Humanity lost another shining light and beacon of hope in Bishop Desmond Tutu: Pangilinan

Humanity lost another shining light and beacon of hope in Bishop Desmond Tutu: Pangilinan

By Ernie Reyes

Bishop Desmond Tutu (Times of Israel)

MANILA – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Monday condoled with the family and friends of Most Reverend Desmond Mpilu Tutu of South Africa, who died at the age of 90, regarded as South African anti-apartheid hero together with the same icon Nelson Mandela.

“The Most Reverend Desmond Mpilu Tutu of South Africa was
born in a time and place where the color of the skin condemns a whole people into a
life of oppression, servitude, and violence. As a man of God, he served his
fellowmen to the utmost of his abilities and many times dared fate and history
to try and extinguish his life and his light,” Pangilinan said in a statement
released on Monday.

Pangilinan said that though donning the frock of the
church, he was a warrior who stood in the middle of a war without fear.

The former UP student council president said that Bishop Tutu and his fellow warrior Nelson Mandela stood with their people and faced the most violent and fearsome forces of their time — men who had the power and were willing to kill other men because of their skin color.

“Though he did his heaviest and most dangerous work in
South Africa, his actions were felt all over the world, especially in those
dark corners where people struggled under the yoke of tyranny. Be it in Africa,
Latin America, Asia, or the Philippines which have also been under a cruel and
corrupt dictatorship, this gentle and soft-spoken man emboldened all oppressed
peoples to rise and revolt, not only against impunity and iron rule, he also
called on the people to struggle and not lose their humanity,” he said.

Pangilinan, running for vice president with Vice
President Leni Robredo also said that for though he was always sounding the
call for battle, the battle was not against the oppressors, but against the act
of oppression.

“When tyranny began to fall in many nations when
dictators were being led to the gallows, Reverend Desmond Tutu called for love
and forgiveness — against the former oppressors!” Pangilinan said.

For him, the senator added, the battle was not about the color of the
skin, it was about whether all of us living — oppressors and oppressed — can
still, find the real color of our hearts.

“Reverend Father Tutu, thank you for saving us from a
black and white view of the world, thank you for showing us that God may have
given us different skin colors, but he also gave us all golden hearts.” He said.

“Your golden heart and shining deeds will remain in our
memory as we continue the fight against darkness, as we continue the fight
armed with radical love,” Pangilinan added.

“Thank you, dear Father Desmond Tutu,” he ended. (ai/mtvn)

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