- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle speaks against the extensive killing of drug suspects in the Philippines
- The cardinal condemns all kinds of murder including abortion and the slaying of individuals who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs
- About 750 drug suspects have died two months after President Rodrigo Duterte took oath as the new head of the country
“Thou shalt not kill," says the 6th commandment in the bible.
Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office on June 30, not less than 750 drug suspects have been killed during police operations while over a thousand people have been gunned down by unidentified men.
After being silent for a while, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has finally spoken against the outbreak of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines and denounced murder of all kinds.
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According to him, illegal drug trade is also form of murder as it kills the dreams of the youth.
"Be consistent to promote whole or integral life. Let us not be selective,” he said.
Tagle condemned other ways of murder, such as killing suspected drug users and pushers, as well as slaying unborn children in the form of abortion.
“Buhay ng kahit sino, hindi lamang buhay na gusto nating protektahan," Tagle stated on Sunday as quoted by Radyo Veritas, a Church-run broadcast station.
(The lives of anyone, not only the ones who we wanted to protect.)
He further noted the importance to safeguard everyone’s lives.
"Basta taong may buhay, kahit sino pa siya, ang buhay na 'yun ay sagrado. Alam ko na ngayon na ang malaking usapin ay ang nagiging mga pagpatay – sabi pati raw sa mga hindi guilty, sa mga inosente – pero kahit nga guilty man o hindi guilty, ang buhay ay dapat alagaan at igalang. At kung guilty, bigyan ng bagong buhay – pagkakataong makabangon mula sa lumang buhay," Tagle added.
(Anyone who is living, whoever that person is, that person’s life is sacred. I know that the big issue today is the extensive killing – which they say affects even those who are not guilty, those innocents – but whether guilty or not, one’s life needs to be cared for and respected. And if guilty, give him another chance to live – an opportunity to rise from an old life.)
The cardinal had been active in issues concerning life such as with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' (CBCP) resistance to the Reproductive Health Law and the government's funding for contraceptives. - Kami Media