GMA's state of emergency draws concern from the Church

24 February 2006---Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, President of CBCP, voiced concern over Malacaņang's declaration of putting the entire country under the state of emergency.

Speaking on behalf of the entire Episcopal Conference, Lagdameo called upon all civil society to "exercise prudence, sobriety, patience and vigilance."

"We reject violence from whichever group that may come either in pursuance of its purpose or to take advantage of the crisis---situation," the Archbishop said in a pastoral statement issued Friday.

"Remember, Tayo'y kapwa Pilipino, mahal ng Dios!" said the statement entitled "Call to Patriotism."

He asked all the parties involved to respect truth and the rule of law and shun from any form of violence, which according to him, innocent people are more to become victims of selfish interest.

"The situation is a challenge to magnanimously prove that your patriotism and concern for the poor and the suffering are of higher value than personal political survival," the Archbishop said.

"May the key players in this military and political unrest all listen to one another in dialogue and come to agreement for the good of our country," he added. *






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