Sunday, March 5, 2017

"Duterte launched a wave of violence that has claimed at least 7,000 lives"

Since coming to power last summer


In a pastoral letter published in February, church leaders denounced Duterte’s campaign as a “reign of terror” against the poor.

Emboldened by their bishops’ stance, priests, nuns and missionaries are also taking a stand, offering sanctuary to fearful witnesses, paying for funerals and organizing rallies. Religious leaders who once supported the president are turning their backs on him, potentially hurting his political appeal.