Palace welcomes CBCP offer to help govt

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Malacañang on Thursday welcomed the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) readiness to work with the Duterte administration to address social problems following spats over summary killings and the proposed restoration of the death penalty.

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“The statement of Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President, that Catholic bishops are open to exploring avenues of collaboration with the Duterte administration is a welcome change,” the president’s spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

He noted that while the bishops are “100 percent against the proliferation of drugs and support 100 percent the campaign against drugs,” they emphasized rehabilitation, which is part of the second phase of the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

“We thus look forward to their help in treating drug dependents and restoring their mental, spiritual, and psycho-emotional health,” the Palace official said.

Abella echoed Villegas’ statement that the Catholic Church “is not against the President” but against some policies and measures that they believe “would not help the Philippines and the Filipino people.”

He also agreed with the CBCP president that “it is not the business of the Church to be leading political upheavals.”

“It is a good reminder that power struggles between church and state belong to a dim dark past, and in a world that has evolved by leaps and bounds, it is imperative that all work together to put food on every table, no matter what beliefs one holds in private,” Abella said.

Villegas, in a television interview on Tuesday, said that they have agreed to work with the government in uplifting the poor and in developing Mindanao during a recent dialogue with Cabinet officials.

“We have made a breakthrough… We are exploring possibilities for collaboration such as working for the poor and empowering Mindanao,” Villegas said.

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  1. IT ‘S Unusual, there is something sense and smell FISHY!!! because it is known by WHOLE World now that the CBCP is envolved in political alliance with the Philippine Liberal Party?

    The CBCP can not deny their participation in orchestrating with the alliance with the liberal party and aim in destabilising the current Duterte government. The can not deny the truth, that they, CBCP are using the collection money from their parishioner and invest with vested interest with the Liberal Party.

    What a big turn around of event, they are using the name of GOD in their criticism against the PRRD government, just to get the attention from the faithful catholic church.

    GOD will not allow that His own church leader will succed in using HIS name in bad intention, that is why HE use HIS one Child (the lady from Davao who turn herrself as a confess witness and turn her back against EVIL wisher (Trillanes, De Lima, REV. FATHER ALEHO together with the LP et al.)

    May the Lord GOD, bless his soul….