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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Socrates Villegas has expressed disappointment over what he has been hearing and reading about the country’s leaders in local and international news, which he says reflects a slow erosion of Filipino values.
In his message titled “Confused and sad yet hopeful,” Villegas said the “cherished Filipino values maka-Diyos, makatao and makabayan are slowly eroding to be replaced by an open license for cuss words, orchestrated lies and vulgarity never heard before.”
“I am afraid that our children and youth will catch and embrace these twisted upside down values. I dread the thought they might carry these errors into the next generation and render tomorrow bleak and gloomy,” Villegas said in his message.
The Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop also expressed grief and alarm over the spate of unresolved killings in the country amid the Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs, and what he called “new things” that make Filipinos laugh.
“I am in this endless grief at the killings I have seen and heard. The well is running dry and I can no longer give a word of condolence to the bereaved families because I also need to be assured even a bit that things will get better and not become worse even more,” Villegas said.
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