MANILA - A parish in Novaliches, Caloocan is set to launch a campaign that aims to stop the rampant killings of drug suspects amid government's crackdown on criminality and narcotics.
Speaking to radio DZMM Sunday, Fr. Luciano Felloni of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish said they fully support President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-crime drive, but the Church has misgivings over the growing number of deaths of suspected criminals in police operations and vigilante attacks.
He noted that up to three drug suspects are killed every week in Caloocan's Camarin and Bagong Silang districts alone.
But instead of merely expressing their concern, Felloni said the parish hammered out the "Healing, not Killing" campaign in a bid to ensure the safety of drug suspects.
"Hindi sapat na magreklamo lang na tumigil ang mga pagpatay. Ano ba ang konkretong tulong para maramdaman ng gobyerno na hindi naman tumututol ang Simbahan sa kampanya sa droga, pero sa killing ng tao," the priest said.
[It is not enough to complain against drug-related killings. We should instead provide concrete help so that the government can understand that the Church opposes killings, not its anti-drug campaign. ]
"Ayaw natin na parang langaw ang tao at murang-mura ang buhay."
[We do not want people to be treated like flies with disposable lives.]
As part of the drive, the parish will accompany drug suspects who want to surrender to authorities and drop their vices.
The "Healing, not Killing" campaign will also offer community-based livelihood training, and spiritual and psycho-social intervention.
The campaign will be launched on Thursday, September 1, Felloni said.
Local government officials and police officers are invited to join the project.