CBCP lauds anti-death penalty lawmakers

CBCP lauds anti-death penalty lawmakers

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, joins thousands of people during the Walk for Life organized by lay Catholics on Feb. 18, 2017. ROY LAGARDE

MANILA–  The lawmakers who stand against the reimposition of the death penalty despite intimidation and pressure have earned the praise of the country’s Catholic bishops.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippine expressed its admiration for the lawmakers who refused to be swayed by threats of ouster from their key posts.

“They have, in their own way, proclaimed the Gospel of Life, and the Lord of Life shall be their reward,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president.

Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo and 11 other solons were stripped of their committee and leadership posts for voting against the pet administration bill to restore capital punishment.

This followed a threat by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to punish anyone who opposed the proposed measure.

Villegas said the actions of the anti-death penalty lawmakers have been a huge sacrifice in proclaiming the “Gospel of Life” to their countrymen.

“The CBCP is in admiration of the members of the House of Representatives who willingly accepted ouster from their positions in the Chamber because of abiding by their conviction against the death penalty,” he said.

On Saturday, March 18, more groups are taking to the streets to protest the revival of the death penalty.

In Metro Manila, a simultaneous “Walk for Life”, organized by the Knights of Columbus, will be staged in Quezon City and in Antipolo City.

Thousands of K of C members and their families are also expected to gather in Davao City in solidarity with the campaign to protect the sanctity of life.

A group of major seminarians and religious sisters will also stage a noise barrage to demonstrate their opposition against extrajudicial killings and the death penalty.

It will be held outside the Christ the King Seminary, located along E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City, at 5 p.m. on the same day. CBCPNews