BACOLOD – Catholic churches here marked International Human Rights Day on Tuesday by holding masses and tolling their bells.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines directed all Bacolod churches to ring their bells at 10 a.m. and hold 5 p.m. masses to encourage parishioners to protect human rights, said the diocese’s Social Action Director Fr. Chris Gonzales.
“The Catholic Church continues to call on all of us to be vigilant, to protect the rights of each one especially now that Christmas is coming…I don’t think that there is any more beautiful message that the Lord could give us than to love one another and to respect the rights and the life of each one,” he said.
The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry is seeking an audience over a spate of killings in the last two months.
The body of a businessman was found in a vacant lot in Barangay Mandalagan last week. The phrase “I love drugs” was painted on his body.
A woman meanwhile was gunned down by unidentified assailants outside Bacolod City’s Police Office in August. (ABS-CBN News)