Church stand on killings stays despite CBCP leadership change

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 29 2017 12:32 PM

MANILA - The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday said it would remain vigilant and criticize the killings under the administration's war on drugs despite a change in its leadership.

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, who comes from President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, assumed the CBCP leadership, replacing Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

"The criticisms that the Church made was not actually against the President. It was actually against the system, the strategy," said Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP's public affairs' committee.

"Do you think just because we have a new CBCP president the Church will suddenly defer from its stand, alter its doctrine? I don't think so," Secillano said on ANC's Headstart on Friday.

He admitted that the election of Archbishop Valles has improved the relationship between the Church and the President.

"I think now the communication lines are open and I think the CBCP president is going to be in touch always with the President right now because he has a direct access with the President," he said.