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Philippine bishops urge Holy Week ceasefire
- Julian Labores, Manila
- March 30, 2012
Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran said soldiers and rebels should not fight during a season that is symbolic of reconciliation.
"It is sad that both sides appear to be neglecting Godâ€™s teachings,â€ť Bishop Medroso said.
Bishop Angelito Lampon of Jolo, meanwhile, urged Muslim rebels to declare a truce.
"Lent is similar to the holy month of Ramadan. It is a safe season and a time for reconciliation,â€ť Bishop Lampon said.
The government and communist rebels last week dismissed the possibility of a Lenten ceasefire.
Citing what it claimed were continued â€śbrutal offensives and campaigns of suppressionâ€ť by government forces, the Communist Party of the Philippines said it will not declare a ceasefire.