Church leaders criticize Duterte’s stance on Marcos heirs

(UCAN) Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines have called on laypeople to devote more time and energy to secular issues like human rights, on the eve of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ centennial birthday.

Clergy across Manila Archdiocese of Manila on Sept 10, read out Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s pastoral letter on killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war.

“We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal. We cannot govern the nation by killing,” Cardinal Tagle said in his strongest statement yet against Duterte’s drug war.

The cardinal ordered the tolling of church bells every night at 8pm, as a way of remembering the dead.

Clergy, nuns, seminarians and laity joined nationwide protests on Sept. 11, as the Marcos family celebrated the late dictator’s 100th birthday.

Bishops and other clergy voice disapproval of what they thought as Duterte pandering to Marcos’ heirs. [More]