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Prelates find Bato apology good but not enough

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By Leslie Ann Aquino 

While it may be a “good sign”, Catholic prelates said retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s apology for the killings during his watch in the government’s war on drugs was not enough.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE)

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo
(CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“It’s a good sign to admit one’s mistake,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in a press briefing Friday for their upcoming Walk for Life activity next week.

“But that’s not enough because killings are still ongoing,” he added.

If the senatorial bet, Pabillo said is truly sorry he should use his influence to stop the killings.

“If he is truly remorseful he should do something to change and stop the wrongs that he sees,” he said.

Balanga, Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos also echoed what Pabillo said.

“What happened to those victims of killings? Do something for them, correct mistakes, do something so it will never be repeated again,” he said.

The prelate said unless there is contrition and penance, such act would just be “publicity and showmanship.”

Earlier, Dela Rosa said he asked for forgiveness from Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tirona for those who died due to the government’s war on drugs.

Meanwhile, the Christian faithful will hold another Walk for Life this month for the life of every person who has been a victim of the culture of death.

“This walk is for the life of every person who has been a victim of this culture of death. As Christians we stand together because we have the responsibility to care for our fellow human beings and to ensure that common good and justice must prevail,” the Sangguniang Laiko said in a statement.

“We walk not only to condemn the wrong that is being done, but also to pray that the hearts of those who pursue such wrongs may be touched and softened by our collective action,” it further read.

“We walk to uphold the truth and righteousness and to proclaim that upholding the primacy of human life is a choice we must all make,” read the statement.

The statement was signed by Bishop Pabillo, who is the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Laity and Ma. Julieta Wasan, Laiko President.

The Walk for Life in Manila will be held at 4 a.m. on February 16 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. There will be a simultaneous activity in Tarlac City, Dagupan City, Cebu, Palo, and in Mindanao.

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