Walk for Life 2017
Salamat sa Council of the Laity ng Pilipinas na siyang nanawagan para sa Walk for Life. Kaming mga pari at obispo ay kasama ninyong laykong lingkod sa bawat hakbang. Hindi kami mauuna baka hindi kayo makasunod. Hindi kami maglalakad sa likod baka maiwanan ninyo kami. Maglalakad kaming ng mga obispo at pari katabi ninyo. Kaagapay. Kaibigan. Kasama sa paglalakad. Sa Luneta pantay pantay tayo. Sabay sabay.
(Free translation from Tagalog by the CBCP Media Office)
Thank you to the Council of the Laity of the Philippines who called for this worthy project known as “Walk for Life.” We, priests and bishops, are with you in every step you take. We will not lead because you may not be able to follow. We will not walk behind you because we may not be able to keep in step. We, priests and bishops will walk beside you. Companions all throughout. At the Luneta, we’re all equal. Side by side, step by step.
We’re here for the Walk for Life in the name of those who cannot walk because of our shortcomings. They cannot walk because they have been killed at we’re too afraid to get involved. They cannot walk out of fear they’ll be the next victims. They cannot walk because they’re hooked on drugs. They cannot walk because they’ve been killed by people who’s minds have been deranged by addiction. Those who cannot walk because of our shortcomings.
This Walk for Life is for them. We will walk and we will stand for them.
This Walk for Life is not to defend the drug addicts or the killers. Criminals ought to be arrested, prosecuted, sentenced and jailed to correct the wrongdoings they committed. They ought to be judged by the court of law and never by the (barrel of the gun) extrajudicial means.
This Walk for Life is not a protest but a commitment to the sacredness of life given by God. This Walk for Life is a Walk for God.
Why in the early hours of the day? This is simply because during this time when victims are found along the road or in garbage heaps. Dawn is that time of day that augurs well with new beginnings but has turned into time of tears and fear due to killings made the night before.
It was during this time of day in December 30, 1896 when Dr. Jose Rizal walked from Fort Santiago to the Luneta to face the firing squad. Death penalty is contrary to the sacredness of human life. Instead of restoring the death penalty, cleanse the ranks of the police, reform the judiciary and strictly enforce rules in our penitentiaries. We say “No to Death penalty!” Yes, to the reforms in the criminal justice (system). We call on the House of Representatives to allow their members to vote according to their conscience. Partisan politics is fleeting. Conscience is the voice of God inside everyone of us. Respect our conscience.
There a number of shortcomings against life that we need to attend to. These are ABCDE…
Abortion is a sin against the life of the unborn. An unborn child is a gift from God. Every child needs to be defended. If we don’t go against abortion, there will come a time when we will kill the poor and downtrodden in society. Poor as they are they’ve been saved at beloved by God. God loves the weak and helpless. They are our siblings.
Blasphemy is disrespect for the name of God. If God’s no longer respected, there will come a time when we will no longer respect God’s creatures. All these begins with blasphemy. When people no longer respects God, for sure we will no longer respect the environment, our parents, our fellowmen and human life.
Corruption kills human life. Corruption is thievery against the poor. Money appropriated for medicines, money budgeted for rice, money for transportation expensews, money for basic home repairs yet kept and withheld by corrupt individuals. The sufferings felt by the poor victims of the corrupt are known to God. You cannot steal all your life. God knows everything.
Drugs are anti-life. Drugs kill people who use them including the innocent victims. Rape happens due to drugs. Thefts occur due to drugs. Killings take place due to drugs. This Walk for Life is not to defend the drug addict and pushers. Lives have been lost due to drugs. Getting hooked on drugs is wrong. Drugs kill.
Execution is murder. From what was called death penalty, it has turned to salvaging to summary execution and now Extra Judicial Killings (EJK). Any killing whether made by a criminal or meted by the government as death penalty remains a killing. We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing those who kill. It also increases the number of killers.
The sun will soon rise. There will be hope. Never be afraid of darkness. Never live in fear. We are being cowed to fear and we in turn fearful. They will cease casting fear among us because they will know we are not afraid.
Let us face those who attempt to cast fear among the people and show them our courage. Let’s face the challenge and prove God is on our source of strength. We will never fear them because we trust God more than anybody else.
People trust God, never fear. Let’s walk for LIFE! Walk for Life!