The Pontificate - Contribute to help UCA News
The Pontificate - Contribute to help UCA News
UCA News

Philippines

Filipino priest warns against anti-Duterte coup attempts

Expresses fears president-elect will act on his vow to have criminals killed

Roy Lagarde, Manila

Roy Lagarde, Manila

Updated: June 08, 2016 09:27 AM GMT
Featured Authors - Columnists | Make a Contribution
Featured Authors - Columnists | Make a Contribution
Filipino priest warns against anti-Duterte coup attempts

Father Amado Picardal, CSsR, front, warns Philippine church leaders not to be used by groups to oust the administration of incoming president Rodrico Duterte. (ucanews.com file photo)

Share this article :
A Filipino priest warned the country's church leaders against being used by people who might want to overthrow the administration of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

"In carrying out her prophetic vocation, the church should avoid working with any elements in society that seek to oust the next administration through extra-legal or undemocratic means," Redemptorist Father Amado Picardal said June 7.

The priest, a vocal critic of Duterte's alleged human rights abuses, said church leaders must be wary of efforts to oust the incoming chief executive.

"The church should not support and should reject coup attempts by the military or armed power grab by any group, whether from the right or left," said Father Picardal, executive secretary of the Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities of the Philippine Catholic bishops' conference. 

Father Picardal has never minced words in attacking Duterte, the mayor of Davao City for over two decades, over his alleged involvement in the summary executions of suspected criminals.

Father Picardal said he is worried that the incoming president will stay true to his word and try to stamp out crime by organizing death squads.

The priest said a coup d'etat was among the "worst case scenarios" facing Duterte if he carries out what he vowed to do.

"Many things can happen. I hope this will not happen," said Father Picardal, adding that the church "should be vigilant against any effort to impose anti-democratic and autocratic forms of governance."

Despite Duterte's verbal attacks against the church, Father Picardal said church leaders would continue to engage with the incoming administration in "vigilant collaboration." 

"This requires exercising [the church's] role as a conscience of society, supporting what is right and good and exposing and denouncing what is wrong and evil," he said.

 

 

 

 

Support UCA News...

UCA News provides a unique service, bringing you the voices of emerging churches and helping you see efforts made to evangelize and bring relief to people in all manner of need.

UCA News has more than 40 full time and part time reporters, editors and administrators bringing you this service from across 23 countries in south, southeast and east Asia. You, too, can be part of their efforts by contributing even a small amount to keep UCA News available to the world.
Click here to consider the options available to you.

Your contribution to UCA News will immensely help us continue to grow a strong media community by harnessing information technology to inform, engage, inspire and influence the Catholics of Asia and the world.

As a gesture of our gratitude to your commitment to UCA News, we are pleased to gift you a free PDF Book/e-Book titled Mission in Asia when you make a contribution.

UCA News Donate
UCA Newsletter
YOUR DAILY
NEWSLETTER
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter

Also Read

UCA News Podcast
UCAN Ad
 
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution