CHR slams threats to Caloocan Bishop David’s life

CHR slams threats to Caloocan Bishop David’s life

The Commission on Human Rights has taken note of what is now happening to members of the Catholic church.
CHR has slammed the Duterte administration on the death threats received by Caloocan Bishop Pablo David one of the vocal critics of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and other members f the clergy.
Caloocan Bishop Pablo David (photo credit to owner)

CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia said any form of intimidation, harassment and threat to life is an assault to human dignity and freedom.
 “Previous statements threatening Bishop David and other bishops with harm, accusing them of pocketing church collections and ridiculing them publicly may have emboldened some followers to commit atrocious acts, the least of which is to intimidate and threaten our religious leaders. This should be stopped,” De Guia said.

In an awarding ceremony, the Caloocan Bishop had to beg off to receive his award after receiving multiple death threats.

Bishop Pablo David, brother of journalist and University of the Philippines professor Randy David, is also the vice-president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,has earned the ire of the tirades of President Rodrigo Duterte for his vocal opposition of the administration’s unrelenting war on illegal drugs.
“We cherish our civil rights and freedoms. Those who disagree with the policies and views of elected government leaders should not be cursed or threatened,” De Guia said.
The CHR spokesperson added: “We remind our public servants and our men in uniform to defend and protect our hard-earned human rights to life, liberty and dignity for all.”

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