CBCP on death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced
‘They may have won, but it does not mean that they are right,’ CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill
MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) slammed the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening, March 7, for approving the death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading.
“The House of Representatives has given its consent for the State to kill. We, your bishops, are overcome with grief but we are not defeated nor shall we be silenced,” CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement.
“In the midst of Lent, we prepare to celebrate the triumph of Life over Death, and while we grieve that the Lower House has voted for death, our faith assures us that Life will triumph,” he added.