Cardinal Tagle Reminds Human Rights Groups: Don’t Focus on Extrajudicial Killings Alone

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle breaks his silence on reports of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. His comments come days days after a Senate hearing on related cases was held, headed by Senator Leila de Lima, whom President Rodrigo Duterte is accusing being involved in illegal drugs trade inside the Bilibid.

“Ang Diyos ay Diyos ng buhay kaya dapat alagaan ang buhay. Pero marami worried sa extra-judicial killings. At dapat lang. Sana naman worried din tayo sa abortion, bakit kaunti ang nagsasalita against abortion? Pagpatay din yan.” Archbishop Cardinal Tagle was quoted at Radyo Veritas this Sunday, August 28, saying in a Sacred Heart conference.

According to him, unfair labor practices and human trafficking are also killing human rights, as well as throwing away left-over foods which poor families pick from garbage to feed them to their hungry children. He then urged the human groups not to choose the people only like to protect, adding that every human life is sacred, being the greatest gift from God.

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“Be consistent to promote whole or integral life, let us not be selective. Bantayan natin ang abortion ang mga batang hindi pa naisisilang ay walang kalaban- laban. Ang pagtitinda ng bawal na gamot, ang pagtulak sa mga kabataan sa bisyo. Yan ay isang uri din ng pagpatay ng kanilang pangarap, kaisipan, pagpatay ng kanilang magagandang pakikisama sa pamilya.” He added, reminding the human rights groups not to be selective.

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Nevertheless, Cardinal Tagle also reminded the public that every lost soul should be given his right to change for the better. He emphasized that it is the responsibility of the believers to help them realize the importance of life, and to protect the human rights of everyone.

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As we all know, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is conducting investigations of police officers allegedly killing drug suspects despite their surrender, without due process. The human rights group is also strongly condemning the increasing number of summary executions of suspected drug pushers by unknown individuals, such as riding-in-tandem.