Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/PHILIPPINES – Male and female religious orders: conscientious objection to the anti-terrorism law
Manila – “In light of faith, we cannot conscientiously adhere to a law that can attack human dignity and human rights. At a time when our people are battling the effects of Covid-19, we find no reason to pass a law that does not serve to alleviate their miserable plight. Unemployment, the closure of businesses, the continuing spread of the virus, and the lack of relief for our people are the most pressing concerns at this time. We welcome the initiative of lawyers, religious and other civil leaders, to present an urgent petition to the Supreme Court”: this is what is expressed in a statement sent to Fides by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, which brings together the heads of men and women religious orders in the nation. The religious, who in recent weeks had joined those who expressed concern and opposition to the law, considering it “draconian and unconstitutional”, say they are “deeply saddened by the signing of the anti-terrorism law” which, approved by Parliament and signed by President Duterte, will officially enter into force on July 18.