Bishop Pabillo urges laity not to be silent on the culture of death

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the laity not to be mum on the increasing number of extra judicial killings in the country.


Pabillo who is also the Chairman of CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity said in a press conference on Wednesday, January 11, that there are 6,200 people killed in a span of six months with the government’s campaign on illegal drugs.


“If we are silent, and we are made silent, dahil sa pananakot, dahil sa pagbabanta, we will go to the culture of death. That death is seen as a solution to our problems. Andiyan na ang abortion, andiyan na ang extra-judicial killing, nandiyan na yung death penalty, nandiyan na ang euthanasia, that death is the solution to our problems, that death will promote life which is not good,” Pabillo said.


Pabillo also added that there are 52 national lay organizations and 51 diocesan council of the laity that make up the majority of the church who speak up about their faith. These lay faithful also promote and value the dignity and sanctity of human life and are against the culture of death that results to a culture of silence.


“And if the culture of death comes in, surely again will follow the culture of silence because there is no voice in death. Kaya kung tayo ngayon ay silent papasok ang death and really we will have the silence of death. Kaya dapat ngayon magsalita na, dapat ngayon magpahayag na, lalong-lalo na sa ating mga politicians who get the mandate from the people and not from the administration,” Pabillo said.


Contrary to what others are saying about the Church being silent on death issues like extrajudicial killings, threat of death penalty, and other bills against family and life, Pabillo stressed that the Church are making a way for their voice to be heard through the various statements of the different lay groups in the dioceses all over the county.


“Kasi parang inilalabas ng marami na tahimik ang Simbahan tungkol sa nangyayari ngayon lalung lalo na sa mga death issues, sa extrajudicial killings at ngayon yung banta ng death penalty at iba pang mga bills na laban sa buhay at laban sa pamilya.  Pero actually, hindi tahimik ang simbahan, nagsasalita siya sa pamamagitan ng maraming mga grupo. Ang tinig ng Simbahan hindi lang naman yan tinig ng mga obispo. Maganda nga ngayon at marami nang grupo ang nagsasalita,” Pabillo said.


Congressman Joselito Atienza, Jr., of Buhay Party List expressed his support towards the Church advocacy to value the dignity of human life.

“We continue, when I say we, itong Buhay Party-List, I talk about the congressmen who believe and share the same principles on our appreciation of life at kami ay handing magtanggol sa pagpapahalaga sa buhay sa ano mang paraan. We continue to fight for the valuing of life, correct valuing of life in every form and we will continue to do so,” Atienza said.


He further added that “Ang buhay ay kinakailangan nating ipinagdiriwang, ikinasisiya, pinagpapasalamatan at hindi kinikitil at hindi binabawi nino man lalo na ng gobyerno.”


At the end of the news conference Bishop Pabillo called on all lay organizations, parishes, schools and other institutions to join the Walk for Life that will be staged on February 18, 2017 at the Qurino Granstand in Luneta, Manila and will start at 4:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Miss Zenaida Capistrano, President of the Council of Laity, stressed that the Walk for Life is not a protest rather “It is an expression of gratitude for the gift of life that is given to us by God. Pagpapatunay kung paano namin pinapahalagahan ang sanctity of life. ”


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