Manila, Philippines, Jan 25, 2017 / 00:02 am
Catholic leaders have spoken out against a drug war that has left thousands dead, and the Philippines' new president is not taking the criticism well.
President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war is "not any more in accord with the legal processes, and the moral norms are being violated and so now is the time for the Church to speak up," Jerome Secillano, public affairs chief for the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, told Agence France Presse last week.
He added that many priests and bishops are afraid to speak out against the killings, as well as the laity.
Baclaran church put on an exhibit of poster-size pictures of Filipinos dying in pools of blood in a campaign against the killings of the war on drugs. Some churches have put up banners denouncing the extrajudicial killings.