Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on the President’s statement against bishops

Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on the President’s statement against bishops

Statements that could embolden the violence against priests and other religious persons are gravely alarming in the face of continuing attacks against those deemed as critics of the government. Churches and priests, such as in the case of Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Caloocan, work directly with communities and families, who continue to suffer the many forms of human rights violations allegedly stemming from the government’s drug campaign. Instead of calling them useless, the government must take their concerns as valid challenges from the ground and as means to improve, rather than degrade, protection of human rights of all.