. To the bishops and priests, kindly find Luke 19:27 (But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me.’) and disseminate the message to your flock.

  2. Juan T. Delacruz on

    Holy Father, the term “suspects”, as defined by law, are suspects until proven guilty in the court of law. However, Law enforcement officers were trained and will not allow anybody to point guns at them nor firing at them while they are making arrests. They will not engage in foot races, like when a suspect is running away from them while making an attempt to arrest, because the policemen are intelligent enough to understand that they will possibly get ambushed by the friend of suspect waiting on the other side of the road. Therefore, shooting is the only option left for the law enforcement officers.

    If there are connections between the police and the vigilante groups or vigilante groups are policemen themselves, jus think of it as PDU30 weapon to fight drugs and criminalities. Slowly but surely, PDU30 starts revealing drug personalities in higher places, and majority of the Philippine population approved his techniques and methodology used in fighting drugs. The number of casualties are still at very low level considering the magnitude of the problem. It has not even reached the 1% of the projected 100,000 mark that PDU30 projected himself.

    Holy Father, please do not forget to include the crime victims in your prayers and thousands of law enforcement officers, risking their lives everyday fighting drug criminalities. They should be called Peacekeepers, Sons of God.

  3. Is it not possible that those suspected “drug pushers & users” were killed by the DRUG LORDS and/or THEIR PROTECTORS through their “HITMEN” , to get rid of possible witnesses against them ?

    From what I have seen on Video Footages ,
    somebody clamoring to have Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte investigated for extra-judicial killings should be the person to be investigated !!!

  4. That powerful men like generals and drug lords from here and other countries are treated differently from the poor drug users and drug pushers. What a glaring illustration of an anti-poor policy. I have not read of any drug lord being killed during Duterte administration or any general or high-ranking police officer—and there are many of them involved in the anti-drug trade.

    Only the poor were being killed, the family can’t even afford to redeem their bodies.

    Bad means never make for good ends.” Indiscriminate killing is no solution to the illegal drug problem. The solutions are quite simple and you don’t need to be a great thinker to know them.

    Uphold the due process and the rule of law. life is a gift from God and it is Sacred.

  5. What was the Church, the religious sectors and the CHR doing when for so long the innocent victims of crimes, drug-related or otherwise, are being murdered in the streets, in their workplaces and in their homes in broad daylight and in the dark of the night? There were no prayers, no calls for these senseless killings to end from the leaders of the Church, the religious sectors and CHR. There were no calls for justice, no calls for investigation, no prayers for the souls of these poor unfortunate victims. Now that the tables are turned around on the criminal perpetrators, the Church and the religious sectors weep and pray for their souls, calling for investigation and an end to the killings. Are the criminals lives more important and valuable then the victims of their crimes? In this regard, the criminals are more fortunate because they have these organizations to stand up for them. Who prays for the victims? Who calls for investigation for the victims? Who demands justice for the victims?

  6. no middle man in solving the crimes….Mediatorship of any relegious men and women make it bias……..Crimes is crimes and it must pay for crimes and that is justice……It is the only make this nation free from drugs of all kind……It is better during President E. Marcos time, there is no such lords all of them was executed in his time…..No wonder drugs epedimic and drug Lords in that time……I wished President Duterte make it much more more better…….