IS seeking church asylum the trend these days? Following the call of Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas, more church officials are now expressing their willingness to protect those police officers who will come to them and testify against the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
They decided to open their doors to cops who were carrying out the alleged EJKs because “their consciences are already troubling them”, as they are willing to testify on their participation in these killings in the name of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
For one, this is a dubious move on the part of those police officers.
How can the church people be sure that those law enforcers coming forward and seeking asylum are really part of the President’s campaign to rid the country of the drug menace? Those cops may be members of crime syndicates and they just want to hide from being executed.
Or worse, those cops may have just committed crimes, running away from justice and prosecution and using the administration’s campaign against drugs a convenient cover to hide their misdeeds.
Malacañang is saying that the Church should exercise due diligence as there are drug protectors, kidnappers, kotong and ninja cops who want to destroy the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs. The Palace also urged certain objectivity from the Church to avoid being used by said aberrations.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines should be wary of those whom they will protect. They should put those law enforcers who come forward under stringent scrutiny because it’s not a long shot that these cops may be just taking advantage of their kindness.
They should discern whether these cops are really looking for repentance or just looking for a way out.