MANILA, Sept. 9, 2016— International Catholic lay ecclesial movement Couples for Christ has said all Filipinos should be concerned about the frequent killings of suspected criminals.
CFC, in a statement issued Wednesday, aired its concern over alleged cases of extrajudicial killings as the death toll in President Duterte’s war on drugs passed the 2,400 mark two months after he took office.
CFC chairman Joe Tale said Filipinos must demand that “the unabated killings should stop now.”
“Let our voices be heard,” he said. “It is not a time to be quiet. It is not a time to be neutral.”
“Let us stand firm for our humanity. Let us stand firm for our faith. Let us stand firm for the gift of life,” Tale said.
The CFC, with around 730, 000 active members, agrees the illegal drug problem must be eradicated.
However, they said, efforts to combat the menace must adhere to legal and principles.
Tale also called on CFC members and the public to help win the war against drugs by cooperating with the authorities and the judiciary.
With a mission to evangelize people, he added CFC must help inculcate the right values, especially among the young Filipinos “so they may not fall into the trap of illegal drugs in the first place.”
“Let us help in whatever way we can to help reform and rehabilitate those who have been victimized by it,” Tale said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)