With the increasing number of victims of President Rodrigo Duterte’s infamous war on drugs, Benildeans gathered for the simultaneous prayer and candle lighting ceremony for justice and peace last September 7 in front of the Taft Campus.
The Center for Social Action (CSA) encouraged everyone to participate in the prayer gathering with the prayer invocation of “Prayer for Life” for the healing of young people perpetrated by the police on drug war.
Protesters lit candles as the names of the young victims slain in the drug war were shown in placards with the phrase, “Start the healing. Stop the killings.” Among the list of victims were the likes of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos, 19-year old Carl Angelo Arnaiz, and 14-year old Reynaldo de Guzman—names that have echoed throughout local news broadcasts and social media over the past few weeks for being allegedly murdered by the police.
Driven by the Lasallian Mission, students and faculties from De La Salle University also joined the nationwide ceremony “to work towards building a just and humane society” and sang a reflection song titled “O Hesus, Hilumin Mo” held in front of the St. La Salle Hall.
Last August 21, Br. Armin Lusitro FSC, the current De La Salle Philippines President, invited the Lasallian community to pause for a minute of silence for the young victims of drug killings with a prayer called “Spare a Minute, Spare a Life: Prayer for Life,” which later prompted the nation-wide prayer vigil.
Benilde’s prayer and candle lighting ceremony, in participation with all Philippine Lasallian Family, was organized by CSA.
Photos by Nicole Constante