Amidst the increasing number of drug suspects being killed in police efforts and vigilante attacks, the Quiapo Church displayed a tarpaulin stating “Huwag Kang Papatay” to remind the public of its stand against taking the life of another.
“Huwag kang papatay,” stood out in bold, white letters against the red backdrop of a tarpaulin mounted on the church’s facade.
According to a CBCP News report, several dioceses and parishes across the country are holding a silent demonstration against the surge of killings linked to the government’s war on drugs.
“Killing of drug traffickers without due process, even in the name of a just cause, is morally unacceptable,” Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, was quoted as saying by CBCP News. Unfortunately, reports show that majority of those killed are poor people residing in squatter areas,” he added.
As one of the Ten Commandments is “Huwag Kang Papatay”, at least 97 parishes in Iloilo have placed streamers calling for “respect of the dignity of life,” CBCP News said.
On Sunday, it was also reported that the Baclaran Church mounted a photo exhibit featuring the weeping families of drug suspects killed in police operations, blood-splattered crime scenes, and suspected victims of vigilante attacks with ropes and packing tape binding their bodies
According to reports, over 2,600 suspected drug users and peddlers have been killed in police efforts and vigilante attacks between May 10 and December 13, an independent tally by ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group shows.
It was further reported over the weekend that President Duterte reiterated that the crackdown on drugs will last while he is in office.