Diocesan Statements

To be Angels of Compassion

Law enforcers have come forward confidentially to us, their spiritual leaders, to seek sanctuary, succor and protection.

Discern what is good and pleasing and perfect

As your pastors, we sense the grief, the anguish, the fear, the confusion, even the outrage and the many troubling questions of family members, colleagues, classmates, friends and communities of those who were killed without due process, either as part of our government’s war on drugs or counter-insurgency measures or as plain civilian banditry.

For whom De Profundis church bells toll

On this feast of St. Augustine, together with other church leaders and dioceses, we express our deep concern for the continued spate of extra-judicial killings that have claimed even young lives and many others without due process.


As the leader of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, I condemn in the strongest terms possible the wicked desecration of the Catholic Chapel of Malagakit in the parish of Pigcawayan and most especially of the Sacred Hosts that were kept there for the Catholic faithful.


Dear People of God in the Diocese of San Carlos, In his encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis reminds us that “all Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education” (LS, 214). Last year Pope Francis continued...