CBCP releases statement on Red-tagging and Charter change

Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Vice President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines | File Photo of RCAM-AOC

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines had expressed their solidarity to the victims of red-tagging in a statement that was publicly supported by the Episcopal Commission on Social Action-Justice and Peace (ECSA-JP).

“It is becoming worrisome, definitely,” said CBCP Vice President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

“You remember we came up with an earlier statement about the Anti-Terror Law, and this was one of the reasons why we came up with that statement. It was the fear about the exaggerated response to the move to address terrorism that might compromise the human rights of people.” added the Bishop.

Bishop David also supports the pastoral statement from the Bishops from Western Visayas that was released regarding the killings in the Western Visayas region that correlates to the blatant red-tagging amongst the people.

The Conference of Bishops also made a stand regarding the move in Congress for Charter change or “Cha-cha.” The bishops maintained their position against Charter change, especially amidst the pandemic.

“We are against Charter change, we still are… We have made ourselves very clear especially in the 2018 CBCP pastoral letter on charter change. […] It is still very relevant. The basic questions are still the same, bakit ngayon? Why now?” said Bishop David.

“Especially in the context of pandemic, all the more reason to be suspicious—why would you be bringing in the agenda of charter change when our focus and priority should really be the pandemic? […] What really matters is really to fully implement the 1987 Constitution.” he continued ed.

In the context of the CBCP issuing another statement regarding the matter, “[Our] Commission on Social Action-Justice and Peace (ECSA-JP) had prepared some texts [but], in the assembly, we have already issued statements regarding this. And we thought that a statement from the Commission would stand as of now.” (Althea De Guzman, Volunteer Writer, RCAM-AOC)

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