Priest Reacts After Bato Said He Wants Them To Be Part Of The Revived 'Tokhang'

"Propaganda lang naman yun. May simbahan tapos babarilin nila, kung sino-sinong tao ang babarilin. Tapos sisisihin kami na kasama kami sa programa? At gagamitin lang kami... hindi kami sasama."
dela Rosa Pabillo
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa invited priests yesterday to join the Project Tokhang 2.

Gen. Dela Rosa said in a press conference on Monday that:

The parish priest can join if not his representative, so as to make our campaign credible. I’m appealing to the clergy for support.

Imagine you’re a drug personality and the people who come knocking on your door turn out to be the chief of police, the barangay captain and the local priest. I think it will soften your heart, and make you immediately follow their advice to change your ways, or undergo rehab if you’re not yet ready.
However, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo junked the invitation of Gen. Dela Rosa and said it was just a propaganda for authorities to "use" the priests' presence in "Oplan Tokhang" operations, ABS-CBN News reported.
Propaganda lang naman yun. May simbahan tapos babarilin nila, kung sino-sinong tao ang babarilin. Tapos sisisihin kami na kasama kami sa programa? At gagamitin lang kami... hindi kami sasama.

Sa ganyang mga title pa lang hindi ako naniniwala na yan ay magiging mapayapa. Double-barrel? Nakakaduda sa title pa lang na binibigay nila.
Pabillo also added that the government should instead stop Tokhang operations completely.

Hindi na mag-tokhang. Hanap ng ibang paraan. Hanapin talaga yung mga sources. Magpakita ng mga sources dahil yan yung mayayaman.... i-apprehend nila ayon sa batas.
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Executive Secretary of Permanent Committee on Public Affairs of CBCP, Fr. Jerome Secillano, in a statement posted by News5 on their Facebook page, said:

statement of priest Project Tokhang 2


Gen. Dela Rosa's invitation to the priest to join the Project Tokhang 2 is also extended to Protestant and evangelical pastors as well as Muslim clerics.