Itigil na ang patayan! Catholic Church urges bell-ringing to protest drug war

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Catholic bishops in the Philippines have urged churches to ring their bells for the next 40 days as part of their intensified campaign against the spate of killings in connection with the administration’s drug war.

A pastoral letter by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) sent to priests urged the Catholics to pray for war on drugs victims starting Saturday until November 1 or All Saints’ Day, when Filipinos traditionally pay respects to the dead.

In reaction to the campaign, Caloocan City bishop Pablo Virgilio David reiterated that drug users and criminals should be given a chance to restore their lives.

“We disagree that we should treat them like monsters to be eliminated like stray cats and dogs,” he said on the criminals and drug users.

“We disagree that a criminal has no more hope of changing his life,” he added.