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Duterte told: ‘Discipline out of love not anger’

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TACLOBAN City, Feb. 28, 2017 – Comparing the country to a family, a priest stressed that even the discipline of righting wrongs, as in the case of the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs, should be done “out of love not anger.”

“Like in a family, children could not be disciplined by corporal punishment and shouting at them but through love, forgiveness, patience, understanding and humility, and above all prayer,” said Fr. Erby Davy Lajara, parish priest of San Jose Parish in this city and spiritual director of the Council of Laity of the Archdiocese of Palo.

“If discipline will only be done by bragging and anger, we better not do anything because it will just complicate the whole thing,” he added.

Not revenge

The priest said discipline and change should be done out of love not of revenge or showmanship, noting “that we too are brothers and sisters, that we too are created in the image and likeness of God, thus we have to be respected, loved, forgiven, be helped in our struggle to be [a] better person.”

“We all have to be instrument of healing and forgiveness,” stressed Lajara, mentioning how in some instances family members themselves discriminate against their own erring family member.

Although Lajara expressed appreciation for what President Duterte is doing for the country, he called on the people to pray for him that he will be given proper guidance in governing the country.

War vs illegal gambling

He also said the government’s war on illegal gambling could likewise possibly end in killings like in the Duterte administration campaign against illegal drugs.

“Per experience, it could happen based on what had occurred, that is why we have to pray, help each other because changes like these could not be done by force,” he said.

He also stressed the need for the people to be proactive and not reactive in order to avoid the proliferation of vices in the country. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)

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