Bishops call admin’s drug war a ‘success’
A group of Catholic Bishops sang praises on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs.
“Given the number of days in office of the new administration, its campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption may be considered a success thus far,” read a statement from the Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF).
“We congratulate the President for this, and pledge our support for his sincere efforts to address the present situation,” it added. Duterte, 71, assumed power less than two months ago.
However, the EBF reminded Duterte to respect human rights. “Life which came from the Creator is precious; it has to be preserved as much as possible,” the EBF stated.
“The campaign can continue without violating people’s rights and keeping all actions within the parameters of the law,” it stressed. With this, the EBF urged the present administration “to examine the correctness of its approach in eliminating this [drug] menace”.
It also underscored the need for “deeper analysis [on] why the drug problem is thriving and who benefits from this”. President Duterte has badmouthed Bishops in the past, calling them hypocrites among other things.