UP’s Catholic community lights candles for priests, bishops

A candle lighting event was held in support of Catholic clergymen, August 22.

A candle lighting event was held in support of Catholic clergymen at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, August 22. (Photo by Neil Manuel)

Candles were lit after the celebration of the mass at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, August 22, in support of Roman Catholic clergymen who were earlier charged with sedition.  

The UP Student Catholic Action (UPSCA) Diliman, together with the UP Catholic Students Community, questioned the intentions of the filing of sedition charges against Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Novaliches Bishop-Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, Jr., Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Albert Alejo, and Robert Reyes, and Bro. Armin Luistro. UPSCA defended the priests and bishops, saying charges are “far from the truth.”

In a statement, the organization said that the filing of cases is a manifestation of the Duterte Administration’s “aversion to dissent” and a means to silence their critics. “Instead of addressing the genuine concerns that people face, the administration chooses to steer clear from the reality and silence all those critical of prevalent inhumanities,” the statement read.

UPSCA Formation Director for Members Anya Villanueva read her organization's solidarity message for the accused bishops and priests. (Photo by Neil Manuel)

UPSCA Formation Director for Members Anya Villanueva read her organization’s solidarity message for the accused bishops and priests. (Photo by Neil Manuel)

UPSCA called on fellow Catholics to continue to protest against wrongs and to fight for the truth.

Philippine National Police spokesman Bernard Banac assured the public, in a previous interview with DZUP News, that police operations are being conducted properly and fairly.

Earlier, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines also released a statement in support of the priests and bishops.

Fr. Bong Tupino, Parish of the Holy Sacrifice parish priest, celebrated the Solidarity Mass. (Photo by Neil Manuel)

Fr. Bong Tupino, Parish of the Holy Sacrifice parish priest, celebrated the Solidarity Mass. (Photo by Neil Manuel)