Archdiocese begins tolling of church bells

ALL the parishes in the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese began to toll their church bells every 8:00 p.m. for three minutes on July 27 for “truth, justice and peace.”

This was announced by Archbishop Socrates Villegas who said the tolling of the church bells in the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese will be until Sept. 28.

“As we hear the tolling of the church bells, let it remind us that, amidst the deafening shouts of indecency, lies and senseless killings, our silence adds to the growing number of deaths and calumnies around us,” partly read a post in social media Facebook page of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.

A nun gamely holds up the placard.

Villegas was recently listed as one of 35 included in the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel and obstruction of justice against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The complaint was filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, with Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy as one of the 36 respondents. Advincula, who is also a witness of the CIDG, joined the police in filing the complaint.

Charged with Villegas were priests Flaviano Villanueva, Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes; Bishops Honesto Ongtioco, Teodoro Bacani Jr, Pablo Virgilio David, and former education secretary Brother Armin Luistro; Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros; former senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino; and Otso Diretso senatorial candidates Chel Diokno, Florin Hilbay, Gary Alejano, Romulo Macalintal, Samira Gutoc and Erin Tañada.

The tolling of the bells was ordered following the launching of a movement in the archdiocese declaring support for the archbishop.

“As we hear the tolling of the bells, let us beg God in prayer for all victims of injustice and touch the consciences of the perpetrators to repentance,” it also said. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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