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Manila cardinal asks churches to ring bells to remember drug-war deaths

Manila’s cardinal has ordered church bells to be rung in that archdiocese every evening starting on 14th September to remember the thousands of people killed in the government’s campaign against drug dealers and addicts.

The archdiocese joined a long list of dioceses across the country that started commemorating the deaths by tolling church bells nightly.

In a letter dated 8th September, Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle again called attention to the sustained killings of mostly poor people, either in police anti-drug operations or unexplained deaths that human rights groups have called vigilante murders.

“With pain and horror, we continue to get daily news of the killings around the country,” said Cardinal Tagle. “We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal. We cannot govern the nation by killing. We cannot foster a humane and decent Filipino culture by killing.”

Picture: Philippine police are seen in Pasay City on 6th September. Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle ordered church bells to ring in that archdiocese every evening starting on 14th September to remember the thousands of people killed in the government’s campaign against drug dealers and addicts. (CNS photo/Mark R. Cristino, EPA).