February 6, 2017
STATEMENT OF SEN. LEILA M. DE LIMA ON THE CBCP PASTORAL LETTER
The CBCP pastoral letter merely reminds us of the universal moral values that were apparently lost and forgotten among our people since the start of the drug war. As the statement says, life as a universal value cannot be debated. Due process as a basic civil right cannot be dispensed with. Care, love, and empathy for our fellow countrymen who were carried away from the mainstream because of poverty is a spiritual and social obligation that is unconditional.
For the Palace to say that reminding our people of these basic Filipino values is being out of touch with reality is like saying that our countrymen no longer value life, liberty, and social justice. It is the President who is out of touch with reality, when he thinks he can dispense of these basic values in his drug war and still manage to keep the country's spiritual and moral fabric intact. This country cannot survive much longer with this outlandish dismissal of our universal moral values, where killing and death is seen as the solution to every problem of the nation.
The CBCP letter is a wake-up call to a nation that is in a nightmare. Binabangungot na ang ating bansa sa patayan at kawalan ng puso ng pamahalaan sa mga mahihirap na biktima ng Tokhang. Ginigising lang tayo ng simbahan, dahil ang huwad na panaginip ng Pangulong Duterte na maisasalba ang ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng patayan ay siyang malaking kahibangan, hindi ang pagbabalik-loob ng ating mamamayan sa mensahe ng ating Diyos Ama, na ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat ay buhay at pagkalinga sa ating kapwa.
Our true Father is still God in Heaven, not the fake idol and false messiah in Malacanang.
Ang ating kaisa-isang Panginoon ay ang Diyos Ama sa langit pa rin, hindi ang huwad na poon sa Palasyo ng Malacañang.
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