Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan announces the establishment of a human rights council in his diocese to monitor the growing incidents of drug-related killings. (Photo by Vincent Go)
Kalookan Diocese is to set up a human rights council to monitor and investigate cases of drug-related killings in the northern part of the Philippine capital Manila.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan has expressed alarm over the growing number of killings in his diocese that covers the Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas areas of Manila.
"We need to investigate these cases," said the prelate, adding that the council he proposes should include representatives of the local government and civil society groups.
Bishop David, who was elected vice president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines at the weekend, is confident the council will be able to solve the killings.
The prelate earlier expressed disappointment over the government's war on drugs that he said targets only small-time drug suspects instead of big and powerful drug cartels.