Some news agencies have reported that the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has taken an official position critical of the EDCA. While every bishop is, like any other citizen of the Republic, at liberty to maintain a position and to express it, as President of the CBCP I wish to make clear that we are fully cognizant of the complexity of the issues involved, including as they do issues of international law and relations, regional politics as well as the morality of the use of force and the threat of the use of force, and that the CBCP has not taken an official position on the matter. We continue to entrust ourselves to the Spirit of Truth and to study the matter with assiduousness.

Dagupan City, June 1, 2014

+ SOCRATES VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
CBCP President

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