- Despite his dark past, Fr. Bobby Dela Cruz found refuge in the arms of the Lord by entering the community of the Church
- Fr. Bobby was a drug addict during his teenage years and he used marijuana and shabu
- Now, Fr. Bobby is one of the priests in-charge of the drug rehabilitation program of the Archdiocese of Manila
The ongoing war of President Rodrigo Duterte against illegal drug users and pushers has already claimed thousands of lives, either by police operations or by the vigilante and extrajudicial killings.
Fortunately, this man was given a second chance to change his life by entering the community of Church to serve God and his people.
Fr. Bobby Dela Cruz was a former user of marijuana and shabu for more than 10 years during his teenage years.
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“Doon nagsimula ‘yung mauso ‘yung shabu. Hindi ‘yon talaga ang kaligayahan na hinahanap ko. ‘Di ko naman alam kung anong hahanapin ko talaga eh. Pero ang alam ko lang, ‘yon ang alam kong magpapaligaya sakin,” said Fr. Bobby.
(That started when shabu became widely used. That is not the happiness I was looking for. I had really no idea what to look for. But what I knew was that [drugs] will make me happy.)
Fr. Bobby thought that he would only be a drug addict until the Lord called him to enter the vocation in Church. He has been part of the community for 8 years now.
Despite his dark past, Fr. Bobby is not ashamed of telling people about his previous life and he said that people can always change for the better.
“Para sa mga tao na ito na ang tingin ng iba ay walang pag-asa, ngayon ay inaakay siya o niyayakap siya ng simbahan para ipahayag sa kanya ‘yung pag-asa,” he explained.
(This is for the people who are seen as hopeless, but now the Church is embracing them to give them hope.)
Moreover, Fr. Bobby is one of the priest in-charge of the program “Sanlakbay sa Pagbabago ng Buhay” initiated by the Archdiocese of Manila for drug users who want to surrender and change their lives.
The Archdiocese of Manila wants the Church to be the safe haven for those who want to fix their lives for the better.
The Filipino church community has strongly compelled the extrajudicial killings in the country and have stated that killing is not the answer to resolve the issue on drugs in the country.