The CBCP joins the nation in mourning and condemning the massacre of 36 innocent civilians, mostly women, including drivers and journalists. Whether it is politically motivated or not, it is still a crime against respect for life and peace and order in the community.
We join the appeal to rightful authorities to restore justice in the situation. We likewise appeal that the common good as well as respect for human life be uppermost in the campaign for political ends.
May this painful situation be a strong reason for further pursuing the ongoing peace process in Mindanao.
+ANGEL N. LAGDAMEO
Archbishop of Jaro
November 24, 2009