Thousands of Catholics took to the streets of several major cities across the Philippines on Saturday for the third annual “Walk for Life” march to voice concerns over threats to life. Source: ucanews.com.
Organisers called the event “an act of solidarity to uphold the dignity of life” that was prompted by “local and global developments.”
Among issues raised were drug-related killings, the recent bombings of a church and a mosque in Mindanao, and the proposed re-imposition of the death penalty, among others.
“This walk is for the life of every person who has been a victim of a culture of death,” read a statement from the Council of the Laity and the Episcopal Commission on the Laity of the bishops’ conference.
They called on people to “discern and expose deceptive ideologies and actions that seek to destroy life.”
The church groups also “condemned” the influx of Chinese workers into the country, abortion “in all its forms,” the “systematic pillage” of natural resources, and the “poor implementation” of genuine land reform.
“We cannot accept being governed by laws and policies that deceive and were crafted based on manipulated facts,” read the statement.
Without mentioning drug-related killings, the church groups said they could not agree with the premise that solutions to social problems require that some people should die.
In his homily during a Mass at the end of the Walk for Life in Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle urged people not to vote for “greedy” candidates in the coming national elections.
“I hope that our society becomes a womb that gives life because the hands are generous, not greedy,” said the cardinal, adding that voters should not support candidates who only think of themselves, not the people they are supposed to serve.