Hontiveros: Si Duterte ang dapat sisihin sa mga death threats kay Bishop David

Senator Risa Hontiveros blamed the death threats being received by the clergymen to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Senator Risa Hontiveros / Photo from Philippines Star

Recently, Caloocan Bishop Pablo David has received death threats and has been advised not to return to his Caloocan City residence for now.

"Meron kasing nag-advise sa akin na 'wag na muna akong umuwi sa aking bahay sa Caloocan. Sabi niya, alam mo na siguro kung bakit,” David said.



Hontiveros expressed her “strong outrage over the death threats” and condemned “the climate of violence that continues to grip our country.”

Duterte has repeatedly slammed David who has been critical of the administration’s war on drugs and brutal anti-crime campaign.
 Caloocan Bishop Pablo David / Photo from Rappler

These threats are a direct result of the same threats that President Rodrigo Duterte himself made against Bishop Ambo last year. They are also the consequences of the violent verbal attacks of the President on the Catholic Church and its religious leaders in light of its strong critique of the present administration’s bloody and abusive war on drugs,” Hontiveros said.

The senator said the threats received by David and members of the Catholic clergy “further assert the culture of impunity to try to silence valid Church-led criticisms of state policies, particularly those with implications on human rights and due process.”

Not even President Duterte’s sudden turnaround will absolve him of his role in this matter. This is what happens when you have a leader who encourages violence through his words,” she said.

But I know Bishop Ambo will not lose his resolve to tend to the faithful and do his duty to the Church and the greater cause of peace. I stand with him, both in solidarity and in calling for an end to this madness,” she added.


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Source: Inquirer
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