Bishop to law-enforcers: ‘Respect dignity of life’

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MANILA, July 30, 2016 – Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) raised the alarm over the spate of alleged drug-related personalities’ killings.

“We must remember always that aevery human life counts. Every human being is a child of God. In fighting crime and in maintaining peace and order we must not forget respect for life,” Santos said.

With the rising death count of suspected drug traffickers, the prelate reminded the authorities not to see people as mere numbers but as human beings who have rights to due process of law.

The prelate said authorities must go beyond seeing suspected criminals as mere numbers.

“We have to look at the people behind the numbers,” explained Santos.

He also urged the government to fund and establish sufficient rehabilitation facilities for drug traffickers who have surrendered to the authorities.

”Will there be justice for those who were killed? Human treatment for those who surrendered? Rehabilitation for those who seek a second chance?” he added.

The head of CBCP-ECMI also noted that law-enforcers must uphold respect for the dignity of human life amid the government’s intensive campaign against illegal drugs. (Ysabel Hilado / CBCPNews)

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