CBCP to Filipinos: Pray for peace in Sabah


Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Give peace a chance.

The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Philippines on Tuesday urged Filipinos to pray for peace in Sabah after Malaysian security forces launched an offensive to clear out armed followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III holed up there for over three weeks now.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, pointed out that more than two dozen lives have been lost since skirmishes erupted Friday between Kiram’s so-called “royal army” and Malaysian security forces, and Filipinos should not “add bloodshed to bloodshed.”

“What we’re saying is, we’re hoping (that) with our prayers, eventually peace will come in the land. It’s different when people are dying. It would be saddening if if there’s no end in sight to this,” Palma said as the CBCP permanent council met in Manila on Tuesday.

“We should not add violence to violence … (and dwell instead) on prayer and tolerance (and not on those) that could further spread bloodshed,” he added.

Palma declined to comment further on the technicalities of the Sabah issue or about President Benigno Aquino III’s claim that there was a “conspiracy” behind the decision of Kiram to send reportedly more than 200 armed men to Sabah.

“Well we feel that this is something very complex and the bishops don’t have the expertise to interpret these legal complications. What we’re saying is that we leave it to the diplomats, but rest assured that we are praying for peace in Sabah,” Palma said.

Palma said it was unfortunate that lives had been lost in the standoff and ensuing clashes but added that the Sabah issue was very complex.

“For now, we encourage prayer … a prayer for peace and end to all of this,” he said.

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  • jenna

    We should pray for peace within the church first before praying for Sabah.

  • John_Galt_II

    Pray? Is that all you can offer?
    Tumahimik na lang kayo at para na rin kayong nakatulong!

    • Tun Mohd Firdaus

       so what u want?

    • Danny Bravo

        naka  prepared  na  ang  diyos  ninyo  pls  thousand  of  soldier more  tha  35  thousand  ang  papatay  sa  inyo  kasama  ang  dragon  hindu  at  buddhist,,,  wala  kayong  makukuhang  proteksiyon  sa  aming  hari,,,kahit  sabihin  pang  pilipino  kayo 

  • judemos

    Pray for what? that they change their culture of violence. Pray that they realize that God is not with them.
    Even if the malaysian govt send a hundred thousand troops to sabah this issue will not go away. Imagine they already used artilleries and fighter jets but still they couldn’t stop 200+ armed men/women with limited ammunition.
    Malaysia should realize that they need to talk to these muslim groups or start waging war with the whole bangsamoro. If not then they should be ready to have a strong military presence in the area.

    • Danny Bravo

      nakasulat  yan  sa  libro  namin  na  kayong  makakapatid  na  muslim  ay  magpapatayan  yung  lupa  ay  instrumento  lang  o  paraan  ng  inyong  diyos  para  magpatayan  kayo  dahil  naging  walang  silbi  kayo  sa  inyong  diyos,,,  at  kapag  nakipagpayapaan  kayo  ,,mismong  inyong  diyos  ang  papatay  sa  inyo  by  using  of  laser  nasa  buwan  ang  kanilang  base  militar ang  iba  ay  nasa  ilalim  ng  dagat,,,,  tapos  ang  history  ninyo  ngayon  ,,

  • Hey_Dudes

    CBCP puede ba huwag na kayong makialam Sabah na ito at hindi na kasama sa territorio ninyong pakialamero sa gobierno.

  • Jude Fawley

    Shot Up! CBCP! You are a nuisance!


    HA Ha Ha….sawsaw time na naman!  Basta’t may picture taking, kasali si Damasing.  

    Pilipinos to CBCP: We’ll pray for your reformation.

    The “men” in white gowns should take a hint from the comments and remarks passim, and do what is necessary.  Pinagtatawanan na lang kayo palagi ….every time you open your traps.  Baguhin na kasi ninyo ang istrokis ninyo para magkaroon ng katuturan sa kabuhayan ng mga nasilo ninyo.  

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    ppppptng inamo DAMASO!

  • mxsclxmxn

    Catholics don’t be afraid of this Fundamentalist Born Again.

    Fight with Scriptures on their SOLA SCRIPTURA (Bible Theory)

    Don’t be victims of their FALLACIES!!! B E W A R E !!!

    • mxsclxmxn

      1 John 4:1 – again, God instructs us to test all things,
      test all spirits. Notwithstanding what many Protestants argue, God’s Word is
      not always obvious.


      1 Sam. 3:1-9 – for example, the Lord speaks to Samuel, but
      Samuel doesn’t recognize it is God. The Word of God is not self-attesting.


      1 Kings 13:1-32 – in this story, we see that a man can’t
      discern between God’s word (the commandment “don’t eat”) and a
      prophet’s erroneous word (that God had rescinded his commandment “don’t
      eat”). The words of the Bible, in spite of what many Protestants must argue,
      are not always clear and understandable. This is why there are 30,000 different
      Protestant churches and one Holy Catholic Church.


      Gen. to Rev. – Protestants must admit that knowing what
      books belong in the Bible is necessary for our salvation. However, because the
      Bible has no “inspired contents page,” you must look outside the
      Bible to see how its books were selected. This destroys the sola Scriptura
      theory. The canon of Scripture is a Revelation from God which is necessary for
      our salvation, and which comes from outside the Bible. Instead, this Revelation
      was given by God to the Catholic Church, the pinnacle and foundation of the
      truth (1 Tim. 3:15).

  • mxsclxmxn


    Catholics don’t be afraid of this Fundamentalist Born Again.

    Fight with Scriptures on their SOLA SCRIPTURA (Bible Theory)

    Don’t be victims of their FALLACIES!!! B E W A R E !!!

    These fundamentalist protestants will fool you. Don’t be a
    victim to their false doctrines. Stand firm to your Catholic belief. Even our
    Lord has Judas in His midst but it did make Him a lesser GOD! His Church will
    be with Him as He is with His Church!


    James 4:5 – James even appeals to Scripture outside of the
    Old Testament canon (“He yearns jealously over the spirit which He has


    2 Peter 1:20 – interpreting Scripture is not a matter of
    one’s own private interpretation. Therefore, it must be a matter of
    “public” interpretation of the Church. The Divine Word needs a Divine
    Interpreter. Private judgment leads to divisions, and this is why there are
    30,000 different Protestant denominations.


    2 Peter 3:15-16 – Peter says Paul’s letters are inspired,
    but not all his letters are in the New Testament canon. See, for example, 1
    Cor. 5:9-10; Col. 4:16. Also, Peter’s use of the word “ignorant”
    means unschooled, which presupposes the requirement of oral apostolic
    instruction that comes from the Church.


    2 Peter 3:16 – the Scriptures are difficult to understand
    and can be distorted by the ignorant to their destruction. God did not
    guarantee the Holy Spirit would lead each of us to infallibly interpret the
    Scriptures. But this is what Protestants must argue in order to support their
    doctrine of sola Scriptura. History and countless divisions in Protestantism
    disprove it.

  • Hein S

    Wag na EPAL, mga DAMASO.

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