Killings too much to swallow – bishop


Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said he could no longer stomach the killings of suspected drug users and peddlers.

“I do not have to be a bishop to say this. I do not have to be a Catholic to be disturbed by the killings that jar us every time we hear or watch or read the news,” the prelate said in a statement entitled, “Let the Humanity in Us Speak.”

The statement will be read on Sunday in place of the homily during masses in all the churches and oratories in the Archdiocese of Lingayen, Dagupan.

“My humanity is in grief. I am in utter disbelief… This is too much to swallow,” Villegas said.

He noted that it pains him to see a fellow human hurt.

“A portion of my humanity dies when a fellow human dies. Who can say the killed is innocent or guilty? Both the guilty and the innocent are humans,” the bishop stressed.

He lamented the sight of a parent and a child grieving over loved ones killed on the sidewalk “or thrown in grassy areas hogtied or masked with tape.”

The prelate said he fears that the country will turn into a “killing field” in its dream to wipe out drug addiction.

Villegas emphasized that the youth need a safe and wholesome environment without the menace of drugs.

“We share the dream… It is a great dream for young humanity,” he said.

However, he noted that the “little voice of humanity in us” that is disturbed by the killings is “drowned out by the louder voice of revenge or silenced by the sweet privileges of political clout.”

“I pray that humanity be regained so that the killers may listen to the voice of conscience —that conscience that has been dulled by the sight of too much blood everywhere,” he said.
Villegas believes that reason will prevail and humanity will win in the end.

“I believe. I refuse to be forsaken in this belief. I believe in humanity,” he said.



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  1. Be part of the solution, Bishops.
    Learn that the wages of sin is death…that is in the bible!

  2. I wish I could hear you and others like you say you cannot stomach what happened to the millions who fell victim yo these illegal drugs, multiply them by the number of members of families gravely suffering with them. How about the many victims of rape and other heinous crimes, lives lost due to drugs, lives, families destroyed? Where was your voice in denouncing these atrocities? How about your disgust knowing fully well some officers and public officials are involved. You see over half a million surrenderees, your heart is not even wrenched? What can you do yo help them instead of shouting out loud from your ivory tower, as if you have the monopoly for compassion. I want to hear you and see you helping those who want to get out of the addiction ir whatever rot they are in. We don’t need your tears, your voice your disgust…we want you to help!

  3. arnel amador on

    dear bishop villegas,

    hindi po lahat ng tamang pagkain ay matamis, kung minsa’y mapait….indeed it will be hard to swallow but we have to. no need to elaborate all the reasons, it’s far more obvious, isn’t it. for me bishop, here is my take, if prez digong eliminate 3m of drug addicts, criminals, pushers, corrupt people including those evils in sheep clothings, etc, so that 97m+ of the populations can live safely and peacefully so be it…those so called politically correct, morally and legally right formulas never worked in this country, hence, look where we are now. bleeding hearts have no rooms for this war against the elements that will destroy the only country we got. the human rights of the innocent victims, and those about to be victimized, are paramount to the rights of those who victimized them. once and for all somebody must take action with resolve. that somebody is prez digong…yes mapait!

  4. How about these facts? 600,000+ illegal drug-related surrenderees too much to swallow! Judges, Mayors, Policemen and Congressmen involved in illegal drugs in this country too much to swallow!

  5. Bishop villegas, if u r aghast at the number of drug related killings, you shd be aghast too at all the drug related crimes. U shd also be aghast st the sheer number of drug addicts in this country. Perhaps instead of lambasting this govt, why dont the catholic church release its billions n set up rehab center all over the phils n bring these drug addicts back to the fold. Instead of sitting pretty in yr air conditioned palaces n preaching fr yr pulpit up there, go reach out to these people and i might just believe you. Walk the talk too.

  6. Darwin Clemente on

    I would have admired Bishop Villegas if he, instead of just condemning the killings, promised or committed Church funds for the establishment of free rehab centers. With only criticism to give, Bishop Villegas will not earn my respect. At the very least, he should have also condemned P’Noy for not doing anything to control this menace. Now that Duterte has few options to control the drug menace, the Bishop can only offer criticism, not a single solution. Maybe providing funds for a free rehab center is the more difficult thing for the Bishop to swallow.

  7. Hey bishop, you can’t swallow the killings of drug lords, pushers and addicts, but you are swallowing and silent on the crimes done by these pests of the society, you can swallow and silent on the rapes of the innocents and the elderlies, you can swallow the murders and crimes against innocent person and you can swallow what’s happening to the youth who are lured to do drugs so that the few drug lords and pushers could enrich themselves.
    Look at the numbers. Look at those addicts who are surrendering by the thousands. they are members of your “flock” but you have not done anything to protect them from the menace of drug addiction.
    remember bishop, drugs begets crime….

  8. I would recommend that instead of pontificating, that the Archdiocese of Manila leadership be proactive in their social services program and help in the rehabilitation program of the thousands of drug addicts that have surrendered in all the archdiocese and diocese in the Republic. Mobilize them and aggressively ask the oligarchs that supports the Catholic Church of the Philippines for their much needed donations – to mention a few.

  9. BIshop Villegas help saving the country like sodom and gomorah God kill everything because of their vice they destroy the society. In order to keep country safe and livable crime will be eradicated and put to minimum if not totally. Just pray for them and Church should help by giving a homily to parishioner to stay away form drugs.

  10. How about those victims of drugs whose lives wither away like like burning candle, do you feel that too bisho? How about the heartache brought to the parents,brother,sister,relatives who’s one or several members of their families hooked on drugs and beyond redemption,DO YOU FEEL WHAT THEY FEEL,BISHOP. IF ITS TOO MUCH TO SWALLOW THEN GET YOURSELF JAR OF WATER. a portion of you dies when humanity die,then hurry yoursel.?

  11. Dean's Ofice on

    I am a former seminarian having spent 12 years in the company of the priests and those who are called to work in the vineyard. I must say to Bishop Villegas – Yes, we must value and safeguard human life, no question. But when the same nation of God, like the Philippines, is in the claws of druglords and drug addicts ( who are all human beings) what calculated forceful measure can be adopted by this (human) government other than to declare war against illegal drugs. There will be collateral damage and death as in any war just as in the Biblical destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah where both the lest, the lesser and the guiltiest also perished. All of them human beings.Extra judicial killing can not just be attributed to the government. The drug lords could have a hand in these killings. How can you avoid death of these human beings that also “kill a portion of your humanity , Bishop Soc Villegas? How can you fight the illegal drugs by just appealing to their conscience? I have not heard the Catholic Church hierarchy when rapes, hold ups, drugs, politicians and police are involved in drugs and destroy human life that you , Bishop Soc, professes to promote.

  12. Sorry about your stomach father mukhang walang paki si president. Tama lang ,cuz if he is not going to do something about the drug menace may magawa ba kayo?What have you done about it?

  13. Villegas, please shut the hell up and stick to your racket in your turf. You are just another hypocritical, pontificating, and obstructionist churchman who has nothing better to do.

  14. Ecclesiastes 3:3

    “There is time for everything ; Time to kill and time to heal”

    If there are some innocent victims among the hundreds or thousands who died in the war against drug Father , what can you say about the MILLIONS of our YOUTH who are victimized by the Drug Lords /Drug Protectors/Drug Pushers ?
    The youth are the hope of the Nation … are they not Father ?

    You mentioned that the innocent and the GUILTY are humans … I AGREE !!!

    Now , what can you say about the GUILTY HUMANS in Sodom and Gomorrah who were wiped out from this world … they do not deserve to die because THEY ARE HUMANS ?

    Why don’t we just pray hard to the Lord to give our President enough WISDOM , STRENGHT and COURAGE to solve the ILLS of our Country ?

    By the way Father , if you were the President , what would be your solution to get rid of Corruption, Proliferation of Drugs and Poverty ?

    • bullseye…to eradicate a drug problem is a dream? my god, what a priest? you should be one of them, villegas. removed from this world. im sure you’ll go to heaven.

  15. I would like to suggest to Archbishop Bishop to be proactive rather than condemning through media about the extrajudicial killing of drug users and pushers by letting your shepherds go out to the communities and tell those concerned to give up and be cleaned by surrendering to the authorities. By doing so you can save them by not being wasted and at the same time you can also save their soul. Talking about saving their soul is hypothetical because Jesus saved their soul already through his crucifixion. By letting them surrender and reform it is a great service to the christian community and in the other hand if theres no actios in your part is also a great disseervice to the christian community.

  16. The good bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan postures as though he is the only one appalled by the extrajudicial killings happening in the country now. We, the Catholic laity, are too. But our minds’ eyes are not closed. We know where the evil is coming from. It comes from unbridled poverty and an utter lack of cathechism, both of which have not been addressed by the government and the Church.

    I am surprised that the good bishop, as well as the other leaders of the Church, who are supposed to be shepherds of the flock, are not “smelling like sheep” ? This was the recent admonition of the beloved Pope Francis . He wants the clergy to be out in the fields tending their flocks and smelling like sheep. Now then, if they had been in touch with their flocks like the model parish priest St. John Mary Vianney, I am sure many souls would have been saved from the clutches of the drug menace. But how does the Church address the poverty problem? By being comfortable first in their air-conditioned enclaves and limousines?

    The encyclical SOLlICITUDO REI SOCIALIS by the recently sainted St. John Paul, the great , was unreservedly CLEAR that …… “part of the teaching and most ancient practice of the Church is her conviction, that she is obliged by her vocation,… relieve the misery of the suffering, both far and near, not only out of her “abundance” but also out of her “necessities”.. Faced by cases of need, one cannot ignore the needy in favor of superfluous church ornaments and costly furnishings for divine worship; on the contrary, it would be obligatory to sell these goods in order to provide food, drink, clothing and shelter for those who lack these things.”

    These words very clearly delineate what the Catholic church should do. But which they don’t. For a start, how about giving up their tax exemptions to give to the poor How about catechizing the poor by their examples.We expect much because we know Christ expects no less.

  17. OK Bishop. Kindly tell those thousands of unrepentant drug pushers and drug lords who had willfully choose to trade illegal drugs because they are willing to kill the future of the youth of our nation and causing unbearable miseries of millions of families and untold expenses for rehabilating their children hooked on destructive illegal shabu or coccain! We now see that there are thousands of them who had been willfully destroying the youth with impunity and shamelessness! Tell them that you are going to replace their expenses by charging the drug lords and pushers who disrespect the innocent youth human rights or their millions of victims human right. We are in a very very very very critical situation but you look more on the human rights of these wicked druglords and their pushers? Where is your compassion to the untold millions Filipino youth they had destroyed? Most often religious misplaced compassion and hypocrisy shine brighter than the shabu and coccain. I hope and pray that this word of God will convict the religious hypocrites and the druglords,pushers and their protectors! Psalm 105:7New King James Version (NKJV)
    7 He is the Lord our God;
    His judgments are in all the earth.Revelation 20:10-15New King James Version (NKJV)

    10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[a] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

    The Great White Throne Judgment
    11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[b] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[c] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

  18. The Bishop appeal is a true mirror reflection of the devil trick trying to allure the victims to his side. Withdraw first your billions money in the bank and give them to the poors so people me believe that you are not hypocrite.

  19. Bishop Villegas and the Catholic Church shld also be proactive in condemnation of drug lords and drug usage in the country which has been destroying many families and their children’s lives .The church can’t be blind on this cancerous problem By using the pulpit every Sunday to remind parents to keep a close observation of any changes in their children’s daily activities, for it can severely destroy both their mind and body Pres Duterte need help in saving the society from drug problem , he can’t do it alone, School teacher must be cognizant and report to parents if any unusual behavior of students in the classroom. It is every Filipinos human rights to preserve and contain themselves and live responsibly in a society if we desire growth and wellbeing of one another.

    • Baka may coddlers din. Some of them gladly take donations even if they know their donors are in a dirty business. Hihina ang collection!

  20. We have to be cognizant of how we proclaim or declare statement about humanity – in that we are as equally concern to the lives of our countryman damaged and destroyed by drug cartels and their infrastructure – and that its proven that we are concern by previous declarations in the past. Otherwise, we will appear hypocritical.

  21. Bishop Villegas, why not denounce the mass murder of thousands of innocent civilians who were killed by ISIS and the beheading of the foreigners by the abu sayyaf? What these terrorists group did are much worst than what you are saying now.