THE DOMINICAN Province of the Philippines has reaffirmed its commitment to fight for a “culture of life” amid a proposal to reinstate capital punishment in the country.
“We commit ourselves to peaceful action and passionate advocacy for the culture of life, which we shall seek to fulfill with humble honesty and heroic hope of ‘walking our talking,'” read an April 7 statement written by Fr. Victor Calvo, O.P. and signed by Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, O.P, prior provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines.
Calvo is the promoter of justice, peace and care of creation in the Dominican Province.
The statement urged Filipinos to “rise above the din of partisanship and politics.”
“Life should emerge as the true victor. True policies and pronouncements should be put into place and practice in support of the cause of life — of humans and of other organisms which share this planet of ours,” the statement read.
Titled “De Las Cas Conference’s Public Statement on the Dominican for Life,” the statement took its name from a conference at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila last April 1, which was attended by members of the Dominican Family and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President Socrates Villegas.
On March 7, the House of Representatives approved on third reading House Bill 4727, which seeks to reimpose capital punishment on drug-related offenses.
The CBCP has released a strong statement against the measure, taking a swipe at lawmakers who have misinterpreted the bible to defend the revival of death penalty.
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