Address human rights issues -- New CBCP president

DAVAO Archbishop Romulo Valles urged the National Government to answer claims that human rights violations are happening in the country.

Valles, incoming president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said there are signs that the government’s war on drugs is hitting the wrong people, such as Kian Delos Santos and others who were unjustifiably killed.

“The government must answer these issues,” said Valles, who celebrated a mass in Cebu yesterday for the annual fiesta in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux at the Indiana Aerospace University in Lapu-Lapu City.

Last week, 39 countries, including the United States and Canada, expressed concern over the human rights situation in the Philippines.

The statement came after the National Government rejected 154 out of the 257 recommendations of the United Nations member states that include a thorough probe into alleged extrajudicial killings.

Valles, who will assume as head of CBCP in December, said he’s willing to talk to President Rodrigo Duterte to help address the matter, including the claims of state-sponsored killings.

He also hopes to mend the relationship between the Church and Duterte’s administration. (JKV)
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