MANILA— Catholic prelates are praying for peace to reign despite different reactions on the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao as government forces and the Maute terror group clashed in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on Tuesday.
Ozamiz Archbishop Martin Jumoad expressed support on the declaration of Martial Law but human rights should be respected.
“I am for the imposition of Martial law provided a mechanism has to be established so that no human rights will be violated,” he said. “I am for the immediate restoration of peace and order in Marawi.”
On his part, Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos urged the people to pray and asked God to restore peace in the country.
“It is in this moment we have to turn first to God, to beg Him to let peace and order reign in our country. Though different in faith and customs, we are all Filipinos. May they renounce violence and have change of hearts. We have same God who wants both our goodwill and salvation. Let us all be calm, law abiding and caring for one another,” he said.
The Catholic prelate added, “We pray earnestly for peaceful solution and always ready to help and of service, renounce violence and destruction.”
For his part, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles asked both Catholics and Muslims to pray for the people in conflict areas to be spared from harm.
“May both Catholics and Muslims plead with Mary to protect all people of Mindanao and the entire people from all harm being inflicted by violence including the inevitable ill effects of martial rule,” he said.
“May God Who alone can grant true and lasting peace, harmony and well being give everyone of whatever faith, affiliation the eagerness and energy to work for God-willed unity, solidarity and progress that will ensure a world of brotherhood,” he added.
Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said, “No martial law. Yes, God’s law. AFP is capable to put order and peace (absence of war). We pray and gawa, nasa Diyos ang Awa. Awa at gawa.”