Bishops raise concern following Duterte’s ‘free-to-kill’ order in Bacolod

Concerns were raised following President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that police official, Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido was “free to kill everybody” in Bacolod.
San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza and Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon / Composite photos from Abante and Politics

God have mercy on him and our people! Our right to life is the first of all other rights and is universal, absolute, inalienable, and inviolable,” said San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza.

I pray and hope that Lt. Col. Espenido and the rest of our PNP/AFP have enough moral integrity and will exercise critical thinking and not to take it literally,” Bishop Alminaza added.

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon also described the President’s statement as “irresponsible.”

Coming from a president, such a statement is irresponsible, to say the least, and utterly disrespectful of the people of Negros. God is the author of life, and he alone has the right to take it,” he said.

Espenido recently assumed his post as deputy director for operations at the Bacolod City Police Office. He was also promoted from the rank of major to lieutenant colonel.

During the speech of Duterte at the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manila, he said Bacolod was “badly hit.”

Bacolod is badly hit now.  And I placed Espenido there, ‘yung kinatakutan nila na pulis. Sabi ko, ‘Go there and you are free to kill everybody.’ T— ina.  Start killing them.’ Dalawa na tayo magpapreso,” Duterte said.

Espenido, meanwhile, thanked Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon for his concern for human life.

"Magpasalamat naman ako may mga ganung pari na concerned ba. Pero i-trust niya sa Panginoon because our life is owned by God, walang iba," he said.

"Espenido ginawa lang instrumento, siguro para sa paghuli at pagpatay, 'di naman magpunta dito ang Panginoon para siya pa ang pumatay. Ang sa akin lang, [I'm] representing for the government, for my God."

He urged Church leaders to educate and counsel Catholics about illegal drugs.

"I-encourage ko na paigtingin pa natin 'yung pag-pray sa Panginoon na matapos na ito, hindi bloody, walang hulihan. Peaceful ang Bacolod sa abot ng makakaya natin at paniniwala natin sa Panginoon," he said.

Source: Inquirer
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