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Catholic told to stand up vs. EJKs
By Armand M. Galang

Sep 12, 2017

CABANATUAN CITY – The Catholic faithful in the province of Nueva Ecija were called upon to stand up against all evils and violence, especially the extrajudicial killings (EJKs) and summary executions.

In an official statement of the Diocese of Cabanatuan on Sept. 8, coinciding with the birthday celebration of Virgin Mary, Bishop Sofronio Bancud said everyone must take responsibility on everything that happens to his fellow human being.

“Tila sinasabi rin sa atin ng Panginoon ang mga katagang tinuran niya kay Cain, “Ano itong ginawa mo? Sumisigaw sa atin mula sa lupa ang dugo ng iyong kapatid, at humihingi ng katarungan,” the statement said citing Genesis 4:10.

The bishop said the lack of concern over the spate of killings in our society implies approval to such violence.

“Sa diwang ito, bilang Diocesis masidhi nating tinututulan ang anumang marahas na pagpatay sa sinumang tao lalo na ang papatay sa mga inosente,” he said, citing the case of Reynaldo De Guzman who was found floating with over 30 stab wounds and signs of torture at the Pinagkamatayang Kabayo Creek, Sitio Gitna, Barangay san Roque, Gapan City recently and other minors killed amid the government’s war on drugs.

“Magkaroon nawa tayo ng matalino at maka-Kristiyanong panunuri sa ating paligid. Manindigan tayo para sa totoong mabuti at makatutulong sa pag-unlad ng ating lipunan. At iwaksi natin ang karahasang sumisira sa daan ng kapayapaan at kaayusan sa ating bansa. Magsama-sama tayo at magtulungan upang ating makamit ang tunay na pag-unlad na ating pinapangarap,” Bancud said.

He also called on everyone to pray for all the victims of violence and killings with the end view of receiving justice. “Ipanalangin din natin ang nagpapatupad ng ating batas upang tahakin nila ang landas ng pagibig at kapayapaan sa pagtupad ng kanilang tungkulin.”

Meanwhile, civil society leader and former Nueva Ecija governor and legislator Eduardo Nonato Joson asked President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the killings, saying a “government does not make war on its own people whatever the presumed motivations or transgressions are.”

Joson, head of the Citizen Power Movement, said only Duterte can stop the killings, referring to the series of killings brought by the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Underscoring his stand against violence, Joson has been pressing for the ban on boxing.

“Tama na! Sobra na ang pagpatay Mr. President. Only you can stop the killings for the imprimatur for the killings came from you,” Joson said. “And the greatest leaders or warriors are those who did not have to go into battle to win the war. Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi did it and I believe that it is never too late to begin anew and learn from the lessons of history,” he added.

Joson also expressed belief that the 24 million Filipinos who did not vote for Duterte “rejected your cursing and the killings in Davao City which made you a notorious mayor and punisher or executioner of criminals.”

Joson said he was praying Duterte will eventually change his heart.




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