CBCP ECMI Pastoral Statement on Breaking Ties with America

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care
of Migrants and Itinerant People

While our government might “break ties” with other countries in terms of political and economical directions, the bond of friendship among peoples forged over shared experiences and common values and aspirations would remain strong. Such is the case of our ties with the United States. These have been cultivated and nurtured through the decades with Filipinos now comprising the second highest immigrant population there, their remittances amounting to billions of dollars are among the highest among all the foreign countries that host our kababayan as workers and residents. Let us not expose them to isolationism and suspicion.

In this light we hope that the policies that our government would take would not erode the good will that our migrants have established in other nations. We hope that such policies would not break down bridges of peace and understanding but more so should promote more harmony and generate more friendships among the association of nations in our world. Let us not cut ties but promote inclusive ties so that peoples of different races and faith can live in freedom and peace.

SGD.
+RUPERTO CRUZ SANTOS, DD
Bishop of Balanga
Chair, Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People

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