The Sixth Commandment of the Catholic Church, Thou shall not kill, is the message of Archdiocese of Manila to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address.
The newly-elected Chief executive is renowned for his firm pronouncements in eliminating illegal drugs and crime in the country by force, that can resulted be resulted to death.
During a mass, the Church launched the campaign “Thou shall not kill,” which aims to bring together the families of the victims of extrajudicial killings that have come with the Duterte administration’s war on illegal drugs.
According to Fr. Atilano Fajardo, those people who engaged in illegal drugs can no longer change their ways because they are already dead.
“We believe, especially in the Year of Mercy, that we have a chance of showing our love of God. But because of this, there’s no more love because no more life who will ask for forgiveness and mercy,” Fr. Fajardo said over Philippine Church Radio station.
The Sunday mass of the Catholic believers will includes prayers for the victims of the extra-judicial killings and police operations and their families, the Churchgoers also invited to wear black.
Since President Duterte assumed office June 30, more than 300 suspected drug users, pushers and dealers have been killed by police or vigilante groups across the nation, while more than 10,000 drug dependents have turned themselves to authorities out of fear for their lives.
Way back in May 9 elections Duterte promised to stamp out illegal drugs and wipe out crime in just first six months of his leadership.
Duterte, even before he took office, gave go-signal to national police for a merciless campaign and serious actions against drugs.
The latest to fall in government’s narcotics campaign was a suspected drug lord and Chinese national Meco Tan, who was killed in a police operations early this week.
Pres. Duterte has named five high-ranking police officials allegedly protecting drug syndicates in the country.
He also scheduled to deliver his first nation address in Philippine Congress afternoon today.