Villegas delivers message on De Lima's 1st year in Jail: "your faith and courage is also the best symbol of hope for what we can do to heal this land,"

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Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ 
Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that detention of Senator Leila De Lima is the “biggest symbol” of the “moral decay” attacking the Philippines under Duterte.

Villegas wrote a letter to De Lima, who is marking her first year in jail today, February 24.

The former CBCP president is set to deliver a message on Saturday at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center inside Camp Crame, where De Lima is detained.

"There are some of us who are beginning to feel a fatigue for loving our country. I came here to grieve with you because your detention is the biggest symbol of what is wrong with our country; but your faith and courage is also the best symbol of hope for what we can do to heal this land," Villegas wrote.

Villegas also attacked "the blood thirst of our sickening leaders."

"I do not know why God is allowing all this moral decay to happen to our country, the first Christian country in this part of the world," he said.

"I am ashamed of our Catholic countrymen who find lewd words funny. I am puzzled deeply by the scandalous adulation and applause that foul language elicits in the national forum. How persons are genitalized rather than respected," Villegas said.

He also slammed the fake news, and also the ignorance of some public officials to what is happening to the country.

Villegas also took a jab on how people nowadays treat the national attire, "how our young people now treat our national attire, the barong Tagalog."

"How the barong Tagalog is worn now at home and out of the country is the pathetic symbol of our national malady. It is a shame," Villegas said.

The president is known for his unconventional style of wearing the barong, rolling the sleeves and leaving its collar unbuttoned.

 Source: Rappler

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