Early last Wednesday, an infant boy was found dead in an abandoned building in Makati City. The 1 year old child had been raped and murdered and his small, broken body was discarded like it was nothing.
This horrific crime has rocked the nation. The suspect, 28-year-old construction worker Gerald Reparip, is currently under police custody.
However, the significance of this crime and the gruesome, deplorable nature of the offense, has earned violent reactions from the administration.
President Duterte is extremely outraged. He shares the sentiments of the millions of Filipinos. The case is reportedly under the President’s attention and the resolution of the investigation is of utmost priority.
Due to the nature of the act, the Philippine National Police are investigating whether the suspect was under the influence of illegal drugs. Reparip confessed that he was intoxicated when he raped and chocked the victim on Tuesday night.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has said that authorities will “leave no stone unturned to give justice to the young boy and his families.”
“Given the atrocity of this felony, investigation is also being undertaken to determine whether the suspect is under the influence of drugs,” Panelo added.
However, a noticeably silent proponent has been the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
Just like how the Church has ignored and silenced years of complaints regarding sexual abuse within its own ranks, the bishops are remaining mum over this heinous crime.
The CBCP has, however, been a vocal critic against the anti-illegal drug campaign. It has repeatedly meddled in the state’s affairs, despite their mandated separation.
Its silence now is evidence of one this: the CBCP does not care about this child because this boy’s tragic story cannot be used to further their agenda against the administration. As the leaders of the country’s most prominent religion, they should have offered their support to the family. Their interests are not with the people, but with their political narrative. They argue constantly that human rights should be granted to all, even criminals.
Tell me, bishops, why isn’t this infant worth your outrage as well?