Seminarians’ Network of the Philippines, Inc.
Diverse in Charism, United in Mission
A Manifestation of Support for the Dismissal of the Sedition Raps against the Falsely Accused
We, the SemNet (Seminarians’ Network of the Philippines), an assembly of diocesan theology seminarians from across the country, hail the dismissal of the sedition and other harassment cases filed against innocent and upright members of the Catholic Church including, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Bishops Pablo Virgilio David, Honesto Ongtioco, and Teodoro Bacani Jr., and some religious, priests and laypersons.
Amid the celebratory mood, we reiterate our commitment to protect the vulnerable, and persevere in advocating every Filipino’s right to life, to rehabilitation, and to due process, in the midst of the ongoing violent War on Drugs. We remain unshaken in our fight against the trampling of truth and justice, and the persecution of people who champion basic human rights. Likewise, we call for the safety of our clergy and other promoters of active non-violence against the persisting culture of impunity and violence in our society. In a time when fear is encouraged, we will continue to aspire for truth, advocate unity in diversity, and participate in an inclusive nation-building based on respect, dialogue, and stewardship.
In our constant prayers, we entrust to Our Lord Jesus, those who are still suffering and struggling to secure justice. In His Divine Mercy, may He comfort and liberate the poor victims of needless killings and acts of oppression.