THE Archdiocese of Cebu will not change its stand in discouraging priests from joining police operations convincing drug personalities to surrender.
This, despite the move of Fr. Lamberto “Jun” Paradiang Jr. of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), who admitted that he participated in the local police’s Oplan Tokhang in his parish.
Paradiang, the parish priest of the Santo Niño Parish in Barangay Suba, Cebu City, admitted he assisted the police in their Oplan Tokhang to convince drug users in his parish to return to the fold.
While he admired Paradiang for his gesture of informing suspected drug users of the Archdiocese’s community drug rehabilitation programs, Palma reiterated that priests should not participate in the Oplan Tokhang because of the dangers involved.
He also said that he has no control of Paradiang since he is a member of a religious order.
But Palma hopes to meet with Paradiang to talk to him about his experience.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2017.
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