Church launches campaign vs. extrajudicial killings

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Supporters of victims who died in the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs light up candles before a crucifix after the Mass to launch the Church's "Huwag Kang Papatay" campaign in St. Vincent de Paul Church in Manila. (Photo: Maria Tan)

MANILA, July 26, 2016- The Catholic Church launched a “Thou shall not kill” campaign to decry extrajudicial killings in time for President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) to Congress.

The Archdiocese of Manila held a Mass on June 25 to kick-off of the “Huwag Kang Papatay” (Thou Shall Not Kill) campaign, which aims to bring together the families of the victims of extrajudicial killings because of the administration’s war on illegal drugs.

According to Fr. Atilano Fajardo, director of public affairs ministry of Archdiocese of Manila, all of the families of the murdered drug suspects in the country were invited to attend the Mass and pray.

The priest also urged the faithful to wear black or white T-shirts if possible printed with “Huwag Kang Papatay.”

“Thou shalt not kill” is the sixth commandment.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen – Dagupan issued on June 21 a pastoral appeal titled “Appeal to Humanity in Us” addressed to law enforcers.

“We commend you, our law enforcers, on your new-found earnestness in enforcing the law and in apprehending malefactors, but we are disturbed by an increasing number of reports that suspected drug-peddlers, pushers and others about whom reports of criminal activity have been received, have been shot, supposedly because they resist arrest,” reads the message.

President Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa yesterday. (Glenn Figuracion / CBCPNews)

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