San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza yesterday reminded Catholic Christians and Negrenses of the Seventh Command, which is “You shall not steal”.
“If we want true and lasting peace, an end to all these killings, and if we want that our sugar workers will never engage in any ‘bungkalan’, let us listen, take to heart and live by these teachings of Our Lord as our Holy Father clearly reminds of the Ten Commandments,” Alminaza said.
He said the Commandment deals specifically with theft and respect for the property of others.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that ownership of any property makes its holder a steward of Providence, with the task of making it fruitful and communicating its benefits to others, Alminaza said.
Nine farmers, who occupied a property in Brgy. Bulanon, Sagay City, died last month, after being shot by a group of unidentified armed men.
“Our world has sufficient resources to meet the primary needs of all its inhabitants, yet so many members of our human family continue to suffer extreme want and even starvation for lack of sound economic decisions inspired by solidarity and justice,” Alminaza said.
President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier issued a stern warning against those occupying idle lands and housing units that they would shoot and arrest them.
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas chairperson Danilo Ramos said land occupation and cultivation activities are not coercive and, in fact, are collective efforts of farmers to assert genuine land reform.
He said farmers cultivate idle land for food crops.*
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