Nuns, seminarians hold prayer rally to protest EJKs, death penalty

Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2017 07:41 PM

A seminarian places a candle beside a photo of an extrajudicial killing victim. Photo by Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — A group of nuns and seminarians held a prayer rally and candle-lighting ceremony at Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City on Saturday afternoon in protest of alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

About 100 members of the Nicodemus group marched along the seminary grounds with candles in protest.

A banner protesting the revival of death penalty is displayed at the Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City. Photo by Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News

The group also placed dummies wrapped in garbage bags and duct tape to represent victims of the government's war on illegal drugs.

Nuns and seminarians place a dummy to represent a victim of extrajudicial killing Photo by Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News

They are worried that more killings may happen given the resumption of "Oplan Tokhang" (knock and plead) operations of the police.

The group is also calling out against the revival of capital punishment and plans to lower the age of criminal liability. 

The Catholic Church has repeatedly spoken out against President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on illegal narcotics, which has left more than 7,000 people dead.