‘Broken record’: Dumaguete bishop renews appeal for end to killings

‘Broken record’: Dumaguete bishop renews appeal for end to killings

Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete. COURTESY OF JUDALINE FLORES PATRLOW

By Ryan Christopher Sorote

June 19, 2020

Dumaguete City

A Catholic bishop said the calls for an end to the ‘culture of impunity’ already sounds like a ‘broken record’ after another killing incident in the central Philippine city of Dumaguete.

In a statement released Friday, Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete decried “unabated series of killings” in his diocese, which remain unsolved.

“Despite sounding like a broken record, we keep on asking why this culture of impunity prevails in our city,” Cortes said.

His comment came after Harrison Gonzales, a barangay captain, was shot and killed by four unidentified assailants on June 16.

The diocese, he said, mourns the death of Gonzales, as they hope for the “just resolution of the case”.

“Words fail us whenever somebody takes another person’s life for whatever reason and leaves the dead victim’s families groping for answers,” Cortes said.

The bishop also asked the faithful to continue to pray for an end to killings as he led Mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

He encouraged them to “be the heart of Jesus to others” and “be instruments of consolation” especially to those “whose hearts rage with hate and are filled with evil intent”.

“Let us vow to always be compassionate towards our neighbors, towards one another, even to those we do not know,” the prelate added.

In May, Cortes also deplored the killing of local broadcaster Cornelio Pepino, the latest media killing in Negros Oriental province in the past three years.