Oriental Mindoro Catholic schools hit Rep. Umali for ‘erroneous’ claims
MANILA– Catholic schools in Oriental Mindoro are up in arms against Congressman Reynaldo Umali for claiming that they support the death penalty.
In a joint statement, the Divine Word College of Calapan (DWCC) and the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan Parochial Catholic Schools (AVCPS) said they are firm in their stand against the capital punishment.
“What is said to be sentiment or opinion of Catholic schools in favor of death penalty is erroneous, malicious, atrocious and fictitious,” they said.
In a television interview, Umali said that majority of his constituents, including those in Catholic schools, are supporting the revival of the death penalty.
The lawmaker was among those who voted for the proposed measure which was approved at the lower House on Tuesday.
But administrators, academic and non-academic personnel, students and pupils of the said schools disown Umali’s claim, believing that the death penalty “is an offense to the sanctity of life”.
“It contradicts God’s commandment — “Thou shalt not kill.” It is unacceptable however grave the crime of the convicted person,” they said. “(Our) stand then and now: No to death penalty!”
The statement was signed DWCC President Fr. Anthony Ibarra Fabella and Fr. Vicente Uy, Superintendent of AVCPS with 16 member schools. CBCPNews