TANGA KA BA? Father Ramon Echica, out of touch ka na sa mga pinagdadaanan ng mga Ordinaryong Katoliko.

Sa latest na lumabas na survey, 8 of 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the War on Drugs.

Alam mo ba kung bakit? Dahil Killings? HINDI! Wag kang ignorante Father Ramon Echica. Lumabas ka kasi dyan sa loob ng simbahan at gayahin si Hesu Kristo na umiikot at inaalam ang mga pinagdadaanan ng mga Ordinaryong Katoliko.

Ilan na bang Pamilya ang sinira at naging biktima ng illegal na droga? Yung mga Drug Pusher at Drug Lords, ilan na ba ang binalot ang mga mukha ng packaging tape? Naka-encounter ka na ba ng adik at sira na ang utak tapos nangrape sa mga barangay?

Hindi mo ba kinakausap ang mga biktima ng mga adik? Kung ganun, wala kang pinagkaiba sa mga Elitistang Pharisees noong panahon ni Hesu Kristo. Isa kang MANGMANG.

Ngayon, alam mo ba bakit nila suportado ang War on Drugs? DAHIL MASAYA SILA DAHIL SAFE SILA NGAYON KESA DATI! Hindi lang yan, masaya rin sila dahil ang mga kriminal na involved sa droga ay TAKOT NA RIN!

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Simbang Gabi in Cebu: ‘Why are killings okay?’

December 21, 2019

‘If you don’t believe in human rights, you might as well not celebrate Christmas,’ Father Ramon Echica tells churchgoers on the 6th day of Simbang Gabi

CEBU CITY, Philippines – On the 6th morning of Simbang Gabi at the Carmelite Monastery here, Catholic priest Father Ramon Echica asked parishioners during his homily to reflect on their views on human rights.

“With human rights, is there a gap with the faith and our own behavior?” Echica asked early morning on Saturday, December 21. “Why do we think that killing is okay?”

“And the ones who brought Christianity here – but are no longer practicing Christians today – are the ones telling us that it is not okay,” he added.

The Philippines is a Catholic majority country with an estimated 80 million Catholics out of a population of 104 million people.

But many countries and international bodies have raised concerns over extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses in the Philippines since the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte began its anti-drug campaign in 2016.

Although Echica did not refer to the President by name, Duterte’s popularity remains high amid international attention over killings linked to the war on drugs.

The Church has been vocal against the drug war and of Duterte’s human rights record, which has put them at the receiving end of the President’s tirades in almost every public speech. (READ: Duterte said kill the bishops – and his word became flesh)

Earlier this year, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council voted to investigate the thousands of unsolved killings in the country, allegedly linked to the drug war. (READ: UN rights council adopts resolution vs PH drug war killing)

While authorities place the number of drug war casualties at below 6,000, human rights and non-governmental organizations have placed that number at over 20,000. 
That number has been rising in Cebu and the Central Visayas since 2018.

In February 2019, the CHR said the Central Visayas had the 4th highest number of drug-linked killings in the country. (READ: Church leaders, advocates say human rights ‘deteriorating’ in Visayas)

Reflect on human rights

Echica is the dean of the Seminario Mayor de San Carlos’ theology department. 

He asked Cebuanos to reflect on how they view human rights with respect to their religion. 

“God, who created us in his image, is assumed in our human nature,” he said. “If you don’t believe in human rights, you might as well not celebrate Christmas.” 

While no names were mentioned during the homily, the now popular belief that human rights protect criminals can be traced to the President and his allies in Congress who have constantly – and falsely – made that claim. (READ: 3 years on, Bong Go still wrongly thinks CHR ‘protects’ only criminals)

Cebu will also take center stage in the 2021 quincentennial celebrations, which mark 500 years since Ferdinand Magellan landed in the Philippines and Christianized indigenous tribes here. He brought with him the image of the child Jesus, known as the Santo Niño, whose feast continues to be celebrated yearly through the Fiesta Senyor and Sinulog in January.

Duterte remains popular in Cebu where he won 1.4 million votes when he ran for president in 2016, while his rival ex-interior secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II won only under 600,000 votes.

The Carmelite Monastery, where the Simbang Gabi was held, was also where late opposition leader and former president Corazon Aquino once took refuge with her daughter Kris in 1986, days before the ouster of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos through the People Power Revolution. (READ: Are we safe here? The night Cory Aquino hid in Cebu)

Before ending his homily, the theology dean emphasized to churchgoers that the point of the story of Jesus was that God came to save everyone, not only certain people.

“For God, everyone is worth saving. Christmas tells us that everyone is worth saving, no exception whatsoever,” Echica concluded. – Rappler.com

8 in 10 Pinoys satisfied with drug war: SWS

December 23, 2019

MANILA (UPDATE) — Eight in 10 Filipinos remained satisfied with the government’s anti-narcotics campaign, despite doubts on lawmen’s account of the deaths of thousands of drug suspects, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Sunday. 

The Sept. 27 to 30 survey of 1,800 adults showed 79 percent were satisfied with the drug war, 15 percent were not, and 6 percent were undecided. 

Subtracting the percentage of dissatisfied respondents from the percentage of those who were satisfied yields a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +64, which is 6 points below the excellent +70 in June and March 2019, SWS said. 

Net satisfaction with the campaign has always been either a “very good” +50 to +69 or “excellent” in the past 12 survey rounds, hitting a record high of excellent +77 in December 2016, the pollster said. 

Among those satisfied with the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, their most common reason was “drug suspects have lessened” at 42 percent. 

The next most common reasons are “drug suspects have been arrested” at 18 percent, and lessened crime at 11 percent, said SWS. 
Meanwhile, 51 percent of those dissatisfied reasoned that “drug trade/drug suspects are still prevalent.” This is 9 points up from the 42 percent in June 2019, said the pollster. 

This is followed by “too many killings” at 28 percent, “too many wrongful suspects/arrests/mistaken identities” at 13 percent, and “abuse of power and bias in the operations” at 6 percent. 

The same survey found that 29 percent of respondents did not believe that police’s claim that drug suspects killed in operations had resisted arrest or “nanlaban,” while 26 percent said police were telling the truth, and 47 were undecided 

This brings the net opinion about the truthfulness, the percentage of those who believed the police minus those who did not, to a net -3, similar to the net +1 in June 2019, said SWS. 

“Net opinion about the truthfulness of the police has been at single-digit neutral since it was first asked in December 2016, except for the record-low -20 in September 2017,” it added.

The net truthfulness of the police’s “nanlaban” claims is lowest in Metro Manila at -24, followed by the rest of Luzon at -5, the Visayas at 0, and Mindanao at +11. 

Net satisfaction with the government’s campaign against illegal drugs is also highest in Mindanao at excellent +74, followed by very good levels Balance Luzon at +55, Metro Manila at +67, and in the Visayas at +69, said SWS. 
The government’s drug war left 5,582 dead and arrested 220,728 suspects from July 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, the police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said earlier this month. 

The amount of illegal drugs and drug-related materials seized by authorities has reached P40.39 billion of which P31.25 billion is “shabu,” the 2 agencies added. 

Malacañang hailed the survey results, saying it is a clear rejection of the criticism against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

“This too shall serve as a wake-up call against foreign countries and entities to take their cue from the genuine sentiments of the Filipino people and cease from their continuous affront against our sovereign state with their pretended or feigned concern about human rights,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.

President Duterte’s administration has pursued a fierce campaign against illegal drugs, mostly netting traders and users of shabu. 

Last year, Duterte expressed frustration at the difficulty of realizing his 2016 campaign promise of ridding the country of the illegal drug scourge. 

Simbang Gabi in Cebu: ‘Why are killings okay?’

8 in 10 Pinoys satisfied with drug war: SWS