No need for frisking in churches – Catholic prelates

MANILA-- Catholic Church officials on Wednesday said there is no need to frisk people who are going to church to attend mass.

"There's no need to frisk churchgoers when attending masses. The presence of law enforcers in the vicinity will suffice," said Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines-Public Affairs Committee (CBCP-PAC)

Secillano added, "The least that we can do in these trying times is not to create tensions or cause panic."

The Catholic priest noted that religious events should continue without intervention, but the public should be wary.

"Church activities should go on with ease but parishioners should also be very vigilant," he said.

On the other hand, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo reminded the people stay calm and alert amid various terror threats.

"Hindi naman tayo mag over react. Kaya nga 'yan ang (gawa) ng terorista, i-terrorize tayo, e kung materrorized tayo e di nanalo sila," he said.

The Catholic prelate added, "Pwede naman tayo ensure security pero huwag over. Hindi mo din mabody frisk lahat nagsisimba."

Source: Philippines News Agency