Bishop deplores spike in Palawan killings

Bishop deplores spike in Palawan killings

Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa leads a candle-lighting ceremony to show opposition to the spate of killings in Palawan province, Nov. 24. AVPP UGNAYAN

By CBCP News

November 25, 2020

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

A Catholic bishop denounced the spate of killings and how it’s becoming like “a normal thing” in Palawan province.

Speaking during a Mass on Nov. 24, Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa expressed fear that people may be accustomed to the “culture of death”.

“My fear is that if we get used to the killings, it may come to the point that it is no longer news to us, it will just be new normal,” he said at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

The church service was part of a candle lighting ceremony as a call “for justice and peace” in the province, and was organized by the diocese’s social action center.

In attendance were some family members of the victims of recent killings, policemen, government officials and church workers.

At least three people were killed in Palawan this month including Engr. Gregorio Baluyut, Atty. Eric Jay Magcamit, and Roderick Aperocho, a village chief.

Bishop Mesiona stressed that life is sacred and killing is a sin.

He also recited an excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church stating, “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end.”

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