Catholic Archbishop joins nation in mourning victims of Davao bomb blast

MANILA — Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas joined the nation in grieving over the death of 14 people and the wounding of 71 others when a bomb exploded in Davao City Friday night.

“We are in prayerful communion with the Archbishop of Davao and our countrymen in that city. We grieve too over the death of innocent brothers and sisters due to the bombing past midnight,” he said in a statement.

“Violence shocks us. Acts of terrorism jolt us. When fellowmen die, a part of our humanity dies too,” he added.

The Catholic prelate offered prayers for the victims and “for the restoration of brotherhood and harmony for Davao and for the nation”.

He further expressed hope that people would not be vengeful against the perpetrators of the attack.

“Let not vengeance be our response but peace. Christ our peace, restore our peace,” the Lingayen-Dagupan bishop said.

“Gandhi said: I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent,” he added. PNA/