MANILA - Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas on Monday cried foul over the suspected summary execution of a man right outside a building where Catholic bishops were meeting over the weekend.
"Silence in the face of this horrendous deed is complicity. Let the public outcry reach all concerned, for there must be an outcry," Villegas was quoted as saying by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News.
Two motorcycle-riding gunmen on Saturday shot dead a man across Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila, the venue of a 3-day assembly of the CBCP.
The unidentified victim was wearing a red shirt and bore tattoos in different parts of his body, CBCP News reported.
Villegas, outgoing president of CBCP, said bishops "cannot be reconciled" with such murders.
"We demand answers. Shepherds must sometimes raise their voices when wolves prey on God’s flock. Does the death squad, any death squad, own up to this latest travesty?" he added.
CBCP's 3-day assembly ended Monday after discussions on Church matters and current issues, including the death of drug suspects amid the government's war on drugs.
Bishops previously condemned the anti-narcotics campaign for creating an alleged "reign of terror" among the poor.
The government, for its part, has maintained that alleged drug-related killings were not state-sanctioned and that policemen were acting within the law.
President Rodrigo Duterte has also fired back insults against leaders of the Catholic Church, which he called "the most hypocritical institution."