Updated: March 19, 2019 07:28 AM GMT
Jesuit priest Albert Alejo (left), Father Robert Reyes (center), and Divine Word priest Flavie Villanueva speak about threats to their life in a media briefing in Manila on March 11. (Photo by Maria Tan)
A Filipino priest who relocated in fear for his life has warned fellow priests to take threats seriously but not to be cowed from speaking the truth.Father Amado Picardal, a Redemptorist priest, said his life has been in danger since he criticized killings linked to the government's anti-narcotics drive."I became a target of an assassination attempt by a death squad," said the priest. He said he was fortunate because he received advance information about the plot. three Filipino priests claimed to have received death threats for criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte's policies. Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookanhas also reported receiving threats after speaking out against killings in his diocese."I hope that there will be more bishops willing to risk their life for their flock," said Father Picardal.He described the threats as a "manifestation of the evil that reigns in society."Asked what the Church should do in the facet of such threats, Father Picardal said it should "vigorously exercise its prophetic mission."
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