Bishop urges OFWs: Continue to pray for Duterte

Published July 17, 2018, 11:03 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Christina Hermoso

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) has called on overseas Filipino workers to continue to pray for President Duterte amid and despite his attacks on the Catholic Church.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga

Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos, chairman of the CBCP-ECMI, lamented that the President’s remarks have saddened the OFWs who helped put him to power and whose only source of strength while working abroad aside from their loved ones is God.

“Our OFWs fill the churches in different parts of the world. We cannot ignore their contribution to the country’s economy through their remittances,” Santos said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

“I call on our migrant workers to continue filling up the churches in other countries and for them not to be bothered or to waiver in their faith. Continue to support the country’s economy and to pray and try to understand our President,” the prelate added.

Bishop Santos said the Church also recognizes Filipino workers as missionaries of the Christian faith.

According to records, 90 percent of the 400,000 overseas absentee voters voted for Duterte during the 2016 presidential elections.