The Kentex tragedy that resulted in the deaths of several of our countrymen has roused the nation to the reality of modern-day slavery in our country. Journalists’ reports have uncovered other sites of exploitation where Filipinos are worked to death under the most appalling of circumstances. We therefore ask our parish priests and our laity to constitute themselves into guardians of our brothers and sisters against modern-day slavery.
The warehouses and factories that are in fact sweat-shops for our countrymen eager to eke out a living should be subject to relentless inspection and monitoring and where it is found that they are in fact sites of exploitation, these should be closed. There is hardly anything more repugnant to the Gospel’s law of love than the heartless exploitation of the poor and to make capital from their want.
+ SOCRATES B. VILLEGASArchbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan President, CBCP May 22, 2015