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Bishop: Keep fighting for freedom from ‘anti-people’ policies

Bishop: Keep fighting for freedom from ‘anti-people’ policies

By CBCP News

June 11, 2020

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop rallied the Filipinos to continue fighting for freedom from ‘anti-people’ policies on the eve of the country’s Independence Day.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Manila’s apostolic administrator, said that protecting and nurturing freedom should never end.

“We celebrate Independence Day with hope that true independence will come upon us, if, now, we defend our freedom,” Pabillo said.

“So we fight the virus, we fight policies that keep our people poor, and we fight the anti-terror bill that threatens our hard won freedoms,” he said.

For his part, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos said that every Filipino reaping the benefits of freedom must help protect it for the next generations.

“In today’s context, I invite all to seriously consider how best to express our love for country and honor the precious memory of those, who offered their lives for our freedom and do it,” he said.

According to him, there’s more people can do to celebrate the country’s independence amid the coronavirus quarantine.

“I exhort every Filipino citizen to read well the signs of the times and make their voices heard in the various platforms available,” he added.

The prelates made the statement as the country commemorates its 122nd Independence Day on Friday, June 12.

It also comes amid the growing opposition to the controversial anti-terrorism legislation.