After a string of casualties in the drug crackdown in The Philippines, the Church has stepped in to tackle the drug problem, reports Christian Today.
Archbishop Antonio Ledesma reportedly explained that even though the Church does not have the facilities for scientific rehabilitation, it could offer spiritual healing. He added, "we cannot solve a crime by committing another crime."
The Archbishop was referring to the "zero tolerance" policy that has been brought into effect as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The situation in the country continues to worsen, with the death toll rising. There are no investigations being initiated against police and vigilantes who fire on unarmed citizens, and the national police chief went so far as to urge the addicts to set fire to the homes of drug dealers, offering them immunity against punishment.
According to the Archbishop, the program, christened "Coalition for a Drug-free Society," will see the City of Cagayan de Oro, the Department of Health, and various civil society groups joining hands to create awareness of the harm drugs cause and to rehabilitate drug users.
The coalition program will focus on three main areas – prevention, intervention, and community support.
"The Church will [take part in] the community support because we do not have the facilities for scientific rehabilitation. In fact, we can give community support in terms of counselling, spiritual healing, and also making available our parish halls and educational centres," Archbishop Ledesma explained.