CFC to lawmakers: As servants, be the first to protect life

CFC to lawmakers: As servants, be the first to protect life

MANILA, Feb. 16, 2017— A Catholic family-oriented group called on legislators to use their power to protect human life and oppose the revival of the death penalty.

The Couples for Christ, a global Catholic lay ecclesial movement, reminded lawmakers what should really matter them: common good.

“Our legislators are where they are because they have been blessed with the gift of life. We ask that they, as servants of the people, be the first to protect life,” it said.

Instead of restoring the capital punishment, the group said lawmakers should instead protect the country’s most vulnerable people, calling upon them to banish poverty, fight corruption and reform the justice system.

“We believe that there are more effective ways to stop criminality such as the fair and efficient administration of justice, poverty alleviation and implementation of programs to nurture families and strengthen moral values,” the CFC said.

“We pledge to support government in efforts to achieve the common goal of peace and order in our land,” it added. “Stop the restoration of the death penalty!”

The CFC, with nearly a million members, has earlier expressed concerned over the unabated extrajudicial killings of suspected drug pushers and users.

The CFC leadership said said efforts to combat the drug menace must adhere to legal and principles.

They called on the public to be concerned on the rising number of killings which has now reached around 7,600 since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

The CFC will be among those joining the lay-initiated “Work for Life” at the Quirino Grandstand on Saturday to demonstrate their opposition against death penalty and the spate of summary killings. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)