Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Socrates Villegas asked for divine healing for the country to bring back harmony following the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima on Friday, February 24.
“We turn to God in fervent prayer to heal our land. I pray for the healing of our land and for the reign of harmony,” Villegas said in a statement.
Villegas said “it is unchristian to find secret pleasure in the sufferings of others,” as he called for justice and not revenge.
“We beg the Lord to pour forth upon us the passion not for vengeance but for justice,” Villegas said.
The church said De Lima and others who have been accused must have a fair trial in court.
“Let all who have been charged be accorded their fair day in the court of laws,” Villegas said.
“We humbly pray to the Lord who called Himself the Truth to set our hearts aflame for the truth, the truth that sets all of us free,” Villegas added.
He also asked every Filipino to allow the reign of charity to prevail in imitation of Christ.
“Mercy without justice is weakness. Justice without love is tyranny,” he said.
On Friday morning, De Lima was arrested at the Senate by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) after a local court of Muntinlupa City issued a warrant of arrest on Thursday, Feb. 23 for her alleged involvement in illegal drugs at New Bilibd Prison (NBP)
The Muntinlupa RTC branch 204 ordered De Lima be detained at the custodial unit of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame.