Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday paid a courtesy visit to Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental) and expressed concern over a growing number of extra-judicial killings in the city.
According to Bishop Cortes, nine people had been summarily executed during the week.
The bishop said he believes that there is a need to rally against violence and promote the culture of life instead.
“We have to do more. There must be greater collaboration between the Church and the local government in the fight against criminality. The government cannot do it alone,” he added.
Binay cited the importance of collaboration between the government and the Church in responding to extra-judicial killings.
He noted that the Church and local government authorities had agreed to cooperate in fighting criminality.
“This is a commendable initiative,” the Vice President said.
After their meeting, Binay attended Mass and joined worshippers in reading an Oratio Imperata led by Bishop Cortes to end extra-judicial killings.
In his prayer, the bishop asked for the Lord’s guidance in fighting criminality.
He also asked authorities to always follow the rule of law.
“Compassionate Lord, we are deeply saddened by the extra-judicial killings in our towns and cities, mostly unsolved and drug-related. We, as Your people are helpless in the face of this evil. With Your grace, come to our aid. By Your power, put an end to these killings,” Cortes said.
“We pray for the guardians of social order and law enforcement authorities, that they may continue to uphold with integrity the rule of law and promote justice,” he added.