Filipino Catholics protest against drug war killings, death penalty bill
Hundreds of Filipino Catholics marched in Manila to protest the continued killings under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
Around a thousand devotees prayed with rosaries and sang hymns as bishops and the Philippines’ own cardinal read sermons against what they say are not “pro-life” policies in government.
The Catholic Church is protesting against pending bills in Congress on the re-imposition of capital punishment and a substitute for divorce.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines previously held their “Walk for Life” in February 2017 to protest Duterte’s anti-narcotics crackdown.
More than 3,000 suspected drug users and pushers have been killed since Duterte took office in 2016. Police said the killings resulted from self-defence.