I PROMISE | Duterte to watch his words after one-on-one with Valles

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JULY 9, 2018 – President Rodrigo Duterte had a one-on-one meeting with the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Archbishop Romulo Valles in Malacañang on Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the president has agreed to a moratorium on statements about the Church after the meeting that lasted for about thirty minutes.

“Hindi na siya magsasalita tungkol sa simbahan after one-on-one. Kaibigan niya si Valles.” Roque said.

In a press conference earlier, CBCP, through a pastoral letter, called on the public to join them in a three-day prayer and fasting from July 17 to 19 to pray for those individuals who committed blasphemy.

“Let us spend a day of prayer and penance, invoking God’s mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God’s Holy Name, those who slander and bear false witness, and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality in our country,” CBCP Vice President Bishop Pablo David said.

The CBCP clarified that it is not a move against the President who has been very critical of the Church in the past few weeks. It also stressed that the Catholic Church is not an enemy of the government.

“We are not political leaders, and certainly not political opponents of government. The Church has, throughout history, coexisted with countless forms of government. The Church has always been and will always be a partner of government (especially in the LGUs and barangays) in countless endeavours for the common good, especially in addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged sectors of society.” the CBCP said.

After the one-on-one meeting, Roque said the dialogue between Malacañang and religious sector will continue.

Roque said he met with around eighteen bishops during a social dinner hosted by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her house on Sunday.

“It was a social dinner although there were prayers said and there was of course a general consensus that the Church and State should work together in upholding the general welfare of the people,” he said.