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Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte recently unleashed a harsh campaign to end drug-dealing in the country. Some sources state that Duterte has ordered the killing of criminals like drug pushers, rapists, and snatchers. The Christian community is taking notice of the rise of violence in the country and is doing something about it. Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan launched an appeal to the government for the end of the chain of extra-judicial killings of traffickers. The Christian community is affirming that people are in need of a new life in Christ, not death.

09/16/2016 Philippines (Asia News) – All attacks on human life, from abortion to acts of terrorism, are sins “which cry to heaven for divine justice” say the Filipino bishops. In a message published yesterday marking the  celebration of Our Lady of Sorrows, they express  their concern at the escalation of violence that exists in the Philippines. In the last 10 weeks 3,500 people have been killed in the country, 1,400 of whom were suspected drug traffickers gunned down by the police. On 2 September a bomb attack in the city of Davao killed 14 people and injured 60.

Msgr. Socrates Villegas, president of the Episcopal Conference, said that “human dignity must always be protected, and the nobility of every human person continues to shine despite the scars of the crime and sin.” In late August, the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan had launched an appeal for the end of the chain of extra-judicial killings of traffickers wanted by the new president Rodrigo Duterte. The bishops have asked the families of the victims not to seek revenge and not to confuse it with the justice system.

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