Thousands expected to attend walk against EJK, death penalty
MANILA, Feb. 11, 2017— Thousands of people are expected to gather at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila next week to speak out against extrajudicial killings and the moves to revive the death penalty in the country.
The march is being organized by the Council of the Laity of the Philippines, an organization focused on uplifting lay participation in the activities of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is inviting the faithful to stand up for life and join the “Walk for Life” that will be held from 4:30am to 7am on February 18.
“Let us fill our streets not with blood, not with dead bodies, but with prayer, with courage, to walk, to stand up for life,” said CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a video message.
The CLP today is made up of diocesan councils of the laity, national church organizations and movements and church-oriented groups.
Aside from drug-related killings and death penalty, the walk for life also aims to oppose abortion and other legislative measures that threatens the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death.
“Is it God’s will that blood be on our streets? Is it God’s will that dead bodies of our brothers and sisters be found on our sidewalks? Is it God’s will that mothers kill the infants in their wombs? It is not God’s will,” Villegas said.
“Our streets must be safe. Our streets should be secure,” he added.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the bishops’ Commission on the Laity, said it’s high time for the faithful to stand firm against rampant killings and other life-related issues.
“Life is a gift from God and only Him can take it away,” he said. “So we are inviting you all to walk for life and defend life.” (CBCPNews)