Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, an open critic of the Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs, said he had been receiving death threats since the previous week.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Sunday condemned the continued threats to the life of the bishop whom had forced him to restrict public outings.
David has earned the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte, who threatened to kill him in November 2018 for reasons he accused him of being in tangled with the drug trade as well as allegedly larceny of church collections.
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia said in a statement that “any form of intimidation, harassment and threat to life” is an assault on human dignity and freedom which was aimed at the administration and for the public’s interests.
The bishop had decided to skip an event at DLSU because of fear of his own safety and colleagues.