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Bishop David slams Bikoy for lying, linking him to Trillanes

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) Archbishop Socrates Villegas also denies the claim of Peter Joemel Advincula or Bikoy that he met with anti-Duterte plotters on December 12, 2018

HITTING 'BIKOY.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David slams Peter Joemel Advincula, also known as Bikoy, for peddling 'lies.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Churches to voters: Choose bets who put country over self

May 12, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Let us not return to dictatorship, warns Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

FOR THE COUNTRY. Faith-based leaders and members belonging to different Christian organizations under the People's Choice Movement hold a candle lighting ceremony ahead of the May 13 elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bishop David: 'Biggest lie' to say drug war is against drugs

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admits the Catholic Church has 'failed to educate consciences,' leading to the support of many Catholics for drug war killings

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

7 Last Words reflection: Self-entrustment, not surrender

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

He is neither giving up nor giving in. No, he is not surrendering; he is embracing his Father’s will as his own, and doing it as an act of love.

'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David calls on Filipino Catholics to 'bridge the anomalous gap between faith and social life' as they observe Holy Week 2019

HUMAN CROSS. Families of victims of involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings form a human cross at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as a form of protest on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

More priests bare death threats under Duterte's watch

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Fathers Flavie Villanueva, Robert Reyes, and Albert Alejo expose death threats they have recently received under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte

Catholic Priest Fathers Albert Alejo, Flavie Villanueva holds a press conference to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch today at St. Vincent School Theology QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Tinig sa karimlan ang simbahan

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Batid ng mga pari na hindi lamang ito atake sa ating pampulitikang institusyon – atake rin ito sa ating moralidad, dignidad, at espiritwal na buhay

Caloocan diocese prays for Bishop David's safety: 'Sasamahan namin siya'

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:06 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot na tumayo sa ating pananampalataya, ipaglaban natin ito at lalo nating paigtingin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating Panginoon,' Fr Jay de Leon says

PEACE AND SECURITY. Catholic devotees attend a prayer vigil for the safety and peace of bishops, priests, lay faithful, and the nation, at the San Roque Cathedral on Friday, March 1. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

WATCH: Bishop David rebukes Catholics who back drug war killings

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Maraming Kristiyanong namimili lang nung kayang tanggapin na sinasabi ng Panginoon,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

PROPHETIC VOICE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David officiates a Mass for the dead at La Loma Catholic Cemetery on All Souls' Day, November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte said kill the bishops – and his word became flesh

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's violent tirades against clergymen begin to take flesh in the form of death threats. What Duterte says, Duterte gets.

Bishop critical of Duterte drug war gets death threats

Feb 26, 2019 - 3:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle alerted him about death threats against priests. He backtracks on his call to kill 'useless' bishops.

SHEPHERD. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb and prays for the soul of Kian Loyd delos Santos, at La Loma Catholic Cemetery in Caloocan City on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Pablo Virgilio David: The shepherd of Caloocan

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:00 PM

We need Church leaders who will describe rightly what we are facing: a death of conscience by those who justify the killings

Led by Davao archbishop, CBCP defends Bishop David vs Duterte

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says he is 'saddened and disturbed' by President Rodrigo Duterte's statements against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CHURCH OFFICIALS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop David hails conviction of Kian delos Santos killers

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:31 AM

'Salamat sa Diyos!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a drug war critic detested by President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAYING FOR KIAN. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a teenager gunned down by Caloocan policemen, as part of the remembrance of All Souls' Day on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Build chapels in your house, no need to go to church

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a vocal critic of the government's bloody anti-drug campaign, responds to the President's renewed attacks on his person

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Caloocan bishop denies Duterte's accusation of stealing

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:03 PM

'I think he has confused me for someone else,' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a thundering voice against the killings under the Duterte administration

Diocese of Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, DD officiated a mass for the dead at the Old Chapel of the La Loma Catholic Cemetery on All Souls' Day, November 2, 2018. Hi homily centered on the value of the human being. November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pray for Duterte, 'he is a very sick man' – Bishop David

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The Caloocan bishop is reacting to comments made by President Duterte that Catholic saints are fools and drunkards

‘SANTO RODRIGO.’ President Rodrigo Duterte tells an All Saints’ Day audience that Catholic saints are ‘gago’ and ‘lasenggo,’ so they should just place his photo at their altars. File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

Bishop hits killings as Padre Pio heart relic visits UST

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Killing ‘is never the way of Jesus Christ,’ says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, pointing out that the heart of Saint Padre Pio is ‘like that of Jesus’

PADRE PIO. The heart relic of Saint Padre Pio is seen on display at the University of Santo Tomas for overnight veneration. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communication

Repent, bishop says after Duterte admits to EJKs

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'We should welcome this public confession,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after President Rodrigo Duterte admits his 'only sin' is extrajudicial killings

REJECTING KILLINGS. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is one of the bishops most outspoken against drug war killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINYON] Orakulo ng propeta laban sa mga mamamatay-tao

Aug 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Dumanas nawa kayo ng kasawian, kayong walang pakialam at nanonood lamang habang pumapatay ang mga naka-bonnet na salarin sa liwanag ng araw!

Photo of victim's family and spectators, by AFP; photos of police and politicians by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] A prophetic oracle against murderers

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Woe to you who call yourselves 'Christians' but do not care an iota about the victims of extrajudicial killings

Bishop David on drug users: They're drug victims, too

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:32 PM

'Isn't it obvious that they are also victims, and that they also need to be saved, not killed?' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, reacting to SONA 2018

SHEPHERD, PREACHER. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David delivers the homily at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Manila on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishops hit Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings are not human lives!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after SONA 2018

DEFENDING LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David attends the recently concluded Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. Days later, he criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte for pitting human rights against human lives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Whispers can kill,' bishop warns amid drug war, Fox case

Jul 22, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David hits 'figurative serpents' who 'are very fond of juicy gossips and intrigues that are best said in whispers'

HOLY MASS. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David leads the Mass on the 4th day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

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Jul 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

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Bishop slams 'death squads' in 2 overnight Caloocan murders

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We used to call them bonnet gangs. Now we just call them what they really are – death squads,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

SHEPHERD. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David celebrates Mass at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on July 19, 2018. Photo by Roy Lagarde

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Diyos ni Digong ang diyos ng hidwaan

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Hindi hinubog sa imahe ng kanyang ‘sensible God’ si Rodrigo Duterte

[OPINYON] May panahon para manahimik, magsalita

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

May panahon para basagin ang katahimikan, may panahon para magsalita. At ngayon na ang panahon na iyon.

PANAHON. Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David gives a homily at Sts. Peter and John Parish on June 23. Photo courtesy of Angelo Mangahas

[OPINYON] Tungkol kay Adan, Eba, at pananampalatayang Katoliko

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Iginagalang ng mga Katoliko ang tungkulin ng Pangulo, at ang mandato niya bilang Pangulo. Sana igalang din niya ang mga Katoliko kahit hindi siya sumang-ayon sa doktrina ng Katoliko.

Duterte photo courtesy of Malacañang

Bishops hit Duterte for calling God stupid

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Paano siya magiging Pangulo para sa lahat ng Pilipino kung wala siyang paggalang sa mga mananampalatayang Katoliko?' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) issue statements criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte (right) for calling God stupid. File photo of Duterte courtesy of Malacañang; file photos of David and Villegas by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishops hit priests carrying guns amid killings

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Gun-toting priests? They might want to consider leaving the priesthood and joining the police or the military instead,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

NO TO KILLINGS. The Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) leads a lightning protest to urge the government to immediately resolution of the killing of Father Richmond Nilo and other victims of murder. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fr Mark Ventura's bishop hits 'unfounded rumors' on his murder

May 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg speaks up after President Rodrigo Duterte claims Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was killed because of his illicit affairs

SLAIN PRIEST. Father Mark Ventura, who was shot dead by riding-in-tandem assailants, is the second priest killed in 4 months. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

‘Mama, please let's bring Jesus to the hospital’

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'Mama, why is Jesus bleeding? Kawawa naman siya!'

CRUCIFIED CHRIST. Christians around the world remember the crucifixion and death of Christ on Good Friday. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In defense of Judas

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Have we forgotten that the Eucharist was really for him (and for the potential Judases that we all can turn into)?

Holy Week reflections: Alab ng Puso

Mar 28, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Kapag ang relihiyon sa atin ay naging ritwal na lang; kapag ito'y parang obligasyon na lang na wala nang epekto sa buhay, pag-iisip at pag-uugali ng tao, para itong templong wala nang apoy

Holy Week reflections: The path of nonviolence

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Let us never allow ourselves to be motivated by anger or hatred, resentment, revenge, or the instinct to retaliate or return evil for evil

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 14, 2018

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipinos facing threat 'worse than Martial Law'

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:25 PM

'We are seeing an erosion of our moral fiber as a people,' says an activist nun as the Philippines marks the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution

EDSA 32. Activist nun Sister Mary John Mananzan speaks at a rally at the People Power Monument to mark the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishops call for vigilance amid 'creeping dictatorship'

Feb 25, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We must guard our democracy,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, as the Philippines marks the 32nd anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

WALK FOR LIFE. More or less 2,000 Catholics troop to the Quirino Grandstand on February 24, 2018, for the Walk for Life to oppose drug war killings, the death penalty, and other measures tagged as anti-life. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: When the Church rose up vs killings in 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:07 AM

Rappler compiles 12 best images of the Philippine Catholic Church that prayed, marched, and fought for the value of life this year

NOT HOPELESS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle embraces a graduate of the Archdiocese of Manila's Sanlakbay drug rehabilitation program on October 21, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bishop seeks freedom of supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'For heaven's sake, let's get this man out of jail! I am willing to repay his employer, the supermarket owner, a hundred times over,' says Bishop Pablo David

BISHOP'S APPEAL. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says he is willing to repay 'a hundred times over' the employer of a supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Undas 2017: Pray for the 'living dead,' bishop says

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David hits drug war killings as Filipinos remember the dead: 'Dapat matigil na ang kahibangang ito!'

NO TO KILLINGS. A candle-lighting ritual for victims of drug war killings is held at the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City on October 24, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Huwag magpatalo sa mga anay' – Bishop David

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Conquer evil with good, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says as Filipinos denounce abuses during the Martial Law era and the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte

DAY OF PROTEST. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David gives holy communion to a nun attending a Mass at the San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, prior to a march to Luneta during the National Day of Protest on September 21, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PAO wants to include in Kian case all cops involved in Caloocan raid

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:49 PM

PAO chief Persida Acosta says she s confident they have an airtight complaint in the Kian complaint

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Protesters, neighbors, and friends of Kian Loyd Delos Santos light candles to express their call for justice on the death of the slain kid. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

'Can gov't blame witnesses if they feel safer with the Church?'

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the Catholic Church is not obstructing justice by protecting witnesses to the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is protecting witnesses to the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos after the witnesses voluntarily sought his custody. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Caloocan Bishop David addresses PNP on drug war

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:00 AM

I am not a simplistic person I will never blame the mistake of a few police officers on the whole institution says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

LEADING PRELATE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the Philippines needs a police force with integrity. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler